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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.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY HOSTS 4TH FRIDAY FORUM: "STRIKE! WHEN UNIONS HELD THE REINS IN SEATTLE"
Time for a labor resurgence! Organizers from a cross-section of unions facing layoffs and take-backs during this economic crisis will share their perspectives and strategies for re-igniting the labor movement at a public forum on Friday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Panelists include Salvador Castillo, a shop steward at the University of Washington, Mike Jung of Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) and OPEIU Local 8, Emily Lynch, a member of the United Auto Workers representing graduate students at the UW, and Doreen McGrath, a Martin Luther King County Labor Council delegate from IFPTE Local 17 and City Light employee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Door donation is $3.00. Snack plates served for a $6.00 donation (sliding scale and work exchanges available for the unemployed). Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. Wheelchair accessible. For information or childcare call 206-722-2453 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY HOSTS 4TH BI-ANNUAL MAGNITUDE 15.09 NATIONAL GAY RUGBY TOURNAMENT MAY 22-24
Magnitude 15s is a biennial rugby union tournament for the Gay teams of North America. The Seattle Quake Rugby Football Club has hosted this event since 2003 and this year is opening up the invitation to all IGRAB teams from the United States and Canada. The Magnitude 15.9 tournament will take place in Seattle, May 22-24. The event includes two days of rugby play and opening and closing parties. The games will be held at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, on Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, May 24, starting at 10 a.m., with the championship match kickoff at 3 p.m. The opening party will be held on Friday, May 22, 6-9 p.m., at The Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pine St., and the closing party and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 24, 6-10 p.m., at Purr, 1518 11th Ave. between E. Pine St . & E. Pike St. Participating teams are Dallas Diablos, Gotham City Knights (New York), Los Angeles Rebellion, Minneapolis Mayhem, Phoenix Storm, San Diego Armada, San Francisco Fog (A & B), Seattle Quake (A & B). Spectators are welcome! For more details, visit www.quakerugby.org.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES HOSTS MODERN WESTERN SQUARE DANCE EVENT AT NW FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
The last Seattle-based Modern Western Square Dance Club, and a member of Seattle's LGBTQ community for the last 27 years, Puddletown Squares will break new programming ground at this weekend's NW Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. For the first time in its 38-year history, Folklife will be offering a Modern Western Square Dance event, sponsored by Puddletown Squares.

This public-participation event will take place on Saturday, May 23, 5-5:50 p.m., at the Roadhouse (Fisher Pavilion), as part of the amazing offerings at NW Folklife this year. Being lead by local favorite caller, Mike DeSisto, this energetic, non-traditional and fun event will give beginners a chance to "get a taste" of what Modern Western Square Dancing is all about with help from experienced "angels" from Puddletown and other clubs from the surrounding area.

"I know, you're thinking 'SQUARE dancing,' but as we say at Puddletown, 'This ain't your Grandma's square dancing!' (that you might remember from grade school). Modern Western Square Dancing gives anyone the chance to dance either 'boy' or 'girl,' in casual dress, with a community of supportive Gay and straight friends in their 20s through 70s. You're just as likely to be square dancing to the beat of pop music, Sinatra or Madonna, as interspersed country western or bluegrass music. Singles or couples are welcome, but bringing a whole group of friends makes it even more fun!"

An active member of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, Puddletown Squares will also be participating in "Mixed Fruit: an LGBTQ Showcase," at the Vera Project Stage on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, from 4-7 p.m., as part of the final afternoon of this year's NW Folklife! Information about Puddletown events and lessons can always be found at www.iagsdc.org/puddletown.

Entry to NW Folklife is FREE, but we support their encouragement of a $10 donation each day to help stage this amazing event each Memorial Day weekend. Alternative transportation to Seattle Center - bussing and carpooling - are encouraged. www.nwfolklife.org.

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. For more information and tickets, visit www.camptentrees,org or call 206-288-9568.

ENTRE HERMANOS' LATINO PAGEANT
On Saturday, May 23, join Entre Hermanos for their annual Latino Pageant. The event will be held at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., starting at 6 p.m. with dinner and a no-host bar.

This annual pageant is the signature event for Entre Hermanos, which brings the Latino LGBT community (and friends) together in a wonderful celebration. The pageant culminates with the selection of the King, Queen, and Lesbian Queen, who then go on to represent the organization during the year, for which their main priority is to create visibility and a positive image for Entre Hermanos. The pageant brings youth and adults together to socialize, meet new people, and find a space where sexual diversity is our greatest value. We also recognize those people and institutions that have worked on behalf of our community.

The spirit of the Latino pageant is to provide a framework for celebration, recognition of our true diversity and acceptance; upon which our work as an organization revolves. We attempt to recognize the talent and exuberance of Latino culture, our desire to succeed, and take our place in the spectrum of cultures living in this community.

For ticket information, call 322-7700 or stop by the Entre Hermanos office at 1505 Broadway (next to Tully's). www.entrehermanos.org.

TRASH WITH CATHY SORBO AT SEATTLE EAGLE TO BENEFIT GAY CITY
On Sunday, May 24, from 4-8 p.m., at Seattle Eagle, 314 E. Pike St., Gay City and Seattle Eagle present TRASH with Cathy Sorbo and her "Songs of Filth Revue," plus prize drawings, cage dancers, and amazing DJs! This first of three summer Sundays of TRASH is titled "Emission Accomplished" - a military-themed party on Memorial Day Weekend. $5 cover. All proceeds benefit the Gay City Health Project. Next TRASH parties will be held at Seattle Eagle on Sundays, June 28 and July 26.

KCTS BROADCASTS IN THE LIFE TV
On Sunday, May 24, at midnight, In The Life TV will be broadcast on KCTS-TV, Channel 9. "In the May episode we investigate the AIDS epidemic in communities of color, learn how two organizations are addressing the particular needs of their communities, and meet a filmmaker inspired by an artist and activist." This episode can also be viewed online at your convenience at www.inthelifetv.org.

HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY
www.bethegeneration.org

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.

NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLDS SIXTH ANNUAL BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, "OUT FOR BUSINESS," IN SEATTLE MAY 28-30
The NGLCC will hold their sixth annual Business & Leadership Conference, "Out for Business," May 28-30, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The three-day event includes a series of business symposia, keynote speakers, panel discussions and special events designed to educate and connect attendees. Various tracks of programming are designed to meet the interests and needs of LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, allied companies and NGLCC affiliate chambers from around the country. The Out for Business Conference also connects local and national LGBT businesses with NGLCC's corporate partners for contracting opportunities. For a complete list visit www.nglcc.org/corporate/partners. For complete information and to register for the conference, visit www.nglcc.org/Seattle2009.

MISS ECSA PAGEANT
On Friday, May 29, the Emerald City Softball Association hosts the Miss ECSA Pageant, doors at 6 p.m., contest from 7-9 p.m., at R Place, 619 E. Pine St. Contestants from this year's roster of ECSA softball teams will vie for the title of Miss ECSA 2009. Contestants will also compete in the "Creative Costume," "Best Talent" and "Miss Guided 2009." Miss Selma Sue, a member of the Seattle Woodpeckers, will be hosting this year's pageant. $5 donation at the door. www.emeraldcitysoftball.org

VIXXXEN'S LOUNGE - LOUNGING WITH THE SISTERS - VOLUME II AT MARTINS OFF MADISON
On Sunday, May 31, from 5-8 p.m., join The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan, and friends, at Martins Off Madison, 1413 14th Ave., for an evening of live piano, performances, schmoozing and a chance to win a fantastic gift basket. Proceeds from this event will go towards The Sister' International Conclave Fund - a conference this July bringing Sisters from around the world to Seattle to learn and share ideas that will make for stronger communities wherever The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence call home. www.theabbey.org.

PROM RESOURCES FOR LGBT STUDENTS
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/youth/39462res 20090424.html

GLSEN/WA PRESENTS 5TH ANNUAL GSA AWARDS
On Friday, June 5, join GLSEN/WA (the Washington state chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) for their 5th Annual GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Awards. The evening will be held at the Bush School, 3400 E. Harrison St., starting with a reception at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony follows at 7 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, good conversation, live entertainment, silent auction and an inspiring and heart-warming awards ceremony. Celebrate the courageous youth and allies who seek to end anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in Washington's K-12 schools. These kids are doing incredible work in our state to support each other, raise consciousness and fight bigotry in their schools! Tickets are $25-general; $10-students and can be purchased in advance at 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/58138. For more information and to support the work of GLSEN/WA, visit www.glsenwa.org, email mail@glsenwa.org or call 206-330-2099.

CASCADE FLYERS HOST LUNCH MEETING IN GEORGETOWN
On Saturday, June 6, the Cascade Flyers, an LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, will be hosting a lunch meeting at noon at the Hangar Café, 6261 13th Ave. S., near Boeing Field. For more information, visit www.cascadeflyers.org or email cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

VOICES RISING PRESENTS HIP HOP, SPOKEN WORD, BREAKIN' AND DRAG PERFORMANCE AT RICHARD HUGO HOUSE
On Saturday, June 6, join Voices Rising, Seattle's only showcase dedicated solely to LGBTQ artists of color, for a celebration of pride: from hiphop to the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. Performers include Mami Watu, Emiko Sugiyama, THEESatisfaction, Dakota Camacho, Mikeya Jackson-Harper, Landon Longhill, Crystal Ybarra and Storme Webber. The event will be held at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., doors at 7 p.m. Tickets" $10-$25 sliding scale. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/voicesrising.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS JUNE 12-14
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. Please register by Saturday, May 30.

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.

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.

"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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CA school bans child's Harvey Milk presentation
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Remembering Rodger McFarlane
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California Senate passes Harvey Milk Day legislation
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GSBA celebrates a milestone at awards dinner
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King County Labor backs Decline to Sign
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Fashion designer Andrew Christian visits Seattle
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ASK MICHAEL: Marriage, Referendum 71 and Hate
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The Outfield: Negative recruiting: positively wrong
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Robert L. Knapp
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Decision Tuesday in Prop 8 Case
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Baghdad U.S. Embassy Gay Pride Theme Party
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TWO Dismayed By California Supreme Court Ruling To Uphold Proposition 8
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More gruesome details on Iraq gay killings
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Gays picket Obama in Beverly Hills
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