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Seattle Named As LGBT-Friendliest City In America!


Seattle, y’all!!

See? It’s not always about The City By The BayThe Sparkling Emerald City (read: Friends of Dorothy!) is finally getting some respect. Seattle has been named The Number 1 LGBT-Friendliest City in America!



To honor this year’s Pride, personal finance website NerdWallet compiled a list of the top-20 LGBT-friendly cities. They considered three factors for their rankings:

1.    Presence of gay community, based on U.S. Census data on the percentage of households with same-sex partners in each city.

2.    LGBT-friendly laws and opportunities, based on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index.

3.    LGBT safety and tolerance, based on FBI data on the number of sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents in each city.

Seattle aced all three categories. No city has a higher percentage of same-sex partner households (we broke that news last year here on FYI Guy). Seattle also had a perfect score of 100 on the HRC equality index, and a relatively low rate of sexual orientation-related hate crimes at 0.95 per 100,000 residents.

With a final score of 96.8, Seattle easily beat out No. 2 San Francisco.


Live Long And Prosper in Seattle!!

Oh, hey. Did I mention that the Grand Marshall for the 2014 Seattle Pride Parade is EVERYONE’S Facebook friend, the iconic George Takei? 


George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original “Star Trek” series, will take the helm at the big event, according to a news release on the Seattle Pride website.

Takei, who is openly gay, has become an outspoken supporter of human rights issues. He has also became an internet celebrity, with more than six million Facebook likes and more than one million followers on Twitter.

Takei and his husband Brad married in 2008 and have been together 27 years. They live in Los Angeles.

The Seattle Pride Parade will take place at 11 AM Sunday, June 29, on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

You read that correctly, my friends. Sulu is comin’ to town. Oh, MY!

Irene From The Real World Seattle Speaks About The Bitchslap Heard Around World And More Dirt

The Real World Seattle - 1998
The Real World Seattle – 1998


If you’re about my age, in your 30s, then you grew up with MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules as the reality shows to go to. Before this overload of ‘reality’ television, I was fascinated by what I assumed was reality.

I was convinced that I would audition for Road Rules, so I could travel; or audition for Real World, so I could be filmed ‘coming of age’. Then I realized how much more enjoyable it was to be a voyeur. Who doesn’t enjoy people watching, and learning the why and how adulthood, and social pairings? It’s fascinating stuff. By watching those early seasons of those shows, we saw young adults date, befriend, then argue, cohabitate, party, we saw them be.

In the 1998 season of the show, set in Seattle, we saw the truth. We saw that there are some realities that aren’t very glamorous, and we saw how some truths are exploited by the media for ratings. Two of the castmates, Stephen and Irene, did not get along well, and that’s putting it mildly. When Irene had reached her tipping point, and had already decided she was leaving the show, she gave her farewell to Stephen by effectively outing him on national television; Stephen retaliated by first throwing a beloved item from Irene’s childhood into the bay outside the cast’s home (the set was on a pier), and then by flagging down Irene’s vehicle before it pulled away and slapping her. This is what became known at the time as, ‘the bitchslap heard round the world’.

via MTV/The Real World/Bunim/Murray

At the time, I was shocked by both those moments. Firstly, I was horrified by the fact that Stephen was allowed to stay on the program. The way it was shown, it appears that the castmates chose to let him stay under the condition that he seek counseling for his anger issues. I agree that he needed counseling, but don’t feel he needed to stay on the show. I feel that by letting him stay on, his terrible behavior was glorified. Secondly, I was disgusted that Irene’s chose to out him, by implying that being homosexual was a laughable insult. If it was premeditated or not, it’s edited to look that way, and it is gross. Something so personal, whether true or not, should never be used to attack someone regardless of the circumstances.

Now, 15 years later, Irene wrote an article for Vulture magazine (which you can read HERE), retelling her experience on the show. I found it interesting, and worth sharing. So, give it a once over, and let me know your thoughts.


Chris Cornell Acoustic Seattle Concert – Guest Reviewer, Erin M.

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Seattle’s Rock God, Chris Cornell

Photo: Jake Chessum

Walking into Benaroya Hall on Sunday night was a little bit like walking into a small, dark smoky bar just like in the late ‘80’s or early 90’s. Wait. It as nothing like it AT ALL. I jokingly looked at one of the many people waiting for their cocktails asking, “Who are all these OLD people here at the Chris Cornell show”? The cheerful reaction to my sarcasm started making me feel at home. I sat at my seat waiting to see an amazing show, and when our very own Chris Cornell walked out to huge screams and people jumping to their feet, the familiar vibe was back. I was in Church. An uplifting, emotional, sad, soulful and ultimately connecting service with Chris at the pulpit.



Chris started off thanking Seattle for their years of support and then gave us what we were all waiting ; and OH, so much more…

We ate up the first several songs. A few from Audioslave, a lot from Soundgarden, Chris’s solo work, and a couple from various soundtracks. He gave us an inside view of his fanboy tendencies by telling us that “You Know My Name” from the James Bond film, “Casino Royale” was really about his excitement of having his name put on the same “list” as none other than Paul McCartney. “Sshh! Don’t tell anyone.”

Ben Shepherd joined him for two incredible tunes complete with big bear hugs and kind words spoken from the stage. Great memories. I was wondering what covers would be played when Chris ( and yes, WE call him that here in Seattle!)  started chatting with the audience about how he was playing around mixing up a couple of tunes and I heard a couple of familiar notes from U2’s classic “One”. Wait. There is something different, yet familiar. Holy mackerel! Chris sang the lyrics to “One” by Metallica! You ingenious dog, you.


Continuing on with my Church metaphor, the second Chris went into “Man of Golden Words”,  Julia and I wrapped our arms around each other as hard as we could, remembering Seattle’s own Andy Wood.

Then, as if we weren’t feeling emotional enough, Chris blessed us with three songs from Temple of the Dog.. Chris then invited Bhi Bhiman, his unassuming opening act, a clever singer-songwriter to join him to perform the epic “Hunger Strike”. Bhi’s parents are from Sri Lanka, he was born in Missouri and idolized Soundgarden as a teen. A dream come true for him, as well as for us, during Sunday Evening Church . He is a talented guitarist, songwriter and has a voice like buttah!



Praise be.


And how about the song written for Seattle?? Audioslave’sOriginal Fire”Listen to Chris tell another story of how one of his most  badass songs came about…



He did a fantastic version of “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles and then he left the stage. What? Oh no. We know you, Chris–you will be back, and you didn’t disappoint. For five more encores, Chris kept us enthralled, happy and overflowing with faith, and even dedicated the final song to his longtime bandmates in Soundgarden.

We hope some of you were there, worshiping right along with us, but if not, hopefully these videos will help you see the light.

Peace Be With You.  Amen.