June 2023 Newsletter

Happy Pride Month from the Seattle Dyke March! 

As the 2023 Pride season kicks off, legislation and attacks on the queer community have been escalating, with trans people of color particularly threatened. The Seattle Dyke March stands unequivocally against the anti-trans, anti-drag, and anti-queer sentiments. Moreover, we believe queer joy, community, and resistance is more essential than ever in the face of increased bigotry. However you celebrate Pride, from staying in with your cats to attending every Pride event in the Seattle area, we encourage you to take the time to reflect on and honor the activists past and present who have made Pride as we know it possible. 

The Seattle Dyke March also has a variety of events planned for the month – for more information of Dyke March events, as well as other events please find our calendar here. For more information on the June 2023 Dyke March, please read Jill Mullins’ previous update here

Community Events

June 9th – August 27th, various times: C.A.M.P. Q, hosted by Queer the Land and Made Space Seattle, is a queer summer camp-inspired series of events, including game night, speed dating, a beach day, maker date, writing workshops and open mics, and a Bainbridge Island field trip, with the goal of inspiring connection. Buy tickets here

June 10th, 7pm – 10pm: The Black Trans Comedy Showcase, a fundraiser show featuring T.S. Madison, Mx Dahlia Belle, KJ Whitehead, and Beyonce Black St. James. Proceeds go to the Lavender Rights Project. Get tickets here

June 10, 7pm: Reign Vs Kansas City Current Pride Match and fundraiser for the Seattle LGBT Center. Purchase tickets here

June 17th, 8pm-1am: ¡AZUQAR! A Queer Latinx Dance Party at Mosé Auto Garage. Both a pre-Pride kickoff and a fundraiser for Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, the party will feature a live band, music performances, and DJ sets.

June 23, 6-9:30pm: Trans Pride Seattle’s 10th anniversary, taking at the Volunteer Park Amphitheatre. Find more information here

June 23, 7:30pm: C.C. Presents Pride at the Sunset – Pole and Burlesque Performances and Dance Party, Featuring DJ Nightmere. Read Lauren Wagner’s review of a previous show below! Purchase tickets here.

June 24, 11am-1pm: Cherry Court Pride Brunch, an intimate supper club hosted by Chef Roni Davis. Buy tickets here

June 23-25th, various times: Wildrose’s weekend of Pride events, featuring a wide range of performers. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Community Spotlight – Gemini (Pole Show & Dance Party) by Lauren Wagner

The place to be last Friday night was undoubtedly squished between strangers with fistfuls of singles, screaming yourself hoarse while watching performers dazzle you from a pole. And by this, of course, I mean the Gemini pole show at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. This was the third show put on by CC Presents that I’ve had the privilege of attending, and each time has been even more titillating than the last.

The show comprised of an impressive variety of performers, with the theme of the night highlighting duality in honor of Gemini season. The dances showcased dichotomies such as dreams and nightmares, the sun and moon, and grace and vengeance. The most notable performance of the night was undeniably the “nightmare” performance by Andromeda – have you ever been simultaneously terrified, impressed, and horny?

Previous to these events, the most I had experienced of pole and burlesque performances were seeing the aggressively heterosexual ads aimed towards bachelor parties the one and only time I’ve been to Vegas. I was worried that I would feel out of place as a lesbian there with my partner, but I have never been a part of such an inclusive, invigorating, and intoxicating crowd – there is just something so electric about the celebration of bodies and the power they hold. I left the show feeling sexier than ever and aching for more.

For photos and videos of the event, check out the CC Presents instagram here, and photographer Anna Xu’s instagram here.

If this sounds enticing to you, make sure to snag tickets to the upcoming Pride at the Sunset: Pole and Burlesque show here before it sells out!

Read, Listen, Watch, Learn

Read — Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: 
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by author Malinda Lo focuses on the coming of age of Lily, a Chinese lesbian coming to terms with her identity and falling in love in 1950s San Francisco. While Lo does not shy away from the difficult realities of Lily’s life during the Red Scare nor under anti-queer laws, she also artfully weaves in moments of joy, love, and discovery. In addition to telling Lily’s story, Lo, who is a lesbian author, places the spotlight on historical butch/femme relationships and lesbian club culture through the eyes of Lily. She offers an introduction to lesbian history without ever lecturing or speaking down to the reader. As AAPI heritage month ends and Pride month begins, Last Night at the Telegraph Club is the perfect YA novel for readers interested in historical fiction and queer romance.

Seattle Dyke March – June Update

It’s Pride month! That means it’s the biggest month of the year for the Seattle Dyke March. Not only does this month feature our annual Dyke Rally & March, but we also have a host of other fun events leading up to our big Pride weekend. 

If you’re looking to meet queer women, sapphics and dyke-identified people across the gender spectrum, join us at our events and march with us on June 24th! Here’s what’s coming up for the Seattle Dyke March this June: 

Upcoming Events hosted by SDM 

Friday, June 9th: Les Dance @ The Lumber Yard 

We’re collaborating with The Lumber Yard in White Center to host a dance night for our community! Join us for a night of dancing, drinks and fun with DJ Summersoft. Doors open at 8PM, and make sure to stop by the Seattle Dyke March table to say hi and grab some cute buttons! 

Check out the Facebook event for more details. 

Saturday, June 10th: WLW Queer Takeover @ Wild Waves Theme & Water Park

Come celebrate summer at the water park! Make new queer connections, and have a blast on rides and in the water. When you arrive, just look for the rainbow ribbon by the wave pool!

You can buy your ticket beforehand at wildwaves.com or at the gate. Parking is $20 per vehicle.

Friday, June 23rd: Les Mingle @ WILDROSE

Are you looking for an opportunity to meet other queer women and dyke-identified people in Seattle? Then Les Mingle is your chance! Join us for Pride weekend at WILDROSE on Friday, June 23rd for Les Mingle, an evening of facilitated mingling and matching. 

Find out who the local plant parents and passenger princesses are in our community with a fun game of mingle bingo! Worried about mistyping phone numbers or usernames in the blur of the fun? We’ll have snazzy business cards with your preferred contact info (mobile numbers, IG handles, whatever you want!) to hand out to potential friends… or more 😉 

Tickets are limited and they’re going FAST, so snag yours today. Please note, you must also purchase a ticket to WILDROSE’s Friday Pride to join Les Mingle. Your ticket to Les Mingle DOES NOT include the cover to WILDROSE. Tickets to WILDROSE can be purchased here

Saturday, June 24th: Seattle Dyke March & Rally 

This is it: our biggest event of the year! Join us on Saturday, June 24th for the annual Seattle Dyke March & Rally. We have an incredible line-up this year, including speakers from the ACLU National LGBTQ project and the Trevor Project, a drag king performance by Leo Mane, a musical performance by Chiku Nance, and more! The rally will also be emceed by the incredible Miss Indigo Blue! 

As we announced a few weeks ago, there will be a number of changes to this year’s event. First, we will be at Volunteer Park and marching in the residential neighborhood around the park. The reason for this change is to avoid involvement with the Seattle Police Department. As such, this year’s march will also be unpermitted. If you choose to participate, please understand what it means to march unpermitted and prepare accordingly. Dykes on Bikes will also be joining us in a limited capacity for this year’s march due to restrictions around space and safety. For more information about these changes, please check out our Dyke March Update blog

We will also be making an extremely BIG announcement at this year’s rally, so you won’t want to miss it! Bring your sunscreen, your emotional support water bottle, and all your queer friends for an afternoon of uplifting, amplifying, and celebrating queer and dyke identities! 

What’s Coming the Rest of the Year? 

Although the Seattle Dyke March is our pinnacle event of the year, we host events year round! For the rest of 2023, you can look forward to ongoing Open Mic nights and a new Speed Dating series beginning in July! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, and MeetUp so you never miss an event! 

Interested in getting involved with the Seattle Dyke March or have questions about our upcoming events? Please reach out to us at organizers@seattledykemarch.com

Happy Pride, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!