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REGISTER TO VOTE
If you live in King County and are not registered to vote or need to change your voter registration because you have moved, visit the King County Office of Records and Elections website at www.kingcounty.gov/elections or phone their office at 206-296-8683. There is extensive information about voter registration on their outgoing voice mail if you reach their office after hours. If you live outside of King County, visit the Washington Secretary of State's website at www.secstate.wa.gov and scroll down to the "Register to Vote" link in the home page's "Most Requested Info" category or call the Elections Division at 360-902-4180.

Deadline for mail-in registration is 30 days before the November 3 General Election. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than Saturday, October 3 to meet the deadline. If you miss the 30-day mail-in registration deadline, you can still register in person 15 days before the November 3 General Election at the King County Elections office in Renton. Contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division for 15-day in-person registration locations in other counties.

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.

GENDER ODYSSEY 2009 BBQ SOCIAL FOR THE GLBT COMMUNITY & ALLIES
On Sunday, September 6, at 6 p.m., join Gender Odyssey conference participants at a community BBQ, at Central Lutheran Church, 1710 11th Ave., 1 block north of E. Pine St. across from Cal Anderson Park. Free with conference badge or $10 suggested donation without. Vegan options, alcohol-free, no host beverage service. Everyone welcome!

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.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get 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.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB HOSTS SKILLS CLINIC FOR FALL 2009 LEAGUE SEASON
On Tuesday, September 8, 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.

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 queerallycoalition@gmail.com or visit www.queerallycoalition.org.

POZSEATTLE HOSTS MONTHLY POZ SOCIAL
On Wednesday, September 9, from 6-8 p.m., join POZSeattle at The Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pine St. on the back patio for BBQ, socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, 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.

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: 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.

GAY CITY HOSTS "QUEERITUALITY" READING & DISCUSSION GROUP
On Wednesday, September 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., join Gay City's monthly reading and discussion group about Gay/Bi men's spirituality. Men of all faith traditions (or none) are welcome! To learn more, contact peter@gaycity.org.

"BLITZ" - CAPITOL HILL'S 2ND THURSDAY ART WALK
On Thursday, September 10, from 5-8 p.m., come sample art offerings on a walk through the neighborhood. "Blitz" features a dynamic range of visual and performing arts in venues throughout the neighborhood including galleries, coffee shops, private studios, and street corners. This month's venues include: Grey Gallery, Vermillion, The Copper Vine, Toys in Babeland, Office Nomads, Whimsy Home Decor. Produced by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. For information and maps: www.blitzcapitolhill.com.

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.

JON GINOLI TO READ & PERFORM AT BAILEY/COY BOOKS
On Thursday, September 10, at 7 p.m., Jon Ginoli, a member of the legendary Queer Punk group Pansy Division, will be reading from his new book, Deflowered: My Life in the Pansy Division, at Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E. Jon will also play an acoustic solo set at the event. FREE.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES BEGINS NEW MAINSTREAM LEVEL CLASS
Puddletown Squares, Seattle's LGBT square dancing club, has just started a new MainStream level class. The first class was Thursday, September 3, but there's still time to join this new series as they will be reviewing everything they introduced in the first class on Thursday, September 10.

The MainStream lessons will run for 20 weeks (September to early February) from 7-9:30 p.m. each week, which gives plenty of time to review the previous week's calls, learn a few new ones and get plenty of practice!

Classes will be held on Beacon Hill at The Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S., and is easily accessible by car, bus (#36, #38 & #60) and light rail (3 blocks northwest of the McClellan Street Station).

Cost is $130 for 50 hours of lessons. (Plus, beginning lessons include several "perks" which amount to more than an additional $100 value!) You can even enjoy the next two weeks FREE, before committing to the series. And to make joining easier, arrangements can be made to make weekly or monthly payments, if needed.

If you're planning to join the class, please email them at puddletownsqmc@yahoo.com.

For complete information about Puddletown Squares and the MainStream level lessons, visit www.iagsdc.org/puddletown. If you have any other questions, please contact them via email. Puddletown Squares has been a part of Seattle's LGBT community for over 26 years.

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.

18TH ANNUAL PIERCE COUNTY AIDS WALK
On Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Pierce County AIDS Foundation sponsors the 18th annual Pierce County AIDS Walk, a 2.5 mile walk starting and ending at the University of Washington's Tacoma Campus, 1900 Commerce St. For more information, visit www.piercecountyaids.org.

23RD & UNION NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN SWEEP
On Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., join your neighbors to help clean-up the 23rd & Union neighborhood. A free BBQ will be held for participants after the clean-up! Sponsored by the Seattle Neighborhood Group and the East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS WITH BOBBI KOTULA & WAXIE MOON
On Saturday, September 12, at 8 p.m., the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, presents Captain Smartypants, the Seattle Men's Chorus' comic musical ensemble, in "Air Smarty" with guest stars Bobbi Kotula and Waxie Moon. For more information and tickets, call 425-893-9900 or visit www.kpcenter.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. Remaining play dates will be September 13, 20 and 27, and October 4. For complete details, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.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. Produced by 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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