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COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at County Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E. offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2008 SOFTBALL SEASON
Open Division games will be played primarily at the North SeaTac fields again this year, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., and the Women's Division games will be played at the Lower Woodland Complex, Aurora Ave. N. & N. 59th St. For complete details about the league, including game times and field locations, see the league website at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. In addition to regularly scheduled games, the league will also be hosting the Gay Softball World Series.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY LAUNCHES BOOK DISCUSSION AND STUDY GROUPS
The Freedom Socialist Party will be sponsoring three "Rebel Reading Circles" beginning in June. Share ideas as you study Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance, written by Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish. Discover a wealth of little-known information about campus, farmworker and Chicana feminist organizing at the University of Washington, in the Yakima Valley, and in the Seattle community. Examine the strategies used in historic labor strikes and boycotts. The three FREE study groups will meet twice a month. Come to any or all session and choose the time and location that best fits your schedule: Sunday, June 1 - 900 Hiawatha Pl. S., 1st & 3rd Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Monday, June 2 - New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 11 - Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 206-722-2453; FSPseattle@mindspring.com; www.socialism.com.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS IN "CIRQUE DU SLAQUE" AT CHAC
Captain Smartypants gives the circus a run for its money in their irreverent new show, Cirque du Slaque. a unique taste of homo-comedy at its talented and flagitious best; these nine funny guys take on bearded ladies, criminal magicians, bad candy, politics and more in this pastiche of songs, sketches and video that features at least one clown-related death. Cirque du Slaque is a raucous and sometimes bawdy send-up of circus life (in a sort of eerie and definitely offbeat way). This journey, running the gamut from ridiculous to sublime, will both amaze and frighten. The dark and disturbing underbelly of circus life is revealed through a musical story peppered with interesting and dangerous characters. Performances will be held at the Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., on June 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. (lounge opens at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $20 - 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE HOST 2008 NORTHWEST CUP TENNIS TOURNAMENT
On Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Seattle Tennis Alliance presents the Northwest Cup, an annual team tennis competition featuring the best Gay and Lesbian players in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. This year, the tournament returns to Seattle and Seattle Tennis Alliance wants to bring the Cup home. See some great tennis, meet new friends, nosh on some great appetizers courtesy of Seattle Tennis Alliance and Thomas St. Bistro and cheer our team to victory. The tournament will be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center indoor tennis courts at the University of Washington (parking is free after noon both days). The Seattle Tennis Alliance is a not-for-profit corporation charged with providing great tennis and social events and programming for the Seattle area LGBT community and their friends. On the web at http://sta.clubexpress.com.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CARE TO SHOP FOOD DRIVE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program, sponsors an on-going food drive program to provide bags of groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. "Care to Shop" is held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following stores: The first Saturday of the month at QFC, 416 15th Ave. E., Seattle; the second Saturday of the month at QFC, 417 Broadway E. (Broadway Market), Seattle; and the third Saturday of the month at Thriftway, 9740 S.W. Bank Rd., Vashon Island. They particularly need: cereal, canned tuna, canned meals (soup, stew, etc.), juice, canned beans, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, dry pasta, canned or jarred spaghetti sauce. Store gift cards and cash donations are also always appreciated. You can also help by organizing your own food drive at an office gathering or holiday party. For more information, call 206-328-8979.

"CHASING THE DEVIL: INSIDE THE EX-GAY MOVEMENT" WEST COAST PREMIERE
Chasing the Devil: Inside the Ex-Gay Movement will have its West Coast premiere Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC), 1621 12th Ave., and Thursday, June 12, 8 p.m. at RPlace, 619 E. Pine St. This film is screening as part of Seattle's True Independent Film Festival and is co-presented by the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Chasing the Devil: Inside the Ex-Gay Movement presents an unflinching look at the personal journeys of four people who claim to have changed their sexual orientation from Gay to straight. Their stories mark the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed inside the ex-Gay movement and provide an empathetic and at times devastating portrait of those who claim homosexuality is an illness that can be healed.

POZ SEATTLE HOSTS PRIDE MONTH SOCIAL
On Wednesday, June 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave., at E. Pine St., POZSeattle their annual Pride Month Social. Meet in the downstairs bar for free appetizers, 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. 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 questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org

UW'S Q CENTER & ASUW GLBT COMMISSION HOST UW'S ANNUAL LAVENDAR GRADUATION
On Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m., in the Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall, University of Washington, the Q Center and the GLBTC will honor LGBT students graduating from the UW. The Q Center and the GLBTC will also honor one ally, student, staff member, faculty member, and alum with their Q Visionary Awards. Award recipients were nominated by their peers and were selected by former Q Visionaries. This year's ceremony features a surprise student speaker and Eli Clare (http:/eliclare.com/), author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, among other works. Clare is Genderqueer, white, disabled, and an anti-oppression scholar/activist with a BA in Women's Studies and an MFA in creative writing and most importantly a penchant for rabble-rousing. This event is open to the public. For more information and t0 RSVP, call 206-897-1765.

DEAF LGBTQI LEADERSHIP & LIFESTYLE CAMP 2008
"While there are conferences held for Deaf LGBTQI such as the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, Deaf GLOW, the Deaf Lesbian Festival, GLADE and International Deaf Leather, the real question is, what makes the Deaf LGBTQI Leadership & Lifestyle Camp different from the other conferences? We realized that there is a strong decline of leadership in our Deaf LGBTQI community. We are concerned about the lack of participation in these organizations and lack of knowledge and understanding about members' rights, officers' conduct and so forth. On top of that, we are concerned about the lack of leadership among the Deaf LGBTQI youth.

"The main goal of the Deaf LGBTQI Leadership & Lifestyle Camp is for everyone to strengthen their skills as leaders, to exchange information and experiences, to gain confidence as well as to have fun and enjoy ourselves in a private campground rather than staying at a costly hotel and eating out at restaurants. For five nights at LLC, it will cost you $255 to register, which will include all meals, ready-made bed, towels, conference and more.

"The camp is ideal not only to meet new and old friends. We can be ourselves and not worry about how we look. We have the entire camp to ourselves for the whole weekend to relax in a beautiful natural setting! It is not very often that the Deaf LGBTQI community gets an opportunity like this to experience and enjoy a different kind of conference like this at a campground.

"For more information about the Deaf LGBTQI Leadership & Lifestyle Camp to be held June 11-15, please go to www.nwrad.org and click LLC 2008."

GAY CITY HOSTS "UNCORKED! A FABULOUSLY GAY WINE TASTING"
Learn more about, and taste wines from around the world at this fabulous wine tasting event on Friday, June 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Capitol Hill Loft Studio of Steve Jensen and Vincent Lipe, 1424 10th Ave., between E. Pike & E. Union Sts. Tickets are $40 and the first 60 tickets sold include a complimentary bottle of wine. www.gaycity.org

ROMP NAKED > "MANY BROTHERS, ONE TRIBE - SUMMER SOLSTICE / NAKED PRIDE"
Romp Naked is an alternative nude gathering in Seattle for men to honor male erotic energy through art, music and dance. Romp Naked is definitely a sexy party, not a sex party. Romp Naked will be held on Saturday, June 14, at a Capitol Hill location, with doors and MainSpace opening at 7 p.m. with creative undress and mingling. The welcoming and opening circle begins at 8 p.m. and the Plush Zone opens at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy moving music and energy work. The event ends with closing, credits and cool down by 12 midnight. Suggested donation: $30 at the door (sliding scale $20 to $30, cash only). You must be on the Guest List to attend. For more information and to RSVP, go to www.db-designs.org/romp/ Proceeds will be donated to local community organizations. 206-888-NUDE; www.RompNaked.org

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER HOST FATHERS DAY FUNDRAISING CHILI FEED
On Sunday, June 15, Leather Daddy Mark and Daddy's boy Ron will host the SML's 14th annual Fathers Day chili feed, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. The menu will include all-you-can-eat chili (meat or vegetarian) with the trimmings for $5, hot dogs for $2, chili dogs and beef burgers for $3. All proceeds will go to support Rise 'n Shine, SML's benefit charity for 2008. SML invites everyone to come for some great food, friends, and fun on Fathers Day.

RADICAL WOMEN PRESENTS "FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES"
On Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m., Radical Women presents "Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stores of Lesbian Lives. Using interviews, archival footage, illustrations, and dramatizations, this documentary illustrates Queer culture during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. The event will be held at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Dinner, with vegetarian option, available at 6:30 p.m. for a $7.50 donation. For more information, rides or childcare, call 206-722-6057 or 206-722-2453. This event is wheelchair accessible. Everyone welcome.

BORDER RIDERS JUNE 2008 RUN TO VISIT LEWIS & CLARK TERRITORY
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is going to Fort Stevens State Park, Warrenton, OR, for its next run. The run lasts from Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22. Guests will pay $15 for one night of camping, or $25 for two nights. All meal costs will be extra. In order to be good hosts and to make all necessary preparations, everyone must register for the run. Use the online registration form to register at www.borderriders.com. The registration deadline is Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m.

"OUT OF THE DARKNESS OVERNIGHT WALK" BENEFITTING SUICIDE PREVENTION RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
In Washington state, more than 820 people die by suicide each year, four times as many who die by homicide. It is the second leading cause of death across the state for those between 15 and 34 years old. Nationally suicide is a serious health problem that claims a life every 16 minutes.

This June, residents from throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the country will participate in the "Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk" in Seattle. The up to 20-mile overnight journey will begin at sundown on Saturday, June 21 and end at sunrise on June 22, 2008. proceeds will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding vital research, suicide prevention and awareness programs and support for survivors of suicide loss both locally and nationally. To register, donate or learn more, log on to www.theovernight.org or call 888-The-Overnight.

GAY CITY SEEKING LGBT ARTISTS, WRITERS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE
Gay City is currently seeking any and all LGBT artists to host workshops on a number of art forms. As part of their newly launched Peer Recovery Network, Gay City will be hosting local artists to spread their knowledge and share their art forms with the community. Whether it's painting, sculpting, dance, theatre, self-defense, puppetry, poetry, writing, spoken word, music, fashion design, crafts, photography, welding, carpentry& whatever it may be, join Gay City in building community through art and camaraderie. For more information, contact Eleazar Juarez at eleazar@gaycity.org or 206-388-1707 or Robert Yoon at Robert@gaycity.org or 206-388-1704.

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