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posted Friday, August 10, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 32
POCAAN presents Pacific Northwest Black Pride 2018 Celebration August 16-19
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POCAAN presents Pacific Northwest Black Pride 2018 Celebration August 16-19

Next Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-19, POCAAN launches their inaugural Pacific Northwest Black Pride Celebration, a four-day celebration with workshops, community building events, parties and an ecumenical worship service. Following are details of the event, including their statements about and goals for their effort, gathered from the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com.

Pacific Northwest Black Pride Celebration works toward a future without bias, where all people enjoy equity and equal rights. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ pride events that inspire, educate, support and celebrate similarities in our diverse communities.

PNW BLACK PRIDE CELEBRATES, INSPIRES, AND ADVANCES EQUITY FOR ALL PEOPLE
PNW Black Pride is about resisting hate, resisting abuse and fostering real growth in our community. It is refusing to accept discrimination and rejecting inequality whenever and wherever we come across it.

To take away one's pride is to take away one's identity. It is the opposite of resistance - it is giving in.

We resist hiding.

We abhor closets.

We acknowledge no walls.

Pride started as, and remains, a show of resistance for Trans-forming our Community Together!

OUR MISSION
PNW Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Pacific Northwest region and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity, we educate, support and celebrate equality as we advocate to build and strengthen community connections.

OUR VISION
PNW Black Pride seeks to inspire communities of color to preserve our place in history and to advance new opportunities for future growth. We further seek to advance our community by embracing our diverse history, culture, and identities, through promoting community engagement and inclusivity, all while striving for visibility and respect.

OUR AFFILIATES
PNW Black Pride is a member of an International Association of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators known as The Center for Black Equity, a nonprofit organization that provides support to over 40 groups that plan Black Prides events around the world.

PNW Black Pride is also a member of the following organizations:

ILGA: The International Lesbian and Gay Association

NGLTF: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

IGLTA: The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

EVENT PASSES
We are now offering individual and 4-day VIP passes. The 4-day pass provides you access to all the events from August 16-19. Find out more information for tickets and passes at the PNW Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com. Come and go as you please, all weekend long. Skip tickets and RSVPs and enjoy all the fun of PNW Black Pride with our affordable Day Passes. Individual Party Pass: $15 to $25; Festival 4-Day Pass: $45. Each pass gives you full access to all events for that day.

OUR HOST HOTEL
We are pleased to partner with the Seattle Airport Marriott (3201 S 176th St, SeaTac) as the official 2018 PNW Black Pride Host. Most of the PNW Black Pride events, including the opening reception, seminars, and brunch, will take place at the host hotel.

VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are an integral part of the PNW Black Pride team. The success of PNW Black Pride depends on committed individuals who volunteer their time and talents. We are looking for amazing people to volunteer a minimum of two hours at PNW Black Pride events, Thursday, August 16 - Sunday, August 19. Whether you can volunteer for a few hours or make a larger commitment, your time is appreciated. You don't have to live in the Seattle area to be a volunteer.

Benefits include: Pride Team T-Shirt, 2018 Commemorative Pin, 10% off all Pride merchandise, Free Pride Pass for the Pride's Block Party or one other Main Event, Free Admission to the Thank You Party, Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner before or after your shift (as applicable) Let us get to know you!

Please submit a volunteer interest form, and we will contact you to discuss volunteer activities that best match your interests and talents. We hope you can join us to make 2018 the best Black Pride Week Celebration ever!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
We all celebrate Pride in different ways, which is why PNW Black Pride offers something for everyone during PNW Black Pride Week. Check out all the event listings below for an in-depth look at each event we have planned for this year. All events listed below are official PNW Black Pride events.

Cultural Health and Wellness Festival at Othello Park
Saturday, August 18, 11am-6pm at Othello Park (4219 S Othello St) (a block from the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Othello Station) 11am-6pm. FEATURING BOBBY LYTES * FLAME MONROE * DIAMOND ST. JAMES. Also featuring Amora Dior Black, D. Dynasty, Klass n' Sass, Klimax. The Vendor Market Place is open to guests of PNW Black Pride as well as the general public. Come see local vendors and support LGBTQ+ owned entrepreneurs. Suggested donation: $5 or more. Want to be a vendor? Find out how at www.nwblackpride.com.

Welcome Reception
Thursday, August 16, 6pm-8pm at Seattle Airport Marriott.

Sage's Table
Thursday, August 16, 8:30pm-10pm at Seattle Airport Marriott.

* DRIP * A DRAG KING EXPERIENCE and Party
Thursday, August 16, 10pm-2am at The Wild Rose (1021 E Pike St, Seattle) (within walking distance of King County Metro Transit bus routes 2, 11, 12 and the Seattle Streetcar Line from the Chinatown/International District Light Rail Station Hosted by D. Dynasty. $5 suggested donation.

Equity Luncheon
Friday, August 17, 12pm-2pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. An opportunity for representatives of CBOs, ASOs and other providers of communities of color to network and to discover paths to improve the fight against HIV and STIs. Sponsored by Gilead Sciences.

Trans Symposium
Friday, August 17, 5pm-5:45pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. A seminar aimed at engaging allies and members of the community in understanding basic Trans-focused topics. This workshop is designed to reduce anti-transgender bias within our community and to understand the transgender experience, dispels myths and stereotypes, defines terms that may be confusing, and answers common questions. Event is free, but please RSVP at the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com.

Intimate Bonds: People of Color Relationship Skills Class
Friday, August 17, 5:45pm-6:30pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. Ever feel like you and your partner are stuck in a pattern? Feel like you are just going through the motions of a relationship without a real intimate connection? This session centers the lives and relationships of people of color in an open and culturally supportive space. There are such topics as clarifying values, creating a power analysis, internalized oppression, boundary setting, accountability, conflict strategies, and increasing skills to strengthen and maintain community connections. Register for the workshop at the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website www.nwblackpride.com.

State of the Union: Black & Gay in America
Friday, August 17, 6:30pm-7:15pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. This workshop features special guest speaker, writer and activist Darnell L Moore. Moore is an award-winning writer and activist, a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, and a tireless advocate for justice and liberation. In his latest book No Ashes in the Fire, he sets out to understand how that scared, bullied teenager not only survived, but found his calling. Moore traces his life from his childhood in Camden, New Jersey, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he could fight for those who, like him, survive on society's edges. No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope - and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free. Event is free, but please RSVP at the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com.

Woman to Woman Workshop: Addressing the Health Issues of Women
Friday, August 17, 7:15pm-7:45pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. Stop the Silence! This workshop will provide a short history of African American women dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. Event is free, but please RSVP at the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com. A survey will be sent later for you to select the sessions you will attend.

Let's Talk About SEX! A Sex Positive Workshop
Friday, August 17, 7:45pm- 8:15pm at Seattle Airport Marriott. Why is it so hard to talk about sex? In this workshop, attendees will be encouraged to leave their comfort zone and explore sex positivity through gender identity, sexual fluidity, non-monogamy, consent, masculinity, new media, pornography, and PrEP. Event is free, but please RSVP at the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com.

BLACK FRIDAY - Party
Friday, August 17, 10pm-1:30am at Sodo Pop (2424 1st Ave S.) 21+.

Cultural Health and Wellness Festival at Othello Park
Saturday, August 18, 11am-6pm at Othello Park (4219 S Othello St) (a block from the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Othello Station) 11am-6pm. FEATURING BOBBY LYTES * FLAME MONROE * DIAMOND ST. JAMES. Also featuring Amora Dior Black, D. Dynasty, Klass n' Sass, Klimax. The Vendor Market Place is open to guests of PNW Black Pride as well as the general public. Come see local vendors and support LGBTQ+ owned entrepreneurs. Suggested donation: $5 or more. Want to be a vendor? Find out how at www.nwblackpride.com.

ALL WHITE AFFAIR
Saturday, August 18, 10pm-1:30am at Seattle Airport Marriott. Tonight at the host hotel, come out in your finest threads, ALL WHITE. Bring out your diamonds and pearls and if you are feeling ice cold a nice mink fur.

With signature cocktails being served, this party will be your night to LEVEL UP on the dance floor. Tickets: $15. Ecumenical Church Service
Sunday, August 19, 2pm-3:30pm at Liberation Ministries (832 32nd Ave, Seattle). An LGBTQIA-based interfaith worship service. Hosted by Living Water International Church and Liberation Ministries.

Return of the WIZ: Emerald City Mini-Ball Party
Sunday, August 19, 8pm-10pm at R Place (619 E Pine St). Tickets $5-$10.

For complete information on all the Pacific Northwest Black Pride events and activities, visit the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website - www.nwblackpride.com.

Sponsors of the Pacific Northwest Black Pride Celebration include AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Alphabet Alliance of Color, AMP, Gay City, Gender Justice League, Gilead Sciences, New Seasons, The Northwest Network, POCAAN, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Pride, Washington State Department of Health.

Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Black Pride

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