Tacoma celebrates LGBTQ Pride Week July 13-22

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It’s coming time for Tacoma’s LGBTQ community, including friends and family, to get out into public space and be loud and proud (or quiet and proud if you are of a more retiring disposition). The City of Tacoma and LGBTQ-friendly organizations have a wide array of celebratory events on the docket to celebrate the freedom of folks to be true to themselves out in the open.
The heart of the weeklong celebration is the Tacoma Pride Festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. on July 14 between South 9th and South 7th Streets along Pacific Avenue in the downtown core of Tacoma. It is a free, all-ages event featuring 145 local vendors, a beer garden, a root beer garden, a kids’ zone and two stages with live entertainment. Musical groups Sisters, Mirrorgloss, The Little Donuts, Iscot, Glitterati and Jay 5 will be hosted by Lady V, Jenuwine Beaute and Lady Chablis.
Tacoma Pride Festival and 733 Arts will host a Queer Art Gallery and Market during Tacoma Pride Festival, featuring LGBTQ artists and vendors. The market will feature original works by local artists whose work reflects on queer identities and the queer community.
Since parking will be limited at the Tacoma Pride Festival, organizers encourage people to walk, utilize public transportation, and share rides with friends and family as much as possible. Lyft has also offered $5 off for one ride, using the code TACOMAPRIDE. If you are going to The Mix Block Party, the Big Gay Bus can get you from Tacoma Pride at 5 p.m.

Other Pride Week Events:

July 13, 4:30-6 p.m.
Pride Flag Raising Ceremony and Rainbow City Awards
Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway,
Tacoma

The Tacoma Pride Festival takes place in downtown Tacoma, on Pacific Avenue between South 9th and South 7th Streets on July 14. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Pride Festival

July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Broadway Center presents “Lea DeLaria: A Man for All Seasons”
Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma
Lea DeLaria is well known from her stand out performance as Big Boo in the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” The first out gay comic on television in America, she has starred in two Broadway musicals, been featured in many major as well as independent films. She is an author, records jazz for a major label and portrayed Madam Delphina for more than a decade on “One Life to Live.” Outspoken and controversial, DeLaria has been officially censured by Congress and was once picketed by Christian conservatives and radical feminists at the same event at the same time. DeLaria will teach audiences how to create change in a conservative society while trudging upstream in a muddy, bogged down river of political correctness.

July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Volleyball Tournament – Tacoma Pride Quads Tournament
Jefferson Park, 3920 N. 9th St., Tacoma
Tacoma will host its first Pride Grass Quads Volleyball Tournament. Cost is $80 per team of four, +$20 for fifth player.

July 14: noon to 6 p.m.
Tacoma Pride 2018
Pacific Ave. between 9th & 7th, 813 Pacific Ave.
Official TPF event, ASL interpreted, and all-ages, free, 21+ beer garden w/ID. Hosted by the Rainbow Center.

July 14, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Mix Pride Block Party
The Mix, 635 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma

JenuWine Beauté was born and raised in Tacoma. She has been performing in drag for 17 years. She has performed all over the country and is always delighted to come home every year to host Tacoma’s Pride. Photo courtesy of JenuWine Beauté

July 14, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Black Kettle’s Lesbihonest
Dance Party
Black Kettle Bites and Brew, 744 Market St., #102B, Tacoma
The second annual Black Kettle Lezbihonest is almost here. Come mingle and celebrate at the only Tacoma Pride event hosted for women, by women.

July 17-19
Pride Film Series
The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Three Dollar Bill Cinema and The Grand Cinema present the annual Pride Film Series, celebrating diversity through independent films that highlight LGBTQA experiences and stories in partnership with the Tacoma Pride Festival.

July 19, 6:30 p.m.
‘Crossing the Threshold’
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., Tacoma
Official TPF event, all-ages, free. “Crossing the Threshold” is dedicated to the belief that the greatest gift we have to give is the gift of our story and the gift of being an audience to another’s story. Stories are a powerful thing. They are the oldest and most ancient ways we have to pass on the wisdom of our experience. The practice of sharing and hearing our stories has the power to connect us like nothing else.

July 20, 6 p.m.
Pride Shabbat
Temple Beth El, 5975 S. 12th St., Tacoma
Join Temple Beth El for their annual Pride Shabbat.

July 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Big Hat Brunch benefiting Oasis Youth Center
Hotel Murano, 3411, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma
As delightful as it is delicious, the Big Hat Brunch on Broadway is an irreverent celebration of queer youth and a fundraising fête for Oasis Youth Center, Pierce County’s only drop-in support center dedicated to queer and questioning youth.

July 21, 2-6 p.m.
Get Gay on the Bay 2
Point Ruston Historic Ferry, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Ticketed event, 21+ only. Get Gay on the Bay 2 is a boozy cruise around Commencement Bay on July 21. All proceeds to benefit AHAT Homecare. Your boarding pass is your guarantee to an afternoon of fun including an open bar, dance beats courtesy of DJ EssBee and food. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a cocktail hour then the boat embarks on a three-hour tour around Commencement Bay promptly at 3 p.m.

July 21, 6 p.m.
Queens of the Night
The Mix, 635 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.

For more on Tacoma Pride Week, visit www.tacomapride.org.

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