It’s official! Seattle’s Virtual Pride is happening this weekend and the lineup is amazing!
Most of us will miss the Pride Parade taking over the city this year, but we’ll still be able to partake from the comfort of our homes. Yes, this weekend Pride will be virtual, and the information that The Seattle Pride Organization has shared is pretty exciting.
This year’s theme is particularly powerful, as it was chosen by the public after they were requested to submit their ideas by the organizers. The winner was “Resilience”. According to the Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx, “We are extremely excited to lead virtual Pride with this uplifting theme. Our community has been greatly affected by the pandemic on top of other barriers faced on a daily basis, and this year’s theme is a testament to that resilience”.
Drag queen Betty Wetter is the unmissable hostess chosen for the occasion. And she won’t be the only one in the spotlight; Seattle native Cookie Couture will join the fun with games and surprises.
The 2021 lineup includes national and local LGBTQIA+ artists like:
Big Freedia (headliner)
Also known as the Queen of Bounce Music, Big Freedia is a hip-hop artist and writer that gained fame after participating in the reality show “Big Freedia Bounces Back”. She has been on the cover of magazines like Vogue and Billboard and featured in singles of Grammy-winning artists Beyoncé and Drake.
Mary is a singer, songwriter, poet, and LGBTQ activist. She is best known for working with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on what is now considered as the “unofficial anthem for same-sex marriage”. The song, “Same Love”, was nominated for a Grammy and put her on the map.
Mike Hadreas is the musician that hides behind the stage name Perfume Genius. Admired for his strong and emotional lyrics about sexuality, Hadreas has never been scared of voicing the dangers of being a gay man in modern society.
Maia, also known as Mxmtoon, has captivated social media with her music. She identifies as a “young bisexual woman of color from a family of immigrants”. Maia’s fame has exploded since the release of her EP in 2018 followed by her first album in 2019.
You’ll also be able to listen to music by:
- Simone Pin
- Seattle Ladies Choir
- Dj’d by DJ dark Wiley
The event will feature LGBTQIA+ panel discussions, speakers, and entertainment sessions too. The full lineup will be released in May.
Virtual Pride will take place June 26th to 27th from 11 to 5 and it will be 100% free. The link for registration is now available here
Featured image by Stavrialena Gontzou.