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PRIDE FOUNDATION & GSBA OFFERING $300,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2010-11
Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) are accepting applications for 2010-11 scholarships to eligible LGBT students and straight allies. Currently, $300,000 in scholarship money is available during this cycle. Pride Foundation along with the GSBA offers 50 different scholarships, all through a single streamlined application. For more information on previous scholars, the scholarship process, or how to start a scholarship fund, visit www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships/ or www.PrideFoundationScholar.org or thegsbascholarship.org. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST.

YOUNG AND IN THE STREETS: THE NEW WAVE OF QUEER RADICALISM
Domestic partnership legislation won in Washington. Same-sex marriage lost in Maine. On Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m., a panel of beginning and experienced leaders appraises the upsurge and examines the future direction of LGBT activism, at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Door donation $3. Snack plates available at 6:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. For more information: 206-722-2453, FSPseattle@mindspring.com, www.socialism.com/seattle. To request childcare, please call in advance. Wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party.

THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, THE ABBEY OF ST. JOAN, HOST AIDS QUILT PANEL MAKING WORKSHOP
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan are hosting an AIDS Quilt Panel Making Workshop on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Nova High School at Meany Middle School, 300 20th Ave. E. There is no cost for this event.

The purpose of this workshop is to give those who have lost loved ones to AIDS a chance to memorialize them through the making of a quilt panel. Once assembled, these panels will be shipped to the Names Project Foundation in Atlanta, GA, where they will join the approximately 45,000 other panels that make up the AIDS Memorial Quilt. These panels will be publicly displayed at various locations around the globe and will become a part of the largest community art project worldwide.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please send an email to aidsquiltseattle@gmail.com. For more information on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, please visit www.theabbey.org.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTS FREE CONCERT: "UNCONQUERED!"
On Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m., Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents a free 90-minute chamber music concert featuring songs and music composed during The Holocaust. The concert will be held at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. (in Wallingford). The promising composer, Gideon Klein, only 23 when he was sent to the Terezin concentration camp, organized concerts there and gave talks on music. On this program, MOR will perform Klein's vibrant, melodic Trio, composed just nine days before his transport to Auschwitz in October, 1944. The wit and satire of Terezin's Czech and German cabaret songs by Karel Svenk and others represent a unique expression of spiritual resistance. A well-known actor, Svenk dared to write new morale-boosting lyrics for popular songs of the time, mocking camp authorities and the absurdities of camp life. The program also includes the second string quartet of the audaciously original Erwin Schulhoff. Schulhoff - whose music the Nazis banned as "degenerate" - was sent not to Terezin but to a camp in Bavaria, where he perished in 1942. He combined dance, jazz, and folk song melodies in compositions that are only now gaining the recognition they merit. At this concert-with-commentary, MOR artistic director Mina Miller will provide perceptive insights on the music's unique context and profound significance. For more information, visit www.musicofremembrance.org.

STEAMPUNK VENDOR FAIRS AND EXHIBITION BALL PRESENTED BY CENTER FOR SEX POSITIVE CULTURE
On Saturday, December 5, the Center for Sex Positive Culture presents the Steampunk and Kink Vendor Fairs from 12-6 p.m. at 1602 15th Ave. W. Admission is FREE. Must be 18+ with photo ID for the vendor fairs.

At 8 p.m., the Center presents the Steampunk Exhibition Ball at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), 2700 24th Ave. E. A night of whimsy and merriment, the Ball will showcase a number of local Steampunk dance and music performers in the setting of the MOHAI's Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Expo exhibit. Tickets: $30. Must be 21+ with photo ID for the ball. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com. "Steampunk," or "Victorian science fiction," has a strong following in Seattle. For complete information, visit www.steampunkexhibitionball.com.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERTS DECEMBER 5, 6, 13, 14 & 20
Santa's bag is jam-packed with new musical toys, as well as new takes on old favorites in the SMC's 2009 holiday concert, "Santa Baby." This year, tune into a "Very Special Christmas Special" with hilarious highlights from forgotten TV Christmas shows, a Bollywood carol that will expand your holiday horizons, and the chorus' inspiring version of "Silent Night," back by popular demand. Add in the majestic sounds of Benaroya Hall's Watjen concert organ and you have a wonderful new visit with a Seattle holiday tradition. 12/5 @ 8 p.m., Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby St., Everett; 12/6, 12/13, 12/14, 12/20 @ 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

"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. 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 HOSTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
On Wednesday, December 10, from 6-8 p.m., POZSeattle presents their annual Holiday Social, at The Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pine St. Meet in the downstairs bar for drinks, homemade chili (two kinds - vegetarian and meat) and cookies, socializing 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. The Holiday Social will also feature an optional Holiday Gift Exchange. If you'd like to participate, bring a fun, funny or naughty wrapped gift for Santa POZ to deliver and you will get one in exchange.

NOTE: Starting in January, POZSeattle will sponsor Dunshee House's Gayme Night every third Friday of the month, with Sister Pure Heart from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gearing up to serve up some fun and frolic from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Gayme Night is scheduled the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Fridays of the month at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. For more information, visit www.dunsheehouse.org.

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 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: 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 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.

14TH ANNUAL SEATTLE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY TO HONOR PRIDE FOUNDATION AND OTHER LOCAL LEADERS
On Thursday, December 10, from 7-8:30 p.m., Professor Adrien K. Wing will speak at a FREE evening event to celebrate the 14th annual Seattle Human Rights Day at Town Hall, 8th Ave. & Seneca St. The event will also include presentation of the 2009 Human Rights Awards to local human rights leaders.

As an expert in international human rights and social justice, Professor Wing has advised the founding fathers and mothers of three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. Professor Wing has authored more than 100 publications on topics such as constitutionalism, women's rights, rape in Bosnia, Muslim headscarves in France, Tunisian secularism, and Turkish democracy. Her US-oriented scholarship has focused on race and gender discrimination. An accomplished public speaker, Wing has lectured all over the world.

The event will also include presentation of the 2009 Human Rights Award to local human rights leaders Joe Martin, Legal Voice, Pride Foundation, Comunida a Comunida and Garfield High School student Suk Lin Zhou.

The 14th Annual Seattle Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

For more information, call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at 206-684-4500 or check their website at www.seattle.gov/civilrights/events.htm. Human Rights Day 2009 is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission, The Bush School, United Nations Associati0n-Seattle, and Amnesty International, with support from the Seattle Women's Commission, King County Civil Rights Commission, WA State Human Rights Commission, and Youth for Human Rights.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERTS DECEMBER 11, 19 & 20
The heavenly and angelic voices of the Seattle Women's Chorus will once again be "Making Spirits Bright" in their annual holiday concert. Joyful numbers will combine with inspirational carols to create an experience the whole family will love. 12/11 @ 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. 425-275-9595, www.EC4arts.org; 12/19 @ 8 p.m. & 12/20 @ 2 p.m. at Meany Hall, University of Washington. 206-388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org.

VOICES RISING - LGBTQ OF COLOR ARTS & CULTURE - PRESENTS AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD, HIP HOP, POETRY & ARTISTRY
On Friday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m., Voices Rising presents Luzviminda Carpenter, Crystal Ybarra, Marita Isabel and Ela Barton, with Chad Goller-Sojourner, at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., just north of E. Pine St., for an evening of spoken word, hip hop, poery and artistry. Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. www.facebook.com/voicesrisingseattle. www.brownpapertickets.com.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER HOSTS "PICTURES WITH SANTA"
On Friday and Saturday evening, December 11 and 12, from 8 p.m.-midnight, the Seattle Men in Leather will host their annual "Pictures With Santa" fundraiser at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. Come get your picture taken with a hot and hunky Santa. Your $5 donation will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth resource center. Plus enjoy naughty elves and other guests both nights.

FREE MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS AT THE WILDROSE
The YWCA LGBT Health Outreach program and the Wildrose Tavern will conduct mobile mammography screenings on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St. The screenings are free for income-eligible people age 40 and over who lack insurance or are underinsured. Those with insurance are also welcome. To make an appointment, please call 206-436-8671 or email lbthealth@ywcaworks.org.

GAY CITY PRESENTS MIRRORED - A GCTV SHORT FILM
What's in your reflection? Gay City's latest GCTV short film explores the relationships between Gay men, our body images, and its impact on our community. Join Gay City on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m., at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., for this FREE event, FREE popcorn, and FREE lively post-film discussion. Presented by Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

"A HOLIDAY SHOW TO REMEMBER"
On Saturday, December 12, door at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., the Imperial Court of Seattle, the Imperial Court of Tacoma, and the Knights of Malta/Jet Chapter present "A Holiday Show to Remember," at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. off E. Pike St.) Enjoy a festive evening of fine drag entertainment, plus silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Cost is $5 at the door along with an unwrapped toy or food donation.

DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS "A SEASON OF GIVING"
On Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Diverse Harmony presents "A Season of Giving," an evening of music and scrumptious desserts benefitting Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay/straight youth alliance chorus and the GSBA's youth scholarship program. With special guest performance by the Seattle Women's Chorus' ensemble, Sensible Shoes. The event will be held at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Union St. Tickets: $50 suggested donation - 90% of each ticket sold will benefit Diverse Harmony, 10% will benefit the GSBA youth scholarship. www.diverseharmony.org.

GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL PRESENTS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
On Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Grace Gospel Chapel, 2052 N.W. 64th St., presents their annual Christmas Concert, featuring accomplished concert pianist, Jee Wong, with local vocalists. A dessert bar and refreshments will be served after the concert.

Grace Gospel Chapel is the oldest independent LGBTQ church in the US. The church is also straight affirming. The church has limited disability access due to the age of its building. They have a stair seat lift with people available to assist with the chairlife as well as taking chairs up and down their facility. However, electrical wheelchairs are not accessible due to weight. They do not have ramps. 206-784-8495; www.gracegospelwa.org.

INGERSOLL GENDER CENTER PRESENTS SNOWBALL 2009 "SIMPLY WONDERFUL!" HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, December 12, from 7 p.m.-midnight, the Ingersoll Gender Center presents their annual holiday celebration at Café Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way. Dress up or dress down, this event is for all ages. Enjoy music, dance, celebration and food. Only $9 at the door! www.ingersollcenter.org.

MCC SEATTLE HOSTS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SERVICE AND COMMUNITY DINNER
On Sunday, December 20, at 12:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church Seattle invites the entire Queer community and its straight supporters, to their annual Christmas worship service and community dinner in the Chapel at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave. at E. Union St. Tom Carlisle, an energetic pianist and singer and long time favorite of the Seattle Men's Chorus, will be bringing special music for the worship service.

Pastor Ray Neal says, "It is important for Queer Christians to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. Christ came to bring Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love to each one of us. God boldly moved into our human form to make sure that we knew that God loves us exactly the way God made us. All too often we hear from Fundamentalist Christians that we are unacceptable to them and to God because of who we are and who we love. They are wrong! We will celebrate the coming of Christ into the world and we will celebrate it for all those who live on the edges of acceptable society because God-in-Christ came to bring God's love to everyone, include Queer Christians."

MCC Seattle is the oldest congregation in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle founded by and for the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual community. Rev. Ray Neal is the senior pastor, having come to Seattle in March, 2009. Rev. Michelle Carmody serves the congregation as Associate Pastor.

206-325-2421; www.mccseattle.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, December 21, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy an evening of roller skating at Bellevue Skate King, 2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue, at this LGBTQ community social event for friends and family. Cost is $8 at the door; $5 under 18. Regular skate rentals: FREE. Inline skate rentals: $4 or bring your own skates. For more information and directions, call 425-458-4707.

"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.

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