middle school ?
(No Mr. Swisher was actually his real name!)
My review of Gay City University
Took train to Seattle for weekend
of Feb 25 2000
It was like going back to my Junior High
when I took the train to Seattle and
attended "Gay City
GCU is a one day event where a middle
school is rented
organization called Gay City. They
use it to offer
was also a school lunch room complete with
There was also
an opening assembly, a school song and
there was even
a school nurse;
in drag of course.
It really did remind me of the Junior
High (these days
school) I went to, many years ago, in the
town of Pullman,
Back then there was a teacher named "Mr.
I am not kidding.
Mr. Swisher taught orchestra. He
that swishy; even though he had the name. He was a great teacher
Several hundred students (mostly people
averaging in their
this future replay of the middle
school. Gay City
classes ranging from "home buying
strategies for gay
men" to a class on the "sociology of gay male prostitution;" taught by
a former prostitute.
Other classes ranged from auto mechanics to
the gay history
One of the classes, I took, dealt with
- creating one's
own "zine." We talked about things like
putting out ones
with a ditto machine. We also
discussed self publishing
on the Internet.
Younger classmates may have had no memory
of what ditto
copies looked like; or more importantly, what they smelled like.
Another middle school memory, I had from
years back, was
having crushes on certain people. Gay City University had a
for registering one's crushes. Little green slips were passed out
at the beginning assembly. If another classmate looked real
one was to use the green slip to write down the number from that
name tag along with a secret note. The green slips were to be
placed into a box on the stage of the auditorium.
At the end of the day, there was another
the green slips were handed out to their appropriate recipients.
The "principal" promised not to read the secret notes.
I noticed that one person got a lot of
He was a handsome blond with a dynamic personality. As they were
handing out the notes, they kept calling his name. Finally the
ask him to "just sit on the stage"; rather than having to get out of
chair and walk to the stage each time his name was called.
The history class taught me a lot about
early life in
Seattle; gay life that is. Photos and memories of places with
like "The Garden Of Allah" came up. We heard about a notorious
room under The Double Header Tavern in Pioneer Square.
around the Double Header date back to at least the 1940s. The
Header is still in business making it, possibly, the oldest gay bar in
I really enjoyed my day of "going back
to school" at Gay
City University. Gay City sponsors many community building
in hopes of building a healthier gay community.