What officials have to say: Hate crimes are on the rise in Seattle. At a March 3 forum called by Council Member Kshama Sawant to discuss how to “end” this trend, Mayor Ed Murray’s solution was more diversity in the police force. Others are calling for an LGBTQ youth shelter.
Get the kids and homeless out of harm's way, but the only solution back in '97 was when the country boys realized that big-city "queers" were even scarier than they imagined - their "targets" were patrolling vigilantes, occasionally armed, definitely more fearless, and possibly even straight.
(I'm not saying that violence is the answer - I'm just saying those idiots don't configure their lives in response to well-reasoned arguments about Seattle police funding or sentencing laws or whatever.)
We could buy a 400 sq ft studio on Broadway and Thomas to use as an LGBTQ shelter...
If you haven't been on the getting-bashed end of hate crime (&, maybe you're metrosexual & you have?), then you most certainly don't bear the full brunt of it.
Walk the hill late at night with women/gay/trans individuals, and they'll tell you just how easy you have it.
It's somewhat ironic you should take note of that, given that Mr. Fetzer, who's recent unfortunate encounter comprises the lede to this story, is himself quite happily married - to a very lovely woman. And since when do perps have such keen perceptual discernment to KNOW their victims are actually gay? Our theatre staff, particularly many of the women, have been harassed numerous times by creeps in the last couple of years, many of whom seem to throw out anti-LGBT epithets like so much verbal scatter-shot, on the apparent assumption that, if you're not a skinny blond in a tight black dress and high-heels stumbling down the street, then you clearly are NOT straight. So, in that sense, ANY positive outcome would in point of fact benefit everyone, since the ones doing this can't really tell the difference between who is and who isn't in the first place - assuming they even care all that much.
But I suppose most readers here have been brainwashed by the likes of Bloomberg to oppose the right of citizens to defend themselves. In that case, I say, good luck. The police will never be able to protect you. At best they show up a little after the attack to take evidence and make reports.
"Collaboration, funding and shelter" just means more of Kishama's socialist buddies on the public payroll, with no real benefit to anyone else.
Guess what? We still need that part of town where we are largely safe from the assholes who still hate us. You can legalize protection but that doesn't change the hearts of haters.
Not to diminish the awfulness, but is this normalizing the data to account for the percentage of LGBTQ residents? You might expect higher per-capita numbers in a place with a higher percentage of identifying residents.
As Seattle's population increases, its absolute number of LGBTQ residents also likely increases (perhaps at the same rate, perhaps higher or lower). So you would expect an increase in crimes against LGBTQ residents, because it's just the way math works. (Unfortunately.) Whether it represents an actual increase, relative to the population, is what I'm not clear on.
Regardless, this shit needs to stop because, duh.
Yeah, just what we need - a bunch of gun-toting yahoo's blasting up the neighborhood like Yosemite Sam. On a typical weekend evening Capitol Hill is a veritable packed-like-sardines wall-to-wall swarm of drunkenness - and YOUR brilliant idea is to introduce a whole passel of people with guns into that mix; guns most of them will barely know how to use, that many will certainly be in no condition to use safely, and that will have a very good probability of being taken away and used against them, not to mention the likelihood of causing harm to innocent bystanders.and property, because again, drunk people with guns.
Sheer fucking brilliance, mate. I mean, seriously, what could possibly go wrong in this scenario?
If people thought rationally in the first place, they wouldn't be roaming around looking for femmy-looking guys to harass. The prospect that someone might have a gun isn't going to make it into the head of any of these nutbars.
Nobody ever suggested that it would be a good idea for untrained inebriates to go blazing away in crowded public places. Why don't you address the actual issue instead of your straw-man caricature? You're probably a hopeless ideologue, but for those responsible adults who may be reading this, if you feel yourself to be at risk in the side streets and alleys while going about your normal business, or even in your homes, you have a right to defend yourself against violence, and you really can't count on the government to do it for you.
I've never had to draw it, but anyone who presents a threat to my or my family's life is going to find a muzzle pointed at their chest, and if they don't stop their attack, a 9mm-sized hole in it.
I'm quiet, not easily frazzled, and a good shot.
Pretty counter productive, huh? Well remember that the next time you're tempted to say something like that about people of color. Or hear someone else say it.
Now, all that said Mr/Ms "White Lives Matter", It sounds like it's time for neighborhood patrols at certain times of the night. Folks with dogs, both MEN AND WOMEN, OF ALL COLORS, GLBT and Allies need to be on the streets looking out for each other. I don't know, if the LGBT community started doing "Open Carry", - would there would be a lot less thugs out there? Who knows? It might have a visual impact. I'm not a gun person myself. I say go for dogs and community patrols.
And #19 nailed it, if there is a place that is drawing negativity, shut it down.