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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 LGBTQ 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2008 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES IN SEATTLE
Emerald City Softball Association will be hosting the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle, August 22-30. Over 4,000 athletes and fans from all over the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this event. The Series 2008 host committee is looking for 200 to 300 volunteers. The committee needs volunteers to do everything from registering players to ensuring there is fresh water and ice in the dugouts for every game to answering questions about our area to the thousand of out-of-state visitors to assisting with opening and closing ceremonies. To volunteer, send an email to volunteer@series2008.org

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO RESHAPE HIV PREVENTION AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org.

CAFÉ METROPOLITAIN HOSTS DRAG BINGO TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
Starting in August, Gay-owned Café Metropolitain will be launching Drag Bingo in their all-ages café area. Drag Bingo will be hosted by Giggles Galore and will be held every Sunday at 7 p.m. For the month of August, all Drag Bingo games will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBT youth. For $5 enjoy a fun and relaxing time and raise money for LGBT youth. Bingo prizes will be awarded on the spot. Café Metropolitain is located at 1701 E. Olive Way at Boylston Ave. Light meals and a full range of beverages are available at the café. Enjoy Happy Hour all day on Sunday.

NORTHERN XPOSURE WEEKEND COMES TO SEATTLE, AUGUST 21-24
A fundraising long weekend party benefitting Lambert House in conjunction with the opening weekend of the 2008 Gay Softball World Series. For complete schedule, visit www.nxposure.com.

NORTHWEST QUEST 2008 GAY WORLD SERIES IN SEATTLE AUGUST 22-30
Over 4,000 softball players from around the U.S. and Canada will be in town for this LGBTQ softball play-off series. For complete information on this week's events, including opening ceremonies, the play-off games, special events and parties and the awards ceremonies, visit www.series2008.org. Click on Open Division Info for schedule and location of Open Division (men and women) games. Click on Women's Division Info for schedule and location of Women's Division (women only) games. The Seattle Mariners will be hosting an Out at Safeco Field night for local and visiting LGBTQ softball teams and players and the general LGBTQ community on Tuesday, August 24. For more information and tickets, call Seattle Mariners, 206-346-4001.

5TH ANNUAL SHEILA ROBINSON DAY
On Saturday, August 23, POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network), hosts the 5th Annual Sheila Robinson Day to honor the memory of Seattle community activist, Sheila Robinson. The event will be held at the new POCAAN offices, 1609 19th Ave., between E. Pike St. and E. Madison St., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please join us for prayer, healing and uplifting for families and the community.

SOJOURNER TRUTH UNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH STONE SOUL GATHERING & COOK-OUT IN SPECIAL MEMORY OF FOUNDING PASTOR: THE LATE REVEREND GWEN HALL
An open invitation to friends of Sojourner Truth Unity Fellowship Church and the late Reverend Gwen Hall for a Stone Soul Gathering & Cook Out on Sunday, August 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Madrona Park, Picnic Shelter #1, along Lake Washington Blvd. E. Join us as we celebrate our faith; gather for fun and friendship. Come and help us continue the legacy - members, former members and friends of this ministry. Wherever you are, God is! Please RSVP by email, DStrong10@aol.com, or call 206-478-6718. Everyone is welcome to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share. Main course will be provided.

IN THE LIFE MONTHLY LGBTQ NEWSMAGAZINE
On Sunday, August 24, at midnight, KCTS-TV, Channel 9, will broadcast In The Life's August program, "Talking It Out." This month's show expands In The Life's popular "A Conversation With" series to a full hour, pairing Camille Paglia with Sandra Bernhard, longtime friends and iconic social critics, celebrating with candor, humor, and fond memories, the sexuality in their work, the many faces of Lesbian identity, and the influence of Gay male sensibility in contemporary art and culture. In The Life host, Michael Billy, and Associate Editor of The Nation, Richard Kim, look at the hard-hitting issues affecting the LGBTQ community in the context of the maturing of the movement, as it seeks to retrieve the power of its roots; and Dr. Marjorie Hill, CEO of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), and actor Wilson Cruz explore the status of the AIDS epidemic, confront the myth that the crisis is over, and discuss the continuing importance of education in confronting the disease and LGBT stereotypes.

QUEERS! GEARS! & CHEERS!
On Tuesday, August 26, come work on your bike in a Queer Identified Space, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The King St. House, 1643 S. King St. (around back). All tools and helpful hands provided. Our mission: To create a more visible and empowering Queer Bike Community in Seattle! More info: 206-726-5837. FREE.

UW'S Q CENTER HOSTS DISCUSSION ON TRANSGENDER POLITICS IN SOUTH AFRICA
On Tuesday, August 26, the University of Washington's Q Center hosts "Gender DynamiX and Dynamics: Discussing Transgender Politics in South Africa." Transgender politics in contemporary South Africa comprise a complicated terrain. Paradoxically, South Africans have some of the strongest legal rights and most violent experiences of discrimination in the world. They negotiate intense juxtapositions of cultural expectations and Transgender identifications. Two South African activists will discuss these complex dynamics. Tebogo Calvin Nkoana will speak to the intersection of his journey as a 21-year-od African Trans man with his calling to be a Sepedi traditional healer. Liesl Theron will discuss founding Gender DynamiX, the first and only Transgender organization on the African continent, and how this organization strives to affect change in marginalize South Africans' daily lives. Together, they will address issues and insights gained from Trans activism in the global South. Please come and be part of this exciting conversation.

OUT AT SAFECO FIELD LGBTQ BASEBALL NIGHT WITH SEATTLE MARINERS
On Tuesday, August 26, join 2008 Gay World Series softball games participants and Seattle's LGBT community and COME OUT to see the Seattle Mariners vs. the Minnesota Twins baseball game at Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., at 7:10 p.m. For more information and tickets, contact Safeco Field, 206-346-4001.

PUSH MAGAZINE RELEASE PARTY FOR 11TH AND FINAL ISSUE
On Wednesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m., PUSH Magazine is hosting a publication release party for their 11th and final issue, titled PUSH Magazine: A Retrospective at the Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. (just north of E. Pine St.). Come join us for a deliriously fun evening of celebration, with local Queer writers and spoken word artists, celebratory cake, and free magazines for all! Suggested donation is $5 - $10.

RADICAL WOMEN HOSTS CONFERENCE ORGANIZING MEETING
Help build a Northwest contingent to "The Persistent Power of Socialist Feminism" conference, to be held October 3-6 in San Francisco. On Thursday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m., share your ideas about how to revitalize the women's rights movement and discuss outreach opportunities, fundraising plans and travel logistics that will help build for this exciting event! Sponsored by Radical Women, the meeting will be held at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Light snacks will be served for a donation. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or visit www.RadicalWomen.org. All welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES HOSTS A "TASTE OF SQUARE DANCING"
On Thursdays, August 28, Puddletown Squares will be hosting a "Taste of Square Dancing," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., in the Greenlake neighborhood, to introduce potential new dancers to the fun of Modern Western Square Dancing.

Modern Western Square Dancing is nothing like the square dancing most people remember from grade school! With Puddletown it is upbeat and energetic without a single hay-bale in sight. Square dancing is fun for all ages and is a great alternative to the bars for the Gay community. It is a highly social activity, one of the few where Gay men, Lesbians, straight people, and all the other groups that are part of the Gay and Lesbian community all join hands (literally) to dance. The first night of lessons is often the first time many dancers see people who are about about to become lifelong friends.

Puddletown Squares holds its "Taste of Square Dancing" events right before the next cycle of square dance lessons begins so if attendees fall in love with Square Dancing they can jump right in and join the fun!

For additional information, contact Troy Johnson at puddletownpres@speakeasy.net or go to http://www.iagsdc.org/puddletown/taste.php for more information. Puddletown Squares is a Gay and Lesbian Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD) club open to everyone. Puddletown sponsors classes, dances, and tape-dancing for the MWSD Mainstream through Advanced programs and has been a vibrant part of Seattle LGBTQ community for over 25 years.

PRIDE FOUNDATION FUND FOR ORGANIZATIONS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Organizations helping the LGBT community in Alaska, Seattle/King County, parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington can apply for funding through the Pride Foundation's "Northwest Grants." Applications for "Northwest Grants" are due on Friday, August 29, 2008.

For complete details, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 206-323-3318.

Q-SQUARED/BOYZ IN THE WOODS CAMP 2008
Registration for Boyz in the Woods' Labor Day weekend Camp 2008 is now open.

"We have some exciting changes in store for you at CAMP this year, but don't worry, the spirit of CAMP is alive and well and it will still be the CAMP that you have come to know and love. We don't want to spoil the surprises that we have in store for you, but one thing we can tell you is that CAMP is actually less expensive this year.

"While you're at the website, take a look at the Workshops page and sign up to do that fabulous workshop you've always wanted to do. We know everyone has special talents to share so why not teach your fellow CAMPers what you know." www.qcamp.org.

FESTIVAL OF THE BABES LESBIAN SOCCER FESTIVAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN SEATTLE
The Festival of the Babes (FOB) is a Lesbian soccer festival held every Labor Day weekend. It was founded by a women's soccer team that was inspired to create their own tournament after attending the Gay Games in Vancouver, BC, and the Seattle Sports Festival. Now entering its 18th year, FOB includes a two-day soccer tournament, opening ceremonies, and dance parties each night. Teams come to play from California, Washington, Oregon, Canada, and wherever Lesbians play soccer.

The festival registers up to 24 teams that bring approximately 350 players and fans. FOB is a well-known and loved community event that brings together players from all over the U.S. and Canada. Large numbers of women from the host city also attend both the tournament itself and the nightly events hosted by FOB. Although Lesbian players primarily make up the teams, the tournament is open not only to Lesbians, but to anyone who doesn't mind being mistaken for one.

This year, FOB 18 is being hosted in Seattle. All the games will be held at Maplewood Playfield, 4801 Corson Ave. S., on Saturday & Sunday, August 30 & 31 starting at 9 a.m. each day. A closing night party and awards show, open to the Seattle Lesbian community, will be held Sunday evening at Cowgirls, Inc., 421 1st Ave. S., starting at 8 p.m. Party with 300 soccer babes from around the world. For complete details and to VOLUNTEER, visit www.festivalofthebabes.com. GENDER ODYSSEY CONFERENCE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE RETURNS
From Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1, Gender Odyssey presents their sixth annual conference for Transgender and all gender variant people, their families, loved ones and health care providers at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. In addition to 70 workshops and facilitated discussions, Gender Odyssey offers the larger Transgender community a wealth of social and entertainment events, many of which are free and open to the public. For more information, see related story in this week's SGN or visit www.genderodyssey.org.

SOUTHERN DECADENCE BENEFIT SHOW & DANCE FOR J.C. LADY GRAYTOP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
On Sunday, August 31, the "Divas of Decadence" Daphne "Bertha" Storm and Sheila "Du Du" Dupont, cult-comedienne Barbara Sehr and Seattle Drag icons present "Southern Decadence - Seattle Style" - with cocktails at 7 p.m., underwear dance party at 8 p.m., and "Best Buns" and "Wet T-Shirt" contests at midnight - all to benefit the Imperial Court of Seattle's J.C. Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event will be held at the Mainstage Comedy Club, 315 First Ave. N. Tickets are $10-advance; $15 at the door. 206-217-3700; www.mainstagecomedy.com.

BOOT BLACK BENEFIT AT CUFF COMPLEX FOR DADDY JEFF
On Saturday, September 6, from 8 p.m. to closing, join Chez, Boris, Mitch, Henry, Mutt, Sean the Bug, and Shell, for a Boot Black Benefit at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. All proceeds to benefit Daddy Jeff.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DROP-IN CENTER
Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBTQ youth, is seeking dedicated volunteer, who are available Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, for the drop-in center. Volunteers are responsible for the daily operation of the drop-in center, maintaining a safe and respectful environment, and listening to youth talk about their lives. Drop-in center volunteers must be 24 years of age or older, comfortable working with youth, willing to commit to a weekly three-hour shift for a minimum of a year, and available for the next training (September 6, 7 and 13). Please email Kristina@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814 for an application.

"MANY STORIES, ONE VOICE: THE NORTH AMERICAN CONVOCATION OF PRO-LGBT CHRISTIANS"
Registration is now open for "Many Stories, One Voice," the premier gathering of pro-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christians, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, September 4-7.

"Many Stories, One Voice: The North American Convocation of Pro-LGBT Christians" is a conference that will offer new tools and training in the areas of faith-based community organizing, media training, board development, fund-raising, research, biblical studies, theology, capacity-building and other concrete skills. Participants will also engage in discussions about issues of race, class, ability, age, embodiment, gender identity and sexual orientation. Pro-LGBT faith leaders are urged to attend. Register online at www.manystoriesonevoice.org.

"Many Stories, One Voice" is convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in partnership with more than 30 pro-LGBT Christian organizations representing progressive, moderate and conservative traditions. For more information or to register, please visit www.manystoriesonevoice.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.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CARE TO SHOP FOOD DRIVE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program, sponsors an on-going food drive program to provide bags of groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. "Care to Shop" is held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following stores:

The first Saturday of the month at QFC, 416 15th Ave. E., Seattle; the second Saturday of the month at QFC, 417 Broadway E. (Broadway Market), Seattle; and the third Saturday of the month at Thriftway, 9740 S.W. Bank Rd., Vashon Island. They particularly need: cereal, canned tuna, canned meals (soup, stew, etc.), juice, canned beans, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, dry pasta, canned or jarred spaghetti sauce. Store gift cards and cash donations are also always appreciated. You can also help by organizing your own food drive at an office gathering or holiday party. For more information, call 206-328-8979.

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