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posted Friday, November 13, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 46

Northwest News
Compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

'PROJECT PIE' LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE'S THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE
Dozens of Northwest bakers, chefs and caterers are donating their time, talent and resources to provide apple, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies for Project Pie. Order as many pies as you need for your Thanksgiving table and/or order a pie to be placed on a Lifelong AIDS Alliance client's table. Pies will be ready for pick up on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 24 & 25. Each pie is $25 with proceeds benefitting Chicken Soup Brigade and Lifelong AIDS Alliance's client programs. For more information and to order a pie, visit www.projectpie.org. Deadline for ordering pies is this weekend. Their advertising campaign and website says deadline is Friday, November 13, although there may be some wiggle room over the weekend and into Monday morning. Lifelong AIDS Alliance can be reached at 206-328-8979.

BENT MENTOR SHOWCASE WITH LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASHINHA
On Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, Bent hosts a showcase of LGBTIQ spoken word at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 2700 24th Ave. E., doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30. www.brownpapertickets.com/85356 and at the door. A writing workshop will also be held Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, 1002 E. Seneca St.

The showcase and writing workshop will feature Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a Queer Sri Lankan writer, teacher and performer whose work explores the interconnection of systems of colonialism, abuse and violence. www.bentwriting.com.

APPROVE REFERENDUM 71 COMMUNITY VICTORY! & THANK-YOU RALLY
On Saturday, November 14, starting at noon at Westlake Center Park, 4th Ave. & Pine St., join us in celebrating our historic win and thanking the community for their dedication and support. Speakers will include Lt. Dan Choi, members of the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign, and respected community leaders. Sponsored by the Seattle Out Protest Coalition and Seattle Gay News, UW Students Organizing for LGBT Equality (S.O.L.E.), Join the Impact, Pride at Work, Approve Ref. 71 Campaign, Seattle OUTprotest, Seattle International Socialist Organization, Seattle University Triangle Club, and Entre Hermanos.

COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL TO SAVE THE BASIC HEALTH PLAN
On Saturday, November 14, from 2-4 p.m., Sisters Organize for Survival, a campaign of Radical Women, will host a "Community Tribunal to Save the Basic Health Plan," at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. (one block east of Rainier Ave. S., between S. Alaska St. and S. Oregon St., across from the Rainier Playfield).

Governor Christine Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature have slashed $238 million from the budget for the Basic Health Plan. Rate hikes that go into effect on January 1 will force thousands to lose coverage.

Take part in a people's court. The charge: Governor Gregoire and the State Legislature have abandoned poor and working people. Hear from individuals and health care workers impacted by the budget cuts; come tell your story; join the campaign to preserve and expand Basic Health. 206-722-6057; www.RadicalWomen.org.

"SOUTH PACIFIC" - THE 2009 TASTE OF GSBA
On Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10 p.m., join the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the Greater Seattle LGBT Chamber of Commerce, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave., between Pike and Union Sts., for the most delicious event of the season - the 2009 TASTE of GSBA.

Come sip the winning Pearl Vodka cocktail and TASTE delectable delights from 11 local restaurants and catering companies; bid on exclusive dinners by celebrity chefs, Tamara Murphy of Brasa and Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy among many fine auction items; enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner - all in support of the GSBA scholarship fund. Think swaying palms, tropical breezes, grass skirts and colorful shirts and you will be in the South Pacific theme.

Advance tickets are $165-GSBA members; $180-nonmembers; $100-students; walk-ins are $20 more at the door. Dress is black tie with a tropical flair. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

ACLU 2009 BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION DINNER TO HONOR PHIL BEREANO, LOCAL GAY ACTIVIST
On Saturday, November 14, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington hosts their annual Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner - reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., program at 8 p.m. - at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. Hear one of the nation's premier defense attorneys, Seattle-based Jeffery Robinson, speak about his numerous trips to Guantanamo Bay Prison to represent detainees, overcoming extraordinary obstacles and conditions in pursuit of justice and due process. Join us for this fascinating and important look inside the walls of Guantanamo. The celebration dinner will also honor local heroes whose personal efforts have advanced freedom and fairness for all.

"The William O. Douglas Award is given for outstanding, consistent and sustained contributions to the cause of civil liberties; it is our lifetime achievement award. For 2009, the Award is presented to Phil Bereano for decades of activism and his prescient advocacy on issues of technology and civil liberties. Bereano has been an activist in the Seattle LGBT community for many years.

"The Civil Libertarian Award honors people who have made a recent outstanding contribution to the ACLU-WA or civil liberties in Washington State. The 2009 Award will be presented to Seattle attorneys, Jeffery Robinson and Amanda Lee, for their work on the John Adams Project to represent the high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

"The Youth Activist Award is presented to a young person (22 or younger) or group of young people whose activism exemplifies work to defend and extend liberty and justice for all. The Award will be presented to Colin Moyer for challenging the teaching of creationism in his science class and for promoting freedom of speech at his school."

Tickets are $65 and can be reserved at 206-624-2184 or www.aclu-wa.org.

"ABORTION, MORALITY & THE LIBERATION OF WOMEN"
On Saturday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m., Revolution Books, 89 S. Washington St., presents a panel and discussion with Marcy Bloom, reproductive rights organizer in Mexico and former executive director of Aradia Women's Health Center, and Margo Heights, Revolution Books. FREE.

2009 MR. MISS & MS. GAY SEATTLE PAGEANT
On Saturday, November 14, door at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents the 2009 Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Seattle Pageant, at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Harvard and Broadway off E. Pike St.) $20 requested donation. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

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 Saturdays, November 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 at brownpapertickets.com, 1-800-838-3006, and at the door.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER PRESENTS "BOOTS & BUZZCUTS PLUS UNIFORM MUSTER"
On Saturday, November 14, from 8 p.m.-midnight, Seattle Men in Leather presents "Boots & Buzzcuts plus Uniform Muster," at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St., with proceeds from buzzcuts by Chez and James and bootblacking by Kelley, Scott and Diamond Jack to benefit the Seattle Men in Leather charity for 2009, Lambert House, Seattle's LGBT Youth Resource Center. www.seattlemeninleather.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.

"SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION"
Starting Tuesday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m., Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party hosts a free seven-week discussion series on a new anthology, Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. These essays by dykes, drag queens, Transsexuals, and Queers of color, who built the radical movement of sexual minorities in the 1960s and '70s, provide often overlooked insights into modern queer history and useful lessons for today's Generation Q activists. For more information, 206-722-2453 or www.socialism.com/seattle. Wheelchair accessible.

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: 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.

TRANSGENDER DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE - NOV. 18-20
Transgender Day of Remembrance has been set aside in November to honor and remember those who were killed due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice.

There are several Transgender Days of Remembrance events scheduled in Seattle this year and one in Tacoma.

On Wednesday, November 18, from 5-7 p.m., the University of Washington Q Center will host a panel discussion titled "Working Toward Justice from a Place of Grief," at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE. Come join local community activists about working with and through grief to engage in anti-oppression work.

On Wednesday, November 18, from 6-9 p.m., the Ravenna United Methodist Church, 5753 33rd Ave. NE, will host an evening program starting at 6 p.m. with a documentary, "Naming Jennifer," a documentary film by Scott Rice and Steven Lane about a Missoula, MT Transgendered women who died a brutal death, the questions surrounding her death, and the intolerance of the local law enforcement community in refusing to investigate her death. At 7:15 p.m., Peterson Toscano's Transfigurations, will be performed. In this one-person play, theatrical performance artist, Peterson Toscano, unearths Transgender Bible characters - those people who do not fit in the gender binary, and who in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some of the Bible's most important stories. At 8:30 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held with a reading of the names of those lost this year in anti-gender variant violence.

On Thursday, November 19, the Gender Alliance of the South Sound will host their 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial at 6:30 p.m., at the Tacoma Rainbow Center, 741 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.

On Friday, November 20, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., the UW Q Center's conference room, Schmitz Hall, 15th Ave NE & NE Campus Pkwy, Room 450, will be set aside as a quiet remembering space. 206-897-1430; uwqcenter@gmail.com.

On Friday, November 20, the UW Q Center will host a "Die-In" Rally from 12-12:30 p.m., at Red Square - by Kane Hall and the Odegaard and Suzzallo libraries on the UW campus. Meet at noon by the "Broken Obelisk" sculpture at the NE corner of Red Square for pre-action training/orientation.

On Friday, November 20, the UW Q Center will host a candlelight vigil, at 6 p.m. in front of the UW's entrance stairs at Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific St. "This will be a space to show our love and respect for those murdered due to anti-Transgender hatred - 105 this year alone." The vigil will include an open mic for those with a poem, prayer, song or loving words.

Entre Hermanos invites you to participate on Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m., at 1505 Broadway, to celebrate and remember Transgender Day with a group conversation, entertainment and food. 206-322-7700.

Te invitamos a participar el viernes 20 de noviembre a las 7pm en Entre Hermanos, 1505 Broadway, para celebrar y conmemorar el dia de la/el transgénero, con una amena conversación, entretenimiento y comida. Te esperamos! 206-322-7700.

RISE N' SHINE PICTIONARY DRAW-OFF
On Wednesday, November 18, from 8-10 p.m., the Broadway Grill, 314 Broadway E., hosts a Pictionary Draw-Off Game Night to benefit Rise n' Shine, a local nonprofit supporting children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS. Win a dinner for 4 at the Broadway Grill. Top teams have a chance to win a holiday party for 50 at the Broadway Grill. For more information and to register your team of 4, contact Lauren Henry at 206-628-8949 ext 211 or email Lauren@risenshine.org or online at www.risenshine.org/events. Registration is $40 per team ($10 per person).

"PASSPORT TO WASHINGTON WINE" TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
On Thursday, November 19, from 5-7 p.m., join Kimpton Hotels Seattle for their annual Red Ribbon event to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance. The Hotel Vintage Park, Alexis Hotel and Hotel Monaco will host an interactive wine tasting experience at Seattle's only Washington wine-themed hotel, the Hotel Vintage Park, 1100 Fifth Ave.

With passport in hand, guests will embark on a virtual tour of Washington wine country throughout the boutique hotel, mingling with representatives from 13 premier Washington wineries pouring from their dedicated guest rooms with perfectly paired bites prepared by Executive Chef Walter Pisano of Tulio Ristorante. The party continues at Tulio with a special three-course prix fixe dinner.

Incredible raffle prizes include two Southwest Airlines tickets, a stay at the Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma, two Amtrak tickets and a stay at the Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, two tickets to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, two tickets to the Seattle Art Museum, and more!

Wine tasting is $30 (includes etched keepsake wine glass) - RSVP to brandyn.hull@kimptonhotels.com or 206-340-6678; wine dinner at Tulio is $60 (reservation required) - RSVP to 206-624-5500 or www.tulio.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.

SEATTLE'S 2ND ANNUAL RED DRESS PARTY TO BENEFIT HIV/AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
On Saturday, November 21, Seattle's second annual Red Dress Party will be held from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. at the South Lake Union Naval Reserve Center, 860 Terry Ave. N. Beneficiaries for this year's event are Multifaith Works, Gay City Health Project and Seattle Humane Society's "Pet Project." A portion of the proceeds will also go to sponsor Seattle's World AIDS Day.

While the color red is commonly accepted as the international symbol of AIDS awareness, the Seattle Red Dress Party builds on that idea by encouraging all guests, despite age, gender or sexual orientation, to attend the event and wear a red dress. The visual of all attendees donning red dresses whether male, female, Gay, straight, old or young, serves as a powerful symbol of solidarity of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The event will kick off at 9 p.m. with musical guests, The Perry Twins. Red dress required; attitude optional. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are: $25 advance, $35 at the door; VIP $50 advance; $60 at the door. www.seattlereddressparty.org; www.twitter.com/seattlereddress.

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 12-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.

SEATTLE OUT AND PROUD SEEKING BOARD & WORKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) producers of Seattle's LGBT Pride Parade is expanding and looking for passionate, committed volunteers to serve on the committee. For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org, email boarddev@seattlepride.org or call 206-322-9561.

"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 Ken@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *811.



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