As Pride Month on Capitol Hill rolls quickly forward, the Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission is out with its 2014 plan to “address and present the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens” and one of its priorities for the year dovetails with the renewed discussions about community priorities for the Capitol Hill Station transit oriented development.
In the 2014 commission plan, the Community Infrastructure Committee supports “community efforts to expand, improve, and establish community spaces and organizations providing culturally competent services to LGBTQ communities in Seattle.”
The work may include “supporting community efforts to establish an LGBTQ Community Center,” the plan states.
Community Infrastructure priorities also include advocating for an Office of LGBTQ Affairs at City Hall or the appointment of an LGBTQ advisor to Mayor Ed Murray.
An LGBTQ center is one community element that has been discussed as a possible component of the coming development around the light rail station on Broadway though others have advocated for a broader mission for any facility.
At a meeting earlier this week to discuss development priorities for the projects, George Bakan, publisher of Seattle Gay News and president of the Capitol Hill Community Council, said he wanted a true community center, one that expanded beyond just an LGBTQ center.
The commission consists of 15 representative citizens of Seattle appointed by the mayor and city council. It meets every third Thursday at 6:30 PM at Seattle City Hall. You can learn on the Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission site at seattle.gov/LGBT/