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Seattle Pride 2016

42 Glorious Events to Mark 42 Years of Seattle Pride

Parades, parties, drag shows, and more!

Wednesday, June 22

Purr Pride Kick-Off Party RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3 winner Raja will be performing live during this early start to pride week festivities. Purr, 1518 11th Ave. Free. 21 and over. 4 p.m.

SAM: Where Love Is Illegal The Seattle Art Museum is displaying a series of photographs by Robin Hammond depicting LGBTQ stories of violence, inequality, and survival in Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, Lebanon, and Malaysia. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., seattleartmuseum.org. Open 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m (Mon. & Wed.–Sun. until July 1). $20. All ages.

PRIDE of Arthaus The second season of the Arthaus drag competition just wrapped up at the beginning of this month, and it’s time for a party. The Amazing Haus of Riverside, Bounce Haus, The Haus of Latter Day Taints, Waffle Haus, and The Haus of Tree will perform while Cherry Sur Bete and Shelita Potroast host. Expect drink specials and brief nudity. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., kremwerk.com. 7:00 p.m., $7 adv./$10 at door. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Let Your Love Shine: A Queer Benefit for Orlando In response to the events in Orlando and to the continued oppressed state of the LGBTQ community, Jetspace Magazine and Neumos are hosting this dance party and benefit to support the victims of the violence. Boom Boom L’Roux, Ebo Barton, and others will perform and all of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida’s victim support fund. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., neumos.com. $10. 21 and over. 9 p.m.

Bingo With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a San Francisco-based order of queer nuns, host a bingo game as a fundraiser for the Lifelong Aids Alliance. Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave., thesisters.org. $8. 21 and over. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23

Relay Pride Bachelor Auction Looking for a man? Here’s a good place to hunt: a room full of “smoking hot, cream of the crop, insanely eligible” bachelors ready to submit to bidding wars. Emceed by Capitol Hill’s fav drag queen, DonnaTella Howe, price of admission includes a drink on the house and the chance for romance (gay and straight options available). Formal attire suggested, but not mandatory. The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., 625-4444. $25 adv./$30 at the door. 21 and over. 6 p.m.

The Totally Gay Sing Along! Central Cinema dishes a roundup of short music vids, with plenty of opportunities to belt it out, just in time for Pride. Get ready for some campy ’80s and ’90s hits, featuring divas and hunks and lots of fabulousness. The event is annual, the lineup is brand-new. But still, organizers assure us, the fundamental principle hasn’t changed: Every video is “certified TOTALLY GAY.” Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 686-6684, central-cinema.com. $12. All ages. 8 p.m.

Cathy Disco! This queer disco dance party will be headlined by queens Cucci Binaca and Amoania. DJ Vera Rubin, Sappho, and Stormy Roxx will handle the music, and visual-art installations by Night Craig, Dickey Pete, and Katey Pants will be on display. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., chopsuey.com. $12. 21 and over. 9 p.m.

Stripper Circus Seattle Pride w/Naomi Smalls Naomi Smalls, from season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will star in Stripper Circus, which is being called “the dirtiest performance on earth.” Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, neighboursnightclub.com. 21 and over. 9 p.m.–3 a.m.

Purr Pride With Fraya Love, Trixie Mattel Local drag queen and entertainer Fraya Love will perform alongside Hollywood-based RuPaul’s Drag Race veteran Trixie Mattel. Purr, 1518 11th Ave., Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m.

Thirsty Thursdays R Place presents the best drink specials in town—including $2.50 bottled-beer specials—while DJ Flow spins. Seattle’s Sexiest Go-Go Boys go on at 10 p.m., with other performances to follow at 11 p.m. R Place, 619 E. Pine St., rplaceseattle.com. $3. 21 and over.

Exposed! A Night of Stand-up Comedy Stand-up comics and drag queens from the LGBTQ community perform to raise money for the Bailey-Boushay house, America’s first HIV/AIDS hospice—and to make you laugh, of course. Rendezvous’ Jewelbox Theater, 2322 Second Ave., therendezvous.rocks. $20. 21 and over. 8–10 p.m.

Whatever Happened to Bianca Del Rio? Yet another Drag Race reference—this one poking a little self-inflicted fun at Del Rio, the actor and insult comedian who won the sixth season in 2014—this show features Del Rio and fellow drag queen Peaches Christ teaming up to perform alongside local favorites Mama Tits, Ade, Abbey Roads, and Sylvia O’Stayformore. Much of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida to help the victims of the Orlando Shooting. SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., siff.net. $20–$100. 21 and over.

Queers and Beers Two Doors Down, a gay-owned beer and burger bar, will host an event featuring beers from over a dozen gay-friendly Washington breweries, such as Fremont Brewing and Georgetown Brewing. Burger specials, merchandise giveaways, and ciders will also be available. Two Doors Down, 2332 E. Madison St., twodoorsseattle.com. Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m.–midnight.

Friday, June 24

White Party Seattle Self-professed as the “hottest party” during Seattle pride week, this event will be headlined by popular artist Club Queen #Dev, famous for her Billboard hits “In the Dark” and “Like a G6.” Also performing will be International DJ Citizen Jane, DJ Von Kiss, and DJ Marty Mar. If you’re going, wear white. The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., whitepartyseattle.com. $30. 21 and over. 9 p.m.

OutDancing All are welcome to dance with friends at Century Ballroom. where proceeds will help fund the Dyke March. Raffle prizes will be available from TomboyX, Babeland, Seattle Storm, Argosy Cruises, and more. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., centuryballroom.com. $10. All ages. 8–10 p.m.

Bearracuda PRIDE Seattle Bearracuda is returning to its original home, Chop Suey, to kick off Pride weekend. DJ Matt Consola and DJ Matt Stands will keep the night moving as laser lights and “hundreds of guys” fill the room. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., bearracuda.com. $10. 9 p.m.

Purr Pride With DJ BlackLow Los Angeles DJ BlackLow will kick off Pride weekend at Purr with a log of progressive house music. Purr, 1518 11th Ave. $5.

Haven: Pride 2016 Maison de la Bete presents this Pride edition of Look Ball, a competitive runway show which offers cash prizes up to $1,500 and will raise funds for the Seattle Counseling Service and Ingersoll Gender Center. Additional performances will focus on mental health, wellness, and gender diversity, and the work of artist John Criscitello will be featured. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. #10, kremwerk.com. $10–$20. 21 and over. 10 p.m.

Encore! Concert This can’t-miss concert will be the final performance for Dennis Coleman as the artistic director of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus. To mark the occasion, the choruses will perform favorite hits from throughout their history and honor its departing leader with a 400-voice tribute. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, seattlechoruses.org. $25–$75. All ages. 8 p.m. June 24–25.

Pride SWAT The second annual Seattle Women’s Armwrestling Tournament will be hosted in a warehouse in the heart of SODO. Popular San Francisco DJ Marina Garza will provide the soundtrack, and there will be beer and cider on tap. The first twenty people to buy their ticket get a free drink and a piece of merchandise. Mobius Cycle, 207 S. Horton St. $18 admission, $28 to contend. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Trans Pride Seattle This short march begins on Broadway in front of Seattle Central College, heads down to 12th Avenue, and then finishes at Cal Anderson Park. Festivities, which will include words from Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi, go until sundown. Seattle Central Community College & Cal Anderson Park, transprideseattle.org. Free. All ages. 5–10 p.m.

Wildrose Pride 2016 Local DJs RickiLeigh and Toya B will soundtrack an evening that will feature a booty shakin’ contest with cash prizes. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., thewildrosebar.com. 21 and over. 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

Bait Shop Pride Party Bait Shop will host an all-day patio party, featuring drink specials, tasty snacks, and various goodies. The Bait Shop, 606 Broadway E., baitshop seattle.com. 21 and over. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Capitol Hill Pride Festival March and Rally This march, carrying the theme “The Wizard of Oz,” is a display of solidarity against hate and oppression as well as an act of mourning and condolence for those lost or affected by the Orlando shooting. Broadway.

Family Pride and Queer Youth Pride Family Pride is a kid-friendly event that will feature “drag queen story time,” bounce houses, and educational activities. Queer Youth Pride, which is held at Cal Anderson Park directly afterward, is presented by PrideFest and Gay City. This will feature spoken-word performances and other performances from queer youth. Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave. Free. 1–7 p.m.

Dance Yourself Clean Inspired by the live-performance aesthetic of alternative electronica performers like LCD Soundsystem, CHVRCHES, and Miike Snow, Chop Suey is hosting an indoor light show and music entertainment event during the heart of Pride weekend. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St., chopsuey.com. Free before 10:30 p.m., $5 after. 21 and over. 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

Pride Cruise 2016 This Nark Magazine event, a booze cruise described as a “water-based shenanigan fest,” will feature performances by Vicki Powell, Wesley Holmes, and Jimi Jaxon. The Islander Yacht, 1611 Fairview Ave. E., narkmagazine.com. $28 21 and over. 2 p.m.

Seattle Pride Quads Grass Tournament SVC and Kraken Volleyball Club are hosting the seventh annual tournament at Judkins Park. Proceeds will be donated to Kraken VC Scholarship fund, which enables inner-city youth to participate in club volleyball events. To play, registration must be completed online by June 22. Judkins Park, 1119 23rd Ave. S., krakenvc.org. $30.7:15 a.m.

Seattle Storm Pride Night With Equal Rights Washington The Storm will face off against the Connecticut Sun at Key Arena. A portion of ticket sales will support Equal Rights Washington’s work toward equality for all LGBTQ Washingtonians. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., storm.wnba.com. $20. 7 p.m.

Kings This drag king show will be followed by Kiss Off, a dance party for queer women and friends. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. #10, kremwerk.com. $20. 21 and over. 10 p.m.

Lambert House Pride Drop-In The Lambert House, a respected LGBTQ drop-in center, will host a youth-led event that will feature games and a movie. Dinner will be served free of charge, and there will be a slumber party for youth ages 14–22 who have gone through an orientation and attended Lambert House at least two times prior to June 25. Lambert House, 1818 15th Ave., 4–9 p.m., Free. Ages 11–22. lambert house.org.

Seattle Dyke March and Rally This march is a celebration of queer women, though people of all genders and identities are encouraged to join. The march will begin at Seattle Central Community College. There will be an afterparty hosted at Cal Anderson Park. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway. 5 p.m. All ages. seattledykemarch.com

Wildrose Pride 2016 Hip-hop artist SIYA will perform with DJ Jay Hines, MC AdraBoo, Garlic Man & Chikin, DJ Status Apparatus, and Lady Jane DJ. Beer pong tables will be set up, and food will be provided by Cafe Pettirosso. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St. 9 p.m. 21 and over. thewildrosebar.com.

Sunday, June 26

Seattle Pride Parade The 42nd annual Pride Parade is the jewel of the Pride season. The 2016 theme is “The Future of Pride,” serving to honor all those in future generations who will further the fight for equality. Registration for the parade has closed, but those who haven’t registered can watch the parade, which begins at Fourth and Union and ends on Fourth and Denny. 11 a.m. seattlepride.org

Pride Party @ Amber Seattle After the parade, Amber is hosting a free Pride party with cocktail specials, hosted by Indika Haze and Roxy Renee Ross. Ladi Vixxen & Lola Duvoe will perform. Amber Seattle, 2214 First Ave. 3–7 p.m. Free. 21 and over. amberseattle.com.

Lambert House Pride Day Brunch Before the big parade kicks off and Seattle goes wild, Lambert House will host a Pride Day brunch for LGBTQ youth ages 11–22 and their families. Stick around after brunch and join the Lambert House contingent as it takes to Seattle’s streets for the Pride Parade. Lambert House, 1818 15th Ave. 9–10 a.m. Ages 11–22 (age of family members not restricted). lamberthouse.org.

Gayzer Laser Light Show After its successful debut in 2015, Pacific Science Center and Three Dollar Bill Cinema present the second Gayzer Light Show at the SPC Laser Dome. Accompanying the show will be a collection of hit songs by LGBTQ artists and icons. Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., 4 & 6 p.m. All ages. pacificsciencecenter.org.

PrideFest Seattle Center After the big parade, the celebration moves downhill to the largest free festival in North America. Famed New Orleans “bounce” musician and transgender superstar Big Freedia will headline, along with Candis Cayne, a famed actress, queen, and performer. Seattle Center, Noon–8 p.m. Free. All ages. seattlepridefest.com.

2016 KEXP Pride Parade Party The station is joining 5 Point Cafe to host a day-long party at Tilikum Place park, right at the end of the Pride Parade route off of 4th and Denny. The event features KEXP DJs, a full bar, a beer garden, and a BBQ. Tilikum Place, 415 Cedar St. All day. Free. All ages (excluding beer garden). kexp.org.

Wildrose Pride 2016 with Seattle Storm Players Players from the Seattle Storm will be on hand to celebrate and play a little basketball, we are told. Performing music will be DJ Tony Burns, DJ Little, and DJ Cryspy. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St. 9 p.m. 21 and over. thewildrosebar.com.

Correction: An earlier version of this calendar included a listing for All the Letters in the Rainbow: LGBTQI Writers Pride Month Showcase at Hugo House Wednesday evening. That event was included in error and has been removed from the listings.

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