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Seattle Women's Pride Says 'Our Community Will Not Be Bullied'

Friday Jun 16, 2017

This Saturday, Seattle Women's Pride speaks out against President Donald Trump's curtailing of our LGBTQ and religious freedoms, saying "our community will not be bullied." At a special reception, they will honor the recipients for their distinguished awards presentation.

"On Saturday, June 17, 2017, we will come together for the fifth year in a row to celebrate our history, victories, culture, and successes during Seattle Women's Pride," said Seattle Women's Pride founder Sarah Toce. "No one, not even the President of the United States, will hold us down."

Seattle Women's Pride 2017 takes place at Q Nightclub from 5-10 p.m. This year, $5 from every VIP ticket will be donated to the ACLU to continue the fight for civil rights to combat the Trump agenda.

This year's main entertainment stage will include live performances by Brooklyn bands Parlor Walls and Oracle Room with spinning by DJ Kristina Childs. After a series of colorful EPs, Brooklyn trio Parlor Walls released their debut album, "Opposites," on Northern Spy Records in March before embarking on a national tour. Their music swims between chaos and restraint, nestling in the cracks of warmth and dissonance. They are featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Music Daily, Popmatters, and Spin Magazine. The lush pop of Oracle Room is centered around the lyrics and vocals of New York-based songwriter Alex Nelson, the emotional catalyst for the band's ghostly turbulent electronica. 

Past performers at Seattle Women's Pride have included Julie Goldman, Dana Goldberg, Vicci Martinez, and Brooklyn Dicent. Seattle Women's Pride 2017 is produced by The Seattle Lesbian.
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The awards portion of the evening is being presented by Eastside Total Health and Lactation. Honorees include Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, Marination, and Repair Revolution.


Seattle Womxn Marching Forward - Luminary Award
In solidarity with over five million participants worldwide, 175,000 Seattleites gathered on January 21 to march in defense of our rights to safety, health and families -- recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Since January 21, organizers of the Womxn's March on Seattle, now called Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, have continued to foster community building to maintain the momentum of resistance and self-determination. Community leaders within the Seattle Womxn Marching Forward initiative will be on hand to accept this prestigious award.

"Seattle Womxn Marching Forward was born out of necessity to unite a fractured community fighting back against injustice and intolerance, and I cannot imagine any other group more poised to accept our Seattle Women's Pride Luminary Award this year," said event producer Sarah Toce. "This courageous all-volunteer group is leading the charge for accountability and equality."

Marination - Business Excellence Award
Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton own the Hawaiian-Korean cuisine brand Seattleites know and love, most notably Super Six in Columbia City, Marination Ma Kai on Alki, Marination Station on Capitol Hill, The Truck (Big Blue), and Marination at 6th and Virginia. Roz and Kamala will receive the Seattle Women's Pride 2017 Business Excellence Award.

"When I first met Kamala and Roz at their newest restaurant Super Six in Columbia City, I asked Kamala if she would host a brunch for International Family Equality Day (IFED) and she immediately said, 'Of course, sign me up!' Her generosity and willingness to share with the community illustrates what their business is built on -- community," said Jennifer Jimenez, whose company, Eastside Total Health & Lactation, is sponsoring the awards portion of the evening.

Repair Revolution - Community Champion Award
Eli Allison founded Repair Revolution with a vision to empower clients by teaching them about their vehicles and build community for people who want to learn to work on their own cars. This is a complete paradigm shift from how business is usually done in the automotive industry. The automotive industry is set up in such a way that customers often leave repair shops feeling taken advantage of and never really understanding what is going on with their vehicles. Repair Revolution puts the feeling of empowerment back into the LGBTQ and allied communities by making them a part of the solution.
 
"Eli has built Repair Revolution on the foundation of giving back to the community," Jimenez said. "They share their expertise by not only fixing your car, but training you how to take care of it yourself!" 

"On behalf of the Seattle Women's Pride 2017 planning committee, I'd like to congratulate all award recipients for a job well done," said Toce. "We look forward to honoring everyone on Saturday, June 17!"


Seattle Women's Pride will take place Saturday, June 17 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Q Nightclub on Capitol Hill, 1426 Broadway in Seattle. Tickets are $35/$45 VIP. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The 21+ event is ASL interpreted and ticket reservations are highly encouraged as the event does sell out capacity.

For tickets, visit http://www.strangertickets.com/events/41374899/seattle-womens-pride-music-festival-2017

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