by Patheresa Wells
Taking B(l)ack Pride (TBP) is Seattle’s only large-scale Pride event that centers on queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) communities. But TBP is more than just a Pride happening. It is lives. Lives that come together to celebrate, protect, and center their experiences. I spoke with members of TBP in advance of their third celebration, SEACHELLA, on June 25, 2022, at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre. SEACHELLA will be bigger than ever, featuring QTBIPOC performers from across the nation, food trucks and vendors, community resources, and family-friendly events.
Continue reading Taking B(l)ack Pride Celebrates Queer and Trans BIPOC With SEACHELLA
by Paul Faruq Kiefer
(This article was originally published by PubliCola and has been reprinted with permission.)
Hand-sized stickers bearing a rainbow-colored police badge are ubiquitous in storefront windows around Seattle. They are the calling card of the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) “Safe Place” program, a 6-year-old project that theoretically recruits business owners to provide shelter to victims of hate crimes and to report hate crimes to the department. The project doesn’t cost the department much — stickers, printed materials, and a single staff member are the only expenses. But whether it has made a difference for victims of hate crimes is still hard to discern.
Continue reading SPD Touts ‘Safe Place’ Hate-Crimes Program, but Advocates Skeptical
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Connect 10,000 highlights diversity, vitality of Rainier Valley businesses and community
The Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce has received a $53,000 grant to support local storytelling among about South End business owners and managers, particularly women and people of color.
Continue reading News Gleams: Rainier Beach Chamber embarks on storytelling project, Molly Moon’s joins Seattle Pride Dine OUT