by Robert Roth
The organizers of SHADE, the “come as you are ” party for queers and their friends, announced today that tonight’s event will be the last one at Seattle Eagle, as they are moving to sunnier climes at Highline on Broadway.
“We have heard the needs of the community we are aiming to serve,” said party organizer Alea Mahone via a Facebook post, “and thus we’ve made the decision to relocate to, the Highline.”
The party has called the Seattle Eagle home since its launch in November 2013, and has consistently drawn a different crowd than the Dirty Bird normally sees. SHADE has been particularly popular with people of color, female identified people, trans people, and gender variant people. It’s been alleged that there has been some friction as a result of this, with some people claiming that the Eagle staff isn’t as accommodating as they could be for the different demographics the party brings through their doors. At issue, as well, is the Eagle’s lack of space, accessibility, and wheelchair accessible restroom facilities.
Despite any issues with its venue, SHADE has seen huge crowds during it’s 18 month run there, and tonight should be no exception. Heavy hitter Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight Music) will be joining resident DJ Riff-Raff (SHADE, Night Crush, Bottom Forty) in the booth, so tonight should be no exception. Get there before 10pm to get $2 off the $7 cover.