Darqness QTPOC Beach Party! (August 13th)

“QTPOC beach parrrrrtaaaaaay!

For our 2nd Anniversary of DARQNESS, we are doing something special and different and throwing a beach party at Golden Gardens park August 13, from 4 to 9pm.

We’re excited to have the king of Seattle’s queer nightlife RIFF-RAFF (Night Crush) on hand, along with the return of Darqness/Soul-Fi zaddy GENERAL MEOW, our resident DJ goon squad REVEREND DOLLARS, NOME GOLDIE, and HOWIN, and host and resident vogue mutha JADE DYNASTY.

DARQNESS QTPOC beach party
2 years of DARQNESS!
August 13 // 4-9pm
Golden Gardens

$5-20 suggested donation
All ages

DJs //
Riff-Raff [Night Crush]
General Meow [Darqness/Soul-Fi]
Reverend Dollars [Darqness/Soul-Fi]
Nome Goldie [Darqness]
Howin [Darqness]

Hosted by // Jade Dynasty [Darqness/En Vogue]

Accountability // All Darqness Productions events are intended as a safer space for queer and trans people of color. Your racism, anti-blackness, anti-indiginity, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, femmephobia, fatphobia, etc. etc. etc. ain’t welcome here, so don’t bring em. You will be kicked the fuck out.

Transportation // Golden Gardens Park is reachable by buses 17 and 48 via a steep path roughly a quarter mile in length. We heavily encourage carpooling.

Accessibility // Golden Gardens Park is ADA accessible. It is not a scent-free space but partygoers are asked to reduce their use of scented products. There are ADA accessible bathrooms, unfortunately they are gendered but we are working on this.”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756247367851813/

For more from DARQNESS, click here: https://www.facebook.com/darqnessseattle/

Queer Short Story Club (August 8th)

From Stonewall Youth:

“Join us on August 8, Monday, during drop-in at 4pm-6pm ~~~~ Queer Short Story Club is having their first meeting! For more info message us or email info@stonewallyouth.org!”

For the original posting, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/posts/10153916581172746

For more from Stonewall Youth, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/

Family Tim w/TUF (August 3rd)

From TUF:

“Come dance away the weekday doldrums with a rotating roster of TUF DJs, every first Wednesday at The Eagle!

+++++ IN THE NEST +++++

Ahold Of
Will Winston

w/ T.Wan

++++++++++++++++++++++

FREE + guaranteed good vibes~~~”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/228435670888753/

For more from TUF, click here: https://www.facebook.com/TUFseattle/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/TUFseattle/

Umoja Fest (August 5th-7th)

Via Umoja PEACE Center:

“Umoja Fest brings the soul to Seafair! Celebrating the best of the African American community and African Diaspora culture in northwest featuring Music, Food, Culture and family fun! Attractions include the Africatown Heritage Parade featuring dance troops and drill teams, Children’s Day & Family Fun Village, Soul N The Park, Afrobeat & Roots Stage, Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament & Hip Hop 4 Peace stage and deliciousflavors of the African diaspora from restaurants and food trucks, vendor marketplace and community resource Fair and more!”

For the event site, click here: http://umojafamilyfest.com/

For more from Umoja PEACE Center, click here: https://www.facebook.com/umojapeacecenter

TONIGHT @ 6PM! QTALK with Tali and Masa: Transitioning

From Stonewall Youth & Organizing Trans Olympia:

“Masa and Tali will co-facilitate a discussion about transitioning, share their experience, and answer questions you might have related to transitioning!

***This is event will be held during Drop-in at Stonewall Youth, and is a closed event for LGBTQQIA youth 21 and under.***

Questions? Contact us at info@stonewallyouth.org!”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1158331250884431/

For an online form to submit questions, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciRbW15CiGGqnAthlfK9rG72Vp_DmTth4xDQArK8INpxGbZg/viewform?c=0&w=1

For more from Stonewall Youth, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/

For more from Organizing Trans Olympia, click here: https://www.facebook.com/OrganizingTransOlympia/

YARD SALE ! So Cheap! Buy All The Things! (July 31st)

From Stonewall Youth:

“221 Thomas St. NW Olympia, WA 98502 ! Come buy all the things!

All the funds go to Stonewall Youth ♡

If you have anything to donate before then, feel free to message in the event!”

Sunday, July 31st from 10am-5pm

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810964712472714/

For more from Stonewall Youth, click here: https://www.facebook.com/StonewallYouth/

Trikone Speaks and July Summertime Potluck Bonanza! (July 24th)

From Trikone Northwest:

“3-4pm: Trikone Speaks
4-6pm: Potluck

For July, we will be doing Trikone Speaks from 3-4pm and then the regular potluck from 4-6pm!

Also – a lot of shit has gone down since our last gathering. Let’s hold each other tight and support one another.

Trikone Speaks: Writing Circle

TrikoneSpeaks is an ongoing conversation group for LGBTQ+ (those questioning are welcome too!) South Asians. We strive to create a safer space where Queer South Asians can be open about their feelings and experiences, connect with each other, and build new individual and collective skills.

This month we will using writing as a way of connecting with ourselves and each other. No experience necessary! Just bring your favorite notebook, pen, a piece you are working on in any form or stage, your favorite friend, or just an openness to explore. Our aim is just to engage with our selves and each other through writing.

We will do some free-writes together to connect with the page and ourselves, some group sharing for those who would like to share, and will do some writing exercise that help us bring depth to our writing and our understandings of ourselves and other. This TrikoneSpeaks is inspired by VONA!

You are more than welcome to come for TS and the potluck, or just one of the two! Don’t know anyone yet? We will have ice breakers 🙂 Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

This month’s event will be at an apartment that is tucked behind the University Village.

Accessibility: There are at least 6-8 steps up to the front door and the pathway is actually pretty uneven and please move carefully. This is not a scent free space.

Parking: Street parking is almost always easy to find and pretty open. If people are driving they can park anywhere there is an open spot.

Buses: There are many buses that drop off near NE 45th Street and Union Bay Place NE/Mary Gates Memorial Drive NE. Some options are the 65, 75, 31 from campus and it’ll drop you off pretty close to the house.

Please RSVP for exact address to trikonenorthwest@gmail.com or call/text 206.659.8029.

Looking forward to seeing you there!”

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748323498782941/

For more from Trikone Northwest, click here: https://www.facebook.com/trikonenorthwest/

Creating A Space For Radical Black Healing

Via Puget Sound Medic’s Collective:

“in the wake of relentless anti-black violence, healing spaces are currently being created in seattle by black organizers.

this is an opportunity for non-black people to financially support black-led healing spaces.  the intention of this organizing effort is to support black healing, so that folks in the midst of grief, terror, and rage can receive community support. the value behind this work is to back up the power & leadership of black organizing for healing, justice, and liberation.

all funds raised will be transferred directly to black organizers who are creating healing spaces in seattle. donations are currently being collected and tracked by bean yogi (a non-black person of color) and a small team of NBPOC volunteers. all money raised and distributed will be documented & available to view for transparency. if you have concerns about these fundraising efforts, please contact bean yogi (peculiarname@gmail.com).”

For the fundraiser page, click here: https://www.youcaring.com/healing-for-black-lives-599170

For more from the Puget Sound Medic’s Collective, click here: https://www.facebook.com/PSmedics/

Orlando at 1 Month (Part 1)

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

To support the Pulse Victim’s Fund, donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

“What To Do Instead of Calling the Police”

A Guide, A Syllabus, A Conversation, A Process

So, you understand that the police force in the U. S. upholds a system of racialized violence and white supremacy. You know that, when police get involved, black people, people of color, queer & trans people, sex workers, women, and immigrants are usually in more danger, even if they are the victims of the crime being reported. You know that police violently escalate peaceful interactions and murder black people with impunity every single day in this country.

But, your neighbor is setting off fireworks at 3am, or there’s a domestic violence dispute happening outside your window, or you see someone hit their child in public… What do you do? What do you do instead of calling the police? How do you keep yourself safe without seeking protection from a system that is predicated upon the surveillance and extermination of others?

We start by shifting our perspective. We start by learning about the racist history of the police. We start by saying, an alternative to this system should exist. We start by pausing before we dial 911. We start by making different choices where we can. We start by getting to know our neighbors and asking them to be a part of this process.

Below is an in-progress list of resources on alternatives to policing, which range from the theoretical to the practical. It’s my intention to eventually synthesize best practices from all of the below resources and include that write-up here. If you’d like to add to or suggest a correction to this list, pease email me (Aaron Rose) at aaronxrose at gmail dot com. I’m currently taking responsibility for developing and managing this document, but if other people would like to help, or think I should be doing things differently, I’m happy to work with you and/or transfer ownership.” – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Y0LwX0uOz-P63FVhV0OFkDObbBXcy16YPOcsqnBqto/edit