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J UNE 06 2014 volUmE 45 i ssUE 23 • CELEBRATI NG 45 YEARS AS AMERI CA’ S GAY NEWS SOURCE • washi NgtoNbladE.

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What’ s new at Capital Pride? PAGE 4
Betty Who, Karmin ready to rock festival, PAGE 43
Meet Grand Marshal Chris Kluwe, PAGE 50
Parade, festival maps, PAGES 59 & 64
Full schedule of Pride events, PAGE 68
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Husband frustrated with
police response
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A 38-year-old gay man has been missing
since May 28 when he left the Hyattsville,
Md., apartment where he and his husband
have lived to walk to the home of friends
who live in nearby Tacoma Park, according
to one of his friends.
Hyattsville police said in a statement
that Jorge Ortega-Paredes was last seen
leaving his apartment in the 2800 block
of Nicholson Street. The friend, Robert
Richardson, said Ortega-Paredes left the
apartment about 10:15 p.m.
“He never showed up at this friends’
place, he never showed up at work,
and he never contacted his family,”
Richardson said. “He just left basically
with his backpack and his keys and a few
things in it.”
A Hyattsville police spokesperson
didn’t immediately respond to a call
from the Blade. WUSA News reported
that police said Ortega-Paredes was last
seen wearing a dark tan V-neck shirt, gray
pants, a brown belt, black socks and black
tennis shoes. He is 5’8” tall and weighs
about 190 pounds, WUSA reported.
Richardson said Ortega-Paredes,
a citizen of the Dominican Republic,
married his husband, Luis Melgar, 38, last
August in a ceremony in Rockville.
Melgar told the Blade he filed a missing
persons report with police on May
30. He said he and his friends have been
frantically searching for Ortega-Paredes
since last week, visiting hospitals with a
photo of the missing man, desperately
hoping some sign of his whereabouts
would surface.
“The feeling of not knowing if he is
injured or alive – it’s just awful,” Melgar
said. “We don’t know what to do now.”
Melgar said he’s especially frustrated
that police have yet to say if they have
attempted to trace Ortega-Paredes’ cell
phone records to see if calls have been
made on his phone since he disappeared.
He said he reached his husband’s
cell phone voicemail about 10:45 p.m.
on May 28, about 30 minutes after
Ortega-Paredes began what was to be
a 45-minute walk from the couple’s
apartment to friends who live about two
miles away on the 700 block of Fairview
Road in Tacoma Park, Md. In subsequent
calls placed to the phone, there was
no ringing. The calls went directly to
voicemail, Melgar said, leading him to
suspect something happened between
10:15 and around 11 p.m.
Cricket Wireless, the service provider
for Ortega-Paredes’ phone, refused to
provide any information about calls
placed to or from the phone when
Melgar called them, saying they could
only release such information to police
through a court order.
“It’s like he just vanished,” said Melgar.
Hyattsville police say anyone with
information about Ortega-Paredes’
whereabouts should call them at 301-
985-5060.
Gay Hyattsville man reported missing
Parade, festival culminate
busy week of events
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com 
More than 250,000 people from the
D.C. metropolitan area and the Mid-
Atlantic region are expected to participate
in the 39th Annual Capital Pride Parade
on Saturday and the annual Capital Pride
Festival on Sunday.
The parade and festival in recent
years have served as the grand finale to
a month of LGBT Pride-related events in
the nation’s capital, including the annual
Black Pride, Trans Pride, Youth Pride and
Latino Pride.
As D.C.’s largest LGBT community event
of the year, Sunday’s Pride festival was to
include entertainment from nationally
recognized headline performers, hundreds
of booths representing LGBT organizations
and LGBT-friendly groups and businesses,
including corporate sponsors.
Several federal and D.C. government
agencies were scheduled to set up booths
at the festival, including LGBT employee
groups with the FBI and the CIA. At least
four D.C. government agencies, including
the Offi ce of Human Rights and the D.C.
Department of Insurance, Securities and
Banking reserved space for booths.
Although the White House
isn’t participating in the parade or festival,
President Barack Obama submitted an
offi cial letter of recognition, which is
published in the Pride Guide, Capital
Pride’s offi cial publication.
“For generations, courageous lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
Americans have spoken up, come out, and
blazed trails for others to do the same,”
the president wrote in his letter. “Festivals
like Capital Pride bring opportunities to
reflect on hard-won progress and the
work before us still to forge a more just
Nation,” he said.
Among the 170 floats and contingents
set to participate in the parade, Capital
Pride organizers say they are especially
proud that for the first time ever, a U.S.
Armed Forces Color Guard contingent
was scheduled to march in the parade.
The contingent was scheduled to perform
its traditional presenting and retiring of
the “colors” or U.S. flag at the start and
end of the parade.
“We are very pleased that we asked
and the Department of Defense agreed
to provide us with a Color Guard,” said
Bernie Delia, chair of the Capital Pride
board of directors.
“It’s a wonderful step forward for
everyone involved – for the country, for
those LGBT members of the military,” he
said. “I think it is a fantastic development
for everyone.”
Former Minnesota Vikings player Chris
Kluwe, an LGBT ally, was scheduled to
serve as grand marshal for the parade.
Similar to past years, the festival on
Sunday will be held on Pennsylvania
Avenue, N.W., between 3rd and 7th
streets, with the U.S. Capitol as a
backdrop to the main stage.  The festival
exhibit hours are from noon to 7 p.m.
As a new feature this year, events on
the main “Capitol” stage, including a dance
party, will continue until sunset at about 9
p.m., according to an announcement by
Capital Pride.
Among those scheduled to appear
on that stage throughout the day were
headliner performers Rita Ora, Karmin,
Bonnie McKee, Betty Who and DJ Cassidy.
“We’re looking forward to an
absolutely wonderful weekend,” Delia
said. “We’ve got a phenomenal lineup for
the entertainment on Sunday. And we’re
thrilled that Chris Kluwe is our grand
marshal for the parade.”
The parade was scheduled to kick
off Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. at its
traditional starting point of 22nd and P
streets, N.W. Similar to last year, it will
travel east on P Street to Dupont Circle,
where it winds around the circle to New
Hampshire Avenue and heads to R Street,
where it will turn right on 17th Street.
With thousands of spectators expected
to line 17th Street, where several gay bars
and restaurants are located, the parade
will pass along 17th Street then turn left
on P Street, where it will travel past the
offi cial reviewing stand at 15th and P.
From there, the parade will continue
along P Street to 14th Street, where it will
turn left and travel north  to its endpoint
at 14th and R streets, N.W.
According to information released by
Capital Pride, the lesbian group Dykes on
Bikes of Washington, D.C. was designated
as the lead contingent of the parade.
Contingents of the Metropolitan Police
Department of D.C., the D.C. Fire and
Emergency Medical Services Department,
the Arlington County Police gay and
lesbian liaison division and George
Mason University Police were scheduled
as the next contingents.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and at least
eight members of the D.C. City Council,
including Council Chair Phil Mendelson
(D-At-Large) and mayoral candidates
David Catania (I-At-Large) and Muriel
Bowser (D-Ward 4), were scheduled to
lead their own parade contingents.
And at least eight candidates running
for seats on the D.C. Council as well
as Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin
(D-Alexandria), who’s running for a U.S.
House seat, were scheduled to participate
in the parade.
Visit capitalpride.org for more
information.
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250,000 expected for Capital Pride weekend
JORGE ORTEGA-PAREDES was last seen on
May 28.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LUIS MELGAR
The 39th annual Capital Pride Parade and
Festival will be held this weekend.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Cape Henlopen principal
embraces GSA but rejects
rainbow stole on gowns
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com 
Cape Henlopen High School is in Lewes,
Del., but the school’s senior prom takes
place at the convention center in nearby
Rehoboth Beach, which is well known as
an LGBT-friendly resort town.
Last week, as part of a longstanding
tradition, Cape Henlopen’s graduating
seniors attending the prom assembled in
front of a bandstand next to the Rehoboth
boardwalk in the center of town where
each of the couples was introduced before
a crowd of close to a thousand people,
according to principal Brian Donahue.
Among them were at least three or four
same-sex female couples and one same-sex
male couple, Donahue said. Like everyone
else, he said the young lesbians wore formal
ball gowns and the gay guys wore tuxedos
and proudly walked hand-in-hand.
“Our students are very accepting of each
other,” Donahue said. He added that the
school – located in staunchly conservative
Sussex County – embraces diversity and
inclusiveness and has welcomed a student
Gay-Straight Alliance or GSA club, which
formed earlier this year.
But at the same time, sources familiar
with the school said Donahue turned
down a request by members of the
GSA for permission to wear a rainbow
colored stole as part of their graduation
gowns this year to show support for the
club. According to the sources, Donahue
threatened to disband the GSA if it
pushed too hard for the rainbow stoles.
Donahue disputes that he threatened
to disband the group. However, he said he
turned down the request for the rainbow
stoles based on a longstanding school
policy of limiting such stoles to members
of academic-oriented and service-oriented
clubs such as the Honor Society, Future
Farmers of America, and the Leo Club, a
youth version of the Lion’s Club.
A rainbow stole would be making a
“political statement” that is contrary to the
GSA’s mission as a support group, he said.
Daryl Presgraves, communications
director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network or GLSEN, a New York-
based national organization that advocates
for LGBT students, said the policy restriction
cited by Donahue appears to be in violation
of numerous court rulings overturning
similar school policies.
Presgraves said the court rulings have
narrowed the categories of school clubs
for the purpose of wearing graduation
stoles to “curricular” and “non-curricular”
clubs and organizations, with service-
oriented clubs placed in the non-
curricular category.
“If a school allows one non-curricular
club to let its members wear a stole then
it must also allow a Gay-Straight Alliance
member to wear a stole,” he said. He
said that should they choose to do so,
members or supporters of the Cape
Henlopen GSA would likely have legal
grounds to challenge and overturn the
school’s restriction on the stoles.
More than a half-dozen people familiar
with the school – including current and
former students and a parent of students
who recently graduated – told the Blade
that while the formation of the GSA group
this year and the gay student participation
in the prom were encouraging signs,
LGBT students at Cape Henlopen High
School continue to face anti-LGBT bias.
They say instances of bias are
decreasing but more work is needed to
improve conditions for LGBT students
and many teachers and administrators
continue to “look the other way” at such
occurrences.
As an example, reports have surfaced
that at least one teacher at the school has
routinely made disparaging comments
about LGBT people and homosexuality.
According to a student who spoke with
the Blade, Family and Consumer Sciences
Department teacher Alayna Aiken, who
teaches a class called Human Development,
told students during a meeting of an after-
school club that a “homosexual lifestyle is
one of the dirtiest and most disease prone
things that could happen.”
The student told the Blade she was
present when Aiken said this and that
other students told her Aiken has made
similar comments in the classroom with
her students enrolled in the Human
Development class.
Reached by phone in her class during
another afterschool meeting, Aiken
strongly denied ever making inappropriate
remarks to students on any subject.
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about
because students are allowed to express
their own thoughts,” she said. “There are no
disparaging comments. I have a very open
dialogue in my classroom and freedom of
ideas. I facilitate classroom discussions.”
Donahue said comments by a teacher
along the lines described by the student
–—if found to be true — are unacceptable
at Cape Henlopen High School. He said he
would immediately investigate the matter,
saying teachers’ personal opinions should
not be interjected into the classroom or
afterschool club meetings.
The student who spoke with the Blade is a
16-year-old sophomore. Although she spoke
on the record and didn’t place any restrictions
on being identified in a news story, the Blade
has chosen to withhold her name.
The decision was based in part on
reports by other sources familiar with the
school who spoke only on the condition
that their names be withheld out of fear
that they could face retaliation or ridicule
for speaking about the school in a less
than positive way.
The faculty adviser for the Cape
Henlopen GSA, theater teacher Martha
Pfeiffer, told the Blade she could not
comment or be interviewed about the
GSA and other school-related matters
under a school policy that doesn’t
allow teachers to speak to the press on
controversial issues.
Among the subjects Pfeiffer apparently
could not discuss was a 2011 incident
involving a school theater performance
under her direction that created a stir
among students and parents.
Several sources familiar with the school
told the Blade the incident erupted during
a school pep rally at the gymnasium
when about five or six theater students
performed a scene from the Shakespeare
play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” When
one of the male student actors appeared
as a character wearing women’s clothes,
as specified in the play, many of the kids
in the audience began to jeer and yell at
him in a derogatory way, according to a
parent who was present in the audience.
At last one male student in the audience
yelled the word “fag” and others shouted
similar anti-gay slurs, the parent told the Blade.
“I just happened to be sitting in the
bleachers around a bunch of teachers
and kids so I heard the actual words,” the
parent said.
“I don’t think the reaction with the kids
was terribly surprising,” she said. “Maybe
in any school a bunch of teenagers see a
boy dressed like a girl and they’re going
to, you know, be stupid,” said the parent.
“For me, the alarming part was the lack of
direction by the adults.”
Asked if any of the teachers or
administrators in the audience attempted
to intervene or put a stop to the name-
calling, the parent said they did not. She
said that Pfeiffer, sensing her students
were being subjected to taunting and
slurs, abruptly ended the performance
before the scene was completed.
Donahue said he did not attend the
pep rally where the alleged anti-gay
name-calling took place. But he said the
school investigated the matter and could
not obtain suffi cient evidence to conclude
that anti-gay slurs were made or who
allegedly made them.
“This incident that happened was
investigated as soon as we got the
information, which wasn’t given to us until
a day or so later,” he said. “We investigated
as hard as we can investigate. There were
administrators there. There was somebody
from the press there,” he said.
“One of our administrators at that time
was a gay administrator,” he said. “They
were there. They didn’t see it. They didn’t
hear it.”
According to Donahue, after questioning
witnesses to come up with a name of
someone who allegedly made the slurs
investigators were given the name of
a student that Donahue characterized
as a “pretty easy target.” He said the
investigation exonerated that person.
Since that time, Donahue said no
further reports of incidents or problems
along those lines have surfaced at the
school. He said the school long ago has
adopted programs to combat bullying
against any student and has programs to
promote diversity and inclusiveness.
“As a whole and as a group I don’t know
if you’re going to find a more inclusive high
school and supportive high school than we
are now,” he said. “And there are people
here of all nationalities, races, and sexual
preferences. Is it perfect? No, I don’t think
it is. But I think we’re leading the way to
make it better without a doubt.”
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06 • J UNE 06, 2014 LOCAL NEWS
Delaware high school grappling with LGBT issues
According to a student, a teacher at Cape Henlopen High School made anti-gay remarks.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY LOU CHIBBARO JR.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM J UNE 06, 2014 • 07
Md. lieutenant
gubernatorial hopeful
leads 8,000-member church
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
CLINTON, Md. — Hundreds of people
had already taken their seats inside the
sprawling Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in
Prince George’s County on May 28 for a
concert to celebrate Rev. Delman Coates’
10th anniversary as the congregation’s
senior pastor as he began to make his
way toward the sanctuary.
A church employee nervously tried to
shield Coates from any surprises that
might have been planned for him as he
greeted some of his congregants. Staff
and volunteers cheerfully spoke with him
before he returned to his offi ce to talk about
his decision to become state Del. Heather
Mizeur (D-Montgomery County)’s running
mate in her gubernatorial campaign.
“I’ve been fully content with my work as
a clergy leader in this community, across
the state and around the country,” Coates
told the Washington Blade. “It’s not
something that I imagined and so I was
really honored when Heather approached
me about partnering with her.”
Coates spoke with the Blade 27 days
before Mizeur faces Lt. Gov. Anthony
Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler
in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
He repeatedly stressed to the Blade
that he and Mizeur had already worked
together on a number of issues before
she first approached him last summer to
become her running mate. These include
reducing foreclosure rates in Prince
George’s County that remain the highest
in the state and opposing the expansion
of gaming in the state.
Coates — whose church has 8,000
members — in 2012 testified in support of
a same-sex marriage bill that Gov. Martin
O’Malley ultimately signed. The Prince
George’s County pastor later played a
prominent role in the campaign supporting
the law ahead of a referendum on it.
“I led on marriage equality as a Prince
Georgian, as a black Baptist pastor in Prince
George’s County when it wasn’t popular in
some quarters,” said Coates. “I led on the
issue at a time when others did not.”
Equality Maryland late last year
endorsed Brown’s gubernatorial
campaign.
Coates told the Blade he was “not able
to comment” on the role Brown played in
the campaign to secure marriage rights
for same-sex couples in the state.
Coates said more than 1,000 people
joined his church in 2012.
“It’s convenient after the fact to say
I supported an issue,” he said. “We
were clear leaders — visible, vocal and
unapologetic leaders on the question of
marriage and I continue to be nationally.”
Coates told the Blade that he spoke
with his pastor, Rev. Cynthia L. Hale of
the Ray of Hope Christian Church in
suburban Atlanta, and former New York
Congressman Floyd Flake, whose Jamaica,
N.Y., church has 23,000 members, before
he agreed to become Mizeur’s running
mate. He said he and his wife of 18 years,
Yolanda, also spoke with Flake and his
wife about balancing his responsibilities
to his church with the demands of a
statewide political campaign.
Coates said his four children who range
in age from 4 to 11 are “really excited”
about the campaign.
“They’re really excited about what’s
happening,” he said. “They’ve been fully
invested; my wife as well.”
Mizeur and Coates have championed a
number of progressive issues during the
campaign.
The Montgomery County Democrat last
November announced she supports the
legalization of marijuana as a way to fund
early childhood education in Maryland.
The ticket also backs raising the state’s
minimum wage to $16.70 an hour
by 2022 and reinstating the so-called
“millionaire’s tax” that Mizeur argues will
allow for an income tax cut for middle
class Marylanders.
She is also the first gubernatorial
candidate in 20 years to accept public
campaign funds.
“We need elected offi cials who are
going to be accountable to the voters,”
Coates told the Blade. “This issue of
accountability is really why I felt it was
important to join Heather.”
Mizeur would also become the
country’s first openly gay governor if
voters in November elect her to succeed
O’Malley who is term-limited.
“We’re not running on making history,”
said Coates. “We’re running on making
a difference for the state of Maryland,
but the idea of a black Baptist minister
partnering politically with an openly
gay member of the state legislature is a
compelling national narrative. It dispels
the myth that is often told about the
relationship between blacks and gays that
really fuels this presupposition that African
Americans, African-American people of
faith are opposed to LGBT equality.”
Mizeur and Coates have received high
marks during recent debates, but they
continue to face questions about their
viability as a ticket with recent polls
showing they trail Brown and Gansler
going into the June 24 primary.
Their first television ad debuted on
Tuesday — and they hope to court the
significant amount of undecided voters that
remain during the campaign’s final weeks.
“Whenever we have the opportunity
to be heard, they’re supporting our
message, our vision for the state of
Maryland,” Coates told the Blade.
Coates has also faced questions from
some progressives and even other people
of faith about whether a pastor should
run for statewide offi ce.
Democrats and LGBT rights advocates
repeatedly criticized E.W. Jackson, a
minister who unsuccessfully sought
to become Virginia’s next lieutenant
governor in 2013, over anti-gay statements
he made that include comparing gay men
to pedophiles and describing them as
“very sick people.”
“I’m a progressive,” Coates told the
Blade. “I really believe in the separation
of church and state.”
Mizeur on Tuesday described Coates as
“one of the great civil rights leaders of our
state” during a telephone interview.
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Referendum on Md. trans law fails
Opponents of Maryland’s transgender rights law have failed to collect enough
signatures to force a November referendum on it.
State Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County), who led the effort, said in
an e-mail to supporters that his website, MDPetitions.com, collected 17,500
signatures. This figure is less than a third of the 55,737 signatures it needed to
submit to state election offi cials by 11:59 p.m. last Saturday.
Parrott said MDPetitions.com collected more than 6,000 signatures over the
last two days, but it appears opponents never submitted them.
“So many people did so much and we are very grateful for your enthusiastic
support,” said Parrott. “It is diffi cult to come this close and then fall short, and
yet we know that it was only through this effort that people became aware of
the effects of this bill.”
Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, was quick to celebrate
the failed referendum effort.
“We finally get to really celebrate this momentous achievement,” she said.
Evans noted in her statement that some LGBT rights advocates questioned
the need to publicize Parrott’s efforts to prompt a referendum on the law that
Gov. Martin O’Malley signed last month. The Washington Blade received reports
that signature gatherers recently confronted members of Equality Maryland and
the National Center for Transgender Equality outside a Rockville movie theater.
“While some criticized our approach, we felt an obligation to the thousands
of transgender Marylanders and the people who love and support them to do
everything in our power to defend it, not just be quiet and wait to see what
happens,” said Evans.
State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who introduced Senate
Bill 212 — also known as the Fairness for All Marylanders Act — in January also
celebrated the failed referendum effort.
“While it was gratifying to see this law pass the General Assembly and to watch
the governor sign it, we all knew that it was not a done deal until we saw whether
opponents could muster up signatures,” said Madaleno. “I am grateful for the
work that Equality Maryland and others did to help stop people from signing
the petition. The time for attacking principles of basic fairness for Marylanders
has passed.”
Parrott did not immediately return the Washington Blade’s request for
comment.
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Coates: We’re running ‘on making a diference’
Rev. DELMAN COATES leads the Mt. Ennon
Baptist Church in Prince George’s County.
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Greeley fails to secure
party endorsement
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Gay Air Force Capt. Greg Greeley lost
his bid for a seat on the Arlington County
School Board on May 17 when he failed
to win the endorsement of the Arlington
County Democratic Committee.
Greeley, a single father of two boys
who has been active in school-related
activities in Arlington for at least 10 years,
came in third place in a three-candidate
race in which all registered Democrats
in the county were eligible to vote at two
caucus meetings.
Under rules set by the party, Democrats
running for the seat who don’t receive the
party endorsement must withdraw from
the race, even though they may legally
continue as candidates in the non-partisan
school board election in November under
the county’s election law.
Public schools activist Barbara Kanninen
received 1,549 votes in the first round of
voting in the caucuses. Nancy Van Doren
received 1,329 votes and Greeley received
839 votes. In an automatic “virtual” runoff
between Kanninen and Van Doren,
Kanninen won by an 18-vote margin, with
1,812 votes to 1,794 votes for Van Doren.
The voting system called for voters
to identify their first, second and third
choices among the three candidates on
their ballots.
“My campaign ends here, but I look
forward to supporting our Arlington County
Democratic Committee endorsee, Barbara
Kanninen, as we head toward the election
in November,” Greeley said in a statement
posted on his campaign website.
“While it is disappointing to end this six-
month journey tonight, I am encouraged
by the way the Arlington community
came together today,” he said. “I saw
supporters from every area of the county.
And I want you to know: We could not
have come so far without you.”
Incumbent school board member Sally
Baird, who decided not to seek re-election
this year, creating an open seat for which
Greeley and the other two Democrats
competed, endorsed Greeley. Baird
became Virginia’s first out lesbian elected
offi cial when she first won election to the
school board seat in 2006.
Greeley also received endorsements
from gay Va. State Sen. Adam Ebbin
(D-Alexandria), who’s running this year for
a U.S. House seat; State Rep. Patrick Hope
(D-Arlington), who’s also running for the
same House seat being vacated by Rep.
Jim Moran (D-Va.); and former Virginia Del.
Karen Darner (D-Arlington/Alexandria), a
highly popular figure in Northern Virginia.
“I don’t think we can put a gay lens
on this because I don’t think that was
a matter of concern to anybody,” said
Bob Witeck, a longtime gay Democratic
activist in Arlington and CEO of Witeck
Communications public relations firm.
Witeck, who supported Greeley, said
that while Greeley has had considerable
involvement in school issues Kanninen
and Van Doren appear to have been
perceived to have more extensive
experience. He said both may have been
known by more of the relatively small
number of people who turned out to vote
at the two caucus meetings.
Don Hodgen, assistant registrar for
the Arlington Election Board, said aside
from Kanninen, the only other person to
file papers so far to run in the November
election for the school board seat is
Green Party candidate Audrey Clement.
The deadline for filing and submitting a
required 125 voter signatures for ballot
placement is June 10, Hodgen said.
Frontrunner talks
‘evolution’ on gay
marriage in final debate
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com 
Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin
(D-Alexandria) and talk show host Mark
Levine, two gay candidates running in the
June 10 Democratic primary for Virginia’s
8th District U.S. House seat, appear to be
trailing presumed frontrunner Don Beyer,
the state’s former lieutenant governor.
According to virtually all political
observers familiar with the race, Ebbin
and Levine are in the same boat as four
other candidates believed to be trailing
Beyer – they lack the name recognition and
campaign funds that Beyer has amassed.
With all of the candidates, including Beyer,
expressing strong support for LGBT rights
and marriage equality, LGBT voters in the
overwhelmingly liberal-leaning, Democratic
district must choose between Ebbin and
Levine and four straight allies.
The seat for the 8th District, which
includes Arlington, Alexandria, Falls
Church, and parts of Fairfax County,
became open when longtime Rep. Jim
Moran (D), announced earlier this year
that he planned to retire after completing
his current term in January.
In the last of at least a dozen debates in
the hotly contested race, which was held
May 30 in Arlington, Ebbin and Levine
joined the other candidates in explaining
why voters should choose them as
Moran’s successor.
Ebbin, who has served as a state
delegate and later state senator for
more than 10 years, said he has been a
proven fighter for progressive causes and
legislation that has benefited his district
and the state.
“I’m the only one up here who has
successfully expanded Medicaid in
Virginia to provide parental care for
unwed moms,” he said. “I’m the only one
up here to provide insurance access to
LGBT couples.”
Adding that he stood up to ultra
conservative and anti-gay former state
attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Ebbin told
the debate audience of more than 300
people, “I’m the only one up here to call
himself unabashedly a liberal tonight.”
Levine, who served as legislative counsel
for former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.),
took a more aggressive posture at the debate,
criticizing Beyer for having a history of “caving
in to Republicans.” Levine also criticized State
Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), another of
the candidates running for the congressional
seat, for working in his regular job for a
doctors’ trade association that Levine said
contributes more money to Republicans than
Democrats.
Beyer and Hope disputed Levine’s
claims, saying they each have a
longstanding progressive record.
Levine, who calls himself an aggressive
progressive, told the Blade after the
debate that he would be far more assertive
than the other candidates in pushing for
progressive legislation in Congress.
“I’m not a lobbyist for any particular
group,” he said. “I’m a lobbyist for
ordinary people.”
Beyer raise the issue of his position
on LGBT rights during the debate. In
response to a question directed to all
candidates asking if they ever changed
their position on a controversial political
issue, Beyer said he had.
He noted that in 1995 and 1996 then
gay Democratic activist Adam Ebbin
and other members of Virginia’s LGBT
Democratic club, Virginia Partisans, sent
him a questionnaire asking about his
position on same-sex marriage.
He returned the questionnaires saying,
“I didn’t think gay marriage was feasible
or practical and I wasn’t for it,” he said at
the debate. “I was wrong.”
But a short time later, similar to
President Obama, Beyer said his views
evolved on the issue and he came to
support marriage equality. But 2006,
when a state constitutional amendment
was placed on the ballot in Virginia, he
was among the largest contributors to
the campaign to oppose it, he said.
“And I will say now that I am a very
strong believer in marriage equality,”
Beyer told the debate audience. “And
I would like to thank Adam Ebbin for
leading in this journey.”
In a development that surprised some
in the LGBT community, longtime Virginia
gay Democratic activist Nick Benton, the
editor and publisher of the Falls Church
News-Press, endorsed Beyer in an
editorial earlier this year.
While praising Ebbin and Levine as
highly qualified candidates, Benton told
the Blade that he believes Beyer has the
breadth of experience as a businessman,
diplomat and former lieutenant governor
to make him the best choice to replace
Moran in Congress.
“I think a lot of people appreciate him
not just as lieutenant governor but what
he did for initiating the campaign for
Obama and then fundraising for Obama,”
Benton said.
He was referring to Beyer’s role as
one of Virginia’s leading supporters of
Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential
campaigns. Obama won Virginia both
times. He later appointed Beyer, the owner
of a chain of car dealerships in Virginia, as
U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland.
The other candidates running for the
seat are Alexandria Mayor William Euille,
Virginia Tech professor Derek Hyra, and
former Virginia Urban League director
Lavern Chatman.
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Ebbin, Levine chasing Beyer in Va. congressional race
Gay man loses race for Arlington school board
‘My campaign ends here, but I look forward
to supporting our Arlington County
Democratic Committee endorsee,’ said GREG
GREELEY.
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Obama to host Pride month reception
WASHINGTON — President Obama on June 30 will host a reception at the
White House commemorating Pride month.
The White House has hosted a Pride celebration each year since Obama took
offi ce in 2009. It’ll be the sixth time a Pride celebration has taken place at the
White House.
Obama on May 30 issued his annual proclamation designating June as Pride
month. The president in his announcement noted the same-sex marriage
movement has gained traction throughout the country since the U.S. Supreme
Court last June struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and
California’s Proposition 8.
“As progress spreads from state to state, as justice is  delivered in the
courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans  are treated with dignity and
respect — our Nation becomes not  only more accepting, but more equal as
well,” said Obama. “During Lesbian,  Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
Pride Month, we celebrate  victories that have affi rmed freedom and fairness,
and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains.”
First Rural Pride summit to take place
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National
Center for Lesbian Rights, the True Colors Fund and the LGBTW Law Center at
North Carolina A&T State University on June 6 will host the first in a series of
summits designed to highlight the needs of LGBT people who live in rural areas.
A press release describes the gathering that will take place on the campus of
North Carolina A&T State University as “a day-long discussion on the needs of
the LGBT community in rural America and the policy changes under the Obama
administration that have helped to address some of the vulnerabilities of rural
LGBT people and families.” The summit is the first in a series of events scheduled
to take place as part of the Rural Pride campaign the groups launched last month.
The next summit is scheduled to take place in Lost Valley, W.Va., on July 11.
Time cover features Laverne Cox
NEW YORK — Actress Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person
to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
Cox, who plays Sophia Burset in “Orange is the New Black,” is featured on the
cover of the publication’s June 9 issue next to the headline “The Transgender
Tipping Point” for Katy Steinmetz’s article on the trans rights movement as
“America’s next civil rights frontier.”
“I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation’s
history where it is no (longer) acceptable for trans lives to be stigmatized,
ridiculed, criminalized and disregarded,” wrote Cox on her Facebook page. “This
is for my trans siblings out there and for anyone who has ever been told that
who you know yourself to be at your core is not legitimate. You are who you
know yourselves to be.”
Cox delivered the keynote address at the annual Equality Virginia
Commonwealth Dinner in April. She also spoke at the National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force’s Creating Change conference that took place in Houston in April.
GLAAD and other LGBT rights advocates sharply criticized the Chicago Sun-Times
for posting to its website an op-ed written by Kevin D. Williamson of the National
Review that claimed Cox is not a woman. The newspaper on June 3 removed it.
1981 prohibition doesn’t
meet ‘reasonableness
standard’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Medicare has lifted its ban on coverage
for gender reassignment surgery thanks
to the conclusions of an independent
review that found existing policy was “not
reasonable” given current understanding
of the procedure.
In a 28-page report, an appellate
review board within the Department of
Health & Human Services determined
that banning coverage for transsexual
reassignment surgery isn’t valid under
a “reasonableness standard” based on
clinical and scientific judgment.
“We have no diffi culty concluding that
the new evidence, which includes medical
studies published in the more than 32
years since issuance of the 1981 report
underlying the NCD, outweighs  the
NCD record and demonstrates that
transsexual surgery is safe and effective
and not experimental,” the report says.
“Thus, as we discuss below, the grounds
for the NCD’s exclusion of coverage are
not reasonable, and the NCD is invalid.”
The ban on Medicare coverage for
gender reassignment surgery — which
was codified as National Coverage
Determination 140.3 — was put in place
in 1981 based on an understanding at
the time the procedure was unsound.
Since that time, the American Medical
Association and the American
Psychological Association have come to
support gender reassignment surgery,
and doctors prescribe it as treatment for
gender dysphoria.
Aaron Albright, a spokesperson for the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, said his
agency will now carry out the new policy
through contractors, who will determine
on a case-by-case basis whether coverage
is appropriate.
“The national policy barring Medicare
from covering gender transition
surgery has been invalidated by HHS’s
Departmental Appeals Board,” Albright
said. “As with all such determinations,
CMS will carry out this independent
board’s ruling through Medicare
Administrative Contractors, who manage
Medicare claims payment systems.
These contractors may cover this care
case-by-case or under a local coverage
determination based on clinical evidence
to determine medical appropriateness.”
The decision responds to an
administrative challenge filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union,  Gay &
Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the
National Center for Lesbian Rights and
civil rights attorney Mary Lou Boelcke
last  year. The four groups praised the
outcome of the challenge in a statement.
“This decision removes a threshold
barrier to coverage for medical care for
transgender people under Medicare,” the
advocates said. “It is consistent with the
consensus of the medical and scientific
community that access to gender
transition-related care is medically
necessary for many people with gender
dysphoria. The removal of the exclusion
of coverage for surgical care for Medicare
recipients means that individuals
will not automatically have claims of
coverage for gender transition-related
surgeries denied.  They should either get
coverage or, at a minimum, receive an
individualized review of the medical need
for the specific procedure they seek, just
like anyone seeking coverage for any
other medical treatment.”
The groups filed the complaint on
behalf of Denee Mallon, an Arizona
transgender woman in her 70s who’s on
Medicare and was prescribed gender
reassignment surgery by her doctors to
alleviate her gender dysphoria.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
didn’t put up a fight in response to the
request from LGBT advocates to lift the
ban. According to the memo, CMS notified
the board in June that it wouldn’t submit a
response to their request to lift the ban.
In a statement, Mallon also expressed
satisfaction with the decision, saying it
will enable her to obtain a much-needed
procedure.
“This decision means so much to me
and many other transgender people,”
Mallon said. “I am relieved to know that
my doctor and I can now address my
medical needs, just as other patients and
doctors do.”
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Va. lawmaker facing
re-election challenge
from Gillespie
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) predicted
Wednesday that the lingering issue of
gay veterans being unable to receive
benefits for their same-sex spouses in
states without marriage equality would
be a question for the next secretary of
veterans affairs.
During a phone interview with the
Washington Blade, Warner said the
inability of veterans to receive same-
sex benefits in certain states after
the Supreme Court ruling against the
Defense of Marriage Act was a violation
of the principles of fairness.
“I still think we need to make sure if
we’re talking about equality of rights,
that ought to be around, marriage rights,
civil rights, housing rights, employment
rights,” Warner said.
Asked whether this issue should be
a question for the secretary of veterans
affairs, a position that is open following the
resignation of Eric Shinseki, Warner replied,
“I think this will be something that, I’m sure,
will be raised with the next VA secretary.”
In June, Warner wrote to the Obama
administration asking for an end to the
practice of withholding veterans’ home loans
from married same-sex couples who live in
non-marriage equality states like Virginia.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has
been withholding these benefits because
103(c) of Title 38, which governs veterans
benefits, looks to place of residence, not the
place of celebration, in determining whether
a couple is married.
In his letter, Warner used the example of
a Navy veteran who applied for a veterans’
home loan in Virginia, but was denied equal
benefits because the VA won’t count the
income of her non-veteran spouse. The
couple was married in Maryland, but the
VA didn’t insure their loan request to buy
a home in Fairfax County, Va., resulting in
a much higher monthly mortgage payment
for the couple.
Speaking with the Blade, Warner said
the couple since that time has been able
to secure the lower rate by going through a
different agency after insuffi cient progress
was made with the VA. Still, Warner said
he would support a blanket policy change
from the VA more in line with the Supreme
Court’s ruling against DOMA.
Warner is currently facing re-election
and running against former Republican
National Committee chair Ed Gillespie for
a second term representing Virginia in
the U.S. Senate.
Asked how he thinks Gillespie would
fare on LGBT issues if elected to represent
Virginia in the U.S. Senate, Warner said
he’s not familiar with his opponent’s
position on those issues, but expressed
skepticism based on Gillespie’s history in
Republican politics.
“I do know that there seems to be kind of
a cookie-cutter campaign approach coming
from many of the Republican candidates
this year that has not been as inclusive a
message as I’ve got, or I think most folks
realize is in the best interest of Virginia,”
Warner said. “I’m not going to comment on
him specifically other than the fact that he’ll
be a double-down on gridlock since this a
career paid-partisan, and I’m not sure that’s
going to get us to a place where we actually
get stuff done in the Senate.”
But Warner did forecast a dismal future
for progress on LGBT rights in the Senate
if Republicans take control of the chamber
and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or Sen.
Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) is running the show.
“I think there would be more challenges,”
Warner said. “I think this an issue,
especially like on marriage equality, where
the public has moved much quicker than
the elected offi cials, and, again, I wouldn’t
see the same kind of forward progress if
the Senate would flip.”
Litigation against Virginia’s ban on
same-sex marriage is progressing through
the courts. The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court
of Appeals is set to issue a ruling on the
marriage equality case at any time.
Warner said he hasn’t been following
the developments in that case, but took
credit for recommending along with
former Sen. Jim Webb the nomination of
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen,
who ruled against Virginia’s ban on same-
sex marriage at the district court level.
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HRC, others back bill,
despite growing concerns
over religious exemption
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Despite new calls to ditch support for
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
over objections to a religious exemption
in the bill, major national LGBT groups say
they continue to support the legislation.
Gregory Nevins, an attorney and
Workplace Fairness Program Strategist
for Lambda Legal, was among those
saying his organization continues to back
ENDA so that long sought-after federal
non-discrimination protections would be
enshrined in law.
“The bottom line is that we continue to
support ENDA and the legal protections it
would provide to millions of LGBT workers
and the clarity it provides to employers,”
Nevins said. “Of course, we also are
grateful for the efforts of you and other
journalists to educate our community
and the public about the problematic
religious exemption and our efforts to
bring it in line with existing Title VII law.”
Lambda continues to support ENDA
even though the organization — along
with the American Civil Liberties Union, the
Transgender Law Center and the National
Center for Lesbian Rights — signed a joint
letter expressing “grave concerns” about
the religious exemption at the time Sen.
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the bill last
year in the U.S. Senate.
ENDA’s religious exemption would
provide leeway for religious institutions,
like churches or religious schools, to
discriminate against LGBT workers in
non-ministerial positions even if ENDA
were to become law. It’s broader than
similar exemptions under Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 for categories of
race, gender, religion and national origin.
Ian Thompson, legislative representative
for the ACLU, said his organization still
supports ENDA even though it plans to
keep speaking out about concerns over
the religious exemption.
“When ENDA was reintroduced in
2013 with an unchanged, sweeping
religious exemption, we made our very
grave concerns crystal clear,” Thompson
said. “At the same time, given the lack
of explicit statewide non-discrimination
protections in a majority of the country
and the millions of LGBT Americans who
would benefit from ENDA’s protections,
we announced our support for the bill.”
In fact, the ACLU is a founding
member of the Americans for Workplace
Opportunities coalition, a group that
worked to pass the current version of
ENDA through the Senate last year, and
aims to do the same this year in the House.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the
National Center for Transgender Equality,
said her organization is also behind ENDA
as it’s currently written — even though
she penned an op-ed in The Huffi ngton
Post saying ENDA should be strengthened
prior to its reintroduction.
“Trans and other LGBT people
need us to pass a strong federal anti-
discrimination bill, and we strongly
support ENDA this year,” Keisling said.
Concerns about the religious
exemption, and whether or not the LGBT
community should continue to support
the bill because of that language, have
become more pronounced recently after
a prominent LGBT advocate and the
New York-based grassroots group Queer
Nation said it’s time to abandon the bill.
Matt Foreman, former head of the National
Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said it’s “time
to pull the plug on this essentially lifeless
corpse” in favor of a broader civil rights bill
that contains protections for housing and
public accommodations. He criticized ENDA
for having “a religious exemption big enough
for an 18-wheeler to cruise through.”
After the Human Rights Campaign sent
a letter last week to the Vatican expressing
concerns about the firing of teachers
for being gay at Catholic schools, Queer
Nation issued a statement condemning
the national group for continuing to lobby
for a version of ENDA that would allow
such discrimination to happen.
“HRC can’t have it both ways,” said
Ken Kidd, a member of Queer Nation. “It
can’t criticize Roman Catholic schools for
discriminating against LGBT Americans
and then seek to make that discrimination
legal under federal law. ENDA is a lousy
bill and it should be scrapped. What the
LGBT community needs is comprehensive
federal civil rights legislation.”
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president in 2016.
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Appellate, federal district
courts across the country
expected to rule soon
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Marriage equality is advancing through
the judicial system at breakneck speed,
and the rulings are expected to keep
coming in the near future as Pride
season begins — and some cases will
make history as the first rulings at the
appellate level since the U.S. Supreme
Court decision striking down part of the
Defense of Marriage Act.
Since that historic decision almost
a year ago, a total of 14 federal courts
have ruled in favor of marriage equality
as a result of litigation in various states
in addition to four state courts in New
Mexico, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas,
which makes a total of 18 rulings.
The most recent decisions came late
last month. Over the course of two days,
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane,
who’s gay, struck down Oregon’s ban
on same-sex marriage, and U.S. District
Judge John Jones III struck down the ban
in Pennsylvania.
All in all, more than 70 cases are
estimated to have been filed throughout
the country seeking to strike down
state bans on same-sex marriage. The
only state without a pending marriage
equality lawsuit is North Dakota, although
litigation is expected soon there.
It’s only a matter of time before one
of these cases reaches the U.S. Supreme
Court, which could issue a nationwide
ruling on marriage equality. At the rate
that cases are advancing through the
federal judiciary, observers predict the
high court will take up a case at the start
of its next term in the fall, and make a
decision in June 2015.
In the days and weeks ahead, numerous
district and appellate courts are poised
to make rulings on same-sex marriage,
either because they’ve completed oral
arguments or they’ve been asked to issue
judgment in the cases.
The most prominent among those
cases are those before four federal
appeals courts because they’ll be the first
federal appeals court rulings on marriage
after the Supreme Court decision against
the Defense of Marriage Act.
At any time, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court
of Appeals could hand down rulings in the
case challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex
marriage, Kitchen v. Herbert, and the case
challenging Oklahoma’s ban, Bishop v.
Smith. The court heard arguments for the
Utah case on April 10 and the Oklahoma
case on April 17.
Much like the marriage cases that were
before the Supreme Court last year, the
appeals court could decide to issue a
ruling on the technical basis of standing.
In Utah, the standing issue is the result
of the Salt Lake City clerk being named
as a defendant in the lawsuit, but not
appealing the lower court ruling against
the marriage ban. As a result, Gov. Gary
Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes
had to show that they have standing to
appeal the decision.
In Oklahoma, the standing issue
stems from whether the already-married
plaintiff couple in the case has standing
to challenge the non-recognition of their
marriage given because they only sued
Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howell Smith,
whom the district court held has nothing
to do with recognizing marriages, instead
of a state offi cial who denied recognition.
Shannon Minter, legal director of
the National Center for Lesbian Rights,
said while standing is a “real issue” in
the Oklahoma case, he doesn’t think it’s
significant in the Utah litigation.
“In contrast to Oklahoma, where there
is a real question whether the married
couple has standing to sue a county
clerk, there really is not much question
that the AG and the governor were
proper defendants,” Minter said. “Unlike
Oklahoma, where county clerks are
judicial offi cers, in Utah the county clerks
are under the direct supervision and
control of the executive branch (e.g., AG
and governor).”
It would seem that a ruling on standing
grounds would be beneficial for marriage
equality in the Utah case, but adverse for
same-sex couples in the Oklahoma case.
But it’s hard to say what the results of a
standing ruling would mean, especially if
the companion lawsuit in the other state
is decided on the merits.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who’s
defending the marriage law in court
along with Utah Attorney General Sean
Reyes, appears eager to be the face
of anti-gay marriage forces if the case
reaches the Supreme Court. During a
news conference last month, he criticized
attorneys general in other states who’ve
elected not to defend state bans on
same-sex marriage.
“For elected offi cials, governors or
attorneys general, to pick and choose
what laws (they) will enforce I think is a
tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,”
Herbert said. “We have an obligation as a
state to defend those laws.”
In the same news conference, Herbert
suggested that he believes being gay is
a choice, saying “what you choose to do
with your sexual orientation” is different
from other characteristics such as race.
“What your attraction may be is
something else, but how you act upon
those impulses is a choice,” Herbert said.
Also expected to rule soon is the U.S.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which at
any time could decide on Virginia’s ban
on same-sex marriage, Bostic v. Schaefer.
In that case, oral arguments took place
before the appeals court on May 13.
Rulings in other cases before the
appeals courts aren’t quite so imminent
because oral arguments haven’t taken
place yet. One case before the U.S. Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals that has recently
seen movement is the case challenging
Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage: Latta
v. Otter.
The Ninth Circuit issued a stay
prohibiting same-sex weddings from
taking place in Idaho following the district
court ruling against the state marriage
law, but pledged to consider the case on
an expedited basis and scheduled oral
arguments for the week of Sept. 8.
The court was already hearing a
challenge to Nevada’s ban on same-sex
marriage, Sevick v. Sandoval. The court
has granted a request to hear the case on
expedited basis
Notably, the Ninth Circuit is also
continuing to hear a case seeking marriage
equality in Hawaii, Jackson v. Fuddy, even
though the state already legalized gay
nuptials through the legislative process.
The Hawaii Family Forum, an anti-gay
group allowed to intervene in the case,
has asked the court to issue a ruling on
the constitutionality of banning same-sex
marriage in the event Hawaii decides to
repeal marriage equality. Briefings in that
case are set to conclude on June 25.
Another appeals court that isn’t
as far along is the U.S. Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals. The appeals court is
considering DeLeon v. Perry a challenge
to the Texas ban on same-sex marriage.
Oral arguments in the case aren’t yet
scheduled, but last week the court set the
briefing schedule for the case.
The situation with another appeals
court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals, is unique because it’s the only
federal appeals court ever to consider
at the same time a marriage case from
each state within the circuit. Offi cials in
Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky
have each appealed rulings against same-
sex marriage bans in their states to the
Sixth Circuit.
The only case among those four seeking
marriage equality is the Michigan case,
DeBoer v. Snyder. The Tennessee case,
Tanco v. Haslam, is seeking recognition
of same-sex marriage within the state.
The Kentucky case, Bourke v. Beshear,
is also seeking recognition of same-sex
marriage within the state, but the case
was amended at the district court level by
same-sex couples seeking the ability to
wed within the state.
The Ohio litigation is the consolidated
case of Obergefell v. Himes and Henry
v. Himes. The former was a case seeking
state recognition of same-sex marriage
for the purposes of birth certificates; the
latter was a case seeking recognition for
the purposes of death certificates. The
cases were consolidated on May 20.
The Sixth Circuit hasn’t scheduled oral
arguments in any of these cases yet, but
briefings are expected to conclude by the
end of this month.
The vast majority of the marriage
equality lawsuits are still pending at the
district court level and have the potential
for imminent rulings striking down same-
sex marriage bans in other states.
In at least three states, rulings on
the merits of state bans on same-sex
marriage could come at any time because
the briefing is complete and the judges
haven’t given any indication they want
to hear oral arguments before making a
ruling. Those lawsuits are before federal
courts in Wisconsin, Indiana and West
Virginia.
With a ruling imminent in the Wisconsin
case of Wolf v. Walker, Gov. Scott Walker,
a Republican facing re-election this year,
uncharacteristically seemed to back away
from support of the marriage ban when
asked whether he thinks it violates the
U.S. Constitution.
“Any federal judge has got to look at
that law not only with respect to the state’s
constitution but what it means in terms
of the U.S. Constitution, as well.” Walker
said. “Again, I’m not going to pretend to
tell a federal judge in that regard what he
or she should do about it.”
His administration is apparently bracing
for a ruling from the judge against the
current law. Last week, Attorney General
J.B. Van Hollen took the unusual step of
asking for a stay ahead of the ruling in
the event the judge overseeing the case
decides to strike down the ban.
A ruling in Indiana could come down
imminently from any of three cases
where briefings have been complete: Fujii
v. Governor, Love v. Pence or Baskin v.
Bogan. In West Virginia, the fully briefed
case seeking marriage equality is McGee
v. Cole.
In Nebraska, arguments were also
recently completed before the state
Supreme Court in the case of Nichols
v. Nichols, clearing the way for a ruling
at any time. However, plaintiffs in the
case are seeking the right to divorce
as opposed to the right to marry. While
initially considered a marriage case,
justices reportedly indicated during the
arguments they might focus their ruling
on divorce rights without altering the
state ban on same-sex marriage.
In other states, motions for preliminary
or permanent injunction motions have
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been fully briefed, so decisions here could
also come imminently that allow same-
sex couples to wed without addressing
the merits of the constitutionality of the
ban. These states are Florida, Indiana,
Kentucky and Texas.
Close on the heels of rulings in these
cases may be a decision in a Colorado
case filed in state court: Brinkman v.
Long. A hearing has been set for June
12. It’s different from other cases
because it’s a state lawsuit, not a
federal lawsuit, so a ruling here would
be along the lines of the litigation that
brought marriage equality to Arkansas
before the State Supreme Court stayed
the ruling.
Briefings are also fully complete for
lawsuits seeking marriage equality
in Louisiana, Robicheaux v. George
and Forum for Equality Louisiana v.
Barfield, but a ruling won’t happen
soon because oral arguments are
scheduled for June 25.
In another state, North Carolina, a
briefing is completed in the consolidated
case of Fisher-Borne v. Smith and Gerber
v. Cooper. On Monday, the magistrate
in the case has indicated the case would
be stayed until a decision in the Virginia
case. Both Virginia and North Carolina
are in the same circuit, so a ruling against
the Virginia ban would make the North
Carolina ban vulnerable.
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lacks bias protections
for gay residents
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Michigan currently has no LGBT
representation in its state legislature,
but a quartet of gay candidates running
for offi ce is seeking to change that in the
upcoming election.
The four out candidates running for seats
in both the State House and Senate say
their election would help enact pro-LGBT
laws in a state that lacks any substantive
protections for LGBT residents.
Rudy Serra, who serves as a district judge
in Michigan and is running to represent
District 27 in the State House, said it’ll
take openly gay legislators like himself to
advance non-discrimination protections —
in addition to getting rid of bad laws.
“It’s my understanding that there
has never been a state that has added
sexual orientation to its civil rights statute
without at least one openly LGBT person
in the legislature — ever,” Serra said. “To
the extent that that’s true, Michigan still
has a sodomy felony. We still have a gross
indecent felony. We have all kinds of laws
that were declared unconstitutional. We
know they’re obsolete, and the folks in
the legislature still won’t repeal them.”
The four candidates spoke to the
Washington Blade during a roundtable
this week at the offi ces of the Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund, which has endorsed
each of the contenders.
In addition to Serra, the other openly
gay candidates running for offi ce are Jon
Hoadley, a gay Democratic activist and
candidate to represent District 60 in the
Michigan State House; Garnet Lewis, a
board member for Northern Michigan
University and candidate to represent
District 32 in the Michigan State Senate;
and Jeremy Moss, a Southfield City Council
member who’s running to represent
District 35 in the Michigan State House.
If even one of the candidates
were elected, it would bring LGBT
representation to the Michigan
Legislature for the first time in seven
years since former Rep. Chris Kolb was
term-limited out of offi ce.
On the agenda for the candidates is
amending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act
of 1976, which prohibits discrimination
based on employment, housing and public
accommodations in Michigan, so that it
includes protections for LGBT people.
Hoadley, former head of the now-
defunct National Stonewall Democrats,
said adding the voices of LGBT people to
the legislation would be key in efforts to
change the law.
“Folks, I think, have been really smart
over the last few years at building a base
of support in the faith community, at
building the support at the local level, at
having allies working with LGBT folks to
tell stories about ordinances,” Hoadley
said. “Having LGBT folks in the legislature
could be the final asset actually to get
over the finish line.”
Hoadley led efforts in 2009 to legalize at
the ballot a LGBT non-discrimation ordinance
in the City of Kalamazoo. Since that time,
an additional 16 municipalities have added
similar protections, making for a total of 33 in
the state and extending protections to more
than 368,000 people, he said.
Just this week, efforts to amend Elliot-
Larsen to include LGBT people got a
boost when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
encouraged the state legislature take up
such a proposal before the year’s end.
“I don’t believe in discrimination,”
Snyder told Crain’s Detroit Business
during the Mackinac Policy Conference
in northern Michigan. “I hope that’s
something the legislature will take up
sometime this year.”
Still, Snyder assumes this new position
as he and Attorney General Bill Schuette
continue to defend Michigan’s ban
on same-sex marriage in court. They
appealed a court decision that briefly
granted marriage equality in Michigan
to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals,
and won’t grant benefits to the more than
300 same-sex couples who wed in the
state, even though the state recognizes
them as legally married.
For Lewis, the administration’s
continued defense of the marriage law
demonstrates Snyder and Schuette are
out of touch with Michigan and acting out
of concern of the far right.
“It’s really a moot point, in my opinion,”
Lewis said. “It’s ridiculous for them to
be wasting their time and energy to be
appealing this. I strongly believe, and
I know that we have the data to show,
the majority of the folks in Michigan are
supporting marriage equality now, so I
see it as this kind of this nagging fear that
some of these folks on the right have.”
But it’s not just LGBT issues that are of
concern to the candidates. Other issues
include raising the minimum wage and
labor issues.
Moss, who served as LGBT director for an
initiative to enshrine collective bargaining
rights into the state constitution before
legislation was passed making Michigan a
“Right to Work” state, said labor and LGBT
issues go hand-in-hand in the state.
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Anti-gay bias lawsuit targeting
ExxonMobil may be terminated
A lawsuit alleging anti-gay bias at oil-and-gas giant ExxonMobil may be
terminated for jurisdictional reasons, unless the Illinois Human Rights
Commission agrees to take on a review of an earlier decision from another body
to dismiss the case.
The complaint, filed last year by the LGBT group Freedom to Work, is now
pending before the 13-member commission after the Illinois Department
of Human Rights, a lower body that investigates charges of discrimination,
dismissed the case on Feb. 4, 2014 for lack of jurisdiction.
According to the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the request for review
was filed on May 12, the deadline for when Freedom to Work needed to submit it.
The Washington Blade learned about the developments last week after checking
with the Illinois Department of Human Rights about the status of the complaint.
Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel to Freedom to Work and attorney at the D.C.-
based public interest law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, said in a statement
to the Blade the Illinois Department of Human Rights made an “erroneous”
decision to dismiss the charge based on a technical, jurisdictional issue.
“We are confident that the Illinois Human Rights Commission will agree with us
that Freedom to Work has the right to file a discrimination charge against Exxon,”
Romer-Friedman said.  “Civil rights organizations have enjoyed and exercised
this right for decades in Illinois.  And the Illinois Human Rights Commission and
Department have affi rmatively recognized this right in the past.  In fact, the Illinois
Human Rights Act expressly states that civil rights organizations have standing
to file discrimination charges with the Illinois Human Rights Department.”
According to the Department of Human Rights, the department will be served
with notice of the request for review in a few days. After that, the department will
have 30 days to respond to the request for review. The party requesting review,
Freedom to Work, will then have 15 days to reply to the department’s response.
Sabrina Miller, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Human Rights,
said she doesn’t anticipate the complaint will be resolved anytime soon given
the recent developments.
“Based on the statutory briefing timetable I just described, it is unlikely any
decision will be made prior to the end of summer,” Miller said. “That’s the best
projection I can give at this time.”
Freedom to Work filed the complaint alleging anti-gay bias in hiring practices
in May 2013 on the basis of two fictitious resumes sent to the company in
response to a job posting in Illinois.
One was from a more qualified applicant who outed herself as LGBT on
her resume by noting work at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund; the other was
a less qualified applicant who gave no indication about her sexual orientation
or gender identity. The less qualified non-LGBT applicant received multiple
callbacks, the more qualified LGBT applicant received nothing.
Following the result of the paired resume testing, Freedom to Work filed the
complaint before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, contending the company
violated a 2005 law in Illinois prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people.
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4 seek to bring LGBT representation to Michigan
From left, RUDY SERRA, JON HOADLEY, JEREMY MOSS and GARNET LEWIS are running for seats
in the Michigan Legislature.
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Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón last week discussed his country’s LGBT
rights record during a meeting at the U.N. in New York.
Charles Radcliffe, senior human rights adviser for the Offi ce of the U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights, told the Washington Blade that he and Garzón spoke
about the progress he said the South American nation has made toward LGBT rights
in a “really committed way.” He said the Colombian vice president also highlighted “the
need for global action to push all governments to do more.”
“It was an excellent meeting,” Radcliffe told the Blade.
Garzón has met with LGBT advocates on numerous occasions since taking offi ce in 2010.
Lawmakers in the South American country in 2011 passed an anti-discrimination law
that includes sexual orientation. Garzón the following year announced a new strategy
on behalf of the Colombian government designed to improve the way authorities
investigate anti-LGBT crimes.
“We live in a democracy, therefore we must respect human rights,” said Garzón during the 2012
announcement. “We cannot talk about human rights if we do not respect the LGBTI community.”
The Colombian Constitutional Court has extended property, social security and
other rights to same-sex couples. The tribunal in 2009 ruled gays and lesbians who live
together must receive the same rights that unmarried heterosexual couples receive
under Colombian law.
Colombia is among the countries that helped secure passage of the U.N.’s first-ever
resolution in support of LGBT rights in 2011.
Former Bogotá City Councilwoman Angélica Lozano in March became the first out
person elected to the South American country’s Congress. She is among those who
attended two Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute trainings designed to teach Colombian
LGBT rights advocates how to become more involved in their country’s political process
that took place in Bogotá, the Colombian capital, and Cartagena last year.
Garzón’s offi ce did not return the Blade’s request for comment.
Thousands march in Cyprus’ first Pride parade
Thousands of people on May 31 participated in Cyprus’ first LGBT Pride parade that
took place in the country’s capital.
Costas Gavrielides, president of ACCEPT-LGBT Cyprus, a Cypriot advocacy group,
told the Washington Blade on Monday during a telephone interview that he and other
organizers expected only 300 people would attend the parade in Nicosia. He said
roughly 4,000 people marched, with another 1,000 attending a post-parade event.
Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of “The View,” and actress Olympia Dukakis expressed their
support of the parade in videos that Harry Mavromichalis, a gay Cypriot film director
who lives in New York, produced.
Former Cypriot President George Vassiliou and Parliamentarian Stella Kyriakides are
among those who attended the parade. Gavrielides said diplomats from the U.S. and
other countries also supported the march.
“It was a huge success,” said Gavrielides.
The Associated Press reported police clashed with a group of Orthodox Christians
who protested it.
Gavrielides told the Blade there were a few dozen “vocal” protesters among the
roughly 100 people who turned out to oppose the event, although he said he didn’t
personally see them.
“The police basically stopped them,” he said. “We were very glad that it was understood
that the parade should happen freely.”
Lawmakers on the divided eastern Mediterranean island decriminalized homosexuality
in 1998. Northern Cyprus — formally known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
— in January became the last European jurisdiction to make consensual same-sex
sexual acts between adult men legal.
A law banning anti-gay employment discrimination took effect in 2004 before the
country joined the E.U. Cyprus last year amended its penal code to ban discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
LGBT Cypriots lack many other legal protections found in other E.U. member states in
spite of the aforementioned laws.
Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou last year said the government would propose a bill that
would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships.
Gavrielides told the Blade that debate on the proposal has taken place “without any
tangible results. We realize that we have a lot of work to do.”
He said the parade not only showed LGBT Cypriots they can come out and “be proud,”
but sent a message to the country’s politicians.
“It’s sad, but it was the people who had to give courage to the politicians for them to
act instead of being the other way around,” said Gavrielides. “Even in this way we are
pleased that there will be some change.”
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Russian gays detained during protests
Russian authorities on May 31 detained several people who took part in two
LGBT rights demonstrations in Moscow.
The Associated Press reported that police arrested two advocates during
what the news agency described as an “unsanctioned gay pride demonstration”
outside Moscow City Hall. Reuters posted a video to its website that shows a
handful of activists driving past the building holding rainbow flags and wearing
wigs to honor Conchita Wurst, an Austrian drag queen who won last month’s
Eurovision song contest.
Svetlana Zakharova of the Russian LGBT Network told the Washington Blade that
another pro-gay demonstration took place in Moscow’s Gorky Park later in the day.
She said authorities began to arrest those who had planned to take part
in the protest against a Russian law that bans the promotion of so-called gay
propaganda to minors as they left a nearby subway station. Zakharova told the
Blade those who were detained included “a girl with a painted beard.”
Zakharova said the Gorky Park protesters held banners reading “Children
need schools and kindergartens, not homophobic laws,” “Knowledge is your
shield” and “Knowledge instead of hate propaganda” before the authorities
ordered them to leave.
She told the Blade that police detained four protesters.
Zakharova said counter-protesters also attacked LGBT rights advocates and
Nikolai Kavkazsky, a prominent Russian human rights activist.
“It is absolutely against the law to detain people participating in the peaceful
demonstrations, especially taking into account that the second [demonstration]
took place in the so-called ‘Hyde Park,’” said Zakharova, comparing Gorky Park
to London’s Hyde Park.
The demonstrations took place nearly a year after Russian President Vladimir
Putin signed the gay propaganda law.
Russian police last May arrested 30 LGBT advocates who attempted to stage
a Pride celebration in Moscow after they violated the city’s ban on gay rights
marches. A man punched Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride, in the
face before authorities took him into custody.
Authorities in February arrested more than a dozen LGBT rights advocates in
Moscow and St. Petersburg who tried to stage demonstrations before the opening
ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics that took place in Sochi. Authorities
detained Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former Italian parliamentarian, twice
during the games as she protested the Kremlin’s LGBT rights record in the Black
Sea resort city.
Russian prosecutors earlier this year launched an investigation into Oleg
Kluenkov of Rakurs, an LGBT advocacy group in Arkhangelsk, after he traveled
to the U.S. last fall to discuss the country’s gay rights record. Administrators
at Northern (Arctic) Federal University where Kluenkov teachers continue to
pressure him to resign from his post.
“Many teachers who outspokenly support [the] LGBT movement are facing
such pressure,” said Rakurs in a recent press release. “Kluenkov has refused to
resign ‘voluntarily’ and intends to challenge the NArFU actions in court.”
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VLADIMIR PUTIN signed an anti-gay propaganda law.
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Activist Calhoun named
LGBT DLC chair
Given his background in politics, where
he has worked for a variety of elected
offi cials and campaigns, you wouldn’t
guess that Manley Paul Calhoun III is
only 31. But politics has been his focus
since high school and getting more LGBT
people engaged in the political process is
one of his goals.
Calhoun was confirmed last month
by the Maryland Democratic Party
Executive Committee as chair of its LGBT
Diversity Leadership Council (DLC). There
are several such DLCs in the Maryland
Democratic Party; each of the chairs sits
on the party’s Executive Committee.
The LGBT DLC’s goal is to maintain and
increase the diversity of the Democratic
Party. In addition, it serves to help educate
other Democrats on LGBT issues and
to engage the LGBT community. In that
respect, Calhoun says “it’s crucial that we
turn out the LGBT community on June 24
for the primary election and Election Day
in November to make our voices heard.”
Making elections relevant to the LGBT
community is a challenge. “Like young
people, the LGBT community doesn’t
turn out to vote mainly because they
don’t feel government does enough for
the community,” Calhoun told the Blade.
“It’s important to help our community to
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Destiny Hartis, 20, became the first
transgender student at Baltimore’s Digital
Harbor High School to be named prom
queen in the faculty’s memory. The senior
prom took place on May 15.
Although some of the boys laughed at
her that night, others cheered. “People are
going to have their opinions,” Hartis told
the Baltimore Sun, “but I know who I am.
I’m not here for you. I’m here for myself.”
She wore a long light blue dress to the
prom accompanied by her cousin.
According to the Sun, Hartis stated
that getting through school was not
easy but she did not experience bullying
as a result of her gender identity. She
began expressing herself in 8th grade,
“presenting more girlish” in 9th grade
and began hormone treatments in
10th grade. Hartis briefly dropped
out of school in 11th grade because
of problems with school work but
ultimately returned.
Hartis, who has started a diversity club
at Digital Harbor High School, originally
called Southern High School, and was a
member of the cheerleading team, was
confident of winning the title even if it
meant gathering votes herself during the
event. “It was my day,” she told the Sun. “I
was going to win.”
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LONDON — The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with several
international agencies such as UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the Offi ce
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and others, to condemn the forced
sterilization of transgender and intersex people in a report released May 30, Gay Star
News reports. 
The report, “Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization:
An interagency statement,” is the strongest statement in support of the rights of
transgender and intersex people to be recognized as the gender they identify with
without having to undergo surgical procedures at a global level. the article said.
The report notes that voluntary sterilization is an important form of contraception in
many parts of the world but condemns interventions against a person’s will or where
people are coerced into sterilization, Gay Star News reports.
“Sterilization is an important option for individuals and couples to control their fertility,”
the report reads. “Sterilization is one of the most widely used forms of contraception in
the world. When performed according to appropriate clinical standards with informed
consent, sterilization methods such as vasectomy and tubal ligation are safe and
effective means of permanently controlling fertility. However, in some countries, people
belonging to certain population groups, including people living with HIV, persons with
disabilities, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, and transgender and intersex
persons, continue to be sterilized without their full, free and informed consent.”
The report also says any involuntary or forced practice is “a violation of fundamental
human rights.” 
Waco adds protections for LGBT city employees
WACO, Texas — Without fanfare or controversy, the city of Waco has quietly agreed
to bar discrimination against LGBT city employees, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.
City Manager Dale Fisseler said Monday he has made an administrative decision to
add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s internal personnel policy on
nondiscrimination, the paper said. 
The policy already bars discrimination based on the federally recognized categories
of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status and disability.
“All I’m doing is updating our internal policy . . . just to clarify that we don’t discriminate
based on sexual preference and identity,” Fisseler was quoted as having said. 
A handful of local pro-LGBT activists, led by Paul Derrick and Carmen Saenz, had been
seeking the change since 2013.
The city’s Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee last summer
recommended the policy revision. Then-City Manager Larry Groth turned it down,
saying in a February letter that the city has never had a grievance or complaint about
LGBT discrimination.
“I believe the policies clearly convey the message to our employees that discrimination
and/or harassment is not allowed to any class even without a list,” he wrote to the
advisory committee.
Fisseler was city manager in Fort Worth in 2009 when the city council there passed
a much more sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance that gave LGBT residents
protections not only in municipal employment but private-sector employment, housing
and public accommodations, the paper said. 
Saenz, who worked with Derrick on the Waco policy, said she ultimately would like to
see a broad nondiscrimination ordinance in Waco, but she thought it necessary to take
smaller steps.
Saenz, a psychology professional who identifies as lesbian, said she hasn’t experienced
discrimination in Waco, but in the last year she has heard from city employees who
feel pressure at work to keep their same-sex relationships a secret, the Waco Tribune-
Herald reports 
New LGBT health council
forms in Michigan
DETROIT — As Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and top business leaders here
expressed support for expanding state civil rights law to include LGBT people, a
new health equity council was formed last week in Southeast Michigan, Crain’s
Detroit Business reports. 
The Ferndale-based Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Health Equity
Council of Southeast Michigan includes representatives of Beaumont Health
System, CHE Trinity Health, Henry Ford Health System, St. John Providence
Health System and the Oakland County health division.
The health systems joined with LGBT community organizations with pledges
to help identify and address health disparities in those population groups that
often lead to poorer health care and medical outcomes.
The health council, coordinated by Affi rmations, a LGBT community group,
plans to meet six times this year to develop a plan to close the health care gap
for LGBT people, Crains reports. 
In a statement last week, Gov. Snyder expressed support for lawmakers to
amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections based on sexual
orientation and gender identity before year’s end, the article said. 
Michigan Gov. RICK SNYDER expressed support for amending a statute to include protections
based on sexual orientation and gender identity before year’s end.
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We won the marriage
fight, but must not
forget remaining battles
The nature of LGBT activism is chang-
ing fast in this post-DOMA/Prop 8/DADT
world. As LGBT acceptance grows and
anti-gay laws continue to fall, it’s easy to
forget where we came from, how we got
here and what’s left to accomplish.
Pride week seems a good time to re-
flect on some of that.
One recent story illustrates just how
dramatically different the world is today:
Michael Sam’s NFL draft and kiss with his
boyfriend broadcast live on ESPN. The “ick”
factor remains a potent enemy of LGBT
equality, from straight men tweeting their
horror at the kiss, to opponents of Mary-
land’s recently approved trans rights law
trying to scare voters into thinking men
dressed as women will flock to bathrooms
and locker rooms. That’s why spontaneous
displays of affection like Sam’s are impor-
tant — such visibility will slowly ease the
discomfort some feel at the sight of two
men or two women together.
Although Sam’s coming out is a coura-
geous step, some won’t recognize his pro-
cess as particularly pioneering. When Mar-
tina Navratilova came out in the early 1980s,
she lost untold millions in endorsement deals
and endured the homophobic and misogy-
nistic barbs of commentators and tennis fans
the world over. Contrast that with Sam’s care-
fully choreographed announcement, Visa
endorsement deal and the NFL’s aggressive
moves to shield him from criticism.
Indeed, much has changed. From the days
when activism meant taking to the streets, as
chronicled in HBO’s “Normal Heart,” which
debuted last month, to our modern view of
activists as lawyers and lobbyists.
As things get better, it’s important to re-
member that not everyone is benefitting
from all the positive change. The Blade in
January embarked on a special yearlong
series focusing on poverty in the LGBT
community. We’ve told many stories of
those in our community struggling with
chronic unemployment, discrimination
and health care dilemmas. There’s much
more to come this year in the series.
Poverty isn’t the only problem facing the
LGBT community. From transgender people
who face disproportionately high rates of
violence and discrimination to prison in-
mates coping with discriminatory laws be-
hind bars to LGBT youth living on the streets
to the stubbornly high rates of HIV infection
among MSM, there is much work ahead.
And as we remember those less fortu-
nate at home, let’s also look abroad to those
LGBT people struggling to overcome hate
in countries around the world like Russia,
Uganda and elsewhere where being LGBT
can mean imprisonment and even death.
The Blade is celebrating its 45
th
anni-
versary this year and our Pride float will
reflect the changes in both the LGBT com-
munity as well as at the paper itself —
from our early days as a black-and-white
one-sheet newsletter featuring stories
about police harassment to our modern
incarnation complete with social media
platforms and mobile app.
If there’s one common thread in all the
thousands of stories the Blade has pub-
lished over the years it’s our focus on telling
the stories of LGBT people. Some readers
still occasionally question why we disclose
the sexual orientation of sources in our sto-
ries. The reason speaks to our core mission
of chronicling our own history and overcom-
ing hate and bias through visibility. Encour-
aging visibility is also why Pride celebrations
remain important. Not everyone lives in
LGBT-friendly places like D.C. They come
from rural Virginia, Pennsylvania, Western
Maryland and other locales that seem close
by but for some can feel a world away from
a city like Washington with its pro-LGBT poli-
ticians, an openly gay candidate running for
mayor, marriage equality law and progres-
sive laws protecting transgender residents.
So as we celebrate Pride this weekend
in D.C., let’s be mindful that marriage
equality isn’t the only goal of the move-
ment and that when the weekend’s rev-
elry ends we need to recommit ourselves
to finishing the job.
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When the weekend’s revelry ends we need to
recommit ourselves to finishing the job.
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Disclosing someone’s
HIV status isn’t fabulous
By CHRISTOPHER DYER
Just in time for Pride season, a story
appeared in the “social media” that some
members of our community are using an
app called “Secret” to share some not-so-
proud information about each other.
This smart phone based app allows
members to anonymously post informa-
tion about other people. This has been
used in other cities to share industry news
but in the gay male community in D.C., it
has been used to trash each other and
spread malicious gossip. This “app” has
become the modern high-tech equivalent
of writing nasty things about someone on
the bathroom wall and reflects a side of
our gay community that isn’t so fabulous.
To be fair, I haven’t actually used the
app, but some of my friends have and
their reports aren’t glowing. I recognize the
irony that I am relying on “gossip” to write
a column about gossip but while I have
some morbid curiosity about the content,
I haven’t downloaded this app because it
just doesn’t sound like we are being very
nice to each other and if I wanted to see
gay men get bullied, I would hang out with
the Westboro Baptist folks.
Being mean and nasty to each other
isn’t a new phenomenon in our commu-
nity. Just read some of the ads on Craig-
slist and other “dating” sites where peo-
ple proudly request “no fems, no fats.” I
have been “cyberbullied” by a younger
gay man who didn’t quite get or appre-
ciate my drag persona. It hurt because
it brought me right back to my days in
grade school where I was picked on for
wearing glasses, being overweight and
having the temerity to burst into tears
when I was being picked on. Not fun. But
I got over it because I knew lots of people
loved me. I have also felt alienated from
parts of my community due to an internal
fear that I’ve gotten over but it takes a toll.
All of these feelings and this “bullying”
we do to one another is in part a reaction
to growing up different. I realized that
we all have been put in a locker either
physically or metaphorically and that has
helped me understand why we can be so
darn mean.
That being said, I know we can do bet-
ter. Disclosing someone’s HIV status for
entertainment isn’t fabulous. Ridiculing
someone for their alcoholism isn’t fabu-
lous. Hiding behind an unsigned comment
in cyberspace isn’t fabulous. I would like to
claim perfection but I too have indulged
in negative behavior. I have shared gos-
sip and said mean things but I don’t hide
behind an app. I read the “bitch session”
columns of the Blade with a sense of hor-
ror but laughed at some of the more inge-
nious cruelties. I have also been guilty of
dismissing parts of my community as part
of the “fuzzy sweater crowd.” I thought the
Stonewall Kickball group was a “cult” for
people who like to get together and be
drunken messes. Of course, I am wrong.
Stonewall Kickball has created a place for
our community to gather and be part of
the tribe. Stonewall Kickball has raised a
lot of money for community groups and
their members are awesome.
“Secret” and similar apps reward the
worst behavior in our community. But
fortunately, there are many great things
in our community that counteract the
negativity of “Secret.” The recent broad-
cast of “Normal Heart” is a reminder of
our history of coming together as a com-
munity to take care of one another. We
have stood up repeatedly to those who
want to deny our very existence and are
winning. We can also change the story on
“Secret” and flood the app with stories of
success. It might not be as interesting as
who is sleeping with who but it might be
more rewarding. Or we could just step
away from the computer and go to a pa-
rade. I hear there are going to be several
across the country this month.
Embracing all aspects
of our identities
As we embark on Pride season, it is
a good time to reflect on the advances
that we have made toward equality, and
the work that remains. Over the last few
weeks we have celebrated Black Pride, La-
tino Pride, Trans Pride and Youth Pride.
Each celebration displayed the pride and
unique cultural attributes of these dis-
tinct communities. While Capital Pride is
much more diverse than it was when it
first began, it is still important for those
of us who are part of underrepresented
or marginalized groups within the LGBT
community to have our own celebrations,
in addition to Capital Pride.
Progress against discrimination does not
mean that our work is complete or that cel-
ebrations for different groups within the
LGBT community are not necessary. To the
contrary, oftentimes progress is the result of
the visibility of events like the various Pride cel-
ebrations. They help minority communities to
feel connection and freely embrace all aspects
of our identities. They also allow people out-
side of our communities to learn more about
different cultures, which results in all parties
understanding one another better.
David Perez, president of the Latino
GLBT History Project, which organizes
D.C.’s Latino Pride, says that Latino Pride
provides an opportunity to “celebrate La-
tino identity, culture, history and heritage.”
This year Latino Pride consisted of four
events: the World Coronation, a panel
discussion on family acceptance of LGBT
youth, a bilingual Spanish and English in-
terfaith service and a dance party. A his-
torical exhibit and cultural performances
were also a part of these four events.
“It celebrates the full diversity of the La-
tino and Latina LGBT community,” Perez
said. “The importance of Latino Pride is to
ensure we have Latino leaders highlighted
during Pride and to have bilingual spaces
to celebrate our culture. It’s a really exciting
time. There were more than 35 community
partners. It was a beautiful collaboration.”
Earl Fowlkes, the president and CEO of
the Center For Black Equity, (formerly the
International Federation of Black Pride),
says that “Black Pride is important because
it’s still relevant to our community. It’s the
way that many black LGBTQ people cel-
ebrate their first Pride. For many people,
this is their first large scale LGBTQ event.”
“I grew up in Philly and lived in New
York. Every ethnic group had their own
parade to showcase pride in their ethnic-
ity. With Black Pride, we are creating our
own safe space for our community,” Fowl-
kes said. He added that we still should
participate in Capital Pride, but Black
Pride gives us the opportunity to highlight
the uniqueness of our culture.
Fowlkes also noted that many aspects
of Black Pride, such as the music and
the interfaith services, are different from
Capital Pride.
“Twenty-four years later, people still
want it, people still go to it and some peo-
ple still need it. Capital Pride is intimidat-
ing to some with 200,000 people at the
Pennsylvania Avenue festival.”
This year’s Black Pride featured a po-
etry slam, a film festival, workshops, an
awards ceremony and a cultural arts and
health expo. For the first time, all of the
events were free and there was free food
and drinks at the expo. “It was very com-
munity oriented,” Fowlkes said.
As we celebrate Capital Pride this week,
we should continue working to embrace
all members of the LGBT community.
We should rejoice that we live in a city
where minority groups can celebrate our
cultures at distinct Pride events and also
participate in Capital Pride.
VI EWPOI NT
Distinct cultural Pride celebrations still needed
CHRISTOPHER DYER is an LGBT activist in D.C.
Reach him at chris@christopherdyer.com.
‘Secret’ app brings out the worst in D.C. gays
Being mean and nasty to each other isn’t
a new phenomenon in our community.
While Capital Pride is much more diverse than
it was when it first began, it is still important for
those of us who are part of underrepresented or
marginalized groups to have our own celebrations.
34 • J UNE 06, 2014 LI FE I N THE I NTERSECTI ON
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in the Intersection,’ focuses on the intersection
of race, gender and sexual orientation. She
is a former president of the Gertrude Stein
Democratic Club. Reach her at lateefah4@
hotmail.com  or follow her at twitter @
lateefahwms.
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He could become first
out gay member of
Congress from South
By SALLY BAIRD
 
It has been my privilege to know and
work with Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebb-
in. I have supported his groundbreaking
campaigns since he was elected as Virgin-
ia’s first openly gay member of the Gen-
eral Assembly more than 10 years ago.
Adam was a role model as I campaigned
to be elected as Virginia’s first openly les-
bian elected offi cial in 2006, and I was
privileged to work with him as a member
of the Arlington School Board to fight at
the state-government level for our stu-
dents and teachers.
I am proud to endorse Adam in his
campaign for Virginia’s 8th Congressional
District, not because he is a gay rights pio-
neer but because he is the best qualified
to replace Rep. Jim Moran, who remains
a significant straight ally. If elected, Adam
will be the first openly gay member of
Congress from the South.
  Adam Ebbin has represented Arling-
ton, Alexandria and Fairfax County with
distinction, longer than any other can-
didate in this race. A masterful coalition
builder, Adam skillfully unites those with
divergent interests around common
goals. On issues as varied as advocating
for an Arlington-Falls Church Offi ce of
the Public Defender to expanding health-
care coverage for immigrants, Adam is
a strong, results-focused leader. With
Adam in Congress, Northern Virginia will
have an effective representative who
stands up for them when it matters most.
Adam has championed and passed lib-
eral legislation with unlikely allies.  From
expanding solar energy options to uniting
groups from the right and left, Adam has
brought together interests that normally
won’t talk to each other. Adam’s common-
sense appeal has united them to pass such
strong legislation as fighting human traf-
ficking and ensuring insurance availability
for the LGBTQ community. Adam’s record
speaks for itself. He has truly earned the
right to represent us in Congress, where he
will apply his skills to an equally dysfunc-
tional House of Representatives.
Adam has been endorsed by more
elected offi cials than any other candi-
date, by two major unions — the Interna-
tional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) and Laborers International Union
of North America (LiUNA) — by the Gay
& Lesbian Victory Fund and Congressman
Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive
Caucus in the U.S. House.
Adam has always stood up for our
needs and values in the General Assembly
and will do so in the U.S. Congress. Please
join me in voting for Adam Ebbin as the
8th District’s next Representative.
Obama is an ally but
he has one outstanding
promise to keep
We have a lot to celebrate this year as
Pride season arrives. The biggest reason
may be the Windsor decision handed
down by the Supreme Court on June
26, 2013. Since that time, judges across
the nation have based their rulings that
states from Pennsylvania to Utah must
recognize same-sex marriages on this de-
cision. June 1 marked the day that same-
sex marriages could begin in Illinois. Gov.
Martin O’Malley signed a bill banning
discrimination against the transgender
community in Maryland and a petition
drive to put that up to a referendum in
the state failed.
In Texas, Houston Mayor Annise Parker
signed the Equal Rights Ordinance. That
signature came after an 11-hour Council
session of which the city secretary said,
“it was the largest public turnout Houston
had ever seen at a City Council meeting.”
We have seen many changes in federal
policy that give same-sex married couples
more rights and no less a conservative
than Utah Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) recent-
ly said that though he personally doesn’t
support same-sex marriage it is inevitable
that it will become the law of the land.
A year ago, “Kinky Boots,” based on a
film adapted by Harvey Fierstein with mu-
sic by Cyndi Lauper, won the Tony Award
for Best Musical. Sunday we can look for-
ward to out and talented Neil Patrick Har-
ris winning this year’s Tony Award for best
actor in a musical for “Hedwig the Angry
Inch.” Larry Kramer finally saw his play,
“The Normal Heart,” made into a success-
ful film for HBO. Our community is still
fighting about issues surrounding AIDS as
seen by the recent debate between Kram-
er and columnist Andrew Sullivan about
the impact of the drug Truvada.
The Pride parade Saturday will wind
through the Dupont and Logan Circle
neighborhoods. The parade is fun but
has always been a little long. One way to
shorten it would be to have all politicians
and candidates participate together.
Have the mayor lead off the parade with
other politicians joining him/her in a line
at the front. If there is still a clamor by any
of them to have a separate contingent
there could be a lottery and they would
be interspersed throughout the parade,
between the fun floats and bands, so
people wouldn’t have to watch the first
hour of just politicians.
Pride festivities have grown over the
years and this year there are more than
30 offi cial events listed on the Capital
Pride website that span from Jewish Pride
Happy Hour at MOVA to the Night Out at
the Nationals. Many of the events listed
cater to specific groups within the LGBT
community because, like the rest of soci-
ety, we are a diverse community. We are
young and old, men and women, black,
white, Latino and Asian and have repre-
sentation in every religious denomination
and all of us want to celebrate and show-
case our Pride.
As we celebrate we should always
take a moment to remember those who
have helped to move us forward over the
years. We need to think about and thank
all those who both publicly and behind
the scenes fought for our civil and human
rights when it wasn’t easy to be out and
proud. We must also remember those
friends and loved ones who died of AIDS
during the years when our community
fought to bring attention to the disease
our government was failing to respond
to.
And as we celebrate our victories we
need to pledge to continue to work to-
ward full equality — to fight to ensure
the rights of transgender persons and to
continue the fight to pass legislation like
ENDA. We also need to demand that the
president live up to a promise he made
to us in 2008, and which he has pointedly
not kept, to sign an executive order pro-
tecting the rights of LGBT workers in fed-
eral contracting. While we may thank him
for announcing a history project in front
of the Stonewall Inn, I am sure nearly all
of us would trade that for a signature on
the executive order.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
36 • J UNE 06, 2014 VI EWPOI NT
Adam has always stood up for our needs and
values in the General Assembly and
will do so in the U.S. Congress. 
Please join me in voting for Adam Ebbin
as the 8th District’s next Representative.
SALLY BAIRD is a member of the Arlington
School Board and the first openly lesbian
elected offi cial in Virginia.
I NSI DE LGBT WASHI NGTON
Why I support Adam Ebbin for Congress
Much to celebrate this Pride season
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.
We need to demand that the president sign an
executive order protecting the rights of LGBT
workers in federal contracting.
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Sam, Roberts, Collins,
Sykes and more in a
sea of whiteness
By ORVILLE LLOYD DOUGLAS
Michael Sam, Robin Roberts, Jason Collins,
Tracy Chapman, Wanda Sykes, Don Lemon,
Derrick Gordon are all high-profile gay Afri-
can-American public figures and they all have
white partners.
When Michael Sam shattered the glass
ceiling and became the first openly gay man
to get drafted in the NFL I was thrilled for him
and full of pride as a gay black man. I noticed
immediately though, when Michael Sam got
the call from the coach of the St. Louis Rams
he was in a sea of whiteness he was the only
African American in the room when he got
drafted.  
Would Michael Sam be celebrated as a
hero to the LGBT community if he had a black
boyfriend? A part of me was indeed happy
that Michael Sam broke a barrier. When Mi-
chael Sam kissed his white twink boyfriend
Vito Cammisano, I cringed. It took me a while
to reflect on why I felt so disappointed in
seeing Sam kiss his white lover. I wasn’t dis-
gusted, I am an openly gay man and I have
seen gay men kiss each other for more than a
decade. I can also see the love Sam and Cam-
misano have for each other. However, I can’t
shake the feeling that Sam — like other black
gay public figures who have come out — fol-
low the white gay standard.
There is a paucity of black gay public fig-
ures who are out and since images are im-
portant in society, the few black gay celebri-
ties are sending the wrong message.
For people who are outsiders to black gay
culture there are sociological reasons why
Robin Roberts, Michael Sam, Don Lemon,
Jason Collins and Derrick Gordon have white
partners and it isn’t just about falling in love
with another person. In the private sphere
of black culture, there is a lot of homopho-
bia that can cause a lot of psychological and
emotional damage to a black gay person. The
homophobia in black culture can lead a black
LGBT person to harbor feelings of resent-
ment and anger at the black community as a
whole. Some black gays have a predilection to
distance themselves entirely from black peo-
ple in order to recover from the homophobia
in the private sphere of black society.
For instance, Sam grew up in a broken
home — his father deserted his family and
his mother was a stereotypical pious black
woman. My theory is that due to the ho-
mophobia in black culture, some black gay
people just want to be accepted and I can un-
derstand that. Some black gays believe to as-
similate into the white gay mainstream they
can obtain social acceptance.
Everyone wants to belong, to be accepted
for who you are and loved. This is the reason
there is a clear pattern that when black gay
public figures come out they have a predilec-
tion for white partners.
There is also a divide between black gays
who are out of the closet and the black gays
still closeted. Some black gays who are out
and proud have a superiority complex. These
out gay blacks believe they are better than
blacks who are closeted because they have
immersed themselves into the white gay
world. Also, some black gays who are out
make a conscious effect to obtain a white
partner who is a symbol of moving up the
social ladder.
But what deleterious subliminal messages
are these black gay public figures sending to
the black community?      
I believe these out black gay public figures
are sending mixed messages to the black
community. Does a black gay person have
to be with a white person in order to obtain
social acceptance?
In the gay community, the standard of
beauty is usually a young white male, under
40, in great shape and he is middle/upper
class. This white gay male image is engen-
dered in television shows such as HBO’s
“Looking” and in gay magazines. There is also
a lie that there are not out and proud black
gay people. For instance, Atlanta is the gay
black Mecca, despite being in the American
South. It has a vibrant black gay community.
D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and New York
City also have black queer communities with
people out and proud. The dilemma is that
although these black gay public figures are
out since they tend to have white lovers there
is a disconnect with black culture when they
come out. When black people see high-pro-
file public figures with white partners many
blacks — gay or straight — are apathetic to
them. These black gay public figures with
white partners are just following the stan-
dard quo.
There simply isn’t the same political or
social power seeing interracial gay public
figures as couples than to see a black gay or
lesbian public figures out and proud. It also is
not empowering to see these interracial gay
couples who are public figures because it is
so one sided. Notice, you do not see a pletho-
ra of high-profile white gay public figures with
black partners. People have a right to love
whomever they desire. However, it would be
foolish to ignore a clear pattern where black
gay public figures come out yet are hypocriti-
cal. These black gay public figures tell society
they are proud to be black and gay yet hav-
ing a black gay partner by their side they are
apathetic to it. 
‘Muscle up’ gym patrons,
Mendelson’s arrogance not
tax exemption justification
Phil Mendelson should be basking in one
of the most significant legislative achieve-
ments of his political career. Instead, over the
past several days the D.C. Council chair cast
himself as a tin-eared monarch.
Mendelson’s display of autocratic arro-
gance was stunning in what it revealed about
a too-common Council attitude toward the
residents to whom they answer and the
businesses fueling the local economy. It also
underscored the need for rules requiring a
statutory review period for annual city bud-
get legislation prior to Council consideration.
All too typically, only a handful of hours were
again this year granted for advance avail-
ability as if a public privilege provided at the
whimsy of elected offi cials.
Enterprise owners and local entrepreneurs
are long accustomed to being treated like a
cash-cow convenience and social science ex-
periment by city leaders. This behavior is too
often without the courtesy of consultation
or even advisement prior to introduction of
additional taxes, fees, regulations and man-
dates. But seldom is this disregard for ad-
equate disclosure stated so starkly as dished
out by Mendelson like a public taunt.
The D.C. Council had last week adopted, at
Mendelson’s unexpected initiation, the larg-
est resident and business income tax cuts
in the city’s history and the first in 15 years.
These tax relief measures included most of
the recommendations of the D.C. Tax Review
Commission appointed by Mayor Vincent
Gray and chaired by former mayor Anthony
Williams. Despite a decision by Gray to defer
consideration of the Commission’s tax re-
forms, Mendelson marshaled all but two of
his 12 fellow legislators in backing his budget
plan for the fiscal year beginning in October
with the tax components included.
Although providing relatively modest tax
relief, it was certainly a welcome change in
local tax policy. Most importantly, the budget
bill established revenue restraint as ascen-
dant in city politics for the foreseeable future.
It was a good start at mitigating the District’s
sky-high taxation distinction and should sig-
nal an ongoing investment in making the city
more business-friendly and tax-competitive.
Mendelson, however, promptly dimin-
ished the widespread appreciation for these
long overdue personal and business income
tax reductions by cavalierly dismissing con-
cerns regarding the legislative process re-
lated to levying the general sales tax of 5.75
percent on multiple additional categories of
businesses — including fitness centers and
tanning salons, as well as storage facilities,
carpet cleaning companies, car washes and
water delivery services.
When community business leader and
VIDA Fitness owner David von Storch
rightly complained that Mendelson had
plotted extending the sales tax to include
gym memberships without so much as a
full day of sunshine for public release, the
chair offered only imperial retorts. Given
that the local fitness industry had four
years earlier successfully convinced city
offi cials not to impose the transactional
tax on gym fees, its overnight inclusion
appeared disingenuous and designed to
preclude a renewed campaign.
Mendelson, however, defended the last-
minute inclusion, proclaiming, “The burden is
on the public to pay attention to what we’re
doing.” Uh, no, Phil, your job is to consult with
stakeholders, particularly community busi-
nesses on which the District mightily relies,
rather than blindsiding them.
Regardless of the controversial process
and inadequate advance public disclosure,
the surprisingly few gym patrons expressing
opposition are wrong to oppose the sales tax
levy. By all indications, they will not prevail at
the final budget review on June 17.
The tax relief provisions, benefiting all
residents earning less than $1 million, re-
quires partially offsetting revenue reductions
through broadening the tax base. It is only
fair to levy the sales tax across a full comple-
ment of commerce. Proffered arguments
that fitness activities should be excluded to
encourage healthy lifestyles are not a com-
pelling, or exclusive, justification.
Tax rates should be further reduced and
expenditures should be more effi cient and
effective. Reasonable and responsible tax
and spending policies — which D.C. has yet
to achieve — are attainable only when we all
have a stake in ensuring them.
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Editions and available on Amazon.  
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Betty Who’s song “Somebody Loves
You” went viral when it accompanied
the YouTube video that featured a gay
marriage proposal set to a flash mob
in a Home Depot in Utah. The 22-year-
old Aussie native has two EPs out and is
working on her first full-length album.
Karmin is comprised of 28-year-old
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They’re three of the four acts
headlining the Capitol Stage at the Capital
Pride Festival on Sunday. We caught up
with them by phone from Los Angeles
— where all happened to be at the time
— this week. Their comments have been
slightly edited here. Longer versions are
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BETTY WHO
WASHINGTON BLADE: Spencer and
Dustin, the guys in the Home Depot
video, said they wanted you to sing at
their wedding. Has that happened yet?
BETTY WHO: Yes, I sang at their
wedding in Utah in February and it was
like the most perfect, beautiful day of
my life. I can’t imagine my own wedding
being any more perfect.
BLADE: How did you feel when they
asked you?
BETTY: They are the most sweet,
amazing men in the world. It was just one
of those days where I thought, “I could
not be doing anything better with my
time. My boyfriend played guitar for me
so it was kind of very sweet the two of us.
I sang an acoustic version of “Somebody
Loves You” as their moms walked them
down the aisle so it was kind of this
beautiful small moment in time.
BLADE: How did it come about that you
developed such a strong gay fan base?
BETTY: I’ve always been supportive, but
you know, I didn’t set out initially to have
that as part of my platform, though I always
knew I would support gay rights. It just so
happened when I put out my first EP, that
the first few bloggers who picked up on it
were these gay pop music blogs in New
York, so it kind of worked out perfectly that
my biggest demographic is LGBT. I’ve just
spoken up for what I feel is right. 
BLADE: Have you done many Pride
festivals?
BETTY: This will be one of the first ones.
I’m doing this little tour through June
called the “Hopeless Romantic Tour” and
I think something like 80 percent of the
shows are Pride festivals. It will definitely
be very fun and wonderful and drunk, I
imagine. I play Los Angeles, then Salt Lake
City, then D.C. on Sunday. So that will be
my first one on Friday. 
BLADE: Do you know how long your set
will be?
BETTY: I’m not sure. I think maybe 30
or 45 minutes.
BLADE: You mentioned singing at the
wedding with your boyfriend. Is that Peter
Thomas, your collaborator or someone else?
BETTY: No, people ask me that all
the time. He’s a good friend, but this is
somebody else.
BLADE: Often you don’t really hear
accents much from British and Australian
singers. In your songs, your accent is
there. Is that a conscious choice?
BETTY: It was definitely a choice
because I think even Adele sometimes,
she sings and you don’t hear her accent.
So much about being a star today or a
popular artist in the industry is about
dong what makes you different and what
makes you special and to me I always
thought being Australian was something
that definitely made me different. And
I never wanted to suppress that part of
who I am and where I came from.
BLADE: I know you’ve been in the U.S.
since you were a teen so you may not
know, but do you think it would have
been harder to break a pop career in
Australia than in the U.S.? 
BETTY: I think being a really famous
person in Australia is actually much harder
than to come over to America and make
a go of it. I remember all of these really
famous and beautiful singer/songwriters
that I loved growing up and then I came
over to America, only a handful of my
friends knew about them. I thought, “What
do you mean she’s like the most famous
person in Australia, what do you mean
you don’t know who she is?” So I think
because it might be different now because
the internet has made such a difference.
Spotify wasn’t really a thing and Pandora
was just sort of starting to be popular, so
I think that it’s probably a little bit different.
It looks easier and made more sense for
me to start my career from the ground
up in New York and have my biggest
demographic of fans be there. 
BLADE: Did you and Peter realize you
had musical chemistry immediately? 
BETTY: I think he and I have always
been musical soul mates. When we met
we were like, “Oh My gosh, we like all the
same music, this is perfect.” Surely we
knew as friends and creative partners
we knew we would be great together. I
remember being at a party at his house
and he was in charge of the playlist and
I was like, “Every song on this is a smash.
…Who is this person, we are destined
to be musical friends,” and it ended up
being Peter. So I think that was really easy
and was very immediate but it took us
almost three years to write music that we
knew was perfect or to get it to a point
where we didn’t think, “Oh, we should
keep rewriting it.” When we wrote “The
Movement” EP, that was the first body of
work that we put together and said, “Oh
my gosh, this is it, this is how we meant to
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CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL
Capitol MainStage
Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 7th
streets
Sunday
Noon-7 p.m.
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Sam, the Vikings,
marriage and more
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris
Kluwe told the Washington Blade during a
May 30 telephone interview that Michael
Sam’s sexual orientation “definitely had
something to do” with his low ranking in
last month’s National Football League draft.
Kluwe — who is the grand marshal of
this year’s Capital Pride parade — noted
the Associated Press last year named
Sam its 2013 Southeastern Conference
co-defensive player of the year when he
played for the University of Missouri. The
outspoken punter who is now retired from
the league said those with comparable
rankings over the last decade have been
drafted into the NFL no lower than during
the second round.
“The only thing Michael Sam is is a first-
round talent,” Kluwe says. “Michael Sam is
definitely not a second-round talent.”
Sam had been projected to be a drafted
during the third or fourth round.
Observers noted his disappointing
performance during the NFL scouting
combine that took place shortly after
he publicly came out during interviews
with the New York Times and ESPN
likely contributed to the St. Louis Rams
choosing Sam during the seventh round.
Kluwe told the Blade that potential
draftees who perform poorly during a
combine may drop one and a half rounds
— and not three as Sam did. He said the
Rams choosing him so late in the draft
is “an indication that there is something
else going on there.”
“The only thing that is different about
Michael Sam is his sexuality,” Kluwe says.
Sam coming out
is a ‘brave step’
Kluwe says Sam did not seem “too
nervous” about coming out when the two
met during a dinner at the Los Angeles
home of Howard Bragman, a gay Hollywood
publicist, in February. The defensive
lineman’s interviews with the New York
Times and ESPN appeared the next day.
“It’s a brave step,” says Kluwe, noting
Sam had been tipped to become the
country’s first openly gay NFL player after
coming out. “It’s great to see Michael be
the one to do it.”
Kluwe told the Blade he hopes that
Sam is “given a chance to succeed.”
“It’s tough to make it in the NFL and
there’s so many plausible ways to get rid of
someone,” Kluwe says. “I am hopeful that this
is a situation where Mike is given a chance to
show his talents, show if he can make it or not
based on who he is as a football player, not
who he is as defined by his sexuality.”
Kluwe also dismissed suggestions
that Sam’s coming out has been too
choreographed.
“There are a lot of people that pay
attention to the NFL,” he told the Blade.
“This isn’t like Pop Warner or little league.
That just shows an understanding of the
realities of the situation in that this is a
historic moment.”
Kluwe added he feels using someone
like Bragman allows Sam to “have
ownership” and control over his message.
“You’re going to have to sit down and
plan how this is going to go out,” Kluwe
says. “That’s just reality.”
Kluwe: Vikings cut me
because of same-sex
marriage support
Kluwe, who played for the Vikings from
2005 until 2013, emerged as a prominent
supporter of marriage rights for same-sex
couples during the debate over a proposal
that would have amended the Minnesota
Constitution to define marriage as
between a man and a woman.
“I don’t think discrimination should be
enshrined in the state constitution,” Kluwe
says. “I’m in a position to say something
about it, so I should say something about it.”
Kluwe in 2012 sharply criticized
Maryland state Del. Emmett Burns
(D-Baltimore County) after he suggested
then-Baltimore Ravens linebacker
Brendon Ayanbadejo “should concentrate
on football and steer clear of dividing the
fan base” over the issue of gay nuptials
ahead of a referendum on the same-sex
marriage law that Gov. Martin O’Malley
signed earlier in the year.
Kluwe said he initially found Burns’
comments against Ayanbadejo’s same-
sex marriage advocacy as “kind of
messed up.” He then proceeded to write
a profanity-laced letter to the outgoing
Maryland lawmaker who also voted
against a transgender rights bill that
O’Malley signed into law last month.
“Why do you care so much about what
other people are doing with their lives?”
says Kluwe, referring to Burns. “This isn’t
going to affect your life in any way, shape
or form. Why are you trying to tell other
people that they can’t exercise their own
free will? You’re essentially trying to take
someone’s humanity away from them.”
Kluwe and Ayanbadejo — who guest
edited the Blade’s sports issue last
summer — in 2013 filed an amicus brief
with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case
that challenged California’s Proposition 8.
The former punter earlier this year
claimed his advocacy in support of marriage
rights for same-sex couples prompted the
Vikings to cut him from the team.
The team — which has claimed Kluwe’s
performance and salary contributed to
the decision — launched an investigation
into the allegations. Kluwe told the Blade
he “definitely” still feels his activism on gay
nuptials prompted the team to cut him.
“It’s something where institutionally I
don’t think the NFL has a policy has a place
against same-sex rights, but I think on
an individual level, there are a significant
portion of people in the NFL that don’t
believe same-sex rights are something
worthy of respect,” he says. “That’s
something that needs to be changed.”
Reluctance to
change Redskins
name ‘stupid’
Kluwe also said he would have “been
fine” with a U.S. boycott of the 2014 Winter
Olympics that took place in Sochi, Russia,
over the Kremlin’s LGBT rights record.
He also sharply criticized Washington
Redskins owner Dan Snyder over his
continued opposition to changing the
team’s controversial name.
“Yeah, it’s going to cost some money in the
short-term,” Kluwe says. “In the long-term
do you want your children looking back at
you saying, ‘Yeah, Dad, he was a racist, yeah
he didn’t do the right thing.’ It’s so stupid.”
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BETTY: I was at a classical high school
Interlochen Center for the Arts in
Michigan and when I left I had only applied
to colleges for voice and songwriting.
So I knew when I was leaving I wanted
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album? 
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actually. We hope to have it out sometime
in the fall. 
BLADE: You’re straight, right?
BETTY: Yes
BLADE: Do you have a gay best friend?
BETTY: Several, from all walks of life. My
gay friend from college, from high school,
from childhood. I kind of have a bunch of
gay friends that have kind of all come to
know and love each other which is perfect.
BLADE: Is Peter straight?
BETTY: Yes, to the dismay of many.
BLADE: Is your family mostly here in
the U.S.?
BETTY: It’s kind of split. My mom is
American and my dad is Australian so my
dad’s whole side is there but he and my
mom and her side are all in America. 
KARMIN
BLADE: How long have you been
rapping, Amy?
AMY HEIDEMANN: I want to say
I’ve been free styling on the streets of
Nebraska since I was a little girl, but that’s
not the case at all. I was raised in a super
Christian household so I wasn’t allowed
to listen to most rap music that I love
today, but I was able to sneak you know a
couple burned CDs I got from school from
my classmates. So I did learn to rap sort
of on accident. I was practicing to be a
singer and the rapping came later.
BLADE: You two met at Berklee (College
of Music in Boston)?
NICK NOONAN: Yes.
BLADE: Were you planning a pop
career then?
NOONAN: We were kind of all over the
place. I was originally a jazz trombone
player, believe it or not. 
HEIDEMANN: I always had dreams
of being an R&B superstar. My favorite
singer growing up was Brandy. We
started out more indie and kind of hipster
when we were doing the covers and the
pop thing just sort of happened. I don’t
know if it was really intentional, but it’s
been awesome. 
BLADE: But do people go to school to
study pop music? 
HEIDEMANN: Actually it’s weird
because at Berklee they kind of do. There
aren’t many schools like it, maybe one in
California. But yeah, like, they have hip-
hop classes. I think the place Jessie J and
Adele went to in London I think is really
comparable. 
BLADE: Did you immediately realize
your musical camaraderie?
NOONAN: No, it took a minute. We
were both doing music independently
from each other and then after we
graduated we decided to start the group.
HEIDEMANN: We literally had to learn
new instruments.
NOONAN: Yeah, Amy started to rap
and I started playing piano and she was
playing guitar. It kind of started from the
bottom up.
BLADE: Did you start dating first or
making music together?
NOONAN: Dating.
HEIDEMANN: Yeah, dating three or
four years before.
BLADE: What’s your current
relationship status?
NOONAN: We’re still engaged and
trying to figure out the marriage thing. 
BLADE: Are you concerned that if things
continue going well for you musically,
there could be a Fleetwood Mac-type
impassion on the personal front or are
you far enough into it now to not worry
about that?
NOONAN: That’s always kind of on
our minds but honestly we’d been dating
and knew each other so well before we
got any attention that it was kind of like
all the skeletons were out of the closet
before. So there really isn’t much to hide
anymore. 
BLADE: “Brokenhearted” and “Hello”
were both No. 1 dance hits. Did you
realize you were onto something writing
them as opposed to other songs?
NOONAN: We did know pretty early on.
Even with the covers, the strongest thing
for us is playing live, so we knew that if we
had some kind of energy, some feeling
to get behind and get on stage and play
this, there are certain songs that have an
energy there and really translate well live
and that’s our biggest thing. We wanted
to make sure that those songs had those
elements. When it feels really good, feels
right, usually those write themselves and
they are a lot faster to write. 
BLADE: Did you realize early on you
had a strong LGBT following?
HEIDEMANN: Yeah, it was pretty early.
I used to put the covers up and we used
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Capital Pride festivities
continue all weekend
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
There’s more going on this weekend
than any single person could ever get to.
Here are the offi cial highlights.
• The D.C. Front Runners have their
Pride Run 5K this evening (Friday) at 7
p.m. starting at Congressional Cemetery
(1801 E St., S.E.). Cost is $40 or $30 for
those under 21. Visit dcfrontreunners.org
for details.
• Blast Off!, the offi cial Pride opening
party from Brightest Young Things and
Capital Pride, has its “spaaaaaaaace party”
tonight at 9 p.m. at Union Market (1309
5th St. N.W.). Tickets are $25 at the door.
• The 39th annual Pride Parade kicks off
Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at 22nd and P streets,
N.W. and travels 1.5 miles through Dupont
Circle and 17th Street by Logan Circle and
ends at 14th and S streets. About 150,000
watch the parade each year, which
features around 170 floats/contingents. A
“review stand” is located at 15th and P. The
first contingent is expected there around
5 p.m. The final contingents should arrive
there about 7:15 p.m. Marriott is this year’s
parade sponsor.
For the first time, an Armed Forces
Color Guard from the Department of
Defense will present and retire colors
at the parade. Organizers say they’re
excited about “this significant step
forward for the community as a whole
and particularly for those LGBT members
of the armed forces.”
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris
Kluwe, an LGBT ally, will serve as grand
marshal.
• The Cherry Fund will host an after
party in the wee hours — from 3:30-9:30
a.m. Sunday at Tropicalia (2001 14th St.
N.W.) featuring DJs David Merrill and
Benny K. Tickets are $35 and are available
at cherryfund.org.
• And on Sunday, the Capital Pride
Street Festival will be held in its usual
spot on Pennsylvania Ave., between
3rd and 7th streets, where the Capitol
Stage, with the U.S. Capitol visible just
behind, has been a tradition for 18 years.
Festival exhibit hours are noon-7 p.m.
and will feature 300 sponsors/vendors,
three stages, two beverage gardens, a
family area, numerous food vendors
and headline performances by Karmin,
Bonnie McKee, DJ Cassidy and Betty Who.
The festival typically draws about 200,000
people. A $10-20 donation is requested.
Those attending the festival will have
a chance to participate in the Future is
Here, a “time machine” project from the
National LGBT Museum and Capital Pride
in which participants can record oral
histories in video booths that are being
collected for next year’s 40th anniversary
Capital Pride. The Future is Here is also a
family and educational activity area at the
festival with a moon bounce, water slide,
refreshments and more.
Out DJ Tracy Young will spin at the Capitol
Sunset Closing Party just after the festival.
Visit capitalpride.org for more information.
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EMELI SANDE at last year’s Capital Pride.
A piece of the action
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY TYLER GRIGSBY
CAPITOL STAGE
Emcees: Jerry Houston,
Destiny B. Childs and DJ TWiN
NOON-3 P.M.
National Anthem
Gay Men’s Chorus
Michelle Raymond Band
DC Gurly Show
Kat Ja Gileson
Freddie’s Follie’s
Darienne Lake from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Betty Who
3-5 P.M.
Ladies of Ziegfeld’s
Synergy
Team Peaches
Courtney Act from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Bonnie McKee
Ladies of Town
Steven Taetz
Adore DeLano from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
5-7 P.M.
Karmin
Parade winners
EnKORE Dance Co.
Ray Isaac
DJ Cassidy
Mayor Gray
Meet Capital Pride
Bianca Del Rio from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Rita Ora
7 P.M.
Sunset Closing Dance Party
DJ Tracy Young
Birdie LaCage
MONUMENT DANCE TENT
NOON-1:30 P.M.
DJ Ed Ferrier
1:30-2:30 P.M.
DJ Chord
2:30-3:30 P.M.
DJ Mad Science
3:30-4:3- P.M.
DJ Sean Morris
4:30-5:30 P.M.
DJ Rosie Hicks
5:30-6:30 P.M.
DJ West
6:30-CLOSE
DJ Keenan Orr
DUPONT STAGE
(at 6th and Pennsylvania)
1-3 P.M.
Emcee Ophelia Bottoms
Capital Cabaret
D.C. Different Drummers
C-Rafter
Kortic Courture
Kalil Valentino
Capital Cabaret 2
3-6 P.M.
Freestyle Fitness
Capital Cabaret 3
D.C. Front Runners
Sean Barna
D.C. Kings
Capital Cabaret 4
Katja Glieson
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Philly’s Pride also this
weekend, Baltimore next;
others later in June
By JUSTIN PELIGRI
The Baltimore Pride Celebration
kicks off June 13 with “Twilight on the
Terrace,” a cocktail party and fundraiser
at Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore
Museum of Art. The festival continues
throughout the weekend, including a high
heel race on Saturday and a block party
on Sunday.
“We’ve expanded our footprint for
Pride,” says Kelly Neel, interim executive
director of the GLBT Community Center
of Baltimore and Central Maryland,
noting potential for a growing number of
attendees.
Unlike previous years, this year’s Pride
will feature entertainment and vending
booths on both Saturday and Sunday
instead of keeping those attractions
separate from the parade, an adjustment
Neel is looking forward to.
Baltimore Pride, which expects about
10,000 each day of the weekend-long
celebration, will likely host a mass
wedding this year, making a tradition
out of a ceremony first held at last year’s
Pride, the first year same-sex marriage
was legal in the state.
Decades after the first Pride festivals
were celebrated, Neel says there is still
a place for them each summer, even as
barriers fall for LGBT couples across the
country.
“It’s great that there’s more awareness
now and people are being more accepting
of the LGBT community,” Neel says.
“But I think that will just serve to make
the parades bigger. Pride is not only a
celebration of what’s going on in the now.
It’s more a celebration of the past and a
history of activism as well as the future.”
The city of brotherly love celebrates
Philly Pride this weekend with a
parade starting Sunday at noon from
Philadelphia’s 13th and Locust streets. At
this year’s pride — the first in Pennsylvania
since same-sex marriage was legalized
last month — the Hon. Dan Anders of
the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
will conduct marriage ceremonies at
Independence Hall. Married couples will
receive wristbands to the Pride festival.
The entertainment headliner is the
Village People. Other Pride weekend
events include a kick-off block party from
6-11 p.m. tonight on 12th Street between
Walnut and Spruce, and the annual Dyke
March on Saturday in Kahn Park at 3 p.m.
For more details, visit phillypride.org.
The weeklong New York City Pride
celebration starts June 24 this year,
beginning with a family movie night
featuring “The Wizard of Oz” at Hudson
River Park’s Pier 46.
Other events include the rally on
June 27, hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
judge Michelle Visage and featuring
performances from season four winner
Sharon Needles as well as Betty Who, also
set to play D.C. this weekend.
The centerpiece of the city’s Pride
weekend is the New York Pride March,
which steps off at noon. It begins at 36th
St. and Fifth Ave., and ends at Christopher
and Greenwich streets. What began as a
500-person “gay power” demonstration
in June 1969 after the Stonewall Riots,
has since grown into an annual civil rights
celebration featuring 50 floats and more
than 300 organizations.
This year’s Pride boasts big-name grand
marshals: “Orange is the New Black” star
Laverne Cox; lead actor in the hit HBO
television series “Looking” Jonathan Groff;
and Rea Carey, executive director of the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Following the parade is Dance on the
Pier from 4-10 p.m. on Hudson River
Park Pier 26. All proceeds from this year’s
dance, featuring a live performance from
pop performer Demi Lovato, benefit
the city’s offi cial Pride events and LGBT
community organizations. For more
details on pride celebrations in New York
City, visit nycpride.org.
Frederick’s third annual pride
festival takes place June 28 from noon-
6 p.m. in Carroll Creek Linear Park.
Attractions include a pie eating contest,
music performances, booths from local
businesses, as well as an interfaith service
at 11 a.m. the morning of Pride, a new
addition this year. For more information,
visit thefrederickcenter.org.
Chesapeake Pride festival kicks off
later in the summer on Aug. 2 from
noon-6 p.m at the Mayo Beach Park
in Edgewater, Md. Head to the beach
for “fun in the sun and a fabulous drag
show,” Chesapeake Pride’s website says.
Visit chesapeakepridefestival.org for
details and updates.
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Reverlers at last year’s Baltimore Pride.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
East Coast extravaganzas
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McKee bonded with Katy Perry at an L.A. thrift shop
to read every single comment, which
can be really bad because people can be
super mean. But the gay audience early
on, there was a lot of guys who were
commenting on Nick’s attractiveness. We
were kind of like, “Oh, this is awesome.”
NOONAN: We have a very theatrical
performance style, there were kind of
a lot of elements. We didn’t really go
out trying to say, “OK, we’re going to go
get the gays,” but it made sense and we
started doing a lot of Pride festivals and
you know how we feel about everything,
it’s more of a civil rights issue for us. So it
kind of just made sense.
HEIDEMANN: And those are the best
shows. So we were kind of like, “Why are
we wasting our time playing anywhere
else?” 
BLADE: You were born just a few
days apart. Is there any astrological
significance to that or is it just a random
factoid?
NOONAN: It’s funny because we just
went to an astrologer like last week.
But we won’t go into that. We are both
Tauruses, so there’s a lot of creativity but
also a lot of stubbornness. Usually we get
along very well, but when we butt heads,
it’s like a colossal shit storm. 
BLADE: Was there a tradeoff in signing
with a major label? 
NOONAN: It’s diffi cult, definitely. 
BLADE: How so?
NOONAN: Just getting everybody on
the same page. 
HEIDEMANN: There’s a lot of turnover.
You’ll work with a lot of different people,
then they might move on to another
company.
NOONAN: Differences of opinion.
We’re not big fans of art created by
committee. 
BONNIE McKEE
BLADE: You just toured with Karmin
this year, right?
McKEE: Yes, I’m excited to be reunited
with them again. We did five weeks
together and it was amazing. So much
fun. They’re a really fun act and they have
a great audience.
BLADE: Did you get to hang out much
on the road?
McKEE: I knew them before. We had
written songs together and we’re label
mates, so it was fun. 
BLADE: Was the “American Girl” video
really shot in a 7-Eleven? 
McKEE: It was actually an AMPM, but it
was a quickie mart. 
We wanted to give some love to
7-Eleven, but they weren’t with me on
that. 
BLADE: Obviously I know you could be
playing a character in a video or even if it’s
you, that’s not your entire persona, but
the video presents you as this carefree
girl sunbathing, changing clothes in a car
wash and so on. Yet being a pop singer
takes enormous work and discipline.
Does your real life feel removed from
that girl? 
McKEE: I’ve been trying to take more
time for myself recently. When you’re on
tour, yeah, it’s a blast of course, but it’s
also a lot of hard work. I’m trying to let
myself be a little more carefree like the
girl in the video. 
BLADE: There was talk of you having
an album out this spring. The first single
was out last summer. What’s the status of
that?
McKEE: Well, I want to do some more
visual stuff. I’ve made a couple videos, I
just put a single on iTunes and I’m also
trying to sell “Sleepwalker” which I never
offi cially put out. …So I don’t know when
it’s going to happen. It’s all about timing,
so when we get it set up properly, it will
be out. I’m really a visual artist, so I think
videos are really my sweet spot.
BLADE: How did you meet Katy Perry?
McKEE: At a thrift store in Los Angeles.
We were both trying to sell our clothes and
being rejected, so we kind of bonded over
that and we’ve been friends ever since.
BLADE: When was that?
McKEE: Oh, maybe 10 years ago. 
BLADE: When you write together, do
actually sit down together or just send
ideas back and forth?
McKEE: We sit down in the room
together, do a lot of spooning. We get
in a beanbag chair together and kind of
hash it out. We fight a lot over every line
but that’s what makes it great. She’s a
perfectionist and so am I.
BLADE: Has your classical training
growing up come in handy in the stuff
you do now, like with knowing chord
progressions and stuff like that, or is it
apples and oranges musically?
McKEE? Really grateful to have the
training I have but it doesn’t help much.
I think the only way it really comes into
play in my pop songwriting is, you know,
keeping my voice healthy and knowing
how to sing properly and not injure
myself. That was the most valuable thing
I learned. And also work ethic. It was just
drilled into us in a world class choir. We
were yelled at a lot. Really prepared me
for real life. 
BLADE: You identify as bi, right?
McKEE: Yes
BLADE: Do people ever accuse you of
saying you’re bi just to have street cred
or something or do they take it seriously? 
McKEE: I think it’s ridiculous. Do I have
to prove to everyone that I’m bisexual?
They want me to make out with girls
publicly to prove it? That’s something I
identified as when I was 12 years ago
and I don’t feel I need to prove that to
anybody. If I meet a girl I love, great. If I
meet a boy I love, that’s great too.
BLADE: Your hair is always these wild,
great colors, but they tend to fade so fast.
Do you have to constantly have it redone?
McKEE: Yeah, well luckily my friend
is a hairdresser, I do it about every two
and a half weeks but yeah, if you’re going
to have crazy color, you have to — it’s a
commitment for sure.
BLADE: Do you have times where you
let it go more, like if you’ll be in the studio
for a while and not making as many public
appearances?
McKEE: Oh, never! Never, no. I always
keep it fabulous.
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the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of
social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court,
the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on
LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic
since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. In June 2011, Chibbaro became the first reporter from the LGBT press to
be inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Professional Chapter Hall of Fame, which recognizes
journalists of distinction who have worked in the news business for 25 years or longer.
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ownership in 2009. Before coming to the Blade, Johnson covered defense issues for Inside Washington Publishers
and previously wrote for MIRS newsletter, a Lansing-based publication covering state political news in Michigan. A
Michigan native, Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a degree in English
and Creative Writing. In 2013, the Blade was admitted to the White House Press Pool with Johnson taking the lead
in covering the president. This marked the first time a gay newspaper has been invited to join ranks of mainstream
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How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I’ve been out since 1993. My mom
was the hardest person to tell, because
I knew she would worry about my
happiness and safety.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Bayard Rustin. We have a lot in
common: black; gay; West Indian; from
West Chester, Pa; influenced by Quakers.
He’s a great role model for living with
purpose and passion.
What’s Washington’s best
nightspot, past or present? 
The D.C. Eagle. I used to think I didn’t
like bars and that I didn’t like bar people.
But then I walked into the Eagle and
felt what it’s like to be in a place where
people aren’t judged by how they look or
what they’re wearing.
Describe your dream wedding.
It would be a small, backyard wedding.
We’d wait until the one-year anniversary
to do a ginormous reception/anniversary
celebration.
What non-LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?
There’s no such thing as a non-LGTB
issue; every human issue is an LGTB
issue. That said, I care most about
supporting youth and seniors, because
I feel it’s the privilege and responsibility
of every community to take care of its
juniors and elders.
What historical outcome
would you change?
The cancellation of the “Firefly” TV
series.
What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
The first season of MTV’s “The Real
World” in 1992.
On what do you insist?
Frequent and early use of vehicular
turn signals.
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
A TED talk on how your body language
impacts your mood, confidence and
ability to handle stress.
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
“Ivy League Kinkster”
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
Nothing
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world? 
There is only one power in the
universe and it only works for our
highest good.
What’s your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
Remember that, despite our diversity,
the members of the LGTB community are
more alike than different. What happens
to any of us, happens to all of us.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
My boyfriend Keith. And cupcakes.
I’d moonwalk across hot coals if my
boyfriend Keith was holding cupcakes.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That we are immutable; that we are
only one thing at a time and that we
never change. 
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Dirty Laundry”
What’s the most
overrated social custom?
Shaving
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
The Pantheon of Leather Community
Service Award
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That I was enough.
Why Washington?
There’s a critical mass of LGTB folks of
color here working to make the world a
better place. It’s affi rming to be among folks
who look like me, who think like me and
who are working for the forces of good.
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Ramien Pierre is two-for-two when it comes to winning leather contests.
Last November he was named Mr. D.C. Eagle and over Memorial Day Weekend
in Chicago, he beat 45 other contestants for the title of International Mr.
Leather.
He says despite being a relative newbie on the scene — he started dabbling
in the gay leather scene about five years ago — he thinks judges sensed he
grasped the community service element of the title and realized, as he puts it,
that his “greatest contributions to the community are ahead of me.”
“I wanted to move beyond just going to events and going to the club,” the
43-year-old West Chester, Pa., native says. “I had a real sense that being a
titleholder comes with a big microphone and gives you permission in a way to
talk to anyone and hear people’s stories. You can say what you want and hear
what other people think.”
Despite the kink component — part of the contest involved him
“entertaining” the crowd in a leather thong — he says he has encountered no
flak. He gave his boss (he works as a project manager for a federal contractor
that works with NASA) a heads up before entering and says it was no problem. 
Pierre has a busy Pride weekend planned. He’s running a 5k with three
other Mr. D.C. Eagle titleholders, will be on the leather float for the parade,
will be at Thunderdome: A Leather Event benefitting Capital Pride Saturday
night at 10 p.m. at Tropicalia (details at eventbrite.com) and volunteering at
the SMYAL booth at the festival. 
Pierre and boyfriend Keith have been dating for two-and-a-half years.
Pierre lives in Fort Dupont and enjoys volleyball, singing and rope play in his
free time. 
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D.C. LGBT film festival
returns as part of Center
Reel Affi rmations, Washington’s long-
running LGBT film festival, is back with
a crop of new films to be shown this
weekend and into next week.
The festival, now part of the D.C. Center
Arts Program, is partnering with Human
Rights Campaign, where its offerings will
be screened. It’s re-launching its monthly
film series, Reel Affi rmations XTRA and
offering “The Pride Film Festival,” which
offers the four films reviewed below in
addition to another (“Just Gender”) slated
for a Tuesday screening.
Visit reelaffi rmations.org or
thedccenter.org for details.
Catchy soundtrack
keeps ’Trash’ moving
“Girl Trash: All Night Long” is a movie
with a fitting title. For the duration of the
85-minute musical comedy from Angela
Robinson, the writer and executive
producer of “True Blood,” five female leads
spend their entire night looking for a hook
up, each with varying degrees of success.
The film, based on Robinson’s successful
web series sponsored by Showtime,
features a cast almost entirely of women,
including Lisa Rieffel, the lead singer
of Killola; Michelle Lombardo from
“Quarterlife”; Gabrielle Christian and Mandy
Musgrave from “South of Nowhere”; Rose
Rollins, Kate French and Clementine Ford
from “The L Word”; and Megan Cavanagh.
Scenes range from a car chase to drunken
debauchery in a sorority house. And all the
while, the girls sing in harmony about love,
sex, breakups and dating fantasies.  
A number of twists and turns make it
somewhat unclear which girls will end up
hooking up before the night is out. But by
and large, the plot is predictable and the
acting generic, failing to present anything
regular viewers of romance flicks haven’t
already seen.
A bizarre, borderline racist sub-plot
entails Rollins’ character, Monique Jones,
who spends her airtime chasing down the
other girls for money — at one point even
stealing their car — though it remains
unclear what they owe her for unless
you’ve also seen the web series.
“Girl Trash,” released on DVD June 3
and shown at Reel Affi rmations at 7 p.m.
tonight, does have its redeeming qualities.
The songs performed throughout are
catchy. The lyrics, while often trite,  are
easy to sing along to. And the movie has
a degree of social value in that it portrays
a wide range of lesbians — ranging from
a butch, lanky punk rocker to a virgin
sorority sister in a jumpsuit — some of
whom fulfill the time-tested stereotype
and some of whom, refreshingly, do not.
The musical’s saving graces are the
few serious conversations that take
place between musical performances,
including one where two lesbian sisters
talk about the diffi culties associated with
coming out, especially to family members
who are less than receptive.
Just don’t expect this film to win an
Oscar anytime soon.
JUSTIN PELIGRI
Outrageous ‘People’
too madcap to fully jell

“Such Good People,” a 95-minute
screwball comedy directed by Stewart
Wade, tells the story of Richard (Michael
Urie) and his husband, Alex (“Queer as
Folk” vet Randy Harrison), who discover
a million dollars while housesitting for
a rich humanitarian couple. When the
couple tragically dies, Richard and Alex
steal the money while the police and
Alex’s half-sister Paige (Carrie Wiita) and
her husband Cooper (James Urbaniak)
are on to their secret. What follows is an
all out war for the house of everyone’s
dreams and the secret stash of cash.
The problem with this film is that for a
comedy, there isn’t any reason to laugh.
The wacky hijinks are too far fetched to
be believed and not entertaining enough
to be enjoyed. Richard and Alex, although
likeable, continuously make stupid decisions
and it becomes increasingly diffi cult to root
for them to come out on top.
The story by David Michael Barrett
oozes “I Love Lucy”-type shenanigans but
the plot is too long winded. There is too
much happening at one time, including
a porpoise charity, a priceless ancient
Buhtan statue, trying to save orphans in
Buhtan and other secrets being revealed
what felt like every second, that it’s hard
to care what will happen next.
The cast gives an admirable effort to
make the movie enjoyable but the writing
leaves most efforts in failure. Character
development is rushed, especially
regarding Richard, presented as lacking
self-esteem and obsessed with money far
too late in the film for it to be believed.
Although the movie tries to cram
every crazy scenario into 95 minutes,
the direction lacks energy. The
cinematography also gives no life to the
story. The start of the film is filled with a
long, boring montage of Richard and Alex
having fun housesitting but the characters
are the only ones having a good time.
However, there are a couple laugh-out loud
moments (although far too few for a comedy)
— a cameo from Lance Bass as a charity
worker and snappy commentary on the antics
from Detective Diane Kershman (Ana Ortiz).
“Such Good People” tries its best to
be among the comedic ranks of other
screwball comedies such as “A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum” and “Raising Arizona,” but falls
substantially short.
MARIAH COOPER
Flawed but funny ‘Jill’ revives
elements of 2007 film
“Heterosexual Jill” is an uneasy
combination of rom-com and satire. Despite
the fantastic on-screen chemistry between
co-stars Jen McPherson (Jill) and Michelle
Ehlen (Jamie), the comedy never really takes
off, though it aims at targets that are laden
with comic possibilities (lesbian support
groups, indie filmmaking and the confusing
shifting boundaries of sexual identities and
contemporary sexual norms).
A flashback reveals that Jaime and Jill met
on a movie set where Jaime, a butch lesbian
who can’t get work as actor, is playing a man.
The director has forbidden Jaime to talk
about her drag, which is convincing enough
to fool Jill into thinking that Jamie is a man.
Jill, straight and self-obsessed, is terrified
when she learns that she has fallen for a
woman instead of a man. This is the plot of
the 2007 film “Butch Jamie,” which features
many of the same characters.
“Heterosexual Jill” opens years later with
the title character attending a meeting of
Better Day Tomorrow, a support group
for ex-lesbians. Inspired by the schemes
of a fellow group member, Jill launches
a plan reminiscent of a classic screwball
comedy. To prove that she is no longer
attracted to women, she will visit her ex to
confirm that she has no feelings for her.
The group’s facilitator warns Jill that this
is a very bad idea. “Attraction,” she says in
one of the movie’s best lines, “is a beast
that needs to be tamed not taunted.”
Meanwhile, Jamie is acting in a ridiculous
mockumentary about famous cats. In
between scenes, Jamie’s life on the set
is dominated by the continual bickering
between gofer David and cat wrangler Lola
(who is also Jamie’s ex). Each is convinced
that hunky director Jose is interested in
them and they stalk him to find conclusive
proof of his sexual orientation.
There’s a lot to recommend in
“Heterosexual Jill.” It raises interesting
questions about how people express their
sexuality and judge the choices made by
others. It includes some great physical
comedy, especially during Jaime’s trips to
a lesbian bar. And the rapport between
McPherson and Ehlen is strong. Ehlen makes
Jamie’s decision to participate in Jill’s lame-
brained scheme believable and touching
and McPherson adds some nice shading to
Jill’s baby steps toward self-awareness.
But the film needs a tighter overall
focus. Some of the satire is too broad
and some of the comedy falls flat. The
supporting characters are sketchily drawn.
As writer/director/producer/composer/
actor, the multi-talented Ehlen could
use a helping hand. There’s an inherent
conflict between the sentimental impulse
of romantic comedy and the skewering
impulse of satire that she never resolves.
But “Heterosexual Jill” could still make a
great date night movie. With the cinematic
sizzle between Ehlen and McPherson
(who bears an uncanny resemblance
to Cameron Diaz) and the provocative
issues at play, there will be a lot to talk
about on the way home.
BRIAN T. CARNEY
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‘SUCH GOOD PEOPLE’
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‘HETEROSEXUAL JILL’
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‘FIVE DANCES’
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‘JUST GENDER’
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generation, has been on a whirlwind
book tour since the recent publication of
his newest novel, “The Snow Queen.”
Cunningham, who was born in 1952 in
Cincinnati and grew up in Pasadena, Calif.,
is the author of the novels “A Home at the
End of the World,” “Flesh and Blood,” “The
Hours,” “Specimen Days” and “By Nightfall”
as well as the non-fiction book “Land’s End:
A Walk in Provincetown.” In 1999, he was
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Award. His many other honors include
fellowships from the Guggenheim
Foundation and the National Endowment
for the Arts. In 2011, Cunningham was a
Lambda Literary Foundation award finalist
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“The Snow Queen,” a lyrical, evocative,
moving novel loosely based on the Hans
Christian Andersen fairy tale of the
same name, takes place in a run-down
Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood over
three different days between November
2004 (just before president George W.
Bush is elected to a second term) to
November 2008 (as the election returns
in the Obama/McCain campaign are
being tallied). Its story is centered on two
middle-aged brothers – Barrett and Tyler
Meeks and Tyler’s fiancee Beth. Barrett,
who works in a vintage clothing store,
searches for meaning and love after his
boyfriend breaks up with him in a text
message. Beth is gravely ill with cancer.
Tyler, a musician, struggles to write
music, kick his cocaine addiction and to
care for Beth. One evening in Central
Park, Barrett looks up at the sky and sees
a celestial light. Though he’s not religious,
Barrett feels that the “pale, translucent
light” regards him in a godlike way.
In a wide-ranging e-mail interview with
the Blade, Cunningham discussed the
impact of fame, how music influences his
writing, the political shift in his work and
other topics.

Washington Blade: You’ve said that,
as a teenager, you read “Mrs. Dalloway”
[by Virginia Woolf] and that it reminded
you of listening to Jimi Hendrix. Music, in
a different way, runs through “The Snow
Queen.” Would you talk about that?
Michael Cunningham: All of my books
are related to music in a fairly literal way.
When I get to my studio in the mornings I
put on music, just for a little while, to get
the dormant molecules of the air agitated
again, after their night’s sleep. I just use
the music as a starter-upper ... But I do
find that, with each new novel, I’m drawn
to specific kinds of music. “The Hours” was
pretty much entirely the Brahms requiem,
and a lot of Schubert. “Snow Queen” was
almost entirely Laurie Anderson, Steve
Reich and John Cale. Oh, and some Clash.

Blade: In “The Snow Queen,” Barrett
sees this spiritual, mystical “celestial”
light. Some of your readers might be
skeptical. How have readers reacted to
the “celestial light?”
Cunningham: So far, no one has
scoffed at Barrett’s vision or his
subsequent search for some kind of
spiritual life. I suspect that’s partly due to
the fact that a lot of people are looking for
some sort of spiritual life, if only a life that
extends beyond working, shopping and
eating. And frankly I was careful to avoid
anything too specific in Barrett’s vision. I
didn’t want ... the Blessed Virgin Mary tap
dancing in the sky for him. Or anything
else that would have required dogmatic
beliefs on the part of readers.

Blade: You won a Pulitzer Prize for “The
Hours.” How did winning the Pulitzer
affect your life?
Cunningham: Winning the prize
was a strange experience. I was at first
shocked. Then I was happy for about two
days. And then, depressed for about six
months. Depressed (this remains slightly
mysterious to me) because I felt like it
was probably all downhill from there, that
no one will let me write any other kind of
book, ever again (I’ll never, ever escape
it). And partly — this is perverse, I know
— some surprising reluctance about
recognition. I’d always thought I’d wanted
it. And was taken aback when I found it a
little hard to tolerate.
But the depression passed, and I got back
to work. Which is what a writer does, right?
Sometimes the news is good, sometimes
the news is bad, but either way, you get
through it, and start on the next book.

Blade: Your novels delve into the inner
mysteries of human personality. Not to
get all Freudian, but do you ever feel,
figuratively, like a psychoanalyst?
Cunningham: As opposed to what
- novels that don’t delve into the inner
mysteries of the human personality? I mean,
isn’t that the point of novels? But yes, and it’s
funny – I lived for years with a psychoanalyst,
and we used to joke that we were essentially
doing the same work, he with actual people
and me with invented ones.
Blade: “The Snow Queen” seems more
political than most of your work. Has
there been some kind of a shift in your
work toward being more political?
Cunningham: There has been a bit of
a shift, in that I’m becoming increasingly
aware of how apolitical much American
fiction is. Most South American writers,
most Eastern European writers, wouldn’t
think of writing novels that didn’t
incorporate the system in which their
characters operated ... American fiction
tends to take place on some kind of blank
field, as if it made no difference who the
President is, how various corporations
are manipulating us, etc.
For quite a while, including the AIDS
epidemic in my fiction seemed liked politics
enough. The AIDS epidemic is, of course,
far from over. But I’m not on its front lines
anymore. And so, no to other concerns.

Blade: You’re gay. Have you
encountered homophobia in relation to
your work?
Cunningham: Honestly, I’m amazed at
how little homophobia I’ve encountered
in my writing career. I suspect it’s mainly
because the ludicrous, clueless, mean-
spirited people who are homophobic
don’t read novels at all.
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Bmore QFest opens next week
Bmore QFest, an LGBT-themed film festival, starts Thursday with the
Maryland premiere of “First Period” at MICA Brown Center (1300 Mount Royal
Ave., Baltimore) and an opening gala, and continues through June 15 at various
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Alexander and Dudley Beene) who are determined to become popular by
performing in their school talent show. After the screening, there will be a gala
in the Brown Center Courtyard with cocktails and food. Other films screening
that weekend include “Tennessee Queer,” a story about a New York City gay
man who returns to his small Tennessee hometown, and “The Rugby Player,”
a documentary about United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham, among many
others.
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screenings throughout the weekend are $10. For more information, visit
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Plays, shorts and more slated for Source
CulturalDC holds its seventh annual Source Festival, a performing arts festival,
at Source (1835 14th St., N.W.) starting tonight through June 29.
The festival features three full-length plays, 18 10-minute plays and three
“artistic blind dates,” a collaboration of works from nine different artists.
“Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea,” one of the full-length plays to be performed,
stars Dane Edidi, a transgender actress and D.C.-area resident. Edidi is the first
transgender actress to perform at the Source Festival.
Tickets are $10 for artistic blind date performances and $20 for full-length
plays and 10-minute plays. For a complete lineup of plays and times, visit
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‘Drag Race’ champ Bianca
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For more details, visit towndc.com.
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In Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s new political
comedy “The Totalitarians,” it takes three
words — “freedom from fear” — to turn a
lopsided election around.
Former roller derby queen and all-
around loose cannon Penelope Easter
has political aspirations. Though she has
zero knowledge of the issues and stands
for nothing, Penny is undeterred. She’s
rightfully confident that her big hair and
her gay husband’s enormous fortune
will open doors. But still, she needs help
connecting with voters, low information
and otherwise. That’s where Francine
Jefferson comes in. Francine is a wannabe
political operative with a talent for words.
She believes that one killer speech with
a catchy slogan repeatedly delivered by
an appropriately passionate Penny could
put this unlikely candidate on the path to
becoming Nebraska’s lieutenant governor.
Meanwhile Francine’s doctor husband
Jeffrey wants her to have a baby and
stay at home. Besides, he doesn’t trust
Penelope — even less when his young
terminally ill patient Ben warns him of
Penelope’s connection with a nefarious
1 percent cabal seeking to control all
American politics. He joins militant Ben in
trying to snuff out Penelope’s campaign.
Nachtrieb is tall (6’6”) and rangy. At 39,
the gay playwright retains boyish charm
and exudes a quiet intelligence. The
inspiration for the “The Totalitarians,” he
explains, came from a frustration with
the language of politics and rhetoric;
and whether anyone is actually saying
anything or is it all just sound bites? He
felt a need to dive into that.
“Penelope is very seductive cipher,” he
says. “Whether she is left or right is uncertain.
Seems like she’s fighting for something but
you can’t pin down on what she stands
for on any issue. Still Francine’s dream
gets married to Penny’s. She writes some
soaring, beautiful imagery reminiscent of
early Obama’s — inspirational but with few
specific references.”
And though Nachtrieb purports
Penelope is not a commentary on any
single party or person, her over-the-top
vulgarity definitely come off more like Sarah
Palin than Elizabeth Warren. Penelope is so
outrageous, says the playwright, that in a
different production she could easily be
played by a male actor in drag.
“There is an attraction between
Francine and Penelope. And the dynamic
between Jeffrey and Ben is just shy of
being a gay relationship. There are those
clandestine meetings in cruisy parks. And
the long hernia examination that Jeffrey
gives to Ben is interesting.”
Commissioned by the New Play
National Network, “The Totalitarians” is
currently undergoing a year-long rolling
premiere that kicked off at Southern Rep
in New Orleans and is now playing at
Woolly Mammoth. Later this year it will
play at Z Space in San Francisco where
Nachtrieb is playwright in residence.
Woolly’s production is staged by
talented gay playwright and director
Robert O’Hara. The cast features local
actors Emily Townley and Dawn Ursula
as Penelope and Francine, respectively.
Jeffrey is played by Sean Meehan who
played Morton in HBO’s production of
“The Normal Heart,” gay dramatist Larry
Kramer’s seminal AIDS play. Chicago
actor Nick Loumos plays Ben. It’s
Nachtrieb’s second collaboration with
Woolly Mammoth. The first was his dark,
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FROM CULTURECAPI TAL. COM
YOUR LI NK TO THE ARTS I N METRO D. C.
NMWA NI GHTS: TOTAL ART
J UN 6. NATI ONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN I N THE ARTS.
202- 783- 5000. NMWA. ORG.
Join the Young Partners Circle (YPC) for an after-hours happy hour to celebrate
the opening of Total Art: Contemporary Video. Enjoy tours of the newly-
installed exhibition, drinks, bar snacks, and exhibition-themed activities.
SOURCE FESTI VAL 2014
J UN 6- J UN 29. SOURCE THEATRE. 202- 315- 1305.
CULTURALDC. ORG.
CulturalDC’s Source Festival, now celebrating its seventh year, debuts 24
original works for the stage. Each year the Festival presents three Full-Length
Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.
TREY MCI NTYRE PROJ ECT
J UN 11. WOLF TRAP. 877- 965- 3872. WOLFTRAP. ORG.
This inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s
glam-rock stylings.
J AZZ I N THE GARDEN: J UANI TA WI LLI AMS
J UN 6. NATI ONAL GALLERY OF ART SCULPTURE
GARDEN. 202- 737- 4215. NGA. GOV.
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THEATRE
Cloak & Dagger. Jun 12-Jul 6.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Cock. Thru Jun 22. Grounded.
Jun 10-Jun 29. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
The Totalitarians. Thru Jun 29.
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
Ordinary Days. Thru Jun 22. Round
House Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
The Piano Lesson. Thru Jun 8. Avenue Q.
Jun 11-Jul 6. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Things You Shouldn’t Say Past
Midnight. Thru Jun 7. Keegan Theatre.
703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.
Freud’s Last Session. Thru Jun 29.
The Prostate Dialogues. Jun 6-Jun 29.
Theater J. 800-494-8497. theaterj.org.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Jun 6-Jun 8. Wolf Trap. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.
Shear Madness. Thru Dec 31. Kennedy
Center. 800-444-1324. shearmadness.com.
Swing Time – The Musical!. Thru Jul
31. Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial.
swingtimethemusical.com.
Bastianello & Lucrezia. Jun 6-Jun 15.
UrbanArias. Artisphere. 888-841-2787.
urbanarias.org.
Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby
Mann. Thru Jun 28. ACT. Gunston.
703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing
of the Dog). Thru Jun 8. Synetic Theater.
703-824-8060. synetictheater.org.
SpeakeasyDC Born This Way: Stories
about Queer Culture in America.
Jun 8. CenterStage. 703-476-4500.
restoncommunitycenter.com.
Kwaidan. Thru Jun 22. Spooky Action
Theater. Universalist Church.
202-248-0301. spookyaction.org.
Killer Joe. Thru Jun 29. DCAC.
202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org.
DANCE
Pennsylvania Ballet. Jun 6-Jun 8.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Puro Tango II. Thru Jun 22. GALA
Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.
galatheatre.org.
DanceAfrica, DC 2014. Thru Jun 8. Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
DC Casineros. Jun 6. Dance Place. Arts
Plaza at Monroe St Market.
202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
MUSI C
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Jun 12.
Wolf Trap. 877-965-3872. wolftrap.org.
Made In America. Jun 11. The
Washington Chorus. Kennedy Center.
202-342-6221. thewashingtonchorus.org.
Icelandic Ambassador’s Residence. Jun
6. Bulgarian Ambassador’s Residence.
Jun 12. The Embassy Series.
202-625-2361. embassyseries.org.
June Open Mic. Jun 9. DC Cabaret
Network. The Passenger. 202-679-8553.
dccabaretnetwork.org.
MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Garry
Winogrand. Thru Jun 8. Modern German
Prints and Drawings from the Kainen
Collection. Thru Jun 29. The Monuments
Men and the National Gallery of Art.
Thru Sep 1. Degas/Cassatt. Thru Oct 5.
Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.
Thru Nov 30. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Peruvian Gold
Ancient Treasures Unearthed. Thru Sep
2. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Rineke Dijkstra:
The Krazyhouse. Thru Jun 15. American
Journeys - Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21.
202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Shakespeare’s the Thing. Thru Jun 15.
folger.edu.
The Phillips Collection. Made In The
USA: American Masters From The Phillips
Collection, 1850-1970. Thru Aug 31.
202-387-2151. phillipscollection.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Total
Art: Contemporary Video. Jun 6-Oct 12.
202-783-5000. nmwa.org
Kreeger Museum. K@20 Kreeger
Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition.
Thru Jul 31. John L. Dreyfuss’
Inventions. Thru Apr 1. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
GALLERI ES
Strathmore. A Shared Universe: The Art
of Comic Books. Thru Jun 8..
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Artisphere. Kate Samworth: Aviary
Wonders Inc.. Thru Jun 15. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com.
Washington Project for the Arts.
Capitol Skyline Hotel. Video art by
Brandon Morse. Thru Jun 20.
202-488-7500. wpadc.org.
Flashpoint Gallery: CulturalDC.
Judy Rushin &. Thru Jun 21. 202-1305.
culturaldc.org.
Goethe-Institut. Search for a New
Sound. Thru Jul 3. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
ISAAG. Silvina Resnik: Someplace in
Buenos Aires. Thru Jun 13. 202-623-2217.
idbstaffassociationartgallery.org.
Neptune Fine Art. Jeff Chyatte. Thru Jul
19. 202-338-0353. neptunefineart.com.
The Art League Gallery. Tabletop
Ceramics, Neo-Expressionism & Susan
O’Neill: Figural Fine Lines. Thru Jul 7.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
BlackRock. Paintings by Dorothy Fall.
Jun 11-Jul 3. 301-528-2260.
blackrockcenter.org.
Your link to the
arts in Metro DC.
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Local trainer rediscovers
passion for sports,
training for Gay Games
By KEVIN MAJOROS
While growing up in Washington,
Grace Thompson competed in several
sports including basketball, cross country
and swimming. As is often the case, her
schedule during her college years at
Notre Dame of Maryland University left
little time for sports.
After college, Thompson co-founded
Embody Pure Fitness in D.C. and provides
corporate wellness, nutrition counseling,
small group training and personal
training. It was through one of her clients
that she rediscovered competitive sports.
“One of my clients asked if I would
train her for a 5K run,” Thompson says.
“That led to a 10K and a 15K and shortly
thereafter, I joined the D.C. Frontrunners.”
Since then, she has competed in
everything from 5Ks to Ragnar Relays to a
marathon. In 2011, she began competing in
kettlebell competitions. Kettlebells are cast-
iron weights that resemble a cannonball
with a handle. The competitions have
similarities to weightlifting.
At the World Kettlebell Lifting
Championships in 2011, she placed first
in the 12KG Long Cycle division. After
sitting out 2012 because of a bike crash,
she came back in 2013 to place second in
the 14KG Long Cycle division.
This August, her love of running will
take her to Cleveland for the 2014 Gay
Games where she will compete in the
marathon and either the 5K or 10K.
“I absolutely enjoy the energy I feel
from running,” says Thompson, 30. “I love
that I can train by myself or with a group
of friends. It is so simple to just grab a
pair of running shoes and go.”
Her training leading up to the Games
will consist of two yoga sessions per
week, weight lifting two days a week and
running three times a week with her focus
being on strength and endurance. Racing
will be limited to the Pride Run 5K and
possibly a half marathon in Atlantic City.
Earlier this year, Thompson experienced
one of the new hazards in road running
during the George Washington Parkway
10 Miler.
“A woman in front of me stopped dead
in her tracks and was wearing headphones,
so she didn’t realize I was behind her. I had
to take a dive to avoid her and basically
did a face-plant. She kept on running like
nothing happened. I finished the race, but
was a bloody, sweaty mess.”
For her first Gay Games experience,
Thompson is looking forward to
connecting with LGBT athletes from
around the world and experiencing the
level of competition and camaraderie.
“I can’t wait to meet fellow athletes who
are in it for the sport of it. It’s going to be
empowering.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMPSON
GRACE THOMPSON is training for the Gay Games this summer.
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Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge (1315 16th St.
N.W.) hosts binge-watching for groups
of up to 10 guests to watch episodes of
their favorite shows, including “Orange
is the New Black,” featuring transgender
actress Laverne Cox. The basic package
pricing starts at $350 and includes event
space with a 50-inch television, high-
speed internet access and 10 oversized
bean bag chairs. To book, contact Audrey
Washington at 202-939-6412.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts its
weekly event  Bear Happy Hour  tonight
from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and
over. For details, visittowndc.com.
A  trans support group  meets at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W.) tonight
from  7-8:15 p.m.  For more details,
visitthedccenter.org.
On Erev Pride, the night before the
Capital Pride Parade, National Erev
Pride Shabbat, an inclusive Jewish
service for LGBT people and allies, is held
tonight at Sixth and I Synagogue (600
I St. N.W.). Cocktail hour starts at  6:30
p.m.  and the service begins at  7:30. For
details, visit sixthandi.org/event/national-
pride-shabbat.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
Town (2009 8th St. N.W.) hosts the top
four contestants from season six of “Ru
Paul’s Drag Race” tonight. Bianco Del
Rio, Darienne Lake, Adore Delano and
Courtney Act will host a meet and greet
starting at  7 p.m, a performance at  9:30
p.m.  and a late night show at  1 a.m.. It
is advised to buy tickets in advance. For
more details, visit towndc.com.
Out comedian Kevin Allison brings his
award-winning storytelling show “Risk!
Live” to the Bier Baron (1523 22nd St.
N.W.) tonight for two shows at  8 and 10
p.m.  Tickets are $20 and are available
at brownpapertickets.com/event/583569.
Mixtape  hosts its sixth annual pride
party  11 p.m.  tonight at the Howard
Theatre (620 T St. N.W.). Tickets are $10.
More information and tickets are available
at howardtheatre.com ormixtapedc.com. 
The Rainbow History Project board
invites hosts Gay Power to Gay People, a
panel discussion of the influential early
LGBT group, the Gay Liberation Front. This
event, which starts at  11 a.m.  at 801 K St.
N.W., is free and open to the public. For
more information, visit rainbowhistory.org.  
Burgundy Crescent,  a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for
Food & Friends and later at the Lost
Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation at Falls
Church PetSmart (Seven Corners, 6100
Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) from
11:45a.m.-3p.m. You’ll be given a dog
to walk and provide basic information
about to prospective rescuers.
Recently, Burgundy Crescent helped
the rescue foundation have one of their
most  successful  events ever, when
more than 45 pets were adopted. To
participate, visit burgundycrescent.org.
The Meet Market,  an outdoor
community market in Logan Circle,
(in a parking lot between  15th and P
streets N.W.)celebrates Pride month
and the Capital Pride parade today with
music from local musicians Michelle
Raymond and Justin Trawick as well as
a set by DJ Natty Boom. The Human
Rights Campaign will be on-site with an
interactive photo booth and Ben & Jerry’s
will give away free ice cream. For more
details, visitdcmeetmarket.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
The 39th annual Pride Festival
takes place today from noon-7 p.m. on
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and
7th Streets N.W.   Attractions, including
three stages and more than 300 vendors
from local community organizations are
family friendly and free of charge.
Burgundy Crescent  volunteers today
for D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St. N.W.)
from 9 a.m.-noon. No experience required
– just an interest in cooking. Later, they’ll
volunteer at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue
Foundation in Potomac Yards.  You’ll
be given a dog to walk and provide
basic information about to prospective
rescuers. To participate in either of these
events, visit burgundycrescent.org.  
SpeakeasyDC  presents an afternoon
of entertaining stories from the LGBT
community and their allies  today at
the Reston Community Center (2130
Colts Neck Road, Reston, Va.) from 3-5
p.m. Tickets range from $15-30. Visit
speakeasydc.com for details.
Tropicalia (2001 14th St NW) hosts the
Cherry Fund and Pride After Hours from
3:30-9:30 a.m. featuring DJ David Merrill
and DJ BennyK for $30 in advance or $40
at the door. All proceeds benefit local HIV/
AIDS advocacy organizations. For more
information, visit cherryfund.org.
Capital Pride hosts Pride Closing
AfterParty at Cobalt  (1639 R St.
N.W.) from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. tonight to close
out pride weekend. For more details, visit
cobaltdc.com. 
MONDAY, JUNE 9
Old Town Theatre (815 King St,
Alexandria, Va.) presents “Old Town
Divas,” featuring drag queen Shi-Queeta-
Lee and a cast of other well-known local
celebrity female impersonators. The
show is a 90-minute review of top music
legends, like Beyonce and Dolly Parton.
Tickets are $20 in advance. For details,
visit facebook.com/oldtowndivas. 
TUESDAY, JUNE 10
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W.)
hosts its monthlyLatino LGBT task
force  meeting  today from 3-5 p.m.  For
more details, visit dccenter.org.
D.C. Bi Women  meets tonight for
dinner in the upstairs room of Dupont
Italian Kitchen (637 17th St. N.W.)
from 7-9 p.m. 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30
p.m.  at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.
S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations
needed and newcomers welcome. Call 703-
407-6540 if you’re looking for a partner.
The Job Club, a weekly support program
to help job seekers improve confidence
and motivation meets tonight at the D.C.
Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from  6-7:30
p.m.  Attendees will learn strategies
on how to set goals and improve self
awareness. The event is geared toward
helping attendees find meaningful
employment. To register for this event or
to learn more information about other
career-oriented programs at the Center,
email  centercareers@thedccenter.org  or
visit centercareers.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12 
“Cloak and Dagger,” a whodunit
comedy by gay playwright Ed Dixon,
opens at 8 p.m. tonight at Signature (4200
Campbell Ave, Arlington, Va). To buy
tickets, visit signature-theatre.org.
Burgundy Crescent  volunteers from
6-8p.m. tonight for Food & Friends at their
facility near the Fort Totten Metro station.
Group size is limited to 10 people per
shift. If you are interested in volunteering,
email jonathan@burgundycrescent.org. 
JUSTIN PELIGRI
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HI MICHAEL,
Can two gay men really have a
monogamous relationship?
My boyfriend and I have wanted to be
monogamous, but neither of us has been
able to totally stop the occasional hookup.
It’s taken a toll on our relationship in terms
of hurt feelings, trust and closeness.
Lately, Jim isn’t even trying to hide it and I
really don’t like seeing him on Grindr out
of the corner of my eye or having him
suddenly disappear for two hours.
We’re wondering if we should just accept
that this is how things are supposed to be
and stop feeling bad? For what it’s worth,
none of the gay couples we know are really
monogamous, either (though sometimes
one of the partners thinks they are).
MICHAEL REPLIES:
I think that gay men are capable of
having monogamous relationships. But
there are some powerful reasons why so
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when they would rather not.
Most of us grew up feeling bad and
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When children and young people don’t
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Another reason why monogamy seems
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of the heavy stigma around being gay,
most of us didn’t have opportunities to
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Instead, we had sex when, where and with
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up. And men in general are socialized to
have few qualms about pursuing sex. The
emphasis on sex in our community puts a
lot of pressure on us to define our success
by our desirability and conquests. Keep
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swirl, so that many of us wind up using
sex (and porn) like a drug to soothe and
feel good about ourselves.
All of this is doesn’t make it easy to be
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an emotionally healthy gay man. And
I haven’t even delved into the reasons
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everyone, including non-gays.
If you’re a gay man who wants to be
monogamous but find that you can’t
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to feel better about yourself and have a
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possible to move beyond the negative
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that most of us learned as we grew up.
And it’s also possible to move beyond
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All of this is hard work and can be lonely.
A lot of my clients tell me how isolated
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feeling like we don’t fit in. Just like coming
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pretending to be someone you’re really
not in order to not feel alone.
If you decide that you want to work on
these issues, I strongly suggest that you
seek out a therapist who has an expertise
in working with gay men. This stuff is not
easy to untangle. I wish you and Jim good
luck going forward.
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed
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Possible silver lining
in proposal to take
efect next year
By TED SMITH
“The city giveth and the city taketh
away.” That’s the efect of upcoming D.C.
tax changes proposed to go into efect in
January 2015.
On the one hand, the city would imple-
ment tax breaks worth an estimated $165
million. The threshold for exemption
from estate taxes would be raised from
$1 million to $5.25 million. Income taxes
for those earning $40-60K per year would
be lowered by 24 percent. The standard
deduction on income taxes for persons
fling singly would be raised to $5,200 or
$8,350 for those fling jointly. And two
new tax brackets would be added to pro-
vide more discrete levels of taxation.
On the other hand, the revenue lost by
reduction in taxes would be made up by
cutting back $400 million on the Streetcar
program (remember H Street?). Another
part of recovering the lost revenue would
be by instituting sales tax on gym, health
club and yoga studio memberships. (This
is an ironic move given the recent fnd-
ing by the American Fitness Index that
D.C. ranks as America’s Fittest City. Tax-
ing those ftness services would seem to
discourage more ftness.)
So where’s the silver lining for home-
owners and homebuyers? Basically,
you get to keep more of your income
— whether earned or inherited — than
previously. For homeowners, the extra
savings might enable you to move up to
that new place you’ve been wanting for
a while. (The average American stays in
a home for 4.9 years, but during the re-
cent recession that fgured jumped up to
9 years. There is a lot of pent-up demand
out there to move.)
For homebuyers, the extra savings may
allow you to reach that 20 percent down
payment or to qualify for a larger home
based on your increased income. (That
will be especially true for buyers in the
$40-$60K income range, who can take ad-
vantage of the city’s HPAP program.)
We’re approaching the summer lull in
home sales after the spring feeding fren-
zy of multiple ofers on properties. Like
the winter lull, this can be a great time to
sell or buy a home: Sellers will have less
competition from other properties, and
buyers will have less competition from
other buyers.
Happy hunting!
REAL ESTATE
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healthy relationships. Jonathan
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Richard at (202) 319-1333. from 9-5pm,
to schedule an interview.
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FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM Representing
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