Seattle Has Become a Metaphor for STUPID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population = 652,000

Total AIDS deaths = 7,150

Homosexual AIDS deaths = 6,592

Projected Annual AIDS deaths = 595

Number of homosexuals = 9,780 per Gallup, 3,260 per MYRBS

Number of Catholics = 104,320

300,000 Catholics in Boston / 890 priests = 337 Catholics per priest

104,320 Catholics in Seattle / 337 priests =

Number of Catholic priests = 309 in 1990, 180 now

Number of homosexual priests to date = 77 or 43%

AIDS Deaths per Catholic priest = 23 in 1990, 40 now

Male HIV rate = 729 per 100k

Percent homosexual = 92.2%

Percent heterosexual = 3.8%

Percent drug abuser = 3.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Assignment(s)

Albrechtson, Dennis

Unknown

St. Anthony's, Renton (1989)

Ashwell, Barry

Laicized

St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore (1963-1969)

Sacred Heart, Bellevue (1969-1970)

St. Pius X, Mountlake Terrace (1970-1971)

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton (1971-1975)

St. Joseph, Vancouver (1975-1976)

St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way (1976-1978)

St. Augustine, Oak Harbor (1978-2000)

Axer, Engelbert

Deceased

Seattle University, Seattle (1943-1946)

Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle (1943-1946)

Seattle University, Seattle (1956-1978)

Our Lady of the Lake, Seattle (1975)

Beaver, Reinart

(Diocese of Spokane)

Unknown

Fort Lewis Chaplain's Office (1976-1980)

Madigan General Hospital, Tacoma (1981-1983)

Blanco, Mario

(Diocese of Puerto Rico and Diocese of Sacramento)

Deceased

None Known; Served at a traditionalist Latin Church in

Tacoma (mid-1980s-2000s)

Boulden, Gary

(Diocese of Spokane)

Unknown

None Known; Occasional ministry at Immaculate

Conception, Seattle, and St. John, Seattle (1992)

Boyle, Edmund

Deceased

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1955-1964)

Out of Archdiocese (1964-1979)

Mt. St. Vincent, Seattle (1979-1984)

Boyle, Edward

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1940-1950)

St. Rose, Longview (1950-1956)

Immaculate Conception, Everett (1956-1958)

Immaculate Conception, Arlington (1958-1965)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sedro Woolley (1965-1968)

Holy Trinity, Bremerton (1968-1976)

St. Stephen the Martyr, Renton (1976-1980)

St. John, Seattle (1980-1985)

St. John's Hospital, Longview (1985-1986)

Sacred Heart, Bellevue (1986-1987)

Brouilette, Robert

Unknown

O'Dea High School, Seattle (1968-1970)

Calhoun, Dale aka Ernest

(Diocese of Yakima)

Permanently barred from ministry

Archdiocese of Seattle Tribunal (1987-1988)

St. Anne, Seattle (1988)

Casale, Albert

Unknown

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1956-1960; 1962-1969)

Champagne, Dennis

Permanent Prayer and Penance

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1961-1965)

St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore (1965-1971)

St. Francis, Seahurst (1971-1973)

St. John, Seattle (1973-1976)

St. Patrick, Tacoma (1976-1979)

St. Michael, Snohomish (1979-1999)

St. John Bosco, Lakewood (1999-2002)

Cody, Michael

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1953-1958)

St. Luke, Shoreline (1958-1961)

Holy Family, Seattle (1961-1962)

Out of Archdiocese (1962-1963)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1963-1967)

Holy Family, Auburn (1967-1968)

Sacred Heart, La Conner (1968-1970)

St. Charles, Burlington (1970-1972)

Assumption, Bellingham (1972-1975)

St. Margaret, Seattle (in residence) (1975-1979)

Conn, Paul

Laicized

Queen of Angels, Port Angeles (1985-1988)

Cornelius, John

Laicized

St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore (1971-1975)

St. Therese, Seattle (1975)

St. Mary, Seattle (1975-1978)

Immaculate Conception, Seattle (1978-1996)

Immaculate Conception & Our Lady of Perpetual Help,

Everett (1997-2002)

Coughlin, John

Deceased

Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle (1952-1957)

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma (1964-1965)

Courtney, Edward

Unknown

O'Dea High School, Seattle (1974-1978)

Our Lady of the Lake, Seattle (1978-1979)

St. Alphonsus, West Seattle (1979-1980)

Croke, Patrick

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1951-1970)

Crosby, Sr. Dolores

Deceased

St. Anne School, Seattle (1968-1970)

Holy Rosary School, Edmonds (1973-1978)

St. Frances Cabrini School, Tacoma (1978-1979)

Our Lady of the Lake School, Seattle (1979-1992)

Immaculate Conception School, Everett (1992-1999)

Delamere, Frank

Unknown

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1963-1968)

Donahue, William

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1924-1932; 1937-1946; 1961-1970)

Dooley, Jerome

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1952-1956)

Christ the King, Seattle (1956-1957)

St. Francis, Seahurst (1957-1960)

St. Rose, Longview (1960-1965)

Sacred Heart, Tacoma (1965-1967)

Holy Rosary, Seattle (1967-1970)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sedro Woolley (1970-1976)

Sacred Heart, Bellingham (1976-1981)

St. Bernadette, Seattle (1981-1983)

St. Thomas More, Lynnwood (1983-1986)

St. Philomena (1986-1993)

Duffy, Patrick

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1958-1959)

Dwyer, George

Unknown

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1940s)

Feeney, Leonard

Deceased

St. Martin's High School/College (1937, 1942-1950)

Fleckenstein, David

Laicized

St. Louise, Bellevue (1977-1979)

Forrester, John

(St. Benedict's Abbey - Atchison, Kansas)

Deceased

Seattle University, Seattle (student) (1971-1973)

St. Therese, Seattle (in residence) (1971-1973)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (in residence) (1974)

Holy Rosary, Seattle (1974-1975)

All Saints, Puyallup (1975-1978)

St. Anthony, Kent (1978)

St. Francis of Assisi, Seahurst (1978-1979)

Foyle, Dermot

(Diocese in Ireland)

Unknown

Assumption, Bellingham (1952-1953)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (1954)

Sacred Heart, Bellevue (1955-1958)

St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma (1959)

St. Michael, Olympia (1960-1964)

St. Mary, Castle Rock (1965-1969)

Gandrau, James

Deceased

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1958-1961)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (in residence) (1961-1965)

St. Mark, Seattle (in residence) (1965-1976)

St. Monica, Mercer Island (1977-1990)

Sabbatical, Menlo Park, CA (1990)

St. Joseph, Vancouver (1991)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (1991-2002)

Harris, Bernard

Deceased

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma (1949-1952)

Hau, Phan Huu

(Diocese in Vietnam)

Unknown

Holy Family, Seattle (1978-1988)

Hays, Michael

Laicized

Holy Trinity, Bremerton (1976-1980)

St. Michael, Olympia (1980-1981)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sedro Woolley (1981-1982)

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Bremerton (1982-1984)

St. Charles, Burlington (1984-1985)

St. Anne, Seattle (1985-1986)

St. Philomena, Des Moines (1986-1989)

Hewitt, Gregory

Laicized

All Saints, Puyallup (1979-1980)

Jaeger, David

Deceased

St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore (1958-1969)

St. Hubert, Langley (1968)

Holy Rosary, Edmonds (1968-1969)

St. Joseph, Vancouver (1969-1972)

Immaculate Conception, Everett (1972-1975)

CYO Director (1975-1978)

Assoc. Dir. of Seminarians, Seattle (1978-1980s)

Sacred Heart, Seattle (in residence) (1978-1981)

St. Paul, Seattle (in residence) (1981-1988)

St. Therese, Seattle (1988-1989)

AIDS Ministry, Seattle (1990-2001)

Jayawardene, Pantaleone

(Chilaw Diocese in Sri Lanka)

Unknown

None Known; Resided in Pacific Northwest (1990s)

Johnson, David

Laicized

St. George, Seattle (1986-1988)

Kealy, Gerard Al

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (Summer of 1958 & 1959)

O'Dea High School, Seattle (1954-1963; 1977-1980)

Kemp, Dennis

Permanent Prayer and Penance

St. Monica, Mercer Island (1973-1976)

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton (1976-1978)

St. Edward Hall Minor Seminary, Burien (1978-1979)

John F. Kennedy High School, Burien (1979-1994)

Chancery, Seattle (1990-1994)

St. Mark, Shoreline (1994-2002)

St. Monica, Mercer Island (2002-2007)

Our Lady of Mount Virgin, Seattle (2004-2007)

Knelleken, James

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1940-1951)

St. Catherine, Seattle (1951-1958)

Immaculate Conception, Raymond (1958-1964)

Holy Trinity, Bremerton (1964-1968)

Leave of Absence (1971-1981)

Christ the King, Seattle (1981-1984)

Immaculate Conception, Everett (1984-1988)

Lackie, John

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1939-1950)

Ladenberger, Louis

Laicized

St. George, Seattle (1980-1984)

Lamm, Timothy

Permanent Prayer and Penance

St. Martin's Abbey/University, Lacey (1955-1981; 1988-1991)

Ledwith, Miceal aka Michael

(Diocese of Ferns, Ireland)

Laicized

None Known; Resided in Rainier (1994-2000s)

Linehan, David

Permanent Prayer and Penance

St. Edward’s Seminary, Kenmore (1956-1958; 1962-

1968; 1970-1972) (as a SS)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (in residence) (1972-1974)

Christ the King, Seattle (in residence) (1974-1975)

Our Lady of Lourdes, Vancouver (1975-1977)

St. Charles, Burlington (1977-1984)

Chaplain to Boy Scouts (1982-1992)

Sacred Heart, Bellingham (1984-1988)

St. Bernadette, Seattle (1988)

Chaplain to Deaf Community (1988-1992)

St. Margaret, Seattle (1989-1992)

St. Mary, Castle Rock (1992-1995)

Low, Lawrence

Deceased

Sacred Heart, Tacoma (1955-1956)

St. Rose, Longview (1956-1960)

St. Francis of Assisi, Seahurst (1960-1965)

St. Mary, Seaview (1965-1969)

St. John Vianney, Vashon (1969-1974)

O.L. Lourdes, Seattle (1974-1975)

St. Catherine, Seattle (1974-1985)

Immaculate Conception, Arlington (1985-1986)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (1986-1987)

Marmo, Theodore

Laicized

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1955-1959)

St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore (1959-1965)

Immaculate Conception, Everett (1965-1969)

J.F. Kennedy High School (1969-1978)

St. Francis, Seahurst (in residence) (1969-1972)

St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way (in residence) (1972-

1976)

St. Edward Hall, Seattle (1976-1979)

St. Michael, Olympia (1979-1985)

St. John Vianney, Kenmore (1985-1992)

Marsh, John

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1951-1958)

St. Catherine, Seattle (1958-1960)

St. Teresa, Seattle (1960-1964)

St. Matthew, Seattle (1964-1968)

St. Anthony, Renton (1968-1970)

St. Thomas, Camas (1970-1971)

St. Madeleine Sophie, Bellevue (1971-1972)

Sick Leave (1972-1976)

St. Francis, Friday Harbor (1976-1978)

St. Paul, Seattle (1978-1980)

St. Mary's Provincialate, Bellevue (in residence) (1980-

1984)

Ministry to Alcoholics (1980-1985)

St. Mary, Castle Rock (1985-1986)

St. Bernadette, Seattle (1987)

St. Bridget, Seattle (in residence) (1987)

McGreal, James

Deceased

St. Edward’s Seminary, Kenmore (1943-1948)

St. Patrick, Tacoma (1948-1950)

St. James, Vancouver (1950-1954)

Holy Rosary, Seattle (1954-1956)

St. Mary, Monroe (1956-1966)

St. Michael, Olympia (1966-1971)

St. Catherine, Seattle (1971-1977)

St. Anthony, Renton (1977-1980)

St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma (1980-1981)

St. John Bosco, Tacoma (in residence) (1980-1981)

Providence Hospital, Everett (1981-1985)

Queen of Angels, Port Angeles (1986-1987)

St. Theresa, Federal Way (1987-1988)

McMahon, Desmond

Laicized

St. Bernadette, Seattle (1960-1967)

St. Catherine, Seattle (1967-1971)

St. Mary, Monroe (1971-1973)

Star of the Sea, Port Townsend (1973-1985)

Holy Cross, Tacoma (1985-1986)

Medical Leave (1986-1987)

Holy Family, Seattle (1987-1988)

St. Mark, Seattle (1988-1989)

All Saints, Puyallup (1989-1990)

McManus, John

Deceased

St. John Vianney, Kenmore (1980-1983)

McSorley, James

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1949-1954; 1959-1968)

St. Mary, Aberdeen (1982)

St. Thomas Center, Bothell (1984-1986)

Mitchell, James

(Sorocco Diocese in Colombia)

Unknown

St. John the Evangelist, Vancouver (1985-1986)

Moffat, Gerald

Permanent Prayer and Penance

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1944-1956)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1956-1960)

St. Margaret, Seattle (in residence) (1960-1961)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (in residence) (1961-1964)

Holy Names Academy, Seattle (1964-1968)

St. Francis, Friday Harbor (1968-1970)

St. Paul, Seattle (1970-1972)

Holy Family, Kirkland (1972-1975)

Our Lady of the Lake, Seattle (1975-1977)

Holy Rosary, Seattle (1977-1980)

Our Lady of Sorrows, Snoqualmie (1980-1992)

St. Hubert, Langley (1992-2002)

Morin, Gerald

Deceased

St. Leo, Tacoma (1952-1983)

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma (1984-1991)

Muehe, Dennis

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1942-1954)

Cathedral, Seattle (1954-1955)

Providence Hospital, Seattle (1955)

Immaculate Conception, Seattle (in residence) (1955)

Catholic University of America, Seattle (1955-1957)

St. Anne, Seattle (in residence) (1957-1974)

Our Lady of Fatima, Seattle (in residence) (1974-1977)

St. Anne, Seattle (in residence) (1977-1978)

St. Bridget, Seattle (1978-1989)

O'Donnell, Patrick

(Diocese of Spokane)

Laicized

St. Paul, Seattle (1977-1978)

O'Sullivan, Vincent

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1940-1950)

OBrien, Michael C.

Laicized

Our Lady of Lourdes, Vancouver (1965-1970)

St Ann, Tacoma (1970-1973)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1973-1974)

St. Michael, Snohomish (1974-1979)

St. John, Vancouver (1979-1999)

St. Mary of the Valley, Monroe (1999-2008)

OBrien, William

Deceased

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (1925-1929)

Immaculate Conception, Seattle (1930-1936)

St. Joseph, Ferndale (1936-1949)

All Saints, Puyallup (1949-1970)

Ocana, Manuel C.

(Diocese in Philippines)

Unknown

St. Joseph Residence (Sisters of Providence) (1998-1999)

Providence Medical Center, Seattle (1998-1999)

Holy Family, Seattle (1998-1999)

Pitsch, Thomas

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1937-1941)

St. Paul, Yakima (1941)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1941-1943)

St. Paul, Yakima (1943-1950)

St. Philip, Woodland (1950-1952)

St. Joseph, Vancouver (1952-1964)

St. Patrick, Tacoma (1964-1971)

St. John, Seattle (1971-1976)

St. Margaret, Seattle (1976-1978)

Pommier, James

(Diocese of Bismarck)

Deceased

Periodic Ministry, Olympic Peninsula area including St. Gabriel, Port Orchard (1979-1985)

Poole, James

Permanent Prayer and Penance

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma (1990-2003)

Quick, William

Deceased

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1934-1939)

Our Lady Star of Sea, Bremerton (1939-1940)

All Saints, Puyallup (1940-1942)

St. Martin, Fife (1942-1952)

Immaculate Conception, Mt. Vernon (1952-1956)

St. Francis, Seahurst (1956-1968)

Quigg, Harold

Deceased

St. Mary Magdalen, Everett (1960-1966)

Holy Family, Kirkland (1966-1968)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1968-1972)

St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way (1972-1981)

Sacred Heart, Bellevue (1981-1988)

St. Anthony, Renton (1988-1989)

St. Bridget, Seattle (1989-2001)

Racine, Leo

Laicized

St. Monica, Mercer Island (1979-1982)

St. Stephen the Martyr, Renton (1982-1984)

St. Joseph, Chehalis (1984-1985)

St. Alphonsus, Seattle (1985-1986)

Holy Family, Seattle (1986-1987)

St. Luke, Seattle (1987-1988)

Renggli, Robert

Left Ministry

St. Martin's Abbey, Lacey (1971-1976)

Ryan, C.P.

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1956-1962; 1965-1968)

Ryan, D.P.

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1949-1956)

Scully, Richard

(Diocese of Yakima, Diocese of Amarillo)

Laicized

Student at Sulpician Seminary of the Northwest (1964-1966; 1971-1973)

Silva, George

(Archdiocese of Santa Fe)

Unknown

O'Dea High School, Seattle (as a CFC) (1991-1994)

Slane, Anthony

Deceased

Our Lady of Good Help, Hoquiam (1982-1987)

Sacred Heart, Seattle (1988-2002)

Stohr, Richard

Deceased

St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore (1940-1947)

St. Mary's, Seattle (1947-1950)

St. Margaret, Seattle (1950-1960)

CYO Director (1950-1960)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle (1960-1964)

On Leave (1964-1970)

Our Lady of Good Help, Hoquiam (1970-1973)

St. Anne, Seattle (1973-1976)

St. John, Vancouver (1976-1979)

Washington State Reformatory, Monroe (1979-1988)

Holy Innocents Mission, Duvall (1979-1988)

Jail & Prison Ministry (1981-1988)

Toner, James

Deceased

Vancouver Missions, Vancouver (early 1920s)

Blanchet Home, Vancouver (1923-1925)

St. James Cathedral, Seattle (1925-1926)

St. Joseph’s, Pe Ell (1926-1938)

Marymount, Tacoma (1938-1944)St. Nicolas, Gig Harbor (1944)

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tacoma (1945-1946)

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1946-1950)

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tacoma (1950)

Toulouse, Michael

Deceased

Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma (1939)

Seattle University, Seattle (1952-1976)

Trippy, Stephen

Deceased

St. Patrick, Tacoma (1976-1978)

St. Vincent de Paul, Federal Way (1978-1979)

Holy Family, Kirkland (1979-1982)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sedro-Woolley (1982-1988)

Sacred Heart, Bellevue (1988)

Warren, James

Deceased

Briscoe Memorial School, Kent (1931-1944)

 

 

 

 

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Inside the Seattle Clinic That Survived the Darkest Days of AIDS

Dr. Peter Shalit's Office Building on Cherry Street Is Being Torn Down to Make Way for New Development

by Matt Baume

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“It was like being in a battlefield,” Dr. Shalit said. MATT BAUME

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It was on a recent visit to the First Hill office of Dr. Peter Shalit that I asked what it's like to treat HIV these days.

"Boring," he smiled, and then waved his hands. "I mean, it's not boring," he hastily added, "but..." He reached for a little green box sitting on the desk in the exam room. It was stamped with a caduceus (serpents coiled around a winged staff) and inside was a stack of index cards like a recipe collection. On each card was a list of dates, handwritten, most of them from the first half of the 1990s. Next to each date was a person's name.

"So many of these people were my friends before I started here," he said, studying them. "There was not a lot we could do."

He flipped through the stack of cards and then looked up. "I helped a lot of people die."

For decades, Dr. Shalit's office at 1120 Cherry Street has been a linchpin in Seattle's fight against HIV. Patients came to those low brick buildings for care, for testing, for difficult diagnoses, for treatment, and for options that no one else would provide. It was where patients learned how they would die—and more recently, where they learned how to survive.

But now the building is closed, and the practice relocated to the Cabrini Medical Tower. The Cherry Street clinic is being demolished and replaced with a sleek blue rectangle of glassy filaments, like an office block sprouted by Frozen's Elsa. Expected to open in 2019, the gorgeous new building will be untouched by the worst horrors of the epidemic.

Peter Shalit studied genetics in his 20s and had dreams of opening his own practice. He recalled comparing himself to a doctor on a popular medical drama of his youth: "It'll never happen, but I want to be Marcus Welby for the gay community."

Dr. Henry Kuharic offered him the chance to make that dream come true. Dr. Kuharic had been practicing since 1964, having grown up on a farm on Issaquah's Cougar Mountain, and was known in certain circles as Seattle's unofficial gay doctor.

When Dr. Kuharic retired, he offered the practice to Dr. Shalit. It was 1990, a time when doing HIV tests meant telling people that they were going to die young. "It was very grave," Dr. Shalit recalled when I visited him on the second-to-last day that his practice would be open on Cherry Street. Some pictures had already come down off the wall.

"AIDS was an evil demon," he said. "The artist would go blind; the model would get herpes that would eat up his face." Patients who had been getting care in the little brick medical building for most of their lives would weaken in a matter of months, or maybe a couple of years, and then they would be gone. As a ritual, Dr. Shalit would write every name and date of death on a card and tuck it into that little green box, year after year.

In the year 1990, there were just over 200 deaths from AIDS in King County. The next year, there were 300 more. The year after that, another 300; the year after that, 350 more; the year after that, another 400. Dr. Shalit's waiting room was filled with men who might soon be confined to the neighboring building's HIV ward. Others could enter the Bailey-Boushay House. But in those days, demand was so high that patients often died before a hospice could take them.

Dr. Shalit saw desperate patients try anything for a cure—some drank hydrogen peroxide, hoping to kill the virus. A doctor in South King County used a dialysis machine to wash patients' blood with disinfectant. "It was like being in a battlefield," Dr. Shalit said.

One of the more promising treatments was a drug called Crixivan, an experimental protease inhibitor. It was in such short supply that Merck, its manufacturer, established a nationwide lottery to determine who would receive treatment. Dr. Shalit was able to get a few patients on the drug, and then he received a call from Merck: Two new slots had just opened up, and he could have them. But that meant deciding which two patients he should choose to receive the potentially life-saving drug. "I picked my two sickest, most desperate patients who were still well enough to swallow a pill," he said. One of the patients he chose remains alive today; the other died. "Not surprising," Dr. Shalit said. "At that point, trying to save the life of a desperately ill person dying of AIDS was like trying to pull a jet plane out of a nosedive seconds before it crash-landed."

It was around that time that two of his patients died on the same day, shortly after confessing their fear of death to him. "That one day, I couldn't deal with it," he said. He broke down, hiding in a stairwell to bawl. "By 1995 or '96, I was planning how not to be doing this anymore."

And then patients started improving. Viral loads decreased. The new protease inhibitors worked. His staff would get lab work back, and after they recovered from their shock at the results, high-fived each other in the office. Conversation went from mitigating pain with morphine to thriving on drug cocktails.

As he described the shift in care, Dr. Shalit spilled a dozen multicolored pills out of a shot glass onto his desktop. "Today, you have options," he said, poking them. No more drinking hydrogen peroxide. No more lottery. No more wasting. Just pills—and a new shot at life.

A new life is what awaits the practice in the Cabrini Medical Tower, where the doors opened on August 24. Some familiar features, such as the carpet-covered walls, didn't make the journey. The rickety desk of Dr. Bill Miller, a doctor who passed away in 1988, will probably stay behind as well, Dr. Shalit said. "It'll go with the building."

The new office offers more room to provide fabulous care in a world-class medical building. The sleek new building that replaces the old location will be a marvel.

But those buildings won't know the thousands of patients who passed through the doors on Cherry Street. They won't have seen the illness and devastation and endurance. It's up to the survivors to carry those memories.

As I was leaving, Dr. Shalit tapped a stained-glass shelf on his desk and said, "The man who made this piece is in there." He pointed to the green box of names and dates, and then he cracked it open one more time and pulled out two cards.

One covered five months of 1995. It had 16 names, all patients who died from AIDS. The second card was for all of 2015 so far, and it had just seven names. One died of cancer, he said, another from ALS, another of a heart attack.

He remembered each one, reciting their cause of death from memory as we sat in the old exam room that was just large enough for two people, for a little green box full of names, and for the memory of a war zone receding into the past. recommended

Editor's note: This article has been updated since it was published.

 

 

 

 

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Survey ranks Seattle area 5th for LGBT population – so how many people is that?

   

Originally published March 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm Updated March 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

For the first time, we can estimate the size of Seattle's LGBT community.

For the first time — thanks to Gallup — we can estimate the size of Seattle’s LGBT community.

The Census Bureau does not ask this question, but Gallup does: “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”

In the Seattle area, 4.8 percent answered “yes.”

The question was included in Gallup Daily tracking interviews between June 2012 and December 2014. This survey is so large — they conducted more than 372,000 interviews — that Gallup is able to estimate the percentage of LGBT people for each of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas.

According to that data, Seattle has the fifth-highest percentage of LGBT people in the U.S. San Francisco is No. 1 with 6.2 percent, followed by Portland, Ore., New Orleans and Austin, Texas, in order.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, only 2.6 percent of Birmingham, Ala.’s population identifies as LGBT.  (The margin of sampling error is ±1 percentage point.)

Percentages can sometimes be a little misleading — for example, Salt Lake City (4.7 percent) ranks higher than New York (4.0 percent) in Gallup’s numbers. So I thought it would be interesting to take the percentages from Gallup and use them to calculate the actual size of the LGBT communities, based on the total populations of each metro (I used 2013 census data).

The LGBT community in the Seattle metro area (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue) pencils out to about 173,000 in a total population of 3.6 million. That ranks Seattle’s LGBT community as the 14th largest. New York easily earns the top spot with nearly 800,000, while Birmingham — again — ranks last, with less than 30,000.

The chart below shows all 50 metros ranked by the percentage of LGBT people, and also shows the estimated size of that population.

Scroll down on the right. Each column is sortable by clicking on the heading.

Sources: Gallup, U.S. Census Bureau

Gene Balk / FYI Guy: 206-515-5052 orgbalk@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @genebalk. FYI Guy Gene Balk crunches the numbers. Gene has been a news librarian at The Seattle Times since 2002. He is a native of New Jersey, and earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Rutgers University. Before coming to The Times, he worked for the Orange County Register and the Baltimore Sun.