Resolution was mired in controversy over the removal of bathroom stall doors in the General Admission lavatories, a measure put in place by First & Goal as a harm reduction tactic. The bathrooms have been described as a “nightmare” from a harm reduction standpoint by Gabe Ossa, namely due to the difficulty in getting to someone in need through a locked stall. In our chat with him following Resolution, Gabe noted there have been instances when the security team has even had to knock doors down in order to get people to safety.
Overall, Resolution was the safest event in USC Events history. But at what cost did it come? A large number of people felt as though their privacy had been violated and that losing the stall doors went way too far. We were definitely paying attention when your call to action was made, and we’ve been in contact with Bryan Stevens from the Department of Planning and Development here in Seattle. What we got from him sounded promising to say the very least:
Given the complaints received through (Dance Music Northwest), we plan to reach out to the owner of the event space [First & Goal] and explain the rules regarding privacy. If there is a concern for safety, we would be happy to discuss the issue further to determine alternative methods for maintaining a safer environment… I can’t speculate at this point, but if security is the concern, then we’d like to discuss other methods for managing that without removing the doors.
Based on this, it seems as though there will be bathroom stall doors at Lucky this year, and if not, at the very least we’re hoping an alternative like curtains will be discussed. If First & Goal does decide to move forward with removing the stall doors against the wishes of the City of Seattle, you can report the violation to the Department of Planning and Development by filling out this form. Should it become necessary to file a complaint, the Property Owner is First & Goal, and the contact phone number is (206) 381-7940 (both of these are required to fill out the form).
Hopefully this will be the last we ever hear of this problem, but if we do, you know we will have your back all the way through. We hope that this gives you the confidence to join some of our crew at Lucky this year. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and you can grab tickets to Lucky 2015 over in this direction.
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