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Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

"Or Does Jordan's passion come from being a staunch trans activist? I'm curious, because I'd gladly compare notes on how we have each supported the trans community over the past month, year or even 5 years. . . Credibility lost."

Craig, the only person whose credibility has been lost is your own. "Supporting" the trans community is not a pissing match to be won. Even if it was, your very public actions would have disqualified you.

This last part of your comment is particularly illuminating, Craig, because it shows that you view being supportive of trans people not as "the right and decent thing to do because they are people like everyone else" but something you should be rewarded for. The underlying message is "ignore my transgressions because I already did something nice for you guys." That is transphobia. That is othering.

Shame on you Craig.

Stop blaming Seven Days for reporting on the community they serve. It's time for you to do some true self-reflection.

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Posted by RM SMTH on 06/15/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

"I find it troubling that you so easily support a writer that clearly did not effectively research his subject and chose to rely on hearsay, claiming it as fact."

It's pretty clear that the author of the column did research his subject pretty effectively. Just because you dislike the result, does not make it so (funny, wasn't that your argument when trans people and allies asked you to change the name?).

"But what I find most troubling is that Jordan has chosen to approach this story with a tone of such anger, and cynicism toward another gay person just 2 days after the anniversary of the Pulse Massacre in Orlando and during Pride month.

SERIOUSLY??? Did you really just try to invoke a mass slaying of gay individuals to quiet press coverage of your business failings and transphobic attitude? If you aren't already feeling ashamed of that one you should be. Same goes with invoking Pride. The purpose of Pride is not to give gay, cis, white men a chance to dance drunkenly in the streets, the purpose of Pride is for everyone in the community, ESPECIALLY those who are transgender, women of color (since they are the most marginalized and threatened in the community) to feel uplifted, empowered, and supported. Pride is a reminder to support each other and be proud in who we are. Craig, your actions have been to shame, to blame, and to marginalize: you stand for everything Pride is not.

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Posted by RM SMTH on 06/15/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Soundbites: Mister Disaster

Wow, Craig speaks!

And Craig sure packs a lot into one comment so let me take it piece by piece (Craig, I welcome a response):

First off, it says a lot in of itself that the first time Craig is willing to speak on the record is, not when asked about the name of the bar prior to it's opening, not when asked to attend the town hall event, but when a negative column is posted about his bar. Not great form, Craig.

"I'd be happy to meet with you and Jordan and discuss, with evidence, the meeting with the pride center . . . I also have audio recording of the entire trans town hall that I'd be happy to review with you."

REALLY?? Craig, you could not spare 5 minutes to listen to the trans members of the community before moving ahead with your plans to name your bar a transphobic slur but you are "happy" to take considerable time out of your day to argue the finer details over who interpreted what better in meetings you had regarding these events?

I also want to ask you, if you have all this "evidence" of what happened at the trans town hall (which you did not attend), I am going to presume your point here is maybe to imply that while you did not show up in person, you still listened to the trans community's concerns. But even if you didn't listen to the recording you have, I am sure you saw the articles and public comments the name was eliciting. So, again, why not change the name based on the feelings of the community you claim to support?

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Posted by RM SMTH on 06/15/2017 at 6:49 PM

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