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Pointing Out That Randy Boehning Is Bi = Biphobia

The jokey/assholey post I wrote yesterday about Randy Boehning, the anti-queer North Dakota state legislator outed by a guy he was trying to pick up on Grindr, is being slammed as biphobic. But the jokes and assholery were directed at...Show More Summary

The City Council Is So Over Being Nice to Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant is pissing off her fellow council members, but that may only strengthen her base. Dan Nolte, City of Seattle Everyone’s talking about Kshama Sawant’s actions throughout the recent process of appointing a new temporary city...Show More Summary

The Morning News: King County Approves New Radios for Emergency Responders, Student Boycott of Standardized Test Grows

Yay! New, functioning radios are on the way for first responders in King County. Possohh/Shutterstock Proposition to Replace Radios for Emergency Responders Passes: By a large margin, too: 65 to 35 percent. (All because of the SECB's...Show More Summary

Jeffrey Toobin Slams Scalia

A guy yells "homosexuality is an abomination!" in the SCOTUS today and Scalia says "[That] was rather refreshing." Um... what?— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) April 28, 2015 Yesterday it looked like I was only person appalled by Justice...Show More Summary

Joni Mitchell Is Not in a Coma. Plus: Refused Returns, Grimes Stumps for TIDAL, and Nicki Minaj Raises the Bar (Mitzvah)

Don't read TMZ, Joni! It's never worth it! Courtesy Saint Laurent • Can no one tell us what is going on with Joni Mitchell? As Dave Segal reported yesterday, TMZ published the news that the beloved singer/songwriter, who was hospitalized last month, had slipped into a coma. Show More Summary

Repeat After Me: May Day Is Coming. It's Not the Apocolypse.

May Day, circa 2013. Ansel Herz For the past two years, I've covered the annual "Oh shit it's happening again" runup to May Day in Seattle. This year, May Day—traditionally a day of protest against injustice towards workers and immigrants...Show More Summary

What Living Next to a Condo Construction Site Taught Me About Seattle's Noise Ordinances

And the number to call if someone's jackhammering your dreams apart at dawn. ROBERT ULLMAN Right across the street from the First Hill building I live in, construction workers are busily transforming a vast cement pit into a high-rise condominium named Luma. Show More Summary

Crappy Comedy, Nepalese Tragedy, and a Huge Step Forward for Transgender Awareness

Pot-loving people get SO EXCITED when the numbers 4 and 20 land near each other. THINKSTOCK MONDAY, APRIL 20 This week of crappy comedy, Nepalese tragedy, and a huge step forward for transgender awareness in America kicked off with 4/20,...Show More Summary

The Gories on Bandin Detroit

it's gonna jump on you baby and it's gonna stay in your dress I've been itching to post this for a long time—the full set from the Gories' 1989 appearance on local Detroit cable TV show Bandin Detroit! It's SO GOOD! I hate that I didn't...Show More Summary

Is Joni Mitchell in a Coma?

Joni Mitchell's condition remains uncertain. Iconic Canadian folk-jazz singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell—who has been hospitalized since March 31 after becoming unconscious in her LA home—reportedly has slipped into a coma, according to...Show More Summary

Demographically Insignificant Candidate to Seek Democratic Nomination

Vermont Public Radio: VPR News has learned from several sources that Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. Sanders will release a short statement on that day and then hold a major campaign kickoff in Vermont in several weeks. Show More Summary

SL Letter of the Day: Sail Away

Originally posted on August 28, 2013. I'm a cute, mostly straight, twentysomething, single, and (safely) sexually active woman. This happens to me pretty often: I hook up with a guy, we start fooling around, and we're both really into it. Show More Summary

Letters to Our Supposedly America-Hating, Communist-Loving, Just-Like-the-KKK, "Gay Gay Gay" Mayor

"Dear Adolph Murray," begins one of the letters. James Yamasaki L ast month, Seattle mayor Ed Murray banned city-funded travel to Indiana after that state passed a "religious freedom" law making it easier to discriminate against LGBT people. Show More Summary

Baltimore: Hillary Wants an Investigation into Police Brutality, Rand Paul Wants an Investigation into Single Parents

Defeat the Washington machine. And single parents. Kobby Dagan / As protests in Baltimore over the suspicious in-custody death of Freddie Gray erupted into violence last night, our current presidential hopefuls have all weighed in on the unrest. Show More Summary

Beautiful New Garden on 11th Avenue

Someone planted a precious little flower garden in one of the dirt pits/open toilets/expansive ashtrays on 11th—right outside the Value Village, steps from our offices. I don't know what those innocent-looking flowering plants did in their past lives to be sent here to die. Show More Summary

When It Comes to Female-Fronted Rock Bands, Why Don't Music Critics Focus on the Music?

Everyone keeps talking about Sadie Dupuis lyrics. But the band Speedy Ortiz is so much more than Sadie Dupuis's lyrics. I’ve long believed that there are two types of people in this world: people who care about lyrics and people who don’t. Show More Summary

The Staff of The Stranger Argues About Restaurants Going Tipless

PAUL TULLER I Want Everybody to Make More, Not Waiters and Bartenders to Make Less By Dan Savage Waiting tables has always meant good money, if not great money, and a flexible schedule. The ability to swap shifts with other waiters meant...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Wrap-Up: Did Scalia Just Accidentally Help Marriage Equality?

The scene of the argument. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock This morning, in a giant marble box perched high atop a swamp on the other side of the country, eight old people in robes chattered about who should be allowed to get married. Meanwhile,...Show More Summary

Anti-Gay State Rep Outed By Guy He Was Trying To Pick Up On Grindr

What's funnier than a straight anti-gay bigot named "Breda" (Br?d-ä)? A closeted gay Republican elected official looking for ass on Grindr named "Randy Boehning." Grand Forks Herald: A North Dakota lawmaker who sent an explicit photo...Show More Summary

Breaking—Weekly Hiphop Institution Stop Biting Scales Back to Monthly

Dufon Smith (aka Orbitron) busting a move at Stop Biting ca. 2011. Kelly O Certain weekly club nights in Seattle have become institutions that you imagine will never fade away: Re-bar’s Flammable, Baltic Room’s Drum & Bass Tuesdays, and Lo-Fi’s Stop Biting come to mind. Show More Summary

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