Capital City Pride: Embracing Sustainability, Diversity and Community Growth

by Capital City Pride President Natalie Coblenz

Collaborating with Local Queer BIPOC Artists and Our Transgender Family to Turn a New Green Leaf

In an era of evolving values and a pressing need for sustainable practices, Capital City Pride stands at the forefront, exemplifying a commitment to change, inclusivity and environmental consciousness. With Pride’s focus on building strong relationships with the community, collaborating with local queer BIPOC artists and working side by side with transgender organizations, this organization is propelling itself forward, creating a vibrant and sustainable future while contributing to economic growth.

Capital City Pride’s dedication to sustainability is evident in its initiatives and events. By embracing eco-friendly practices, Pride is actively reducing its carbon footprint. From reducing waste at their events to utilizing renewable energy sources, Capital City Pride is taking tangible steps toward a greener future. This commitment to sustainability not only aligns with the global push for environmental preservation but also showcases the organization’s responsibility toward the local community.

A significant aspect of Capital City Pride’s mission is fostering collaboration with local queer BIPOC artists. Recognizing the importance of representation and amplifying diverse voices, the organization actively seeks to empower and support artists from these communities. Through partnerships, exhibitions, and performances, Capital City Pride showcases the talent and creativity of these artists, contributing to a more inclusive and culturally rich society.

In addition to its collaboration with artists, Capital City Pride works hand in hand with transgender organizations to provide safe spaces and events for the local transgender community. Partnering with organizations such as OlyTransFam, Pizza Klatch, YWCA, and Olympia Family Theater, Capital City Pride aims to create welcoming environments where transgender individuals feel affirmed and supported. By collaborating with these organizations, Pride ensures that their events and initiatives are inclusive and prioritize the needs of the transgender community.

Through these partnerships, Capital City Pride and transgender organizations create spaces that foster a sense of belonging and provide resources for the transgender community. By hosting events, workshops, and support groups, they cultivate an environment where transgender individuals can connect, share experiences, and access vital support networks. These collaborations not only help build stronger relationships within the community but also promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the transgender community’s unique contributions.

The collaboration between Capital City Pride, local queer BIPOC artists, and transgender organizations extends beyond artistic and community endeavors. Together, they work toward building a society that embraces diversity, fosters creativity, and ensures the well-being of all its members. Through joint initiatives, they strive to create lasting change and dismantle barriers that hinder progress and equality.

Capital City Pride’s efforts have a positive ripple effect on the local economy. By collaborating with local queer BIPOC artists and transgender organizations, the organization facilitates economic growth and entrepreneurship within these communities. The promotion and support of their work contribute to the financial stability of artists and transgender individuals while fostering an environment that celebrates diversity and creativity. This, in turn, attracts visitors and tourists, stimulating local businesses and driving economic prosperity.

This year’s Olympia Pride March and festival, a Unity March for LGBTQIA2S+ Rights, will be a peaceful demonstration aimed at promoting love, acceptance, and equal rights for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Taking place on July 1st, in the vibrant city of Olympia, Capital City Pride invites individuals from all walks of life to join at the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus for a day of solidarity and positive protest. The primary objective of the Unity March is to raise awareness about the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate their resilience and achievements, and advocate for equal rights and acceptance. By marching together, we aim to foster a sense of unity, create visibility, and contribute to a more inclusive society.

Key Guidelines are:

Positive Signs of Protest: We encourage participants to bring creative and positive signs that express their support for the LGBTQ+ community and the values of love, acceptance, and equality. Let’s inspire others through our messages of solidarity and hope.

No Branding or Corporate Signage: To maintain the grassroots nature of the event and emphasize its inclusive spirit, we kindly request that participants refrain from displaying any branding or corporate signage during the march.

Safety Measures: The Unity March is intended to be a peaceful event promoting understanding and respect. We expect all participants to maintain a peaceful atmosphere throughout the march.

Cooperation with Authorities: We encourage participants to cooperate with law enforcement officials and event volunteers to ensure the safety and smooth progression of the march.

COVID-19 Precautions: As we prioritize the health and well-being of our community, we urge all attendees to adhere to local health guidelines regarding mask usage and social distancing to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

Conclusion: The Unity March for LGBTQIA2S+ Rights presents an opportunity for individuals to come together in support of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and advocate for their rights. Let us stand united, celebrating the diversity that makes our society beautiful and spreading a message of love, acceptance, and equality. Your presence and positive signs will contribute to the success of this event and help create a more inclusive world. Join us on July 1st at the Tivoli Fountain in Olympia, and together, let’s make a difference! For any inquiries or further information, please contact or

Schedule of Events

9 a.m. Gather at Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus
10:30 a.m. March to Percival Landing and The Port Plaza
11:30 a.m. The Festival Show hosted by Olympia’s most elegant and crass drag performer, Lucy Elle Balls. starts at the Main Stage Located at The Viewing Tower of The Port Plaza.


DJ Siempre Bruja
and more. . .


Tacoma Cheer
James Bondage
Chris Tension
Daizelle D’Ho
Latina K Turner D’Ho
Carrie Morningwood

The show goes until 6:30 p.m. Live busking will be allowed near Percival Landing. Prismagic Circus will be at Percival Landing Park. There will be a Special Pride Story Reading by Freddie from Timberland Library.

Pride Variety Show at Capitol Theater

7-11 p.m.
Get ready to unleash your fabulousness at our extraordinary Pride Variety Show! We’re turning up the queer quotient with dazzling comedy, burlesque, music, and the sensational DJ BarbieKillsBeauty. Brace yourself for mind-blowing burlesque performances by local legends Solangerie, Papaya Magic Cabaret, VenDetta Petty Kash D’Ho, and Latina K Turner D’Ho, serving fierce fierceness like nobody’s business. And that’s not all! The fabulous Creature Hole will serenade your soul with their sexy beats, while comedian Sneaky Boo keeps you laughing. This soirée of glitter, pride, and self-expression is a must-attend event. So, sashay your way to the show and let your rainbow flag fly high!

Drag After Parties:
“Rainbow Rendezvous” hosted by Lucy Elle Balls @ Wildman Brewery
Dance Party with a mix of Drag entertainment that goes until 2 a.m.

Pride march and festival

Gather at Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus, at 9 a.m., march to Port Plaza, festival 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 1

March from Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus, 103 Capitol Way S, Olympia. to Port Plaza by the viewing tower, 701 Columbia St NW, Olympia



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