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washingtonblade.com – vol. 41, issue 19 – may 7, 2010

washingtonblade.com – vol. 41, issue 19 – may 7, 2010

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Mother\u2019s Day
memories
Susan Silberand her

adult children on
growing up in a
uniquely diverse family.

PAGE 23
social
agenda

Six men explore
concepts of nakedness
in 'Naked Boys
Singing!' at Playbill.

PAGE 16
local
news

After long wait, 3 gay men
face trial next week in
connection with unsolved
murder of Robert Wone.

PAGE 4
the lgbtq community\u2019s news source
washingtonblade.com \u2022 vol. 41, issue 19 \u2022 may 7, 2010 \u2022 Still sharp after 40 years

Gates warns Congress
not to act; protesters
arrested for third time
outside White House

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

In the wake of Defense Secretary Robert Gates advising Congress to delay taking action to overturn \u201cDon\u2019t Ask, Don\u2019t Tell,\u201d LGBT advocates remain commit- ted to pushing for repeal this year, but have expressed differing opin- ions on the best way forward.

In an April 30 letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), Gates says \u201cin the strongest pos- sible terms\u201d that the Department of Defense must be allowed to conduct its review of lifting the ban on open service before

Congress takes \u201cany legislative action.\u201d The report is due to be completed Dec. 1.

Gates says \u201ca critical element\u201d of the review is engaging the armed forces and military families and noted that those in service \u201cmust be afforded\u201d the opportunity to share \u201cconcerns, insights and sugges- tions\u201d about the proposed change.

\u201cTherefore, I strongly oppose any legislation that seeks to change this policy prior to the completion of this vital engage- ment process,\u201d Gates says. \u201cFurther, I hope Congress will not do so, as it would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter on an issue with such a direct impact and consequence for them and their families.\u201d

Allen Ginsberg, a visionary writer, was also a photographer.
His work is on display at the Nat'l Gallery of Art. Page 28.
socialagendaLast weekend's Youth Pride Day was a hit,
after being rescheduled for rain. Page 29.
socialagenda

Four people were arrested this week in connection with the mur- der of Brian Betts, the gay princi- pal of Shaw Middle School in D.C.

Photo by Bel Perez Gabilondo;
courtesy of D.C. Public Schools

Police say victim
met suspects
through chat line

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

Three 18-year-old men who allegedly met gay D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts through a telephone sex chat line were arrested Monday in connection with his shooting death, police said.

Alante
Saunders,

whom Montgomery County Police said had no fixed address, and Sharif Tau Lancaster, who lives along the 5300 block of Fifth Street,

N.W., in D.C., have been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and the use of a handgun in a felony crime of violence.

Deonatra Q. Gray, who lives along the 1300 block of Southview Drive in Oxon Hill, Md., was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

\u201cWhile the motive of the crime is still being investigated, we believe that it is most likely going to be robbery,\u201d said Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger during a news confer- ence Monday.

Teens charged in
gay principal\u2019s murder
\u2018Don\u2019t Ask\u2019 repeal faces delay, uncertainty

Lt. Dan Choi and other supporters of repealing \u2018Don\u2019t Ask, Don\u2019t Tell\u2019 have turned up the heat on President Obama in recent weeks. Sunday\u2019s White House protest marked the third time in two months that activists were arrested while demanding action on repeal.

Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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