It’s Time for Pride!

This year’s International Pride theme is Silence to Solidarity. It got our board thinking about how music can help us fill the silence – In our souls and in a space. That brought us to the cassette tape image. We talked about making mix tapes. How music has helped fill space in the pandemic and how this is not our community’s first pandemic. It’s a crazy time for so many and we felt like this is a Remix. It’s familiar and different.

We mixed it up a bit this year and have Nite Wave closing out the stage – playing some great music from the 80s – our first pandemic. Much like the current resurgence of Kate Bush there is something both comforting and empowering. Music can bring us together.

We will start the festival off with a bang – a grand entrance from the Rainbow City Marching Band. We are so excited to have them back and see what they have in store for us. We will do an official welcome and opening to recognize the land and any dignitaries present. Up next will be DJ & Drag. Returning is DJ Dana Dub for dancing and good vibes on the pride lawn. We will also have Versace Doll and friends Melody Lush, Sable Jones St James, Drew Paradisco, Jessica Paradisco, Nemisis, Crystal Jewel Box, Kris Rose, & Sativa Queen.

After Dana finishes his set at 7:30 Nite Wave will take the stage.

The Boys & Girls Club and Kitsap Regional Library are co-hosting a Teen Pride Space with free snacks, books, crafts, games, and a place to hang & connect.

We have 70 vendors signed up including many food and snack options.

The Garden will be our 21+ area featuring Silver City Brewery beer with their Live Loud hard iced tea, Locust Cider from Gig Harbor, Eleven Winery from Bainbridge, and Tito’s Vodka frozen slushie drinks. We have significantly increased our capacity based on last year’s demand.

How to Enjoy Pride

This year there are other events happening at the fairgrounds so parking may be tighter. Gordon Field is at the most eastern part of the fairgrounds. You may have to park in a lot and walk over to our area. Our event on July 23 is from 4 to 9 pm – we plan to be ready early. Look for these signs.

You can bring a blanket or chairs for the lawn – no grills or outside alcohol. Bring a water bottle to refill – help us be more sustainable.

As our event has grown it is less suitable for even the most well-behaved dogs. Please consider leaving them at home.

We ask that you refrain from smoking or vaping in the festival area.

Volunteer – it’s not too late

Kitsap Pride is an all-volunteer organization, including our board, and we rely on many more volunteers to make the festival happen. It’s a fun way to participate and a great way for friends and allies to contribute. You can sign up as an individual or a group if you want to volunteer together. Write volunteers@kitsappride.org with any questions.
Click Here to Volunteer!

Sponsors

We could make Kitsap Pride happen (and keep it free) without our generous sponsors and donors. We are grateful and if you ever get a chance – thank them for us.
Puget Sound Energy | The Arc of the Peninsulas | Catalpa Clinic
Greater Kitsap Visitor Center | Coordinated Care | Scott Lynes & Brian Coulthard
Kitsap ACES | Kitsap Community Food Co-Op | Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap Safe Schools Network | Melissa Wight Homes
Northwest Washington Family Medical Residency | Victor Thompson Farmers Agency

Our 2022 Artist

Copper Foxes

Our artist this year is Sam (Copper Foxes) who is a panromantic asexual artist raised on Bainbridge Island. They have been designing products since 2017 to sell at local art booths. After graduating from Olympic College in 2019, they worked at a local print shop for nearly two years. At the same time, they worked on developing their art and design business on the side. Now they do freelance illustration, merchandise design, and graphic design full-time. They also run an Etsy shop and a Patreon with their designs and products. Stop by Sam’s booth this Saturday at Pride. @copperfoxes

Artwork by @copperfoxes

American Idol Finalist Frenchie Davis to Perform at Kitsap Pride

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. 

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Sunday is going to be perfect weather to taste wines on the patio. We will have some great food and a special gift for everyone. Stock up on Summer wines while you support Pride. Check out the tasting notes that we just posted on Facebook.

 

Please purchase tickets now so we can plan

Stage Line Up & More

Pride Stage Schedule 2016We 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.”

13621881_10153511771447522_171114651_oUp 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.

Photo Credit Scott Haydon
Photo Credit Scott Haydon

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.

Vicci Martinez to Headline Kitsap Pride

We are Proud to announce that our headliner for the Kitsap Pride stage on Saturday, July 16th at Evergreen Park is Vicci Martinez.

Photo Credit Scott Haydon
Photo Credit Scott Haydon

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.

Schedule: 20 Events for 20 Years!

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 6.09.56 PMTo commemorate the 20th celebration of Pride in Kitsap County, we present “20 Events for 20 Years”—20 events throughout Kitsap County for the LGBT community and its allies. Some of these events are hosted by the Kitsap Pride Network; others are sponsored by our partner community organizations who do the good work of supporting our community throughout the year. We invite you to attend as many of these events as you can. Click on the title of each event for more information.

Showing up to be supportive and connect with others is one of the best ways you can practice this year’s theme of “Solidarity through Pride”!

Click on the program at right to download our PDF brochure!

Kitsap Pride Twenty

Wine Tasting & Auction

June 12, 2016, 4 -6 p.m. – Port Gamble General Store
Wine-tasting event with not-to- be-missed silent auction items provided by local groups and supporters. A fundraiser for Kitsap Pride Network by Red Star Events. Ages 21 & up. Tickets: $45/person

Pride Picnic

June 19, 2016, 12 p.m. – Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard
This all-ages event hopes to recreate the fun and festivities of Kitsap County’s earliest Pride celebrations. Lunch and soft drinks provided. BYOB. Admission is by donation. $5 minimum is suggested. Money raised supports Kitsap Pride Network and Q Youth Resources.

Bainbridge Pride

June 24, 6:30 p.m. – Check link for location
Bainbridge Pride’s 2nd Annual Pride celebration community potluck.

“Dragging Up the Past”: A Charity Drag Show

June 25, 7 – 10 p.m. – Olympic College Bremer Center in Bremerton
Professional and amateur drag kings and queens perform favorite hits. Supports the LGBTQ+ scholarship from OC Foundation. Tickets: $5/students and staff, $10/general, $15/VIP

Pride Party at Amber Lounge

June 26, 3 – 7 p.m. – Amber Lounge in Seattle
Join us just off the Seattle Pride parade route for an afternoon of frolic &  fun! 21 and over only.

Seattle Pride

June 26 – Downtown Seattle and Seattle Center
Western Washington’s metro Pride celebration scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

Kim Archer Live in Concert

June 30, 7 p.m. – Clearwater Casino – Beach Rock Lounge
A Benefit for Kitsap Pride 20. Ages 21 and over only. Tickets: $20/general, $30/reserved, $45/VIP, which includes a meet-and-greet.

Rainbow Reads

June 30, 6 p.m. – Kitsap Regional Library in Poulsbo
Reading “A Single Man” by Chistopher Isherwoord. Rainbow Reads is an LGBTQ-focused book club which meets monthly, hosted by the Kitsap Regional Library. Check the Facebook group or the KRL website for upcoming books.

Q Center Youth Drop-In

July 1, 6 – 10 p.m. – Family of God Lutheran Church in East Bremerton
The Q Center is a drop-in night for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 13-20. The Q Center rents space in a church, but is not a faith-based organization.

First Friday Art Walk in Bremerton

July 1, 5 – 8 p.m.
Experience one of the largest and most diverse official fine arts district in the northwest. Thanks to Fingers Duke for bringing legendary out-country group Lavender Country to play.

Grand Old 4th on Bainbridge Island

July 4 – Winslow on Bainbridge Island
Show your (Kitsap) Pride by joining us in marching in the “Best Small Town Parade in America”! If you are interested in walking with us please attend our Planning Meeting on July 2nd in Bremerton or see the Facebook page above for information about where to gather on July 4th. Everyone is welcome!

Kitsap Transgender Community Group

July 6, 7 p.m. – Olympic College, Bremerton

Kocktails with Katrina

July 10 – The Charleston, 333 Callow Avenue
Hosted by Katrina Duall – 5 p.m. All ages! $10 cover/$5 youth to benefit the Q Center.

PRIDE Service

July 10, 10:30 a.m. – Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bremerton
KUUF welcomes all people, no matter their religion, beliefs, gender, or sexuality.

Coffee Meetup

July 11, 10 a.m. – Whiskey Gulch Coffee in Port Orchard
Regular event held by the Meetup Group; Kitsap LGBT Friends. Everyone, whether on Meetup or not, is invited to participate!

Drag Queen Musical Bingo: Pride Edition

July 11, 6 – 8 p.m. – Toro Lounge in Bremerton
The Q Center hosts a special Pride edition of their popular Drag Queen Musical Bingo.

Kitsap County Council for Human Rights Forum

July 15, 5 p.m. – Eagle’s Nest by Fairgrounds
Topic: Solidarity Through Pride—Exploring Intersectionality and Implicit Bias in our Community.

Pride Party

July 15, 9 p.m. – Eagle’s Hall in Bremerton
The Official Party of Kitsap Pride! Enjoy dancing and drinks into the wee hours!

KITSAP PRIDE TWENTY

Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Evergreen Park in Bremerton
Kitsap Pride’s 20th celebration! Join us for live music from Vicci Martinez, local drag performers, musicians and more. Visit over forty exhibitors and vendors. Plus we have several food trucks and ice cream. Family activities and more!

Kitsap PFLAG Support Meeting

July 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Hot Java Cafe in Bremerton
Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of LGBTQ people are invited to come together to discuss issues and socialize.