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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 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. 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.)

"FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO" AT ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL
On Saturday, February 28, at 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., will be showing the documentary film, For the Bible Tells Me So, a compassionate look at the struggle between Christianity and homosexuality. It follows the stories of five families grappling with acceptance, faith, and the Bible. Told with compassion and inspiration this documentary seeks to share the love that all in the GLBTQ community deserve. A discussion follows. $5 donation requested. Popcorn and brownies will be served!

"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 benefit Home Alive as they attempt to stabilize and regroup in the face of a serious financial crisis.

DUNSHEE HOUSE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
Come discuss the best of Gay and Lesbian novels at the new Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Join other book-lovers on a drop-in basis every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. Come only once or come every meeting. Each month a different title will be discussed. The titles for the next four months are: March - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; April - The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal; May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS RARE SCREENING OF "FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES"
On Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, at 8 p.m., the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., presents Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses. A masterful drag queen melodrama, it was the most formally complex film to emerge from the Japanese New Wave and the first Japanese film to deal unabashedly with Gay culture. Starring gender-bending actor Peter (best remembered as the Fool from Akira Kurasawa's Ran), Funeral draws a dizzyingly varied set of Japanese, European and American filmic, literary and cultural references, and intriguingly inverts the Oedipus myth. Rarely screened, this landmark Japanese film released in 1969 had a big influence on a number of directors, including Stanley Kubrick. Tickets: $9-general, with discounts for NWFF members, children and seniors. www.nwfilm.org.

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.

ORCA SWIM TEAM HOSTS EMERALD CITY 2009 MASTERS SWIM MEET
On Saturday, March 7, Seattle's LGBT recreational and competitive swim team will 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.

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 SW 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 & 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.

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 five-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.

GAY OL' PURIM PARTY FOR SEATTLE'S QUEER JEWISH COMMUNITY
Gay Ol' Purim is a Purim party for Seattle's Queer Jewish community and friends! On Wednesday, March 11, come celebrate the holiday of Purim, which is often viewed as the Jewish coming out holiday in honor of Esther's "coming out" as a Jew. The party will be held from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., at The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., just west of Melrose Ave. The evening will feature a costume party, burlesque performance by Miss Indigo Blue, a drag Purim spiel, and, of course, drinks and dancing with music mixed by DJ Mathematix! For more information, email joshf@hilleluw.org. Sponsored by Kolenu, the LGBT program of JConnect Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE LEATHER PRIDE WEEK MARCH 13-22
Last year over 50 events were held around the state in celebration of Washington State Leather Pride Week. This year's Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Contest will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave.

A complete schedule of Washington State Leather Pride Week events will be available soon at www.wsmlo.org.

SEATTLE GAY SOFTBALL SEEKS NEW PLAYERS; SKILLS CLINIC COMING UP
On Saturday, March 14, the Open Division of the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) will host the second 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, March 15, at the same time and place. 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.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTS FREE CONCERT SPARKS OF GLORY: GHETTO SONGS
On Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m., Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents a FREE afternoon concert at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 100 University St. MOR's popular outreach series brings a reprise of Paul Schoenfield's poignant MOR commission "Ghetto Songs" - its premiere was named one of last year's top five Seattle classical music performance by The Gathering Note. Also, works from émigré musicians such as Ernest Bloch and Erich Korngold, who helped shape American musical life, will be performed. In an extension of the theme of SAM's exhibition, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art 1660-1893," MOR artistic director Mina Miller discusses America as a haven for musical artists fleeing the Holocaust. www.musicofremembrance.org.

"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.

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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