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West Seattle Herald Friday, August 19, 2011 3 Steve Shay Left to right: Windermere-West Seattle's Dawn Leverett, Outwest Bar owner Bob Lunke and Lev- erett's partner, web developer Lisa Laughlin enjoy the soft opening of West Seattle's new and only Outwest, new gay and lesbian bar has successful opening By Steve Shay Outwest, the new LBGTQA bar in West Seattle located at 5401 California Ave. S.W. was crowded with enthusiastic customers during the beginning of their soft opening Aug. 11. Outwest will be open six days a week, Tuesday through Sun- day from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. The opening marks the end of a two year process for owners Bob Lunke and Chad Gabelein. Papa John's Pizza across the street delivered several free pizzas to wel- come their new neighbors. "We have a very large LGBTQA community out here," said Lunke, a youthful 50. LGBTQA Stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. The "A" stands for "allies" or straight supporters. Lunke was a banker for 16 years and in the Army Reserves for 30 years. "We have over 700 friends on our grand opening. It's very exciting. This is the American dream. This is a small business in this (challenging) economy." "We are really excited to have a gay and lesbian establishment in the neighborhood," said Dawn Leverett, a real estate agent at Windermere- West Seattle in the Alaska Junction and former Board President for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. "Small businesses are the backbone of the economy." "Come down on Wednesday night;' said her partner, Lisa Laughlin, a web developer. "I will be the guest greeter for 'Lesbian Night'" (That'g planned for Wednesday nights.) Another lesbian couple at the bar pointed out to the West Seattle Herald that men greatly outnumbered women and were concerned it would become a male-oriented gay bar and that per- haps in the future they might feel like None of us plan to fail in our retirement years, but many of us fail to plan. 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They mentioned such bars on Capitol Hill where such divisions have occurred in gay and lesbian 6ars. "We're suburban gay people," said Ford, a male patron from Top Hat. "It doesn't matter whether you're male or female. We're together here fighting the same fight, waving our rainbow flags in front of our homes, all getting along. We're having the same goal in mind, to live our lives as gay people." "The bottom line is this bar is here to serve the community" said Scott from Sand Point. "West Seattle has the highest gay population outside Capitol Hill. It's not going to be as divided as the gay bars on The Hill. Bob's gone out on a limb. He deserves our business. Come and support him" Steve Shay can be reached at steves@ AVE. SW West Seattle Herald White Center News Jerry Robinson Publisher T. C. 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