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Northwest News
Compiled by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

ORGANIZE A DAY OF SILENCE OR NIGHT OF NOISE IN YOUR AREA

GLSEN's annual Day of Silence will be on April 26th, 2006. It will be the 10 year anniversary, so we need to have a BIG celebration! The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in collaboration with the United States Student Association (USSA), is a student-led day of action where those who support making anti-LGBT bias unacceptable in schools take a day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment - in effect, the silencing - experienced by LGBT students and their allies.

GLSEN is looking for motivated youth to help organize Day of Silence and Night of Noise parties ALL over Washington State! Preferably we would love to have a student representative from every high school who is planning to participate in the event. Our vision is to have a team in each region of the Washington State Gay-Straight Alliance Network; planning and helping groups in their areas. Each region will have a GLSEN Puget Sound or Washington GSA Network representative helping with the process. We want this event to be BIG!

For more information about the Day of Silence visit www.dayofsilence.org. If you are interested in being on the Day of Silence planning committee for your region email Joe Bento at joe@glsenpugetsound.org.

COUPLES WORKSHOP OFFERED

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities is offering a three-session workshop to help couples with challenges related to relationships, communication, family dynamics and being Queer in a straight world. Session will take place at Seattle Counseling Service (1216 Pine St., Seattle) on three successive Tuesdays, begining January 24th. Call Dennis at 206-323-1768 x. 359 or e-mail dennism@seattlecounseling.org for more information.

PUSH BENEFIT ON SUNDAY

3rd Annual Soiree at the Salon - A Literary Event to Benefit PUSH, will take place on Sunday, February 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Vain Salon (2018 First Ave, Seattle) Admission is $5.

This Third Annual Soiree begins with a silent auction at 7:30 p.m. Try to outbid your friends on stellar items that include an iPod Mini, one-on-one knitting lessons, and T-shirt screen-printing sessions! Or perhaps you'll want to place your bid on a selection of your favorite books, an hour-long massage, or an acupuncture treatment.

As the bidding frenzy builds, mingle and talk with local writers, artists, and activists. At 8:00 p.m., the literary portion of the evening begins. This year's fantastic line-up includes Rebecca Brown, Ann Pancake, Basil Shadid, Alaina Giesbrecht, and Ann Tweedy! Let our amazing readers challeng and excite you! During intermission, you'll have a chance to put in a final bid on auction items.

The Third Annual Soiree at the Salon is guaranteed to be an evening of entertainment and fun. By joining them, you'll help to fund the next issue of PUSH magazine, which is all about flesh and blood!

PUSH is a project of Gay Community Social Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

FASHION SHOW AND BRUNCH FUNDRAISER

Spend an afternoon enjoying a delicious brunch at the Seattle Hilton Hotel (1301 6th Ave, Seattle) on Sunday, February 5, while viewing local and international fashions by Butch Blum, BGN Paris, Darbury Stenderu, KAVU, Furla, Parlor Girls and Brazillis. You can bid on gift certificates to fabulous local restaurants, jewelry, dance lessons, spa treatments and much more at the silent auction. All proceeds go directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of King County (MSA) to provide education, rehabilitation and social services for local people living with MS. Tickets are $125/person and up. For more information call 206-633-2606 or to go to www.msakc.org.

SELF-DEFENSE COURSES

LGBTQ people do not feel safe in their communities. Nearly 26% of all hate crimes in the Seattle/King County region are against the LGBTQ community. In recent years, attacks on LGBT individuals have increased the need for community awareness and empowerment.

The Seattle LGBT Community Center's Hate Crime Awareness Project and Home Alive are collaborating to provide self defense trainings specifically related to bias crimes and incidents. Empower yourself to address anti-LGBTQ violence in your community!

Two dates: February 7th 6:15-9:15pm at the Seattle LGBT Community Center (1115 E. Pike, Seattle) and February 25th 11-2pm at Home Alive (1415-10th Avenue, 2nd floor, Seattle).

This workshop is specifically created for members of the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community and their allies.

Register now! February 7th course: e-mail kristina@seattlelgbt.org or Call -206-324-0698. February 25th course: e-mail selfdef@homealive.org or Call 206-323-HOME (323-4663)

Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least 3 days in advance of class date. Drop-ins are also welcome up to 10 minutes before class begins. Classes offered on sliding fee scale, so pay what you can.

WORKSHOP ON CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

What is a Cultural Ally? "Conversations about Race and Culture," a facilitated discussion program, will answer that question and more. The event is scheduled for February 9, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Sammamish High School Cafeteria (100 140th Ave. SE) Bellevue. This event is free, but reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.

Geneva Gay, author and professor at the College of Education at the University of Washington, will explain the definition of a cultural ally, and speak on becoming one and utilizing cultural allies in the school and education settings.

Trained facilitators will lead discussion groups in addressing the lead topic and other related subjects, including understanding cultural differences and combating racism.

Parents, teachers, community members and youth over age 14 are welcome to attend. Participants will also see a video featuring students talking about their personal experiences and feelings concerning cultural differences.

For more information or to RSVP, call 425-452-7922 or visit www.cityofbellevue.org/diversity.asp.

FUNDRAISER FOR LESBIAN ARCHIVES

Dyke Community Activists will present a double feature on Sat. Feb 11. No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, traces the work of this prominent Lesbian couple, who began their activism in the 1950's.

This film will be a benefit for the Pacific Northwest Lesbian Archives. The Knock-Out is a documentary that tells the story of an English working class Lesbian of color who is an undefeated champion boxer, but dropped midway through her career when she refuses to "femme" herself up.

Shown at 7:30 p.m. at Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, 1609 19th Ave (@ E Pine/E Madison St.) $5-$15 for tickets.

A NIGHT OUT FOR GAY PARENTS AND THEIR ALLIES

Rainbow Families and the Pride Foundation will be hosting an evening of fun, entertainment and a well deserved night out for Gay parents and their allies. Buffet dinner with Italian flair, dessert auction, comedy, entertainment and onsite childcare await guests. One lucky family will win a cabin on a upcoming R Families Vacation cruise to Alaska simply by attending the event. The event, Bella Notte!, will be held at the Mount Baker Community Club (2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle) on Sunday, February 12th from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 (pre-paid; adult or child, includes dinner) and $15 extra for childcare (pre-paid; includes snacks). $40/$20 for tickets on the evening of the event. Visit www.rainbowfamiliesps.org for more information.

UW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK SEEKS TWO-SPIRIT PEOPLE

The University of Washington School of Social Work is conducting a ground-breaking Native-run study of Lesbian, Gay, Besexual and Transgender Two-Spirit American Indians and Alaska Natives. Participants will receive $65 for an interview. Call (toll-free) 866-685-0164 for more information.

SKILLED HELP NEEDED FOR CENTER FOR LGBT HEALTH

The demolition work at the new Center for LGBT Health is complete! They will soon begin the construction process. While they will be using professional contractors for much of the work, they also need assistance from volunteers to complete key, skilled tasks to make this vital community project a reality.

Please contact Ann Schuessler (aschuessler@rafn.com) if you are able to help in any of the following tasks:

o Skilled carpenters: They need help framing in the numerous doors and some relite windows at the Center for LGBT Health in the next couple weeks. Specifically, they need carpenters and folks comfortable with framing techniques.

o Skilled plumbers: They need help installing plumbing fixtures once the plumbing is complete (4-6 weeks away). Specifically, they need plumbers and folks knowledgeable in installing sinks and toilets.

o Experienced painters: They need help painting once the construction is complete (4-6 weeks away).

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