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SEATTLE OUT & PROUD CO-HOSTS SAM REMIX
On Friday, November 6, from 6 p.m. - midnight, join Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), organizers of Seattle's annual Pride Parade, at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. at University St., for a great line-up of music, performances and special guests. As a "Friend of SOaP," you'll get the $5 SAM member rate. To get the discounted rate, please mention SOaP when purchasing tickets. The first 100 guests at Remix on the night of the event get in free at the door. This is an 18+ ages event. www.seattleartmuseum.org.

NEW CITY THEATER PRESENTS CLIT NOTES BY HOLLY HUGHES
New City Theater, 1404 18th Ave. at E. Union St., presents Clit Notes by Holly Hughes, performed by Jessica Robinson. Writes Hughes, "The first time I was in love with another woman? Actually, she was a woman; I was just thirteen. In fact, this little anecdote might have a happier ending if there'd been some sort of Gay youth organization in my hometown. Some sort of North American Woman-Girl Love Association. But, nooooo! The men, they get everything good. The Lesbian chicken, who worries about them, huh?" The play will be performed Fridays or Saturdays, October 30, November 6, 7, 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 at brownpapertickets.com, 1-800-838-3006, and at the door.

WASHINGTON WOMEN IN THE TRADES 3RD ANNUAL DREAM BIG DINNER WITH THE LAURA LOVE BAND
On Saturday, November 7, Washington Women in the Trades is delighted to present Laura Love with a full band, playing a dance show for the first time in Seattle since Ballard Seafood Fest 2004!

Yes, you may have seen her in an intimate acoustic sit-down performance, but it's time to strap on those struttin' shoes, because this one's gonna be like old times, with that funky trademark bass and all-out yodel.

Band members Rod Cook, Jen Todd and Chris Leighton will help Laura celebrate her new release, The Sweeter the Juice, an earthy collection of songs with Orville Johnson.

Showtime is 9:30 p.m. at the Lake City Elks Club, 14540 Bothell Way NE, an incredible cool, hep-cat hall that screams Sinatra, martinis and bouffant hair.

Dinner and show doors at 6 p.m. Dinner and show tickets at $60/single; $500 table of 8. www.wawomenintrades.com. Show-ONLY doors at 9 p.m. Show-ONLY tickets: $20/adv; $30/door. www.brownpapertickets.com or www.wawomenintrades.com.

SKI BUDDIES MONTHLY POTLUCK
On Sunday, November 8, from 6-9 p.m., join Ski Buddies for their second monthly potluck and general membership gathering at All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway E., at E. Republican St., as they kick off the new 2009/2010 ski season! Meet friends, new and old, and maybe win a prize while enjoying great food! Sign-ups continue for this season's fantastic trip line-up. Soft drinks will be provided; alcohol is BYOB. Free parking is available nearby in the lot at E. Aloha and 11th Ave. E. (SW corner), reserved exclusively for the club's use during the time of the potluck. Future potlucks will be held Dec. 13, Jan. 10 and Feb. 21. www.skibuddies.org.

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.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE CONCERT FEATURES WORK COMMEMORATING ACTS OF JEWISH HEROISM DURING THE HOLOCAUST
On Monday, November 9, Music of Remembrance presents their fall concert, "Cantillations," commemorating the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht. The concert will be held at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St., at 7:30 p.m. The program features two contemporary works: acclaimed American composer Paul Schoenfield's inspiring Sparks of Glory, and Cantillations by Israeli-born Ofer Ben-Amots. It also highlights Yiddish art songs by Lazar Weiner, and chamber music by three murdered Holocaust-era composers: Czech composer Pavel Haas, and the less-known murdered Hungarian composers Sándor Vándor and László Weiner. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased by phone at 206-365-7770; by fax at 206-985-6924; online at www.musicofremembrance.org and at the door.

TOASTING EQUALITY - AN EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
On Tuesday, November 10, at 7:30 a.m., at the Seattle Hilton, 1301 Sixth Ave., Equal Rights Washington (ERW), will host "Toasting Equality: A Chat About the Future of LGBT Equality in Washington, with a side of hash browns." The breakfast will be attended by community leaders from ERW and Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST) who led the Approve Ref. 71 Campaign to victory, as well as several surprise speakers, to discuss what led the community to Referendum 71, the outcome of the vote, and where it will lead us in the continuing fight for marriage equality. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.equalrightswashington.org or by calling 206-324-2570. This event is close to being sold out.

GOVERNOR'S AIDS COUNCIL SEEKS PUBLIC VIEWS ON POTENTIAL CHANGES IN DELIVERY OF HIV SERVICES
The Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (GACHA) is seeking the public's views on potential changes to the statewide delivery of HIV services. For more than 20 years, those services have been coordinated through six regional AIDS offices, or AIDSNETS. Facing another tight-budget year, state lawmakers are expected in January to consider eliminating the AIDSNETS to reduce costs to the state. Under one proposal, the state Department of Health would be responsible for delivery of services by contracting directly with local agencies and community-based groups, bypassing regional administrators.

"All of us in the HIV community understand the need to spend our diminishing funds most efficiently," said GACHA Chairman David Lee, "but we need to ensure that any new system still gives voice to all regions of the state, and to all the diverse communities affected by the continuing HIV epidemic. What works well in the densely populated Puget Sound corridor may not be the approach needed in more rural areas of the state. Whatever we do, our goals remain the same; to stop the spread of HIV and provide life-saving care for those who need it."

The GACHA public forum on the future delivery of HIV services takes place on Tuesday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the SeaTac Holiday Inn, 17338 International Boulevard, SeaTac. The council's regular business meeting begins at 1:15 p.m. For those unable to attend the forum, GACHA is requesting comments be emailed to: gacha@doh.wa.gov by Friday, November 6. More information is available at GACHA's website: www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/HIV_AIDS/GACHA.

"SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION"
Starting Tuesday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m., Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party hosts a free seven-week discussion series on a new anthology, Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. "The book represents a snapshot of that moment when Queers weren't obsessed with tying the knot or picking up a rifle to go off and fight 'terrorists.' Revolution was in the air," says editor Tommi Avicolli Mecca. These essays by dykes, drag queens, Transsexuals, and Queers of color, who built the radical movement of sexual minorities in the 1960s and '70s, provide often overlooked insights into modern queer history and useful lessons for today's Generation Q activists. For more information, 206-722-2453 or www.socialism.com/seattle. Wheelchair accessible.

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.

POZ SEATTLE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SOCIAL
On Wednesday, November 11, from 6-8 p.m., POZSeattle hosts their first Traditional Thanksgiving Holiday Social at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. Meet in the downstairs bar for a fully catered Thanksgiving meal generously provided by some of the wonderful POZSeattle volunteers and members. Enjoy turkey breast with dressing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, and holiday dessert. "Join us for dinner, socializing, catching up with old friends, making new ones and a whole lot of fun."

This event is free (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.

"Please spread the word about us! If you or your group or organization would like to sponsor one of our monthly socials by either donations or a meal or both, please contact us via the email below."

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. Our primary social event is always held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZSeattle promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

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: 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.

COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR THE 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.

LT. DANIEL CHOI TO SPEAK IN TACOMA ON HIS FIGHT AGAINST "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"
In March, this year, Lt. Daniel Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was Gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Less than one month later, the U.S. Army declared it would initiate discharge proceedings against him for violating "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Choi vowed to fight the discharge. Since then he has appeared on The Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper 360, ABC News, and elsewhere, seeking a change to the controversial Army policy.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, a day before Veterans Day, Lt. Daniel Choi will give a talk at University of Puget Sound titled "Truth and Consequences: One Man's Fight to Openly Serve His Country." The free lecture, starting at 7 p.m., is open to the public and will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda in Wheelock Student Center.

Choi served for a decade under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy that requires Gay American soldiers to hide their sexual orientation and forces others to tolerate the deception. Choi helped form Knights Out, an organization of West Point alumni advocating for the rights of Gays and Lesbian to serve openly in the military. He says the Army policy is opposed to all he learned at West Point about honesty and integrity, and that it leads to feelings of isolation among soliders fighting in dangerous circumstances.

Choi was born in Orange County, Calif. A first-generation American, his parents emigrated from Korea and founded a church. He resides in New York, and has become a full-time activist for the LGBT community.

The event is sponsored by Diversity Theme Year and ASUPS Lectures. www.pugetsound.edu.

BENT MENTOR SHOWCASE WITH LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASHINHA
On Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, Bent hosts a showcase of LGBTIQ spoken word at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 2700 24th Ave. E., doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/85356 and at the door. A writing workshop will also be held Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, 1002 E. Seneca St.

The showcase and writing workshop will feature Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a Queer Sri Lankan writer, teacher and performer whose work explores the interconnection of systems of colonialism, abuse and violence. www.bentwriting.com.

COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL TO SAVE THE BASIC HEALTH PLAN
On Saturday, November 14, from 2-4 p.m., Sisters Organize for Survival, a campaign of Radical Women, will host a "Community Tribunal to Save the Basic Health Plan," at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. (one block east of Rainier Ave. S., between S. Alaska St. and S. Oregon St., across from the Rainier Playfield).

Governor Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature have slashed $238 million from the budget for the Basic Health Plan. Rate hikes that go into effect on January 1 will force thousands to lose coverage.

Take part in a people's court. The charge: Governor Gregoire and the state Legislature have abandoned poor and working people. Hear from individuals and health care workers impacted by the budget cuts; come tell your story; join the campaign to preserve and expand Basic Health. 206-722-6057; www.RadicalWomen.org.

"SOUTH PACIFIC" - THE 2009 TASTE OF GSBA
On Saturday, November 14, from 5:30-10 p.m., join the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the Greater Seattle LGBT Chamber of Commerce, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave., between Pike and Union Sts., for the most delicious event of the season - the 2009 TASTE of GSBA. Come sip the winning Pearl Vodka cocktail and TASTE delectable delights from 11 local restaurants and catering companies. Bid on exclusive dinners by celebrity chefs, Tamara Murphy of Brasa and Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy. Enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner. All in support of the GSBA scholarship fund. Think swaying palms, tropical breezes, grass skirts and colorful shirts and you will be in the South Pacific theme. Advance tickets are $165-GSBA members; $180-nonmembers; $100-students; walk-ins are $20 more at the door. Dress is black tie with a tropical flair. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

2009 MR. MISS & MS. GAY SEATTLE PAGEANT
On Saturday, November 14, door at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents the 2009 Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Seattle Pageant, at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Harvard and Broadway off E. Pike St.) $20 requested donation. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER PRESENTS BOOT & BUZZCUTS PLUS UNIFORM MUSTER
On Saturday, November 14, from 8 p.m.-midnight, Seattle Men in Leather presents "Boots & Buzzcuts plus Uniform Muster" at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St., with proceeds from Buzzcuts by Chez and James and Bootblacking by Kelley, Scout & Diamond Jack to benefit the Seattle Men in Leather charity for 2009, Lambert House, Seattle's LGBT Youth Resource Center. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER WILL HOST FREE 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT FOR SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN DECEMBER 4-6
Harmony Hill's cancer retreats are weekend residential programs that help those facing cancer, and their loved ones, cope with the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of cancer. The Sexual Minority Women Cancer Retreat is designed specifically to meet the needs of Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender women in an environment that is safe and supportive.

Harmony Hill's 12-acre facility on Hood Canal, in Union, WA, offers a tranquil retreat environment of gardens, nature trails, labyrinths, and spectacular mountain and water views. Participants enjoy whole-food meals grown in Harmony Hill's gardens or from local farmers.

Space is limited to 20 participants and is filled on a first-come first-served basis. Those placed on the waiting list will be notified as space becomes available. Cancer participants may have one companion/support person attend with them. All Harmony Hill Cancer Retreats are offered at no cost to participants. For more details and to register, visit www.harmonyhill.org.

SEATTLE OUT AND PROUD SEEKING BOARD & WORKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) producers of Seattle's LGBT Pride Parade is expanding and looking for passionate, committed volunteers to serve on the committee. For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org, email boarddev@seattlepride.org or call 206-322-9561.

"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 Ken@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *811.

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