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Friday, July 25, 2008

About That Gay Day at the Mariners

posted by on July 25 at 8:17 AM

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. I did a followup interview with Rebecca Hale, Director of Public Information for the Seattle Mariners, back when the lesbians-kissing-at-an-Ms game debate was still roaring along. She was getting back to me about the possibility of having a gay day at the Ms. Hale told me the Ms were open to the idea. Quickly, from my notes…

“We would be delighted to do the same kind of event that the Giants do, the Twins do, we just need someone to work with us on it, to promote it. We could do a t-shirt, a cap, some of the different kind of promotional items. There are a lot of options… We just need to get with someone who can take a leadership role on organizing the event.”

Hale needed a gay community group to step forward and organize the event. (ERW? SMC?) She also pointed out that some of the gay nights listed at this site are defunct, or were one-offs. Toronto’s gay days were cancelled for lack of interest, according to Hale. I intended to call the Giants and the Twins to see if they relied on gay community groups to organize their fully funct gay days, but I got busy, then distracted, and then went on vacation.

Anyway, seems relevant to this debate, and wanted to put it out there. Okay, back to the beach for me…

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1

Kelly O and Ari Spool give Incredible Hulk can of Rize, Incredible Hulk drink Rize, freak out, get bummed out, INCREDIBLE HULK BECOME DESPONDENT HULK!

DESPONDENT HULK WILL CALL IN SICK, DISCONNECT PHONE, NOT LEAVE APARTMENT ALL WEEKEND!

And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by The Insatiable Sulk | July 25, 2008 8:45 AM
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Are the gays sure they want to be associated with the Mariners?

Posted by DOUG. | July 25, 2008 8:56 AM
3

What is Savage on vacation from? Slogging, appearing on TV and flying all over the country for speaking engagements?

Rough life.

Posted by abe | July 25, 2008 9:06 AM
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Hey, abe, flying is hard work! Especially as fucked up as the airlines are these days.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | July 25, 2008 9:13 AM
5

Abe, that jealousy drool is getting all over your nice clean shirt. That's most unappealing.

Posted by Wowza | July 25, 2008 9:19 AM
6

Would there be some kind of promo item for gay night?

Posted by Greg | July 25, 2008 9:35 AM
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@6 - yeah, booblehead Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There are four, so you have to go to all four gay nights at the stadium to get the whole collection.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 25, 2008 10:54 AM
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In what way would a gay night be different from any other night? Not trying to be a smartass, I really want to understand this, and wondering what is the need for a gay night? I just assume when I attend an event that there are gay people and straight people in attendance, and I really don't care because I came to see the event, and not to speculate on the sexuality of the person next to me.


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I mean isn't that the point? Integration, not segregation.

Posted by Charm | July 25, 2008 11:06 AM
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In what way would a gay night be different from any other night? Not trying to be a smartass, I really want to understand this, and wondering what is the need for a gay night? I just assume when I attend an event that there are gay people and straight people in attendance, and I really don't care because I came to see the event, and not to speculate on the sexuality of the person next to me.


I mean isn't that the point? Integration, not segregation.

Posted by Charm | July 25, 2008 11:07 AM
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Tonight is the Giants LGBT night. I know this, even though I hate baseball, because the Giants had a promoter on the gay morning radio show with tickets and other promo items to give away. They also have Greg The Gay Sportscaster (tagline: if it has to do with balls I'm alllll over it) at a pub next to the stadium before the game giving out more promo crap and encouraging the gays to "walk to the stadium" with him to watch the game.

I'm pretty fucking sure if the LGBT center or another gay group sponsored it we'd hear their name over and over and over again, so it has got to be the Giants promo office people organizing the day.

Posted by dee in SF | July 25, 2008 11:08 AM
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Gay night or not, the Mariners still suck so I wouldn't go. But maybe if they had a Hunk night.....

Posted by crazycatguy | July 25, 2008 11:50 AM
12

Dan...you missed the big news from last night...a DOG MAULING in Erie Pennsylvania.

That's right an ENGLISH SHEEPDOG killed a one year old child. There MUST have been a pit bull egging him on or something.

I guess it isn't really news if it doen't involve a pit bull. Oh well.

Posted by Julie Russell | July 25, 2008 12:53 PM
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Gee, Dan... Imagine if you guys occasionally did less bitching on the blog, and more reporting.

I just forwarded this entry over to folks at ERW, and I'll follow up about it.

But imagine if you or one of your Stranger minions had simply followed up your recent article/entry with a call to ERW to ask for comment about this incident and if ERW (as the statewide LGBT civil rights organization) would be interested in contacting the Mariners?

Posted by Mickymse | July 25, 2008 1:57 PM
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@8, @9 - it would be gay.

That is all.

Plus, more shorts.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 25, 2008 2:18 PM
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The Minnesota Twins didn't want any help from gays in 1975: The front page of the Wall Street Journal on Monday, November 3, 1975 included the story, "Sign of the Times: A Homosexual Paper, The Advocate, Widens Readership, Influence - At First Printed Secretly, Its Fast Growth Reflects Increased Gay Activism - Blasted by Minnesota Twins," By Stephen J. Sansweet. The article said, "Recently, a perhaps naive letter that The Advocate sent to major-league baseball managers asking for interviews with players 'living a gay lifestyle' was met, for the most part, with deafening silence. But Tom Mee, public relations director of the Minnesota Twins, fired off a salvo forbidding the paper from mentioning the ball club. 'Your colossal gall in attempting to extend your perversion to an area of total manhood is just simple unthinkable,' Mr. Mee wrote. The paper printed the letter." Oh! How far we have come.

Posted by Thomas Kraemer | July 26, 2008 1:38 PM
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The Minnesota Twins didn't want any help from gays in 1975: The front page of the Wall Street Journal on Monday, November 3, 1975 included the story, "Sign of the Times: A Homosexual Paper, The Advocate, Widens Readership, Influence - At First Printed Secretly, Its Fast Growth Reflects Increased Gay Activism - Blasted by Minnesota Twins," By Stephen J. Sansweet. The article said, "Recently, a perhaps naive letter that The Advocate sent to major-league baseball managers asking for interviews with players 'living a gay lifestyle' was met, for the most part, with deafening silence. But Tom Mee, public relations director of the Minnesota Twins, fired off a salvo forbidding the paper from mentioning the ball club. 'Your colossal gall in attempting to extend your perversion to an area of total manhood is just simple unthinkable,' Mr. Mee wrote. The paper printed the letter." Oh! How far we have come.

Posted by Thomas Kraemer | July 26, 2008 1:39 PM
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i think gay night would be great. a bat shaped dildo could be the giveaway.

every day is gay day at Fenway - we get to look at Jacoby Ellsbury.

seriously, i fail to see how having a "gay day" wipes the decks clean after the kissing lesbians incident.

i don't want a special day or a f#cking parade. simple common decency would be nice. pretending they care about me, or actually caring about my cash, is not appealing to me in the least.

Posted by babe ruth | July 26, 2008 6:32 PM

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