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SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION LGBT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
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FREE RÉSUMÉ AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library to offer résumé and job search workshops at the downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Room 4 on Level 4. The one-hour workshops are conveniently scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays. No registration is required, but seating may be limited. For more information, contact the Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636, www.spl.org, or South Seattle Community College WorkSource at 206-764-5304, www.southseattle.edu.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, February 20, at 1 p.m., the Q-Squared Book Group will meet at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., to discuss Felice Picano's novel, Like People in History. Edmund White said of the book, "This is the big novel we've been waiting for - the Gay Gone With the Wind. It's the heroic and funny saga of the last three decades by someone who saw everything and forgot nothing." 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.

43RD DISTRICT LEGISLATORS HOST TOWN HALL MEETING
On Saturday, February 20, from 1:30-3 p.m., the 43rd District legislative delegation - House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Ed Murray, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen - will host a local town hall meeting at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave.

The three lawmakers will provide an update on the 2010 Legislative Session and take questions from constituents. The lawmakers expect a range of questions on issues before the Legislature, such as how to resolve the state's budget crisis and the replacement of the SR 520 bridge.

The event is free and open to all constituents of the 43rd Legislative District, which includes Capitol Hill, University District, Madison Valley, Washington Park, Broadmoor, Madison Park, Montlake, Wallingford and parts of Fremont, Ravenna, Denny Regrade and downtown Seattle.

The 2010 Legislative Session began in January and will continue through mid-March.

CALLING ALL QUEER AND TRANS YOUTH: QUEER YOUTH SPACE IN SEATTLE - HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!
On Saturday, February 20, from 3-6 p.m, come imagine and shape Queer Youth Space in Seattle at the "Queer Youth Mutiny" meeting at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Room BE-1110. Bring your voice, your politics, and your perspective and help create a space or spaces for Queer youth, led by youth. www.queeryouthspace.com.

SEATTLE GAY FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEEKING PLAYERS
Seattle Gay Flag Football League seeks players of all skill levels for weekly Saturday practice and games. Upcoming practices are February 20, 3:30 p.m., at Miller Playfield, 19th & E. Thomas St.; February 27, 4:30 p.m., at Bobby Morris Playfield, 11th Ave. & E. Pine St. (just south of Cal Anderson Park); March 6, 1 p.m., at Miller Playfield. The complete game schedule will be out soon. Games are currently scheduled for Saturdays March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 - time and location to be determined. Practices and games are open to spectators. There will be a summer break with pick-up games scheduled during the summer. League practice and play will return in the fall. For more information, contact Manager Rich at atlasrich@hotmail.com or join the Seattle Gay Flag Football League group on Facebook.

GAY BINGO TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Lifelong AIDS Alliance's long-running Gay Bingo season continues on Saturday, February 20 with "Racy and Lacy Bingo" at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. - doors at 6 p.m., game starts promptly at 7 p.m. The season continues on 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." Tickets are $25 and a full bar will be available. Due to Washington State Liquor Control regulations, all guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo website at www.gaybingoseattle.com for more information and to buy your tickets. Or contact Gay Bingo at 206-323-0069 or gaybingo@llaa.org

NUBIAN PRIDE PAGEANT
On Saturday, February 20, Nubian Pride Productions, a newly formed GLBT organization, presents the Nubian Pride Pageant, an ALL-AGES event, door at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91388. The event will be hosted by Regine Dynasty with a grand prize of $800. A 21+ after party will be held starting around 9 p.m. For more information, email nubianpride@gmail.com.

"DON'T BOX ME IN: DIVERSITY IN GENDER & SEXUALITY" - THE 2010 PACIFIC NW RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK GATHERING
On Sunday, February 21, from 1:15 p.m.- 8 p.m., the Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network will host their annual gathering at the Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA.

In past years PNW-RMN has held workshops that dealt with people who are Gay, Lesbian or Transgender. These were important moments to learn more about the people who are family members, friends and neighbors. At this year's gathering you can learn more about sex and gender as it applies to those who may consider themselves Bisexual, "gender fluid" or Intersex.

If you have been curious about these issues, here is a place to ask your questions about gender, sexuality and how the wide diversity of gender and sexuality are encompassed within a Christian community. Bring yourselves, your loved ones and your questions. For more information, visit http://2010-pnwrmn-gathering.notlong.com or call Jeff at 206-634-2444.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH PRIDE GATHERING
On Tuesday, February 23, the GSBA will host their monthly "Young Professionals With Pride" gathering at Meza Latin Fare, 1515 14th Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for GSBA members and students; $15 for nonmembers. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

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: February - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood; March - The Pure and the Impure by Colette. 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.

SISTERS ORGANIZE FOR SURVIVAL
Sisters Organize for Survival is working on a campaign to save the WA State Basic Health Plan. Upcoming meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email rwseattle@mindspring.com.

NORTHWEST NETWORK HOSTS Q&A INSTITUTE FOR ADVOCATES
The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse presents their annual Q&A Institute for Advocates February 25-27 at the Downtown Seattle Center Comfort Suites, 601 Roy St. Q&A Institute for Advocates is a one-of-a-kind training for advocates, therapists, activists, social workers, service providers and anyone who works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and/or Queer survivors of domestic abuse, building strategies for advocacy and organizing in response to abuse in LGBT communities. For registration and programmatic questions, please contact Shannon Perez-Darby at 206-568-7777 or qanda@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.org.

MULTIFAITH WORKS' SHANTI & CARETEAM PROGRAMS SEEK VOLUNTEERS
Most of us have known people in our LGBTQ community who have been affected by either AIDS or addiction, or both. Many of us have watched as acquaintances retreated into isolation due to stigmatization of who they are or who they are perceived to be.

Two local programs that continue to provide support to isolated members of our community are the Shanti and CareTeam programs at Multifaith Works, a non-profit agency that welcomes people of any cultural, sexual or spiritual orientation.

Shanti volunteers are matched in one-on-one relationships with someone whose life has become difficult or isolating due to AIDS, addiction, or other life-limiting illnesses. They might meet to talk at the person's home or take a walk together or visit over coffee. Volunteers provide confidential, non-judgmental listening that allows their Shanti Partner to explore their feelings, find their own solutions, and feel less alone in the process. The CareTeam Program matches a team of four to six caring volunteers with an individual or family affected by AIDS or in recovery from addiction. The team provides support and assistance with daily activities such as shopping, transportation to medical appointments, or light household chores.

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.

The next Shanti training takes place the weekends of February 27-28 and March 6-7.

The CareTeam training for new volunteers is Saturday, March 20. For information on how to become involved, call 206-324-1520. Shanti Program Coordinator, ext. 228. CareTeam Program Coordinator, ext. 226.

SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY HOME GAMES
The Seattle Quake Rugby hosts next homes games this season on Saturdays, February 27 (vs. Orsu), and April 3 (vs. Corvallis). All games are played at Magnuson Park, Field #5, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Kickoff at 1 p.m. www.quakerugby.org.

NIGHT FANTASIA RETURNS
On Saturday, February 27, Kwanchai presents "Night FantAsia 2010 - Anniversary 11," a celebration of the GLBT Asian community, at the Nijo Sushi Bar & Grill, 83 Spring St., from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. "Join us for great entertainment, with a live DJ and your host Aleksa Manila! Enjoy great food and drink amongst friends and guests." Raffle drawing. Happy Hour menu available throughout the event. All are welcome (21+). www.kwanchai.net.

GAY OL' PURIM PARTY
On Sunday, February 28, Kolenu hosts Seattle's annual GLBTQ Purim Party at Pravda Studios, 1406 10th Ave. E. With DJ Mathematix, Purim Burlesque by Honeysuckle, singer-songwriter Moorea Malatt, costume contest with prizes, dancing, drinks and more. Doors at 7 p.m., admission is $5 at the door.

"Don't miss the biggest GLBTQ Purim Party that Seattle has ever seen! Purim is often viewed as the Jewish coming out story and to honor Esther's 'coming out' as a Jew we will be throwing a huge bash. There will be plenty of pink hamantaschen, drinks and dancing. Don't forget that Purim is a holiday to dress up on, so come in costume 'cause we're giving out some fabulous prizes!"

"ENDA NOW" - AN INTERACTIVE FORUM FOR EQUALITY!
On Tuesday, March 2, Seattle OUT Protest hosts "ENDA Now - Fighting for LGBT Justice in the Workplace Nationally," an interactive forum for equality, at Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave., 7-9 p.m. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity across the U.S. In 29 states it is legal to be fired or not be hired for being Gay or Lesbian. In 38 states, it is legal to be fired or not be hired for being transgender. For more information, contact Seattle OUT Protest at seattleoutprotest@yahoo.com.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES PRESENTS "RAIN FESTIVAL 2010 - FORBIDDEN ISLAND"
On the weekend of March 5-7, Puddetown Squares, Seattle's LGBT square dancing club, presents "Rain Festival 2010 - Forbidden Island," their annual square dancing convention, hosting LGBT square dancers and LGBT square dancing clubs from around the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of festivities and square dancing in Seattle. The event will be held at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave., just north of E. Thomas St. www.iagsdc.org/puddletown

NORTHWEST SASH BASH 2010
Generic Leather Productions present "Northwest Sash Bash 2010" the weekend of March 5-7. On Friday, March 5, "Meet & Greet" from 9-11 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pike St. On Saturday, March 6, "Brunch" from 11 a.m.-noon at The Center for Sex Positive Culture (CSPC), 1602 15th Ave. W., "Workshops" from 12-3 p.m. at the CSPC, "Fantasies/Leather and Lace Auction" from 7-9 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, "Play Party" from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at CSPC. On Sunday, March 7, "Farewell Brunch" from noon-2 p.m. at The Rosebud Restaurant & Bar, 719 E. Pike St. Cost for the entire weekend is $40 with all proceeds to benefit the Tony Deblase Scholarship. Individual admission per event will also be available. For more information, email nwsashbash2010@gmail.com.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MARCH & RALLY
On Saturday, March 6, join a broad coalition of Seattle area women's organizations for Seattle's International Women's Day March and Rally focusing on poverty, militarization, and violence againist women and children. The March begins at noon at Powell Barnett Park, MLK Jr. Way & E. Alder St., and travels to Occidental Park, Occidental Ave. S. & S. Washington St. for a Rally at 2 p.m. Additional events will be held later in the day. On Monday, March 8, the Seattle International Women's Day Celebration will be held from 7-9 p.m., at POCAAN, 1609 19th Ave. For more information, 206-722-0729; inter.womensday2010@gmail.com; or visit Seattle International Women's Day on facebook.com.

"DREAMS COME TRUE" - THE IMPERIAL PRINCE & PRINCESS BALL XXI IN EVERETT
On Saturday, March 6, join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Snohomish County: Empire of Dreams, for "Dreams Come True," the Imperial Prince & Princess Ball XXI, at the Sons of Norway's Normanna Hall, 2705 Oaks Ave., Everett, door at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Cost is $25.00. On Friday, March 5, the Empire of Dreams presents the "Out of Town Show" at Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The show will feature performances by out-of-town dignitaries who are in-town for the ball. Cost is $10 at the door.

GAY CITY & THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S 5TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS PARTY
On Sunday, March 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. (VIP champagne & wine reception, premium seating and Oscar gift bag at 3:30 p.m.), join Gay City Health Project and Three Dollar Bill Cinema for their Fifth Annual Academy Awards Party at SoDo Park, 3200 First Ave. S. Watch the Oscars on big screens, enjoy hors d'oeuvres all evening, and get an entry to win some fantastic door prizes. Tickets: $25-general & $40-VIP in advance; $5 more at the door. www.gaycity.org.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE "CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY BREAKFAST"
On Tuesday, March 9, from 7:30-9 a.m., join Lifelong AIDS Alliance at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 6th Ave. & Pike St., for their inaugural "Caring for Our Community" Benefit Breakfast in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Help make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Suggested minimum donation is $125. Please email Sage Marts at sagem@llaa.org or call 206-957-1742 or visit www.llaa.org for more information.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE AND LGBT LIBRARY
Gay City Health Project's newest program needs your help! They have taken charge of the 323-LGBT community resource line and need your help to make it successful! Some duties include answering phones, connecting people to resources, updating material for their records, checking out books and reshelving. If you are interested, please contact Susan at 206-388-1707 or email her at susan@gaycity.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, March 15, 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. Next Gay Skate Party is Monday, April 19. www.GaySkateSeattle.com; info@gayskateseattle.com.

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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