Starbucks Gay Pride Flag in Seattle

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At the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle this week, an enormous 800 square foot LGBT Pride flag was raised in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride.

Starbucks hold a ranking of 90 of 100 points with HRC. Their only short coming is

Does not offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care.

Photographer Nate Gowdy was on hand and shared these images with Towleroad of the clock tower and flag, as well as CEO Howard Schultz, who observed the flag raising with employees.

Seattle Pride Communications Director Adam McRoberts applauded the gesture in a press release:

“We are thrillled that Starbucks is showing their support for the LGBT community in this very big, very public way. The flag flying over their headquarters will welcome thousands of visitors coming to seattle to celebrate Pride this week and is a testament to the support Starbucks has shown the LGBT community over the years.”

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Seattle is #3 in Top Gayest Cities in 2014!


Every January the ADVOCATE looks at cities across the country and names 15 they deem the GAYEST.  Each year the criteria changes a little and there are always some surprising results!

3. Seattle, Wash. (pop. 634,535)
Seattle is the home of our nation’s lust for lattes, our lust for lust (thanks in part to Dan Savage’s sex advice and his homemade porn film festival), and our lust for cool, lo-fi boutique hotels (the city is where the Ace Hotel chain sprouted). Capitol Hill is its gay headquarters, with lots of venues for guys and gals, wine bars, live music, and locavore cuisine. And if the sun isn’t shining, there are plenty of alt-cuties who will happily cuddle to keep you cozy when it rains.

See the rest of the list!

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RISK! Live Show Coming to Seattle, Feb. 1

RISK! Cover is thrilled to announce RISK! Live Show on February 1, 2014 at The Highline Bar at 210 Broadway Ave E, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The show will be hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State, and feature local Seattle performers sharing their stories, all under the header subject of “Shocking”. This is the first time that RISK! will be presented in Seattle. Tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets here:

RISK! is a live show and podcast, created by Kevin Allison, “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public”. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles and travels throughout the country bringing RISK! to theaters, clubs and college campuses near and far.

The audio podcast of RISK! – also hosted by Kevin Allison – premiered online in October of 2009. The podcast includes not just the best stories from the live shows but also “radio-style” stories and interstitial music and comedy from artists all over the world. Most episodes of the show are free and easy to download from iTunes and other sources. With new episodes released each Thursday, the RISK! podcast is the winner of the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Podcast, and has seen over 10 million downloads to date. called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

Co-producing RISK!’s Seattle premiere is SeattleGayScene – a Seattle based arts and entertainment consortium, that hosts a popular website ( and mobile application, available on iTunes and Google Play. Links to the mobile app available on the SeattleGayScene website.

Inquiries can be directed to Les Sterling –, or call 206.651.4741

Tickets to RISK! available at:

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HIDDEN HILLS – New Gay Movie Premiers October 11th

For the last two years, a small group of people have been producing a film that will hopefully make a huge impact on your life. Not only will it make you laugh, think, and get a big old lump in your throat, but hopefully, it will help you rethink some really important stereotypes you might carry with you.
in Hidden Hills, California. A handsome real estate agent, Drew Drake finds himself in a secret relationship that has become an overbearing lie. For seven years he has secretly been dating and living with his business partner Whitey Ford. None of his friends know. The issue isn’t that they’re gay. Nearly everyone in Hidden Hills is gay. (Straight people are the ones hiding in the closet.) The problem is that both Drew and Whitey are Caucasian.


No one dates the same race! It’s a social taboo. Will Drew Drake have the nerve to buck societal norms and come clean about his love for Whitey Ford? Can two white men admit their love for each other and take their relationship to the next level – marriage?


Ted Trent and Tim O’Leary, Hidden Hills is a comedy that looks at race, sexuality, aging, and weight issues, flipping the world upside down in a 72 minute feature film that mimics the classic styling of Rock Hudson and Doris Day movies. Also featuring up and coming Hollywood talent including Joy Sudduth (Criminal Minds), Wendy Shapero (Robot Chicken), and Chris Fennessy (Zoey 101) and a performance of an original song by Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s. The movie was written and directed by Dan Steadman (Red Lodge) whose first project Jesus People: The Movie is to be released in early 2014. It features Wendi McLendon-Covey
(Bridesmaids) and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).




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Kelly Hughes and Seattle’s Heart Attack Theatre

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In the early ’90s when grunge was taking hold of American teens and Twin Peaks was airing on TV, Kelly Hughes was creating his own piece of lo-fi strangeness with  Seattle’s Heart Attack Theatre, a home-made, no-holds-barred trash soap opera which aired on Public Access TV. This was a show where addiction, betrayal, death and sordid love affairs all came together in an over-the-top, over-acted, charity shop-costumed melodrama. In these episodes, anything could happen and it usually did, often with a supernatural twist. Characters became possessed by demons, addicted to drugs, driven by a desire for revenge, and even cursed. Emotions were expressed by manic screaming, shouting or laughter, if possible all three at the same time.
Heart Attack Theatre debuted in May of 1991. The whole Seattle grunge rock scene was starting to explode. But I was working a shitty day job. And in the previous two years I had written and directed two musicals for the Playwright’s Festival at Seattle’s New City Theater. That was my main creative outlet at the time. The first piece was called Lucky Charm: A Musical. And that later became the name that I produced Heart Attack Theatre under–Lucky Charm Studio.”
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SEATTLE opens LGBT Visitors Center

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Lornet Turnbull

Seattle Times staff reporter  said this week “

A visitors center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists opens Friday on Seattle’s Capitol Hill — the second of its kind in the country.

The small, street-front space, in the lobby of 1st Security Bank on Broadway, will provide visitors with information about gay-friendly destinations and attractions throughout the region — from casinos to restaurants to art venues.

The only other such center is located in Miami, which ties with Seattle as the 10th ranked destination for LGBT tourists.”

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Seattle Named 3rd Most Gay-Friendly City in America

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay Seattle Editor


Just in time for Pride Month, a financial management website NerdWallet, crunched the numbers to put together a list of the most Gay-friendly cities based on municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance.

The cities listed fulfill the following three requirements:

Do the laws support gay residents? We used the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index to assess the municipal laws affecting LGBT residents. The index measures the equality of each city’s non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, city services, law enforcement and municipality leadership.

Is there a LGBT community and can you find peer support? We included the percentage of same-sex households in the region from the U.S. Census.

Is the community safe and tolerant toward Gays? We included the number of hate crimes for sexual orientation per 100,000 residents in our overall score. Continue reading

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LGBT PRIDE NEWS: Seattle City Hall to Fly Pride Flag

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay Seattle Editor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wears a T-shirt supporting the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York during the 2011 Seattle Pride Parade.  Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO Read more:

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wears a T-shirt supporting the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York during the 2011 Seattle Pride Parade.
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On May 23, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the Pride Flag will be flown, for the first time, on the Seattle City Hall flagpole June 1, marking the start of Gay Pride Month.

The Pride Flag will be flown in addition to the U.S. flag.

The mayor is scheduled to attend a 3:30 p.m. ceremony June 1, hosted by the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, which advises the mayor on issues pertaining to the community.

In addition,the flag will also be raised on the day of the Pride Parade itself, Sunday June 30.

“The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality,” McGinn said in a statement. “By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall, we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all.”

The City of Seattle offers transgender health benefits and opened City Hall for 140 weddings the first day it was legal for same-sex couples to wed on Dec. 12, 2012. Voters in Washington state approved same-sex marriage with passage of Referendum 74, and the state’s first license was issued the morning of Dec. 9 in King County.

The public ceremony is planned for the courtyard outside Seattle City Hall at 600 Fourth Ave.

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Openly Gay State Senator Hopes to be Elected Mayor of Seattle

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay Seattle Editor


Sen. Ed Murray and partner Michael Shiosaki (Photo by Daniel Hanks)

When Washington state Sen. Ed Murray picked up a national endorsement February 28 in his campaign for Seattle mayor everyone was impressed.

Then Murray, the state’s leading openly gay politician, raised $103,693 in early May before a state imposed freeze on campaign fundraising took effect May 13 . With his latest haul, Murray has taken in more than $221,000 in the campaign, and money totals for early May fund raising have boosted him significantly above the $55,302 in the bank as of the end of April.

Under state law, legislators can’t raise campaign cash while they are sitting in session.

Five other candidates for mayor, including incumbent Mike McGinn, have continued putting together their war chests while Murray has been in Olympia fighting a coalition of 23 Republicans and two conservative Democrats who seized control of the state Senate. Continue reading

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Can Arlenes Flowers in Richland Legally DENY selling Flowers to Lesbians?


The florist said she couldn’t sell a gay couple flowers because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ,” but Washington state claims she discriminated against them based on their sexual orientation.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the florist who refused to provide wedding flowers to a same-sex couple.

The complaint was filed in Benton County on Tuesday against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland.

The lawsuit is in response to a March 1 incident where she refused service to longtime customer Robert Ingersoll. Stutzman did not return a call Tuesday night seeking comment.

Ferguson had sent a letter on March 28 asking her to comply with the law, but said Stutzman’s attorneys responded Monday saying she would challenge any state action to enforce the law. Washington state voters upheld a same-sex marriage law in November, and the law took effect in December.

The state’s anti-discrimination laws were expanded in 2006 to include sexual orientation.

Ferguson seeks a permanent injunction requiring the store to comply with the state’s consumer protection laws and seeks at least $2,000 in fines.

While garnering just above two hundred likes, a Facebook page criticizing Stutzman’s actions has been created since she refused the shop’s services to Ingersoll on March 1, calling for a boycott of Arlene’s Flowers.

“The bottom line is that she broke the law,” wrote user Laura J. Speaker. “Personally she can be anti gay marriage, etc., all she wants but from a business standpoint she can’t in the state of Washington. Period.”   Read More  at MSN

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