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'EYE CONTACT: VISUAL DIALOGUES ON IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY' - A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BLENDING ART AND WORDS BY QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) GLBTQ Youth Peace & Social Justice Program presents a photography exhibit by Queer youth blending art and words at Kaladi Bros. Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., through July 17.

KING COUNTY 4CULTURE AWARD-WINNING GAY POET & ARTIST JEFF CRANDALL HOSTS FREE POETRY READING
A recipient of King County's 4Culture 2008 Special Projects Awards to Individual Artists, Gay poet and artist Jeff Crandall will host a poetry reading on Friday, July 10, 7-8 p.m., at 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.

PRIDE AROUND WASHINGTON STATE
Bellingham Pride Weekend - Friday, July 10. The Betty Pages (Bellingham's alternative lifestyle tabloid) 6th anniversary party kicks off Pride weekend at 8 p.m. at Rumors cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. On Saturday, July 11 the Betty Pages Family Picnic will be held at Whatcom Falls Park, from Noon-4 p.m. (Use entrance on Silver Beach Road off Lakeway Drive; or you can use the entrane on Electric Ave. that has more parking and walk down to the picnic area). On Saturday, from 6-10 p.m., The Royal, 208 E. Holly St., will host a community party sponsored by 4 Women Events. Also on Saturday, from 6-9 p.m. The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Evergreen Empire will host an "Absolutely Fabulous" drag show at Rumors. Following the drag show, Rumors will host the official pride party from 9 p.m. to closing. On Sunday, July 12, The Royal will host the official pride breakfast, from 8-10:30 a.m., cost of breakfast to be determined. At 11 a.m., the 3rd Annual Pride Parade steps off from Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. via Cornwall Ave. to Depot Market Square, 1200 Railroad Ave. (across from Rumors), Pride Festival follows at Depot Market Square from noon-6 p.m., party continues into the evening at Rumors.

Out in the Park (Tacoma) - Saturday, July 11. Wright Park. Noon-7 p.m. 253-383-2318; outintacoma@rainbowcntr.org; www.rainbowcntr.org.

Saturday in the Park (Vancouver, WA) - Saturday, July 11. Esther Short Park. Noon-6 p.m. www.myspace.com/sitp2008

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
On Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. see Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2009 Wooden O outdoor production of Shakespeare's Richard III at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre, 1400 E. Prospect St. On Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. [CORRECTED TIME] see their production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre. FREE. Shakespeare in the Parks will be presented at locations in Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Redmond, Mercer Island, Sammamish, SeaTac, Federal Way, and Bonney Lake from July 9 through August 2. For complete information, visit www.seattleshakespeare.org and select "Wooden O" from the menu at the top of the home page. Also this summer, GreenStage will present King John and Comedy of Errors at eleven outdoor locations in the Seattle area. On Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m., see Comedy of Errors at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre. On Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m., see King John at the Volunteer Park amphitheatre. FREE. Visit www.greenstage.org for complete schedule.

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.

BORDER RIDERS HOST WEEKEND RUN TO STEAMBOAT, OR
On July 17-19, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club will make a weekend camping run to Umpqua's Last Resort in Steamboat, OR. For complete information on Border Riders' day runs or weekend camping runs, visit www.borderriders.com.

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

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 July 18 - 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.

PRIDE AROUND WASHINGTON STATE
Kitsap Pride (Bremerton) - Saturday, July 18. Watch for more details. http://kitsappride.org

Mid-Columbia "Coming Home with PRIDE" Parade and Festival (Pasco) - On Saturday, July 18, starting at 11 a.m., enjoy the Women's Softball Expo at Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone. A Woman 4 Woman Social will be held at Out & About, 327 W. Lewis St. starting at 4 p.m. From 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Out & About will host the Miss Gay Columbia Basin Pageant 2009. On Sunday, July 19, the parade steps off from Out & About at 10 a.m., and travels via Clark St. to Memorial Park. www.vistayouthcenter.org. The festival at Memorial Park follows from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The weekend celebration continues with The Pink Party at Out & About from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

GLSEN WA HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL "SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER" FUNDRAISER AT C.C. ATTLE'S
On Saturday, July 18, at C.C. Attle's, 15th Ave. E. & E. Madison St., from 7-9 p.m., the Washington State Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN WA) will host their second annual "School's Out for the Summer" fundraising event. The event will feature a raffle with many prizes. Jello shots will also be sold. "We hope to raise money in order to continue our work of supporting and encouraging Gay/Straight Student Alliances (GSAs) in state-wide high schools and work to end harassment and bullying incidents of GLBT youth in Washington State." All members of the LGBTQ community and allies (who are at least 21 years of age) are welcome.

REEL GRRLS PRESENTS REEL QUEER FOR LGBTQ TEENS
A video production and media literacy training course for LGBTQ teens (ages 13-19) of all genders will be held starting July 20. Learn to use professional camera and editing equipment to make your voice heard in a safe environment for Queer and questioning youth and mentors. Make a video in four days with Queer and questioning youth media makers. Explore issues of gender, sexuality, and representation in the media, then learn the tools to make your own media in response to these issues. Classes will be held on July 20, 22, 27 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Reel Grrls New Media Lab, 1409 21st Ave., in Seattle. Cost is FREE thank to generous support from the Pride Foundation. For more information and to register, contact reid@reelgrrls.org or rq@reelgrrls.org.

VANCOUVER, BC PRIDE
Vancouver, BC Dyke March and Festival
- Saturday, August 1. Watch for more details. www.vancouverdykemarch.com.

Vancouver, BC Pride Parade & Sunset Beach Festival - Sunday, August 2. Pride Parade begins at noon from Robson and Thurlow and heads west down the hill to Denman, then follows Denman to Pacific and Beach, ending at the Sunset Beach Festival which begins at 11 a.m. www.vancouverpride.ca.

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.

PRISM COMICS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR FIFTH ANNUAL QUEER PRESS GRANT
Prism Comics is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Queer Press Grant, established to support and encourage new LGBT comics creators. Application guidelines are available at www.prismcomics.org/grant. Deadline for application is October 1, 2009.

"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.

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