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Plus: A Throwback Thursday to the Q-Patrol.
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💉 Congrats Seattle, we just hit 70%

Plus: A Throwback Thursday to the Q-Patrol.

By Grace Madigan

Thanks for joining us this Thursday.

I wanted to start this newsletter off with a revelation I just made: You can check out a Discover Pass from any of the Seattle Public Libraries if you’re a cardholder. The Discover Pass gives you vehicle access to state parks and lands managed by the state. The libraries also offer passes to museums like MoPop, the Burke, and the Seattle Aquarium. #TheMoreYouKnow

Don’t forget that The Evergrey is going live today with up-and-coming local band and More Music at the Moore artists THEM. The talk is taking place on Instagram at 4 p.m., so be sure to tune in. We’ll be chatting with them about their influences, what it’s like to be mentored by Eva Walker, and much more!

Without further ado, let’s check out the headlines and this week’s Throwback Thursday.

One of the cutest lil' libraries we've ever seen. 📚| Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @ohsoseattle

4 things Seattle is talking about

🏆Congrats Seattle, you did it! Mayor Jenny Durkan announced yesterday that the city became the first major city in the country to fully vaccinate 70% of residents 12 and older. The city has administered 250,000 shots to date. (King 5)

🍄Could Seattle decriminalize magic mushrooms? Seven city council members signed a letter asking the new Overdose Emergency and Innovative Recovery Task Force to explore what such a policy might look like. Advocates for the funky fungi have touted research showing that psychedelics have proved beneficial in treatment for behavioral health issues. (The Seattle Times)

🚎People don’t want to go back to commuting, and we don’t blame them! Since the pandemic started and office jobs moved online, people have been enjoying the newfound freedom of working from home. A Crosscut/Elway Poll suggests that a quarter of people who used public transportation before the pandemic may never ride again. The following article examines the huge impact these reduced numbers might have on the region’s public transportation system. (Crosscut)

🐷  Satiate your BBQ cravings with these eight pop-ups. Remember when Seattle was ranked in the top 10 cities for barbecue in the country? A lot of you wrote in with your own thoughts about this categorization, and there was a consensus that we’re not exactly swimming in good BBQ options. So that’s all the more reason to check out this list of pop-ups offering new opportunities to get your fill of tasty, tangy meats. (Seattle PI)

Throwback Thursday: Capitol Hill's Q-Patrol

Alex Cleghorn of Q-Patrol walking in Capitol Hill, January 17, 1992, MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107.038.14.01, Photo by Grant M. Haller

Pictured above is Q-Patrol coordinator Alex Cleghorn. The Q-Patrol was originally formed as a community group in 1991 to combat hate crimes against gay people in Capitol Hill. The group was trained by the Guardian Angels, a controversial outfit whose reputation attracted criticism toward Q-Patrol from the start. 

The patrol eventually built a better reputation for itself and notably helped the neighborhood decrease its rate of violent crime by 41% between 1993 and 1995. Its success inspired neighborhoods like the U District and Pioneer Square to form similar patrols of their own. All of the staff were unpaid, and its members varied in age and sexuality. While Q-Patrol’s main focus was to stop violent hate crimes against the gay community, the organization would intervene in trouble regardless of who was involved. 

You can read more about the group in this “Seattle Times” article from 1996 and get the details on its resurgence in 2014 from this piece published by Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

All of our Throwback Thursday artifacts are courtesy of MOHAI. This Saturday, the group is hosting another edition of its “Objects of Pride '' event series this Saturday. The gathering invites community members to open up by sharing their personal LGBTQ+ histories through a photo, garment, or any other object. 

You can register for this Saturday’s “Object of Pride” event by checking out MOHAI's website

🤔 Consider this...

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Today

🌈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)

Tomorrow

💃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

☕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)

Thursday, June 17

🎹Join KNKX for a virtual performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet(Online)

One more thing …

“Seattle Met” invited three local journalists to tackle the question: Is Sue Bird Seattle’s greatest athlete of all time? 

The answer is easy, folks: Yes, duh. 

You can hear the whole conversation for yourself right over here. Alternatively, if you’d like to share your own take on why Sue is the GOAT with Evergrey readers, you can hit reply to this email. 

Catch ya tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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