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From the Editor: Expanding Visibility

From the Editor: Expanding Visibility

ProudTimes is Pleased to Announce New Collaboration

By Sebastian Fortino

ProudTimes is excited to announce a new partnership between myself, Sebastian Fortino, Jen Roberton, Rachel Puma, and K. Leroy Schmierer. Schmierer has been at the helm of as Founder, Publisher and Graphics/Layout Editor for several years now. In joining forces he–and the new team–hope to expand and develop our mission, outreach, and audience. We’ll be switching to a format which will allow for more direct content sharing–from our page, to your Facebook and other social media accounts.

To tell you about me, Sebastian Fortino, I have functioned as Portland Correspondent with ProudTimes since Autumn of 2018, prior to that I was the Editor-in-Chief of I also appear as a Gay Voices contributor in, a lifestyle and entertainment magazine based in New York. I also served as the Lifestyle & Features Editor of The South Florida Gay News ( for two years. I’m a lifelong city guy, raised in Philadelphia, and educated in New York City at Fordham University. I am of mostly Italian descent and can make you a spicy meat’a’ball or pasta alla Norma. After several moves, I’m convinced the Rose City is my permanent home and am proud to serve our community through writing and editing. If we meet ask me about the great pickle juice incident of 2003.

Jen Roberton, Creative Director Content & Promotion, is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has been involved in creating and promoting queer events since she came out in 2015. Professionally, she has a business degree in supply in logistics management, and has an extensive professional background in operations. She is the organizer of the LesbiOut MeetUp group and is an electronic music DJ. Recently, Roberton was a featured performer for Out Central Oregon’s PrideFest at Mt. Bachelor. She is also a podcaster for Lavish Clips with Rachel Puma, her creative collaborator.


Rachel Puma, Creative Director Content & Media, is a long-time entrepreneur, as well as a professional sports and entertainment photographer. Puma is a writer and poet with a spectrum of creative talents; including, graphic design and corporate branding. She currently is the co-owner of United Sticker Co. with her brother Kyle, their mission is to use stickers as a tool to join fellow enthusiasts who share the same passions, hobbies, and interests. Similarly, she hopes ProudTimes will also connect our community. Puma hails from New York State, where she developed her love of winter sports, especially snowboarding.’s mission is to develop relationships with LGBTQ activists, business leaders, celebrities, personalities, & others who best reflect the spirit of the LGBTQ community. Please reach out to the team to talk about any upcoming events, or stories you’d like to see covered, or to ask about any advertising, & co-promotional relationships. You can contact them at,,, & to learn more about us and what we want to do for our community.

Yuhua Hamasaki Performs at queer bar in Seattle 4/19 & 4/20

 Interview By Sam Nemri

 Hey kitty girls! It’s Yuhua’s world! Yuhua Hamasaki, the sexy, sassy drag queen from Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be sashaying around Seattle. Having just slayed her way across national television, she will be bringing a refreshing new look on drag and New York attitude to the Emerald City.

“Have you ever been to Seattle before?”

“Yes, of course! I have been there one time back in November. It’s the most beautiful city, and I went to that needle tower I saw […]”

     Hailing all the way from Guangzhou, China and raised in New York City, Yuhua brings a unique blend of character and dynamic form of artistry to her drag look. We had the pleasure of speaking with this fierce and futuristic queen and her personality is just as equally stunning, bringing natural qualities of rapport and friendship. If you didn’t already feel like her friend, you felt like you were going to be.

“[…] I’m not Beyonce. I’m not Madonna, Rhianna, or Nicki Minage. I’m just trying to have fun with it.”

If that’s not enough Yuhua for you– Thursday, She will be hosting the weekly screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 with host and Drag Race Season 8 star, Robbie Turner at:

Mx’ at Queer/Bar – April 19th at 9:30 PM

Catch her for her main performance with the Mx cast Friday at:

Queer/Bar – April 20th at 8:00 PM

Tickets are available online and are selling by the bundle. So, if you and your squirrelfriends are looking for a night of sickening entertainment and a clever wit, this will be one experience you absolutely cannot miss.

1518 11TH AVE. SEATTLE, WA 98122