The kink phenomenon of pup play, role-playing the persona of a puppy, shows no signs of slowing down in its popularity. I recently got to chat with Pup Turbo, Northwest Puppy for 2016 and current reigning International Puppy. He’s passionate about his kinks and sharing them with the community.
Taking Game Designers To School: Queerness in Games
What makes a game queer? How do we make our games more inclusive, and extend out into the community? These questions and many more are explored among fans and at conventions, but in recent years, the study of queerness in games has extended into more academic pursuits.
New Year, New Kink
Does your New Year’s resolution involve exploring a new fetish? Are you new to the area and looking for kinky soirées? Seattle has a vibrant queer kink scene with many entry points for newbies. Whether your taste runs to leather, puppies, bondage, or other, there are lots of ways to get involved.
Beyond Scruffy McScruffy: Why We Need Diverse Games
With our country in a state of disarray over politics, when the need for representation matters more than ever. While video games may not seem like an obvious target area for diversity, it’s a continually growing industry spanning multiple sectors which grossed $23.5 billion dollars last year, more than music or movies.
Totally Unofficial Queer Guide to TWIST 2016
While Twist may be an unfamiliar name for you, you’re surely familiar with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and their annual Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. They rebranded as Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival this year to better reflect the inclusivity in their programming. Their film selections are as strong as ever, with a huge variety of films over 11 days (October 13 – 23) at Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle locations.
GaymerX 4: Putting The Gay In Gaming
What is GaymerX, you may ask? GaymerX is a convention where gaming and LGBTQ interests come together. Whether your interests involve socializing with queer gamers, network for gaming jobs, or changing the world through inclusiveness of players and content in games, GaymerX has something for you.
Pride Lives: Suicide Prevention from a Queer Perspective
Many people have had friends who have died before their time, in some of those cases people tragically taking their own lives. Seattleite Judd Shapiro decided to do something about it, forming a local nonprofit organization called Pride Lives, dedicated to suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community.
Totally Unofficial Queer Guide to PAX West 2016
Finding other queer folk at PAX or hunting down LGBTQ-oriented content can be a struggle, so here’s a list of the most queer-relevant PAX content we could find, including both panels and events at the con and parties afterwards.
Set Phasers to Stunning: Star Trek in the Park
I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of Shakespeare in the Park.
Now having said this, I performed plays in Shakespeare in the Park during my days as an actor and had a wonderful experience. I fully support theatre that is free (or donation-supported) to expose audiences to the arts who couldn’t otherwise afford it. In theory, the mix of great performances and summer weather is ideal.
Totally Unofficial Guide to Vancouver Pride
What’s a Northwesterner to do to find another weekend of celebrations and LGBTQ parties to live up to June’s Pride mayhem? Vancouver Pride is your answer, with a huge array of parties and events to rival any other major city.
Basement Theatrics’ Spring Awakening: Stormy With A Chance Of Clear Skies
Spring Awakening is a hot ticket. The latest revival by Deaf West Theatre earned several Tony nominations. In Seattle, we’ve had a touring production and a more recent, well-received production by the dearly missed Balagan Theatre. Spring Awakening’s mix of 19th-century setting, lyrical, antiquated-style text and a contemporary pop score by singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik has captivated audiences since its Broadway debut in 2006 starring Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff. How does new-kid-on-the-block theatre company Basement Theatrics’ production fare?
Play Your Best Hand, but Don’t Play With Yourself
Some of you kinksters may be familiar with the idea of orgasm denial, or edging, trying to keep from orgasm as long as possible. Well, a German team of game developers have created a game simulating just that.