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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. AIDS HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF TACOMA (AHAT) HOSTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & BBQ
On Saturday, August 22, from noon to 3 p.m., AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma (AHAT) hosts a 20th anniversary celebration and BBQ. The Honorable Deputy Mayor of Tacoma, Julie Anderson, and the City Council of Tacoma have proclaimed August 22, 2009 "AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma Day" in honor of AHAT's 20 years of providing services and a circle of care to those who live with HIV/AIDS. The event will be held at AHAT's Three Cedars Garden, 301 N. "L" St.. "We welcome all who wish to celebrate with the AHAT family as we enter into another 20 years of providing quality care, support, and housing to those living with HIV/AIDS."



AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma's mission of service is to provide people living with HIV/AIDS a circle of caring that empowers them to stabilize their health and to maintain diverse housing options through support services, life skills education, and in-home professional services.



AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma (AHAT) was founded in 1989. With the assistance of members of Christ Church Episcopal of Tacoma and other community volunteers, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation was formed to provide safe, alternative housing for people with HIV/AIDS in Pierce and Kitsap counties. www.aidshousingtacoma.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.

QUEER ALLY COALITION HOSTS BIWEEKLY LGBT HISTORY STUDY GROUP
As part of their ongoing efforts to educate the LGBT and allied community about the history of the LGBT struggle in this country, the Queer Ally Coalition is hosting a series of study groups around the book, Gay Power: An American Revolution by David Eisenbach. The group will meet Sundays, August 9 and 23 and September 6 at 7 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers, 511 E. Pike St. The group will adopt the following format: 10 minute summary, 10 questions, then discussion.

The explosion of Gay visibility following the street rebellion at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 brought tens of thousands of Lesbians and Gay men out of the closets and into headline news around the world for the first time. Never before had so many Gay people at one time stepped into the spotlight of mainstream American politics, culture, and entertainment. More than any city, New York became the center of the new "Gay Power" movement, and served as the focal point for Gay protest and politics for the next decade.

Gay Power chronicles the tumultuous first wave of the modern Gay rights movement. From the first ever Gay student group launched at Columbia University in 1965 to the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activist Alliance, and the vanguard organizations that emerged from the Stonewall Riots, the author draws on archival material and firsthand accounts from individuals who built the movement. Unlike their predecessors, this new generation of Lesbians and Gay men spoke as a community, established political clout with elected officials, appeared openly in the media, demanded equal rights with heterosexuals, and pioneered protest tactics.

This book presents a complex portrait of the birth of the modern Gay rights movement. For more information on the study group, call 206-612-6139 or email queerallycoalition@gmail.com or visit www.queerallycoalition.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.

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) Hate Crimes Rapid Response Network; 3) LGBT Youth Shelter/Housing Proposal with the Mayor's Office; 4) National March for Equality in Washington, DC (October 10-11); 5) 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.

JOBS WITH JUSTICE & LGBTQ ALLYSHIP PRESENT "THE TRUTH SQUAD" STREET THEATER TO SUPPORT REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM
On Thursday, August 27, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the NW corner of Broadway & E. Pike St., join "The Truth Squad," a street theater troupe for real health care reform. "The Truth Squad" will highlight LGBTQ worker health care issues while advocating for the passage of the "Public Option." LGBTQ Allyship and Jobs with Justice will gather signatures thanking Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray for their support of the "Public Option." Come be a signature gatherer!

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.

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.

THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, ABBEY OF ST. JOAN HOST "CRAPTACULAR!" - WEEKEND BIG-ASS RUMMAGE SALE & "BALLS OF FURY" - AN AFTERNOON OF BOWLING, BILLIARDS AND SISTERLY FUN
On Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, from noon to 6 p.m., at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 500 Broadway E., it's the return of the Big-Ass Rummage Sale, the Sisters' annual yard sale extravaganza. Yes, it's more crap than you can shake off your stick - so much you'll probably need two shovels. (No early birds!)

On Saturday, August 29, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., join the Sisters at Garage Billiards, 1130 Broadway, for an afternoon of bowling and billiards. Your $10 donation will raise money for the Sisters' Charity Grant Fund. Go retro and enjoy cocktails at this 21 and over event.

GAY PIONEER SQUARE: COMING OUT FROM UNDERGROUND - AN HISTORIC TOUR
On Saturday, August 29, explore Pioneer Square's past as the center of LGBT life in Seattle. This walking tour begins at 2 p.m. at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S., and lasts approximately three hours. $25 registration on-line at www.seattlearchitecture.org or call 800-838-3006. $30 day-of-tour registration, if space available. 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.

GAY SKATE PARTY IS BACK AT SKATE KING
On Monday, August 31, from 7-10 p.m., come out for an evening of roller skating at Skate King Bellevue, 2301 140th Ave. N.E. - a community event for friends and family, fun and games for all ages. Cost is $8.00 ($5.00 under 18 years) which includes regular skate rental (or bring your own). For more information, call Dirk Haughton, 206-790-2342 or email dirkhaughton@comcast.net.

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.

NW LEATHERSIR/BOY & COMMUNITY BOOTBLACK CONTEST AT THE CUFF LABOR DAY WEEKEND
On Friday, September 4, an informal Meet-and-Greet will be held at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St., to meet the contestants for the NW LeatherSir/Leatherboy and Community Bookblack Contest starting at 9 p.m. The Community Bootblack Contest will also be held at the Cuff Friday evening starting at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, September 5, the Cuff will host the Northwest LeatherSir/Leatherboy Contest, doors at 6 p.m., contest at 7 p.m. Contestants will compete in the categories of: Interview, Leather Image and Speech, Physique and Fantasy.

The Victory Brunch will be held at Lydia's Dungeon on Sunday, September 6, at noon. The Northwest Leather Sir/boy & Community Bookblack Contest is produced by Generic Leather Productions of Washington.

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.

GAY CITY UNIVERSITY IS BACK IN SESSION
On Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., join other Gay, Bi and Trans guys for a day of learning and fun at Gay City University 2009. This year's edition brings brand new offerings, plus some returning favorites. Choose from a wide variety of fascinating classes on sexuality, health, relationships, history, culture, finances and more! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will graciously serve as your cafeteria ladies, and GCU even has a Head Mistress ... so be on your best behavior! GCU is only $25 and includes lunch! Scholarships are available to those in need. So sharpen your pencils, get out your backpacks, and choose your best back-to-school outfit, because Gay City University is back in session! If this is your first time attending Gay City University, bring a friend and experience the day together. For a complete schedule of class offerings and to register, visit www.gaycity.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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