SPOKANE, WA — Activists in this quiet, conservative city are looking to create a gay district, modelled after such places as San Francisco’s Castro district and Kansas City’s Olathe. Hoping to join nearby Seattle as a destination for the emerging creative class, Spokane intends to encourage diversity by giving the “different folk” an area of their own to live, work, and play.”I like living in Spokane,” said Phoebe Trent, “but it can be so boring.” Her partner agreed. “There are times when we just want to be around people like us.”
Archbishop Clarence Rhodes, who has come out strongly in favor of a gay district, understands that sentiment. “We have nothing against the gays, but they’re a colorful people. Why not give them their own section of town? Let them have the old mining section. That’s a lovely area. I understand those people like old architecture.” Spokane has grown to include the region formerly occupied by mining companies. Many speculate this will be the future location of the gay district.
Tom Lawrence, owner of the club Man The Shaft located in this area, is thrilled. “We’ve been struggling to stay in the black. People don’t like to come out here. It’s such a long drive that everyone calls it the ass end of town. But if this becomes the gay district we’ll have no problems.” Lawrence said his business could help increase employment. “If we get busy, we’ll need to expand our staff.”
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