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dcagenda.com – vol. 2, issue 14 – april 2, 2010

dcagenda.com – vol. 2, issue 14 – april 2, 2010

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Published by: Washington Blade Newspaper on Apr 01, 2010
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how didshe get here?
Deborah Cox
, star ofCherry Weekend, talksabout her early career andreconnecting with gay fans.
With more outcandidates runningfor Congress, could 2010be the Year of the Gay?
Only fools rush in:A look at the legal andfinancial consequencesof getting married.
the lgbtq community’s news source
Both seen as gay allies;race triggers shakeupin Council contests
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
D.C. City Council Chairman VincentGray’s announcement this week thathe will challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty inthe mayoral race will force many LGBTactivists to choose between two strongallies, local activists said.But as of this week, many of the city’stop gay Democratic activists said theywere not ready to take sides in the race, adevelopment that some viewed as a signthat activists have concerns about Fenty.Gray’s entry in the mayoral con-test also opens the way for at leastthree gay-supportive Council mem-bers, whose names have surfaced aspossible candidates for Council chair,to enter that race, creating anotherdifficult choice for LGBT voters.“One way to look at this is it’s agood thing,” said Rick Rosendall,vice president of the Gay & LesbianActivists Alliance. “It’s a luxury to beable to choose among friends.”Rosendall and other activistshave noted that in many parts of thecountry, the LGBT community stillfaces elections where most candi-dates capable of winning are hostileto their interests.Some City Hall observers are pre-dicting that Gray’s entry into the may-oral race will also prove to be a majorbenefit to gay Council candidate ClarkRay, who is challenging Council mem-ber Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) inthe September Democratic primary.Mendelson reportedly is seriouslyconsidering running for the Councilchairman post now that Gray is vacatingthe seat. Should Mendelson run for thatposition rather than for re-election to hiscurrent at-large seat, Ray would be in afar stronger position to win that contest.
In an announcement that surprised no one,
Ricky Martin
confirms he's gay. Page 12
D.C. City Council Chairman
Vincent Gray
will challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty this fall. A third candidate, millionaire developerR. Donahue Peebles, is expected to join the race.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Continues onpage 8
Shannon Hader
, head of the D.C.Department of Health’s HIV/AIDSAdministration, said a study of menwho have sex with men found that 40percent did not know they were HIVpositive until they were tested.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
14 percent of gay, bi menin D.C. have HIV: study
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
Local activists and health officialsthis week called for new approachesin HIV prevention following a citystudy that shows 14 percent of test-ed gay and bisexual men were HIVpositive and 25 percent of black gaymale participants were positive.During a March 29 town hallmeeting organized by the D.C.Center for the LGBT community todiscuss the study’s findings, a num-ber of AIDS activists noted the studyincluded a sample of just 500 malerespondents and did not cover thefull demographics of all men whohave sex with men.But most activists speaking at theforum said the study reveals a num-ber of important new findings showinghigh-risk behavior among those sam-pled and should not be dismissedbecause it’s less than perfect.“Because we’ve determined thatit is not a truly representative sampledue to methodological limitations ofthe research, we can’t say that 14percent of D.C.’s gay [and men whohave sex with men] population is HIVpositive,” said Daniel O’Neill, chair ofthe D.C. Center’s HIV PreventionWorking Group.“The reality: It’s probably farworse than 14 percent, as the data isboth dated and under-representssome of the most at-risk subgroups.”Dr. Shannon Hader, director ofthe D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration,
‘The numbers are staggering’
Continues onpage 18
Fenty vs. Gray presents tough choice for LGBT voters
dcagenda.com • vol. 2, issue 14 • april 2, 2010
Plenty of blame to go aroundfor HIV rate,
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What happened tosilence=death?
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