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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
Our flag, part III: Healeo threatened over Pride flag giveaway
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Our flag, part III: Healeo threatened over Pride flag giveaway

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The owner of a mod retail space on Capitol Hill received threats last week because of his support for the LGBT community through an ongoing Pride flag giveaway at his store.

Justin Brotman, founder and proprietor of the swanky vitamin and juice bar Healeo (1520 15th Ave.), received a hateful email on June 16 that shocked the businessman, a straight ally of the LGBT community.

'I received the email last Thursday afternoon immediately after associating myself with a Seattle Out & Proud executive, Jarod Owen,' Brotman told Seattle Gay News. 'I don't feel the timing was coincidental as Jarod is a visible member of the LGBT community and works with an organization that is openly hated by anti-Gay groups.'

The threats were directed at Brotman's business and claimed they could get Healeo shut down by the city and that they would torment him through Yelp and Google.'

The email, which referred to Brotman as a 'fag loving Healeo owner,' read, 'You and any other business taking those flags will pay a dear price. God himself will judge you however I will hurt your life before he can. Healeo will now be tormented through review sites and I will do what it takes to get you shutdown through the city of Seattle. I can get around Yelp filters and same with google. You will have so many bad reviews nobody will ever come.'

The bigot then delivered Brotman an ultimatum, 'I will give you until Saturday to remove any fag flags from your store and then will commence taking you down.'

The email ended in a predictable fashion: 'God hates fags and he hates you.'

Brotman's immediate reaction to the threats was panic. 'My business means everything to me, so when it was threatened, I only slept a few uncomfortable hours over the next few days,' he told SGN. 'Whenever there is a customer complaint or I don't see someone for a while, I take it personally, so you can imagine how scared I was of an impending barrage of negative reviews and god knows what else.'

The hateful email was directed at Brotman and his business in response to his support of Pride weekend and the Seattle Gay News' A Flag on Every Corner project. Brotman made a commitment to buy a Pride flag for any business that wanted one. When he had a number of flags left over, he extended the offer to everyone. The response was so great that he had to buy more flags for the giveaway.

'After receiving the email, I immediately stopped promoting the Pride flag giveaway out of fear,' said Brotman. 'It was a horrible feeling to know they had beat me, but I was just scared. If Healeo was to be attacked by these people from the anonymous world of the internet, I would have no defense.'

After some time of reflection Brotman says he felt disappointed in himself for 'failing to stand up to the pressure of the anti-Gay movement.'

'Honestly, I felt that I had let myself and the community down. It's the kind of thing that any person would regret later in life if they didn't do the right thing,' he said. 'It is now obvious to me that the love and support of our community will overpower hate and intolerance every time, so the promotion is back on.'

'I also thought about what my own father, who founded a large company and is a public figure, would have done and determined he would put himself at risk and stand up to voice support to combat any form of discrimination,' he continued. 'This motivated me to re-start our Pride flag giveaway in time for the weekend!'

Brotman posted on the Healeo Facebook page: 'Last week in response to our Pride Flag giveaway we received a hate-filled email threatening the store if we did not cease the giveaway. I admittedly got spooked and went silent to protect the business, which was a mistake. I should have stood up and promoted it even harder. So after much consideration I will share the email to raise awareness that hate and intolerance continues to be prevalent.'

'P.S. I just bought another box of flags to redeem myself for not standing up, so come and get them.'

Brotman, who is not Gay, told SGN he is 'just incredibly passionate about the rights of all people who are discriminated against. It's probably in my genes as a Jewish person, but issues such as Gay marriage have ignited a passion inside me to be angry and make a difference against all discrimination.'

For Brotman, Pride month is a time for everyone to celebrate. 'Pride may have a different meaning to me than others as I don't personally feel it is solely a Gay issue,' he said. 'To me, it is an issue of our rights as human beings and is no different then our country's rich history of struggles by black or female individuals. No matter who you are, if you are discriminated against, I would be thinking of how to help.'

Brotman says there is a lesson in all of this. 'I would like to remind SGN readers that outside of our blissful Capitol Hill bubble, there is still major injustice and a lack of tolerance for our differences as human beings,' he said. 'As someone who was born on Broadway and lives and works on Capitol Hill, I understand how easy it is to slip into a false sense of security amongst our incredibly progressive and wonderful neighbors. I hope everyone will be extra aware to keep spreading awareness and never stop.'

The Healeo business owner proved, through his actions, that he practices what he preaches. Aside from starting the Pride flag giveaway again, he called the Seattle Police Department to make a report and brought the matter to the attention of a 'prominent civil rights figure' who Brotman says is 'handling the issue.'

Seattle Police Department Detective Mark Jamieson told SGN that Brotman did the right thing. 'Any time a person or business is threatened or harassed it is important that they contact the police. Threats and harassment are a crime.'

If the threats are done in person and seem violent, Jamieson recommends calling 911. Still, he says, 'Any form of harassment needs to be reported. If it is written communication you could call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011, or flag down an officer, or visit a precinct. It doesn't matter how you do it, just make sure you report it.' Our flag, part III: Healeo threatened over Pride flag giveaway by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The owner of a mod retail space on Capitol Hill received threats last week because of his support for the LGBT community through an ongoing Pride flag giveaway at his store.

Justin Brotman, founder and proprietor of the swanky vitamin and juice bar Healeo (1520 15th Ave.), received a hateful email on June 16 that shocked the businessman, a straight ally of the LGBT community.

'I received the email last Thursday afternoon immediately after associating myself with a Seattle Out & Proud executive, Jarod Owen,' Brotman told Seattle Gay News. 'I don't feel the timing was coincidental as Jarod is a visible member of the LGBT community and works with an organization that is openly hated by anti-Gay groups.'

The threats were directed at Brotman's business and claimed they could get Healeo shut down by the city and that they would torment him through Yelp and Google.'

The email, which referred to Brotman as a 'fag loving Healeo owner,' read, 'You and any other business taking those flags will pay a dear price. God himself will judge you however I will hurt your life before he can. Healeo will now be tormented through review sites and I will do what it takes to get you shutdown through the city of Seattle. I can get around Yelp filters and same with google. You will have so many bad reviews nobody will ever come.'

The bigot then delivered Brotman an ultimatum, 'I will give you until Saturday to remove any fag flags from your store and then will commence taking you down.'

The email ended in a predictable fashion: 'God hates fags and he hates you.'

Brotman's immediate reaction to the threats was panic. 'My business means everything to me, so when it was threatened, I only slept a few uncomfortable hours over the next few days,' he told SGN. 'Whenever there is a customer complaint or I don't see someone for a while, I take it personally, so you can imagine how scared I was of an impending barrage of negative reviews and god knows what else.'

The hateful email was directed at Brotman and his business in response to his support of Pride weekend and the Seattle Gay News' A Flag on Every Corner project. Brotman made a commitment to buy a Pride flag for any business that wanted one. When he had a number of flags left over, he extended the offer to everyone. The response was so great that he had to buy more flags for the giveaway.

'After receiving the email, I immediately stopped promoting the Pride flag giveaway out of fear,' said Brotman. 'It was a horrible feeling to know they had beat me, but I was just scared. If Healeo was to be attacked by these people from the anonymous world of the internet, I would have no defense.'

After some time of reflection Brotman says he felt disappointed in himself for 'failing to stand up to the pressure of the anti-Gay movement.'

'Honestly, I felt that I had let myself and the community down. It's the kind of thing that any person would regret later in life if they didn't do the right thing,' he said. 'It is now obvious to me that the love and support of our community will overpower hate and intolerance every time, so the promotion is back on.'

'I also thought about what my own father, who founded a large company and is a public figure, would have done and determined he would put himself at risk and stand up to voice support to combat any form of discrimination,' he continued. 'This motivated me to re-start our Pride flag giveaway in time for the weekend!'

Brotman posted on the Healeo Facebook page: 'Last week in response to our Pride Flag giveaway we received a hate-filled email threatening the store if we did not cease the giveaway. I admittedly got spooked and went silent to protect the business, which was a mistake. I should have stood up and promoted it even harder. So after much consideration I will share the email to raise awareness that hate and intolerance continues to be prevalent.'

'P.S. I just bought another box of flags to redeem myself for not standing up, so come and get them.'

Brotman, who is not Gay, told SGN he is 'just incredibly passionate about the rights of all people who are discriminated against. It's probably in my genes as a Jewish person, but issues such as Gay marriage have ignited a passion inside me to be angry and make a difference against all discrimination.'

For Brotman, Pride month is a time for everyone to celebrate. 'Pride may have a different meaning to me than others as I don't personally feel it is solely a Gay issue,' he said. 'To me, it is an issue of our rights as human beings and is no different then our country's rich history of struggles by black or female individuals. No matter who you are, if you are discriminated against, I would be thinking of how to help.'

Brotman says there is a lesson in all of this. 'I would like to remind SGN readers that outside of our blissful Capitol Hill bubble, there is still major injustice and a lack of tolerance for our differences as human beings,' he said. 'As someone who was born on Broadway and lives and works on Capitol Hill, I understand how easy it is to slip into a false sense of security amongst our incredibly progressive and wonderful neighbors. I hope everyone will be extra aware to keep spreading awareness and never stop.'

The Healeo business owner proved, through his actions, that he practices what he preaches. Aside from starting the Pride flag giveaway again, he called the Seattle Police Department to make a report and brought the matter to the attention of a 'prominent civil rights figure' who Brotman says is 'handling the issue.'

Seattle Police Department Detective Mark Jamieson told SGN that Brotman did the right thing. 'Any time a person or business is threatened or harassed it is important that they contact the police. Threats and harassment are a crime.'

If the threats are done in person and seem violent, Jamieson recommends calling 911. Still, he says, 'Any form of harassment needs to be reported. If it is written communication you could call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011, or flag down an officer, or visit a precinct. It doesn't matter how you do it, just make sure you report it.'

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