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.
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.
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.