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Washingtonblade.com. Volume 45, Issue 2, January 10, 2014

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What’s ahead in 2014?

Olympics, court rulings, mid-terms likely to dominate LGBT headlines
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com Although 2013 will be a tough act to follow in terms of achievements for the LGBT community, some advocates say significant new battles and potential victories are on the horizon for 2014. Additional court rulings on marriage and the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi will attract attention, but the focus will also be on the lead-up to the mid-term elections in November 2014. Voters are expected to decide the issue of marriage equality at the ballot and make decisions in candidate elections that would shape LGBT rights in the future. Next month, all eyes will be on the Winter Olympics to see what impact gay athletes coming to compete in Sochi, Russia, might have on the anti-gay laws there, including the now notorious law prohibiting pro-gay propaganda. The Olympics will be held between Feb. 6 and 23. It remains to be seen whether any of the athletes who’ll compete in the games — or any of the three openly gay

The year ahead: HARRY REID and the Democrats fight to hold the Senate; BILLIE JEAN KING leads U.S. delegation to Sochi; and Rep. MIKE MICHAUD could become the nation’s first elected openly gay governor.

Clay Aiken mulls bid for Congress
Could ‘American Idol’ alum pull off a surprise in N.C.?
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com The possibility of a Clay Aiken candidacy for Congress has generated significant buzz as political observers say the gay singer and “American Idol” runner-up has plenty to offer, although big questions remain about whether he could pull off a win. Last week, the Washington Blade first reported that Clay Aiken was “actively considering” a run for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. In a follow-up report, the Washington Post confirmed that Aiken was weighing a bid for the seat, which is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). Democratic sources familiar with his plans told the Blade that Aiken has spoken with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, met with political operatives in Washington and Raleigh and paid a visit to the D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to examine polling. It’s unclear when — if at all — Aiken

The Blade broke news last week that CLAY AIKEN is weighing a run for Congress from North Carolina.

Kate Clinton on how she passes time during P’town’s brutal winter.

Diet, fitness tips and more to help you kick off 2014.
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washingtonblade.com LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 10, 2014 • 03

D.C. activists seek to ‘build on victories’ in 2014
Mayoral contest could pit Gray against Catania
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com LGBT activists in D.C. acknowledge that they live in a city that has had one of the nation’s strongest antidiscrimination laws protecting their community for more than 20 years, the city passed a same-sex marriage law in 2009, and virtually all elected officials strongly support LGBT equality. With that as a backdrop, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance last week released its 2014 Election Year Agenda for LGBT Equality in Washington, D.C., which, among other things, calls for more than a dozen policy initiatives and for the approval of five LGBT-related bills currently pending before the City Council. In an announcement last week, GLAA said the 16-page policy document was used to formulate a questionnaire on LGBT issues that the group has sent to all candidates running in the April 1 D.C. primary for mayor and seats on the City Council, just as it has done in every city election since the early 1970s. “We have won most of the policy reforms for LGBT equality, which is reflected in the title of this year’s policy brief, ‘Building on Victory,’” said GLAA President Rick Rosendall. “What remains mostly falls into two broad categories – translating our model policies and laws into reality, especially for at-risk populations including LGBT youth and transgender persons, and remaining vigilant,” Rosendall said. The issues covered in the five pending bills include: • The Surrogacy Parenting Agreement Act, which calls for updating the city’s surrogate parenting law that gay rights attorneys have called archaic to add provisions to better enable same-sex couples to enter into surrogacy agreements. • The Domestic Partnership Termination Recognition Amendment Act, which calls for changing D.C.’s existing domestic partnership law to enable couples that don’t live in D.C. to terminate their partnerships in a way that is recognized by courts in other states. • The LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act calls for, among other things, city funds to pay for beds reserved for LGBT youth in homeless shelters and other homeless facilities that activists say traditionally have not met the needs of LGBT or “questioning” youth. • The Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Act calls for prohibiting licensed therapists in the

Mayor VINCENT GRAY announced late last year that he would seek re-election. The primary is slated for April 1.

city from seeking to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of people under the age of 18 through so-called “conversion” therapy. Advocates for the legislation point out that virtually all professional mental health organizations have said the therapy is harmful to the mental health of those participating in such therapy, especially young people. • The Marriage License Issuance Act calls for amending the city’s marriage law to eliminate the current mandatory, three-day waiting period for obtaining a marriage license. Marriage reform activists, both gay and straight, have called the waiting period requirement an unnecessary relic of the past. The GLAA policy brief also calls for a requirement by city regulators and the mayor’s office that health insurance plans offered to D.C. government employees and the city’s Health Link insurance exchange program under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act include full coverage for sex reassignment surgery and hormone treatment for transgender people. GLAA’s candidate questionnaires ask all candidates running for mayor and for the City Council to state whether they would support such a proposal. “This is a huge priority in our community,” said Nico Quintana, senior organizer for the D.C. Trans Coalition.

Voters to choose among friends in election
Many LGBT activists have said that since nearly all of the candidates

running this year for mayor and seats on the City Council have strong records of support on LGBT issues, LGBT voters will likely choose among them based on non-LGBT issues. Mayor Vincent Gray, who some activists say has the strongest record on LGBT issues of any mayor in D.C. history, is being challenged by four members of the City Council, all of whom have expressed strong support for the LGBT community. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) each have longtime records as strong supporters of LGBT equality. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), who opposed same-sex marriage when he ran for mayor in 2006, has said he changed his mind and has become a committed supporter of the city’s same-sex marriage law while continuing his support on all other LGBTrelated issues. Former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and, Busboys and Poets Restaurant owner and businessman Andy Shallal have also expressed strong support for LGBT rights. The positions of lesser-known mayoral candidates Carlos Allen, a music promoter, Christian Carter, a businessman and civic activist, couldn’t immediately be determined. Political observers say the LGBT vote, which surveys show will likely comprise at least 10 percent of the vote in the April 1 Democratic primary, could be a key factor in the outcome of the election. But based on interviews with LGBT activists following the campaigns of the mayoral candidates, the LGBT vote will likely be divided among Gray and

Council member DAVID CATANIA has said he will enter the mayor’s race as an independent if Vincent Gray wins the primary and becomes the Democratic Party nominee.

his City Council rivals, although many activists believe Gray remains highly popular in the LGBT community. In looking beyond the primary to the November general election, gay D.C. Council member David Catania (I-AtLarge) is being viewed as the wildcard of the 2014 mayoral race. Catania last fall formed an exploratory committee to consider whether to enter the mayoral race, knowing that as an independent he doesn’t have to file papers as a candidate until June, long after the winner of the Democratic primary is known. In a development that startled some political observers, Catania told the Washington Post that he has already decided he will enter the race if Gray wins the primary and becomes the Democratic Party nominee. In every mayoral election since the city obtained its home rule government in 1974, the Democratic Party nominee has won his or her race as mayor in the November general election. Catania, however, is telling potential supporters that this year is different and that the electorate is “tired” of politics of the past. LGBT voters, who have long supported Catania in large numbers, could be faced with a dilemma if forced to choose between Gray and Catania, according to some LGBT advocates.
NEXT WEEK: A preview of City Council races and the prospects for gay longtime Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

washingtonblade.com 04 • JANUARY 10, 2014 LOCAL NEWS

Trans bill, ‘ex-gay’ therapy ban top Md. agenda
Legislative session begins amid governor’s race
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com Efforts to ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression and so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy to minors are top priorities for Maryland LGBT rights advocates during the 2014 legislative session that began on Wednesday. State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) will introduce the transgender rights bill in the state Senate. State Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) plans to bring forth the measure in the House of Delegates, even though the chamber passed a trans rights bill in 2011. “We didn’t want to lose the opportunity to work with our House members,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last March by a 6-5 vote struck down a bill Madaleno and state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) introduced that would have banned anti-trans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. State Sens. Norman Stone (D-Baltimore County), C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s County) and James Brochin (D-Baltimore County) voted against the measure. Both Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller (D-Prince George’s and Calvert Counties) and House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel County) back the bill. this legislative session. Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown, whom Equality Maryland endorsed last month, told the Blade in a statement he is “fully committed” to passing the trans rights bill this year. Evans said both Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, have pledged to testify in support of the measure in Annapolis. “They will use the connections they have in the General Assembly to help us secure the votes we need,” said Evans. “Having Anthony Brown come and testify and talk about it is going to be instrumental in the legislature.” Bob Wheelock, spokesperson for Attorney General Doug Gansler’s campaign, noted Gansler told Equality Maryland he backs the trans rights bill and would “definitely” sign it if lawmakers approve it. Gansler’s running mate, state Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s County), co-sponsored the measure in the House of Delegates in 2011. State Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) also cosponsored the 2011 bill. “No one should face discrimination on the basis of gender identity — equality in Maryland shouldn’t have to wait this long,” she told the Blade. “I will be a vocal advocate for these important protections to ensure that all Marylanders are treated the same way in their jobs, housing and public accommodations.” State Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) has introduced a bill that would ban “ex-gay” conversion therapy to minors in Maryland. The original version of House Bill 91 only includes sexual orientation, but Cardin’s legislative director Josh Greenfield told the Blade on Tuesday it will be amended to include gender identity and expression. Madaleno is also expected to introduce the measure in the Senate. “There are numerous gay conversion therapy providers as well as organizations like the infamous International Healing Foundation located right here in Maryland advocating for what I consider very harmful conversion therapies,” said Cardin, noting Prince George’s County Public Schools last year stopped using an anti-bullying curriculum that included references to the Bowie-based organization and other “ex-gay” groups. “To me it is incredibly repulsive.” Evans told the Blade that Equality Maryland is working with Cardin, who is running to succeed Gansler as attorney general, to “explore some nonlegislative options to reach the same goals.” These include working with state boards that govern therapeutic practices in Maryland to change administrative policies. “If we can do this without legislation, I am all about it,” said Cardin. “I am not interested in the glory. I’m interested in solving problems.” International Healing Foundation Director Christopher Doyle criticized Cardin and others who seek to ban conversion therapy to minors in Maryland. “This is not being fueled by mental health advocates,” Doyle told the Blade on Tuesday. “This is being done by political organizations that are more interested in promoting a political ideology as opposed to clients’ rights.”

Del. HEATHER MIZEUR is seeking to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley.

“I am very hopeful, given the way the culture has changed in a progressive direction in Maryland and given the support we now have from the Senate and House leadership, we will get the six votes in the Judicial Proceedings Committee to move the bill,” said Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland. Evans told the Blade the gubernatorial campaign will only improve the measure’s chances of passing during

‘It’s a new day’ in Virginia politics
Anti-discrimination efforts top legislative agenda
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS mlavers@washblade.com Efforts to ban anti-LGBT discrimination and repeal a state constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex marriage are among the priorities for Virginia LGBT rights advocates during the 2014 legislative session that began on Wednesday. State Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) has once again introduced a bill that would ban discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The state Senate last January approved the measure by a 24-16 vote margin, but a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee subsequently killed it. Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly said the first executive order he will issue once he takes office on Saturday is a ban on anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees. “We definitely want to continue that momentum,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish. McEachin, state Sens. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Janet Howell (D-Fairfax County) and state Dels. Joe Morrissey (D-HenricoCounty),ScottSurovell(D-Fairfax County), Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria), Ken Plum (D-Fairfax County) and Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) have sponsored proposed resolutions that would seek a repeal of the commonwealth’s same-sex marriage ban that voters in 2006 approved by a 57-43 percent margin. Howell and state Del. Joseph Yost (D-Giles County) are expected to introduce bills in their respective chambers that would extend second-parent adoption rights to gays and lesbians. Parrish told the Blade that more than 50 families have already said they want to testify in support of the measure. “We expect that to be a big bill in the House and in the Senate,” he said. State Del.-elect Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) has pre-filed a bill that would ban anti-LGBT employment discrimination in the commonwealth. State Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach) has introduced an identical measure. Simon has also proposed a measure that seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the Virginia Fair Housing Law. State Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington County) next week is expected to introduce a bill that would ban so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy to minors in the commonwealth. The Alliance for Progressive Values has worked with the Arlington County Democrat to write the bill that Ebbin is


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washingtonblade.com 06 • JANUARY 10, 2014 LOCAL NEWS

AIDS groups in dispute over NAPWA trademark rights
A judge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Maryland on Dec. 23 approved a motion allowing the D.C.-based Community Education Group, which provides AIDS-related services aimed at minority communities, to buy the legal rights to nine names linked to the National Association of People with AIDS. But Judge Paul Mannes directed the national group AIDS United, which opposes CEG’s purchase of at least one of the NAPWA-related names, to submit draft language for his final order clarifying the extent of the legal rights CEG would have for those names. Mannes was expected to make the final decision on what the order will say within the next week or two. With more than $750,000 owed to creditors, NAPWA shut its doors in February 2013 after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Laura J. Margulies, the bankruptcy trustee appointed by the court to represent NAPWA’s estate, filed the motion asking Mannes to approve CEG’s request to purchase the trademark rights to the NAPWA name and the names of various programs and projects that NAPWA carried out during its 30year tenure as a nationally respected group representing people with AIDS. The names listed in her motion are National HIV Testing Day, National Association of People with AIDS, National Gay Men’s Awareness Day, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, National Healthy Living Summit, AIDS Watch, Staying Alive, NAPWA and National Association of People With AIDS, Inc. Michael Kaplan, CEO of AIDS United, said he was troubled that CEG has filed trademark applications for most of the names, including the AIDS Watch name, with the U.S. Office of Patent and Trademarks. Kaplan said NAPWA’s board prior to the bankruptcy filing authorized AIDS United and the Treatment Access Expansion Project, which also advocates for people with HIV/AIDS, to carry out the AIDS Watch project. The project involves an annual two-day congressional lobbying effort in which AIDS activists from throughout the country come to Washington to visit the offices of their senators and representatives to push for federal AIDS programs. “We feel it is not a good idea to trademark AIDS-related programs and names,” he said. “I believe they are in the public domain and they should be in the public domain.” Kaplan said AIDS United will “definitely” challenge CEG’s application to secure a trademark for the AIDS Watch name. LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Rehoboth leather bar closes
The L Bar, formerly known as the Double L, a popular gay bar located just outside the city limits of Rehoboth Beach, Del., that catered to the leather community closed its doors for good following a New Year’s Eve party last week. The Blade was unable to immediately reach the bar’s co-owners, Mark Fernstrom and John Meng. A search of the address for the building in which L Bar has operated for close to 20 years shows that the building along with the business and its contents are on the market at a selling price of $2.1 million. Fernstrom and Meng operated a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village before they moved to Rehoboth to open the Double L. One source said the two still own the real estate but sold the business to another operator who plans to open a new bar in the location that would not cater exclusively to the gay community. That account could not be immediately confirmed. LOU CHIBBARO JR.

‘We are thrilled to welcome such distinguished members of D.C.’s LGBT community to the Board of Directors,’ said outgoing Center Board President MICHAEL SESSA.

D.C. Center announces new board
A civil rights attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, an assistant professor of women’s studies at the University of Maryland, and an official at the international human rights organization Freedom House were recently elected to serve on the board of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. The three new members are joining 13 existing board members and several new officers who were elected or re-elected at the Center’s annual meeting on Dec. 16, according to Matthew Corso, a board member who serves as the Center’s chief communications officer. “We are thrilled to welcome such distinguished members of D.C.’s LGBT community to the Board of Directors and are excited to see a new leadership team take the helm in 2014,” said outgoing Board President Michael Sessa and Center Executive Director David Mariner in a statement. The new board members are Louis Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Employment Litigation Section at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Julie Enszer, a Ph.D. candidate and visiting assistant professor at the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland; and Mindy Michels, Program Director for the Dignity for All: LGBT Assistance Program at Freedom House. The existing members returning to the Center board are: Corso, Eddy Ameen, John Crow, Martin Espinoza, Michael Fowler, Holly Goldmann, Dr. Patricia Hawkins, Jason Laney, Michelle Ross, Michael Sessa, Ashley Smith, Kelly Zimmerman, and Patrick Zornow. The board officers for 2014 elected at the annual meeting are Fowler, chair (new); Hawkins, vice-chair (new); Crow, treasurer (returning); Ameen, secretary (new); and Corso, chief communications officer (new). LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Gray names gay activists to MLK Holiday Commission
Gay rights advocates Earl Fowlkes and Clarence Fluker were among 15 people sworn in Monday night by Mayor Vincent Gray as members of the D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. Gray said the commission was created to help the city plan and organize events to commemorate the life and accomplishments of King on the occasion of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, which is celebrated this year on Jan. 20. Fowlkes is chief executive officer of the Center for Black Equity, a national LGBT organization. Fluker is the communications and special initiatives director for the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism also known as Serve D.C. Gray named him as one of several D.C. government officials who will serve as ex-officio members of the King Holiday Commission. Fowlkes said that because the commission had been inactive for the past several years, with all of its seats vacant until Gray filled them with new appointees this month, it would likely be too late for the newly constituted commission to prepare events for this year’s King Day holiday on Jan. 20. LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Homeless youth, Annie’s street-naming bills advance
The D.C. City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to give preliminary approval of one bill calling for services to homeless LGBT youth and another that would name a street near Dupont Circle after Annie Kaylor, the beloved bartender and manager of Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse who died last July at the age of 86. The LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act of 2013 and the Annie’s Way Designation Act of 2013 are expected to win final approval at the Council’s next legislative meeting later this month. The homeless LGBTQ youth measure, among other things, allocates

funds for expanding existing homeless facilities to include additional beds for “youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.” It also requires service providers to implement “best practices for the culturally competent care of homeless youth” who identify as LGBT or questioning. The Annie’s bill calls for naming a one-block section of Church Street, N.W., between 17th Street and Stead Park as “Annie’s Way.” The block was where Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse first opened more than 40 years ago and became a favorite eatery and watering hole for members of the LGBT community. Kaylor and her family members who owned and operated the restaurant were longtime supporters of the LGBT community. LOU CHIBBARO JR.

washingtonblade.com LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 10, 2014 • 07

Tom Chorlton, gay rights leader, author dies at 67
Former D.C. resident co-founded nat’l LGBT Dem group
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com Tom Chorlton, a longtime advocate of LGBT rights and former D.C. resident who taught political science at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, died Jan. 5 from complications associated with leukemia. He was 67. Chorlton has been credited with playing a key role in the early 1980s in organizing support for gay rights within the Democratic Party. Among other endeavors, he helped found the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs in 1982 and served as its first executive director from 1982 to 1987. While living in D.C. from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Chorlton advocated for LGBT rights on a local and national level. He served as president of D.C.’s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club from 1981 to 1982 and ran as a candidate for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council in 1988 under the banner of the D.C. Statehood Party. Although he lost his Council race, his role as the first serious openly gay candidate for a seat on the Council opened the way for the election in subsequent years of gay D.C. Council members David Catania (I-At-large) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). Friends and associates say Chorlton had a dual passion for LGBT rights and political science, with a strong interest in American history during the period just before and after the Revolutionary War. Chorlton was born in Illinois, where his parents adopted him and raised him in the City of Belleville. Chorlton received a bachelor’s in political science in 1968 from St. Louis University. Upon graduation, he served as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Kenya before returning to the U.S., where he worked in Washington in 1975 on the staff of U.S. Rep. Melvin Price (D-Ill.). He earned his master’s degree in government administration in 1977 at Webster University in Missouri. During his time of studies there he was employed as a local government specialist with the St. Louis Area Council of Governments. Shortly after leaving Washington in the early 1990s, Chorlton taught history and government at Columbia College’s Lake Campus in central Missouri. He began his post as an assistant professor at the College of Charleston in 2003, according to Erin Blevins, administrative coordinator for the college’s Department of Political Science. Blevins said among the courses Chorlton taught were LGBT Politics, American Government, Contemporary Political Issues, Politics of the American Revolution, and the U.S. Presidency. Kurt Vorndran, who served as president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club in D.C. several years after Chorlton held that post, credits Chorlton with being among the first to organize a political fundraising dinner for a gay rights cause in 1981 on behalf of the Stein Club. Vorndran said the Stein Club’s 1981 dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, drew hundreds of people, including members of Congress, then-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, and many other D.C. elected officials and straight allies, such as labor union and civil rights leaders. “At the time, very few, if any, national or local LGBT groups put on this type of political banquet that attracted big name politicians and media coverage,” Vorndran said. “This was something Tom started.” Maccubbin and his husband Jim Bennett, who are serving as executors of Chorlton’s estate, said in a statement that plans for a memorial service would be announced shortly. The statement says a portion of Chorlton’s ashes would be interred at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston and at a family plot in Belleville, Ill. “Another small portion of his ashes will be scattered in Antarctica, the only continent Tom had not yet visited,” the statement says. “He has travelled extensively all his life, beginning with his Peace Corps service, and has been to more than 50 countries, including regions as diverse as Mongolia and Easter Island, Fiji and Kenya, Moscow, Beijing and Iran,” the Maccubbin-Bennett statement says. “Those who believe in heaven know that Tom is there now with his mom and his canine friends who went before,” Maccubbin and Bennett said in a separate statement. “Those who don’t believe in the afterlife know that Tom created a heaven right here on earth, and shared it with all of us. He will live in all of our hearts forever.” Maccubbin said Chorlton’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston on Jan. 14, with interment to take place in the churchyard. He said that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by check payable to the Tom Chorlton Memorial Fund, PO Box 1892, Folly Beach, SC 29439.

TOM CHORLTON, a longtime advocate of LGBT rights, died Jan. 5 from complications associated with leukemia.

As an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, Chorlton taught courses on the American Presidency and Politics of the American Revolution up until October 2013, when he was diagnosed with leukemia. In 2012, after years of research and writing that Chorlton called a labor of love, he completed and published his book, “The First American Republic: 1774-1789.” The book consists of profiles of the 14 littleknown leaders of the American Revolution who served as president of the Continental Congress from the time it was formed in 1774 to 1789, when George Washington took office as the nation’s first elected president under the new U.S. Constitution. “What few Americans realize is that there had been a fully functioning national government prior to 1789,” Chorlton wrote in his book. “It was called the Continental Congress and it was, in every respect, the First American Republic (1774-1789).” Deacon Maccubbin, former owner of D.C.’s Lambda Rising bookstore and a longtime friend of Chorlton’s, said

Hope for progress in Va., as Dems take power

expected to introduce in the Senate. Hope told the Blade on Tuesday similar bills that California Gov. Jerry Brown and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law last year “certainly inspired me that this is the right time to bring this to Virginia.” Parrish said Equality Virginia would support the proposal, but Hope conceded it will likely face resistance. “This is an uphill battle,” he said. “This is Virginia that we’re talking about, so I expect some stiff opposition and some hurdles.” Christopher Doyle, director of the Maryland-based International Healing Foundation, singled out the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations that oppose “ex-gay”

therapy for encouraging Hope and other state lawmakers to introduce measures that seek to ban the controversial practice. “No one has ever tried to ban a specific therapeutic modality for any mental health issues,” Doyle told the Blade. “The foundations of the bill are incorrect and politicians are being misinformed and deceived.” Krupicka and state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Fairfax County) have introduced bills that would allow the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to issue license plates to Equality Virginia supporters that contain the slogan “Equality for All.” Parrish said his group will also oppose a measure state Del. Bob Marshall (D-Prince William County) introduced that would require married same-sex couples to file their Virginia income tax

returns as single individuals because the commonwealth does not recognize their unions. This measure seeks to codify the policy outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in November. “We have been reaching out to the new administration though about what we can possibly do about that very punitive tax opinion that came out of the [outgoing Gov. Bob] McDonnell administration,” said Parrish. The 2014 legislative session began three days before McAuliffe, Lieutenant Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and Attorney General-elect Mark Herring take office. All three men publicly support marriage rights for same-sex couples. It remains unclear whether McAuliffe and Herring will defend Virginia’s gay marriage ban in two federal lawsuits that challenge it. “It’s a new day,” Ebbin told the Blade

as he discussed McAuliffe, Northam and Herring. “We’ll be dealing with people who are looking to help us instead of looking to harm and stymie us.” Parrish said the tone from the governor and the attorney general’s offices will be “a 180” compared to McDonnell and outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. He added the House will continue to remain a barrier to advancing LGBT-specific legislation during this legislative session. “Now that we have a friendly administration in the governor and the attorney general’s office, it will allow us to better make the narrative that the Senate and the governor and the attorney general and the Virginia public are all on the same page,” said Parrish. “And it’s the House of Delegates that’s blocked any forward movement for the LGBT community.”

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Arizona gay marriage ban challenged
PHOENIX — Four gay couples on Jan. 6 filed a federal class-action lawsuit that seeks to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban. “We are asking for relief on behalf of all married and unmarried same-sex couples in Arizona,” attorney Shawn Aiken told the Arizona Republic. “Now is the time to take up this issue.” The lawsuit names Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne as defendants. Arizona voters in 2008 approved a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The U.S. Supreme Court in June declined to hear Brewer’s appeal that asked the justices to allow her to ban state employees from receiving benefits for same-sex partners. Neighboring New Mexico is among the 18 states and D.C. that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 6 issued a stay on same-sex marriages in Utah pending the outcome of an appeal of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s decision last month that struck down the Beehive State’s constitutional amendment that bans gay nuptials.

Utah Gov. GARY HERBERT has placed on hold recognition of same-sex marriages in Utah.

Playwright dies in N.Y. fire
NEW YORK — An aspiring playwright died on Jan. 5 from injuries he suffered during a fire in his Manhattan high-rise building. The New York Times reported Daniel McClung, 27, succumbed to smoke inhalation after he and his husband, Michael Cohen, 32, sought refuge in a smoky stairwell in the Hell’s Kitchen high-rise. The New York Daily News on Jan. 6 reported Cohen suffered critical injuries. The couple married last year in Massachusetts. “This was a legally married couple living a new life together,” Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva told the New York Times. The Daily News and other New York media outlets reported an overloaded power strip in a 20th floor apartment sparked the blaze.

Utah same-sex marriages in limbo
Governor puts recognition of nuptials ‘on hold’
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has placed on hold recognition of same-sex marriages in the state following a stay on gay nuptials put in place this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The governor’s chief of staff Derek Miller indicated recognition of same-sex marriages would be placed on hold in an email Tuesday to Cabinet members on Herbert’s staff. “Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice,” Miller writes. On Monday, the Supreme Court placed a stay on marriage equality in Utah, which started occurring in the state on Dec. 20 after U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled against Amendment 3, the state law prohibiting same-sex marriage. Utah state officials — Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes— requested the stay on gay nuptials pending the result of the litigation, which is currently before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Although the letter doesn’t say how long the hold on recognition on same-sex marriages will last, the suggestion is that the state won’t recognize the marriages until the courts say otherwise. Nate McDonald, a Herbert spokesperson, said the hold on recognition of samesex marriages will continue “until it goes through the legal process.” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, criticized Herbert for the decision, saying it “harms hundreds of Utah families” seeking legal protections. “Gov. Herbert has once again planted himself firmly on the side of discrimination by preserving the second-class status he believes gay and lesbian Utahans merit,” Griffin said. “These families deserve better and I have no doubt the courts will soon grant them the justice and equality that our Constitution demands.” Elizabeth Cooper, a law professor at Fordham Law School, said Utah has taken a highly unusual step by not recognizing the same-sex marriages because a stay should only freeze more from occurring and not be retroactive. “Although the state may believe it is stabilizing the situation, it, in fact, is adding more uncertainty to the situation,” Cooper said. “The issue of whether same-sex couples may marry in Utah ultimately will be answered by the courts, not by the state’s unilateral action. Had it wanted to legitimately roll back the clock, the state should have petitioned the courts with its request.” One question that remains is whether the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages if Utah won’t recognize them. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokesperson, said on Monday, “We are reviewing the court’s decision.” No updates have been given since that time despite additional requests from the Blade for comment.

Vikings investigate homophobia allegations
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claims his advocacy for marriage equality prompted the team to cut him from its roster last year. Kluwe claimed in a Jan. 2 post to the website Deadspin that special teams coach Mike Priefer said in “one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing” during a November meeting that, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island and then nuke it until it glows.” The outspoken same-sex marriage advocate went on to say Vikings owner Zygi Wilf backed his efforts, but head coach Leslie Fraiser asked him to stop his efforts. Priefer has denied Kluwe’s allegations as CBS News reported. The Vikings stressed Kluwe’s performance and salary — and not his activism in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples — contributed to the decision to release him from the roster. The team has launched an investigation into their former punter’s allegations.

Lily Tomlin marries longtime partner
LOS ANGELES — Comedian Lily Tomlin and her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, married on New Year’s Eve. People reported the couple exchanged vows during a private ceremony in Los Angeles. “They’re very happy,” Tomlin’s spokesperson Jennifer Allen told the magazine. Celebrity columnist Liz Smith broke the news of Tomlin and Wagner’s nuptials in her Jan. 3 column that ran in the Chicago Tribune. “My longtime friends, Lily Tomlin and her love, the writer Jane Wagner, got married on the eve of 2014,” wrote Smith. “My wish is that their happiness will be as great as their combined talents.”


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Could Aiken pull off a congressional surprise?

will make an announcement on whether he’ll pursue a bid for Congress. Via Twitter, Raleigh news affiliate WRAL-TV reported that Aiken told a station producer prior to the Blade report that he wasn’t running for Congress, but the singer hasn’t said anything about a run directly since the Blade broke the story last week. Ian Palmquist, former chief of Equality North Carolina, said he thinks the general election in a district largely comprised of the Raleigh suburbs, will be tough for any Democrat, but not impossible for Aiken. “Clay Aiken has some real strengths: He’s from the district, he’s a former teacher, he’s well-liked, and saying he has name recognition is an understatement,” Palmquist said. “To be a strong candidate he would have to show voters a more policy-oriented side than they know him for now and earn the support of key primary constituencies, including African Americans.” Palmquist added Aiken’s fame alone from his music and Broadway career after his 2003 stint on “American Idol” won’t be enough to propel him to victory. “His fan base doesn’t necessarily align with his progressive politics, so he would have to expand his base of support significantly to succeed,” Palmquist said. Although a Republican currently sits in U.S. House seat for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, the area was formerly represented by a Democrat in Congress prior to redistricting and the Tea Party boomlet in 2010. Still, the district is favorable to Republicans. Ellmers won re-election in the district by taking 55.9 percent of the vote in the 2012 election — a year that was favorable to Democrats. Moreover, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the same year beat Obama in the district by 15.6 points. Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, said Aiken doesn’t have a prayer in the general election against Ellmers. “His chances of winning the general election? Probably approaching zero,” Rothenberg said. “And that’s being generous. Both McCain and Romney carried the district easily. It isn’t competitive, especially in a midterm election with President Obama’s job approval sitting where it is nationally.” Aiken, who came out as gay in 2008 in People magazine, also would have competition for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat. Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco officially announced his candidacy on Monday. Also in the ring is Houston Barnes, an attorney.

The filing deadline to participate in the primary is Feb. 28. The primary itself in North Carolina is set for May 6. The DCCC hasn’t responded to the Blade’s request for comment on a potential run by Aiken for weeks — before and after the initial report. DCCC spokesperson David Bergstein wouldn’t confirm his interest in running to other media outlets, including Politico, but said Ellmers deserves a challenger. “Congresswoman Ellmers is responsible for the most unpopular and reckless Congress in history that’s put the middle class at greater risk but it’s up to potential candidates to talk about whether they’re interested in running for Congress, not us,” Bergstein reportedly said. The Ellmers campaign declined to comment on the possibility of going up against Aiken during the general election.

Although the “American Idol” runnerup is best known for his music and Broadway career, he’s also drawn on his fame to promote causes as an activist. He co-founded the the National Inclusion Project, formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which seeks to help children with disabilities. Tapped as a national ambassador for the United States Fund for UNICEF in 2004, Aiken has travelled to Afghanistan, Indonesia, Uganda, Mexico, Kenya and Somalia as part of aid missions. He’s also taken part in LGBT activism. In 2012, just before North Carolina voted to approve a ban on same-sex marriage known as Amendment One, Aiken appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” to speak out against the measure. In 2010, the singer appeared at a briefing on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, or

GLSEN, to urge passage of anti-bullying legislation with LGBT protections known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Daryl Presgraves, a GLSEN spokesperson, said GLSEN started working with Aiken four years ago, and in addition to wanting to use his platform to protect LGBT youth, he showed a specific interest in policy. “After he gave a powerful and moving speech at a congressional briefing we held in 2010 in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and Student Non-Discrimination Act, it wouldn’t have surprised any of us at GLSEN if you told us that he would consider running for office one day,” Presgraves said. “He has a clear passion for helping others and recognizes the power to do so through policy.”


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What’s next for LGBT movement after historic 2013?

members of the U.S. delegation to the Olympics — will speak out against the anti-gay policies, and whether the Russian government will subject them to punishment under the propaganda law for doing so. In terms of the advancement of marriage equality, no one is predicting movement in the state legislatures as seen in 2013, but action is expected at the ballot and as a result of numerous court cases filed throughout the country. In Oregon, activists are preparing for a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. They’re already touting 118,176 signatures, which is more than 116,284 needed by July 3 to place the measure before voters. Success at the ballot would mean Oregon would become the first state in the country to overturn a state constitutional amendment banning samesex marriage through a ballot initiative. Another effort is underway in Ohio, where the group Freedom Ohio is touting a new poll showing 56 percent of Ohio residents support marriage equality as part of an effort to place a measure on the ballot in 2014. National LGBT groups, however, aren’t behind this endeavor and reportedly have said 2014 isn’t the year to bring marriage equality to the ballot in Ohio. But 2014 may also see the return of state constitutional amendments at the ballot banning same-sex marriage. Opponents of same-sex marriage in Indiana are seeking a vote in the legislature on such an amendment, which would bring the issue before voters in the 2014 election. It’s possible that a similar amendment may appear on the 2014 ballot in New Mexico, where anti-gay lawmakers unhappy with the state Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage have threatened to take action. However, the legislature needs to approve the amendment before it goes to voters, which is unlikely because Democrats control both the House and Senate. Amid efforts to place the marriage issue on the ballot, courts may issue rulings in favor of marriage equality in any of the at least 23 states with pending marriage litigation. Such rulings could happen in Michigan, where a trial on the ban same-sex marriage has been set for February, or in Pennsylvania. A federal court in West Virginia may respond to a request for summary judgment filed Tuesday by Lambda Legal on behalf on same-sex couples seeking to wed in the state. For the first time since the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of

As ENDA languishes in the House, all eyes remain on Speaker JOHN BOEHNER to see if he will allow the bill to come up for a vote.

Marriage Act, federal appeals courts will also take up the issue of marriage equality. The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will review the marriage lawsuit in which U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby recently instituted marriage equality in Utah (later halted by the U.S. Supreme Court), and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will review Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage in the case known as Sevcik v. Sandoval. It’s possible that rulings at the appellate level could send the issue of marriage equality back to the Supreme Court as soon as this year. Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, said the endeavors to advance marriage equality in 2014 will foster a better climate for the Supreme Court to make a “national resolution” in favor of marriage equality. “We really don’t know, and nobody knows, which case is going to be that case that gets to the Supreme Court, when it’s going to happen, if it’s going to happen [this] year, if it’s going to happen in five years,” Solomon said. “Basically, we are full-steam ahead with what we call our ‘Roadmap to Victory’ to win more states, grow public support, get more unexpected allies, and demonstrate that the country is completely ready.” Solomon said his organization also plans to participate in public education campaigns in Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and Nevada in anticipation of going to the ballot to win marriage equality in 2016 in addition to a similar campaign in Pennsylvania to foster a climate for a court ruling in favor of

marriage equality in the Keystone State. Advancement of pro-LGBT federal legislation may also take place, although the chances such legislation will reach President Obama’s desk are low — to say the least — because Republicans control the House. Supporters of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act are pushing for a vote in the Republican-controlled chamber following a bipartisan vote in the Senate in favor of the legislation. Although the legislation has 201 sponsors in a chamber where 218 votes are needed for passage, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has repeatedly said he opposes the legislation when asked if he’ll bring up the bill for a vote. Issues for married same-sex couples in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are also expected to surface. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has pledged to hold a hearing on these outstanding issues. Among them is the Social Security Administration’s continued hold on benefits claims for married samesex couples in non-marriage equality states. Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act would address these issues by ensuring married samesex couples would be able to receive federal benefits wherever they move in the country. The Senate early this year may also take up a version of No Child Left Behind reauthorization — reported out on a party-line basis in June by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee — that contains anti-bullying provisions along the lines of the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said the successes of 2013 are “much to celebrate,” but said they also highlight more work is necessary at the federal level — not just on LGBT-specific issues, but other areas like immigration reform and restoration of the Voting Rights Act. “Every victory we achieve makes clearer the inequalities that remain — the painful gap between progress and true freedom,” Carey said. “That’s why we need the House to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; fair immigration reform legislation; and to restore the heart of the Voting Rights Act, so unceremoniously gutted by the Supreme Court this past year. We must win on these issues in 2014; we can win on these issues in 2014.” Meanwhile, campaigns are ramping up for elections in 2014. For the first time ever, at least two openly gay candidates

may appear as gubernatorial candidates representing a major party. In Maryland, lesbian Del. Heather Mizeur is running against two other candidates in a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. Her primary is June 24. And in Maine, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who came out as gay in 2013, is seeking to oust Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Michaud is the only declared candidate on the Democratic side. In Congress, six openly LGB members of the U.S. House will be seeking to retain their seats. Those running in moderate districts who may face more challenging re-election bids are Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.). Sean Eldridge, an entrepreneur known for his work advocating for marriage equality in New York and also known for being married to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Chris Gibson to represent New York’s 19th congressional district. Other gay newcomers are on the Republican side. Former Massachusetts State Sen. Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost a challenge to Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) in 2012, is considering a rematch in 2014. Former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio is seeking to represent the San Diego area in the U.S. House and University of New Hampshire administrator Dan Innis has launched a bid to unseat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.). Despite openly gay candidates on the Republican side, LGBT advocates will likely also work for Democratic majorities in Congress — achieving it in the House and preserving it in the Senate — to foster a better climate for passing pro-LGBT legislation. That may be an uphill battle. A recent survey from CNN/ORC International shows Republicans have increased their edge in the race for control of Congress. Republicans lead Democrats by 49 percent to 44 percent among registered voters asked to pick between unnamed candidates from each party in their district. That’s up from a smaller two-point edge in favor of Republicans last month. Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, said he doesn’t think the House will be in play given the abysmal state of President Obama’s polling numbers, and Republicans have a strong chance of winning the Senate.

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ticket over the candidacies of Del. Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler — all Democrats — raising a stir among backers of the other two candidates. The Democratic primary will take place June 24. Tim Williams, chair of the Equality Maryland PAC, offered remarks discussing the endorsement in front of a crowd estimated at about 60. Both Brown and Ulman were PM present as were Baltimore delegates Maggie McIntosh and Mary Washington, who were members of the Host Committee, and Del. Sandy Rosenberg. Byron Macfarlane, the gay Register of Wills in Howard County, also attended and was a member of the committee. “It was a great event, organizers exceeded our fundraising goal,” said Macfarlane. Tickets ranged from $250 to $1,000.

Brown-Ulman fundraiser at City Café
A fundraiser was held on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman at City Café on Jan. 4, billed as “LGBT and Allies Brunch with Anthony Brown.” It occurred less than two weeks after the Equality Maryland Political Action common_blade.pdf 1 11/8/13 2:56 Committee endorsed the Brown-Ulman

Frederick Center to honor LGBT ally
The Frederick Center is honoring Lois Jarman with Frederick’s 2013 LGBTQ Ally of the Year Award on Sunday. She will receive this award “because of her tireless efforts over the last decade on behalf of the LGBTQ community of central Maryland,” according Brian Walker, chair of the Frederick Center board. Jarman founded the Central Maryland chapter of PFLAG in 2006, where she continues to be the chapter president. She has also been coproducer of the “A Little Song, A Little Dance” annual World AIDS Day benefit in Frederick for a dozen years, raising tens of thousands of dollars to benefit Positive Influence (a past Frederickbased HIV support organization), Baltimore Pediatric AIDS Fund, AIDS Response Effort out of Winchester (which now covers central Maryland), and various LGBT organizations. Jarman has also been a resource for hundreds of LGBTQ students by being a visible ally in the local high school system and other educational institutions. “This annual award allows us to recognize the efforts of a single person,” said Walker. “But this ceremony allows many community allies to gather to celebrate the work they have done collectively over time, and to hear first-hand how much it matters to the LGBTQ community.” The event will take place between 3-6 p.m. at the home of Peter Brehm and John Michael Day, 318 West College Terrace in Frederick. A suggested donation of $15 for individuals and $25 for couples would benefit the Frederick Center. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit thefrederickcenter.org.

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Life expectancies normal for some with HIV
LONDON — A new study from the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design has found that some groups of people with HIV, especially those treated before their CD4 count falls below 350 cells/mm3, now have life expectancies equal to or even higher than the general U.S. population, NAM AIDSmap, a British health information agency, reports. The study looked at death rates among, and then computed life expectancy for, 22,937 people with HIV in the U.S. and Canada who started anti-retroviral therapy (ART) between the beginning of 2000 and the end of 2007. It compared their life expectancy at age 20 with the general population and noted how it had changed in the study’s eight years. A CD4 count of fewer than 200 cells/mm3 is one of the qualifications for an AIDS diagnosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Life expectancy at age 20 in the U.S. population is approximately 57 years in men (i.e. on average, and in the absence of further change, 50 percent will die by the age of 77) and 62 years in women (i.e. 50 percent chance of death by 82). In Canada, men can expect to live nearly three years longer than this and women, slightly more than two. The study found that for the group as a whole and over the full eight years, the average life expectancy in people with HIV was just under 43 years, i.e. 50 percent will die by the age of 63 — 15 years earlier than men and 19 years earlier than women in the general U.S. population, AIDSmap reported. However, there were huge disparities in life expectancies between different groups. Whereas people who inject drugs only had a life expectancy of 29 more years at age 20, for white people it was 52 years, for those starting treatment with a CD4 count above 350 cells/mm3 it was 55 years and for gay men it was 57 years — the same (or slightly higher) than in U.S. men in general.

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HPV vaccine urged for young men in Australia
SYDNEY, Australia — A new study by sexual health researchers in Australia suggests gay male teenagers are at increased risk of contracting the cancercausing human papillomavirus (HPV), prompting renewed calls for other countries to adopt Australia’s state-funded vaccine program for boys, the Star Observer, an Australian LGBT news agency, reports. Researchers examined 200 men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 16-20, one of the first studies in the world to focus on HPV rates in males of this age group. While it is often linked to cervical cancer among women, MSM were also at risk, with HPV in the anus linked to anal cancer. Significantly, results of this study indicated MSM in this age group were more likely to have anal HPV if they have had more partners and receptive anal sex, the Star Observer reported. In part because it is a sexually transmitted infection, HPV vaccination has been a controversial issue worldwide, with proposed programs in the U.S. leading to accusations by some religious organizations that it would lead to promiscuity among pre-teen girls. While the current study has attracted international attention, the rollout of a government- funded HPV vaccination program for both girls and boys in Australia over the past year has met little resistance, and is being hailed as a model for other countries looking to follow suit, the Star Observer reports.

Grant money to help hoarders in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — A local organization here that assists people with hoarding and cluttering issues will soon receive grant money to help it determine how to best help residents with this issue, many of whom are LGBT according to the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco-based LGBT newspaper. The Mental Health Association of San Francisco offers support groups and other services to people who struggle with the issue. All services are free. The association is partnering with the University of California at San Francisco, which is set to receive an estimated $2 million in grant funding over three years from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The Mental Health Association’s part of the funding will be about $200,000 a year, although the details are still being worked out, the Reporter noted. The funds are meant to study the efficacy of peer-led treatment groups compared with therapist-led groups. Experts say hoarding may be a problem when the accumulation of possessions has begun to affect someone’s quality of life and is keeping them from using their home for its intended purposes. Someone may be unable to sleep in their bed, not have access to their bathroom, or be prevented from using their stove.

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An openly gay TV anchor is still something to celebrate

I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud – mo, Michelle Obama tweeted.
Lunden, David Hartman, Tom Brokaw or any of the many morning shows co-hosts over the years had been gay, their careers would have ended instantly if they’d left the closet. When Ellen came out, you’d have thought the Apocalypse had arrived. News outlets blazed with the story and her career, for a time, hit the skids. It’s hard to imagine a morning show anchor coming out even five years ago without risking being fired and unleashing vociferous homophobia. If an anchor had opted to be openly gay then, the announcement would have entailed as much choreography as a Busby Berkeley production number. The complex, nervous dance would have involved publicists, magazine covers and handwringing over sponsors and ratings. Yet Roberts’ coming out on Dec. 29, like that of many celebs lately, appeared almost as an aside. As is often the case now with revelations from news anchors, actors and others, Roberts bypassed old school outlets for social media. Most tellingly, no Barbara Walters interview or “After School” type special was involved. In 2012, Roberts had a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote in a Facebook post on her recovery. Far from firing her, ABC supported Roberts. “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time,” the network said in a statement, “We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life.” The Twitterverse lit up with love for Roberts. “I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud — mo,” Michelle Obama tweeted. “Go on with your bad self,” comedian and actress Wanda Sykes wrote on Twitter. “Sending good thoughts to Robin Roberts#Loveislove,” wrote Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons. Sure, nearly every celeb seems to be queer now, and another famous person coming out can be as exciting as your BFF’s sister’s Facebook status update. Yet, Roberts’ coming out matters. Broadcast TV doesn’t have the power it had in the days of Yesteryear. TV audiences today are fragmented, smaller and many of us watch shows (or pieces of shows) on mobile devices. But the TV morning shows still earn big profits and ratings. The hosts of these programs continue to serve as our morning “families” and to kick-start pop culture. A politician who appears on “Today” or “Good Morning America” makes news and a movie or book plugged on these shows is likely to do well. The TV show morning co-hosts have to daily “appear alive and alert and attractive on the air...no matter how sleepy or stressed or ugly they really feel,” writes Brian Stelter, author of “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.” Homophobia remains alive and well. Think “Duck Dynasty.” Roberts will encounter haters. Still, an anchor of the No. 1 morning TV show in America coming out is a moment to celebrate.

Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular contributor to the Blade. She can be reached through this publication.

Sometimes I wonder if we should care any more when a celeb comes out. When seemingly every couple you know is planning their same-sex wedding; openly LGBT politicos serve in the U.S. Congress; and gay hosts are an indelible part of awards shows — what difference does it make if someone in the public eye is openly queer? Yet when Robin Roberts, an anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” recently came out as a lesbian, I felt as if a cultural milestone had been reached. Back in the day, we rarely saw (openly) LGBT people on TV. The few images of gay life then showed us to be “deviant,” monstrous or “sick.” An out game show host, sit-com star — let alone news anchor — would have been inconceivable. If Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Joan

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washingtonblade.com VIEWPOINT JANUARY 10, 2014 • 15

Pinkwashing & Israeli occupation – not so complicated
LGBT delegation missed chance to meet gay Palestinians
By PAULINE PARK “The concept of ‘pinkwashing’ emerged as a hot topic throughout the week,” Kevin Naff wrote of his participation as part of “a delegation of nine LGBT leaders from the United States” to Israel in November (“Israel as ‘gay heaven’? It’s complicated,” Times of Israel, Nov. 10). The delegation tour was sponsored by Project Interchange, a program of the American Jewish Committee, which is aggressive in its defense of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Naff quotes a speaker who addressed the group, Gal Uchovsky, as telling the delegates “that we had arrived in ‘gay heaven’” and that Israel is “the best LGBT country in the world” whose “LGBT residents face no serious problems that he could identify.” My Israeli friends would certainly contest Uchovsky’s absurd claim that LGBT Israelis “face no serious problems.” Fortuntely, Naff was able to recognize Uchovsky’s propaganda for what it was. One would get a very different impression speaking primarily or exclusively with wealthy gay Jewish Israeli men in North Tel Aviv — as Naff and his fellow delegates seem to have done — than if one spoke with LGBT Israelis from more marginalized communities, including lesbians and bisexuals, who often feel marginalized by gay men in Tel Aviv and elsewhere in Israel; transgendered women, who face police harassment and brutality in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel just as they do in New York and other U.S. cities; Israelis who face discrimination because of their of Mizrahi (Sephardic) Jewish ethnic origins; or refugees from Africa and elsewhere who may be LGBT (though not necessarily openly so) but who have no right to remain in Israel, because the state of Israel does not recognize non-Jewish economic refugees or those fleeing political persecution — regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. And that’s not even to mention the pervasive discrimination that Palestinians with Israeli citizenship face. As Prof. David Lloyd argued persuasively in a December 2013 analysis for the Electronic Intifada, the crucial distinction between “citizenship” (ezrahut) and “nationality” (le’um) in Israeli law privileges Jewish Israelis over Palestinians living in Israel because “citizenship” is in effect a second-class citizenship without nationality status. “Some critics claim the country’s embrace of LGBT rights is merely a propaganda effort to claim the mantle of modernity and establish a stark contrast to homophobic regimes in the West Bank, Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East,” Naff writes. In doing so, Naff is in fact rearticulating the very discourse in which Uchovsky was engaging in when describing Israel as a gay paradise — the attempt to use Israel’s record on gay rights (supposedly better than that of its Arab and Muslim neighbors) as a justification for an Israeli occupation that is illegal under international law, or at the very least as a means to distract attention from it. Naff’s delegation appears to have met with only one Palestinian — “a scholar and Fatah and PLO adviser,” Abu Zayyad. But meeting with a single official with the Palestinian Authority — widely viewed by many West Bank Palestinians as little more than a tool of the Israeli occupation — hardly constitutes balance when the rest of the tour was devoted to meeting with LGBT Israelis and Israeli officials. “The focus of the visit — LGBT issues — was often overshadowed by the frustrating stalemate of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Why can’t the two sides come to an agreement on a two-state solution? It’s complicated,” Naff writes. And yet, is the issue of the Israeli occupation of Palestine really that complicated? For all of the complications and complexities of the situation, it is at root quite simple: the indigenous people who have lived in Palestine for centuries are being systematically dispossessed of their land and their rights by a foreign military occupation that is illegal under international law and that even the United States does not recognize as legitimate. And that occupation makes no exception for Palestinians who might be LGBT/queer, who face the same restrictions and daily humiliations living under Israeli occupation as non-LGBT Palestinians. And contrary to propaganda in circulation, Israel is not and cannot be a haven or a refuge for LGBT Palestinians because there is no such thing as refugee status for non-Jews in Israel, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Rather than hearing pinkwashing propaganda from the likes of Gal Uchovsky, Naff and his colleagues would have learned far more if they had met with Palestinian villagers and farmers under siege from Israeli settlers and the Israeli military in the West Bank, as I have. I participated in the first U.S. LGBTQ delegation tour of Palestine in January 2012 and met with many Palestinians — both LGBT and non-LGBT — throughout the West Bank, from Nablus in the north to Hebron in the south and Ramallah in between. Staying two nights with a Palestinian family in Dheishe in Bethelem, one of the largest refugee camps in the West Bank, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Palestinians about conditions in the occupied territories. Naff expresses his disappointment with the decision of alQaws and Aswat to decline the invitation to meet with his delega-

The author, PAULINE PARK, at the gap in the separation wall at Al-Wallaja east of the Israeli frontier.

tion. AlQaws and Aswat, two of the leading Palestinian LGBT groups, are doing vital work on behalf of queer Palestinians under extremely difficult circumstances that no U.S.-based LGBT organization has to face. The 16 members of my delegation met with members of both alQaws and Aswat for extensive discussions about the impact of the occupation on LGBT Palestinians, and those discussions were productive and enlightening. It seems to me that Naff’s group of relatively privileged LGBT Americans should have recognized how problematic it was to demand that LGBT/queer Palestinians either facing pervasive discrimination within Israel or living under a crushing foreign military occupation in the West Bank engage them in dialogue, which is the privilege of the powerful. True dialogue is simply not possible when one party is holding a gun to the other’s head, which is what “dialogue” with a people living under a brutal and illegal military occupation represents. I might add that members of Naff’s delegation could have found opportunities to engage with LGBT/queer Palestinians even before leaving the U.S. and could do so now that they are back from their tour; they can also feel free to engage members of New York City Queers Against Israeli Apartheid if they wish to hear our views on Palestinians and the Israeli occupation. The conclusion I have come to is that pinkwashing does nothing for queer Palestinians and arguably makes things worse by generating more support for Israel and the occupation in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. The liberation of queer Palestinians is inseparable from that of Palestinian society as a whole; whatever privileges wealthy gay Jewish Israeli men may enjoy in the af-

fluent districts of North Tel Aviv do nothing for queer Palestinians being crushed by a brutal and illegal foreign military occupation that is daily dispossessing more and more Palestinians of their lands and their homes. Given the intransigence of the government of Binyamin Netanyahu — the most right-wing prime minister in Israeli history — and his determination to move forward with the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem and the de facto annexation of the West Bank, it seems to me that only boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel will advance the cause of the peaceful resolution of the impasse that the Israeli government itself has created with its endless occupation of Palestine and construction of an apartheid regime. KEVIN NAFF RESPONDS: After members of our LGBT delegation expressed concerns that we were not given access to more of the Palestinian perspective, Project Interchange arranged a follow-up conference call in November with Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research. I shared Pauline Park’s concerns over pinkwashing, but Project Interchange worked hard to present a balanced itinerary, which included visits to the West Bank, Ramallah and the edge of the Gaza Strip. I welcome Park’s invitation to learn more about NYCQAIA and will follow up with her.
PAULINE PARK is a member of New York City Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, founded in 2011. She was a member of the first U.S. LGBTQ delegation to Palestine in January 2012.

washingtonblade.com 16 • JANUARY 10, 2014 OUR BUSINESS MATTERS

GLAA to score candidates on liquor protest reform
Eliminating intervention by citizens associations, ‘Gangs of 5’ is goal
For that reason, it comes as no surprise that the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) has included in the organization’s mayoral and D.C. Council candidate rating questionnaire an inquiry whether the voteseeker supports strengthening “reform of alcohol licensing to eliminate standing for non-representative groups.” Candidates must respond to a specific question: “Will you support strengthening Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) reforms by eliminating license protests filed by citizens associations and ad hoc groups, requiring stakeholders to participate in the community process provided by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission?” This is not the first time that GLAA has included LGBT concerns regarding alcohol-licensing regulations in its election survey. This year’s policy statement and rating question, both released last week, have been updated to focus on the most critical area for repair. This question is one of only 12 that will determine overall scoring for the coveted non-partisan candidate ratings issued by the respected LGBT legislative watchdog and advocacy group prior to both the April 1 primary and the general election. The full policy statement on LGBT issues is available on the organization’s website. With the gay community comprising 10 percent of the District’s adult population, the political importance of LGBT voters to electoral success is well understood. In fact, many observers estimate that the community’s vote share is even greater due to higher participation rates. Enlivening a discussion on D.C. politics among gay voters requires only the utterance of three words — Hank’s Oyster Bar. The infamous seven-year battle waged against the lesbian-owned Dupont Circle neighborhood venue by seven intractable opponents, many also members of a small so-called citizens association, is merely one embarrassing reminder of the need for reform. The ability of “Gang of 5” ad hoc groups – referencing the minimum number of objectors required — and special interest “citizens groups” to directly intervene in opposing licensing applications or renewals allows a vocal minority to exercise a power greater than the community as a whole. Such protests delay licensing and cost local small businesses tens of thousands of dollars — all in an attempt to deny or delay approvals in the hope of extracting operating restrictions. Fairness advocates, gay and lesbian business owners, and an overwhelming majority of residents support requiring “stakeholders to participate in an equitable community process, as best provided by means of the ‘great weight’ accorded” the elected Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), as GLAA specifies in its policy summary. While some ANCs are also prone to manipulating the licensing scheme, their opportunity to offer advisory recommendations to city agency officials is guaranteed by protocol — as is their ability to file license protests. They also provide the only accessible and open community setting allowing all interested parties to weigh in with their business support or statutorily relevant concerns. GLAA notes an important caveat to the role of ANCs in licensing matters, cautioning that the “common practice by ANCs … of using licensing protests to impose special operating restrictions on licensees dilutes equitable regulatory application, arbitrarily diminishes license value, and inappropriately establishes barriers to fair business competition.” While city officials have recently imposed some modest limits on licensing restrictions, much more needs to be done to ensure that the system is equitable and objective and governed by citywide law. Given the muddled mess that is the D.C. liquor licensing system, it’s one step at a time. GLAA has marked the path for the next one.

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

The 10 of 13 D.C. Council members seeking re-election or aspiring to be mayor have got some explaining to do – as do their challengers. This time their answer will count. No segment of D.C. residents is more familiar with the long-dysfunctional manner by which the District government conducts licensing procedures for alcohol-serving establishments than the LGBT community. Gay residents have witnessed firsthand and over many years a lengthy litany of renegade objections to the bar, restaurant, lounge and nightclub businesses serving our community and the neighborhoods we populate and patronize.


Come out to support Hillary at Town
Clinton’s resume unmatched in scope as she ponders White House run
thousands of volunteers across the nation working with them to convince Hillary that we need her. Some talk about dynasties or suggest that Hillary is too old; or fear her election would be a step backwards. But if you think they are wrong this is your opportunity to join with millions of others making it clear that we think Hillary represents the future. Her experience and wisdom are what is so exciting about her potential candidacy. The Ready for Hillary PAC will be watched carefully with some believing it may be the model for all future candidates wanting to run for president; or it could turn out to be just a Hillary phenomenon. It is a political organization building a nationwide professional field operation without a candidate in the race. This has never been done before. Some compare it to the operation built around Barack Obama’s candidacy in 2008 but that occurred after he announced. This is the second Ready for Hillary event in D.C. After this, supporters will focus their attention on other cities across the nation. The first D.C. event in December attracted more than 450 people, a diverse, mostly straight crowd that skewed young. Eavesdropping on their conversations was fun. They were mostly about what Hillary had accomplished and what she meant to them. They were about her work for women and children and her experience as Secretary of State. How people related to Hillary seemed to be a product of their age and when they first heard about her. Some of the older women chatted about Hillary’s work for the Children’s Defense Fund with Marion Wright Edelman and her work as a congressional staffer, while others in the room hadn’t been born when she held those jobs. But this is what the passion for Hillary Rodham Clinton is all about. It’s personal and she represents many things to many people. She is the chance for a woman to break the final glass ceiling. She is the most well prepared person to ever run for president, including her eight years as first lady and the knowledge she gained from that experience. Her legal background; her work revising the education system in Arkansas; her work as a congressional staffer and U.S. senator; and finally her years as Secretary of State add up to a career unmatched in breadth and scope. My passion for Hillary was ignited in Little Rock, Ark., in 1990, when she keynoted a conference I ran for the National Association for Gifted Children. I have been enamored with her ever since. I was the only elected Hillary delegate in D.C. in 2008 and while I then became an active supporter, which I still am today of Obama, I want the chance to be a Hillary delegate again and this time see her become the nominee of my party. Hillary has never wavered from her core principles and from fighting for what she believes is right. I urge everyone who believes that Hillary should be our next president to join us at Town on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 7-9 p.m. Register at readyforhillary.com/events/ outdc. After this second event nearly 1,000 people in D.C. will have paid the $20.16 price of admission and added their name and contact information to Ready for Hillary. As a charter member of the “I want Hillary for President” group I believe if she runs she will win and we will witness Hillary Rodham Clinton sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

The LGBT community in D.C. and our allies on Jan. 15 will make a statement about who we believe should be the next president of the United States. It is still an open question as to whether Hillary Rodham Clinton will throw her chapeau into the ring, but if she does there will be many ready to work hard to elect her. The sponsor of the event is the PAC Ready for Hillary, a grassroots effort to convince Hillary to run. It started small but there are now 12 full-time staff members and

washingtonblade.com COMMUNIKATE JANUARY 10, 2014 • 17

Stuck in an intransigent holidaze
Coping with Ptown desolation as winter settles in
patience, the sun sets at 4 p.m. Ptown should really petition the Greenwich Mean people for admission into a more fairly hums with creativity in the east end of town. Residents meet up at the few rear-round restaurants, or host in-home

The nights are long. But without summer visitors or high season mania, year-rounders attend to delayed projects.
KATE CLINTON is a humorist who has entertained LGBT audiences for 30 years. Her monthly column appears exclusively in the Blade. Reach her via kateclinton.com.

This year I was in Provincetown, Mass., for New Year’s Eve and was able to stay on an extra week. There is nothing like being at the end of the Earth to get a little perspective on things. I would share those thoughts with you but I have succumbed to an intransigent holidaze that is worse whenever Christmas falls on Wednesday. Even my weekly pillbox can’t figure out what day it is. And why bother? The days don’t last that long here. Despite my Solstice im-

easterly, Atlantic time zone. After January first, the last seasonal, business holdouts succumb to retail hibernation or southern migration. Even the delightfully, pottymouthed barista-in-chief at Joe’s Coffee, caps the capo machines and heads for warmer weather. The Christmas lights on Pilgrim monument dim after Jan. 6. The town’s business goes on. The nights are long. But without summer visitors or high season mania, year-rounders attend to delayed projects. Painting pictures or baseboards. Writing novels or memoirs. The Fine Arts Work Center

potlucks. There are open mike nights and readings. Also a lot of drinking and a lot of new sobriety. Like Santa-come-downthe-chimney, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots visit every true believer’s home via satellite dish on Sunday. Binge TV watching soars, especially in a threeday nor’easter, if the power stays on. For the less-than-fully employed, like me, without quotidian markers, morning New York Times at the West End deli, a late afternoon coffee at Joe’s, an evening show at the Crown and Anchor — the days take on an unsettling,

off-the-grid freedom. A local poet/lobsterman once told me about his winter experiment. One January he did whatever his dog did. If Clark slept, he slept. If Clark ate, he ate. If Clark went outside, he went outside. I try not to imagine the hygienic realities, but I do admire the ability to challenge daily practices that a bit of free time affords. So as a much-anticipated nor’easter bears down on the tiny island nation of Ptown – check out the webcam from Spiritus or MacMillan Wharf! – and with a bit of free time on my hands, I will think about changes I can make in my daily life to change the realities — poverty, hunger, homelessness, religious homophobia, transphobia, violence — for LGBT people in 2014. When the storm ends, I’ll bundle up and walk down to the West End beach and picture the double rainbow arching over town the day of the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. And then remember the swarm of bloodthirsty mosquitos that attacked as we stood watching.



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New indoor cycling studio offers one-stop workout destination
By BUCKY MITCHELL Recently I had the fortunate opportunity to sit down with indoor cycling guru and co-founder of RIDE DC (2217 14th St., N.W.; letsridedc.com), Zac Smith, to learn more about this hot new studio and why indoor cycling should be part of everyone’s fitness routine. WASHINGTON BLADE: How did you get into indoor cycling? ZAC SMITH: My passion for fitness began as a teen when I was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, which motivated me to adopt a fitness-centered lifestyle that would also maximize my cardiovascular strength. Nearly 15 years, and 12 triathlons later, I found indoorcycling as a long-term solution to my health and fitness challenges. BLADE: What is it about indoor cycling that you love so much? Why

indoor cycling versus something else? SMITH: I love indoor cycling because of the great music, amazing community and high-energy class dynamic. (And) I get a killer workout. The health benefits are as impressive as the class is fun. Indoor cycling offers a high-calorie burn workout, while being easy on your body and joints. BLADE: What are the key elements in making an indoor cycling class successful? SMITH: An engaging instructor and inspiring music. Without these two elements, people will lack motivation and the desire to push themselves to their limit and see results. And they won’t have fun. BLADE: Do you prefer to do most of your classes in the seat or out of the seat? And why? SMITH: I build in a mix of both elements to my classes. Variety is important to keep the class engaged. It’s important to focus on out-of-theseat training for strength training while also spending time increasing your cardio strength through sprints. BLADE: What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about

taking indoor cycling classes? SMITH: People who are intimidated by indoor cycling often have the misconception that you have to be super coordinated and in-shape to participate. … Sure, coordination helps, but it’s definitely not required. This isn’t zumba or hip-hop aerobics — just keep moving your legs and you’ll do great. BLADE: What advice would give a novice indoor cyclist? SMITH: Stay on the bike and have fun. Many people are intimidated and worried that they can’t keep up. Cycling is fun. Enjoy the music and enjoy the ride. BLADE: What does a good spin instructor look like to you? SMITH: A good instructor knows when to push and when to pull back. They know the challenges and goals of each of their participants. They have great music that is energetic and gets the class in the right mindset. BLADE: What should participants look for in great instructors? SMITH: At a baseline, participants should look for instructors who really care

about their individual performance and push participants to their limits. Further, I’d encourage participants to find an instructor who matches their personal preference. Do you like the boot camp style of coaching? Or do you prefer to be challenged by softer, yogi type encouragement? Do you like blaring pop music or steady house music? Whatever your preference, there is an instructor for your style! BLADE: What will people have to look forward to in your new spin studio? SMITH: Most importantly, people can expect the city’s top instructors to lead them through fun, killer workouts that generate trackable results. We are also highly focused on providing the best guest experience through our emphasis on building a hospitable environment and customer-service centered staff. Classes are a mix between road- and rhythm-styled workouts. Rhythm rides match the pedal speed to the beat of top 40 music. Often they also incorporate push-ups and other upper body strengthening exercises. Road rides bring the outdoors in focusing on cycling fundamentals, intervals and climbs.


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Fitness goal setting that’s too lofty is a recipe for failure
(StatePoint) Millions of Americans resolve to lose weight and commit to healthful eating at the beginning of each year, but many resolutions are notoriously broken. Why? Many registered dietitian nutritionists say fad diets are partly to blame. “It’s tempting to focus on losing weight fast, which can lead many to turn to dangerous fads and crash diets,” says Jessica Crandall, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson. “However, research shows that slow, healthy weight loss is more likely to last than dramatic weight changes.” Crandall says forgetting fad diets and getting back to the basics of moving more and eating smarter are your best bets for success in the new year.

• Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Also, make sure the goals you set are measurable, so you can easily review and track your progress, as well as reward yourself. Allow time to achieve each smaller goal so you are not discouraged if you haven’t met them.

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Enlist family and friends to try new healthy recipes with you or to be your workout buddy. Having a support network can help you overcome midnight snacking urges and hit the gym in even the coldest months. “It’s important to be sure to track your progress towards your health goals and give yourself encouragement and solutions along the way,” Crandall says. “To make things easier, it’s always a good idea to have a food and nutrition expert on your side.” For more tips on setting effective New Year’s resolutions and to learn more about healthy weight loss, visit EatRight.org/HealthyWeight.


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By MARIAH COOPER “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the popular Logo television show, swaps entertaining on the small screen for performing on the local stage on its tour, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons.” It’s the first tour to feature so many fan favorite contestants in a theater venue. Among those slated to appear are Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Alaska Thunderfuck, Ivy Winters, Carmen Carrera, Mimi Imfurst, Michelle Visage and Phi Phi O’Hara. The tour comes to Washington Tuesday night at the 9:30 club. The tour showcases the talents of each performer and includes lip-syncing, dancing, comedy and more. There was a previous tour, the “Absolut Drag Race Tour,” but this tour only featured the season winner and runners-up. “Battle of the Seasons” is the first tour to include so many popular “Drag Race” alums. The show — as one would expect — has been enormously helpful in terms of visibility for those involved.


Pandora Boxx, real name Michael Steck, was a contestant on the second season of “Drag Race” who came in fifth. Since the show, the New York native has been touring the world, started doing stand-up comedy and starred in his own off-Broadway show “Lick This Boxx!” “’RuPaul’s Drag Race’ was an amazing platform to get things started,” Boxx says. “It’s fun to see men dress up. Everyone loves Halloween.” Her drag persona was formed before the show but the show’s influence on her career has been significant. She says she learned more about comedy from the experience. “It took me from a small town queen to something bigger,” Boxx says. Manila Luzon, real name Karl Westerberg, was the runner-up on the third season. Since the show, Luzon has left her long-time home New York and moved to Los Angeles. She has been touring the world and performing her own original music. Her drag persona was also fully formed before the show. “Manila Luzon is an extension of Karl,” Luzon says.” I wear a wig and sparkly heels and thought I might as well perform my own music.” She thinks the show’s success is due to

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com If you want to shop at Pulp, the popular gift shop at 1803 14th St., N.W., you better hurry — the store, a funky staple of the area since 2002, will close for good at 6 p.m. Sunday. “The decision to close the store has not been easy, and wasn’t made without a great deal of thought and consultation,” says Anthony Boykins, owner since 2011. The late Ron Henderson, who was gay and died in 2009, was the original owner. General Manager Meryl Hooker cites “a change in priorities for the owner” as the main reason the “difficult decision” was made to close. “Our landlords are great and our rent is very affordable,” she said in an e-mail. “Target, Amazon and big box (stores) are of no consequence. This was an internal decision.” Marcus D. Conway worked there part time for the past five years. He started in 2009 and was looking for something to do on the side after his former roommate moved. Conway worked as a floor assistant stocking shelves, running errands for the owners and more. Conway says the shop had a lot to offer and will be missed. “Yes, I’m very, very sad about it,” the 51-year-old Chicago native says. “I really loved all the cards we have here and the candles. The baby onesies were really cute too. Oh wow, there was a lot here that caught my eye.” He says all the change on 14th Street overall is good, though. “When you think back how it used to be, oh man, it was really too much,” he says. “But all the new condos and restaurants, it’s great for the economy.” Conway came to Washington 24 years ago and has been active in HIV support group work over the years. He’s single and lives in the Dupont Circle area. He enjoys sports, movies and spending time with his dog, LeRoy, in his free time.

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I’ve been out all of my life so it wasn’t hard to tell anyone. Everyone is very supportive. Who’s your LGBT hero? Harvey Milk If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? Nothing. I like my life the way it is. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? I believe in life after death. Once we leave this earth, we do have someplace else to go. What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? Hold your head up and stay strong. Stay positive and keep on doing what you’re doing for all of us. What would you walk across hot coals for? An armored car full of money. What LGBT stereotype annoys you most? That we are dishonest. What’s your favorite LGBT movie? “Milk”

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? Tracks, back in the day. Bachelor’s Mill today. Describe your dream wedding. I don’t have one. What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about? HIV education, especially through my support group. What historical outcome would you change? I would have had Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. live. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? Going to see Patti LaBelle at Constitution Hall in 2000. She was amazing. On what do you insist? Keeping God first.

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Britten works performed next weekend
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs two tribute concerts for English composer Benjamin Britten at George Mason University in the Harris Theatre (4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax, Va.) on Jan. 18-19. Britten is best known for his works “Peter Grimes,” “War Requiem” and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” The tribute concert features the work he wrote for his life partner Peter Pears. The performances begin 8 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Tickets are $60. For more information, visit fairfaxsymphony.org.


Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts “Bearzerk,” a bear-themed dance party, Saturday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJs Dean Sullivan and Tommy Cornelis spin tracks all night. Drinks are $5 well and domestics and $6 Jamesons, Jagers and Fireballs. Cover is $5 before midnight and $7 after. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.


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Ready for Hillary, a grassroots organization that supports former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential run, hosts “Out and Ready for Hillary” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Ready for Hillary was formed last year and has grown to more than one million supporters and 25,00 donors. The event is the LGBT kick-off in the District. Clinton has not stated her plans for the 2016 election. Tickets are $20.16. For more information and to RSVP, visit readyforhillary.com/events/outdc.

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CONRAD FEININGER, left, as Sir Joseph Duveen and DAVID BRYAN JACKSON as Bernard Berenson in Washington Stage Guild’s production of ‘The Old Masters.’

‘Old Masters’ presents intriguing theatrical dilemma
By PATRICK FOLLIARD Simon Gray’s thoroughly enjoyable drama “The Old Masters” is indeed about important art. It’s also about the art of the deal. But mostly it’s about the interdependent professional relationship (and sometimes friendship) between famed art historian Bernard Berenson and the equally famous art dealer Joseph Duveen. Washington Stage Guild’s take on Gray’s 2004 work currently playing at the intimate Undercroft Theatre features a very capable cast in a production straightforwardly staged by Laura Giannarelli. Set in the storied Villa I Tatti, Berenson’s residence near Florence, the action unfolds over one long evening in 1937. The scene is tense. A Lithuanian-born American, Berenson (BB to his friends) and his terminally ill wife Mary aren’t happy. Money is tight and war is looming. She is preoccupied with the financial wellbeing of her adult children and grandchildren from a previous marriage in England, and he misses the fat checks he once collected for authenticating Renaissance paintings. Yet a veneer of domestic civility prevails, thanks mainly to Nicky, Berenson’s longtime factotum and mistress (and now Mary’s caregiver). On the fated night, Duveen drops in uninvited. He and BB have been on the outs, but Duveen softens the estrangement by paying an old debt to his host and proposing a lucrative business partnership. But first (and here’s the rub), Duveen wants a favor. He asks that BB pipe down on the authentication of a painting that he is selling to patrician American industrialist Andrew Mellon. BB says it’s a Titian. The world credits Masaccio. A great showdown ensues.

“The Master Works” is the last published play by British playwright Gray who died at 71 in 2008. Though not acquainted with his protagonists in life, he knows them well. Gray brilliantly conveys his aging characters’ urgency in terms of time and concern with legacy — both monetary and reputation. While an interest in art and a little background on the characters might prove helpful to audiences, it’s not necessary. This well-made play stands on its own. Duveen is played with bigger-than-life gusto by Conrad Feininger. He envelops the smaller, less demonstrative BB (David Bryan Jackson) with roaring compliments and great hugs, bending his frenemy to his will with a tidal wave of bonhomie. It’s a wonderful performance. And Jackson (wearing a neatly trimmed Van Dyke beard) gives a nuanced portrayal. His BB is a fastidious sensualist who falls into raptures when he sees “The Adoration of the Shepherds” (the painting in question). He’s a self-centered man who expects a lot of from his women (including his Swedish masseuse who visits daily) yet he cares for them deeply in his own way. Jewel Robinson is compelling as Mary, BB’s wife who tolerates her husband’s weaknesses. Rounding out a very strong cast are Thomasin Savaiano as charming and efficient Nicky, and Steven Carpenter as Fowles, Duveen’s assistant derisively referred to as the “lift boy” by BB. (Fowles was once in fact the elevator operator in Duveen’s apartment building.)

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TODAY Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.) holds an opening reception for its new exhibit “New Works on Paper” from 6-9 p.m. this evening. The exhibit features artwork by local artists Cathy Kwart, Catherine Levinson, Bonny Lundy and Virginia Mahoney. The exhibit runs all month. For details, visit bethesda.org. Women in Their 20s, a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all women interested in women, meets today at The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com. Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com. TempTation, D.C’S biggest new gay dance party, is tonight at Howard Theater (620 T St., N.W.) from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Doors open at 11 p.m. Music by DJ Mike Reimer. Tickets are $15. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thehowardtheatre.com. SATURDAY, JAN. 11 BlackRock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md.) holds an opening reception for its new exhibits “Forma Reliquias” and “Between Two Portraits” today from 3-5 p.m. There will be a brief artist talk at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit blackrockcenter.org. The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) has free HIV testing from 4-7 p.m. today. For details, visit thedccenter.org. Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts “DIRTY POP with DJ Drew G” tonight at 10 p.m. Drew G plays electropop music all night long. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. Drinks are $3 before 11 p.m. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com. SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today

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from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com. Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers for D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.noon. Volunteers will cook alongside chefs who are graduates of D.C. Central Kitchen’s job training program. To volunteer, RSVP at jonathan@ burgundycrescent.org. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org. Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts “Sunday Oneday: A Onesie Party” from 4-7 p.m. Rail drinks are $1 from 4-5 p.m. for anyone in a onesie. No cover. For details, visit numberninedc.com. MONDAY, JAN. 13 The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) hosts coffee and conversation this morning from 10 a.m.noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee while engaging in a discussion facilitated by Ron Swanda, a member of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Advisory Committee for LGBT Affairs, about what is important for older adults in D.C. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org. TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Lord Fairfax Community College (173 Skirmisher Ln., Middletown, Va.) hosts a Veteran’s Hiring Event and Conference today from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in its Community Development Center. There will be workshops and hiring representatives. Admission is free.

For more details and to register, visit lfccworkforce.com or call 540-868-7021. D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly meeting in the upstairs room of Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org. SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 1155 F St., N.W. Suite 200 at 7 p.m. to discuss ”Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns” and “The Gallery” both by John Horne Burns. The first book is Burns’s autobiography and the second is a novel that examines gay life in the military. Newcomers welcome. For details, email biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com. The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., N.E.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571. Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its “January Women’s Wednesday” at Godiva (1143 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The lecture will be on the legend of how an 11th century woman influenced a master chocolatier while networking with prominent female business leaders. The event is free for Chamber members and $25 for guests. For details, visit thedccenter.org. The Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs has a forum today called “Protecting Our Diversity: A Criminal Justice Forum” from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 441 4th Street, N.W. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the forum will

focus on various criminal justice issues that impact the LGBT community in Washington including hate crimes, domestic violence, wage theft and visas for non-immigrant witnesses. For more information, call 202-727-9493. Also today, the Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Committee has its first meeting of the new year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the City-wide Conference Room on the 11th floor at 441 4th Street, N.W. Those attending will have two minutes to speak during a public comments section at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, call 202-727-9493. THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com. The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) hosts its monthly Poly Discussion Group at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for newcomers, established polyamorous relationships and open to all sexual orientations. For details, visit thedccenter.org. The D.C. Center and Professionals in the City host speed dating for women in their 20s and 30s at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. Dating is approximately one hour. After enjoy a mixer with fellow speed daters. Cash bar. Check in is at 7 p.m. and dating begins at 7:20 p.m. Complimentary valet parking offered to anyone who purchases two drinks or other items from the bar or restaurant. Cost is $30. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

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New AIDS book tells stories of 15 long-time survivors

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading since she was 3 years old. She lives in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at bookwormsez@yahoo.com.

Some of the best experiences you had last year were with your friends. When you think back about the highlights, you remember dancing together, eating together, late-night bull sessions, parties, travels and idle man watching. Those shared experiences are the glue that forever hold your friendship together. Or maybe, like the men in “The AIDS Generation” by Perry N. Halkitis, your bond is that you’re survivors. The history of AIDS is vast and can’t be told without the stories of the people lost to the disease and the ones they left behind. Of the latter, Halkitis writes, “All the gay men of my generation, infected or not, are long-term survivors.” Those are the men who came of age in the 1980s when “the promise for sexual freedom and sexual expression existed.” They are the men who, in the prime of their lives and when they should’ve been the picture of health, watched their friends and lovers die and who were told, upon their own AIDS diagnosis, that they, too, would probably be dead within two years. But of course, that wasn’t necessarily true. This book, the culmination of a large-scale project on gay men who have lived with AIDS for decades, pulls together 15 survivors who were “still alive to tell their stories as middle-aged men.” Some of them don’t remember when they learned of their diagnosis,

while some remember the day clearly. Regardless, all exhibited “the pause,” as Halkitis calls the stress reaction to remembering that time. Some of the 15 knew, deep-down, that they’d been infected; one said it would’ve been “a miracle … not to be positive.” For others, it came as a surprise. Some got sick, while others waited for illness that never really came. All are “resilient,” says Halkitis, and are now surprised and amazed to experience the kind of normal health issues that men in middle age endure. “I’ve been at the worst of this virus,” one of the men told Halkitis, “and now I’m in the golden years of this virus. This virus has taken me halfway around the world and I’m still here.” At first blush, “The AIDS Generation” may seem like it’s more academic than not. That assessment is true; there is plenty for academics in this book, but casual readers will find something here, too. As one of the “AIDS Generation,” author Perry N. Halkitis knew which questions to ask of his subjects in order to get the memories and emotions he pulled from them. That questioning leads to a fresh sense of heartache in the telling of tales and a distant theme of horror that bubbles with anger and ends with a general awe for life and an appealing sense of triumph. Despite linguistic stumbles that might’ve been better off edited out, that makes them compellingly readable. I believe there are two audiences for this book: long-term survivors who count themselves among the warriors, and younger men who need to learn. If you fall into either category, then reading “The AIDS Generation” will be a worthwhile experience.


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By TED SMITH In this article, I’ll review some statistics for D.C. real estate for 2013, and will have something to say to both sellers and buyers in light of those statistics. First, let’s consider the following graph of active listings vs. sold listings for the last five years: Now let’s take a look at comparison just between 2013 and 2014 in the following table: Looking back, the D.C. market was strong in every variable over 2012:

The monthly inventory of available homes (active listings) has been declining rather sharply over the last five years (from 3,161 in January 2009 to 1,060 in December 2013), while monthly sales have risen steadily over the same time period (from 273 to 675). Percentagewise, that’s about a 66 percent decline in active listings vs. almost a 250 percent increase in sales. The space between the two lines in the graph indicates the months of available housing. Each 500 homes indicates about a one-month supply of housing for purchase. When there is a six-month supply, we say the market is in equilibrium — neither a seller’s nor buyer’s market. The lower the supply of available homes, the more it becomes a seller’s market. As you can see from the right side of the graph, we barely have a onemonth supply of available homes for new buyers, and this has been true all of 2013. So we can say that all of 2013 has been a seller’s market. The good news for buyers is that we expect there to be a number of new condo projects coming on line on 2014, which will increase the available inventory of homes — as well as a number of foreclosure homes (which have been in limbo in D.C. for almost the last three years) later in the spring. (So potential sellers, you might want to beat the spring competition by listing now!)

• Total number of homes sold was higher by 14.51 percent; • Total dollar volume of homes sold was higher by 21.99 percent; • Average sold price was 6.53 percent higher, at $588,330; • Median price was higher by 10.23 percent • Average days on the market decreased by -28.33 percent to 43 days; • Ratio of sold price to original list price (OLP) was up 2.46 percent to 98.8 percent, which means that home sellers are getting very close to their asking price. All of these are signs of a continuing seller’s market. But buyers, take heart. There will be more inventory in the spring because of the new condos and foreclosures. And if you go out looking now, you’ll have less competition from other buyers holding back and therefore more selection. Happy Hunting!
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CAPITOL HILL (2-1/2 blocks eastern mkt) small bright furn/unfurn BR share w/ 3 gay friendly men, $700+utilities. Avail Immediately. Pete 202-544-5688. $875 -ROOM FOR RENT This is a brand new home in Deanwood. Granite counter-top, stainless steel appliances, alarm, & hardwood floors. Washer & dryer are supplied. Close to Metro stations, bus routes, & I 295. Off street parking available at the rear secured by a gate. The owner is looking for roommates to share this beautiful home. All utilities are included in the rent. Master suite may be available for $1000. Email: maxhailes@aol.com. BRENTWOOD LARGE FURNISHED Room, private bath, 1 blk to bus, 5 blks to red line Metro. W/D, shared kitchen. $850/month. Call 202-361-8087.

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