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Prince Poppycock to appear with Seattle Men's Chorus in 'God Save the Queens' Pride weekend concerts

by MK Scott Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) takes the McCaw Hall stage on Pride weekend to honor 50 years of British rock and pop royalty in 'God Save the Queens.' The British are coming! From the swinging '60s to today's biggest hits this British invasion is so lush and flashy it edges on revolutionary. 'God Save the Queens' is a musical journey through the UK artists, generation by generation, that have reigned supreme, from The Beatles, Queen and Elton John, to Coldplay, Adele and One Direction. Pop singer, performance artist, and finalist from 'America's Got Talent' Prince Poppycock joins the chorus as their special guest. Created by John Quale, Prince Poppycock is a roguish operatic dandy with a look and sound that combines elements of glam rock, light opera, synth pop, and Western art music in a way that is fresh, sometimes startling, and always entertaining. Prince Poppycock has opened for bands like the Dresden Dolls and The Sounds; sung at extravagant special events like New York's Dances of Vice; and opened for performance art legend Ann Magnuson at downtown LA's prestigious Redcat Theater. He was a final four contestant on NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' during which judge Sharon Osbourne dubbed him 'the male Lady Gaga.' I had a chance to chat with a very busy Poppycock via email. <b>MK Scott: </b> Looking forward to seeing you perform with the Seattle Men's Chorus; what can we expect? <b>Prince Poppycock: </b> I'm thrilled to be joining the Seattle Men's Chorus to celebrate pride. Oscar Wilde said, 'Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner.' Pride is, after all, one of the deadly sins. Of course I jest, in part, for that is what our adversaries would have us believe. They would like to frame our displays of community, and indeed unity, as sinful, so we must in turn respond with the greatest tools at our disposal. The only indisputable things in this world are love and art, so let us use these tools to dispel the forces that seek to contain and suppress us. So on this night we will raise our voices, to celebrate the royalty within us all, and show Seattle, nay the entire collective unconscious, what being a Queen is truly about. I'm truly honored to join such an amazing group of talented musicians for a night that is sure to serve as a clarion call and a beacon for our community. <b>MK: </b>Have you been to Seattle before? If so, what do you like about Seattle? <b>PP: </b>I adore the Emerald City and I have had the great fortune to visit on several occasions, and indeed the whole of the Pacific Northwest. As a denizen of the southern hinterlands I am most envious of your prodigious precipitation; it's better for the skin, you see. As an elder I can take all the moisture you can muster. If there is one piece of advice I could give it's: hyaluronic acid is your friend. Of course I jest. The natural splendor, the culture, and, first and foremost, the people (cough, cute boys, cough) are what I adore most about your fair kingdom. <b>MK: </b> Since your national debut on 'America's Got Talent' what has been the best thing to come out of it? <b>PP: </b>The gestalt of my 'AGT' experience can best described as a Wagnerian epic. Dizzying highs, crushing lows, and creamy creamy centers.... Of course, the best part has been meeting so many people that love me as much as I love myself. How could I disagree with so many lovely people with such exquisite taste? <b>MK: </b>Who inspired your look? <b>PP: </b>This is a question I could write a book about. Of course, first and foremost will always be Beau Brummell, without whom the coarser sex would not even have the simple black suit. And Oscar Wilde will always have my heart. However, I am beholden to too many style icons to narrow it down. Some I have had the pleasure of working with and some I've admired from afar. Historic figures such as Madame Pompadour (screw Marie Antoinette) and visionaries such as Terry Gilliam. The man who will forever have my fashion soul, Alexander McQueen, and his confidant Isabella Blow. The incomparable Björk. My brother in arms, Michael Schmidt, and his gang of genius friends, Bea Akerlund and Arianne Philips. The only living fashion designer that truly matters, Iris Van Herpen. And, of course, last and most importantly, my drag mothers Venus DeMille and Diamondback Annie. <b>MK: </b> What is Prince's opinion on Trump? <b>PP: </b>Are we still talking fashion? He could learn some restraint ... perhaps a visit to Mr. S would do him good? He wears a shade I could never personally pull off, and yet it suits him so well. What would you call it? It's like burnt sienna but more tropical ... Agent Orange? He's like a Baldwin and a potato mixed together... I call it a dick-tater. He does understand the true power of the Pompadour though, back combed for the gods! This I can approve of, but he could probably use Stanley Tucci's hairdresser from the 'The Hunger Games' to really bring the look home. And last but not least, I'll take one of those gold toilets ... <b>MK: </b> What would you say to a Queen? <b>PP: </b> 'It depends on the Queen, of course! <b>HRH Queen Elizabeth: </b> 'Hellerrrr ... Where are the puppies?' <b>HRH Oprah: </b> 'HelloOoOoOo! Do I get a car too? <b>HRH Beyoncé: </b> 'Oh oh oh oh oh oh, your majesty.' The Seattle Men's Chorus present 'God Save the Queens: 50 Years of British Rock' with special guest Prince Poppycock in two performances only on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at 8pm at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St). Tickets range from $25-$78 and can be purchased online at<a href="http://www.seattlechoruses.org"> www.seattlechoruses.org </a>or over the phone at (206) 388-1400. The Seattle area box office is open Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm.

LGBTQ Human Rights highlight the GSBA Pride Luncheon

by MK Scott The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Pride Luncheon was held this past Wednesday, June 13th. This was the first time the luncheon was held at the new Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square, which has a view of Century Link Field. Before the luncheon there was the annual Pride Business Expo, featuring businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Following opening remarks and an introduction by GSBA CEO Louise Chernin, Amie Bishop, a consultant on global health and human rights, lead a panel discussion with Fabrice Houdart from the Office of the UN High Court Commissioner for Human Rights who is project lead on global standards of conduct for businesses on tackling LGBTI discrimination. Joining him was Siri May, UN Program Coordinator for OutRight Action International, as well as Clara Ria 'Claire' A. Padilla, founder and Executive Director of EnGendeRights in the Philippines. LGBTQ rights are under attack across the world. We are silenced, our existence is criminalized and in some countries, we are subjected to arrest and even murder. Simply because of who we are and whom we love. Does your company understand its responsibility in the countries it operates? As LGBTQ and allied business leaders, they can raise awareness and leverage the power of business to make a difference by supporting the struggles for LGBTQ rights on a global scale. The GSBA also unveiled their new 2018-19 Guide. Over 15,000 copies will be distributed over the coming year.

Eighth Grade, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? WIN TOP AWARDS AT THE 44TH SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Big Stars arrive Final Weekend.

<p align="LEFT"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #222222;">By MK Scott</span></span></span></p> <p align="LEFT"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #222222;">Big stars arrived for the final weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival. Actor, Ethan Hawke arrived this past Friday for a tribute reserved for Platinum pass and ticket holders only. Two days later, the closing night brought director, Gus Van Sant and actors, Joaquin Phoenix and Beth Ditto for a screening of his latest film, “Don't Worry, He won't get far on foot.”</span></span></span></p> <p align="LEFT"><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Earlier in the day, winners were announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards. </span></span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-size: small;">T</span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">he awards were presented at a ceremony and breakfast held at First & Bell. The 25-day Festival, which began May 17, featured over 400 films representing 90 countries, including 35 World premieres (6 features, 29 shorts), 46 North American premieres (32 features, 14 shorts), 25 US premieres (16 features, 9 shorts), and 750 Festival screenings and events. Additionally, SIFF brought in nearly 400 filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals as guests of the Festival. </span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Artistic Director Beth Barrett said, "Executive Director Sarah Wilke and I were thrilled to present Ethan Hawke with the Festival's Outstanding Achievement Award in Cinema before a screening of </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Blaze</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, his latest directing effort, as well as welcoming Melanie Lynskey back to the Festival for a special screening of Seattle based local film, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Sadie</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">. We also had an incredible lineup of local films, and our documentary film selection continues to be among the best in the country. Back for the second year was SIFF’s New Works-in-Progress Forum, where we screened two narrative and two documentary features in the midst of their creative process to the Seattle audience of industry and festival attendees, as well as continuing our exploration of the intersections between cinema and Virtual Reality at our first Pop-up event, SIFF VR Zone at Pacific Place.”</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Best of SIFF lineup will be announced later today and SIFF's five cinema screens will resume daily cinema service with Best of SIFF titles and other outstanding cinematic experiences beginning Friday, June 15.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #0e205e;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="color: #222222;">2018 GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD WINNERS</span></b></span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>SIFF celebrates its films and filmmakers with the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. Selected by Festival audiences, awards are given in six categories: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Short Film. This year, over 80,000 ballots were submitted.</b></span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The 2018 Golden Space Needle Awards are created by Seattle Artist, Piper O'Neill. More about O’Neill at<a href="http://piperoneill.net/"> piperoneill.net.</a></span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST FILM </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Eighth Grade</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Bo Burnham (USA 2018) First runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Last Suit</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Pablo Solarz (Argentina/Poland/Spain/France/Germany 2017) Second runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Champions</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Javier Fesser (Spain 2018) Third runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">C’est la vie!</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano (France/Canada/Belgium 2017) Fourth runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Supa Modo</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Likarion Wainaina (Kenya/Germany 2018)</span></span></span> GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST DOCUMENTARY <em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Won’t You Be My Neighbor?</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Morgan Neville (USA 2018) First runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Pick of the Litter</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman (USA 2017) Second runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Return to Mount Kennedy</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Eric Becker (USA 2018) Third runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Most Dangerous Year</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Vlada Knowlton (USA 2018) Fourth runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Russian Five</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Joshua Riehl (USA 2018)</span></span></span> GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST DIRECTOR <strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Gustav Möller</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Guilty</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (Denmark 2018) First runner-up: Pablo Solarz, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Last Suit </span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">(Argentina/Poland/Spain/France/Germany 2017) Second runner-up: Megan Griffiths, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Sadie</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Third runner-up: Debra Granik, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Leave No Trace</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Fourth runner-up: Albert Dupontel, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">See You Up There</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (France 2017)</span></span></span> GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST ACTOR <strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Miguel Ángel Solá</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Last Suit </span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">(Argentina/Poland/Spain/France/Germany 2017) First runner-up: Jakob Cedergren, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Guilty</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (Denmark 2018) Second runner-up: Ethan Hawke, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">First Reformed</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2017) Third runner-up: Jim Cummings, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Thunder Road</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Fourth runner-up: Ben Foster, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Leave No Trace</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018)</span></span></span> GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST ACTRESS <strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Elsie Fisher</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Eighth Grade</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) First runner-up: Rhaechyl Walker, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">My Name is Myeisha</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Second runner-up: Sophia Mitri Schloss, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Sadie</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Third runner-up: Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Leave No Trace</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2018) Fourth runner-up: Ana Brun, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The Heiresses </span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">(Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany/Brazil/Norway/France 2018)</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST SHORT FILM </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Emergency</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Carey Williams (USA 2017) First runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">About the Birds and the Bees</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by J.J. Vanhanen (Finland 2017) Second runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Wishing Box</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Wenli Zhang, Nan Li (USA 2017) Third runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Cats Cradle</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Jonathan Napolitano (USA 2018) Fourth runner-up: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Wave</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, directed by Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady Peyton (Ireland 2017)</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">LENA SHARPE AWARD FOR PERSISTENCE OF VISION Presented by Women in Film - Seattle </span></span></span><strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Dana Nachman</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">, </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Pick of the Litter</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> (USA 2017)</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This award is given to the female director's film that receives the most votes in public balloting at the Festival. Lena Sharpe was co-founder and managing director of Seattle's Festival of Films by Women Directors and a KCTS-TV associate who died in a plane crash while on assignment. As a tribute to her efforts in bringing the work of women filmmakers to prominence, SIFF created this special award and asked Women in Film - Seattle to bestow it.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #0e205e;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b><span style="color: #222222;">SIFF 2018 COMPETITION AWARDS</span></b></span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>SIFF confers five juried competition awards: SIFF Official Competition, Ibero-American Competition, New Directors Competition, New American Cinema Competition (FIPRESCI Prize), and Documentary Competition. The winners in each juried competition receives $5,000 in cash.</b></span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">SIFF 2018 OFFICIAL COMPETITION WINNER</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The SIFF Official Competition is juried by a team of international industry members, and are selected by SIFF programmers for their cinematic excellence. The SIFF Official Competition Jury members were James Faust (Dallas International Film Festival), Lael Loewenstein (Box Office Online), and Ania Trzebiatowska (Autlook Filmsales).</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">GRAND JURY PRIZE </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Reports on Sarah and Saleem</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Muayad Alayan, Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/Mexico 2018)</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">JURY STATEMENT: The Official Competition Jury Award goes to a work that through its complex and multi-dimensional characters tells a familiar story of infidelity in an original and wholly disarming way. We were struck by the unexpected journey taken by the two female leads towards empowerment, particularly given the political and social climate of a modern day divided Jerusalem. The Official Competition Jury Award goes to </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Reports on Sarah and Seleem</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">SPECIAL JURY MENTION </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Heiresses</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany/Brazil/Norway/France 2018)</span></span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">JURY STATEMENT: We would like acknowledge </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Heiresses</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">, a remarkable first feature from Paraguay by Marcelo Martinessi.</span></span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">2018 Entries: </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Devil’s Doorway</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Aislinn Clarke, United Kingdom 2018, World Premiere) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Garbage</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Qaushiq Mukherjee, India 2018, North American Premiere) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Heiresses</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany/Brazil/Norway/France 2018, US Premiere) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Leave No Trace</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Debra Granik, USA 2018) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Luna</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Elsa Diringer, France 2017) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Pig </span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">(d: Mani Haghighi, Iran 2018, North American Premiere) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Team Hurricane</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Annika Berg, Denmark 2017) The Reports on Sarah and Saleem </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">(d: Muayad Alayan, </span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/Mexico 2018, North American Premiere) </span></span></span><em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Something Useful</span></span></span></em><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> (d: Pelin Esmer, Turkey/France/Netherlands/Germany 2017, North American Premiere)</span></span></span><span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">###</span></span></span> <h1 class="western" align="CENTER"><span style="color: #0e205e;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><b>About SIFF</b></span></span></span></h1> <span style="color: #222222;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica neue, helvetica, sans-serif;">Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the longest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 145,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 400 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 363 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 10,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.</span> </span></span></span>

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calls for unity at the 8th Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

by MK Scott Last Friday, June 1, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission along with Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold joined Mayor Jenny Durkan as they raised the Pride flag and proclaimed June as Pride Month. This flag was a little different than the usual six color rainbow, with added colors of pink, white and light blue for Trans Pride and brown and black for Black Pride. In Durkan's speech, she called for unity: 'We have to go forward and move together. And the only way we're going to do it is to take that rainbow and make sure that everyone understands with unity we could be better. With unity we can move forward. And with unity we could show what the best city, in the best state, in what is the best country (can be). And I am so proud, when we raise that flag, and we're going to raise it for it has the colors for our black and brown brothers and sisters and transgender. So our range of colors is even more beautiful than before! So it's a flag that we fly and I have the great, great pleasure that I will be proclaiming this Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender month, in clear, bright colors. Enjoy Pride! And remember, celebrate!' After the speech, we all followed the flag up the stairs to the flagpole and we each took turns pulling the flag up.

'No Gay, No Way' and Drag queens highlight Amazon's annual shareholders meeting

by MK Scott Amazon's annual shareholders meeting was held this past Wednesday (May 30th) at the Fremont Studios with about 150 people inside and another 75 or so protesting outside. A line up of drag queens posed and strutted in support of 'No Gay, No Way,' a campaign urging Amazon to place its second headquarters only in a state with strong gay rights laws, which would exclude the states of Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The day before the shareholders meeting I attended a 60-minute forum and discussion held at the Northwest Film Forum on 'How Amazon HQ2 Started a National Conversation.' The event was hosted by Conor Gaughan, founder of Collective Conscience, a social impact media firm. Joining him were Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, and Dr. Laura Durso from the Center for American Progress. One of the main topics raised in the discussion was whether just because Dallas or Miami are Gay-friendly cities, should they be considered, because the states they are located in have zero LGBT protections. It was painfully obvious that North Carolina and Indiana would be the last place Amazon would choose. 'For us the system is more set for those who have protection than those who do not,' Gaughan explained. 'I think we highlight those, all those kind of things, because they've had examples in the public the last couple of years that stand out, of new laws that they're passing, that are highly recognized cases of discrimination, making it into the national dialogue.' Gaughan then added 'So we're here to try to continue to elevate the conversation around observation protections, to try to continue to pressure Amazon, gently, as a good friend does. You know, our goal is to make a company that's been really good on these issues not make a bad decision, and actually take it a step even further and become great. So that's kind of our opening comment.' Laruso elaborated, 'But they already think it's legal to do that. And the fact is, is that it's not; and we're working day and day on it. And so having this kind of conversation is not only important, because we're trying to shape the way Corporate America engages on social justice issues, but also because we have a lot of work to do to pass the laws. And these are the best conversations that can help make that a reality.' When Gaughan asked the question, 'What are your takes on the future of corporate social responsibility? What do we see coming out of this? Where do we go from here? Both within the LGBTQ states, but then more broadly, the progressive and general space?' Laruso responded, 'Fair question. I think we've learned a couple of things from the sides in these different states, from, you know, the conversation that we're having with big corporations now. You know, one thing I think is that, you know, you like, companies are like a tool, like having that conversation is a means of putting some visibility on the issues with the LBGT people and actively engaging partners and making change. Keisling agreed. 'I think everything Dr. Laruso just said; but I'm really hopeful that corporations are starting to understand the influence they can have, and the positive impact they can have on their own bottom line. 'I'm not a big bottom line kind of person. I wish that's not, hadn't been what companies had become, largely, but I think they're starting to understand that that is true. 'And then, you know, we've been having some really amazing relationships with corporations that are doing some incredible social justice [work]. LUSH Cosmetics now has a dramatic impact in a whole range of issues, including trans rights, but also including animal testing and the environment, and getting plastic out of the ocean, and ending trophy hunting. 'Things that they're finding their employees love so much about their company; the company is willing to stand up and fight for things that they all believe in. And I think we're going to see more companies.' Keisling added, 'Can I just say that, you know, Amazon itself, in the marriage equality fight in Washington state - Jeff Bezos really, really stepped up personally and organizationally in ways that they understood the importance of it. They understood the importance of it to their staff.' Gaughan added, 'I mean that's the bottom line of this conversation for corporate responsibility; that these actions matter, and we hope companies like Amazon and research in any major corporation looking at investment decisions is to support LGBTQ protections and social justice.' For more information on 'No Gay No Way,' visit <a href="http://nogaynoway.com/">nogaynoway.com/</a>

Atasha Manila crowned 'La Femme Magnifique WA 2018', Kristie Champagne crowned 'La Femme Magnifique Plus WA 2018'

by MK Scott The search for 'The Most Beautiful & Glamorous Female Impersonators in Washington!' at the 37th annual 'La Femme Magnifique WA and WA Plus Pageant' on May 20, 2018. The event was held once again at Neighbours Nightclub on Capitol Hill. Gaysha Starr (LFMWA 1994) was once again the host as she welcomed five contestants along with special performances by Aleksa Manila, La Saveona Hunt (LFMI 2017), Deandra Infiniti (LFMIP 2017), and Coco Elektra (LFMWA 2017). Each contestant was judged in the following four categories: " Black & White Presentation " Formal Wear " Talent " Las Vegas Showgirl After a strong showing in all four categories, Atasha Manila was crowned the title of LFNWA 2018 and Kristie Champagne was crowned LFMWA Plus 2018. First place winners received a cash prize of $500 each, first runner-ups received $125 each. All four will represent the state of Washington at the International Pageant, taking place on Labor Day Weekend in Portland, OR for the International title. <i>Photos by MK Scott</i> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-2529" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/33243572_2060918254181774_4605002808796643328_o.jpg" alt="" width="636" height="424" /> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-2530" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/33579995_2060926200847646_4874004440270503936_o.jpg" alt="" width="636" height="424" />  

‘No Tax on Jobs’ campaign seeks to overturn Seattle big business tax

A group opposing the tax on Seattle big businesses to help pay for the city’s homelessness services and, hopefully, more affordable housing says it is launching a $300,000 campaign to put a referendum on the ballot to repeal the newly approved legislation. The <strong>No Tax on Jobs</strong> campaign launched over the weekend with a website — <a href="https://capitolhillseattle.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d46c933ceca53fc383c0c0335&id=118ccb459c&e=3bbf1e91c3" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://capitolhillseattle.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd46c933ceca53fc383c0c0335%26id%3D118ccb459c%26e%3D3bbf1e91c3&source=gmail&ust=1527020661100000&usg=AFQjCNFCYszI4k-nbRN-aSN6HDapZx6qWQ">notaxonjobs.com</a> — and support from heavy hitters like the <strong>Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce</strong> and the <strong>Downtown Seattle Association</strong>. “The reason we’re starting with a referendum is because we don’t have time to let the council shut down growth like this,” <strong>Saul Spady</strong>, president of <strong>Cre8ive Empowerment</strong> and part of the family that own’s Dick’s Drive-in, <a href="https://capitolhillseattle.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d46c933ceca53fc383c0c0335&id=7b8b308863&e=3bbf1e91c3" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://capitolhillseattle.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dd46c933ceca53fc383c0c0335%26id%3D7b8b308863%26e%3D3bbf1e91c3&source=gmail&ust=1527020661100000&usg=AFQjCNEEgmXnVZY-DZYi4mblK6UdUc-yIQ">told Crosscut</a> about the campaign. On its site, the No Tax on Jobs campaign <a href="http://notaxonjobs.com/polling/">cites polling</a> that they say shows broad opposition to the new tax with some 54% of respondents saying they opposed it. Earlier this month, the<strong> Seattle City Council</strong> <a href="https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2018/05/seattle-approves-plan-for-reasonable-tax-on-its-largest-businesses-to-help-pay-for-housing-homelessness/">approved the plan for a tax on its largest businesses</a> to help pay for housing and homelessness. The legislation will implement a $275 per full-time employee tax on companies reporting $20 million or greater in annual “taxable gross receipts” starting in 2019. <strong>Mayor Jenny Durkan</strong> — who brought an eleventh hour plan forward calling for a smaller tax to help sooth concerns from large employers like Amazon — signed off on the tax following the vote but she has not signed the approved legislation’s spending plan. The opposition group now has a month to gather 17,632 signatures, 8% of the turnout in Seattle’s last mayoral election, to get the referendum on the ballot and in front of Seattle voters. <em>Courtesy of <a href="http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2018/05/no-tax-on-jobs-campaign-seeks-to-overturn-seattle-big-business-tax/">CH Blog</a></em>

Gaysha Starr celebrates 25 years in drag ahead of the 2018 La Femme Magnifique Washington Pageants May 20

by Gaysha Starr Drag. For over half my life, 25 years, I've been doing it - Dressed As A Girl. I'm 46 and started this crazy, wonderful, and sometimes even hateful relationship when I was 21, in April of 1993. Next to the relationships I have with my family and a few friends, it's the longest relationship I've ever had. I often joke that in my era RuPaul was known for being the Supermodel of the World and not for 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' We didn't have all of the luxuries that queens and kings have now - social media, smart phones, filters, photoshop, lace fronts, the options of high pigment stage makeup, 301 eyelashes, prepainted glue on nails, AMAZON and YouTube. We had the Fred Meyers in the Broadway Market to buy our make up and the Brass Connection on Tuesdays and Neighbours on Wednesday, playing cassette tapes, flyering and every Friday the SGN to promote ourselves. Regardless of what kind of drag one chooses to do the fundamentals for the queens have been pretty much the same: look your best, entertain the masses and for most of us, try to make nice. I've gone through many chapters and some of them I've been very proud of and some of them I am thankful I got through. Thanks to the wonders of social media, we can present ourselves in a way that we choose to; however, at the end of the day when a drag queen puts on her face and, also, at the end of a night takes it off - looking in the mirror can be the most unfiltered part of our life. What we are covering up and altering can be the most intimate moment, and if you think of it - is the time we have no choice but to be ourselves. That's probably why next to the runway on 'RPDR' - the most compelling part of TV is often shot while the queens are painting in the workroom. I was taught by my drag mothers and aunts to give back and raise money and that the rewards - often dollar bills, applause and a shiny crown - would come later. Somewhere about five years ago I learned the most important title you will ever have is your name and your legacy, not your pageant title. I salute my drag sisters and brothers for all they do and sacrifice every time they get in drag: o The days we listen to songs on repeat not even hearing the song anymore; o The money we pay and often lose for the glory; o The physical torture we are putting ourselves through with the welts from the multiple undergarments and numbness we feel in the balls of our feet; o The many lonely times it's just us we can depend on and going from the emotional highs from the applause in front of the crowds to the humbling realization it's just you hauling your bags by yourself; o The insecure moments looking in the mirror and wondering if you are good enough; o The critique of others including our peers and others can so freely make But I don't think I, or many of us, would change one single thing. For this upcoming La Femme Magnifique Washington and Washington Plus Pageant [to be held Sunday, May 20, at Neighbours Nightclub, doors at 6pm, show at 7pm, $25 entry, 21+ only] as the queens that I love most reunite to raise money and build community, I wanted to let you know what they and drag means to me. Thank you for the last 25 years, friends; here's to many more.   This was originally printed in the Seattle Gay News.

The 206 Prologue

<strong><u>PROLOGUE</u></strong> <em>Three Months from Now</em> The vast foliage of Volunteer Park swallowed them in its darkness. The swaying branches of gargantuan trees invited them deeper into the night and eclipsed the dim lights of the conservatory in the distance. This area of the grounds was known for its sexual activity between gay men who frequented it in the wee hours, searching for a late-night blow-and-go or ass-pounding by a random stranger. This was a cruising ground for horny and drugged-up queers and, if one were lucky, he could cum and leave without getting an STD, arrested, or even gay-bashed.  This was no secret to many of the long-time residents of Seattle, let alone those who resided in the trendy Capitol Hill district along which the park resided. And this was certainly no secret to Jayden as he tripped over his feet and fell to his knees. “Christ, Jayden! Get up.” Connor scanned the area and barely made out two men fucking in the shadows. Jayden attempted to push himself from the ground but lazily collapsed to the grass. “What the fuck are we doing out here?” “I told you already. Roman wanted to meet us out here to talk.” “Fuuuuuuck. Talk about what? Is he still pissed because that twink from the other night went home with me instead of him.” “I doubt that’s an iss—” “He knows they all go for the big black cock. Everybody does.” Jayden’s throaty laughter infused the night. The couple Connor had just witnessed exhibiting their sexual needs jumped from their semi-cloaked area and darted without looking back. Connor stomped a foot and clenched his teeth as he aimed a squint at his friend. “Seriously, dude? Get up already!” Jayden rolled onto his back and managed to sit up. <em>Baby steps. </em>“Why didn’t we all just talk back at R Place? Fuck, why does everything have to be so secretive?” “Okay, I’m going to say this slowly because you apparently don’t remember shit from the club. Roman said he wanted to discuss some things in private. He had to go back to his place and said he’d meet us out here. Does that compute with your drunken ass?” Connor grinned, proud of the way he’d spoke to Jayden. In fact, he was shocked that Jayden didn’t jump to his feet and get in his face. That was the Jayden he’d met three months prior; the cocky, six-foot-two, one hundred-eighty-pound black Adonis that didn’t take shit from anybody. That was the man he envied and, yet, intimidated him. There was no way in hell he could get away with speaking that way to Roman or Asher. And while Connor never tested such waters with Diego or Zayne, he thought he might be able to pull his weight with the two. He was moving up the ranks with his newfound group of friends, friends he never dreamed of having prior to moving to Seattle. “Of course. What Roman wants, Roman gets,” Jayden sighed as he made another attempt to stand. “I’m just going to sit here for a minute. You know what? I’m not Roman’s bitch! I’m not anybody’s bitch.” Jayden’s eyelids shut as his head bobbed up and down. “Just <em>exactly</em> how much did you drink before getting to the club tonight?” Connor knew better than to ask such a question. After all, Jayden was known for his day-drinking binges. All the guys were privy to his schedule. Two extra-dirty gin martinis before the 10:00am Grindr hook-up, three more at lunch, and two more by 4:00pm (typically before another random fuck of the day or going out to the club). Jayden’s eyes grew wide, pinpointing Connor. “I had the drink you bought me at the club. That’s it!” “I didn’t buy you a drink. Roman did, remember?” “Nope. You did. Or maybe the other guys did,” Jayden slurred. “Wow, you’re really fucked up. Nobody else was there but you, me, and Roman.” “Nope. Nope. We were all there. All there. All us. Just us. Always…y’know…I don’t feel…good…wanna leave.” Jayden took in a breath to exhale more of his recollection, but he couldn’t do it. Instead, he gagged as he leaned over into the earth. His skin twitched. He winced as he struggled to control the convulsions in his muscles. His perfect teeth wildly chattered the ballad of a frigid winter evening. But it was far from winter and barely into autumn. <em>The leaves still need to change. They change every year</em>. And now, was he sweating? Connor raced to the ground and grabbed Jayden’s head. The perspiration instantly moistened his hands. “Jayden? What’s going on, man? Dude, are you all right?” His shoulders were desperately pulled and brought him to the space next to his friend. The rapid beating of his own heart deafened his surroundings. Adrenaline set his body on fire with tingling pinpricks. Jayden tried to mouth something. Connor’s mind ignited into a frenzy. What was he trying to say? He needed help, right? Was this just another act, another Jayden show? Or was this the real deal? He had to hear the words. <em>Please tell me that you truly need help</em>! Instead of hearing the pleas for which he’d hoped, Connor gasped as streams of spittle ejected from Jayden’s mouth and ran over the gorgeous, plump lips so many men had craved. Connor rocketed to his feet the moment Jayden violently clutched at his own chest. “Help!” Connor hollered as Jayden’s body went still. He rushed to his side and rose to an erratic pace. “No, no no! You’re going to be fine! Don’t do this! I’m calling 9-1-1 right now.” “I wouldn’t recommend that,” a comforting and familiar voice spoke. It was Roman. Connor sprinted to him. “Oh my God, Roman! There’s something wrong with Jayden! I’m calling for paramedics now!” “Drop the phone,” Roman instructed. “But—” “What did he say to you?” Connor’s eyes ricocheted back and forth, dancing with confusion. “I don’t…what are you talking about?” From out of the darkness, the rest of the group emerged and surrounded Roman like a pack of wolves, he their alpha. “What the fuck did he tell you?” Asher screamed. Tears streamed down Connor’s face as his attention fought between his friends and Jayden’s still body. “But…it’s Jayden. What’s going on? What did you guys do? <span class="_5yl5">“We did nothing,” Roman smirked. “But what did you do, Connor?”</span>   <strong>TO BE CONTINUED</strong>   Tristan Wilde is the pseudonym of horror author Andrew Wolter. Tristan’s works include the acclaimed gay-dating column <strong>Jet City Boy Culture</strong> and the forthcoming erotic thriller <strong>Q</strong>. He resides in Seattle, Washington.   <strong>Copyright © 2017 by Tristan Wilde. All rights reserved.</strong>

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