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"EXPOSED: A CELEBRATION OF QUEER ARTISTRY"
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Gay City Health Project presents its second annual exhibit, "Exposed: A Celebration of Queer Artistry." The exhibit will be held at the Century Ballroom's West Hall, 915 E. Pine St. The juried show will feature some of Seattle's most gifted artists, presenting a wealth of queer art in a variety of media - visual, sculpture, ceramic and functional. All artwork will be available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $40-VIP, $25-general, $20-student at www.gaycity.org. All tickets are $5 more at the door. All proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project.

MILK TO BE SHOWN AT BETHANY UCC
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Bethany United Church of Christ's Social Justice Committee will show Gus Van Sant's recent film Milk at Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave. S. (at S. Graham St.). FREE. Coffee and discussion follow.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center, is currently seeking a volunteer graphic designer. This position requires experience working in graphic design at a professional level. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

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.

CASCADE FLYERS HOST LUNCH MEETING IN GEORGETOWN
On Saturday, April 4, the Cascade Flyers, an LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, will be hosting a lunch meeting at noon at the Hangar Café, 6261 13th Ave. S., near Boeing Field. For more information, visit www.cascadeflyers.org or email cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
Through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on April 4 at 2 p.m. (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 at 2 p.m. (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 at 2 p.m. (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier [in 1910]; Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide).

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SEASON KICK-OFF SOCIAL & FOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m., the ECSA Open Division hosts a season kick-off social and food drive to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. Every player, coach, manager and fan are asked to bring at least one canned or non-perishable food item for the food drive. The Open Division Spring League begins on Sunday, April 12, at the North SeaTac and Celebration Parks. www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Gay Social Dinner Club of Snohomish County is an informal group of Gay men living in Snohomish County who meet for dinner every Monday at a different Snohomish County restaurant.

"The intent of the club is not to hook up, but rather try different food, share a joke or life experience, create friendships and a social circle of people to hang out with. It's a lot of fun and it gives you a chance to try different restaurants, meet new people. The club has 175 people on their mailing list with about 18-20 guys getting together for dinner each week."

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ricardo at knead2feelgood@yahoo.com.

MR. NUDE SEATTLE CONTEST
The 11th annual amateur Mr. Nude Seattle Contest hosted by Mark "Mom" Finley and Latrina Bidet will be held on Monday, April 6, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. at Yesler St. Doors at 7 p.m., contest at 8 p.m. With special guest performance by Titan Men Media Porn Model/Actor Brodie Newport. Tickets: $20 at the door. Contestant applications are available at the door or email RainierXXX@aol.com. Contest segments: first look (clothed), striptease, question & answer, last look (nude).

RAINBOW CITY BAND PREPARES FOR MARCHING SEASON
Do you watch marching bands pass by and think, "Wow, that looks like fun - but I'm too old now?" Or, "I really should pick up my instrument and start playing again?"

Now is the time!

Rainbow City Band, one of the largest and most active LGBT bands in the country, is welcoming new members for its 2009 marching season. The band includes musicians with a variety of playing experience - some of whom hadn't played for 20 years or more before joining the band, color guard members with lots of experience and those who are just learning, and non-playing volunteers who march with the band at its performances. As it enters its twelfth marching season, the band continues to expand each of these groups to bring more entertainment, excitement, and pride to the Puget Sound area this summer.

Under the direction of conductor Michael Clark, Rainbow City Band consists of a concert band that plays in the autumn, winter, and spring; Purple Passion, a swing ensemble that plays all year; Renegayde, a pep band that brings music and good cheer to community events year-round; spinOUT, its color guard; and a marching band that is a fixture in Seattle-area parades and festivals. The marching band traditionally performs in the Fremont Solstice Parade, Seattle's Pride March, and Kirkland's Fourth of July parade, and other events that change from year to year. The band has marched in many different Seafair neighborhood parades, at Pride festivals in other Washington cities, and at other LGBT and community events. Members of the band have also participated in performances of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), of which it is a member - including LGBA's televised appearance in President Obama's inaugural parade.

Interested in learning more? New or prospective members are encouraged to join us at our first rehearsal of the season on Tuesday, April 7 at the Wedgwood Community Church, 8102 30th Ave. N.E., from 7-9 p.m. More information can be found on the band's website at www.rainbowcityband.com.

Founded in 1998, Rainbow City Band is a non-profit, non-audition community band consisting of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and allied members from all around the Puget Sound area. Its goals are to develop and sustain musical talent; to develop long-lasting friendships among its members and with other musical and LGBTQA groups with whom the band interacts; and to promote visibility and acceptance of the LGBT communities at large. Contact the band at rainbowcityband@onebox.com, (866) 841-9139 ext 2126, or online at www.rainbowcityband.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 three months are: 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.

POZSEATTLE HOSTS SPRING FLING SOCIAL
POZSeattle is pleased to present its annual Spring Fling Social on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, 13th & E Pine St. 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 questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

BACHELOR AUCTION '09 TO BENEFIT LIFELONG
On Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m., Synergy Events presents "Bachelor Auction '09" at Julia's on Broadway, at Broadway E. & E. Thomas St. Ten hunky bachelors will be auctioned off to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Join host Mark "Mom" Finley and DJ Kyler from C89.5FM for an evening of eye candy and fun.

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.

MR., MISS & MS. GAY WASHINGTON PAGEANT
The annual Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant will be held this year on Saturday, April 11, doors at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave. E., in Fife, WA. Tickets for the pageant, which includes a buffet, are $35. On Friday, April 10, the 2008-2009 Gay Washingtons will present their Last Show & Awards Celebration, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Tickets are $15. On Sunday, April 12, the Gay Washington Pageant Victory Brunch will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Order brunch off the restaurant's menu. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/mccaskillrainbow and scroll down to Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington section.

NORTHWEST NETWORK SPONSORING RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
The Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse will be teaching a 6-week relationship skills class meeting Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., to teach you the skills you need to build the relationships you want. Topics include: Identifying Cultural Norms & Values, Accountability, Naming & Setting Boundaries, Strengthening Support Networks & more! This class is open to all, regardless of relationship status or history. Previous Relationship Skills Class participants are welcome. Deadline to register for this class series is April 8. For more information and to register, contact DeAnn at 206-568-7777 or email deann@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.org.

QLAW ANNUAL BANQUET WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER SHANNON PRICE MINTER
On Thursday, April 16, QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, will host the QLaw Annual Banquet, at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave. A no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for LGBT people, will be the keynote speaker. Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case, which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. He also served as lead counsel in the Prop 8 legal challenge argued before the California Supreme Court on March 5, 2009. Shannon was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. QLaw will also be honoring the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors at the banquet. Tickets are $80-members; $95-general. For reservations, visit www.q-law.org. Questions? Email banquet@q-law.org.

QLAW, NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, & PERKINS COIE LLP PRESENT LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION ON LGBT LEGAL & POLICY ISSUES
This past year has been a tumultuous one for the LGBT community, with its mixture of victories and defeats. This year looks to be no different. On Friday, April 17, from noon-1:30 p.m., join National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell and Legal Director Shannon Price Minter for a presentation and discussion on the latest legal and policy issues affecting the LGBT community, including an update on Prop 8 litigation and federal legislation and litigation. The event will be held at Perkins Coie LLP offices, 1201 Third Ave, Ste 4800. This is a brown bag event. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.q-law.org.

MAYOR GREG NICKELS SEEKING YOUNG ADULTS FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking people 18 to 29 years old who are interested in making a difference through public service. As part of the YMCA's Get Engaged program, Nickels will appoint people in this age group to 13 of the city's boards and commissions this fall.

The Get Engaged program aims to give young adults a voice in city government and foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government on a variety of issues, including human rights, historical preservation, city planning and the arts. In addition to being appointed to a year-long term as voting commissioners, participants join a group of inspired young adults who are dedicated to making Seattle a better place to live through community building and leadership development.

To apply, you must be an adult between the ages of 18 and 29 and reside in the city of Seattle. If you are interested in applying to the Get Engaged program, or want more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/boards.htm or contact Alexandra David, metrocenter YMCA, at 206-382-5005 or via email at getengaged@seattleymca.org. The application deadline is April 19.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN TO BENEFIT GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT
The weekend of April 24-26, Rain Country Dance Association will host the 2nd Annual Emerald City Hoedown. The hoedown will feature three days of dancing, workshops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Registration is $75, with limited scholarships available for those with financial need. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown. Part of the proceeds from this year's Emerald City Hoedown will benefit Gay City Health Project, the premiere provider of HIV and STD testing in King County. A multicultural Gay men's health organization, Gay City promotes the health of Gay and Bisexual men and prevents HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support this Country Western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at the Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE REGISTRATION OPEN
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As in recent years, the parade will travel north of 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers and board members are being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
The onset of AIDS "was a health crisis, but it was also a civil rights crisis," recalls Carol Sterling, former director of the Chicken Soup Brigade. Debuting recently on the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21), "Community Stories" looks back to the 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. This history is told through the words of people - including Sterling, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Gay News editor George Bakan and King County AIDS Program Director Bob Wood - who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. Learn about this important history by following this link now: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3170902.

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.

"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.

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

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. NORTHWEST NEWS (for 04/03/09) "EXPOSED: A CELEBRATION OF QUEER ARTISTRY"
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Gay City Health Project presents its second annual exhibit, "Exposed: A Celebration of Queer Artistry." The exhibit will be held at the Century Ballroom's West Hall, 915 E. Pine St. The juried show will feature some of Seattle's most gifted artists, presenting a wealth of queer art in a variety of media - visual, sculpture, ceramic and functional. All artwork will be available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $40-VIP, $25-general, $20-student at www.gaycity.org. All tickets are $5 more at the door. All proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project.

MILK TO BE SHOWN AT BETHANY UCC
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Bethany United Church of Christ's Social Justice Committee will show Gus Van Sant's recent film Milk at Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave. S. (at S. Graham St.). FREE. Coffee and discussion follow.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center, is currently seeking a volunteer graphic designer. This position requires experience working in graphic design at a professional level. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

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.

CASCADE FLYERS HOST LUNCH MEETING IN GEORGETOWN
On Saturday, April 4, the Cascade Flyers, an LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, will be hosting a lunch meeting at noon at the Hangar Café, 6261 13th Ave. S., near Boeing Field. For more information, visit www.cascadeflyers.org or email cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
Through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on April 4 at 2 p.m. (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 at 2 p.m. (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 at 2 p.m. (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier [in 1910]; Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide).

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SEASON KICK-OFF SOCIAL & FOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m., the ECSA Open Division hosts a season kick-off social and food drive to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. Every player, coach, manager and fan are asked to bring at least one canned or non-perishable food item for the food drive. The Open Division Spring League begins on Sunday, April 12, at the North SeaTac and Celebration Parks. www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Gay Social Dinner Club of Snohomish County is an informal group of Gay men living in Snohomish County who meet for dinner every Monday at a different Snohomish County restaurant.

"The intent of the club is not to hook up, but rather try different food, share a joke or life experience, create friendships and a social circle of people to hang out with. It's a lot of fun and it gives you a chance to try different restaurants, meet new people. The club has 175 people on their mailing list with about 18-20 guys getting together for dinner each week."

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ricardo at knead2feelgood@yahoo.com.

MR. NUDE SEATTLE CONTEST
The 11th annual amateur Mr. Nude Seattle Contest hosted by Mark "Mom" Finley and Latrina Bidet will be held on Monday, April 6, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. at Yesler St. Doors at 7 p.m., contest at 8 p.m. With special guest performance by Titan Men Media Porn Model/Actor Brodie Newport. Tickets: $20 at the door. Contestant applications are available at the door or email RainierXXX@aol.com. Contest segments: first look (clothed), striptease, question & answer, last look (nude).

RAINBOW CITY BAND PREPARES FOR MARCHING SEASON
Do you watch marching bands pass by and think, "Wow, that looks like fun - but I'm too old now?" Or, "I really should pick up my instrument and start playing again?"

Now is the time!

Rainbow City Band, one of the largest and most active LGBT bands in the country, is welcoming new members for its 2009 marching season. The band includes musicians with a variety of playing experience - some of whom hadn't played for 20 years or more before joining the band, color guard members with lots of experience and those who are just learning, and non-playing volunteers who march with the band at its performances. As it enters its twelfth marching season, the band continues to expand each of these groups to bring more entertainment, excitement, and pride to the Puget Sound area this summer.

Under the direction of conductor Michael Clark, Rainbow City Band consists of a concert band that plays in the autumn, winter, and spring; Purple Passion, a swing ensemble that plays all year; Renegayde, a pep band that brings music and good cheer to community events year-round; spinOUT, its color guard; and a marching band that is a fixture in Seattle-area parades and festivals. The marching band traditionally performs in the Fremont Solstice Parade, Seattle's Pride March, and Kirkland's Fourth of July parade, and other events that change from year to year. The band has marched in many different Seafair neighborhood parades, at Pride festivals in other Washington cities, and at other LGBT and community events. Members of the band have also participated in performances of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), of which it is a member - including LGBA's televised appearance in President Obama's inaugural parade.

Interested in learning more? New or prospective members are encouraged to join us at our first rehearsal of the season on Tuesday, April 7 at the Wedgwood Community Church, 8102 30th Ave. N.E., from 7-9 p.m. More information can be found on the band's website at www.rainbowcityband.com.

Founded in 1998, Rainbow City Band is a non-profit, non-audition community band consisting of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and allied members from all around the Puget Sound area. Its goals are to develop and sustain musical talent; to develop long-lasting friendships among its members and with other musical and LGBTQA groups with whom the band interacts; and to promote visibility and acceptance of the LGBT communities at large. Contact the band at rainbowcityband@onebox.com, (866) 841-9139 ext 2126, or online at www.rainbowcityband.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 three months are: 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.

POZSEATTLE HOSTS SPRING FLING SOCIAL
POZSeattle is pleased to present its annual Spring Fling Social on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, 13th & E Pine St. 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 questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

BACHELOR AUCTION '09 TO BENEFIT LIFELONG
On Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m., Synergy Events presents "Bachelor Auction '09" at Julia's on Broadway, at Broadway E. & E. Thomas St. Ten hunky bachelors will be auctioned off to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Join host Mark "Mom" Finley and DJ Kyler from C89.5FM for an evening of eye candy and fun.

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.

MR., MISS & MS. GAY WASHINGTON PAGEANT
The annual Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant will be held this year on Saturday, April 11, doors at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave. E., in Fife, WA. Tickets for the pageant, which includes a buffet, are $35. On Friday, April 10, the 2008-2009 Gay Washingtons will present their Last Show & Awards Celebration, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Tickets are $15. On Sunday, April 12, the Gay Washington Pageant Victory Brunch will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Order brunch off the restaurant's menu. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/mccaskillrainbow and scroll down to Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington section.

NORTHWEST NETWORK SPONSORING RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
The Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse will be teaching a 6-week relationship skills class meeting Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., to teach you the skills you need to build the relationships you want. Topics include: Identifying Cultural Norms & Values, Accountability, Naming & Setting Boundaries, Strengthening Support Networks & more! This class is open to all, regardless of relationship status or history. Previous Relationship Skills Class participants are welcome. Deadline to register for this class series is April 8. For more information and to register, contact DeAnn at 206-568-7777 or email deann@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.org.

QLAW ANNUAL BANQUET WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER SHANNON PRICE MINTER
On Thursday, April 16, QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, will host the QLaw Annual Banquet, at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave. A no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for LGBT people, will be the keynote speaker. Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case, which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. He also served as lead counsel in the Prop 8 legal challenge argued before the California Supreme Court on March 5, 2009. Shannon was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. QLaw will also be honoring the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors at the banquet. Tickets are $80-members; $95-general. For reservations, visit www.q-law.org. Questions? Email banquet@q-law.org.

QLAW, NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, & PERKINS COIE LLP PRESENT LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION ON LGBT LEGAL & POLICY ISSUES
This past year has been a tumultuous one for the LGBT community, with its mixture of victories and defeats. This year looks to be no different. On Friday, April 17, from noon-1:30 p.m., join National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell and Legal Director Shannon Price Minter for a presentation and discussion on the latest legal and policy issues affecting the LGBT community, including an update on Prop 8 litigation and federal legislation and litigation. The event will be held at Perkins Coie LLP offices, 1201 Third Ave, Ste 4800. This is a brown bag event. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.q-law.org.

MAYOR GREG NICKELS SEEKING YOUNG ADULTS FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking people 18 to 29 years old who are interested in making a difference through public service. As part of the YMCA's Get Engaged program, Nickels will appoint people in this age group to 13 of the city's boards and commissions this fall.

The Get Engaged program aims to give young adults a voice in city government and foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government on a variety of issues, including human rights, historical preservation, city planning and the arts. In addition to being appointed to a year-long term as voting commissioners, participants join a group of inspired young adults who are dedicated to making Seattle a better place to live through community building and leadership development.

To apply, you must be an adult between the ages of 18 and 29 and reside in the city of Seattle. If you are interested in applying to the Get Engaged program, or want more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/boards.htm or contact Alexandra David, metrocenter YMCA, at 206-382-5005 or via email at getengaged@seattleymca.org. The application deadline is April 19.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN TO BENEFIT GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT
The weekend of April 24-26, Rain Country Dance Association will host the 2nd Annual Emerald City Hoedown. The hoedown will feature three days of dancing, workshops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Registration is $75, with limited scholarships available for those with financial need. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown. Part of the proceeds from this year's Emerald City Hoedown will benefit Gay City Health Project, the premiere provider of HIV and STD testing in King County. A multicultural Gay men's health organization, Gay City promotes the health of Gay and Bisexual men and prevents HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support this Country Western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at the Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE REGISTRATION OPEN
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As in recent years, the parade will travel north of 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers and board members are being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
The onset of AIDS "was a health crisis, but it was also a civil rights crisis," recalls Carol Sterling, former director of the Chicken Soup Brigade. Debuting recently on the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21), "Community Stories" looks back to the 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. This history is told through the words of people - including Sterling, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Gay News editor George Bakan and King County AIDS Program Director Bob Wood - who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. Learn about this important history by following this link now: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3170902.

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.

"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.

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

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. NORTHWEST NEWS (for 04/03/09) "EXPOSED: A CELEBRATION OF QUEER ARTISTRY"
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Gay City Health Project presents its second annual exhibit, "Exposed: A Celebration of Queer Artistry." The exhibit will be held at the Century Ballroom's West Hall, 915 E. Pine St. The juried show will feature some of Seattle's most gifted artists, presenting a wealth of queer art in a variety of media - visual, sculpture, ceramic and functional. All artwork will be available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $40-VIP, $25-general, $20-student at www.gaycity.org. All tickets are $5 more at the door. All proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project.

MILK TO BE SHOWN AT BETHANY UCC
On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Bethany United Church of Christ's Social Justice Committee will show Gus Van Sant's recent film Milk at Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave. S. (at S. Graham St.). FREE. Coffee and discussion follow.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center, is currently seeking a volunteer graphic designer. This position requires experience working in graphic design at a professional level. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

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.

CASCADE FLYERS HOST LUNCH MEETING IN GEORGETOWN
On Saturday, April 4, the Cascade Flyers, an LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, will be hosting a lunch meeting at noon at the Hangar Café, 6261 13th Ave. S., near Boeing Field. For more information, visit www.cascadeflyers.org or email cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
Through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on April 4 at 2 p.m. (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 at 2 p.m. (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 at 2 p.m. (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier [in 1910]; Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide).

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SEASON KICK-OFF SOCIAL & FOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m., the ECSA Open Division hosts a season kick-off social and food drive to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. Every player, coach, manager and fan are asked to bring at least one canned or non-perishable food item for the food drive. The Open Division Spring League begins on Sunday, April 12, at the North SeaTac and Celebration Parks. www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
The Gay Social Dinner Club of Snohomish County is an informal group of Gay men living in Snohomish County who meet for dinner every Monday at a different Snohomish County restaurant.

"The intent of the club is not to hook up, but rather try different food, share a joke or life experience, create friendships and a social circle of people to hang out with. It's a lot of fun and it gives you a chance to try different restaurants, meet new people. The club has 175 people on their mailing list with about 18-20 guys getting together for dinner each week."

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ricardo at knead2feelgood@yahoo.com.

MR. NUDE SEATTLE CONTEST
The 11th annual amateur Mr. Nude Seattle Contest hosted by Mark "Mom" Finley and Latrina Bidet will be held on Monday, April 6, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. at Yesler St. Doors at 7 p.m., contest at 8 p.m. With special guest performance by Titan Men Media Porn Model/Actor Brodie Newport. Tickets: $20 at the door. Contestant applications are available at the door or email RainierXXX@aol.com. Contest segments: first look (clothed), striptease, question & answer, last look (nude).

RAINBOW CITY BAND PREPARES FOR MARCHING SEASON
Do you watch marching bands pass by and think, "Wow, that looks like fun - but I'm too old now?" Or, "I really should pick up my instrument and start playing again?"

Now is the time!

Rainbow City Band, one of the largest and most active LGBT bands in the country, is welcoming new members for its 2009 marching season. The band includes musicians with a variety of playing experience - some of whom hadn't played for 20 years or more before joining the band, color guard members with lots of experience and those who are just learning, and non-playing volunteers who march with the band at its performances. As it enters its twelfth marching season, the band continues to expand each of these groups to bring more entertainment, excitement, and pride to the Puget Sound area this summer.

Under the direction of conductor Michael Clark, Rainbow City Band consists of a concert band that plays in the autumn, winter, and spring; Purple Passion, a swing ensemble that plays all year; Renegayde, a pep band that brings music and good cheer to community events year-round; spinOUT, its color guard; and a marching band that is a fixture in Seattle-area parades and festivals. The marching band traditionally performs in the Fremont Solstice Parade, Seattle's Pride March, and Kirkland's Fourth of July parade, and other events that change from year to year. The band has marched in many different Seafair neighborhood parades, at Pride festivals in other Washington cities, and at other LGBT and community events. Members of the band have also participated in performances of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), of which it is a member - including LGBA's televised appearance in President Obama's inaugural parade.

Interested in learning more? New or prospective members are encouraged to join us at our first rehearsal of the season on Tuesday, April 7 at the Wedgwood Community Church, 8102 30th Ave. N.E., from 7-9 p.m. More information can be found on the band's website at www.rainbowcityband.com.

Founded in 1998, Rainbow City Band is a non-profit, non-audition community band consisting of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and allied members from all around the Puget Sound area. Its goals are to develop and sustain musical talent; to develop long-lasting friendships among its members and with other musical and LGBTQA groups with whom the band interacts; and to promote visibility and acceptance of the LGBT communities at large. Contact the band at rainbowcityband@onebox.com, (866) 841-9139 ext 2126, or online at www.rainbowcityband.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 three months are: 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.

POZSEATTLE HOSTS SPRING FLING SOCIAL
POZSeattle is pleased to present its annual Spring Fling Social on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, 13th & E Pine St. 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 questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

BACHELOR AUCTION '09 TO BENEFIT LIFELONG
On Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m., Synergy Events presents "Bachelor Auction '09" at Julia's on Broadway, at Broadway E. & E. Thomas St. Ten hunky bachelors will be auctioned off to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Join host Mark "Mom" Finley and DJ Kyler from C89.5FM for an evening of eye candy and fun.

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.

MR., MISS & MS. GAY WASHINGTON PAGEANT
The annual Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant will be held this year on Saturday, April 11, doors at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave. E., in Fife, WA. Tickets for the pageant, which includes a buffet, are $35. On Friday, April 10, the 2008-2009 Gay Washingtons will present their Last Show & Awards Celebration, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Tickets are $15. On Sunday, April 12, the Gay Washington Pageant Victory Brunch will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Poodle Dog Restaurant. Order brunch off the restaurant's menu. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/mccaskillrainbow and scroll down to Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Washington section.

NORTHWEST NETWORK SPONSORING RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
The Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse will be teaching a 6-week relationship skills class meeting Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., to teach you the skills you need to build the relationships you want. Topics include: Identifying Cultural Norms & Values, Accountability, Naming & Setting Boundaries, Strengthening Support Networks & more! This class is open to all, regardless of relationship status or history. Previous Relationship Skills Class participants are welcome. Deadline to register for this class series is April 8. For more information and to register, contact DeAnn at 206-568-7777 or email deann@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.org.

QLAW ANNUAL BANQUET WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER SHANNON PRICE MINTER
On Thursday, April 16, QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, will host the QLaw Annual Banquet, at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave. A no-host reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for LGBT people, will be the keynote speaker. Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case, which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. He also served as lead counsel in the Prop 8 legal challenge argued before the California Supreme Court on March 5, 2009. Shannon was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. QLaw will also be honoring the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors at the banquet. Tickets are $80-members; $95-general. For reservations, visit www.q-law.org. Questions? Email banquet@q-law.org.

QLAW, NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, & PERKINS COIE LLP PRESENT LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION ON LGBT LEGAL & POLICY ISSUES
This past year has been a tumultuous one for the LGBT community, with its mixture of victories and defeats. This year looks to be no different. On Friday, April 17, from noon-1:30 p.m., join National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell and Legal Director Shannon Price Minter for a presentation and discussion on the latest legal and policy issues affecting the LGBT community, including an update on Prop 8 litigation and federal legislation and litigation. The event will be held at Perkins Coie LLP offices, 1201 Third Ave, Ste 4800. This is a brown bag event. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.q-law.org.

MAYOR GREG NICKELS SEEKING YOUNG ADULTS FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking people 18 to 29 years old who are interested in making a difference through public service. As part of the YMCA's Get Engaged program, Nickels will appoint people in this age group to 13 of the city's boards and commissions this fall.

The Get Engaged program aims to give young adults a voice in city government and foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government on a variety of issues, including human rights, historical preservation, city planning and the arts. In addition to being appointed to a year-long term as voting commissioners, participants join a group of inspired young adults who are dedicated to making Seattle a better place to live through community building and leadership development.

To apply, you must be an adult between the ages of 18 and 29 and reside in the city of Seattle. If you are interested in applying to the Get Engaged program, or want more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/boards.htm or contact Alexandra David, metrocenter YMCA, at 206-382-5005 or via email at getengaged@seattleymca.org. The application deadline is April 19.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN TO BENEFIT GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT
The weekend of April 24-26, Rain Country Dance Association will host the 2nd Annual Emerald City Hoedown. The hoedown will feature three days of dancing, workshops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Registration is $75, with limited scholarships available for those with financial need. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown. Part of the proceeds from this year's Emerald City Hoedown will benefit Gay City Health Project, the premiere provider of HIV and STD testing in King County. A multicultural Gay men's health organization, Gay City promotes the health of Gay and Bisexual men and prevents HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support this Country Western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at the Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE REGISTRATION OPEN
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. As in recent years, the parade will travel north of 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers and board members are being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
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