Seattle Women’s Pride Promises to Combat Hate with Love This Saturday

Seattle Women’s Pride Promises to Combat Hate with Love This Saturday

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Seattle #weareorlando vigil on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandy Phipps
Seattle #weareorlando vigil on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandy Phipps
“This Saturday, June 18, we will hold the biggest, loudest, most inclusive Pride party in the history of Seattle,” said Seattle Women’s Pride founder Sarah Toce.

Following the ungodly massacre that killed more Americans than any other shooting in the nation’s history, the organizers of Seattle Women’s Pride have issued an update to their upcoming Pride party in Seattle on June 18.

The message is clear: the show will go on – and be bigger than ever.

“We at Seattle Women’s Pride are at a loss for words following the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said Sarah Toce, founder and producer of Seattle Women’s Pride. “The innocent lives lost early Sunday morning were our children, neighbors, and friends. It’s time to change the way we handle gun control in America.

“This Saturday, June 18, we will hold the biggest, loudest, most inclusive Pride party in the history of Seattle,” she added. “We will stand in solidarity to honor and reflect on the lives lost in Orlando as we unite in healing and celebration of our ‪#LGBT‬ history and culture. Please join us at Q Nightclub from 6-10 p.m. in a show of support, peace and solidarity.”

There’s a lot to celebrate. U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-1) will receive the Seattle Women’s Pride Crusader Award at the start of the event. The Seattle Women’s Pride Crusader Award honors a high-ranking official who utilizes their power for positive change in the lives of the underserved. It was previously announced on May 20, 2016 that Bastyr University Adjunct Professor Ali Tromblay will receive the Seattle Women’s Pride inaugural Community Champion Award. Tromblay has been leading the next generation of Midwives at Bastyr since 2007.

Additionally, it was announced on May 12, 2016 that Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will be honored with the organization’s inaugural Luminary Award. The Seattle Women’s Pride Luminary Award is presented to an individual whose purpose is to light the path for others in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through their tireless commitment and dedication.

Seattle Women’s Pride 2016 is produced by The Seattle Lesbian and is presented by Eastside Women’s Health Center.

Comedian Dana Goldberg, voted by Curve magazine as one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America,” will perform during Seattle Women’s Pride’s iconic one night only comedy show. Previous Seattle Women’s Pride performers have included The Voice‘s Vicci Martinez (originally from Tacoma, Wash.) and Bravo’s Julie Goldman. Lesbian fan favorite Brooklyn Dicent will open the show and continue as the emcee for the remainder of the evening.

Seattle Women’s Pride is quickly becoming an integral part of Seattle Pride heritage with national sponsors that include the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Family Equality Council (FEC), New York-based GO Magazine, and Lesbian.com. Additional sponsors include the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, Bastyr University, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Seattle Pride, and Provincetown’s Bride Pride. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Jimenez at jjimenez@eastsidewomenshealth.com.

The 21+ event is ASL interpreted and ticket reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets are $30 for General Admission or $45 for VIP (which gets guests up close and personal with Dana after the show) and are available via Stranger Tickets.

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