Monday, December 13, 2010

Mammography Appointments Available for LBT community on Saturday, December 11th

Join Us

Mobile Mammography, Breast exams and Pap tests

Saturday, December 11th, 9-3pm

The Wild Rose

1115 East Pike St Seattle, WA 98122

December has arrived and we are pleased to offer our third LBT focused screening of the year at the Wildrose on Saturday, December 11th with the coach from Swedish Breast Center.  Call  or email for information or an appointment and please let your loved ones know of our services and encourage them to attend.

Think of this as the greatest gift you can give to yourself!

    * Community-based mobile screening.
    * No-cost mammograms, pap tests and breast exams for income eligible individuals 40 and over, who are un- or underinsured.
    * Individuals with insurance are welcome.

We thank Martha and Shelley from the Wildrose, for their generosity and for opening their doors for us.
We look forward to seeing you on December 11th.

Ingrid Berkhout



Friday, October 8, 2010

Join Ingrid at the Perfect 10 Date Auction benefiting LBT Health

10-10-10 Perfect 10 Date Auction Funds to benefit LBT Health at YWCA

We would like to invite you to you attend the upcoming second Perfect 10 Date Auction benefiting LBT Health of the YWCA this Sunday.  As many of you know, Ingrid works smartly and tirelessly to fill a gap originally left by the closing of Verbena to bring much needed mammograms, breast exams and pap tests to women in need.   Please come out and support her efforts and support women in our community that need these services.

The event is an auction where you can bid on 'date' packages and enjoy entertainment presented by the featured auctionee's.  Let me explain as I know this has been a little confusing to people.  You bid on the items and win them, not the person that gathered the auction items, sorry :~).

So, for example the lovely Fuschia Foxx, will preform and Fuchsia's date package will be a VIP package to Girl4Girl Seattle and dinner for two at Sur. You can bid on her 'date' package but you do not get to have a date with her...sorry folks!  She just was darling enough to garner the package and will preform for us too!  Still following me?

A just confirmed item to be bid on is an Atlantis Events Mexico Cruise for two!  Now, that is worth either bidding on or coming to see the excitement of who will win it!

Perfect 10 Date Auction
SUNDAY, October 10th
6 pm - 9 pm
$5 advance, $10 at the door
Neighbors Night Club
Auction benefiting LBT Health of the YWCA.
This event is co-hosted by The Sisters.
Not single, no problem! We will be auctioning off an Atlantis Cruise for
Perfect 10 welcomes Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender
Event tickets are available online at for $5 plus small handling fee.

Some of the Date Packages to Bid On
Atlantis Events Mexico Cruise

Trip:                    LA to Mexico Cruise
Date:                  October 17 – 24, 2010
Category:           I, Oceanview Stateroom
Guests:              Up to Two (2)
Retail Value of entire package:  $2,398.00 USD

The complete package consists of the all-gay vacation listed above and described in full on our website at Airfare to and from the destination, ground transfers, onboard expenses, taxes, port fees ($210), and gratuities ($74) are not included, and are the responsibility of the traveler(s). This package is non-transferable and valid only for the vacation listed above. This certificate has no cash value and represents a donation made to the organization listed above.

Another Date package will be a private tour at the Northwest African American Museum  and dinner for two at Marjorie's.

Another Date package will be a tour of Theo's chocolate followed by dessert at Dilettante's.

Dinner and two tickets to a Seattle Sounders game.

Date package will be brunch for two at Rosebud on Capitol Hill.

Dinner for two at Lucid.

Dinner and drinks at Purr followed by Torch Bearers, the latest production for Women Seeking Theatre on Capitol Hill.

Thanks to Perfect 10 for the information.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Join us for Perfect 10 Date Auction on Sunday October 10th

Join LBT Health at the Second Annual Perfect 10 Date Auction as it is back and bigger than ever. Like Perfect 10 Speed Dating events, both Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender individuals are welcomed to attend and participate!  This will be a night filled with the opportunity to bid on fun date packages (you can take anyone as the packages are what we bid on - not the actual people), support US and enjoy the company of wonderful people.

There is still room for one more lady auctionee. Even if you are in a relationship, come out to support LBT Health, watch the amazing performances, and have a great time.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health of the YWCA. LBT Health links a diverse community of people with limited incomes with no cost mammograms, additional health services and education, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The event will take place Sunday, October 10th and start at 6pm.  Tickets are $5 online, and $10 at the door at Neighbors on Capitol Hill .  Your hosts for the event will be Sue Quigley and Dennis Jimerson with performances by Fuchsia Foxxx and EmpeROAR Fabulous.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Laughter Yoga Classes

For those of you that were able to attend the LBT Rainbow Health Fair we enjoyed a wonderful 'laughter circle'.  Even in the short time we practiced laughing, many of us felt we benefited from practicing laughing and experiencing the joy that laughter brings in any form.  Laughing just makes one feel good!

The Phinney Neighborhood Center offers a laughter yoga class on the 2nd Tuesday's taught by Teresa Verde based on the model that laughter has health benefits.  The Laughter Yoga class provides:

    an explanation of the tremendous health benefits, how laughter and humor are highly effective coping mechanisms, the role of laughter in the workplace and even how smiling is beneficial; followed by a joyous laughter session consisting of gentle stretching, yoga-type deep breathing and playful laughter exercises.

Like all Yoga's, Laughter Yoga practices a combination of gentle stretching, yoga-type breathing, chanting and only differs by including laughter exercises. Yoga is a body/mind/spirit connection that leaves you feeling better after the class.  You need to bring to class a willingness to laugh for no reason and water. Check out the article on One Thousand Laughs in The New Yorker August 30th issue.

Phinney Laughter Club $5 class fee

2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm

Phinney Neighborhood Center

6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle.

No pre-registration required.

Just drop in when you feel the need for more laughter in your life.

'Our sessions last approximately 50 minutes, beginning with a brief introduction and followed by gentle stretching, yoga type deep breathing and a series of playful laughter exercises'.

For more information contact Teresa at 206-784-9776 or onethousandlaughs@yahoo.comThanks to Phinney Neighborhood Center and One Thousand Laughs for this information.

Wishing you good health, 
Ms T

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mammography Coach at Wildrose Bar on December 11th

We are excited to be having our second LBT focused screening at the Wildrose on December 11th.  Last year we had so much fun as it was the same day as the Santa Claus Pub Crawl.  There were hundreds of happy Santa Clauses dressed in a range of outfits wandering on the streets of Capitol Hill.  It added to a very festive day and this year we should experience the same fun as it looks like the Santa Claus Pub Crawl is scheduled the second Saturday's in December.

We served 16 clients last year and we would love to serve more this year!  We offered a small survey to find the topics people were interested in and found they were: health insurance, affordable housing, employment programs, educational opportunities, LBT health and nutrition.  We will repeat the survey this year adding some additional questions that will help us to serve you better.  It will be interesting to see the difference a year makes.

We thank Martha and Shelley from the Wildrose, for their generosity and for opening their doors for us.  It is the community members like Martha and Shelley that support our program so we can support our community.  We look forward to seeing you on December 11th.

December 11th

9am - 3 pm

1115 East Pike St

Mobile Mammography, Breast Exams and Pap Tests

  * No-cost mammograms, pap tests and breast exams for eligible individuals 40 and over
    * Community-based mobile screenings. To make your appointment now, contact or Ingrid Berkhout.

Ingrid Berkhout
Women’s Health Outreach Program Manager

To good health,

Ms T

Monday, September 13, 2010

Extended Cancer Retreat for Sexual Minority Women

Take a look at this wonderful opportunity for a weekend get-a-way at Harmony Hill which overlooks Hood Canal with awe inspiring views of the Olympic Mountains.  They have been doing these retreats for years and there is no time like the present to take care of yourself.  If you know of someone that could benefit from this weekend, pass this on.  Ms T.


Chris Adams, Ronnie Hacken and Denise Carrico
December 10-12, 2010

This retreat provides an opportunity for women to come together to support each other's cancer journey and experience the sisterhood that only an all-woman retreat can offer. Open to sexual minority women only; companions meeting the criteria are welcome.

This retreat is part of the Cancer Program at Harmony Hill and is offered to participants at no cost. Includes two nights stay, meals and all workshops.

To register or for more information, or call 360.898.2363, Harmony Hill.

12th Annual LBT Rainbow Health Fair a great success

Ingrid Berkhout (left) and the LBT Rainbow Health Fair Team
This was the second year that the YWCA Women's Health Outreach (WHO) organized the LBT Rainbow Health Fair providing culturally competent health services to the LBT community.  We had 18 wonderful peer providers donate their services.  We were pleased that more people attended this year than last and heard about our event through word of mouth!  Friends bringing friends is a great reflection of trust for us as one such attendee mentioned through our anonymous survey.

    Thank you so much for providing such a valuable service to the community. This health fair is one of my favorite events at Pride. I came for the first time with a friend last year and, once I was here, I never wanted to leave! This year I told all my friends about it and encouraged them to attend as well. The quality and comprehensiveness of services provided is far above any other health fair that I have attended. Perhaps most surprising to me is that the women recognized me from attending last year. Thank you! Thank you for making me feel so wonderful and for creating a space where I can pursue health and healing in such a supportive and personal environment!

We intend to continue providing this outreach and education to the LBT community using this model as it has proven to be a winner.  Our morning started with coffee/tea and yummy cinnamon rolls graciously donated by Mae's Café.  We had a wonderful lunch including vegetarian options provided by Katie Zimmerman with Dykes with Knives.  During part of the day we enjoyed live music by Ronnda Cadle on her acoustic guitar.  We were well taken care of and enjoyed a wonderful day of education, visiting and feeling a part of a wonderful caring community.

We received a wonderfully supportive letter from a community member and I have included a small part which highlights many of the people that we see, the concerns they may have and what our purpose is.

    Thank you so much for doing this for our community.  For those of us that do not have insurance or do not believe in western medicine, this venue offers an easy way to get tested at a minimal of cost: your time. For me, considering I haven't had a physical, annual exam or even a blood test in 4 years, because I don't like the whole medical scene, I decided to take advantage of this fair and get checked out.

    I was determined to get the other stuff down as long as I was down here. I was feeling like I needed to take care of my body since everyone in the room was focused on healthy dykes!  Thank you so much, Ingrid and everyone that made this day a reality for me.

    Signed, just another lesbian out there that hates the medical system, cancer and not knowing what happens when – I trust I have helped someone by sharing my experience.

We thank all the peer providers that donated their time and energy!  We thank each of you that came to the 12th Annual LBT Rainbow Health Fair and hope to see you next year and encourage you (bring a friend).  We also thank Gilda's Club for providing such a warm and inviting location for us to hold this event.

To great health!

The Rainbow Health Fair Team

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rainbow Health Fair Brings Local Author and Yoga Instructor Autumn Needles

Rainbow Health Fair is delighted to have local author and yoga instructor Autumn Needles honor us for her very first reading of her hot off the presses just released book, Yogic Bliss and Sexual Healing!  She will read an excerpt and lead a FREE workshop from 2pm - 3pm on basic yoga breathing practices, or pranayama.  You can find her at the Health Fair after 1:30pm to visit with and answer your questions.

Rainbow Health Fair - Saturday, June 26, 2010     
10am - 3pm Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway,  
2pm - 3pm Basic Yoga Breathing Practices  Pranayama

Autumn will offer a reading from her book as well as instruction in basic yoga breathing practices, or pranayama, which require no special props or clothing and can be done anywhere by anyone.  Pranayama is an easy to learn but profoundly effective practice which can help support and sustain the body during everyday life, as well as during periods of stress or ill health.

Autumn Needles, RYT, owner of HomeBodyYoga, began practicing yoga at age 12 for its physical healing properties and was hooked by its calming and centering effects as well as for its integrative life philosophy.  She received her yoga instructor certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in 2006 and has been teaching ever since.  She offers private yoga sessions tailored to your needs and specializes in adapting traditional yoga practices to the requirements of each person.

Regular classes are currently only available at LAFitness, but she periodically offers specialized workshops focusing on particular aspects of yoga practice and philosophy.  She recently authored a book, Yogic Bliss and Sexual Healing, available now through Fanny Press and on, which draws on her background in yoga philosophy, her perspective on sex and sexuality and her own life experiences.

Professional contact info:


Autumn Needles


I have had the privilege of being in Autumn's classes and my experience is that she is supportive, extremely knowledgeable and creates a space of comfort, safety and inclusion.

Ms T

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Join the Rainbow Health Fair Team Saturday at Bat N' Rouge at Cal Anderson Park

This Saturday join members of the Rainbow Health Fair team at a much loved event!

We will be handing out informational cards, answering questions and

enjoying the festivities.  We invite you to join us!

Bat N' Rouge - The Drag Queens vs. The Dykes!
Seattle's Infamous Softball Extravaganza is Saturday, June 19th, 2010.

Don't miss the Gay Pride 2010 Kick Off Event!!!
Cal Anderson Park - Bobby Morris Playfield
(Just off Broadway on Capitol Hill between 11th & 12th off of Pine Street)

Gates open at 4:30pm with the official "Kick-Off" at 5pm.
Invite your Friends and Family!
Forward this message to all your Friends and Family and help spread the word!
Support the Capitol Hill Alano Club!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
4:30pm - 8:00pm

Cal Anderson Park / Bobby Morris Playfield between 11th & 12th on Pine Street

Thanks to the for this announcement.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Benefit for WHO by Tamara the Trapeze Lady Thursday June 17th

FundRaiser for Women's Health Outreach Program with an emphasis on FUN!

We are so fortunate to have the support of incredible performers like Tamara the Trapeze Lady.  Tamara has put together The Broadway Follies for one last marvelous event on Thursday, June 17th and she is donating all profits to benefit the YWCA's Women's Health Outreach program!   Each of her fabulous hand picked performer's will donate a single spectacular act and as always she accommodates the various tastes of her audience members.  We hope you will join us and attend this incredible evening!

We will be attending events and posting them here over the next few weeks that members of the Rainbow Health Fair Committee will be attending.  We will be handing out informational cards, answering questions and reminding people about the upcoming Rainbow Health Fair on June 26th.  We will be easy to find as we share our enthusiasm for our great peer providers and services that are being offered for the LBT (lesbian, bisexual, trans) community.

Benefit for the YWCA's Women's Health Outreach Program

Thursday June 17 8pm Show

Age 18+
Julia’s Restaurant 300 Broadway E

Seattle WA 98122

*Dinner at 6:30pm recommended, but not required.
Tickets $20
$40 Deluxe
$25 cash only at the door

*Dinner guests get preferred seating at 6:30pm, so we highly recommend making reservations to enjoy dinner at the show. Ticketed guests will be admitted at 7pm and 'at the door' ticket buyers will be admitted at 7:30.

For dinner reservations please contact Julia’s @206-334-0513 or email

Please note: Dinner and the show are sold separately.  Julia’s Restaurant does NOT sell tickets to this event. 

Want to be treated like the super special person you are?  $40 Deluxe package includes front section seating reserved till 7:45pm, your photo with performers after the show, a signed Tamara the Trapeze Lady 'Blow Me' postcard and a marvy mystery gift.

The show:

Lovers of incredibly hot male burlesquers, THE LUMINOUS PARIAH fits the bill.  Hankering for a dancing earthbound Deity?  PERSEPHONE 'The Goddess In Glitter' is perfectly perfect.  Need more boylesque antics?  EMPEROAR FABULOUS satisfies quite nicely.  Verbally inclined, 'Pink Door muse' GANDHI JONES talks us into a cozy corner.  Seduction your quest?  Ride the waves with SAILOR ST. CLAIR and enjoy the view on MADISUN AVENUE.  Kinky for dark bad boys?  ARMITAGE SHANKS is your naughtiest singing nightmare come true.  Wishing for saucy dangling darlings?  TAMARA THE TRAPEZE LADY and MICHELE FRANCES will grant your fondest wishes.  Not enough?  Perhaps the possibility of winning a lovely raffle prize or the opportunity to help a really worthy cause is your thing.

FLEUR DU MAL pastie designs will hook you up with your very own areola adornments, and hand-made mini top hats and Tamara The Trapeze Lady 'Blow Me' postcards are available for sale before the show and at intermission.

Our Goal:

The goal of Women's Health Outreach YWCA (WHO) in Seattle is to educate women about breast and cervical health, and to provide low-income and medically underserved women 40 and over with annual no-cost mammogram screenings and linkage to regular health care.

Thank you for your interest and participation in our program.  We thank Tamara for her continued support of WHO!

In health!

Ms T

Special thanks also to Tamara the Trapeze Lady for event copy information.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Livestrong at the YWCA - Exercise and Thrive

If you or a loved one is recovering from cancer you already know that you need different kinds of support in your life than possibly before cancer entered it.  The YWCA and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program have created a wonderful program for cancer survivors.  Some sessions have already started while others are starting soon.  The program is continuous and will be available on a rotating schedule.

Exercise and Thrive
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program and YMCA of Greater Seattle have partnered to offer a 10-week strength and fitness program, called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Exercise and Thrive, for people who have completed active cancer treatment.

For cancer survivors, studies suggest that exercise improves long-term survival and quality of life.  Through Exercise and Thrive, survivors build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve their capacity to perform activities of daily living, from work to play.  Exercise and Thrive may help reduce the severity of cancer side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, and improve participants' energy levels and self-esteem.

Classes are held twice a week, for ten weeks, at multiple Greater Seattle YMCA locations.  Sessions begin in winter, spring and fall each year.

Beginning May 10, 2010:
909 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Monday/Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30 PM

5003 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4399
Monday/Wednesday 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Beginning May 11, 2010:
Auburn Valley
1620 Perimeter Rd. SW, Auburn, WA 98001
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 AM

14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM/Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

11811 NE 195th St., Bothell, WA 98011
Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Beginning May 25, 2010:
Dale Turner
19290 Aurora Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133
Tuesday 12:00 - 1:30 PM/Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Beginning June 14, 2010:
West Seattle/Fauntleroy
9140 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98136
Monday/Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 PM

The Exercise and Thrive program is a benefit provided through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Our goal is to serve all community income levels.  Fees range from $25 - $165 based on ability to pay.

Participants have access to the YMCA for the duration of the program.  Community participants who join the YMCA within one week of the program end date will have their joining fees waived.  Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available to those in need.

Cancer survivors over the age of 21 who:
Are at least 90 days out of cancer treatment with no evidence of active disease
Have a strong personal desire to improve their strength and fitness
 Agree to obtain medical clearance for participation
  Please contact:
 YMCA of Greater Seattle
Lindsey Gregerson
Chronic Disease Director
(206) 344-3181
Fax (206) 382-7283

Eligibility Guidelines and Requirements

We are often asked how we are able to provide such wonderful services to our community members at low or no cost.  The other part of the question is what are the eligibility requirements to utilize the screenings?  We are fortunate to have our screenings provided for you through the Washington Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP).  Remember the key is early detection!

Eligibility: Women ages 40 and over who have no health insurance, and whose household income is at, or below 250%, of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPLG), are eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screening, and diagnostic services. For mammogram screening only, the income is at, or below 300% FPLG.

Eligibility Third Party Coverage: Age- and income-eligible women having insurance that covers the procedures either in part, or having not met their deductible of over $500.00, may get their screening and diagnostic services through this program.

Ineligibility Third Party Coverage: Medicaid and Medicare Part B covers the same screening and diagnostic services as BCCHP. Women with Medicaid as their primary health coverage are not eligible. A woman's Medicaid coverage for her dependents has no bearing on her eligibility. Women without Medicare Part B may be eligible for the program.

For more information visit the Washington State Health Department website at:

Search The Department of Health Web Site
Department of Health A-Z Topic List

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please give us a call and we will answer your concerns.  (206) 436-8671.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

LBT Rainbow Health Fair - Free Peer Health Services & Mammograms

Saturday, June 26, 2010

10 am - 3 pm

Gilda's Club

1400 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

Join us for peer complimentary health services, like acupuncture, massage, energy healing, heart health, HIV info, naturopath, diabetes and community organizations sharing a range of healthy living information from early detection of breast cancer to overall health.
Free mammograms for un- and underinsured income eligible people over 40.

For an appointment for a mammogram call: 206-436-8666 or email (insurance accepted as well).