New publishing company aims “to make visible the invisible stories of our communities.”
by Patheresa Wells
Many people can only dream of writing down their stories. It takes a special bravery to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to produce a sharable work, and getting it published and getting it out to a wider audience is a huge next step. People who have been historically underrepresented in traditional publishing are even less likely to take that step. But new publisher Hinton Publishing, an imprint of Vertvolta, has begun operations with a focus on helping underinvited communities in the Pacific Northwest to get their stories published.
Continue reading Hinton Publishing Centers Stories From Historically Underinvited Communities
by Sarah Goh
A new exhibit is on display at the Wing Luke Museum — Guma’ Gela’: Part Land, Part Sea, All Ancestry. Guma’ Gela’, or “House of Gays” as it translates to in the native CHamoru language, is a queer art collective for people from the Mariana Islands and its diaspora.
Continue reading Resistance, Resilience, & Reclamation: New Guma’ Gela’ Exhibit Tells the Story of CHamoru People
by Patheresa Wells
Summer camp, with its newfound friendships and fun-filled activities, is not something that everyone had the luxury of enjoying in their youth. If the rise in temperatures makes you nostalgic for spontaneous play, check out C.A.M.P. Q: A Queer-Centered Summer Meet-Up Series from June 9 to Aug. 27. While June is full of larger one-off Pride events, C.A.M.P. Q is a place to foster Pride all summer long. So if chill connections are what you are after, come check out these events.
Continue reading C.A.M.P. Q Brings Queer Summer Camp to Seattle
by Victor Simoes
For their second annual Black Trans Comedy Showcase fundraiser on June 10, Lavender Rights Project (LRP) is going even bigger than in their first edition. With a stellar lineup of performers and comedians, the event hosted by activist and reality TV star T.S. Madison will showcase trans magic and laughter in a space dedicated to building community and learning how to protect Black trans lives.
Continue reading Lavender Rights Project Centers Black Trans Joy at Second Annual Comedy Showcase
by Ronnie Estoque
On May 3, UTOPIA Washington held the grand opening of their new Mapu Maia Clinic in Kent. The clinic provides free services for the QTPI (Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders) and QTBIPOC (Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community and does not require health insurance. Currently, the Mapu Maia Clinic provides wellness care, gender-affirming care, harm reduction, vaccine access, and COVID-19 PPE and test kits.
Continue reading Mapu Maia Clinic Opens in Kent to Serve QTPI and QTBIPOC in Need of Health Care Service
Seattle’s 18th Trans Film Fest Is Coming to Columbia City
by Neve Mazique-Bianco
The 2023 TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival, produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, turns 18 this year! To celebrate the fest’s young adulthood, the producers, programmers, jury, and artists have cooked up a wondrous weekend of in-person and online screenings, events, and parties, including two brand-new elements — a new location and a new award! One, TRANSlations is coming to Columbia City! In-person screenings and events will take place at Ark Lodge Cinemas and Beacon Cinema on May 5 and 6, with an after-screening opening night party on May 5 at The Royal Room. Two, earlier that evening, Three Dollar Bill Cinema will present the inaugural TRANSlations Trailblazer Award to filmmaker, actor, and director, Isabel Sandoval.
Continue reading 2023 TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival Is About Creating Kinship Through Time
Support these Black trans- and QTBIPOC-led groups advocating for trans rights.
by the South Seattle Emerald and Lavender Rights Project
The past two years have seen a record-breaking amount of anti-trans legislation in the U.S., with at least 421 actively proposed bills that would limit, restrict, or criminalize the civil rights of transgender people in 2023. While Washington is seen as a progressive state, there have been three anti-trans bills proposed during this legislation session alone and an uptick in anti-trans violence in general. For an up-to-date listing of anti-trans bills and more info, check out the Trans Legislation Tracker.
Continue reading The Emerald’s Guide to Supporting Local and National Trans Community Organizing
What Trans Visibility Means to Lavender Rights Project
by Lavender Rights Project
On this Trans Day of Visibility, we are in the midst of a rapidly changing political environment that is growing more and more terrifying for trans and non-binary Communities of Color across Washington State. Every week, gender-diverse loved ones throughout the country are strategically being stripped of their civil rights, primarily by radical white supremacist fascists who believe that we should not exist. While much of the legislation is targeted squarely at children (and mostly transgender girls), the policies being implemented are designed to prevent trans communities across the board from accessing lifesaving gender-affirming care, any kind of safety in public spaces, and the right to be — and live as — our authentic selves. Even in the Pacific Northwest, which people believe is a safe haven for trans people, we are seeing a significant increase in violence aimed primarily at trans femmes. Our heightened visibility in this hostile climate is becoming more dangerous by the day, and it is directly affecting our lives in alarming tangible ways.
Continue reading Resisting State-Sanctioned Violence by Uplifting Black Trans Movements
by Patheresa Wells
From “The They Them Yas Queen of Burlesque” Mx. Pucks A’Plenty comes Fatlesque Fest NW (FFNW), a unique show that provides art and entertainment through an inclusive body-positive space. The event includes burlesque shows, workshops, and a themed brunch. FFNW will be held at The Triple Door Jan. 6–7, with a finale event at Madame Lou’s on Jan. 8.
Continue reading First-Ever Fatlesque Fest NW Celebrates Body Diversity in a Big Way