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REGISTER TO VOTE
If you live in King County and are not registered to vote or need to change your voter registration because you have moved, visit the King County Office of Records and Elections website at www.kingcounty.gov/elections or phone their office at 206-296-8683. There is extensive information about voter registration on their outgoing voice mail if you reach their office after hours. If you live outside of King County, visit the Washington Secretary of State's website at www.secstate.wa.gov and scroll down to the "Register to Vote" link in the home page's "Most Requested Info" category or call the Elections Division at 360-902-4180.

Deadline for mail-in registration is 29 days before the November 3 General Election. Mail-in registrations must be POSTMARKED no later than Monday, October 5 to meet the deadline.

Online registration must be received no later than Monday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m.

If you miss the 29-day mail-in and online registration deadline AND you are not currently registered in the state of Washington, you can register in person 8 days before the November 3 General Election at the King County Elections office in Renton. Contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division for 8-day in-person registration locations in other counties.

If you have moved from one county to another and need to change your voter registration, you must revise your registration by mail, online or in-person by Monday, October 5. If you have not revised your registration by Monday, October 5, call the King County Office of Records and Elections or the Washington Secretary of State's office for further information on how you can vote in the November 3 election.

If you have any questions or concerns about registering to vote or revising your voter registration, please contact the King County Office of Records and Elections or the Washington Secretary of State's office.

SEATTLE OUT & PROUD SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS
Seattle Out & Proud (SOaP), producers of the annual Seattle PrideĀ® Parade, seeks several at-large board members to fill recently vacated spots. Ideal candidates will have a passion to serve the LGBT community by advancing their dual missions of advocating for equal rights for all persons and presenting the best and largest LGBT event in the Pacific Northwest.

For complete information on time commitment, qualifications and how to apply, visit www.seattlepride.org or call the Pride office at 206-322-9561.

Deadline for application submission is September 30, 2009.

MULTIFAITH WORKS SHANTI AND CARETEAM PROGRAMS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Most of us have known people in our community who have been affected by either AIDS or addiction. Many of us have watched as acquaintances have retreated into isolation due to stigmatization of who they are or who they are perceived to be. Two local programs that excel in providing support to isolated members of our GLBTQ community are the Shanti and CareTeam programs at Multifaith Works, an agency that welcomes volunteers and clients of any cultural, sexual or spiritual orientation.

Both programs are a mainstay for companionship and support in the lives of many people within the LGBTQ community. Both programs are in dire need of more volunteers to serve a growing waitlist of individuals needing support. Can you help?

The CareTeam training for new volunteers is Saturday, October 10. The next Shanti training takes place the weekends of October 17, 18 and 24, 25. For information on these programs and how to become involved, visit www.multifaith.org or call 206-324-1520. Shanti Program Coordinator, ext 228. CareTeam Program Coordinator, ext 226.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER HOSTS SML EQUINOX X - "HEDONISM IN THE CITY"
On September 18-20, the Seattle Men in Leather present "Hedonism in the City," an in-town weekend for men (21+) in our community. The $25 registration fee gets you into the Friday night Cigar and Pipe Kick Off Party, the Saturday BBQ, Tribal Instinct Caning and Spanking Class, and the Evening Dungeon Play Party. The monthly SML Sunday Brunch will be a pay as you go event plus cocktails in the afternoon. For pre-registration info and event locations, email RedBeardFrank@gmail.com. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

EQUALITY WEEKEND ORGANIZERS WANT YOU TO HELP SELECT COMMUNITY SPEAKERS FOR SEATTLE'S LGBT EQUALITY WEEKEND RALLY
For the last two weeks, organizers of Seattle's LGBT Equality Weekend events have been soliciting 3-minute video entries in their Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend "Idol" competition to win a speaking platform at Seattle's Equality Weekend Rally to be held on Sunday, October 11 at the new Federal Courthouse, 700 Stewart St., in conjunction with the National March for Equality in Washington, DC.

The Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend Outreach Committee will select the top five videos on Friday, September 18 and post them on their website, www.seattleOUTprotest.org / www.NationalMarch.seattleOUTprotest.org, with links to YouTube and their Facebook Page by Saturday, September 19. Voting will take place over the next week and end at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time on Friday, September 25.

Winning will be based on the highest YouTube ratings combined with the highest number of "thumbs up" from our Facebook page. In the unlikely event of a tie, the subcommittee will make the final decision.

RADICAL WOMEN'S GIGANTIC RUMMAGE SALE: DONATIONS WANTED, VOLUNTEERS WANTED. STOP BY AND SHOP!
On Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Radical Women will hold a Gigantic Rummage Sale at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City.

The sale will include quality housewares, collectibles, books, toys, tools, working electronics, clean clothing, kids' stuff, furniture, office equipment and more. If you have items to donate, drop by New Freeway Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays thru Thursday, September 17 (and by arrangement on the weekend of September 12-13). Or call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com to arrange a pickup.

If you'd like to help out with the sale, call Radical Women to sign up.

GAY CITY CO-HOSTS "SHIFTING WORDS"
On Saturday, September 19, at 7 p.m., Gay City co-hosts "SHIFTing Words," an evening of spoken word in celebration of our recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and in recognition of National Recovery Month. The event will be held at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.

SHIFT is a peer recovery network supporting dynamic recovery paths by uniting our LGBTQ community to experience freedom through empowerment. SHIFT is a multi-agency collaboration, organized by Multifaith Works, Seattle Counseling Service, Gay City Health Project, and Dunshee House, that provides administrative, emotional, and supervisory support for volunteers and clients in the Seattle/King County area who are Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) people struggling with drug/alcohol abuse and addiction issues. www.multifaith.org; www.seattlecounseling.org;www.gaycity.org; www.dunsheehouse.org

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE PRESENTS "EMPRESS EXPRESS" & "EMPEROR'S TURNABOUT" SHOWS AT NEIGHBOURS
On Saturday, September 19, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents "Empress Express" featuring The Electric Six-String Wonder, Rock & Roll Empress of the Emerald City, Her Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty Olympia XXXVIII, Candace Derriere, at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway & Harvard Ave.), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation.

On Sunday, September 20, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents "Emperor's Turnabout" featuring The Golden Hearted Silver & Rhinestone Tiger Emperor His Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty Rainier XXXV, Eric Bonesteel, at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway & Harvard Ave.), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation.

For more information on the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

FRIENDS OF THE CONSERVATORY IN VOLUNTEER PARK FALL PLANT SALE
On Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., you can pick up orchids, epiphyllum, bromeliads, cacti and many other unique indoor plants at the Friend of the Conservatory's Fall Plant Sale. The sale will be held at the Conservatory at the north end of Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St. www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.

COMING OUT, COMING HOME, MAKING ROOM FOR GAY SPIRITUALITY
On Sunday, September 20, local author, Kenneth A. Burr, will read from his new book, Coming Out, Coming Home, Making Room for Gay Spirituality, at 2 p.m., at Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St. In a recent study, Burr conducted heartfelt interviews with sexual minorities who were seeking meaningful connections between their spirituality and sexuality. When asked why he felt compelled to write his book, Burr states, "As I began to collect the sacred stories of people's lives, I felt I was standing on holy ground and given a gift that had to be passed on to others. Those who shared their stories did so with their blessings and hope that other sexual minorities and their allies might be encouraged to continue to enlarge their spiritual journeys as well."

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, September 21, from 7-10 p.m., come out for an evening of roller skating at Skate King Bellevue, 2301 140th Ave. NE. It's a community social event for friends and family - fun and games for all ages. Cost is $8.00 ($5.00 under 18 years). Regular skate rental included with cost of admission. Inline skate rental: $4.00 or bring your own skates. For more information, call 425-458-4707.

BEYOND CRYSTAL: NEON'S CRYSTAL METH RECOVERY GROUP
Project NEON is sponsoring a 12-week psycho-educational counseling group designed for Gay and Bi men who want to quit meth. The group will meet every Monday and Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m., from September 21 to December 10. Please contact Martin at 206-323-1768 for more information and an assessment. Participation in this group is FREE. Project NEON is a program of Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB FALL 2009 LEAGUE SEASON
The Seattle Volleyball Club Fall 2009 League Season will run from Monday, September 21 to Monday, December 7. (The Winter 2010 League Season will run from Monday, January 25 to Monday, March 31.) Seattle Volleyball Club is an organization for Gay volleyball players and their friends. For complete details, visit www.seattlevolleyball.com.

Q & A WITH CITY COUNCIL
On Tuesday, September 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, 4520 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S., the Seattle City Council will host a Q & A with Council public meeting where councilmembers will ask for audience feedback on light rail, crime and city services while also fielding any questions attendees have of the Council. C.R. Douglas, host of Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out and Ask the Mayor will moderate the event. Attendees will have the option of writing their questions down when they arrive, if they prefer not to speak at the microphone. Also, for those unable to attend, questions may be submitted in advance to counciltownhall@seattle.gov. For information or questions, call 206-684-8805. Accomodations for a disability or translation services can be made in advance by calling Nancy Roberts at 206-684-8146.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get some beginning ASL instruction at the Elite, 1520 E. Olive Way. The FREE lessons will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the loft.

QUEER ALLY COALITION SPONSORS WEEKLY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETINGS
The Queer Ally Coalition sponsors weekly Community Organizing Meetings on Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at Cascade People's Center, 309 Pontius Ave. N. The Queer Ally Coalition is a grassroots democratic alliance of LGBT people and allies committed to the fight for Queer rights, culture, and liberation. Points of Unity: We are committed to: 1) democratic grassroots organizing and strategy: our community, our voices, our future, our vision; 2) fighting for Queer rights, culture and liberation; 3) embracing and publicizing the inclusive, multi-gendered, and sexually-liberated meanings of the word "Queer;" 4) active solidarity with other oppressed groups and their struggles around the world; 5) raising all voices, especially those of people of color, women, the Trans community and youth; 6) having fun while changing the world! Current Projects: 1) Referendum 71/Marriage Equality in Washington; 2) Hate Crimes Rapid Response Network; 3) LGBT Youth Shelter/Housing Proposal with the Mayor's Office; 4) National March for Equality in Washington, DC (October 10-11); 5) building a grassroots, democratic, statewide network of LGBT and allied activists and organizations.

Any questions, call 206-612-6139 or email queerallycoalition@gmail.com or visit www.queerallycoalition.org.

GSBA CANDIDATE FORUM & BUSINESS LUNCHEON
On Wednesday, September 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel Seattle, 1415 5th Ave., join GSBA and Q-Law members and moderator Deborah Brandt, former host of KUOW's "Morning Edition," for the GSBA's Candidate Forum to hear from candidates for King County Executive - Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison; Seattle Mayor - Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn; Seattle City Attorney - Tom Carr and Pete Holmes; Seattle City Council races: Position 2 - Richard Conlin and David Ginsberg; Position 4 - Sally Bagshaw and David Bloom; Position 6 - Jessie Israel and Nick Licata; Position 8 - Mike O'Brien and Robert Rosencrantz; Port of Seattle Commissioner - Position 3 - David Doud and Rob Holland; and a presentation from the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign. Cost is $30-GSBA & Q-LAW members; $35-nonmembers; walk-ins are $15 more at the door. To RSVP, call 206-363-9188 or register online at www.thegsba.org. The forum is sponsored by Q-Law, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB 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: September - The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet; October - Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys; November - The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown; December - 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 INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
September 24-27. www.cineseattle.org

GSBA'S "CONNECTING WOMEN" AT FUEL COFFEE
On Thursday, September 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Fuel Coffee, 2300 24th Ave. E., Dani Cone, owner of Fuel Coffee, will host the monthly gathering of the Greater Seattle Business Associations women members (and non-members) and talk about how she got to be the owner of three great coffee places. The GSBA's Connecting Women Affinity Group aims to value the experience that GSBA women members have by providing short monthly presentations followed by ample time to network. Bring your business cards. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for non-members. To RSVP, call 206-363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.org.

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.

"JUST ART" - SMC/SWC'S 6TH ANNUAL BENEFIT ART AUCTION & COCKTAIL PARTY
On Friday, September 25, from 6-10 p.m., at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., join the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus for "Just ART," their 6th annual benefit art auction and cocktail party.

Enjoy fine wine from Darby and Joan Winery, delicious nibbles from Flying Fish Restaurant, decadent dessert items by Suess Chocolates. Entertainment by The Swedish Housewife, Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Ben De La Creme, Waxie Moon, Dyno the Aerialist, Eric Lane Barnes, Nathan Young, Body Painting by Scott Ward.

The silent and live auctions will feature exquisite work by some of the Pacific Northwest's premier talents, as well as pieces by gifted up-and-comers who have not shown in galleries or other usual venues - 96 different artists.

Proceeds benefit SMC and SWC and the contributing artists receive 20% of the selling price of their work. Tickets are $75 at 206-388-1412. www.flyinghouse.org.

SEATTLE AIDS WALK
On Saturday, September 16, join the Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Seattle AIDS Walk - 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. rally, 10 a.m. walk - at Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., in support of their AIDS prevention and client support programs, including the Chicken Soup Brigade meals program. For more information and to sign-up visit www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., the Q-Squared Book Group will discuss the novel, Living Upstairs, by Joseph Hansen. Author of the acclaimed Dave Brandstetter mystery series, Hansen is also a Lambda Award winner. The Los Angeles Reader described Living Upstairs as a "A gripping novel of love and lies, innocence and treachery ... confirms the New York Times' judgment that Joseph Hansen is 'one of the best we have.'" Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.

"SPEAK!" - THE HRC'S 10TH ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST DINNER
On Saturday, September 26, doors at 5:30 p.m., at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., join local LGBT activists, community members and allies for "SPEAK!" - "A night to speak up! For yourself, your family, and your community. A night to speak out! For equality, hate crimes protection, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the end to DOMA. A night to speak proudly! For your accomplishments, individuality and passion. Join us for a dazzling night of united voices!" Enjoy dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment, awards ceremony, dancing. Tickets are $200; $150-student/senior. 1-800-494-TIXS or online at www.hrcseattle.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.

SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE GALA DINNER & DANCE
On Saturday, October 10, celebrate Seattle Counseling Service's 40th anniversary with fun and elegance with special surprise guests, including SCS founders and other dignitaries too numerous to mention. The gala will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave. at Pike St., with reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The celebration continues till midnight, Tickets are: $125 per person, with $25 discount for hosted tables. For more information and the RSVP, call 206-323-1768 or visit www.seattlecounseling.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. Produced by 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.

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.

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