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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Northwest News
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'OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHILDREN' - BEAUTIFUL 2012 CALENDAR FEATURES LGBTQ PARENTED FAMILIES FROM THE SEATTLE AREA
The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force is excited to offer once again its beautiful calendar of LGBTQ parented families from the Seattle area. The task force has been pro-ducing the calendar for ten years with the mission of providing the visual reminder to children, teachers and families that families look different and that all families are welcome. Additionally, the calendar has been displayed in diverse work places and in colleges and universities with teacher preparation programs.

The upcoming year is the tenth anniversary of the calendar. The task force revisited families from the 'early years' and invited twelve (plus two more!) families to come back for another picture shoot. Each family picture has a small inset picture from the first time the family was in the calender. Many families have grown; others have changed their make-up, and the tragic loss of one dad illustrates that our families and our children experience life, death, and change just like other families.

Proceeds from the calendar help the task force to produce the calendar for another year, onward to the twentieth year and beyond.

An order form is online at www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ocof/OFOC_CalendarOrderForm2012.pdf or you can call Bill Sanders at 206-226-3352. Suggested donation is $15 which includes shipping and handling.

PAUL DAHLQUIST PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT GHOST GALLERY
NOVEMBER 10-DECEMBER 5

From Thursday, November 10, through Monday, December 5, Ghost Gallery (on Summit Ave. E. between E. Denny Way and E. Olive Way, next to the Hillcrest Market) will be showing work by Northwest painter and photographer Paul Dahlquist.

The show will feature portraits of friends, light studies, urban subjects and nudes by the artistt, including rare and never-before-seen work and photographs of people who have shaped the Northwest art scene for the last 30 years. The show includes paintings and drawings from the '50s and '60s when Dahlquist spent time with Northwest artists, including Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson. He lived with Wesley Wehr and worked for Zoe Dusanne during that time. He began working in photography in the '70s.

Dahlquist is calling his show 'Presences,' a word used by Wendell Berry in his novel Jayber Crow. 'Presences' are any specific times, places or subjects that are intensely ex-perienced.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday by appointment. www.ghostgallery.org; www.pauldahlquist.com/

GAY CITY ARTS PRESENTS 'THE INFECTION MONOLOGUES'
On Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at the Erickson Theatre Off-Broadway (1524 Harvard Ave.), Gay City Arts presents 'The Infec-tion Monologues.' Written by Eric Rofes and Alex Garner, with additions by Vincent Kovar, Chad Goller-Sojourner, and Cole Arden Peake, this performance piece breaks new ground on the way we understand HIV infection, HIV stigma, and living with HIV, as well as challenges the way we think about the contemporary HIV experience. Tickets: $15 general, $10-student/senior. www.gaycity.org/infection-monologues.

JET CITY HOOPS - SEATTLE'S CO-ED GLBTQ BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Jet City Hoops winter season games will be held on Sundays, November 6-December 18, at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E., just north of E. Thomas St.). Recrea-tional division games will be held 9 a.m.-noon; competitive division games will be held noon-4 p.m. Spectators welcome. www.jetcityhoops.org.

COMMUNITY GATHERING & POTLUCK IN THE WAKE OF DANNY VEGA'S DEATH
On Sunday, December 4, from 2-4 p.m., at Church of Hope (3818 S. Angeline St.), the Northwest Network, in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center, Chaya, and the Capacity Project, hosts a Community Gathering and Potluck in response to the vicious murder of Danny Vega.

The Gathering will be an opportunity to acknowledge the profound loss and the on-going toll of the violence in our communities. Folks will have the chance to share skills and strategies for safety, to take action in support of racial and economic justice for Seattle's Southend, to express solidarity for youth empowerment projects, and to give and receive support.

Please come and bring a dish to share, if you are able. www.nwnetwork.org.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION
The weekend of April 13-15, Rain Country Dance Association will be hosting the 5th annual Emerald City Hoedown. The Hoedown will feature three days of dancing, work-shops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Registration is now open with early registration at only $75 through December 4. Limited scholarships are available for those with financial need. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown.

Part of the proceeds from this coming year's Hoedown will benefit Camp Ten Trees; during the 2011 Hoedown, $4,500 was raised for this charity. Camp Ten Trees is a non-profit organization offering summer camp sessions in the Pacific Northwest, featuring a week for LGBTQA youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country creates a friendly environment for LGBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest by providing opportunities for this Country Western dance community to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces 'Cuff Country' dance nights on Fridays as well as some Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Cuff Complex, and regular skill building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

RADICAL WOMEN - WEEKLY FEMINIST READING CIRCLE
Radical Women hosts a weekly roundtable discussion of Frederick Engels' classic work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, on the persistent problem of women's inequality and how it can be overcome. The reading circle meets Monday through December 12,, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 3314 Wallingford Ave. N. #4, Seattle. $2 suggested donation per session. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com.

INGERSOLL GENDER CENTER PRESENTS 'SNOWBALL 2011 - THE SNOWBALL EFFECT'
On Saturday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room (600 4th Ave.), join Ingersoll Gender Center for a holiday celebration with catered buf-fet dinner, awards ceremony, entertainment by Ramoli Brennet, and dancing. Tickets: $20. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/205644.

'Every year Ingersoll Gender Center throws a big party to bring the community back together to celebrate and review the year, to look forward and connect with friends old and new.

'This year 'Snowball 2011 - The Snowball Effect' is all about the amazing momentum building for justice and equality for our communities. While there is still so much to do, the velocity for change is undeniable and our community is on a roll.

'Come join us for good food and friends; stay for the entertainment, schmooze and celebration. We will be joined by many friends including our gracious host City Council-member Sally Clark.'

www.ingersollcenter.org

NON-PROFIT COMEDY HOSTS BENEFIT FOR CAMP TEN TREES
On Tuesday, December 6, at 8 p.m., at Comedy Underground (109 S. Washington St.), Non-Profit Comedy hosts a benefit for Camp Ten Trees. Tickets: $12 at the door.

'After six years of supporting local non-profit organizations, Non-Profit Comedy is coming to a close, and their final show will be a benefit for Camp Ten Trees.

'We hope you'll come out to support our campers and to say 'thank you' to the comics of Non-Profit Comedy. Let's pack the house that night and celebrate six years of laughter in support of local non-profits.'

Camp Ten Trees sponsors summer camp experiences for LGBT youth and children of LGBT parents. 206-288-9568; www.camptentrees.org; www.comedyunderground.com

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB HOSTS A MOVIE MONTH
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.)

Instead of book-reading, December will be movie month and a different great Gay movie will be shown at each week's meeting. For December 7, the movie will be Victim, with Dirk Bogarde, a 50-year-old classic film about the era when homosexuality was a crime, and about a closeted married man who decides to risk everything to fight for justice.

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.

PRIDE SKATE SEATTLE
On Wednesday, December 7, from 9-11 p.m., at Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th Ave. SW), join the LGBT community and friends for their monthly skating party. Meets first Wednesday each month; must be 18+ to attend. $7 admission includes skate rental. Afterwards, meet at Company (9608 16th Ave. SW), for drink specials and karaoke. www.southgaterollerrink.com.

NEXT FEST NW
12/8-12/12

This dynamic five days of dance performance, screenings, installations and roundtable conversations features some of the hottest voices coming out of the Pacific Northwest. 12/8: FREE John Boylan Conversation - 'Do You Love Me' at 7 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.) New performances: 12/9, 10 & 11 at 8 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center. Tickets: $15-advance; $18 at the door; $12 student/senior. 12/10: FREE Performance/Lecture with Amy O'Neal at 5 p.m., at The Project Room (1315 E. Pine St.). Next Dance Cinema: 12/12 at 7 p.m., at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.). Tickets: $10 general, $7 student/senior. 206-325-8773 or visit www.velocitydancecenter.org.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON - 'TOASTING EQUALITY BREAKFAST: CHANGING HEARTS & MINDS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY'
On Friday, December 9, 7 a.m. registration; 7:30 a.m. program and breakfast., at Westin Seattle (1900 Fifth Ave.), join Equal Rights Washington for a fundraising breakfast to discuss changing hearts and minds in support of marriage equality in Washington state to win marriage equality in WA in 2012. Tickets: $60; $500 for table of 10. www.equalrightswashington.org.

VOICES RISING - LGBTQ OF COLOR ARTS & CULTURE
On Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.-door, 8 p.m.-show, at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave.), Voices Rising presents '2011 Best of the New,' a showcase of talent from the LGBTQ communities of color, featuring Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, with Henry Luke, Raven Taylor, and Donte Johnson.

Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214570; www.voicesrisingseattle.org.

'DRUMMING UP OSKAR'
On Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 10, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Freehold Theatre (2222 2nd Ave.) join Butoh artist Joan Laage, percussionist Samuel Yoder, and poet David Thornbrugh, for a multi-media performance piece inspired by The Tin Drum written by Nobel Laureate Gunther Grass. Tickets: 12/9 & 10 at 8 p.m. $15; 12/10 at 10 p.m. $10. Reservations recommended. Info/reservations: davidthornbrugh@hotmail.com; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/266069.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER - 'PICTURES WITH SANTA' TO BENEFIT CHICKEN SOUP BRIGADE
On Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, Seattle Men in Leather hosts 'Pictures with Santa.' Get your picture taken with a hunky Santa. Proceeds benefit Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program for people living with HIV/AIDS. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

YWCA-LGBTQ HEALTH & SWEDISH BREAST CENTER - MOBILE MAMMOGRAM SCREENING
On Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St.), the YWCA-LBTQ Health and Swedish Breast Center will conduct a mobile mammogram screening for people age 40 and over who are un- or under-insured and income eligible. You will receive a pap test, breast exam, mammogram and blood pressure check. Insurance is welcome and accepted. For an appointment, please call 206-461-4493 or email lbthealth@ywcaworks.org. Check out their blog at http://lbtqhealth-ywca.blogspot.com.

GLSEN WA & SEATTLE PARKS - GLBTQ TEEN SOCIAL
On Saturday, December 10, from 8-11 p.m., at Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way, at Broadway), GLBTQ youth, friends and allies, ages 14-19, are invited to a GLBTQ teen social with live DJ, co-sponsored by GLSEN WA Student Organizing Committee and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

This event is FREE, but you will need a ticket, which you must get in advance online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/213017.

MEN OF ALL COLORS & CULTURES TOGETHER - DECEMBER POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, December 10, at 6 p.m., (call for Everett location), Men of All Colors & Cultures Together will be hosting their December Potluck Social. Please contact MACCT at 206-923-8313 or macctseattle@yahoo.com for additional location information/directions.

MACCT is a Gay/Bisexual multi-racial, multi-cultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality can be realized.

'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 re-sources 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 Ster-ling, 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. Sol-diers 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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