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posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 43
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SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION
RESOURCE LIST The Safe Schools Coalition is a public-private partnership of 80+ organizations (government agencies, schools, community agencies, churches, youth/student groups, Gay/Lesbian groups, human rights groups) and 400+ individuals working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Safe Schools' website: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org

Safe Schools' blog: http://safeschoolscoalition.blogspot.com/

Join SSC's group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43732067796

Join SSC's group on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1110307

Follow SSC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/safeschoolsc

Got a problem at school with anti-Gay harassment?

In Washington state:

1-877-SAFE-SAFE (1-877-723-3723) 24 hours a day - the phone line is answered at the Sexual Assault Hotline and they will have a Safe Schools Coalition Intervention Specialist volunteer get back to you within 24 hours. Or contact us by e-mail at http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=10 and we will respond within 24 hours.

For non-emergencies: 206-451-SAFE (7233).

Or e-mail us here: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=8

PRIDE FOUNDATION/ GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Pride Foundation/GSBA Scholarship Applications are now available at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org. This year, $500,000 is available in scholarships to support education and leadership development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer students of any age; students who have an LGBT parent; and students who are straight allies and are committed to civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Since 1990, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded. Pride Foundation and the GSBA Scholarship Fund would like to encourage you to share this excellent opportunity for students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! There are 50 different types of scholarships with awards up to $10,000, but only one web-based application to complete!

Applications can be completed online at www.PrideFoundationScholar.org and are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 31, 2011.

MARCH AND RALLY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY
On Friday, October 22, at 5 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College (Broadway & Pine), the 15th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation will be held. Rally starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by a march downtown to sites of police brutality and murder. Wear black to remember the stolen lives from police brutality and to support families who have lost loved ones to police brutality. Seattle area has had several high profile cases. Police brutality occurs every day across this country and hundreds of people are killed by law enforcement every year. Be there! Stand together to say 'Enough is enough!'

For more information, call (206) 264-5527 or e-mail oct22seattle@hotmail.com.

LOW INCOME HOUSING INSTITUTE 8TH ANNUAL AUCTION AND DINNER
On Friday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt at Olive 8 (1635 8th Ave.), the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) will hold its 8th Annual Auction and Dinner. Event proceeds will benefit LIHI's Homeless Supportive Housing Programs and the Urban Rest Stop. LIHI is deeply appreciative of its 49 corporate sponsors, including Co-Presenting Sponsors Vulcan, Inc. and Wells Fargo. LIHI's success over these past two decades is owed to these tremendous partnerships, dedicated staff, volunteers, Board, and residents. Since 1991, LIHI is one of the leading providers of affordable, quality housing for homeless individuals and families, persons with disabilities, veterans and seniors. LIHI own and manages 50 properties in six counties within the Puget Sound region providing over 1,600 units. LIHI's recent project, The Bart Harvey, has many green features including a green rooftop. LIHI also celebrates the 10th year of the award-winning Urban Rest Stop. It is a national model as the only free hygiene center serving homeless people, and perhaps most notable is that 60% of patrons are employed, thus providing a critical service to area employers.

Tickets are $100, or $1,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit www.urbanreststop.org.

PARENTING YOUR QUEER CHILD
On Saturday, October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd St.), Pastors Ray Neal and Michelle Carmody of Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle will present a workshop for parents of LGBT youth entitled 'Parenting Your Queer (LGBT) Child.' The program will begin with a continental breakfast and the screening of the film Put This on the {Map} a locally produced compelling 34-minute documentary about a new generation of young people re-teaching gender and sexual identity. Fed up with a lack of visibility, 26 young people in Seattle's Eastside suburbs weave together a groundbreaking narrative of shifting identities and social change. From getting beat up in a schoolyard to being picked up as a runaway, Queer youth exercise courage daily. Professing expertise over their own experiences, Queer youth provide a candid evaluation of their schools, families, and communities moving the audience from self-reflection to action. Youth from the film and the producers, Sid Peterson and Megan Kennedy, will be present for discussion.

A panel discussion with parents of LGBT youth, representatives from PFLAG, counselors and clergy will be held to present ways to support, encourage and nurture queer young persons in uplifting, affirming ways.

Pre-registration is suggested but not required by calling 425-350-7077 or 206-325-2421. A $5 donation is suggested for the luncheon.

PROJECT HONDURAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS A MAYAN ADVENTURE
On October 23 from 5-11 p.m. at the Intellipass Building (1925 S. 341st Place, Federal Way), join Project Honduras International for A Mayan Adventure. Enjoy culture, music, dancing, food, and fun. Tickets $25. Project Honduras International brings diverse cultures together to give an opportunity for students, their families, medical professionals and other volunteers to serve, learn and experience an impoverished third-world country. This experience changes the lives of children and adults both in Honduras and locally. This helps to spread peace by service and kindness.

For more information, visit www.projecthondurasinternational.org.

LAST DANCE REMEMBERING OLYMPIA 18 KRISTIN DIOR
On Saturday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), the 18th Annual Remembering Olympia 18 Kristin Dior Last Dance show and fundraiser will be held. Performances by special guests from throughout the Northwest. Silent auction, live auction, and raffle. Proceeds to benefit Bailey-Boushay House Day Health Program. Presented by Pennies From Heaven and Sahara Dior D. Suggested donation $10.

EX-GAY NO WAY AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT WORSHIP SERVICE
On Sunday, October 24 at 11 a.m. at Emerald City MCC Seattle in the Chapel of University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd St.), Jallen Rix, author of Ex-Gay No Way will speak. As a young Southern Baptist, Dr. Rix joined an ex-Gay ministry when he discovered his same-sex attractions. Although the ministry did not make him heterosexual, it did manage to destroy any sense of stability and self-esteem. Ex-Gay No Way is Dr. Rix's journey through the ex-gay world and what he did in the aftermath to reintegrate positive sexuality with healthy spirituality. Further, he demonstrates that the tactics used in these oppressive environments are many of the same damaging schemes used everywhere in power-abusive religious organizations today.

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.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST DISCUSSION SERIES: MARXIST ECONOMICS 101
On Wednesdays through November 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse (402 15th Ave. E.), the Freedom Socialist Discussion Series will hold Marxist Economics 101. This discussion series uses Karl Marx's Wage-Labor and Capital to determine what makes wages and profits rise or fall. $10 for entire series or $2 per session.

For more information contact Megan at 206-240-6463 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN EL SALVADOR
On Thursday, October 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington, Thomson Hall 317, come to a talk with William Hernandez. Hernandez is director and president of the Asociacion Entre Amigos, which works to promote and defend the human right of the LGBT population and people living with HIV/AIDS in El Salvador. A courageous grassroots activist and leader, Herdandez has faced death threats, office raids, and other acts of intimidation aimed at silencing his advocacy for LGBT Rights.

This talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit jsis.washington.edu/humanrights/.

HAUNTED CAPITOL HILL
On Thursday, October 28 from 6-10 p.m. at the Joule Apartments at (Broadway E. & E. Republican), watch as Capitol Hill gets haunted for Halloween. Zombies wielding chainsaws, ax murderers, house of horrors - some might not make it out alive. Come see if you can. Suggested $5 donation will support local groups including the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, The Vera Project, and the Washington Bus. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

On Saturday, October 30, join The Procession of Lost Souls Parade. Come wake the dead with us in a costume procession up Broadway, and witness a parade of the most creative, artistic, and scary (or silly) costumes in Seattle. A costume contest will kick it off. Enter to win great prizes in five categories including Quintessentially Capitol Hill and Best Group. Costume Contest 6 p.m., Parade begins at 7 p.m. Meet at Seattle Central Community College's outdoor plaza (Broadway & E. Pine).

On Sunday, October 31, join the Creepy Crawl Parade - Halloween is the day for spooky sprites. Little ones in costume will be showing off their garb around Cal Anderson Park, followed by trick-or-treating at Broadway merchants. Molly Moon's Ice Cream Truck will be there with treats. Begins at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.hauntedbroadway.com.

RE-BAR HOMOWEEN SHOW
On Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), start your Halloween right with the Homoween show. Do you need some scary Queer in your life? Join us for the Holy, Harrowing, Hellacious, Homo Halloween show! This is also an event where we will honor the dead, let go of the past, let the dead things fall away from our life. There will be a public memorial/altar at the Re-bar where you can light a candle, bring a picture or something meaningful and honor or let it go. We will provide the candles!

Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com $12 adv/$14 at door.

BUMP FIRE + ICE HALLOWEEN PARTY
On Friday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Showbox at the Market (1426 1st Ave.), join the northwest's hottest Halloween party, Bump: Fire + Ice. Benefiting Gay City and the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses. Featuring DJs Nastina, Michael Holden, and Spaceotter. Hosted by Ben DeLa Crème. Fire performances by Furthermore Collective. Entertainment by Waxie Moon, Inga Ingenue, Paris Original and more. Costume contest with $1,000 prize. Grind afterparty in the Baltic Room.

Regular tickets $35 in advance, four for $100. VIP tickets (discounted drinks, VIP area with dedicated bar, VIP entrance, and free photo) $60 in advance, four for $200. Platinum tickets (hosted bar, complimentary cocktails, hors d'ouevres, VIP area, gift bags, free parking, access to Grind afterparty) $125 in advance, two for $200.

Tickets on sale at www.gaycity.org.

CENTER FOR SEX-POSITIVE CULTURE'S KINKY CARNIVAL
On Friday, October 29 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Center for Sex-Positive Culture (1602 15th Ave. W.), celebrate Kinky Carnival, a fun, safe place for adults to explore sensual expression and BDSM. The Kinky Carnival invites adults (18+) to sample a variety of experiences at the approximately two-dozen booths. From 'Kiss' and 'Cuddle' to 'Spank' and 'Rope,' each booth provides a specific experience in a safe, healthy environment. Designed for those who are new to sex-positivity and BDSM, the Kinky Carnival offers a way to try out fantasies at an easy pace and in a safe space. The Carnival will also feature the 'Ask' booth, where attendees are invited to ask questions. Other booths include 'Zap,' 'Pierce,' 'Submit,' 'Sensation,' 'Flog,' 'Rub,' 'Mmm,' and 'Ground.'

Tickets ($25 advance/$30 door/$100 Gold VIP) are available at Ticket Leap http://fspc.ticketleap.com/kinky-carnival/. Costumes are welcomed, but not required.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTÁL: DIA DE MUERTOS
On Saturday, October 30 from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at Seattle Center House (Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.), join Seattle Center Festál: Dia De Muertos.

In the Mexican culture, to remember the departed is to remember what has been its history. It is to keep alive the very deepest of the Mexican roots, where indigenous and Spanish cultures intertwine in traditional community altars, sugar skulls, sand painting, special foods, candles, processions, music and dance.

This year's celebration features: Matoys, a contemporary music ensemble that expresses Pre-Hispanic themes, from México City: www.matoys.mx. The Seattle Fandango Project: music from the 400 year-old Fandango Jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico, involving music, dance, and poetry born from encounters between European, Indigenous, African, and Arab cultures: www.facebook.com/pages/Seattle-Fandango-Project/158069722064. Mixcoatl Anahuac: a traditional Aztec dance group from San Francisco, California. Four art exhibits from México City: Independencia y Revolución / Independence & Revolution, engravings by members of the Taller de Gráfica Popular; an engraving exhibit by Joel Rendón; Disidencia Emocional / Emotional Dissidence, photography exhibit by Roberto Uribe; and Identidades de México / Identities of México, an exhibit of illustrators. A Tapete de Arena Pintada (monumental sand painting) will be created for the Celebration.

Dia de Muertos also features lectures on Mexican art, history, culture and anthropology, short films and animations, and works by traditional craftspeople from Michoácan, México. Community members and organizations will create altars or 'ofrendas' to remember the departed. There will be children's art activities, authentic Mexican food, including a Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread) and a traditional Mexican pantheon display. Each day concludes with a Procession to Remember Dearly Departed. For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com.

MACCT POTLUCK AND COSTUME PARTY
On Saturday, October 30 at 7 p.m., Men of All Colors & Cultures Together (MACCT) will be hosting a Potluck Halloween Costume Party. Please contact us at 206-923-8313 or macctseattle@yahoo.com for additional location information / directions.

MACCT is a Gay/Bisexual multi-racial, multi-cultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized.

RADICAL WOMEN HALLOWEEN PARTY
On Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), come to a Halloween costume party for feminists and other seditious souls. The seditious spirit-raising soiree will weave spells to kibosh bloodsucking budget cuts and exorcise exploiters. Highlights include dancing, a costume contest, no-host bar, and a satirical floorshow. The door donation is $5. A frightfully flavorful feast will be served for $10. The party is a benefit for Radical Women.

For more information, call 206-722-6057 or visit RadicalWomen.org/seattle.html.

FREAK BOUTIQUE HALLOWEEN PARTY
On Sunday, October 31 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Nightclub (111 Yesler Ave.), Scarlett Planet presents the 6th Annual Freak Boutique Halloween party. With a $5,000 costume contest. The Seattle Freak Boutique is a costume-mandatory event, meaning all guests are asked to dress as appropriately or inappropriately as they prefer. This event is ages 21 and older. Best costumes are judged in the categories of Most Original, Sexiest Couple, and Best Group. Winners divide a prize package worth more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. The costume contest is hosted by Emmy-nominated Sasha Scarlett. Burlesque Performers: Shanghai Pearl and Fuchsia Foxx. Halloween Hotties: Smoking hot female dancers from Lil Darlings. Six Fetish Stages where guests can experience fetish and fantasy. Tickets $35 advance, $40 at the door. For more information, visit www.seattlefreakboutique.com.

BENT: 10TH ANNUAL MENTOR SHOWCASE
On Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, Regie Cabico will headline the Bent Mentor Showcase, doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., at the Museum of History and Industry's McEachern Auditorium, 2700 24th Ave. E. The showcase, an annual event that has become a fixture in the Seattle Queer arts scene, will include performances by Cabico and Bent writing students.

Cabico is described as an 'out and proud Filipino American Gay man who has been called the Lady Gaga of spoken word poets.' He has won several high awards at various national slam poetry contests, has written several plays and regularly performs stand-up comedy, and has twice been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

A writing workshop with Cabico will be held on Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a location to be announced. For more information, please e-mail terrakitty@gmail.com or visit us at www.bentwriting.com.

Tickets for the Bent Mentor Showcase are $20-general admission; $15-students with ID; $30-general admission for both days and may be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/128828 or at the door.

CARING AND AGING WITH PRIDE
Are you a LGBT adult 50 years of age or older? Or can you pass this information on to someone who is? We need your help with a groundbreaking project: Caring and Aging with Pride, a partnership between Senior Services and The Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington. Our goal is to understand the aging and health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender adults 50 years of age and older in our community for generations to come. You are eligible for a raffle drawing awarding a $500 Visa gift certificate to three randomly selected individuals. Visit http://bit.ly/SnrSvcs to enter the raffle and request a questionnaire. You are eligible for the raffle regardless of whether you complete a questionnaire or not. Please keep in mind your participation in the project is completely voluntary.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at 1-800-558-8703 or visit our website at CaringAndAging.org. Voice your needs!

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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