2 washingtonblade.com • november 26, 2010
‘Rubber Revolution’ condomcampaign targets gay men
The D.C. Department o Health launched a newcondom awareness campaign last week called “Rub-ber Revolution,” which includes ads in gay publicationsurging men who have sex with men to use condoms“every time” to prevent the spread o HIV.AIDS activists have expressed concern that the city’sexisting condom distribution and awareness campaignsdidn’t go ar enough to attract the attention o high riskgroups, including black men and women and gay men.In a statement released on Nov. 18, DOH Director Dr.Pierre Vigilance pointed to the new campaign’s moreblunt and explicit messages.“Big Enu 4 U,” “A condom Fits Any Head,” and “GetWrapped Up or the Moment,” are among slogans the“Rubber Revolution” condom campaign will use in itsliterature and on its newly launched website, Rubber-RevolutionDC.com.“The Rubber Revolution aims to encourage sexu-ally active people to always use condoms and engagecommunity and business partners to support condomuse,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty in a statement. “The Dis-trict is proud o its aggressive approach to address thisissue, and we hope to build on our success as one othe only two cities in the country with a public sectorcondom distribution program that has provided morethan 3.5 million ree condoms last year,” Fenty said.DOH said in its statement that it developed the cam-paign in response to studies showing that between 40percent and 70 percent o all D.C. adults and adoles-cents are not regularly using condomsThe city will continue to und a separate condom distri-bution campaign organized by gay D.C. physician TerryGerace with the involvement o the Whitman-Walker Clin-ic and the D.C. LGBT Community Center called “FUK!T.”That campaign has already distributed thousands opackets containing condoms and lube to the city’s gayestablishments. Volunteers assemble the packets eachweek, according to AIDS activist and D.C. medical stu-dent Daniel O’Neill, who is involved with the project.“It’s a step in the right direction,” O’Neill said o the‘Rubber Revolution’ campaign. “It can’t be as provoca-tive as the ‘FUK!T’ campaign. But this could be helpulwith certain groups.”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay couple participatesin D.C. Adoption Day
A judge signed the ocial papers or a gay malecouple to adopt a 2-year-old girl they have raised sinceinancy on Saturday during the 24th Annual AdoptionDay ceremony at the D.C. Superior Court.District residents John Coon, 43, and Josh Tuerk,42, who have been a couple or 18 years, were amongthe parents o more than 20 kids whose adoptions werenalized at the ceremony. Their adopted daughter, Ga-briella “Ella” Logan, who attended the event, was de-scribed by an announcer as having a “captivating andvivacious personality.”Court ocials and the D.C. Child and Family Servic-es Agency said in a statement that the Adoption Dayevent is intended to “celebrate the joy o adoption andencourage area residents to consider adopting or os-tering a child” through the city’s child welare system.Same-sex couples have been adopting children inthe city since 1994, when the D.C. Court o Appeals is-sued a ruling clearing the way or such adoptions. Localgay rights attorney Michelle Zavos, who specializes ingay amily law, said the city’s child welare and adoptionoce is ully supportive o gay adoptions. She notedthat qualications and background checks used in theadoption approval process are the same or same-sexand opposite-sex couples.“We adopted two boys 10 years ago — Noah andMarcus. They’re both 10,” Coon told the Blade. “AndElla — we decided it was time to add a little princess tojoin our all-male household.”Coon, an interior decorator, and Tuerk, who owns andoperates a D.C.-based pet care business, live with theirchildren in the city’s Wesley Heights section. They recentlybought a armhouse and arm outside Charlestown, W.Va.,where they plan to spend the Thanksgiving holiday.“All the grandparents will be with us,” Coon said.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Anti-gay lawmakerousted in Maryland
LGBT advocates in Maryland are celebrating the de-eat o Republican State Senator Alex X. Mooney in therecent elections. Mooney conceded the contest to RonYoung a ew days ater most o the absentee ballotswere counted. He lost by ewer than 1,000 votes andhad represented the 3rd District that includes Frederickand Washington counties.Since taking oce in January 1999, Mooney, 39,was a vocal opponent o LGBT rights. He requently de-nounced the LGBT community.Mooney once said “Homosexual activists have man-aged to gain legal recognition as a minority, basedsolely on their liestyle choices, through so-called ‘hatecrimes’ and domestic partnership laws.”Mooney had been a member o the Senate JudicialProceedings Committee, which consistently blockedmovement on marriage equality and gender identityprotection bills.In each o the three previous races or Senate,Mooney’s margin o victory declined — a trend thatspeaks to the changing demographics in Frederick.But the election may have also turned on the worko Equality Maryland, SEIU and a host o volunteers.Equality Maryland’s Field Organizer Aimee Martin was incharge o GOTV (Get Out the Vote) support in FrederickCounty. She turned out approximately two-dozen Equal-ity Maryland supporters to work in the Frederick areaeach weekend during October through the election.According to Lisa Polyak, PAC Director or Equal-ity Maryland, the organization provided ground sup-port, such as literature drops, door knocking and phonebanks on behal o all the LGBT-supportive candidates,including Ron Young, Candy Greenway and Ryan Troutin the Frederick area. During the summer, Equality Mary-land collected signed statements rom 1,200 residentswho support LGBT equality in Frederick County. In addi-tion, the PAC contributed $3,000 to Young’s campaign.Equality Maryland also collected signatures in supporto gender identity anti-discrimination and marriage equal-ity at two dozen polling places in Anne Arundel, Baltimore,Howard, Montgomery and Prince Georges counties onElection Day. This resulted in identication o 3,278 voterswho were willing to sign their names in support o LGBTequality, including 588 new supporters in the home districto Senate President Mike Miller (District 27).
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Orange Crush wins
Last Sunday, the D.C. Gay Flag Football League(DCGFFL) held its inaugural league championships.Orange Crush was 0-3 ater the rst two weeks o theseason and then went undeeated or the next veweeks to make it to the championships.The team lived up to their name and crushed GangGreen by a score o 34-20. The teams started the cham-pionship game by trading touchdowns. As Gang Greenwas driving to score again, Kevin Smith intercepted apass and it was all Orange Crush or the rest o the game.Quarterback Brian Moll was voted MVP or the Or-ange Crush and Brian Sparrow, utility player, was votedMVP or Gang Green.In the consolation brackets, Rug Burn deeatedGolden Wave 14-13 or 3rd place and Blue Ballerstopped Hell Marys 40-14 or th place. Complete de-tails can be ound at dcgf.org.
The D.C. Department of Health launched a new condomawareness campaign last week.
Photo courtesy of D.C.DOH
Orange Crush and its MVP quarterback Brian Moll won the D.C. Gay Flag Football League championship on Sunday.
Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros