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Author: Robert Roth

Inclusive Gaming: The Quest Continues

by Robert Roth Only the most casual gamers could have avoided the recent furor generated around the issues of inclusiveness in gaming. As developers and publishers struggle to keep up with the changing face of the gamer, along with the fiery pushback from a privileged few, games are slowly, but surely, starting to more accurately reflect the demographics of the people playing them. One strong example of inclusive gaming was cited by Joystiq’s Jessica Condit in her recently published piece, Gaming While Black. Sunset, developed by Belgium based publisher Tale of Tales, features a black, female, heroine in a...

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Seattle is Looking for Murray Bartlett

Murray Bartlett, star of HBO’s Looking, will be invading Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Friday, Jan 9 as he live tweets from local businesses to promote the premiere of his hit show. Fans of Bartlett can catch him at such locations as Gay City, Babeland, Cupcake Royale, Barrio, Atomic Cosmetics, and Tru Love Art Gallery, where he’ll be tweeting as @3DollarBillCine.

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GlamourPuss puts a little goth in your glamour on Black Friday

GlamourPuss, the fun-filled queer, cabaret dance party that debuted this past September returns for a second go around for Black Friday on 11/28 at Pony. GlamourPuss Black Friday is all about glamorous goth, however you see it, whether it’s your finest, all black, Victorian ensemble, your blackest, punk jeans and black eyeliner, or even the red wedding dress Winona Ryder wore in Beetlejuice. Resident DJ Jackson/Human Hybrid (Party Tribe Trolls) will spin all of your party favorites, while your hostess, the ever delightless Princess Charming, will teeter around on top of the bar as she serenades you in her...

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AB Soto: More Than a Man In a Quinceañera Dress

In a post-modern, deconstructionist society that’s supremely concerned with labels and identity, it’s refreshing to see any entertainer who actively works to avoid them. AB Soto is a great example. Born in East LA, but living in New York, he manages to embody the best of both coasts. He’s at once both butch and femme. He’s a dancer, a fashion designer, a musician, and an artist. His music could be called dance pop, hip-hop, or new wave. Sometimes he’s nearly naked, and others he’s performing in a party dress. He’s a performer who defies definition, especially when you ask...

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Putting The Villian Back in Vaudeville

by Robert Roth Long before her masses of adoring gay fans knew of her, Jerek Hoffer, aka Jinkx Monsoon, and her partner in crime, Richard Andriessen, aka Major Scales, were performing their two man show for adoring audiences at Cornish College. Cut to the present and that show, The Vaudevillians, has become an international phenomenon, selling out for months at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater and touring across the vast expanse of Australia, thanks in large part to Jinkx’s 2013 win on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The premise of the show is simple and genius. Kitty Witless (Hoffer) and Doctor...

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The Lady Is a Tramp: The Truth According to Lady Bunny

It’s a beautiful day outside, as I sit perched in front of my dining room table waiting for a call from musician, promoter, DJ, and drag legend Lady Bunny. This was an interview that I felt appropriately prepared for, but I was still nervous. She is, after all, a legend. Well, as much of a legend as you can be and still be living, I suppose. When my phone eventually rang, though, I was treated to a delightful conversation with a thoughtful, well-spoken leader of the queer community. Lady Bunny will be visiting Seattle in a few weeks for...

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Sing a Song of Sixpence: Patrick-Ian Polk’s Blackbird

The coming out while coming of age story is an integral part of most every gay person’s life experience. As public acceptance of the LGBTQ community has grown over the years, more and more young people are coming out at younger ages. The struggles between homosexuality and religion are long running and deep, though, and have colored the experiences of many in the LGBTQ community, often for the worse. With Blackbird, director Patrick-Ian Polk offers his take on growing up gay in a religious household in a conservative, Southern small town. Polk, along with fellow screenwriter Rikki Beadle Blair,...

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By the Light of the Waxie Moon

I don’t recall the first time I met Marc Kenison, but I’m pretty sure it was at the old Kaladi Brothers coffee shop on Pike, before they moved to their swanky new digs. He’s a quiet man, with an uncanny ability to blend into a crowd of coffee patrons that belies his tall lanky frame and superb trucker ‘stache. Marc is unfailingly sweet, polite, and personable, possessing the demeanor of an elementary school teacher, perhaps. I recall quite well, though, the first time I saw Waxie Moon perform. It was a performance filled with verve and vigor. And boy...

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Jennifer Hale: The Interview with Commander Shepard

I’m not Commander Shepard, but this is my favorite interview on the internet. Unless you’re a video game geek connoisseur, you may not know the name Jennifer Hale. You probably know her work, however, as she’s lent her voice to a plethora of the most popular video games, including Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock: Infinite: Diablo 3, and Mass Effect.

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Hurricane Krot

Tork Shaw is the very embodiment of the word frenetic. Even when he’s sitting curled up on his couch for our interview, the manic energy he gives off is palpable. The fast paced speech and wild gestures are eminently positive and friendly, though, and certainly make conversations with him enjoyable, and a little exciting. Tork, or DJ Krot, as he’s known when he’s behind the decks, is a relative newcomer to Seattle, and even more so to the Seattle nightlife scene. But he’s no stranger to nightlife. The 33 year old Scotland native has been tearing it up in...

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Prideshots: 2014 Seattle Pride Parade

Jetspace was on hand for the 40th Annual Seattle Pride Parade, which drew hundreds of thousands of viewers and well-wishers to the streets of downtown Seattle. It is one of the oldest Pride parades in the nation, and is filled with amazing businesses, groups, organizations and individuals gathered together to celebrate continued progress toward full LGBT equality. For 2014, the celebrity Grand Marshall was none other than gay icon George Takei. Photos by Robert Roth for...

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What Does The Fox Say: A Chat With Joslyn Fox

“Thanks for being so patient with me,” Joslyn offered as an apology, although none was needed. We had to reschedule our interview twice during the week due to the demands of her travel schedule. Being a famous drag queen can be pretty demanding nowadays, especially for a queen fresh off of the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race like Joslyn Fox, and I was happy to accommodate her. Joslyn was the 9th contestant eliminated from this past season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, making it farther into the season than a lot of her competitors seemed to expect. Whether or...

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The Once and Future Queen: Adore Delano

“Oh, I’m tired,” Adore tells me, laughing, when I ask how she’s doing. It’s understandable, considering how busy life has become for the 24 year old Azusa, CA native. She called me from Boston after having just arrived from performing in Providence the night before. Future performance dates include a trip to Ireland, as well as a packed schedule of Pride performances around the US. Until recently, most people knew Adore as Danny Noriega, the sweet and sassy Latino boy with the lesbian haircut, who traded barbs with Simon Cowell on the seventh season of American Idol in 2008....

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Not The Only Gay In The Village: Bright Light Bright Light

One doesn’t often hear, in the US at least, about things that come from Wales. Much like the difficulty non-Americans (and quite a few Americans) have when told to name and place all fifty US states, most non-British folk often face the same challenge with Wales. It’s a place that tends to fall off the map. To me, Wales is a place where a lot of the British TV that I enjoy is filmed (Cardiff is sort of the Vancouver of the UK). And it’s a place with a language made almost entirely from consonants. I even have a...

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