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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50
Northwest News
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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.'

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 St.), 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 for 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.

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.

KOLENU HOSTS GLBTQ HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
On Wednesday, December 21, from 7-9 p.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), Kolenu Seattle hosts Seattle's 3rd Annual GLBTQ Hanukkah Celebration. Enjoy tasty latkes, colorful dreidels, music and a beautiful candle lighting symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression. Celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah as we honor community leaders who have been influential in our local fight for equality. FREE and open to the community, including family, friends and allies. Due to location, this is a 21+ event. RSVP through Kolenu Facebook page or through Jconnect Seattle's event page. For more information, visit www.kolenuseattle.com.

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 persuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs) to consider applying for their scholarships. Deadline for application is January 31. For more information, visit www.pridefoundation.org/pride-foundation-scholarships-apply-online-today1

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 12/3 at 8 p.m., 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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