Comments are closed.
Commenting on this item is available only to members of the site. You can sign in here or create an account here.
If anyone has a better description on the assailants please provide details. I walk Bellevue every day and would love to help bring them to justice.
These guys are raging asshole fuckheads btw, hope the next "faggot" they jump is one of the MMA badass variety and they get their heads kicked and shoulder joints broken before the arrest and prison sentence.
The Philadelphia gay bashers from last year were seen, prior to the assault, at an expensive restaurant for a private school reunion, and one is a daughter of a police chief.
Moneyed white people can be gay bashers too.
Also to Chip, i'm sorry. You don't deserve what happened. It sucks that this is happening in capitol hill.
Where the hell are the cops on the hill. Really?!?! It seems like every time I read about the hill there's another violent crime. Where are the cops and why aren't they preventing this shit?
Though most other "world-class-cities" do have gay ghettos. Places like London, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco etc. But Seattle? Nope! We sure don't need it and look how safe it is for our gays?!?!?!?!?
That said, bashing has been around on Cap Hill for as long as I remember. I don't think it was done by residents. Back in the day, all the straight boys who lived on Capitol Hill were only interested in sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. They were cool with pretty much anything - and you wouldn't move to Capitol Hill if you had issues about gay people, would you?. I think the bashing came/comes from the shit that rolls in from other areas checking out what was the cool part of town. Don't know if there are enough young gay people/allies left to start the Pink Brigade up again, but I definitely think their patrols helped in the 80s and 90s.
It's amazing (not the right word) though that there's still gay-bashing in 2015 in Seattle. I mean, Seattle! Hope you are well, Mr. Perala, and that you won't be haunted by this for very long.
The sight of my boyfriend and I walking with our arms around each other down Bellevue Ave. last night was enough to make a guy on a bench shout “Fuckin’ faggots… HIV… I hope you get it… fuckin’ faggots… get AIDS” over and over, spit on us, rise from his bench, and follow us. My boyfriend called 911… cops came… the guy was gone… we filed a report.
News flash, dumbass: You may have scared me shitless blocks from my home in a typically gay-friendly Seattle neighborhood, but your life of fear and ignorance is not going to get in the way of my love for this community. Mayor Ed Murray raised the Pride flag at City Hall this weekend, and you are EXACTLY why public LGBT-focused events continue to be important and powerful. I shouldn’t have to think about my physical safety being one advantage of working out at the gym a few extra days a week, or compliment myself for finding a broad shouldered man to accompany me to the corner bar. I should be able to saunter, sashay, stroll, or stomp wherever I want. You ran away when you heard the sirens, but I think you ran for other reasons too, among them the lurking thought that you have a heart committed to the exhausting daily practice of clinging with conviction to dead ideas.
Good luck with life and stuff,
#26, I'm with you. Everyone should be outraged any time any member of our Seattle community (any gender or sexuality) is threatened. That's a lot of rage, I know. For me and my partner, Sunday night was an aberration and not routine, and so many women I know deal with derogatory comments, leers, getting followed, etc. ALL THE TIME. I can’t imagine. Let's support each other.
You know what? Fuck Capitol Hill. Straight developers want it, straight developers can have it. They outnumber us and clearly they're thirsty for it so... fine, fuck it. It's a neighborhood, it's not worth this shit. If the asshole developers who don't give a wet turd about Capitol Hill's residents want it so badly, if they don't care about flooding the gay bars with drunken bachelorettes and their straight creeper counterparts, packing the neighborhoods with tech employees, choking out Capitol Hill as it once was and replace it with Amazon: The Neighborhood, etc, fine, they win.
Straight developers, you win, and you know what? It's okay. I can take my business elsewhere, I can take my boyfriend elsewhere, I can take my life elsewhere; there are more neighborhoods in Seattle, there are more friendly places in Seattle, and believe me, as someone who is gay but also white and with a considerable income, you WILL miss my business whether you know it or not, and I will not miss filling your pockets one bit if you can't get your shit together and quit gentrifying like it's going out of style. You want to invite in all these jackoffs, you want their business and not mine, alright, you've shown that you don't care enough to really avoid that, but don't come crying to me when Capitol Hill suddenly becomes uncool and too bland for straight wannabe-Bellevueites (as a Bellevueite from birth myself, that is exactly what these people are) who want to experience the "exotic" big city. But I don't think you will; you'll just buy out whatever you can around the next queer neighborhood that comes along once you've drained Capitol Hill of all that trendy white hipster money. Rinse and repeat in another decade or so. Why expect anything else from you?
I'd be all for fighting back, for "taking back" the neighborhood, for making it a safer place for other LGBT people, for making it once again Seattle's gay neighborhood instead of Seattle's gaybashing neighborhood like it is now. But really, this is just the cycle that gay neighborhoods follow. Grow from an otherwise "underground" neighborhood by having other LGBT people hear about it and start patronizing that neighborhood (which I will readily admit is its own form of gentrification, it's a vicious cycle), open up businesses, cater to themselves, etc. Artists and other bohemian types, if they aren't there already (they probably will be or will have preceded the LGBT influx), will get there in a big fat hurry. Then come the first trickles of capital as people start to realize, hey, these spots are kind of cool. Things are okay for a while as LGBT people and straight but still somewhat bohemian patrons coexist nicely enough. Then straight people's presence really starts to take off, usually in the form of those same drunk girls (the drunken bachelorettes) who are tired of guys hitting on them at bars and would like to use gay bars as a safe haven. Cue the first signs of tension between them and gay bar patrons because I guarantee you that every gay guy who's gone to a gay bar more than once or has at all looked into this will tell you the same thing: Gaggles of hammered straight girls are followed by gaggles of creepy straight douchebags who pick up on the scent of alcohol and vulnerability.
What you're seeing is a trend which has been in the works for years now. It's just that now it's coming more and more to a head. Yet again, gay people are being pushed out of spaces they built by violent douchebags, cretins who could not respect the location or its history even if it came alive and rubbed glitter in their corneas. This is the deal for LGBT people as it has been for decades: Build up a place, lend it social capital among bohemians, make it popular simply by being there, then get squeezed out--often violently--by the wave of shitheads that follow young straight girls around like sharks. Some among us, myself admittedly included, thought maybe this would die down once we were legally on par with straight people, but instead it looks like it's taken off exponentially. Maybe straight people, too, just think that now that there's gay marriage, there's no more reason to care or that homophobia's just over somehow. Maybe it was just bad timing that makes it look that way.
In any case, it makes me tired just thinking about it. Give me a quiet neighborhood with one halfway-decent gay bar over a neighborhood where someone will try to beat me up any time of day. Straight people, the next time you think of going to a gay bar for a party, unless you're outright invited... please, just don't. Just give us one night. You can come back some other time but give us one night. Please?