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posted Friday, December 31, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 53
Northwest News
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DAVID WOJNAROWICZ'S CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO, A FIRE IN MY BELLY, SHOWING IN SEATTLE
David Wojnarowicz's controversial video, A Fire in My Belly, that was part of a show of Gay and Lesbian related art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery recently, until it was removed from the exhibition in response to a deluge of unfavorable calls and emails from the Catholic League and its partisans, is being shown with other less controversial works by Wojnarowicz at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S. through February 13, Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St. through February 13, and the Seattle Art Museum, First Ave. & Union St. - video through December 31, other works through January 30. A public discussion about Wojnarowicz and his work will be held at the Henry Art Gallery on Sunday, January 9, at 2 p.m.

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.). All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this FREE book club.

The book for January is Hindoo Holiday, also by J.R. Ackerley - his true-life travel adventure about the few months he was hired as the private secretary to an eccentric Maharajah in a little principality of India who has a penchant for beautiful boys. It's a novel by a Gay author with Gay content - but not about Gay love or Gay sex. Think about your Gay friends - Gay people exist most of the time OUTSIDE of the bedroom, and what happens otherwise is often just hinted at - well, that's the kind of Gay writing this is. It's a Gay man's perceptions of a Maharajah who obsesses over handsome lower-caste youths. Ackerley's acerbic wit demolishes several haughty British ladies also visiting the Palace, and the bits of dialogue scattered throughout are often hilarious. It's travel writing at its best - an utterly personal plunge into a colorful world very different from our own.

For more information, e-mail nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

GSBA PRIME TIME MIXER
On Thursday, January 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), the GSBA will hold their January Prime Time Mixer. Hosted be Rene Neidhart and the Seattle Renaissance Hotel, this mixer will kick off the year in style. Enjoy festive food, wine, and networking with your LGBT colleagues from Hawaii, Spokane, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and British Columbia. Tickets $10 members and students, $15 non-members.

For more information, call (206) 363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.org.

NORDIC LIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
From Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 9 at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), the Nordic Heritage Museum will hold its second annual Nordic Lights Film Festival. This cutting-edge cinematic festival offers an immersion into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter film season, focusing on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, presented at SIFF Cinema. Admission is $7 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members; $10 for the general public. Tickets are available through the SIFF Cinema Box Office at www.siff.net or (206) 464-5830.

For more information, a complete schedule of films, and information on purchasing tickets, visit www.siff.net or www.nordicmuseum.org.

DUNSHEE HOUSE WELCOMES NEW LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP
On Sunday, January 9, at 6 p.m., Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.), will host a grand kickoff event for a new LGBTQ Veterans Group. Dunshee House invites all members of the community to join them as they celebrate and welcome home the LGBTQ veterans in our community.

NORTHWEST NETWORK'S RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
On Wednesdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., from January 12 to February 23, the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse offers a Relationship Skills Class at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway.

Get the skills you need to build the relationships you want! Topics include: identifying cultural norms and values; accountability; naming and setting boundaries; strengthening support networks; and more.

This class is open to all regardless of relationship status or history, including previous class participants. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 5. Interpreters are available by prior arrangement. Suggested donation is $90 - no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information and to register, contact Yecelica at 206-568-7777; yecelica@nwnetwork.org.

PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
On Thursday, January 13 at noon at the 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave.), King County and its employees invite the public to join the celebration honoring the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his vision of an America of opportunity for all. Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones will be the keynote speaker at this special event. Backed by her research, Dr. Jones uses powerful allegories to promote discussion and understanding of the difficult topic of the impact of race on our national health and wellbeing. She is a passionate advocate for equity and justice in our society and appears in the video Unnatural Causes, a documentary exploring the racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and wellness.

Young people from throughout King County have been selected to receive the 2011 Essay Award on the celebration theme, "We are the ones we have been waiting for." The youth awards will be presented at the celebration.

The celebration will also include interpretations of this year's theme by local performance poets and musicians coordinated by the multi-talented spoken word performer and producer Storme Webber.

For more information, please contact Bailey de Iongh at the Office of Civil Rights, 206-296-7652.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR'S BEYOND VIETNAM SPEECH
On Saturday, January 15 at 1 p.m. at the Seattle Center/Center House Pavilion (305 Harrison St.), the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum) and the Seattle Center present a staged reading of Martin Luther King, Jr's landmark speech, Beyond Vietnam. The reading will feature actors Rachael Ferguson, Charles Norris, Paul Rosenthal and Adillia Scott. Music by the Sound of the Northwest. Directed by Timeca Briggs.

This controversial speech, delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, outlined King's opposition to the Vietnam War. During the speech, King called the United States government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and he offered a five-point plan for stopping the war urging "a radical revolution of values" that emphasized social justice rather than economic materialism.

Response to the speech was largely negative, and the New York Times stated that it "diminished [King's] usefulness to his cause, to his country, and to his people." Similarly, the NAACP accused King of linking two disparate issues - the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.

Close to the end of the speech, King would add, "We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late."

The Beyond Vietnam speech was made exactly one year before King's assassination. The reading will weave together excerpts of this timely speech with songs from the Civil Rights Movement. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

BAILEY-BOUSHAY HOUSE CHEFS' DINNER
On Sunday, January 16, join supporters of Bailey-Boushay House for an hors d'oeuvres reception and silent wine auction at 5 p.m. ($75) and private dinner ($300, which includes the reception and auction) at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way.

Dine to make a difference at the 19th annual Chefs' Dinner to benefit Bailey-Boushay House. Guests will enjoy the best that area chefs have to offer. 206-583-6514; www.virginiamason.org/chefs

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR WORKSHOPS, RALLY, AND MARCH
On Monday, January 17 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave.), the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announces the 29th annual region-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration. Workshops from 9:30-11 a.m., rally at 11 a.m., and march at noon. Make plans to join us as we plan another successful event honoring Dr. King's life and legacy! All are welcome. Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S. We honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism. For more information, visit www.mlkseattle.org.

SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY CHILD CARE TASK FORCE FAMILY CONNECTION NIGHT
On Thursday, January 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Shoreline Conference Center (18560 1st Ave. NE.), the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force will host their Family Connection Night event. The film That's a Family will screen, followed by group discussion. A community resource table will feature a variety of information. Pizza and limited childcare for children ages 3-6 is provided. Space is limited.

Attendees must RSVP to Sue Ferguson at (425) 891-3159 or suefmail@yahoo.com.

PRIDE FOUNDATION/ GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Pride Foundation/GSBA Scholarship Applications are now available at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org. This year, $500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded. Pride Foundation and the GSBA Scholarship Fund would like to encourage you to share this excellent opportunity for students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! There are 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $10,000, but only one web-based application to complete!

Applications can be completed online at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org and are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 31, 2011.

For information on other LGBT scholarship programs, visit the Safe Schools Coalition's scholarship resource list at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/youth.

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS
The Seattle Erotic Art Festival announces the Call for Art for its ninth annual event to be held May 20-22, 2011. Submissions will be accepted from January 1-31, 2011. All artists age 18 and older are encouraged to submit up to five works of erotic art of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists and painters are particularly encouraged to apply. Submissions can be made online at SeattleErotic.org throughout January. The Festival stands by its mission to support a vibrant creative community, supporting living artists with low submission fees and commission rates. Selected art will be showcased throughout the three-day event to thousands of patrons. Most importantly, the Festival sells far more art than any other erotic art festival. Artists may also choose to submit to the Festival Store, which has a later submission deadline (to be determined). Artists do not need to attend the Festival in order to participate.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE'S "MAKING A DIFFERENCE" ANNUAL BENEFIT BREAKFAST WITH GREG LOUGANIS
On Thursday, February 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.), join emcee Jean Enerson, guest speaker Greg Louganis, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance board and staff, and caring community members for a fundraising breakfast in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance at The Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave.

Dr. Lawrence Corey, president and director-elect of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an American physician-scientist and an internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases, whose discoveries have been recognized as having advanced the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of diseases caused by viruses, especially the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will receive the 2011 Ned Behnke Leadership Award.

For more information, contact 206-957-1742; www.lifelongbreakfast.org. Suggested minimum donation is $150.

CARING AND AGING WITH PRIDE
Are you a LGBT adult 50 years of age or older? Or can you pass this information on to someone who is? We need your help with a groundbreaking project: Caring and Aging with Pride, a partnership between Senior Services and The Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington. Our goal is to understand the aging and health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender adults 50 years of age and older in our community for generations to come. You are eligible for a raffle drawing awarding a $500 Visa gift certificate to three randomly selected individuals. Visit http://bit.ly/SnrSvcs to enter the raffle and request a questionnaire. You are eligible for the raffle regardless of whether you complete a questionnaire or not. Please keep in mind your participation in the project is completely voluntary. If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at 1-800-558-8703 or visit our website at CaringAndAging.org. Voice your needs!

LGBT LIBRARY NOW OPEN
The LGBT Library houses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction works of interest to those in the LGBT community and its allies. The Library is located at Gay City's offices, 511 E. Pike St., on the ground floor behind Kaladi Brothers Coffee (just follow the signs). Library hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Items may be borrowed free of charge; however, ID is required. For your convenience, a drop box for returning borrowed items is available next to the front door when the library is closed.

LGBT RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
The Resource & Referral Line can connect you to LGBT-friendly resources throughout Puget Sound and beyond. Coming out and just learning what is out there? Visiting and want to know about nightlife options? Interested in drug or alcohol counseling? For these or any other LGBT issues, call 206-323-LGBT. Phone line hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Leave a voice message at all other times and your call will be returned. Alternatively, you can view our resource lists at www.gaycity.org under the resources menu.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR LGBT LIBRARY AND RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
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.

"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.

SEATTLE GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Pride Day took place on June 27, 2010. The parade and festival included all financial and social segments of society, all religions, races, and gender expressions. The parade had an estimated 450,000 people in attendance. After the Parade, some 70,000 attendees flowed into the Seattle Center for the PrideFest. This combined cross-section of humanity is most noted for its astonishing diversity.

The following videos were shot over a four-hour period:
Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 1 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=ITmRcnX0VFs
Gay Pride Day Seattle 2010 Part 2 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=M69Q_z3E74I
Demian's YouTube Channel All Videos - http://youtube.com/777demian

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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