KEXP Celebrates Pride

KEXP Celebrates Pride

Pride will look a little different this year in the shadow of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. To maintain social distancing, KEXP will not be holding our annual parties and parades. But, we will continue to celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists on the air, today and always. 

Scroll down for Songs of the Day, selected by DJ Riz and special guest (and former KEXP DJ) El Toro; exclusive Midnight in a Perfect World mixes from LGBTQIA+ artists, and links to organizations where you can donate and help support the free expression of sexuality and gender identity for years to come. 

Tune into KEXP on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th as KEXP celebrates Pride. On Saturday, join Larry Rose from 12-6pm as he features LGBTQIA+ artists all afternoon, guest mixes, and more. Then on Sunday, join Riz from 12-3pm Michele Myers from 3-6pm for a Pride filled afternoon.

 

 

Songs of the Day

For this week's Songs of the Day, KEXP is featuring songs chosen to celebrate Pride, as curated by KEXP's DJ Riz and a very special guest (and former KEXP DJ) El Toro. 

Midnight in a Perfect World

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Show producer DJ Alex has compiled a selection of LGBTQIA+ and Black Trans artists who have hosted the show. Check out their exclusive sets in the archives below:

Black Trans Lives Matter

In light of the recent murders of Riah Milton, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, Tony McDade, and Nina Pop, we're listing ways you can learn more and support #BlackTransLivesMatter. Check out the resources below. 


#BlackTransLivesMatter 

  • The Okra Projecta collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People. 
  • Emergency Release Fund: a grassroots movement that provides mutual aid in getting LGBTQ+ and medically vulnerable individuals out of Rikers Island and ICE detention. 
  • Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative: a Black Trans and Queer led collaborative whose mission is grounded in their commitment toward ending the crisis of passive genocide, incarceration, and criminalization of Black Trans women, Trans/Queer people, and the larger Black community. 
  • G.L.I.T.S.: Gays & Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA community internationally.
  • For the Gworls: a collective that helps Black transgender people pay their rent and gender-affirming surgeries. 
  • The Marsha P. Johnson Institute: named for a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969, the MPJI protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people. 
  • Black Trans Travel Fund: a mutual-aid based organization committed to uplifting the narratives and supporting the livelihoods of Black trans women.
  • TGI Justice Project: the Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project works to "forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures."
  • Black Trans Femmes in the Arts: a collective that organizes performances, galleries, workshops, and talks to connect Black trans femme artists with resources and opportunities.
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project: a collective organization that works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

 

 

Resources

KEXP has compiled a list of LGBTQIA+ organizations that promote equality and help protect basic rights for the community.


Northwest:

  • Pride Foundation: this Seattle-based organization "inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest."
  • Lambert House: "a safe place for LGBTQ youth ages 11 to 22 to make friends and be in community. Lambert House empowers LGBTQ youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills."
  • Gay City: Gay City's mission is to "cultivate access and connections to promote self-determination, liberation, and joy in our communities."
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Nationwide:

  • The Trevor Project: a nationwide organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • PFLAG: the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. 
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation: the HRC foundation "improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices."

 

Interviews + Articles:

Check out some articles in the KEXP archives spotlighting LGBTQIA+ artists. 


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