REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
ALL I EVER WANTED
On Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, (Friday/Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.) at Theatre Puget Sound, Theater 4, on the 4th floor of the Center House at Seattle Center, Fearless Theatre Company presents All I Ever Wanted, a new play by Seattle playwright Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, which addresses sexual orientation in a family and centers on an 18-year-old boy and his relationships with his family and closest friend. 25% of proceeds from this well-written, well-directed and well-acted play will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center. Tickets are $20-general and $15-under 25. For more information, visit www.allieverwantedproject.com.
CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT
HOSTS NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE
ON CAPITOL HILL
On Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m., at Caffe Vita (1005 E. Pike St.), Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) will host a 'Coffee with your Congressman' event. Capitol Hill residents are invited to discuss current issues in Congress and/or get help with personal issues they may be having with the federal government with Congressman McDermott.
SPRING PLANT SALE
On Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Volunteer Park Conservatory (1400 E. Galer St.), the Friends of the Conservatory will hold their spring plant sale. The sale features plants from the Conservatory. Volunteers are needed.
For more information or to volunteer, call (206) 322-4112 or visit www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.
RUN FOR YOUR RIGHTS
On Saturday, May 7 beginning at 10:15 at Green Lake Park, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington will hold their Run for Your Rights! 5k Run - Walk. Registration at 10:15 a.m., rally at 10:45 a.m., and step-off at 11 a.m. Register as an individual or start a team with your friends or coworkers. Participants can choose to walk at whatever pace they choose and can also do timed runs. This event is pet and stroller friendly. Everybody who registers online is guaranteed a free T-shirt. Proceeds from this fun-filled event will be used to support efforts to protect women health rights and stop the Congressional War on Women.
Visit www.ProChoiceWashington.org for more information.
'GET ENGAGED' -
On Saturday, May 7, reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m., at W Hotel, 1112 Fourth Ave., join ERW boardmembers, staff and friends, with special guest Tom Rocco and auctioneer Laura Michalek, for the 5th annual Equal Rights Washington Gala. Tickets: $190. www. equalrightswashington.org.
SWING FEVER 2011
On Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (corner of 6th and Madison), join the Rainbow City Band for an evening of fine dining, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, and swing dancing at Swing Fever 2011. Featuring the Purple Passion Swing Band and a no-host bar. This event is a fundraiser for the future of community band music in Seattle.
Tickets: $100 at www.brownpapertickets.com.
On Saturdays, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, no dance 7/2, resumes 7/16, at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St.), join LGBTQ folks and friends (and all who want to dance) for this fun, easy-to-learn, easy-to-dance, gender-neutral contra dance, with live calling and live bluegrass music. No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught. Free lesson at 7 p.m. Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Cost is $8.
Organizers suggest bringing water to drink. A bin for non-perishable food donations is available at the hall. Please come fragrance free in consideration of those with allergies. Bring a dry shirt to change into if you sweat a lot. No drunkenness, rude or abusive behavior will be tolerated.
http://seattledance.org/contra/rainbow; YouTube: Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance.
On Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Triple Door (216 Union St.), Lea DeLaria will perform. Called 'every inch and ounce a star' by The New York Times, DeLaria has performed stand-up comedy for over 25 years and is an extremely prominent figure in the world of Lesbian comedy. She will be singing with a band at her Seattle appearance.
For tickets, call (206) 838-4333.
STOP THE WAR ON WORKERS:
On Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), the Freedom Socialist Party hosts a panel of unionists who will explore what's next for the labor movement following the massive demonstrations in the Midwest and a week of labor-led protests in Olympia. Speakers are Victor Hildalgo, a medical translator who helped found the new union Interpreters United; Steve Hoffman, a shop steward and delegate to M.L. King County Labor Council; Jasmine Marwaha, a community organizer with UNITE HERE Local 8; and Nikki Miller, a unionist who helped plan the April Days of Action in Olympia. Door donation $3. A special dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for a $9 donation. Proceeds will benefit the Freedom Socialist newspaper. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible.
PITCH A PIE
THE LADY GRAYTOP
On Saturday, May 7, 9 p.m.-midnight, at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.), toss cream pies and buy raffle tickets to raise money for the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle's Lady Graytop Scholarship Fund. Enjoy drink specials, plus!!! once the Court's goal of $2,000 is achieved, Washington State Mr. Leather Toby Noon will make his drag debut with a special performance. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.
SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
On Sundays through June 19, doors at 6 p.m., competition at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway. entrance in alley off E. Pike St. between Broadway and Harvard), join Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) for Seattle's Pride Idol talent competition to see who will represent Seattle Out & Proud on the Pride Idol Float in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. For complete details, visit www.seattlepride.com.
MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE
PRESENTS VOICES, VEDEM
On Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall (200 University St.), Music of Remembrance presents their chamber concert, featuring two premieres: Voices from Israeli composer Betty Olivero and a new song-cycle version of Lori Laitman's Vedem. Also featuring a Pavel Haas string quartet and Olivero's Golem klezmer suite.
Tickets $36. For more information, call (206) 365-7770 or visit www.musicofremembrance.org.
THE ELITE HOSTS
FREE ASL LESSONS
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.
POZ SEATTLE HOSTS
On Wednesday, May 12, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), join POZSeattle in celebrating their 12th anniversary as a 'face-to-face' social networking group for HIV-positive men and their friends. Meet in the downstairs bar for socializing to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun. A special catered fare will be provided with all the extras. A $5 suggested donation is requested for this special event, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Beverages provided by The Cuff at regular prices. This event is for all HIV-positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color. For more information or to be added to the POZSeattle event promotions email list, contact info@pozseattle or visit www.pozseattle.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.). All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this FREE book club.
The book for May is JUST KIDS, a portrait of her friendship with controversial Gay photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. It is a quick, compelling read about a friendship between two artistic geniuses.
For more information, email email@example.com or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents 'Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.' This groundbreaking festival is one of only a very few Transgender film festivals in the world. The eleven programs and films that make up this year's slate tell unique and fascinating stories that are poignant, witty, tragic, comic and inspirational.
The Chaz Bono documentary, Becoming Chaz, will be shown on Friday, May 13 (Opening Night), at the AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St.) at 7 p.m., with a reception following at the Sixth Avenue Inn (2000 6th Ave.). Chaz Bono grew up right before our eyes as Sonny and Cher's adorable golden-haired daughter, Chastity, but in a body he felt wasn't his own. Becoming Chaz takes us on Chaz's remarkable and brave journey of transformation as he undertakes gender reassignment. Intimate and nakedly honest, the film reveals the humanity and courage it takes for Chaz to embrace his true self all the while putting a face on an intensely misunderstood issue.
On Thursday, May 12, at Seattle University (12th & Marion St.), Hunthausen Hall, Room 110, at 7 p.m., the festival presents a FREE screening of Sold: Examining the T in TV Advertising. On Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, the festival presents 9 additional films at Northwest Film Forum, (1515 12th Ave.).
Festival pass is $50, $10 advance/$11 at the door for Opening Night (May 13) (includes post-screening reception), $8 advance/$9 at the door for single tickets, $6 advance/$7 at the door for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members, $5 for youth (21 and under) and seniors (65 and over) available at the door only, ID required.
For complete schedule, a synopsis of films and advance tickets, visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org.
FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY
SALT OF THE EARTH
On Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), FSP will screen Salt of the Earth, an award-winning 1954 film exploring a fierce strike by Mexican-American miners in which women played a leading role. During the McCarthy era, the film was banned because of its daring pro-labor, pro-civil rights content. Door donation $3-$5. Nacho plates and desserts available for a $4 donation. For more information, 206-722-2453 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible. Proceeds to benefit the Freedom Socialist newspaper.
GAY CITY UNIVERSITY
On Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Antioch University Seattle (2326 6th Ave.), head back to school this spring for another fabulous edition of GCU. Now in it's 16th year, this fantastic day of fun and learning for Gay, Bi and Trans men offers a variety of classes and workshops. Cost is just $20, including lunch. For more information and to register, visit www.gaycity.org.
2ND ANNUAL JUGRZ
On May 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave SW), Just Us Girl RiderZ hosts a conference for women bikers who wish to hone their wrenching skills, or to perhaps break into their own mechanic work for the first time. In this venue, women will feel invited to share and learn amongst fellow women riders from the Northwest and beyond. This event will cover topics from basic repair to custom building. There will be opportunities to learn hands on. The use of tools and equipment and shop safety will be emphasized. Given these tools, participants will gain the confidence and independence to work on their own motorcycles. The conference also provides an extensive and growing network of fellow women riders who have either done their own work or are also just learning for the first time. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jugrz.com, 786-5660.
SEATTLE CHEESE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., cheesemakers from around the world will showcase their finest cheeses to thousands of attendees on the cobblestone street at Pike Place Market (1st Ave. and Pike St.). Sample Northwest and international wines and Pike Brewing Company beers at the wine and beer garden. Enjoy chef and mozzarella-making demos and a number of seminars on cheeses. Cost is FREE for cheese sampling, $10 for wine and beer garden (5 pours), $40 for seminars. For more information, visit www.seattlecheesefestival.com.
'BLACK TIE & TALES' -
SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS &
SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS'
DINNER, DANCE & AUCTION
On Saturday, May 14, doors at 5:30 p.m., at Fremont Studios (155 N 35th St.), join the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Women's Chorus for a gala dinner, dance and auction fundraiser. Enjoy a gourmet, seated dinner, live entertainment by Chorus members and guests, silent and live auction items, and then dance the night away. Tickets: $195-patron, $250-benefactor. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
CLOSET BALL 2011 -
'RELEASE YOUR INNER DIVA'
On Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., at R Place (Boylston Ave. & E. Pine St.), join the Imperial Court of Seattle for Closet Ball 2011. The rules are simple: 1) you haven't done drag before (except on Halloween), 2) you have a 'Drag Mother' to perform the transformation (the Court can help find someone for you, if needed), 3) you have one hour to be transformed (all make-up, hair, etc. must be applied at the event), 4) contestants will be judged on transformation, presentation, and poise. The winner will be crowned 2011 Closet Ball Queen and the winning Drag Mother will be crowned Mother of the Year. $5 donation at the door - contestants and Drag Mothers FREE. www.imperialcourtofseattle.org.
'WE'RE WITH YOU JAPAN' -
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
On Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m., at Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall (1212 S. King St.), the Japan Young Professionals Group (JYPG) and Earshot Jazz present vocalist Aiko Shimada, Burnlist (Cuong Vu, Greg Sinibaldi, Chris Icasiano, and Aaron Otheim) and Chemical Clock in a special concert in support of Japan earthquake relief via Peace Winds America, a participant in Seattle Japan Relief.
JYPG works closely with the Japan America Society of the State of Washington to create opportunities for young professionals in Puget Sound to connect with their like-minded interests in Japan. The benefit concert features a musical focus along with networking over refreshments and Japanese green tea. For more information, call 206-322-1122 or visit the JYPG online at www.jassw.org/jypg.html. Tickets: $10-students (ID required), $15-advance; $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com
SONGS FOR JAPAN
On Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Unity Church (200 8th Ave. N.), top Seattle area artists join together to present a special benefit concert honoring the people and music of Japan. The ongoing catastrophe in Japan prompted Susan to initiate a series of benefit concerts to raise funds to be sent directly to the people of Sendai, the epicenter of the earthquake and tsunami. The evening will include many of Japan's best-loved traditional songs. The songs have a bittersweet quality and carry the core values of the Japanese culture, love of the land, nature, and of family. In addition, there will be some musical surprises born of the unique collaboration from all these fine musicians, whose lives and hearts have all been touched by the generosity and graciousness of the Japanese people and have a desire to help.
For more information, contact Susan Osborn at SusanOsborn@SusanOsborn.com or Nancy Rumbel at Nancy@NancyRumbel.com.
SYTTENDE GAY 2011
On Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at The BalMar (5449 Ballard Ave. NW, at NW Market St.), Kwanchai presents Syttende Gay 2011, an event celebrating Nordic culture and diversity on Norway's Constitution Day (Syttende Mai). Enjoy the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade at 6 p.m. $7 VIP pass (21+ with ID) includes exclusive access to upper VIP level with panoramic view of the parade. 10% off Nordic-inspired food and cocktails. Music by DJ RXMX. Proceeds from pass and raffle sales to Youth Suicide Prevention Program. www.kwanchai.net; www.YSPP.org.
PRESENTS GLAM 6
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
On Thursday, May 19, 6-9 p.m., at Masins (220 2nd Ave. S.), Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Seattle presents Glam 6, a celebration of high-style design, furnishings, fashion and fabulous jewels, with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and wine bar, luxury silent auction of fashion accessories, home décor items, hotel and dining packages, DJ Wendell, and special guest TV celebrity and House & Garden top 100 designer, Thom Filicia, a DIFFA national trustee. Tickets: $40 general admission; $75 VIP welcome and pre-party (5 p.m.) with special guest, Thom Filicia. Tickets: www.diffa.org/seattle. Information: 206-763-8885. Proceeds benefit local AIDS service and education providers. Please RSVP by Friday, May 13.
KNIGHTS OF MANTRA
AT MILLER RIVER
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Includes meals, entertainment, and hot showers. Bring your own camping gear or contact the Knights of Mantra for assistance. Cost: $110 from May 1-16, $125 from May 17-27. For more information, email email@example.com.
GENDER ODYSSEY SHOW
SEEKS ART SUBMISSIONS
As part of Gender Odyssey's 10th anniversary conference, the We Made This Road by Walking art show is an opportunity for reflection and celebration. We Made This Road by Walking references creating a path for oneself when the road to a desired destination doesn't already exist. Our theme is not limited to Transgender topics, but contextualizes our individual and collective experiences in terms of the actions we have taken to move our lives and our community forward.
The submission deadline is June 30, 2011, and the exhibition dates are August 4-7, 2011.
Entry of artwork to this show is open to members of our collective transgender communities. Original 2- and 3-dimensional works and original multimedia works - subject to technical requirements - will be accepted. Display space may be limited so please get your submissions in early. Gender Odyssey 2011 does not guarantee space for all art submissions.
Please visit http://www.genderodyssey.org/submit-art/ for further details, as well as an entry form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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