Comedian Julie Goldman can be seen on The Mindy Project, Big Gay Sketch Show, Faking It, and The People’s Couch. Seattle Women’s Pride is Friday, June 19, 2015.
Just announced, the second annual Seattle Women’s Pride, presented by The Seattle Lesbian, will be held on Friday, June 19 at Q Nightclub (1426 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122) from 6-10 p.m. Headlining the event is none other than Bravo’s Julie Goldman (The Mindy Project, The People’s Couch, Faking It, Big Gay Sketch Show).
If you ask Goldman, there was absolutely no hesitation when approached to headline the popular event. “Sarah Toce [Seattle Women’s Pride producer, along with Stephanie Brusig] called and I obviously said YES! Done and done. Also, I LOVE Seattle and women and gays so, I mean, the combination is just…yes.”
For a sliver of perspective, the first annual Seattle Women’s Pride sold out the now defunct Lobby Bar when over 200 women attended with just under one month of promotional capability. This year, Toce says her team anticipates doubling that number.
“Women in Seattle have long desired a space of their own to celebrate during Pride, and Seattle Women’s Pride is providing them that space,” Toce said. “We realized last year that this event had to become an annual one –the response was so overwhelming.”
Toce also referenced the need for variety, and said that providing enough space for everyone to succeed was important to the Seattle Women’s Pride business model.
“So often in business, women are pitted against one another for no apparent reason. We took extreme caution to make sure our event was not held the same weekend as The Wildrose Bar’s annual block party, because we believe there is enough room for everyone on the Hill,” she said. “And we’d love to have them join us for a toast in their honor.”
This year’s event will include music by D.J. Wildfire of Hot Flash Inferno fame. Distinguished guests will also be in attendance. Last year guests included Justice Mary Yu, The Voice’s Vicci Martinez, among others.
Goldman recalled her favorite memory during Pride in New York City.
“I met Sean Sasser – he was so nice. I got to watch him speak firsthand –and witness the continuation of the AIDS Movement in relation to exposure from television, specifically The Real World on MTV,” she said.
And then there was that moment she referred to as “Amazeballs.”
“Another memory: seeing Whitney Houston live in New York City,” Goldman said.
Having a space for women to connect is vitally important for a community that is largely underrepresented and/or not likely noticed at all. A new MAP study released Thursday found that “America’s 5.1 million LGBT women face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence.”
“You can go to an event like Seattle Women’s Pride and feel a sense of belonging and comfort knowing all these people have a similar situation,” Goldman said.
Tickets for Seattle Women’s Pride are currently on sale through Stranger Tickets. Reservations are highly encouraged. The $20 price point guarantees entry and a raffle ticket for one of the many prizes that will be given away during the evening. The $35 price point guarantees everything above as well as a Meet and Greet with Goldman post-show. A discount to groups of 10 or more is available and interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Sponsors for Seattle Women’s Pride include The Stranger, Seattle Storm, TomboyX, Wckdstreak Productions, DJ Wildfire (Hot Flash Dances), Allan Aguila and Associates, Bessie’s Cakes, EDEN Pacific Northwest, EDEN San Francisco Pride Events, Girls That Roam, Steph Brusig Sports & Events Photography, The Seattle Lesbian, and other local partners. Contact email@example.com for sponsorship opportunities.