CHS Pics | Hot-for-Seattle Saturday fills Broadway with Pride — Plus, Pride Rugby

(Images: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Images: Jim Simandl for CHS)

Say what you will about the Capitol Hill Pride Festival — on a hot, sticky Seattle summer day, it’s a force to be reckoned with. Part street festival and excuse to wander up and down a sunny Broadway, part expansion of the avenue’s restaurants and merchants into outdoor cafes and beer gardens, the annual event appeared to be on its way to record attendance Saturday afternoon. Now in its fifth year, the festival has matured into a staple of Seattle Pride weekend — heck, even the vendors were hawking legit gay-themed merch for a change. CHS spotted rainbow-colored cowboy hats, sno cones, underwear, yarmulkes, roach clips and camera straps. Pictures of the day including some award-winning pets from the look-alike doggy drag contest, below. We’ll also have more from the first ever Family Day in Cal Anderson and the annual Pride rugby match, soon. For more, check out our CHS Pride 2013 coverage.


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CHS Pics | Trans* Pride marches to Cal Anderson



(Images: Jim Simandl for CHS)

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Hundreds rallied at Seattle Central before a short march to a warm and late evening sun-bathed Cal Anderson park for speeches, music and celebration — and hugs and kisses.

Sponsored by the Gender Justice League and a roster of Capitol Hill and beyond LGBTQ organizations and businesses, the event drew transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people from around the region and their families, friends, loved ones and supporters.

Messages from speakers and performers were varied Friday night including personal stories of overcoming barriers to work that must be done to help the trans* community at a legislative level. Marchers carried signs calling for acceptance from workplace equality to better inclusion in the greater LGBTQ community to health care issues. Some signs also allowed loved ones to show their support publicly friends and family. One sign performed a more logistical function transforming Cal Anderson’s park bathroom, temporarily, into a “Gender Neutral” facility.

Saturday’s itinerary is chock full of more ways to be part of Pride on Capitol Hill — Pride Saturday Reminders: Family Day, Broadway street festival, Dyke March & more. You can find all of CHS’s Pride 2013 coverage here. More Trans* Pride pictures, below.
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Pride Saturday Reminders: Family Day, Broadway street festival, Dyke March & more

poster-family-smallWith 2013’s Seattle Pride weekend in full swing, here’s a reminder about Saturday’s busy itinerary. More CHS Pride 2013 coverage here.

  • PrideFest Family Day features games, crafts, drag queen story time, magic show, performance by Recess Monkey, a bouncy house, and more. CHS story here.  Cal Anderson Park, 12 – 5p.
  • Capitol Hill Pride Festival closes Broadway from E John to E Roy St. Booths, music, performances, doggie drag contest. Map and detailed event schedule is here—scroll down, down, down (keep going…) to see it. 11a – 11p.
  • Rainbow Women’s Health Fair: Free services (such as massage, hepatitis C and HIV testing, chiropractic screening) and information on heart health, smoking cessation, and more. Plus, free mammogram and pap tests for those age 40+ (make an appointment by calling 206.461.4493). All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E), 12 – 4p.
  • 4th Annual Prom Dress Rugby Match will be a blast and audience participation via purchase of penalties, possession changes and “tries” (increase a score)  are encouraged. Proceeds to benefit POCAAN. Cal Anderson Park, 2p.
  • Unicorn Stampede: don your best unicorn horn (DIY) and join the herd at Cal Anderson Park at 3p to bestow blessings, grant wishes and spread smiles. At some point the herd will stampede onto Broadway and later end up at The Unicorn bar. The free Pride Party at Unicorn (8p start) includes burlesque, drag show, photo booth, carnival games, costume contest and more.
  • Seattle Dyke March gathers for a rally at SCCC Plaza at 5p then steps off at 7p to go around Capitol Hill and return back to the Plaza..
  • Happy 40th Anniversary, Elliott Bay Book Company! Readings from authors whose recent books have been based in Seattle: Jim Lynch, Maria Semple, and Ryan Boudinot. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
  • Queer Carnival Pride is  ”a night of circus tricks and party tricks and cheap tricks, a burlesque affair surely full of strippers, aerialists and knives.” Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9p.

Reminder: Trans* Pride starts weekend of events, marches on Capitol Hill

Writer Julia Serano will deliver the Trans* Pride keynote in Cal Anderson (Image: Julia Serano via Facebook)

Writer Julia Serano will deliver the Trans* Pride keynote in Cal Anderson (Image: Julia Serano via Facebook)

Capitol Hill’s major contributions to Seattle’s 2013 Pride celebrations start Friday night with an event organizers hope will become an annual part of June’s LGBTQ festivities and activism. Seattle Trans* Pride is a revival and strengthening of early efforts in the city, organizers say, to seek “visibility and acceptance” for Seattle’s growing transgender population.

For more coverage of the weekend, check out our CHS Pride 2013 section.

Seattle Trans* Pride will take place June 28th, 2013

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Assemble in Front of Seattle Central Community College at E. Howell & Broadway St.
6:00pm – 7:00pm – March to Cal Anderson Park
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Keynote by Julia Serano, Speeches and Call to Action
8:00pm – 9:30pm – Performances
10:00pm – 1:00am – Official Trans*Pride After Party Dance! PrideRoute (1)

Scent Free Section in both March and at Cal Anderson.
Seating Section for those will accessibility needs.
If you need mobility assistance to attend the march or
Events in the park: Please email

Please join us, sign up to volunteer, donate, or find out more information by visiting

Julia Serano,
Rae Spoon,
Ian Harvey, and many many more!

On the List | Pride marches, family day, rugby & more, Pinocchio in the Park, Elliott Bay 40th (+25 more)

The Pride Festival returns to Broadway (Image: CHS)

The Pride Festival returns to Broadway (Image: CHS)

It’s an even busier Pride Weekend than usual on Capitol Hill with a new family-friendly event debuting Saturday in Cal Anderson and the return of a Trans Pride march. Check the CHS Pride 2013  section for updates, news, pics and more. Daily highlights below,  plus don’t miss the go-big-or-go-home Pride heavy hitters: Wild Rose’s Bush Garden (a CHS advertiser) all weekend, Purr’s street party on Saturday, and Cuff’s street party on Sunday.

Play in the park! Balagan Theatre begins it’s staged-in-the-park-performances of The Totally True & Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio this weekend in Volunteer Park. Performances are free, begin at 2p,  and continue weekends through July. Check schedule for exact dates.

Thursday, June 27

  • hardLGet a Drink for the Kids at Linda’s (708 E Pine)
  • QueerVoyant: a queer art showcase about the future has a weekend of events planned. Opening reception Thurs 6 – 10p; LICK prefunc party Friday 6 – 9p; afternoon DJ party Sat 2 – 5p, closing reception Sun 2 – 5p  Hard L (1216 10th Ave).
  • East Precinct Advisory Council Community Meeting: meet representatives on topics related to community safety.This month’s guest is from Seattle Human Services department. East Precinct’s Captain Wilson will also provide updates and answer questions. Seattle U Piggott Hall, room 200, 6:30 – 8p.
  • The Hunting Club record release party with Swamp Meat and Ephrata at Vermillion, 9p.

Friday, June 28

  • Get a Drink for the Kids at The Redwood (514 E Howell)
  • Freddie Mercury gallery will show love for Queen(s) while giving back to Pride at St. John’s Bar (719 E Pike), 7 – 10p.
  • Author reading:  Matt Bell’s debut novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods is “fiercely original” and puts the “fable in fabulism.” So there’s that. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p
  • Accio Burlesque! A burlesque tribute to Harry Potter plays Friday and Saturday. “From witches and wizards to magical beasts, Accio Burlesque! summons all of the things we love most and re imagines them through the art of the tease.” Not for children, obvs. Annex Theatre, 8p.
  • Gender Blender: An all-star, drag-filled, dance-party,concert-show love fest to benefit Gay City Health Project. Neighbors Nightclub,  9p – 4a.

Saturday, June 29

Freddie Mercury gallery will show love for Queen(s) while giving back to Pride

Freddie Mercury as Queen Amidala... (Chuck Knigge w/ permission to CHS)

Freddie Mercury as Queen Amidala… (Chuck Knigge w/ permission to CHS)

It would be fitting if you arrived riding your bicycle next week on Pride Friday as St John’s Bar and Eatery will host a Freddie Mercury art gallery paying tribute to Pride, and Queen(s).

Working on the project for nine months, Northwest Artist Chuck Knigge will unveil his exhibit ‘Long Live Queen Freddie!’ on Capitol Hill June 28 at a St John’s Bar reception running from 7 – 10pm. The series of Mercury portraits are obviously Queen inspired, but not in the way you’re thinking.

“The entire series is made up of portraits of Freddie Mercury as famous queens. Some historical, like Queen Elizabeth I and Nefertiti. Some from pop culture, like Queen Amidala and Queen Latifah,” Knigge said. Previously a comic book artist, he tells CHS the gallery will show light “11 oil paintings, a few mixed media drawings, 1 print, and 2 posters.”

The mustachioed artworks will stay at St John’s Bar from June 28 to July 12 when Knigge takes his queen’s to Tacoma for the city’s annual pride event. The gallery can be viewed from 2pm – 2am during it’s stay on the Hill. If you just have to own one, the works will run from $10 to a high end of $2000 with canvas spreads from oil paintings to screen prints.

And as Queen Latifah

And as Queen Latifah

“The paintings will be for sale from roughly $400-$2000. There will be some smaller options, such as the drawings, a print, and posters ranging from $10-$60,” Knigge tells us. But if you are just a poor boy from a poor family, Knigge has your back. “There will also be a payment plan option for those looking to buy a larger piece.” The artist isn’t pocketing all of the money either, and plans to give a portion of his art sales back to the LGBTQ community.

Knigge says he will be “donating 5% of profits to the Human Rights Campaign,” and is looking into “some smaller, more local organizations, as possible alternatives.” The artist adds, “The Ghost Gallery will also be donating 5%.” If you’re walking around the Hill Friday night, and see someone bike by singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ you know why.

If you want more from this local artist, you can check out Knigge on Facebook, and also follow the event page.

More Capitol Hill Pride 2013:

On the List | Documentary fest, 24-hour Long Shot, Write-O-Rama, Gothic flea market (+20 more)

just-like-being-thereThe opening night party for the  N-E-X D-O-C-S series at Northwest Film Forum is Friday and features a DJ set, a screening of Just Like Being There with the director, and a live concert by the Dee Dees, an all female Ramones cover band. The party and music are free, tix required for screening. The N-E-X D-O-C-S series celebrates new directions in documentary filmmaking and runs through June 26th. Particularly intriguing doc topics include gig posters, choreographed dance by real life sanitation workers and their trucks, a single take, 78-minute journey through a park in China, and more.

Drink for the Kids, the popular lush benefit for Vera Project, kicks on Saturday at Moe Bar. Drinking for a cause continues through Saturday 6/29– and yay you can walk home — veranearly all locations are on Capitol Hill. Drink up at Moe Bar (Sat), Tavern Law (Sun), Cha Cha (Mon), Pony (Tue), Neighbor Lady (Wed), Linda’s (Thur), Redwood (Fri), and Tin Hat (Sat Ballard) to earn your top benefactor badge.

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Thursday, June 20

  • Wine tasting: “What if Van Halen, Sade, and Devo all went on tour together?  The result would be about as diverse as this line up of rosé.” Vino Verite (208 Boylston), 5 – 8p.
  • Art show opening: History X, Contemporary Y at Tougo Coffee (1410 18th Ave in Central District), 5p – 8p.
  • Author reading: Spokane fiction writer Gregory Spatz reads from his new story collection, Half as Happy at Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
  • Special Treatment Cabaret is a benefit show, but don’t let that stop you from going. Besides a variety show, there will be raffles, booze and (possibly) a kissing booth. Annex Theatre, 7:30p.
  • Heavy Lay the Chains, an original play by quiet theater’s Josh Hornbeck  explores themes of race and dehumanization of “other.” Opens Thurs and continues through the following weekend. Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30p and various times.
  • Benefit for Capitol Hill Housing: KEXP Audioasis presents Twitch and Gloam: Dark Sounds from the Pac NW featuring Nightmare Fortress, Grey Gardens, Haunted Horses. Chop Suey, 8p.
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CHS Pics | Sunny scenes from the 4th annual Seattle Pride Picnic

Capitol Hill Seattle Pride Picnic 2013 @ Volunteer Park-10The fourth annual Seattle Pride Picnic in Volunteer Park had everything a fourth annual Seattle Pride Picnic in Volunteer Park should have. $1 chow. Sack races. Boe Oddissey licking a woman’s face. And lots and lots of funshine. Happy Pride.

There’s plenty more Pride 2013 to come on the Hill including a full slate of events and a parade or two.


Trans Pride to add to Capitol Hill parade roster — Plus, Pride Picnic this weekend


Saturday brings the annual Pride Picnic to Volunteer Park


For a time, Seattle Pride was a mostly Capitol Hill affair. Over the years it has grown into a citywide event with a massive parade through the streets of downtown. This summer, an expanded slate of events will take place on Capitol Hill even as the celebration spreads across the city. This weekend, the Hill’s 2013 events continue with the annual Pride Picnic in Volunteer Park:

All the fun begins at 11:00am on Saturday, June 15 at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. There will be great food, live entertainment and activities for all ages. There will also be representatives from some great non-profits.

$1.00 donation for the picnic meal includes tacos from picnic sponsor Chipotle. Also provided are hot dogs, fresh fruit, salads, and beverages. Proceeds to benefit YouthCare and Food Lifeline.

PrideRouteThe organizers of a new addition to Pride activities on the Hill have announced details of a new an important celebration that will mark its introduction on June 28th in the midst of the city’s 39th annual Pride celebrations. Seattle’s Trans Pride will be “a sort of ‘coming out’ party for Seattle’s increasingly visible – and vocal – transgender community,” organizers say. The Friday, June 28th parade will start at Seattle Central and march through a few blocks of Broadway and Pike/Pine before arriving at Cal Anderson. The event joins Saturday, June 29th’s Dyke March in the Capitol Hill Pride parade department. Details on Trans Pride are below:


Local Activists Seek Visibility and Acceptance

“I came on vacation to Seattle, and for the first time in my life I met other trans people.”

 “Seattle’s trans-identified community is one of the largest in America, rivaling any major city.”

“We’re your neighbors. We’re your barista. We’re developing your software,

saving your life at the hospital, shelving your books at the library.”

On June 28, 2013, two days before Seattle’s 39th annual Gay Pride parade brings crowds to downtown Seattle, a smaller parade will wind through the streets of Capitol Hill.

This parade is Seattle’s Trans Pride (, and it is a sort of “coming out” party for Seattle’s increasingly visible – and vocal – transgender community.  Organizers of the parade hope it will become, like Gay Pride, an annual event.

Seattle’s Trans Pride parade will be one of the nation’s first.  Only a handful of other U.S. cities have held marches in support of transgender rights. Seattle was the first city in the nation to hold a transgender pride event in 1997. This year’s event is a much larger revival of that pioneering spirit. Continue reading