Please join us June 7th at 11am for Rock for Pride 2020 - At Home Edition, a livestream dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ Community. It will feature messages of love from community leaders, non-profits, drag performers, musicians, and more!
Singer/ Songwriter. Music Producer.
Jack Mozie, nee Ramiro Orellana, is a singer/songwriter and music producer who started his career performing at nightclubs in Seattle, Washington. He released his first album, Sealed For Your Protection, on March 18th 2011, with 14 original songs. His second album, Iron Fist, was released on April 23rd 2013, and garnered him some popularity in the Seattle area.
He received his Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Electronic Music Production and a Certificate in Commercial and Pop Music from Shoreline Community College. He is currently attending Berklee Online and working towards his Bachelors of Professional Studies in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design.
Also, Jack is an activist. He has been participating in May Day marches in Seattle, volunteering at Pride events, and has helped to create fundraisers to benefit local LGBT non-profits. He recently released Chasing Rainbows, a 4-song EP with acoustic pop songs.
Influencer. Media. PR. Community Relations
Award-winning journalist Sarah Toce was honored with the 2017 Community Builder Award by
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. In June, she was recognized as one of the most powerful journalists
of 2017 by Curve magazine. She was also the recipient of the distinguished 2016 LGBT Leadership
Award from the Washington Diversity Council.
In 2014, she was named one of GO Magazine’s Red Hot Entrepreneurs. In 2012, the McCormick Foundation named Sarah one of their New Media Women Entrepreneurs for her work developing and publishing Seattle’s daily LGBT online newspaper – The Seattle Lesbian. In its first year alone, The Seattle Lesbian reached a threshold of one million readers on a global scale.
Sarah currently serves on the boards of the Society of Professional Journalists - Washington Chapter, GALECA -The LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Association, and is a founding committee member of Burien Pride.
Drug counselor by day, drag diva by night. Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she now calls Seattle, Washington home.
Aleksa is a favorite emcee/host, speaker/panelist, performer/model at many events in the region because of her smart and sassy presence onstage and her ease of engaging her audience.
In her professional career, Aleksa when "not-in-face" is the Program Manager at Pubic Health - Seattle & King County focused on the sexual health of transgender women in King & Snohomish counties (National HIV Behavioral Surveillance); worked as Program Manager of the Immigrant, Refugee & Undocumented Outreach Program, Program Coordinator of Project NEON and Program Supervisor of Addiction Services at Seattle Counseling Service where he dedicated 16 years in behavioral health and social service. He provides training and consultation with emphasis on LGBTQ cultural competency, harm reduction, addiction and behavioral health from a social justice perspective.
For 27 years, Seattle's own Gaysha Starr has been entertaining and captivating audiences with her quick wit, glamorous looks and memorable performances.
Competing in drag pageants and campaigns, here are just some of the titles she has won and have been awarded with:
• Community Leader of The Year 2020
• The first Queen of The Seattle Queen Crawl 2018
• Honorary Sister Of Perpetual Indulgence 2012
• Miss Gay Filipino Emeritus 2002
• The first Asian Pacific Islander
Empress of Seattle, Olympia XXIX 1999
• Miss Gay Washington 1996
• The first Seattle winner of
La Femme Magnifique International 1994
• The first Miss Neighbours 1993
Using her many years on the stage she's hosted and participated in many large community events and fundraisers including:
• Team Captain and Winner of the Seattle Queen Crawl helping raise over $20,000 for 5 local charities, September 2018
• Seattle PrideFest Co-Hostess, June 2018 and 2019
• Reunited, A Benefit for The Seattle Humane raising over $5K, May 2018
• Pride Lives Fundraiser at Amazon Seattle Headquarters October 2017, raising over $8K
• Featured on C 89.5 FM’s “Dramatic Drag Queen Readings of Dance Music” Fall 2017
• Co-Announcer at The Seattle Pride Parade in 2011, 2012, 2019 at Westlake Park Main Stage
• All Seattle Quake Rugby Is A Drag Annual Fundraisers since 2011
• Producer and host of the La Femme Magnifique Washington Pageants since 2010
• Hostess of Seattle Red Dress Parties since 2009
Currently she sits on the Board of Directors for The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and is The Dean College of the College of Former Emperors and Empresses. She also is an ambassador of Pride Asia Seattle.
A self identified single LadyBoy (S)he is the store manager of a luxury retailer in Bellevue, WA and the proud parent of a small pup, Nico. You can always friend request her on Facebook at Gaysha Starr!
Never forgetting where she comes from, Latinrose expresses her roots in all she does musically. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Washington she was exposed to many different genres which influence her music today. Latinrose has been singing and songwriting in the Seattle hip hop scene since she was a teen and has had the honor to be on 15-20 different albums and has performed at almost all of the venues in Seattle.
She's collaborated with well known artists such as Devon the dude, twista, crooked I, etc. She has also rocked the stage with local and national artists such as Chingo Bling, Tech N9ne, Twista, Big Boi from Outkast, E40, Too short, Devon the Dude, Ying Yang twins. She has a style she calls her own which is a mash up of techno, cumbia, bachata, reggaeton, and pop.
Her first album "Love Stories" was locally successful and fueled her dream to become popular in the Latin music scene. Latinrose also won the 2014 PRIDE IDOL. She has won multiple awards from Univision Seattle. The biggest moments in her musical career is becoming a Latin Grammy member and attending their yearly event. Her biggest motivation and inspiration is her mother Maria who has pushed her to follow her dreams and to never give up.
JOEL AGUIRRE (LA GORDA)
Joel was awakened to activism and passion for social justice at the age of 16, inspired by his own father to serve the community. His commitment to social activism was intensified when the AIDS epidemic broke out. He knew that this epidemic was not just affecting the physical body but the whole of society and its attitude toward LGBT and people of color. He had no choice but to get involved in the fight for equality, human rights, and the seemingly endless battle again HIV/AIDS. Joel immediately found, as a member of the LGBTQ community, he was more than ever a target of attacks and that his community was blamed and shamed for this disease.
Joel fue despertado al activismo y la pasión por la justicia social a la edad de 16 años, inspirado por su propio padre para servir a la comunidad. Su compromiso con el activismo social se intensificó cuando estalló la epidemia del SIDA. Sabía que esta epidemia no solo afectaba al cuerpo físico sino a toda la sociedad y actitud hacia las personas LGBTQ de color. No tuvo más remedio que involucrarse en la lucha por la igualdad, los derechos humanos y la batalla interminable contra el VIH/SIDA. Joel descubrió de inmediato, como miembro de la comunidad LGBTQ, que era más que nunca un blanco de ataques y que su comunidad era culpada y avergonzada por esta enfermedad.
Andrew began her drag career at Julia’s on Broadway in 2013. Since then, she has worked in multiple bars and nightclubs throughout the greater Seattle area hosting shows, judging competitions and performing for packed houses. In 2015, Andrew teamed up with producer Jack Mozie and released her first EP titled Potential on iTunes and Amazon music. You can expect high energy performances, dazzling looks and original hip hop and r&b music! For more information and booking, you can see Andrew’s profile on Gig Salad!
Garlic man has been singing and playing any instrument she can get her hands on since she can remember. She was a choir person, a theatre person, a band person. All those types of people. Even went to evergreen to pursue performance and singing. Garlic is in a group called creature hole that formed in 2011. They have gone on multiple tours across america. Garlic puts her own experiences into her music, and most of those experiences involve sex and body positivity and relationships and being queer af. Music is her life and she thinks it should be yours too, but knows it already is.
an artist and philosopher, has been writing his own music and lyrics since high school. Inspired by all things around, he creates something new out of the shattered fractions of things he's experienced.
"We like to call our music 'Progressive Blues,'" says guitarist Andreas Laursen. "It's a re-imagining of roots music beyond expected 12-bar standard of the blues. Think ‘Motown meets Led Zeppelin.’ It's built on blues roots, but the style we've developed uses that as a base for something much more melodically uninhibited."
"Our aim," adds lead singer Eric Martin, "is to show that blues (as the purists know it) can coexist within the same composition as many of its subgenres: rock, soul, funk, and gospel. We try to weave a wide range of genres into our phrasings and arrangements. That blending and layering leads to new interpretations of what blues can be, it gives our music a kind of richness and depth you don't associate with traditional blues." Fast Nasties genre-expanding groove straddles decades of music with ease.
KINCE DE VERA
Kince de Vera (he/him) is a songwriter/dancer/community catalyst living in Seattle, WA. A Philippine immigrant, he has been writing songs since he was 14 and continues to do so today. Kince's music is largely driven by his own experiences and recollections and the deep desire to storytell.
"You only live once you can remember—best make the most of it."
Jeremie is a singer / songwriter from Seattle, Washington. In addition to music, his hobbies include gaming, unique dining, and binge watching cooking shows with his fiancee and two cats.
Bachelors of Science, Audio Production (Full Sail University)
Avid Certified- Pro Tools 12.8
Proficient In: Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X, Wwise, Unity
United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, also known as UTOPIA is a queer and trans people of color-led, grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength, and resilience of the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI – “Q-T-pie”) community in South King County. Since 2009, UTOPIA has worked with QTPI leaders to create a safe, welcoming, supportive, and vibrant space for members of our community to address basic needs, build pathways toward new expanded career and life opportunities, foster a sense of common purpose, and advocate for social justice, education, and overall wellness among members of the Pacific Islander LGBTQI community. We also seek to build trust and common ground as a convener and bridge-builder between the Pacific Islander community and the LGBTQI community, who often share many of the same issues and concerns.
UTOPIA is led and founded by women of color, identifying as transgender and/or fa’afafine. Fa’afafine is a cultural gender identity native to Samoa translated as “in the manner of a woman.” We approach community work through an intersectional and cultural lens. Our cultural identity plays an integral role in the way we care and fight for the liberation of queer and trans people of color.
Since its inception, UTOPIA has worked to build power and help our community members access resources, employment, stable housing, higher education, culturally competent healthcare, and more. Founder, Executive Director, and Fa’afafine Leader, Taffy Maene-Johnson saw an influx of queer and trans Pacific Islanders emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in search of opportunities and the need to address the inequities in access. These community members faced hardships in securing employment due to race and gender-based discrimination and were often pushed into sex work, low-paying hard labor jobs, and contracted out-of-state jobs where their rights as workers were violated and where there was limited access to healthcare.
English: Entre Hermanos' mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino LGBTQ+ Community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
Español: Nuestra misión es promover la salud y bienestar de la Comunidad Latina LGBTQ+ dentro de un marco culturalmente apropiado a través de la educación, prevención de enfermedades, servicios de apoyo, abogacía, y promoción de la comunidad.
Accelerator YMCA is the social services division of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. We offer a holistic suite of services to thousands of youth, young adults and their families throughout King County each year. Our wraparound approach supports young people with services ranging in behavioral health, foster care, housing and homelessness and young adult services. We are proudly the largest provider of housing to homeless young adults, housing over 300 daily. Our mission is to support young people and their families who have experienced trauma to help them be safe, successful and happy.
PFLAG WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL
Welcome to PFLAG Washington State Council! We are a coalition of PFLAG chapters in Washington State consisting of chapter and community leaders who work together to further PFLAG’s mission, vision, and strategic goals by
Serving as a state-wide voice for education.
Providing a unified effort for advocacy.
Maintaining state-wide communication for support.
Sharing resources to build chapters and mentor news ones.
Training for skillful leadership.
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through:
Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ.
Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ.
Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ.
We are a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation and are not affiliated with any ethnic, religious, economic or political group.
NORTHWEST QUEER CHORUS
April 27, 2020 Northwest Queer Chorus (NWQC) is proud to announce and welcome a new partnership with The People’s Pantry, a food donation program through the Hand Up Project. NWQC is a Portland-based chorus that formed in 2018, and is led by Artistic Director, Stephanie Lynne Smith.
The chorus exists to amplify the voices of Portland’s Queer Community through musical excellence in a space that models radical acceptance across the state and nation. As a non-profit arts organization, the leadership of NWQC was looking for ways to give back to the community. Two weeks ago, cloth masks made by NWQC singing member, Lisa Benson, were delivered to the pantry for volunteers. Artistic Director Smith noted that “this makes us all feel so proud and that we are part of something greater than ourselves. In the midst of a pandemic, when we can’t rehearse together, it feels amazing to be able to do something for the community.”
Supporting Transgender Immigrant & Refugee Youth (STIRY) is a group of providers, community members, and youth and Early Adults collaborating to address barriers in healthcare and social service systems for Trans and gender diverse immigrant and refugee communities. STIRY formed on August 2018 with participation of over 20 LGTQ and Refugee and Immigrant providers and community members.
STIRY is working to create inclusive and equitable healthcare systems and close the gaps between services for transgender and gender diverse immigrant and refugee youth. We believe in working directly with youth and actively including their voices and leadership in this work. In listening to the community members and assessing their need, and with their leaderships we made their need and recommendations our first priorities. We strongly believe that only by building on resiliency of these youth and being intentional and deliberate on engagement of these youth we can elevate their voice and have collective impact.
THE SEATTLE LESBIAN
The award-winning digital publication The Seattle Lesbian has operated since 2010. Everyone is welcome.
SEATTLE WOMEN'S PRIDE
Seattle Women's Pride is an annual event produced by The Seattle Lesbian during LGBTQ Pride Month. Everyone is welcome.
Founded in 2012, Pride ASIA's mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the LGBTQ communities through the Asian Pacific Islander lens.
Pride ASIA is a proud member of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).
English: Somos is an organization for LGBTQ Latinx folks. Our goal is to build an active community, share resources and foster spaces for learning & growth.
Spanish: Somos es una organización para personas LGBTQ Latinas. Nuestra meta es crear comunidad, compartir recursos y promover el aprendizaje y desarrollo personal.