PRIDE in the PNW: June 2021
Updated: Jun 20
Happy PRIDE, y'all!
After a Pride season that just wasn't last year, we're thrilled to see so many events popping up all over...and we're here to help you fill your Pride dance card. Whether you're ready to party in person or are more comfortable celebrating at home, there are events this year for everyone. Here's a round-up for June!
Before we jump in: With the announcement that Washington state will lift all gathering restrictions as of June 30, we expect more events to be announced throughout the summer, including from our friends at Kitsap Pride and Bainbridge Pride. We'll be bringing you new blog posts for events coming in July and August and watch for the launch of our Events section, which will include annual happenings from around the west sound and beyond!
We do our best to capture the major events in the area, but we could use your help! If you know of or are involved with any events that you think should be included, please contact us!
Lavender Rights Project:
PRIDE Convention & Name Change Clinics
June 11-13, 2021
Afternoons, times vary
Lavender Rights Project—a Tacoma-based organization focused on legal advocacy—is celebrating PRIDE by hosting its very first virtual convention. Designed to set up attendees for success, sessions include practical advice related to budgeting, self-publishing, and resume building as well as youth poetry readings, the basics of ballroom, and more.
Tickets are $10 per day with free passes available to those with financial need.
More information: https://www.lavenderrightsproject.org/pride-convention
(If you would like to inquire about free tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Roaring Rainbow Benefit Concert
June 12, 2021
2 pm PDT
Celebrate PRIDE and get your rock on from the comfort of your own home with this concert featuring performances and appearances by The Doubleclicks, SuperKnova, Sunday Comes Afterwards, Rebecca Sugar (creator of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe), award-winning sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders, and “the Internet’s most beloved anti-bully” Jeffrey Marsh, among others.
Tickets range from $5-100 with a number of free tickets available to the community. A link to the concert will be sent after ticket purchase.
More information (including the complete line-up and ticket information): https://thedoubleclicks.com/roaring-rainbow
Rock for Pride 2021: This is Me
Online at https://www.youtube.com/rockforpride
June 12, 2021
6 pm PDT
Join Seattle musicians, drag artists, and community leaders for this virtual concert that aims to bring support and pride to the LGBTQIA community. We may not be able to gather together for concerts just yet, but this promises to be the next best thing! This event is a part of Seattle Pride.
This is a free event. The concert will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/rockforpride
From Stonewall to Seattle: The History of Pride on the Duwamish Peninsula and Beyond
Online via Zoom
June 17, 2021
6 pm PDT
Hosted by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, this virtual presentation will dive into the history of the Pride movement, including roots planted right here in the Pacific Northwest! The event includes a panel discussion featuring Stacy Bass-Walden of Alki Beach Pride, drag queen and social activist Aleksa Manila, and Oliver Webb of Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound.
Tickets are by donation with money raised going to support programming. Suggested amount is $10, but pay what you can.
Pride Wine 2021
SODO Urbanworks (Seattle)
June 25, 2021
Rainbows, good friends, and wine is the theme for the GSBA’s first in-person event of 2021!
Featuring several different local wineries, attendees can enjoy “PRIDE mini-tastings” with three featured wines for just $10. Visit four wineries and be entered in a raffle to win great prizes, including tickets to EQUALUX-TASTE, GSBA’s fall signature auction event.
Tickets are $10 with all proceeds supporting GSBA’s 2021 Scholarship Fund.
SODO Urbanworks is located at 3931 1st Ave. S. #2236 in Seattle.
The Awkward Show
Online via Facebook Live
June 25, 2021
6 pm PDT
We’ve all had “those” experiences. You know the ones. They have the power to make you cringe with embarrassment even years or decades later. Now imagine allowing an improv troupe to act them out for the entertainment of others.
That’s the premise behind the The Awkward Show, presented by Seattle’s Bandit Theater, an inclusive performing arts space that uses comedy and improv to create a positive, supportive experience. The Awkward Show features a cast of talented players that bring to life the most humiliating and embarrassing moment of that evening’s special guest.
The Awkward Show is streamed for free via The Bandit’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BanditTheater
More information: https://www.bandittheater.org/the-awkward-show
TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE
Jimi Hendrix Park (Seattle)
June 26, 2021
1 – 10 pm PDT
TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE is centered on “lifting the voices, narrative, and contributions of black, queer, and trans voices.” This outdoor event begins in the early afternoon and goes into the night with performances, open speaking spaces, art healing spaces, music, dancing, food, movies, and more. Be sure to stay for their HOEVID-19 Ball with cash prizes in several categories.
Not vaccinated? There will be a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic on site. Masks are mandatory for all attendees, vaccinated or not.
This event is being hosted in collaboration with Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, Alphabet Alliance of Color, and Queer the Land. It is free to Black, Indigenuous, and People of Color. White people will be charged an entrance fee and will receive a band for re-entry.
Jimi Hendrix Park is located 2400 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/519102559244437?active_tab=about
June 26 & 27, 2021
11 am – 5 pm PDT
For the second year in row, Seattle Pride is taking celebrations online. Hopefully, by next year we’ll be able to gather again in person!
This year, the theme couldn’t be more appropriate: Resilience. The two-day line-up features a host of fun and entertainment that bring that sentiment to life.
Saturday features two stages with panels, speakers, performers, interviews, and inspiration. The day ends with performances by Seattle’s own Mary Lambert followed by the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freeda.
Sunday starts out with kid-friendly story times, followed by a series of speakers and performers—including the Seattle Ladies Choir—on the Main Stage. The Second Stage will offer the Pride Speak Series focusing on timely topics that impact our community: homelessness, healthcare, barriers to business, and youth.
The celebration ends with a performance by Sassy Black.
Seattle Pride is free, though donations are appreciated. Registration is required to access Seattle Pride’s stream. KIRO 7 Television, C89.5 FM, and KNKX-Radio will air portions of the festivities.
Register for access: https://hopin.com/events/seattle-virtual-pride
Capitol Hill Pride
Cal Anderson Park (Seattle)
June 26, 2021 @ 10 am – 10 pm PDT
June 27, 2021 @ 10 am – 8 pm PDT
Please read the letter from the organizers of Capitol Hill Pride to Seattle's Human Rights Commission and their response concerning Taking B(l)ack Pride's admission fee for white participants: https://www.facebook.com/SeattleHumanRightsCommission/photos/a.194972383955885/4059192970867121/
Capital City Pride
Community Virtual Pride online via Facebook
Opportunity for in-person events (Olympia, Wash.)
June 26, 2021
2 pm – 6 pm PDT
Capital City Pride is inviting everyone to celebrate online with a Community Virtual Pride live from Olylamplighters Creative Workshop Space. This intimate event will feature members of the community sharing their stories, poetry, music, talents, and words of encouragement.
At 4 pm, for those able to attend in-person, the event moves into the streets and to local businesses holding PRIDE parties and events.
If you’d like to be a part of the Community Virtual Pride as a presenter/storyteller, you can register through June 17.
The Community Virtual Pride is free. Please visit the Facebook Event Page for information and event access: https://www.facebook.com/events/2935433326734476?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D
Pride Line 2021 (Port Townsend, Wash.)
June 27, 2021
11 am – 1 pm PDT
Come out to Port Townsend and make a statement about standing strong together! Olympic Pride (formerly Jefferson County Pride) is hosting this event, which asks attendees to dress up and show their pride while lining up to demonstrate the power of love and solidarity.
The event’s goal is to attract 250 participants to be able to stretch throughout the town of Port Townsend. Be a part of this special, socially distanced gathering by registering at https://olympicpride.givecloud.co/product/35234324/pride-line-2021.
More information: https://olympicpride.org/pride2021