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REGISTER TO VOTE!!! DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20.
If you missed the October 4 deadline for mail-in and online voter registration, there is still time to register for the November 4 General Election in Washington State - but you have to register IN PERSON at your County Auditor's office. The deadline for in-person registration is Saturday, October 20. In Seattle/King County, you can register in person at King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA. - with extended office hours on Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Monday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone # for voter registration information in King County is 206-296-VOTE (8683). www.kingcounty.gov/elections/

If you live outside King County, call the Washington State Secretary of State's office, 1-800-448-4881; 1-800-422-8683 TDD/TTY; or visit www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/ for the location of your County Auditor's office - select "Register to Vote;" under "Registration Deadlines" select "County Auditor."



OCTOBER IS GLBT HISTORY MONTH
Philadelphia's Equality Forum presents their redesigned GLBT History Month 2008 website spotlighting 31 notable GLBT individuals. Starting October 1, visit www.glbthistorymonth.com. Logo and Logo's 365Gay.com celebrate LGBT History Month with launch of LGBT History Video Library. www.logoonline.com. Noted Gay historian Jonathan Ned Katz announces a test run of www.outhistory.org.



HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER HOSTS FREE CANCER RETREAT FOR LGBT COMMUNITY
After six years of providing an annual cancer retreat for sexual minority women, Harmony Hill is pleased to announce the expansion of this program into the first customized retreat for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) participants. This inaugural program is NO CHARGE and will take place November 7-9, 2009 at Harmony Hill's beautiful 12-acre site overlooking Hood Canal in Union, WA, just two hours from Seattle, one hour from Tacoma and Olympia.

Research evidence suggests that LGBT people may be at higher risk for some types of cancer such as breast cancer, cancers related to AIDS, lung cancer, and cancers caused by human papillomavirus. However, many doctors, nurses, and other health care providers have not had sufficient training to understand the specific health experiences of LGBT people. This can create barriers to optimal health and reluctance to access support services. The LGBT cancer retreat will be staffed by knowledgeable facilitators with experience working with the LGBT population, to ensure a safe and welcoming experience for all participants. "Although all of Harmony Hill's programs are open to anyone regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, we are especially pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for the LGBT community to experience this transformational program in a comfortable, accepting and nurturing environment," stated Gretchen Schodde, Executive Director.

Harmony Hill has been offering residential cancer programs since 1994. Using stress reduction skills, guided imagery, daily support groups for learning and sharing, yoga and massage, participants facilitate their own healing and restore quality of life. In 2004 Harmony Hill, with the help of grants and many generous donors, began offering all of their cancer programs at no charge. Harmony Hill, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the Pacific Northwest's only wellness and retreat center that specialized in programs for people living with cancer. Located in Union, WA on Hood Canal, Harmony Hill also provides wellness and renewal retreats, and facilities rentals for groups. Income from facility rentals helps support the cancer program, which is offered at no cost to participants.

For more information and to sign-up for this FREE weekend, call 360-898-2363 or visit www.harmonyhill.org.



AGAINST THE GRAIN/ MEN IN DANCE AT BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL
Against The Grain/Men In Dance appears at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway (at E. Pine St.) on October 10, 11, 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Originally conceived in 1994 this festival allows men the camaraderie and the opportunity to celebrate their art with pride while serving as a diversified role model for the male dancers of tomorrow. This powerful showcase features the best and brightest of Seattle choreographers, both male and female, representing a broad cross-section of dance, from the world of classical ballet, to the most current contemporary techniques and idea. Tickets are $20-general admission, $17-students/seniors, $12-children under 12. Cash and check sales only at the door; credit card and online purchases at Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/41968.



EM'MA GAWD! & ANNA REXIA ON YOUTUBE
Last Saturday, October 4, Em'ma Gawd! and Anna Rexia performed two skits at Re-Bar's Bacon Strip show. In the first, they featured the talents of Ade, and poked fun at Capitol Hill, hipsters, and themselves. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BHGID8qenw.

They also did a mash-up of Showgirls (Em'ma as Nomi, and Anna as Cristol) and that scandalous viral video (you know the one) for something called "2 Showgirls, 1 Cup." www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pOc_UimJKg.



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.



SEATTLE MAJESTICS ANNOUNCE OPEN TRYOUTS
On Saturday, October 11, the Seattle Majestics women's tackle football team will be holding open tryouts for their 2009 squad at French Field, Kent Meridian High School, 10200 SE 256th St, Kent, at 11 a.m. Players will be tested for speed, agility, and specific football skills.

The Majestics are coming off a stellar season, winning the Pacific Northwest Division, going undefeated (8-0) in the regular season. The Majestics made it to the Western Conference Championship game and ultimately lost to the eventual National Champions. The Majestics are looking to build on 2008 by finding strong, hard-working females to round out their veteran roster. No prior football experience is necessary (must be 18 years old), just a desire to work hard, learn, and do what it takes to win a National Championship.

For more information and to receive up-to-date information on how to become a Majestic, please contact Kasey Rivas (new player contact):

krivas@theseattlemajestics.com or 206-331-5881. Check out the team website, www.theseattlemajestics.com, to see what the team is up to in the off-season!



Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP HOSTS MONTHLY DISCUSSION
On Saturday, October 11, at 1 p.m., the Q-Squared Book Group will meet at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., to discuss Call Me By Your Name, by Andre Aciman. Q-Squared Book Group is open to all men who are interested in Gay literature and is actively seeking new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.



BOTTLENECK LOUNGE & SKILLET STREET FOOD PRESENT SECOND ANNUAL HILLSIDE HARVEST FEAST
On Saturday, October 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the BottleNeck Lounge, 2328 E. Madison St., hosts Skillet Street Food's mobile commercial kitchen, which is housed in a 25 foot 1962 vintage Airstream, serving the best locally-sourced, organic fare served in Seattle. The BottleNeck Lounge is a 21+ venue.



DIFFA/SEATTLE HOSTS "PARTY AT THE MANSION"
On Saturday, October 11, starting at 8 p.m., Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Seattle presents the 4th annual Party At The Mansion, a fundraising benefit in support of local HIV/AIDS service and education providers. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a luxury silent auction at this delightful dance party featuring NYC DJ Billy Carroll. The party will be held at the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave. Tickets start at $150 per person; Bunny Club $250. For more information, call 206-628-8949 ext 210, visit www.diffa.org, or email diffaseattle@yahoo.com.



THE ESOTERICS PRESENT "DAMAN: THE SEVEN CREATIONS"
On the second of his sojourns to India, The Esoterics' director Eric Banks had the opportunity to study the ancient texts and singing practices of the Parsis, the Zoroastrians who have lived in the region around Bombay since the eighth century. In his research at the Gama Oriental Institute, Eric studied the Avesta, the earliest Persian scriptures of Zoroastrianism - arguably the world's oldest monotheism - a faith that has influenced most of the practiced religions on the planet. While in Bombay, Eric researched the Gathas, which are most likely the oldest chants in recorded history. These hymns of the prophet Zarathustra have been handed down by the rote memorization of Zoroastrian priests, from father to son, since they were first uttered.

In addition to the Gathas, Eric studied a ninth-century manuscript of the Persian cosmology, called the Bundahishn. Selecting texts from both of these sources, Eric assembled the libretto and composed a seven-movement surround-sound opera for 40 a cappella voices - one that incorporates ancient Persian scripture and melodies to recount the origin of the universe in dramatic detail, acknowledge the cosmic balance between good and evil, and emphasize the human choice between these two that is so essential to the Zoroastrian faith.

Concerts in Seattle will be held on Saturday, October 11, at 8 p.m., at the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, 2901 Western Ave. (with limited seating, please purchase tickets online) and on Sunday, October 12, at 3 p.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. SW. Tickets are $20 at the door; $18 in advance online; $15 for students and seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled. Ticket price for groups of five or more is $12 per person. Active singers of any choral group may attend for $10. Advance online at www.TheEsoterics; tickets for the door price can be reserved by phone at 206-935-7779.



TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHUCH PRESENTS 9TH ANNUAL MATTHEW SHEPARD SUNDAY
On Sunday, October 12, Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 8th Ave., will host two services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., in honor and in memory of Matthew Shepard, a young openly-Gay student who was brutally murdered 10 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming, sparking an national outcry against violence against LGBT people. This year's guest sermon will be delivered by Jordan Goldwarg at 9:15 a.m. and noon.

Jordan Goldwarg has been engaged in LGBT issues since coming out while at Williams College. As a competitive athlete and as a coach, he has taken special interest in how LGBT people are accepted in those environments. He is a former board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletic Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia in sports. He volunteered for the Moviemento Homosexuel de Lima, the largest Gay-rights group in Peru.

Jordan will be available after both services for a question-and-answer period, immediately following coffee and cookies in the Parish Hall. All denominations are welcome.



SEAMEC GARDEN PARTY
On Sunday, October 12, starting at 2 p.m., come to Godzilla Gardens to eat, drink, enjoy new and old friends, and support SEAMEC (the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Folks) your favorite LGBT Elections Ratings Organization. Please RSVP to seamec.sc@gmail.com for more information and location. www.seamec.org.



EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON HOSTS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES PARTY AT CAFÉ METROPOLITAIN
On Tuesday, October 15, come watch the presidential debates with ERW and the LGBT community members, from 5:30-8 p.m., at Café Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way. FREE. www.equalrightswashington.org.



SEATTLE'S OWN BURLESQUE STAR, MISS INDIGO BLUE, FEATURED IN HEEB MAGAZINE
Miss Indigo Blue, Seattle's very own burlesque star and proprietress of the Academy of Burlesque, is featured in Heeb magazine's Fall 2008 edition, which hits newsstands nationwide on Thursday, October 16. The issue's centerpiece is the Third Annual Heeb Hundred, a list of 100 young Jews on the rise, which includes Miss Indigo Blue. Check out the Fall 2008 edition of Heeb.



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.



QLAW FALLTACULAR AT GREG KUCERA GALLERY
On Thursday, October 16, starting at 5:30 p.m., QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington State, is hosting their third annual FallTacular social fundraising event - an evening of art, cocktails, and entertainment in support of the charitable programs of the QLaw Foundation. Headlining the evening will be Sensible Shoes, a hilarious ensemble of the Seattle Women's Chorus, a pop vocal group in the tradition of the Seattle Men's Chorus's Captain Smartypants. The event will be held at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S. The event is free of charge with a suggested donation of $20. In addition to the successful Summer Public Interest Grant Program, the QLaw Foundation's activities this year will include development of a legal clinic, ongoing programming addressing the needs of LGBT at-risk youth, and educational programs. www.q-law.com.



DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS "IT'S A SCREAM" A HALLOWEEN CONCERT
On Friday, October 17, 8 p.m., Diverse Harmony, Seattle's and the nation's first Gay/Straight Alliance youth chorus, is putting on their Halloween concert at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door; admission is FREE for youth 22 and under. www.diverseharmony.org.



GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT TO HOST NATIONAL GAY MEN'S HEALTH SUMMIT OCTOBER 17-21 IN SEATTLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Summit is expected to draw hundreds of people from across the United States in an effort to focus on long-term strategic goals for Gay/Bi/Queer men's health and wellness and will cover a full-range of health concerns, ranging from physical and mental health, to social issues, to community building and organizing. The five-day conference will present more than 75 speakers, panels, workshops, and organizing meetings and will be held at the Madison Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St. This event is open to the public and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the Gay Men's Health Movement. Leaders in the movement are coming to Seattle from all over the world and have a great deal to share with all of us. For more information on the 2008 National Gay Men's Health Summit, visit www.gmhs2008.org

To learn about volunteer opportunities and volunteer discounts on conference registration, please contact Eleazar Juarez, Volunteer Coordinator, 206-388-1707; eleazar@gaycity.org.



WASHINGTON STATE STONEWALL DEMOCRATS DOORBELLING AND MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
On Saturday, October 18, the Washington State Stonewall Democrats, will be doorbelling in Issaquah/Sammamish to support the election of Darcy Burner to the 8th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and Phyllis Huster to the 5th Legislative District Senate seat in Olympia. Darcy Burner is a terrific LGBT ally and Phyllis Huster will be the first OUT Lesbian elected to serve in Olympia! The Washington State Stonewall Democrats is looking for 25 people to help turn out the vote for Darcy Burner and Phyllis Huster and turn the Eastside BLUE. Email anita@stonewalldemswa.org for the 11 a.m. meet-up location. Doorbelling will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

The Washington State Stonewall Democrats cordially invite you to a general meeting and membership drive on Saturday, October 18, from 6-10 p.m., in West Seattle. Come join the Washington State Stonewall Democrats. By building the number of Stonewall Democrats in Washington State, we can have a larger voice in the state's political and social agenda. For location, visit http://stonewalldemswa.org/calendar.php



EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON PRESENTS COMMUNITY ACTION MOBILIZATION PROGRAM WORKSHOP
On Saturday, October 18, from noon to 4 p.m., Equal Rights Washington presents their Community Action Mobilization Program (CAMP). The goal of this workshop is to train community members in ERW political activism and implement strategies throughout Washington communities. They are seeking motivated individuals from across Washington State to participate in this day-long training workshop. Learn how to engage your local community and raise awareness for issues affecting GLBT individuals and families. For more information, contact ERW/David Walega at 206-324-2570 or email david@equalrightswashington.org.



HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO RESHAPE HIV PREVENTION AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org.



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

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