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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
www.seattlepride.org

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY HOSTS MAGNITUDE 15.11 - THE NORTH AMERICAN GAY RUGBY TOURNAMENT
From Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29, Seattle Quake Rugby hosts 'Magnitude 15.11 - The North American Gay Rugby Tournament' with special guest international rugby superstar Ben Cohen in attendance. The games will be held at Magnuson Park, Field 5 (7400 Sandpoint Way NE) on Saturday 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Spectators are welcome! (See www.magnitude15.org for complete details.) On Saturday, May 28, Ben Cohen will attend a reception at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (see details below) to discuss homophobia in sports. For more information on the tournament, Ben Cohen's visit to Seattle, and the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, which supports organizations that advance equality and combat bullying against LGBT youth, visit www.quakerugby.org or www.magnitude15.org.

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL MAY 27-30 AT SEATTLE CENTER
Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

www.nwfolklife.org.

SEATTLE FETISH FESTIVAL MAY 28-30
A weekend of workshops and play parties from the producers of the Seattle Erotic Ball and New Horizons. www.seattlefetishfestival.com.

UK RUGBY PLAYER BEN COHEN, PHOENIX SUNS PRESIDENT RICK WELTS ON KJR SPORTS RADIO SHOW
On Saturday, May 28, at noon, on 950 KJR, join sports writers Art Thiel and Deidre Silva from SportspressNW.com along with Ben Cohen, founder of the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, and Rick Welts, president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns, who recently came out publicly in the New York Times, for a conversation about bullying and homophobia in sports.

This isn't typical 'jock talk' radio and both Art and Deidre are excited about promoting Ben's foundation and the topic of Gays in sports. They are hoping for lots of call-ins to give both Ben and Rick lots to talk about.

DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT TO BENEFIT B-GLAD
On Saturday, May 28, at 3 p.m., at Broadway Grill (314 Broadway E.), Sistah Sinema will screen Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project. This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who identified as an Aggressive - a homosexual woman of color who dresses in masculine attired but does not necessarily identify as either Lesbian or female-to-male Transgender, according to GLAAD.

Sakia was fatally stabbed in a Gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. The murder cut short Sakia's potential as a promising basketball player and an 'A' student.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project depicts the homophobia that resulted in the murder of a Black Gay teenager and questions the lack of media coverage. The documentary follows the reaction of the Newark community where several rallies and vigils were held. The event galvanized the community and prompted several LGBT organizations to form, including the Newark Pride Alliance and Sakia Gunn Aggressives & Femmes, as well as a scholarship fund in her name.

Tickets are $10 online at www.sistahsinema.webs.com and $15 at the door. $5 from each ticket sold will benefit Youth Eastside Services's B-GLAD initiative that provides group counseling for Queer youth in the Greater Seattle area. www.youtheastsideservices.org.

Sistah Sinema is a movie night showcasing Black womyn in Queer roles. Each showing will be followed by a moderated discussion series.

Sistah Sinema was created to showcase the nuances of Black Queer Womyn culture. It is hoped that the movies will serve as a vehicle to foster honest dialogue on struggles and opportunties unique to Black Queer Womyn. While discussion will focus on Black Queer Womyn, all members of the Queer community are invited to attend.

CIRQUE DU GAY AT NEIGHBOURS TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
On Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard off E. Pike St.) join your host Aleksa Manila and Bianca Starr for an evening under the 'Big Top' for over the top entertainment. A benefit for Lambert House, with raffle drawings and prizes. No cover!

PRESENTATION AND RECEPTION WITH INTERNATIONAL RUGBY STAR AND OUTSPOKEN LGBT ALLY BEN COHEN
On Saturday, May 28, from 7-9 p.m., at Renaissance Seattle Hotel (515 Madison St.) join Seattle Quake Rugby and GLSEN WA (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) in welcoming international rugby superstar Ben Cohen to Seattle. Ben is on a North American tour to discuss his new foundation, The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, which supports organizations that advance equality and combat bullying against LGBT youth. Ben, who is married with two daughters, is among the world's great athletes, ranking second in all-time scoring for England. He is first, however, among straight professional athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of the LGBT community. Ben will talk about his foundation and his tour, followed by a reception and photo line. There will be a silent auction of Ben Cohen memorabilia during the event, benefiting GLSEN WA. A no host bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Tickets are $35 in advance at www.quakerugby.org and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $50.

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.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE SOCIAL DOUBLES
On Tuesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 2, join Seattle Tennis Alliance for an evening of social doubles from 6-8 p.m. at the Lower Woodland Park courts (located along N. 50th St. west of Stoneway Ave N). www.seattletennisalliance.org.

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 - ALLEN GINSBERG'S HOWL AND ANDRE GIDE'S THE COUNTERFEITERS
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.

On June 1, the book club will be showing the movie 'Howl' about the obscenity trial of the history-making poem by Gay poet Allen Ginsberg.

The book for June (discussion starts June 8) is Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters, one of the all-time masterpieces by a Gay author. The novel won Gide the Nobel Prize in 1924 and mixes Gay and straight characters in the same way as Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat and Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty.

The Counterfeiters has nothing to do with fake money. It's about people who are fake and deceive, and it's an unforgettable reading experience. There are a zillion things to discuss and it's so rich we may well continue with our discussions into July.

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

ALLYSHIP TO DISCUSS PLIGHT OF LGBTQ HOMELESS YOUTH
On Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Lifelong AIDS Alliance Annex Room (1002 E. Seneca St., off the lower parking lot), Allyship launches their 4th annual Queerly Classed discussion series. This first discussion is called 'Voices Up, Voices Out: Queer Homeless Youth Tell Us How We Can Be Allies.'

The Queer and Trans homeless youth population is growing nationally and in Washington state. By conservative estimates LGBTQ youth are about 20% of the homeless youth population. This is alarmingly disproportionate when considering that LGBTQ youth are about 4% to 10% of the U.S. population, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Locally, Peace for the Streets, by Kids from the Streets, a local homeless youth agency, found that 53% of their youth constitute LGBTQ individuals. www.psks.org.

LGBTQ homeless youth are at a higher risk of suffering from mental health problems and disabilities than their heterosexual counterparts. LGBTQ homeless youth become more vulnerable when the state legislature chooses to cut both mental health and substance abuse programs.

At this meeting you will hear from homeless and formerly homeless youth and youth advocates on how the LGBTQ community can help address the disparities and challenges unique to homeless young people. For more information, visit www.LGBTQAllyship.org or call 206-279-8169.

THE NEXT WAVE: SEATTLE BUTOH FESTIVAL 2011 JUNE 3-18
DAIPANbutoh Collective presents The Next WAVE in conjunction with the Seattle International Dance Festival with performances, workshops, and forums on historical and current aspects of butoh. International butoh masters Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, co-directors of San Francisco Bay Area based Harupin Ha, will be the featured performers along with New York butoh artist Tanya Calamoneri, Los Angeles based Michael Sakamoto and members of DAIPAN (Sheri Brown, Diana Garcia-Snyder, Joan Laage, Douglas Ridings, Alan Sutherland and Danse Perdue). Butoh founder Hijikata called Koichi 'the bow-legged Nijinsky.' This may be the last chance to see the Tamano's work as they plan to retire later this year and return to Japan. The emperor of Japan has declared Koichi Tamano a national treasure.

Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.). Tickets: $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176268 or $20 at the door.

The Tamanos, Tanya, and Michael will be teaching workshops in Seattle and participants will have an opportunity to perform in a 'joy of life' processional at Seattle International Dance Festival's 'Art on the Fly' on June 11.

Workshops with Koichi and Hiroko Tamano on Saturday, June 4, 2-5 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., will be held at the Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.). Taking both workshops with the Tamanos is recommended. Workshops with Tanya Calamoneri on Monday, June 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and with Michael Sakamoto on Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m., will be held at Teatro de la Psychomachia (1534 1st Ave. S.). Cost is $40 per workshop or $120 for all four workshops. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176268. Space is limited.

In addition to the performances, DAIPAN is hosting three forums: 'Historical Context of Butoh' with films on Friday, June 3, at 11 a.m.., at the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave.); 'Philosophy/Zen/Spirituality in Butoh' on Sunday, June 5, at 5 p.m., at Seattle University (901 12th Ave.), Wycoff Auditorium, Engineering Building, Room 200; and 'Cultural Cross-Currents' focusing on the contemporary butoh scene on Thursday, June 9, 7-9 p.m., at Cornish College, Raisbeck Hall (2015 Boren Ave. ). $5 suggested donation.

For complete information on the festival and to register for the workshops, visit www.daipanbutoh.com.

DAIPANbutoh is a performance collective formed to bring butoh to Seattle audiences. Our purpose is to devote our energy and talents to promote this deeply moving and evocative international performance movement that has been steadily growing in Seattle since the 1980s. Butoh is a creative force that arose out of the turmoil and confusion of post-World War II Japan.

'YES, YOU MAY' SHOW WITH TARA HARDY AND ELAINA M. ELLIS AT FREMONT ABBEY
On Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m., at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., celebrate the debut of two new books to the world: Bring Down the Chandeliers by Tara Hardy and Write About an Empty Birdcage by Elaina M. Ellis, at the 'Yes, You May' show. Fusing poetry and music, the show will be a celebration, a narration, and a raucous release of these two collections. In addition to readings by the authors, special guests will perform music and read poetry. The 'Yes, You May' show, which will tour nationally in the fall, invites audiences to write their own outrageous self-permission slips. What is it that you thought you could never say? Who is it that you thought you should never be? What if you were suddenly allowed to live your dreams? Shouting YES and other expletives, Tara Hardy and Elaina M. Ellis will lovingly yet bossingly demonstrate what's possible when raw honesty and bold permission get on stage together.

CAPTAIN SMARTY PANTS 'GOES BOOKISH' AND SENSIBLE SHOES 'GOES DIVA' AT TOWN HALL
The Seattle Men's Chorus' small ensemble, Captain Smarty Pants, performs 'Eat, Pray, Pant' on Fridays and Saturdays, June 3 and 10 at 8 p.m. and June 4 and 11 at 9 p.m., at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St.).

Whether it's The Velveteen Rabbit, The Valley of the Dolls, or The Shining, we all have our favorite books. Captain Smartypants brings ten of their all-time favorite books to musical life as only these snappy boys can. In 'Eat, Pray, Pant' Captain Smarty Pants sings and dances their way through Yertle the Turtle, Twilight, The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, The Joy of Gay Sex, Alice in Wonderland, and The Odyssey among others. Classics like Wuthering Heights and Dante's Inferno get the 30-second threatment, Mario Puzo tries his hand at writing kid's books and Shakespeare gets updated a la Riverdance. Librarians will be on hand at the show to sign you up for a library card.

The Seattle Women's Chorus' small ensemble, Sensible Shoes, performs 'Viva La Diva' on Saturdays, June 4 and 11 at 7 p.m., at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St.).

This like-minded small ensemble is made up of members of Seattle Women's Chorus who enjoy discovering their inner 'Diva.' From the Girls Groups of the '60s to the Rockers of the '80s and beyond, they will leave no bra unturned as they explore the sassy, sexy world of the female singing groups, including: the Angels, the Ronnettes, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and more. The song list includes Swinging on a Star, Lollipop, Express Yourself, Big Yellow Taxi, Da Doo Ron Ron, One Fine Day, Be My Baby, My Boyfriend's Back, Toxic, Pocketful of Sunshine, We Got the Beat, Walk Like an Egyptian, I Love Rock and Roll and a few of Sensible Shoes' patented parodies.

Both shows are recommended for mature audiences only.

Tickets: $20-$45 advance; $25-$40 at the door; premium table seating is $35-$50 with limited availability. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE MUFFIN TOPS AND SEATTLE FATCATS EXHIBITION SOFTBALL GAME TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
On Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. (the field opens at 1 p.m.) at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave. at E. Olive St.), the Seattle Muffin Tops and Seattle FatCats present their third annual exhibition game against the youth, volunteers and staff of Lambert House to benefit Lambert House, Seattle's GLBTQ youth community resource center. The goal of the game is to have fun, introduce youth to Gay sports, and raise money for Lambert House through donations at the game.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Saturdays, 6/4, 6/18, no dance 7/2 or 7/9, 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.

SISTAH SINEMA PRESENTS TRAINING RULES
On Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m., at Hula Hula (106 1st Ave. N.), in celebration of the start of the Women's National Basketball Association's season, Sistah Sinema will screen Training Rules which documents the discrimination experienced by Lesbian basketball players at Penn State University for nearly three decades under Coach Renee Portland. The lead protagonist is Jen Harris, an African American star basketball player. Watch trailer at www.trainingrules.com/trailer.html. Tickets are $5 in advance at www.sistahsinema.webs.com and $10 at the door. There will be ticket giveaways to upcoming WNBA games. A moderated discussion will follow. (For more information about Sistah Sinema, see May 28 listing above.)

DIVERSE HARMONY IN CONCERT - 'DOUBLE SHOTS AND FORGET-ME-NOTS'
On Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m., at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway at E. Pine St.), Diverse Harmony presents 'Double Shots and Forget-Me-Nots,' an original musical written by Diverse Harmony members Kat Miller and Adam Quillian.

Welcome to the Double Shot Cafe, where more is brewing than just the coffee. Jake, the shop's junior manager, wants to start a Queer community center in his town. But Jake is a dreamer, not a doer, so he pushes all the work onto others, especially his gal pal, Rebecca, who buries herself in the project as a means of escaping her problems. As the grand opening for the center draws near, the group faces a rise in anti-Gay sentiment in their community that challenges them personally and threatens their efforts to create a safe and accepting environment. Set against the backdrop of a fantastical coffee shop, the show explores themes of acceptance and self-worth while dealing with the contemporary issues of homophobia, transphobia, bullying and youth suicide. So pull up a chair and grab a drink. You're always welcome here!

Tickets: $15 at the door (22 and under admitted FREE).

Diverse Harmony is a Gay/straight alliance youth chorus for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and straight youth (ages 13-22). 'We use our passion and the power of music to inspire the celebration of differences in our homes, community and world.' www.diverseharmony.org.

C2 CONCERT AT THE COLUMNS SEEKS PERFORMERS FOR OUTDOOR STREET CONCERTS
Performers are being sought for an outdoor mini-series of concerts to be held at The Columns Park at Boren Ave. & Pike St. on Friday afternoons and evenings from July 1 through August 26. If you would be interested in performing (in a volunteer capacity), contact Patrick Jones at pj123r@yahoo.com for more information. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 10.

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 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.

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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