REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY
SALT OF THE EARTH
On Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), FSP will screen Salt of the Earth, an award-winning 1954 film exploring a fierce strike by Mexican-American miners in which women played a leading role. During the McCarthy era, the film was banned because of its daring pro-labor, pro-civil rights content. Door donation $3-$5. Nacho plates and desserts available for a $4 donation. For more information, 206-722-2453 or FSPseattle@mindspring.com. Wheelchair accessible. Proceeds to benefit the Freedom Socialist newspaper.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents 'Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.' This groundbreaking festival is one of only a very few Transgender film festivals in the world. The eleven programs and films that make up this year's slate tell unique and fascinating stories that are poignant, witty, tragic, comic and inspirational.
The Chaz Bono documentary, Becoming Chaz, will be shown on Friday, May 13 (Opening Night), at the AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St.) at 7 p.m., with a reception following at the Sixth Avenue Inn (2000 6th Ave.). Chaz Bono grew up right before our eyes as Sonny and Cher's adorable golden-haired daughter, Chastity, but in a body he felt wasn't his own. Becoming Chaz takes us on Chaz's remarkable and brave journey of transformation as he undertakes gender reassignment. Intimate and nakedly honest, the film reveals the humanity and courage it takes for Chaz to embrace his true self all the while putting a face on an intensely misunderstood issue.
Festival pass is $50, $10 advance/$11 at the door for Opening Night (May 13) (includes post-screening reception), $8 advance/$9 at the door for single tickets, $6 advance/$7 at the door for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members, $5 for youth (21 and under) and seniors (65 and over) available at the door only, ID required.
For complete schedule, a synopsis of films and advance tickets, visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org.
GAY CITY UNIVERSITY
On Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Antioch University Seattle (2326 6th Ave.), head back to school this spring for another fabulous edition of GCU. Now in it's 16th year, this fantastic day of fun and learning for Gay, Bi and Trans men offers a variety of classes and workshops. Cost is just $20, including lunch. For more information and to register, visit www.gaycity.org.
2ND ANNUAL JUGRZ
On May 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave SW), Just Us Girl RiderZ hosts a conference for women bikers who wish to hone their wrenching skills, or to perhaps break into their own mechanic work for the first time. In this venue, women will feel invited to share and learn amongst fellow women riders from the Northwest and beyond. This event will cover topics from basic repair to custom building. There will be opportunities to learn hands on. The use of tools and equipment and shop safety will be emphasized. Given these tools, participants will gain the confidence and independence to work on their own motorcycles. The conference also provides an extensive and growing network of fellow women riders who have either done their own work or are also just learning for the first time. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jugrz.com, 786-5660.
SEATTLE CHEESE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., cheesemakers from around the world will showcase their finest cheeses to thousands of attendees on the cobblestone street at Pike Place Market (1st Ave. and Pike St.). Sample Northwest and international wines and Pike Brewing Company beers at the wine and beer garden. Enjoy chef and mozzarella-making demos and a number of seminars on cheeses. Cost is FREE for cheese sampling, $10 for wine and beer garden (5 pours), $40 for seminars. For more information, visit www.seattlecheesefestival.com.
'BLACK TIE & TALES' -
SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS &
SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS'
DINNER, DANCE & AUCTION
On Saturday, May 14, doors at 5:30 p.m., at Fremont Studios (155 N 35th St.), join the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Women's Chorus for a gala dinner, dance and auction fundraiser. Enjoy a gourmet, seated dinner, live entertainment by Chorus members and guests, silent and live auction items, and then dance the night away. Tickets: $195-patron, $250-benefactor. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
CLOSET BALL 2011 -
'RELEASE YOUR INNER DIVA'
On Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., at R Place (Boylston Ave. & E. Pine St.), join the Imperial Court of Seattle for Closet Ball 2011. The rules are simple: 1) you haven't done drag before (except on Halloween), 2) you have a 'Drag Mother' to perform the transformation (the Court can help find someone for you, if needed), 3) you have one hour to be transformed (all make-up, hair, etc. must be applied at the event), 4) contestants will be judged on transformation, presentation, and poise. The winner will be crowned 2011 Closet Ball Queen and the winning Drag Mother will be crowned Mother of the Year. $5 donation at the door - contestants and Drag Mothers FREE. www.imperialcourtofseattle.org.
'WE'RE WITH YOU JAPAN' -
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
On Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m., at Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall (1212 S. King St.), the Japan Young Professionals Group (JYPG) and Earshot Jazz present vocalist Aiko Shimada, Burnlist (Cuong Vu, Greg Sinibaldi, Chris Icasiano, and Aaron Otheim) and Chemical Clock in a special concert in support of Japan earthquake relief via Peace Winds America, a participant in Seattle Japan Relief.
JYPG works closely with the Japan America Society of the State of Washington to create opportunities for young professionals in Puget Sound to connect with their like-minded interests in Japan. The benefit concert features a musical focus along with networking over refreshments and Japanese green tea. For more information, call 206-322-1122 or visit the JYPG online at www.jassw.org/jypg.html. Tickets: $10-students (ID required), $15-advance; $20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com
SONGS FOR JAPAN
On Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Unity Church (200 8th Ave. N.), top Seattle area artists join together to present a special benefit concert honoring the people and music of Japan. The ongoing catastrophe in Japan prompted Susan to initiate a series of benefit concerts to raise funds to be sent directly to the people of Sendai, the epicenter of the earthquake and tsunami. The evening will include many of Japan's best-loved traditional songs. The songs have a bittersweet quality and carry the core values of the Japanese culture, love of the land, nature, and of family. In addition, there will be some musical surprises born of the unique collaboration from all these fine musicians, whose lives and hearts have all been touched by the generosity and graciousness of the Japanese people and have a desire to help.
For more information, contact Susan Osborn at SusanOsborn@SusanOsborn.com or Nancy Rumbel at Nancy@NancyRumbel.com.
SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL
On Sundays through June 19, doors at 6 p.m., competition at 7 p.m., at Neighbours (1509 Broadway. entrance in alley off E. Pike St. between Broadway and Harvard), join Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) for Seattle's Pride Idol talent competition to see who will represent Seattle Out & Proud on the Pride Idol Float in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. For complete details, visit www.seattlepride.com.
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.
SYTTENDE GAY 2011
On Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at The BalMar (5449 Ballard Ave. NW, at NW Market St.), Kwanchai presents Syttende Gay 2011, an event celebrating Nordic culture and diversity on Norway's Constitution Day (Syttende Mai). Enjoy the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade at 6 p.m. $7 VIP pass (21+ with ID) includes exclusive access to upper VIP level with panoramic view of the parade. 10% off Nordic-inspired food and cocktails. Music by DJ RXMX. Proceeds from pass and raffle sales to Youth Suicide Prevention Program. www.kwanchai.net; www.YSPP.org.
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 May is JUST KIDS, by Patti Smith, a portrait of her friendship with controversial Gay photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. It is a quick, compelling read about a friendship between two artistic geniuses.
On May 25, the book club will show the superb documentary, Black, White and Gray, which brings Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe to life through their intersection with Robert's lover, Sam Wagstaff, the older man who almost single-handedly brought the art of photography to the center of the art world. As an example of how two Gay lovers can influence each other, the film is almost unparalleled. And in its 72 minutes, your eyes will feast on dozens of gorgeous turn-of-the-century photographs rescued from obscurity and honored now in the Getty collection by Sam Wagstaff, one of the character's in this month's book.
For more information, email email@example.com or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.
SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE
MEET AND GREET
On Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at The Elite, 1520 E. Olive Way, Seattle Tennis Alliance is hosting an informal happy hour meet and greet to talk about tennis. Drop in to find out more about tennis activity in Seattle's LGBT community or visit www.SeattleTennisAlliance.org.
PRESENTS GLAM 6
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
On Thursday, May 19, 6-9 p.m., at Masins (220 2nd Ave. S.), Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Seattle presents Glam 6, a celebration of high-style design, furnishings, fashion and fabulous jewels, with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and wine bar, luxury silent auction of fashion accessories, home décor items, hotel and dining packages, DJ Wendell, and special guest TV celebrity and House & Garden top 100 designer, Thom Filicia, a DIFFA national trustee. Tickets: $40 general admission; $75 VIP welcome and pre-party (5 p.m.) with special guest, Thom Filicia. Tickets: www.diffa.org/seattle. Information: 206-763-8885. Proceeds benefit local AIDS service and education providers.
On Friday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (reception and hors d'oeuvres) and 6:30-9:30 p.m. (dinner and awards), at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave., join GSBA members and friends for an evening celebrating this year's GSBA scholarship award recipients with emcee J.J. McKay and keynote speaker Washington State Representative Marko Liias. Tickets: $100. 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org. The GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) is the Greater Seattle area's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
MISS INDIGO BLUE'S
ACADEMY OF BURLESQUE -
'GET THEM TO LAS VEGAS!'
A BENEFIT FOR THE
BURLESQUE HALL OF FAME
On Friday, May 20, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at the Academy of Burleque, West Hall, OddFellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., local burlesque legends Eartha Quake and Velvet Ice take the stage along with a bevy of local performers who are competing, performing, or have previously competed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend! Don't miss this chance to cheer on the amazing collection of talent who will be representing the Northwest in Las Vegas, June 2-5.
Miss Indigo Blue and Lily Verlaine (up for Reigning Queen of Burlesque '11), Randi Rascal & Iva Handful (up for Best Debut '11), Waxie Moon (Opening Night Showcase), The Heavenly Spies (Best Duet '07), Inga Ingenue (Miss Exotic World Competitor '08 AND Reigning Miss Viva Las Vegas 2011!), and hosted by Syndi Deveraux (Best Debut Competitor '10)! All proceeds go to the Burlesque Hall of Fame and the travel expenses for Eartha Quake and Velvet Ice!
Tickets: $25-VIP advance, $30-at the door; $15-general advance, $20-at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174501. Must be 21+ with ID.
'RED LIGHT DISTRICT' -
SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
On Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., the Seattle Erotic Art Festival presents 'Red Light District,' an immersive weekend of visual art, film, performances, literary art, interactive installations, after-parties, workshops, and museum-quality festival store. Hours: Friday/Saturday, noon-2 a.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets: Friday/Saturday, $30-advance, $36-at the door, $10 day pass (noon-6 p.m.), $10 after-party (11 p.m.-2 a.m.); Sunday, $10 suggested donation. Full weekend pass: $55-advance, $65 at the door. Age Restriction: 18+ Friday/Saturday until 6 p.m. (21+ after 6 p.m.) and all day Sunday. For more information: www.seattle-erotic.org.
'A GLIMPSE OF CHINA -
CHINESE CULTURE & ARTS FESTIVAL'
On Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House, learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history. Over 15 Chinese groups will showcase Chinese music, dance, Wushu (martial arts), Taiqi (Tai Chi) and puppet arts. The festival also offers interactive Chinese calligraphy and painting for children and Chinese arts and crafts booths. Additionally, Washington State Confucius Institute will give guidance on Chinese language learning.
Special to the festival this year, Dragon Art Studio of Portland, OR, the only professional Chinese puppet theater in the United States, will perform spectacular puppet shows dramatizing more than 1,000 years of history. The art of puppetry, combining artistic expression and traditional Chinese Opera movements and music, began as a culural ritual and later became a form of entertainment to the royal family and common public. Beautifully engineered mechanical puppet parts and Western technology tell stories packed with humor, elegance and great theatricality.
For full event schedule, visit www.chinaartandculture.com.
On Saturdays, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18, no dance 7/2, resumes 7/16, at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St.), join LGBTQ folks and friends (and all who want to dance) for this fun, easy-to-learn, easy-to-dance, gender-neutral contra dance, with live calling and live bluegrass music. No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught. Free lesson at 7 p.m. Dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Cost is $8.
Organizers suggest bringing water to drink. A bin for non-perishable food donations is available at the hall. Please come fragrance free in consideration of those with allergies. Bring a dry shirt to change into if you sweat a lot. No drunkenness, rude or abusive behavior will be tolerated.
http://seattledance.org/contra/rainbow; YouTube: Seattle Rainbow Contra Dance.
'THE SUN ALWAYS RISES' -
A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN
On Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at ACT's Falls Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle musicians come together for an evening of music to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society and its ongoing relief efforts in areas hardest hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The lineup includes Sarah Rudinoff, Miss Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mullatta and Her White Boy Band, The Live Girls! Ladies Choir, Jacqueline Tabor, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, as well as three taiko drumming groups - One World Taiko, Kaze Daiko, and Seattle Kokon Taiko. Local favorite actress and performer Kate Jaeger will serve as emcee. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross. 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org
AWARDS & AUCTION
On Sunday, May 22, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the Maritime Event Center at Bell Harbor, Pier 66, 2211 Alaskan Way, join GLSEN/WA board members, GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) students and advisors, emcee Q13 FOX News anchor Lily Jang, keynote speaker Washington State Representative Marko Liias, and friends and supporters for GLSEN/WA's (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) 6th annual GSA reception, awards presentation, and silent and live auction. Build you own tacos at the taco bar and enjoy a delicious ice cream bar for dessert. Auction items include: Field-level Mariners game seats for June 29th game vs. the Atlanta Braves, dinners at Poppy and at Teatro ZinZanni, tickets to the 5th Avenue Theatre, holiday reception at the Governor's Mansion with tour of the mansion and photo with Governor Gregoire, and more. Tickets: $35-general admission, $20-youth/student, and can be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154346. www.glsenwa.org.
LA FEMME MAGNIFIQUE
On Sunday, May 22, doors at 6 p.m., pageant at 7 p.m., at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard off E. Pike St.), join Gaysha Starr and the reigning La Femme Magnifique and La Femme Magnifique Plus for the exciting La Femme Magnifique Washington Pageant. Tickets: $15 in advance and at the door. Partial proceeds to beneft GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) WA. For contestant information or tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF MANTRA
AT MILLER RIVER
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Includes meals, entertainment, and hot showers. Bring your own camping gear or contact the Knights of Mantra for assistance. Cost: $110 from May 1-16, $125 from May 17-27. For more information, email email@example.com.
GENDER ODYSSEY SHOW
SEEKS ART SUBMISSIONS
As part of Gender Odyssey's 10th anniversary conference, the We Made This Road by Walking art show is an opportunity for reflection and celebration. We Made This Road by Walking references creating a path for oneself when the road to a desired destination doesn't already exist. Our theme is not limited to Transgender topics, but contextualizes our individual and collective experiences in terms of the actions we have taken to move our lives and our community forward.
The submission deadline is June 30, 2011, and the exhibition dates are August 4-7, 2011.
Entry of artwork to this show is open to members of our collective transgender communities. Original 2- and 3-dimensional works and original multimedia works - subject to technical requirements - will be accepted. Display space may be limited so please get your submissions in early. Gender Odyssey 2011 does not guarantee space for all art submissions.
Please visit http://www.genderodyssey.org/submit-art/ for further details, as well as an entry form.
Allyship is an organization that does multi-issue organizing in the social justice community as out Queers and connects social justice issues within LGBTQ communities. For several years Allyship has been sponsoring a discussion series called 'Queerly Classed,' as well as mobilizing for marches and actions, and building relationships in the labor, feminist, immigrant rights, housing and health care movements. This year Allyship will be creating campaigns around health care, workers' rights and Queer youth and is looking for volunteers to help with campaign research, social media, and outreach. For more information, including a description of tasks and time commitment for volunteer positions of researcher, social media assistant, and outreach assistant, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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