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washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 02 - january 14, 2011

washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 02 - january 14, 2011

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Gay Sex Still A Crime, Gay Marriage, Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, Gay News, Gay Entertainment, Gay Nightlife, Gay Business, Gay Classifieds
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‘Don’t Ask’ repeal leaves sodomy ban unchanged in military
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Much of the nation was riveted over the drama surrounding the congressional vote last month torepeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law barring gays from serving openly in the military.But in a little noticed development, Capitol Hill observers say Congress is in no mood to take afollow-up action recommended by Pentagon officials — the repeal of a longstanding military law thatclassifies consensual sodomy among both gay and straight service members as a crime.Gay rights attorneys and experts in military law say the sodomy law provision known as Article 125of the Uniform Code of Military Justice has been rarely enforced in recent years in cases where sexualactivity has been consensual and “fraternization” between officers and lower ranking members hasnot be a factor.And the experts say a 2004 decision known as U.S. v. Marcum by the U.S. Court of Appeals for theArmed Services placed limits on the enforcement of Article 125 based on a U.S. Supreme Court deci-sion one year earlier that declared state sodomy laws unconstitutional.Yet because the military court did not overturn Article 125, its characterization of gay sex as crimi-
localnews
Customer reports hewas robbed at gunpointin Omega men’s room;suspect caught on video.
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nationalnews
R.I. Gov. Chafeehopes to sign amarriage equality bill;N.C., Ind. face bans.
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the lgbtq community news source
 washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 02 • january 14, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years
‘I heard gunshots, I ran towardwhere the congresswoman would be’
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
For Danny Hernandez, the shootings on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.,that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) were a life-changing moment during which many say he demonstrated unparal-leled heroism.Hernandez, who’s gay and had worked as an intern for Giffords forjust five days at the time of the shooting, is credited with providing thefirst aid that saved her life.In an interview with the Washington Blade, Hernandez, 20, a politi-cal science student at the University of Arizona, said he was taskedwith signing in visitors at the “Congress on Your Corner” event whenthe shooting began.“About 10 minutes after the event started, I heard gunshots,” hesaid. “I heard someone say ‘gun!’ I ran toward where the congress-woman would be.”Giffords, who was shot in the forehead, was among the 20 peopleshot by 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughlin, who used a semi-auto-matic pistol with an extended magazine during his attack. Six peoplewere killed, including five who died at the scene and a 9-year-old girlwho died at the hospital.
Gay sex remains a crime
Gay intern credited with saving Giffords
socialagenda
New gay bar opens in Herndon; Bare celebrates a birthday.
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queery
Ernest McCarley on philanthropy, HIV and his years at Bachelor’s Mill.
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‘Once I saw that the congresswoman was still alive, but she had been severely injured, she became my first prior-ity, not because of her position, but because of the severity of her wounds,’ said
Daniel Hernandez
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fetishes &festivities
Mid-Atlantic LeatherWeekend is here.Interviews, photos andevents schedule inside.
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LOCALNEWS
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Customer reports armed robbery at Omega bar
 A 39-year-old D.C. man reported being robbed by a male suspect with a handgun in the bathroom at theDupont Circle gay bar Omega on Jan. 3, according to a police report, which says the victim was not injured.The report, prepared by Second District police ofcers, says the incident took place about 8:45 p.m. aterthe victim reported playing pool at the bar with three people now listed as suspects in the case. The report saysa witness told police the victim joined the three men at the bar and bought them drinks shortly ater playingpool with them.“C1 [Complainant 1] went to the men’s restroom, at which time S1 [Suspect 1] entered into the men’s rest-room, approached C1 rom behind, and held a dark colored handgun to the right o C1’s waistband,” the policereport says. “S1 then stated, ‘give it up,’ at which time C1 gave S1 his wallet containing the above listed items,”the report says.According to the report, the victim, who asked the Blade not to disclose his name, told police the suspecttook at least $400 in cash, a North Face jacket worth $450, his Maryland driver’s license, and his cell phone.The victim told the Blade in a phone interview that the suspect also took his iPod.Omega manager Perry Morehouse said the bar is cooperating ully in the investigation into the incident andhas oered to provide police with a security surveillance video that shows the suspects and the victim insidethe bar. Morehouse said that as o Wednesday morning, police had not come to the bar to pick up a disc witha copy o the video surveillance that the bar made or them.Assistant Police Chie Peter Newsham told the Blade in an e-mail that Second District detectives madeseveral “unsuccessul” attempts to obtain the video. But Morehouse said employees are present in the barrom 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day and no one rom the police department came to obtain the video as o earlyWednesday.The police report describes suspect one as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 eet, 10inches tall, weighing between 150 and 170 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair in a pony tail, having adark complexion and medium build and wearing a black jacket and blue pants. Suspect two is described as ablack male about 25 years old, about 6 eet tall, weighing about 165 pounds, with brown eyes and long blackhair, having a medium build and wearing a gray jacket and gray pants.Suspect three is described in the report as being o “unknown” race and gender, appearing between 25 and30 years old, about 5 eet 10 inches tall, weighing 195 to 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, havinga dark complexion and having a “heavy/at/stocky” build. The suspect wore a black jacket and blue pants, thereport says. The victim told the Blade the third suspect was a drag queen.Anyone with inormation about the incident should contact the Second District detective’s ofce at202-730-1903.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
 
Fluker under consideration for GLBT Affairs post?
Clarence Fluker, who served as the No. 2 person at the D.C.Ofce o GLBT Aairs under Mayor Adrian Fenty, may be underconsideration to succeed Christopher Dyer as head o the ofce,according to a source amiliar with the selection process.Dyer let his post as director o the GLBT Aairs Ofce Dec.30 ater Mayor Vincent Gray inormed him that he would appointa new director o the ofce. The City Council created the ofcethrough legislation making it a cabinet-level agency in the citygovernment.Fluker said he remains in his post as the ofce’s program di-rector. He declined to comment on whether he’s under consider-ation or the director’s position, saying all inquires about person-nel matters must be directed to the mayor’s press ofce. A pressspokesperson did not respond to an inquiry about the matter bypress time.Last month, sources amiliar with Gray’s mayoral transitionteam said at least three others were believed to be under con-sideration or the director’s position at the GLBT Aairs Ofce.Among them were Jerey Richardson, president o the GertrudeStein Democratic Club; Christopher Fitzgerald, head o GrayPride, the LGBT arm o the Gray or mayor campaign last year;and Sterling Washington, ormer president o the D.C. Coali-tion o Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual & Transgender Men& Women.Gray has not said when he plans to name the new director othe ofce.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
CAGLCC names new board members for 2011
The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber o Commerce elected a new board o directors earlier this week.The new board includes: Mike Larson, president; Max Barger, vice president o programs and events; JoeKolb, vice president o membership; Ernesto Santalla, secretary; and Tavarious Butts, treasurer.“The Chamber’s new leadership brings resh perspectives to grow the organization,” CAGLCC executivedirector Mark Guenther said in a statement. “In 2011, CAGLCC will ocus on three major initiatives. Our toppriority is membership. There is strength in numbers, but also in diversity. Increased membership opens doorsto new opportunities or all. Our second area o ocus is events and programs. … Finally, we will continue toengage the GLBT community to reinorce the message that CAGLCC means business.”
STAFF REPORTS
Christopher Dyer
stepped down as head o thecity’s GLBT Aairs ofce when Mayor Vincent Graytook ofce. His deputy, Clarence Fluker, may nowbe under consideration or the job.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
obituary
BILL YAnCOSkY, 67
Bill Yancosky, a gay ormer manager at Trio Restau-rant, died at George Washington University Hospital Jan.4. He was 67 and had been a long-time Washington resi-dent.Yancosky was a 17th Street fxture, according to hisriend o nearly 40 years, Roger Gilkeson. He was knownto many in the D.C. gay community or the 17 years hespent as a manager at Trio, which ended in 2007. In re-cent years, he was at Annie’s Paramount Steakhouseeach morning except Sunday where he enjoyed readingnewspapers and having a martini and lunch.Yancosky was born July 23, 1943, in Mt. Pleasant, Pa.He’d been in Washington or more than 30 years andis survived by his partner, Killian Swit, whom he met in2000 and lived with since 2007. Yancosky was marriedearly in lie. He’s also survived by a ormer partner whoremained a riend, Darryl Burrell; two sisters, Joyce Fairand Janice Stone; a niece, Lee Ann Pawlak; and riendsMargie DeJarnette and Carlos Crutchfeld.Yancosky, who enjoyed travel and reading, had su-ered rom health problems in recent years. He died ocardiac arrest.Friends and survivors are planning an inormal “cel-ebration o Yancosky’s lie” at Trio on Jan. 22 rom 4 to 6p.m. For more inormation, contact Gilkeson at 202-333-0879 or rogerg@erols.com.
 
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