A FIRE IN MY
SHOWING IN SEATTLE
controversial video, A
Fire in My Belly,
that was part of a show of Gay and Lesbian related art at the
Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery recently,
until it was removed from the exhibition in response to a deluge of
unfavorable calls and emails from the Catholic League and its
partisans, is being shown with other less controversial works by
Wojnarowicz at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., and at the
Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St., through February
13. The Seattle Art Museum, First Ave. & Union St., presents
other works by Wojnarowicz through January 30. A public discussion
about Wojnarowicz and his work will be held at the Henry Art Gallery
on Sunday, January 9, at 2 p.m.
THE ELITE HOSTS
FREE ASL LESSONS
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.). All GLBTQ folks in the community
are welcome to participate in this FREE book club.
The book for January is
also by J.R. Ackerley – his true-life travel adventure about
the few months he was hired as the private secretary to an eccentric
Maharajah in a little principality of India who has a penchant for
beautiful boys. It’s a novel by a Gay author with Gay content –
but not about Gay love or Gay sex. Think about your Gay friends –
Gay people exist most of the time OUTSIDE of the bedroom, and what
happens otherwise is often just hinted at – well, that’s
the kind of Gay writing this is. It’s a Gay man’s
perceptions of a Maharajah who obsesses over handsome lower-caste
youths. Ackerley’s acerbic wit demolishes several haughty
British ladies also visiting the Palace, and the bits of dialogue
scattered throughout are often hilarious. It’s travel writing
at its best – an utterly personal plunge into a colorful world
very different from our own.
For more information,
e-mail email@example.com or contact Dunshee House at
From Friday, January 7
through Sunday, January 9 at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.), the Nordic
Heritage Museum will hold its second annual Nordic Lights Film
Festival. This cutting-edge cinematic festival offers an immersion
into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter film
season, focusing on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark,
Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, presented at SIFF Cinema.
Admission is $7 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members;
$10 for the general public. Tickets are available through the SIFF
Cinema Box Office at www.siff.net or (206) 464-5830.
For more information, a
complete schedule of films, and information on purchasing tickets,
visit www.siff.net or www.nordicmuseum.org
QUEEN OF THE SEAS
AT THE CRESCENT TAVERN
On Saturday, January 8,
come be whisked away to a fabulous wonderland of princessness at the
Queen of the Seas Princess Party, at the Crescent Lounge (1413 Olive
Way). Several guests will be wearing costumes, in addition to all the
dazzlingly dressed performers.
We will gather in our
fabulous costumes at 5 p.m. All who wish may do karaoke until the
drag show starts at 6 p.m. After the drag queens (etc.) perform,
there will be more karaoke until 1 a.m.
There is no cover, but
donations will be collected for the Imperial Court of Seattle and
Lifelong AIDS Alliance. If you have anything to donate to the raffle
(e.g., massage, cleaning, photography, etc., services), please bring
it. New drag queen and drag king performers are welcome.
XOXO. H.H. Harmony
Victoria Dior D., Queen of the Seas 2010-2011.
LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP
On Sunday, January 9, at
6 p.m., Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.), will host
a grand kickoff event for a new LGBTQ Veterans Group. Dunshee House
invites all members of the community to join them as they celebrate
and welcome home the LGBTQ veterans in our community.
On Tuesday, January 11
from 6:30-10 p.m.. at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave.), the official North
American launch of The
Economics of Happiness,
a one-hour documentary about the worldwide movement for economic
localization, will take place. The film features acclaimed
environmentalists, scholars, and authors. The film will be followed
by a panel discussion with co-director Helena Norberg-Hodge, authors
David Korten and John de Graaf, and Yes!
Publisher Fran Korten. Other panelists to be announced. FREE; $15
For more information,
On Wednesday, January 12
from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff (13th and E. Pine St.), POZSeattle is
pleased to present its first monthly POZ Social of 2011. Meet in the
downstairs bar for food, socializing, to catch up with old friends,
to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun.
In keeping with our New
Years tradition, we are hosting a “Clean Out Your Drawer
Because You Got New Porn For Christmas Porn Exchange.” To
participate in the Porn Exchange, simply bring in any magazines,
books, DVDs and yes, even VHS tapes you want to swap and trade,
preferably clean and free of any stickiness and not too many pictures
This event is free as
always (except for the cost of beverages from the bar), but donations
are gladly accepted, and is for all HIV-positive men and their
friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.
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 our event promotions e-mail list,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pozseattle.org.
PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
On Thursday, January 13
at noon at the 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave.), King County and
its employees invite the public to join the celebration honoring the
life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his vision of an
America of opportunity for all. Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones will be the
keynote speaker at this special event. Backed by her research, Dr.
Jones uses powerful allegories to promote discussion and
understanding of the difficult topic of the impact of race on our
national health and wellbeing. She is a passionate advocate for
equity and justice in our society and appears in the video Unnatural
a documentary exploring the racial and socioeconomic disparities in
health and wellness.
Young people from
throughout King County have been selected to receive the 2011 Essay
Award on the celebration theme, “We are the ones we have been
waiting for.” The youth awards will be presented at the
The celebration will
also include interpretations of this year’s theme by local
performance poets and musicians coordinated by the multi-talented
spoken word performer and producer Storme Webber.
For more information,
please contact Bailey de Iongh at the Office of Civil Rights,
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR’S
On Saturday, January 15
at 1 p.m. at the Seattle Center/Center House Pavilion (305 Harrison
St.), the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum) and
the Seattle Center present a staged reading of Martin Luther King,
Jr’s landmark speech, Beyond
reading will feature actors Rachael Ferguson, Charles Norris, Paul
Rosenthal and Adillia Scott. Music by the Sound of the Northwest.
Directed by Timeca Briggs.
speech, delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4,
1967, outlined King’s opposition to the Vietnam War. During the
speech, King called the United States government “the greatest
purveyor of violence in the world today” and he offered a
five-point plan for stopping the war urging “a radical
revolution of values” that emphasized social justice rather
than economic materialism.
Response to the speech
was largely negative, and the New
stated that it “diminished [King’s] usefulness to his
cause, to his country, and to his people.” Similarly, the NAACP
accused King of linking two disparate issues – the Civil Rights
Movement and the Vietnam War.
Close to the end of the
speech, King would add, “We are now faced with the fact, my
friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce
urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history,
there is such a thing as being too late.”
The Beyond Vietnam
speech was made exactly one year before King’s assassination.
The reading will weave together excerpts of this timely speech with
songs from the Civil Rights Movement.
This event is free and
open to the public.
On Sunday, January 16,
join supporters of Bailey-Boushay House for an hors d’oeuvres
reception and silent wine auction at 5 p.m. ($75) and private dinner
($300, which includes the reception and auction) at the Bell Harbor
International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way.
Dine to make a
difference at the 19th annual Chefs’ Dinner to benefit
Bailey-Boushay House. Guests will enjoy the best that area chefs have
to offer. 206-583-6514; www.virginiamason.org/chefs
On Monday, January 17,
registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at University Prep (8000 25th Ave. NE.), the Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington state chapter will hold
its annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Regional Conference.
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.
serve to help GSA groups network with each other, gain information,
plan group activities, set goals, and encourage participation in
activities that further our goal of safer school environments for all
Student programs include
introduction to PFLAG, coming out to your friends and family, Youth
Suicide Prevention Program, GSA rights, making your school a “safe
place,” Trans 101, viewing of Bullied
and discussion, GSA networking, dating and relationships, and
Cost $5, $15 with lunch.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
On Monday, January 17,
the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee presents the 29th annual
region-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Garfield High
School (400 23rd Ave.). Workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., rally at
11 a.m., and march at noon. Make plans to join us as we plan another
successful event honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy! All are
Seattle has one of the
largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in the U.S. We
honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work toward racial
equality and economic justice for all people, for his commitment to
nonviolence, and for his stand against war and militarism.
For more information,
GSBA BUSINESS LUNCHEON
On Wednesday, January 19
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the GSBA will hold their Business
Luncheon at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way). New
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and Assistant Chief Dick Reed will
attend and answer questions about public safety, hate crimes, and
budget cuts. Come prepared for an interactive and lively discussion.
Tickets $39, $34 for members and students.
For more information,
visit www.thegsba.org or call 206-363-9188.
SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY
CHILD CARE TASK FORCE
FAMILY CONNECTION NIGHT
On Thursday, January 20
from 6-8 p.m. at the Shoreline Conference Center (18560 1st Ave.
NE.), the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force will host
their Family Connection Night event. The film That’s
will screen, followed by group discussion. A community resource table
will feature a variety of information. Pizza and limited childcare
for children ages 3-6 is provided. Space is limited.
Attendees must RSVP to
Sue Ferguson at (425) 891-3159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF MANTRA
BEGGARS’ FEAST –
On Saturday, January 22
at 6 p.m., the Jet Chapter of the Knights of Mantra will hold their
2011 Beggars’ Feast – Something Medieval at Russian Hall
(704 19th Ave. E.). Price includes five-course meal and dessert.
Games, stocks, spanking stools, great food, entertainment, and
special surprises. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (Advance tickets
available from Knights of Mantra members.)
GAY CITY SPONSORS
On Mondays from January
24 through March 7 at Gay City Health Project (511 E. Pike St.), Gay
City Arts presents Smudgy Notebook, the Gay City Writing Workshop
Series. For this winter session, Gay City will focus on basic writing
techniques such as point of view, setting, character development,
allegory/fable/metaphor, poetry and short story form/structure, and
others. The goal is to foster an understanding of writing on a
literary level. Each week we will have an informal discussion
concerning a specific writing technique or tool, and focus our
attention on developing and/or honing our skills in that area. This
Queer-friendly course is open to women, Trans-folk, and men, and is
designed to accommodate beginners and more advanced writers.
For more info, please
contact Kevin at (206) 850-1575 or Susan at (206) 388-1707 or
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.
For information on other
LGBT scholarship programs, visit the Safe Schools Coalition’s
scholarship resource list at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/youth.
SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
CALL FOR ART SUBMISSIONS
The Seattle Erotic Art
Festival announces the Call for Art for its ninth annual event to be
held May 20-22, 2011. Submissions will
be accepted from January 1-31, 2011. All
artists age 18 and older are encouraged to submit up to five works of
erotic art of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists and painters
are particularly encouraged to apply. Submissions can be made online
at SeattleErotic.org throughout January. The Festival stands by its
mission to support a vibrant creative community, supporting living
artists with low submission fees and commission rates. Selected art
will be showcased throughout the three-day event to thousands of
patrons. Most importantly, the Festival sells far more art than any
other erotic art festival. Artists may also choose to submit to the
Festival Store, which has a later submission deadline (to be
determined). Artists do not need to attend the Festival in order to
LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE’S
“MAKING A DIFFERENCE”
ANNUAL BENEFIT BREAKFAST
WITH GREG LOUGANIS
On Thursday, February
24, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.), join
emcee Jean Enerson, guest speaker Greg Louganis, the Lifelong AIDS
Alliance board and staff, and caring community members for a
fundraising breakfast in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance at The Red
Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave.
Dr. Lawrence Corey,
president and director-elect of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center, an American physician-scientist and an internationally
recognized expert on infectious diseases, whose discoveries have been
recognized as having advanced the understanding of the pathogenesis
and treatment of diseases caused by viruses, especially the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will receive the 2011 Ned Behnke
For more information,
contact 206-957-1742; www.lifelongbreakfast.org. Suggested minimum
donation is $150.
CARING AND AGING
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
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.
& 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 email@example.com.
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
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:
SEATTLE GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEOS
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Pride Day took place on
June 27, 2010. The parade and festival included all financial and
social segments of society, all religions, races, and gender
expressions. The parade had an estimated 450,000 people in
attendance. After the Parade, some 70,000 attendees flowed into the
Seattle Center for the PrideFest. This combined cross-section of
humanity is most noted for its astonishing diversity.
The following videos
were shot over a four-hour period:
Gay Pride Day Seattle
2010 Part 1 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=ITmRcnX0VFs
Gay Pride Day Seattle
2010 Part 2 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=M69Q_z3E74I
Channel All Videos – http://youtube.com/777demian
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.