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COMING OUT GROUP FOR WOMEN OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS
This group is for women identifying as Lesbians (publicly or privately) who are also "coming out" of conservative religious backgrounds. Coming out is, and should be, an exciting time. However, when you face the loss of support from family and friends, and maybe even question your faith, it can feel like your foundation is crumbling. This group is designed to be a safe place to explore the questions, the loss, and the joy of coming out with other women on the journey. The group is led by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is eight weeks in length. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bender, MA, LMHC, 206-853-8349 or stephanie@stephaniebender.com

GLBTQ.COM CELEBRATES OSCAR MONTH WITH TWO SPECIAL FEATURES
glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture will celebrate the contributions of GLBTQ actors and actresses to cinematic history in two special features on its home page throughout the month of February. www.glbtq.com.

GLSEN/WA HOSTS TWO OPEN HOUSES TO DISCUSS LOCAL AD COUNCIL CAMPAIGN
At the end of last year, the national GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) office announced the first LGBT-oriented Ad Council campaign ever. Next month, with your help, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Washington State will be bringing those PSAs to Tacoma and Seattle. You know the Ad Council - they've brought us Rosie the Riveter and Smokey Bear and reminded America that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste," "friends don't let friends drive drunk," and "this is your brain on drugs." Now it's "When you say 'that's so Gay,' do you realize what you say? Knock it off!" GLSEN and the Ad Council have engineered a thought-provoking campaign aimed at youth to target the anti-LGBT phrase most often heard in schools. For complete information on the campaign, visit www.thinkb4youspeak.com.

GLSEN WA will be showing the PSAs at two Open House meetings on Friday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Center, 741 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, and on Saturday, February 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Soho Coffee Company, 1918 E. Yesler Way, Seattle. Learn about the work GLSEN is doing and how you can help get these PSAs on local radio and TV. Also, meet Martha Langmuir from GLSEN's national office in New York, along with GLSEN WA board members and volunteers. RSVPs requested to washingtonstate@chapters.glsen.org. For more information, visit www.glsen.org/washington.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CARE TO SHOP FOOD DRIVE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program, sponsors an on-going food drive program to provide bags of groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. "Care to Shop" is held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following stores:

The first Saturday of the month at QFC, 416 15th Ave. E., Seattle; the second Saturday of the month at QFC, 417 Broadway E. (Broadway Market), Seattle; and the third Saturday of the month at Thriftway, 9740 SW Bank Rd., Vashon Island. They particularly need: cereal, canned tuna, canned meals (soup, stew, etc.), juice, canned beans, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni & cheese, dry pasta, canned or jarred spaghetti sauce. Store gift cards and cash donations are also always appreciated. You can also help by organizing your own food drive at an office gathering or holiday party. For more information, call 206-328-8979

LGBT PILOTS AND AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS GROUP OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST & BRITISH COLUMBIA HOSTS LUNCH MEETING
On Saturday, February 7, the Cascade Flyers - LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia - will host a lunch meeting at noon in Georgetown near Boeing Field. Visit their website and/or send email message for location: www.cascadeflyers.org; cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

HOME ALIVE HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS THEIR UNCERTAIN FUTURE
"Home Alive - the self-defense education group founded 16 years ago in response to the rape and murder of Mia Zapata - is $25,000 in debt," Dominic Holden has posted on The Stranger's Slog. "Self-defense classes will cease, and employees, who haven't been paid in months, will lock the doors of the Capitol Hill offices at the end of the month."

A community meeting will be held on Sunday, February 8, from 1-3 p.m., at Home Alive's office, 1415 10th Ave., Ste 3, to discuss the situation and see what can be done to pay off the debt and keep the mission of Home Alive going.

COURT OF SEATTLE'S CORONATION COMING UP
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire presents Coronation 2009 - "The President's Ball: A Red Affair" - on Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.), at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. The Court of Seattle is once again proud to host the Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her State of the Empire address to the International Court community in Seattle. We are also honored that she and the International Court Council will present the 2009 Ascension Ceremony, with the appointment of Heirs Apparent to Her Majesty.

The schedule of coronation events is as follows:
Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Voting Day, Richmark Building, 1605 12th Ave. at E. Pine St.

Sunday, February 8 at 7 p.m. - In-Town Show & Awards and King & Queen of Hearts Contest. Café Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way. FREE.

Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. - Salt Lake City/Denver Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $10.

Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. - Out-of-Town Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $20.

Saturday, February 14 at 5 p.m. - Coronation 2009, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. $95, includes 3-course dinner.

Sunday, February 15 at 11 a.m. - Victory Brunch, Purr Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. $25.

Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. - Alaska Bird Water Party, C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St.

For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

DUNSHEE HOUSE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
Come discuss the best of Gay and Lesbian novels at the new Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Join other book-lovers on a drop-in basis every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. Come only once or come every meeting. Each month a different title will be discussed. The titles for the next five months are: February - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson; March - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; April - The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal; May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E., offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

POZ SEATTLE HOSTS VALENTINE'S SOCIAL & VOLUNTEER DRIVE
On Wednesday, February 11, from 6-8 p.m., at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St., POZSeattle presents their annual Valentine's Social and volunteer drive. Meet in the downstairs bar for snacks, socializing and a whole lot of fun. This event is FREE (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size or color.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun social activities. For question or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to their event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

Thirty minutes before this month's social, POZSeattle will be hosting an informal Volunteer Orientation for anyone who might be interested in helping out with this or other POZSeattle events. Even if you have never been to a POZSeattle event before, please join the POZSeattle volunteer team at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs bar before the social to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available.

GAY CITY HOSTS QUEERITUALITY DISCUSSION
On Wednesday, February 11, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Kaladi Bros. Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., join Gay City's monthly reading and discussion group about Gay/Bi men's spirituality. Men of all faith traditions (or none) are welcome! To learn more, contact peter@gaycity.org.

RAINBOW FAMILIES HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., enjoy an "all-you-can-eat" breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit salad and breakfast beverages to benefit Rainbow Families of Puget Sound at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. (a few blocks east of Greenwood Ave. N.) There will be loads of family fun, and a small, silent auction, with a chance to win 40,000 miles on Alaska Airlines. The fee is modest - $10 per person or $20 per family - and it open to anyone interested in supporting Rainbow Families. For more information on this and other Rainbow Family events, please visit www.rainbowfamilies.org/newEvents.

ROSEHEDGE HOUSE HOSTS VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND DANCE
On Saturday, February 14, join Master of Ceremonies King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, and friends of Rosehedge House for a Valentine's Day dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit Rosehedge AIDS Housing and Health Care.

You can hold hands across a romantic table for two, have fun with friends at a group table for 4, 6, 8, or 10, flirt with the competition for must-have silent auction items, and dance cheek-to-cheek to the sultry jazz styling's of the Dina Blade Band.

The event will be held at the Arctic Club Hotel, Dome Room, 700 Third Ave. at Cherry St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a hosted champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception. At 6:30 p.m., one lucky guest will receive a special magnum of wine valued at over $150. Enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Kollasch of Juno.

Tickets are $150/Individual; $300/Couple - you may select seating at a group table of 4, 6, 8, or 10; $350/Sweetheart Table, private table for 2; $550/Lovers' Retreat package, two seats at a group table, plus a luxurious room for the night; $600/Cupid Package, an intimate table for two, plus a luxurious room for the night.

Register today by calling Jennifer at 206-365-6806 ext 229 or online at www.rosehedge.org. Tickets are limited so make your reservation now to ensure your spot at this extraordinary event filled with friends, fun, frivolity, and romance.

THE TRANSGENDER PUZZLE - A WORKSHOP AT GATHERING OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK
On Sunday, February 15, from 2-7:30 p.m., at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave. S., in Des Moines, WA, the Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network will present a workshop at their 2009 Gathering titled "All This From God: The Transgender Puzzle." The Gathering will feature a performance piece by Peterson Toscano titled "Transfigurations, Transgressing Gender in the Bible" with a Q&A session with Mr. Toscano after the play. Following the play workshop sessions will be held which includes a Trans 101 panel presentation; a discussion on gender variant youth issues in the Puget Sound region; and the film Naming Jennifer. Worship will follow. All are welcome.

Registration for the Gathering is $25 or scholarships are available. Dinner is included. Register in advance or at the door starting at 1:30 p.m. For more information visit www.pnw-rmn.org or call 206-870-8540.

CAL ANDERSON MEMORIAL LECTURE AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, presents their annual Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall/Communications Building. This year's lecture will feature distinguished historian Susan Stryker. Titled "A Queerly Disabled ENDA: A Few Cutting Remarks About Transgender Ex/Inclusion," Ms. Styker will survey the history of Transgender discrimination and activism in the United States in order to shed light on the current controversy over the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Susan Stryker, Ph.D., is a researcher, writer, Queer historian, artist, filmmaker and former executive director of the LGBT Historical Society in San Francisco (from 1999 to 2003).

In addition to numerous scholarly articles and magazine pieces, she is co-author of Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (1996); contributing editor of the transgender studies special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (1998); author of Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (2001); co-director of the Emmy Award-winning public television documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot of Compton's Cafeteria (2005); co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning Transgender Studies Reader; and author of Transgender History (2008). She held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in women's studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, 2007-2008, and currently teaches gender studies at Harvard University. The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE HOSTS "OVER THE RAINBOW FESTIVAL"
On Friday, February 20, from 7-9:30 p.m., the MVHS GSA presents the award-winning documentary Ask Not, a stinging examination of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on homosexuals in the armed forces by Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Johnny Symons. A post-film discussion will be led by Mr. Symons, with input from special guests Admiral Alan Steinman (the highest-ranking officer to come out publicly), Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer (the highest-ranking officer to challenge the policy), and Major Margaret Witt (who recently won reinstatement in an ACLU-prosecuted lawsuit).

The film will be shown in the Mount Vernon High School Auditorium, 314 N. 9th St., Mount Vernon, WA.

On Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., the MVHS GSA hosts a series of workshops on the topics: Religion & Homosexuality, Families Under the Rainbow, Gender Identity, Safe Sex, Coming Out, GLBT in the World of Work. The workshops will be held in the Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria, 314 N. 9th St., Mount Vernon, WA.

On Saturday, February 21, from 7-10 p.m., the MVHS GSA hosts a musical celebration in the school cafeteria featuring Chris Eger and the Black & Blues Band.

There will be fabulous cake walks and a cake sale throughout the day! Tasty treats from Java Jo's will also be available. Admission is FREE to all "Over the Rainbow Festival" events. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

SEATTLE GAY SOFTBALL SEEKS NEW PLAYERS; SKILLS CLINIC COMING UP
On Saturday, February 21, the Open Division of the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) will host the first of two scheduled skills clinics from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rainier Beach playfields, 8802 Rainier Ave. S., to allow new players a chance to hit, field and catch a few softballs and meet teams that are looking for new players. Prospective new players are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own equipment (a softball mitt and cleats) and to wear warm clothes. Extra equipment may be available to borrow. If Saturday is a rainout, please attend on Sunday, February 22, at the same time and place. The next and last opportunity to attend a skills clinic will be on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the same location. Please visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com and register your profile now so teams can find you before the season begins.

Seattle Gay softball is a great way to meet new people and enjoy spending time outdoors in an organized activity. Games are played on Sundays, with the season running from early April through mid-July (including the playoff tournament). The ECSA Open Division league is open to everyone, regardless of skill level: men and women, Gay and non-Gay. For more information about the skills clinics or playing with the ECSA Open Division, visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. For information on the ECSA's Women's Division (for women only), visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. The Women's Division will hold their play day/skills clinic on Sunday, March 22, from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon at Lower Woodland Fields south of Green Lake.

CALL FOR QUEER ARTISTS FOR EXPOSED COMMUNITY ARTS EVENT
Are you a Queer visual or functional artist looking for exposure to a receptive and supportive crowd of art lovers? Then exposed: a celebration of Queer artistry is for you! This arts-based community fundraising event with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvre will feature work by over 20 Seattle Queer artists in a variety of media: including visual art, sculpture, ceramic and functional work. Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 23. The event will be held on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the West Hall at Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St. For more details, visit www.gaycity.org and look under the "events" menu for more information about exposed.

SEATTLE'S QUEER FOUNDATION SPONSORS 4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ESSAY CONTEST
$1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the top essayists to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice in 2009-2010. This year's deadline is Saturday, February 28. For complete information, visit www http://queerfoundation.org. Information about and essays by former contest winners are also posted on the website.

"PINK AND BENT: ART OF QUEER WOMEN"
During the month of December, glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, is celebrating contemporary art by Queer women with an online exhibition entitled "Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women."

glbtq.com's online presentation features the work of 24 artists, each of whom is profiled on the site. The exhibition will be featured on glbtq.com's home page throughout December and will remain available on the website indefinitely.

SOLDIERS PROJECT NW OFFERS FREE COUNSELING FOR VETS/ACTIVE MILITARY & THEIR LOVES ONES
Soldiers Project NW is a 100% volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide free counseling to those who have served or are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families and loved ones, including LGBT active military/veterans and their loved ones. Many people choose to receive help directly from the military or the VA. Soldiers Project NW offers an alternative for those who, for whatever reason, do not or cannot utilize those benefits. Soldiers Project NW has put together a list of licensed private practice therapists from Olympia to Bellingham who are willing to see one client (or couple, or family) at no charge, for as long as they need to be seen to deal with any of the stressors that have come from being involved in combat or loving someone who has. For more information, call the Soldiers Project NW's 24-hour phone line, 206-290-1035.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO HELP PREVENT HIV AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org

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