SEPTEMBER 30 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 39 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
Some want president to endorse marriage,
denounce N.C. and Minn. anti-gay initiatives
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
For the second time in three years, President Obama is the scheduled keynotespeaker at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.Some LGBT rights supporters are hoping that Obama will take advantage of theopportunity to endorse marriage equality and to denounce initiatives that wouldban marriage rights for same-sex couples in Minnesota and North Carolina.Obama is scheduled to keynote HRC’s 15th annual National Dinner in Washington,
Police, ﬁre ofﬁcialsmeet community
Pledge of support afterspate of anti-LGBT crimes
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
More than a dozen afﬁliate membersof the D.C. Police Department’s Gay andLesbian Liaison Unit joined police andFire and Emergency Medical ServicesDepartment ofﬁcials Wednesday nightfor a Public Safety Open House for theLGBT community.The event, organized by the Mayor’sOfﬁce of GLBT Affairs, gave activistsand community members a chanceto mingle with the GLLU’s full-timeand afﬁliate ofﬁcers before the startof a discussion, where police andFire Department ofﬁcials answeredquestions about community concerns.Activists attending the open house atthe city’s Reeves Municipal Building at14th and U streets, N.W., praised policeand ﬁre ofﬁcials for establishing policiescalling for reaching out to the LGBTcommunity and prohibiting anti-LGBTdiscrimination against police ofﬁcers,ﬁreﬁghters and EMS workers as well asagainst members of the public.But several attendees, includingtransgender activists Ruby Coradoand Jason Terry and gay activist RickRosendall, said the supportive actionsand attitudes of high-level police
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High hopes forObama’s speechto HRC
told HRC’s National Dinner audience that he would work torepeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The law was erased from the books last week
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Obama = Nixon?
Court brief in Dan Choicase cites Watergate,claims president playedrole in deciding to prosecute.
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