Pride online: 10 virtual ways to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Seattle
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June is Pride Month, a time when the LGBTQIA+ community comes together to celebrate. The worldwide event commemorates the Stonewall riots in June 1969, considered a landmark moment in the gay liberation movement in the U.S.
For many in Seattle, the month is a way to build community, express identity and continue to fight for equality and visibility.
"[Celebrating Pride] is an essential thing for us as a community to come together," said Kathleen Mullen, interim executive director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema. "It's very easy for rights to be taken away by the dominant forces and we have to be vigilant about our visibility and supporting our youth and our whole community."
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures that have cancelled large events, the lively parades that draw colorful crowds dressed in rainbows won't be happening in Seattle this year. Instead, they'll take place on screen.
Local organizations have taken their celebrations to the virtual sphere to forge a sense of community during these isolated times and ensure that Seattle's Pride remains as colorful as ever this year.
From livestream drag shows to book clubs, keep reading to see how to celebrate Pride virtually this month in Seattle.
Le Faux Happy Hour “Stay-at-凯发k8地址home” Show: Miss going to drag brunch? Pour a mimosa and make it a drag happy hour with weekly online cabaret shows from the performers at Le Faux. Viewers also have the option to tip their performers. Every Wednesday.
Cinema Queerantine: Join Three Dollar Bill Cinema in discussion of queer films, cinema suggestions and guest interviews throughout the entire month. Every Friday.
MoPOP Virtual Drag Show: Kicking off MOPOP's month of Pride events, enjoy an energetic, pop culture-themed show with local drag performers such as Issa Man and Rowan Ruthless. June 6.
Tidal Artist Haven Open Mic: Forge a sense on community and share queer experiences with Tidal Artist Haven's open mic night featuring music, poetry and comedy. June 13.
Sans Bar Where You Are x Pride: Kick off your Friday night with drag queen karaoke and panel discussions on queer issues. The event is free for all, but those who make a $25 donation will receive their own mocktail kit. June 19.
Black Gay Pride: Intersectionality will be at the core of this event hosted by the Hosted by the Seattle-King County chapter of Black Lives Matter. June 20.
MoPOP POP+ Pride Book Club: "How Long 'till Black Future Month?": Join host Misha Stone from the Seattle Public Library in discussion of Afrofuturist N.K Jemisin's short stories that feature LGBTQIA+ characters. June 22 and June 29.
Youth Pink Prom & Pride 2020: LGBT youth between the ages of 13 and 22 can join the festivities with Lambert House's livestreamed event on Minecraft and Discord servers. June 27.
Trans Pride Seattle: Workshops, films and livestreamed performances will be coming to a computer screen near you for Trans Pride celebrations. June 26-28.
Seattle Pride Activism Webinar: Looking for ways to get involved with Seattle's LGBTQIA+ community? Join the city's chapter of Black and Pink for a discussion on activism in the queer community. June 28.
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