Where once was one, now there are two Seattle Pride festivals—twice the opportunity to be proud! Seattle Out and Proud (formerly the Seattle Pride Committee) has moved the parade off Broadway to Fourth Avenue downtown, and the festival from Volunteer Park to Seattle Center. After that move was announced, the Capitol Hill–based LGBT Community Center proclaimed it would stage the traditional march and rally on the Hill. One worry is allayed: Dykes on Bikes will lead both marches.
Gay Pride 2006
The End of Pride
It's time to stop parading and start marching, for Jack and Ennis' sake. By Roger Downey
On Courting and Gay Marriage
Some advice for the Washington Supreme Court as it weighs the Defense of Marriage Act. By George Howland Jr.
Are they an oxymoron? Not entirely. Just ask Deacon Peter Benson. By Nina Shapiro
This year, a Pride divide—bridged by Dykes on Bikes. By Joanne Garrett
Presented by Seattle Out and Proud (www.seattlepride.org)
Pride Kickoff Party DJ Tracy Young will work this 21-and-older event. Tickets, at the door, are $10 or a ticket stub from that day's Storm game or Seattle Men's Chorus concert. Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. 5 p.m.–1 a.m. (alcohol sold until 11:30 p.m.), Fri., June 23.
Silent Art Exhibition Visual artists will participate in this inaugural event, "Out and Proud." Harrison Street Gallery, Seattle Center. Sat., June 24– Sun., June 25.
Seattle Pride Festival The fun includes entertainment, a film festival, vendor booths, and food. Seattle Center. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., June 24– Sun., June 25 (music, bingo, and film run until 11:30 p.m. Saturday).
Seattle Pride Parade The parade goes downtown for the first time, with a route from Westlake Park to Seattle Center. 11 a.m. Sun., June 25. KSTW-TV will air coverage from 6 to 8 p.m.
BFD 2006 Summer Concert KISS-FM (106.1) presents the official Pride Festival–sanctioned concert, with the All American Rejects, Pink, Nick Lachey, Rihanna, Ashley Parker Angel, Teddy Geiger, and Aly & AJ. KeyArena, 205 Harrison St., www.ticketmaster.com. $35–$75. 5 p.m. Sun., June 25.
Meanwhile, presented by the LGBT Community Center up on the Hill (www.seattlelgbt.org)
"Show and Shine" Dykes on Bikes, before the march. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210. 3 p.m. Sat., June 24.
Dyke Rally & March and the Raise Your Voice March Both will follow the former parade route on Broadway, starting at Seattle Central Community College and ending at Volunteer Park. Dyke Rally at 5 p.m., Dyke March at 6 p.m. (lineup/staging at SCCC at 4 p.m.); Sat., June 24.
Queerfest on the Hill Music, spoken word, film. Volunteer Park. Noon to dark, Sat., June 24.
Carrying on without taking sides
At the Movies Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100 documents the life of the woman who was recognized as the oldest out lesbian in the U.S. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N. Free; donations accepted. 7–9:30 p.m. Fri., June 23.
Visual Art XY: A Rare Collection of Male Photographs puts more than 50 images on public display for the first time, and many will be for sale (proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project). Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., www.gaycity.org. $25, includes catered reception. 7–9 p.m. Fri., June 23.
Fashion "Out of the Closet" fashions will be shown by local models and benefit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's AIDS outreach program. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-621-1770. $15. 6–8 p.m. Sat., June 24.
The Cuff Complex Stacey Cook, Fri., June 23. DJ Kimberly S., Sat., June 24. Street party: DJ Wayne Shepard in the dance bar with special guests Linda Clifford, Thea Austin, Amber, and Inaya Day. Gates open at noon, $10 cover. Sun., June 25. 1533 13th Ave., 206-323-1525, cuffcomplex.com.
Wildrose DJ Shezahipchick and DJ Amature Youth, with a wet T-shirt contest. Beer garden 6 p.m.–midnight outdoors; until 2 a.m. indoors, Fri., June 23. Beer garden 1 p.m.–midnight; bands all day (Ms Led, Go Like Hell, LD & the Pretty Pretties, Daylight Basement, Free Verse, and more). DJ Blu inside from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sat., June 24. Beer garden noon–10 p.m. with DJs Miss A, Julie Herrera, Colby B, Amature Youth, Lady Jane. DJ LuYing inside at 9:30 p.m. Sun., June 25. 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210, www.thewildrosebar.com.