… who are mostly probably out anyway, but that is not the point.
OK, this is complicated.
Philip Irvin is an anti-gay emplyee of the Seatle City Light company (a city agency).
He believes that gay people are sick and need to be de-gayed.
THe LGBTQFC is a GLBTA group which is one of several special interest groups set up within the city employee’s purview. These groups get a nominal sponsorship from the city, and varous groups have formed, like ethinic groups, or age-oriented groups, or people who like to bowl on Wednesday, or whatever. LGBTQFC is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Friends Club.
Irvin has tried to join this group, but he is HNFOG (heter, no friend of gays) so they won’t let him in. So, in a huge snit, he demanded the list of all the members, and apparently, is about to legally win that battle.
In arguing that the records should be released, attorneys for the city assert that earlier appeals-court rulings have shown that employee information must be released even if it could result in harassment. The city cites a 2002 case in which King County was ordered by the state Court of Appeals to release a list of sheriff’s deputies’ names.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs assert that the employees’ identities are not releasable under the law, in part because they are of no legitimate public interest.
“The information that we’re talking about is personal information,” Attorney Cecelia Cordova said previously. “The risk is privacy, and that’s something that is taken very seriously by the court system.”
Cordova and co-counsel David Coffman were able to secure a temporary restraining order blocking the city from releasing the documents, but that order could be nullified at a hearing scheduled next week.
Timothy Kincaid is keeping an eye on this.