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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 41 • october 8, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Gay fashion designer
prepares collection for
NoVa Fashion Week.
Pink, ‘Modern Family’
at this weekend’s
HRC National Dinner.
Baltimore lesbian couple
says they were kicked
out of Ravens game
after kissing in public.
D.C. gays plan Pa. trip to help
champion of ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
By CHRIS JOHNSON
Local LGBT Democratic activists are mak-
ing plans to travel to Pennsylvania to help the
champion of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in
the U.S. House in a challenging re-election
The National Stonewall Democrats and
D.C.’s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club are
collaborating in an effort dubbed “Stein
Storm” to bring local supporters of Rep. Pat-
rick Murphy (D-Pa.) to his district to help with
The organizations plan to bus Murphy sup-
porters from D.C. to Pennsylvania’s 8th con-
gressional district on the weekends of Oct. 15
and Oct. 22.
Linsey Pecikonis, a Stonewall spokesper-
son, said Murphy’s leadership on “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” repeal makes him one of the “stron-
gest heroes here in the LGBT community.”
“Right now when we’re struggling as a
community to have our voice represented
in Congress, we can’t lose our heroes,” she
said. “And so, the LGBT community needs to
come out and show support for our strongest
allies and Patrick Murphy is one of those.”
Murphy has been praised by LGBT advo-
cacy groups for taking the lead in repealing
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the House.
An Iraq war veteran, Murphy assumed
sponsorship last year of legislation that would
repeal the statute when the bill had about 150
co-sponsors and gradually built support for
In May, Murphy introduced an amend-
ment to major defense budget legislation that
Locals rally around Murphy
Spotlight on bullying after rash of teen suicides
Experts say anti-gay harassment
widespread in D.C. schools
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The death by suicide of four gay male teenagers
within a four-week period last month has triggered in-
ternational media coverage of the topic of anti-gay bul-
lying and harassment and prompted renewed calls for
Congress to pass anti-bullying legislation.
Much of the media attention focused on the Sept.
22 death of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman
Tyler Clementi, who leaped off the George Washington
Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey.
University ofﬁcials said Clementi took his own life
days after discovering his roommate planted a video
camera in his dorm room that captured Clementi and
a male visitor “making out” during an apparent sexual
encounter and then broadcast the video online.
New Jersey authorities have charged the roommate,
Dharun Ravi, and one of his friends, Molly Wei, with
criminal invasion of privacy, an offense that carries a
possible ﬁve-year prison sentence.
A New Jersey prosecutor said Ravi, who shared the
dorm room with Clementi, left his webcam-equipped
laptop computer in the room with the intention of spying
on Clementi, who informed him he planned to bring a
visitor into the room. Ravi agreed to allow Clementi to
use the room in private to host his guest.
Prosecutors said Ravi went to Wei’s nearby dorm
room and used another laptop he owns to remotely turn
on the webcam while Clementi and his male guest were
Kim Zolciak talks about her bi relationship,
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Last weekend’s AIDS Walk featured Lynda Carter and
hundreds of participants. PHOTOS PAGE 48
The recent suicides of four gay teens (from left) Ashler Brown, Seth Walsh, Billy Lucas and Tyler Clementi, have revived calls for federal legislation addressing anti-gay bullying.