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COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at County Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E. offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the GLBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.


EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2008 SOFTBALL SEASON
Open Division games will be played primarily at the North SeaTac fields again this year, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., and the Women's Division games will be played at the Lower Woodland Complex, Aurora Ave. N. & N. 59th St. For complete details about the league, including game times and field locations, see the league website at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. In addition to regularly scheduled games, the league will also be hosting the Gay Softball World Series.


FOURTH ANNUAL SEATTLE CHEESE FESTIVAL AT PIKE PLACE MARKET
On Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Pike Place Market hosts the fourth annual Seattle Cheese Festival. Come taste more than 250 artisan cheese from around the world at the Cheese Showcase along the cobblestone streets. $1 admission fee for unlimited tasting; proceeds benefit the Seattle Cheese Festival. www.seattlecheesefestival.com.


SYTTENDE GAY 2008
On Saturday, May 17, Kwanchai - jonathan mathews design group presents Seattle's third annual Syttende Gay, Seattle's first Gay Scandinavian celebration, with two events in celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day (aka Grunnlovsdag).

Bal Mar, 5449 Ballard Ave. N.W., will host the first event from 2-6 p.m. (doors at noon). Ballard's Syttende Mai Parade, which you can watch from Bal Mar, kicks off at 3 p.m. The second event of the day will be held at Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. E., starting at 9 p.m. Enjoy special Norwegian decor, Scandinavian drink specials and Scandinavian DJ'd club hits at both events.

Syttende Mai, the 17th of May Festival, has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889 with proclamations, speeches and a parade. The parade and related activities are held in Ballard each year with recent turnouts of over 15,000 people, This year's Grand Marshall is Norway's top song vocalist Hanne Krough, who has performed at Scandinavian Pride events.



For complete information on the Ballard parade and festivities, visit www.syttendemaiseattle.com. For complete information on Syttende Gay, visit www.kwanchai.net


GLITTERBOMB! PRESENTED BY Q-SQUARED MEN
On Saturday, May 17, Q-Squared Men presents GLITTERBOMB! at Capitol Hill Arts Center/CHAC, 1621 12th Ave., starting at 9 p.m. Must be 21+. Cash bar.

GLITTERBOMB! is a high-energy dance party focused around music, unique experiences and is a massive glitter attack on the Seattle social scene. The night will be hosted by Aleksa Manila and will include performances by the West End Boys with special guests, SoulChilde, Miss Bebe Doll and hot music spun by DJ LA Kendall. Those looking for more entertainment can retreat to the exclusive Sparkle Lounge to relax to chill sounds by DJ Bret Law. The night will include many surprises and will be an amazing evening of energy, music and community!

Tickets are $20/$25 at the door. A limited number of Sparkle Lounge Passes are available for $35/$40 at the door (which includes general admission). The Sparkle Lounge Pass grants unlimited access to the exclusive Sparkle Loung and other surprises.

Co-produced by the Night Shift and Q-Squared men, GLITTERBOMB! is the first in a new series of events designed to foster healthy connections and social interactions in the clubs and at night.

The Q-Squared mission is to improve the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of sexual minority men by building a stronger sense of community, increasing individual responsibility, and improving self-esteem. This amazing, volunteer-driven organization sponsors CAMP, Q-Spring, monthly book club, and many other events throughout the years.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thenightshiftpresents. Advance tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/32738. Q-Squared Men is at www.qsquared.org.


GAY CITY UNIVERSITY
On Saturday, May 17, join other Gay and Bi guys and Trans men at the Northwest School, 1415 Summit Ave., for a day of fun and learning at Gay City University 2008. Choose from a variety of interesting classes on sexuality, health, relationships, history, culture, finances and more.

GCU is $35. Full class listings and schedule details can be found online at www.gaycity.org. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a graduation/after party at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., at 5 p.m.


GAY CITY PRESENTS "VISION: PARTY FOR THE FUTURE" IN SUPPORT OF HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY
On Sunday, May 18, doors at 4 p.m., Gay City presents a fabulous dance party at R-Place, 619 E. Pine St., hosted by Lady Chablis. Plus enjoy drag performances by Aleksa Manila and Kalika Manila, go-go boys, raffle, giveaways, dance contest and more! No cover.


SAFE SCHOOLS PRESENTS FILM ABOUT LGBTQ TEENS
On Tuesday, May 20, the Safe Schools Coalition will screen a short documentary film that tells the personal stories of the teenagers who participate in a support group offered by a Bay Area youth organization called "Outlets." It includes observational footage of their weekly support group and mentoring meetings, giving us a glimpse of the challenges they face at school on a daily basis. Interviews with the support group facilitator, a young Gay activist and a Transgender teen address the evolution of contemporary Queer issues as they are taken on by local middle school and high school students. The film will be shown during the Safe Schools Coalition's May meeting, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Planned Parenthood offices, 2001 E. Madison St.


SEATTLE COMMUNITY BURLESQUE FUNDRAISER
On Tuesday, May 20, doors 7 p.m., at The Heavens, 172 S. Washington St. Last summer saw each of Seattle's competing Burlesque performers bringing home the gold from The Exotic World Reunion & Pageant in Las Vegas, the Burlesque community's version of the Oscars. The Von Foxies, Seattle's Hottest Burlesque Power-Trio, won "Best Troupe," The Heavenly Spies won "Best Duo."

This summer Seattle is again sending amazing contestants to vie for the Exotic World titles and trophies. This year's competitors include Sinner/Saint Burlesque for "Best Troupe;" Inga Ingenue as well as Ravenna Black for "Miss Exotic World" and Lily Verlaine and Miss Indigo Blue for "Best Duo."

The Exotic World Weekend is a fundraiser for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the only Burlesque Museum in the world. To support this amazing event and organization, Seattle's Burlesque community is throwing a doozy of a fundraiser! Seattle has one of the largest and most active Burlesque communities in the nation, second only to New York City. See what our Emerald City has to offer on Tuesday, May 20 at The Heavens.

The event includes live and silent auctions and raffle. Tickets: $15-advance, $20 day of show (general admission); reserved front-row plush couches $100-advance, $150-day of show. www.brownpapertickerts.com/event/34743


DIFFA PRESENTS "GLAM! - THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX"
On Thursday, May 22, the Seattle chapter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) will host a unique event celebrating high-style design. Proceeds from the event will benefit DIFFA/Seattle, which grants funds to local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Staged amidst the designer showrooms at Masins Pioneer Square furniture store, 220 2nd Ave. S., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., partygoers will enjoy DJ music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and signature cocktails, as well as modeled fashions and jewelry displays from DIFFA sponsors Barneys New York and Cartier. Central to the evening will be a unique raffle and silent auction of more than 30 custom-made designer boxes, filled with luxury products, home decor items, hotel and dining experiences and other glam goodies. Created specifically for the event by local artists and designers, the boxes take inspiration from participating box sponsors and donors such as Barneys New York, Ralph Lauren Home, Swarovski, Cartier, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, W Seattle, Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, Hotel 1000, and Tommy Bahama to name just a few. Suggested entry donation is $25. Guests are asked to support DIFFA through the purchase of raffle tickets ($10 each) and volunteers will be on hand to accept donations throughout the evening.

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education providers in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $35 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. The Seattle chapter of DIFFA was formed in 1993, and has granted nearly $500,000 to local HIV/AIDS programs. Recent grant recipients include Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Rosehedge AIDS Housing, Entre Hermanos, Rise 'n Shine, and the Seattle/King county Human Society's "Pet Project" AIDS Outreach Program.

RSVP is required. Please call 206-763-8885 or visit diffa.org.


GLSEN/WA HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE BANQUET & AWARDS CEREMONY
On Friday, May 23, join GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Washington State and the Washington State GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network to celebrate the courageous youth and allies who are working to stop harassment and end homophobia in Washington's K-12 schools. Enjoy a buffet-style catered dinner, special guests, live entertainment, silent auction. KING 5 reporter Bernard Choi will emcee the event, State Rep. Jamie Pedersen will give the keynote speech, and Diverse Harmony, a Gay-Straight Alliance choir, will perform. The event will be held at Lakeside School, 14050 1st Ave. N.E., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available at 1-800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 206-330-2099 or visit www.glsenwa.org.


TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP UPDATE
Triangle Recreation Camp is hoping that this weekend's predicted hot weather will melt the final two feet of snow at the TRC camp and facilitate the opening of the campground on Saturday, May 24. To confirm the opening date for the campground, visit www.camptrc.org


ENTRE HERMANOS PRESENTS THE 2008 LATINO PAGEANT
On Saturday, May 24, Entre Hermanos presents the 2008 Latino Pageant at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at E. Seneca St., starting at 6 p.m., with dinner and a no-host bar. This annual pageant is the signature event for Entre Hermanos, bringing the Latino LGBT community (and friends) together in a wonderful celebration. The pageant culminates in the selection of a King, Queen and Lesbian Queen, who go on to represent the organization in the coming year, creating visibility and a positive image for Entre Hermanos. The spirit of the Latino Pageant is to provide a framework for celebration, recognition of our true diversity and acceptance upon which our work as an organization revolves.

This pageant brings youth and adult together to socialize and provides an opportunity to meet new people and find a space where sexual diversity is our greatest value. The pageant seeks to "recognize the talent and exuberance of Latino culture and our desire to succeed and take our place in the spectrum of cultures living in this community." The pageant also provides an opportunity for Entre Hermanos to recognize those people and institutions that have worked on behalf of the Latino LGBT community. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and are available in advance at the Entre Hermanos office, 1505 Broadway, on by calling 206-322-7700.


NOMINATE A PIERCE COUNTY LGBT COMMUNITY LEADER
In its second year, Pride Foundation's Pierce County LGBT Community Awards will be held on as part of Tacoma's 2008 Pride Week. The awards honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have had a positive effect on the LGBTQ and allied community of Pierce County. Pride Foundation is seeking nominations for these community awards. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, May 29. For complete details, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 206-323-3318. This year's awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 11, at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club, 502 Borough Road, starting at 7 p.m., the night before Tacoma's Pride Celebration "Out in the Park!" The event is free and open to the public.


CHURCH CAMP & RETREAT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY, FRIENDS & FAMILY
A church camp or retreat for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning persons and their friends and family is planned for May 30-June 1 at Pilgrims Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard. The camp will explore how we experience "loss" in our lives as well as what we have "found" as a result of being or loving a sexual minority.

This camp is being re-started after a seven-year absence and has been named "Mary's Camp" in honor of Mary Dougherty who founded the camp twenty years ago. The camp is affiliated with the Washington/North Idaho Conference of the United Church of Christ, but you do not have to be a UCC member or affiliated with any church to attend.

Dave Shull, a UCC minister currently serving Spirit of Peace UCC in Sammamish and a social worker at The Recovery Cafe, a Belltown center for community and healing for persons trying to stay in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, will facilitate the weekend.

The weekend will offer participants the chance to explore the parables of being lost, finding, and being found in Luke's Gospel. Music and poetry, conversation and silence will also help campers to touch the losses and the gifts, the aches and the surprises, the emptiness and the wholeness, and the growth and the healing which are part of living as a sexual minority or loving those who are sexual minorities. The $110 registration fee includes meals, a bed and linens, washcloth and towel, facilitator, musician and miscellaneous supplies. There is some money available for scholarships. Go online at www.pilgrimsfirs.org to register or contact one of the co-directors: Sue Paules, 425-939-9559, paules07@comcast.net or Heidi Erdmann, 253-537-1979, angelsmom@foxinternet.com.


DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS "AWAKE!" - FREE SPRING CONCERT
On Friday, May 30, Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance Youth Chorus, will present a FREE concert at 8 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Seneca St. "Awake!" is a remembrance. "Awake!" is a celebration. "Awake!" is a call to examine our relationship with the past and appreciate our relationship with the present. "Awake!" is a musical collage that journeys from a dark past, through a better today, and into a hopeful tomorrow. "Join us for a moving evening of diverse young voices lifted in song to celebrate where the journey has led us thus far." www.DiverseHarmony.org.


KCTS AND PRIDE FOUNDATION NIGHT - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Have you ever wanted to be on television? Here is your chance - and you'll be helping Pride Foundation! On the evening of July 11, KCTS-TV, Seattle's PBS station, will be hosting their first Pledge Pride Night. Pride Foundation will be showcased as a charitable community partner and shows broadcast that night will focus on LGBT issues, including Inlaws & Outlaws, a Pride Foundation-sponsored production. Pride Foundation is recruiting volunteers to help answer the phones (on camera) at the station and receive pledges. Volunteer shifts will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and every participant will receive training, dinner, a station tour, a Pride Foundation t-shirt and a discount at the KCTS store. Questions and/or to sign-up, contact Jody at 206-323-3318 ext 111. www.pridefoundation.org


GAY CITY SEEKING LGBT ARTISTS, WRITERS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE
Gay City is currently seeking any and all LGBT artists to host workshops on a number of art forms. As part of their newly launched Peer Recovery Network, Gay City will be hosting local artists to spread their knowledge and share their art forms with the community. Whether it's painting, sculpting, dance, theatre, self-defense, puppetry, poetry, writing, spoken word, music, fashion design, crafts, photography, welding, carpentry& - whatever it may be, join Gay City in building community through art and camaraderie. For more information, contact Eleazar Juarez at eleazar@gaycity.org or 206-388-1707 or Robert Yoon at Robert@gaycity.org or 206-388-1704.

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