Welcome to Trans Pride Seattle 2023!
For 10 years, we’ve never let anything stop us from celebrating Trans joy, life, and love—and this year is no different!
In a year of 450+ proposed anti-trans bills, spaces like Trans Pride Seattle are more important than ever. TPS continues to honor and carry the torch of our transcestors who created Pride as a means of cultural communion and social dissent.
Thank you for joining us for this important day of celebration, resistance, and power!
Two attendees at Trans Pride Seattle 2022 embracing. Photo by Kenzie McMillan.
Have a Safety Concern?
If you see something suspicious or are concerned for your safety, locate a TPS security volunteer, wearing a yellow vest & TPS badge
Masks are Mandatory
To make sure our event is accessible for all, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all attendees, organizers, tablers, and volunteers are asked to stay masked. We will have masks available for those with limited access to N95/K95 masks. (If attendees are able to bring extra masks to contribute, we would be grateful and appreciative!)
We also ask attendees to test before attending, and stay home if you test positive. We will have a limited supply of rapid tests available for attendees with limited access to them. We also recognize the limitations of rapid testing, and encourage participants to get PCR tests beforehand if possible.
If you have to stay home, don’t worry—TPS will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel!
Three masked attendees at Trans Pride Seattle 2022. Photo by Alex Garland.
Produced by Gender Justice League in collaboration with hundreds of volunteers, Trans Pride Seattle increases the strength of the TwoSpirit, Trans & Gender Diverse community through increased visibility, connection, love, and the celebration of our lives!
Maps of the Space
This is our closest approximation of the event space, but things may shift slightly on the day-of.
For mobility assistance, please locate a TPS volunteer (wearing a yellow vest and TPS badge).
Click here for more info on accessible seating, ASL interpreters, wheelchair access, and our Spoons Tent!
Stage Show & Performances
Make your way to the amphitheater at 6 PM to enjoy our all-star show!
Welcome from our host, Aleksa Manila!
Aleksa is Seattle’s sweetheart of fundraising and everything fabulous! She’s a former Miss Gay Filipino and Miss Gay Seattle and Empress of Seattle, among many of her crowns. She’s been recognized for her social activism and community leadership by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, The Greater Seattle Business Association, Seattle Women’s Pride, Public Health – Seattle & King County, The Filipino Community of Seattle, and so on. She is featured in the GLAAD and Emmy nominated PBS documentary, CARETAKERS.
Follow her journey at ALEKSAMANILA.com and all social media platforms via @ALEKSAMANILA
Land acknowledgment & opening ceremony by Northwest Two-Spirit Society
NWTSS’ Mission is to educate society regarding First Nation and Two-Spirit histories and traditions, to ensure community cohesion through the promotion of health, Two-Spirit visibility, and to provide training and outreach to the Native and non-Native communities of the Northwest.
Speaker: Sen. Marko Liias
Senator Marko Liias is a lifelong Washingtonian born and raised in the neighborhoods he now serves. He represents the communities of the 21st Legislative District, which includes neighborhoods in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Mukilteo.
Having worked alongside GJL for years on trans-affirming legislation and advocacy, Liias has a long history as a stong ally to trans communities, including recently as the prime sponsor of SB 5599: a recently-passed bill that protects trans youth experiencing houselessness.
Check out the conversation we had on the importance of community-led policy advocacy, investing in leadership development, and the power in collective work towards gender justice.
Photo & bio from senatedemocrats.wa.gov/liias/biography
Speaker: Rep. Zooey Zephyr
Zooey Zephyr is a progressive, bisexual trans woman, and the current state representative for Montana’s 100th House district.
Zephyr has spent much of her adult life working as a public employee for the University of Montana, as well as working as a community advocate. She has worked to help university programs integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into their faculty requirements, and has worked with the city of Missoula, Montana to draft human rights legislation tailored towards making justice more accessible to people who have been discriminated against.
As a representative, she fights for human rights—from voting rights to trans rights to working towards dismantling the cruelties of the prison-industrial complex. She also works to address what she sees as four of the big, interconnected areas where Montana is failing to adequately help its residents: housing inequality, health care, infrastructure, and climate change.
Bio courtesy of aclu.org/bio/zooey-zephyr
Photo courtesy of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund
Performance: Penny Ly
Penny, also known as P Nasty, a diverse movement artist with foundations in club and street style dance, is an educator, event curator and performer. P Nasty strives to continuously honor the roots of these dance styles by uplifting and providing inclusive spaces for folks to learn and explore. Dance plays a significant role in their guidance to seek self exploration, empowerment, and discovering their identity. Their diverse movement and dynamic energy is accentuated by their colorful expressions every time they hit the floor.
Performance: Gender Envy
Gender Envy is a 5-piece queer and trans punk band based in Seattle.
“We like power chords. We all had the same haircut on accident last summer. We taste like cherry coke and spearmint gum. We’ll haunt you. We’re blood and guts punk, meaning you’ll leave our show feeling like you got eaten alive. Protect Trans Youth!”
Performance: Angel Bonilla
In March 2018, Angel Bonilla made history when she took the the stage as NBC’S The Voice’s first trans contestant to turn a chair. In 2022, she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on PBS’ Caretakers Docu-series.
Speaker: Stella Keating
Stella Keating (she/her) is an eighteen-year-old passionate about advocacy, youth voice and politics. Stella began engaging in politics with her school board at the age of nine. At the age of thirteen, she lobbied state senators and representatives. Since then, Stella has continued to advocate on a local, state, and federal level to improve the lives of people like herself and all LGBTQ youth.
In March 2021, Stella testified in support of the Equality Act, making history as the first transgender teen to testify before the United States Senate. As a result, she was invited to join First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s “virtual box” as a guest of honor at President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress and speak with Dr. Biden directly.
Because of her advocacy in her home state and nationally, Stella was honored as one of GLAAD’s “20 Under 20” and Seventeen magazine’s “Voices of the Year.” She also received the “Visibility Award” at the Trans Advocacy Awards from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. Stella is a founding Champion of The GenderCool Project.
Bio courtesy of gendercool.org/champions/stella
Photo courtesy of glaad.org/glaad-releases-its-second-annual-20-under-20-list
Performance: STANCE Choir
The Seattle Trans and Nonbinary Choral Ensemble – STANCE, is Seattle’s first and only choir by and for trans and nonbinary singers. Founded in 2022, STANCE had their first full-choir concert last weekend, and are excited to begin preparing for this fall’s Trans Day of Remembrance concerts. After you see them on stage, check out their table for more information on joining this August!
GANESHA is no stranger to performance art and public displays, having sang, danced, and written since childhood for various to no audience. She has a propensity to catapult onlookers directly into her vision. In this way, she considers performance to be ceremony, and ceremony as air. Breathing for you, the viewer, the witness- without lungs, without gender, without physical sex; but as a Power: The cumulative product of aeons of ancestral weaving. Here, the body becomes sound before your eyes. Undeniable, and mesmerizing.
Follow @divinemerger on IG for more, including information on GANESHA’s debut independent short film project “Becoming” releasing later this year, and attend TPS 2023 for a sneak peak during her performance.
Performance: Ariyah Jane
Ariyah Jane is a singer/song writer from Montgomery, Alabama. Her sultry sounds are from years of training and experience in musical theatre, gospel, and singing background vocals for many artists! She has graced stages across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and is a host of one of Seattle’s premier open mic experiences: Seraphim.
When not on stage, Ariyah provides resources to marginalized communities, giving back to people who look and live similar experiences to her.
Performance: T4T: Seattle's Longest Running All Trans & Nonbinary Drag Show
Featuring: Bee’uh BombChelle
Nine years of performing and one move across the country, Bee’Uh BombChelle stepped onto the Seattle scene in 2021 and started T4T: an all trans and non-binary casted show.
“I think of all the times drag saved me. I know drag can be a strange territory for some. I wanted to create a community space where folks could identify with the people they see on stage, be amongst friends.”
Featuring: Solana Solstice
Solana Solstice is the big buxom babe of Seattle. This showgirl is all about body positivity and being sexy at any size! You can catch Solana twirling all over the city.
Featuring: Siren St. James
Dragging all the boys to their watery graves, it’s Ms. Siren The Barbie! Pacific Northwest grown, Siren has been an avid Trans Performer and advocate for 10 years.
Her decorated history includes titles such as: Washington Entertainer of the Year, Female Entertainer of the Year, and Ms. Gay Seattle.
Find her hosting at the Unicorn Block Party on Saturday, June 24th at 7pm, and at T4T every second Saturday in Timbre room at Kremwerk.
Featuring: Bruno Baewatch
Hailing from Phoenix, AZ, Bruno Baewatch quickly became an integral part of the community by working with venues and Queer performers across the country to make each event iconically fun.
You’ll often find Bruno using the timeless ‘Bend-N-Snap’ method at the Great American Casino (Tukwilla), Queer/Bar, Supernova, Unicorn, or wherever a performer needs his “certified lifeguard” skills.
Whether it’s performing, producing, modeling, or cosplaying, there are no waters too deep nor too wet for him.
T4T is every second Saturday in Timbre room at Kremwerk and features guest entertainers, gogo dancers, and a featured monthly vendor.
Performance: The House of Ada
From HBO Max’s hit show Legendary, season 3, The Kiki House of Ada (Est. Feb 2014) has been an active collective of Queers making a change in the Portland experience.
Through their participation in Ballroom, Nightlife, and Commercial work all around the West coast, They have made history as a Pacific Northwest premier Kiki House.
Exesive is a Latinx trans artist anchored in Ecuador by heart and Seattle by fate. They were raised by the thumping of the music on the walls, the streets, the bus, the radio, the club, house parties, jams, and today they embody those beats on their hips, through their voice, instruments, and their DJ controller. They love holding space for queer people of color and approach dancing and performance as an important collective experience and conversation to stay connected through our bodies and cultures. They play mostly Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop, Bachata and has a special place in their heart for Mountain and Jungle Cumbia. Follow them on instagram @exesive__ and tip them via venmo @mijx– or cashapp $mijxxxx.
DJ Mixx America
DJ MIXX America has worked professionally in WA State for 20+ years, with her career beginning as a radio and campus event DJ at Central Washington University. MIXX’s specialty is creating a festive party atmosphere by seamlessly weaving together Top 40 tracks across various genres. As an openly bisexual artist, MIXX has a passion for supporting the LGBTQ+ community with a special focus on the often underrepresented POC, trans and youth, and has provided the soundtrack for notable city events for the rainbow community, such as the Seattle PRIDE parade, the PRIDE flag raising ceremony and the mayor’s PRIDE reception to name a few amongst the dozens that she has been a part of.
Give to Support Trans Pride Seattle
Because we never accept corporate sponsorships, we rely on small-dollar donors & trans-affirming businesses and nonprofit sponsorships to make TPS possible.
Your dollars help us pay performers, ASL interpreters, and photographers; and cover the costs of equipment like tents, lights, sound, radios, and more.
Click here to help us continue creating a corp-free event that is truly by-and-for our community!