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posted Friday, September 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 37
Northwest News
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SEATTLE LEATHER DADDY & DADDY'S BOY 2011 WINTER COAT SALE
On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from noon-4 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.) join Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's boy 2011 for a winter coat sale of unclaimed coats collected from local bars' coat checks. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program. Stop by for a great deal on a winter coat!

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL - SEATTLE FIESTAS PATRIAS
On Saturday, September 17, from noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, September 18, from noon-5 p.m., at Seattle Center's Center House, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, be transported to a celebration of Mexican independence and independence in other Latin American countries. Seattle Fiestas Patrias showcases Latin American art, music and culture. In addition, enjoy the flavors of traditional and contemporary Latin American foods. For complete details, visit www.seattlefiestaspatrias.com.

GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL REUNION, CONCERT & PASTOR APPRECIATION NIGHT
On Saturday, September 17, join Grace Gospel Chapel (2052 NW 64th St.) as they welcome back former pastors who have served the church in the past 30 years to celebrate over 30 years of Grace in Seattle. Reunite with old friends, make new friends and tell your pastor what they mean to you! Hospitality hour with light fare, refreshments and dessert starts at 5 p.m. Concert with nationally touring contemporary Christian artist Shawn Aaron Thomas debuting his new album 'Covered and Created' starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 206-784-8495 or visit www.gracegospelwa.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE - WHITE TOWEL PARTY
On Saturday, September 17, from 9 p.m. to closing, at The Cuff Complex (1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St.), join the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire for a fundraising party (undergarments required) to benefit the Youth Suicide Prevention Program. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

SEVEN DEADLY SINS - 'WRATH'
On Saturday, September 17, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m., at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.), Seven Deadly Sins presents 'Wrath' ('You Have a Date with the Devil') with DJs George Roussos from Sydney and Ted Eiel from Chicago. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at door, $30 limited VIP - advance and VIP tickets available at The Lobby Bar, Doghouse Leathers, TwoKnightsEvent.com, Etix.com and Moe Bar.

SERVICEMEMBERS UNITED - 'COUNTDOWN TO REPEAL PARTY' TO CELEBRATE THE END OF 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
On Monday, September 19, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.), join Servicemembers United and local servicemembers, vets and supporters for a New Year's-style celebration of the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

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 7:30 p.m. in the loft.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - MOFFIE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Seattle Area Support Groups Community Center (formerly Dunshee House) (303 17th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.). In September, the group will read the brand new South African novel, Moffie, by Andre Carl van der Merwe, about a frightened Gay white boy conscripted in the South African army. The story is set in South Africa about 20 years ago, and takes place during the Angola Bush War. The author will be getting in touch with the club toward the end of September for a conversation about the book and to answer any questions. Following is a summary of Moffie:

Nicholas van der Swart is a skinny, white nineteen year old drafted into the South African army to serve his two years mandatory military service, conscripted to fight for a country that degrades Gay men as 'moffies,' where a kiss between men is violently punished. Brutalized by his father for being too gentle and sensitive, he's bullied by his baboon-killing uncles and cousins who respect only the harsh masculine code of aggression and dominance. Nicholas keeps his real identity buried deep inside and lives in terror of being exposed, knowing that the thing his parents most despise is what he is.

From the sadistic fury of vengeful officers and body-crippling exercise drills to the spirit-breaking final physical tests and the terrors of combat, Nicholas somehow manages to psychologically survive, with the help of his best friend, Malcolm, and Ethan, the boy he adores, and Dylan, the lovely young poet from a wealthy family who falls in love with Nicholas.

Andre Carl van der Merwe skillfully recreates the emotional gauntlet Nicholas has to endure in his passage to adulthood. In an insane military world, Nicholas is tested to his limits. His ordeal makes compelling, first-rate reading.

All GLBTQ folks are welcome to participate in this free book club. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/swittet/SGLBookClub/ or contact SASG at 206-322-2437.

PANEL DISCUSSION: 'ABORTION, MORALITY & THE HEROISM OF PROVIDERS'
On Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m., at Revolution Books (89 S. Washington St. #215), attend a panel discussion with Dr. Deborah Oyer, Aurora Medical Services; Marcy Bloom, GIRE (El Grupo de Informacion en Reproduccion Elegida in Mexico City); and Margo Heights, Seattle Revolution Books, on the topic of 'Abortion, Morality & the Heroism of Providers.'

A wave of extremely dangerous, utterly heartless, and profoundly anti-woman legislation swept through state legislatures this spring and early summer. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 512 laws limiting abortion were proposed in 49 states in the first three months of 2011. The New York Times reported that, by late May, 64 anti-abortion laws had been passed, 30 in April alone, in what the Times called 'a campaign [that is] the largest in history.'

Two years ago, Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, was assassinated while attending church. In the face of this devastating loss, Dr. Leroy Carhart stepped up. He expanded his practice, opened new clinics, and spoke boldly to the national media. He not only performs, but has taken responsibility for training others in performing, some of the most complex and life-saving abortion procedures for women late into troubled pregnancies.

For all this, he has been targeted as 'Enemy #1' by the very forces responsible for Dr. Tiller's death. From July 31 through August 7, Operation Rescur brought anti-abortion fanatics from across the country to hound and endanger Dr. Carhart, his staff, and the women he serves. They were met by a mobilization of clinic defenders and abortion rights activists from across the country.

These attacks must be met with a much more urgent, determined, and broad political opposition. Even more basically, the entire framework in which the question of abortion is currently debated needs to be qualitatively transformed.

Join our panelists for a discussion that breaks out of the defensive and conciliatory confines of the present discourse to fight for a scientific understanding of abortion and a morality that values the liberation of women and the emancipation of humanity, and defends and upholds our courageous abortion providers.

2011 GSBA CANDIDATE FORUM
On Friday, September 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave.), join GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) members and friends for GSBA's Annual LGBT Candidate Forum and monthly luncheon. Candidates for King County Council, District 6 (Jane Hague and Richard Mitchell); Seattle City Council, Position 1 (Jean Godden and Bobby Forch); Seattle City Council, Position 3 (Bruce Harrell and Brad Meacham), and Initiative 1183 (concerning liquor sales in Washington state) will be the focus of the forum. Cost is $34 members, $39 non-members. Pre-registration is required. 206-363-9188 or www.thegsba.org.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE - 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEATTLE AIDS WALK & 5K RUN
On Saturday, September 24, join Lifelong AIDS Alliance and community members from all walks of life for the 25th Anniversary Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run. The event will be held at Volunteer Park (14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St.) with day-of registration, donation drop-off and T-shirt pick-up from 9-9:30 a.m. The stage program will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. The run begins promptly at 10 a.m., followed by walkers at 10:05 a.m. The after party at the park will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For complete information on how you can participate as a walker, runner, donor or volunteer, visit www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org or call 206-328-8979.

SEATTLE PAINT OUT - 2011 TO CLEAN AND PAINT OUT GRAFFITI ON CAPITOL HILL
On Saturday, September 24, join your Capitol Hill neighbors to clean and paint out graffiti on Capitol Hill. Your volunteer efforts will have a significant impact on removing tags, stickers and litter. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Fire Station #25 (1300 E. Pine St.). Light refreshments will be served. The orientation will begin shortly after to discuss areas of impact and map zones. Wear comfortable clothes so that paint splatters won't matter. www.paintout.org.

MR. & MISS GAY ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER PAGEANT
On Saturday, September 24, door at 5:30 p.m., pageant at 7 p.m., Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) hosts the Mr. & Miss Gay Asian/Pacific Islander Pageant with competition categories in National Costume, Swimsuit, Talent, Formal Wear and Q&A with $250 cash prize to both Mr. & Miss API 2011. Tickets: $15-advance; $18 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/196920. For contestant sign-up, program advertising or sponsorship information, email gaysha@gayshastarr.com or teriyakitemple@aol.com. Partial proceeds to benefit the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

'RAISE THE ROOF' HOUSEPARTY
On Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m., join Freedom Socialist Party members and friends for a 'Raise the Roof' house party at 900 Hiawatha Pl. S. to celebrate social justice. Take a night off from jobless times and austerity measures to celebrate the persistent and unshakeable efforts to keep the social justice movement alive. Enjoy music, amiable conversation and good food. A Mexican feast will be served for an $8.50 donation. For more information, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com.

THE SEATTLE AIDS MEMORIAL: '30 YEARS OF SORROW, COMFORT & HOPE' - A MULTI-FAITH OBSERVANCE IN READINGS, SONG AND CANDLELIGHT
On Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m., at St. Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.), join the Seattle Choral Company and Seattle area religious communities for this multi-faith service observing 30 years of sorrow, comfort and hope in the face of AIDS. www.saintmarks.org.

MPOWERMENT IN TACOMA
Mpowerment In Tacoma is a new HIV prevention program from the Pierce County AIDS Foundation for Gay and Bisexual men aged 25 and older. The MPowerment In Tacoma program is an adaptation of a Center for Disease Controls evidence based model which has effectively worked to reduce rates of unprotected sex among young Gay and Bi men. This model is being structured to focus on older Gay and Bi men in Pierce County with the support of the University of California San Francisco's Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

The mission of Mpowerment in Tacoma is to create a community of Gay and Bisexual men aged 25 and older who actively participate in the empowerment of themselves and each other. This is achieved through educating men in how to practice safer sex messaging, enabling them to become increasingly sex positive, and also encouraging them to diffuse awareness of the program to their friends, all while providing a fun and uplifting social focus. The success of the program requires volunteer participation by Gay and Bi men ages 25 and older to help establish a core group of members who will develop and implement ongoing educational and fun workshops, large events, outreach activities, and publicity campaigns.

Mpowerment in Tacoma will have it's first workshop on Tuesday, September 27, at 6 p.m., at Pierce County AIDS Foundation (3520 S. Pine St., Tacoma, WA 98405). For more information, contact Mpowerment in Tacoma Coordinator, Lorenzo, at 253-722-0706 or email lcervantes@piercecountyaids.org.

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

ANSEL ADAMS' MANZANAR PHOTOS AT BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM
'Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar' at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (215 Ericksen Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA) examines the internment-camp experience of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War II. This new exhibit of photos from the Library of Congress includes some of Ansel Adams' images that have never been exhibited before. The museum is open Monday-Sunday (closed on Tuesdays), 1-4 p.m. (with extended hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer) and is a short walk from the Bainbridge ferry terminal. Admission: $4 adults, $3 students/seniors, $6 family, museum members and children under 5 free. An outdoor picnic area is available nearby. 206-842-2773. www.bainbridgehistory.org. The exhibit runs through December 7, 2012.

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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