2 washingtonblade.com • march 18, 2011
Ethics complaint dismissed
against Dana Beyer
The Montgomery County Ethics Commission onMarch 8 dismissed a complaint against retired eye sur-geon and transgender activist Dana Beyer that allegedBeyer violated county ethics rules in 2008 by improp-erly campaigning against a proposed reerendum tooverturn a transgender non-discrimination law.The complaint was led by Ruth Jacobs, presidento the Maryland Citizens or a Responsible Govern-ment, an anti-LGBT group. The group led petitionscalling or a voter reerendum to overturn a transgen-der non-discrimination law passed by the MontgomeryCounty Council in November 2007.The reerendum never made it to the ballot becausesupporters ailed to gather the required number o peti-tion signatures.Beyer had been working at the time on the sta oCounty Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, an at-large Democrat, who authored the law. The law bansdiscrimination in employment, housing, public accom-modations and other areas based on a person’s gen-der identity.Jacobs alleged in her complaint that Beyer and oth-ers opposed to the reerendum improperly intereredwith eorts by her group to gather signatures outsidevarious Giant Food stores by, among other things, “yell-ing and screaming” at petition circulators and poten-tial signers o the petitions. Jacobs also charged thatBeyer abused her role as an employee o the CountyCouncil by allegedly telling the manager o one o theGiant stores that he would have “problems” with thecounty i he allowed the petitions to be circulated onstore property.Beyer denied the allegations, saying they were ab-ricated by Jacobs and others as a means o retaliatingagainst legitimate eorts by supporters o the non-dis-crimination law to campaign against the reerendum.“In order or [the ethics code] to be violated, theemployee’s conduct must be on the job, include sel-identication as a public employee, or otherwise entailthe prestige o oce,” the Ethics Commission said inits ruling. “Assuming that Dr. Beyer did conront MCRGvolunteers, Giant Food managers, and patrons, thereis no credible evidence that she invoked her countyposition while doing so.”In a statement Beyer hailed the decision to dismissthe case but expressed concern that the commission’searlier decision to nd probable cause that she mayhave violated ethics rules indicates the county’s ethicsprocess is fawed.“Ater having ailed to deeat anti-discrimination pro-tections or transgender citizens in the County Council,and then ailing to get their reerendum on the ballot, asmall group o narrow-minded, political motivated in-dividuals tried to obstruct justice a third time by goingater me personally,” she said.Jacobs could not be immediately reached or com-ment.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Murder trial opens
in anti-gay ‘hate’ case
A trial began this week or a 26-year-old D.C. mancharged with rst-degree murder while armed in con-nection with the November 2009 stabbing death oa man that prosecutors have classied as an anti-gayhate crime.In charging documents led in D.C. Superior Court,police and prosecutors said Justin L. Navarro, 26,stabbed D.C. resident Kevin Massey at least 18 timesinside Massey’s apartment in the 4200 block o 2nd St.,N.W., on Nov. 6, 2009.The court documents say an eyewitness told policethe witness saw Navarro enter Massey’s bedroom aterasking the witness, “Where is the aggy ass nigger?”“Witness 1 observed the deendant armed with alarge kitchen knie which the deendant used to thrustinto the decedent’s body,” a police arrest adavit says.“Witness 1 stated that it observed the deendant thrustthe knie into the decedent’s body twice beore Witness1 fed the apartment or its saety,” the adavit says.An eight-count grand jury indictment o Navarrocharges that, “the murder demonstrated the prejudiceo Justin L. Navarro…based on the actual or perceivedsexual orientation o Kevin Massey.”A law enorcement source said Navarro allegedlystabbed Massey because he incorrectly believed thatMassey had made a pass at him weeks beore themurder and that “rumors were spreading about the twomen.”Prosecutors led a motion last September objectingto plans by the deense to argue that Navarro com-mitted the stabbing in sel-deense. An attorney rep-resenting Navarro could not be immediately reachedor comment.The trial beore Judge Lynn Leibovitz was expectedto last through this week.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
San Fran mayoral candidateseeks support in D.C.
A gay candidate running or mayor in San Francis-co, who served or eight years on that city’s Board oSupervisors, is scheduled to hold a undraiser in D.C.on March 21.D.C. area supporters o Bevan Duty say Duty hasthe “drive, energy, responsiveness and eectiveness”to be an excellent mayor and are calling on local ac-tivists to contribute to his campaign. Duty is a ormerD.C. resident who started his career as a sta mem-ber to ormer U.S. Reps. Shirley Chisholm and JulianDixon, both Democrats.He is the only gay candidate in a eld o eight com-peting or the mayoral post in the Nov. 8 election.Duty’s campaign announced earlier this year thathe reversed an earlier decision to limit the amount ocampaign contributions he would accept to $200 rath-er than the legal limit o $500. He also initially vowednot to accept contributions rom donors outside SanFrancisco. Those restrictions hurt his campaign, ac-cording to political pundits, who noted he had allenbehind most o his competitors in unds raised.In addition to seeking support rom individual do-nors in D.C., Duty is applying or the endorsement othe Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group thatsupports openly LGBT candidates or public oce.Inormation about the D.C. event, set to take placeat a private residence near Dupont Circle, can be ob-tained by contacting Jill McCarthy at 202-316-8006 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Arena Stage honors Albee
Arena Stage at the Mead Center or American Theater honored gay playwright Edward Albee with the American Artist Awardon Monday. Presenters included actors Tracy Letts and Amy Morton rom Arena Stage’s production o “Who’s Araid o VirginiaWool?” as well as award-winning actor Kathleen Turner. The American Artist Award honors an artist who has made a signicantcontribution to American theater.
A story in the Feb. 24 issue o theWashington Blade about the mur-der o Temple Hills, Md., residentChristopher Alan Trueheart on Feb.13 incorrectly reported that a mancharged with the murder D.C.resident Eldridge Slaughter wasTrueheart’s partner. A caption ac-companying a photo published withthe story also incorrectly identi-ed a man in the photo who posedalongside Trueheart as Eldridge.The person posing with Trueheart inthe photo, which was obtained romTrueheart’s Facebook page, wasanother man who was Trueheart’spartner o two years. That personis not implicated in the murder. Themix-up was due to police sourcessaying Eldridge and Trueheart wereinvolved in a romantic relationshipand to someone who knew True-heart, who incorrectly identied theman posing beside Trueheart in theFacebook photo as Eldridge. TheBlade regrets the error.