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By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Are there parallels between the LGBT
and immigrants’ rights movements?
A new campaign that Equality Maryland
and CASA de Maryland unveiled late last
month that seeks to garner additional
support for the state’s same-sex marriage
law among Latinos and in-state tuition for
undocumented immigrants among LGBT
voters ahead of two referenda on the
issues suggests that these issues share
common threads. Carrie Evans, executive
director of Equality Maryland, noted
during the Aug. 28 press conference where
she and other advocates formally unveiled
the Familia es Familia Maryland initiative
that her organization “must speak up for
what is right and what is fair.”
“A majority of Latinos in Maryland
support marriage equality for same-sex
couples,” she told the Blade in a follow-
up interview. A Hart Research Associates
survey in July that shows 54 percent of
Marylanders would vote for the same-
sex marriage law in Novembers mirrors
an April poll that the National Council of
La Raza commissioned that indicates 54
percent of Latinos support nuptials for
gays and lesbians. A Gonzales Research
and Marketing survey in January noted
that 48 percent of Maryland voters also
support the state’s Dream Act. “Equality
Maryland is working to ensure that a
majority of LGBT communities of Maryland
support Question 4.”
The long-standing partnership between
Basic Rights Oregon and Causa, a
statewide immigrant advocacy group,
provided the blueprint upon which
Equality Maryland and CASA de Maryland
collaborated with the Latino GLBT
History Project and other organizations
to launch the Familia es Familia Maryland
campaign. Jeana Frazzini, executive
director of Basic Rights Oregon, told the
Blade that her organization’s work with
Causa stems from campaigns against anti-
gay, anti-immigrant and anti-choice ballot
initiatives in Oregon.
“Pretty early on the communities were
put in a position to rely on one another, to
share lessons learned and provide mutual
support,” she said.
Frazzini noted that what she described
as strong relationships between staffers at
the two organizations have subsequently
grown into “broader commitments in our
missions and in our programmatic work.”
Causa is among the organizations that
continue to advise Basic Rights Oregon
on how to pursue marriage rights for
same-sex couples in the state. Francisco
Lopez, the group’s executive director,
told the Blade that nuptials for gays and
lesbians has become one of Causa’s core
organizational values.
“We support each other politically.
We support each other in terms of
mobilization. We support each other’s
attempts for fundraising. So what we did
is to include marriage equality as a value
of our organization,” he said.
The Human Rights Campaign, the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
and Immigration Equality are among the
national LGBT advocacy groups that have
spoken out in support of the inclusion of
a bill that would allow gays and lesbians
to sponsor their foreign-born partners
and children for immigration under a
comprehensive immigration reform
package. These groups have also spoken
out against Arizona’s controversial
Senate Bill 1070 designed to deter
undocumented immigrants from entering
the state from Mexico.
LGBT groups join the immigration debate
Faith Temple pastor opened
home of 24 years for Bible
study, church events
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Rev. Robert Michael Vanzant, 59, the
outreach pastor for D.C.’s Faith Temple,
a Christian church with a special outreach
to the African-American LGBT community,
says he’s doing his “very best” to keep his
spirits up at a time of need.
His Northeast Washington home of 24
years is in foreclosure and the Bank of
America, which holds the mortgage, is
taking steps to have him evicted.
“I’ve spent my entire life serving God and
my community,” Vanzant said in an open
letter to the bank that he released last week.
“When I became disabled and my income
dropped, I reached out and asked for a
modification so that I could continue to pay
my mortgage. You denied my request and
set me up for foreclosure and eviction.”
Last week, friends and associates at Faith
Temple joined the D.C. anti-foreclosure
group Occupy Our Homes in staging
a protest demonstration on his behalf
outside the Bank of America’s loan office
on U Street, N.W., just off 14th Street.
The protest organizers say Bank of
America appears to have violated a city
law that requires lenders to enter into a
mediation process with borrowers who
have fallen behind on their mortgage.
An official with the city agency that
administers the mediation program said its
intent is to determine whether a borrower
is qualified for one of nearly a dozen
federal programs that encourage and
in some cases pay lenders to modify the
terms of a mortgage to lower the monthly
payments and enable a mortgage holder
to keep the home.
Vanzant has served as a pastor at Faith
Temple since the church was founded in
1982. He said he moved into his house on
the 5500 block of 5th Street, N.E., in 1988 as
a tenant before buying the semi-detached
townhouse in 2003 from his landlord.
Isaiah Poole, a longtime member of the
church and friend of Vanzant’s, said Vanzant
has long opened his house for church
functions, including Bible study classes.
Poole said Vanzant also has opened his
home as a shelter for people in need.
Vanzant told the Blade his problems
began in 2008 when he became disabled
due to illness and was later approved for
disability status. He said that although he
was no longer able to keep his full-time day
job with the Metro transit agency, for the
next year and a half he managed to continue
making his mortgage payments through a
disability insurance policy he had and later
through Social Security disability benefits.
“I called the bank in early 2009 and said
my income was going to change soon and
I needed to talk about streamlining my
mortgage,” he said. According to Vanzant,
bank officials told him there were no
mortgage assistance programs available for
people who were current on their payments.
He said he next contacted several
mortgage counseling organizations that
promoted themselves as experts in helping
people at risk for foreclosure. One of the
organizations advised him to withhold his
mortgage payments and place the money in
a savings or escrow account, with the intent
of working out a mortgage modification
plan with the bank at a later date.
“And so that’s what I did,” he said.
But by early 2010, Bank of America began
foreclosure proceedings and refused to
discuss any mortgage adjustment options
that had been widely publicized in the
media and by the Obama administration.
“I received something from the law
office that was representing the bank that
they were foreclosing,” he said. “At the
same time I received a notice from the
Landlord-Tenant Court from the bank’s
lawyer about an eviction.”
Added Vanzant, “That’s when she [the
bank’s lawyer] told me, ‘They don’t want to talk
to you. They won’t have anything to do with
you. They don’t have anything to say to you.’”
Mike Haack, an organizer for Occupy
Our Homes and one of the leaders of
the protest demonstration last week, said
the group plans further protests if Bank
of America doesn’t demonstrate a good
faith effort to work out a way for Vanzant
to save his home.
“We feel the bank can take steps to allow
him to keep his house,” Haack said. “The
Reverend is an asset to the community.”
Vanzant, who was being treated at Howard
University Hospital at the time of the Sept.
6 protest, said a representative of the bank
called him at the hospital that same day,
leading him to believe that the protest may
have “alerted” the bank to his plight.
“I told them I couldn’t talk to them at
that time because I was under medical
treatment,” he told the Blade. “I said I
would like to talk to them the next week.”
He said the bank’s representative called
again last Friday and he arranged to speak
with the representative this week.
Bank of America did not respond to a
request for comment.
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Activists rally for gay minister facing eviction
Rev. ROBERT MICHAEL VANZANT, 59, the outreach pastor for D.C.’s Faith Temple, is facing
foreclosure and eviction.
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Two gay candidates advance in Delaware
Two gay candidates for the Delaware Legislature on Tuesday won their
respective primaries.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rehoboth Beach Realtor Andy Staton
easily won the Democratic primary for the 6th Senate District with 58.1 percent of
the vote. Former Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick came in second with 22.6
percent, while former congressional candidate Mike Miller finished third with 19.3
percent of the vote.
Staton, who announced last month that his campaign had raised more than
$100,000, will face Republican Ernie Lopez in the general election. He could
join Marie Mayor, who won the Democratic primary in the 20th House District,
as the first openly LGBT candidates elected to the state legislature if he wins in
November.
“We’re excited, we’re humbled,” Staton told the Blade. “It’s been an amazing
opportunity to identify issues. We’re looking forward to delivering results for the
residents of the 6th District.”
Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund, which endorsed both Staton and
Mayor, celebrated their primary victories.
“We’re thrilled for Marie and Andy tonight, and we look forward to standing
with them over the next seven weeks,” he said. “Delaware could finally get its
first openly gay state lawmakers, and that’s an important step toward achieving
full equality.”
Mitch Crane, former president of the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall
Democrats, narrowly lost in his bid to unseat incumbent Insurance Commissioner
Karen Weldin Stewart who received 32.6 percent of the vote. Crane came in
second with 29.8 percent, while Paul Gallagher finished third with 19.8 percent of
the vote. Dennis Spivack finished fourth with 17 percent.
Crane told the Blade that he called Stewart, for whom he had worked at the
Delaware Department of Insurance until Jan. 2011, and congratulated her. He also
applauded Staton and Mayor on their primary victories.
“I’m happy for my friends Andy and Marie,” said Crane. “I hope to help them
in November. They’re going to need it.”
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
African-American LGBT charity group debuts

A newly launched LGBT charitable organization in D.C. called Kindred: An
African-American LGBT Giving Circle is scheduled to award its first grant on
Monday, opening the way for what organizers say will be a unique new venue for
philanthropy in the city.
“Kindred utilizes the power of collective giving to uplift the African American
LGBT community in Washington, D.C.,” a statement announcing the group’s
mission says.
“By pooling our time, talent, and treasure we empower our community from
within, nurture ourselves as philanthropists, and honor organizations working to
enhance the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the
District,” the statement says.
Lesbian activist Aisha Moodie-Mills, who was among the lead organizers of the
campaign to pass D.C.’s same-sex marriage law in 2009, is the spokesperson and
member of the new group’s five-member “Guiding Circle” leadership team.
Moodie-Mills told the Blade that Kindred is scheduled to award its first grant or
“gift” of $13,000 on Monday to D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
(SMYAL). She said Kindred selected SMYAL for the first award, among other
things, because of SMYAL’s longstanding work in support of African-American
LGBT youth.
According to Moodie-Mills, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, a
tax-exempt charitable group, is serving as Kindred’s fiscal sponsor, allowing all
donations to Kindred to be tax deductible.
The group’s mission statement says organizers modeled Kindred on the African-
American tradition of community giving and support.
“Our African American history is rich with individual philanthropists – people
who provided warm meals for families in the community in need, and books and
resources for young people trying to make it through school,” the statement says.
The statement says the group is recruiting inaugural members to what it calls
its “giving circle,” which initially will consist of 12 to 25 people who each commit
to donating $420 or more each year to Kindred.
Members of the giving circle are also asked to participate in the organization’s
“collaborative grant-making process” to decide on the recipients of future
grants, the statement says. It says the Gill Foundation, a Colorado based LGBT
philanthropic organization, gave Kindred a $10,000 seed grant to help the group
begin its work.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Mehlman says Maryland
marriage fight is personal
The statement says the group is recruiting inaugural members to what it calls
its “giving circle,” which initially will consist of 12 to 25 people who each commit
to donating $420 or more each year to Kindred.
Members of the giving circle are also asked to participate in the organization’s
“collaborative grant-making process” to decide on the recipients of future
grants, the statement says. It says the Gill Foundation, a Colorado based LGBT
philanthropic organization, gave Kindred a $10,000 seed grant to help the group
begin its work.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Baltimore native notes
law ‘enhances freedom’
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Former Republican National Committee
Chair Ken Mehlman stressed this week
that the fight to defend Maryland’s same-
sex marriage law is personal.
“Having grown up in Baltimore and with
family still living there and in Bethesda, I
am pleased to support the effort to permit
civil marriage in Maryland,” he told the
Blade. “This proposal enhances freedom
and encourages fairness, while also
safeguarding religious freedom.”
Mehlman, who managed then-
President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-
election campaign, spoke to the Blade
three days before he was scheduled
to co-host a Marylanders for Marriage
Equality fundraiser in New York City
alongside gay director John Waters, who
is also from Baltimore. Actor Josh Charles,
supermodel Hilary Rhoda and other
Marylanders also served as co-hosts of the
event alongside actresses Julianne Moore
and Sarah Jessica Parker, comedian
Sandra Bernhard, former New York
Rangers forward Sean Avery and others.
Gov. Martin O’Malley was also
scheduled to speak at the event where
tickets range from $250-$25,000. The
event was to take place after Blade
deadline; visit washingtonblade.com for
updated coverage.
Same-sex marriage activists have
credited Mehlman, who came out as
gay in 2010, with successfully lobbying
Republican lawmakers to support nuptials
for gays and lesbians – four GOP New
York state senators voted for the same-sex
marriage bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo
signed into law in June 2011.
Mehlman also urged New Hampshire
lawmakers in an op-ed that the Union
Leader, the state’s largest newspaper,
published in January to vote against a
bill that would have repealed the Granite
State’s same-sex marriage law. Lawmakers
defeated the measure in the state House
by a 211-116 margin in March, with 100
Republicans voting against it.
Mehlman also reached out to Maryland
GOP lawmakers – including state Sen. Allen
Kittleman (R-Howard County) and state Del.
Wade Kach (R-Baltimore County) – before
Annapolis lawmakers ultimately approved a
same-sex marriage bill in February. O’Malley
signed it into law on March 1, less than two
weeks after Republican New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie vetoed a measure that would
have allowed gays and lesbians to tie the
knot in the Garden State.
The GOP adopted party platform
language during last month’s Republican
National Convention in Tampa that
endorses a proposed federal constitutional
amendment that would define marriage
as between a man and a woman — the
D.C. Republican Committee in late June
became the first state GOP party to add
LGB-inclusive language to its platform.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt
Romney said during his RNC acceptance
speech that he would “honor the
institution of marriage” if elected.
Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen; David Koch; Meghan and Cindy
McCain and James C. DiPaula, Jr., former
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s campaign
manager and chief of staff, are among the
Republicans who have endorsed marriage
rights for gays and lesbians.
“Republicans and conservatives should
support this because it is consistent with our
principles: more freedom, less government
interference, family values like commitment
and love, all while safeguarding religious
freedom,” Mehlman told the Blade. “If you
want to stand up for freedom and family
values, then you should support allowing
adults the freedom to marry the person
they love.”
‘Having grown up in Baltimore and with family still living there and in Bethesda, I am pleased to support
the effort to permit civil marriage in Maryland,’ former RNC Chair KEN MEHLMAN told the Blade.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO
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Marriage leads in polls ahead of Wash. vote
OLYMPIA — A poll of 524 likely voters shows the gap widening between those
who would preserve same-sex marriage in Washington State, and those who
would reject the new law.
Fifty-six percent of respondents to the KING 5/Survey USA poll would vote to
uphold Washington’s yet-to-be-implemented same-sex marriage law, while just
38 percent would vote to overturn the law. The 18-point margin is the widest yet
shown for the measure, which Public Policy Polling put at 51 percent in favor, and
42 percent against in June.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) championed and signed the law in
February 2012, which was immediately followed by a campaign to bring the new
law to a voter referendum, taking place Nov. 6.
“While this is the biggest number and the widest spread recorded by any independent
poll, this remains a very fluid race and our opponents have yet to unleash their attacks,”
read a statement by Zach Silk, campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage,
which supports same-sex marriage. “We’ve seen what’s happened in other states
and that’s generally a late attack aimed at frightening voters, so we’ll continue to work
round-the-clock, talking to voters and reminding them that in Washington, everyone
should have the freedom to marry the person they love.”
Washington joins voters in both Maine and Maryland in voting on whether or
not to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples on Election Day. Additionally,
Minnesota voters will choose whether or not to bar those unions with a
constitutional amendment. An August poll in Maryland found 54 percent in favor
of same-sex marriage, with 40 percent opposed, while a July poll in Maine put the
difference at 57 percent in favor and 35 percent against.
School climate survey released
NEW YORK — A survey examining the experiences of 8,548 LGBT students from
all 50 states and the District of Columbia shows, for the first time, improvement in
school environments for LGBT students.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s sixth biennial National
School Climate Survey shows that reports of LGBT students hearing anti-gay
epithets “frequently” or “often” has decreased significantly, though eight out of
every 10 LGBT student still reports experiencing harassment in school because of
their sexual orientation.
The survey also found the presence of a gay-straight alliance club on campus or
LGBT-inclusive curriculum led to less reporting of students feeling unsafe on campus.
“The 2011 survey marks a possible turning point in the school experiences of
LGBT youth,” said Dr. Joseph Kosciw, GLSEN’s Senior Director of Research and
Strategic Initiatives. “But an alarming number of LGBT youth still face barriers that
inhibit their ability to receive an education.”
Grindr gets political
LOS ANGELES — Grindr — mobile phone software that allows gay men to find
and chat with other gay men based on proximity — has announced it is mixing
sex with politics.
The most popular “geosocial” app for gay men announced the creation of
Grindr for Equality: Election 2012 as a means for mobilizing its 1.5 million user-base
to become informed about local political contests, with an eye on spurring action.
“I’m a big believer that a lot of people can do something small and get a very
big impact,” Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai told U.S. News and World Report. “We
simply don’t have the rights everyone else has.”
Simkhai has indicated Grindr for Equality will be used to mobilize local users in
specific contests of greater concern to the LGBT community.
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Cicilline fends off primary
challenge in Rhode Island
New polls in Washington State have LGBT
advocates optimistic that a law signed by
Gov. CHRISTINE GREGOIRE extending
marriage rights to same-sex couples will be
upheld by voters.
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sex with politics.
The most popular “geosocial” app for gay men announced the creation of
Grindr for Equality: Election 2012 as a means for mobilizing its 1.5 million user-base
to become informed about local political contests, with an eye on spurring action.
“I’m a big believer that a lot of people can do something small and get a very
big impact,” Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai told U.S. News and World Report. “We
simply don’t have the rights everyone else has.”
Simkhai has indicated Grindr for Equality will be used to mobilize local users in
specific contests of greater concern to the LGBT community.
Seeks re-election to
House after criticism over
tenure as mayor
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Gay Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
defeated his challenger, businessman
Anthony Gemma, to win the Democratic
nomination to continue to represent
Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district in
the U.S. House in Tuesday’s primary.
Local media outlets called the race for
Cicilline about an hour after polls closed
at 8 p.m. in Rhode Island. With 98 percent
of precincts reporting, Cicilline held 61
percent of the vote, compared to the 31
percent claimed by Gemma and 8 percent
won by another candidate, Chris Young.
Cicilline faced criticism during the
race — even though he’s running in a
overwhelmingly “blue” state — as a result
of financial difficulties facing the city of
Providence, R.I., where Cicilline served as
mayor before running for Congress.
A report commissioned by the City
Council last year blamed Cicilline’s
administration for a lack of transparency
and for making a series of moves – like
tapping into Providence’s rainy-day
fund – without councilors’ approval. The
lawmaker apologized in April, saying he
should have been more forthright about
the financial condition of the city.
Still, Cicilline retained support heading
into the primary. The lawmaker was once
again endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory
Fund. In new campaign ads, former U.S. Rep.
Patrick Kennedy, who once held the seat
now held by Cicilline, vouched for the out
lawmaker’s commitment to public service.
Sexual orientation did come into play
during the Democratic primary. According
to the Associated Press, Anthony Sionni,
an unpaid campaign staffer for the
Gemma campaign, compared the openly
gay lawmaker on Twitter to convicted child
molester and former Penn State coach
Jerry Sandusky, saying there’s “nothing
wrong with smearing a liar, thief, crook,
Sandusky copy cat.” The state Democratic
Party had called for Gemma to fire Anthony
Sionni, apologize to Cicilline and disavow
the message. In response, a Gemma
campaign spokesperson reportedly said
the tweet was “inappropriate” and Sionni
agreed to leave the campaign.
Cicilline was running against a primary
opponent who largely self-financed his
campaign. According to Federal Election
Commission reports, 80 percent of the
$315,000 that Gemma raised was from
him contributing or lending his money
to his own campaign. In comparison, all
the $1.7 million that Cicilline raised for
his campaign was the result of outside
contributions.
But Cicilline isn’t out of the woods in
his bid to retain his U.S. House seat. He’s
facing a challenge in the general election
from Republican Brendan Doherty, a
retired high-ranking police officer and
former superintendent of Rhode Island’s
Department of Public Safety.
According to a poll published by Rhode
Island’s WPRI late last month, 52 percent of
Gemma supporters said they’d back Doherty
in the general election if the Democratic
challenger lost the primary. Compared to the
$1.7 million that Cicilline has raised, Doherty
has $1.1 million in total net receipts. About
five percent, or $50,000, of Doherty’s net
receipts are from self-financing.
Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund’s CEO,
said the choice is clear on LGBT issues
heading into the general election because
Doherty supports the Defense of Marriage
Act, an anti-gay law that prohibits federal
recognition of same-sex marriage.
“We’re pleased that Rhode Island
Democrats have once again chosen David
Cicilline to represent them in Congress,”
Wolfe said. “Now voters will face a
clear choice this November between a
persistent champion for LGBT equality,
and an opponent who supports the
Defense of Marriage Act, which makes life
harder for so many American families.”
The Democratic primary produced
mixed results in terms of electing
candidates who support marriage
equality. One lesbian candidate, Laura
Pisaturo, narrowly lost her bid to unseat
a Democratic lawmaker who opposes
same-sex marriage.
Many incumbent Democrats who
support marriage equality fended off
challenges from candidates who oppose
it. Among those incumbents were State
Sen. Ryan Pearson, State Rep. Arthur
Handy, State Rep. Greg Amore, State
Rep. Joseph Almeida, and State House
Majority Whip Patrick O’Neill.
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Gay Rep. DAVID CICILLINE defeated his
challenger in the Rhode Island Democratic
primary on Tuesday.
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House Democrats are yet again
interceding on behalf of litigation
challenging the Defense of Marriage Act
— this time as one of 15 parties expected
to file legal briefs before an appellate
court in a case involving a lesbian New
York widow.
A group of 145 House Democrats — led
by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
— were expected to file a friend-of-court
brief on Friday in the case of Windsor V.
United States, which is pending before the
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union and other
legal groups, is 83-year-old Edie Windsor,
who was forced to pay $363,000 in estate
taxes upon the death in 2009 of her
spouse Thea Spyer because of Section
3 of DOMA, which prohibits federal
recognition of same-sex marriage. The
couple met in 1963, but married in 2007 in
Canada after an engagement that lasted
more than 40 years.
The 30-page brief lays out the case
for why DOMA should be stricken as
unconstitutional, arguing Congress
passed DOMA in 1996 out of animus
toward gay people.
Additionally, the brief says DOMA
unfairly imposes estate taxes upon
married same-sex couples, saying “it is
impossible to believe that any legitimate
federal interest is rationally served by
depriving a widow like [Edie] Windsor of
the marital deduction that allows married
couples to pass property to the surviving
spouse without penalty, thus maximizing
the survivor’s financial well-being.”
It’s not the first time House Democrats
filed a legal brief in favor of litigation
challenging DOMA. Democrats also filed
a legal brief before the U.S. First Circuit
Court of Appeals in the consolidated case
of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management
and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v.
Department of Health & Human Services
as well as before the U.S. Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals in the case of Golinksi v.
Office of Personnel Management.
However more have signed the brief
than ever before. The new 13 signers who
didn’t pen their name to the last brief
are Reps. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), Corrine
Brown (D-Fla.), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.),
John Carney, Jr., (D-Del.), Kathy Castor
(D-Fla.), Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), Al
Green (D-Texas), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio),
Bill Pascrell, Jr., (D-N.J.), Ed Perlmutter
(D-Colo.), Silvesre Reyes (D-Texas), Allyson
Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Albio Sires (D-N.J.).
Other signers are House Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Minority
Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), House
Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
John Conyers (D-Mich.), and the four
openly gay members of Congress: Reps.
Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wis.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David
Cicilline (D-R.I.).
The House Republican-led Bipartisan
Legal Advisory Group, under the direction
of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio),
appealed the lawsuit to the Second
Circuit after the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of New York ruled in
favor of Windsor and against DOMA. Oral
arguments are set for Sept. 27. It’s unclear
whether any friend-of-the-court briefs will
be filed on their behalf.
Other groups that are expected to
file friend-of-the-court briefs in favor of
Windsor are local governments, including
New York City and the states of New York,
Connecticut and Vermont; the Partnership
for New York City — a group of CEOs
from New York City businesses — the
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Fund; bar associations, labor unions and
civil rights, religious, cultural and LGBT
organizations; social workers and national
mental health and medical organizations;
and professors of U.S. history, family law,
and family and child welfare law.
House Dems intercede in case against DOMA
Rival campaign official
releases video of
candidate dancing at
Pride festival
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
encountered what her supporters say was a
“gay-baiting” attack from a senior political
adviser to former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy
Thompson, her Republican opponent in
her race for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
On Sept. 5, one day before Baldwin
spoke before the Democratic National
Convention on the theme of “heartland
values,” Thompson campaign staffer Brian
Nemoir circulated a video through email
and Twitter showing Baldwin dancing at a
gay Pride festival.
“Clearly, there’s no one better
positioned to talk ‘heartland values’ than
Tammy,” Nemoir said in an email to
Wisconsin news media outlets.
The email, a copy of which was obtained
by the Washington Blade, contains a link to
a YouTube video showing Baldwin waiving
her arms while dancing on a stage with the
popular Wisconsin rock band VO5. Some of
the band members were dressed in Wonder
Woman costumes as the band played the
theme song from “Wonder Woman.”
The event took place in August 2010
on the University of Wisconsin campus in
Madison, according to a YouTube caption.
“Tammy was hours away from speaking to
the Democratic National Convention about
heartland values, about the Wisconsin she
knows,” said Denis Dison, communications
director for the Gay and Lesbian Victory
Fund, a national group that is raising money
for Baldwin’s Senate campaign.
“So in advance of this he sends out a
video of her celebrating LGBT Pride and
sarcastically says, yeah, she’s the one who
should be talking about heartland values,”
Dison said. “The unspoken point there
being it is somehow immoral to be LGBT
or to be celebrating LGBT Pride.”
A spokesperson for the Thompson
campaign told the Wisconsin State Journal
that Nemoir was acting as an individual
and not on behalf of the campaign when
he sent out his email and link to the video.
John Kraus, a spokesperson for Baldwin’s
campaign, told the Blade in an email that
the campaign would have no comment on
the Nemoir email and video link.
A copy of Nemoir’s email obtained by
the Blade shows that it was sent to news
media outlets and others on a Thompson
for Senate email account.
In the Sept. 5 email, Nemoir states,
“Yesterday, Madison-Liberal Tammy
Baldwin cited ‘heartland values’ as the
topic for her primetime speech to the
DNC tomorrow night. Clearly, there’s no
one better positioned to talk ‘heartland
values’ than Tammy.”
Under the link to the YouTube video of
Baldwin’s appearance at the Pride festival,
Nemoir added one additional sentence: “A
primer of her values – note event, and enjoy.”
He listed his title on the email as
“Senior Advisor/Communications” for the
Thompson campaign.
Baldwin won election to the U.S. House
of Representatives in 1998 as the first
out gay person ever to be elected to
Congress. She is giving up her House seat
this year to run for the Senate. If elected,
she would become the first openly gay
person to become a U.S. senator.
Dison of the Victory Fund said that
although Thompson is seeking to portray
himself as a moderate on certain issues,
his record as governor shows he opposes
nearly all LGBT rights initiatives.
Thompson has said he supports a
federal constitutional amendment to ban
same-sex marriage and supports leaving
in place the Defense of Marriage Act,
which prohibits the federal government
from recognizing same-sex marriages
performed in states that have legalized
same-sex nuptials. Thompson also
opposed repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” law that barred gay and lesbian
service members from serving openly.
In her speech before the Democratic
convention on Sept. 6, Baldwin said Tommy
Thompson; Wisconsin’s conservative
GOP Gov. Scott Walker; and Wisconsin
GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, who is Republican
presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice
presidential running mate, don’t reflect the
views of most Wisconsin residents.
“I’m here to tell you they don’t speak
for all of Wisconsin,” she said. “I want you
to hear about the Wisconsin I know: the
place where my grandparents raised me,
the place where generations of families
have worked hard to get ahead,” she said.
“The Wisconsin I know believes that with
each passing year and each generation,
our country must become more equal, not
less,” she said.
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Baldwin attacked over sexual orientation
House Minority Leader NANCY PELOSI leads a
group of 145 House Democrats expecting to file
a friend of the court brief on behalf of the Edie
Windsor case.
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for president
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama
made his case to voters last week on the
final night of the Democratic National
Convention in a speech that contained
references to LGBT rights.
Obama formally accepted the
Democratic nomination for president and
encouraged voters to give him another
term, but cautioned the road ahead
wouldn’t be easy.
“I’m asking you to rally around a
set of goals for your country — goals
in manufacturing, energy, education,
national security, and the deficit; a real,
achievable plan that will lead to new
jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this
economy on a stronger foundation,”
Obama said. “That’s what we can do in
the next four years, and that’s why I’m
running for a second term as president of
the United States.”
Obama appeared to receive a bounce
in polls after the convention, despite a
disappointing jobs report released Friday. A
new Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the
convention showed that Obama leads GOP
nominee Mitt Romney, 48-45 percent.
Nearly 6,000 delegates waived American
flags and held up blue signs reading,
“Forward,” the slogan for Obama’s 2012
presidential campaign. Chants of “Fired
up! Ready to go!” came before and after
his speech on Thursday, the closing night
of the convention.
At one point, Obama rapidly ticked off
several national security achievements
of his administration, which ended with
roaring applause.
“Four years ago, I promised to end
the war in Iraq,” Obama said. “We did. I
promised to refocus on the terrorists who
actually attacked us on 9/11. We have.
We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in
Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war
will be over. A new tower rises above the
New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path
to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”
Obama also criticized Romney for not
articulating a clear plan for how he’d
achieve economic growth, saying the
GOP didn’t have much to say on how it
would put the country on a better track.
“And that’s because all they have to
offer is the same prescription they’ve had
for the last 30 years,” Obama said. “Have
a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high?
Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take
two tax cuts, roll back some regulations,
and call us in the morning!”
Obama unveiled ambitious policies that
he pledged to work toward if elected to a
second term in office. Among his goals were
creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs
by the end of 2016, reducing new oil imports
to half their current level by 2020, cutting the
growth of college tuition by half over the
next 10 years and reducing the deficit by
more than $4 trillion over the next decade.
Attendees gathered to see the president
in the Time Warner Cable Arena, where
they had gone for the previous days of
the convention. The original plan was for
Obama to speak at the Bank of America
Stadium before a larger audience, but
that was cancelled because of predictions
of inclement weather. The skies ended up
being clear on the night Obama delivered
his address and many who hoped to see
the president were turned away because
of lack of capacity.
At three points during his address,
Obama made references to LGBT people
and struggles they face.
The first mention came when Obama
praised Americans for being a people
who don’t blame minority groups —
including gays — for the trouble afflicting
the country.
“We don’t think government can solve all
our problems,” Obama said. “But we don’t
think that government is the source of all
our problems – any more than are welfare
recipients, or corporations, or unions, or
immigrants, or gays, or any other group
we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
Obama also criticized “Washington
politicians” who would prohibit the right
of people to marry. Romney supports a
Federal Marriage Amendment.
“If you give up on the idea that your
voice can make a difference, then other
voices will fill the void: lobbyists and special
interests; the people with the $10 million
checks who are trying to buy this election
and those who are making it harder for you
to vote; Washington politicians who want
to decide who you can marry, or control
health care choices that women should
make for themselves,” Obama said.
Finally, Obama hit on legislative repeal
of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“You’re the reason a young immigrant
who grew up here and went to school here
and pledged allegiance to our flag will no
longer be deported from the only country
she’s ever called home; why selfless soldiers
won’t be kicked out of the military because
of who they are or who they love; why
thousands of families have finally been able
to say to the loved ones who served us so
bravely, “Welcome home,” Obama said.
Gay delegates who attended the
convention said they were thrilled with
Obama’s speech and it made them more
committed to making sure he wins re-
election this fall.
Jason Rae, a gay 25-year-old delegate
and political consultant from Wisconsin,
said Obama laid out “a bold vision” for
what he wants to accomplish over the
next four years. In 2004, Rae became the
youngest person ever elected to the
Democratic National Committee at age 17.
“He briefly touched on a number of
issues, including LGBT issues, but spent
the time he had necessarily laying out
a stark contrast between an Obama
presidency and a Romney presidency,”
Rae said. “During the entire convention,
LGBT issues — ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and
marriage equality — were frequent points
of his accomplishments. No where did this
convention hide his unwavering support
for our community.”
Richard Socarides, a gay delegate from
New York City and former adviser on gay
issues for President Clinton, called the
speech “a great finishing touch to our
convention” and said Democrats have
realized support for LGBT rights is good
for them politically.
“It was a very strong speech and I love
the embrace gay Americans are now
receiving from the Democrats,” Socarides
said. “We have told them equality is good
policy and good politics and now I think
they finally believe us.”
But the head of one gay conservative
group who came to the Democratic
convention was unimpressed with
Obama’s remarks.
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of
GOProud, issued a statement following
the address saying Obama failed to
realize economic concerns are a priority
for gays and not LGBT rights. GOProud
has endorsed Romney.
“For many gay Americans this election
is about survival,” LaSalvia said. “It’s about
finding a job, about putting food on the table,
about putting gas in their car — it’s about the
basics. The Democrats had three days to talk
about these issues and instead they decided
to focus on divisive social issues.”
Vice President Joseph Biden preceded
Obama with his own speech accepting
the Democratic Party’s vice presidential
nomination. Biden praised Obama for
accomplishments such as restoring the
automotive industry and bringing bin
Laden to justice, but also fulfilled his role
as a presidential candidate’s attack dog by
going after Romney.
“I found it fascinating last week when
Gov. Romney said that as president
he’d take a jobs tour,” Biden said. “Well
with all his support for outsourcing, it’s
going to have to be a foreign trip. Look,
President Obama knows that creating
jobs in America, keeping jobs in America,
and bringing jobs back to America is what
being president is all about.”
Biden, who publicly endorsed same-
sex marriage just days ahead of Obama,
didn’t explicitly mention LGBT issues
during his remarks, but offered a line that
may have been a veiled reference to the
LGBT community, saying Obama sees a
future “where no one, no one is forced to
live in the shadows of intolerance.”
Following the president’s speech,
the Catholic Church’s Archbishop of
New York Timothy Dolan performed
the convocation. Dolan is known for
his opposition to same-sex marriage,
although no boos or objections were
heard when the he went onstage.
“Show us anew that happiness is found
only in respecting the laws of nature and
of nature’s God,” Dolan said. “Empower
us with your grace so that we might resist
the temptation to replace the moral law
with idols of our own making, or to remake
those institutions you have given us for the
nurturing of life and community.”
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‘Institutional discrimination’
blamed for deaths
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A new strategy unveiled Monday
aimed at reducing the suicide rate in the
United States includes a section on the
rate of suicide for LGBT people — saying
that population may be particularly at
risk because of “minority stress” and
“institutional discrimination” resulting
from anti-gay laws.
The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide
Prevention, made public on World
Suicide Prevention Day, was published by
the National Action Alliance for Suicide
Prevention and U.S. Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin. Secretary of Health &
Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and
former Defense Secretary of Robert Gates
launched the alliance in late 2010 in part to
address the suicide rate among Iraq and
Afghanistan war veterans returning home.
The strategy details multiple goals
for reducing suicide, such as integrating
suicide prevention into health care
policies and changing the way the public
talks about suicide and suicide prevention.
In addition to veterans, the study identifies
particular groups that may face a higher
suicide rate, such as individuals with
mental and substance abuse disorders,
individuals in justice or child welfare
settings and LGBT people.
Andrew Lane, a gay member of the
Action Alliance’s executive committee, said
the strategy lays the groundwork to reduce
the suicide rate among LGBT people.
“The 2012 NSSP represents a significant step
forward in our ongoing efforts to highlight the
unique health needs of the LGBT community
and ensure government responsiveness,”
said Lane, who’s also executive director of the
Johnson Family Foundation.
The strategy attributes the prevalence
of suicide in the LGBT community
to “minority stress” stemming from
cultural stigma as well as “institutional
discrimination” that comes from laws that
deny benefits and protections for LGBT
people that are provided to others.
“These negative outcomes, rather than
minority sexual orientation or gender
identity per se, appear to be the key
risk factors for LGBT suicidal ideation
and behavior,” the strategy states. “An
additional risk factor is contagion resulting
from media coverage of LGBT suicide
deaths that presents suicidal behavior
as a normal, rational response to anti-
LGBT bullying or other experiences
of discrimination.”
Among the factors that the strategy has
found that reduce suicides among LGBT
youth are family acceptance and access
to mental health treatment. The Action
Alliance also recommends reducing LGBT-
related prejudices and associated stressors,
improving access to LGBT-affirming
treatment, working to reduce bullying and
eliminating discriminatory laws. Notably,
the strategy makes no mention of any
particular discriminatory law against LGBT
people that should be eliminated.
In a statement, Sebelius hailed the
strategy as a means to help organizations’
work in preventing suicides throughout
the country.
“Our message today is one of hope,”
Sebelius said. “The national strategy will
bring together the nation’s resources,
both public and private, in an organized
effort to provide life saving services and
improve the ability of individuals, friends
and family members to recognize the
warning signs of despair and take action
to save lives.”
Sebelius announced HHS would provide
$55.6 million in new grants for national,
state, tribal, campus and community
suicide prevention efforts, which were
made possible under the Garrett Lee Smith
Memorial Act and the Affordable Care
Act. The Department of Veterans Affairs is
launching a new outreach campaign called
“Stand by Them: Help a Veteran.”
According to the strategy, whether
LGBT people have a higher suicide rate
than others is unknown because sexual
orientation or gender identity isn’t
recorded upon the death of an individual.
However, the strategy does say studies
indicate suicide ideation and attempts are
higher for LGBT people.
“A meta-analysis of 25 international
population-based studies found the
lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in
gay and bisexual male adolescents and
adults was four times that of comparable
heterosexual males,” the strategy states.
“Lifetime suicide attempt rates among
lesbian and bisexual females were almost
twice those of heterosexual females.”
The strategy makes particular note of
the rate of suicide among LGBT youth. An
analysis of studies found that LGB youth
were three times more likely to report a
lifetime attempt than straight youth, and
more four times more likely to report a
medically serious attempt.
A note of suicide among transgender
people, saying population-based
studies haven’t yet included transgender
participants, but non-random surveys
show the problem particularly affects
transgender people. A 2009 study from
the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
found that 41 percent of adult respondents
reported suicide attempts.
LGBT-inclusive suicide prevention plan unveiled
Says Log Cabin’s support
for Romney hurts quest
for LGBT equality
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
released a statement on Tuesday seeking
to explain why he said during last week’s
Democratic National Convention that Log
Cabin Republicans use “Uncle Tom” as
their “role model.”
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of
Log Cabin, a national gay GOP group, last
week blasted Frank for using the Uncle Tom
comparison, accusing Frank of “demonizing
Republicans and undermining efforts at
bipartisanship that would actually improve
LGBT Americans’ lives.”
In an interview with the Washington
Blade on Tuesday, Frank said that his use
of the term, which he admitted was “very
harsh,” was aimed at highlighting his belief
that Log Cabin leaders were seriously
jeopardizing the cause of LGBT equality by
campaigning vigorously for a presidential
candidate – Mitt Romney — who opposes
and would take away policies supporting
the rights of LGBT people.
“If you want to say economic issues are
more important to me, that the Democrats
are environmental extremists – if you want
to say that’s why you’re voting for him and
say and acknowledge that those issues
are more important to them than LGBT
issues,” Frank said he understands the
logic of that.
“But my problem is when they say it is
helpful to LGBT causes to vote for them,”
he said.
Frank first invoked the “Uncle Tom”
comparison to Log Cabin Republicans
during an interview with gay radio host
Michelangelo Signorile during the second
day of the Democratic convention on
Sept. 5. He reiterated the comparison
the next day in a speech before the
convention’s LGBT Caucus. Frank didn’t
use the term during his speech before the
full convention on the evening of Sept. 5.
In his own statement released on Sept. 5,
Cooper said, “We expect this kind of bile
from Barney, especially when it plays into the
Obama campaign’s efforts to divide, distract
and deceive the American people.”
Added Cooper, “Frank calls us ‘Uncle
Toms’ and pretends that Log Cabin
hasn’t been on the front lines of the fight
for equality. The truth is, by speaking
conservative to conservatives about gay
rights, Log Cabin republicans are doing
some of the hardest work in the movement,
work that liberals like Barney are unwilling
to do and couldn’t do if they tried.”
In his statement this week, Frank said,
“I am not surprised that members of
Log Cabin Republicans are offended
by my comparing them to Uncle Tom.
They are no more offended than I am by
their campaigning in the name of LGBT
rights to elect the candidate and party
who diametrically oppose our rights
against a president who has forcefully and
effectively supported our rights.”
Frank says in his statement that Cooper
and other Log Cabin officials have defended
their support for Romney and other GOP
candidates who don’t support LGBT rights
by saying “they have succeeded in getting
the Republicans to reduce the extent to
which they denounce us.” He notes that
Cooper says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.),
Romney’s vice presidential candidate, is
willing to “engage” with gay Republicans.
“That is where Uncle Tom comes to
mind,” Frank says in his statement. “They
are urging people to vote for the anti-
LGBT candidate over the most supportive
LGBT candidate and platform imaginable
because the ‘antis’ are calling us fewer
names and are willing to talk to some of
us,” Frank said.
“It is this willingness to acquiesce in a
subordinate status as long as the masters are
kinder in tone, although [not] in substance,
that emulates Uncle Tom,” he said.
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were seriously jeopardizing the cause of LGBT
equality by campaigning for Mitt Romney.
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Obama administration
to host black LGBT
leaders next week
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
More than 200 people from across the
country are expected to attend the National
Black Justice Coalition’s third annual Out
on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit
in D.C. from Sept. 19-22.
The Obama administration will host
black LGBT leaders at the Eisenhower
Executive Office Building on Sept. 20,
while the Human Rights Campaign
will hold a networking reception for
conference delegates later that day. Other
events will include a Capitol Hill lobby day
and a roundtable of LGBT black elders.
NBJC executive director Sharon
Lettman-Hicks pointed out to the Blade
that her organization deliberately chose
“Own Your Power” as this year’s theme.
“The mantra ‘Own Your Power’ is
fundamental to the work we do at the
National Black Justice Coalition. NBJC
is committed to building informed
and empowered black lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender leadership — a
community of victors, not victims. Progress
on LGBT social, employment, and
marriage equality issues grows as LGBT
people feel empowered to be out and
open in their families and communities,”
she said. “Increasing acceptance and
respect for black LGBT people within
their families, churches and communities
is essential to increasing that openness
within the African-American community
and gaining support for LGBT equality.
With the upcoming election and all the
momentum the LGBT equality movement
has gained, this is a critical time to take
our seat at the table and own our power.”
Gay ESPN and CNN columnist LZ
Granderson is the conference’s national
chair. MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris
Perry will also host a town hall on voting
rights and discrimination during the
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s
Annual Legislative Conference that will
coincide with “Out on the Hill.”
NBJC will host its own town hall on the
increasing homicide rates among trans
women of color at the Washington Marriot
Wardman Park Hotel on Sept. 21.
In addition to this issue, Lettman-Hicks
said fighting anti-LGBT employment
discrimination and securing economic
security for LGBT people of color remain
her organization’s top priorities. “Out
on the Hill” will also examine health
disparities that persist in this community.
“In addition to ensuring black LGBT
people have the means to care for
themselves and their families, it is
important that we also address the health
disparities that exist,” said Lettman-
Hicks. “Stratified risk factors and a lack
of access to culturally competent health
care services have left black LGBT
people particularly vulnerable to health
disparities. A panel of black LGBT health
experts will address the rise in HIV/AIDS
infection rates amongst young black men
who have sex with men; challenges to
accessing competent health care; and the
unique health concerns of black lesbians,
including breast/cervical cancer.”
The conference will take place less than
two months before the presidential election.
Polls continue to indicate that the vast
majority of black voters support President
Obama’s re-election campaign. Lettman-
Hicks acknowledged that the outcome of
the election will have what she described
as implications for the LGBT community
as a whole.
“This impact will be tenfold for LGBT
people of color,” she added.
Lettman-Hicks further stressed that
any president has an obligation to
“protect all Americans and their families
under the law.”
“Thousands of LGBT couples are
raising children and have marriages
rooted in love and lifelong commitment
— you don’t get more traditional than
that. The U.S. Census shows that these
couples are also more likely to be people
of color, especially African American,” she
said. “Governor Romney has pledged to
represent Americans of ‘every race, creed
and sexual orientation’ and has been
vocal about his support for ‘traditional
marriage.’ Well, that includes loving and
committed LGBT couples and the families
they are providing for and protecting.
Anything short of recognizing our
committed relationships and our families
is unacceptable.”
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not receiving PTSD
treatment
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mlavers@washblade.com
Advocates and family members of a gay
undocumented Peruvian immigrant who
remains in a Louisiana detention center
maintain he has not received proper
treatment for the post-traumatic stress
disorder that stems from the anti-gay
discrimination and violence they say he
suffered in his homeland.
U.S. Border Control agents took Luís
Armando Mendoza Sanchez into custody
near Penitas, Texas, on Feb. 25 shortly
after he entered the country. Vinnie Picard,
spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, told the Blade
that Mendoza, 22, told arresting officers
that he was from Perú and that he was
not afraid to return to the South American
country. He noted that Mendoza informed
agents who detained him near Douglas,
Ariz., on Jan. 22 that he was from Mexico.
Picard said that Mendoza told an ICE
officer a few days after agents took him
into custody in Texas that he actually was
afraid to return to Perú because of his
sexual orientation. He was transferred to
the New Orleans Field Office while U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services
evaluated his asylum claim.
Mendoza’s aunt Maribel, who lives in
D.C., reached out to transgender activist
Ruby Corado in July after she saw her on a
local Spanish language television station.
She told her that Mendoza was afraid that
his fellow inmates at the Oakdale Federal
Detention Center in central Louisiana
were going to rape him.
Maribel, who declined to give her last
name, told the Blade that her nephew
left the Peruvian capital, Lima, six months
ago to escape what she described as anti-
gay persecution and violence from local
police, neighbors and others. Mendoza’s
parents died from AIDS when he was a
teenager, and Maribel said that he sought
what she described as a better life in the
United States.
Corado relayed Maribel’s concerns to
ICE officials.
“I have some serious concerns on the
severe mental health consequences that
result from the long terms of incarceration
that many LGBT people experience
while in custody of ICE,” she wrote in a
July 27 e-mail to Melissa Jaramillo of ICE
Enforcement and Removal Operations
that the Blade obtained. “Many of these
detainees are people who have suffered
severe trauma and incarceration in their
home countries and have or are dealing
with issues of sexual abuse and rape or
the post-traumatic stresses after they were
victims or a violent crime.”
Corado sent a second e-mail to
Jaramillo on Aug. 8.
“Talking to Luís [Mendoza] tonight, it
seems to me that my plea for help for LGBT
victims like Luís is not going anywhere, no
mental health or therapy is being offered
to him,” she wrote. “Nobody has even
attempted to reach out to him to help him
address his mental anguish.”
Picard confirmed to the Blade that
Corado had contacted ICE and the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, which
oversees the agency, about concerns she
and Maribel had over his safety.
“ICE Enforcement and Removal
Operations (ERO) officers immediately
interviewed Mr. Mendoza about his
perceived safety concerns,” he said.
“Mister Mendoza’s only stated concern
to ERO officers was how his claim
of persecution based on his sexual
orientation relates to his asylum case.
Mister Mendoza did not affirmatively
advise ERO or detention center staff of
any safety concerns.”
Clement Lee of Immigration Equality
acknowledged to the Blade that PTSD is
not uncommon among LGBT immigrants.
He further noted that a detainee’s access
to medical care depends upon the type
of facility in which they are held — some
are run directly by ICE, while others are
contract facilities and even local jails.
“Some of them get better care, some
don’t,” said Lee. “I’ve had clients that have
been able to get prescription medications
to treat depression, to treat hallucinations.
I’ve had other people who have sort of just
languished and meet with a psychologist
just once and say that’s too much —
you’ve been raped 17 times, this is more
than I can handle. The stress of being in
detention sort of adds to that PTSD.”
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Ravens player feuds
with Del. Burns
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon
Ayanbadejo has been one of the few NFL
players to be outspoken in support of
same-sex marriage. He wrote an article
about it in the Huffington Post in 2009
and has lent his name and face to videos
promoting marriage equality in Maryland.
“Same-sex marriage isn’t a ‘gay’ issue, it’s
an ‘equality’ issue,” he said.
Recently, Ayanbadejo, 36, donated
a pair of Ravens tickets as part of a
fundraiser for Marylanders for Marriage
Equality. This did not sit well with Del.
Emmett C. Burns, Jr., a Democrat from
Baltimore County, who has been a forceful
opponent of LGBT rights in general and
same-sex marriage in particular.
In a letter dated Aug. 29 sent to Ravens
owner Steve Bisciotti that was shared with
the media, Burns wrote, “Many of my
constituents and your football supporters are
appalled and aghast that a member of the
Ravens Football Team would step into this
controversial divide and try to sway public
opinion one way or the other.” Burns advised
Bisciotti that Ayanbadejo concentrate on
football and not divide the fan base.
Ayanbadejo was taken aback when
hearing of the letter. “I was surprised.
Just what our country was founded on,
for someone to try to take that away from
me, I was pretty surprised that something
like that would come up, especially from a
politician,” he told the Baltimore Sun.
He indicated that members of the
Ravens organization, including team
president Dick Cass, offered words of
support at the Under Armour Performance
Center, the Ravens practice facility in
Owings Mills, and a few gave him high-
fives, according to the Sun. Regarding
Cass, Ayanbadejo stated, “[He said] we’re
in support of you and it’s good that you’re
able to voice your opinion and say how
you feel. Dick personally told me, ‘We’re
not an organization that discriminates.’”
This dust-up with Burns brought
Ayanbadejo support from other players in
the National Football League. NFL Players
Association president Domonique Foxworth
characterized Burns’ letter as “asinine.”
“I don’t think football players are
different from any other human beings,
with the exception of having a larger
platform,” said Foxworth, who played
for the Ravens from 2009 to 2011. “I think
that’s all the reason to speak out. Whether
people agree with what you’re saying or
not, it’s your right to say it. I don’t think
any social issues have been solved by
silencing one group.”
In addition, Pittsburgh Steelers
linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Minnesota
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe were among
those who backed Ayanbadejo. Kluwe,
in particular, was vocal about his support.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show”
on Sept. 7 and interviewed by other
media, Kluwe, who has been a strong
opponent of Minnesota’s constitutional
amendment against same-sex marriage
that will appear on November’s ballot,
spoke out for marriage equality and
Ayanbadejo’s right to support it.
He also penned a scathing, profanity-
laced letter to Burns that was made
public. Among the milder passages
Kluwe wrote, “By using your position as
an elected official (when referring to your
constituents so as to implicitly threaten
the Ravens organization) to state that the
Ravens should ‘inhibit such expressions
from your employees,’ more specifically
Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you
clearly violating the First Amendment, you
also come across as a narcissistic fromunda
stain. What on earth would possess you to
be so mind-boggingly stupid?”
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Charm City Music Festival Saturday
The annual Charm City Music Festival is Saturday at Harbor East (720 Aliceanna
Street) in Baltimore with Weezer headlining.
The Festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. and features acts such as Flogging
Molly, Stephen Marley, Southern Culture on the Skids, Eve 6, All Mighty Senators
and several others performing on two stages. Local seafood and craft vendors will
also be on hand.
Tickets range from $48.50-$94.50. Details at charmcitymusicfestival.com.
‘Electrica’ continues Sept. run
The Mobtown Players continue their production of Euripides’ “Electra” tonight
at 8 p.m. and through Sept. 29.
The Lizzie Jump-directed production tells the classic tale of the title character’s
quest to reunite with her long-lost brother Orestes and avenge their father’s
murder.
The show is performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4.
Tickets are $15, $12 for students. The Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill is at 3600
Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114 in Baltimore. Visit mobtownplayers.com for details.
Grand Central adds Sappho’s ladies’ lounge
Sappho’s (1001 North Charles Street Baltimore 21201), Grand Central’s newest
addition, is an exclusive ladies lounge, complete with complete with an outdoor
second-floor deck viewing North Charles street, newly installed wooden dance
space, new pool tables, flat-screen TVs and comfortable seating areas.
Tonight, Sappho’s is hosting a DJ dance party with no cover charge and an
open dance floor. Happy hour is from 8-10 p.m. with $3 rail drinks and domestic
beer. For more information, visit centralstationpub.com.
Md. Wine Festival in Westminster this weekend
The Maryland Wine Festival is at the Carroll County Farm Museum (500 S.
Center Street in Westminster, Md. — near Baltimore) Saturday and Sunday for its
29th year.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Admission varies from $27-$62 for adults. Designated drivers are available for
$20. Teens are $20.
Visit marylandwinefestival.com for details.
The cast of ‘Electra.’ This Mobtown Players production continues through Sept. 29.
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stark contrast between
parties’ visions
Now that the conventions are over, we
have an absolutely clear understanding of
the direction that each party intends to
move the nation. The Democratic vision in-
cludes a woman’s right to control her own
healthcare; a way for young immigrant
“dreamers” to get an education; support
for gays and lesbians and their right to
marry; and a belief in shared responsibil-
ity. The Republican vision includes trickle
down economics; turning Medicare into
a voucher system; taking away a woman’s
control over her own reproductive system;
and denying the LGBT community their
civil and human rights.
As we move into the final days of the
campaign we will be inundated with TV
ads and over-the-top rhetoric primarily
directed at the few remaining undecided
voters. But the real work will be to create
enthusiasm among the faithful and each
party will focus their ground game on
getting their identified and likely voters
to the polls.
You have to wonder how anyone who
reads a newspaper or follows any news
can still be undecided and reasonably
ask, “What are you still waiting to hear?”
But should anyone still have a question
they need to read both the Democratic
and Republican platforms. They provide
the clearest picture of the beliefs of the
party and the direction in which they will
take the nation.
By all accounts, Democrats had the
smoother convention. They didn’t have
to deal with a hurricane thought they had
to move Obama’s acceptance speech
indoors. They did have a fiasco related
to their platform. It concerned leaving
out the statement that Jerusalem should
be the capital of Israel and omitting the
word “God.” When the president real-
ized how unhappy Democratic candi-
dates around the nation were, he asked
that it be corrected. That brought on an
insane scene as Los Angeles Mayor An-
tonio Villaraigosa made a mess of add-
ing these two items to the platform. He
called for a voice vote three times instead
of just declaring the new language add-
ed after the first vote. But from that point
on everything went swimmingly.
Michelle Obama spoke first and she
was radiant. It was a different role than
Ann Romney had. It wasn’t introducing
her husband but reintroducing him. She
needed to show how he was the same
man many loved four years ago, which
was not an easy task. She did it well and
managed to make her husband come
alive again for many people by speak-
ing about how being president hasn’t
changed his basic beliefs. She talked
about him as husband and dad and like
Ann Romney portrayed her husband as a
loving family man.
The Democratic keynoter, Mayor
Julian Castro, spoke eloquently of his
grandmother and mother and did a much
better job than Republican keynoter
Chris Christie by connecting their lives to
Obama’s policies.
Then the game changer! Bill Clinton
was the prime-time speaker the night be-
fore Obama. Clinton went out and gave
what many consider to be a master-class
in political speech-making. He presented
a step-by-step critique of the Republi-
cans and then gave a step-by-step set of
reasons to vote for Obama. He did it with
facts, figures and humor. A 48-minute
speech with the strongest line a blistering
attack on the main Republican rationale
for electing them which goes, “We left
him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up
fast enough, so put us back in.” Clinton
teed it up for the president better than
anyone else could have.
The president then had the yeoman’s
task of convincing many of the 23 mil-
lion Americans still out of work that they
should stick with and trust him for anoth-
er four years. He had to make the case
that he moved the country forward and if
they stuck with him their lives would get
better. He gave a good speech though
not his best. Some felt it left out the blue-
print for the next four years. But Obama
is a great orator and he did lay out a clear
vision for the nation’s future and since
Romney had neither a blueprint nor a vi-
sion, the president’s speech did the job it
had to do.
In less than eight weeks we will know
who will lead our nation for the next
four years. I predict that Democrats will
get both increasingly excited and con-
cerned and come out to vote in record
numbers. Those few independent and
moderate Republican voters who are
still undecided will realize they don’t see
themselves or their interests represent-
ed by the Republican Party and that will
be the best reason for them to vote for
Barack Obama.
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Economic analysts predict
sector employment to
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When the disappointing national
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was released last Friday morning, one
statistic regarding the few new jobs cre-
ated popped out. More than one-third of
the meager 96,000 hires nationwide origi-
nated in the hospitality industry.
The importance of hospitality sector
job creation in the District is as critical to
the local economy as it has consistently
proven to be across the country.
In the most recent 12-month U.S. La-
bor Department reporting period, nearly
half of all new jobs created in the Wash-
ington region originated with restaurants,
bars and hotels. According to regional
economic analysts, hospitality businesses
will remain a predominant generator of
new jobs throughout the metropolitan
area in coming years.
This will prove true whether federal
government downsizing continues un-
der a President Obama or a President
Romney. Of course, this assumes that
the feared local economic impact of
the looming federal budget seques-
tration is avoided by alternate deficit
reduction planning.
Already a primary source of D.C. jobs
and both local revenues and taxes, it is
projected that the hospitality sector will
likely become the single largest employ-
er in the nation’s capital in the near term.
In addition, the outsized overall financial
contribution to the local economy and
the city’s tax base exceeds the magni-
tude of the industry.
D.C. hospitality employment — includ-
ing food and beverage enterprises, ho-
tels and entertainment and arts business-
es — currently comprises approximately
100,000 of the nearly 490,000 private sec-
tor jobs located in the city. Almost half of
those hospitality related workers reside
in the District. By comparison, less than a
third of the 736,000 total jobs in D.C. em-
ploy city residents – including all federal
and local public sector employment.
Those numbers don’t include employ-
ment in associated businesses and ser-
vices dependent on hospitality sector ac-
tivity for both providing a customer base
and generating income.
These are, however, realities of which Dis-
trict elected officials and city government
agencies seem painfully unaware. Wholly
counterintuitive and counterproductive
regulatory and tax policies are particularly
apparent when evaluating the business ob-
stacles imposed by local government.
Astonishment is the only sensible
reaction when measuring D.C. Council
lack of attention span regarding enact-
ing real and meaningful reform provid-
ing regulatory relief for restaurant, bar
and nightlife businesses. This is espe-
cially evident in the archaic and out-
of-balance alcohol licensing protocol
allowing for the direct intervention of
tiny ad hoc license protesters consisting
of only five persons and small citizens
groups, resulting in the arbitrary impo-
sition of business operating restrictions.
D.C. has long been recognized as
the nation’s worst state-level jurisdic-
tion when it comes to small business
friendliness. Relying on an inherent
level of economic vitality as the nation-
al capital, local officials have long dis-
played disregard and disrespect toward
hometown businesses.
Ironically, the District has recently
been able to offset this bad behavior by
reaping the economic benefits of strong
population growth – largely fueled by 20
and 30 year olds, as well as older “emp-
ty-nesters” and retirees. These new resi-
dents seek a vibrant urban lifestyle char-
acterized by the dynamic hospitality and
entertainment amenities that are fueling
local development, employment growth
and increases in city revenues.
As an illustration, more than 2,000
jobs have been created by 40 surveyed
hospitality venues representing only a
portion of the new nighttime economy
in the 14th and U streets entertainment
zone, according to a recent economic
impact assessment measuring the con-
tribution of hospitality businesses in the
revitalized area.
This single and geographically modest
hospitality destination is conservatively
estimated to generate approximately
$200 million in economic activity and di-
rectly contribute more than $20 million to
city tax coffers. Multiply the economic im-
pact of these community small business-
es throughout the city and the aggregate
financial significance is substantial.
As the city continues to grow and
demand for social amenities heightens,
it is imperative that D.C. officials finally
get serious about revising cumbersome
business licensing procedures and elimi-
nate selective and unpopular operating
restrictions.
A city with a regulatory scheme that
kowtows to the rarified notions of mere
handfuls of dissenting residents and un-
duly empowers unrepresentative citizens
groups is a locale with a serious self-im-
posed handicap and a singularly short-
sighted vision.
Re: “D.C. Regulators Cost City Mil-
lions” (op-ed by Mark Lee, Sept. 5)
Mark Lee’s column made so many un-
substantiated and biased claims, it de-
mands a strong response.
Lee claims that the District Department
of Transportation (DDOT), which manages
the use of the District’s public space, has
bent its own rules to “placate a tiny num-
ber of noisy naysayers” as it reviewed the
Traffic Control Plans (TCPs) for two private
developments on opposite sides of 14th
Street, N.W. In reality, DDOT staff has
worked diligently with both developers
to accommodate their needs while at the
same time protecting – not placating - the
tens of thousands of residents, workers
and visitors who walk, bike, ride and drive
through this crowded corridor every day.
Safety was our overarching concern: the
safety of pedestrians, business customers,
school children, bus passengers and cy-
clists. It would be unsafe and irresponsible
of the District to allow large dump trucks
to queue on 14th and U Streets during the
hours when pedestrian and vehicular traf-
fic is at its highest.
We also note that this is not bending
our own rules. This rule prohibiting con-
struction activity in the right of way has
been part of DDOT’s Standard Specifi-
cations for Highways and Structures for
years. And DDOT itself follows this rule
regarding deliveries on “arterials” (road-
ways that handle a high volume of traffic
on a daily basis). For example, on its U
Street Streetscape Project, DDOT limits
delivery hours to between 9:30 a.m. and
3:30 p.m., the same hours it is applying in
this instance.
Lee goes on to say – without any sup-
porting evidence – that DDOT’s decision
to limit delivery hours for these two proj-
ects will “cost the city more than $4 mil-
lion in lost tax revenues of various types
and suddenly increase construction costs
by nearly $3 million.” He also claims it
will extend construction a full six months.
Both claims are unsubstantiated in the
column and completely exaggerate the
impact of the conditions DDOT has set
for approval of the permits. The truth is
there is no evidence the Traffic Control
Plans will cause any significant harm to
the companies or the city.
Despite this prohibition on deliver-
ies, DDOT has been very flexible in its
negotiations with the developers, offer-
ing options including supporting Sunday
deliveries, and the agency remains open
to remedies that will keep the construc-
tion on schedule without compromising
public safety.
The fact that there are two new build-
ings going up simultaneously on the
same block is indicative of the tremen-
dous growth taking place in the District
of Columbia. DDOT fully supports that
growth and works with developers and
builders every day to help get their proj-
ects off the ground. But the agency also
has a fundamental responsibility to en-
sure our sidewalks and streets are safe for
everyone, and cannot sacrifice safety for
expediency. —Terry Bellamy, director,
District Department of Transportation
Re: “Economy, jobs trump marriage
for many gay voters” (op-ed by Mark Lee,
Aug. 31)
Mark Lee’s article misrepresents the
Logo/Harris poll’s findings regarding the
likely LGBT vote for president next fall.
The poll finds that 65 percent of LGBT
likely voters support President Obama,
21 percent support Mitt Romney, 5 per-
cent support minor party candidates and
that 9 percent are undecided. Lee takes
this to indicate a drop in LGBT support
for Obama by comparing these data to
the 2008 exit polls. The exit polls simply
asked whether respondents voted for
Obama or McCain. To make a proper
comparison, one would have to com-
pute Obama and Romney’s vote as a
function of the two-party vote. Recal-
culating as a two-party vote, this would
give Obama 76 percent and Romney 24
percent, a result that is roughly equal to
the 2008 figures. Fears of a sharp drop in
LGBT support for President Obama are
not supported by the Logo/Harris data.
Quite the opposite. We find continuity,
not change. —Kenneth Sherrill, profes-
sor emeritus, political science, Hunter
College, CUNY
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Coming of age as a torn-jeans, flannel
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use for fashion. Though now I can rock
a pantsuit if required, I’m still far from a
fashionista. Yet recently, I felt like a kid
on Christmas morning when I found the
Vogue September issue in my mailbox.
Seeing Vogue’s 120th anniversary is-
sue, with its sumptuous art, photos and
articles, for me was like what Medieval
pilgrims must have experienced when
they at long last glimpsed the Holy Grail.
Vogue’s cover, featuring Lady Gaga, and
proclaiming “916 pages of spectacular
fall fashion for all” promised art and fash-
ion for everyone — even a fashion-loving,
non-fashionista like me.
Growing up, when some of us es-
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to conventional ideals of beauty — I’d
never have dreamed that decades later
I’d be enthralled by fashion or devour
Vogue.
What transformed me from a fashion-
bashing feminist into a (still feminist)
Vogue aficionado? Looking at my (inner
and outer) self in the mirror, falling in love
with Carrie Bradshaw and realizing that I
really am my mother’s daughter.
I can’t say exactly when it happened.
But one day, it hit me: with my unruly hair,
faded shirts and unshapely, hole-filled
pants, I was so unattractive that, without
intending to, I was making a fashion state-
ment. Only, not a good fashion statement
— I had the look of a fashion victim.
Cornelius Eady’s wonderful poem
“White Socks” in his collection “Hard-
headed Weather: New and Selected
Poems,” speaks to the sartorially chal-
lenged. “This is not meant to insult you./
Some of my best friends/Have no taste,”
the narrator of Eady’s poem tells a fashion
victim, “...But listen to reason. You know/
We can’t go/Anywhere/With you wear-
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I didn’t want to end up (figuratively
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Manolo Blahniks like Carrie, I now knew
that you can be queer, (a second or third
wave feminist) and, in your own way, ap-
preciative of the art and aesthetics of
fashion. Like my Mom, I began to enjoy
shopping on special occasions for outfits
with my friends, finding the perfect scarf,
or discovering the most colorful (non-
white) pair of socks.
I deplored (and still deplore), the
harmful effects of our culture’s obses-
sion with body image. Given fashion’s
enormous influence on culture and com-
merce (658 pages in Vogue’s September
issue are ads and one ad in Vogue can
cost up to $165,232), it makes sense when
Vogue editor Anna Wintour says, “There
is something about fashion that can make
people very nervous,” in the 2009 docu-
mentary “The September Issue.”
Yet, I’ve come to agree with my friend
Penny who says, “it’s horrible what the
emphasis on being so thin has done to
models, women and girls. But, it’s great to
wear and look at your favorite clothes!”
Fashion exists in the intersection of art,
style and business. Trying to pin it down
is like the cliche about porn: you know
it when you see it. “Fashion is style and
style’s not just the clothes you wear, but
it’s what you eat, where you go, who you
hang out with,” says designer Alexan-
der Wang in a profile of him by Hamish
Bowles in the Vogue September issue.
Vogue’s queer quotient is on splen-
did display in its 120th anniversary issue
— with photos and articles highlighting
the work of, among many others, Truman
Capote, Henry James, Colm Toibin and
Annie Leibovitz.
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goes into creating a shoot,” writes Win-
tour in the editor’s letter in the September
issue. “It’s a quicksilver understanding of
whatever fashion is at that ... moment,
and presenting a sampling of ... culture
as we are experiencing it at that time.”
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Now that “The New Normal” is off and running — an online pilot teased the
series while its first two regular broadcasts were Monday and Tuesday this week
before settling into its regular Tuesday night time slot — most TV fans know the
premise.
This latest creation from gay TV mastermind Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “Nip/Tuck,”
“American Horror Story”), it tells of a happy young gay Los Angeles couple, Bryan
(Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), who convince new-in-town Goldie
(Georgia King) to be a surrogate so they can start a family.
The show is off to a decent-enough start. Monday night’s network debut found it
winning its time slot drawing about 6.9 million viewers, though about 45 percent of
those who’d tuned in for lead-in hit “The Voice,” cut out for “Normal.” Some critics
are calling the performances a “triumph over content.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker calls Rannells — best known for his Broadway
turn in “The Book of Mormon” — “one of the hottest young talents around and he
does as much as he can with a role that co-creators Murphy and Ali Adler seem to
have conceived as a cross between Charles Nelson Reilly and Rip Taylor; all Bryan is
missing is a bag of confetti to throw at his costars after delivering a punch line. It’s to
Rannells’ credit that he made the premiere’s attempts at heart tugging, which as a
home video made for the future baby professing ‘how desperately you are wanted,’
seem heartfelt.”
The San Francisco Chronicle praised its “humor, solid performances” and “snappily
written script.” The Los Angeles Times said the pilot “felt flat or programmatic …
but much was likable as well, especially the nonchalant tenderness between the
male leads.”
During a conference call last week, Rannells, Bartha and King fielded questions
on everything from where the show is headed, to working with Murphy to what they
think about the controversy the show has generated (Salt Lake City, Utah-based
NBC affiliate KSL has refused to air the show though it claimed it was more for the
“sexually explicit content, demeaning dialogue and inciting stereotypes” than its
“gay characters or LGBT families; two Utah pro-gay groups in a partnership with
GLAAD are screening the show for Utah residents).
“I actually do hope people are offended by it,” Bartha says. “I think hopefully it
will get conversations started in family homes and that families who love it will love
it for what it is, a compassionate and loving family with many positive aspects. And
the ones who are offended by it or find that it strikes them as offensive, hopefully
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Alex Mills is in the midst of a heinously busy day. It’s after 11 p.m. and he’s
been in heavy-duty tech rehearsals since 5:30. After we get off the phone, he’s
going back for another 90 minutes or so. It’s all part of the grueling process of
getting a show on its feet.
Mills plays the title role in “Jekyll & Hyde,” the latest movement-based
extravaganza from Arlington’s Synetic Theater where Mills has been in several
shows since 2008. It started when he took a year off from college overwhelmed
by the daunting Boston University tuition price. A friend suggested he check
out Synetic. He did, got a callback and is now one of the innovative theater’s
senior company members.
If the roster there seems rather insular, he says it’s out of necessity. The
grueling physical training regimen its visionaries — Paata and Irina Tsikurishvilli
— put their players through means other actors in the region not steeped in the
Synetic tradition could get up to speed fast enough for a single show. Synetic
members commit to one show a year and staying up to date with their training
sessions. Mills is just starting to branch out some — look for him at Studio and
Signature in the coming year.
But is the all-consuming nature of the work at Synetic too overwhelming after
a few years?
“Doing these shows is so fulfilling,” the 23-year-old Fredericksburg, Va.,
native says. “There’s such a sense of ownership in the work, it’s sort of my
spiritual outlet as well. It’s what fills me up. A lot of the actors say after they
haven’t been doing a show for a month or so, that they feel so empty … we’re
very close. We talk about everything and know each other so intimately. They’re
the closest people in my life.”
“Jekyll & Hyde” is in previews now and opens officially Thursday and runs
through Oct. 21. Visit synetictheater.org for details.
Mills, who’s single, says he has few interests outside theater. He just moved
to Bloomingdale.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
I came out when I was 21 so I guess that
makes it about a year and a half for me. The
hardest person to tell (and by hard I don’t
mean in any way hard due to repercussions
or any fear of not being accepted) was my
mom. I think for most guys coming out the
first significant person in your life you tell,
whether it be friends or family, is always the
hardest because it’s like “There’s no going
back now!”
WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO?
Anderson Cooper. I admire him for
his professionalism and the fact that him
being gay is not something that he even
feels he has to explain to people. He is
what he is and lives his life.

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NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
I’m probably the worst person to
ask this to because I am so not in the
scene. Being in theater, I would say
wherever the cast of a large play or
musical goes to is going to be the best
nightspot you could find. It’s a free show.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
I actually don’t have a fully fleshed out
idea of what I would want but it would be
small, probably on the beach with close
friends and family. Or on Mars; the landing
of this rover has really got me thinking.

WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Women’s rights. Legitimate rape?
Come on. It’s amazing how these people
come into power.

WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Luke Skywalker going to the Dark Side.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
The whole era of Britney Spears going crazy.

ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
Be able to laugh at yourself.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
Dear God, Ryan and I tackled him
moving in like a couple of coke heads
with a mission; shazamablama!
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
“Makin’ it Work; somehow”
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY
TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
That’s a thought I don’t even want to
entertain. I’d be afraid it’d turn into an
“X-Men 3”-type situation.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
I wouldn’t say I believe in something
beyond the physical world, necessarily,
but I do like to think and hope that there’s
some energy out there that directs us or
at least collects us at the end.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Be strong and patient.

WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
My friends and family.

WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
That we are all super coiffed at all times.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
“Were the World Mine.” I saw it
during the time when I was in rehearsals
for a “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
Having to keep conversation with
people when you don’t want to.

WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
I want an Olympic medal so
bad. Ideally, in gymnastics, but that ship
has sailed.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN
AT 18?
That coming out doesn’t make the
slightest difference in the world, at
least in my life with the people I’m
surrounded by.
WHY WASHINGTON?
It was never a choice for me, I started
working up here with Synetic Theater
when I was 19 and I’ve been trucking
along ever since. I love the community,
and the fact that D.C. is totally
manageable and not overwhelming. And
it just fits, at least for right now in my life.
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All the D.C.-area
galleries have robust
fall exhibit schedules
By JULIETTE EBNER

There are a lot of galleries all over the
D.C. area and they all have new shows
starting this fall season.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art (500
17th St., N.W.) has many events coming
up. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
performer, choreographer and filmmaker
Maida Withers will be giving an interactive
performance with improvisation and a
temporary installation. On Sep. 27 at 7
p.m. for Cosmo Couture 2012, the gallery
will be holding “Fashion, Identity and
Interiors: The Cosmo Couture Creative
Process.” Tickets to this event are $15 for
the public and $12 for members.
The gallery is having the first of what is
planned to be an annual community day
on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This
event is free and for all ages. There will
also be an exhibit entitled “Decades: 100
Years of Style and Fashion” on display on
Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
For more information on Corcoran and
its upcoming events and exhibits, visit
corcoran.org.
The Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler
Gallery (105 Independence Ave., S.W.) has
a variety of exhibits coming up this season.
On Sep. 28, the gallery will be hosting
“Asia After Dark: Asian Soundscape
with DJ Spooky” at 7 p.m. The event
will feature music set against Asian silent
films. Attendees will be able to make their
own eco-friendly drum and learn how to
play rhythms from Asia. Tickets are $25 in
advance,$30 at the door and $15 for Silk
Road Society members.
“Nomads and Networks: The Art and
Culture of Ancient Kazakhstan” featuring
gold objects and gilded horns will be on
display through Nov. 12.
“Road of Arabia: Archaeology and
History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”
opens Nov. 17. It will feature recently
discovered archaeological material never
seen in the U.S. including alabaster bowls,
glassware, earrings and more. The exhibit
will be on display through Feb. 24.
The Peacock Room will be on display,
restored for the first time to its appearance in
1908. The room will be open through spring.
For more information, visit asia.si.edu.
Touchstone Gallery’s (901 New York
Ave., N.W.) exhibits “Color Grids,”
featuring paintings by Charlie Dale
and “Seen/Unseen” featuring works by
Rosemary Luckett, have already opened,
but there will be an event on Sep. 20 from
6 to 8:30 p.m.
They gallery also has a few exhibits
opening in October including a members
show, Photoweek show and exhibits
featuring work by Ai-Wen Wu Krats,
Rhona Schonwald and Michael Lant. In
November, a show featuring works by
Gale Wallar opens.
For more information on Touchstone
and the upcoming shows, visit
touchstonegallery.com.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(200 North Blvd.) has multiple exhibits this
season.
“Gesture: Judith Godwin and Abstract
Expressionism” features 25 paintings by
Godwin exploring a critical period in the
artist’s development, will run through Jan.
27. “Fine Arts and Flowers” will feature work
from more than 75 garden clubs through
Virginia interpreting masterworks in VMFA’s
collection with floral arrangements and will
run through Oct. 28.
“Photography and Abstraction in the
1950s and ‘60s” will open Nov. 17 featuring
work by photographers such as Aaron
Siskind, Harry Callahan, Minor White and
Gita Lenz. The exhibit will be on display
through July.
For more information, visit vmfa.
museum/exhibitions.
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington) is celebrating its second
anniversary weekend in October with
several exhibits. Opening Oct. 4 is “Craig
Colorusso: Sun Boxes” at Freedom Park
and Waterview Plaza at Le Meridien Hotel.
“Forro in the Dark and Alma Tropicalia,” a
party featuring Brazilian music and more
is Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in the Ballroom. Tickets
are $20. On Oct. 7, there will be a free
family day open house from 1 to 4 p.m.
Artisphere will also be holding Yarn Bomb
meet-ups and stitch sessions on Wednesdays
from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Oct. 17.
There are a few exhibits currently on view
that will run throughout the fall including
“Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and
Re-Assesment of Our Modern Landscape”
will run through Nov. 4 and was inspired by
the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi”
and features contemporary landscapes by
artists who are observing these changes,
exposing the use of the environment in
compromising ways and instigates the
discussion of “where do we go from here?”
For more information, visit artisphere.com.
Torpedo Factory (105 North Union St.)
is having a free event during the Alexandria
King Street Art Festival. The sixth annual
Art Activated will give festival attendees
not only a place to cool down, but also
several hands-on activities. Visitors can do
screen-printing, bubble gum art, create
their own button and more. There will also
be a Q-Art Code Scavenger Hunt with a
chance to win a $150 gift certificate to the
Torpedo Factory.
For more information, visit
torpedofactory.org/artactivated.
Other galleries that always have
interesting exhibits and are worth checking
out include Aaron Gallery at 2101 L
Street NW (aarongallerydc.com), The
Art League in Alexandria at 105 North
Union Street (theartleague.org), Hillwood
Estate, Museum and Gardens at 4155
Linnean Ave., N.W. (hillwoodmuseum.
org), the Fridge D.C. at 516 8
th
Street, S.E.
(thefridgedc.com) the Kreeger Museum at
2401 Foxhall Road, N.W. (kreegermuseum.
org), the National Gallery of Art at 4
th
and
Constitution Ave., N.W. (nga.gov) and the
brand new Northern Virginia Art Center
at 2120-A Crystal Plaza Arcade in Arlington
(novaartcenter.org).
Many galleries have new exhibits opening this fall season including Touchstone Gallery’s ‘Color
Grids’ featuring works by Charlie Dale such as ‘CHESAPEAKE WATERMAN.’
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No other medium
absorbs LGBT angst quite
like the printed page
By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
There’s a lot less money on the line
with a book than with a movie or TV show.
Which is why the printed page is always
one of the best places to find LGBT
content. This fall is no exception.
If the summer saw you with new bling-
er on your finger, then you’ll want to grab
“From the Closet to the Altar: Courts,
Backlash and the Struggle for Same-
Sex Marriage” by Michael J. Klarman.
As a legal expert, Klarman has excellent
insight into litigation and the fight for
same-sex marriage. In this book, he looks
at the politics, legal wrangling, personal
stories, fallout and triumphs in the
movement toward equality in marriage.
Speaking of marriage, you might also
like “My Husband and My Wives: A
Gay Man’s Odyssey” by Charles Rowan
Beye. On one hand, this is the story of
one man’s realization that he’s attracted
to men. On the other hand, it’s about his
marriages to women — not once, but
twice — and then his marriage to the love
of his life.
For something a little more somber,
look for “October Mourning: A Song
for Matthew Shepard” by Leslea
Newman. Written as a novel in verse
form, this work of fiction allows voices
from various points of view to come forth
in remembrance of the day Shepard died
so violently. This is a quick book to read,
which is good: you’ll have time to read it
again and again. Also look for “Letters
to My Bully” written and/or edited by
Azaan Kamau, Ifalade Ta-Shia Asanti,
Kergan Edwards-Stout and Robert
LaSardo. It’s a book that lets victims of
bullying speak up and be heard, written
by a host of contributors who are mad
and won’t sit down and shut up anymore.
On a lighter note, what makes you
gay? In “Born This Way: Real Stories of
Growing Up Gay” by Paul Vitagliano,
you’ll get a look at personal stories,
memories and childhood pictures of real
people who’ve embraced their LGBT
lives, who’ve known it since they were
kids and who celebrate it with pride. Yes,
this book is based on the blog of the
same name and yes, the book is equally
fun to read.
“How to Be Gay” by David M.
Halperin could also be fun but it could
incite argument, too, because it’s filled
with thought-provoking ideas and
hypotheses. Halperin doesn’t shy away
from controversy here, nor does he bow
to stereotypes, which means that this is a
book you might finish and then share with
your straight friends.
Discuss.
Lesbian writer (and Lambda Literary
Award winner) Emma Donoghue is back
with “Astray,” a new collection of short
stories that’s slated for Oct. 30.
Of course, maybe you’ve got a busy
fall, a jam-packed schedule and you’re
overloaded with things to do and when
you’re busy, who has time to read, right?
Well surely you’ve got time for some
eye-popping art like “Gorgeous Gallery”
by David Leddick. This huge collection of
erotic artwork features some old favorite
artists and lots of new talent that could
quickly become your new fave. This book
is from Bruno Gmüender, as is “Bel Ami
Rebels” by photographer Joan Crisal, a
look at European porn stars who are willing
to show their naughty and nice sides.
Bruno Gmuender, by the way, also has
a new Tom of Findland book due this
fall, as well as a new superhero comic art
book by Iceman Blue.
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This is bound to have a
huge impact on Mercedes,
BMW and Audi.
volvocars. com/us/iihs
No two drivers, or accidents for that matter, are the
same. That’s why every year the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS) specifies a battery of crash tests,
from many different angles, to help consumers make the
right choices when it comes to automobile safety.
But tests, much like accidents, can sometimes come
out of nowhere. Case in point - the new Small Overlap
Frontal Crash Test prescribed by the IIHS. A crash test
where 25% of a car’s front end on the driver’s side strikes
a 5-foot-high barrier at 40 miles per hour. A test that has
never been conducted before in the U.S. or Europe.
The result? Predictable, to say the least. Only one
European luxury sedan earned a “good” rating from the
IIHS—the 2012 Volvo S60. Now let’s put that in perspective.
In the very same test, both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and
the Audi A4 earned a “poor” rating, while
the BMW 3-Series earned a “marginal”
rating. In addition, the Volvo S60 also
scored the highest in Structural Integrity
among all cars tested. That’s crucial because in certain
crashes, a robust structure along with a strong safety cage
work in tandem to absorb much of the impact thereby
helping protect the occupants.
While we’re flattered to receive such high praise from
the IIHS, we can’t say we’re terribly surprised. We’ve been
performing hundreds of similar Small Overlap Tests
(thousands if you take into account the other crash tests
we’ve conducted) since the 1980s. We’ve also been
diligently taking down notes and keeping the results in mind
when designing newer models like the 2012 S60. So while
most automotive manufacturers are content to design their
cars to excel in existing tests, we are continually looking for
new opportunities to improve on passenger safety. Because
at Volvo, we don’t build cars to merely pass crash tests;
we build them for the people who will eventually drive them.
And that evidently is making a big impact.
Safety. It’s one of the many ways a Volvo is
designed around you.
The 2012 Volvo S60 – the highest-rated European Luxury Vehicle in the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test.
To learn more about the results, go to Martens Volvo
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This is bound to have a
huge impact on Mercedes,
BMW and Audi.
volvocars. com/us/iihs
No two drivers, or accidents for that matter, are the
same. That’s why every year the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS) specifies a battery of crash tests,
from many different angles, to help consumers make the
right choices when it comes to automobile safety.
But tests, much like accidents, can sometimes come
out of nowhere. Case in point - the new Small Overlap
Frontal Crash Test prescribed by the IIHS. A crash test
where 25% of a car’s front end on the driver’s side strikes
a 5-foot-high barrier at 40 miles per hour. A test that has
never been conducted before in the U.S. or Europe.
The result? Predictable, to say the least. Only one
European luxury sedan earned a “good” rating from the
IIHS—the 2012 Volvo S60. Now let’s put that in perspective.
In the very same test, both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and
the Audi A4 earned a “poor” rating, while
the BMW 3-Series earned a “marginal”
rating. In addition, the Volvo S60 also
scored the highest in Structural Integrity
among all cars tested. That’s crucial because in certain
crashes, a robust structure along with a strong safety cage
work in tandem to absorb much of the impact thereby
helping protect the occupants.
While we’re flattered to receive such high praise from
the IIHS, we can’t say we’re terribly surprised. We’ve been
performing hundreds of similar Small Overlap Tests
(thousands if you take into account the other crash tests
we’ve conducted) since the 1980s. We’ve also been
diligently taking down notes and keeping the results in mind
when designing newer models like the 2012 S60. So while
most automotive manufacturers are content to design their
cars to excel in existing tests, we are continually looking for
new opportunities to improve on passenger safety. Because
at Volvo, we don’t build cars to merely pass crash tests;
we build them for the people who will eventually drive them.
And that evidently is making a big impact.
Safety. It’s one of the many ways a Volvo is
designed around you.
The 2012 Volvo S60 – the highest-rated European Luxury Vehicle in the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test.
To learn more about the results, go to
This is bound to have a
huge impact on Mercedes,
BMW and Audi.
volvocars. com/us/iihs
No two drivers, or accidents for that matter, are the
same. That’s why every year the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS) specifies a battery of crash tests,
from many different angles, to help consumers make the
right choices when it comes to automobile safety.
But tests, much like accidents, can sometimes come
out of nowhere. Case in point - the new Small Overlap
Frontal Crash Test prescribed by the IIHS. A crash test
where 25% of a car’s front end on the driver’s side strikes
a 5-foot-high barrier at 40 miles per hour. A test that has
never been conducted before in the U.S. or Europe.
The result? Predictable, to say the least. Only one
European luxury sedan earned a “good” rating from the
IIHS—the 2012 Volvo S60. Now let’s put that in perspective.
In the very same test, both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and
the Audi A4 earned a “poor” rating, while
the BMW 3-Series earned a “marginal”
rating. In addition, the Volvo S60 also
scored the highest in Structural Integrity
among all cars tested. That’s crucial because in certain
crashes, a robust structure along with a strong safety cage
work in tandem to absorb much of the impact thereby
helping protect the occupants.
While we’re flattered to receive such high praise from
the IIHS, we can’t say we’re terribly surprised. We’ve been
performing hundreds of similar Small Overlap Tests
(thousands if you take into account the other crash tests
we’ve conducted) since the 1980s. We’ve also been
diligently taking down notes and keeping the results in mind
when designing newer models like the 2012 S60. So while
most automotive manufacturers are content to design their
cars to excel in existing tests, we are continually looking for
new opportunities to improve on passenger safety. Because
at Volvo, we don’t build cars to merely pass crash tests;
we build them for the people who will eventually drive them.
And that evidently is making a big impact.
Safety. It’s one of the many ways a Volvo is
designed around you.
The 2012 Volvo S60 – the highest-rated European Luxury Vehicle in the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test.
To learn more about the results, go to
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Fall concert season
dotted with biggest
legends to hippest new
underground queer acts
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
A bounty of queer bands are slated for
Phasefest which starts Thursday and runs
through next weekend at Phase 1’s Eastern
Market (original) location (525 8
th
Street S.E.).
Look for indie bands like Bitch, Athen Boys
Choir, Angie Head, People at Parties, Mitten,
Hunter Valentine, D.C. band Glitterlust,
Vanity Theft and many others. Weekend
passes are $55. Tickets for individual nights
are $15 Thursday, $20 for Sept. 22 and $25
for Sept. 22 and are available only at the
door. Visit phasefest.com for details.
Grizzly Bear, whose new album
“Shields” is slated to drop Tuesday, plays
two nights at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street,
N.W.) Sept. 20-21. Both shows are sold out.
Gay singer/songwriter Ed Droste fronts
the Brooklyn-based quartet. Try StubHub
if you really want to go. Doors are 7 for
the Thursday show; 8 for the Friday show.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra opens.
Madonna brings her “MDNA Tour” to
the Verizon Center (601 F Street, N.W.) Sept.
23-24, her first D.C. shows here since the
“Re-Invention Tour” in 2004. Tickets were still
available for the second night as of Blade
press time but be warned the night of the
show — as longtime fans now, she almost
never starts on time. She didn’t go on in Philly
a few weeks ago until almost 10:30 p.m. Check
Ticketmaster or StubHub for availability.
Diamond Rings, a one-man outfit
consisting of openly gay John O (his new
album drops Oct. 22), opens for Stars at
the 9:30 Club on Sept. 23. Doors are at 7.
It’s sold out.
“Spill: True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire
and Romance,” a new monthly performance
event, kicks off at Black Fox Lounge (1723
Connecticut Ave. N.W.) at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27.
It’s free. Bi New Yorker Jefferson hosts. More
info at spillstories.wordpress.com.
Tony winner Sutton Foster (“Anything
Goes,” “Thoroughly Mordern Millie” and
“Shrek the Musical”) plays George Mason
University’s Center for the Arts (on the George
Mason campus in Fairfax County, Va.) Sept.
29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $40, $55
and $70. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for information.
Broadway legend Patti LuPone brings
her “Matters of the Heart” show to the
Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Bethesda) for two nights Oct. 5-6. The
8 p.m. shows will find the double Tony
winner singing love songs from a wide
range of composers from Broadway
legends like Rodgers and Hammerstein
to pop singers such as Joni Mitchell and
Cyndi Lauper. Tickets range from $45-$85.
Buy online at Strathmore.org.
Look for ‘70s teen idol David Cassidy,
inspiration for surely many gay coming-
of-age fantasies, at the Birchmere Oct. 6.
Tickets are $49.50 for the 7:30 p.m. show.
Details at birchmere.com.
Shi-Queeta-Lee and her “cast of
celebrity female impersonators” return to
the Howard Theatre (620 T Street, N.W.)
Oct. 10 for another “Drag Salute to the
Divas” after a successful debut there in
August. The lady poses as Mary J. Blige in
the ads. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at
the door) for the 8 p.m. show.
In other drag news, Special Agent
Galactica (Jeffrey Johnson) plays Black
Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave. N.W.)
every second and fourth Friday of the
month from 6-9 p.m. and the first Tuesday
of each month she brings her “Ye Olde
Rock ‘n Roll Show” to MOVA (2204 14
th

Street) from 8-10 p.m. All free. Details at
pinkhairedone.com.
Queer Women of Color successfully
raised $5,000 in an online drive for its third
annual Revival Poetry Tour that’s slated to
wrap in D.C. Oct. 13. Details pending.
Soul legend Mavis Staples plays the
Hamilton (600 14
th
Street, N.W.) Oct. 17.
Tickets are $55-$62 for the 7:30 p.m. show.
Info at thehamiltondc.com.
It’s a trek from D.C., but if you want
to catch Liza Minnelli’s fall show
“Confessions,” the closest spot is the Luhrs
Performing Arts Center (1871 Old Main
Drive) in Shippensburg, Pa., on the campus
of Shippensburg University. It’s about a
two-hour drive from D.C. Tickets range
from $67-$95. Details at luhrscenter.com.
Perrenniel lesbian road warriors The
Indigo Girls are slated to play Rams Head
Live (20 Market Place) in Baltimore Oct.
20. Tickets are $35 for the 9 p.m. show.
Check ticketfly.com for tickets or link there
through ramsheadlive.com.
Gay comedian David Sedaris plays the
Strathmore Oct. 23. Tickets range from
$48-$58 for the 8 p.m. show. Details at
Strathmore.org.
Of course there’s an ocean of stuff
going on all the time in New York, but if
you happen to be there Oct. 30 (the night
of the High Heel Race in D.C., by the way),
consider checking out a special Freedom
to Marry concert there featuring Rufus
Wainwright, They Might Be Giants, John
Cameron Mitchell, Justin Bond and more.
It will be held at the Beacon Theatre (2124
Broadway, New York) at 8 p.m. and 100
percent of the $50-$155 tickets benefit
LGBT advocacy group Freedom to Marry
(Rufus’s dad, Loudon Wainwright III, who’s
been playing a new song he just wrote for
Rufus’s gay wedding at his summer shows,
plays the Birchmere Oct. 12-13).
Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge plays
the Strathmore Nov. 2 for her “4
th
Street
Feeling Tour.” Tickets range from $57.50-
$102.50. Details at Strathmore.org.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
has its Home Cooked Cabaret night
dubbed “Showmen and Showstoppers”
at Town Danceboutique (2009 8
th
Street
N.W.) Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are
$100 for reserved seats or $75 general
admission. Visit gmcw.org for information.
Dance diva Stephanie Mills plays the
Birchmere Nov. 10. Tickets are $69.50
(birchmere.com).
The Chorus’s “Winter Nights” show
is the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the
Lisner Auditorium (730 21
st
Street, N.W.).
No word yet on ticket prices for that show.
That’s the big stuff but a few other
venues to keep an eye on or plan checking
out include gay-owned Comet Ping Pong
(5037 Connecticut Ave., N.W.), a gay-
owned pizza restaurant, live music venue
that hosts indie bands — some queer —
all the time. Info at cometpingpong.com.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Center at the University of Maryland
(claricesmithcenter.umd.edu), the
Washington Performing Arts Society (wpas.
org) and Wolf Trap (wolftrap.org) all have
great events scheduled throughout the fall.
GRIZZLY BEAR is touring its new album ‘Shields,’ which drops Tuesday. The band plays two sold
out shows next week at the 9:30 Club.
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Several long-running
local dance outfits have
anniversaries this fall
By JONATHAN HOWARD
It’s time to start marking off your calendar
for some of the upcoming dance offerings
this fall, including some gay themes and
gay-helmed dance companies. Here’s
some of what the region has to offer.
Openly gay dancer and choreographer,
Helanius J. Wilkins will be bringing
his all male, predominantly African-
American dance company, Edgeworks
Dance Theater to Dance Place (3225
8th Street N.E.) Sept. 15-16. Wilkins will
be presenting “/CLOSE/R,” a piece that
tackles the process of “shedding.” For
more information visit hjwedgeworks.org.
Another gay choreographer, Dana Tai
Soon Burgess Company celebrates its
20th anniversary with a fall performance
Sept. 21-23 at 8 p.m. As part of this
production the group will be premiering a
dark and pensive dance called “Caverns,”
which deals with recurring memories.
The performance will take place at the
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre (800 21st
Street N.W.) and tickets cost $15-$25. For
more information and to purchase tickets
visit dtsbco.com.
On Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. The Oasis
Dance Company premieres “The Affair
... Bow Ties & Pumps,” at THEARC
Theater (1901 Mississippi Ave S.E.).
This dance and fashion bonanza will
showcase new dances alongside fashion
designers from Maryland, D.C., Los
Angeles and New York. This benefit show
will raise funds for Transgender Health
Empowerment’s Wanda Alston House. In
addition, seven community leaders and
organizations will be recognized for their
distinguished service to LGBT youth in
the D.C. Metropolitan area. For more
information and to purchase tickets, go
to thearcdc.org.
On Oct. 6, The D.C. Lambda Squares
celebrates its 30th anniversary with a
community dance. The Lambda Squares
are a square dance club for LGBT members
and friends that hosts community dances,
club nights and lessons. For additional
events and more information on lessons
visit dclambdasquares.org.
The VelocityD.C. Dance Festival
returns for its fourth year Oct. 18-
20 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at
the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street N.W.).
VelocityDC is fast paced celebration of
movement, music, hip-hop and spoken
word. A variety of performances occur on
these days. All tickets are available through
the Shakespeare Theatre Company box
office shakespearetheatre.org.
Gay choreographer Septime Webre,
artistic director of the Washington Ballet
is “thrilled to welcome five new dancers
to the roster this year.” The Washington
Ballet opens its season on Oct. 24 with
a preview performance of Michael Pink’s
blockbuster “Dracula,” which runs Oct.
25- Nov. 4 at the Kennedy Center (2700
F Street N.W.). They then celebrate
the holiday season with Webre’s own
interpretation of “The Nutcracker,” Nov.
30-Dec. 23 at the Warner Theatre (513
13th Street N.W.).
From Nov. 7-11, The Kennedy Center’s
own Suzanne Farrell Ballet presents two
mixed programs, including four company
premieres by Balanchine: “Valse-
Fantaisie,” “Danses Concertantes,”
“Prodigal Son” and “Intermezzo” from
the Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Tickets
start at $29. For more information, visit
kennedy-center.org.
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Gay themes in both
indie and mainstream
fall film fare
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
The LGBT fall film calendar gets off to
an exciting start with the D.C. release of
“How to Survive A Plague” Sept. 28.
The inspirational documentary by first–
time filmmaker David France tells the
story of two coalitions — ACT UP (the
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and
TAG (the Treatment Action Group) — and
how they changed medical and political
history. France, a journalist who has been
covering the AIDS crisis for 30 years, draws
on archival footage, much of it shot by the
activists themselves, to tell the stories of
the brave men and women who banded
together to fight the plague.
The film examines how they saved the
lives of millions of people by battling
apathetic government bureaucrats and
politicians, developing shocking outreach
strategies to spur a complacent media into
action, exposing greedy pharmaceutical
companies and educating a scared and
ignorant populace.
Lee Daniels, the openly gay director of
“Precious,” returns to the big screen with
“The Paperboy.” Based on the novel by
Pete Dexter and set in the swamplands
of Florida in 1969, The Paperboy offers
a provocative, sexually charged tale of
desire, ambition, prejudice and crime.
The film centers on two brothers
returning to their hometown. Jack Jansen
(Zac Efron) has been kicked out of college
and is now working as a paperboy for
his father, the local newspaper publisher.
Miami journalist Ward Jansen (Matthew
McConaughey) comes home to prove the
innocence of death row inmate Hillary Van
Welter (John Cusack). Ward’s investigation
reveals of tangled web of sexual tension,
mixed motives and shadowy facts.
The cast is rounded out by Nicole
Kidman as vampy death-row groupie
Charlotte Bless, David Oyelowo as Ward’s
hotshot writing partner Yardley Acheman,
and Macy Gray as Anita, the family maid.
The film’s producers hint that a central
plot twist involves a character’s emerging
sexuality, but are tight-lipped about which
character comes out. They do, however,
confirm the tabloid rumors that Zac Efron
dances in his underwear and frequently
appears shirtless. It opens Oct. 5.
On a lighter note, “For a Good Time, Call
…,” helmed by openly gay director Jamie
Travis, is a comic look at two Manhattan
women who get involved in the phone sex
industry. Estranged college friends Katie
Steele (Ari Graynor) and Lauren Powell
(Lauren Miller, who also co-wrote the script
with Katie Anne Nayton) are reintroduced
by their gay mutual friend Jesse (Justin
Long) when both face a housing emergency.
Katie is initially shocked when she
overhears her new roommate talking
to one of her clients, but quickly sees
dollar signs. The two establish their own
company, and are quickly raking in the
cash as they resume their friendship — and
possibly more. The film includes cameos by
Seth Rogan, Ken Marino and Kevin Smith
as three clients. It’s in theaters now.
“Keep the Lights On” (Sept. 7) is a drama
about a closeted lawyer (Zachary Booth) and
a documentary filmmaker (Thure Lindhardt)
and their mercurial relationship.
“Diana Vreeland: the Eye Has to
Travel” is a documentary about the former
Vogue editor. It opens Sept. 21.
And speaking of documentaries, details
are still be worked out, but former Log Cabin
president-turned-documentarian Patrick
Sammon is finalizing details for a screening
of his first film about the life of Alan Turing
(called “Codebreaker”), the gay World War
II-era legend. It’s tentatively slated for an
October opening and a November wider
release in 20-30 U.S. cities.
Other LGBT releases expected this fall
include:
“Pitch Perfect,” a battle-of-the-sexes
comedy about the rivalry between two
college a cappella singing groups (Oct. 5).
“Bear City 2,” a sequel to the popular
movie that takes the cast of bears and
chasers from their New York City lairs
to the wilds of Provincetown. It will be
screened as part of Reel Affirmations in
D.C. on Nov. 4.
“Gayby,” about the problems that
ensue when frustrated single Jenn asks her
gay best friend Matt to help her conceive
a child the old-fashioned way. It’s also in
Reel Affirmations. Look for it Nov. 3.
Speaking of Reel Affirmations, D.C.’s
annual international LGBT film festival,
the 21
st
festival is scheduled for Nov. 1-4
and the selection committee is currently
hard at work finalizing the schedule. In
the meantime, RA XTRA offers monthly
film screenings. September’s screening,
a double feature of “Cloudburst” and
“Men To Kiss,” will be held on Sept. 20 at
the Carnegie Institute for Science.
“Cloudburst” is a romantic road movie
about two lesbians (played by Oscar
winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda
Fricker) who flee their nursing home in
Maine and drive to Nova Scotia in an
attempt to be legally married. “Men To
Kiss” is about Ernst and Tobias, a gay
couple in Berlin whose lives are upset
when Ernst’s old friend Uta draws them
into her schemes.
The Chesapeake Film Festival in
nearby Easton and Oxford, Md., is Sept.
21-23 and includes two LGBT-themed
films — “Trans” and “Queen of Country”
(both screening Sept. 22 at the Academy
Art Museum). Visit chesapeakefilmfestival.
com for details.
The D.C. Shorts Film Festival continues
through this weekend. It, too, has LGBT
content in several films. Visit dcshorts.com
for details.
The fall film season comes to a
spectacular close with the much-
anticipated release of the cinematic
adaptation of the hit Broadway musical
“Les Miserables” (Dec. 14). Based on
the classic Victor Hugo novel with music
by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by
Alain Boublil and screenplay by William
Nicholson, the epic movie traces the
decades-long battle between escaped
convict Jean Valjean and obsessed police
inspector Javert. The all-star cast includes
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne
Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron
Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
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slated from Mika to Yoko
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This season brings listeners a
combination of whole new sounds,
including new works from Mika and the
Pet Shop Boys, along with re-imagined
and re-worked throwbacks as Nina
Simone is honored and Barbra Streisand
releases never-before-heard songs from
earlier parts of her career.
Folk-rock musician Melissa Etheridge’s
newly released album, “4
th
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takes listeners back to her hometown
Leavenworth, Kan. Etheridge describes 4
th

St. as the main drag of downtown and this
is the first time where she takes lead guitar
to sing the bluesy sounds of her home.
Released earlier this week, the Pet
Shop Boys’ new album “Elysium” is the
30-year-old group’s attempt to infuse the
music with fresh sounds by recording in
Los Angeles with Kanye West associate
Andrew Dawson. The first single “Winner”
was revealed in July and it was performed
before the Olympic tennis game along
with “Always On My Mind” and “What
Have I Done to Deserve This?” in Henman
Hill, Wimbledon.
Also just out is Amy Cook’s new album
“Summer Skin” where singers as diverse
as Robert Plant and Patty Griffin join her
for the project she calls highly melodic
and catchy.
The day after, Nelly Furtado’s latest
album “The Spirit Indestructible” released
and it is her first English language album
in six years. Three years in the making,
Furtado has returned to her “Whoa Nelly!”
origins with a pop and R&B combo.
The multi-platinum out star Mika
releases his new album “The Origin of
Love” on Oct. 16. His third album, every
aspect of “The Origin of Love” was put
together completely by Mika over two
years. He flew all over the world to put
together a large amount of collaborators
including Greg Wells, who has worked
with stars such as Rufus Wainwright, Katy
Perry, Elton John and Adele.
Yoko Ono has linked up with Sonic
Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moor
to produce “YOKOKIMTHURSTON”
coming out Sept. 25. The album has only
six tracks, however it still appears to be
lengthy based on their first single “Early
in the Morning,” which is 14 minutes long.
The announcement of the new album
came to surprise many fans since Kim
Gordon and Thurston Moore split after 27
years of marriage last October.
Seattle-based rapper, Macklemore
(also known as Ben Haggerty) has a new
release “The Heist LP” coming out Oct.
9. The previously released single “Same
Love,” which showed Macklemore’s
support for same-sex marriage, is included
on the track along with “Can’t Hold Us”
and “Make the Money.”
While some artists are producing
new modern sounds, some are putting
fresh twists on the old. Meshell
Ndegeocello comes out with “Pour Une
Ame Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina
Simone” on Oct. 9, a tribute to legendary
singer and pianist Nina Simone who died
in 2003. The juxtaposition of Simone’s
lyrical clarity against the unclear style of
Ndegeocello, who’s bi, appears in many
of the album’s songs.
Also reimaging older numbers is Tori
Amos, whose newest album “Gold Dust”
comes out on Oct. 2. This year marks
the 20th anniversary of Amos’ first album
“Little Earthquakes,” and her new album
includes several numbers spanning her
career re-recorded with the Metropole
Orchestra. The idea for the album was
conceived in 2010 when Amos was invited
to perform with the orchestra and she
enjoyed hearing her songs being played
in this style. She wanted the renditions of
her songs recorded.
Also working somewhat within that vein is
Aussie diva Kylie Minogue, whose “Abbey
Road Sessions” drops Nov. 6 featuring 16
of her songs re-imagined and re-arranged
with full orchestra. It will also include one
previously unreleased cut, “Flower.”
Barbra Streisand is sharing 11 unreleased
numbers that span from 1963 to the present
in her album “Release Me,” which is
available on Vinyl on Sept. 25 and on CD
on Oct. 9. Many of the tracks were extra
recordings that did not make it onto the
original albums. The tracks include songs
such as “Willow Weep For Me,” recorded in
1967 for the album “Simply Streisand,” and
a version of Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s
Going Rain Today” with Newman on piano
and Streisand singing.
Leona Lewis is finally releasing her third
studio album “Glassheart” on Oct. 15. The
album was originally scheduled to release
last fall, but was pushed back several times
to add more recording sessions. Lewis
performed the first single “Collide” on Simon
Cowell’s new game show “Red or Black?”
Later in September 2011, she performed this
single along with the title song “Glassheart”
at G-A-Y nightclub in London.
Freshening up the later part of fall
is Taylor Swift with her studio album
“Red” slated for Oct. 22. Swift is known
for her tumultuous and emotional style,
often pulling from her past relationships
as inspiration. Her new work promises
to be no different as the first released
single “We Are Never Getting Back
Together” might be the next breakup
anthem. It’s up to listeners to figure out
which past loves she is singing about in
which tracks, as the singer is not giving
any names.
On Oct. 23, Diamond Rings — a one-
man outfit consisting of gay singer John
O — releases “Free Dimensional,” which
he says retains the melodicism, clever
juxtapositions and lyrical honesty that
garnered him kudos for his “Special
Affections” project.
Also look for new releases from Bob
Mould, Grizzly Bear, No Doubt, XX and
Dionne Warwick, who’s re-recorded her
most well-known hits, among many others.
Newly out singer MIKA’s new album drops in October.
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Opera features high
stakes and hijinks in
new season
By GREG MARZULLO
From epic royals to legendary libertines,
Washington National Opera’s 2012-2013
season openers are a perfect fit for capital
city audiences mired in a presidential
election year.
First out of the gate is Gaetano
Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena,” opening Sept.
14. Starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky
in the title role, the 19
th
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follows the waning days of Anne Boleyn’s
reign as Queen of England before being
found guilty of adultery and beheaded.
“The opera is amazing dramatically,”
says Radvanovsky, “and the music on top
of it is just any soprano’s dream.”
Radvanovsky made a name for herself
in the dramatic soprano repertoire of
Giuseppe Verdi, but in recent years, she
started branching out to explore other
roles. Often compared to renowned
soprano Maria Callas, who revived “Anna
Bolena” from near obscurity in the 1950s,
Radvanovsky’s voice possess a full-blooded
timbre that’s matched by a riveting acting
sense, according to her director for this
production, Stephen Lawless.
“The intelligence which she brings
to the playing of Anna is thrilling and
moving,” says Lawless, who’s gay. “She
always puts her abilities to the service of
the job in hand.”
The opera culminates in a heartbreaking
and defiant mad scene for Anna, yet both
Lawless and Radvanovsky feel this isn’t the
garden-variety hysteria portrayed in other
operas, including the same composer’s
calling card “Lucia di Lammermoor.”
“She’s emotionally naked,”
Radvanovsky says of the queen. “The
easy card to put down is to play cuckoo-
for-Cocoa-Puffs. Anna Bolena isn’t crazy;
it’s just too much for her to handle, and I
think that’s something that more people
can relate to.”
“She finds inner resources that I suspect
she never knew she had,” Lawless says about
the doomed queen, adding that her death
transforms tragedy into “something glorious.”
Despite the tudor-era setting for the
story, the opera’s themes bear striking
relevance to today’s social and political
climate. Donizetti contrasts Anna’s undoing
with the ascendency of the social-climbing
Jane Seymour, who has caught the eye of
Henry VIII and will become queen after
Anna’s decapitation. However, Anna’s
betrayal of a true love from girlhood haunts
her throughout out the story, reminding
Jane Seymour and audiences that dreams
of power can’t buy happiness.
“I started singing when I was 11,” says
Radvanovsky. “When I was 18 years old, I
said, ‘By the time, I’m 30, I’m going to be
singing at the Met.’” This dream came true
for the singer, as did her chance to sing
with legendary tenor Placido Domingo.
She sang with him during “Cyrano de
Bergerac” on her 35
th
birthday, causing her
to ask the older legend what she should do
now that she’d accomplished her goals.
“He told me, ‘Oh, Sondra. You must go
get a new dream.’”
Now in her 40s, Radvanovsky feels
that anyone, from the American people
trying to choose a president to a young
girl aspiring to be queen of 16
th
-century
England, needs to focus on the moment
at hand instead of an unpredictable future.
“If [Anna] had lived in the moment, she
would have seen that she wasn’t in love
with [Henry], but she was looking a year
ahead. We are looking into politics in the
same way. We put so much hope in these
dreams, hoping that Obama or whoever
continues down the road we want.”
Lawless, a British native, sees the opera’s
connection to today’s audience in a slightly
darker hue, recounting how Russian
President Vladimir Putin visited the United
Kingdom during the recent Olympics.
While there, he was asked about Pussy
Riot, the female punk band who staged a
protest act against Putin weeks before his
recent election to the presidency.
“He said, ‘I hope the courts will be
lenient with her,’” remembers Lawless,
“and that’s exactly a Henry [VIII] statement.
It’s that kind of abuse of power that gives
this piece its ironic resonance. Henry’s
abuse of power should make you as angry
as the Pussy Riot thing.”
Washington National Opera’s next
piece, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” follows
close on the heels of “Anna Bolena” and
opens Sept. 20. The infamous womanizer
of the title gets his karmic comeuppance
by opera’s end, attended throughout
by his long-suffering servant, Leporello,
played by gay bass-baritone Andrew
Foster-Williams.
“I have played it once before, where he
was very dark,” he says of the character.
“I’ve since come to realize that’s not right.
It needs to be multi-layered. We need to
remember that it’s a ‘dramma giocoso’ —
a dark comedy.”
The singer travels the world with his
partner, photographer Paul Foster-
Williams, who grew into an avid
opera devotee because of his 14-year
relationship with Andrew.
“I didn’t come from an opera
background,” Paul says. “Now, I would do
anything to go and see opera. It gives you
the most returns in any art form.”
Paul compares opera with baseball, a
realization he came to after going to see
a Nationals game while staying in D.C. last
spring for Andrew’s turn in “Werther.”
“I had no idea what was going on,” Paul
says, laughing. “If you go to the football or
soccer game and you don’t know the rules,
you might not ever go to another game. It’s the
same with opera. The more you experience,
the more you get it, the more you will be come
absolutely addicted to it, I promise.”
“The reasons people enjoy baseball is
because they understand the rules,” Andrew
adds. “They learned the rules, therefore
they understand the skill of the players.”
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lists available
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Most of the LGBT sports leagues
have kicked off their fall season play,
but there’s always an opportunity
to submit your name to a substitute
player list. Among the teams offering
a sub list are the Capital Area
Rainbowlers Association, League of
Women Bowlers and Capital Tennis
Association.
Leagues are already in play for the
season are the Washington Renegades
Rugby Football Club (dcrugby.
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(federaltriangles.org), Stonewall Kickball
(stonewallsports.org — possible openings
on the Thursday night league), D.C.
Gay Flag Football League (dcgffl.org),
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(carabowling.org), League of Women
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and Capital Tennis Association (capital-
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offering individual participation for the
coming months.
The D.C. Sentinels (teamdcbasketball.
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league that will be launched at the start
of 2013. On a weekly basis, the Sentinels
offer pickup play at Westland Middle
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at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on
Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.
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Iceplex on Wednesday from 8-9 p.m.
(and the third Wednesday of every
month). The cost to skate is $8 and
skate rental is $3. All skill levels are
welcome. After skating, the group
heads to a local pub for a social hour.
Ski-Bums (ski-bums.org) have
announced their 2013 event offerings
for skiing and snowboarding. Upcoming
trips include Japan, Switzerland,
Argentina, Canada, Colorado,
Montana, New York and Vermont. They
will also announce local trips in the
coming months.
Charm City Volleyball
(volleybaltimore.org) is hosting
Wednesday social play at the Mt.
Royal Recreation Center in Baltimore
every week from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Teams
are formed by 7 and all skill levels are
welcome. The cost is $3 per session.
They also host Sunday competitive and
scrimmage play/clinics at the Volleyball
House in Elkridge, Md., every week
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7
per session and NAGVA teams are
welcome to play.
The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo
Association (asgra.org/special/trail.htm)
sponsors trail rides on horseback on
the first Sunday of every month at the
Piscataway Stables in Clinton, Md. The
cost is $30 for an hour-long ride that
begins at 11 a.m.
The Adventuring Outdoors Group
(adventuring.org) will host their fourth
edition of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
Hike on Sept. 23. Starting from the King
Street Metro Station, they will stroll
through Old Town Alexandria before
arriving at the Wilson Bridge. A detour
will be taken to nearby Jones Point for
lunch before crossing the bridge. The
1.1-mile crossing of the Potomac will
offer magnificent views and a number
of interesting interpretive displays,
especially on the Maryland side.
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characters and hosts
pepper fall TV season
By JULIETTE EBNER
Many summer series are wrapping up
just in time for the fall series to premiere.
Perennial favorite “Glee,” started its
fourth season on a new night, Thursday,
with a few new faces and most of the
original cast, including Blaine, Kurt,
Brittany and Santana, Lima, Ohio’s resident
gays. This season will include another
Britney Spears tribute episode and some
big guest stars such as Kate Hudson and
Sarah Jessica Parker. The show will air
Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Ryan Murphy will be pretty busy
this season. His new series, “The New
Normal” (see interview on page 29)
started Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. The
show revolves around a single mother, her
mother and daughter, and the gay couple,
played by “The Hangover’s” Justin Bartha
and Broadway’s Andrew Rannells, for
whom she is acting as surrogate.
Another returning series is “Grey’s
Anatomy.” When the eighth season
ended, Callie Torres was at Seattle Grace,
unaware her wife, Arizona Robbins, and
others, including the father of her baby,
had been in a plane crash on their way
to another hospital. The ninth season
premieres on ABC Sep. 27 at 9 p.m.
“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”
premieres Sep. 24 at 8 p.m. featuring 13
returning contestants including boy band
members Drew Lachey and Joey Fatone,
Bristol Palin, Olympic gold medalist
Shawn Johnson, actress Kirstie Alley and
Pamela Anderson.
ABC also has the return of “Modern
Family,” starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and
Eric Stonestreet. It premieres on Sep. 26
at 9 p.m. and a new series, “Last Resort,”
starring Max Adler, best known as Dave
Karofsky on “Glee.”
Look for gay actor Jonathan Croff on the
second season of STARZ series “Boss” with
Kelsey Grammer. It run through Oct. 19.
ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” may
have already aired its summer finale, but
the series will have a special Halloween
episode airing Oct. 23.
PBS is premiering “Love Free or Die”
on Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. The documentary
follows Gene Robinson, the first openly
gay person to be elected bishop in the
high church traditions of Christianity in
2003. He pushed for greater inclusion
within his church and has become a
standard bearer in the fight over the rights
of LGBT people to receive full acceptance
in church and state.
CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” starring
out actor Jim Parsons, premieres Sep. 27
at 8 p.m. and “How I Met Your Mother,”
starring Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson
Hannigan, returns Sept. 24.
On the same network, “The Good
Wife,” featuring Alan Cumming and
bisexual character Kalinda, premieres
Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. There will also be some
big-name guest stars this season including
Nathan Lane and Kristin Chenoweth, who
will be returning after suffering a head
injury last time she was on set.
Wanda Sykes has a new special, or
actually, specials, “NewNowNext Vote
with Wanda Sykes” for Logo, which
premiered Monday at 10 p.m. The second
special is slated to air Nov. 5, at 10:30
p.m. The specials will touch on topics
such as gay marriage, Supreme Court
appointments, the economy and health
care. The first special included guest
panelists Barney Frank, Thomas Roberts,
Joe Solmonese and more.
The second season of “Be Good
Johnny Weir” will return to Logo Sept.
17 at 10 p.m. This season is said to dive
more into the gay figure skater’s work
and personal life as well as show him
branching out into various entertainment
endeavors including releasing his first
single, publishing a book and more.
The cable station will also be starting a
new documentary series, “What!? Logo
Documentaries” kicking off with the
world premiere of “Loving Large” on Oct.
2 at 10 p.m. The series will also feature
the Logo premieres of “Pedigree Dogs
Exposed” and “The Most Hated Family in
American” and the U.S. premieres of “Pink
Ribbons, Inc.,” and “Super Tiny Animals.”
Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Miami”
premiere Thursday and will air weekly at
9 p.m. The show will feature returning
housewives Lea Black, Adriana de Moura
and Marysol Patton and newcomers Lisa
Hochstein, Joanna Krupa, Ana Quincoces
and Karent Sierra. Alexia Echevarria will also
be returning in a recurring role.
Look for “The Girl” on HBO on Oct.
20 at 9 p.m., a dramatization of the
sometimes-tense relationship between
Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock.
Several pop divas are slated for
upcoming episodes of the rebooted VH1
show “Storytellers.” Look for Taylor Swift
on Nov. 11, Alicia Keys Nov. 12 and Pink
Nov. 13 (all at 11 p.m.).
Don’t forget all the talk shows featuring
LGBT hosts. Ellen DeGeneres started the
new season of her syndicate show on
Monday. CBS’s “The Talk” features Sara
Gilbert as one of its five hosts along with
Sharon Osborne. And of course the finally
out Anderson Cooper as well.
WANDA SYKES is hosting a set of election specials, “NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes”
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theatrical season
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
The new theater season is upon us.
And while there’s not a whole lot of LGBT
content among the offerings, there is — as
always — a wealth of gay talent making it
happen.
After a hiatus from the D.C. theater
scene, MaryBeth Wise has returned to
the stage. Wise, a talented and well-liked
local actor who is gay, is currently playing
half of a same-sex couple in Theatre J’s
production of Annie Baker’s comic drama
“Body Awareness” (through Sept. 23).
Set in Vermont, the comic drama explores
the reaction of Joyce (Wise) and her
more uptight partner Phyllis to a visiting
photographer and his “male gaze.”
During Wise’s several years off the
boards, she concentrated on her other job
(network consultant at Library of Congress,
National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped). She also picked
up a degree in library science. “But I missed
acting,” says Wise. “In ‘Body Awareness’ my
character is going through a journey of self-
discovery. Learning about what she wants.
It’s a wonderful part. Hopefully it will lead to
more opportunities.” (washingtondcjcc.org)
Also this fall, Wise’s real life partner
Sarah Marshall is playing several parts
in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
season-opener, Gogol’s satire of
provincial Russian bureaucracy “The
Government Inspector” (Sept. 13-Oct.
28). (shakespearetheatre.org)
At Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre
in Shirlington, the season has already
begun with a production of “The Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas” (through Oct.
7). Staged by the company’s gay artistic
direction Eric Schaeffer, the rollicking musical
stars Sherri L. Edelen (as brothel madam
Miss Mona). The big cast features reliably
excellent Signature vets Matt Conner and
Stephen Gregory Smith (both gay).
Also at Signature, the company’s
talented and versatile associate artistic
director Matthew Gardiner directs gay
playwright Christopher Shinn’s “Dying
City” (Oct. 2-Nov. 25). It’s the story of
young man grappling with his identical
twin’s suspicious death in Iraq. Incidentally,
Gardiner, who is gay, is also a twin.
Following “Dying City,” Gardiner directs
Signature’s production of the Tony Award-
winning musical “Dreamgirls” (opens
Nov. 13). (signature-theatre.org)
At Synetic Theater, up-and-coming
actor Alex Mills (see Queery on page
30) plays the challenging title role in the
company’s season opener, “Jeckyll and
Hyde” (Sept. 20-Oct. 21). Synetic is a
movement-based company renowned for
innovative and athletic choreography and
hard-bodied casts. (synetictheater.org).
“One Night With Janis Joplin” opens
at Arena Stage Sept. 28 with Mary Bridget
Davies in the title role. Staged like a Joplin
concert, the piece was written and will be
directed by Randy Johnson, who’s gay.
Kathleen Turner continues her run there as
Molly Ivins in “Red Hot Patriot” through
Oct. 28. (arenastage.org)
Alexandria’s MetroStage opens its season
with “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and
Living in Paris” (through Oct. 21), a musical
revue celebrating the work of the late Belgian
singer/songwriter. Respectively directed
and choreographed by the talented team of
Serge Seiden and Matthew Gardiner (both
gay), the production features a top-notch
cast including the talented Natascia Diaz
(who appeared in the 2006 Off-Broadway
production), Bayla Whitten, Sam Ludwig
and local favorite Bobby Smith (who is
gay) singing a score comprised of plaintive
ballads, rousing anthems, tango and rock.
(metrostage.org)
After “Jacques Brel,” Bobby Smith
directs the Olney Theatre Center’s
production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
beloved musical “Cinderella” (Nov. 14-
Dec. 30). (olneytheatre.org)
In October, the Studio Theatre presents
the world premiere of “Dirt” (opens Oct.
17). Penned by Byron Lavery (the author
of “Frozen”), the play is described by
Studio as an “exploration of the mess
people make of themselves and their
relationships.” Part of the company’s
Lab Series, the production is staged by
Studio’s artistic director David Muse and
reunites talented actors Holly Twyford
and Matthew Montelongo (both gay). The
talented duo has been successfully paired
before in Vassily Sigarev’s “Black Milk”
at Studio and Douglas Carter Beane’s
comedy “The Little Dog Laughed” at
Signature Theatre. (studiotheatre.org)
Fledgling company force/collision is
premiering Erik Ehn’s “Shape” (Sept. 20-
Oct. 6). Part of a series of 17 plays exploring
themes of genocide and reconciliation,
“Shape” centers on the lives of the two
African-American vaudevillians Billy
and Cordelia McClain as they negotiate
their identity as artists while struggling
with conditions of social and political
marginalization. The production has
been cast cross gendered, says director
John Moletress (who is gay), as both a
performance device for our ensemble and
also a homage to black vaudevillians of
the early 20th century who played cross
gendered roles. (force/collision.org)
Forum Theatre kicks off the season
with the world premiere comedy “Holly
Down in Heaven” (Sept. 27-Oct. 20),
written by young playwright Kara Lee
Corthron. Forum’s website described the
title character as “a brilliant 15-year-old
born-again Christian, [who after becoming
pregnant] banishes herself to the
basement and confides only in her dolls,
particularly a life-size psychiatrist doll that
closely resembles Carol Channing.”
Parker Drown plays Yager, the neighbor
suspected of getting Holly pregnant.
Drown (who is gay) won a Helen Hayes
Award for his performance as Angel, the
feisty drag queen battling gentrification
and AIDS in Keegan Theatre’s production
of the rock opera “Rent.” Forum Theatre
is in residence at Round House Silver
Spring. (forumtheatre.org)
A couple other theaters that always
have interesting productions and are
worth checking out include 1st Stage
Theatre (1524 Spring Hill Road) in McLean,
Va. (1ststagespringhill.org), Woolly
Mammoth Theatre Company (641 D
Street N.W.) in D.C. (woollymammoth.
net) and Olney Theatre Centre in Olney,
Md. (2001 Olney-Sandy Springs Road;
olneytheatre.org).
MARYBETH WISE (left) and SUSAN LYNSKEY in Theatre J’s ‘Body Awareness.’
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they will maybe realize that they’re bigots
and they’re ignorant and possibly our show
can usher in a little more acceptance. I
don’t expect it to change anyone’s life,
but I do think one of the wonderful things
about television is its ability to start a
conversation, to inspire people to have
those water cooler chats maybe the next
day. It starts that discourse.”
King, a British actress with extensive film
and TV credits, says realizing the show was
drawing controversy was “the biggest thrill.”
“It’s bringing up topics and questions
and ideas that maybe people haven’t
had to consider before,” she says. “It’s
a privilege to be doing something that’s
starting a great conversation.”
But if the show takes off, where could it
possibly go once the pregnancy storyline
is played out? Some have questioned
whether there’s enough meat to the
setting to warrant a long-running series.
Rannells says all early signs are great as
far as he’s concerned.
“We’re shooting the fifth episode so far
and we’ve read six scripts so far and I have
to say, the shows just keep getting better
and better. If you’re asking what the second
season, the third season and so on will look
like, we don’t think of it that way. The main
reason we all signed up was because of Ryan
and Ali and I think when you see the rest of
these episodes, you’ll see that it’s not only a
great set up, but in the following episodes,
it really does explore the depth of each
character and make them each indelible.”
“Ryan’s just been extraordinary,”
King says. “He’s got such a wonderful
reputation for not being too kind of
plucky and fake. He’s very to the point and
personally, I absolutely love that. He’s so
candid and so clear in his ideas in what
he wants and I’m very happy to be there
when he’s directing.”
And though he hasn’t said much about
his personal life, Bartha admits playing
gay with Rannells has been easy.
“From the first time I looked into
Andrew’s eyes, I knew I could fall in love,”
Bartha says. “I have such a respect for
him as an actor and as a person that it
was immediately apparent to me that this
could work. I just thought he was a funny,
good looking, talented guy and he’s easy
to be around, so that was the basis of it. …
I really wanted to play it as a real couple
who love each other and have struggles
just like everyone else. Ryan keeps
reminding us of that all the time. He’s
always saying, ‘Let’s keep this as real as
possible.’ It’s funny, but it’s also very, very
real. It’s not a sitcom in the classic sense.”
And while it’s ultimately meant to
be light hearted and comical, the cast
says they hope viewers will take away
something deeper.
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Phasefest kicks off Thursday
Phasefest kicks off Thursday at Phase One (525 8th St. SE Washington). Tickets
are at $15 at the door. It runs through the weekend.
Look for indie bands like Bitch, Athen Boys Choir, Angie Head, People at
Parties, Mitten, Hunter Valentine, D.C. band Glitterlust, Vanity Theft and many
others. Weekend passes are $55. Tickets for individual nights are $15 Thursday,
$20 for Sept. 22 and $25 for Sept. 22 and are available only at the door. Visit
phasefest.com for details.
Charlottesville to have first Pride festival
The first-ever Charlottesville Pride Festival will be held Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lee Park.
A new group, Cville Pride, has formed to organize the event. President Amy Sarah
Marshall says it started small with just one vendor and two organizations, though things
have taken off quickly.
Organizers now have more than 50 sponsors and vendors, along with about 600
attendees planning to come via the organization’s Facebook page.
Organizers plan a bounty of events for the day including poetry, music and drag
performances and also food and kids’ activities. For more information, find the Cville
group on Facebook. Lee Park is located one block north of the Downtown Mall, between
Jefferson Street, First Street N.E., Market Street and Second Street N.E.
United Faces Revolution for Night Out
United Night Out is back on Saturday at the RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol Street, SE).
The goal of United Night Out is to give the LGBT community a chance to experience
soccer in a welcoming atmosphere. It allows others to mingle, while enjoying the game.
The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with tailgate, where food will be served. The game starts
at 7:30, as the D.C. United take on the New England Revolution, ending with post game
entertainment at Nellie’s Sports Bar. For more information, visit unitednightout.com.
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The GenderQueer D.C. Discussion Group will hold its monthly meeting at the D.C.
Center (1318 U Street, NW) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Every third Tuesday of each month, this support group meets to discuss its personal
experiences with identifying and living outside the gender binary. They connect with
those who are bigender, agender and others.
For more information, visit dccenter.org.
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FRI, SEP 14
J.B.by Archibald MacLeish American
Century Theater, Gunston Theatre Two.
703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
WED, SEP 19
Jekyll and Hyde, Synetic Theater.
800-494-8497. synetictheater.org.
Jassie Rios + Renee Van Der Stelt: Drawing
The Found Line, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com.
THU, SEP 20
Siti Company Cafe Variations,
Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Washington National Opera: Don
Giovanni, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
LAST CHANCE
SAT, SEP 15
Urbanarias: Photo-op, Artisphere.
703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
SUN, SEP 16
25 x 25: Artists’ Books, Museum of
Women in the Arts. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Reals by Gwydion Suilebhan, Theater
Alliance, H Street Playhouse.
202-241-2539. theateralliance.com.
We Are Here, Joe’s Movement Emporium.
301-699-1819.
joesmovement.secure.force.com.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
SEP 14 - SEP 15
Latin American Harp Festival, Teatro
de la Luna, Artisphere. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
SEP 15 - SEP 16
EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, SEP 14
Sharon Clark Quintet, Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. mncppcapps.org.
The Second City: Laughing Matters. TSA,
baird Auditorium, Smithsonian.
202-633-3030. residentassociates.org.
SAT, SEP 15
Inherit the Wind, National Archives.
202-357-5000. archives.gov.
Out of the Attic Appraisal Fair, Riversdale
House Museum. 301-864-0420.
mncppcapps.org.
Take it to the Bridge: This Space Occupied,
by Maida Withers, WPA at Corcoran
Gallery of Art. 202-234-7103. wpadc.org.
SUN, SEP 16
Radio Jarocho, Kennedy Center’s
Millennium Stage. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
MON, SEP 17
Eastern Landscape and A Place in Berlin
(Konzert im Freien), Goethe-Institut.
202-289-1200. goethe.de.
TUE, SEP 18
Literary Evening: Meghan O’Rourke,
Arts Club of Washington. 202-331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
WED, SEP 19
Eric Scott, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,
National Archives. 202-357-5000.
archives.gov.
THU, SEP 20
Outdoor Movie Night: E.T.: The
Extra-Terrestrial, College Park
Aviation Museum. 301-864-6029.
collegeparkaviationmuseum.com.
ONGOING STAGE
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Round
House Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
Invisible Man, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Body Awareness, Theater J. 202-777-3210.
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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
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Jesus at Guantanamo, DCAC.
202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
National Gallery of Art. George Bellows,
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-
Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst,
The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished
Collection of Drawings and Watercolors,
In the Tower: Barnett Newman.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. 1001 Inventions:
Discover the Golden Age of Muslim
Civilization. 202-857-7588.
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Corcoran Gallery of Art. Richard
Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series.
202-234-7103. corcoran.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Women
Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, New
York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia
Booker. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Ford’s Theatre. The Test: The Tuskegee
Airmen Project. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
ONGOING GALLERIES
Artisphere. Beyond The Parking Lot:
The Change And Re-assessment Of Our
Modern Landscape, Beth Baldwin: Artist-in-
residence. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
DCAC. Microscapes Exhibition. 202-462-
7833. dcartscenter.org.
Schlesinger. Reflections on the Figure by
MARCIE WOLF-HUBBARD. 703-845-6156.
nvcc.edu.
Gallery plan b. Paintings by Sheep Jones.
202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
Goethe-Institut. Parks & Passages:
Inspirations from Berlin for Washington’s
Dupont Underground. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
JCC Greater Washington. Lawyers
Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in
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Special Agent Galactica performs at
the Black Fox Lounge (723 Connecticut
Avenue NW) from 6-9 p.m. tonight.
Galactica will give a performance of live
singing, lip sync, jazz, comedy and more
to Friday nights. Known for her “Very-
Sexy-Cute-Boy Combo,” Galactica will
sing numbers ranging from Cy Coleman,
Harold Arlen, and Irving Berlin to Quincy
Jones, The Beatles and Prince. For more
information, visit blackfoxlounge.com.
Bear Happy Hour Fridays are back at
Town (2009 8th St NW) from 6-11 p.m.
every Friday night. There is no cover
charge, however, you must arrive by 9:30
p.m. to get inside for free. There will be
free pizza at 7 p.m. and drink specials. For
more information, visit dcbearcrue.com.
Cobalt (1639 R Street NW) is hosting its
Free Vodka Fridays called “Boy’s Life”
again tonight. You must be 21 and up to
enter and there will be open bar from 11
p.m. until midnight. For more information,
visit cobaltdc.com.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
Ziegfeld’s DC (1824 Half Street SW)
is hosting its Miss Ziegfeld’s 2013
competition tonight. Former title holder
Patti Lovelace will be honored. Doors
open at 7 p.m. The competition will
begin at 8 p.m. For more information, visit
ziegfelds.com.
Burgundy Cresent Volunteers will donate
their time at the Falls Church PetSmart
(Seven Corners, 6100 Arlington Blvd.,
Falls Church) from 11:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.
today. Also, The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue
Foundation is looking for dog-handlers for
their adoption events. For more information
on this event, visit ldcrf.org. To volunteer,
email jonathan@burgundycrescent.org.
The Imperial Court will crown Emperor
I during a charity event today at
“Coronation I: Gala of the Americas” at
the Washington Marriott at Metro Center
(12th St NW). Doors open at 6 p.m. with a
cocktail and VIP reception. The Gala will
begin at 7 p.m. The beneficiaries of this
year’s event are: PFLAG-DC, The Mautner
Project, and Grandma’s House. Tickets are
available at imperialcourt.org.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
The SpeakEasy presents the return of drag
performer Joey Arias to L’Enfant Café
(2000 18th St NW) along with Sherry Vine
and Raven O! The Dinner Show begins at
7 p.m. and includes a three course dinner
and show. The late night show starts at
10:30 p.m. with cocktails and a show. Both
events are reservation only. For more
information, visit laboumbrunch.com.
Phase 1 (525 8th St. SE) will hold its
monthly open mic night tonight starting
at 7:30 p.m. Drinks range from $2-$10
and all are welcome. Phase 1 has seen
performances from singer-songwriters,
spoken word artists, stand-up comics and
live bands. For more information, visit
phase1dc.com.
MONDAY, SEPT. 17
The Arlington Central Library (1015 N
Quincy St.) hosts a book talk with Garrett
Peck, the gay author of “The Potomac
River: A History and Guide” today on the
150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.
Books will be available for sale and Peck
will also be signing them. For more
information, visit library.arlingtonva.us.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18
Whitman-Walker Health Center (1701
14th St., NW) hosts its 10-week Coming
Out Women’s discussion group tonight at
7 p.m. This group is for women who want
to discuss their interest in women, sexuality,
relationships and coming out. For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
meets tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the Dignity
Center (721 8th St., SE) for social bridge.
No partner needed. For more information,
visit lambdabridge.com.
Human Rights Campaign staff and
supporters meet tonight at 7 p.m. at
HRC Headquarters (1640 Rhode Island
Ave. NW) to increase its grassroots
membership base. Visit hrc.org for more
information.
T HURSDAY, SEPT. 20
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U Street NW) has
its weekly “Beat the Clock Happy Hour”
today. Discounts last from 5-8 p.m. with
specials on bottles of Miller Lite and House
Vodka drinks. From 5-6 p.m. drinks are $2.
From 6-7 p.m., drinks are $3 and from 7-8
p.m. drinks are $4. For more information,
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and 36 hours later there are five contracts
on the property allowing for a $25,000
escalation in price — not to mention the
exact settlement date and rent back pe-
riod the owners hoped to enjoy. Thinking
it is 2005? No, this scenario happened in
mid-August 2012, historically one of the
slowest months of the year in the area
real estate market when many Washing-
tonians leave town on vacations.
It is specific to the price range from
$300,000 - $600,000.
So you may ask: Why the increased ac-
tivity in one of the slowest months of the
real estate cycle? A number of factors
have come together to make the Wash-
ington Metropolitan market one of the
most active in the country and the most
active in years.
First, interest rates are at an all-time
low. Buyers are seeing rates at 3.4 per-
cent —something I have never seen
anything close to in 20 years of real es-
tate. Secondly, rents are increasing sig-
nificantly. Renters are seeing the benefit
of buying now as the monthly payment
amount is equal to or less than monthly
rents in many areas of our region.
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ranges are very slim. Sellers are not mov-
ing unless they have a real reason to go —
job change, commute, a house that is too
small or too big. Equity positions are much
smaller than they were during the bubble
and so owners are tending to stay in their
homes longer than they have in the past.
Interestingly enough, this particular
market we are in is great for both buyers
and sellers. The sellers who price their
homes correctly in the right price ranges
are seeing multiple offers, or at the very
least, interest from multiple parties with-
in the first week on the market. On the
other hand, buyers who know the market
and have done their homework (or are
working with an agent who has) are get-
ting great deals on interest rates, which
makes their payments significantly lower
than they would be otherwise.
You are also seeing some sellers in sit-
uations where they need to move pricing
their homes at very attractive prices to
stand out in this low inventory situation.
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to go, now is the time to jump into the
fray! This fall market, which typically rang-
es from Labor Day through Thanksgiving,
is your window and your opportunity to
tap into the rare place that is the Washing-
ton, D.C. Metropolitan real estate market.
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and Virginia. Reach her at 202-507-7800 or sue@suegood-
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