Kitsap Pride’s week-long festivities include an LGBTQ+ film festival, Pride Party, and an expanded festival with community stage and beer garden
Kitsap Pride has announced that Frenchie Davis will headline their main stage! A Grammy nominated artist, Frenchie Davis became a household name as a finalist on “The Voice” and “American Idol.” She is also known for her work in on- and off-Broadway productions of Rent, Dreamgirls, and Ain’t Misbehavin’, among others.
Now in its 21st year, Kitsap Pride is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 in Bremerton’s Evergreen Park.
In addition to Davis, Kitsap Pride’s main stage will feature Purple Passion, a swing ensemble affiliated with the Rainbow City Marching Band; “Goddess of Electronic Psychedelic Soul” SassyBlack; and Guayaba, a Bremerton native and one of Seattle’s top queer artists.
For the first time, Kitsap Pride will host a second, community stage featuring performers predominantly from Kitsap County, including Queerly Beloved and their brand of gender-variety entertainment.
Also coming to this year’s Kitsap Pride: a new layout for the festival in Evergreen Park, which will include a beer garden in the closed street in view of the main stage.
Kitsap Pride will be the grand finale to a week’s worth of festivities, which include the popular Pride Party on Friday, July 14 beginning at 9 p.m. in the Fountain Room of the Bremerton Harborside. This year’s theme is “Black & White” with performances by Amora Dior Black and Sabrina White. Tickets are $10
On July 8 & 9, Kitsap Pride is also bringing TWIST Tops: Best Films from the Seattle Queer Festival to Bainbridge Cinemas on Bainbridge Island.
Presented in partnership with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, this is the first time this celebrated LGBTQ+ film festival has come to Kitsap County. The line-up will include:
- Play the Devil, a simmering, unconventional thriller set in the lush hills of Trinidad.
- Real Boy, an acclaimed documentary about transgender teen and aspiring musician, Bennett Wallace.
- Suicide Kale, a mostly improvised comedy starring Brittani Nichols (Transparent) and Jasika Nicole (TV’s Fringe, Scandal).
- Check It, a documentary about a group of transgender and gay survivors who find their way out of poverty in the world of fashion.
- Best Shorts Festival, featuring the greatest audience and jury award-winning short films, including Folsom Street, These C*cksucking Tears, and Vamanos, among others.
Visit http://kitsappride.org/twist-tops-film-festival/ for more information and ticketing info, including a special package featuring Sunday morning Mimosas Before the Movies!
Sponsors of Kitsap Pride 2017 include the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Kaiser Permanente, Kitsap Safe Schools, Destination 420, and Starbucks.
Kitsap Pride unites, celebrates, and supports the LGBTQ+ community in Kitsap County.
Join us at Kitsap Pride 2017 on Saturday, July 15 in Evergreen Park in Bremerton. This year’s theme is Viva la Vida which encourages everyone to live their authentic life. Continue reading “Kitsap Pride 2017 – Viva la Vida”
Thank you for your support in the Great Give. We raised over a thousand dollars to support our local PRIDE! Community support is so important to an organization like ours and we incredibly thankful that our community comes through for us.
Support your local PRIDE! Use the form below the fold to donate to Kitsap Pride Network through the Kitsap Great Give. Your donation will be processed on May 2nd and will make Kitsap Pride eligible for matching funds and prizes throughout the day. Continue reading “Kitsap Great Give”
Join us Sunday, June 11th, for a family friendly picnic. – This is an all ages event. Admission is by donation. Our hosts will provide a picnic meal of burgers including veggie, and side dishes. Bring your own beverages. Lots of space for fun and games. This is a benefit for the Kitsap Pride Network and Q Youth Resources.
This our local entry in the Global LBGT March and Rally. Come be a part of the global movement while supporting our local LGBTQ organizations!
Many people are feeling anxious about what is ahead for our community. Lots of other emotions to deal with as well. The key is that we have built a community to help us move forward together. Stronger Together. Let’s continue to be there for each other. Let’s go out of our way to connect with each other, but especially to those who may be more isolated.
We’ve faced tough times and stood up to bullies before and we can do it again. We will get through this with the help, support, and love of each other.
Kitsap Pride is working on a Winter Pride event. Let us know what you feel you need and what we can do to help as we move forward.
Take some inspiration from the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
Kitsap Pride Network Board of Directors
We have a great line up for you this year as we celebrate our 20th event. We encourage people to bring blankets or chairs. We discourage bottled water but have water for you to refill a bottle you bring. We have food vendors including the nearby Honor Bar which also sells adult beverages and will host a meet and greet with our headliner, Vicci Martinez, after the show.
The first act on the stage will be the Caravan of Glam. “Get ready for a show unlike anything that you’ve seen. Our shows are very interactive and audience driven. We will be down in the crowd, we will bring people up on stage, we will be showing a lot of skin, and we will have something for everyone. This will be a fantastic show filled with oohs, aahs, and things that will blow your mind. This is NOT your regular drag show, this is the Caravan of GLAM.”
Up next it Kitsap County’s own Diana Macanlalay a local acoustic singer/songwriter from Kitsap County. Currently residing in Seattle, Diana grew up in the good old, ever growing town of Silverdale, Washington. Diana has performed at local venues such as the Manette and Slippery Pig Brewery, opening up for artists like CHYEA CHYEA and Zebra Mirrors. Diana’s knack for bringing people together always guarantees a good night filled with great music and wonderful people. Her smooth and sultry voice has caught the attention of crowds throughout her hometown while her relaxing renditions of 90s R&B will surely get you feeling nostalgic. A few of her musical inspirations include Melissa Polinar, Tori Kelly, Lauren Hill, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
We have two sets of local drag performers hosted by Bremerton’s own Indika Haze. She is joined by Deyla Dalyte, Ladi Vixxen, Cannoli, Hellen Tragedy, the Larger than Life Roxy Renee Ross, Mulan Rouge, Diamond Tyde and Ace of Spades & Queen of Spades.
We are Proud that our headliner for the Kitsap Pride stage is Vicci Martinez.
Vicci Martinez is a recording artist known for passionate performances, powerhouse vocals, and forging her own path—independently releasing music and touring the country for years before being a finalist on the first season of The Voice, NBC’s primetime singing competition, in 2011. On the show, she was mentored by CeeLo Green and they released a single together, “Come Along,” for her major label debut, “Vicci.”
The 31-year-old singer and songwriter from Tacoma lept into the national spotlight when she finished third in NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” in 2011.
A graduate of Stadium High School, Martinez has 10 albums to her credit, including the 2015 self-released “I Am Vicci.”
Martinez has been touring the United States and Europe the past five years. She has performed with artists including Sting, Annie Lennox, B.B. King, The Doobie Brothers, Jonny Lang, Michael Franti, Train, Colbie Caillat and Ed Sheeran. Her music is raw, personal, and powerful. She has returned to releasing music independently with a new found energy and urgency, a new ferocity. On May 1, 2015, she released I Am Vicci Martinez, Its lead single, “Bad News Breaker,” made its debut to nine million viewers on an episode of The Voice. She is currently writing and producing independently on her new record for a release in fall/winter 2016.
Kitsap Pride couldn’t happen every year without the support of our sponsors. This year we are proud to have Port Madison Enterprises, Kitsap Safe Schools, Group Health Cooperative, Compass Legal Services, Pacific Cannabis Company, 420 Annex, and The Honor Bar sponsoring the event.
Port Madison Enterprises is an agency of the Suquamish tribal government which is aimed at developing community resources while promoting the economic and social welfare of the tribe. They are best known locally for the Clearwater Casino, Kiana Lodge, and White Horse Golf Club.
The Kitsap Safe Schools Network is a growing partnership of community groups, agencies, churches, youth groups, parents and individuals working together to protect every child from the torment of bullying, including bullying based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. They produce the Kitsap County Youth Human Rights Rally every year and provide support for area GSAs and the Pink Prom.
Group Health Cooperative
Group Health is a unique health care system that coordinates care and coverage to more than 625,000 residents throughout Washington state. Group Health advances health in the community through its medical education, charitable foundation, and nationally recognized research institute. Group Health has been participating in pride events for more than a decade and this year celebrates pride in Bremerton, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane. For interesting health-related information, click here: http://blog.ghc.org/ #ThisIsHealthy
Compass Legal Services
Compass Legal Services, P.S. is your resource for navigating the legal system in the areas of Family Law and Divorce, Estate Planning, Business Incorporation and Arbitration. Led by attorney Heather Forrler, CLS serves clients in litigated matters here in Kitsap County and other clients in non-litigated matters throughout Western Washington.
Pacific Cannabis Company is a full service legal marijuana store in Bremerton.
The Honor Bar