Northwest Network: Spring 2011 Relationship Skills Class

April 12, 2011


NW Network movie showing

October 6, 2010

Check out this upcoming event…

Greetings NW Network Friends and Supporters!

Please join The NW Network for the premiere screening of a documentary for and about US! Then stick around for a fun-filled showing of the gay 90’s (1990’s, that is) cult classic, “But I’m a Cheerleader”.

Popcorn, candy & soda will complete the movie-house experience, all for a suggested donation of $20 to support our ongoing work strengthening queer communities’ resilience and supporting LGBTQ survivors of abuse.

When: Sunday, 10/10/10, Doors open at 3 pm
Where: The Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. – Capitol Hill
Who: Everyone! Call or email to reserve a spot, or show up at the door, but don’t be late as seats are limited!

If you have any questions, please contact Michael at or 568-7777.

[Northwest Network] Spring 2010 People of Color Relationship Skills Class

March 27, 2010

Spring 2010 People of Color Relationship Skills Class

Please join us for the Spring Relationship Skills Class. This is a 6 week course exploring the skills we need to build the relationships we want.  The Spring 2010 Relationship Skills Class is being facilitated, organized and attended by People of Color!

**Wednesday, May 5th – June 9th, 2010**
**Registration requested by April 28th, 2010**

*Interpreters are available, if you would need an interpreter we would be happy to provide one, please register by Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
*Building is accessible
*Childcare available upon request!!

Topics include:
Identifying cultural norms & personal values
Naming & setting boundaries
Strengthening support networks
and more!

This class is open to those who identify as…  multi-racial, biracial, African-American, bicultural, a person of color, Asian, mixed, a child of mixed race parents, Black, 1/16th, 1st generation, adopted, non-white, Chicana/o, hapa, Two Spirit, Native, half-white, mestiza/o, 2nd generation, Pacific Islander, transnationally adopted, 1/3rd, 1/4th, 3rd generation, Latina/o, POC in relationship with a white person, don’t know your POC family or parents…

And also identify with/as…  Bisexual people & their friends & loved ones, trans people & their friends & loved ones, other LGBTQ people and is open to all regardless of relationship status or history

Suggested donation: $90.00
No one will be turned away for lack of funds; scholarships & trades available.

For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact deann at: 206.568.7777 or

*Our Fall 2010 Relationship Skills Class starts Tuesdays, October 5th – November 9th, 2010; this class will be open to People of Color and white folks
* if you would like a flyer please contact us, we would be happy to mail or email them to you!

You may subscribe to the list by sending email to

BTS Statement on the Vagina Monologues

February 9, 2010

Dear Seattle University and community members,

As you may be aware, Seattle University is sponsoring a production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues (VM) and is donating the proceeds to the Northwest Network. Break the Silence is a club on campus that supports  self-determination, destigmatizing sexuality, anti-oppression advocacy and activism, and working against sexualized violence. We support community-based efforts that prioritize the liberation of all peoples, especially organizing occurring within our local community. Examples of this work include: Communities Against Rape and Abuse, the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center and the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

However, in light of Domestic Violence Awareness Week here at Seattle University, we are compelled to issue the following statement:

In light of our commitment to the principles and organizing efforts listed above, Break the Silence does not support or endorse the Vagina Monologues as a means of VM Posteradvocacy and activism. Across the United States and specifically at Seattle University, productions of the VM have continued to cast white women as women of color and gender normative women as trans women. Ensler’s Vagina Monologues itself fundamentally distorts the voices of marginalized women by allowing women with relative privilege to speak for them, which falsely sends the message that marginalized populations need people with privilege to speak on their behalf.  Break the Silence takes the position that it is problematic to have a cast of actresses playing roles that they do not identify as or fully understand.  Additionally, by not providing adequate context for the complex struggles facing marginalized people, the Monologues enhance highly oppressive stereotypes, for example, the docility of Korean comfort women, the aggressive sexuality of Black populations, the victimizing of Muslim women and the sexual deviancy of queer/trans folks.   As VM seek to showcase the experience of the ‘other’, these voices are tokenized and are ultimately produced for a white gender-normative American audience.

We support Domestic Violence Awareness Week but do not support any production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.

In struggle,
the Break the Silence Collective