Sumahi speaks with friends during Pride Asia at Hing Hay Park. • Photo by Carolyn Bick

Adorned with a large, golden flower crafted especially for her by Atasha Manila, Aleksa Manila welcomed attendees to Pride Asia on an unexpectedly sunny day in Hing Hay Park.

This year marked the event’s eight-year anniversary meant to bring visibility to the queer Asian and Pacific Islander community in Seattle. The small festival, which kicked off at noon, showcased a host of performers from the API community for the small crowd that filtered through the park. These performers ranged from drag queens like Dutchess Drew Nightshade, the Sri Lankan Miss Gay Seattle, who performed a number to Christina Aguilera’s song, ‘Genie in a Bottle’; to dancer and performance artist Kince de Vera, whose piece focused on the silent epidemic of suicide within the queer API community; to creator and vocal artist Dakota Camacho, a Matao of Låguas yan Gåni lineage, who performed a piece that was a blend of traditional chant and modern hip hop verse.

Behind the stage, people manned booths meant to teach attendees about health and wellness issues in the queer API community.

From left to right, Tennishia Williams, Aleksa Manila, Dominique Stephens, and Mixx America talk, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Members of Northwest Kung Fu end their lion dance performance • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Washington State Ms. Leather Shawna Clausen speaks, during Pride Asia. • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila gets ready to perform, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila gets ready to perform • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila gets ready to perform, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila gets ready to perform, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila gets ready to perform, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Tanya Rachinee, left, scrolls through her phone • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Fred Hutch representative Hannah Markus gives an attendee a button • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Aleksa Manila, left, and Alex Thomas-Lawson, right, watch EJ Agoot speak • Photo by Carolyn Bick

 

Aleksa Manila, left, and EJ Agoot, center, talk, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Atasha Manila, left, poses for a photo, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick

 

Dakota Camacho, center, performs, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Kince de Vera performs a new piece, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Ms. Gay Seattle Dutchess Drew Nightshade, right, performs, during Pride Asia • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Ms. Gay Seattle Dutchess Drew Nightshade performs • Photo by Carolyn Bick
Ms. Gay Seattle Dutchess Drew Nightshade performs • Photo by Carolyn Bick

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