As part of this year’s Generations of Pride theme, Seattle Pride has announced Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Danielle Askini, both of whom work to increase awareness of our city’s diverse LGBT community, as Community Grand Marshals for the 2014 Seattle Pride Parade.
Danielle Askini is a social worker and internationally influential trans* activist. Based in Seattle and Stockholm, Danielle is the founding Executive Director of Gender Justice League, Washington State’s trans* and allied activist collective. Danielle has served as Program Manager for Q-Law, the National Program Director for GSA Network and is currently the Policy Director for Basic Rights Oregon. Her work has also spanned to Sweden where she helped RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights – change the 1972 law “regarding sex-changes in some circumstances” that required trans* people to undergo forced sterilization. Danielle’s work has spanned a number of progressive causes including safe-schools work and reforming HIV/AIDS policy, though the underlying focus has always been on elevating trans* community and experiences.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema strengthens, connects, and reflects diverse communities through queer film and media. In addition to presenting the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival every October since 1996, the organization produces the free outdoor cinema in Cal Anderson Park each summer along with Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Translations will return for its 9thyear, running from May 8-11th, 2014. Three Dollar Bill Cinema also runs Reel Queer Youth, a filmmaking and media literacy program for LGBTQ and allied teenagers. Coming this fall, Three Dollar Bill Cinema will be even more visible in the community when they move to their new home at the highly anticipated 12th Avenue Arts building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The Seattle Pride Parade takes place on June 29 at 11:00 a.m. on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.