Pride month is June and there are a number of events throughout Seattle that celebrate, advocate and advance LGBTQI+ rights. Here are a just few you should know about.
They/Them The Festival (May 31 – June 29, 7:30 p.m.)
They/Them the Festival is a celebration of trans performance artists showcasing that WE ARE HERE.
The PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop (June 1, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
PhinneyWood is hosting its seventh Pride Rainbow Hop June 1, during which participating businesses along the “hop route” will host arts and crafts, face-painting, and other activities promoting inclusivity. Families are encouraged to participate: kids who get six or more stamps can exchange their collection for a ticket to the Woodland Park Zoo. An event map is available at both PhinneyWood and participating businesses.
Drag Queen Story Time (June 1 and 2, various times)
Drag queen and community activist Londyn Bradshaw will be reading two LGBTQIA+ related stories at the Seattle Public Library’s Greenwood location. Families with children 7 and up are encouraged to attend. The free event has limited space; tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, beginning at 10 a.m. at the library.
Look How Far We’ve Come: A Queer Art Show 902 Feet in the Air (June 1 to June 30)
Curator, photographer, and writer Timothy Rysdyke has put together an art show featuring the works of fellow LGBTIA+ Seattle artists at the Sky View Observatory. The show will go on for the entirety of Pride month. Observatory admission is $20.
South Park Queer Pride Picnic (June 2, 1 to 4 p.m.)
Entre Hermanos is hosting their 9th annual South Park Queer Pride Picnic at the Duwamish Waterway Park. This event includes a drag queen show, live music, dancing and food!
White Center Pride (June 5, 7 p.m. to June 9, 10 p.m.)
White Center is hosting its first pride celebration from June 5 – 9. Each day features a different itinerary of fun events from drag shows to a Youth Pride Skate.
The Drag (June 5 to 29 , 8 to 10 p.m.)
Play Your* Part and the Gender Justice League are teaming up to produce “The Drag: A Homesexual Comedy in Three Acts.” The Drag is a play about overcoming the historical stigma associated with homosexuality and drag culture, written by the lightheartedly bawdy actress and sex symbol, Mae West. You can enjoy this show at Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center from June 5 – 29.
Queer Me Out — 50 Years from Stonewall in Seattle (June 6, 5 to 7 p.m.)
Headed by local queer activists Paul Blakes (Kaluha Ice), Candis Cayne, Arson Nicki, Monserrat Padilla, Tony Radovich, and Sarah Toce, Queer Me Out, a panel discussion, will be centered around Pride month, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, and more. After the conversation, there will be a Q&A and cocktail reception. This free event is at W Seattle hotel.
There Goes the Gayborhood! Panel Discussion (June 8, 10:30 a.m.)
This discussion, held at the Central Library downtown, features activists, preservationists, and other community members pondering the future of LGBTQIA+ spaces that have not been recognized as historically significant. This event, which is presented in partnership with The Seattle Public Library and Vanishing Seattle, is free.
AMPlify Memories: Temporary Installations (June 13 to 15)
Horatio Hung-Yan Law has designed an AIDS memorial due to be installed in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park. The AMPlify Memories series is giving a space to artists including dancer David Rue, storyteller and artist Timothy White Eagle, and others to showcase their work before Law’s work is completed.
Tukwila Pride (June 15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Tukwila Pride is having its debut on June 15th at Friendz Cafe. It will be a day filled with Music, Booths, Food and so much more. Join us for the 1st Annual Event.
Pride Forum, with Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party (June 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion with a forum about LGBTQI activists in organizing against the far right in the past and current day. The event will be at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle.
Seattle Women’s Pride 2019 (June 22, 6 to 10 p.m.)
The Seattle Lesbian’s womxn-centric event will be held at The Riveter Capitol Hill and feature a comedy performance with Monisa Brown, Val Nigro, and Tambre Massman and an awards session paying tribute to community members. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $55 for VIP.
Trans Pride Parade (June 28, 5 to 8 p.m.)
The Gender Justice League, UW Q and other organizations have scheduled the annual Trans Pride Parade for the Friday of the last weekend of Pride Month. This free event, which begins at the courtyard north of Seattle Central Community College, will be followed by a fair in Cal Anderson Park.
Seattle Dyke March and Rally (June 29, 5 p.m.)
The Seattle Dyke March and Rally, organized in Seattle for more than 20 years, are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Saturday June 29 at Seattle Central College.
Seattle Pride Parade (June 30, 11 a.m.)
The 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade will be in downtown Seattle along 4th Avenue. The route starts at 11 a.m. at 4th Avenue and Union Street and will end at 2nd Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center, and the parade announcers will be at Westlake Park.
There are also some great community events in July.
Rainbow Health Fair (July 20, 5 to 10 p.m.)
Gay City’s 21st Annual Rainbow Health Fair will take place at their Capitol Hill center. This event features free health services for trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and lesbian/bi/queer women.
Seattle Latinx Pride (July 20, 5 to 10 p.m.)
Somos Seattle is hosting their third annual Seattle Latinx Pride event at El Centro de la Raza on July 20.