Here's What's Happening at The Center:

Home Alive and the Seattle LGBT Community Center
Offer Self -Defense Courses

February 7
at the Seattle LGBT Community Center
1115 East Pike Street

February 25

at Home Alive

1415-10th Avenue , 2nd floor, #3

LGBTQ people do not feel safe in their communities.  Nearly 26% of all hate crimes in the Seattle/King County region are against the LGBTQ community.  In recent years, attacks on LGBT individuals have increased the need for community awareness and empowerment.  The Seattle LGBT Community Center ’s Hate Crime Awareness Project and Home Alive are collaborating to provide self defense trainings specifically related to bias crimes and incidents. Empower yourself to address anti-LGBTQ violence in your community!

These workshops are specifically created for members of the GLBTQ
(Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community and their allies.

Register now!          Register now!          Register now!

February 7th course: e-mail or Call -206-324-0698
February 25th course: e-mail or Call 206-323-HOME (323-4663)

Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least 3 days in advance of class date.
Drop-ins are also welcome up to 10 minutes before class begins.
Classes offered on sliding fee scale/pay what you can.

The Center Art Gallery   ~  February 2017 

ink, a show featuring the work of Chris Rollins ,
will be on display at The Center throughout February 2017. 


Jean-Paul Page, in association with the Seattle LGBT Community Center ’s QArts Committee,
is looking for artists interested in taking part in a group show centered on spirituality and
religion within the LGBT community
.  The show is scheduled to run during July, 2006.

The show, which can involve individual and collective experiences of spirituality, has two
primary purposes.  One is to create an open, safe and fun environment in which to express,
celebrate and create catharsis.  The second is to open a dialogue and create conversation
concerning our spiritual selves from the point of view, for example, of perseverance,
adaptation, growth or healing.

A wide range of mediums is acceptable and Jean-Paul should be contacted for questions
regarding this.  A representation (digital preferred) of the proposed image or a description
of the piece needs to be received by Monday, April 3, 2017 .

For additional information on the show, and how to submit,
please contact Jean-Paul Page at


The Center and Theatre Off Jackson are proud to present...
L Word Viewing Parties
Sunday Nights @ Theatre Off Jackson

Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission is free.

~  previous week's episode screened first, followed by the current week's episode  ~
~  concession proceeds and donations will support The Center and TOJ  ~

Where: TOJ, 409 7th Avenue South in the International District
When: Sundays 2006
Parking: $2 parking available at the Inter*Im lot at 8th _ Jackson , under I-5
Questions:  or




Join in our monthly book discussions.

 First Thursdays
6:00 p.m. at The Center

You are invited to gather at The Center
on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
for The Center Book Club.  Bailey Coy Bookstore
will offer selected books at a discount to those
who mention The Center Book Club.

Next book to be discussed are:
 MAR 2nd:  Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris

For more information on
The Center Book Club,
please contact Jerry
Stewart, volunteer host,
(206) 794-2036 or





First Saturdays Monthly, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Come inside, away from the rainy chill of winter, for The Center's
monthly Game Night!
 Hosted by volunteer Jerry Stewart and friends,
this opportunity for fun and community connection takes place at
The Center on the first Saturday evening of each month.

A variety of games will be on hand.  Feel free to also bring
your own favorite games to share and play with folks!  
Join in the fun on the first Saturday of each month at The Center.

This Week's Community Events:


Sunday, February 5

3rd Annual Soiree at the Salon
A literary event to benefit PUSH

 Sunday, February 5
7:30 p.m.
at Vain Salon

2018 First Avenue , Seattle

$5 entry

All proceeds benefit PUSH magazine.
PUSH is a project of Gay Community Social Services,
a 501(c)3 non-profit.

This third annual Soiree begins with a silent auction at 7:30 p.m. Try to outbid your friends on stellar items that include an iPod Mini, one-on-one knitting lessons, and t-shirt screen-printing sessions! Or perhaps you'll want to place your bid on a selection of your favorite books, an hour-long massage, or an acupuncture treatment. As the bidding frenzy builds, mingle and talk with local writers, artists, and activists.

At 8:00 p.m. the literary portion of the evening begins.  This year’s fantastic line-up includes Rebecca Brown, Ann Pancake, Basil Shadid, Alaina Giesbrecht, and Ann Tweedy!  Let our amazing readers challenge and excite you!  During intermission, you’ll have a chance to put in a final bid on auction items.

The third annual Soiree at the Salon is guaranteed to be an evening of entertainment and fun.  By joining us, you'll help to fund the next issue of PUSH magazine, which is all about flesh and blood! 

February 5th, 6:30p.m.
Tattoos, Piercing, and Scars
Come for a discussion (and some show and tell)
on how we adorn our bodies; as well as, how we've
acquired some of the unintentional decorations that
make each of us unique

February 19th, 6:30
Open Rap/Potluck

What's on your mind?  How is the new year treating you?
What's the latest gossip?  Come for an Open Rap
with the ladies of SBWN.

1st _ 3rd Sundays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
at the Seattle LGBT Community Center

Tuesday, February 7

"20 Somethings" is a casual social/discussion group for women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer.  The group provides a safe and inclusive space for women who want to make
new connections, talk about their experiences as LGBTQ women in their 20s, or socially connect with
other LGBTQ women in their 20s.  Meetings for this group are held Tuesday evenings at Dunshee House,
located at 303 17th Avenue East .  For more information, please contact

The NEXT "20 Somethings"...

Tuesday, February 7, 6-9 p.m. :  Off-site Activity:  Chocolate Love!
"I love my friends almost as much as I love chocolate."  It's that time of year again, when there is so much talk of love, so let's go somewhere where passion is ignited:  Dilettante Chocolates Café _ Patisserie, on Capitol Hill at 416 Broadway East.  Just meet up at Dunshee House between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. ..or meet directly at Dilettante by 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14, 6-9 p.m. :  NO Group Tonight

Tuesday, February 21, 6-9 p.m. :  On-site Activity:  Show _ Tell
In this month of hallmark love, let's come together to show and tell some of our favorite things!  Things to bring with you for show and tell:  (1) Favorite poem about love or some other topic, (2) Favorite song on CD or tape to play for everyone to hear, (3) Favorite book, (4) Favorite item of clothing or accessory in your closet/collection, (5) Favorite junk food...Other favorites we can talk about include:  Favorite time of day, favorite movies, favorite foods, etc.

Tuesday, February 28, 6-9 p.m. :  Discussion Night:  The Ins and Outs of Love
Come ready to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and experiences being in and out of love (and/or to listen to what other LGBTQ women have to say about this topic).

A SNEAK PEAK of MARCH 2017...The series of conversations/activities planned for the month
of March will be on the topic of "Financial Health."  Some sub-topics currently under consideration include:
financial planning, retirement, investing, saving, spending, budgeting, etc.  Please e-mail Rachel directly
if (1) There are topics that you WANT to learn about/have discussed that relate to financial health or
(2) You or somebody you know is "knowledgeable" about these subjects and would be willing to help
facilitate a discussion and/or do a short presentation for our group.  Contact Rachel at

Meetings for this group are held Tuesday evenings at Dunshee House,
located at 303 17th Avenue East . 

Looking for some fun, physical activity, and community?
Check out Seattle FrontRunners!

This running and walking club comprised of over
200 gays and lesbians and their friends offers many
opportunities for exercise, social activities, and
community events.  Join a FrontRunners weekly
run/walk on any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday.
 Please visit the website for more information.


Tuesday Run (our smallest)
6:30 p.m.

Madison Beach Park recreation center start point
1900 43rd Ave E
runs and walks, varying in distance

Wednesday Run (midsize group)
6:30 p.m.
Asian Art Museum front doors start point
Volunteer Park,   1247 15th Ave E
various 4 mile runs, few walkers

Saturday Run (our largest)
9:00 a.m.
Green Lake Park recreational center start point
7201 Green Lake Drive N
3,4,5, and 6 mile runs, 3 mile walk

 Folks can gather for coffee or a light meal afterward.

Wednesday, February 8

February Business Luncheon
Love, the law _ recognizing LGBT families

Wednesday, February 8, 2006
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview AVE NW

REGISTER NOW!  Call (206) 363-9188



Verbena Health Clinic
Every Wednesday at Country Doctor

Sliding scale. LGBT friendly. Providing general health care, transgendered health care, traditional Western medicine, naturopathic medicine, breast exams, STD exams, and pap tests.


                   Country Doctor Community Health Clinic is located at 500 19th Ave. E (@ Republican), Seattle
                   Bus routes: 12, 10, and 43   *   Call (206) 299-1600 and ask for Verbena Health Clinic.

Gay Men's Dating Discussion Group
First Meeting:  Wednesday, February 8
7:00-9:00 p.m.
at the Seattle LGBT Community Center

A Dating Discussion Group for Gay Men is forming. The group is for men who are actively
dating to discuss issues they face while dating. This will be a peer led group with an affirming
environment where gay men of any age are welcome to share their dating experiences and
explore with other men what it means to be dating. Topics will include: How do I meet men for
dating? How to handle rejection? How do I know when he’s interested in another date? When
do I call him? How do I create an online personal ad? Why is it so easy to get sex but so hard
to find a date in Seattle ? How many men should I date at once? How long should we wait to
have sex? All these topics and many more! If you want more information or have a topic you
would like to discuss at our first meeting, email your thoughts to

Friday, February 10

Live Performance:
Tracy + The Plastics
Friday, February 10th, 8 pm
Frye Museum
- 704 Terry AVE , Seattle
(cash bar and light menu available beginning at 6 pm )

Artist Wynne Greenwood presents a special live performance of her band Tracy + the Plastics. Greenwood sings as Tracy , while interacting with pre-recorded images of herself playing Cola, the drummer, and Nikki, the keyboardist. Engaging with the projected images, Greenwood uses pauses, interruptions, and slow dialogue to create spaces for audience participation. For her Frye performance, Greenwood explores "the myth of the finished product, the told story, the sung song." 

Tracy + the Plastics
tickets at  

Members, students, teachers, and seniors $12
General Admission Price $15
Museum admission and parking are always free. 



Friday Nights
7:30-9:00 pm

Seattle LGBT Community Center

This meeting is primarily for those coming out or wanting to discuss the various
issues that we as bisexual or bi-curious men and women, as well as our partners,
often encounter around our bisexual feelings and attractions. This is a supportive,
safe, and discreet venue.  The weekly BiNet meeting is held each Friday night from
7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Seattle LGBT Community Center , located at 1115 East Pike
Street . 
We usually go out for dinner afterwards, most often to La Puerta, a Mexican
restaurant, one block west at 1001 East Pike Street .  For more information, write to

Saturday, February 11

Sunday, February 12

A Participatory Event for Women:

Living with Intention and Imagination in the Second Half of Life

WHAT: Co-sponsored by Antioch's Center for Creative Change and WomanSpirit Center, this day-long workshop for women features keynote speaker Gloria Burgess, award-winning poet, director and performing artist. The event includes small-group sessions designed to help participants find meaning and deepen commitment as they move from  busy mid-life years into the next phase of life. Themes include spirituality, work, volunteerism, leadership and strengthening community and relationships. Experiential workshops feature opportunities to explore expression and creativity through movement, music, writing, art and creative visualization.

WHO: Experienced facilitators will guide the breakout and creativity sessions. Additional event support is provided by Intergen Retreats: Intergenerational Women in Nature, Aging with Wisdom and American Association of University Women, Seattle Chapter.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12

WHERE: Antioch campus, 2326 Sixth Ave. , Seattle

COST: $85 registration fee includes lunch.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Inouye at 206-268-4906 or
or, visit this link to a PDF of the brochure.

SEAMEC's Annual Community Membership Meeting

SEAMEC  ( Seattle Metropolitan Election Committee for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered
Persons) has been interviewing, evaluating, rating, and endorsing candidates seeking public office since 1977.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

SEAMEC Annual Community Membership Meeting
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Seattle LGBT Community Center

Bella Notte!

We invite you to join us for an evening of fun, entertainment and a well-deserved adults' night out.
Come support Rainbow Families of Puget Sound _ Pride Foundation and celebrate romance!  One
lucky family will win a cabin for 4 in an upcoming R Families Vacation cruise to Alaska
simply by attending the event!  A $5,000 Value!

Sunday, February 12th, 2006
6:00-9:00 PM , Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Drive S , Seattle 98144

Festive Attire Encouraged

Buffet dinner with Italian flair, dessert auction, comedy,
entertainment, and onsite childcare (just upstairs from main event)

$35 Event Ticket Pre-Paid (Adult or child, includes dinner)
$15 Childcare Only Pre-Paid (Includes snacks)
($40/$20 Evening of Event)
Cash and checks only

For questions or to purchase tickets, please call
Migee Han at Pride Foundation: (206) 323-3318

Current News in the LGBTQ Communities:




Seattle Lesbian _ Gay Chorus
Saturday, February 18th
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
(206) 860-SLGC

If you can't make the above audition time, call us.  We'll arrange something that fits
your schedule.  We rehearse on Tuesday evenings, and we have lots of fun.
No sight-reading required!  
We are now accepting new members for the upcoming
Spring concert season.  If you love to sing, or want to help out as a non-singing member
or volunteer, please contact us at (206) 860-SLGC or visit our  website at

Come join a great organization!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Grants For Youth

Wanted: Three Brave Youth!
Reward: Ten Thousand Dollars Each!

The Colin Higgins Foundation is requesting nominations for its annual Youth Courage Awards.  Each year the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes individuals who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Many LGBTQ Youth grow up in family, school and community environments that threaten their well being.  They may find themselves ostracized, marginalized, in psychological or even physical danger.  Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award winners rise above such circumstances to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, or openly facing the systems and individuals that have taken a stand against them.

This year the Foundation will be awarding $10,000 grants to three individuals who are either:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth (through age 24) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their sexual orientation and triumphed over bigotry or;   

Allies (through age 24) or under who are working to end homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ communities.  

Please visit this web page for more information.  The Foundation
encourages all nominations to be made via the online submission

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Mark Your Calendar

in conjunction with
the Seattle LGBT Community Center, Three Dollar Bill Cinema,
Elliott Bay Book Company, and   Seattle  Public Library.

reading from her newest novel

Sara h Waters will read from her newest novel, The Night Watch, followed by a question and answer session with the audience

Location:    Seattle Public Central Library
                   Microsoft Auditorium
                   1000 Fourth Ave
                   (between Madison and Spring)

Date:          Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Time:          7:00 p.m.
Cost:          Free! 
Validated parking $5.00 in the Central Library’s garage

About Sara h Waters _ The Night Watch

The author's first novel, Tipping the Velvet, was a New York Times Notable. She was awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for her second, Affinity. And, her last novel, Fingersmith, was short listed for both the Orange Prize and for the Man Booker Prize in 2002. In 2003, she was named one of Granta's "Best British Writers under 40."

Now, in a marked departure from the nineteenth century setting of these previous works, this masterful storyteller brings her readers forward to the 1940s in her latest novel, THE NIGHT WATCH (Riverhead Books; Publication date: March 23, 2006; ISBN: 1-59448-905-X).

Vividly set in London during and after World War II, THE NIGHT WATCH tells the story of four Londoners: three women and a young man with a past—whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in ways that are surprising and not always known to them.

Waters describes with perfect knowingness the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman. For her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman stalking the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.  At the same time, she is ever in absolute control of  a narrative that offers up subtle surprises and exquisite twists, even as it depicts the impact of grand historical events on individual lives.

THE NIGHT WATCH brims with vivid historical detail, thrilling coincidences, and psychological complexity. And while there are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal, it is the emotional interiors of her characters that Waters captures with absolute truth and intimacy. It is a towering achievement that confirms its author as "one of the best storytellers alive today" (Independent on Sunday).


4th Annual YOUTHOPOLIS AWARDS in need of
Volunteers, Entertainers, Presenters, Judges, and a Diva MC

The Youthopolis Awards recognizes LGBT youth leaders making a difference in their communities.  This year's ceremony and show will be March 31st.  We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help pull together a fantastic event! 

If you have the time and willingness to be a part of one of Seattle's premier LGBT youth events or you would like nomination forms sent to you, please contact Marsha William s at or William Borden at  You can also reach Marsha or William at (206) 957-1725.


An Important LGBT Court Decision,
affecting equal access to marriage and all of its
benefits and burdens will be made sometime soon.

The Washington State Supreme Court will decide a case that will affect the rights of LGBT people to marry.
Whether or not it decides to overturn Washington State 's "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA)...
We* are calling all who support LGBT people's right to marry to a community gathering to either...

at Seattle 1st Baptist Church
1111 Harvard AVE
5:30 pm on the evening of the

Supreme Court decisions are handed down on Thursdays, but announced on Wednesdays. This will give us only 24 hours to spread the word when notice of the decision is announced. Whatever the decision, we* call on all fair-minded Seattle area individuals and organizations to commit to quickly spread the word and to join together by attending this action. For more information please go to

*Sponsored by: * Lambda Legal * American Civil Liberties Union of Washington * American Friends Service Committee * Entre Hermanos * Equal Rights Washington * Freedom to Marry * Greater Seattle Business Association * Legal Marriage Alliance * National Gay _ Lesbian Task Force * Northwest Women's Law Center * Parents, Friends _ Families of Lesbians and Gays * Religious Coalition for Equal Rights * Seattle Gay News * Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders * Seattle National Organization for Women  


See a calendar view of meetings and events happening at The Center this week:



To submit an upcoming event for inclusion in The Center's Weekly Announcement,
please contact Airen at 206-709-1114 or 



The Center's hours are subject to volunteer availability.
The Center is normally open
Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
 Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

The events listed in the Weekly Announcement above are held at the Seattle LGBT Community Center ,
unless otherwise noted.  The Center is located at 1115 East Pike Street , between 11th and 12th Avenues, and is
accessible by bus routes 2, 10, 11, 49, and 84.  The Center mailing address is 1122 E Pike ST , PMB#1010,
Seattle , WA 98122 .  The Center's phone number is (206) 323-LGBT. 

"The LGBT Community Center is dedicated to creating a place where diverse community voices can be heard.
Provision of free space for events taking place at The Center does not necessarily imply endorsement."