by Carmen Rivera
In 2022, the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Pride engaged in discussions about SPD’s involvement in the annual Pride parade held on Stonewall Sunday. As mandated by the City of Seattle, the police were expected to provide traffic assistance and crowd control. However, following a community survey in May 2021, which garnered over 1,300 responses requesting that police not be allowed to march, the Seattle Pride board passed a policy prohibiting “police uniforms, police vehicles, any police insignia, or police propaganda to walk in any parade [contingent].”
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by Amanda Ong
South Seattle Folks may have heard of Indigenize Productions, which organizes the Indigiqueer dance parties that pop up around Seattle month to month. It has hosted Seattle’s only regular spaces intended for queer Indigenous folks, like last month’s Seattle Aquarium After Dark: Pride Edition, or its Sweatlodge burlesque party. But most don’t know that Indigenize productions has been a six-year endeavor helmed by Howie Echo-Hawk, a local performer, artist, and event organizer.
Continue reading Howie Echo-Hawk of Indigenize Productions Reflects on Making Spaces for Queer Indigenous Freedom
by Jas Keimig
If you’ve been on any Seattle dance floor in the past year, you’ve for sure gotten down to the selections of DJ Kween Kaysh. Maybe you’ve seen her behind the decks at a Sapphic Seattle event or spinning out Jersey edits at Babe Night or holding down the fort at Day In Day Out last summer.
Continue reading Sho-Nuff Is the Newest, Hypest Queer Dance Party on the Scene
by Amanda Ong
On Friday, June 23, from 4 to 8 p.m., the second annual Indigiqueer Festival will take place in celebration of Pride month and Indigeneity at Pier 62. The festival sets itself apart from other Pride events in that it has been organized by and for Seattle-area queer Indigenous people, with a drag show, art market, and food vendors.
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by Sarah Goh
Newly released on March 18, 2022, Nic Masangkay’s “Mothers” explores the unlearning of possessive love and how to better honor our matriarchs. The song was inspired by 2000s R&B music and was released with a new music video filmed in Washington’s Deception Pass.
“Mothers” is the second single to Masangkay’s larger project, We Came of Age as Love Was Changing, which will be a prose poetry book, music album, and multimedia performance.
Continue reading Nic Masangkay Is Redefining ‘Mothers’ in a New Age of Love
by Kamna Shastri
When Taffy Johnson moved to Seattle from San Francisco in 2006, she felt alone and isolated. As a Queer Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI), there were no community organizations or gathering spaces where she could share experiences and access support with other LGBTQ Pacific Islanders. In San Francisco, Johnson had been part of a flagship organization called United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA). The space had given her a glimpse of the building blocks needed to create something similar elsewhere.
Continue reading UTOPIA Provides Resources, Cultural Empowerment for Queer & Trans Pacific Islanders
by Morgan Mentzer and Deaunte Damper
President Joe Biden’s multiple restructure plans focus significantly on building and creating new infrastructure, training trades workers, and supporting labor unions. However, without a cultural reckoning for the trades that addresses the toxic workplace culture permeating much of the industry and preventing nontraditional workers from entering or remaining in the trades, the restructure plan will further exacerbate the racial and gender disparities. Biden’s ambitious plans lean on the trades to address the economic impacts of COVID-19, the significant unemployment and the subsequent lack of health insurance.
However, the trades are rife with racism, toxic masculinity, and stagnant representation. For the restructure plans to succeed, the trades must address the toxic workplace culture to move the trades toward safety, inclusion, and not just cultural competence but cultural humility. Without safety, inclusion and humility, the restructure plan will further exacerbate the racialized inequality mirrored across America’s history and contemporary policies. ANEW and Reckoning Trade Project have an answer, and the compass to continue to guide. It starts with cultural humility.
Continue reading OPINION: LGBTQ Pride Must Extend to the Trades
by Mark Van Streefkerk
Seattle’s housing crisis disproportionately affects BIPOC communities, and of those groups, queer, transgender, and two spirit (2spirit) people are impacted even more. In response, Queer The Land (QTL) was founded in 2016 as a collective of QT2BIPOC resisting displacement and gentrification. One of their long-term goals was the acquisition of a house, and on Jan. 15 the goal was realized when QTL purchased a three-story house in north Beacon Hill. The home will be a hub for transitional housing, coworking, community spaces, gardening, and other opportunities.
Continue reading Queer The Land’s New Beacon Hill House Will Provide Housing, Healing, and Community for QT2BIPOC