June 8, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 23
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Dear SGN,

Throughout our country, cities are celebrating pride week; sharing the belief that sexuality belongs to each of us individually without us having to live in fear because of what others believe.

Politically, professionally and personally, our world is changing. No longer do we have to be shadow people clinging to the belief that what we do with someone else is our business not the communities.

Parent groups are now visible in our country, exercising their respect for their children and their personal choices including in print, at meetings and in parades.

Young people have the opportunity to explore a world that is beginning to be different. They no longer have to live in the closet.

Pride week is only a beginning: learn to appreciate who you are and know that you're here for a reason.

Take pride in yourself. You don't stand alone.

Buzz Flowers Callaway

Dear SGN,

June 28, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of those drag queens who had the courage to stand up to the police outside the Stonewall Gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City in an effort to protest their harassment when congregating openly.

I think it would be fitting if, on this very important occasion in 2008 (and perhaps in 2018 on the 50th anniversary), if pride parades be dedicated to those brave drag queens.

We often hear, even from our own ranks, that drag queens are something to snicker at but, in reality, they were the founders of pride and the voice of our courage. Yes, drag queens led the way for our pride. I think it would be incumbent of the new generation, who are carrying on this grand tradition of gay pride to honor those drag queens of June 28, 1968. We, as a gay community, are always looking for role models to emulate and, I think that given this history, gay pride in 2008 be dedicated to those drag queens who gave us the courage to declare our pride.


Dear SGN,

[Editor's Note: The following is an open letter to the LGBT community about a discussion series called "Queerly Classed" beginning on June 27.]

Have you ever not had health care and needed it? Have you ever had a slimy landlord or paid over a third of your income to rent? Have you ever been strapped for money and borrowed from a pay-day loan institution?

I could go on& but who hasn't been strapped for money, been unemployed, or scraped by to pay for rent? Most of us Queers have experienced financial stress. Many of us come from working class, low-income, or some nameless class that isn't middle class.

And yet how often do we, as Queers, talk about our common class experiences? How do we deal with the added stress of being Queer and trying to pay our bills?

The invisibility of class in Queer communities is isolating and demoralizing. When we don't talk about our experiences of class and economic struggle, we don't have a Queer movement that represents the wholeness of being Queer.

When we are not out about the multitudes of working class, low-income, and poor Queers, our movement isolates and shames those of us who aren't solidly middle-class or upper class. And thus, our art, politics and cultures only represent middle or upper class gender expressions and sexualities.

When we aren't out about our economic situations, our invisibility in economic justice movements is an after thought. And when we aren't out about our class as a culture or our lack of economic resources, we individualize our experiences rather than connect it to institutions and systems of class oppression. When we as Americans and immigrants, as Queers and as progressives don't have a vocal class analysis, our mainstream movements don't reflect it!

Our present day LGBT movement connects the inaccessibility to same-sex marriage to the inaccessibility to benefits--health care, social security, joint retirement, inheritance, etc.

But where is the class analysis?

Currently, if you have enough money and resources you can protect your partner and yourself financially.

The question is how would marriage benefit working class and low-income Queers compared to upper and middle-class?

Can marriage be a tool for economic justice to our working class? Or, are there other political campaigns that would better benefit low-income Queers?

What if you don't have a traditional two partner family? What would economic justice look like then?

Come to a discussion series called "Queerly Classed" beginning on June 27th from 7pm to 9pm (social starts at 6:30pm) at 150 Denny Way (between 1st and 2nd Avenues with the zip code 98109 for those who use a Mapquest). Our first discussion is called "Breaking the Cycle of Debt"; July 11th is "Renters Unite!;" and, on July 25th , it's called "Health Care for All".

This series is sponsored by Allyship, Statewide Poverty Action Network, Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO), Pride At-Work, Trikkon NW, Gay City, Seattle NOW, SEIU 6 and the Seattle LGBT Center. For more information, go to

Allyship's is LGBTQ and Allies who believe that all oppressions are interconnected and in the possibility of a world free of oppression. We seek to work in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression and to support the systematic liberation of all people.

Debbie Carlsen
Member of Allyship

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