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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.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE'S JC/LADY GRAYTOP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
www.imperialcourtofseattle.com. Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 2010.

QUEER FOUNDATION OFFERING THREE $1,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
To the top essayists in the 2010 high school seniors English essay contest, $1,000 scholarships are available for studies in Queer theory or a related field at the U.S. college or university of their choice in 2010-11. For complete information, visit http://queerfoundation.org/Documents/essay_contest.html. Application deadline is February 26, 2010.

SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION LGBT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
www.safeschoolscoalition.org/RG-scholarships.html

MCC SEATTLE HOSTS TRANSGENDER DAY OF WORSHIP
On Sunday, December 27, at 12:30 p.m., Rev. Ray Neal, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church Seattle invites all persons from the LGBT community and their straight supporters to a Transgender Day of Worship in the Chapel at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave. at E. Union St., and to a forum afterwards on Transgender Issues and Opportunities. Shannon Buzard, a well-known member in Seattle's Transgender community and a lay leader at the Ravenna United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker.

Shannon will bring the sermon during worship and will also lead the congregation in a discussion forum on Transgender Issues and Opportunities afterwards. Refreshments will be served at the forum. Lincoln Rose, a Transgender member of MCC Seattle and a member of the Pastoral Ministries Team at MCC will lead communion during worship. MCC Seattle is the oldest congregation in the Pacific Northwest 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.

IN THE LIFE TV TALKS ABOUT AIDS
On Sunday, December 27, at midnight, KCT-TV will broadcast In the Life TV's December episode, "Creating Solutions."

Over twenty million people have died from AIDS since it became known in 1981. Though leading scientists worldwide have dedicated their life's work to understanding the virus, its genetic complexity is unprecedented and a cure is still beyond reach. This month on In the Life, producers speak with scientists working tirelessly for a cure, with advocates speaking out about the stigma of HIV, and look at the success of a cutting edge prevention effort to stop the spread of the disease. For more information and to view the program online at anytime visit www.inthelifetv.org.

JAMES KNAPP'S "ABC" (ANYTHING BUT CLOTHES) BIRTHDAY BASH AT CAFÉ METROPOLITAIN TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
On Monday, December 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight, you're invited to James Knapp's "ABC" (Anything But Clothes) Birthday Party at Café Metropolitan, 1701 E. Olive Way, to benefit Lambert House, Greater Seattle's LGBTQ Youth Resource Center. Miss Lady Chablis will MC the event, with DJ Jimmie Carafella spinning the BEST of REAL '80s music. There will be a piñata, a "Pin the Tail" game, an "Anything But Clothes" costume contest and a fundraising silent auction for items generously donated by Capitol Hill businesses. Kevin Lauer, known for his work at Hard Times, will be the "Red Carpet" photographer from 8-9:30 p.m.

James Knapp writes:
"Why I'm doing this: Having been born in that downhill slide to New Year's after everyone has celebrated the holidays, I've NEVER had a birthday party! Everyone needs a reason to party, so why not MY birthday? Themed parties are the best, so let's do an "ABC" party! Come wearing "Anything But Clothes" and please bring some non-perishable food items or CASH to donate for Lambert House.

"So what does "Anything But Clothes" mean??? Are we going around naked? No! Although that can be fun, we can't do that in public! But "Anything But Clothes" means you can wear your favorite garbage can, cellophane wrap, fig leaf, teddy bear jumpsuit or whatever else you can think of to cover your bits and enjoy the party! Alternatively, if you have trouble with any of that, you may wear your most creative "costume" from 2009. But your "ABC" creativity will go towards winning great prizes.

"Invite your friends and family for this kickass birthday party and benefit!!!" Local businesses donating items to the ABC Birthday Bash and Lambert House Benefit include Blackbird Ice Cream Shop, Chao Bistro, Cupcake Royale, Gay City, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, The Lobby Bar, Purr, Retail Therapy, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Target, Toys in Babeland, Under U 4 Men, with items from additional businesses expected. Thank you to Seattle Gay News for donating promotional advertising.

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.

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; January - The Immoralist by Andre Gide; February - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. 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.

"AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN" - A LABYRINTH MASQUERADE BALL & LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE NEW YEAR'S EVE FUNDRAISER
On Thursday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Lifelong AIDS Alliance presents "As the World Falls Down" - A Labyrinth Masquerade Ball and Lifelong AIDS Alliance New Year's Eve Fundraiser at Odd Fellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 4th Fl. This is going to be a New Year's Eve extravaganza you won't want to miss when the 4th floor of the Odd Fellows Hall will become a dazzling world of fantasy and adventure featuring installations, puppets, art and dance magic with over 30 different performances. Visual spectacles and immersive environments include a magical Bowie-Centric End of the World Ballroom, a David Bowie Reassignment Machine, an Eternal Bog of Sexiness, and a Wall of Hands. Tickets are $125 each, which includes admission, full open bar, food, and a visual spectacle all in support of the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. The mystical, magical, decade-ending party awaits people who are 21 and older. Attire is strictly masquerade or Labyrinth costume. Purchase tickets at www.labyrinthNYE.com.

RADICAL WOMEN HOSTS ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION
On Thursday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m., join Northwest rabble-rousers for Radical Women's annual New Year's celebration, at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., the red-hot spot for rebel movers and shakers. Festivities include a tantalizing Greek buffet, dancing, political comedy and a no-host bar. Door donation $5; buffet donation $17. Sliding scale and work exchanges available for students, unemployed and low-income people. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com.

GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT OFFERING "OUT TO QUIT" SMOKING CESSATION WORKSHOP
On Tuesday, January 5, Gay City Health Project offers a FREE six-week smoking cessation workshop series for Gay and Bisexual men who want to: 1) make a plan and stick to it, 2) learn skills to handle stress and health, and 3) get support from other Gay and Bi men who are also "out to quit." For more information and to register, contact Lark at 206-388-1710 or email lark@gaycity.org.

SOUTHEND LGBTQ POTLUCK
On Sunday, January 10, from 4-7 p.m., meet other Southend Seattle LGBTQ folks for a community potluck and to help plan fun programs for the over 40 LGBTQ crowd. Bring your favorite dish to share. FREE. Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St. For more information, contact Ruth at 206-722-0317 or email ruthe@seniorservices.org.

NORTHWEST NETWORK PRESENTS WINTER RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
On Wednesday evenings, January 13-February 17, The Northwest Network presents a six-week course exploring the skills we need to build the relationships we want. Topics include: identifying cultural norms and personal values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks and more! The class is open to LGBTQ people and their friends and loved ones and is open to all regardless of relationship status or history. Registration requested by Wednesday, January 6. Suggested donation is $90; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds - scholarships and trades are available. The class is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpreters can be provided with pre-registration by Wednesday, December 30. For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact Deann at 206-568-7777 or deann@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.org.

GAY BINGO RETURNS JANUARY 16 TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Lifelong AIDS Alliance's long running Gay Bingo season returns on Saturday, January 16 with Boot Camp Gay Bingo at a NEW VENUE: Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. The season continues on February 20 with Racy and Lacy Gay Bingo; March 20 is When in Rome Gay Bingo, April 17 is Biker Babe Gay Bingo, May 22 is Blue Hair Gay Bingo, and June 19 is Beach Blanket Gay Bingo. Visit the NEW Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo website at www.gaybingoseattle.com for more information and to buy your tickets today! Or contact 206-323-0069; gaybingo@llaa.org.

Gay Bingo is a community fundraiser, supporting the programs and services of Lifelong AIDS Alliance. With special thanks to our Gay Bingo sponsors: MOMS Pharmacy, Fremont Studios, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Sazerac Liquor Company, Pyramid Breweries, Whole Foods, MOViN' 92.5, Seattle Weekly and Seattle Gay News.

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA) SEVENTH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
On Monday, January 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., GLSEN Washington State/Washington GSA Network invites all educators, students, advisors and interested adults to the Seventh Annual Washington State Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Leadership Summit, presented by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington State. The event will be held at the Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

"You are a vital part of the LGBTQA community! Educate yourself on new and interesting ideas that can help you work with your school, community, or those you come in contact with. GLSEN provides curriculum ideas, sensitivity trainings, and resources for all educators, students, advisors and interested adults.

"Learn about opportunities for your GSA, hear new ideas and meet other students in GSAs across Washington State. Clock hours available for certified educators!" Cost is $15, which includes lunch with advance registration. (If students can't pay the full amount, they can pay what they can at the door.) For more information, contact joe@glsenwa.org or call 206-330-2099 or 877-220-4213. To register, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/89894 or www.glsenwa.org. To help underwrite this event, donations can be sent to GLSEN WA, 1605 12th Ave., Ste 35, Seattle, WA 98102.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., DAY CELEBRATION IN SEATTLE
On Monday, January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee hosts the annual region-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration in Seattle with workshops, rally and march. This year's theme is "Justice Now! Healthcare, Housing, Jobs & Education." The day's event will begin at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave. E., with workshops, including several geared toward youth, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. The rally with speakers, poetry and music follows at 11 a.m. At noon, the march steps off from Garfield to the Jackson Federal Building, 2nd Ave. & Marion St., in downtown Seattle, for a brief outdoor rally. The day's events are FREE and a collection will be taken to cover the cost of the event.

"Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebrations in the U.S. We honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and toward economic justice for all people, for his commitment to non-violence, and for his stand against war and militarism." www.MLKseattle.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, January 18, 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.

GAY CITY: VOLUME 3 REPULPED - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Lurid covers, sensational titles, scandalous storylines: the books of Gay pulp were denounced and sometimes even banned, but they also informed and delighted readers. Gay City Anthologies is currently seeking fiction, poetry, art, comics and photography that revisits, renews, reacts, reshapes and reinterprets the Gay pulp genre of the '50s and '60s. Don't just imitate the genre; raise the bar as far as you can and make it relevant to modern issues. Happy endings are not always required, but the work must reclaim positive representations of Gay people and culture. Despite pulp's sometimes pornographic roots, we are not looking for erotica at this time unless it has something unique and very literary to say. Deadline is Thursday, April 1. For complete details, visit www.gaycity.org

Each Gay City anthology supports the Gay City Health Project mission of reducing HIV infection by building community, communication and self-esteem among Gay men. As always, you DO NOT have to be either male or Gay to contribute.

"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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