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No Industry Without US: Meet the Artists!

Our illustrious comedian turned Emcee

EMCEE — Monisa Brown – A Tacoma Washington native Monisa Brown will take you on a comedic roller coaster with an off-beat, absurdity sure to split your sides with laughter. Combining her life experiences as a queer, black woman and a special deadpan touch, Monisa serves up comedy that toys with and deconstructs your social perceptions. Monisa has contributed her distinctive stylings in the standup and sketch comedy communities.

Monisa Brown is creator and head producer of QTPOC Is Not A Rapper, a Queer Trans and POC focused curated comedy open-mic and showcase. Monisa is a co-producer of the Comedy Nest and has appeared in the PNW Black Comedy Festival, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival.

roguepinay – rogue pinay/ katrina pestaño is a force to be reckoned with, causing all types of ruckus as an emcee, cultural worker and community organizer. with a deep love of hiphop discovered as an immigrant youth, rogue pinay wrote verses as a way to reconnect with their roots and claim space as a queer filipina with a lot on their mind. since 2006, rogue pinay has been inciting love and rage with incisive rhymes and raw delivery. Their full bio can be found here. 

Jade Dynasty – I am a Queer Trans Womxn Of Color, I do a combination of Drag, Burlesque, Vogue, Contemporary, and choreographed dance. I am also a trained musician and singer. I built the ballroom scene in seattle, I am one of 3 Trans femme Seattle performers, I am a beacon for gender non-conforming femmes, Trans womxn, and Queer people in Seattle. I am the seattle queer community.

Christian Brown — Currently the reigning Queen of Hearts of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, I use my art to uplift worker issues in the work force by telling the world we are different but we matter. As a drag artist I perform to represent the STRENGTH of those in this community.




La Espiritista — is a Latinx American Seattle based artist originally from New Jersey. They are a multi-talented artist that expresses their creative nature through many forms of rhythm some including Spoken Word Art, Creative Writing, Colorful Sketches, Singing, and Wooden Instruments. La Espiritista uses their energy to create messages that focus on life lessons such as the art of healing, faith, love, and transformation by sharing a unique blend of their own personal story of containing multiple marginalized identities along with the universal truths of nature. Much of their art is a manifestation of their exploration of queer spirituality and sexuality. It is the purest connection to the healing rhythms embedded in all forms of life universally. They believe that one of the most revolutionary acts in this world is to “simply be, to allow oneself to be fully presente and to slow down into the moment. Their full bio can be found here. 

Smitty Buckler — Smitty Buckler is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities. They express themselves through the intersections of being an artist, organizer, writer, performer, dancer, coder, researcher, healer, and advocate. Smitty is passionate about ending the HIV epidemic in the trans community by advocating for empowerment of trans individuals in HIV activism which includes anti-stigma work based in trauma informed care. Moreover they are deeply invested in increasing access to testing services and recruitment in HIV research. Their full bio can be found here

Queerbigan — Queerbigan is a 22 year old aquarius double leo trans nonbinary queer Filipinx named H.U.T. (but for anything art-related I usually go by Queerbigan, which is Queer + Kaibigan aka “friend” in Tagalog). Their current dream is to develop a museum exhibit dedicated to indigenous and diasporic gender identities for Asian and Pacific Islanders. Their lifelong dream is to find the best mac and cheese in the world.  


To support these fabulous vanguards of the queernaissance, be sure to get your tickets now!

Save the date! September 16, 2017

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5th Annual Just Desserts Fall Fundraiser

Category : Blog , Events , Uncategorized

Welcome to our 2016 Just Desserts Fall Fundraiser at New Holly Gathering Hall

October 2nd, 6pm to 8pm

Just Desserts is an event with 200 guests, and represents our biggest fundraiser of the year. Just Just Desserts_Save the date_2016Desserts will highlight gourmet desserts from local restaurants and bakeries throughout the Pacific Northwest.  All proceeds from Just Desserts will benefit Allyship’s programming to increase LGBTQ affordable housing and economic equity, build leadership in vulnerable LGBTQ communities and support community-led initiatives that increase the safety and well-being of LGBTQ individuals in Seattle and South King County.

The event itself will be Sunday, October 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. This year we are introducing LGBTQ Allyship supporters to a new venue that will better suit our growth – New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

To purchase your table or tickets click here. Tables sit 10 people.

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Trans* & Gender Non-Conforming Bathroom Justice Storytelling Training

Category : Blog , Events

Allyship is working with Shetha Alaskar from Fuse Washington to train impacted people (transgender & gender non-conforming people and their loved ones) on how to share their personal stories around transphobic bills and initiatives (including I-1515, the conservative-led anti-trans* bathroom statewide ballot initiative) with elected officials, media, and community members.

Reserve your spot in this training today! Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday, May 27th to Denechia Powell at or 206.428.1986.

Our training will be held on Tuesday, May 31st, 6-8pm at the WA State Labor Council in the Central District (321 16th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144, bus routes 14, 27 & 984, free street parking). Light snacks and drinks will be provided. This is a wheelchair accessible space with gender-neutral restrooms, and we ask that you come as fragrance/scent-free as possible (learn more about this at

Click here to RSVP to our Facebook event – please share it with your communities!



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