Christopher Lawrence – Spokane in Perspective

“It’s a city! It’s not a town.”

I was perfectly happy to be in my racket for years: that Spokane was a rube city, but there was never going to be any culture. That people have no sense of style. That there would never be a social structure here that was anything but gross and redneck. I was perfectly happy to be in that racket. I was perfectly happy to complain about it.

Then one day I got, “Oh, that’s my racket. If I don’t like it, I can do something about it, instead complain. When you chronically complain about something and you don’t need to do anything about it—that’s a racket. It’s bullshit. You can do something about it, or you let it go. Because it’s what is.

What I had done was just stop going [to the Pride celebration in Spokane]. I would go for like 15 or 20 minutes during the festival. The march was too depressing for me. I did it a couple times, I was like, “You’re marching from the theater down one side of the street to the park.” Did you see those [early marches]? Oh, they were pathetic. They were basically marches. It was small. I’m not against marches but . . . it was a big city! I mean, comparatively; it’s not a huge city, but it’s a city! It’s not a town. There’s really no excuse for it. What I finally realized was, I kept saying there was no excuse for it, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. That’s when I joined [OutSpokane]. I joined Vision Committee the same time, and I got on Stonewall [News] at the same time.

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Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson, 8 August 2007; audio held in the Museum of Arts and Culture; transcribed and edited by Laura S. Hodgman.