The first gallery show for Eastside LGBTQIA artists was held at the Centro Cultural Mexicano from June 1 – 26, 2021. Many thanks to the directors and staff of the CCM for hosting the Opening Week reception on Saturday, June 5th from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Our Artists

We would like to thank the following Eastside LGBTQIA+ artists for sharing their creations with us.

Mary Dispenza

Pronouns: She/Her

Mary Dispenza is a proud lesbian living with her spouse in Bellevue, WA. She is a former member of the LGBTQ+ Childcare Task Force and longtime activist for marriage equality.

Check out some of Mary’s work here!

Person wearing red face mask and pink collar

Amber Duan

Pronouns: She/They

Amber is a bisexual queer artist who lives in Sammamish. She explores the themes of race and sexuality in her work.

Check out some of Amber’s art here!

Jack L

Pronouns: He/him

Jack is an IT worker who works in Redmond and lives on the Eastside. He identifies as a gender non-conforming individual on the asexual spectrum.

Check out Jack’s art here!

Gray asexual flag

Aaron Kapilivsky

Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them

Aaron is a hispanic asexual cis man living in Redmond. They are a hobbyist yarncrafter who began learning in 2017.

Check out some of Aaron’s art here!

Dahra Perez Mendez

Pronouns: She/Her

Dahra Perez is a bisexual artist living in Redmond. Her work explores landscapes. She likes to experiment with acrylic and gouache painting, incorporating mixed media to push realism in her work.

Check out some of Dahra’s art here!

Wing Mui

Pronouns: She/They

Wing is a trans woman who lives in Redmond. She works with many media but got her start in fiber arts.

Check out some of Wing’s art here!

A person wearing blue cloth mask and black T-shirt is doing embroidery on a frame.

Tomás Narvaja

Pronouns: They/Them/He/Him

Tomás is a queer artist living in Bellevue who takes a mixed media approach to art surrounding themes of belonging, representation, and their cat, Magic.

Check out some of Tomás’ art here!

Lily Pezzee

Pronouns: She/They

Lily is a lesbian student from Woodinville who experiments with portraying difficult topics like mental health. She works primarily with digital media.

Check out Lily’s art here!

Rainbow flag

Gou Qi

Pronouns: They/Them

Gou Qi is a genderqueer immigrant who lives in Redmond. They create digital art inspired by traditional East Asian brush painting

Check out some of Gou Qi’s art here!

cat peering out of cave

“Rainbow on the Eastside” was originally scheduled for June 2020, which came at a time of national mourning and soul-searching. Pride has its roots in the Stonewall rebellion against unjust policing.

With this history in mind, we invite you to learn more about Black-led LGBTQ organizations that continue working to resist injustice in present times, such as the LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund, a organization that posts bail for LGBTQ people held in jail or immigrant detention, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which organizes to protect the rights of black transgender people.

Organizations in the Greater Seattle Area:

  • Earth Pearl Collective is a collective of queer women of the African Diaspora dedicated to activating social change through creative collaborations.​
  • People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN) is a black-led multicultural social service agency providing HIV/AIDS prevention while also addressing transphobia, homophobia and other issues that contribute to health disparities.

More Black-led LGBTQ organizations are listed at