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posted Friday, October 16, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 42

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IN PERSON VOTER REGISTRATION STILL POSSIBLE UNTIL OCTOBER 26 FOR NOVEMBER 3 GENERAL ELECTION

IF YOU HAVE MOVED BUT HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A CHANGE OF ADDRESS YOU CAN STILL GET A BALLOT SENT TO YOU


If you are not currently registered to vote in Washington State and you want to vote in the November 3 General Election, you can still register to vote, but YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE IN PERSON, no later than Monday, October 26.

If you live in King County, drop by the King County Elections Office at 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila (a couple blocks north of the Museum of Flight). The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is located on the Metro bus line 124 which travels between downtown Seattle and Federal Way. For more information, call the King County Elections Office, 206-296-8683 or visit their website at www.kingcounty.gov/elections for more information. (The King County Elections Office will be closed on Monday, October 11.)

If you live outside of King County, call the Secretary of State's Elections Division at 360-902-4180 or visit their website at www.secstate.wa.gov and scroll down to the "Register to Vote" link in the home page's "Most Requested Info" category for the location of your county elections office.

If you are registered to vote in Washington State but have moved since you registered and haven't submitted a formal voter registration change of address, contact the King County Elections Office or the Secretary of State's Elections Division to find out how to obtain a ballot to vote in the November 3, General Election.

MULTIFAITH WORKS SHANTI AND CARETEAM PROGRAMS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Most of us have known people in our community who have been affected by either AIDS or addiction. Many of us have watched as acquaintances have retreated into isolation due to stigmatization of who they are or who they are perceived to be. Two local programs that excel in providing support to isolated members of our GLBTQ community are the Shanti and CareTeam programs at Multifaith Works, an agency that welcomes volunteers and clients of any cultural, sexual or spiritual orientation.

Both programs are a mainstay for companionship and support in the lives of many people within the LGBTQ community. Both programs are in dire need of more volunteers to serve a growing waitlist of individuals needing support. Can you help?

The CareTeam training for new volunteers is Saturday, October 10. The next Shanti training takes place the weekends of October 17, 18 and 24, 25. For information on these programs and how to become involved, visit www.multifaith.org or call 206-324-1520. Shanti Program Coordinator, ext 228. CareTeam Program Coordinator, ext 226.

SEATTLE LGBT EQUALITY WEEKEND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, join SeattleOUTProtest organizers and the Seattle LGBT Community for a weekend of activities in solidarity with the National Equality March being held in Washington, DC, October 10-11.

On Saturday, October 10, workshops focused on issues and topics facing our community will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seattle University, Pigott Building, 12th Ave. & E. Marion St., with an emphasis on involvement. An HIV/AIDS vigil will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the SCCC South Plaza, Broadway & E. Pine St.

On Sunday, October 11, the Seattle Equality March & Rally will be held at Volunteer Park, 14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St., starting at 2 p.m. , with the rally at 5 p.m., at the Federal Building, 7th & Stewart St. In the evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., celebrate the weekend at the Generation Q MEGA Mixer, at Sole Repair Shop, 1001 E. Pike St. www.SeattleOUTProtest.org.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE - SPARKS OF GLORY: "CAMP SONGS"
Music of Remembrance's concert-with-commentary series explores connections between Holocaust musicians and the Seattle Art Museum's exhibit, "Burden of History," featuring live chamber music performances of Paul Schoenfield's "Camp Songs" (Angela Niederloh, mezzo soprano; Erich Parce, baritone), Ernest Bloch's soulful "Prayer" for double bass, and Gideon Klein's stirring "Duo" for violin and cello. This FREE concert-with-commentary will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 2 p.m., at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheef Auditorium, First Ave. & University St.

SOUTH SEATTLE LGBTQ NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS & FAMILIES COMMUNITY BUILDING BBQ & POTLUCK
On Saturday, October 10, from 4-8 p.m., the South East Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St. at Rainier Ave. S., invites Southend LGBTQ neighbors, friends and families to a community building BBQ and potluck at the Center.

Meet other LGBTQ people in the Southend neighborhood, learn about SESSC's desire to expand its community outreach, eat delicious food, dance and have fun. Children and grandchildren are welcome.

Burgers, hot dogs, vegi burgers and condiments will be provided. Bring side dishes, drinks (wine and beer are welcome) and ideas for connecting in the community.

The event is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, call 206-722-0317 or visit ruthe@seniorservices.org.

SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE GALA DINNER & DANCE
On Saturday, October 10, celebrate Seattle Counseling Service's 40th anniversary with fun and elegance and special surprise guests, including SCS founders and other dignitaries too numerous to mention. The gala will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave. at Pike St., with reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The celebration continues till midnight.

Tickets are $125 per person, with $25 discount for hosted tables. For more information and to RSVP, call 206-323-1768 or visit www.seattlecounseling.org.

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH PRESENTS ANNUAL MATTHEW SHEPARD SERMON
On Sunday, Occtober 11, Nat Brown will be preaching the annual Matthew Shepard sermon at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 8th Ave. Trinity is an Out and Affirming Congregation.

"PASSION FOR THE CURE" ART SHOW TO BENEFIT SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE
Art expressing hope, awareness and a celebration of life will be on display at the C Art Gallery, 855 Hiawatha Pl. S. through Sunday, October 18. View and purchase the work of over 30 artists as they share their gifts and their passion to help eradicate breast cancer. This exhibit serves to bring hope and awareness about early detection and celebrates the lives of women who have survived breast cancer. Proceeds from art sales will support the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The gallery is open Sunday, 12-5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m., and by appointment. For more info, email c.artgallery@gmail.com or call 206-322-9374.

SKI BUDDIES POTLUCK KICKS OFF 2009-2010 SEASON
On Sunday, October 11, from 6-9 p.m., at All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway E. at E. Republican St., join Ski Buddies for their first potluck of the season. For more details about Ski Buddies and their planned trips and winter outdoor activities, visit www.skibuddies.org.

KCTS TV PRESENTS IN THE LIFE TV'S SEASON PREMIERE
On Sunday, October 11, at midnight, KCTS-TV, Channel 9, will broadcast In the Life's season premiere episode, "Living on the Margins." 40 years after the Stonewall Uprising, the LGBT movement is more visible than ever. But many Queer people who do not conform to the image of gender, race and class most pervasive in the media, remain largely invisible - even to the movement. This month In the Life looks at how LGBT people living on the economic margins of our society are organizing themselves to find housing, improve their professional skills, and obtain employment and health care. In addition to viewing this television broadcast, In the Life can be viewed online at www.inthelifetv.org.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB FALL 2009 LEAGUE SEASON
The Seattle Volleyball Club 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.

SEATTLE REP PRESENTS THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER
On Monday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., presents The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. This staged reading is an 80-minute epilogue to The Laramie Project, the groundbreaking play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old Gay man, in Laramie, Wyoming. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later focuses on the lasting effects of Shepard's murder on the small town. The epilogue was written after members of the Tectonic Theatre Project returned to Laramie to find out what had happened since their initial visit. The reading will be held concurrently in over 100 theatres across the globe including all 50 states, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia. This event is FREE and open to the general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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 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: 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.

Q-LAW WINE & CHEESE NETWORKING SOCIAL & APPROVE REF. 71 UPDATE
On Thursday, October 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., join QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, at Poco Wine Room, 1408 E. Pine St., for a special wine and cheese networking social. Along with your business cards, please bring your taste for interesting wines, good food, fun, and great networking opportunities. Hear about the "state of the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign" from an insider's voice and help support the campaign. www.q-law.org.

APPROVE REF. 71 PARTY WITH A PURPOSE AT BOTTLENECK LOUNGE
On Thursday, October 15, from 8 p.m.-midnight, drop by The BottleNeck Lounge, 2328 E. Madison St., and enjoy a draft beer or two or a Skyy 71 Martini to raise money for the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign. 100% of the proceeds from every draft beer sold during this event will go directly to Washington Families Standing Together as the organization rallies Washington State voters to preserve domestic partnership rights in Washington State.

JA! YES! TO APPROVE REF. 71 FUNDRAISING BENEFIT AT BALMAR IN BALLARD
On Friday, October 16, from 7-9 p.m., drop by the BalMar, 5449 Ballard Ave. NW, for Kwanchai's "Ja! Yes! to Approve Ref. 71" fundraising benefit for the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign. With their usual magic touch, the event division of Kwanchai Design will transform the venue into an awe-inspiring one, with decor to set a festive experience. Enjoy live entertainment and DJ and a fundraising raffle. A $10 VIP pass will entitle guests to appetizer and cocktail specials. VIP passes can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call 206-262-1022 or visit www.kwanchai.net.

NEW CITY THEATER PRESENTS CLIT NOTES BY HOLLY HUGHES
New City Theater, 1404 18th Ave. at E. Union St., presents Clit Notes by Holly Hughes, performed by Jessica Robinson. Writes Hughes, "The first time I was in love with another woman? Actually, she was a woman; I was just thirteen. In fact, this little anecdote might have a happier ending if there'd been some sort of Gay youth organization in my hometown. Some sort of North American Woman-Girl Love Association. But, nooooo! The men, they get everything good. The Lesbian chicken, who worries about them, huh?" The play will be performed Fridays, October 16, 23 and 30 (with an extended run possible), at 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 at brownpapertickets.com, 1-800-838-3006, and at the door.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP HOSTS AUTHOR OF BASHED AT NEXT MEETING
On Saturday, October 17, from 1-2 p.m., Rick R. Reed, author of Bashed, will meet with members of the Q-Squared Book Group at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. Bashed is the story of a Gay hate crime and its aftermath. Q-Squared Book Group is open to anyone who is interested in Gay literature and is always seeking new members. www.qsquared.org.

SEATTLE MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM AT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
On Saturday, October 17, the Capitol Hill Community Council presents a Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum, with Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan, from 4-6 p.m., at Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium - enter campus on 12th Ave. & E. Marion St.

Q-LAW FALL MENTORSHIP EVENT
QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington State, invites you to participate in its fall 2009 mentor/mentee program! Law students and new lawyers in Washington State are encouraged and invited to sign up for Q-Law's mentor program, which pairs you with an experienced LGBT or LGBT-friendly attorney. LGBT or LGBT-friendly attorneys are needed to serve as mentors. Please consider donating your time to make a difference in the professional development of our new lawyers and lawyers to be. A kickoff reception will be held the evening of October 19 at Seattle University Law School. Although attendance is encouraged at this event, it is not required in order to become a mentee or mentor. To sign up to be either a mentor or mentee, please visit the QLaw website, www.q-law.org. The sign up deadline is Wednesday, October 14. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Beane, chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee, at lso@q-law.org.

WICKED WOMYN CONFERENCE
Wicked Womyn 2009, a bi-annual leather women's conference in Seattle, will be held on the weekend of October 23-25 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The event is open to all past, present and future women who can respect and honor a woman's SM/BDSM play space, education and fun. The event will include a meet and greet and auction, vendors, 16 workshops, and evening play parties with 250+ sexy attendees expected. For more information and to register, please visit www.wickedwomyn.com.

DYKE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS TURNS 21! - HOSTS FREE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, October 24, from 5-9:30 p.m., enjoy an evening of fine food and entertainment - with Anzanga, Chrystos, Katrina Pestano, Sankofa, Sistah Drum, and Sheila Fox - at the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S. - followed by dancing. There will be networking opportunities, an activism timeline, literature tables, and video interviews. This FREE event is wheelchair accessible with ASL interpretation. For more information, contact 206-722-0729 or google Dyke Community Activists Seattle. Sponsored by DCA and Crow Legacy.

HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER WILL HOST FREE 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT FOR SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN DECEMBER 4-6
Harmony Hill's cancer retreats are weekend residential programs that help those facing cancer, and their loved ones, cope with the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of cancer. The Sexual Minority Women Cancer Retreat is designed specifically to meet the needs of Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender women in an environment that is safe and supportive.

Harmony Hill's twelve-acre facility on Hood Canal, in Union, WA, offers a tranquil retreat environment of gardens, nature trails, labyrinths, and spectacular mountain and water views. Participants enjoy whole-food meals grown in Harmony Hill's gardens or from local farmers.

Space is limited to 20 participants and is filled on a first-come first-served basis. Those placed on the waiting list will be notified as space becomes available. Cancer participants may have one companion/support person attend with them. All Harmony Hill Cancer Retreats are offered at no cost to participants. For more details and to register, visit www.harmonyhill.org.

"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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