May 19, 2006
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Seattle Counseling Service stages third ICON
Seattle Counseling Service stages third ICON
Innovative nonprofit promises outstanding entertainment at fundraiser br>
Area nonprofit Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (SCS) proudly announces Icon III: A Celebration of Drag, Art & Life to be held on June 10 at 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall located on 8th Ave in Seattle's historic First Hill Neighborhood. Performers scheduled to appear at the event include Sylvia O'Stayformore fresh from her sold out one-woman show at the ReBar, Seattle cabaret star Arnaldo! The Drag Chanteuse, renowned all-female performance troupe The Queen Bees and famed International Madonna impersonator Sean Paul.

"This show is a celebration," said Executive Director Ann McGettigan. "A celebration, not only of Drag as an art form and for Seattle's excellent performers whom make it great, but for SCS as it continues to supply much-needed services to the area's vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. ICON isn't just a fundraiser, it's a party, and one we hope everyone in Seattle can come out and enjoy."

Founded in 1969, SCS is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well-being and mental health of local LGBT communities. Since July of 2003, the agency has also been providing adult and youth outpatient chemical dependency services. Additionally, SCS is the home of Project NEON, a unique and highly successful harm reduction program targeting Gay and Bisexual men who use methamphetamine. The organization was the first peer counseling service of its kind anywhere in the United States to serve the LGBT community and is currently serving over 1,000 individuals annually.

ICON has quickly turned into a successful annual event for SCS, and Event Organizer and NEON Health Educator Arnold Martin, a.k.a. Aleksa Manila, a former Miss Gay Seattle, couldn't be happier. "For me, ICON is a chance to explore and honor the glorious history, past and present, Drag offers," said Martin. "I'm especially excited about this year's event. Not only will the show be fantastic, the events we've planned leading up to it are just as electrifying in their own right."

Those events include a city-wide drag competition creatively dubbed "ICON Idol" after America's favorite reality television series American Idol. "This three week contest will be an exhilarating event," promises Martin. "We're giving Seattle's new crop of Drag performers and entertainers a venue to strut their stuff competitively, the top two getting the opportunity for a final showdown the night of ICON III culminating in one of the contestants being crowned 'Icon Idol' at the end of the show. I'm sure the anticipation as to who will win will be electric!"

"We're extremely proud of the services we provide Seattle's LGBT community," said McGettigan. "Unfortunately, there are times I think SCS floats a little under the public's radar and they don't quite realize all we do. Through events like ICON we give the community a chance to get to know us a bit better, raise some money and, hopefully, have lots of fun in the process."

Tickets for ICON are $15.00 at the door while V.I.P. tickets guaranteeing reserved prime seating and zero-line entry can be purchased from SCS directly for $35.00. "People will certainly enjoy themselves," said McGettigan, "and, hopefully, they'll like what they see and will open up their pocketbooks to help make sure SCS can keep delivering one-of-a-kind services to our community."

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities is located on the corner of Pine and Melrose in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. SCS is invested in the social health and well-being of the LGBT community. Most of the counselors and staff identify as LGBT and all are committed to the issues of the community. For more information on SCS and their services please go online to or call (206) 323-1768.

A Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities press release

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