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posted Friday, May 28, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 22
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REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE COMING UP ON MAY 30
Registration is underway for the 2010 Seattle Pride Parade and March. The theme this year is 'Over the Rainbow - Be Seen, Be Heard, Be There.' The event will be held on Sunday, June 27, starting at 11 a.m. on 4th Ave. from Union St. to Denny Way. For complete details, visit www.seattlepride.org. Deadline for registration is Sunday, May 30.

GAY GAMES VIII COLOGNE 2010 SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
The Cologne Gay Games, July 31-August 7, is seeking volunteers to help with the presentation of the games. Visit the "Take Part" page at www.games-cologne.com for complete details.

DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
On Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., Diverse Harmony will perform their new musical, Best Friends Forever, at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave.). Written by chorus member Kat Miller, Best Friends Forever is Diverse Harmony's first-ever original musical. Be a part of Seattle's version of Glee with this special event. Tickets: $15, www.diverseharmony.org/tickets.php. Under 22 years old, FREE. Diverse Harmony is a musically creative social connection in the greater Seattle area designed to nurture friendships, promote musical abilities, and provide a safe place where youth can be accepted for who they are. www.diverseharmony.org.

IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF TACOMA FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHOW
On Friday, May 28, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma will hold a Friends and Family Appreciation Show at 9 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA). Doors at 8 p.m., tickets $10.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

KNIGHTS OF MANTRA CAMPOUT 2010
From Friday, May 28, to Monday, May 31, Knights of Mantra will hold their Campout 2010: New Moon at Miller River at the Miller River Campground. The weekend includes campsite, run pin, T-shirts, breakfasts, brunch, lunch, and dinners, beverages, showers, fun, games, and more. Tickets are $125.

For more information, visit www.jetchapterkofm.com.

QUEER YOUTH SPACE HOSTS PINK PROM
On Saturday, May 29, from 7-10 p.m., come to the Pink Prom at Halle's Loft (500 E. Pike St.). Queer youth and allies everywhere are invited to this year's Pink Prom, hosted by Queer Youth Space, the youth-led organization committed to empowering Queer youth everywhere. Come over for a night of fabulous fun, great music, dancing, and friends. No date? No worries! Just bring your beautiful self on over and we'll promise you the night of your life. There's no cost and no dress code, so dress as casually or as formally as you want!

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107883869230601.

IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF TACOMA "CHAOS UNDER THE BIG TOP"
On Saturday, May 29, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma, Diamond Empire of the Cascades, will hold their "Chaos Under and Big Top" Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Tacoma 2010 Contest at 7 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA). Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets $20.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

VOICES RISING FEATURING MIMI WATU AND AVERY YOUNG
On Saturday, May 29, at 8 p.m. at Southside Commons (3518 S. Edmunds St.), Voices Rising will hold their next show. The performance will feature Mami Watu and Avery Young, Storme Webber, Chad Goller-Sojourner, Malkia Cyril, and Mikeya Jackson Harper. Voices Rising is an ongoing series of performances by LGBTQ performers of color. Founded in 2005 by artist Storme Webber, Voices Rising has emerged as the leading showcase for Queer performers of color. Tickets are sliding scale, $10-$25.

For more information, visit voicesrisingseattle.org.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS PARTY: "VANITY"
On Saturday, May 29, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.), come party with DJ Craig Gaibler at Two Knights Events' VANITY party, featuring a special appearance by international recording artist Ultra Naté. Tickets $12 in advance at The Lobby and the Seattle Eagle, $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gay City.

Tickets also available at www.ticketswest.com.

SYLVIA O'STAYFORMORE'S FINAL MAGNUM SHOW
On Saturday, May 29, Sylvia O'Stayformore will present her final Magnum night at Re-bar (1114 Howell Street) at 10:30 p.m. Sylvia will round up the top male burlesque performers in Seattle for the final installment, including Otter-Pop, Disgrace Jones, James and Peter, Emper Roarf Abulous, Jaques 'n' Awe, and Sin. The Portland Porn Stars will also be there, as will DJs Stormy and Jimmie Jamma. Tickets: $8.

For more information, visit www.stayformore.com.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION'S SPRING SEASON
Visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org for information about the Emerald City Softball Association's Open League for Gay and non-Gay men and women. Sundays through June 20.

Visit www.eteamz.com/womensecsa for information about the Emerald City Softball Association's Women's League for Gay and non-Gay women only. Sundays through June 20.

IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF TACOMA VICTORY BRUNCH
On Sunday, May 30, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma will hold their Victory Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Poodle Dog Pup Room (1522 54th Ave. E., Fife, WA).

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/courtoftacoma.

PRIDE IDOL CONTEST AT R-PLACE
Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), producers of the annual Seattle Pride Parade, in association with Esurance, presents Pride Idol 2010, Seattle's talent search contest to find the best vocalists in the area. The Pride Idol contest runs every Sunday through June 20. The contest will be held at R-Place (619 E. Pine St.), door at 7 p.m., contest at 8 p.m. Winners will be awarded cash and additional prizes and get to ride on the official Seattle Pride Idol float in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27. For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org, call the Pride office at 206-322-9561 or email info@seattlepride.org.

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
On Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m., a dedication will be held at the Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall (200 University St.) to our state's fallen servicemen and servicewomen. This brief ceremony will include a presentation of wreaths and a reading of the 18 names of Washington state servicemembers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Memorial Day 2009. Their names will be engraved on the granite walls of the Garden before the ceremony. The Garden of Remembrance is a memorial to the more 8,000 Washington state citizens who have given their lives in the service of the country since 1941.

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.

JAI THAI FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ST. MARY'S FOOD BANK
On Wednesday, June 2, from 6-9 p.m., the Social and Human Services Dept. of Seattle Central will host a fundraising benefit for the St. Mary's Food Bank at Jai Thai (235 Broadway E.). There will be a silent auction, DJ, dancing, live entertainment, and more. A portion of food bills will be donated to charity. There will also be a collection of cloth baby diapers and other childcare items.

For more information, call (206) 322-5781.

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 title to be discussed in their ongoing reading and discussion series: June - Maurice by E. M. Forster, an intense book about an ordinary college guy. Forster wanted to write a novel in which Gayness actually made a man better, and to tell a story in which the Gay hero didn't end up swinging at the end of a rope. Though some critics at first dismissed the work as "minor Forster," Wendy Moffat now calls the work "his one honest novel." 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.

THIRD ANNUAL FORBIDDEN FASHION SHOW
On Friday, June 4, at 9:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University St.), join Eduardo Khawam and Project Runway's Nick Verreos for the third annual Forbidden Fashion Show, featuring the hottest international and national men's underwear and swimwear brands, women's swimwear, lingerie, and accessories. Dress to impress. Cocktail reception begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $35, priority seating $50, celebrity circle $50 at www.brownpapertickets.com.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: PAGDIRIWANG PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate Philippine independence at the Center House (305 Harrison St.) at Seattle Center. Pagdiriwang commemorates the end of Spanish rule in 1898 and highlights the beauty of the country and its people with pageantry, dance, music, food, children's activities, drill teams, rock bands, Filipino literature, exhibits, and martial arts. The festival includes actor-singer Ronald Bregendahl, local bands and singers in a musical jam, a dance extravaganza, Filipino variety show, ethnic fashion show, and a literary-musical contest. For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

ENTRE HERMANOS' LATINO PAGEANT 2010
On Saturday, June 5, Entre Hermanos will host their 2010 Latino Pageant at 6 p.m. at Seattle University's Campion Ballroom (914 E. Jefferson St.). This annual pageant is the signature event of Entre Hermanos and brings together the Latino LGBT community and friends in a wonderful celebration. The pageant culminates with the selection of Mr. Gay Latino, Miss Gay Latina, and Mr. Lesbian Latina, who then go on to represent and create visibility and a positive image of Entre Hermanos. The pageant brings adults together to socialize, meet new people, and find a space where sexual diversity is valued. There will be dinner and a no-host bar. General tickets are $30, with special tickets $35 and preferred tickets $50. www.brownpapertickets.com/99957.

For more information, call (206) 322-7700 visit www.entrehermanos.org.

FORBIDDEN FASHION SHOW AFTERPARTY
On Saturday, June 5, from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., join the models and talent behind the June 4 Forbidden Fashion Show for an exclusive afterparty at the Little Red Studio (400 Dexter Ave. N.) featuring drinks, dancing, and hot entertainment. Special appearance by Project Runway's Nick Verreos.

MCC SEATTLE BECOMES EMERALD CITY MCC SEATTLE - NEW WORSHIP TIME IN JUNE, RELOCATION IN JULY
Metropolitan Community Church Seattle has renamed their church the Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle and starting Sunday, June 6 will be holding worship services at 11 a.m. The church will continue meeting in the Chapel of Temple de Hirsch Sinai (1441 16th Ave.) throughout the month of June, except there will be no service on Sunday, June 27, as the church will be participating in the Seattle Pride Parade that day. The church encourages attendance at the Interfaith Pride worship service on Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m., at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E.). On Sunday, July 4, the church will relocate to the Chapel of University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 N.E. 43rd St.), worship services at 11 a.m.

SEATTLE JAPANESE GARDEN CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
On Sunday, June 6, at 11 a.m., the Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Washington Park Arboretum (1075 Lake Washington Blvd.). The formal celebrations are open to members of the public, who will receive complementary admittance to the garden to enjoy its beauty and displays of history, culture, and traditional entertainment from noon until 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks.

MEMORIES OF LENNY BY MARTIN CHARNIN FREE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
On Monday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., Seattle Theatre Group and Showtunes presents West Side Story Stories - Memories of Lenny by Martin Charnin (one of the original West Side Story Jets) at Paramount Theatre (911 Pine St.). The free event includes Martin Charnin's personal reminiscences of Leonard Bernstein, and features a never-before-heard reading of a 1987 conversation recorded at the Dramatist Guild in New York between Bernstein, Sondheim, Lawrence, and Robbins, with Seattle actors portraying the four giants. Bernstein songs performed by a Showtunes cast member will round out the event.

For more information, visit www.seattlecelebratesbernstein.org.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING NEW MONTHLY DATE
On Wednesday, June 9, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy an evening of roller-skating at Bellevue Skate King (2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue) at this monthly (2nd Wednesdays) LGBTQ community social event for friends and family. Cost is $10 at the door; $7 under 18 (a portion of proceeds benefit Dunshee House). Regular skate rentals: FREE. Inline skate rentals: $4 or bring your own skates. For more information and directions, call 425-458-4707. www.GaySkateSeattle.com; info@gayskateseattle.com.

"WAY OF THE QIN" EXHIBIT SHOWCASES CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
The current exhibit at the Taoist Studies Institute (225 N. 70th St.) features over 50 items illustrating Chinese culture and philosophy. Accompanying the exhibit will be a rich array of educational public programs, as well as related items available for sale. The Qin, commonly known as the Guqin, is an ancient zither which has been played in China for over 2,000 years. The "Way of the Qin" exhibit will be accompanied by an array of public programs focusing on Taoist and Chinese culture, as well as Guqin concerts and workshops.

The exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. through October 24. For more information, visit www.taoiststudiesinstitute.org.

FREE RÉSUMÉ AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System to offer résumé and job search workshops. The Seattle Public Library events will be held at the downtown Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave., Room 4 on Level 4). No registration is required, but seating may be limited. For more information, contact South Seattle Community College WorkSource Center at 206-764-5304 or visit www.southseattle.edu for complete schedule.

LGBT LIBRARY NOW OPEN
The LGBT Library houses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction works of interest to those in the LGBT community and its allies. The Library is located at Gay City's offices, 511 E. Pike St., on the ground floor behind Kaladi Brothers Coffee (just follow the signs). Library hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Items may be borrowed free of charge; however, ID is required. For your convenience, a drop box for returning borrowed items is available next to the front door when the library is closed.

LGBT RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
The Resource & Referral Line can connect you to LGBT-friendly resources throughout Puget Sound and beyond. Coming out and just learning what is out there? Visiting and want to know about nightlife options? Interested in drug or alcohol counseling? For these or any other LGBT issues, call 206-323-LGBT. Phone line hours are Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Leave a voice message at all other times and your call will be returned. Alternatively, you can view our resource lists at www.gaycity.org under the resources menu.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR LGBT LIBRARY AND RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE
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.

"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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