Author: Robert Roth

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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Stose: Queer Punk and Naked Hip Hop

“What’s that straight guy doing here?” That’s the sometime reaction Stose has gotten when performing at queer events, he tells me. It’s understandable, since his music and performance style are much more jarring and “in your face” than the typical happy, homo-house dance music you often here at the gay clubs. I took the opportunity to chat with Stose for a while prior to his recent live performance at the Seattle Eagle in October. He has a polite and friendly demeanor in conversation that belies his brash onstage persona. And he is most definitely gay. His recorded music has...

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Ephemera and Funky Disco: Futurewife

We’re looking for a place to sit on the patio at the Olive Way Starbucks. Or, Gaybucks, as it’s known to the locals. It’s a warm, sunny Friday afternoon, one of those days that can easily make you forget what a Seattle winter can feel like. “Let’s get one with an umbrella,” Tighe suggests. “I’m a ginger,” he adds, and chuckles. Futurewife is Tighe McGillivray. The 31 year old Seattle native is also a triple threat: DJ, producer, and recording artist. It’s his DJing that first caught my attention, though. His sound is classic, and soulful, working disco beats,...

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Prideshots: 2013 Seattle Pride Parade

2013 marks 39 years for the Seattle Pride Parade, one of the oldest in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Seattle on the last Sunday in June to celebrate LGBT history, and advances in LGBT equality, and Jetspace was on hand to catch all of the action. Photos by Robert Roth for Jetspace....

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It Takes A Real Man To Wear Meggings

“I’m Nick Sahoyah and I’m sitting in a chair.” Nick does a soundcheck for me, as I try and determine the best placement for the recorder in the din of the coffee shop. Nick Sahoyah is a Washington, DC born, Washington state raised comic, writer, and producer. He’s 25 and a half years old. “How old do you have to be before you stop using the half,” I ask him. “26”, he replies, with a chuckle. He’s been doing comedy for just over three years. His first performance was in May of 2010, at a coffee shop across the...

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Jerick Hoffer, The Lady Who Lunches

Every time I see Jerick Hoffer, I’m surprised by how tall he is. Perhaps it’s his soft-spoken, almost demure demeanor that makes me think he’s shorter than he really is. I first met Jerick over a year ago, when I had asked him to host an Academy Awards fundraiser as his drag alter ego, Jinkx Monsoon. I had seen Jinkx perform, and had been blown away by her voice and charisma. Meeting Jerick, then, and seeing how quiet, almost shy, he was, came as quite a surprise. Jerick is friendly, though, and thoughtful. We’re hardly close friends, but we...

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The Dancer Behind The Camera

“I just had my bangs cut this morning,” Fiona tells me, “and my stylist said that I look like one of the Golden Girls.” Purple hair? Check. Animal print? Check. Gaudy baubles? Check. By definition, Fiona Pepe does indeed look like she’s just stepped out of a pastel Miami Beach condo, but by definition only. In reality, her personal style is fabulously eclectic, and she describes it as everything from cabaret to mob wife. Along with the Ballard Value Village and the antique mall above the Burlington Coat factory on Aurora, one of her favorite places to shop, in...

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Lauren Hearts Art

It was a chilly morning when Lauren and I met for coffee at the Victrola on Pike. Fall weather had finally arrived in Seattle, wrapping the sky in her cool, grey cloak. Lauren’s bright, sunny smile, however, beams spring warmth wherever it shines. While we stand in line to order, the barista compliments her on her knitted hat, making her smile even wider. Lauren Bishop, 31, is a five year resident of Seattle, hailing from Ohio via a short stint in Colorado. “I didn’t have enough money to make it all the way to Seattle,” she jokes, “so I...

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