On July 16, 2016, we will celebrate 20 years of Pride in Kitsap County! This year’s international theme is “Solidarity Through Pride” and, clearly, we have a lot to celebrate! It is the goal of the Kitsap Pride Network (KPN) to make this year’s festivities bigger and better than ever. To do this, though, we need YOUR help!
With planning and strategy for our 20th Pride celebration already underway, we wanted to reach out and encourage you to become involved ASAP. We need people who will voice their ideas during this all-important planning stage and then continue on to help manage and coordinate activities to turn our collective vision into reality.
While we began meeting last fall, it’s not too late to get involved! We are meeting regularly. The location is usually our office or Olympic College, but we will be posting that information along with a meeting reminder a few days before on our Facebook group page. Please respond in a comment below or sign up on our Facebook page to let us know if you’ll be participating. We would encourage you to bring along any friends who might be interested in volunteering.
In addition to seeking more volunteer involvement, KPN is seeking candidates to expand its Board to ensure it represents the diversity of our community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQIA community in Kitsap County. Being a member of our Board requires a dedication to our group’s mission as well as the ability to attend meetings and actively work towards executing our goals.
We also want to hear if there’s something that can be done to make it easier for you to be more active in KPN or Pride volunteer activities. The group open to any suggestions; we really want to make these opportunities as inclusive as possible.
Thank you for your time and support of KPN and Pride in Kitsap County. Because of people like you, we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary. This is a momentous achievement during a very exciting time in our community’s history.
Kitsap Pride is YOUR Pride…and with your help we can set the stage for another 20 years!

Kitsap Pride 2015

Kitsap Pride is proud to announce the return of Kim Archer to the stage this year at 1:00pm to 2:30pm – bring chairs and/or blankets and enjoy the concert. This year we celebrate marriage equality, focus on foster parenting and rally for employment discrimination and transgender rights.
Dirty Beat Duo will take the stage at 3:30 for a dance party in the park.

40 vendors plus food, chocolates and Ice cream.

Main Stage Schedule

Noon – opening music

12:10 Drag Performances

12:50  Greg Wheeler, Bremerton City Council President.
Steven Strachan, Bremerton Chief of Police

1:00 – Kim Archer Music

2:30 – Drag Perfomances

3:20 – Congressman Derek Kilmer

3:30 – Dirty Beat Duo – DJs Dancing in the park

5:00 – Close



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pride365 Kitsap Pride Network is excited to announce that we have adopted Interpride’s international theme for this year’s pride event. The 2013 theme is PRIDE 365.

InterPride is the international organization that ties Pride together globally. Members of the organization are dedicated volunteers who organize and work to put on Pride events all over the world.

We can celebrate the advances like Marriage Equality we have made over the last 365 days and rally towards complete equality for all LGBT people.

This year’s event will return to Evergreen Park on Sunday, July 21, 2013 from noon until 5pm.  Volunteers are busy planning this year’s event.  Join our mailing list to keep in touch or to volunteer.

Kitsap Pride ’12

Planning is coming together smoothly.  Vendors are registering.  Sponsors are signing on to support this great event.  We are finalizing our entertainment line-up.  It will be a great Pride Month in Kitsap.  Up first is Pride Skate at Bremerton Skateland on Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm.  Our Pride PreFUNK is Sunday, July 15th at the Hi-fidelity Lounge – a fun T-dance with DJ and dancing.  Katrina Duall hosts her twice a month Kocktails in Hi-Fidelity with a special Mr/Miss Heart of Kitsap Pageant on Friday, July 20th.  Saturday, July 21, Red Star presents PRIDE PARTY 2012 at Stoddy’s Bar & Grill located at 3050 Northlake Way Bremerton WA.  And last but certainly not least is our Pride in the Park.  Join us at noon on Sunday, July 22 at Bremerton’s Evergreen Park for a full day of fun in the sun!  What do you think of this year’s poster?

Kitsap Readies for 2012 Celebration

The Kitsap Pride Network is gearing up for this year’s pride event.  This year’s international theme is “Pride links us together.”  This year our event returns to Evergreen Park in Bremerton on SUNDAY, July 22nd and will be kicking off at noon.

We’ll be posting information on how you can be involved in Kitsap Pride 2012 including vendor registration forms in the coming days.

Volunteer with Pride

We’re looking for a few good people to help with the 2011 Pride event on Saturday, July 16th at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.  It is a fun and rewarding way to get engaged in our local community.  We need people to plan in advance, set up the day of the event, coordinate relationships with our sponsors and our vendors, manage the talent on the stage, organize our wonderful volunteers, and of course break down at the end of the day.  There is also behind the scenes work (administrative and such) and more.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2011 team click here to submit your name.

We look forward to hearing from you and an awesome event this year.


Planning Underway for 2011 Pride

The date is set for Saturday, July 16th 2011 and Evergreen Park has been reserved.  Our vendor application is online and we are looking for sponsors and donors to help make our event a success.  We hope to announce a kick off meeting very soon to bring in volunteers for this year’s event.  Stay tuned.  Contact us if you would like to be notified of the meeting.

Kitsap Pride brings families

We received a wonderful article in the Bremerton Patriot Check it out.

Kitsap Pride brings families to Evergreen Park


Bremerton Patriot Staff Writer
Jul 23 2010

For Thomas Oliver and Jeffrey Chandler, taking their 8-year-old son Zyreal to the Kitsap Pride Festival on Saturday was just another family outing in the park.

“We’re just like an old married couple,” Oliver said of he and his partner, describing weekly church outings and dinners with grandma. “This is probably the most gay thing we do every year.”


That sentiment was shared by other attendees of the Pride Festival at Evergreen Rotary Park, who said the celebration was Kitsap’s only recognition of gays and allies, heterosexuals who support equal rights for gays.

Elaine Priest, who came with friends and children, said the low-key and fun environment is why the Kitsap festival appeals to her.

“You see other people with their families,” she said. “That’s what I like.”

The event marked its sixth year at Evergreen Park — in the early years starting about 13 years ago, the festival was much smaller and took place in Seabeck and Port Orchard. Now the festival includes more than 40 vendors, play space and face painting for children, live music and a drag show and attracts up to 500 people, said Marcie Mathis, an organizer of the event.

Melissa Evans, who came with her daughter Amanda, said gay culture has become more open in Kitsap. About 10 to 15 years ago, people were not as comfortable expressing their identity, she said.

“It’s just not as taboo as it used to be,” Evans said. “I just feel a lot more open than I used to be.”

Nonetheless, the gay culture in Kitsap is not vocal and visible as what might be seen in Seattle, Amanda Evans said.

“We’re pretty open. It’s not to the point where you have to be out and loud,” she said.

Amy Parkhurst, who came with her family, said this was the first year she’d heard of the Kitsap Pride Festival and she wanted to show her support.

Playing with her young neice, Ava Wilson, near the children’s play area, Parkhurst said she also appreciates the family-friendly environment of Kitsap Pride.

“It’s great, we love it,” she said. “We think there should be a lot more.”