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POZ SEATTLE LAUNCHES POZ ADVENTURES WITH SUMMER KAYAKING OUTINGS
This summer, POZSeattle is pleased to present Saturday morning POZAdventures kayaking outings on Seattle's historic Lake Union. Join us June through September for a series of kayaking adventures. Enjoy scenic postcard views of the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle, Lake Union's houseboat communities, and Gas Works Park.

Kayaking dates (and trip themes) are June 27 Getting to know you month; looking at the houseboats around Lake Union; July 4 & 8 Lewis & Clark adventure month: checking out more distant locations; August 1, 15 & 29 Where's Waldo? open to suggestions and ideas; September 12 season final event some kind of party?

Outing schedule: Meet at the Northwest Outdoor Center, 2100 Westlake Ave. N., Ste. 1, at 9 a.m. SHARP! Be on time. We will not wait for late comers. 9-11 a.m., get kayak, get gear on, review tour plan suggestions, review safety rules, paddle around and have fun. 11-11:30 a.m., check in kayaks and make plans if anyone wants to get together to eat nearby.

For more specific details on cost, gear, preparations, food, itinerary, clothing, safety message, etc. and a map to the Northwest Outdoor Center, visit www.pozseattle.org/images/NW Outdoor Center.gif. If you have questions or would like additional information, email POZadventures@google-groups.com. The Northwest Outdoor Center provides kayaks with life-vest, paddle, and a drybag to store wallet and water-sensitive items while on the trip. Come to the event self-sufficient with drinking water, sunscreen, snacks, etc.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZSeattle event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org.

RALLY & MARCH TO PROTEST AND END POLICE BRUTALITY
First, you see a 15-year-old African American girl assaulted by police in a jail cell, in full view of cameras they know are there. A deputy throws her into a wall, then to the floor by her hair and punches her in the face while another deputy helps. Instead of felony assault, the main abuser, a veteran who previously shot and killed a mentally ill man, faces minor charges.

Then, a survellance camera shows 29-year-old Christopher Harris slowing down and raising his arms to ward off an attack, viciously body-slammed into a wall by a King County Deputy, fracturing Harris' skull. Wrongly accused of involvement in a fight, Harris ran when he saw men chasing him. Witnesses say they did not recognize those chasing Harris as cops and demanded to know what they were doing. Now Harris lies in a coma, with brain swelling, on the edge of death.

For there to be justice, there must be mass opposition from the people. We call on people everywhere, from every walk of life, to join us. Demand justice for Malika Calhoun and Chris Harris. Demand an end to police brutality. Join us in mass protest.

On Saturday, June 27, join the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Brutality for a rally and march to protest police brutality. Rally at 1 p.m., at Seattle Central Community College South Plaza, Broadway & E. Pike St.; at 2 p.m., march to Cinerama Theater, 2100 4th Ave. (the site of the assault of Chris Harris).

GAY SKATE PARTY AT SKATE KING
On Monday, June 29, from 7-10 p.m., get together for a Gay post-Pride skate party at Skate King Bellevue, 2301 140th Ave. N.E. Cost is $8 at the door; $5 for youth under 18. Regular skate rentals: Free. Inline skate rentals: $2. Or bring your own skates.

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.

BENT CAR GUYS IS BACK!!
We went through some tough times in the past year, but we're back with a new, safe website and are also on Facebook! If you're a car enthusiast and are looking for a GLBT car club, check us out. Our website is www.bentcarguys.org or do a search for bentcarguys on Facebook.

If you used to be a member, check out our new website! We'll be in the Pride Parade this year and will also have a table at the Pride Festival, so look for us, or better yet, join up so you can be in the parade with us! Dues are $12 per year for a non-voting membership and $24 per year for voting members. We've made it easy to join using PayPal, or send payment to our PO Box. For more information, contact our president, Tom, at president@bentcarguys.org.

KCTS BROADCASTS P.O.V. DOCUMENTARY BEYOND HATRED
On Tuesday, June 30, at 10 p.m., KCTS-TV, Ch. 9, will broadcast the acclaimed French documentary Beyond Hatred, which tells the story of a Gay man's brutal murder and the compelling story of his family's journey from anger to forgiveness.

In September 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to do an Arab, when they settled on a Gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old Francois Chenu fought back fiercely, but he was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. The acclaimed French verite film Beyond Hatred is the story of the crime's aftermath; above all, of the Chenu family's brave and heartrending struggle to seek justice while trying to make sense of such pointless violence and unbearable loss. With remarkable dignity, they fight to transcend hatred and the inevitable desire for revenge.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCES NEXT READING SERIES AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St. The club is pleased to announce the following titles to be discussed in their ongoing reading and discussion series: July Queer by William S. Burroughs; August A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch; September The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet; October Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys; November The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown; December A Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this free book club. The reading list is chosen and the discussion facilitated by Nick DiMartino, published novelist and playwright, currently a book reviewer for ShelfAwareness.com, and a 30-year employee of University Book Store. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE HOSTS SEATTLE CLASSIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT
From July 3-5, the Seattle Tennis Alliance will host their annual regional LGBT tennis tournament. The venues will be the Amy Yee Tennis Center and the Nordstrom Tennis Center. For details, visit www.sta.clubexpress.com.

7TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY PICNIC AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Saturday, July 4, from noon-5 p.m., join your friends and neighbors at Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave. just north of E. Pine St., for an old-fashioned picnic. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy live music, outdoor fun and community. Bands hitting the stage all day will include kids-jammers Recess Monkey, the urban Latin beats of Picoso, the lo-fi pop of Katharine Hepburn's Voice, and the funky soul sounds of Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band, not to mention buskers galore.

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream will make root beer floats, and delicious treats will be available from Via Tribunali as well as Wandering Wieners. Caffe Vita will be on-site with coffee; attendees will also be able to enjoy free cotton candy.

Party-goers will be able to participate in the All-Park Parade, try the 11th Ave. Inn root beer tasting garden, and get involved with other free activities including a Spin Art Bike, patriotic tie-dye, a pie-eating contest, Urban Family Portraits (any type of family!), pet/human look-alike contest and more!

This event is sponsored by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2009 EMERALD CITY CLASSIC REGIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
On July 4 & 5, the Emerald City Softball Association will host their annual Emerald City Classic regional baseball tournament in Seattle. For more details, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

JEFF CRANDALL, KING COUNTY 4CULTURE AWARD-WINNING GAY POET AND ARTIST, TO HOST FIVE FREE POETRY READINGS IN SEATTLE
As part of King County's 4Culture 2008 Special Projects Awards to Individual Artists, Gay poet and artist Jeff Crandall will be presenting five free and open-to-the-public poetry readings in Seattle. The readings will be held on Monday, July 6, 7-7:30 p.m., at the Seattle Public Library Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. NW; Tuesday, July 7 with guest poet Ron Starr, 7-7:30 p.m., Beacon Hill Branch Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.; Wednesday, July 8, 7-7:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E.; Thursday, July 9, 7-7:30 p.m., Greenlake Branch Library, 7364 E. Greenlake Dr. N.; Friday, July 10, 7-8 p.m., Edge of the Circle Books, 701 E. Pike St. Crandall will be reading from two complete 60-page poetry manuscripts titled Queer Gods & Demons and The Witch Lover which he is submitting to 40 national poetry competitions. The poems in these two collections explore the world through the perspective of a Gay, Pagan man.

ANNUAL BI COMMUNITY PICNIC
On Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Pl. NW, BiNet Seattle will host their 10th annual picnic for the Bisexual community rain or shine. Bring your significant others and family, and some food to share. BiNet Seattle will provide burgers, sausages, and veggie burgers. www.BiNetSeattle.org.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION FALL BALL LEAGUE
Emerald City Softball Association is sponsoring Fallball '09, an ECSA Open Division softball league for men and women of all skill levels. Play dates will be August 9 and 23, September 13, 20 and 27, and October 4. Teams are typically a random draw of available players with a few exceptions to allow people to play with friends. Higher rated players from the A and B divisions are spread evenly amongst the teams to promote mentoring, as are those players that have a special ability like pitching. This is a purely fun and social league so there will be no trophies or World Series berths. Informal post-game socials will be held at area businesses after the games. There will also be an end-of-season party. Space is limited to 7 teams or 100 players. 53 players have already confirmed. To reserve your spot, please contact Josh the Fall Ball Coordinator at Joshua.wojcik@gmail.com or register at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

Registration will be held on Sunday, July 12, at 4 p.m., at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. Registration by PayPal is also available. Requires a login to the ECSA website at http://www.seattlegaysoftball.com/fallball. Cost is $65/person, which includes t-shirt, insurance, and end of season party.

THREE DOLLAR BILL PRESENTS UNDER THE STARS, THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK! OUTDOOR CINEMA IN CAL ANDERSON PARK
This summer Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema presents a slate of three fun and campy films from 1980, the premiere year of the decade that made sexual power plays, alien encounters and shameless success all the rage. The films are Friday, July 17 Little Darlings; Friday, July 31 Flash Gordon; Friday, August 21 9 to 5. The FREE screenings will be shown at sunset (around 8:30-9 p.m.) at the southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park, near the park's shelter house off 11th Ave. & E. Olive St. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on-site with proceeds benefiting Three Dollar Bill Cinema's non-profit efforts to produce and promote Queer-friendly film events in the Pacific Northwest. Three Dollar Bill Cinema produces the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. www.threedollarbillcinema.org

LGBTQA YOUTH CONFERENCE FOR HOPE IN SPOKANE JULY 24-26
Participation is expected from youth and adults from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, California, Alaska and Canada. In addition to a series of workshops for youth, there will be workshops for teachers, leaders, community members, service providers and parents. An estimated 500 LGBTQ individuals and straight allies are expected at this event to network, learn and support each other. For more information and to register, visit www.odysseyyouth.org or call 509-325-3637. Registration deadline is June 30. Sponsored by the Odyssey Youth Center.

SEATTLE HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LGBTQ ASIAN AMERICANS, SOUTH ASIANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS
Seattle will be host to a national conference for LGBTQ Asian American, South Asians and Pacific Islander on the weekend of August 14-16 at the University of Washington. Titled Transgress, Transform, Transcend, the conference will showcase the diversity of the LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander experience and will expand the capacity and ability of LGBT Asian Pacific Islander activists and communities to organize. Conference organizers have lined up four keynote speakers and over 50 workshops, panel discussions, caucuses, and cultural performances, which will address a wide array of topics and issues. The event's many programs will provide attendees opportunities to network and to expand their knowledge and skills in advocacy and community building. Registration fee is $100, with a reduced rate of $75 for presenters and people with limited income. Some scholarships are available to assist attendees pay for the cost of conference registration. Registration is available online at www.nqapia.org/nc-2009.html.

Q-SQUARED HOSTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND CAMP (COME AND MEET PEOPLE) FOR GAY, BI & TRANS MEN
This coming Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-7), Q-Squared, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, is hosting its annual CAMP (Come And Meet People) getaway at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington State. Celebrating its 14th year, CAMP provides camp-goers a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with fellow GBT men in a healthy, fun-filled environment. Like traditional summer camps, the weekend event will offer a wide variety of fun-filled activities, including campfire sing-alongs, hiking trips, a talent show, a dance, and a variety of workshops and outdoor games. CAMPers will have the choice of staying in a modern cabin or roughing it in their own tent. Early registration is available until June 28. After June 28 the cost for the weekend will be $175. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit www.qcamp.org.

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 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.

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.)

HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY
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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.

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.

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. .org.

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