Special Showing of Milk

Kitsap Pride is hosting a special showing of Milk at the Historic Orchard Theater on Bay Street in Port Orchard at 7pm on Thursday, February 5th. 

Tickets are $12 and include a small drink and a small popcorn.  It such a deal and we are raising money to boot! 

Tickets are currently available in advance at the Historic Orchard Theater. 

Here is a link for more information about the film.

Get them early – We do expect this to sell out.


There are still a few tickets left today for this special showing through the Orchard Theater’s Box Office.

State of LGBT Rights

Kitsap County ACLU is sponsoring a speaker on the night of Jan. 26th (that’s a Monday) at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagle Harbor bookstore on Bainbridge Island. Hank Balson of the Public Interest Law Group will speak on the “State of LGBT Rights: Focus on Washington.

The ACLU is a long time supporter of Gay/Lesbian rights and we feel that this is an important civil liberties issue.

Lullaby of Broadway

Seattle Women’s Chorus in Bremerton Saturday, April 4th. 
Presented by the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

“Come on along and listen to…”
This harmonious musical staging celebrates the women of Broadway: Mama Rose, Auntie Mame, Annie Oakley, Mrs. Lovett, Evita, Elphaba, and Tracy Turnblad to name a few. Seattle Women’s Chorus will pay tribute to these great characters, as well as shining the spotlight on some of the many great musical numbers for women, about women, and written by women.

Admiral Theatre – 7:00 PM
515 Pacific Ave. — Bremerton, WA

Tickets:  $25 Main Floor
$20 Loge
$12 Balcony

call (360) 373-6743


New Years Eve Event

The New Year is just days away. Red Star is organizing a big New Year’s Eve Party and you are all invited. We are creating an event where everyone is welcome. We already have great diversity in the people who have bought tickets.

John from Henry’s Deli & Catering will be providing some great food to nibble on throughout the night. Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushrooms and More. This is in addition to the truffles from Carter’s Chocolates in Port Orchard. Plus, Steve Harter will be taking pictures of everyone in their festive garb and we’ll provide digital pictures at no extra charge.

To the best of my knowledge this is the first time anyone has tried to do a NYE party for the community. We hope you’ll join us. It’s not too late. Check out our website for more information. www.redstarevents.com or www.myspace.com/redstarnights

8pm to close

Champagne Toasts @ 9pm and Midnight (East Coast & West Coast)

Entertainment – including a special performance from The Royal Knights. Tacoma’s Drag Kings

Great Appetizers form the guys at Henry’s in Bremerton

Plus, Truffles from the guys at Carter’s in Port Orchard

DJ and Dancing – all types of music R&B Funk Disco right through current hits!

Great Party Favors



$15 advance or $20 at door

Transgender Day of Rememberance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgendered people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

What is a ‘Real’ Marriage? And who gets to decide?

On Tuesday, October 14th, nationally recognized marriage expert, Prof. Stephanie Coontz will be a guest speaker at a public forum entitled “What is a ‘Real’ Marriage?  And Who Gets to Decide?” at 7:00 pm in the Theater Building, Olympic College Bremerton campus.  The forum is free and sponsored by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and Olympic College Multicultural Services.

Professor Coontz will explore the surprising variations in how marriage has been defined at different points in history and demonstrate how the purpose and functions of marriage have changed over time, gradually stimulating new groups to demand the right to marry. We sometimes think that marriage has only recently become a political issue, but in fact, she’ll show, marriage was a politicized institution from the beginning. There have always been sharp conflicts over who should be allowed to marry and how marriage should be defined. From the so-called “love” story of Anthony and Cleopatra, to the fights between church and state in the Middle Ages, to the 20th-century battles over interracial and same-sex marriage, societies have fought over which social institutions or individuals should have the right to decide whether a marriage is valid.
About Stephanie Coontz
Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. She is the author of Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage , (Viking Press, 2005), The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (1992 and 2000, Basic Books), The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families (Basic Books, 1997), and The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families . She also edited American Families: A Multicultural Reader (Routledge, 1999). Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Norwegian, and Japanese.
Coontz has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and addressed audiences across America, Japan and Europe. She has appeared on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, NPR, CNN’s Talk Back Live, CBS This Morning, Leeza, and MSNBC with Brian Williams, as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Observer/Guardian, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper’s, Vogue, LIFE, Time-LIFE Books, and Mirabella, as well as in such academic and professional journals as Family Therapy Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, National Forum, and Journal of Marriage and Family.
A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Coontz has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2004, she received the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever “Visionary Leadership” Award. In 1995 she received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her “outstanding contributions to the field of child development.” She also received the 2001-02 “Friend of the Family” award from the Illinois Council on Family Relations. She serves as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal.
Copies of recent articles and other activities are available at www.stephaniecoontz.com


We’re excited to announce that “Bent” writing group from Seattle will be taking the stage at this years Kitsap Pride.

Come out and enjoy incredible spoken word and slam poetry presented by “Bent”‘s own performers. “Bent” mission is to “To promote and encourage written and spoken word among LGBTIQ people and in our communities”

How To Enjoy Pride

Weather is looking great for Saturday – Sunny not too hot!  Bring sunscreen and chairs or blankets to enjoy the stage.

Getting Here

Kitsap Pride is at Bremerton’s Evergreen Park located where Pacific Avenue meets 13th Street and Sheldon Avenue.

The park is not far from downtown Bremerton on the Washington Narrows between the Warren Avenue Bridge and the Manette Bridge.

View Kitsap Pride in a larger map

There are many places to park in the area including lots of on-street parking with fairly short walks. We encourage you to ride with friends.  The lot a 13th and Sheldon will be reserved for vehicles of people with disabilities and loading in/out musicians.

Do not park in the spaces reserved for the boat ramp.  If parking seems tight look south of 11th only 2 blocks away.

Kitsap Pride ’08

Join the fun at Kitsap County’s Pride Celebration on Saturday July 19, 2008. Festivities are being held at Evergreen Park in Bremerton, from noon to 5PM. The Kitsap Pride Network organizes the annual event for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community, and the 2008 planning committee has been working hard to put together an event that exceeds expectations and showcases the talent and supporters in and around our community. Bring family & friends and be ready to enjoy a fabulous day at the park.

Although Kitsap Pride is being held in the same beautiful location, this year several great new features have been added, thanks to suggestions from previous year’s participants. This year change is good. We’ve added an area for families with children to come and enjoy. There is a covered picnic area for eating, gathering to socialize or just people watching. If you want to be closer to the action there will also be tables nearer the stage, or you can bring a blanket or stadium chairs and make your own viewing area. Don’t forget the Frisbees!

ALL FAMILIES MATTER:  We’re really excited this year to be having a “Kid’s Zone”, hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Bremerton. We’ll have balloons, crafts, sidewalk chalk, face painting, plus Corky the Clown will be back with Clancy the Wonderdog. The “Kid’s Zone” will start at noon and go to 2:30pm so bring the kids! You could even bring a picnic lunch! We look forward to seeing you! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

We’ve not just added activities for the little ones. The Kitsap Safe Schools Network is sponsoring a Teen Space that will be hosted by The Q Center. The Q is a local drop in center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied youth from 14 to 19 years old. They’ll have a special space to hang out with friends and meet new ones. The Q Center will organize some special fun stuff.

Non-stop entertainment from the stage, sponsored by Red Star Events, will include drag kings (Tacoma’s Royal Knights) and queens (Faces Drag Show from VIBE in Kent), live music from local favorite Inga Nova and the heavy soul and funk sounds of the Kim Archer Band. The Kim Archer Band often plays Tacoma Pride, Bite of Seattle and other local events and venues. We are hoping to have some great queer slam poetry to end the day performed by Bent, Seattle’s Queer Writing Institute. Plus, we will have some special guest speakers. Go to our website (kitsappride.org) to keep up on the schedule. The stage will be in a great new location with plenty of lawn to spread out on and take in the show. Look for the giant rainbow roof to find the Red Star stage!

This year we’re proud to announce several new sponsors, including Pure Med Spa, Ameriprise Financial, the Slaughter County Roller Vixens, and Clear Creek Psychological. Plus our Community Partner organizations the Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation, Kitsap PFLAG, Kitsap Safe Schools Network, Positive Solutions, The Q Center and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Vixens will be showing off their skills and selling cotton candy and sno-cones.

Our vendor marketplace should be a bustling avenue of GLBT Support & Education Information, Local Businesses and Merchants. This year there will be jewelry, apparel and accessories. We have many new vendors this time around as well as some of your favorites from past years.

Stop by the Kitsap Pride Network booth for some great pride merchandise and this year’s t-shirt. The Kitsap Pride Network wants to hear from you about how else we, or one of our partner organizations, can serve the community. What is needed in Kitsap County that is not happening now? Newsletter? More activities? Your feedback is important! We’ve responded to many of your previous comments and want more input from OUR community. At the Kitsap Pride booth, there will be free rainbow friendship bracelets for the first 200 to complete our quick survey. Everyone who answers the survey will be entered in a drawing for some fun prizes.

This year our food vendors will have burgers, polish sausages, hot wings, kettle corn, funnel cakes, elephant ears, and strawberry lemonade. Plus this year we’re even adding coffee drinks and smoothies to our selection of festival food. That was just some of the highlights.

After the Pride Celebration, come to Pride Party ’08 presented by Red Star at 9PM at Bremerton Eagles just blocks away on 6th at Washington. Red Star’s generous donation, raised at their monthly event, helped to underwrite the cost of the stage.

For answers on what to bring, where to show up, how to get there and what’s going on exactly please visit Kitsap Pride’s website often at kitsappride.org.