Says he defended himselfagainst basher on 17th Street
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
D.C. police Sunday night charged a gayman with a gay-related hate crime follow-ing an altercation with a panhandler on thesidewalk outside the 17th Street, N.W. gaybar JR.’s.The United States Attorney’s ofﬁcedropped the hate crime designation thenext day at an arraignment in D.C. SuperiorCourt for Kevin “Jaden” Perry, 35, who sayshe’s a member of the local group calledRadical Faeries.But based on a police account of what happened, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s ofﬁcecharged him with assault, possession of a prohibited weapon (a chain), and threats to do bodily harm
Proposed HUD rulechange would beneﬁtLGBT people seekinghousing assistance.
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Mayor Gray namesJeffrey Richardsonhis head of GLBTAffairs department.
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Pledges to implement repeal inState of the Union address
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama earned praise from many LGBT advocates onTuesday for pledging during his State of the Union address to imple-ment an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the year is out.In his speech, Obama observed that members of the U.S. militarycome from “every corner of this country” and are black, white, Chris-tian, Jewish and Muslim.“And, yes, we know that some of them are gay,” Obama said. “Start-ing this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the countrythey love because of who they love.”In the House chamber, where Obama delivered the speech beforea joint session of Congress, lawmakers reacted to the remarks largelyalong party lines — with Democrats applauding the comments andRepublicans taking no action.Among those who stood as they applauded were House MinorityLeader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.),who were both seen as key in pushing forward legislation allowing forrepeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year.Notably, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the leading opponent in theU.S. Senate last year of repealing the military’s gay ban, also applaud-
Gay man charged with ‘hate crime’
Obama to end ‘Don’t Ask’ this year
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D.C. Shorts Film Festival offers gay themes this weekend.
Leonardo DiCaprio,Dustin Lance Blackvisit Frank Kamenyto talk Hoover ﬁlm.
‘Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love,’President Obama said during his State of the Union address.
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was arrested and accused of using an anti-gayslur against a panhandler. But Perry is gay and insists he wasthe one insulted.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key