Author: Robert Roth

Bedroom Series: AJ

AJ told me that after this shoot he and a friend were going to try out drag for the first time. While he’s no stranger to wearing makeup and heels, it would be the first time AJ has done full on drag. He didn’t know whether or not he would shave off his beard, though, but is grateful to live somewhere that embraces a bearded drag queen more readily than South Carolina, where he grew up.

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The Business of Pride

We’ve clearly come a long way in the four decades since the first Pride celebrations. Now that the business of pride has taken center stage, though, you have to wonder if it’s been in the right direction.

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Robert’s Rules: Privilege

Nobody likes having their privilege pointed out to them. It can be embarrassing. It can hurt. But recognizing privilege and oppression, and acting appropriately, is pretty much the minimum that can be done to be a part of a healthy, functioning society.

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Molly Shannon Is A Super Star

I can’t tell you how painful it is to watch Molly Shannon die. I’d like to tell you that you have a 90 minute movie to get used to the idea, but no. It’s right there, right at the start. And yet, with such a severely maudlin occurrence bookending it, Chris Kelly’s Other People is still heartwarming and funny through and through. Be prepared for your heartstrings to get a severe tugging.

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Translations Gets a Major Start

The 11th Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Egyptian Theatre with Major!, the story of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-­old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for more than 40 years. The film, which recently sold out its San Francisco premiere at the historic Castro Theatre, shows one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.

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Out & In Pride Comedy Showcase with Nico Santos

Out & In returns with it’s 4th annual Pride Comedy Showcase, with the hilarious Nico Santos (Superstore, Chelsea Lately) on Tuesday, June 21 at the Egyptian Theatre. James will be joined by hosts Nick Sahoyah and Elicia Sanchez, along with special guests Marita De Leon, Finn Cottom, Val Nigro, Kathleen Nacozy.

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May is Trans Arts Month

Trans Arts Month, running May 5 through June 5, will feature performing arts, visual art, film, and more in a month long series of events celebrating the beauty and diversity of work by trans artists.

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Emerald City Comicon 2016

One of the best parts of geek conventions is the fabulous cosplay, and this year’s Emerald City Comicon was no exception. From the labors of months to the labors of love, some of the thousands of attendees found great joy in honoring their favorite characters through cosplay, and we dropped by ECCC this weekend to capture a little bit of the magic.

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Bedroom Series: Al

Al has pretty eyes. But only in this country, he says. In his native Venezuela, people would tell him his eyes looked tired. But he lives here now, so his eyes are pretty.

Since he’s not a native English speaker, the shoot was also an opportunity to help Al expand his vocabulary, including what the word smirk meant, for instance. Clearly he’s a fast learner.

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Leslie Jordan: The Little Thespian That Could

Leslie Jordan is a talker. I’d spent the morning being nervous about our upcoming interview, having barely had time to research him and scrape together a few questions. I wanted to sound professional, right? It turns out I needn’t have worried, because Leslie was prepared, even if I wasn’t. I’m not sure why that would surprise me, because he’s given far more interviews than I’ve ever done. He’s so good, he could even give an interview while he’s chasing down his mother’s dog after it had surreptitiously slipped the bonds of the condo Leslie had bought for his mother....

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Trans Activist Danni Askini Announces WA House Run

Gender Justice League Executive Director and trans rights activist Danni Askini has announced her candidacy for the 43rd district of the Washington state House of Representatives, a seat being vacated by Brady Walkinshaw. A win for Askini would make her the first openly trans person to be elected to the legislature. Askini has been in the local and national spotlight lately as a result of her work in helping to organize resistance to the recent proposals by the WA legislature around restricting trans people’s access to public restroom facilities. “We worked really hard to make that happen,” Askini recently...

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Painting the Town With Levi Hastings

You may not know the name Levi Hastings but, if you’ve picked up a copy of The Stranger, the Mercury, or City Arts magazine lately, you’ve probably seen his work. Levi’s art has graced their covers and interiors, along with other illustrious local and regional publications, with fair frequency over the last year or so. He’s a gay, Seattle-based artist. His spare, post-abstract style lends itself well to newsprint and other printed media. “I would consider myself an illustrator, first and foremost,” explains Levi. “I kind of veer into comics and fine art as well, but I tend to...

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