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2009 Seattle Pride Grand Marshals
Our Marshals Have Been Chosen

Charlene Strong Charlene Strong
Charlene Strong was appointed to the Washington State Human Rights Commission in January, 2009.  After the death of her partner Kate Fleming she became a tireless advocate of marriage and same-sex equality.  Her work for this issue brought her to speak before the Wasington State legislature a little more than a month after Kate’s death.  Her testimony helped pass landmark domestic partnership legislation in the state of Washington.  Charlene maintains a close working relationship with Equal Rights Washington (ERW).

Charlene’s past involvement, focused in the LBGT community, was with the Human Society’s Pet Project, who provided HIV/AIDS patients with help and care for their pets.  Charlene designed and managed their veterinary clinic to insure pet care and wellness visits.  She also implemented an intake committee to access candidate needs.  She also worked with the Archdiocese of Seattle on an LGBT task force dedicated to improving acceptance and understanding within the Archdiocese of LGBT parishioners.

Anne Melle-Hilgram Anne Melle
Anne has been on the Board since 2005. Born in Chicago, she began working with the LGBT community 28 years ago as a member of Parents of Gays, a Chicago group that was part of the pioneering LGBT organization, the Mattachine Society. Several years later, Parents of Gays became one of the first PFLAG chapters in the country, and Anne was a founding member of the Chicago PFLAG chapter. Following a successful career in the banking industry, she moved to Maine where she ran a bed-and-breakfast. Anne lived there for 12 years, and during that time was PFLAG's Mid-Coast representative. In 1998 she moved to Seattle to be with her gay son, and is now the president of the Seattle PFLAG Board of Directors.

In 1993, a small group of gay teens approached a staff member at the Snohomish Health District and said that they needed a safe place “to be gay.”  The staff member looked around, realized there was no such space and helped to create a Youth Empowerment Group that has been supporting Snohomish County Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth for over 16 years!  Today GLOBE stands for “GLBTQ – Loving Ourselves, Becoming Empowered!”

Initially GLOBE was established as a public health program to address the lack of support to Queer Youth; a major focus was HIV/AIDS prevention and healthy choices.  While those ideas still help focus the group’s direction, we have moved out of the Health District and have become a community-based group, sponsored by the Everett/Snohomish County PFLAG.  Our goal is to provide an opportunity for youth to meet other GLBTQ individuals and to learn they are not alone in who they are and how they identify.

George Bakan Seattle Counseling Service
1969 was not only the year of Stonewall, it was also the year that Seattle Counseling Service began in Seattle, WA. !!!!

Seattle Counseling Service is the first and oldest community mental health agency for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender persons in the United States.  We began in a rented house, with a telephone and several volunteers, who were ready to answer the phone, talk with people who dropped by, and offer counsel and support.

Among the programs pioneered by SCS, the Domestic Violence Program was one of the first in the nation to offer help to those in same-sex relationships. In 1985, SCS received status as a United Way agency. SCS was the first gay-specific agency to receive that status in King County.

SCS began providing services for people with HIV/AIDS concerns in 1985 by providing HIV Test counseling at the Seattle Gay Clinic. Long-term AIDS therapy and an AIDS drop-in group began in 1986, and the AIDS Crisis Intervention Program was initiated in 1989. In 1990, SCS became a sponsoring agency of Lambert House, a gay/lesbian/bisexual youth drop-in center. We currently provide both mental health and chemical dependency treatment for youth.

In 2003, SCS and King County Public Health created a collaboration to house Project NEON, a harm reduction program for users of crystal methamphetamine. We also created Seattle Counseling Service Chemical Dependency Services, assuming the role previously filled by Stonewall Recovery Services.

George Bakan Equal Rights Washington
Equal Rights Washington is Washington's largest state-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political advocacy organization. ERW's mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality by working to end discrimination for all LGBT Washingtonians.

Founded in 2004, ERW has assisted in the passage of several equality-focused legislative measures, including an anti-discrimination bill, hate crimes bill, and domestic partnership laws. ERW's sister organization, Equal Rights Washington Education Fund, proceeds with the focus of educating Washingtonians about issues of equality and coordinating with allied organizations across the state.

Are you really ready for Pride Month 2009?
Just asking because there’s so much happening this year that you had best get your calendar out NOW and start blocking out dates for the following Pride 2009 events:

“Strike out with Pride” Bowling Tournament – If you think gay bingo is a hoot, you’re going to LOVE gay bowling. Join us at the private and super comfy Seven10 bowling lounge at ACME Bowl in Tukwila. This ultra-modern, swanky lounge provides Seattle Pride bowlers an intimate, upscale bowling experience. While knocking down pins, you'll enjoy food and beverage service from the restaurant and lounge, you’ll fixate on the 150" projection screens at the end of each pair of lanes, and sit on couches so comfortable, you'll forget it’s your turn. At “Strike Out for Pride” you will also enjoy unlimited billiards play as well as bowling. The Strike out with Pride - Bowling Tournament is definitely the place to be. Sponsored by ACME Bowl and Seattle Out and Proud.
Sunday, June 7th 7:00pm

Pride IdolPride Idol @ R-Place – Karaoke on steroids? Oh hell no. This is the real deal. Some of Seattle’s best unknown talent slugging it out on stage for all to see, hear and cheer. Plus you get to party at R Place, work out your best moves on the pole and text vote to Verizon Wireless on who you want to see crowned Pride Idol 2009. Sweet!
Tuesdays, 9:30pm

Bat-N-Rouge Softball –It's bats vs. balls & dykes vs. drag queens...how All American is that?.. Come and play, or, if you're more of the supporter type, be there with your best cheerleader chant and your prettiest pompoms!
Saturday, June 13th 5:00pm

Cruisy-T’s Pride Cruise –OMG! Hundreds of gorgeous guys and gals on
a boat for four hours dancing to great music while downing designer drinks. Do you think some of them might let their hair (or guard) down or take off their shirts and tops? Just saying.
Saturday, June 27th 5:00pm

Fashion Show – Queer Eye never looked this good. This is an event where it’s de rigueur that you primp and preen--and practice your best routine--because you never know who you’ll see and by whom be seen!
Saturday, June 20th 7:00pm

Half Price Books – Remember Stonewall – ‘It was forty years ago today….a bunch of queens taught the world we’re gay’ Oops, sorry. That’s Sgt. Stonewall. Wrong song….but seriously, come and learn about our fabulous forefathers and mothers, our unique history and our shinning future at this special Seattle Pride event.
Saturday, June 13th 6:00pm

Stand Up with Pride Comedy Fest“Stand Up with Pride” Comedy Fest – Seattle Pride and Parlor Live Comedy Club want you to get ready to laugh until your face hurts, with ANT of “Last Comic Standing!” Hyper, cheeky, and hilarious accurately describe comedian ANT, who has become one of the most successful comics today. A regular guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Tyra Banks Show,” ANT has appeared on five seasons of NBC's hit series “Last Comic Standing.” Currently you can catch him as the host of VH1's “Celebrity Fit Club.” The show will also feature hilarious comedians Jason Dudey and Erin Foley who have both appeared on "Last Comic Standing." Sponsored by Parlor Live, Seattle Out and Proud, Groupdyne.com and Barefoot Wines.
Thursday, June 11th - June 13th 7:00pm & 9:30pm

Pride Brunch – The brunch will precede the Seattle Pride Parade and area restaurants will offer a special $25 plated brunch menu for hungry Parade-goers. Proceeds from each brunch sold will go directly to Seattle Pride®, a local organization supporting unity and diversity in our community.  Sponsored by Seattle Out and Proud and ww.groupdyne.com
Sunday, June 28th 8:00am

Step-Up Campaign – Support Seattle Out and Proud this year by buying our killer buttons bearing this year’s theme of Peace, Love and Equality. You can see and get them on our web site as well as on the day of the parade. With your help we will keep our 35 year Pride Parade tradition vibrant & viable.
Going on NOW

For more information, check out our complete list of events here!



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We want to know if you have a pride event happening.
Or any other event that would benefit the GLBT community. Please email your event information, web site link, etc. to info@seattlepride.org

Sunday, June 7
Strike Out with Pride -
The Strike out with Pride - Bowling Tournament is definitely the place to be. more info

Tuesday, June 9, 16 & 23
Seattle Pride Idol at RPlace-
Some of Seattle's best unknown talent slugging it out on stage for all to see, hear and marvel. With over $2,000 in cash & prizes, a series of preliminary weekly competitions will lead to the final event on June 23rd. more info

Thursday, June 11 - 13

Stand Up with Pride - Seattle Pride and Parlor Live Comedy Club want you to get ready to laugh until your face hurts, with ANT of “Last Comic Standing!” more info

Saturday, June 13
Bat N'Rouge: Drag Queens vs The Dykes -This 11th annual fundraiser at Cal Anderson Park kicks off Seattle Pride with a softball extravaganza unlike any other. This fabulous, theatrical softball event renews the decade-long rivalry between the Drag Queens and The Dykes. more info

Sunday, June 14

26th Annual Run and Walk With Pride - Come to Seward Park for a fun 10K run, 4K run, or 4K walk. All abilities are welcome, so come and join the fun!
Medals for overall winners in each event, and ribbons for gender and age division winners. All finishers receive an event t-shirt and entry into our fabulous raffle prizes!
more info

Friday, June 19

“An Evening of Pride” at Half Price Books - Honoring 40 years since stonewall! Half Price Books on Capitol Hill welcomes a selection of honored guest speakers providing a unique perspective on the LGBT experience since stonewall.

Saturday, June 20

4th Annual Out of the Closet
Fashion Event
- Eric Davis produces this annual fashion show at the W Hotel, hosted by Sylvia O’Stayformore and featuring DJ Colby B. Come out in style and experience the cutting edge in local fashion and design. Proceeds support DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) and Seattle Out and Proud. VIP Ticket includes two drink tickets, hors' dourves and exclusive viewing of the designer fashions.
more info

Tuesday, June 23

FINALE: Seattle Pride Idol at R Place - Karaoke on steroids? Oh hell no. This is the real deal. Text vote to Verizon Wireless and come see who will be crowned Pride Idol 2009 at our June 23rd FINALE. Over $2,000 in cash & prizes. more info

For a complete list of upcoming events throughout the year, visit our web site.

IvyRain is the exclusive consulting company for the Seattle Pride® Parade. Please contact Dana Fialdini for more information about sponsorship via email or by calling 206.240.0649

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