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There's a great moment in Challengers that's like something out of a Looney Tunes cartoon crossed with a 1940s Bette Dav...
05/18/2024

There's a great moment in Challengers that's like something out of a Looney Tunes cartoon crossed with a 1940s Bette Davis melodrama. Former best friends and tennis doubles partners Art Donaldson (Mike Faist) and Patrick Zweig (Josh O'Connor) — facing off in the finale of a US Open challenger tournament — are in the middle of a heated point. The camera starts with a wide shot showing both players batting the ball back and forth, and in the background are the grandstands full of people excitedly watching the action.

Read the full review here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=film&id=332983

The 68th edition of Eurovision — the world's most-watched non-sporting event and the longest-running annual TV music com...
05/17/2024

The 68th edition of Eurovision — the world's most-watched non-sporting event and the longest-running annual TV music competition— took place in Malmö, Sweden. And, along with the thousands of LGBTQ+ fans in the arena (and tens of millions watching at home), a number of Q***r artists took the stage to represent their country.

Read about the artists here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=music&id=332976

The Center on Contemporary Art, also known as CoCA, is working with Gothic Pride Seattle (GPS) to launch Dreadful Beauty...
05/16/2024

The Center on Contemporary Art, also known as CoCA, is working with Gothic Pride Seattle (GPS) to launch Dreadful Beauty: History and Art from Gothic Pride Seattle. This exhibition will not only showcase many talented members of Seattle's goth community over time but is also working to raise money to fund GPS's Pride float for the 2024 parade.

The exhibition will open on Thursday evening, May 2, at CoCaA at the TK Building in Pioneer Square. All artists featured are local to the Seattle area and members of the LGBTQ+ community, and receive payment to feature their artwork. Any donations made at the exhibit, and all additional profits after the artists are compensated, will go toward Gothic Pride Seattle's giant bat float, a hit during the annual Pride Parade in June.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=art&id=332975

In 2023, Washington state passed one of the most comprehensive animal welfare laws in the country. HB 1424, introduced b...
05/15/2024

In 2023, Washington state passed one of the most comprehensive animal welfare laws in the country. HB 1424, introduced by Rep. April Berg of Mill Creek, is intended to protect consumers by implementing harsh fines on any pet store that imports domestic dogs and cats from unlawful "puppy mills." Washington's previous law barring puppy mills shut down such in-state operations but did not prevent pet stores from obtaining animals from out of state.

Despite earlier laws banning puppy mill operations, many continued to run shady dog breeding businesses under the guise of "backyard breeding." According to PAWS, today, puppy mills are hiding in plain sight. "Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs (and cats in cat mills) for sale through pet stores, or directly to consumers through classified ads or the internet," PAWS said in a statement. "Roughly 90% of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. Many retailers who buy animals from such facilities take the wholesaler's word that the animals are happy and healthy without seeing for themselves."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=regional&id=332966

Compete Sports Diversity, an organization that provides certificates in sports diversity leadership with a mission to un...
05/14/2024

Compete Sports Diversity, an organization that provides certificates in sports diversity leadership with a mission to unite the world through sports, will host an online training on May 16. The event will focus on using privilege to bolster marginalized communities and feature special guests Luchie Javelosa, senior sports sales manager at Tempe Tourism; and Martin Stark, chief executive officer of World Gay Boxing Championships.

The course qualifies for sports diversity leadership certification credit, assuming the attendee is registered for that program. Designed specifically to teach aspiring professionals about DEI initiatives in the sporting world, the SDL track focuses primarily on the LGBTQ+ sports community. The website offers explanations of what the initials mean, what the "pink dollar" is, and why Q***r sporting events and Pride festivals are important.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=seattle&id=332968

Get out your finest attire for the first-ever "Ties and Tiaras" fundraiser for Trans Pride Seattle on Sunday, May 19 fro...
05/11/2024

Get out your finest attire for the first-ever "Ties and Tiaras" fundraiser for Trans Pride Seattle on Sunday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted at Sleight of Hand Cellars in S**o. There will be live performances, a silent auction, and a plethora of wines, beers and desserts.

Mac S. McGregor, who fought hard for marriage equality and is author of Positive Masculinity Now, began the planning process about three months ago. The idea stemmed from a conversation he held with leaders at Gender Justice League (GJL) about the state of the world and attacks on the Transgender and gender-diverse communities.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=seattle&id=332969

Visit Seattle, a private nonprofit destination marketing organization serving Seattle and King County, is seeking Q***r-...
05/10/2024

Visit Seattle, a private nonprofit destination marketing organization serving Seattle and King County, is seeking Q***r-made art to honor Seattle's 50th anniversary of Pride.

"We are doing an open call to creators/artists of all kinds," said Britt Fero of PB& on behalf of Visit Seattle. "We're hoping to get a diverse range of creators to answer the question 'How do you feel love/acceptance in Seattle?' through their craft. And then we will feature them on Instagram. Based on the submissions, we will also look for other opportunities to display and highlight that work, whether that's in real life or other digital properties, but social will be our main way of amplifying their response."

Read here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=seattle&id=332967

My first experience attending the Seattle International Film Festival came in 1993. I was one of the last few people who...
05/10/2024

My first experience attending the Seattle International Film Festival came in 1993. I was one of the last few people who managed to cram their way into the Egyptian Theater, now the SIFF Egyptian, to see the much-ballyhooed director's cut of James Cameron's 1989 underwater epic The Abyss. At that time, there were still "view limited" seats in the balcony, and I got stuck in one of those, which put a serious crick in my neck as I watched all 171 minutes in fascinated rapture.

It was glorious.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=film&id=332984

The queen of queens, Jinkx Monsoon, the first and only two-time winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, has shared with the world ...
05/09/2024

The queen of queens, Jinkx Monsoon, the first and only two-time winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, has shared with the world her new personal name: Hera Hoffer. The performer still uses her stage name but said she made this change to reflect her personal identity, which is separate from her drag.

Monsoon, who has been open about her gender fluidity for a decade, has added more recently that she identifies as Trans-femme Nonbinary. This year, she started hormone replacement therapy and underwent facial feminization surgery. In March, she posted pictures of her recovery on social media, sharing that a Trans elder told her, "Jinkx, it's never too late."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=theater___stage&id=332979

On Sunday, April 28, GenPride held its "Pillars of Pride 2024: Honoring the Silver in the Rainbow" event to celebrate th...
05/09/2024

On Sunday, April 28, GenPride held its "Pillars of Pride 2024: Honoring the Silver in the Rainbow" event to celebrate the legacy of Q***r seniors with awards, performances by Aleksa Manila and Gaysha Starr, and a unique brunch experience.

"Our elders have laid the foundation of bravery and love that has empowered our community," said Judy Kinney, the executive director of GenPride, in a press release. "'Honoring the Silver in the Rainbow' is our theme this year to celebrate their incredible journey and to acknowledge their pivotal role in our ongoing fight for equality."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=seattle&id=332988

05/03/2024

Nestled along the pristine shores of Fort Lauderdale, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort stands as a beacon of luxury and relaxation. This exquisite property, with its timeless charm and breathtaking oceanfront views, has become a haven for travelers seeking an unforgettable escape.

The Pelican Grand is a beachfront retreat that seamlessly blends Old World elegance with modern comforts. Located on the famous A1A Highway, its prime location offers guests direct access to the golden sands of the Atlantic Ocean. The moment you step into the grand lobby, you are greeted by a sense of opulence that sets the tone for your stay.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332708

Two of Seattle's best, if sadly frequently unheralded, film festivals kick of next Thursday, April 25, and both promise ...
05/03/2024

Two of Seattle's best, if sadly frequently unheralded, film festivals kick of next Thursday, April 25, and both promise a weekend overflowing in inventive, offbeat, and creatively original cinematic delights.

The 21st Seattle Black Film Festival (SBFF) soars to life at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Art Institute with a gala screening of director Contessa Gayles's award-winning musical documentary, Songs from Hole. And the 17th National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) embarks on its hybrid and in-person schedule with a sparkling opening night event sponsored by MoPOP at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=film&id=332700

I remember a cold late-winter day in 1992 when my mother made a seemingly innocuous, off-the-cuff remark that unfortunat...
05/03/2024

I remember a cold late-winter day in 1992 when my mother made a seemingly innocuous, off-the-cuff remark that unfortunately cast a giant shadow on my life. I'd recently turned 18 and was home from school sick. In truthfulness, I wasn't that ill. I was having a semirough time and needed a day off. I was still recovering from surgery to reconstruct some bones in my thumb (a football injury) and had lost my entire senior year of basketball because of it. I was also struggling with some personal issues that led to my developing an ulcer.

I'm pretty sure my mom knew something other than the flu was going on. But instead of making a big deal out of it, she just empathetically let things be. I've always loved that about her.

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Anyone who has spent a consecutive 12 months living in Seattle knows that the winters can feel dreary. For 90 days, Seat...
05/02/2024

Anyone who has spent a consecutive 12 months living in Seattle knows that the winters can feel dreary. For 90 days, Seattleites trudge to and from work under dark, gray clouds and a constant drizzle. The chance to escape the cold for a warmer destination is often the goal of those with the means, but for people like me, who find travel expensive and daunting, there are still fun ways to escape the city and spruce up the winter.

During the "best" month for seasonal depression, February, I took a chance and booked a stay at Smith Creek Village. Just south of Portland and nestled along the famed Trail of Ten Falls, the site felt like a hidden gem, with grounds that included acres of pet-friendly hills, creeks, and sprawling mossy trees.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332710

The drive from Seattle to Ashland, Oregon, takes one long day or two short days. I've made this journey nearly every Jun...
05/02/2024

The drive from Seattle to Ashland, Oregon, takes one long day or two short days. I've made this journey nearly every June since 1998, usually carpooling with a friend or two.

But with perfectly good theater available right here in the Seattle area, why make this annual trek south? So many reasons!

First, spending a week in Ashland is like attending an immersive theater camp for grownups. Pre-pandemic, it was possible to see as many as 10 plays in a week, or, as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) motto used to recommend, "Stay three days, see four plays."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=theater___stage&id=332706

I've watched The People's Joker three times now. The first was during the 2023 Seattle Q***r Film Festival. I laughed, s...
05/02/2024

I've watched The People's Joker three times now. The first was during the 2023 Seattle Q***r Film Festival. I laughed, sure, but was also knocked so far sideways, I could barely process what I'd just watched, let alone talk about the experience with anyone. If anyone asked me what I thought, all I could do was urge them to give it a look themselves, with no further explanation — the film affected me that much.

Now that the jubilantly politically incorrect satire is finally going into general release, I was able to sit down and take a fresh look (two, in fact). I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. Mostly, I sat in silence smiling. Not only did writer-director Vera Drew deliver a beautiful love letter to all things Caped Crusader, she also playfully eviscerated modern, cookie-cutter, corporate-studio comic-book filmmaking in a way that left me speechless.

Read the interview here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=film&id=332702

Being her usual spontaneous self, my fiancé proposed that we turn a planned California trip into a honeymoon three days ...
05/01/2024

Being her usual spontaneous self, my fiancé proposed that we turn a planned California trip into a honeymoon three days before we left, by scheduling a marriage ceremony at the courthouse. She persuaded me with a "two birds, one stone" argument: we could stop procrastinating on our "I dos" and be wed just in time to file our taxes jointly. Her promise to have, to hold, and to file till death do us part was more than enough to convince me. We tied the knot in December, and the next day, my new wife and I headed out on our honeymoon.

Our travel plans were convoluted, but we aimed to enjoy the journey as much as the destinations. First, we took the Amtrak Coast Starlight train from Seattle to Los Angeles. I had always wanted to experience a train ride, and it is said that the scenery along this route is "unsurpassed."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332711

I got this book while attending a straight friend's (doomed) destination wedding. It was the year all my straight friend...
05/01/2024

I got this book while attending a straight friend's (doomed) destination wedding. It was the year all my straight friends got married while I struggled under the delayed adolescence of a late coming out. Wandering the streets of a strange city alone, putting off the moment I had to zip into bile-colored bridesmaid outfit after not having touched dresses for a year, I shuffled into a rainbow-colored bookshop like a lapsed Catholic post-divorce, seeking familiarity. I asked for a recommendation of something Gay to get me through the weekend of aggressive heteronormativity. Like a Q***r communion, I was bestowed Slow River.

And now, five years later, I finally managed to finish the damn thing.

Read the full review here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=books&id=332703

04/30/2024

Hello (or สวัสดี) from a drenched 23-year-old sitting in their Bangkok hotel room in the year 2567 BE!

If you're anything like I was before coming to Thailand, you're probably wondering why in the world I'm currently trying to dry all the water that has been dumped on me and how I'm able to write from the future. That, my dear reader, is because the people of Thailand are currently celebrating Songkran.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332707

As someone who struggles with depression, there are days when I wake up and feel clouded by a thick fog. My chest feels ...
04/30/2024

As someone who struggles with depression, there are days when I wake up and feel clouded by a thick fog. My chest feels heavy, my pace slows down, and everything feels dark. On those days, it's really easy for me to succumb to the voice in my head telling me I am so very alone, that no one else on this earth could possibly understand how I am feeling. Even though I have a beautiful life, a husband that adores me, and cats that can't seem to leave me alone for five minutes, I still can't shake the loneliness that plagues me on those dark days.

But the truth is, I am far from the only person experiencing this feeling, which can be defined as a lack of meaningful or close relationships or sense of belonging. According to an 80-page report pulled together by the US Surgeon General in May of 2023, the rate of loneliness among young adults has increased every year between 1976 and 2019, and we are currently at an all-time high.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=ask_izzy&sc=&id=332696

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Last August, I decided to leave my life struggles behind in Seattle and embarked on a journey halfway around the world t...
04/27/2024

Last August, I decided to leave my life struggles behind in Seattle and embarked on a journey halfway around the world to live in the small island nation of Taiwan. After a grueling wait of two long years, my eagerly anticipated facial feminization surgery had finally been completed. Suddenly, there was no longer a sufficient enough reason to stick around at my crummy, abusive custodial job for its health insurance - I had finally been uplifted, like a bird released from its cage, free to spread its wings, then promptly flying onto greener pastures.

Not even two weeks post-op, still swollen and numb in the face, I took off for a 12-hour direct flight straight to Taipei. Little did I realize then the numerous discoveries and difficulties of the US expat lifestyle here that would be in store.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332712

Even before becoming a published author, Anthony Nerada was finding ways to examine well-known stories from a different ...
04/27/2024

Even before becoming a published author, Anthony Nerada was finding ways to examine well-known stories from a different perspective. One of the first he remembers writing was from the perspective of the stepsister in Cinderella in fifth grade. Several years later, he wrote another story about the Evil Queen in Snow White. Though these never saw the light of day, his first published novel, Skater Boy, follows in those footsteps by twisting the script of a well-known tale.

"Writing Skater Boy, I decided to flip the script on the classic pop song 'Sk8er Boi' by Avril Lavigne [whose lyrics include "He was a punk, she did ballet"] by telling the story from the punk side," Nerada said. "I just remember being a kid in the back seat of my parents' car, and I used to change the words and pronouns in songs so I would see my own story in the lyrics, because back then, there were no songs about boys loving boys and boys kissing boys.

Read the full interview here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=arts__entertainment&sc=books&id=332704

I fell in love in Turkey with a Kurdish man three-quarters my height but, like so many Turks, solid as a bull. We met in...
04/26/2024

I fell in love in Turkey with a Kurdish man three-quarters my height but, like so many Turks, solid as a bull. We met in Istanbul — "the city of the world's desire" — which is so far away from anything American or even Western European.

Raucous, 24/7 Istanbul straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, which is not surprising given that the city covers some 2,000 square miles. Compared with Seattle's 6,300-square-mile metro area, you might think, "No big deal." But there is another factor: people. Whereas Seattle and vicinity is home to just over 4 million residents, Istanbul, with one quarter the space, crams in over 15 million.

And somehow — well, it wasn't a big mystery: Grindr! — Afran and I found each other.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332718

On Saturday, April 27, Q***rCon, the Pacific Northwest's premier LGBTQ comics convention, will return to the main Bellin...
04/26/2024

On Saturday, April 27, Q***rCon, the Pacific Northwest's premier LGBTQ comics convention, will return to the main Bellingham campus of Western Washington University (WWU). Running from noon to 5 p.m., the event will feature Q***r artists, vendors, clubs, and more, plus an after-hours drag show by the college's Royal Gambit club and "Q***r Star Stories" in the virtual planetarium.

Con-going Q***r people might be accustomed to the weekend-spanning titans of Emerald City Comic Con, PAX West, SakuraCon, and others. But those same people would also be well acquainted with big crowds and high ticket prices.

By contrast, Q***rCon is short, sweet, and about as grassroots as they come. It's organized and staffed by volunteers, most of them students and faculty, and it's funded largely by donations and sponsorships from local businesses and organizations.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=regional&id=332705

04/25/2024

Thailand is far, far away. It's a journey just getting there. With no direct or nonstop flights from anywhere in the United States to this Southeast Asian kingdom, it will take American travelers at least two flights and about 20—36 hours before they even step foot on Thai soil.

Once you arrive, however, all the planning, saving, anticipating, and trekking will have been all worth it.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332719

On September 23, 2023, iconic, Seattle-based soccer star Megan Rapinoe hung up her jersey following her final match. The...
04/25/2024

On September 23, 2023, iconic, Seattle-based soccer star Megan Rapinoe hung up her jersey following her final match. The former US Women's National Team captain passed the badge off to midfielder Lindsey Horan and quickly settled into retirement with her partner, Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird.

Since leaving the team, Rapinoe's absence has been filled by a young new roster of talent, but the latest player to don her iconic #15 jersey has gained recent attention for spewing homophobia online.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=national&id=332715

04/24/2024

You won't find a "gayborhood" in Bilbao, but then again you won't need one. The Q***r-friendly Basque Country in northern Spain, with its progressive culture and affirming laws, offers a respite in the often politically tumultuous world we live in. Q***r life here is integrated into all aspects of the city.

Bilbao extends a welcoming embrace to Q***r travelers and offers a supportive home to LGBTQ+ residents. It is common to see Q***r partners walking hand in hand through the streets of the Old Town, sitting and smooching at a café, or staring romantically into each other's eyes over hot cafés con leche or a cold cerveza.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=travel&sc=&id=332720

With an upcoming presidential election and a string of local ones, King County Council Chair Dave Upthegrove has the pot...
04/24/2024

With an upcoming presidential election and a string of local ones, King County Council Chair Dave Upthegrove has the potential to make history this November. If elected as the next Commissioner of Public Lands, he would become the first out LGBTQ statewide executive office holder in Washington's history.

"We have a chance to break a little bit of a glass ceiling...at a time when visibility is more important than ever," Upthegrove told the SGN. "We are seeing bans of LGBT books around the country. We're seeing a backlash against the Transgender community. We see attempts to make our community invisible through bans on curriculum, and visibility — including among elected leaders — I think is critical right now."

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=regional&id=332717

After the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and Joint Enforcement Team (JET) visited the Cuff Complex and...
04/24/2024

After the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and Joint Enforcement Team (JET) visited the Cuff Complex and the Eagle in January — called "raids" by bar owners on social media and by community members — the LCB released a letter announcing a pause of its lewd-conduct enforcement and involvement with JET. The letter also included the possibility of reviewing WAC 314.11.050, the regulation that gave the drop-ins ground to stand on in the first place.

Read the full story here: https://www.sgn.org/story.php?ch=news&sc=seattle&id=332716

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