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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
2011 Pride Calendar
Section One
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compiled by Rick McKinnon
SGN staff writer

Friday, June 24

NAMES PROJECT
AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT PANELS
AT SEATTLE CENTER
From June 24 through June 26, 10 panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (south of the International Fountain). The display is sponsored by PrideFest.

SHIFT NETWORK PRESENTS
PRIDE SURVIVAL WORKSHOP
On Friday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m., at Seattle Counseling Service (1216 Pine St. at Melrose Ave.), SHIFT will be hosting a Pride Survival Workshop for people who are in recovery from addiction. They will cover topics such as dealing with triggers, places to avoid, sexual orientation and substance abuse. Additionally, they will advertise sober events that will be going on during Pride weekend. The main objective of the workshop is to help participants plan a sober and fun Pride weekend and to learn more about what Pride can mean for LGBTQ people in recovery. Call Matt Bridge at 206-323-1768 ext 209 for more information. Sponsored by Gay City Health Project, Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, Dunshee House, and Seattle Counseling Service, through the SHIFT Network.

PRIDE SHABBAT 2011
On Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m., at Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1511 E. Pike St. – enter on 16th Ave. between E. Pike St. and E. Union St.) celebrate Pride Shabbat 2011 with service and celebration, light snacks and desserts. Pride Shabbat is a community-wide event brought to you by Bashert: The Jewish Federation of Seattle’s LGBTQ Initiative, Congregation Tikvah Chadashah, Kolenu, Jewish Family Service, Seattle Gay News, Temple Beth Am, and Temple De Hirsch Sinai. 

BENT WRITING INSTITUTE –
“OUTWRITE:
A PRIDE WORKSHOP”
On Friday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m., Bent Writing Institute presents “OUTWRITE: A Pride Workshop.” OUTWRITE will be facilitated by one of Bent’s volunteer teachers and held at their Capitol Hill location – RSVP for details. Bent workshops create a safe and supportive environment for Queers to tell their stories and express themselves through writing. Come celebrate Pride with them at this community-building, substance-free event. All Queer-identified folks are welcome: no previous writing experience is necessary. Cost is pay-what-you-can and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP to bent.news@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

2ND ANNUAL
PROM DRESS RUGBY
EXHIBITION GAME –
CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Friday, June 24, from 6-9 p.m., Seattle Quake Rugby will present their 2nd Annual “Prom Dress Rugby” at Bobby Morris Playfield in Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. and E. Olive St., just north of E. Pine St.). Similar to the annual “Dykes vs. Drag Queens” softball game, admission will be $5 to “prime” sideline areas and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan, will be selling penalties, conversions, scrums, line-outs, meters, tries and conversions to raise money for Seattle Quake Rugby and their mission. Because members of Seattle Quake Rugby will be wearing dresses, due to those limitations and the overall fun nature of this exhibition match, they will not be playing full tackle rugby. The opponents this year will be the Seattle RFC women’s team, The Breakers. Local celebrity announcer/referee will be the ever-fabulous Gaysha Starr. www.quakerugby.org

“PRIDE NIGHT”
PLAY GIRL MALE REVUE
AT MUCKLESHOOT CASINO
On Friday, June 24, show from 6:30-8 p.m., dance from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Muckleshoot Casino’s Club Galaxy (2402 Auburn Way S., Auburn) will host the men of Play Girl and renowned DJ phenomenon Kimberly S, an internationally known favorite among the Gay community. The event is open to the public for guests 21 and over and FREE for those with a Preferred Players Club Card, which can be obtained for no charge on-site. Tickets are not required and space is available on a first come, first served basis.  www.muckleshootcasino.com.

QUEER TEEN
ENSEMBLE THEATRE
On Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25, Sunday, June 26, from 6:30-9 p.m., Washington Ensemble Theatre (608 19th Ave. E.) presents Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET), led by co-artistic director Jessica Hatlo. The performances will be the end result of the Ensemble’s model for ensemble-generated new works, where students collaboratively produce a piece of theatre based on their own experiences surrounding identity, love, and Queerness. The month-long intensive begins with directed free-writing that is eventually shared with the group and is later used to generate something new. This phase continues until there is a sense of cohesion, and texts are then molded into a working script. www.washingtonensemble.org.

ARGOSY CRUISES OFFERS
PRIDE CRUISE ON ELLIOTT BAY
WITH DINNER BUFFET AND
CELEBRITY IMPERSONATOR
SHOW
On Friday, June 24, boarding at 6:15 p.m., cruise from 7-9:30 p.m. Argosy Cruises hosts a 2-1/2 hour LGBT Pride dinner cruise with a hilarious Celebrity Impersonator Show featuring Joan Rivers, Cher, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and Sarah Palin. Come expecting lots of audience participation, including a FAB “AB” contest! All the while enjoying a fabulous dinner buffet on the waters of Elliott Bay. Tickets $99.50 (includes tax and gratuity).
For information and reservations, call 206-623-1445 or visit www.argosycruises.com.

FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
FILM SCREENING
On Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m., the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So will be shown at University Christian Church (4731 15th Ave. NE). Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating Gays and Lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson – we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a Gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For the Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of Scripture and sexual identity. This FREE screening is sponsored by University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), University District Ecumenical Parish, University Congregational UCC, Emerald City MCC Seattle, and University Baptist Church.

PRE-PRIDE FOLK-I-FIED –
FEATURING COYOTE GRACE
WITH AMBER DARLAND,
EVERYTHING BUT MARRIAGE
On Friday, June 24, door at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., at Columbia City Church of Hope (3818 S. Angeline St.), enjoy “Pre-Pride Folk-i-fied” featuring the folk/roots/acoustic music of Coyote Grace, Amber Darland and Everything But Marriage. Tickets: $15-advance, $18-at the door (cash only), $7-children 12 and under, children 3 and under free. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/181870. Donations for YouthCare’s Isis House, which provides transitional housing and case management for LGBTQ youth (18-21), will be collected. www.coyotegrace.com, www.amberdarland.com, www.reverbnation.com/everythingbutmarriage.

STORM PRIDE NIGHT
On Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m., at Key Arena, Seattle Center, join the Seattle Storm for an evening of women’s professional basketball – Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota – at Storm Pride Night. Lauren Jackson bobblehead for first 4,000 fans. Special $15 tickets, visit www.wnba.com/storm/pride.html and enter promo code PRIDE.

YOUTH PRIDE DANCE
On Friday, June 24, from 7 p.m.-midnight, at Pravda Studios (1406 10th Ave., Ste 200), the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of Washington State will be holding at Youth Pride Dance. The event is intended to give the under 21 community of LGBTQ youth and their allies a safe and fun way to participate in Seattle’s Pride weekend. The theme of the dance is “Born This Way” to go along with Seattle Pride’s theme of “Be You. Be Proud. Express Yourself!” The Youth Pride Dance hopes to honor this theme by allowing youth a space to celebrate themselves. An opening act to be determined will be scheduled from 7-8 p.m. From 8 p.m.-midnight a DJ dance party will be held. At 11 p.m. a Lady Gaga look-a-like contest will be held – prizes to be determined. Guests will receive a wristband for free entry to Neighbours after 2 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 suggested donation is requested.
GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN works with Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) groups in schools in the Seattle area and around the state as well as other LGBTQ youth centers, groups and organizations.

SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS’
“HEARTTHROBS” CONCERTS
AT MCCAW HALL
On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m., at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) the Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “Heartthrobs.” Get ready to scream and faint with excitement as Seattle Men’s Chorus thrills fans of all generations with a musical look at America’s singing heartthrobs – the boy bands! This high-energy program pays tribute to six decades of male singing groups, from the Ink Spots to the Jonas Brothers, with a host of other swoon-worthy acts – like the Beatles, the Bee Gees, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Menudo, the Backstreet Boys, and ‘N Sync – sandwiched in between. Tickets: $20-$55. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

R PLACE PRESENTS
“PRIDE WEEKEND” WITH
JUJUBEE, SONIQUE,
HOT PORN STARS AND
SEATTLE’S TOP DRAG QUEENS
On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., R Place (619 E. Pine St. at Boylston Ave.) presents “Pride Weekend” with Jujubee and Seattle’s top drag queens. Sonique joins the show on Saturday, and on Sunday, June 26, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., enjoy an evening with Sonique. Plus visiting porn stars will be entertaining all weekend long. Tickets: $15-general admission; $25-VIP. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/178083. www.rplaceseattle.com.

TWO KNIGHTS PRESENTS
“EVOLUTION”
AT BALTIC ROOM
On Friday, June 24, from 9 p.m.-3 a.m., at The Baltic Room (1207 Pine St.), Two Knights presents “Evolution,” a dance party with DJ Craig Gaibler, who knocked your socks off at last year’s Seven Deadly Sins “Vanity” party. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door, if available. This event will likely sell out. Advance tickets strongly recommended. www.twoknightsevent.com/evolution.html.

Saturday, June 25

DIGNITY/SEATTLE
HOLDS 23RD ANNUAL
PRIDE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
On Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m.-noon, Dignity/Seattle hosts their 23rd annual Pride Pancake Breakfast at Central Lutheran Church Social Hall (1710 11th Ave., across from Cal Anderson Park). Includes raffle prizes. Cost is $7 donation. Proceeds go to Multifaith Works, Bailey-Boushay House, and Dignity/Seattle. Bring your old cell phones, empty ink cartridges, laptops, digital cameras, hand-held game systems, GPS devices to recycle. Dignity/Seattle has been a faith community of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Catholics and their families and friends in Seattle since 1973.
To volunteer with set up Friday at 6 p.m. and serve breakfast and wash dishes on Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, email Dignity.Seattle@gmail.com or call 206-659-5519.
For more information, visit www.dignityseattle.org.

13TH ANNUAL RAINBOW
LBTQ HEALTH FAIR
On Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Gilda’s Club (1400 Broadway at E. Union St.), the YWCA’s Women’s Health Outreach Program is hosting the 13th Annual Rainbow LBTQ Health Fair. Experience an exciting diversity of peer complimentary health services intended to empower and encourage our community members. Services available at the health fair include acupuncture, massage, Trager, energy healing, personal trainers, tarot readings, safer sex, cholesterol checks and a wonderful laughter session. The Swedish Breast Center Mammography coach partners on-site for low or no-cost mammograms for income eligible individuals 40 and over (insurance is accepted also). For detailed information on the health fair program and additional peer provider services offered, follow the blog at http://lbtqhealth-ywca.blogspot.com/. To schedule a mammogram appointment, please call 206-436-8623.

CAPITOL HILL
PRIDE FESTIVAL 2011
On Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the third annual Capitol Hill Pride Festival will be held on Broadway E., between E. John and E. Roy Sts. This is a free, all-ages community festival celebrating diversity and community pride. The five-block festival will feature three stages and 150 booths and vendors. Attractions include live and DJ’d music, drag and dance performance, artwalk, fashion shows, and a Doggie Drag Costume Contest. For a complete list of entertainment, performers, vendors, and other participants, visit capitolhillpridefestival.net.

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALUMNI
AT JULIA’S 2011
GAY PRIDE BLOCK PARTY
On Saturday, June 25, from noon-10 p.m., Julia’s on Broadway presents their 2011 Gay Pride Block Party (Broadway E. & E. Thomas St.), in conjunction with the Capitol Hill Pride Festival, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 contestant and former “LeFaux” host, Shannel, along with Season 2 alumni, Jessica Wild, and Season 3 alumni, India Ferrah. Join host Mama Tits along with DJ Dana Dub, Seattle’s premier drag performers, and the cast of “LeFaux” and local live bands Smoking Bill, Sex Offender, and the Georgetown Orbits for a party to remember. The Seattle Squadron Softball team will host the food and drink booths, along with providing free prizes. Julia’s Gay Pride Block Party is a fundraiser to benefit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan. 

NAMES PROJECT
AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT PANELS
AT SEATTLE CENTER
From June 24 through June 26, 10 panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (south of the International Fountain). The display is sponsored by PrideFest.

PRIDE COMMUNITY
WORSHIP SERVICE –
“LIVE PROUD! GOD LOVES YOU!”
On Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m., at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E., at E. Republican St.) a Pride Community Worship Service will be held. This year’s theme is “Live Proud! God Loves You!” With guest speaker: Rev. Diane Darling, Pastor Alki United Church of Christ. Join the Community Chorus to sing “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. Rehearsal at All Pilgrims at 11 a.m. Love offering to benefit Lambert House, Seattle’s resource center for LGBT youth and young adults. Sponsors include All Pilgrims Christian Church (United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ), Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle, Prospect United Church of Christ, Seattle First Baptist Church, Seattle Gay News, University Baptist Church, University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), University District Ecumenical Parish, and University Lutheran Church.
For more information, visit www.mccseattle.org

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
AT SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
AND W SEATTLE HOTEL
On Saturday, June 25, from 3-4:30 p.m., the Seattle Public Library and Seattle PrideFest welcome best-selling author Armistead Maupin for a special Pride Week reading from his latest novel, Mary Ann in Autumn, and a conversation on the very Gay world of Tales of the City. The reading will be held at the Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium (1000 Fourth Ave.) The event is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at 800-838-3006. Seating is not guaranteed after 2:45 p.m. www.seattlepridefest.org.
On Saturday, June 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., attend a VIP Meet & Greet with Armistead Maupin at the W Seattle Hotel (1112 Fourth Ave.) Enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres and the opportunity to meet and chat with Armistead Maupin. Cost is $15 – with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Equal Rights Washington. Limited entry; pay at the door. Get $5 off entry with a PrideFest VIP Pass. www.seattlepridefest.org.

SEATTLE DYKE MARCH
AND RALLY
On Saturday, June 25, the Seattle Dyke March Rally will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College Plaza (Broadway and E. Pine St.). Confirmed performers include: Emcee Lamar Van Dyke, Laura Robinson and Everything But Marriage, Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, the Northwest Network, and more. The Seattle Dyke March steps off at 7 p.m. to go around Capitol Hill and back to the Plaza.
For more information, visit www.seattledykemarch.com.

CONCERT FOR EQUALITY
WITH CRYSTAL BOWERSOX,
THELMA HOUSTON AND
THE BAND BETTY
On Saturday, June 25, gates at 5 p.m., concert from 6-9:30 p.m., join Crystal Bowersox, Grammy winner Thelma Houston, and the band BETTY, for a night of amazing music, drinks (including 21+ beer garden), food and Pride on the sprawling lawns of the Mural Amphitheatre (just north of the Pacific Science Center and south of Center House). Tickets: $20 advance at www.brownpapertickets.com. www.seattlepridefest.org.

QUEER TEEN
ENSEMBLE THEATRE
On Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25, Sunday, June 26, from 6:30-9 p.m., Washington Ensemble Theatre (608 19th Ave. E.) presents Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET), led by co-artistic director Jessica Hatlo. The performances will be the end result of the Ensemble’s model for ensemble-generated new works, where students collaboratively produce a piece of theatre based on their own experiences surrounding identity, love, and Queerness. The month-long intensive begins with directed free-writing that is eventually shared with the group and is later used to generate something new. This phase continues until there is a sense of cohesion, and texts are then molded into a working script. www.washingtonensemble.org.

RYAN HAZY’S
FREE SHOW AT
ROSEBUD RESTAURANT
On Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Rosebud Restaurant and Bar (719 E. Pike St.), Ryan Hazy presents a FREE unscripted show. Synopsis: Ryan Hazy has an Evil TWIN Sister who is out to steal the show away from him. Will She Succeed? Find out!

SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS’
“HEARTTHROBS” CONCERTS
AT MCCAW HALL
On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m., at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) the Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “Heartthrobs.” Get ready to scream and faint with excitement as Seattle Men’s Chorus thrills fans of all generations with a musical look at America’s singing heartthrobs – the boy bands! This high-energy program pays tribute to six decades of male singing groups, from the Ink Spots to the Jonas Brothers, with a host of other swoon-worthy acts – like the Beatles, the Bee Gees, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Menudo, the Backstreet Boys, and ‘N Sync – sandwiched in between. Tickets: $20-$55. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

SHIFT NETWORK
WITH GAY CITY
PRESENTS “LIBERATE”
FREE ALL-AGES
PRIDE DANCE PARTY
On Saturday, June 25, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at Sole Repair Shop (10th Ave. & E. Pike St.), celebrate Pride weekend at “Liberate,” a FREE (free entry with RSVP) all-ages Pride dance party featuring music from some of Seattle’s hottest DJs. Featuring Flammable Resident DJs Wesley Holmes, Brian Lyons and Karl Kamakahi. To RSVP, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/178395 to reserve your free tickets. For more information, contact Gay City at 206-860-6969 or info@gaycity.org. Sponsored by Gay City Health Project, Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, Dunshee House, and Seattle Counseling Service, through the SHIFT Network and ourQ.org. www.gaycity.org.

R PLACE PRESENTS
“PRIDE WEEKEND” WITH
JUJUBEE, SONIQUE,
HOT PORN STARS AND
SEATTLE’S TOP DRAG QUEENS
On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., R Place (619 E. Pine St. at Boylston Ave.) presents “Pride Weekend” with Jujubee and Seattle’s top drag queens. Sonique joins the show on Saturday, and on Sunday, June 26, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., enjoy an evening with Sonique. Plus visiting porn stars will be entertaining all weekend long. Tickets: $15-general admission; $25-VIP. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/178083. www.rplaceseattle.com.

RED – THE BIG PRIDE PARTIES
On Saturday, June 25, Seattle PrideFest presents two big Pride parties.
The RED Men’s Pride Party with DJ Brian Gorr will be held from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. at Neumos (10th Ave. and E. Pike St.) Tickets: $20 pre-sale. www.seattlepridefest.org.
The RED Women’s Pride Party with DJ Spinderella will be held from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. at Baltic Room (1207 Pine St., near Melrose Ave.) Tickets: $20 pre-sale. www.seattlepridefest.org.

Sunday, June 26

SEATTLE PRIDE BRUNCH
AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ
On Sunday, June 26, from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., The Hard Rock Café (116 Pike St.) in conjunction with Seattle Out & Proud, is hosting a special Pride-inspired all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to fuel your morning before the downtown Pride Parade begins. Cost is $19.95 with 20% of that cost going to Seattle Out & Proud during those hours.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
On Sunday, June 26, starting at 9 a.m., the Seattle Pride Parade assembles on 4th Ave. just south of Westlake Park. At 11 a.m. the parade steps off and travels north on 4th Ave. to PrideFest 2011 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. “Be You. Be Proud. Express Yourself!” is the parade theme for 2011 and is a celebration of the cultural diversity that the LGBT and allied communities express every day. This year’s theme is a celebration of our ability to create, innovate, influence, and express ourselves.
For more information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

SHIFT NETWORK PRESENTS
SHIFT AT PRIDEFEST
On Sunday, June 26, join and/or watch the SHIFT contingent march in the Seattle Pride parade and afterwards join SHIFT at PrideFest in the Chill Lounge at the Gay City Health Project booth atop the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Sponsored by Gay City Health Project, Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, Dunshee House, and Seattle Counseling Service, through the SHIFT Network.

SEATTLE PRIDEFEST 2011
On Sunday, June 26, from noon-8 p.m., PrideFest 2011 gears up at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain following the parade. Enjoy 3 stages, national and local artists, community non-profit booths, food and commercial vendors, beer gardens. The International Fountain dance scene will rock.
For more information, visit www.seattlepridefest.org or e-mail info@seattlepridefest.org.

NAMES PROJECT
AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT PANELS
AT SEATTLE CENTER
From June 24 through June 26, 10 panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (south of the International Fountain). The display is sponsored by PrideFest.

QUEER TEEN
ENSEMBLE THEATRE
On Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25, Sunday, June 26, from 6:30-9 p.m., Washington Ensemble Theatre (608 19th Ave. E.) presents Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET), led by co-artistic director Jessica Hatlo. The performances will be the end result of the Ensemble’s model for ensemble-generated new works, where students collaboratively produce a piece of theatre based on their own experiences surrounding identity, love, and Queerness. The month-long intensive begins with directed free-writing that is eventually shared with the group and is later used to generate something new. This phase continues until there is a sense of cohesion, and texts are then molded into a working script. www.washingtonensemble.org.

HEDWIG
AND THE ANGRY INCH
TO BENEFIT THE
“IT GETS BETTER” PROJECT
On Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m., the Crocodile Café (2200 2nd Ave.) presents the stage musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, to benefit the “It Gets Better” Project. Tickets: $15 plus $3 service charge. Must be 21+. www.hedwigseattle.com.

CLAIMING THE TITLE:
GAY OLYMPICS ON TRIAL
ON KCTS 9 TV
On the 25th anniversary of its arrival to the U.S. Supreme Court, the historic legal battle over the “Gay Olympics” will be the subject of a documentary airing on PBS stations around the country beginning June 1. The documentary will be shown in the Seattle market on Sunday, June 26, at 10:30 p.m, on KCTS 9 TV.
San Francisco filmmakers Jonathan Joiner and Robert Martin capture a rich history of events in the LGBT civil rights movement in Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial. The half-hour documentary is both historic and timely – revealing the hidden conflicts behind a lawsuit that many in the community believed to be a risky challenge to a high profile institution.
The film examines the lawsuit that pitted Olympic athlete Tom Waddell and movement legal activist Mary Dunlap against the U.S. Olympics Committee and its ultimate resolution before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case was lifted into the news again recently and linked to the same-sex marriage fight due to the ironic role of Vaughn Walker, who was an attorney for the Olympics Committee in their fight to stop the “Gay Olympics” and in 2010 was the federal judge who declared California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

IN THE LIFE TV
CELEBRATES GAY PRIDE MONTH
WITH “A MESSAGE OF HOPE”
ON KCTS 9 TV
On Sunday, June 26, at midnight, KCTS 9 TV broadcasts In the Life TV’s June episode, “A Message of Hope,” featuring a gospel choir raising spirits and awareness about HIV/AIDS. Messengers of Hope is an Oakland-based gospel choir that uses gospel music as a means to go into the church and the community to engage people in conversations about HIV/AIDS. African Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginnings.
Maintaining the theme of celebrating one’s authentic self, In the Life also features Andre Cooley, a Mississippi Corrections Officer who was fired when his employer discovered he was Gay and Bill Hendrix, Bio Team Leader of Dow AgroSciences in Indiana who has civil protections from 8 a.m-5 p.m. that disappear after leaving the gates of his company. Their personal stories provide a look at employment discrimination and how some corporations provide protections to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees in the absence of a federally accepted Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
For more information and to watch the episode online, visit www.itlmedia.org at your convenience.

Monday, June 27

INDEPENDENT LENS
PRESENTS TWO SPIRITS
ON KCTS 9 TV
 On Monday, June 27, at 10 p.m., Independent Lens presents Two Spirits on KCTS 9 TV. Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Powerful and moving, Lydia Nibley’s Two Spirits explores the life and death of Fred Martinez and the ancient Native American Two-Spirit tradition.
Fred Martinez told his mother he felt as if he was both a boy and a girl, and she explained that this is a special gift, according to traditional Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, and freedom and fear, lies the truth – the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
Two Spirits explores issues of national concern including bullying and violence commonly faced by LGBT people, and the epidemic of LGBT teen suicide, and reveals the range of gender expressions that has long been seen as a healthy part of many of the indigenous cultures of North America, and of Navajo culture in particular.

Tuesday, June 28

“LGBT POWER +
UNION POWER =
EQUALITY” –
AN LGBT COMMUNITY FORUM
FEATURING CLEVE JONES
On Tuesday, June 28, at 4:30 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Café (511 E. Pike St.), longtime LGBT activist, Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and co-chair of the 2009 Equality March in Washington, DC, will join with UniteHere! hotel workers union organizers to discuss how you can support LGBT hotel workers. Sponsored by UniteHere! and Pride at Work (AFL/CIO) Seattle chapter.

PRIDE AROUND WASHINGTON
AND IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

“RAINBOWS OVER ST. HELENS” –
A PRE-PRIDE KICK OFF PARTY
TO BENEFIT RAINBOW CENTER
IN TACOMA
On Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m., at The Mix (635 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma), join Miss Gay Washington and the Imperial Court of Tacoma – The Diamond Empire. First prize is $100 cash plus two tickets to the Rainbow Center’s annual gala with lots of others prizes for runners-up. $2 cover benefits Tacoma’s Rainbow Center. www.thediamondempire.org.

“SATURDAY IN THE PARK”
VANCOUVER, WA PRIDE
JULY 9
On Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Esther Short Park (W. Columbia Ave. and W. 8th St., Vancouver, WA), celebrate Vancouver’s “Bigger, Better, Brighter” GLBTQ Pride for SW Washington. On Sunday, June 26, Vancouver hosts their 7th annual Gay Pride Pageant, 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show, at The Northbank Bar (106 W. 6th St., Vancouver, WA).)  http://sitppride.info.

“OUT IN TACOMA/
OUT IN THE PARK”
TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY
PRIDE FESTIVAL
JULY 9
On Saturday, July 9, from noon to 6 p.m., in Tacoma’s downtown Theater District (on Broadway, between 9th St. and 11th St., and on the plaza between The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and the Pierce Transit Park/staging area), Out in Tacoma presents the 2011 Tacoma/Pierce Country Pride Festival.
www.rainbowcntr.org or www.outintacoma.com.

BELLINGHAM PRIDE
B PROUD PRIDE WEEK
JULY 6-10
On Sunday, July 10, the Bellingham Pride Parade steps off at noon and travels along Cornwall Ave. to the B-Proud Festival, which will be held from noon-5 p.m., at Depot Market Square (Bellingham’s Downtown Farmers Market) (1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham). For more information and a schedule of other B-Proud events, visit www.bhampride.org or see the Bellingham Pride 2011 ad on page 19 in this week’s SGN.

VICTORIA, BC PRIDE
JULY 8-10
On Sunday, July 10, at noon, the Pride Parade steps off from Government and Pandora Sts. and travels to the Pride Festival at MacDonald Park (Oswego St. and Simcoe St., Victoria) which starts at 1 p.m. Enjoy live bands, drag performances, vendors, food fair, community groups, children’s entertainment and beer garden. A Sunset Harbour Boat Cruise will be held on Friday, July 8, from 7-10 p.m. This annual event will take you on a breathtaking tour of the Inner Harbour, and surrounding area. See cruise ships, the Johnston Street Bridge, and everything in between. Fantastic music, company, and giveaways help make this a memorable evening. www.victoriapridesociety.org.

MID-COLUMBIA PRIDE
“TRUE COLORS” PRIDE WEEK
JULY 10-17
Club Out & About (327 W. Lewis, Pasco) will host an LGBTQ Film Festival on 7/10 at 4 p.m., an 18+ Drag Bingo & Drag in a Bag Contest on 7/13 at 9:30 p.m., an Out & About Idol: Karaoke Contest on 7/14 at 9 p.m., the Miss Gay Columbia Basin Pageant on 7/16 at 9 p.m., and the Pink Party on 7/17 at 6 p.m. On 7/15 at 6:30 p.m., the Rainbow Awards will be presented in Walla Walla at a location to be determined. On 7/16 at Keewaydin Park (W. 4th Ave. and S. Auburn St., Kennewick), a W4W softball game will be held at 11 a.m. and a M4M kickball game will be held at 1 p.m. On 7/17 the Pride March will step off on Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick at 2 p.m. and march to Keewaydin Park for the Pride Festival from 3-6 p.m.

KITSAP PRIDE
JULY 16
Kitsap County celebrates Pride on Saturday, July 16, at Bremerton’s Evergreen Park (1500 Park Ave.). www.kitsappride.org.

NORTH AMERICAN OUTGAMES
VANCOUVER, BC
JULY 25-31
www.vancouver2011outames.com

VANCOUVER, BC
DYKE MARCH
JULY 30
www.vancouverdykemarch.com

VANCOUVER, BC
PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL
JULY 31
The annual Pride Parade, from noon-3 p.m., travels through the downtown corridor along Denman St. and ends at the Sunset Beach for the Pride Festival. The 150 parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups and 650,000 spectators. The celebration continues at the Sunset Beach Pride Festival, which attracts 125,000 people and features ive music by local performers and headliners. The festival includes 140 booths with a diverse range of products, services, and a private, beachfront beer garden. www.vancouverpride.ca.

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