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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer AFSC SPEAKER'S BUREAU LOOKING FOR QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee's speaker's bureau, Out Spoken, is looking for Queer youth to interview about their life experiences and hopes for the future to expand and enrich their panel presentations. Participants will receive a gift card and much appreciation for helping out. Contact LT at ltan@AFSC.org for more information and to set up an interview.

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.

BORDER RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB HOSTS WEEKEND RUN TO GRANITE FALLS, WA
On Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, Border Riders Motorcycle Club will hosts a weekend run and campout to Granite Falls, WA. For more information on Border Rides day rides in the city or their weekend camping runs, visit www.borderriders.com.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS UNPLUGGED CONCERTS WITH M-PACT
Seattle Men's Chorus presents an all a cappella concert at the UW's Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. Joining the SMC at Meany Hall will be the vocally stunning a cappella sextet m-pact. Hear Sondheim and Schubert blend beautifully with Mendelssohn and Montoya. The repertoire for SMC Unplugged will cover lots of musical ground: from African anthems to barbershop, and beyond. m-pact's pop-jazz vocals and unique sound make a perfect pairing of two extraordinary vocal groups appealing to anyone who loves music. Tickets for Meany Hall performances are on sale at www.flyinghouse.org or 206-388-1400. Ticket prices range from $20-$55.

TWISTED LITTLE PIGGY MARKET
On Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett, will host an edgy market featuring local artists, art, vintage collectibles, erotic art, crafts, photography, jewelry, Tarot readers, stone healers, adult toys, and purveyors of interesting wares. This is a 21 and older event. Drink and food specials will be available during market hours. For more information, email Danny at twistedlittlepiggymarket@gmail.com.

Q SQUARED BOOK GROUP TO DISCUSS AMERICAN STUDIES
On Saturday, June 20, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., the Q-Squared Book Group will discuss the book, American Studies, by Mark Merliss. This debut novel won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Library Journal said, "Its simple, noble, graceful prose refreshes the very language, and its unsquinting portrayal of Gay men is searing and authentic. Merlis' novel belongs to the best of contemporary literature, Gay or other." Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org. BAILEY/COY HOSTS PUBLICATION PARTIES
On Saturday, June 20, at 3 p.m., Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E., will host a publication party for Dani Cone, author of Tall, Skinny, Bitter: Notes from the Northwest Coffee Culture. Cone will bring coffee from Fuel and pies from High Five Pies. On Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m., Bailey/Coy Books will host a publication party for Gillian Gaar, author of Rough Guide to Nirvana, which celebrates one of rock's greatest bands.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SPRING LEAGUE UNDERWAY
The Open Division Spring League is underway every Sunday through June 21 (except Memorial Day weekend) at the North SeaTac Park, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., SeaTac, WA (C Division Teams) and Celebration Park, 11th Pl. S. & S. 324th St. (1111 S. 324th St.), Federal Way (A, B & D Division Teams). (Check website for possible rainout announcements and Saturday rainout day schedules.) Both fields are accessible by public transit. For further information, including teams, league sponsors and schedule of play, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. (The ECSA's 2009 Emerald City Classic will be held July 4-5 in Seattle. Check the ECSA website for details.)

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 title for June is 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.

FRUITS IN SUITS
On Thursday, June 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Puffin Productions hosts Fruits in Suits, a casual monthly after-work social networking event for GLBT professionals. The event will be held at the Fetherston Gallery, 818 E. Pike St. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and lounge beats with DJ Mattstands. $8 cover includes first drink. Partial proceeds benefit the Trevor Project. Must be 21 or over. Co-sponsored by Out&Equal Seattle.

POZ SEATTLE LAUNCHES POZ ADVENTURES WITH SUMMER KAYAKING OUTINGS
This summer, POZSeattle is pleased to present Saturday morning POZAdventures kayaking outings on Seattle's historic Lake Union. "Join us June through September for a series of kayaking adventures. Enjoy scenic postcard views of the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle, Lake Union's houseboat communities, and Gas Works Park."

Kayaking dates (and trip themes) are June 27 - Getting to know you month; looking at the houseboats around Lake Union; July 4 & 8 - Lewis & Clark adventure month: checking out more distant locations; August 1, 15 & 29 - Where's Waldo? - open to suggestions and ideas; September 12 - season final event - some kind of party?

Outing schedule: Meet at the Northwest Outdoor Center, 2100 Westlake Ave. N., Ste. 1, at 9 a.m. SHARP! Be on time. "We will not wait for late comers." 9-11 a.m., get kayak, get gear on, review tour plan suggestions, review safety rules, paddle around and have fun. 11-11:30 a.m., check in kayaks and make plans if anyone wants to get together to eat nearby.

For more specific details on cost, gear, preparations, food, itinerary, clothing, safety message, etc. and a map to the Northwest Outdoor Center, visit www.pozseattle.org/images/NW Outdoor Center.gif. If you have questions or would like additional information, email POZadventures@google-groups.com. The Northwest Outdoor Center provides kayaks with life-vest, paddle, and a drybag to store wallet and water-sensitive items while on the trip. Come to the event self-sufficient with drinking water, sunscreen, snacks, etc.

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 the POZSeattle event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

RALLY & MARCH TO PROTEST AND END POLICE BRUTALITY
First, you see a 15-year-old African American girl assaulted by police in a jail cell, in full view of cameras they know are there. A deputy throws her into a wall, then to the floor by her hair and punches her in the face while another deputy helps. Instead of felony assault, the main abuser, a "veteran" who previously shot and killed a mentally ill man, faces minor charges.

Then, a survellance camera shows 29-year-old Christopher Harris slowing down and raising his arms to ward off an attack, viciously body-slammed into a wall by a King County Deputy, fracturing Harris' skull. Wrongly accused of involvement in a fight, Harris ran when he saw men chasing him. Witnesses say they did not recognize those chasing Harris as cops and demanded to know what they were doing. Now Harris lies in a coma, with brain swelling, on the edge of death.

For there to be justice, there must be mass opposition from the people. We call on people everywhere, from every walk of life, to join us. Demand justice for Malika Calhoun and Chris Harris. Demand an end to police brutality. Join us in mass protest.

On Saturday, June 27, join the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Brutality for a rally and march to protest police brutality. Rally at 1 p.m., at Seattle Central Community College South Plaza, Broadway & E. Pike St.; at 2 p.m., march to Cinerama Theater, 2100 4th Ave. (the site of the assault of Chris Harris).

BENT CAR GUYS IS BACK!!
"We went through some tough times in the past year, but we're back with a new, safe website and are also on Facebook! If you're a car enthusiast and are looking for a GLBT car club, check us out. Our website is www.bentcarguys.org or do a search for bentcarguys on Facebook.

"If you used to be a member, check out our new website! We'll be in the Pride Parade this year and will also have a table at the Pride Festival, so look for us, or better yet, join up so you can be in the parade with us! Dues are $12 per year for a non-voting membership and $24 per year for voting members. We've made it easy to join using PayPal, or send payment to our PO Box. For more information, contact our president, Tom, at president@bentcarguys.org."

GAY SKATE PARTY AT SKATE KING
On Monday, June 29, from 7-10 p.m., get together for a Gay post-Pride skate party at Skate King Bellevue, 2301 140th Ave. N.E. Cost is $8 at the door; $5 for youth under 18. Regular skate rentals: Free. Inline skate rentals: $2. Or bring your own skates.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE HOSTS SEATTLE CLASSIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT
From July 3-5, the Seattle Tennis Alliance will host their annual regional LGBT tennis tournament. The venues will be the Amy Yee Tennis Center and the Nordstrom Tennis Center. For details, visit www.sta.clubexpress.com.

7TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY PICNIC AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Saturday, July 4, from noon-5 p.m., join your friends and neighbors at Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave. just north of E. Pine St., for an old-fashioned picnic. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy live music, outdoor fun and community. Bands hitting the stage all day will include kids-jammers Recess Monkey, the urban Latin beats of Picoso, the lo-fi pop of Katharine Hepburn's Voice, and the funky soul sounds of Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band, not to mention buskers galore.

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream will make root beer floats, and delicious treats will be available from Via Tribunali as well as Wandering Wieners. Caffe Vita will be on-site with coffee; attendees will also be able to enjoy free cotton candy.

Party-goers will be able to participate in the All-Park Parade, try the 11th Ave. Inn root beer tasting garden, and get involved with other free activities including a Spin Art Bike, patriotic tie-dye, a pie-eating contest, Urban Family Portraits (any type of family!), pet/human look-alike contest and more!

This event is sponsored by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2009 EMERALD CITY CLASSIC REGIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
On July 4 & 5, the Emerald City Softball Association will host their annual Emerald City Classic regional baseball tournament in Seattle. For more details, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

LGBTQA YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR HOPE - IN SPOKANE JULY 24-26
Participation is expected from youth and adults from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, California, Alaska and Canada. In addition to a series of workshops for youth, there will be workshops for teachers, leaders, community members, service providers and parents. An estimated 500 LGBTQ individuals and straight allies are expected at this event to network, learn and support each other. For more information and to register, visit www.odysseyyouth.org or call 509-325-3637. Registration deadline is June 30. Sponsored by the Odyssey Youth Center.

SEATTLE HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LGBTQ ASIAN AMERICANS, SOUTH ASIANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS
Seattle will be host to a national conference for LGBTQ Asian American, South Asians and Pacific Islander on the weekend of August 14-16 at the University of Washington. Titled "Transgress, Transform, Transcend," the conference will showcase the diversity of the LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander experience and will expand the capacity and ability of LGBT Asian Pacific Islander activists and communities to organize. Conference organizers have lined up four keynote speakers and over 50 workshops, panel discussions, caucuses, and cultural performances, which will address a wide array of topics and issues. The event's many programs will provide attendees opportunities to network and to expand their knowledge and skills in advocacy and community building. Registration fee is $100, with a reduced rate of $75 for presenters and people with limited income. Some scholarships are available to assist attendees pay for the cost of conference registration. Registration is available online at www.nqapia.org/nc-2009.html.

"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.

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