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"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. Debuting recently on 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.

MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE HOSTS "OVER THE RAINBOW FESTIVAL"
On Friday, February 20, from 7-9:30 p.m., the MVHS GSA presents the award-winning documentary Ask Not, a stinging examination of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on homosexuals in the armed forces by Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Johnny Symons. A post-film discussion will be led by Mr. Symons, with input from special guests Admiral Alan Steinman (the highest-ranking officer to come out publicly), Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer (the highest-ranking officer to challenge the policy), and Major Margaret Witt (who recently won reinstatement in an ACLU-prosecuted lawsuit).

The film will be shown in the Mount Vernon High School Auditorium, 314 N. 9th St., Mount Vernon, WA.

On Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., the MVHS GSA hosts a series of workshops on the topics: Religion & Homosexuality, Families Under the Rainbow, Gender Identity, Safe Sex, Coming Out, GLBT in the World of Work. The workshops will be held in the Mount Vernon High School Cafeteria, 314 N. 9th St., Mount Vernon, WA.

On Saturday, February 21, from 7-10 p.m., the MVHS GSA hosts a musical celebration in the school cafeteria featuring Chris Eger and the Black & Blues Band.

There will be fabulous cake walks and a cake sale throughout the day! Tasty treats from Java Jo's will be available. Admission is FREE to all "Over the Rainbow Festival" events; and donations will be gratefully accepted.

HOME ALIVE GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Home Alive will be selling off desks of all sizes, computers, office supplies, office furniture, books, auction overflow, boxing equipment, Home Alive merchandise, and more& as they downsize their office to a storage space in the wake of serious financial difficulties. The event will be held at the Home Alive studio, 1415 10th Ave. (upstairs), between E. Pike St. & E. Union St. Bargain prices! This is a fundraiser, but items must go! No checks accepted. Limited delivery in the greater Seattle area for an additional fee.

SEATTLE GAY SOFTBALL SEEKS NEW PLAYERS AT WEEKEND SKILLS CLINICS
On Saturday, February 21, the Open Division of the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) will host the first of two scheduled skills clinics from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rainier Beach playfields, 8802 Rainier Ave. S., to allow new players a chance to hit, field and catch a few softballs and meet teams that are looking for new players. Prospective new players are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own equipment (a softball mitt and cleats) and to wear warm clothes. Extra equipment may be available to borrow. If Saturday is a rainout, please attend on Sunday, February 22, at the same time and place. The next and last opportunity to attend a skills clinic will be on Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the same location. Please visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com and register your profile now so teams can find you before the season begins.

Seattle Gay softball is a great way to meet new people and enjoy spending time outdoors in an organized activity. Games are played on Sundays, with the season running from early April through mid-July (including the playoff tournament). The ECSA Open Division league is open to everyone, regardless of skill level: men and women, Gay and non-Gay. For more information about the skills clinics or playing with the ECSA Open Division, visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. For information on the ECSA's Women's Division (for women only), visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. The Women's Division will hold their play day/skills clinic on Sunday, March 22, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Lower Woodland Fields south of Green Lake.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP: JOHN RECHY'S NUMBERS
On Saturday, February 21, the Q-Squared Book Group will meet at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E, at 1 p.m., to discuss John Rechy's novel, Numbers. The author, John Rechy, is probably best known for his debut novel City of Night. That 1963 novel about a Gay hustler became a scandalous sensation and a national best seller. Numbers is Rechy's second novel and also deals with a Gay hustler. Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes news members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.

MEN OF ALL COLORS & CULTURES TOGETHER HOST MARDI GRAS POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, February 21, Men of All Colors & Cultures Together (MACCT) will host their February Mardi Gras Potluck Social starting at 6 p.m. at a Bellevue (98008) location. Please contact MACCT at 206-923-8313 or macctseattle@yahoo.com for location information and directions.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
On Saturday, February 21, the FSP will show a film titled 10,000 Black Men Named George, starring Andre Braugher, that traces the founding of the first African-American union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. A discussion follows the film. $3 door donation. A Down South Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for a $9 donation. For more information or childcare, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible.

"FABULUXE" CABARET, BELLYDANCE, DRAG & BURLESQUE SHOW
On Saturday, February 21, join Fuchsia FoXXX, BenDeLaCreme, The Shanghai Pearl, Sassy DeLure, and Waxie Moon for a delightful evening of burlesque. Two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. will be performed at Sonya's Bar & Grill, 1919 1st Ave. $12 show cover plus $5 drink minimum ($17 cash at the door). 21+ with ID.

NIGHT FANTASIA - REUNION TEN
On Saturday, February 21, Night Fantasia returns to celebrate Seattle's Gay Asian community. Enjoy a limited-seating delectable specialty Chinese dinner at the New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 S. Jackson St., from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., followed by an evening of entertainment hosted by Aleksa Manila, from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Enjoy performances by Aleksa Manila and other surprise entertainers; an underwear fashion show and DJ'd music. Tickets are $20 for limited-seating dinner and night of entertainment; $10 suggested donation for night of entertainment only. The event is open to all 18+, with alcohol served to those 21+ with ID. For more information and to make reservations for the dinner, visit www.kwanchai.net and look for "Night FantAsia" under the "Events" page or call 206-262-1022.

SOJOURNER TRUTH MINISTRIES HOSTS THEIR ANNUAL CHURCH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
On Sunday, February 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Sojourner Truth Ministries, 2524 16th Ave. S., Suite A209 (on Beacon Hill in the El Centro de la Raza building), will hold their annual church anniversary program, "Embracing Our History with Grace and Gratitude." Rev. Monica Corsaro of the United Methodist Church will be the featured speaker. Other clergy and special guests scheduled to attend are: Rev. Eckert White, Rev. Harriett Walden, George Hampton of the Pride Foundation, Chad Goller-Sojourner and the Liberation Choir. A special Praise Dance will be performed by Sisters Sharail Butler and Natasha Burrows. Everyone in the community is invited to come and fellowship. "We especially hope to see all our family and friends who have supported and visited the ministry in the past." Food and other refreshments will be provided in the dining area directly after the service.

PURR & THE SGN HOST "A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS"
On Sunday, February 22, starting at 4 p.m., Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave., and the Seattle Gay News, host "A Night at the Oscars." Stop by before the show and fill out a ballot. Prizes will be awarded! The Academy Awards show starts at 5 p.m. and will be shown on Purr's 3 plasma screen TVs. The event will be featuring Absolut drink specials and Happy Hour prices. Come stargaze with your friends and enjoy the show! No cover.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA & GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT HOST 4TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS PARTY
On Sunday, February 22, starting at 4:30 p.m. (with VIP reception starting an hour earlier), join Three Dollar Bill Cinema (sponsors of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival) and Gay City for a night at the Oscars. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, drawing for fantastic door prizes and a big screen broadcast of the Academy Awards with theatre-style seating plus four big-screen TVs throughout the stylish setting of SoDo Park. (VIPs enjoy a special champagne and wine reception and gift bag.) The event will be held at SoDo Park, 3200 First Ave. S. Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available at www.gaycity.org. (Tickets at the door are $5 more.) www.threedollarbill.org; 206-323-4274. www.gaycity.org; 206-860-6969.

GLBTQ.COM CELEBRATES OSCAR MONTH WITH TWO SPECIAL FEATURES
glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture will celebrate the contributions of GLBTQ actors and actresses to cinematic history in two special features on its home page throughout the month of February. www.glbtq.com.

IN THE LIFE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
On Sunday, February 22, at midnight, KCT-TV, Channel 9, broadcasts In the Life's February episode: "Mobilizing Hope." In observance of Black History Month, In the Life explores several facets of the kaleidoscope that is the LGBT African-American community. We profile New Jersey community activist Bernie McAlister and his "House of Jourdan," part of the Gay ball subculture that has expanded its social role to include AIDS education/outreach to Queer youth. New York Governor David Paterson and Yale professor George Chauncey reflect on the continuing struggle for Gay civil rights. In the "Real to Reel" segment, filmmaker Abigail Child follows four young men navigating the complexities of living On the Downlow. The episode can also be viewed online at your convenience at www.inthelifetv.org.

CALL FOR QUEER ARTISTS FOR EXPOSED COMMUNITY ARTS EVENT
Are you a Queer visual or functional artist looking for exposure to a receptive and supportive crowd of art lovers? Then exposed: a celebration of Queer artistry is for you! This arts-based community fundraising event with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will feature work by over 20 Seattle Queer artists in a variety of media: including visual art, sculpture, ceramic and functional work. Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 23. The event will be held on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the West Hall at Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St. For more details, visit www.gaycity.org and look under the "events" menu for more information about exposed.

GAY CITY HOSTS MONTHLY CHATROOM AT KALADI BROTHERS
What do you desire in the coming year? On Monday, February 23, join Gay City and fellow community members at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., at 7 p.m., to discuss what you want in your relationships, whether you're happily single or currently partnered. For more information, email Lark@gaycity.org.

"A HAZY MARDI GRAS" CABARET SHOW AT CAFÉ AMORE
On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24 and 25, starting at 7 p.m., enjoy a no-cover cabaret show at Café Amore, 2301 5th Ave. at Bell St., with host Ryan Hazy (King of the Seas 2008), Dominatrix Roxy as Cher, Renten (drag king), Kennith (drag king, Ayla (bellydancer), Kay Sedia (drag queen), Sir Awesome (drag king) and starring Demene Hall. For reservations, call 206-770-0606.

HX GAY & LESBIAN TRAVEL EXPO
On Thursday, February 26, the 2009 HX Gay & Lesbian Travel Expo, will be held from 4-8 p.m., at the Seattle Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St. Whether you dream of shopping in Europe, hiking through South America, or sipping a drink by the pool, make the expo your first stop. Come to the expo and register to win a two-night San Francisco getaway. FREE admission. 1-800-GAY-EXPO; www.gaytravelexpo.com.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country 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.

SEATTLE'S QUEER FOUNDATION SPONSORS 4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ESSAY CONTEST
$1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the top essayists to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice in 2009-2010. This year's deadline is Saturday, February 28. For complete information, visit www http://queerfoundation.org. Information about and essays by former contest winners are also posted on the website.

TACOMA PFLAG PRESENTS "RAINBOWS OVER TACOMA" - A COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, February 28, join Tacoma Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, Out in Tacoma, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and the Rainbow Center at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, for an evening of community fun. From 6:15-7:45 p.m., enjoy a social hour and a tour of the museum galleries. From 8-9:30 p.m., enjoy the music of the Kim Archer Band, Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, and Sensible Shoes, the pop and vocal jazz ensemble of the Seattle Women's Chorus. Casual attire is encouraged. Tickets are $20 in advance only. 253-581-1354; trhineswa@aol.com. Please include first and last name of each member of your party. For complete information, visit www.pnwpflag.org/rainbowstac/ (See website for list of local sponsoring restaurants. Enjoy dinner out at one of the sponsoring restaurants before the event.)

"QUEERS UNITE: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT" CANDLELIGHT VIGIL & MARCH
On Saturday, February 28, join the Queer Ally Coalition for a candlelight vigil and march through Capitol Hill against anti-LGBTQ violence. Meet at the Pillars at Boren Ave. & Pike St. at 8 p.m. The march is expected to end around 9:30 p.m.

LISA KOCH PRESENTS "FUNNY GIRLZ" WITH LESBIAN COMICS MICHELE BALAN & JENNIE MCNULTY
On Sunday, March 1, Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch, best known as one-half of the sketch-comedy duo Dos Fallopia (with comic Peggy Platt) and their "Ham for the Holidays" series, presents Lesbian comics Michele Balan, a brash New York comic, and Jennie McNulty, who delivers smart, quick and refreshingly unique humor, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner). Koch join forces with them for a delectable mix of music, stand-up, and lots of laughs. Tickets: $17-advance; $20-day of. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
From March 1 through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on March 14 (a history of the women's suffrage movement in Seattle), March 28 (a national perspective on the women's rights movement), April 4 (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier (in 1910); Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide). The special events will begin at 2 p.m., except on March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

HOME ALIVE FUNDRAISER AT HOT HOUSE SPA & SAUNA
On Tuesday, March 3, from noon to midnight (last entry at 11 p.m.), the Hot House, 1019 E Pike St. at 11th Ave., will host a fundraiser for Home Alive (entrance off 11th Ave. behind the Wildrose). $10-$20 sliding scale entry fee. 100% of entry fee to Home Alive. Massage appointments available with 50% of fee to Home Alive. WOMEN ONLY, please. Home Alive is a Seattle-based anti-violence nonprofit organization that offers affordable self-defense classes and provides public education and awareness. This fundraiser will help sustain Home Alive as they re-group after a serious financial crisis.

ORCA SWIM TEAM HOSTS EMERALD CITY 2009 MASTERS SWIM MEET
On Saturday, March 7, Seattle's LGBT recreational and competitive swim team with host a regional LGBT masters swim meet at Seattle University's Connolly Center Pool, 550 14th Ave., from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Spectators are welcome. Enter at the entrance on E. Cherry St. - signs will be posted. Free admission. For complete information, to sign up to participate (deadline is Tuesday, March 3) and for a complete schedule of events, visit www.orcaswimteam.org.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL GALA "LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!"
On Saturday, March 7, Equal Rights Washington presents "Lights, Camera, Action!", a fun-filled, festive event featuring a silent auction, a 5-course gourmet dinner and celebrity performances. Hosted by Deborah Brandt, award-winning former host of KUOW's Morning Edition, with keynote speaker, Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA superstar and Seattle Storm player, ERW Gala veteran and Last Comic Standing finalist Michele Balan. The event will be held at the W Hotel, 1112 4th Ave. Enjoy cocktails and silent auction from 6-7:30 p.m., dinner and entertainment from 7:30-10 p.m., W Hotel After Party from 10 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $175. For reservations, call 206-324-2570 or visit www.equalrightswashington.org/gala.

COMING OUT GROUP FOR WOMEN OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS
This group is for women identifying as Lesbians (publicly or privately) who are also "coming out" of conservative religious backgrounds. Coming out is, and should be, an exciting time. However, when you face the loss of support from family and friends, and maybe even question your faith, it can feel like your foundation is crumbling. This group is designed to be a safe place to explore the questions, the loss, and the joy of coming out with other women on the journey. The group is led by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is eight weeks in length. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bender, MA, LMHC, 206-853-8349 or stephanie@stephaniebender.com.

"PINK AND BENT: ART OF QUEER WOMEN"
During the month of December, glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, is celebrating contemporary art by Queer women with an online exhibition entitled "Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women." glbtq.com's online presentation features the work of 24 artists, each of whom is profiled on the site. The exhibition will be featured on glbtq.com's home page throughout December and will remain available on the website indefinitely.

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.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO HELP PREVENT HIV 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

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