Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Melissa Ethridge Returns to Spokane

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist Melissa Ethridge returns to Spokane to debut her new album MEmphis Rock and Soul. She will be appearing at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox,  Friday, August 4th at 8:00 PM.

INBA writer Stacey Sampson is interviewing Melissa this week for an exclusive article for next Week’s INBA Newsletter. Get your tickets for next week’s show, and keep your eyes peeled for Melissa’s interview.

August Networking Lunch: Jim Lusk – Savings 101

Speaker: Jim Lusk, Retirement Nationwide & retired Area Manager from NYLife.

Topic:“Savings 101…Paying yourself first”.

When/Where: August  9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A winning sports strategy involves a strong defense and a strategic offense. When both of these tactics are in place, the results can be far greater than one without the other. Think about it this way, how you earn your income is your offensive strategy and how you manage your risks is your defense. You can focus all your energy to make more money and build a strong offensive strategy, but if you ignore your risks they can quickly get out of control and exceed whatever income you bring in. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to concentrate more on one strategy than the other.

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Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

A new arterial through the Playfair Commerce Park was dedicated on July 11th drawing over 200 people and city officials to open the new road.

The Ferry/Altamont arterial ties the East Sprague Industrial Area to the Sprague Ave businesses and was paid for by the commerce park and donated to the city. Until the commerce park is fully developed, 95% of the arterial use will be unrelated to the Playfair Commerce Park and estimated that 5000 vehicles a day will use the new arterial route as a shortcut in their daily commute. The road and sidewalks were built above standard requirements to add strength and lifespan to the project. Continue reading Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

Stories & Pictures from from Spokane’s Pride

By Paul Tiesse

Click here for the full photo album from Spokane Pride 2017

On June 10th, OutSpokane kicked off the 26th Pride parade in downtown Spokane with the theme of “May the Pride Be with You”. On a sunny day, more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, Rainbow Festival, an all-ages dance and ending the evening with fireworks.

At noon, the Spokane Dykes Who Bike kicked off the parade with a thunderous roar.

Following them, as has now become a tradition, was a military honor guard and what will become a new tradition a large rainbow flag carried by various community members.

The parade had the traditional entries such as various churches, social agencies, medical groups, Bears and Leather men, Spokane Lesbian group(FB) and politicians canvasing for votes. Entries that stood out included a LGBTA law section, Q-Law, LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Support, Veterans for Peace and the Salish School of Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department was well represented as well as the Spokane Police Department, both showcasing their departments’ vehicle and equipment power. Reaching out for the LGBTA dollar were financial institutions and retailers JC Penny and Nordstrom.

Some of the largest groups that marched were from Planned Parenthood and Kaiser Permanente.

In this uncertain political environment, the Spokane Trans People group, N.O.W., NAACP were well represented. It would not be a parade without the Spokane Drag community and Royalty, and a large contingent from Nyne.

This year’s Community Grand Marshall was Jenny Seibert, Ally Grand Marshall Rose Wardian and Youth Grand Marshall Liam Boyd.

After the parade, there were large crowds at the Resource and Business Fair, the family friendly area, and the beer garden all located in the Lilac Meadow of Riverfront Park.

OutSpokane should be congratulated for all their hard work for another successful Pride Week.

Scenes from Seattle: Pride Parade and PrideFest 2017

A pride flag waves atop the Space Needle. (Kjell Redal / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times Reporter  curated a series of pictures, tweets, and stories from Seattle’s Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 25th. Check out the story at SeattleTimes.com 

Another photo album (100+ images) from SeattleRefined really shows off the crowds, and the tens of thousands of supporters and parade participants celebrating in downtown Seattle on a beautiful sunny saturday.

July Networking Lunch: Lee Taylor, All In for Washington

Please note, the location has been changed to Centerplace Event Center in Spokane Valley and the presenter is now Lee Taylor.

Join INBA on Wednesday, July 12, for our monthly networking lunch, featuring guest speaker Lee Taylor from All In for Washington.

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone.

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Spokane Human Rights Commission adds Lance Kissler as Commissioner, publishes LGBTQIA Resource Guide

From Lance Kissler, INBA Board Member and former Board President: I’m honored to have been unanimously appointed by the Spokane City Council at their regular meeting today to serve as a Commissioner on the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission. Please feel free to like my new page, where I’ll be sharing the latest about human rights topics, issues, and events. As a Commissioner, I promise to advocate on behalf of those who reside in the Spokane area who may not have a voice and may face discrimination.


The City of Spokane Human Rights Commission has also created an LGBTQIA resource guide for public distribution and use. If you have suggestions for other areas of concern or would like a PDF version for printing please email : ashley.torres@spokanehumamrightscommission.org

LGBTQIA Resource Guide

Posted by City of Spokane Human Rights Commission on Thursday, June 15, 2017