Earlier this week, CHS noticed a reference to our report on a push to create an LGBT community center on Capitol Hill from a site called http://theseattlelesbian.com. First CHS thought: damn porn site scraper bots! Such is the state of LGBT media/local media/all media. Turns out, The Seattle Lesbian is an ambitious little new online news venture with a simple, straightforward name — reminds us a little of somebody we know! Meet TSL:
The Seattle Lesbian is a hip, cutting-edge news, lifestyle, political, and entertainment website designed specifically for lesbians by lesbians in the Pacific Northwest. Content ranges from topical, timely national reports to area-specific news and entertainment, reviews, and celebrity interviews straight from Hollywood. Mixing up local and national news and resources in a fresh new way is our forte’.
Editors Sarah Toce and Kate West (she’s the one with the ink in the photo above) tell CHS that Seattle lesbians do not have a news source. “Seriously. It’s all I’ve heard. For years, I’ve been saying it, too,” Toce said. “So, instead of complaining about it and waiting for someone else to do it, I decided to do it myself!” Toce said that in addition to West, her wife Stephanie Brusig is also involved in the operation as well. “We are going to put Seattle on the map — if all of the ladies out there will support us and help spread the word,” she said.
The site enters a “niche” online news market but it won’t be entirely alone. Our pals at Seattlegayscene.com are a hard working bunch who have helped put the hyper in Seattle hyperlocal LGBT community coverage and the venerable Seattle Gay News continues to plug along and shoveling its reams of content onto the Internet. And there is the Stranger, of course, which continues to be the leading Seattle voice for many Seattle cultures — including Capitol Hill and, probably, Seattle lesbians. But there’s always room for more voices, no? Also like CHS, The Seattle Lesbian is advertising supported.
TSL’s content so far runs the spectrum from news bits, to commentary to entertainment and events coverage. It leans a little heavily on celebrity interviews but the site is just over a week old, so it’s a bit early to judge. Their write-up of the situation surrounding the LGBT community center story is notable in that it adds to the story and represents honest-to-goodness new era information gathering at its finest. That’s a nice link post, TSL. Well done.
As for the women behind TSL, Toce is an experienced freelancer having written for SheWired and some of Seattle’s local community papers, while West is an advocate and writer with a day job at UnitedHealth Group, according to her LinkedIn profile.
West told us more about her vision for what TSL can be:
Our hope is to bring Seattle’s lesbian population to the forefront and give a voice to all of the talented female artists, musicians, business women, etc in our local community as well as being a one-stop site for Seattle lesbians who want to keep up on national happenings too. It’s about time someone stood up for local lesbians and we’re proud to do just that.
Toce is also a bit of a fighter it seems. “For some reason, people are scared of successful women. Well, we’re here and we are going to show them that women can write and deserve to be respected,” she tells us.