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Friday, January 11, 2008

Seattle’s LGBT Center Is Going, But Not For Good

posted by on January 11 at 12:02 PM

Rumors of the Seattle LGBT Center’s (SLGBTC) demise have, apparently, been greatly exaggerated. The SLGBTC has to be out of their location at 1115 East Pike by midnight on Monday, and they’re selling off all of their furniture.

According to an SLGBTC volunteer, the center has had “funding issues,” which forced them to move out of their current home. However, SLGBTC co-president Jerry Stewart is optimistic about the Center’s future, and says they’ll be temporarily using Equal Rights Washington’s offices at Harvard and John.

Despite SLGBTC’s sudden downsizing and office-clearing sale, Stewart says the center is definitely coming back. “[We’re] refocusing but we’re not going away,” he says.

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The Center moved away from its core mission when they put on a Pride Parade and Festival. They have learned that sticking to the core mission is the course of wisedom.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | January 11, 2008 12:13 PM

But have they really learned it?

Posted by genevieve | January 11, 2008 12:19 PM

Fucking hell, what is up with Gays and money issues? I always thought the image of a queen running her credit cards to the max was an exaggeration. Now... I'm thinking it's spot on.

(Better that than the alternative, which is that we're all a bunch of materialistic, self-centered bastards.)

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | January 11, 2008 12:27 PM

Sticking to your core mission and learning how to write grants and raise funds and treating a non-profit BUSINESS as a business which needs to grow at a healthy rate, would be the ideal way to go.

Also, having a board of at least 15 experienced successful people that have some connections and power in the community might be a good idea, too.

Posted by The Ghost of Dead Non-Profits | January 11, 2008 12:28 PM

Uh... remember during last year's dust up over the pride parade, the George Bacon brigade pointed to SOAP's financial problems as proof that the professionals at the gay community center should be allowed to run the pride parade on the hill, where God intended pride parades to be?

So much for that.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 11, 2008 12:30 PM

that shiz i heard is that their moving to First Hill in some building with other lgbt groups and it wont be a public space, just offices.

who the fuck goes to first hill unless their sick?1!


Posted by Rumer Willis | January 11, 2008 12:33 PM

But they can't leave Capitol Hill. That would be a betrayal of the whole gay community -- or so the Center, circa 2006-2007, would have had us believe.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 11, 2008 12:35 PM

"Bacon brigade" - perfect!

Posted by tomasyalba | January 11, 2008 12:35 PM

@7 - snap!

Posted by genevieve | January 11, 2008 12:37 PM

are they tearing that building down?

Posted by zippy | January 11, 2008 12:40 PM

No. The owner, Anne, wants it back for her own use.

also, I don't see anything on Slog about the Satellite...I think they've lost their liquor license. They were closed last night.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 11, 2008 12:42 PM

If they're selling their office furniture, they're not coming back.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 11, 2008 12:52 PM

OK, maybe this is a stupid question but does this mean QueerFest in Volunteer Park will not be back or is it going to be taken over by another group? What about "March on Broadway" was that directed/funded by Capitol Hill businesses or was that totally a LGBT Center thing? PrideFest at Seattle Center will be two days this year June 28-29.

Posted by Gay Seattle | January 11, 2008 1:05 PM

#12 They're keeping the beanbag chairs and macrame art.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 11, 2008 1:13 PM

Queerfest is being co-opted by Block Party...the official name will be:

"The Stranger Presents the E-Surance Capitol Hill Queer Block Partyfest"

The hosts will be Aleksa Manilla, Mark "mom" Finley, and David Cross with very special musical guests Presidents of the United States of America, Scissor Sisters and the Shannon Thomas Memorial Jug Band. Ticket prices to be announced.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 11, 2008 1:20 PM

Good riddance. Now let's see if anyone notices a fucking difference.

Posted by Gitai | January 11, 2008 2:29 PM

hmmmm....yes, there are a great many people that will notice the difference. Just because YOU didn't use the Center, doesn't mean it wasn't used by a great many people, who will miss it and the services it offered. I don't USE the services offered by Planned Parenthood but I'm mature enough and intelligent enought to realize that a great many other people do NEED and USE their services, and I would be respectful enough to be upset if they were forced to close.

Or I would have the sense to keep my damn fool mouth shut.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 11, 2008 3:12 PM

@17 Well, you're right. People will notice a difference. Community dollars won't be wasted on a competing Pride event. There won't be the ongoing resentment and animosity that "Queerfest" engenders on an annual basis. Oh, and if they can lie to an interviewer and fake having any level of competence, people might see the directors as shiny new baristas somewhere.

Posted by Gitai | January 11, 2008 3:53 PM

@11 - darn, I was hoping that Velocity might be able to relocate there (the building has always looked like a great spot for a dance studio to me). I'm glad Anne isn't selling it though.

Posted by genevieve | January 11, 2008 4:12 PM

#18The Center wasn't there to put on Queerfest. Queerfest was the abomination that helped lead to the demise of the Center, but it was NOT the raison d'etre of the Center.

#19 What I heard was, Anne wants to expand her Property Management business and some fabric business of hers into the space. I don't think she'd sell it anyway, and if she tried to now, it wouldn't fetch that much. The lots on either side have just been developed and the lot itself is probably too small for any developer to fool with...But you're right; it would make a sweet arts space.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 11, 2008 4:29 PM

Michael, I am curious as to what services will be missed the most. I know some of he LGBT folks using the computers were uncomfortable using computers at home or at the library to look up gay stuff but what are some of the biggest loses and can those be performed in office space on First Hill?

Posted by Gay Seattle | January 11, 2008 4:51 PM

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