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Fun picks for Pride weekend

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

So by now you're all excited about the fact that it's Pride week, the high holy day for the Queer community - or at least the most important date on the Queer social calendar - and if you don't already have a ton of obligations on your Palm Pilot, moon calendar, or your home calendar, here are a few extra things that'll keep you buzzing with joy the whole weekend long.

For those who, like me at my first couple of Pride rally and parades, are newly sober and clean, and who might be looking for something to do that compliments their new commitment to a different life, SHIFT: A Peer Recovery Network offers these fun things to do: You can join lots of other clean and sober folks on Friday, June 26, 6-10 pm at Multifaith Works, 115 16th Ave. at E. Fir St. for a free Pride barbecue. You can eat like a kid again, enjoying both meat and veggie treats, including hot dogs, burgers and skewers, and bring your favorite side dish. Certain to be a place where you'll not only feel welcome, but that you can share a bit about your progress and get the support you might be needing right now.

Then, if you're worried about calories after that (because who doesn't want to look hot and fit in the parade), you dance your booty off at the SHIFT "Liberate Dance Party" on Saturday, June 27 (at the Velocity Dance Studio, located in the remodeled Oddfellows building on 10th and Pine).

For more information on SHIFT and their activities for Pride and their other services during the year, contact: chris@gaycity.org, or call 206-388-1712.

Then, if you're just looking to party with people of color and some truly fun and activist women and men, do join folks who'll be showing up at the CARA offices (Community Against Rape and Abuse, located at 801 23rd Ave. S., Ste. G-1) for their iPod Pre-Pride and Rent party. This way you can not only listen to tunes from yours and others' favorites on the playlists people bring, but also help this worthy organization pay their rent and continue doing the important work they're doing in people-of-color communities around Seattle, particularly spotlighting Queer people of color. Cover's only 10 smackers and includes your first glass of wine, yummy hors d'oeuvres, and one raffle ticket for fabulous prizes these women have collected (bound to be exciting, trust me, I went to their barbecue and cupcake party last year and had the best time ever!). For more information, go to www.cara-seattle.org, or call 206-322-4856.

Finally, if you're not danced out at either the Hot Flash dance for over-40 Lesbians (check SGN listings) or the SHIFT Liberate Dance, then you might want to go and support a worthy cause at Club Motor (1st Ave. S. and S. Lander in SODO) for their Hedwig and The Angry Inch dance to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. I don't know for sure if this is a rave, but since that's what Club Motor usually does, I'll venture that it might be, so wear your best "candy" and best rave wear, and show up prepared to party the night away on June 28, after the other Pride activities and the big parade. Should be yet another place to make some good memories and have fun celebrating your Pride as well as keeping yet another worthy organization on their feet to keep doing the very necessary work being done in the face of so much right-wing backlash to GLBT victories in states like Iowa and DC.

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picture: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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