Resiliency, strength and courage are the hallmarks of the people who stood for justice, unity and belonging in June of 1969 during the Stonewall riots.
With the differences that exist currently across our country, these hallmarks will face challenges, thus the importance of being informed and active.
Join us for a rich and authentic virtual community conversation to learn about the meaning and significance of these historical events that led to our present commitments to stand with our LGBTQIA+ community to honor Pride Month. Hear from local professionals and members of the LGBTQIA+ community as we engage in a meaningful dialogue to help us shape a better future where everyone belongs and feels welcomed.
Please register for this event. Click here for more information about Pride Month in the City of Issaquah.
Meet the Panelists
Astro Pittman (they/them), Lambert House
Astro (they/them pronouns), was born in Italy, raised in Texas, and has called Seattle home for over 14 years. Astro holds a baccalaureate degree in Applied Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing their Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington.
Astro works with at-risk youth as a drug and alcohol counselor, focusing on Queer, unhoused/runaway, and BIPOC youth. Astro is a fully professed Guard with the Sisters of the Mother House of Washington (Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence); an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of Seattle Central’s newspaper, The Seattle Collegian; an advocate for the transgender, sex worker, and Queer recovery communities; Board Member-at-Large with Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound (DAPS); a group facilitator at Lambert House for LGBTQ+ youth; and the founder of Transgender Day of Remembrance Seattle (TDOR Seattle), the Cis Ally Trio (Cissy), and SeattleTransVisibility.org.
Astro teaches LGBTQ+ cultural competency workshops for other clinicians, service providers, and organizations, along with self-created social-emotional-learning-based curriculum for young men of color and for LGBTQ+ youth. They are also a regular guest panelist and speaker for various workshops and events spotlighting LGBTQ+ topics.
Astro's mission is to blend these spheres of service and activism into a collective vehicle for social welfare, anti-oppression, equity, and restorative justice in their communities. Developing research, training, and curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of the LGBTQ+ recovery community is their passion and calling, and they have especially focused on the specific needs and challenges of transgender individuals in their research. Their most closely held dream is to create and run a treatment and recovery center for Queer individuals from all walks of the rainbow; where they receive targeted, trauma-informed, identity-celebrating, and community-focused support from excellent clinicians who identify with their struggles through lived experience and shared identity.
Joe Bento (He/Him), GLSEN Washington
Joe has volunteered with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Washington since 2003. He is currently the board chair and served as that role since 2010. He has been in involved in safe schools trainings through GLSEN and NEA (National Education Association) specifically creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ Students and Educators. Joe is a teacher, union member, and community volunteer.
GLSEN Washington State provides training and resources to students, educators and community partners to make Washington schools more inclusive for all students.
Our mission is to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Mitch Hunt (He/Him), GenPride
Mitchell C Hunter is an activist leader in the Transgender (Trans*)/Nonbinary (NB)/Gender Diverse and LGBQ communities. Serving on Seattle’s LGBT Commission, he jointly created policy leading to Seattle’s all-gender restroom law. Mitch collaborated on the SPD’s model transgender policy and is featured in their mandatory training video. For Komen Puget Sound, he trained more than 600 area healthcare providers, staff, clinics, and area hospitals on trans/nb-inclusive policies and best practices.
Mitch works with corporations; health care facilities, clinics and hospitals; institutions; faith communities and organizations to further transgender inclusivity, visibility, leadership, and policies/procedures that humanize and celebrate us all.
Currently engaged as the Training Manager for GenPride Seattle, he and his team are sharing the resiliency and vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ aging, ”Rainbow Elders”, population with senior centers, senior services in the greater King County area.
Ray Manahan (He/Him), City of Issaquah Equity Board – Pride Event Host
My husband Jeff and I have been together for 20 years. We adopted our daughter, AnnaRose, in 2007.
My family and I moved from the Seattle area to Issaquah in 2020.
I’ve worked in healthcare administration for over 30+ years and have developed a curiosity and appreciation for DEI strategies, understanding they are complex and require building solid and honest relationships to be successful.