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posted Friday, January 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 01
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DAVID WOJNAROWICZ’S

CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO,

A FIRE IN MY BELLY,

SHOWING IN SEATTLE

David Wojnarowicz’s 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

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.). All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this FREE book club.

The book for January is Hindoo Holiday, 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 nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.


NORDIC LIGHTS

FILM FESTIVAL

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

PRINCESS PARTY

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.


DUNSHEE HOUSE

WELCOMES NEW

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.


THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS

SCREENING AND

PANEL DISCUSSION

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! Magazine Publisher Fran Korten. Other panelists to be announced. FREE; $15 suggested donation.

For more information, visit www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org.


POZ SEATTLE’S

JANUARY 2011

PORN EXCHANGE

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 cut out.

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 info@pozseattle.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 Causes, 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 celebration.

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, 206-296-7652.


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR’S

BEYOND VIETNAM SPEECH

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 Vietnam. The reading will feature actors Rachael Ferguson, Charles Norris, Paul Rosenthal and Adillia Scott. Music by the Sound of the Northwest. Directed by Timeca Briggs.

This controversial 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 York Times 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.

www.seattlecenter.com.


BAILEY-BOUSHAY HOUSE

CHEFS’ DINNER

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


GLSEN/WA HOSTS

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

REGIONAL CONFERENCE

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.

Regional conferences 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 students.

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 self-defense.

Cost $5, $15 with lunch. For more information, e-mail mail@glsenwa.org or visit www.glsenwa.org.


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

WORKSHOPS, RALLY,

AND MARCH

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 welcome.

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, visit www.mlkseattle.org.


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 a Family 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 suefmail@yahoo.com.


KNIGHTS OF MANTRA

BEGGARS’ FEAST –

SOMETHING MEDIEVAL

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

WRITING WORKSHOP

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 susan@gaycity.org.


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.

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 participate.


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 Leadership Award.

For more information, contact 206-957-1742; www.lifelongbreakfast.org. Suggested minimum donation is $150.


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.


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

Demian’s YouTube 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.

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