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SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION LGBT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
www.safeschoolscoalition.org/RG-scholarships.html

FREE RÉSUMÉ AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library to offer résumé and job search workshops at the downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Room 4 on Level 4. The one-hour workshops are conveniently scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays. No registration is required, but seating may be limited. For more information, contact the Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636, www.spl.org, or South Seattle Community College WorkSource at 206-764-5304, www.southseattle.edu.

RAINBOW FAMILIES OF PUGET SOUND PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, February 13, from 9-11:30 a.m., Rainbow Families of Puget Sound hosts their annual fundraiser, "For the Love of Pancakes," at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, email Tracy at tracy@tracykalloway.com.

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY HOME GAMES
The Seattle Quake Rugby hosts 3 homes games this season on Saturdays, February 13 (vs. Microsoft), February 27 (vs. Orsu), and April 3 (vs. Corvallis). All games are played at Magnuson Park, Field #5, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Kickoff at 1 p.m. Spectators welcome! www.quakerugby.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE PRESENTS CORONATION 2010 - "THE PRESIDENT'S BALL: A STAR-SPANGLED AFFAIR"
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents Coronation 2010 - "The President's Ball: A Star-Spangled Affair" on Saturday, February 13. The gala affair, which includes a complete dinner, will be held at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St., starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Coronation Ball are $55.

On Friday, February 12, the Court presents the Out of Town Show, 7 p.m., at Neighbours, with fine drag entertainment performed by visiting dignitaries from Imperial Courts in the Northwest region outside of Seattle.

A Victory Brunch celebrating Seattle's new reigning monarchs will be held on Sunday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m., at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel. For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, ABBEY OF ST. JOAN, HOST MARDI GRAS EVENTS AT THE CUFF
On Saturday, February 13, from 9 p.m. to close, join the Sisters for a "Mardi Gras Debaucherade" at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. This will be a dance resplendent with beads and flesh. Wear your mask and feathers, but leave most of your clothes at home.

The party continues at The Cuff on Tuesday, February 16, from 8 p.m. to close, with the "Mardi Gras Masquerade." Enjoy costume contest with cash prize, raffle prizes, souvenir beads, drink specials, photos with the Sisters and models from DV8 casting.

Proceeds from the Sisters' Mardi Gras events will benefit the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture and the Sisters' Play Fair! Project. www.theabbey.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, February 15, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy an evening of roller skating at Bellevue Skate King, 2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue, at this LGBTQ community social event for friends and family. Cost is $8 at the door; $5 under 18. Regular skate rentals: FREE. Inline skate rentals: $4 or bring your own skates. For more information and directions, call 425-458-4707. Next Gay Skate Party is Monday, March 15. www.GaySkateSeattle.com; info@gayskateseattle.com.

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY CALENDAR SIGNING EVENT
On Monday, February 15, from 7-10 p.m., join the Seattle Quake Rugby team at The BottleNeck Lounge, 2328 E. Madison St., to pick up a signed copy of the 2010 Seattle Quake Calendar. This could be your last chance to snag a copy, so come and support a hooker or scrumhalf, flyback, fullback, etc. Enjoy beer specials and players in kit.

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.

29TH ANNUAL GSBA BUSINESS & HUMANITARIAN AWARDS BANQUET
On Wednesday, February 17, at 5:30 p.m., the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Seattle's LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce, hosts their 29th annual GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Banquet - "GSBA: The Place to Be, To Connect and To Give" - at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St. "We are thrilled to honor some outstanding recipients: leaders who have left their indelible mark in business, social advocacy and philanthropy. We also welcome keynote speaker and business pioneer Judy Dlugacz, founder of Olivia Music and Olivia Cruises, with MC Gary Tucker, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and special remarks by US Senator Maria Cantwell." Tickets: $130-GSBA members; $145-nonmembers; $75-students. To register and for more information, call 206-363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.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: February - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood; March - The Pure and the Impure by Colette. 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.

TWISTED! COMEDY SHOW AT COMEDY UNDERGROUND
On Wednesday, February 17, at 8 p.m., TK Kasnick hosts "TWISTED!," a "Sex Positive Community" Comedy Show, at the Comedy Underground, 109 S. Washington St., featuring Solomon Georgio. Tickets are $10 at the door. Must be 18+ and 21+ to purchase alcohol. Wear something sexy!

"TWISTED!," a sex positive event, questions and stretches the 1950s sex/sexuality morals prevalent in America. Comedians and variety acts from the LGBTQA and BDSM communities sizzle with suggestibility and laughter. TK Kasnick, a Bisexual comedienne from both communities, hosts the show with a hot sensuality that must be experienced. Every month, a different theme and a different experience from BDSM play will be demonstrated, courtesy of the Center for Sex Positive Culture - www.sexpositiveculture.org. Next show on 3/24. www.comedyunderground.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.

GRAND OPENING PARTY FOR GAY CITY LGBT LIBRARY & LGBT RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
On Thursday, February 18, from 6-8 p.m., join Gay City staff and volunteers at the Gay City Health Project offices, 511 E. Pike St., for the launch of their new LGBT Library (which includes the collection previously managed by the Seattle LGBT Community Center) and the LGBT Resource & Referral Line (206-323-LGBT). Refreshments will be served.

The library is a collection of about 2,000 books, and includes fiction, poetry, memoir, Queer studies, Transgender studies, law, civil rights, HIV, and more. The library will be a drop-in space for people to sit, read, discuss, and learn more about the LGBT community.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE AND LGBT LIBRARY
Gay City Health Project's newest program needs your help! They have taken charge of the 323-LGBT community resource line and need your help to make it successful! Some duties include answering phones, connecting people to resources, updating material for their records, checking out books and reshelving. If you are interested, please contact Susan at 206-388-1707 or email her at susan@gaycity.org.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, February 20, at 1 p.m., the Q-Squared Book Group will meet at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., to discuss Felice Picano's novel, Like People in History. Edmund White said of the book, "This is the big novel we've been waiting for - the Gay Gone With the Wind. It's the heroic and funny saga of the last three decades by someone who saw everything and forgot nothing." Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.

43RD DISTRICT LEGISLATORS HOST TOWN HALL MEETING
On Saturday, February 20, from 1:30-3 p.m., the 43rd District legislative delegation - House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Ed Murray, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen - will host a local town hall meeting at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. The three lawmakers will provide an update on the 2010 Legislative Session and take questions from constituents. The lawmakers expect a range of questions on issues before the Legislature, such as how to resolve the state's budget crisis and the replacement of the SR 520 bridge.

The event is free and open to all constituents of the 43rd Legislative District, which includes Capitol Hill, University District, Madison Valley, Washington Park, Broadmoor, Madison Park, Montlake, Wallingford and parts of Fremont, Ravenna, Denny Regrade and downtown Seattle.

The 2010 Legislative Session began in January and will continue through mid-March.

CALLING ALL QUEER AND TRANS YOUTH: QUEER YOUTH SPACE IN SEATTLE - HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!
On Saturday, February 20, from 3-6 p.m, come imagine and shape Queer Youth Space in Seattle at the "Queer Youth Mutiny" meeting at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Room BE-1110. Bring your voice, your politics, and your perspective and help create a space or spaces for Queer youth, led by youth. www.queeryouthspace.com.

GAY BINGO TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Lifelong AIDS Alliance's long-running Gay Bingo season continues on Saturday, February 20 with "Racy and Lacy Bingo" at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. - doors at 6 p.m., game starts promptly at 7 p.m. The season continues on March 20 is "When in Rome Gay Bingo," April 17 is "Biker Babe Gay Bingo," May 22 is "Blue Hair Gay Bingo," and June 19 is "Beach Blanket Gay Bingo." Tickets are $25 and a full bar will be available. Due to Washington State Liquor Control regulations, all guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo website at www.gaybingoseattle.com for more information and to buy your tickets. Or contact Gay Bingo at 206-323-0069 or gaybingo@llaa.org

NUBIAN PRIDE PAGEANT
On Saturday, February 20, Nubian Pride Productions, a newly formed GLBT organization, presents the Nubian Pride Pageant, an ALL-AGES event, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91388. The event will be hosted by Regine Dynasty with a grand prize of $800. A 21+ after party will be held starting around 9 p.m. For more information, email nubianpride@gmail.com.

"DON'T BOX ME IN: DIVERSITY IN GENDER & SEXUALITY" - THE 2010 PACIFIC NW RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK GATHERING
On Sunday, February 21, from 1:15 p.m.- 8 p.m., the Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network will host their annual gathering at the Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA.

In past years PNW-RMN has held workshops that dealt with people who are Gay, Lesbian or Transgender. These were important moments to learn more about the people who are family members, friends and neighbors. At this year's gathering you can learn more about sex and gender as it applies to those who may consider themselves Bisexual, "gender fluid" or Intersex.

If you have been curious about these issues, here is a place to ask your questions about gender, sexuality and how the wide diversity of gender and sexuality are encompassed within a Christian community. Bring yourselves, your loved ones and your questions. For more information, visit http://2010-pnwrmn-gathering.notlong.com or call Jeff at 206-634-2444.

SISTERS ORGANIZE FOR SURVIVAL
Sisters Organize for Survival is working on a campaign to save the WA State Basic Health Plan. Upcoming meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email rwseattle@mindspring.com.

QUEER FOUNDATION OFFERING THREE $1,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
To the top essayists in the 2010 high school seniors English essay contest, $1,000 scholarships are available for studies in Queer theory or a related field at the U.S. college or university of their choice in 2010-11. For complete information, visit http://queerfoundation.org/Documents/essay_contest.html. Application deadline is February 26, 2010.

GAY OL' PURIM PARTY
On Sunday, February 28, Kolenu hosts Seattle's annual GLBTQ Purim Party at Pravda Studios, 1406 10th Ave. E. With DJ Mathematix, Purim Burlesque by Honeysuckle, singer-songwriter Moorea Malatt, costume contest with prizes, dancing, drinks and more. Doors at 7 p.m., admission is $5 at the door.

"Don't miss the biggest GLBTQ Purim Party that Seattle has ever seen! Purim is often viewed as the Jewish coming out story and to honor Esther's 'coming out' as a Jew we will be throwing a huge bash. There will be plenty of pink hamantaschen, drinks and dancing. Don't forget that Purim is a holiday to dress up on, so come in costume 'cause we're giving out some fabulous prizes!"

GAY CITY: VOLUME 3 REPULPED - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Lurid covers, sensational titles, scandalous storylines: the books of Gay pulp were denounced and sometimes even banned, but they also informed and delighted readers. Gay City Anthologies is currently seeking fiction, poetry, art, comics and photography that revisits, renews, reacts, reshapes and reinterprets the Gay pulp genre of the '50s and '60s. Don't just imitate the genre; raise the bar as far as you can and make it relevant to modern issues. Happy endings are not always required, but the work must reclaim positive representations of Gay people and culture. Despite pulp's sometimes pornographic roots, we are not looking for erotica at this time unless it has something unique and very literary to say. Deadline is Thursday, April 1. For complete details, visit www.gaycity.org

Each Gay City anthology supports the Gay City Health Project mission of reducing HIV infection by building community, communication and self-esteem among Gay men. As always, you DO NOT have to be either male or Gay to contribute.

"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.

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