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KNKX Honors Pride Month 2024 - Regional Events

LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

KNKX has some suggestions for regional events celebrating Pride Month (and beyond):

Seattle

June 1, 12-7 p.m.: Seattle Pride in the Park will kick off Seattle’s 50th annual Pride Month celebration on Saturday, June 1 at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, sponsored by KNKX. The free event will feature a can’t-miss lineup of LGBTQIA+ performances, a dance-focused stage with an adjacent alcohol garden (21+), food trucks, local nonprofit booths, queer vendors, and more. The event also includes plenty of family friendly fare – including Drag Queen Storytime – and a teen space designed and hosted by youth in a collaborative internship between Seattle's LGBTQ Center and Seattle Pride.

June 2: Seattle Frontrunners presents Run & Walk with Pride at Seward Park, an annual running and walking event that serves as a fundraiser for local LGBTQIA+ non-profit organizations. This year’s beneficiary will be Peer Seattle. Over the past four decades, RWWP has raised and donated almost $200,000 to different organizations operating in the state of Washington.

June 6, 5-10 p.m.: Join Seattle Pride during the Pioneer Square Art Walk at RailSpur. The Pride in Seattle: 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit was curated by pride youth interns in collaboration with Seattle Pride and Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center. Artwork created in a youth public art activation hosted by Coyote Central and Seattle Pride will also be featured! Let's come together in the same place the first Pride organizers did in 1974 to celebrate the future of our community: our young people!

June 8, 8 p.m: Strike A Pose and Seattle Pride are joining forces to bring the community a PRIDE ball like never before, happening at River Event Space. By celebrating 50 years of PRIDE, Strike a Pose and Seattle Pride welcomes the community to celebrate lived experiences, access community resources, and opportunity to uplift the SeaTac Ballroom community.

June 9, 6-10 p.m.: It's Diversity Collective's 3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ game developer Pride celebration hosted at Mox Seattle! This event is an opportunity to network and celebrate Pride together! We'll have over 300+ board games available to play through Mox's library, as well as table space for setting up game demos to show off your latest work or get feedback, which can easily support both video or physical games. (If you bring your own video game, you will need to provide hardware to play it on, but we will have extra extension cords and power strips on hand to help with your setup.) FREE food and drink will be provided through the Mox Kitchen. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available, as well as vegetarian and gluten free food options. We'll be playing music exclusively by queer artists throughout the event!

June 21, 6 p.m.: Giving and Glam: A Fundraiser Supporting Lambert House is a fabulous, glitter-infused evening bringing folks together to champion equality and LGTBQIA+ youth programs at this fundraiser for the Lambert House! Join us in fiercely defending local queer youth when so much hate threatens to try and dim our sparkle. Now more than ever, LGTBQIA+ programs are necessary shelters for queer youth experiencing homelessness, a need for community, and a safe place to grow and connect with others. Rub elbows with local activists and allies as we delight in a live music pre-show featuring a mix of Pride anthems and original songs from The Wandering Now and a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

June 22-23: Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “You Can’t Stop the Drag” at McCaw Hall. Top tier Ru Paul’s Drag Race talent, Nina West, joins the Seattle Men’s Chorus to celebrate the artistry of drag with iconic performances of anthems like “I Will Survive” and “I Am Who I Am.” So, break out your rainbow boas and glittering tiaras and sashay your way to this can’t-miss show. Saturday, June 22: 2 PM (kid’s show and drag story time) & 7 PM, June 23: 2 PM & Livestream.

June 27, 7:30 p.m.: Seattle Opera presents Divo to Diva: Anita Spritzer in Recital at Tagney Jones Hall. With big wigs, over-the-top looks, and comedic charm, local drag star Anita Spritzer brings her live one woman show to Seattle Opera, accompanied by pianist Jay Rozendaal. Watch her dazzle us with her bold personality and marvelous tenor voice—one that might sound familiar, as this fierce diva is in fact Seattle Opera favorite and local tenor John Marzano! Ms. Spritzer will bring you to your feet as she embarks on a musical journey from past to present with selections from the musical theater and operatic worlds alike, including pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Giacomo Puccini, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Join us for this very special Pride Week spectacle!

June 28-30: It's the Queer Pride Festival located on 11th Avenue between E. Pike and Pine Streets. QPF features global, national, and hyper-local artists, musicians, drag queens, DJs, and burlesque dancers. The music lineup includes Santigold, Tegan and Sara, Rico Nasty, and so much more. Set in the heart of Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, Queer Pride Festival is a 3 Day 21+ music and arts annual Pride festival.

June 30, 11 a.m. (pre-show at 10 a.m.): Seattle’s 50th Annual Pride Month celebration will close out with the annual Seattle Pride Parade in Westlake Park along 4th Avenue, sponsored by KNKX. Come see Washington's largest parade and celebrate the 250+ local and national community groups, nonprofits, and companies.

Tacoma

Through June 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It’s Pride at Point Defiance Zoo Dress. Dress in your Pride finest and visit Point Defiance Zoo where you can watch animals enjoy rainbow-themed enrichments, join a parade led by animals from Wild Wonders and Kids’ Zone, make your own Pride flag, and more.

July 13, 12-6 p.m.: Tacoma Pride Festival is an annual community event hosted by Rainbow Center and held on the second Saturday of July, sponsored by KNKX. We take pride in honoring the LGBTQIA2S+ community by celebrating who we are as valuable and creative members of a diverse population in the South Puget Sound region. As the largest Pride celebration in Tacoma, we understand the importance of creating opportunities to support our local community of entertainers, makers, artists, businesses and organizations to offer a more inclusive representation of who we are.

Bellevue

June 1, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Paws & Pride Dog Walk is back at Bellevue Downtown Park! Enjoy a stroll around the park and after-walk festivities including a beer/mimosa garden, DJ Puma, Rupaw's Dawg Costume Contest, and Drag Queen, Gaysha Starr. All are welcome (with or without your pup) - Register today!

Partial net proceeds of the event registration fees will equally benefit Seattle Humane of Bellevue and Lambert House, a nonprofit organization that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills in the greater Seattle area. This non-competitive 4K event will shine a spotlight on Eastside Pride PNW's mission to foster unity, celebrate diversity, and build bridges across communities.

Bellingham

June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Whatcom Youth Pride Coalition proudly presents the 2024 Youth PRIDE Parade and Festival, an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ youth and youth allies to walk together through a short parade route while the community stands along the sidelines and cheers them on! The parade culminates in a festival at Bellingham High School where there will be tables for community organizations to share their resources, music and performances, and food trucks for lunch!

July 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pride in Bellingham is a celebration that grows bigger and better each year, drawing people from all walks of life to participate in the joyous event. The parade, a highlight of the city’s summer calendar, is a dynamic display of unity and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s a day when the streets are filled with color, music, and a shared sense of pride. Rainbow City Marching Band is set to bring its signature blend of music and color to the streets of Bellingham for the annual Pride Parade. This ensemble, known for its inclusive spirit and vibrant performances, will march through the city, celebrating diversity and community with every step. Following the parade, the band will continue the festivities with a special performance at Depot Market Square, offering an additional set of pop tunes that promise to keep the energy high and the spirits lifted.

Burien

June 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Burien Pride presents a Pancake Brunch & Drag Queen Bingo All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Brunch and Bingo at Burien Town Square! Hosted by the ever-talented and fantastically amazing “Queen of Drag”. Bring your good luck charm and your favorite colored bingo dot stamps for a chance to win great prizes!

Olympia

Puget Sound Estuariam in Olympia is hosting these Pride events: Tiny Tides Storytime Pride Celebration on June 1 from 9-11 a.m. (ages 0-8), with friends in drag reading estuary-themed picture books, performing a nautical sing-along, and leading a craft activity. The Sirens & Sea Monsters: All Ages Draft Benefit Show is June 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Stonewall Youth, raising money for that organization and Puget Sound Estuarium. Walk the Plank: Drag on the Salish Sea is a 21+ drag benefit show for Puget Sound Estuarium June 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Wildman Gastropub. These salty dogs will entertain with an evening of marine-themed drag acts and special guests.

Resources

The Washington State LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group, RAIN (Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network), established via Governor’s Directive 16-11, is focused on advising and developing strategies for creating safe, diverse, and inclusive workplaces for our LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and customers. You can read more here, which includes Pride Month resources.

The collections of the Library of Congress contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material produced by, about and for the LGBTQ community. The contributions of this community are preserved as part of our nation’s history, and include noted artistic works, musical compositions and contemporary novels.

The Library’s American collections range from the iconic poetry of Walt Whitman through the manuscripts of the founder of LGBTQ activism in Washington, D.C., Frank Kameny.