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dcagenda.com – vol. 2, issue 15 – april 9, 2010

dcagenda.com – vol. 2, issue 15 – april 9, 2010

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Ernesto Santalla
designscalming spaces; city’sreal estate market surges —see our special section.
Home & Garden,PAGE 26
Charges dropped againstfour protesters whotargeted Nancy Pelosiwith sit-in last month.
Annual Cherry Weekendfeatures parties galore,including performanceby Deborah Cox.
the lgbtq community’s news source
Inaction on LGBT billslikely to trigger ‘angerin the community’
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
Supporters of LGBT rights are turn-ing up the heat on Congress in theirefforts to pass several key bills after law-makers return from recess next week.Allison Herwitt, legislative directorfor the Human Rights Campaign,alluded to potential political conse-quences if the bills don’t advance inthis Congress.“I do think that there will be manyLGBT Americans frustrated and dis-appointed if any of these [bills] don’tmove,” she said. “Even though wedon’t have a pro-LGBT majority inthe House and the Senate — this isour highest majority that we haveand we need to obviously capitalizeon the members that we have in theHouse and the Senate to pass legis-lation. So, in short, I do think thatthere will be anger in the community.”Herwitt said this anger would like-ly manifest itself in LGBT voters feel-ing disconnected from Congress andfrom the Obama administration.This disconnect, Herwitt said,could affect political donations or dis-courage people from getting involvedin re-election campaigns as well as“not door knocking, literature drop-ping, all that kind of stuff.”Herwitt also urged a strongervoice from the White House in advo-cating for legislation like theEmployment Non-Discrimination Actand the Domestic Partner Benefits &Obligations Act, as well as repeal of“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”“I do think that it is important thatthe president and the administrationdo strongly indicate to the House and
Anna Pacquin
comes out as bisexual in web video.
Page 6
Two gay Georgia teens prepare for controversial prom date.
Page 14
President Obama
 joined families on the White House lawn for this week’s Easter egg roll. LGBT rights supporters are callingon him to be more vocal in his support for several key bills still pending in Congress, including repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Continues onpage 16
D.C. City Council member
Jack Evans
, seen here at an event cele-brating the passage of same-sex mar-riage, is running for the Council chair-man’s seat. He will run againstCouncil member Kwame Brown.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Anti-gay candidateruns in at-large contest
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
D.C. City Council members JackEvans (D-Ward 1) and Kwame Brown(D-At Large) have announced theyare candidates for the Council chair-man’s seat, creating another citywidecontest where LGBT voters mustchoose between friends.Evans and Brown entered theCouncil chairman race after the cur-rent chairman, Democrat VincentGray, declared his candidacy formayor, challenging Mayor AdrianFenty’s bid for a second term inSeptember’s Democratic primary.Much as they did with the mayor’srace, most gay Democratic activistshave said they are not ready to takesides in the Council chair contest,expressing an interest in seeing theLGBT-friendly candidates for mayorand Council chair speak out on bothgay and non-gay issues.However, Evans’ strong support forLGBT rights extends over 20 years inhis role as the Council’s most seniormember. His longer record on LGBTissues is expected to give him anedge over Brown for the gay vote — atleast in some parts of the city.“We have a process for endorsingcandidates and we’re going to followthat process,” said Jeffrey Richardson,president of the Gertrude SteinDemocratic Club, the city’s largestLGBT political group.In a timetable approved earlier thisyear, the club will hold an endorse-
Evans, Brown enterrace for Council chair
Continues onpage 16
With clock ticking, all eyes on Congress
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