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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.queerallycoalition.org.
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.
REP. JIM MCDERMOTT
TO HOST TOWN HALL ON
HEALTH CARE REFORM
On Tuesday, September 1, from 7-8:30 p.m., (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), at Meany Hall on the University of Washington Campus (near 15th Ave. NE & NE Campus Parkway), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington State's 7th Congressional District) will host a Town Hall discussion on health care reform. The public is invited.
SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB
HOSTS SKILLS CLINIC FOR
FALL 2009 LEAGUE SEASON
On Tuesday, September 1, from 7-9 p.m., the Seattle Volleyball Club will host a Skills Clinic at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., for new players and returning Division 3 & 4 players who have not yet found a team. SVC will be instructing on core volleyball skills and all participants should come ready to play. Team Captains will be on-site to assist with drills and will also be looking for additional players to round out their League Rosters. An additional Skills Clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8. The Fall 2009 League Season will run from Monday, September 21 to Monday, December 7. (The Winter 2010 League Season will run from Monday, January 25 to Monday, March 31.) Seattle Volleyball Club is an organization for Gay volleyball players and their friends. For complete details, visit www.seattlevolleyball.com.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR SEXUAL MINORITIES HOSTS COMMUNITY POTLUCK PICNIC
On Saturday, August 29, from 11 a.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
ABBEY OF ST. JOAN HOST
"CRAPTACULAR!" - WEEKEND BIG-ASS
RUMMAGE SALE &
"BALLS OF FURY" - AN EVENING 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 a 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. It's a community event for friends and family, fun and games for all ages. Cost is $8.00 ($5.00 under 18). Regular skate rental included in cost of admission. Inline skate rental: $4.00 or bring your own skates. For more information, call 425-458-4707.
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 with 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 LEATHER SIR/BOY AND COMMUNITY BOOT BLACK CONTEST
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 Northwest LeatherSir/Leatherboy & Community Bookblack Contest starting at 9 p.m. The Community Bootblack Contest will also be held at the Cuff on Friday, September 4, 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 LeatherSir/Leatherboy & Community Bootblack Contest is produced by Generic Leather Productions of Washington. www.glpw.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.
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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