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Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

For decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities have been fighting for equality, both under the law and in the hearts and minds of their fellow Americans. Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the cultural transformation that propelled an underground movement into an intrinsic element of who we are as a nation.

With stories as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community itself, Rise Up looks at the pop culture touchstones, political battles, creative luminaries, enduring challenges, and joyous victories that mark an ongoing period of change in American history.

In addition to the content in Rise Up, MoPOP has curated stories featuring the local LGBTQIA+ activists and artists that have impacted Seattle.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, which fosters First Amendment freedoms for all.

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Rise Up Icons Panel with Seattle Pride (Virtual Event) 30 minutes

Saturday, June 26 | 12:15pm PT–12:45pm PT 

In partnership with Seattle Pride, MoPOP celebrates the opening of Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement with a panel of queer icons in conversation about activism and their participation in the civil rights fights of the past. Moderator Matt Baume will share a few iconic objects with panelists Isabella L. Price, Devlyn Camp, and Kristin Russo (for example, the rainbow flag or a pair of wedding rings) and have those objects serve as inspiration for conversations about historic moments in queer history.


"Director’s Cut” Full-length version (Virtual Event) 60 minutes

Wednesday, July 21 | 5:00pm–6:00pm PT

The Rise Up Icons panel with Seattle Pride virtual event will be rebroadcasted as the full 60-minute "Director's Cut" version (compared to the 30-minute version in on June 26). Join us for this full session of the Rise Up Icon Panel with Seattle Pride.



Matt Baume  

Matt Baume is a writer, podcaster, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and all things strange and wonderful. He's the creator of the queer interview show The Sewers of Paris, the YouTube pop culture series Culture Cruise, and the LGBTQ news shows Weekly Debrief and Marriage News Watch. He's the co-creator of the comedy podcast and live show Queens of Adventure, featuring drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. His book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last forty years. You can find his reporting via outlets that include Rolling Stone, Vice Magazine, Slate, The Advocate, The Stranger, and NPR.

Isabella L. Price  

Isabella L. Price is a filmmaker, writer, podcaster, host, performer and youtuber out of the PNW. She is currently the film curator of Langston Seattle's Fade to Black program, which focuses on the Black image in film. She is also a guest programmer with the Seattle International Film Festival's Reel Black series.

Devlyn Camp

Devlyn Camp is the producer and host of "Queer Serial," a podcast covering the true history of the American LGBTQ+ liberation movement from the beginning to Stonewall. They are also a GLAAD Award-nominated writer for, has reported on queer issues for the Chicago Reader, and served as a contributing historian for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Camp also produces the podcast "On the Mic: OutSpoken LGBTQ Storytelling" for one of Chicago’s oldest gay bars, Sidetrack. And they are also something of a "Frasier" historian, so it's an extra honor to be part of Seattle's Pride celebration. More at

Kristin Russo

Kristin Russo is a writer, educator and consultant with a focus on LGBTQ issues. She is the author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Chronicle, 2014) and co-founder of My Kid Is Gay ( She also worked as host and producer of First Person, a video series on gender and sexuality from PBS Digital and WNET. She holds a Master’s in Gender Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and currently produces and co-hosts the critically acclaimed Buffy rewatch podcast, Buffering the Vampire Slayer.

Drag-tastic Summer Camp: The Art of Drag (In-person Event)

July 26–30, 8:45am–4:00pm, Grades 9–12

Calling all current and future kings and queens! Explore self-expression in MoPOP’s week-long, drag-tastic summer camp! Led by Seattle performer Joshua Hancock, you’ll investigate drag history and work together with local artists to create your own personas. You’ll choose your name, explore hair and makeup techniques, learn how to shop for clothing, and develop your character’s stage presence. We’ll take field trips to some of Seattle’s key locations and go shopping for costume pieces at local thrift stores. At the end of the week, celebrate your new drag personas with a private showcase!

Youth of all gender expressions and identities are welcome at this drag beginner’s camp.

Tuition: $350 if registered prior to 5/31, $380 if registered after 5/31.

MoPOP members receive a $25 discount on camps.


About Joshua Hancock

Joshua Hancock

Joshua Hancock, has been working in theatre, burlesque, and drag for 30 years. He believes drag is for everyone, it is more than one thing, and can be used to heal, bring joy, sadness, and love to people. He has a Master’s Degree from Texas Woman's University in Theatre, and has worked in Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, and coast to coast in the United States. Joshua bases his drag character Parton, on none other than Dolly Parton, and uses Parton's voice to spread love and open minds.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” was developed by the Newseum, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, which fosters First Amendment freedoms for all.

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