Caressa Cameron, wholost uncle to AIDS,recognized for HIV workby Whitman-Walker.
The 14th annualYouth Pride Day,featuring music andmore, is Saturday.
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Brian Betts hailed asinnovative educator,hero to students
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Brian Betts, the highly acclaimedD.C. middle school principal who wasfound shot to death April 15 at hishome in Silver Spring, Md., was outas a gay man to a circle of friendsand D.C. public school system col-leagues, multiple sources have toldthe DC Agenda.Montgomery County police saidthey discovered Betts’ fully clothedbody in a second floor bedroom inhis house along the 9300 block ofColumbia Boulevard in Silver Spring.Police noted there were no signs of aforced entry into the house, leadingthem to believe that Betts, 42, invitedhis killer or killers inside.Police spokesperson Sgt. C.Thomas Jordan said he could notcomment on whether Betts’ murderwas related to the slain principal’ssexual orientation, saying only thathomicide detectives were investigat-ing all possible angles of the case toidentify a suspect or suspects.“I know our investigators are talkingto everyone they know of to get to thebottom of the case,” he said. “We aregoing to investigate every avenue. Ourrole is to solve a homicide.”Betts established a reputation as arising star in the Montgomery Countypublic school system as a teacher andassistant principal before D.C. PublicSchools Chancellor Michelle Rheerecruited him to join her and MayorAdrian Fenty’s efforts to overhaul theDistrict’s long troubled school system.In 2008, Rhee named Betts princi-pal of Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson, a recently reorganizedschool in the city’s historic Shawneighborhood. School officials said hequickly emerged as one of the schoolsystem’s most innovative principals.The Washington Post reportedthat students liked him so much thatthey asked and Rhee agreed to allow100 students to remain at the middleschool for their ninth grade instead ofthe normal process of advancing toanother school for that grade.“The unexpected death of BrianBetts is unspeakably tragic for hisfamily, for the Shaw Middle Schoolcommunity, and for all of D.C. PublicSchools,” Rhee said in a statement.“Brian Betts had the courage totake on the leadership of a strug-gling, underperforming DCPSschool,” she said. “He was an inspira-tional leader for the teachers and forthe students, and that leadershipwas bringing results. He knew whatthe children under his care werecapable of, and he was determinedto show them how to get there.”
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, who was gay, was found shot to death April 15 at his home inSilver Spring, Md.
Photo by Bel Perez Gabilondo; courtesy of D.C. Public Schools
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Activists turn up heaton president to act
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
As activists and lobbyists contin-ue to press for repeal of “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell,” some are losing patiencewith President Obama and moderateDemocrats in Congress.Obama was heckled at a fundrais-er Monday (see related story on page18) and a group of six LGBT veteranschained themselves to the WhiteHouse fence this week to protest whatthey view as slow progress in over-turning the law.Meanwhile, the Human RightsCampaign and other advocates areworking to push six key senators tosupport repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell” this year.Moderate senators from six states
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Slain D.C. middle school principal was gay
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Army Lt. Dan Choi and five other LGBT veterans handcuffed themselves to theWhite House fence Tuesday in protest of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ echoing a similarprotest staged one month earlier.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key