Capitol Hill has long been called Seattle’s core LGBT neighborhood, and there are various events remaining where you can celebrate. Here’s a look at a few of them:
On Friday, June 20th, from six until 11 p.m, T-Mobile is sponsoring the “Women’s Pride” event at Lobby Bar, 916 E Pike St. Meant to honor the women’s liberation movement, this party invites participants to “leave their bras at the door,” both literally and figuratively.
In a separate statement, Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, who will be a special Guest at this year’s Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th, had this to say: “I am pleased to be a part of Seattle’s Pride festivities and am honored to be first member of the LGBT community to serve on our state’s Supreme Court. Seattle Women’s Pride provides an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate our historical accomplishments and to celebrate an optimistic future.”
On Friday, June 27, 2014, beginning at 5 p.m., Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 will launch its second event ever on Capitol Hill. Two well-known LGBTQ social justice trailblazers will be appointed on-site to lead the parade before it begins.
According to Rachel Brister, deputy director at Greater Seattle Business Association, the GSBA is a sponsor of Trans Pride and will be participating in many Pride events throughout the weekend.
The Parade will launch at 6 p.m. from the corner of Howell and Broadway, on the north end of Seattle Central Community College, and will end at Cal Anderson Park, where a community festival and resource fair will ensue with live music and speakers, including transgender activist CeCe McDonald. More here: transprideseattle.org
Three Festival Nights for the LGBTQ Community
The three night party on Capitol Hill begins Thursday evening at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway with “Gender Blender” night. The following night, The Eagle (314 E Pike St) is hosting “Dickslap Pride.” Then, on Saturday, a “Daytime Boat Party” happens on The Islander Yacht, a 72 foot ship, run by Champaign Cruises down at the waterfront. The boat can accommodate 237 passengers so reservations need to be made in advance. A closing party happens in Belltown, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave #10. VIP weekend passes are sold for $112 and general admission weekend passes cost $75.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Gay City Health Project and The Gender Justice League. For more information about this three-night event, head to: narkmagazine.com/pride
PrideFest Capitol Hill at Cal Anderson
On Saturday, June 28, from noon to 9 p.m., there will be a family-friendly Pride entertainment event with games in Cal Anderson Park. This free event will have bubbles, a drag queen story time, children’s music, and games including a balloon toss contest. Festivities will also feature a street fair and food trucks. Info at seattlepridefest.org/
Capitol Hill Pride Festival
Saturday the 28th will certainly be a busy day. Concurrently running will be the return of the Capitol Hill Pride Festival, which offers live music and over 100 booths featuring food, artists, businesses and non-profits. There will also be ponies. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the pony rides will be on West Harrison from 1 to 4 p.m. Details at capitolhillpridefestival.info
On Sunday the 29th, beginning at 11 a.m. at 4th Avenue downtown, the parade will feature All Pilgrims Church, Cafe Vita, Gay City, Gender Justice League, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and many more Capitol Hill organizations. Three Dollar Bill Cinema is sponsoring a float that looks like a giant bag of popcorn.
Community grand marshals include Zachary Pullin, Social Media Coordinator at Gender Justice League; Aleksa Manila, stellar drag artist and entertainer; and Danielle Askini, activist and executive director for the Gender Justice League, among others. They will be led by celebrity grand marshal George Takei. More at seattlepride.org/pride-parade/