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washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 15 - april 15, 2011

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Activists move from the street to the suite after 4 decades of work
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMOjoeyd@washblade.com
Frank Kameny remembers seeing Paul Kuntzler, his campaign manager on a 1971 bid for Congress,walk into Temple Sinai on Military Road in Washington with large reams of paper rolled under each armand an elated look on his face.Kameny, who founded the gay liberation movement in D.C. after being red from the federal govern-ment in 1957, needed 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot. With the late February deadline looming,the group only had about 1,300. Realizing outside help was needed, Kameny and Kuntzler thoughta gay group in New York whom they found to be one of the few “getting much of anything done,” asKameny puts it, might be able to help. The group — Gay Activists Alliance of New York — sent twobusloads of people to blanket the District one Sunday afternoon to secure signatures.A dance was held that night at the Temple and when Kuntzler arrived, the group knew it was homefree. They had about 7,700 signatures — plenty to get Kameny on the ballot. The “Kameny for Congress”campaign ended with the candidate coming in fourth in a six-way race. Though he lost, the 1,900 voteshe secured while running as a then-unheard-of openly gay candidate, galvanized local activists.Kameny’s own Mattachine Society was fading as members began to fi nd its formality anachronistic in
The GOP eld of 2012presidential candidatesis shaping up to be ahomophobic bunch.
Actress Alison Arngrimon her years as Nellieon ‘Little House’ andsubsequent AIDS activism.
the lgbtq community news source
 washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 15 • april 15, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years
More disappointment for activists;Miller blamed for failures
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay member of the Maryland State Senate issued a stronglyworded statement criticizing his colleagues for voting 27-20 on Mon-day to send a transgender non-discrimination bill back to committee,an action that killed the bill for the year.Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), one of the leadsponsors and longtime supporters of the Gender Identity Non-Dis-crimination Act, known as HB 235, joined LGBT activists in expressingoutrage over the Senate’s action.“Every homeless transgender person that dies on the street will doso because of the Senate’s failure to pass HB 235,” Madaleno said ina statement released late Monday.“Every transgender individual who cannot provide for themselvesor their family because they are denied employment based on theirgender identity will do so because of the Senate’s failure to pass HB235,” he said.The bill, which calls for banning discrimination against transgen-der people in the areas of employment, housing and credit, includingbank loans, had been approved last month in the state’s House ofDelegates by a vote of 86 to 52.Initial head counts of senators led supporters to believe they had
GLAA celebrates 40 years
Maryland Senate kills trans rights bill
Sec’y of State Clinton cites Iran, Uganda for anti-gay abuses.
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It’s Biddle vs. Mara as our columnists duke it out.
PAGES 20 & 21
keeping thestandards alive
Michael Feinstein bringshis retro crooning tothe Kennedy Center ina Sunday night show.
Brian Frosh
(D-Montgomery County), a supporter of the trans rights bill, disagreed with those who accuseSenate President Mike Miller of orchestrating the measure’s defeat.
Washington Blade fi le photo by Michael Key
2 washingtonblade.com • april 15, 2011
Mayor, Council membersarrested in protest
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and several City Council mem-bers were arrested Monday at a demonstration called by DCVote on Capitol Hill to protest a ederal budget deal that in-cluded city unding cuts.What began at 5 p.m. Monday as a noisy demonstrationo a ew hundred people quickly escalated into a sit-downstreet protest that closed Constitution Avenue between Firstand Second streets led by Gray, the Council Chair and fvemembers o the Council.The demonstration was called to protest last week’s budgetdeal to keep the ederal government open. President Obamaand Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accepted House Speaker JohnBoehner’s demand or riders on the D.C. budget, angeringmany city residents. The budget deal would prohibit city undsto be used to pay or abortions or low-income women and citymoney could not be used to und needle exchange programs,a critical component in the fght against HIV. The budget dealalso includes a school voucher program long opposed bymany city ofcials, including Gray.The mayor spoke and called or continued demonstrations.“I am ed up and we won’t take it anymore,” he told the crowd.The crowd’s chants included “Who owns the streets? Wedo!” and “Free D.C. Now!” As the crowd grew the mayor tookto the street and many demonstrators and Council membersjoined him along with the leaders o D.C. Vote. Then a ew pro-testers sat down in the street and the mayor and Council ChairKwame Brown joined them and others soon ollowed. Capitolpolice threatened to arrest those that didn’t leave voluntarilyand when no one moved the paddy wagons were called.Among those arrested with the mayor were Brown andCouncil members Michael Brown, Yvette Alexander, TommyWells and Muriel Bowser. Sekou Biddle, a candidate or theAt-Large seat vacated by Kwame Brown, was arrested, whilehis opponent in that race, Vincent Orange, remained on thesidewalk.Also arrested was Jerey Richardson, director o the May-or’s Ofce o GLBT Aairs.
Del. Senate passescivil unions bill
The Delaware Senate voted 13-6 late last week to approvea civil unions bill that would provide same-sex couples with allo the rights and benefts o marriage under state law.LGBT activists were optimistic that the Delaware House oRepresentatives would approve the bill; a vote was expectedThursday or Friday, ater the Blade’s print deadline. Visit wash-ingtonblade.com or updates. The state’s governor, DemocratJack A. Markell, has said he plans to sign the bill.“We are delighted that not only did the civil unions bill getpassed by the Senate but that it got passed by a two-to-onemargin,” said Lisa Goodman, president o Equality Delaware,a state LGBT group coordinating lobbying eorts or the bill.“We think that says a lot about what the citizens o Dela-ware want to see, that the citizens o Delaware are two-to-onein avor o civil unions,” she said.Joe Solmonese, president o the Human Rights Campaign,called on the Delaware House to quickly pass the bill andsend it to the governor or signing.“Today we applaud the Delaware Senate or valuing allDelaware amilies,” Solmonese said.A public opinion poll commissioned by Equality Delawareand conducted in March by the survey research frm LakeResearch Partners ound that 62 percent o voters avor al-lowing same-sex couples to orm legalized civil unions, with31 percent opposing such a law. Seven percent o the voterspolled were undecided. The poll had a margin o error o plusor minus 3.8 percent.“We eel very optimistic about getting the bill through theHouse,” Goodman said. “We have all three o the Democraticleaders in the House on the bill as sponsors and we’ve beenworking very hard with House members.”Democrats hold a 26 to 15 majority in the 41-member Dela-ware House o Representatives.Goodman said a debate and vote on the bill in the ullHouse was expected to take place April 14.Similar to civil unions laws in other states, the Delawaremeasure, Senate Bill 30, would provide same-sex coupleswith all o the rights, benefts and obligations o marriage un-der state law but would not provide any ederal rights or ben-efts related to marriage.The Deense o Marriage Act (DOMA), which Congresspassed in 1996 and President Bill Clinton signed, bars same-sex couples rom receiving ederal marriage-related rights orbenefts.I the Delaware civil unions measure is approved by thelegislature and signed by the governor, Delaware would be-come the eighth state to provide marriage-related rights andbenefts to same-sex couples – either through either civilunions or comprehensive domestic partnership laws.Two o the other states – Illinois and Hawaii – approvedsuch laws earlier this year. The Illinois law is scheduled to takeeect in June and the Hawaii law goes into eect in January2012.
Stein Club electsnew president
 The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largestLGBT political group, Monday night elected local attorneyand lesbian activist Lateeah Williams as its new president.Williams replaces Jerey Richardson, who resigned aspresident ater being appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray as di-rector o the Mayor’s Ofce o GLBT Aairs.She becomes the frst Arican-American woman to hold thepost o Stein Club president since the club’s ounding nearly35 years ago.Williams also serves as national committeewoman or theD.C. Young Democrats and is a member o the D.C. Demo-cratic State Committee and the Metropolitan Women’s Demo-cratic Club.Career wise, Williams is political and legislative director orLocal 689 o the Amalgamated Transit Union. She previouslyworked as a policy analyst or the think tank and governmentwatchdog group OMB Watch and as an attorney in privatepractice or local D.C. area law frms. She holds a law degreerom Georgetown University Law School and is a member othe bar in D.C. and Maryland.“It is truly an honor to preside over an organization withsuch a storied history and to ollow in the ootsteps o themany great club presidents who have preceded me,” shesaid. “I am truly committed to service and l look orward toworking with our members and the community at large to con-tinue to advance LGBT equality and Democratic ideals in theDistrict o Columbia.”
D.C. Mayor
Vincent Gray
was arrested this week while protesting thebudget deal that prevented a shutdown o the ederal government.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
Thom Gibb, 60
Thom Gibb, a ormer member o theGay Men’s Chorus o Washington, diedo AIDS-related illnesses Feb. 2 at hishome in Columbia Heights. He was 60.He died at home in his sleep, accordingto his riend and housemate o almost 30years, Larry Rosen, who said Gibb was inrelatively good health until his last monthand “was still making jokes and laughing.”Gibb spent his entire career with theAmerican Red Cross as did his parents.He began as a volunteer in his nativePittsburgh. He earned his bachelor’s de-gree rom Westminster College in Penn-sylvania and went on to serve the RedCross in several eastern states and Ger-many beore transerring to the D.C. areain the late 1970s. He retired in 2008 andimmediately became a volunteer again.Gibb was a lielong music lover, espe-cially o opera and musical theater. Hewas an ardent devotee o Maria Callas,Stephen Sondheim and drag shows, andoten bragged about having seen Katha-rine Hepburn in “Coco.” He joined theGay Men’s Chorus in 1990 where he sangbaritone. He was on the Chorus boardand served one year as vice chair. Hewas a member o the Circle o Excellence(1999) and a recipient o the “You Are theLight” Crystal Award. His last concert withthe Chorus was in June 2005.Rosen called Gibb a “kind, generousand caring man.” He was an early volun-teer with Whitman-Walker’s AIDS servic-es group and managed other volunteercaseworkers. He enjoyed ood, cookingand dinner parties.“He was best known or his readysense o humor and distinctive laugh,”Gibb said. “He was always easy to fndin a crowd just by listening or the soundo his laughter.”Gibb is survived by David Buntin,Marc Fallow and Larry Rosen o Wash-ington and J.R. Yeager o Oakland, Cali.He was cremated. A memorial service isscheduled or April 23 at 11:30 a.m., inthe Hall o Service at the headquarterso the American Red Cross, 1730 E St.,N.W. Donations in memory o Gibb maybe made to the Gay Men’s Chorus oWashington, 2000 P St., N.W., Suite 730,Washington, D.C. 20036, or to the charityo your choice.
Photo courtesy o Larry Rosen
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