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washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 37 - september 16, 2011

washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 37 - september 16, 2011

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SEPTEMBER 16 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 37 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Ban on openly gay,lesbian servicemembers lifted Tuesday
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
As gay and lesbian troops await theend of the 18-year-old ban on openly gay
service members on Tuesday, observers
say the change will have significant impactbeyond the military.“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will finallybe lifted from the books thanks to thecertification of repeal that PresidentObama, Defense Secretary Leon Panettaand Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen sent to Congress onJuly 22. In accordance with the repeallaw that President Obama signed inDecember, certification started a 60-day
Trans community ‘in crisis’
Activists alarmed after rash of shootings, mysterious death
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
A recent rash of shootings — and the mysteriousdeath of a man dressed in women’s clothes — has thetransgender community on edge, with at least one activistdescribing the situation as a “crisis.”In the most recent incident, detectives with the D.C.police Homicide Branch have identified a man found deadearly Saturday morning, Sept. 10, on the 2600 block of 11th Street, N.W. that investigators initially believed to bea transgender person.Police on Tuesday identified the male decedent as35-year-old Gaurav Gopalan of Northwest Washington butprovided no further details about him. Gopalan worked asan aerospace engineer.“The investigation is ongoing and the cause and mannerof death are undetermined at this time,” police said in anews release.The identification came one day after police releaseda photo of the then unidentified male taken by the city’sMedical Examiner’s office.Police said he was dressed in women’s clothes, wearingsome facial makeup, and carrying high heels at the timepolice arrived on the scene and found him unconscious onthe sidewalk. A source familiar with the case said he wasfound in front of 2618 11th Street, N.W.Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham told reportersat a news conference Monday afternoon that preliminaryautopsy findings showed no obvious signs of injuries ortrauma on the decedent. He said a final determinationof whether the death was a homicide or due to natural
CONTINUES ON PAGE 24 CONTINUES ON PAGE 28
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ comes to an end
TEEN GETS 5 YEARS IN MCDONALD’SATTACK ON TRANS WOMANPAGE 4
An estimated 2 million U.S. service members were trained on gay-related issues in the run-up to next Tuesday’s lifting of the military’s gay ban.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
Time toVote
A special section on real estate,
gardening and more as
summer fades to fall.
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02 • SEPTEMBER 16, 2011WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
 
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WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 • 03
Wachovia is now Wells Fargo
You may live in the Washington, DC area, but your community stretches fromcoast to coast. Now that Wachovia is Wells Fargo, the bank that’s been partof the LGBT community for nearly a quarter-century is nationwide, too. Sincethe 1980s, Wells Fargo has contributed to a number of LGBT organizations,and we sponsor LGBT team member networks throughout the nation. In fact,
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With you when 
community ismore
than a place
wellsfargo.com/lgbt
© 2011 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. (621002)
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