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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to help make it happen, contact Randy at Seattle Parks, 206-883-6110 txt/phone, email randy.wiger@seattle.gov or google 'SeattleParksCOD.'

VOICES RISING - LGBTQ OF COLOR ARTS & CULTURE
On Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.-door, 8 p.m.-show, at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), Voices Rising presents '2011 Best of the New,' a showcase of talent from the LGBTQ communities of color, featuring Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, with Henry Luke, Raven Taylor, and Donte Johnson. Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214570; www.voicesrisingseattle.org.

'DRUMMING UP OSKAR'
On Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Freehold Theatre (2222 2nd Ave.), join Butoh artist Joan Laage, percussionist Samuel Yoder, and poet David Thornbrugh, for a multi-media performance piece inspired by The Tin Drum written by Nobel Laureate Gunther Grass. Tickets: 12/9 & 12/10 at 8pm, $15; 12/10 at 10 p.m., $10. Reservations recommended. Info/reservations: davidthornbrugh@hotmail.com; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/266069.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER - 'PICTURES WITH SANTA' TO BENEFIT CHICKEN SOUP BRIGADE
On Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, 8pm-midnight, at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave.) Seattle Men in Leather hosts 'Pictures with Santa.' Get your picture taken with a hunky Santa for $5. Proceeds benefit Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program for people living with HIV/AIDS. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

YWCA-LGBTQ HEALTH & SWEDISH BREAST CENTER - MOBILE MAMMOGRAM SCREENING
On Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St.), the YWCA-LBTQ Health and Swedish Breast Center will conduct a mobile mammogram screening for people age 40 and over who are un- or under-insured and income eligible. You will receive a pap test, breast exam, mammogram and blood pressure check. Insurance is welcome and accepted. For an appointment, please call 206-461-4493 or email lbthealth@ywcaworks.org. Check out their blog at http://lbtqhealth-ywca.blogspot.com.

MEN OF ALL COLORS & CULTURES TOGETHER - DECEMBER POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, December 10, at 6 p.m., call for Everett location, Men of All Colors and Cultures Together will be hosting their December Potluck Social. Please contact MACCT at 206-923-8313 or macctseattle@yahoo.com for additional location information/directions. MACCT is a Gay/Bisexual multi-racial, multi-cultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality can be realized.

GLSEN WA & SEATTLE PARKS - GLBTQ TEEN SOCIAL
On Saturday, December 10, from 8-11 p.m., at Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way, at Broadway), GLBTQ youth, friends and allies, ages 14-19, are invited to a GLBTQ teen social with live DJ, co-sponsored by GLSEN WA Student Organizing Committee and Seattle Parks and Recreation. This event is FREE, but you will need a ticket, which you can get in advance online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/213017.

NEXT FEST NW
This dynamic Seattle festival of dance performance, screenings, installations and conversations features some of the hottest voices coming out of the Pacific Northwest. New performances: 12/9, 12/10 & 12/11 at 8 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.). Tickets: $15-advance, $18-at the door, $12-student/senior. Free performance lecture with Amy O'Neal on 12/10 at 5 p.m., at The Project Room (1315 E. Pine St.). Next Dance Cinema: 12/12 at 7 p.m., at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.). Tickets: $10-general, $7-student/senior. 206-325-8773 or visit www.velocitydancecenter.org.

JET CITY HOOPS - SEATTLE'S CO-ED GLBTQ BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Jet City Hoops winter season games will be held on Sundays, November 6-December 18, at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E., just north of E. Thomas St.). Recreational division games will be held 9 a.m.-noon; competitive division games will be held noon-4 p.m. Spectators welcome. www.jetcityhoops.org.

RISE N' SHINE DRAG BENEFIT AT GRIM'S
On Sunday, December 11, at 8 p.m., at Grim's (1512 11th Ave.), Carmen Sense and co-host Ursula Major, presents an evening of fine drag entertainment featuring Xandria Cox, Diamond St. James, Lexi Lasso, and Drew Paradisco. No cover.

'PEACE & PRIDE' - SEATTLE LGBT COMMISSION'S YEAR-END CELEBRATION
On Tuesday, December 13, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee (511 E. Pike St.), the Seattle LGBT Commission will host 'Peace & Pride,' a year-end celebration. This event will provide an opportunity for LGBT community members and the general public to mix and mingle with Commissioners, City officials, and community leaders, to discuss and help plan the Commission's goals for 2012, and celebrate the Commission's accomplishments in 2011.

The LGBT Commission is in the process of planning its upcoming work plan and goals for 2012 and welcomes suggestions and input from the community. Based on the issues identified in the Commission's 'Snapshot' survey, the Commission intends to focus on promoting the creation of an LGBTQ community center as part of the Capitol Hill light rail station; advocating for an economic empowerment initative for Seattle's Transgender community; supporting the push for marriage equality in Washington state; fostering better understanding between Seattle's LGBTQ community and the Seattle Police Department; and working to address the issues facing homeless youth.

Brief remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m. The Commission will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is free and open to the public.

GSBA HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL MEETING
On Wednesday, December 14, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), raise a glass and take a mid-day break with GSBA members and friends at the Annual GSBA Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Kyle Cable of Wells Fargo will engage in sharing stories about great business connections made in 2011 through GSBA. Bodacious Ladyhood, 'the tantalizing trio of vibrant voiced chanteuses whose blend of sounds and choice of material have made them a must-see in the Seattle cabaret scene,' will provide holiday entertainment. YouthCare's ISIS House, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth (ages 16-19), will be the featured nonprofit at the luncheon. The GSBA has a wish-list for ISIS house, if you would like to purchases a holiday gift for youth living at ISIS House. You can also make a cash donation in support of ISIS house. Cost for the luncheon is $34-members/students; $39-nonmembers. To RSVP, call 206-363-9188 or www.thegsba.org.

POZ SEATTLE'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHILI FEED SOCIAL
On Wednesday, December 14, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), POZSeattle presents their Annual Holiday Chili Feed Social. Meet in the downstairs bar for drinks, home-made chili (vegetarian and meat), cornbread and holiday desserts, socializing, and a whole lot of fun. This event is FREE (except for the cost of beverages) and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color. The Holiday Social features an optional Holiday Gift Exchange. If you'd like to participate, bring a fun, funny, or naughty wrapped gift for 'Santa POZ' to deliver, and you will get one in exchange.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to POZSeattle's event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - 'MOVIE MONTH'
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (formerly Dunshee House) (303 17th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.).

Instead of book-reading, December will be movie month and a different great Gay movie will be shown at each week's meeting.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this FREE book club. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/ or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

2012 FIREFIGHTERS AT PURR
On Wednesday, December 14, at 8 p.m., at Purr (1518 11th Ave.), firefighters from the 2012 Firefighters Calendar will be on hand to socialize and sign calendars. Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the WSCFF Burn Foundation. www.purrseattle.com.

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS - VIGiL AND PROCESSION
On Saturday, December 17, from 5-7 p.m., at Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. & E. Olive Way), the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - Vigil and Procession will be held. This candlelight vigil will be a space to show our love and respect for sex workers murdered due to marginalization, stigmatization and hatred. We invite our allied community to mourn collectively. Participants are more than welcome and encouraged to bring a poem, song, prayer, or loving words. This event is open to the public. For more information on this event: www.swopusa.org/dec17. For more information on SWOP-Seattle: www.NW-SWOP.org.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Sunday, December 18, from 3:30-6 p.m., at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), join Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance for an afternoon of live music and gender-free contra dancing for LGBTQ folks and friends and all who want to dance. Free lesson at 3pm. Mariah Pepper and band TBD will call the dance to warm us up for the holiday season. $10 general admission.

SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION - LOCAL AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS
www.safeschoolscoalition.org

2012 GSBA & PRIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
GSBA and Pride Foundation would like to encourage students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington who are pursuing any post-seconday education (including community college, public or private colleges and univesities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs) to consider applying for their scholarships. Deadline for application is January 31. For more info, visit www.pridefoundation.org/pride-foundation-scholarships-apply-online-today/

WA WOMEN IN THE TRADES - 'STORIES & SNAPSHOTS' 2012 ROSIE THE RIVETER CALENDAR
www.wawomenintrades.com

'OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHILDREN' - BEAUTIFUL 2012 CALENDAR FEATURES LGBTQ PARENTED FAMILIES FROM THE SEATTLE AREA
The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force is excited to offer once again its beautiful calendar of LGBTQ parented families from the Seattle area. The task force has been producing the calendar for ten years with the mission of providing the visual reminder to children, teachers and families that families look different and that all families are welcome. Additionally, the calendar has been displayed in diverse work places and in colleges and universities with teacher preparation programs.

The upcoming year is the tenth anniversary of the calendar. The task force revisited families from the 'early years' and invited twelve (plus two more!) families to come back for another picture shoot. Each family picture has a small inset picture from the first time the family was in the calender. Many families have grown; others have changed their make-up, and the tragic loss of one dad illustrates that our families and our children experience life, death, and change just like other families.

Proceeds from the calendar help the task force to produce the calendar for another year, onward to the twentieth year and beyond.

An order form is online at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ocof/OFOC_CalendarOrderForm2012.pdf or you can call Bill Sanders at 206-226-3352. Suggested donation is $15 which includes shipping and handling.

'DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW'
Sleigh bells ring; are you listening? They're heralding the arrival of the 61st annual Dina Martina Christmas Show! Unwittingly hilarious and wonderfully bizarre, Dina Martina is the chanteuse with the leastest; the dancer with the hunchfront; the childlike lady who, year after year, is the holiday gift that truly keeps on giving.

A perennial favorite of the likes of John Waters, Margaret Cho, Matt Stone and Graham Norton, Miss Martina's shows have long been a favorite holiday tradition for those who want something other than the usual holiday fare.

Brimming with botched carols, ungraceful dances, overburdened costumes and truly bizarre audience gifts, this ALL NEW holiday extravaganza guarantees Dina Martina's sidesplitting blend of low-brow, top-notch comedy and near-acid-trip surrealism. And, due to overwhelming demand, this year's ALL-NEW show also guarantees the return of Miss Martina's ace accompanist, former child prodigy CHRIS JEFFRIES!

Over the years, Dina Martina has sung, hoofed, chatted and hyperventilated her way through 18 all-new shows in Seattle and numerous runs in New York, London, San Francisco and Provincetown, among other cities.

'The Dina Martina Christmas Show' runs through December 31 at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.) Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/203891 or call 1-800-838-3006 for schedule of performances and to order tickets: $20-advance; $25-at the door. NOTE: All bar sales at Re-bar are cash only. No credit cards accepted for drinks.

'HAM FOR THE HOLIDAYS: A LARD'S DAY NIGHT'
Seattle sketch mavens Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (Dos Fallopia) ring in the holidays with the 11th edition of their cult holiday show, chock full of maladjusted characters, tacky costumes, and more wigs than Lady Gaga. 'A Lard's Day Night' features a plethora of questionable taste:

Country duo The Spudds give film noir a makeover with 'Double-Wide Indemnity;' game show 'Who's Your Deity?' spanks dogma with panelists Harvey Fierstein, Kirstie Alley and Professor Dumbledore - hosted by Sister Mary Agnes; get to know Michele and Marcus Bachmann up close in 'Bachmann Xmas Overdrive,' Ballard stalwarts The Polka Dots mangle popular songs and the English language, polka style; the tiny Sequim Gay Men's Chorus add two new Lesbian members and a name change (S.Q.U.E.E.L.).

The show runs through December 24, at Theatre Off-Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., at S. Jackson St.) - Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15-$33. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202493 or call 1-800-838-3006.

'HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS'
An unforgettable all-star cast brings you innovative burlesque and cabaret performances to help you beat the holiday blues. 'HOMO for the Holidays' is a hearty holiday fruitcake packed with rollicksome reindeer, enticing elves, ghostly guests, sexy snowstorms, agile angels, musical Maccabees, and new ways to define coming home. It's not Christmas in July, it's Pride in December! Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and join our chosen family in celebrating our favorite wintry holiday of all, 'HOMO for the Hoidays.' Featuring an all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries, BenDeLaCreme, Kitten LaRue, The Cerdonna and Lou Show, Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, Fuchsia FoXXX, ilvs strauss, James McHendry, and Jimmy Longwell. The show runs 12/10-12/24, 12/10 preview at 7 p.m., 12/15, 16, 17, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., 12/24 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. West Hall, OddFellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd Floor. Tickets: $20-advance; $25-at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/90561.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS - 'COOL YULE: THE BIG BAND THEORY'
Big Band music meets the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory for a concert of toe-tapping musical pyrotechnics. This year a live swing band, complete with brass and saxophones, will complement a program filled with holiday favorites like 'Let It Snow,' 'Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland,' 'Sleigh Ride,' 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' 'Jingle Bells,' and 'Silent Night.' At the same time, hilarious fun is in store as the show features the four exceedingly nerdy scientists from The Big Bang Theory and their hilarious attempts to interact with the real world. Their job in 'Cool Yule' (as performed by four talented Chorus members) is to determine exactly why holidays are so magical. This results in numerous misfires until they finally - quite by accident - land on a winning equation.

The show runs 12/11 at 7:30 p.m., 12/15 at 8 p.m. (12/15 at Pantages Theatre, 901 Broadway,Tacoma), 12/17 at 8 p.m. (12/17 at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby St., Everett), 12/18 at 7:30 p.m., 12/19 at 7:30 p.m., 12/22 at 7:30 p.m., 12/23 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., at Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $22-$77. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

'INJUSTICE AT EVERY TURN' - COMPREHENSIVE TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION STUDY SHARES TWO PERSONAL STORIES ON 'IN THE LIFE'
http://www.itlmedia.org/html/other/Injustice%20at%20Every%20Turn.html

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.

'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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