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At least I am not the only gay guy in Seattle that LOATHS "'mo" magazine. Talk about tripe!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 17, 2008 9:35 AM

Well said, Dan.

Posted by Steve | January 17, 2008 9:36 AM

SGN sucks. Who cares.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 17, 2008 9:37 AM

Is this going to start a flaming flame war? I need to get some popcorn before that starts.

Posted by wisepunk | January 17, 2008 9:43 AM

clay aiken loved the gblt community place thingy.

Posted by adrian | January 17, 2008 9:51 AM

also, homosexuals gentrify neighborhoods with their higher median income per capita than the breeder reactors.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 17, 2008 9:52 AM

That's ridiculous. I haven't read the SGN article yet, but the rent at the Center hasn't changed since it opened. The Center has been on a month to month lease for awhile and were paying the same amount they were when they opened the place in 2002, (which was ridiculously high; Anne Michaelson the landlord got the best of them on THAT deal). The Center's problems are due to the lack of fundraising on the part of the Board and the flagrant spending of what little funds they had on idiotic things like Queerfest and paying Reichen Leikmukl $10k to appear at Fruitbowl. It's not gentrifications fault or the apathy of the community; the blame can be pointed at the Board and the ED who did exactly what she wanted for three year without any oversight.

Posted by Bull shit detector | January 17, 2008 10:05 AM

I don't understand why you all hate teh gays.

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 17, 2008 10:12 AM

"Gentrification" is one of the most overused (and relatively meaningless) words going, uttered almost exclusively in the hopes of attracting a pity party. (Unfortunately, "community" is not much better.)

Posted by thegayrecluse | January 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Faced with fiscal constraints, and high rents of 2008, most of the community and arts orgs. will move off the Hill.

Fact it seems, and the Stranger is reporting that all the time. The vast changes and high rents that are happening seem to me to be gentrification.

And, added to the equation is some obvious bad fiscal planning. I donate to the center often and think it is vital to some folks. I would never think of Dan Savage as a client for any of their services unless it was a teach in on sexual issues where he is so expert, and he was presenting, free of charge.

Posted by Jack | January 17, 2008 10:19 AM

I hate to pass up any opportunity to rail against the crappy over-development of Cap Hill....but that's the most asinine argument I've ever heard, and makes me think they don't have the skills to turn around their financial picture.

I've wanted to give the new ED the benefit of the doubt, and hope that the center could recover from the disaster Shannon led it into, but seriously? That's just lame.

Posted by genevieve | January 17, 2008 10:20 AM

Hope LGBT Center can get back on their feet with their new leadership in a new direction. I wonder if the Capitol Hill businesses will pick up QueerFest? It worked great to have Broadway March on Saturday and the large downtown parade on Sunday but financially it may be too much for the community.

Posted by Gay Seattle | January 17, 2008 10:22 AM

Lots of projects go through bad times and recover with new energy and leadership. I think the Center will be OK on the long term.

They are retrenching, smaller space with low rent, low budget and new board.

The need is obvious to many of us. Not so important to others. So what?

Retrench, get a control on fiscal matters, aggressively re shape the board = come back in a year.

Go Center. Think positive.

Posted by Essex | January 17, 2008 10:28 AM

Jerry's (the new director) is a good guy. We worked together in the Bunny Brigade back in the day. I hope he can make a go of it.

As for the SGN - when is anything in it NOT revisionist history? It's a train wreck, and has been a train wreck for as long as I've lived here. Just like the "freedom march and rally" (or whatever it was that they used to call the parade)

I seriously don't know why the SGN even exists anymore, or even how it exists. It must be all the escort ads in the back.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 17, 2008 10:30 AM

There needs to be some clarification here:

1)that piece of "journalism" is really a press release from Ingersoll.
2)Shannon Thomas the previous ED who resigned in September, was replaced by Dennis Poplin, a really great guy who was brought in from Washington DC. Dennis was a professional who had some great plans for the Center, but he was not treated fairly or honestly and most importantly, he was NOT paid and left in mid December.
3)Jerry is NOT the new ED; he is the president of the Board.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 17, 2008 10:42 AM

Went on line and read the article - it really was NOT about the Center, but, a press release with some answers about what the Trans Community/Ingersoll was doing in the face of the Center closing.

Some folks love hysteria.

Ingersoll used to be a project of Seattle Counseling years ago it seems, and now they are back to their roots.

Sera, sera.

And without the two centers, Ingersoll and LGBT, my life would have been very bad going back a few years. I want BOTH to be strong and functioning well.

Posted by Marty aka Mary | January 17, 2008 11:16 AM

I enjoyed the art at the LGBT Center - I hope it gets back on track.

I guess I misses something, but, why would the gay paper not support the gay center?

I read SGN every week, enjoy it, and once in a blue moon pick up the Stanger.

But, kudos to Slog, great online feature, read it often.

Erica is becoming one of my favorites. Go for the substance Erica, and keep kicking the many sexist pigs around

The changes from feminism and the altered status of women is the biggest revolution in human history.

Posted by Andy | January 17, 2008 11:58 AM

Uh... the piece isn't labeled "press release." It's headlined "Ingersoll Moving to a New Location," and the byline is "Barbara Sehr, SGN Contributing Writer." The line I cited is part of the long pullquote in large type floating in the middle of the piece: "Ingersoll is a program of the LGBT Center, which has been moved out its five-year residence on Pike Street by the forces of Capitol Hill gentrification."

I didn't see this ital at the end until just now: "Barbara Sehr is a Transgender activist, active in the Ingersoll Gender Center, a stand-up commedienne, and co-chair of SEAMEC. She also has a background in journalism."

That clears everything up.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 17, 2008 11:59 AM

As the chair of the QArts Committee at the Center, I wrote the press releases for the art shows and sent them to the SGN. About 90% of the time they would print "This is a QArts press release" at the bottom, but occassionally they forgot...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 17, 2008 12:22 PM

I've seen her perform. Barbara Sehr's "commedienne" skills are almost as strong as her "journalism" skills.

Posted by Bull shit detector | January 17, 2008 12:24 PM

I think Barbara is a hoot - very shocking indeed. The whole room cringes when the topic is getting your dick cut off......

Oh, well .... kudos to Barbara. ... a new routine for this era.

Sir Bull Shit Detective, above, has no taste.

Posted by Nate | January 17, 2008 1:39 PM

MY taste is excellent, Nate, but I acknowledge that taste is in the eye of the beholder. I've just never met a German transsexual that was very funny. Germans don't, as a whole, do comedy very well. Blitzkrieging through Europe-yes; stand up comedy-not so much. I'm sure Barbara appreciates having you as a fan. The best of luck to you, Barbara, her journalism and commedienne careers AND to the remains of her dick, (or schwanzstucker, to use the Brooksian phrase)

Posted by Bull shit detector | January 17, 2008 3:33 PM

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