Seattle's GBTQIA+ Pride Month is going virtual with three days (June 26–28) of solidarity featuring speakers, performances and activities courtesy or Gender Justice League, PrideFest, and Seattle Pride.
The three organizations, producers of Seattle’s largest Pride Month events – including Seattle Pride Parade, PrideFest at Seattle Center, Trans Pride and Seattle Pride in the Park – have joined forces to bring together elements from their respective events, plus new interactive offerings, in a virtual format.
Together For Pride is offering a range of kid-friendly activities all weekend long, some highlights include:
Saturday, June 27 highlights for kids and families:
Noon–1 p.m. - Family Hour: join Aleksa Manila who will read for a drag queen storytime and ImaginationBand who will take kids on a creative journey with songs and stories. (ages 4 and up)
1–2 p.m. - Queer Youth Pride, hosted by Gay City (ages 12 and up)
Sunday, June 28 highlights for kids and families:
2 p.m. - Art Class with Seattle Sounders FC: Join the Seattle Sounders FC for an art class where you’ll learn to make a new fun art project at home. (ages 4 and up)
3 p.m. - Tooth Fairy Storytime: The Tooth Fairy will be reading one of her favorite stories about oral health and a special guest will be sharing one of their favorite stories about diversity, equity and inclusion. (ages 4 and up)
5 p.m. - The Power of Youth Activism: An Interview with Student Activists from Kennedy Catholic High School: Listen to the students behind this year’s Kennedy Catholic High School protest, who staged a sit-in and walk-out in support of their LGBTQIA+ teachers who were fired after becoming engaged to their same-sex partners, discuss what it was like to stand up for what was right, and the importance of youth activism. (ages 12 and up)
5 p.m. - A Wikipedia Edit-Athon: Kids and parents can work together to help edit Wikipedia pages that pertain to the LGBTQIA+ community, leaders, history and more. (ages 10 and up)
The organizers wish to acknowledge and stand in solidarity with other regional LGBTQIA+ organizations to condemn the senseless murder of George Floyd, standing together against racism in all forms. The LGBTQIA+ community knows firsthand the feeling of marginalization, and the importance of compassion and standing together – especially in this time of need. As with other impactful movements, the LGBTQIA+ movement also began with a protest. Much of the Virtual Pride programming will be centered on matters of activism and centering black, brown and indigenous community voices.
Note: Image from last year's Pride Parade.