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Dan Savage:

"Curtis's heterosexuality—if he is heterosexual—doesn't excuse his antigay voting record, of course. If anything, his willingness to vote against gay people while indulging in inarguably gay sex acts—whatever was going on in his head—is less defensible in light of his potential autogynephilia. Even if Curtis's attraction to men was a kink, a means by which he was able to indulge his fantasies about being a woman himself, having sex with men should have sensitized him to the issues faced by men who are capable of loving other men, not just using them.

"But it casts Curtis's actions, and his early statements, in a different light. It certainly explains the cross-dressing, which is out of character for a gay man. It also might explain why Curtis didn't go to the nearby gay bar, opting instead for a far-off adult bookstore patronized by straight and "straight" guys. Yes, Curtis is a victim of the very homophobia that his votes worked to sustain, but he was not, as Murray says, one of the jerks."

Posted by chicagogaydude | November 8, 2007 4:59 AM

Just sayin' it's 4:58 am now and your post is dated 5:25 am, so go ahead and give yourself credit for that extra early start on the day (or did the paper just get to bed extra late?).

Posted by clock check | November 8, 2007 5:01 AM

When the prostitute did the porn "Damon Blows America #3" did he get paid $1000.00 to do that? I mean that movie is produced by a studio that does nearly ALL Bareback videos.

Just wondering.

Posted by Just Me | November 8, 2007 6:20 AM

"As for Worthy's lauded sense of taste, well, it appears to have been fatally struck by an automobile as it attempted to cross the street."

Now THAT was funny. Very Parker-esque. Thanks for starting my day with a good laugh.

I've been meaning to go over to Spokane and check out the Davenport for quite a while now. Thanks for clarifying the difference between the real hotel and "the tower"

Posted by catalina vel-duray | November 8, 2007 6:33 AM

The not-gay theory is kind of, you know, Byzantine, isn't it?

Also, does everybody have to start calling him Mr. Savage now?

Posted by elenchos | November 8, 2007 7:36 AM

A few things:

The Davenport: Awesome
The Davenport Tower: Ugly box with tacky interior

Irv's and The Merc are also gay bars in Spokane and they're not nearly as depressing as Demsey's.

Posted by gillsans | November 8, 2007 8:31 AM

use Abe Twist more...

Posted by come again | November 8, 2007 8:50 AM

The Davenport also has a nice restaurant -- not quite as nice as it thinks it is, but in the old-school hotel style. You could take your grandmother there, but you'd also get a decent meal -- something that's pretty difficult in Spokane above the diner level (I love diners, but they don't encompass my world).

Posted by Fnarf | November 8, 2007 9:56 AM

catalina: The Fox theater is re-opening soon. It should be sweet. You can make it part of your Spokane architectural tour. Maybe Mudede will be willing to guide...

Posted by gillsans | November 8, 2007 9:58 AM

"River Park Square seems to have removed what little foot traffic there was in downtown Spokane from the streets. I pass a dozen or more shuttered storefronts on my way to the mall."


Posted by chermo | November 8, 2007 11:21 AM

Could have been readable story by Savage had he done any original reporting, not merely show up late at the crime scene...The whole piece is just rehash from other newspapers.

Posted by Bet | November 8, 2007 2:55 PM

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