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posted Friday, January 6, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 01
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to help make it happen, contact Randy at Seattle Parks, 206-883-6110 txt/phone, email randy.wiger@seattle.gov or google 'SeattleParksCOD.'

WA WOMEN IN THE TRADES - 'STORIES & SNAPSHOTS' 2012 ROSIE THE RIVETER CALENDAR
www.wawomenintrades.com

'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 producing 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.

'NORDIC LIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL'
JANUARY 6-8

The Nordic Heritage Museum announces the third annual Nordic Lights Film Festival on January 6-8, at the new SIFF Cinema Center in Seattle Center's Northwest Rooms, located north of Key Arena on the Seattle Center grounds. This cutting edge cinematic festival offers an immersion into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter film season, focusing on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Tickets: $10-general; $5-noon matinees; discounts for students and affiliate members; $50-general weekend pass, $40-for affiliate members. All ticketing will be through SIFF. For more information about the films and to buy tickets, visit www.SIFF.net. Or call 206-633-7151 for show time and program information, 206-324-9996 for tickets. For complete information about the Nordic Lights Film Festival, visit www.nordicmuseum.org.

GAY CITY HOSTS 'OUT TO QUIT' OPEN HOUSE FOR TOBACCO CESSATION
Are you thinking about reducing or stopping your tobacco use? On Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Gay City Health Project (511 E. Pike St.), come to Gay City's Open House to learn more about their 'Out to Quit' series, an effective program for quitting or reducing tobacco use. For more information, call 206-388-1710 or email lark@gaycity.org.

GSBA PRIME TIME MIXER
On Wednesday, January 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at South Lake Union Discovery Center (101 Westlake Ave. N.), join GSBA and South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce members for an evening mixer to really mix-it-up, network, have a blast, bite and beverage while checking out The Discovery Center in South Lake Union.

South Lake Union is emerging as a high-tech, bio-medical, retail and residential hot spot in the Seattle area. The Discovery Center highlights the emerging Seattle neighborhood and educational exhibits about the area's history.

GSBA Prime Time Mixers are designed to bring together the best and brightest business professionals in the Greater Seattle area, giving them a fun and relaxing environment to network, socialize and build business relationships.

Cost: $10-members, $15-nonmembers, $10-students. To RSVP: 206-363-9188; www.thegsba.org.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB - FINISTERE
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.)

January's selection is Fritz Peters' pioneering Gay novel of 1951, Finistere - a classic from the era of Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar.

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

POZ SEATTLE JANUARY PORN EXCHANGE SOCIAL
On Wednesday, January 11, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. & E. Pine St.), POZSeattle hosts their annual New Year's 'Clean-Out-Your-Drawer-Because-You-Got-New-Porn-For-Christmas-Porn-Exchange!' Social. To participate in the Porn Exchange, simply bring in any magazines, books, DVDs, and yes, even VHS tapes, you want to swap and trade. Meet up in the downstairs bar for food, socializing, to catch-up with old friends, to make new ones, and a whole lot of fun. The event is FREE as always (except for the cost of beverages from the bar), but donations are gladly accepted, and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

COLLECTIVE BRIGHTNESS: LGBTIQ POETS ON FAITH, RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
On Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Gay City Health Project (511 E. Pike St.), join Gay City for the Seattle launch of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, the first-ever anthology featuring LGBTIQ poets from around the world writing about and from various faith, religion and spiritual traditions, including Judaism, Islam, Two-Spirit, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and others. Hear from editor Kevin Simmonds, and local contributors Jeremy Halinen and Crystal Ibarra. FREE. www.gaycity.org/meet-the-author.

SISTERS ORGANIZE FOR SURVIVAL MEETING
On Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), Sisters Organize for Survival host public meeting. For more information, call 206-722-6057; www.sistersorganizeforsurvival.org. Wheelchair accessible.

GROUND ZERO CENTER FOR NONVIOLENT ACTION PRESENTS OCCUPYING TRIDENT
'OCCUPY TRIDENT: The billions spent on nuclear weapons are needed to house, feed, and care for each other - not threaten the world with annihilation' is the theme as Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with a vigil and nonviolent direct action on Saturday, January 14, at Bangor, WA.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a discussion on the connection between the struggle against Trident and the Occupy Movement, nonviolence training and action planning.

A vigil and nonviolent direct action will begin at 2 p.m. at the gates of the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, home of the U.S. Navy's West Coast Trident nuclear submarine fleet as well as its nuclear weapons storage depot, the Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific (SWFPAC).

Participants should bring warm, waterproof clothing, a sack lunch or food to share, and a strong, nonviolent spirit.

On Monday, January 16, people are welcome to join members of Ground Zero Center who will occupy the streets with an inflatable, full-scale Trident D-5 missile in Seattle's Martin Luther King Jr. Day March. If you will be attending and can help carry the missile, please email to rodney.burnelle@gmail.com or call 425-485-7830.

Join us as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by Occupying Trident and working for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

For over 34 years, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action has engaged in education, training in nonviolence, community-building, resistance against Trident and action toward a world without nuclear weapons.

For more information on the January 14 event, visit www.gzcenter.org or contact Alice Zillah at 360-357-7705.

SAGE OLYMPIA HOSTS LGBT ELDER FILM SERIES - 'SILENT PIONEERS: GAY AND LESBIAN ELDERS'
On Sunday, January 15, at 5 p.m., at Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia), SAGE Olympia in collaboration with Olympia Film Society presents 'Silent Pioneers: Gay and Lesbian Elders.' In this film, we meet eight elderly Gay men and Lesbians who lived through an era when homosexuality was not tolerated, and who battled for self-esteem and survival in a 'straight world.' Among them are: a male couple still in love after 55 years of living together; a former monk turned rancher who in his eighties has made peace with being Catholic and Gay; and a black great-grandmother who revealed her Lesbianism to her grandchildren. This film challenges many stereotypes about homosexuals and shows that they have long-standing, deep-rooted commitments.

The film series continues monthly. For more information on SAGE Olympia and the film series, call 360-602-1204 or visit www.sageolympia.org. SAGE Olympia's mission is to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities.

MLK DAY - 30TH ANNIVERSARY - 'RECAPTURING MLK JR.'S REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT!'
On Monday, January 16, workshops 9:30-11 a.m., rally 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., march 12:30 p.m., at Garfield High School (23rd Ave. & E. Jefferson St.), join the MLK Celebration Committee for a day of action in memory and celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. 206-786-2763, 206-296-1002, www.mlkseattle.org.

'HOW THE WELFARE SYSTEM CRIMINALIZES POOR WOMEN'
On Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall (5018 Rainier Ave. S.), doctoral graduate Rebecca Castner presents connections between governmental welfare policies and the prison system. Dinner, with vegetarian option, available at 6:30 p.m. for an $8 donation. Hosted by Radical Women. For more information, rides or childcare, call 206-722-6057 or 206-722-2453. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. www.RadicalWomen.org.

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER'S 'THE BRIDGE PROJECT' & SEATTLE DANCE PROJECT'S 'PROJECT 5'
On January 20-22, at 8 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center's Founders Theater (1621 12th Ave.), 'The Bridge Project' features four new works by four emerging artists. Tickets: $15-general, $12-student/senior. www.velocitydancecenter.org.

On January 20-21 at 8 p.m. (with pay-what-you-will dress rehearsal on January 19 at 8 p.m.), and January 22 at 2 p.m., and on January 27-28 at 8 p.m., and January 29 at 2 p.m., at ACT Theater (7th Ave. & Union St.), the critically acclaimed Seattle Dance Project launches its fifth season with 'Project 5,' a collection of new works and returning favorites - including Brahms Afoot, a new, multidisciplinary collaboration with The Inverse Opera, a group that explores the unique storytelling aspects of the classically trained voice; and a world premiere by choreographer and former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Jason Ohlberg. The piece is a mixture of music, movement and spoken word, incorporating audio from dancer interviews into the score. To round out the program, Seattle Dance Project brings back a number of audience favorites from past seasons, including 'Planes in the Air,' by Molissa Fenly, Edwaard Liang's 'To Converse Too,' and Kent Stowell's 'B6.' Tickets: $25-general; $20-student/senior. www.seattledanceproject.org.

LAMBERT HOUSE FORMING NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBT YOUTH 10-14
Lambert House is forming a new group for 10-14 year old LGBT youth. This group will focus on developing friendships, community building, sense of self (and self-worth), confidence and age-appropriate information important for LGBT adolescents.

Youth will meet monthly to discuss gender and sexuality in a developmentally appropriate context for their age, play games, and get to know one another.

Dates: January 21, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9.

The group will be led by a counselor, social worker and teacher. Additionally, a family therapist will host a Q & A discussion for parents.

To register, please email: 1014@lamberthouse.org.

There is a $50 registration fee. Waivers available for those who qualify.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE'S SPARKS OF GLORY SERIES - 'BETWEEN TWO WORLDS'
On Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m., at Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.), Music of Remembrance presents a FREE concert showcasing the avant garde art music of early-20th-century Russian composer Joel Engel. Artistic Director Mina Miller discusses how Engel's Dybbuk Suite was influenced by folk legends and melodies, transmitted across generations by Hassidic Jews from the Pale of Settlement. Plus: Shostakovich's controversial song cycle 'From Jewish Folk Poetry.' Guest vocalists: soprano Megan Chenovick, mezzo soprano Kathryn Weld, tenor Ross Hauck.

2012 GSBA & PRIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
GSBA and Pride Foundation would like to encourage students of any age or sexual orientation from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington, who are persuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges and universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs) to consider applying for their scholarships. Deadline for application is January 31. For more information, visit www.pridefoundation.org/pride-foundation-scholarships-apply-online-today1

SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION - LOCAL AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS
www.safeschoolscoalition.org

WINTER PRIDE WHISTLER, BC
FEBRUARY 5-12

www.gaywhistler.com

THE IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF SEATTLE - SEATTLE CORONATION 2012, THE PRESIDENT'S BALL: 'CHANNEL 41: A YEAR TO REMEMBER'
FEBRUARY 18

On Saturday late afternoon/early evening, February 18, at Seattle Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison St.), the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire presents Seattle Coronation 2012, the President's Ball: 'Channel 41: A Year to Remember.' Join Their Most Imperial Majesties Rainier XXXVII Mark Surreal and Olympia XL Precious Cargo with many local and out-of-town visiting dignitaries for an evening of fine drag entertainment and pageantry paying tribute to the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, its reigning monarchs and title holders, visiting dignitaries from within the Olympic and Rainier Empire and beyond, and culminating in the crowning of the Imperial Court of Seattle's new Emperor and Empress for the coming year. Tickets: $50. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

On Thursday, February 16, at 7 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), the Imperial Court of Seattle presents the Denver/Salt Lake Show featuring performers and dignitaries from Denver and Salt Lake City. On Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m., at R Place, the Court presents the Out-of-Town Show featuring performers from out-of-town near and far paying tribute to the reigning monarchs Rainier XXXVII Mark Surreal and Olympia XL Precious Cargo. On Sunday, February 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Seattle Renaissance Hotel, the Court presents the Seattle Coronation 2012 Victory Brunch celebrating the newly crowned Rainier XXXVIII and Olympia XLI.

SEATTLE RED DRESS PARTY
FEBRUARY 18

On Saturday, February 18, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.), attend the Seattle Red Dress Party with special guest performer Deborah Cox in her Seattle debut. Hosted by the incomparable Gaysha Starr, the event will feature DJs Brian Gorr and Almond Brown. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Multifaith Works, and Rise 'n Shine. Tickets on sale now: $40-general admission advance ($60 at the door); $100-VIP advance (limited quantity) ($120 at the door, if available). Must be 21+ and MUST WEAR A RED DRESS to attend. www.seattlereddressparty.org.

'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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