Discrimination

This section contains narrators’ descriptions of discrimination they have–or have not–seen and experienced in Spokane. Most of the time, narrators describe interactions between “straight” and “gay” people, but this section also reveals narrators’ perceptions of racial, class, and other sorts of bias. Sometimes discrimination occurs within the LGBT community itself.

Bonnie Aspen                   “What would the neighbors think?”
Marge Ballack                   “I was a fast, fast runner.”
Ted Clark                            “It has a terribly happy ending.”

Dan Coulston                    “Doctors who would not touch a door handle.”
Marianne Dawson           “How can you prove discrimination?”
Gordon Fleming               “I didn’t stop until I had my knife up to my chest.”

Kevan Gardner                  “Of course there are gay people running around.”
Maria H.-Peck                    “People broke into their office and smeared feces all over the wall.”
Diane Lantz                        “He would have shot us.”

Christopher Lawrence “That redneck is a part of God too.”
Dean Lynch                        “We got bogged down.”
Lenard Mace                      “We have to accept our own diversity.”

Linda McKitrick                “There are a lot of homeless kids.”
Gene Otto                            “We’d have a gay bashing . . .”
Craig Peterson                   “I’m not one of those people.”
Deena Romoff                   “I’ve never really been threatened.”

Larry Stone                         “His face was contorted with rage.”
Paul Tiesse                          “You would think that everybody would be more considerate.”
Peter Williams                     “We don’t get to know people who are different than us.”

Willow Williams                  “A total surprise for me.”
Kim Winchester                   “One less faggot prostitute.”
Ann Wood                             “The wrong person picked it up.”
Charles Wood                      “We took him off the mailing list.”