Pillars of Pride

Honoring our LGBTQIA+ Elders

GenPride is proud to host Pillars of Pride again for 2023 as an event to honor elders from our community and a fundraiser for GenPride and Pride Place. Pillars of Pride (PoP) is GenPride’s annual event, timed to coincide with the 2023 National Honor our LGBTQ Elders Day. Read more about our Pillars of Pride and the 2022 Honorees here: genprideseattle.org/pop

This event recognizes our LGBTQIA+ elders who have worked hard to lift our community. This generation of elders fought for and won a tremendous amount of the rights we enjoy today. Without their courage in the face of hatred, discrimination and violence, our community would be very different. We are committed to this being a truly inclusive day that represents the many diverse segments of our community.

This is an exciting time for GenPride, as we prepare for the opening of Pride Place, a new LGBTQIA+ affirming senior affordable housing and community center on Capitol Hill, scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.

GenPride is partnering with Community Roots Housing on the development of this project – the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest – which will include a senior community and health services center on the ground floor.

We are engaged in a campaign to secure $5M in funding to build out the community center at Pride Place; funds raised at Pillars of Pride will support this effort.

Event: Pillars of Pride: Honoring our 2SLGBTQIA+ Elders

Date: May 7th

Time: 11 am - 1 pm (with doors opening at 10:30 am)

Location: Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion

Program: brunch buffet, awards for our 2023 honorees, and live entertainment


Dr. Henry Kuharic

a Pioneering HIV physician that was at the forefront of the race to understand HIV and care for patients from the mid 1980’s to early 1990’s. In the mid 1980’s, Dr. Kuharic made house calls to his patients in Seattle, providing support during a time when little was known about AIDS and effective treatments had not yet been developed.

Norma Timbang

Norma is known for her skill in building effective working relationships with community activists and legislators. She has been instrumental in community campaigns that focus on human rights and immigrant issues

Norma has worked in non-profits, health care, human services, community development, and organizing since the 1980’s.

Emil Hawk Brandon

also known as “Hawk”, has been an educator, advocate, and member of the Seattle area leather community and Sex Positive Community for over a decade. He is an advocate for disability access and has given his “transgender 101” talk to a wide variety of audiences.

Dyke Community Activists

Dyke Community Activists is a group of lesbian social justice activists who worked together in Seattle for around 21 years, hosting numerous community events to bring lesbians together to learn about and support progressive political movements, both locally around the globe.

George Dicks

George Dicks has been devoted throughout his life to expanding health literacy in the African American and LGBTQIA+ communities. He currently works as lead geriatric mental health specialist at Harborview, geriatric psychiatry services.

Ticket Information

Tickets for this event are $125, with sliding-scale scholarships available.

Full tables seat 8 people. If you are interested in purchasing a table, you are also eligible to be a sponsor of the event! Please let us know if you would like to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Not able to make it this year? Click on the button above to sponsor a ticket for a community member! 

For more information on sliding-scale scholarships, sponsorships or if you would like to reserve a table (8 tickets), please get in touch with us by emailing: allison@genprideseattle.org


Booster Level Sponsorship

Supporter Level Sponsorship

Friend Level Sponsorship

We appreciate our community sponsors that help make our programs and Pillars of Pride possible!

As part of GenPride’s commitment to equity, the Pillars of Pride sponsorship program provides discounts based on an organization’s ownership and size. If an organization belongs to one of the following categories, they receive a 20% discount. If the organization belongs to two or more categories, they receive an additional 10% discount.  

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ owned (51% ownership, or 51% board control for nonprofits) 
  • BIPOC-owned (51% ownership, or 51% board control for nonprofits) 
  • Micro-enterprise (owned and operated independently from all other businesses, with five or fewer employees) 
  • Nonprofit designation 

Find more about sponsorship opportunities by downloading the PDF packet or by visiting genprideseattle.org/sponsorship. For inquiries about sponsorship, please contact Allison McGrath at allison@genprideseattle.org.

About GenPride

GenPride is a 501c3 organization that was formed in 2015 for the purpose of providing specialized services to the LGBTQIA+ senior community. If you can't make our event you can still support helping to fund Pride Place and GenPride by donating below.


We advocate for the unique needs of older LGBTQIA+ adults, offer innovative programs and services that promote wellbeing and prevent social isolation, cultivate belonging through community connection, and work to eliminate discrimination in all its forms.


All LGBTQIA+ older adults are valued for their resilience, are honored for their lived experiences, and thrive in socially-just communities that embody dignity, respect, and a sense of belonging.

Location Information

Sophisticated and versatile, Fisher Pavilion is a 12,500 square foot facility built into a hillside at the heart of the Seattle Center grounds. The expansive glass facade offers panoramic views of the International Fountain and Queen Anne Hill.

Parking is available in all Seattle Center lots.


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