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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
Northwest News
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SHANTI SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Seattle Shanti, a program of Multifaith Works/Rosehedge, has volunteer opportunities available for those interested in providing emotional support to people in our community challenged by HIV/AIDS, MS, other life-challenging illnesses, or addiction-recovery issues. Our volunteers provide one-to-one non-directive, nonjudgmental, compassionate listening to those who are generally isolated and alone.

We are currently accepting applications for our four-day winter training, which occurs over the weekends of February 26-27 and March 5-6. During this training, volunteers will gain insight into themselves while learning about providing support to stigmatized populations, working with grief and loss, chemical dependency and recovery, and mental health issues. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to increase their active listening, communication, emotional support, and relationship-building skills. One of our volunteers has shared the following thought:

'After a couple years' practice with the Shanti model of heartfelt listening, I've come to regard this technique as a radical tool for reimagining myself and my society. It's a little like when politicians redraw the lines separating legislative districts. But Shanti erases boundaries between hearts, and enfolds people who are often consigned to marginal territory.' And Shanti Partners (clients) have said:

'Before my Shanti experience I was angry, depressed, and sad. Just knowing I had one person in my life who could really hear me allowed me to go deep within myself and emerge with joy and peace.'

'I really didn't have anybody in my life to talk to & some things just didn't make sense until I said them out loud.' Consider whether this is the right time in your life to bring your presence and talent to impact the life of another. Consider whether it might be time to explore a volunteer opportunity with Shanti. We are especially in need of volunteers from the LGBTQ community now.

If you have any questions, please call Molly at (206) 787-8409, or simply download an application from www.multifaith.org and send it to molly@multifaith.org.

THE BEARATONES - 'MY FUZZY VALENTINES'
On Friday, February 11, and Saturday, February 12, at Erickson Theater (1524 Harvard Ave., between E. Pike & E. Pine Sts.) join the Bearatones, a Seattle-based group of five bearish guys who sing, dance, and just plain have fun, for 'My Fuzzy Valentine,' a new cabaret-style show that takes a musical look at love and the people and things that inspire it, all served up with bearish good humor. Tickets are $18 advance or $25 cash at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/142708.

LESBIAN COMMUNITY VALENTINE'S DAY GATHERING AND DANCE
On Saturday, February 12, from 7 p.m. to ????, come dance your heart out at the Laughing Ladies Cafe (17551 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline.) Sliding scale: $4-$10. Food and beverage available. Sponsored by the Seattle Area OverForties Group.

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 e-mails 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.) and the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.) through February 13. The video can also be seen online by Googling 'David Wojnarowicz,' including http://vsthepomegranate.blogspot.com/2010/12/fire-in-my-belly-by-david-wojnarowicz.html

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE SCHEDULE OF CORONATION EVENTS
On Sunday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Richmark/12th and Pine Building (12th Ave. and E. Pine St.), King County residents who are 18 and over with valid ID, are encouraged to vote for their candidates of choice. Later that evening at 7 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St. at Boylston Ave.) the Court presents their In Town Show and Awards.

On Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m., at Neighbours, the Court presents the Denver/Salt Lake City show. On Friday, February 18, at 7 p.m., at R Place, the Court presents the Out of Town Show.

On Saturday, February 19, the Court presents Coronation 2011: 'The 40th Annual President's Ball - An American Gala' at 5 p.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St., at 6th Ave.) Tickets are $40.

On Sunday, February 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the Renaissance Hotel, the Court presents the Victory Brunch in celebration of the new Emperor and Empress. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

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 February is Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, the novel that surprised the English-speaking world by running away with one of the most honored annual literary prizes on this planet, the 2004 Booker. This is a big Gay novel with hot sex scenes, catty comments, relentless realism and hilarious perceptions. Hollinghurst writes like a Gay Iris Murdoch, with gorgeous sentences, hilarious stinging satire, and flawed fascinating characters.

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

OUTVIEW ONLINE PREMIERES DOCUMENTARY TO BENEFIT GLSEN'S SAFE SPACE CAMPAIGN AND THE TREVOR PROJECT
On Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m., at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.), OUTView Online screens their full-length documentary - a re-edited compilation of their three-part online series on the facts of suicide, bullying, gender issues. The film features interviews with Jesse Archer, Joseph Fenity, Jallen Rix and Lincoln Rose. Proceeds from this evening's screening will benefit The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org) and GLSEN's Safe Space Campaign (www.glsen.org). www.outviewonline.com.

EMERALD CITY METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH HOSTS MINI-CHURCH GROWTH CONFERENCE
On Friday, February 18, from noon to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, February 19, from 9 a.m. breakfast to 4:30 p.m., including lunch, Emerald City MCC Seattle will host a Mini-Church Growth Conference at All Pilgrims Church (509 10th Ave. E., Broadway E. & E. Republican St.). This summit will provide education about church-size theory and offer churches individual assessment and feedback.

'Emerald City MCC Seattle is currently in the Under-50 category, the Family Church. We want to learn how we can move up into the next size group, the Pastor-Led Church, where we consistently have more than 50 people in worship. There are significant differences in how each sized church operates and how new members come into membership. Friday is the training day. Saturday is the application day where we will begin making plans on how to overcome the barriers to growth that we face.

'On Friday, we will be learning about the barriers to growth that we face as a church and how to overcome them. Saturday's sessions will focus on planning for the future together as a congregation so we can determine what are the most important issues to tackle first! Help us plan to grow MCMCC!'

The cost is free, but you need to register by going to: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=910211. Emerald City MCC Seattle meets for worship every Sunday at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of the University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St. www.MCCSeattle.org.

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.

GREATER SEATTLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION HOSTS ANNUAL BUSINESS & HUMANITARIAN AWARDS DINNER
On Thursday, February 24, from 5:30-9 p.m., at the Westin Seattle (1900 Fifth Ave. at Stewart St.) join the Greater Seattle Business Association, Seattle's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in celebrating the 'cream of the crop' at the GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner.

'These leaders have truly inspired us to reach higher and reminded us that success isn't only measured by the numbers on the balance sheet but by what they can accomplish for the community.'

U.S. Senator Patty Murray will be the keynote speaker and special guest Ret. Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer will be honoring Major Margaret Witt for her efforts in the landmark repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

Tickets are: $130-members, $145-nonmembers, $75-students.

For more information and to RSVP, call 206-363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.org.

9TH ANNUAL HRC SEATTLE BOWLING FOR EQUALITY
On Sunday, February 27, from 3-5 p.m., 5:30-7:30 p.m., and 8-10 p.m., join Human Rights Campaign Seattle supporters and friends at The Garage (1134 Broadway) for light appetizers, great entertainment and 2 hours of bowling (bowling shoes included). Tickets: $40 before 2/19, $45 after, VIP tickets $70. An annual membership to HRC is included with any ticket purchased. To RSVP, visit www.hrcseattle.org/bowling.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA & GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT HOST 6TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS PARTY AT SEATTLE CINERAMA
On Sunday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. doors (3:30 p.m. VIP doors), at Seattle Cinerama (2100 4th Ave. at Lenora St.) join Three Dollar Bill Cinema (Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) and Gay City Health Project on the red carpet for Seattle's most fabulous Academy Awards Party. Watch Hollywood's biggest night on the biggest screen in town and support two important community organizations.

Dress casual or in Hollywood red carpet inspired attire, and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, fantastic raffle prizes, and much more. Tickets: $25 general, $50 VIP. www.threedollarbillcinema.org; www.gaycity.org

ALLYSHIP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Allyship is an organization that does multi-issue organizing in the social justice community as out Queers and connects social justice issues within LGBTQ communities. For several years Allyship has been sponsoring a discussion series called 'Queerly Classed,' as well as mobilizing for marches and actions, and building relationships in the labor, feminist, immigrant rights, housing and health care movements. This year Allyship will be creating campaigns around health care, workers' rights and Queer youth and is looking for volunteers to help with campaign research, social media, and outreach. For more information, including a description of tasks and time commitment for volunteer positions of researcher, social media assistant, and outreach assistant, email ladyking6k@yahoo.com or allyship@yahoo.com.

FORECAST: COMMUNICATING WEATHER AND CLIMATE - ARTS & SCIENCE EXHIBIT AT WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER
Through Saturday, April 9, EcoArts Connections presents an arts and science based exhibit, Forecast: Communicating Weather and Climate, at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Pike St. (North and South Gallerias). Commissioned by the American Meteorological Society for their 91st AMS annual meeting at the WSCC (January 24-27), the exhibit features the work of 36 regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists based in Washington state whose work has been inspired and/or informed by weather and climate.

Eight scientists from four states and two countries collaborated with the artists for the exhibition.

'I can say from personal experience that working with an artist, you discover the commonality between the sciences and the arts. The creative process is similar: both can end up looking at our world in way that no one has before, and both are compelled to communicate that insight to others,' comments Peggy LeMone, 2010 AMS President and Senior Scientist Emerita at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 'These scientist-artist dialogues give us a better chance of communicating this vision - and through the arts we can avoid the barriers people might have to learning something new.'

Forecast works will range from documenting nature or science, to science informing and/or inspiring art, to co-equal science/arts collaboration. In addition to being an exhibit that is exciting, interesting, and attracts new audiences, Forecast is designed to engage scientists, artists, and the general public in cross-disciplinary dialogue on innovative ways to communicate and understand weather and climate issues. www.box.net/shared/rgz4mos84j

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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