By Amelia Veneziano
Seattle Out & Proud will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a big presence along the route of this year’s Seattle Pride Parade, which winds through downtown on 4th Avenue.
Out of the starting gates, Mama Tits and Sylvia O’Stayformore will (wo)man the main stage at Westlake Park. The pair hosted the Pride Parade for the last four years at the 4th and Bell stage, and Mama Tits was one of the hosts of the 2010 PrideFest Main Stage at Seattle Center. Known as Seattle’s Skyscraper Hostess, Mama Tits is the producer and star of “Mimosas with Mama,” Seattle’s longest-running weekly Drag Brunch, and works various events around the area and across the country. Sylvia O’Stayformore will join Mama. Sylvia has been performing in drag in Seattle since 1997. She has performed across the Northwest and was named the Hottest Drag Queen in America of the Moment by Out Magazine in 2003. Sylvia produces Bacon Strip Seattle, a monthly theater show, and is the hostess of Rainbow Bingo at senior centers in West Seattle, Ballard and Columbia City, as well as hosting a brunch show at different locations of the south end. Longtime Westlake announcer Aleksa Manila will be honored in a different role this year for Pride, which will be announced soon.
Sarah Rudinoff and Cherry Sur Bête will greet the parade around the far turn at 4th and Bell. Cherry Sur Bête is a performance artist and a conceptual artist with a fetish for drag. She is a founding member of the Haus of LadyDude, an artists collective aiming for uncompromising artistic self-expression and commitment to community. She works as a sales manager and makeup artist for Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, alocal skincare and cosmetics retailer. Cherry will be joined by performer Sarah Rudinoff, a recipient of the Stranger Genius Award in theater and an actress and cabaret singer. Rudinoff performs in the band We Are Golden, and will premier her solo show, Is This Real Life?, at the On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival in June. Rudinoff was included in the book Seattle 100 and the PBS Special Portrait of a City, chronicling Seattleites who drive local culture.
As the parade rolls into the homestretch, The Seattle Lesbian will host the 4th and Denny Stage. The Seattle Lesbian is a daily online news magazine with readers across the world. The online magazine is Seattle’s only lesbian-fronted news outlet. It breaks news across local, national and international fronts, and highlights issuesthat face the LBGTQ community at large. The magazine has more than 180,000 readers monthly.
The Seattle Pride Parade, presented by T-Mobile, is downtown on Sunday, June 29 at 11 a.m. on 4th Avenue. George Takei will lead the Pride Parade as Celebrity Grand Marshal. Full event details are available at seattlepride.org .
Seattle Out and Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, Pride Brunch and the Seattle Pride Picnic.