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posted Friday, June 17, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 24
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YESLER JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
On Friday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m., at 917 E. Yesler Way, celebrate Juneteen in Seattle with food (including turkey hot dogs, hamburgers, Asian and East African foods), live entertainment, information booths, and a raffle to win a handmade quilt.

THE GENE POOL AT THE ANNEX THEATRE
From June 3 to June 19, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with an additional performance on Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m., at The Annex Theatre (1100 E. Pike St., 2nd Floor), Arouet presents the Seattle premiere of The Gene Pool.

Meet the Grays - an average family. Mira cooks, cleans, wears dresses, is sexually frustrated, and her spouse is a workaholic veterinarian. Their son is almost 18, has a new girlfriend that he wants to lose his virginity with, and is always hungry. The only way in which this family is not conventional is that the parents are Lesbians. What happens when their son wants to know who his dad is? The Gene Pool explores the family's relationships and how they are dealing with their mid-life crises, their son's resolution to lose his virginity, and ... oh yeah, his question, 'Moms, who is my Dad?'

Tickets: $12-$18 general admission. Reservations at 425-298-3852 or boxoffice@arouet.us or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174247. $10 rush tickets will be sold 5 minutes before showtime, depending on availability. http://arouet.us.

ARTISTS FOR JAPAN ART SALE AND JAMFEST
On Saturday, June 18, from noon-8:30 p.m., KOBO at Higo (604 S. Jackson St.) hosts their second Artists for Japan art sale. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go to the Ashinaga Foundation, which provides support for the education of children who have lost their parents or guardians in the recent earthquake and tsunami. Accordionist Philip Kobernik from Hey Marseilles will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. http://artisforjapan.blogspot.com. 206-381-3000.

PICNIC AT THE EAST PRECINCT
On Saturday, June 18, from 1-4 p.m., at the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct (1519 12th Ave. at E. Pine St.), all East Precinct residents are invited to a Picnic at the East Precinct, with free food, dancing and children's activities, featuring live music by Land of Pines. Meet your local officers and take a precinct tour.

MEN OF ALL COLORS AND CULTURES TOGETHER JUNE POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m., call for Seattle (98118) location, join Men of All Colors and Cultures Together for their June Potluck Social. For more information and location, call 206-923-8313 or email macctseattle@yahoo.com.

SEATTLE RAINBOW CONTRA DANCE
On Saturdays, 6/18, no dance 7/2 or 7/9, 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.

FREMONT FAIR & SOLSTICE PARADE JUNE 18-19
On Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (with main stage and beer garden open until 10 p.m.) and on Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in Fremont: The Center of the Universe (N. 34th St. and Fremont Ave. N.), the Fremont Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade, a festive weekend of arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and beverage. The annual Solstice Parade will be held on Saturday, June 18, starting at noon. www.fremontfair.org.

NORTHWEST COFFEE FESTIVAL JUNE 18-19
On Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at Seattle Center, Center House, the Iranian American Community Alliance presents the Iranian Festival, which offers exploration and insight into the culture of Iran. For a full schedule of events, visit www.iaca-seattle.org.

SEATTLE PRIDE IDOL FINALE
On Sunday, June 19, door 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 the grand finale of 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.

SEATTLE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION MODEL EXHIBIT - 'TRANSITIONS' JUNE 21-JULY 24
Seattle Architecture Foundation presents their annual model exhibit featuring more than 100 physical architectural models, renderings and digital images, at Pacific Place (600 Pine St), in the former Restoration Hardware retail space on the first floor. Open Tues.-Thurs., 1:30-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., noon-6:30 p.m., closed Mondays. Free admission - small donation suggested. www.seattlearchitecture.org.

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 - ANDRE GIDE'S THE COUNTERFEITERS
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 June is Andre Gide's The Counterfeiters, one of the all-time masterpieces by a Gay author. The novel won Gide the Nobel Prize in 1924 and mixes Gay and straight characters in the same way as Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat and Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty.

The Counterfeiters has nothing to do with fake money. It's about people who are fake and deceive, and it's an unforgettable reading experience. There are a zillion things to discuss and it's so rich we may well continue with our discussions into July.

For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

GIVEBIG ON JUNE 23
On Thursday, June 23, from 7 a.m.-midnight, the Seattle Foundation is sponsoring a day for everyone to make a gift to community non-profits that are listed on their website. On that day, the Seattle Foundation will be stretching $500,000 proportionately amongst all of those non-profits based on the total money each of those organizations receives from the public through the www.seattlefoundation.org website on that day. The Seattle Foundation sponsors numerous community non-profits in the following categories: Basic Needs, Health and Wellness, Neighbors and Community, Economy, Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Global Giving. To make a donation, go to www.seattlefoundation.org and search for the specific organization you want to donate to or open the Giving Center menu and review the Giving Center categories to find organization(s) you would like to support. Make your donation(s) through the Seattle Foundation website and a portion of the Seattle Foundation's $500,000 will be allocated to those organization(s) you support. LGBT community organizations that are eligible for GiveBig on June 23 include: Bailey/Boushay House, Dunshee House, Entre Hermanos, Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Pride Foundation, Rosehedge, Safe Schools Coalition, Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

EVERETT-SNOHOMISH COUNTY FRIENDSHIP DINNER FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
The Everett-Snohomish County Friendship Dinner for people living with HIV/AIDS will be held on Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church (2005 Colby St., Everett). Support group meets at 5 p.m. The event is FREE to all and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 425-252-7751.

OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL - 'CONCERTS IN THE BARN' QUILCENE, WA JUNE 25-SEPT. 4
www.olympicmusicfestival.org

REEL QUEER YOUTH FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR LGBTQ & ALLIED YOUTH
Film is a powerful way to tell stories. Reel Queer Youth, now in its third year, is a filmmaking workshop for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth and their allies, allowing their unique perspectives to be shown. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producers of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Reel Queer Youth, is currently accepting applications for this year's program. The week-long workshop will be held July 18-22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Seattle's Central District. Participants will use professional camera and editing equipment to create a short film along with a team of professional filmmakers and mentors in a safe, open, and fun environment. A 'Friends and Family' screening of the completed works will be held on the afternoon of July 23. Applications are available at www.threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/RQY. The application deadline is June 30.

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.

EMERALD CITY CLASSIC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT JULY 1-3
www.seattlegaysoftball.com

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE - SEATTLE CLASSIC 2011 JULY 2-4
www.seattletennisalliance.org

SEATTLE UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE SUMMER SEASON
The Seattle United Soccer League's summer season begins on Saturday, July 9, at Miller Soccer Complex (19th Ave. E. and E. Thomas St.). All skills levels welcome. Online registration deadline is June 30 at 11:30 p.m. To register for the league, visit http://seattleunitedsl.com.

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEER GARDENERS
The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at 12 neighborhood branches this summer and fall. Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. Work parties will be scheduled June through October - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Anne Vedella, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at anne.vedella@spl.org or 206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from www.spl.org - select 'Support Your Library' and go to the 'Volunteer Opportunities' page.

'INJUSTICE AT EVERY TURN' - COMPREHENSIVE TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION STUDY SHARES TWO PERSONAL STORIES ON 'IN THE LIFE'
http://www.itlmedia.org/html/other/Injustice%20at%20Every%20Turn.html

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.

'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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