When not many places were safe for LGBTQ+ people to be themselves, Pioneer Square's bars and taverns offered a refuge, a place to make friends, meet lovers, dance and dress with relative freedom. Join host Rosette Royale as he takes us through this historic neighborhood and shares stories of the people and establishments that were home to LGBTQ+ communities as far back as the 1930s.
For many LGBTQ+ people, finding a community and even a family can be vital. So what shaped the Pioneer Square LGBTQ+ community in the 1960s and 1970s? Join host Rosette Royale for Episode 2 of the Square One podcast as he explores the places where people came together, and talks with folks who remember how important that was.
In the summer of 1969, the Stonewall Uprising in New York City launched a new era in LGBTQ+ activism. Following their lead, Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community came together in the 1970s to celebrate their identities, advocate for equal rights, and fight Initiative 13 – a measure submitted to the voters that aimed to strip many civil rights protections from LGBTQ+ people. Join host Rosette Royale as he talks to the people who helped lead Seattle's first Pride celebration in 1974, and the political movement that defeated I-13.