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WHY hasn't the queer patrol been reformed? When I was at UW we never had problems getting people to patrol, that was 15 yrs ago though. Aren't today's young adults more tolerant than we were?
vine street, are you touched in the head?
this could have been a bridge and tunnel douchenozzle, but it could have been one of her friends too.
we dunno so everyone calm down.
Or do we only believe victims when their statements support narratives we want advanced?
You can pass every single law you can think of to protect the rights of LGBTQ people but that doesn't change the minds and hearts of the haters. That will take a generation or two before sexual minorities won't need an area that they can largely call their own. And yeah, 10-15 years ago when the hill was largely gay there were attacks but nothing to the scale we are seeing now.
Marriage is nice for the minority of us who want to get married but it doesn't do a lot of good if we are getting the shit beat out of us.
But seriously - how would you preserve the "gay ghetto"? Special subsidized rates just for LGBTQ folks? However would they prove their eligibility?
@18 There are ways to preserve the gay ghetto but you might not like them. Have gay bars take a harder stance against unwanted patrons. Speak out/demonstrate so that douchey straight people know they're not wanted. Sell to LGBT developers; choke Capitol Hill's straight population out with enough gay shit that a straight guy would feel nervous just thinking something hateful. At worst, teach LGBT people self-defense (not a bad idea, actually), or else arm them if their lives are being threatened. Or, the alternative is that you don't. You don't preserve the gayborhood at all. You just have gay people disperse and start up some new gayborhood somewhere else as the old one dies off. Rinse and repeat in another 10 or 15 years, what else is new?
Where are "Seattle BCC" and "Orgasm" and the rest to tell you you're just being whiny victims who aren't fighting back hard enough and who expect others to help them? Obviously, all hate crimes are fucking awful, but reading the empathy and concern expressed here when we are consistently told we are merely acting like victims by the same group of people is such infuriating bullshit, especially when crimes against women aren't considered hate crimes and we don't get the same legal considerations any other targeted group receives.
And unfortunately, LGBT developers are under the same pressures and motivations as any other developers - mostly they want to build, sell, and get on to their next project, so selling exclusively to them - which sounds sketchy and possibly illegal - won't help much.
LGBT bar owners are in the same boat. Rent is skyrocketing for them also. As the neighborhood changes, so does their patrons. They can't afford to be too exclusive.
The thing is I really can't think of a place in this region that has the low rents and density that allows a creative/gay vibe to prosper. Even Portland has lost its gayborhood, and Tacoma never really had one. Maybe the far suburbs, but they tend to be both isolated and a bit methy. Tuwilla? Burien? SeaTac? Shoreline? Factoria? All too settled and probably too expensive by now. Even Bremerton has cleaned up its act recently.
As far as the new residents go, it would be interesting to see some real data on them. They can't all be tech bros and woo girls. I think that crowd mostly contributes to the annoyance factor. A lot of the real violence we've seen recently seems to be from sources that are unlikely to be holding down jobs at Amazon or MS, which means they're not paying 3k a month for a one bedroom. So where are they coming from?
We must require several sets of cops walking the beat. At this point, undercover cops looking like potential victims. FUCKING ANYTHING !!!!
This is another failure of the city to protect this community.
Isn't the mayor gay ??? Shouldn't this shit matter to him in some way ?!?