Category Archives: Member Events

INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Friends of the Bing Set to Screen Angels in America

Friends Of the Bing is proud to announce that its Stage to Screen presentation of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, is being partnered by a diverse group of community-based organizations. Continue reading INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Major Margaret Witt Book Launch + Signing

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

Book Launch & Signing

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
Auntie’s Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
SpokaneWA 99201

In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and -women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and -women were removed from military service. That is, until Margie Witt’s landmark case put a stop to it.

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights is the riveting story of Major Margaret Witt’s dedicated and decorated military career as a frontline flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner—now wife—Laurie Johnson. Tell captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Tell is a testament to the power of love to transform hearts and minds, as well as a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Major Witt, her wife Laurie, her dedicated legal team, and the brave men and women who came forward to testify on her behalf in a historic federal trial.

October Networking Lunch: Preparing for Healthcare Enrollment

Speaker: Curt Fackler of Better Health Together and Tony Kiepe of AristaPoint

Topic: Preparing for individual and group health insurance enrollment

When: Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley

The ACA enrollment period is 3 weeks shorter from November 1 to December 15. Curt Fackler will speak on individual enrollment and Tony Kiepe will speak on group enrollment for businesses.

Register Here

Spokane AIDS Walk: Saturday, September 30 2017

Join SAN and Spokane Regional Health District for the 2017 AIDS Walk

All funds raised benefit HIV/AIDS Education, Outreach & Advocacy programs of SAN – Spokane AIDS Network. Register Here.

When:
Saturday 9/30 11 AM – 2 PM, Check-in and late registration is at 11 am & Walk at Noon

Where:
SRHD – Spokane Public Health Buiding – East parking lot
1101 W. College Ave

For more information on the walk, visit www.san-nw.org.

Presented by SAN – Spokane AIDS Network in cooperation with SRHD – Spokane Regional Health District

Melissa Ethridge Returns to Spokane

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist Melissa Ethridge returns to Spokane to debut her new album MEmphis Rock and Soul. She will be appearing at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox,  Friday, August 4th at 8:00 PM.

INBA writer Stacey Sampson is interviewing Melissa this week for an exclusive article for next Week’s INBA Newsletter. Get your tickets for next week’s show, and keep your eyes peeled for Melissa’s interview.

August Networking Lunch: Jim Lusk – Savings 101

Speaker: Jim Lusk, Retirement Nationwide & retired Area Manager from NYLife.

Topic:“Savings 101…Paying yourself first”.

When/Where: August  9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A winning sports strategy involves a strong defense and a strategic offense. When both of these tactics are in place, the results can be far greater than one without the other. Think about it this way, how you earn your income is your offensive strategy and how you manage your risks is your defense. You can focus all your energy to make more money and build a strong offensive strategy, but if you ignore your risks they can quickly get out of control and exceed whatever income you bring in. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to concentrate more on one strategy than the other.

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Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

A new arterial through the Playfair Commerce Park was dedicated on July 11th drawing over 200 people and city officials to open the new road.

The Ferry/Altamont arterial ties the East Sprague Industrial Area to the Sprague Ave businesses and was paid for by the commerce park and donated to the city. Until the commerce park is fully developed, 95% of the arterial use will be unrelated to the Playfair Commerce Park and estimated that 5000 vehicles a day will use the new arterial route as a shortcut in their daily commute. The road and sidewalks were built above standard requirements to add strength and lifespan to the project. Continue reading Playfair Commerce Park donates Arterial to City

Stories & Pictures from from Spokane’s Pride

By Paul Tiesse

Click here for the full photo album from Spokane Pride 2017

On June 10th, OutSpokane kicked off the 26th Pride parade in downtown Spokane with the theme of “May the Pride Be with You”. On a sunny day, more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, Rainbow Festival, an all-ages dance and ending the evening with fireworks.

At noon, the Spokane Dykes Who Bike kicked off the parade with a thunderous roar.

Following them, as has now become a tradition, was a military honor guard and what will become a new tradition a large rainbow flag carried by various community members.

The parade had the traditional entries such as various churches, social agencies, medical groups, Bears and Leather men, Spokane Lesbian group(FB) and politicians canvasing for votes. Entries that stood out included a LGBTA law section, Q-Law, LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Support, Veterans for Peace and the Salish School of Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department was well represented as well as the Spokane Police Department, both showcasing their departments’ vehicle and equipment power. Reaching out for the LGBTA dollar were financial institutions and retailers JC Penny and Nordstrom.

Some of the largest groups that marched were from Planned Parenthood and Kaiser Permanente.

In this uncertain political environment, the Spokane Trans People group, N.O.W., NAACP were well represented. It would not be a parade without the Spokane Drag community and Royalty, and a large contingent from Nyne.

This year’s Community Grand Marshall was Jenny Seibert, Ally Grand Marshall Rose Wardian and Youth Grand Marshall Liam Boyd.

After the parade, there were large crowds at the Resource and Business Fair, the family friendly area, and the beer garden all located in the Lilac Meadow of Riverfront Park.

OutSpokane should be congratulated for all their hard work for another successful Pride Week.