Current Board Members

President: Peggy Stoneburner

What got you interested/started in the gothic scene/lifestyle:

Growing up I have always liked darker things but struggled with trying to fit in. It was in my early twenties that I realized I was into the goth scene/lifestyle. I had found an amazing group of people when I lived in Spokane who welcomed me and encouraged body confidence for all sizes. This helped me to be myself and grasp my love of darker things. Ever since then there has been no going back!

Why you joined GPS:

After moving back to the Seattle area and exploring the goth scene, I felt like an outcast and had a hard time making friends. I have since met some amazing people in the area . I joined GPS because I want to help the scene grow and be a place where newcomers feel welcome.

What you would like to see in the community:

I would like to see more community events outside of the club. I have already seen some of this happen since I became a board member. Along with more events, I would like to see a way to share them and make them more known (which we are working on! Yay!).


Treasurer: Lancer Forney-McMahon

What got you interested/started in the gothic scene/lifestyle:
I’ve always preferred darker, cooler, and high contrast colors to wear and be surrounded by. The first  time I heard non-pop bands on the radio- The Cure, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy and the like was back in the 80s when I was a teenager, and I felt less alone in the world. Even playing the flute in high school band and orchestra, I always preferred minor keyed songs to play and, there was a lack of them, so I started playing along to my favorite bands on the radio! I also stayed up late at night watching Up! All night and Mistress Elvira’s Movie Macabre show. I watched alot of B movies- horror shows as a teenager as well.

Once I was of drinking age (19 back then- grandfather clause- could drink beer and wine if under 21), I found a local bar- Thursdays Lounge, in Akron, Ohio, that played all kinds of alternative music. Everything…The Cult, Art Of Noise, Prodigy, Skinny Puppy, The Smiths, Alice In Chains, Sinead O’Connor, the list goes on and on (we had alot of really good DJ’s back then). The bar is still existing, though it doesn’t play any new wave, goth, or industrial music much anymore. It is still cool and relevant. Its attendees were outcasts, pure and simple. There was no dress code, so we weren’t limited by style. There was no Hot Topic then or anything, so we had to DIY things and shop at the thrift stores and mainly in winter to find any dark clothing. I also found community through doing hair and make-up for fun as well as for a living. I also became involved in the Rocky Horror Picture show, as an audience participator and eventually as a cast member, playing several characters. I was very much a night owl for most of my life, and preferred to hang around other darklings!

Why you joined GPS:
Back in 2000, I wanted to do something for the community, so I held the first Gothic Seattle Pageant, with the help of Cate and Gim. I left the community for awhile because I was a volunteer in other communities for 8 years (leather, sex-positive). I had left the goth community because I felt unwanted and also because I started my transition from female to male, and I had no idea how to be a non-androgynous goth while transitioning! While this is fine for many goths, I wasn’t comfortable living that way, but I digress. I was later recruited by Cate, a founding GPS board member. Cate kept the Pageant going through the years, and she also organized and kept the goth community marching in the Pride Parade for many years. At that time, I realized that I did indeed have allies in the goth community, and when I returned, I met many others like myself and felt like at home again. I wanted to continue the health of GPS grow into a respected organization that improves community for goths everywhere.

What you would like to see in the community:
I would like to see more outreach into the LGBT and T communities. I’d like for goths struggling with depression, social anxiety, and loneliness to find refuge and safety with GPS. I would also like to see more all ages events and less in-fighting. Most of all, I’d like to see more compassion for ourselves as well as for others. ”


Secretary: Ethan Forney-McMahon

Ethan Forney-McMahon, aka DJ ragemuse is our Board Secretary.
Ethan’s interest in the gothic life style started, believe it or not, with being a big fan of Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran; The Arcadia period especially did him in.

The reason he joined GPS is to make his wide-ranging skills available to the gothic community at large. As an anthropology graduate (Magna Cum Laude, with a minor in history), he aims to assist the gothic community in understanding our roots, where we are now, and where we can go in the future.


Tara LaPeligrosa Lee

What got you interested/started in the gothic scene/lifestyle?
My father was a funeral director and my mother was an English major before becoming a teacher. I kind of didn’t have a choice in the matter.

Why did you join GPS?
The first time I joined GPS, I was asked to join. I accepted because I believed in the organization and the goals they were trying to accomplish for the community. I had to step away for a bit to deal with some personal stuff, but now I’m back and ready to roll up the sleeves again for GPS!

What would you like to see in the community?
I would like see more unity. Right now, our community is extremely fragmented, and it doesn’t have to be. I know everyone has their difference of opinion, but it would be nice if we could all just get along. There’s strength in numbers.

 


Ryan Roe

Ryan was Seattle Leather Daddy in 2012, Washington State Mr Leather in 2013, and is a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, but before his interests in volunteer work took off, he spend time in the gothic/ industrial scene in Germany. Finally back in what he would consider his “home scene”, Ryan is excited to connect with other community members.

 


Malcolm Findley

Malcolm Findley
Malcolm Findley

“I started ‘lurking into the darkness’ about 8 years ago; from there I tried looking for a sense of community, in which I could be myself without judgement. I never found any during my early years, and was often ridiculed for being young; leaving me with myself as my only company.

I wanted to be apart of GPS so I could help create what I didn’t have growing up; safe space, for all-ages, who look pretty spooky. Inclusiveness is an extremely important part of the base foundation with creating community, and with few events open to all-ages that don’t involve a ton of money, or take place in bars, I’m here to try and help create ones.”


Lily Munn

What got you interested/started in the Gothic scene/lifestyle?

Lily and her famous Jazz hands!

I’ve always been interested in, and found beauty in, things that most people would find dark, twisted, or macabre. I lived in a relatively conservative town, and it wasn’t until I saw the character of Lydia in Beetlejuice on the big screen, that I realized there were other people like me out there!
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Why did you join GPS?
I’ve been in the Seattle Gothic community a good part of my life, and a supporting member of the GPS community since I was crowned Ms. Gothic Seattle 2002. I wanted to be able to contribute more directly, and help create more events for our Baby Bats,
as well as more regular social events, so I joined the
GPS Board Committee.
What would you like to see in the community?
I would like to see one that is more inclusive and social, especially with events that our Baby Bats can participate in, and that showcase the diversity within our community. We currently have a number of events (unique and on-going) that are doing just that, and with more in the works. I’m so excited to see what the future holds!


Doug Carter

I’ve been in the Seattle scene since the Late 90s (When the Vogue and Catwalk were around and shortly after The Mercury opened I believe). My second time going out to the goth clubs of Seattle was going to the Vogue and I will never forget that DJ Krass actually came out of the booth to ask if I was having a good time and what I wanted to hear. This was unheard of in NM. I was so surprised that someone talked to me and that someone was the DJ.

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Doug Looking all Doug like

This always stuck with me. There is a big Seattle Freeze that can affect everyone and one thing that I wanted to do was make sure that I was friendly to new faces in the scene. When St. Catherine started GPS I was the DJ for the first event they did (the Mr & Mrs. Goth Seattle Pageant), and I proceeded to spin for a number of the pageants and other events that GPS put on over the years. A few years ago, Catherine approached me after Pride and asked me if I would be interested in applying to be on the Board for GPS, and I told her I’d think about it. A year after that I decided that I would be interested, as I would like to be able to bring my Seattle Thaw to an official position and help others feel safe and comfortable in the scene. I am happy to be here and helping move GPS beyond being a purely social club, into something that can help both our community and the larger community of people around us. I bring my quirky senses and friendliness to events to let everyone know that they are welcome to join us!


Kalisto Zenda Nanen

I’ve been into the goth scene since the age of 8 when I got into classic punk music like siouxsie and the banshees, sisters of mercy, joy division and the cure. I come from a family of uncles and aunts two which were in rock bands. And I was raised by flower children who raised me agender, I was always digging around both parents wardrobes my moms for high waist black pants and peasants blouses. I’m a member of Seattle’s Kiki and ball community am a drag king foofie Amadeus and drag queen beenah star child, a board member of art corp, a member of queer black alliance of the south sound and queer trans pan African exchange, and write music with my partner of 5 years.

I joined Gothic pride Seattle because I was happy to see Seattle had an LGBTQ community and a Gothic community wrapped in one bundle. For some people being LGBT becomes a stereotype but being Gothic you can be both without perpetuating that stereotype which was cool for my partner and I since for them being married to a trans man they’ve had to come to terms with being part of all the scenes I’m a part of and the Gothic community is inclusive in so many ways.

I have a background in community engagement, event coordination and outreach and would like to see m
ore events, themed events, community events, education events for elders and youth.