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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.

SEATTLE HEMPFEST 2009
The THC Foundation presents Seattle's annual HempFest, on Saturday/Sunday, August 15-16, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at Myrtle Edwards Elliott Bay Park, 3130 Alaskan Way. $10 suggested donation. www.hempfest.org.

AN OLD-SCHOOL CAR WASH WITH THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE
On Saturday, August 15, from 11a.m. to 3:30-ish p.m., your favorite, hopefully water resistant, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan, will hold a bubblicious old-school car wash at C.C. Attle's parking lot, 1501 E. Madison St. All donations will go to the Sisters' Charity Grant Fund for the 2010 granting cycle. Stop by C.C. Attle's and let the Sisters baptize your ride. www.theabbey.org.

Q-SQUARED MONTHLY BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, August 15, at 1 p.m., the Q-Squared monthly book group for Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered men will meet at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Harvard Ave. E. & E. Republican St., to discuss Leslie Jordan's autobiography, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. For more information,visit www.qsquared.org and click on "Ongoing Programs."

COURT OF SEATTLE HOSTS A CARNIVAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION AT C.C. ATTLE'S AND MONARCH BBQ AT THE CUFF COMPLEX
On Sunday, August 16, from noon to 4 p.m., join the Imperial Court of Seattle at C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St., for a carnival fundraiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. For your enjoyment, dunk an Emperor and throw a pie in an Empress's face.

Also, on Sunday, August 16, from 4-8 p.m., the Imperial Court hosts the Monarch BBQ at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St.

SAME LOVE SAME RIGHTS LGBTQ WEDDING & FAMILY EXPO RETURNS
On Sunday, August 16, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., the Rainbow Wedding Network presents their Same Love Same Rights LGBTQ Wedding & Family Expo at Waterways Cruises and Events' Lakeside Event Center, 2501 N. Northlake Way. With the stunning Seattle skyline as a backdrop, Seattle-area same-sex couples, singles, and their friends and families will have the opportunity to meet with dozens of Gay-friendly businesses in the wedding industry and related markets. Guests will have the opportunity to tour Waterways Cruises' luxurious yachts as well as enjoy vendor samples, helpful planning tips, and giveaways.Whether planning a ceremony, expanding their families, or looking to become homeowners, this FREE event offers something for everyone. For more information, visit www.SameLoveSameR ights.com.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get a some beginning ASL instruction at the Elite, 1520 E. Olive Way. The FREE lessons will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the loft.

QUEER ALLY COALITION SPONSORS WEEKLY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETINGS
The Queer Ally Coalition sponsors weekly Community Organizing Meetings on Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at Cascade People's Center, 309 Pontius Ave. N. The Queer Ally Coalition is a grassroots democratic alliance of LGBT people and allies committed to the fight for Queer rights, culture, and liberation.

Points of Unity: We are committed to: 1) democratic grassroots organizing and strategy: our community, our voices, our future, our vision; 2) fighting for Queer rights, culture and liberation; 3) embracing and publicizing the inclusive, multi-gendered, and sexually-liberated meanings of the word "Queer;" 4) active solidarity with other oppressed groups and their struggles around the world; 5) raising all voices, especially those of people of color, women, the Trans community and youth; 6) having fun while changing the world!

Current Projects: 1) Referendum 71/Marriage Equality in Washington; 2) Nationwide Kiss-In at local Mormon temple; 3) Hate Crimes Rapid Response Network; 4) LGBT Youth Shelter/Housing Proposal with the Mayor's Office; 5) National March for Equality in Washington, DC (October 10-11); 6) building a grassroots, democratic, statewide network of LGBT and allied activists and organizations.

Any questions, call 206-612-6139 or email queerallycoalition@gmail.com or visit www.queerallycoalition.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St. The club is pleased to announce the following titles to be discussed in their ongoing reading and discussion series: August - A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch; September - The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet; October - Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys; November - The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown; December - Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this free book club. The reading list is chosen and the discussion facilitated by Nick DiMartino, published novelist and playwright, currently a book reviewer for ShelfAwareness.com, and a 30-year employee of University Book Store. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

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.

NORTHERN XPOSURE WEEKEND
Join the fun at one or more of Northern Xposure's Thursday-Sunday, August 20-23, community events and parties in support of Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center. For a complete schedule of all the events, visit www.nxposure.com.

THREE DOLLAR BILL PRESENTS "UNDER THE STARS, THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK!" OUTDOOR CINEMA IN CAL ANDERSON PARK
This summer Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema presents a slate of three fun and campy films from 1980, the premiere year of the decade that made sexual power plays, alien encounters and shameless success all the rage. The films are Friday, July 17 - Little Darlings; Friday, July 31 - Flash Gordon; Friday, August 21 - 9 to 5. The FREE screenings will be shown at sunset (around 8:30-9 p.m.) at the southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park, near the park's shelter house off 11th Ave. & E. Olive St. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site with proceeds benefiting Three Dollar Bill Cinema's non-profit efforts to produce and promote Queer-friendly film events in the Pacific Northwest. Three Dollar Bill Cinema produces the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

RADICAL WOMEN HOSTS WOMEN'S RIGHTS DAY FORUM
On Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Radical Women hosts a Women's Rights Day forum featuring Anne Slater, Radical Women firebrand and national organizer who is on a coast-to-coast speaking tour to mobilize women and their allies to stand against right-wing racism, layoffs and state budget cuts. She is a member of Queer Ally Coalition, a longtime abortion clinic defender and led a community college unionization drive. She recently helped to launch the grassroots group Sisters Organize for Survival. A Sizzling Barbecue Buffet will be served at 6 p.m. for a $9.00 donation. Door donation is $3.00. Call in advance for childcare or work exchanges. 206-722-6057; RWseattle@mindspring.com; www.radicalwomen.org.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION FALL BALL LEAGUE
Emerald City Softball Association is sponsoring Fallball '09, an ECSA Open Division softball league for men and women of all skill levels. Play dates will be August 9 and 23, September 13, 20 and 27, and October 4. For complete details, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

GAY CITY HOSTS MONTHLY CHATROOM DISCUSSION GROUP
On Monday, August 24, at 7 p.m., Gay City Health Project hosts Chatroom, their monthly drop-in discussion group. This month's topic is Mentorship: Who has helped you achieve success in your life? Come honor your mentors at this discussion and learn how to pay it forward. The discussion will be held at Gay City's offices, 511 E. Pike St.

SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR SEXUAL MINORITIES HOSTS COMMUNITY POTLUCK PICNIC
On Saturday, August 29, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities will hold a community potluck picnic, resource fair and forum on healthy LGBT families. The forum will be held at the Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S. from 1-3 p.m. The potluck picnic and resource fair will be held at the adjacent Columbia Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

IN THE LIFE TV CONCLUDES SUMMER OF STONEWALL SERIES
On Sunday, August 30, at midnight, KCTS-TV broadcasts In The Life TV, which concludes its Summer of Stonewall series, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with "Coming Together," a look at how LGBT art and culture has shaped and inspired the movement.

Credited as the first Off-Off-Broadway theatre, Caffe Cino began in 1958 as a Greenwich Village coffee house with a tiny makeshift stage. This Bohemian refuge was home to burgeoning Gay playwrights and performers, who, inspired by its owner, Joe Cino, were liberated to create their most experimental and daring works of self-expression. In A Conversation With... writers Edmund White and Doric Wilson share firsthand accounts of the Stonewall Riots, and discuss how bearing witness to the uprising impacted their work and shaped their politics. Capping off the Summer of Stonewall series, this episode's REAL TO REEL highlights Crayton Robey's 2009 documentary Making the Boys, a tribute to Mark Crowley's 1968 play, Boys in the Band, and William Friedkin's subsequent film adaptation that swept Gay and straight audiences alike. This and other In The Life TV episodes can also be viewed online at www.inthelifetv.org.

Q-SQUARED HOSTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND CAMP (COME AND MEET PEOPLE) FOR GAY, BI & TRANS MEN
This coming Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-7), Q-Squared, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, is hosting its annual CAMP (Come And Meet People) getaway at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington State.

Celebrating its 14th year, CAMP provides camp-goers a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with fellow GBT men in a healthy, fun-filled environment. Like traditional summer camps, the weekend event will offer a wide variety of fun-filled activities, including campfire sing-alongs, hiking trips, a talent show, a dance, and a variety of workshops and outdoor games. CAMPers will have the choice of staying in a modern cabin or roughing it in their own tent. Early registration is available until June 28. After June 28 the cost for the weekend will be $175. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit www.qcamp.org.

GENDER SPECTRUM GENDER ODYSSEY CONFERENCE LABOR DAY WEEKEND
2009 will be Gender Odyssey's 7th conference. The conference takes place each year in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. This year's conference will be held September 5-7. The conference will feature more than 75 workshops and facilitated discussions, exclusive programming for people of color, teens and partners, gender spectrum education and trainings, health screenings, health care provider seminar, social events, entertainment, receptions and BBQ.

Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the thoughtful exploration of gender. We strive to create an empowering environment where people of all genders can share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others.

Through dialogue, peer-led presentations, and sharing skills and expertise, we work to create broader and evolving language, social support, and life pathways that support all gender identities. By doing so, we hope to strengthen ourselves and develop communities that celebrate all experiences of gender at any age.

Gender Odyssey is open to all. We embrace the presence and participation of traditionally gendered and gender variant people: transmen, transwomen, genderqueers, intersex people, our families, partners, and allies. It is a place for us and those we love to gather together, share our lives, and learn from one another. It is also a great place for those who serve this community to expand their knowledge and understanding of transgender and gender variant issues.

For more information, visit www.genderodyssey.org.

PRISM COMICS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR FIFTH ANNUAL QUEER PRESS GRANT
Prism Comics is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Queer Press Grant, established to support and encourage new LGBT comics creators. Application guidelines are available at www.prismcomics.org/grant. Deadline for application is October 1, 2009.

"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.

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.

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.

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