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THANKS TO MR. GAY SEATTLE

After seeing True at the Cuff many times and not knowing who he was I always had a sense that there was more to him than meets the eye and then to read something of his life in the SGN [Mr. Gay Seattle XXXlll: A True Story] I'm blown way with total respect and admiration for him. It just goes to show we must treat people with respect because we know nothing of their background. Thanks True for allowing us to learn and be reminded its about bringing the best you got to the table of life.

Jonathan Bell



COME OUT FARTHER

It does seem that the idea of being Gay is gaining much more acceptance here in America. However, it seems to me that many LGBT people are not taking big enough steps to let it be known that they are tired of being bullied, be it by ruffians who are looking for trouble, by bigoted politicians and clerics, or by society in general. As examples: how come many Gay male couples will only hold hands in Capitol Hill? Why don't they hold hands down Market St. in Ballard, or along the shore of Seward Park, or along Coulon Beach Park in Renton, or in Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, or in Northgate Mall in North Seattle, or along the marina in downtown Kirkland, or around Sea-Tac Airport when they want to stroll together before sitting at the boarding area waiting for a flight? How come many Gay couples do not freely mention "my boyfriend" or "my girlfriend" when having small talk with strangers, not just Gay or known Gay-friendly strangers, but ANY stranger, ANYWHERE? In other words, is it not unfair for a Gay person to have to watch who they bring up "my boyfriend" or "girlfriend" to?

How come we don't hear of Gay people complaining to straight people about how many of them take for granted the fact that they can hold their significant other's hand anywhere without fear of being harassed, attacked, or discriminated against in other ways? And why does it seem that many straight people do not realize that they are participating in privileges that many Gay people cannot realistically participate in, for fear of harassment or violence or discrimination? How come no one is standing every Sunday morning outside Ken Hutcherson's Antioch Bible Church in Redmond and protesting his hateful sermons? How come someone in a university with a REPUTED liberal environment like UW got away with having an article about homosexuality likened to bestiality get published? How come there hasn't been massive marches the last couple of weekends to protest Prop 8?

I think that, ultimately, the LGBT community needs to do more to have its hurt and pain recognized, validated, and appreciated, and I can't help but think that one way it could do so is to "come out FARTHER." (This I actually remember seeing somewhere in San Francisco 's LGBT paper, the Bay Area Reporter, but I can't remember which edition it was.)

Cherine



CHRISTMAS TIDBITS

On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me, "Let's do it differently this year. Donate our gift money to Gay agencies instead of our friends and relatives. Purchase a decorate candle instead of a tree. Don't accept invitations to holiday parties where most of the people drink too much and become obnoxious. Going to a religious service locally without resorting to video tapes. For once sending post cards without purchasing expensive holiday cards with Santa in leather. Decorating the apartment with a few artifacts without resorting to over-glorified and pretentious d├ęcor. Last but not least cooling that partridge for Christmas dinner. Above all celebrating CHRISTMAS without resorting to standing on our heads trying to keep up with the normalcy to a point of exhaustion. Finding some place that sells HUM BUGS and putting it in an obvious place to see. If we hear HO HO HO turning over and sleeping deliciously until the door bell rings and SANTA appears with cookies and carrots.

Buzz Flowers Callaway
   

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