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MR. & MISS LGBT CINCO DE MAYO PAGEANT 2009
On Friday, May 1, at Neighbours Underground, 1509 Broadway, doors at 9 p.m., join hosts Efren Chacon & La Gorda for the Mr. & Miss LGBT Cinco de Mayo Pageant. $10 admission. Refreshments served. $300 prize to first-place winners! Interested in being a contestant? Contact Efren at 206-817-0341.

AFSC SPEAKER'S BUREAU LOOKING FOR QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee's speaker's bureau, Out Spoken, is looking for Queer youth to interview about their life experiences and hopes for the future to expand and enrich their panel presentations. Participants will receive a gift card and much appreciation for helping out. Contact LT at ltan@AFSC.org for more information and to set up an interview.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center, is currently seeking a volunteer graphic designer. This position requires experience working in graphic design at a professional level. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
The annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival will be held from Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, on Mercer St. just east of 3rd Ave. N. The festival features a juried exhibit of fine erotic art assembled from around the world. On Friday and Saturday, 12-6 p.m., exhibition-only admission is $10 at the box office. On Sunday, 12-4 p.m., admission to the exhibition only is FREE. You must be 18 years old or over to attend the gallery exhibition. ID will be required and checked at the door. In addition, the weekend includes performances, DJ'd after-hours parties, lectures and workshops. You must be 21+ to attend the after-hour parties. Visit www.seattleerotic.org for complete details including information on day-pass tickets, which include admission to performances and after-hours parties, and information/additional costs for lectures/workshops.

IMPERIAL COURT OF EVERETT CORONATION WEEKEND
On Friday, May 1, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., enjoy the Everett Coronation Out-of-Town Show at Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett, featuring drag performances by visiting dignitaries from out of town. $10 donation at the door. On Saturday, May 2, door at 5 p.m., coronation at 6 p.m., enjoy the Imperial Court of Everett's Coronation celebration "A Quest to Ancient Egypt: A Night on the Nile River" at the Sons of Norway Hall, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett. Enjoy fine drag performances and festivities. Cost is $40, which includes a catered buffet dinner.

On Sunday, May 3, at 11 a.m., enjoy the Everett Coronation Victory Brunch at Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett. Cost is $20 at the door. For more information and to RSVP, contact Gregory at gwizard1974@aol.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 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.

TEXT DONATE TO LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CHICKEN SOUP BRIGADE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong's nutrition-based food program, packs 1,000 grocery bags and distributes 3,000 meals a week to hungry people in the greater Seattle area. But they can't do it alone. You can help. Your $5 donation will give two meals to a hungry person today. Use your cell phone to donate $5 to Chicken Soup Brigade: 1) Text LIFELONG to 90999; 2) Reply to the automated text message with YES; 3) That's it! You just provide two meals with two texts! Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance website - www.lifelongaidsalliance.org - for more information or to donate online.

(NOTE: A one-time charge of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply. All charges are billed and payable to your mobile service provider. Proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance and are collected by the MGF. Service is available on most carriers. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting "STOP" to 90999. For full terms, visit mgive.com/a.)

RAINBOW CITY BAND HOSTS "SWING FEVER!" GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET, AUCTION & DANCE
On Saturday, May 2, starting at 6 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., enjoy an evening of musical entertainment, a banquet with four spectacular dinner options, silent and live auction, and a swing dance featuring the Purple Passion Swing Band, DJ'd music, and a no host bar. Tickets are $100 for the entire evening. Proceeds from "Swing Fever!" will fund the future of the Rainbow City Band and its affiliate organizations, including adding funds to their scholarship program, defraying the band's operating expenses and purchasing much needed instruments. To purchase tickets, visit www.rainbowcityband.com.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SPRING LEAGUE UNDERWAY
The Open Division Spring League is underway every Sunday through June 21 (except Memorial Day weekend) at the North SeaTac Park, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., SeaTac, WA (C Division Teams) and Celebration Park, 11th Pl. S. & S. 324th St. (1111 S. 324th St.), Federal Way (A, B & D Division Teams). (Check website for possible rainout announcements and Saturday rainout day schedules.) Both fields are accessible by public transit. For further information, including teams, league sponsors and schedule of play, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. (NOTE: Women's Division play will begin soon. Visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org for updates.)

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Every Monday a group of Snohomish County Gay men meet at a different Snohomish County restaurant to socialize, network, share a joke or a life experience, meet new people, and make new friends. There are no dues to join this dinner club. The only cost is your meal. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Ricardo Hernandez at socialdinnerclub@yahoo.com or at 360-722-1664.

METROPOLITAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB HOSTS EVENING FORUM WITH SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
On Wednesday, May 6, from 5:30-8 p.m., the Metropolitan Democratic Club presents a community forum to hear from all 15 candidates running for seats on the Seattle City Council. The forum is free and open to the public and will be held at the Labor Temple in downtown Seattle, 2800 First Ave., Hall #1. Boxed dinners will be available for purchase.

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 May and June are: May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.

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.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
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. A special presentation will be held on May 9 at 2 p.m. (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).

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE HOSTS NUNYA BUSINESS AUCTION
On Saturday, May 9, from 1700-1900 hours (5-7 p.m.), the Sisters will be auctioning off many forms of military paraphernalia. From duffel bags to uniforms (from live models, of course) and even a gas mask. Plus drink specials. All proceeds to the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network (SLDN), who are fighting to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and providing free legal counsel to servicemembers facing discrimination based on sexual orientation. www.theabbey.org; www.sldn.org.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR BRYAN PALMER TO SPEAK ON U.S. RADICAL JAMES CANNON
Northwest residents will have the rare opportunity to hear scholar Bryan Palmer speak on "James P. Cannon: A Native Son's Revolutionary Road" at a May Day celebration on Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Palmer's new biography, James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, opens with Cannon's small-town Kansas origins and introduction to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Trained by IWW agitator "Big Bill" Haywood, Cannon developed into a soapbox orator and labor leader who road the rails across the Midwest to organize strikes and build unions. He took a very public antiwar stance during the first World War. Cannon went on to become a founder of U.S. socialism. He died in 1974.

The event, sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party, will be held at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. There is a $3 door donation. The program will be preceded by a "Nothing's-too-good-for-the-working-class" buffet served at 6 p.m. for a $10 donation (labor exchanges available). The evening celebrates May Day, the international workers' holiday, inspired by the 1886 Chicago Haymarket riots and the fight for the eight-hour day.

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE HOST "MAD TEA PARTY"
Your service is required as a perspective juror by the High Court of Her Majesty the Queen of Hearts of Wonderland. Please present yourself to her majesty's Royal Guard on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m. sharp for auction registration, at The Daughters of the American Revolution Hall, 800 E. Roy St. Seating for tea service begins at 3 p.m. The afternoon tea ends at 6 p.m. Imaginative and elaborate head gear for the "Over The Top-Hat" contest is strongly suggested.

Follow the White Rabbit to a garden of talking flowers for the reception and silent auction accompanied by live music. The hookah-smoking Caterpillar will have you escorted to the tea table to join the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and Alice. Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea service, interactive entertainment, and perhaps a role in Alice's trial! Have your bid cards ready for the auction of the Queen of Hearts' desserts and the Mad Hatter's fantasy hats. Tickets at $60 general and $100 VIP are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds benefit Camp Ten Trees, a summer camp for Queer youth and children of LGBTQ families. www.theabbey.org; www.camptentrees.org.

"&AND I PLAYED JOHN LENNON'S PIANO" - A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PFLAG-OLYMPIA
On Sunday, May 10, Steve Schalchlin presents a fundraising concert for PFLAG-Olympia at 7 p.m., at the Capital Playhouse, 612 E. 4th Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling the theater at 360-943-2744, Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Earlier that day he will also be singing and speaking at the 10 a.m. service at Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. S.W., Olympia. www.unityofolympia.org. In the afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m., he will perform and tell stories at the regular monthly meeting of PFLAG-Olympia at the First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Steve Schalchlin's biography is at http://newworldwaking.com/Steve_Schalchilin_Bio.html. His blog is at http://bonusroundblog.blogspot.com/

ESPRIT 2009 - THE PACIFIC NW'S PREMIER TRANSGENDER CONVENTION
The Pacific Northwest's Premier Transgender Convention, Esprit 2009, will be held May 10-17 in Port Angeles, WA. For complete details, visit www.espritconf.com.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE CONCERT IN COMMEMORATION OF HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
On Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., Music of Remembrance presents a chamber music concert in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. The concert feature two world premieres of works it has commissioned commissions - from Israel's Aharon Harlap, written for two voices, string quintet and oboe and from Spectrum Dance Theater's Donald Byrd, set to Franz Schreker's The Wind. The concert will also feature works by Betty Olivero, Osvaldo Golijob, and Edwin Geist. With guest artists and vocalists, The Northwest Boy Choir, Kurt Beattie, Emily Hindrichs, Angela Niederloh, Erich Parce, Geneva Jenkins, Patrick Pulkrabek, and Marissa Qumby. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased in advance at 206-365-7770 or www.musicofremembrance.org or at the door.

GSBA HOSTS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS DINNER
On Friday, May 15, the Greater Seattle Business Association, Greater Seattle's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will host their annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., at The Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave. $85-members, $95-non members, $50-students, walk-ins are $10 more at the door if seating is available. "Bring your Kleenex as we cheer on our scholarship recipients. We expect to be giving out 26 scholarships to future leaders of our community. Your generosity has made this possible and it is a great place to celebrate philanthropy. Consider sponsoring a student and/or their family to attend - buy a table and have a student sit with you and share their story and vision."

Register online at www.thegsba.org or call 206-363-9188.

DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS "FREAK SHOW" SPRING CONCERT
On Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m., at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay/straight alliance youth chorus, presents "Freak Show," a musical theatre experience. "See what's behind the curtain. We all have public and private personas. We're all circus freaks on the inside. Diverse Harmony's latest production, "Freak Show" celebrates the bizarre and the sublime, the outrageous and exasperating, the distasteful and haunting, for pennies per peek. This production features songs hand-picked from various sources such as Broadway and popular music, as well as original compositions by our performers, to tell the story of a troupe of "freaks" in a traveling side show. These "freaks" perform their garish acts, but also give you a behind the scenes look at what makes them tick emotionally - a sort of peek behind the curtain." Admission is $10. Ages 22 and under complimentary.

SYTTENDE MAI WEEKEND HAPPY HOUR FUNDRAISER & "SYTTENDE GAY" CELEBRATION
On Friday, May 15, from 5-8pm, join the Kwanchai/Jonathan Mathews Design Group for a happy hour fundraiser at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St. to kick off the Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day weekend celebration. Proceeds benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum. Please contact Christina at 206-262-1022 or email Christina@kwanchai.net to RSVP. On Sunday, May 17, from 3-6:30 p.m., celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard with Scandigayvians and friends at The BalMar, 5449 Ballard Ave. NW and watch the Ballard Syttende Mai parade with a turnout of over 15,000. $10 VIP pass includes exclusive access to patio and upstairs, 10% off inspired food & cocktails. $2 of each VIP pass will be donated to the Nordic Heritage Museum. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.kwanchai.net.

SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION PRESENTS "STRAIGHTLACED" FILM PREMIERE
On Sunday, May 17, from 2-5 p.m., at AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., join the Safe Schools Coalition for a film premiere screening of Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up, followed by a panel discussion and reception at Il Fornaio, in the Pacific Place atrium. "Straightlaced takes a powerful and intimate look at how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of American teens. The film proudly showcases the diverse and unscripted voices of more than 50 youth from a wide range of high schools across the country who speak with breathtaking honesty, insight, and humor about gender roles and the struggle to be who they really are." Tickets: General - $8 advance, $10 at the door; Students/Seniors - $4 advance, $5 at the door.

http://groundspark.org/upcoming-screenings; www.safeschoolscoalition.org.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE REGISTRATION OPEN; GRAND MARSHALLS, OFFICIAL ARTISTS & VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, this year celebrating its 35th anniversary. As in recent years, the parade will travel north on 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers are also being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

PROP 8 DAY-OF-DECISION ACTION AT WESTLAKE CENTER
The day the California Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, cities throughout the country will gather in celebration or protest of their decision. If the court overturns Prop 8 we will celebrate our growing equality. If the court upholds Prop 8, it will deny LGBTQ people their right to marry in California and we will protest. Either way, we will take the national movement forward by working together for equality right here in Washington State. The action will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day the decision is announced. Similar actions are being planned around the country. www.dayofdecision.org; www.dayofdecision.wetpaint.com.

CAMP TEN TREES 2009 DINNER & AUCTION COMING UP IN MAY
"All Around The Campfire," Camp Ten Trees 2009 dinner and auction benefit will be held on Saturday, May 23, starting at 6 p.m., at the South Lake Union Armory, Naval Reserve Building, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N. Tickets are $65, with an early discount of $55 if purchased by April 24. For more information and tickets, visit www.camptentrees,org or call 206-288-9568.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

"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.

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

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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