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Plus: Meet Dee Ireland Lewis, a panelist for The Evergrey’s Pride event.
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😤 Which Seattle streets make you the most angry?

Plus: Meet Dee Ireland Lewis, a panelist for The Evergrey’s Pride event.

Hello Seattle, it’s Wednesday.

Did anyone reading this win last night’s vaccine lottery? It should be obvious that I didn’t, because as dedicated as I am to this newsletter and putting it out every day, I think I’d have definitely thrown my laptop out the window by now in celebration. 

If you’re disappointed that you didn’t win anything, you can try your luck again next week: The state of Washington will be drawing winners every Tuesday this month. So if you don’t see a newsletter in your inbox next Wednesday, now you’ll know why. 

In the meantime, we’re featuring one of the four panelists for our virtual Pride event in today’s newsletter, so keep reading to find out more about the founder of Seattle’s first chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

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3 things Seattle is talking about

🚦Which Seattle streets do you hate the most? “The Stranger” writer Charles Mudede rounded up his least favorite streets in the city based on how nonsensical and dangerous they are. At the top of the list? Rainier Avenue. Consider this an invitation to rant about your own least favorite Seattle street: my inbox is always open. (The Stranger)

✊This week marks one year since the creation of CHOP. Originally named the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” the briefly sovereign area immediately surrounding SPD’s abandoned East Precinct captured the attention of the country. Right-wing commentators used the protest as proof that Seattle had been overrun by anarchists, while stories from on the ground revealed a much more peaceful reality. Here’s a look back on the weeks-long protest. (KUOW

🗣The Moore Theatre’s old segregated entrance serves as inspiration for a new show. The discrete door on Virginia Street was once the entrance to the theatre for Black audience members. Participants in Seattle Theatre Group’s youth program ELEVATE — a collective that showcases spoken-word works by Black and brown artists — used the history of the door to inspire new creative endeavors of their own. (The Seattle Times

Meet Dee Ireland Lewis, Mother Theresa Nervina

You may have learned by now that Pride Month originally commemorated an uprising. It was a revolt against the institutional forces that sought to control people’s identities and sexualities. 

Because there are so many authoritative resources, organizations, and people working to educate the public about this part of history and the continued fight to recognize every identity within the LGBTQ+ community, I’m going to leave the in-depth history lesson to the experts. Instead, I want to introduce you to one of our panelists for The Evergrey’s upcoming virtual pride event with Seattle Gay News — which you can register for right here

Dee Ireland Lewis founded the first chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Seattle in 1987. It was only the fourth chapter in the world according to SPI's website. As a gay Black man living in Capitol Hill during the AIDS epidemic, Dee has a unique perspective on the neighborhood and LGBTQ+ community and plenty of stories that illustrate just how far we've come and how far we have to go.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence emerged from San Francisco in 1979 and originated as a group that did community service through their own lens of “ministry.” Decked out in traditional habits and make up, the sisters would make public appearances meant to build community and challenge the world’s perception of LGBTQ+ people head-on. 

What is your relationship to Capitol Hill?

I've always lived on the hill since I moved here in March of 1985. I was a Portland, Oregon transplant after I was laid off by the company I worked for. I really didn't know what I was going to do, but I knew two people that lived here. When I told [one of them] that I got laid off, he thought that was fantastic. He said ”Come and stay with us for the weekend, and just for fun Monday morning, come with us to the Four Seasons Olympic and apply for a job.” 

So I did just that and I was hired on the spot. And just like that my whole history began here.

After 25 years, it's impossible for me to walk down the street and not know anyone. But [it’s strange] looking back in hindsight to only knowing two people in Seattle and now I’ve lived here longer than any other city in my life. I do love it here... I've made it my best effort to remain on the hill even in retirement. I'm living in senior housing right now on Capitol Hill, which I just adore.   

Dee Ireland Lewis as Mother Theresa Nervina in the back row, center.

Favorite business in Capitol Hill? 

I love Corvus and Company, the Deluxe Bar and Grill, and the Bait Shop on Broadway. And the Madison Pub which I pop into now and then.

What or who some organizations and people folks should know about in the neighborhood?

I think the Chicken Soup Brigade still does a fantastic job after all these years of delivering meals to people. When we formed back in the day, the Chicken Soup Brigade was one of the premier organizations that we raised money for. I'm just glad to see that they're still doing it and carrying out the task of delivering meals to people all over. I applaud them for all the work they've done over the years. 

What does Pride mean to you?

Well, Pride is an everyday thing. I'm 70 years old and I've been through times when it was difficult to be gay...when people thought there was something wrong with you, where you had to seek medical attention or intervention to fix you. So looking back and seeing where we are now — I'm proud every day.

🎉 We have winners!

Photo courtesy of Sasquatch Books.

Congratulations to Maggie H. and Rachel N. for winning a copy of Beer and Trees from Sasquatch Books. Based in Seattle for over 30 years, Sasquatch Books and its children’s imprint, Little Bigfoot, publishes books by the most gifted writers, artists, chefs, naturalists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest. You can pick up a copy of Beer and Trees for yourself or a friend (they make great gifts) and peruse Sasquatch’s catalog here. We’re also digging their recs for summer reading

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Today

🖥️Join The Evergrey and Civic Commons to discuss how to build an equitable economic recovery for women. (Online)

Tomorrow

🌈Stream the Seattle Choruses' Pride celebration which includes 10 new music videos and a competition that transformed porches into Pride floats (Online) — through June 30

😂WSEA ArtWalk & drawing to win YOUR quilt!(North Admiral, West Seattle)

Friday

💃Reserve your tickets for Century Ballroom's OutDancing, a social dance event for the LGBTQ+ community (Capitol Hill)

🎥Origins: True Tales of the Immigrant Experience written/directed/performed by Shoreline Community College students.(Online)

Saturday

🎤Have a laugh at "Don't Tell Comedy" show where the location and comedians will remain a mystery until noon the day of the show (Columbia City)

Sunday

🍫Visit Theo's flagship store for some mini cream puffs and the Pastry Project's June subscription kit (Fremont)

Tuesday

💬Small business owners: connect with local experts and leaders during the Business Resource Open House(Online)

Wednesday, June 16

☕Join us in celebrating Juneteenth by talking about Inclusivity in the Coffee Industry(online)

📖KCTS 9 and Third Place Books team up for a book club conversation on The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway(Online)

One more thing …

Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week. Have any of your own recommendations? Let me know.

🍴 Cooking: Nothing, still savoring the two meals I had at Paco’s Tacos in Parkdale last weekend.

 📺Watching: Feel Good Season 2

 🎧Song on repeat: Hey Cowboy — “Cherry Jerry Citrus” (Full playlist)

See ya tomorrow! ✌️

— Grace at The Evergrey

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