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EFN Lounge closes abruptly, following resignation of its longtime manager. PAGE 6
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An interview with Adrian Fenty
Mayor promises greater visibility in LGBT community
Says hate crimes ‘being taken more seriously’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series featuring exclusive interviews with the two leading Democratic candidates for mayor. Next week, an interview with City Council Chairman Vincent Gray. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said his administration has a strong record of support on a wide range of LGBT issues, including marriage equality, but acknowledged he has not done “as good a job as I should have” in speaking out in public forums on issues of concern to that community.
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In an exclusive interview Tuesday with the Washington Blade, Fenty promised to be far more visible in his approach to the LGBT community as well as other constituency groups. “I’ve got to do a much better job being more visible in my second term, and I will,” he said. “I’ve got to get out in people’s doorsteps, at community events. You name it. I did not do as good of a job as I should have in my first term as mayor in getting out to the community.” But on the substance of his administration’s policies and Continues on page 14
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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty pledged to be more visible in the LGBT community if elected to a second term.
Casualties of war
Gay Iraqi, shot helping U.S., seeks fresh start in D.C. area localnews
Anti-gay marriage rally featuring Harry Jackson meets counter protest near Capitol. Page 6
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com Firas Abdulmajeed wants to make one thing clear up front: He’s not looking for a handout, just a job. The 33-year-old gay Iraqi refugee, who fled to Alexandria, Va. a month ago with his 68year-old mother after living six years in the United Arab Emirates, has faced an uphill battle most of his life. His home country was ravaged by war for most of his formative years; he lived under the violent regime of Saddam Hussein; and he suffered within a virulently anti-gay society that told him his samesex desires were demonic. Things have calmed for Abdulmajeed since he arrived in the U.S., but huge obstacles remain. While fluent in English and possessing the proper papers to work here, he suffered a lifechanging gunshot wound in his native Iraq on July 21, 2003, that eventually required a below-theknee amputation of his left leg. The loss had an incalculably negative effect on Abdulmajeed’s life. He sometimes wishes the wound had been fatal. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science that he earned from Al Mansour University in his hometown of Baghdad, but Abdulmajeed says he’d be happy taking any job that doesn’t require Continues on page 12
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Karen Diehl says goodbye to summer at Bare’s White Party at Cobalt this weekend. Page 31
Firas Abdulmajeed, 33, a gay Iraqi refugee, has been in the U.S. for a month. A computer science expert, Abdulmajeed lost a leg to the Shiites while working as a translator for the U.S. Army in Baghdad. He’s now trying to find work in the Washington area.
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Murder suspect claims self-defense
Police say gay man stabbed 30 times, doused in bleach
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. firstname.lastname@example.org A man charged in the Aug. 8 stabbing death of gay federal employee Delando King told police he acted in self-defense after King allegedly held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill him, according to a police affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court. The affidavit says defendant Marcus McLean, 24, a resident of Northeast D.C., initially denied knowing King and denied stabbing him inside King’s apartment at 1117 10th St., N.W., during the early morning hours of Aug. 8, when police believe the murder occurred. “After being shown a still photograph of video footage showing defendant McLean and the decedent walking together at approximately 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2010, defendant McLean admitted that he stabbed the decedent inside the decedent’s apartment, but claimed it was in selfdefense,” says the affidavit. Police charged McLean with premeditated first-degree murder while armed after arresting him about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, along the 2100 block of P Street, N.W., within a oneblock radius of three gay bars. King, 34, an employee of the U.S. Indian Health Service, was found dead in his apartment Aug. 9 by a building maintenance worker after a co-worker reported he had not shown up for work and could not be reached, a police statement said. The affidavit says the Dupont Circle gay bar Omega played an important role in helping investigators solve the case by providdent, took the decedent’s computer, cell phone, and wallet, and attempted to clean/remove his fingerprints from the apartment.” Police believe the knife used to stab King is consistent with a knife missing from a knife set they found in King’s apartment. The affidavit notes that King was 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds at the time of his death. It says McLean is about six feet, seven inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. McLean’s attorney, Kia Sears, could not be immediately reached for comment. According to the affidavit, investigators used surveillance video provided by Omega bar to track the whereabouts of King and McLean on the night of the murder. “The nightclub known as ‘Omega’ is an establishment frequented by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities,” says the affidavit. “While viewing the video, investigators were able to determine that on Aug. 8, 2010, at approximately 1:27 a.m., the decedent and Marcus McLean were inside the establishment and that the decedent was in possession of his wallet. “On Aug. 8, 2010, at approximately 2:45 a.m., the decedent’s check card was utilized at a bar known as The Passenger located near the intersection of Seventh and L streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.,” says the affidavit. “Shortly thereafter surveillance footage from the Washington, D.C. Convention Center captured the decedent and Marcus McLean walking from the direction of the above establishment towards the decedent’s apartment located near the intersection of 10th and L streets … The video captures the decedent and Marcus McLean holding hands while walking.” Capt. Michael Farish of the police homicide branch told news reporters Aug. 10 that police were seeking help from the community in identifying a man captured on video surveillance cameras at King’s upscale condo building entering the building with King. The video surveillance also showed the then unidentified black man leaving the building less than an hour later carrying a bag that he did not have when he entered the building. The affidavit, prepared several days after Farish spoke to reporters, says investigators obtained bank records showing that McLean used King’s bankcard to make purchases at several stores in D.C. and Montgomery County, Md. It also says that at about 12:52 p.m. on Aug. 8, just hours after the Medical Examiner believes King was stabbed to death, McLean “is captured in surveillance video utilizing the decedent’s check card at the Regal movie theater in Silver Spring, Maryland.” “Marcus McLean is observed still wearing the same clothing and carrying the same lime green bag as in the lobby surveillance footage that captured him leaving the decedent’s building approximately nine hours earlier,” it says. The police affidavit says police apprehended McLean at 2020 P St., N.W., which is the address of Marriott Residence Inn Hotel. Omega is located in an alley behind the hotel at 2122 P St., N.W. Jason James, the Residence Inn’s desk manager, said Monday that no arrest took place at the hotel at that time. A police spokesperson familiar with the case could not be immediately reached to confirm the location of McLean’s arrest. Court records show McLean is being held without bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Sept. 7.
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D.C. police Capt. Michael Farish said a surveillance camera captured images of the ‘person of interest’ in Delando King’s death. That person, later identified as Marcus McLean, was arrested and charged with murder. ing police with video surveillance showing King and McLean together at the club shortly before the murder took place. It says findings of an autopsy conducted by the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office show that King “sustained about thirty (30) stab wounds, five of which penetrated the heart.” Autopsy findings also show King suffered “chemical injuries and sustained several cuts to the arms and legs.” The affidavit says the chemical injuries appear to have been caused by the body being “doused with bleach” at the time of the murder. Several of King’s belongings were stolen from the apartment at the time of the murder, according to the affidavit, including his computer, wallet and cell phone, and investigators noted that the bedroom where King’s body was found had been “searched” by the perpetrator. The affidavit says McLean waived his right to remain silent and agreed to speak with detectives at the D.C. police’s Homicide Branch offices. “Defendant McLean alleged that the decedent was forcing him to be a male prostitute,” says the affidavit. “According to defendant McLean, the decedent held a knife to the throat of defendant McLean in the early morning hours of August 8, 2010 and threatened to kill him. Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing. “Defendant McLean further stated that, after the stabbing, he hid the knife used to stab the dece-
Trans woman assaulted near Dupont Circle
A reported sexual assault against a transgender woman behind a building near Dupont Circle on Aug. 13 is the seventh incident of violence against LGBT people with a connection to the neighborhood since June 2, according to police reports. Police said the latest incident occurred in an unspecified location in the rear of the 2000 block of P Street, N.W., in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, when a suspect approached the victim, whom police have not identified. “The complainant reports that she was grabbed by the suspect who placed his hand over her mouth,” said Sgt. Carlos Mejia, supervisor of the police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, in an email to local LGBT activists. “The suspect removed the complainant’s clothes and sexually assaulted the complainant,” Mejia said. “The suspect fled the area on foot. The complainant is a member of the transgender community.” Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence, which was among the groups to receive Mejia’s e-mail, released the message Monday. GLOV’s release came on the same day that court records became available showing that the man charged with murdering gay federal worker Delando King on Aug. 8 in D.C. had patronized at least one Dupont Circle gay bar on the night of the murder. Court records show that Marcus McLean, 24, who is charged with premeditated firstdegree murder while armed in connection with King’s stabbing death, was arrested Aug. 14 along the 2100 block of P Street, N.W., within a one-block radius of three gay bars. Four earlier incidents involving attacks against gay men in the Dupont Circle area have been listed as bias-related assaults that involved anti-gay name-calling when suspects attacked the victims. As of earlier this week, no arrests had been made in the five assaults. The fifth of the string of anti-gay bias attacks between June 2 and July 30 took place on Emmerson Street, N.W., outside the Dupont Circle area. Police said none of the victims in the five assault cases received life-threatening injuries. A law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transgender victim in the sexual assault case knew the suspect and provided his identity to investigators with the police’s Sexual Assault Unit, which is investigating the case. According to the source, police listed the attack as an incident of first-degree sexual abuse, one of the most serious sexual offenses under the city’s criminal statutes. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Rally pushes D.C. ballot measure on marriage
Counter protesters celebrate local rights for same-sex couples
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com About 150 same-sex marriage opponents rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, calling for the definition of marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman. National Organization for Marriage officials, who organized the event and billed it as the finale to a series of similar rallies held this summer in locations across the country, focused on the group’s efforts to overturn D.C.’s same-sex marriage law through a voter initiative. “Let the people vote! Let the people vote!” chanted Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the speakers at the rally and the leader of a campaign to oppose D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. The D.C. City Council passed and Mayor Adrian Fenty signed that legislation in December. The rally at the Capitol took D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large), author of the same-sex marriage bill, and Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), who headed the committee that guided the measure through the Council. The groups that helped organize the Freedom Plaza rally included Equality Across America, Full Equality Now! D.C., and Talk About Equality. “We know what this fight is about,” said Brian Brown, the National Organization for Marriage president, at the Capitol gathering. “It is about a profound love and respect for an institution that the government did not create … that brings together the two great halves of humanity, male and female, so that they can know and be known by — love and be loved by — any children that they may bear. “And this, my friends, is something worth fighting for.” Brown denounced U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in California for overturning Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. Brown said he was nearly certain that a higher court would overturn Walker’s ruling. But Brown noted, as have other same-sex marriage opponents, that a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will be pursued if Walker’s decision is allowed to stand. “If the worst-case situation were to happen, that this decision goes all the way to the Supreme Court and somehow five justices define out of thin air a right to redefine marriage, we still have the power to vote,” he said. “It’s called amending the United States Constitution to protect marriage as a union of a man and a woman.” Brown added that “the consequences are clear and profound when our children are taught in the schools that it’s the same thing for Jimmy to grow up and marry Johnny as it is to marry Mary, and that you, the parents, are bigots for teaching them otherwise.” Jackson called same-sex marriage advocates “out of control radicals” and compared the tactics that some have used to the tactics of “intimidation” used Continues on page 16
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On the matter of same-sex marriage, Bishop Harry Jackson chanted during a Sunday rally, ‘Let the people vote! Let the people vote!’ place at the same time that a coalition of LGBT organizations staged an opposing event at Freedom Plaza, which is located about a mile away and next to the John A. Wilson D.C. City Hall building, where the City Council passed the same-sex marriage law. Organizers of the Freedom Plaza rally estimated that between 200 and 250 people attended that event. Among the speakers were
EFN Lounge abruptly closes its doors
D.C. gay bar’s last night was Monday; employees shocked
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO firstname.lastname@example.org A Washington gay bar that had rebooted with a new name and concept 18 months ago closed abruptly Monday night, just a week after the departure of its general manager. EFN Lounge and Motley Bar, located at 1318 Ninth Street, N.W., near the Convention Center, was a two-concept bar housed under one roof. Former Manager Bill Gray, who’s gay, said sales weren’t strong enough to keep the business afloat. “We had Bear Happy Hour every Friday and that was amazing for revenue, but we realized that being open every day, we just couldn’t pull in the revenue we needed to sustain the building,” Gray said. “We tried multiple events. Some things worked, some didn’t. … We had utilities turned off and turned back on. It was just a real struggle financially.” Employees were informed of the decision Monday night. Gay bartender Matt Bamford, who’d worked there four months and is Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2010, said the news came as a shock. According to Bamford, assistant general manager Raven Cullen, who’s gay and had been managing the bar with Derrick Zann in Gray’s absence, informed him at about 8:30 p.m. Monday that the bar was closing. Bamford said he and the rest of the staff — several of whom were off but came immediately to the bar upon hearing the news — are angry. “Company standard there was always two weeks notice if we wanted to leave,” Bamford said. “What they did to not just the staff but to the community at large is just unconscionable.” Gay owners Tom McGuire and Adrian Massiah, who also work together as founder/president and chief operating officer respectively of WorkSpaces LLC, sent an email Monday at 8:40 p.m. informing the staff of the closing. “With loosing [sic] Bill as general manager combined with the very low sales we have been experiencing over the last few months, we have arrived at the very difficult decision that the bar must be closed,” McGuire said in the e-mail. “My apologies for the abrupt decision and short notice, but we really have no choice. This is the last thing I wanted to do. I wish you all the best moving forward.” McGuire and Massiah did not immediately return Blade calls seeking comment. Gray admited EFN Lounge was a tough endeavor and that he’d “checked out and burned out” in January. He also said he was tired of paying business expenses out of his own pocket. Gray noted a dispute about who should pay to settle a small claims lawsuit with a concert promoter who’d sued EFN was the final straw. “By that point, the slightest disagreement would have made me resign,” said Gray, 34. “It had consumed all my life and I was starting to realize it wasn’t for me.” McGuire said in the e-mail, “… we had to let Bill Gray go because of issues and circumstances which came to our attention just the week before last.” Gray said he left on his own volition and that he owns the rights to the EFN name and concept. Bamford said there were days that were slow, but “others were slamming.” He’d never met McGuire or Massiah until Aug. 9 when they came to the bar, introduced themselves and informed
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EFN Lounge abruptly closed Monday, a week after its general manager departed.
the staff of Gray’s departure. Another gay EFN bartender, Aaron Alexander, said in an email, “I don’t have much to say on the matter. I’m still trying to figure things out myself.” Bamford is concerned about the bar’s events, including some community service-oriented such as a condom campaign that was held at the upstairs Motley area for the last eight months. Some events have moved to Green Lantern. Local gay event promoter Jacob Pring started his Code and Poz parties at EFN
but moved them to Green Lantern several months ago. “Let’s see, I’m trying to keep this positive,” Pring said. “It worked well for awhile but eventually got to be a bad scenario.” Gray said the name came as a lark during an extensive remodeling project. “There was so much stress involved, I found myself constantly saying, ‘This fucking bar, I hate it,’” he said. “So we used that as the name, though technically it stood for Edgy Funky Neighborhood Lounge.”
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Equality Forum asks first lady to launch GLBT History Month
WASHINGTON — Equality Forum has invited first lady Michelle Obama to launch this year’s GLBT History Month in October. “GLBT History Month teaches history, provides role models, builds community and celebrates the GLBT community’s national and international contributions,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s executive director. “The White House celebration of GLBT History Month is an important demonstration of the administration’s support of our equality.” In connection with GLBT History Month, Equality Forum annually features a different icon each day at GLBTHistoryMonth.com. The project presents each icon, which this year includes such people as actress Cynthia Nixon and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, by way of video and biography. Equality Forum noted that Obama Photo by Samantha Appleton, courtesy of White House was asked to help launch this year’s event in part because she and the Equality Forum has invited first lady White House have held celebrations for Michelle Obama to launch GLBT History Women’s History Month, Black History Month 2010 in October. Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. A White House aide told the Blade that Equality Forum’s invitation would be “given careful consideration.”
Same-sex marriages on hold in California
Appeals court stays judge’s Prop 8 ruling
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. email@example.com A federal appeals court has reversed a decision last week by a lower court judge to lift the stay on his Aug. 4 ruling overturning Proposition 8, dashing the hopes of same-sex couples in California to quickly regain their right to marry. A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Monday granted a request by supporters of Prop 8 to keep the stay in place until the completion of their appeal, which is expected to continue through December. In their two-page order, the judges said only, “Appellants’ motion for a stay of the district court’s order of Aug. 4, 2010 pending appeal is granted.” They were referring to the Aug. 4 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker declaring Prop 8’s ban on samesex marriage null and void because it violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses. But in an action viewed as favorable to same-sex marriage advocates, the appeals court judges also ordered that the case move forward on an expedited basis, setting strict deadlines for lawyers on both sides to file their briefs between September and November. They directed that arguments before the court would take place during the week of Dec. 6. The action by appeals court judges Sidney Thomas, Michael Hawkins and Edward Leavy reversed an Aug. 12 decision by Walker to lift a stay that he put in place nine days earlier. Rather than allow same-sex marriages to resume in the state immediately upon issuing his Aug. 4 decision, Walker placed a stay on his own ruling, saying he wanted to give supporters and opponents of Prop 8 a chance to submit briefs arguing why a stay should or should not be kept in place during the appeals process. After considering the arguments, Walker ruled Aug. 12 that a stay was not justified because allowing same-sex marriage to resume would not cause any harm to the state or its people. But he extended his stay to Aug. 18 to give the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a chance to decide the matter. Unlike Walker, who issued an 11-page ruling explaining why he believed the stay should be lifted, the appeals court panel gave no explanation for its action. However, while it rejected Walker’s decision to lift the stay, the appeals court panel appears to have given credence to Walker’s assertion in his Aug. 12 ruling that Prop 8 supporters may not have legal standing to appeal the case. Walker noted in his Aug. 12 ruling that called for lifting the stay that the State of California may have sole legal standing to appeal a case like the one involving Prop 8. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, have refused to defend Prop 8, forcing private advocates backing the same-sex marriage ban law to defend it in court. Schwarzenegger and Brown have said they also oppose an appeal of Walker’s decision overturning Prop 8 and that the state would not be a party to the appeal. “In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing,” the appeals court panel noted in its ruling Monday. Officials with the California-based American Foundation for Equal Rights, which initiated the lawsuit by two samesex couples that led to Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8, sought to put an optimistic spin on the appeals court’s decision Monday to keep the stay in place. “This means that although Californians who were denied equality by Proposition 8 cannot marry immediately, the Ninth Circuit, like the district court, will move swiftly to address and decide the merits of plaintiffs’ claims on their merits,” the group said in a statement. Ted Olson, one of the two attorneys that argued for overturning Prop 8 at the district court trial earlier this year, called the expedited appeals court schedule significant. “We are very gratified that the Ninth Circuit has recognized the importance and pressing nature of this case and the need to resolve it as quickly as possible by issuing this extremely expedited briefing schedule,” he said. But one of the attorneys that defended Prop 8 in court had a different assessment of Monday’s decision to keep the stay in place. “It made no sense to impose a radical change in marriage on the people of California before all appeals on their behalf are heard,” said Jim Campbell, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. “Refusing to stay the decision would only have created more legal confusion surrounding any same-sex unions entered while the appeal is pending.” Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, a same-sex marriage advocacy group, called the appeals court action “a disappointing delay for many Californians who hoped to celebrate the freedom to marry and full inclusion in society as soon as possible.” Wolfson said that while the lawyers representing same-sex couples continue to argue the case in court, “we have more months in which to make our case in the court of public opinion.” Rev. Anthony Evans, a D.C. minister and one of the leaders of the campaign to oppose same-sex marriage in Washington, said the appeals court’s action reflects “the will of the people and the word of God,” which he said “will prevail.”
Only a fourth of troops surveyed on gays respond
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said that only about a quarter of the troops sent a survey on gays in the military responded. The Associated Press reported that Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said that close to 103,000 service members completed the survey, which asked questions like how they would react if assigned to a room with a gay person. The Defense Department had delivered 400,000 surveys to troops as part of its study on how it could lift the ban without hurting morale. The deadline to respond was Sunday. Smith said 150,000 surveys will be sent to troops’ family members later this month.
Despite early victory, aviator faces ‘Don’t Ask’ discharge
WASHINGTON — A highly decorated gay Air Force aviator whose pending discharge under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been highly publicized won Monday a request to temporarily prevent his expulsion from the U.S. military. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Morrison & Foerster LLP had filed the request for a temporary restraining order last week on behalf of Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, according to SLDN. Fehrenbach is 13 months away from retirement. SLDN and Morrison & Foerster announced Monday that they’d “reached an agreement” with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. District Court in Idaho, where the case is pending. “The agreement prevents the Air Force from discharging Lt. Col. Fehrenbach under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the discriminatory law barring gay and lesbian service members from serving openly and honestly, until the court can schedule a hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction,” says the announcement. Fehrenbach previously said he’s been waiting more than two years for the U.S. military to “do the right thing” and allow him to continue his service. “I have given my entire adult life to the Air Force that I love,” he said. ”I have deployed six times and risked my life for my country. In the two years that I’ve been sitting at my desk rather than inside my jet, I’ve offered to deploy numerous times. I’m ready, willing, and able to deploy tomorrow, but I’m barred from deployment, because of this unjust, discriminatory law.” The injunction was filed after the General Counsel’s Office to the Secretary of the Air Force reportedly reviewed Fehrenbach’s case and sent a recommendation to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Without action by Donley, Fehrenbach could have been discharged within days, according to SLDN. In a statement, Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, urged Donley to employ the new regulations for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” implemented earlier this year to keep Fehrenbach in service. “Lt. Col. Fehrenbach signed up nearly 19 years ago willing to risk all and die for his country, flying nearly 90 combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo,” he said. ”Why and how the hell do we end up firing our best and brightest when we’re fighting in two wars?” Sarvis said Fehrenbach’s discharge would “dramatically underscore that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is still the law and all gay and lesbian service members should be on notice.”
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Fla. primary could yield gay milestones
Voters could elect gay state representative, member of Congress
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org Primary elections set for Tuesday could yield two milestones if Florida voters elect a gay candidate to Congress and another man to become the first openly gay member of the state’s legislature. Scott Galvin, a North Miami City Council member, is seeking to represent Florida’s 17th congressional district in Congress. Galvin told the Blade last week he’s “feeling very excited” about his prospects. “We had a wonderful debate last night that went very well and we had a nice article in the Miami Herald yesterday talking about our chances in being able in win,” he said. “We’re just invigorated out knocking on doors and raising money.” Galvin is among nine Democratic candidates seeking the nomination in next week’s primary. No Republican candidate has filed to run in the general election in this Democraticon his campaign. “There were those who found out that I was gay for the first time and weren’t aware and there were those who obviously didn’t care and were actually motivated more by it,” Galvin said. Galvin said his campaign has seen further acts of vandalism, where campaign materials were vandalized, but none of those acts held such a clear anti-gay bias. Still, Galvin said he’s feeling optimistic about his campaign and noted the difference between the first-place candidate to the fifthplace candidate could be “as much as two to three percentage points.” Meanwhile, Justin Flippen, a tourism project coordinator for the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area, is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for a state legislative seat representing a district in South Florida. Flippen, who’s vice mayor of the city of Wilton Manors, said he’s interested in pursuing the seat to bring more effective Democratic representation to the Florida state capital. “We need a strong Democratic representative from District 92 in Tallahassee that represents all of the communities of the district, including the LGBT community most particularly,” Flippen said. He’s running against incumbent Democratic legislator Gwyndolen Clarke-Reid for the party nomination, whom he said has “not at all” been faithful to Democratic principles in her seat as a state representative. Among Clarke-Reid’s votes that Flippen criticizes are her votes for school vouchers and utility rate hikes for power companies. Flippen also took issue with Clarke-Reid’s lack of sponsorship of any state pro-LGBT legislation and her opposition to same-sex marriage, which he noted isn’t consistent with the national Democratic Party platform. “I was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008,” Flippen said. “I voted on the platform. I think we said that everyone’s included in the fabric of American society, particularly the LGBT community.” The Clarke-Reed campaign didn’t respond to the Blade’s request to comment for this article. Flippen said Clarke-Reed’s lack of support for pro-LGBT bills isn’t representative of her district because so many LGBT people live there. He estimated that the same-sex couple households comprise about one-third of the district’s population. “You would think that the district — with such a large proportion of GLBT same-sex households — would have a state representative that is very much in step with the GLBT community,” he said. “In fact, we do not have that. That will be changed in this election cycle.” Noting that he would be the first openly gay person elected to the Florida state legislature, Flippen said he thinks his voice will be important when LGBT issues come before lawmakers. “There needs to be a voice in the state legislature that stands for a community that has never had a voice before,” he said. “I will be there at every opportunity to stand up for equality and the equal rights for everyone, which we’ve not seen with great fervor in the state legislature.” Flippen said his chances of winning the seat in November are “very good” and that he’s received important endorsements, including from Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl. “I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think we had a better than good chance,” he said. “I’m pleased that we have walked over 60 percent of this entire district by foot and met with more than 5,000 voters in over 2,500 households.”
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Scott Galvin, who’s gay, is seeking to represent Florida in Congress. His primary is Tuesday. safe seat, so the winner of the primary is the presumptive U.S. House member in the district. Galvin’s campaign achieved additional notoriety last month when vandals defaced several of his campaign signs in North Miami by spray-painting the word “fag” on them. Galvin said the incident had a mixed impact
Boycott takes aim at Target stores
Gays snub national retailer after political donation spurs anger
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com Gay shoppers boycotting Target for supporting an anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate have little reason to rethink their stance as the company, the nation’s second largest retailer behind Wal-Mart, has done little in response. Target’s negotiations with the Human Rights Campaign ended abruptly this week with the gay civil rights group releasing a statement saying Target would “take no corrective actions to repair the harm that it caused” through its political donation. Based in Minnesota, Target has been pressured for three weeks by LGBT activists to make amends after giving $150,000 to MN Forward, a group that has run ads supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. A straight father of seven, Emmer is against same-sex marriage and supports constitutional amendments that outlaw it. MoveOn.org, a group of organizations that works to bring “real Americans back onto the political process,” is spearheading the Target boycott. MoveOn.org says its members object to Target “trying to buy elections” under the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections can’t be limited under the First Amendment. To counter Target’s donation, MoveOn.org is seeking $150,000 to “fight back” and “send an unmistakable message that Americans won’t stand for corporations throwing their weight around in our elections.” More than 250,000 signatures have been collected from people pledging not to shop at Target again until the company promises to stop making political donations, MoveOn.org says. Protestors have reportedly appeared at 1,100 Target stores across the country. HRC took no official stance on the boycott but was in negotiations with Target, encouraging the company to make a similar donation to an LGBT-supportive candidate in Minnesota. “We were in talks with ways they could make it right … and were close to some sort of agreement, but finally they backed away from the table and refused to give an explanation about why they would talk no further,” said Michael Cole, an HRC spokesperson. “I don’t know that we’ve reached out to them in the last few days, but their final word to us was, ‘No, we will not be giving anything to them to make it right and this is the end of the conversation.’” In a statement, Target told the Blade that a decision was made to wait before taking action on the matter. “Given the current political and emotionally charged environment, we have concluded that it is best to wait before taking further external action regarding our MN Forward contribution,” said Jessica Carlson, a Target spokesperson, in an e-mail. “We believe that it is impossible to avoid turning any further actions into a political issue and will use the benefit of time to make thoughtful, careful decisions on how best to move forward. We remain committed to the GLBT community and will continue to seek thoughtful ways to demonstrate the strong support for inclusiveness that we have held throughout our history.” While no D.C. gay groups have taken any lead role in the boycott, local LGBT people have expressed anger about the situation and joined the boycott. Geri Hughes, a Washington transgender activist, said she shopped regularly at the Target stores in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood and Virginia’s Potomac Yards shopping center, but won’t now. “Until this is resolved, I’ll tell you this,” she said. “I’m not gonna spend any money there. And if it doesn’t make the paper, I’ll never shop there again.” The news of Target’s donation supporting an anti-gay candidate came as a shock to many gays who recognized Target for its perfect score on HRC’s most recent Corporate Equality Index, which grades corporations on their approaches toward LGBT-related workplace matters. Target also has given money to the Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays in Twin Cities and participated in Minnesota Pride events. Joel Lawson, a gay Washingtonian with his own public relations business, said the controversy reminded him of disputes in the 90s with United Airlines and American Online. Those incidents involved resistance to enacting domestic partner benefits and a service member’s inadvertent outing. “They think, ‘Oh, we’re fine. This is a misunderstanding. It will resolve itself in a short matter of time,’” he said. “And that’s just not the case. The hurt is magnified and even more startling, more newsworthy and more difficult to resolve. … Unless they acknowledge the hurt and injury, it will only linger.” Lawson said he’s confident, though, Target will eventually make right on the matter. “It’s a very bad moment for a very good company with very good LGBT policies,” he said.
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Gay Iraqi seeks new life in America
Continued from page 1 him to stand and walk for any length of time. Infection and shoddy medical care after the injury — he’s certain his leg could have been saved had he received proper care — resulted in 17 operations, years of excruciating pain and a series of illfitting prosthetics that offer little help. He met James Jorkasky, a gay Arlington resident, at a grocery store in Northern Virginia two weeks ago. Jorkasky, a lobbyist for medical research funding, could see Abdulmajeed was struggling to walk and started their conversation. He’s been using his contacts to help Abdulmajeed find a job, see an orthopedic surgeon and get a proper-fitting prosthetic leg. “I’m really pushy and nosy, so I asked a lot of questions and found out a lot,” Jorkasky says. “I just thought maybe I could help.” Abdulmajeed says knew he was gay around age 13. He was athletic and enjoyed swimming. He soon realized he was attracted to men he saw at the pool — and thought he was the only person in the world who felt this way. Confiding to the head of his mosque about his desires proved disastrous. “He started shouting, ‘You are the devil,’ and kicked me out. I felt awful and embarrassed. So it was a hard time.” The development came during Hussein-era Iraq, which natives regard as something of a mixed bag. Abdulmajeed says many Iraqis prefer it to the violence and chaos that has engulfed the country since the U.S. invasion. Even gay life was better then, he says. “There was a gay community and a gay cruising area. In the Saddam time it was better. If you were gay and don’t talk about the government or Saddam, you were safe. Now both the Sunnis and Shiites are against that and want to show the Islamic world they are brave so they kill gay people.” Abdulmajeed moved to Dubai after college, working various administrative jobs, but came back to Iraq just before the U.S. invasion in 2002. By March 2003, communication was down and Abdulmajeed, who lived with his parents again in Baghdad, visited a hotel to try to learn the whereabouts of relatives. Though Muslim, Abdulmajeed had attended a Catholic school and studied English. He also studied in Dubai and honed his speaking skills watching U.S. movies. Abdulmajeed approached a U.S. Army officer and asked him in English if it was possible to make an international call at the hotel. In turn, the officer gave him an offer to though he’d had a boyfriend for about 18 months prior to the shooting, Abdulmajeed was dumped while he was in the hospital. “He sent a message through a friend and said, ‘I can’t be with an amputee guy,’“ Abdulmajeed recalls. Within a few weeks, he also lost his Army job, since being in the hospital prevented him from performing his duties. Upon his release from the hospital, Abdulmajeed found a cheap prosthetic in Iraq, but it required a size 10 shoe and Abdulmajeed’s shoes were one size too small. He was able to walk with the aid of a stick and also used a wheelchair. A relative arranged for him to come to the UAE in July 2004, but he faced an anti-handicap prejudice. “It’s the Mediterranean mentality,” he says. “They don’t even call you by name. They just say, ‘Amputee.’ That really affected me a lot but I don’t have another choice. I couldn’t go back to Iraq and I was only allowed to stay in the UAE as long as I had a job.” Abdulmajeed’s father, a retired civil engineer, was kidnapped in November 2006 after Abdulmajeed left for the UAE. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain unclear, but his mother was ordered to pay $30,000 to get him back. She followed the instructions to drive to a spot two hours from her house with the money. They were supposed to send her husband an hour after getting the money. She never saw him again. Abdulmajeed says the tragedies were nearly too much to bear. “We never even saw his body or know whatever happened to him. Surely he’s not still alive after all these years. So this old lady, she loses her husband and her son lost his leg for no reason. I didn’t do any mistake. If I was fighting or a soldier, that would be one thing, but I was a civilian. And my father, a Shiite kidnapped him because he was Sunni. “It really affects your way of thinking, your dreams that you will get freedom. We don’t even need the freedom, just safety. And you can’t imagine the temperature. It’s 110 and there’s no electricity.” Abdulmajeed eventually was able to have his mother join him in UAE in January 2007, but she was never the same. “She lost it sometimes,” he says. “If I come in from work, I go inside the home and heard her speaking with my father. She imagines him there. So this is a problem.” which he was able to do. In 2007, he applied to a refugee program with the United Nations to come to the U.S. It was three years before his application was approved, but he and his mother, who has diabetes, high blood pressure and a heart condition, were able to come to the U.S. last month. The two have little between them. He has a permanent Visa for refugees and a work permit, a few pieces of furniture, eight months of health insurance and food stamps. “I don’t want charity or a handout,” Abdulmajeed says emphatically. “I just want a desk job, even data entry. Nothing fancy, just [enough] to cover expenses and to live here. “About this point: I’m not looking for charity or donation. If someone wants to help, I need the jobs. Not because they’re sorry I lost my leg or am an amputee, but because he feels I desire a chance to prove myself. Only that. The day that I feel I can’t offer the life here, that’s the day I should go back to Iraq or wherever, but I don’t want charity.” Jorkasky says he’s been amazed at his friend’s drive. “I’ve never seen such a quick study on anything,” he says. “He soaks up everything I give him. I think somebody would get themselves and excellent, smart, dedicated worker.” Jorkasky hopes the local LGBT community will help Abdulmajeed get the aid he needs. Abdulmajeed’s new life is modest by American standards. He and his mother love the country and have been amazed by what they say are friendly, smiling people. He enjoys simple freedoms like visiting a garden near the apartment building where he lives. He’s been to no gay clubs since arriving. Jorkasky is his only gay friend. He knows one other Iraqi here. “Sometimes I just sit there in the garden and I have this feeling how great it is do to anything or talking about anything gay or whatever in public,” he says. “I don’t have this feeling before, so this kind of freedom, it’s a great feeling everybody wants since childhood. “I think there are a lot of Americans who may not agree with the war or the invasion of Iraq, but whatever your politics are, what gets lost in the equation a lot of times are the real casualties. I think everybody in the D.C. gay community should just take a step back and look at their lives and realize what they have compared to the incredible struggle that Firas has had. One of our brothers is suffering right now and needs our help.” Job leads can be sent to Abdulmajaeed at email@example.com or Jorkasky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Firas Abdulmajeed work for the U.S. as a translator. Abdulmajeed became one of a team of Iraqi translators working in an Army contracting office in the Green Zone, Iraq’s international 3.8 square-mile zone in Baghdad. While the work went well, it quickly became obvious to Abdulmajeed, a Sunni Muslim, that the Shiites did not approve of his work for the U.S. His new car was stolen, which he says may have had nothing to do with his work, but about three weeks later, a small bomb was thrown into his family’s house. Intimidating notes were sent to him. Still, he didn’t consider quitting. “I think I was doing a good job and the officers in the contracting office, they were really nice people,” he says. “I wanted to help the Iraqis, and they always try to support Iraqi vendors, so I think it was [a] really good job, ethically, as I am Iraqi and also the payment was good. “I didn’t understand the message — or maybe I was ignoring the message — as I [had] a chance to have [a] promotion to work with the USA embassy in Baghdad, as I was a hard worker.” his face or try to hide. By the chance that a police [officer] was there it didn’t matter, because there was no government at that time. I didn’t feel it, actually. I just fell and my feet were moving kind of automatically. I was confused, then I start seeing blood over my jeans and I knew something was wrong. He was so close to me he could have easily shot me in the head and nobody would have stopped him.” A neighbor helped Abdulmajeed get to a hospital by taxi, but staff there had few supplies and said they could do nothing for him. He was taken to another hospital where he stayed for six months. It was the beginning of a grueling ordeal that continues today. Painkillers were in short supply. He was given one pill a day. He cut it in half and took half in the morning and half in the evening. Some of the 17 surgeries were performed without any anesthetic. His mother stayed with him around-the-clock at the hospital — a blessing and curse as he felt he had to mask his true emotions so she wouldn’t see him in agony. “You act as if you don’t care because your parents are watching,” he says. “They want to know how you feel and you feel down but you cannot show it, the things in my heart, so I just smile and [was] joking.” Aside from the physical pain, there were other scars. Just 26 years old at the time, Abdulmajeed realized he’d never again enjoy his hobbies of swimming and tennis. He also thought it would affect his desirability in the gay world. “Maybe if I were straight it would be easier, but as a gay, it’s worse because it’s hard to be gay and beauty is so hard, and at that time I was thinking about my future, which I lost it already. I lost my job and every dream I had in my life.” By July 2003, many doctors had fled Iraq or had been killed. A steel rod was inserted into Abdulmajeed’s leg, but he says that turned out to be a mistake as the wound should have been kept open. A gangrene-like infection set in and the muscle started dying. The infection caused a foul smell that scared away visitors. And
‘I’ll never forget his face’
The attack that claimed part of Abdulmajeed’s left leg happened quickly. It was a Saturday in July 2003 and extremely hot. Abdulmajeed was waiting for a taxi to take him to his office in the Green Zone. He remembers thinking it would be a busy day, more like a Monday because the office was closed on Sunday, so there’d be extra work. On this day, he was to accompany a U.S. officer to a construction site. He remembers thinking how hot it would likely be in the Humvee without air conditioning. Without warning, a Shiite he’d never seen before came face to face with him carrying a gun. After reciting a Muslim creed (“I believe in one god, one prophet Mohammad…”), he pointed at Abdulmajeed’s left leg and shot him. “I’ll never forget his face,” Abdulmajeed says. “He didn’t cover
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Life stabilized for the two in UAE, but uncertainty loomed as their ability to remain there depended on Abdulmajeed staying employed,
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Fenty asks for LGBT votes, touts marriage support
Continued from page 1 actions on LGBT issues, Fenty cited his signing of an historic same-sex marriage equality law, policies supportive of LGBT businesses, the cabinet-level work of his Office of GLBT Affairs, and a commitment to LGBT youth by his public schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, as just some of his administration’s accomplishments. “So it’s been a great four years and we’re really looking forward to the next four years in a second term after the Democratic primary,” he said. When asked about complaints by some LGBT activists that Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s reorganization of the department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit has made it less responsive to the community and that police were not investigating hate crimes as aggressively as they should, Fenty said he has full confidence in Lanier’s leadership and strategies. Citing a sharp drop in overall crime in the city, including homicides, during his term, Fenty said crimes targeting LGBT people and others are “being taken more seriously, handled more professionally and we’re getting better results.” Although he did not mention by name City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, his chief opponent in the Sept. 14 primary, the mayor said police officials such as Lanier rather than “politicians” should be setting strategies for fighting hate crimes. In campaign appearances, Gray has attacked Fenty for not taking a strong enough stand against hate crimes. “You want law enforcement putting together strategy for keeping people safe,” Fenty said. “You don’t want civilians and you especially don’t want politicians to be the ones who are developing those strategies. And I believe Chief Lanier has done a great job doing that.” Shortly after his interview with the Blade, Fenty joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference in a downtown restaurant in which Bloomberg gave a ringing endorsement of Fenty’s re-election bid. Bloomberg cited the drop in D.C.’s crime rate as being among Fenty’s most significant accomplishments. Bloomberg also defended Fenty’s decision to support and sign the city’s same-sex marriage law, saying government should not stand in the way of any citizen’s right to marry. “They have a right to believe what they want to believe,” Bloomberg said of same-sex marriage opponents. “But just as with religious freedom, I do not believe it’s the government’s business to get involved in family lives, particularly when no one gets hurt. And I think you should have a right to marry anybody you want, love anybody you want. It seems to me it is just as basic a right as everybody else. Period. End of story.” Following are excerpts of the Blade’s interview with Fenty. Visit washingtonblade.com for the full transcript and a video of the interview. Washington Blade: What do you see as some of your main accomplishments in addressing issues of concern to the LGBT community? Adrian Fenty: I think gay marriage and marriage equality is the biggest thing to happen over the past three-and-a-half years. When the bill was introduced, I think it meant a lot to the people who introduced it and to the community that I expressed my full support and that I said I would sign it as soon as it came to my desk. I think that left a lot of people feeling very certain that it would move fast through the local government, which I think helped prevent naysayers in the federal government and Congress from being opposed to it. We’ve also been very supportive of GLBT businesses. We’ve been very supportive of equality in the workplace, in hiring. The chief [D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier] has done a fantastic job in really trying to address some of the hate crimes that are sometimes being committed against our GLBT neighbors. So it’s been a great four years and we’re really looking forward to the next four years in a second term after the Democratic primary. Blade: Some of your critics in the LGBT community who are backing Vincent Gray say you have not been as visible as they would prefer in speaking out on a number LGBT-related issues, including hate crimes, and that you haven’t attended many LGBT events. Is that a fair criticism? Fenty: Yes, it is a very fair criticism. It’s actually probably extremely fair. I’ve got to do a much better job being more visible in my second term, and I will. Blade: Do you mean going to more events? Fenty: Doing everything. I mean I have got to get out into the community. I’ve got to get out in people’s doorsteps, at community events. You name it; I did not do as good of a job as I should have in my first term as mayor in getting out to the community. And I should be held responsible for that, to do it better in the second term. Blade: You’ve been praised for appointing Chris Dyer as head of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs. Fenty: I like Chris. He’s great. Blade: But some in the LGBT community have expressed concern that while Chris appears before and speaks at a lot of community meetings, he’s not allowed to speak to the press, including the LGBT press. Under the administration of your predecessor, Mayor [Anthony] Williams, the GLBT office director was allowed to speak to the media as a spokesperson for the administration on LGBT issues. Fenty: Well, to the extent that any of our directors have not spoken directly to the media, it’s pretty much part and parcel of either our general communications strategy or it may just be a particular issue. It depends. But we don’t treat the director for GLBT any different than we treat any of our other cabinet directors. Most things go through communications. There are certain issues that become very high profile and we just allow the communications office to handle them out of the EOM [Executive Office of the Mayor]. And that’s true of Public Works, Motor Vehicles, and of anything. Blade: In terms of LGBT-related crimes, you and Police Chief Cathy Lanier held a press conference last Saturday on Mozart Street, N.W., to announce arrests in two recent homicides. One of the victims was a gay man. Fenty: We sure did. We sure did have a press conference. The police department did a fabulous job closing a crime on Mozart in less than 72 hours after it occurred. And this is part and parcel of the police department, which under our administration has raised the homicide closure rate to about 80 percent. There was a time in the District of Columbia government where our homicide closure rate was abysmally low, way below the national average. And now it sits very comfortably somewhere in between 15 and 25 percentage points above the national average. Our homicides are down to where they were in 1966, and that was last year. This year we’re actually 17 percentage points where we were last year in terms of our homicides. So we’re talking about Chief Lanier for crimes that are involving our GLBT community — or crimes that involve just about anybody in our city — that they’re being taken more seriously, handled more professionally and we’re getting better results. One of the reasons why we’re excited about another four years is because people like Chief Lanier are going to have an opportunity to use everything they’ve learned and all their accomplishments in the first term to do an even better job in the second term. Blade: Didn’t Chief Lanier bring up at the same news conference the arrest of someone linked to the homicide of a gay man? Fenty: Yes she did. Blade: That case followed a string of anti-gay assaults mostly in the Dupont Circle area. The local group Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence said that although there may be an overall drop in the crime rate, we may be facing an increase in crimes targeting LGBT people at this time. Do you have any thoughts on that? Fenty: I thought the chief said at that press conference that she did not believe that one was a hate crime. Blade: That’s correct. However, the police have said the man may have been targeted for a robbery in what they call a crime of opportunity. The other five were listed as hate crimes. Fenty: Do you have a question? Blade: The question, as some of the activists put it, is can your office and the police department more actively and aggressively fight hate crimes targeting the LGBT community? Fenty: Well, you know, as I said at that press conference, I am not the policing expert. The chief and I have met with members of all different communities in Washington, D.C. We want to hear their issues and concerns. But it’s up to the chief of police to develop the proper policing strategies, not just for hate crimes involving the GLBT community but hate crimes in general and crime in general. You want law enforcement putting together a strategy for keeping people safe. You don’t want civilians and you especially don’t want politicians to be the ones who are developing those strategies. And I believe that Chief Lanier has done a great job doing that. Blade: Concerning the city’s HIV/AIDS Administration, you and others have pointed out the reforms and improvements at that agency under the direction of Dr. Shannon Hader, who you appointed to head it. Have you had a chance to assess how the AIDS administration is doing since Dr. Hader resigned earlier this year to take another job? Fenty: I think that most of the reforms that Hader has put in place continue, pretty seamlessly so far. Blade: What’s the status of the search for a new permanent director of the AIDS administration? Has a decision been made on whether to retain the current interim director? Fenty: There hasn’t been a decision yet. That will happen after the election. Blade: Turning to the campaign, some of the more outspoken leaders of the LGBT community are supporting your main opponent, Vincent Gray. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsed him. What message do you have for the LGBT voters who may still be undecided? Fenty: That the city is working fantastically and that my team should be re-elected so that we can continue the progress. Blade: Going back to police issues, Chief Lanier’s changes to the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit have been controversial with some in the LGBT community. She decentralized the unit and arranged to have officers from all of the police districts become affiliates with the GLLU, but she downsized the GLLU’s central headquarters located in Dupont Circle. Do you have any problems with that? Do you think it’s working as well as it should? Fenty: Well, I think the results speak for themselves. The chief has done a great job addressing crime. And again, civilians should have a role in communicating to the government what results they would like to see. But on matters of subject matter expertise as serious as public safety and law enforcement, you’ve got to trust and enable the police department under a great chief to be able to make the right decisions. I believe we have a great chief. I believe we have the greatest chief in the country. So if we have the greatest chief in the country, then let’s support her in her decision making. She obviously cares a tremendous amount. And I think she’s obviously, she’s gotten more results as police chief than anybody in a long time. Story continues at washingtonblade.com.
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NOM rally met with counter protest over marriage
Continued from page 6 by white supremacists in the South to oppress blacks during the 1960s civil rights struggle. “What we’re experiencing is injustice American style,” he said. “A privileged minority with a whole lot of money and a whole lot of sway is basically saying to the rest of you, ‘You sit down. You shut up. Your opinion doesn’t count.’ “They’re willing to threaten us. They’re willing to talk down to us. They’re trying to intimidate us,” he said. “I’m here to tell you: Do not be intimidated. Enough! Enough! Stand up!” At one point during his remarks, Jackson held up the book “Heather Has Two Mommies” and warned that it would be used to teach children about same-sex marriage in the nation’s schools if opponents don’t rise up in opposition. Other speakers at the Capitol rally included former D.C. congressional Del. Walter Fauntroy and D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Robert King, who joined Jackson in calling on the city government to drop its opposiTwo of the rally’s scheduled speakers — National Organization for Marriage co-founder and board chair Maggie Gallagher and samesex marriage opponent Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. — did not attend the event. Members of the LGBT media appeared to outnumber reporters from the mainstream press at the rally, with several LGBT bloggers engaging Brown and Fauntroy in interviews that devolved into heated debates. White said Soulforce, among other things, challenges same-sex marriage opponents like Jackson on religious grounds, arguing that same-sex unions are consistent with Christian beliefs and theology. “They come in the name of Jesus,” White said. “And I think it would break Jesus’ heart to be here and see them. If Jesus were here, he would be on the side of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Jesus was always with the outcasts. Jesus was an outcast himself … and we must show them that, being here, we will no longer take second-class standing in our own country.”
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In response to the National Organization for Marriage’s rally Sunday against same-sex marriage, local LGBT activists coordinated an event supportive of such unions. tion to a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether to keep or overturn same-sex marriage in Washington. The city’s Board of Elections & Ethics has ruled that a ballot measure seeking to ban samesex marriage cannot be held because it would violate a law disqualifying ballot measures that would lead to discrimination outlawed by the D.C. Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Two courts have upheld the board’s ruling. Jackson has said his side will appeal the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. During the Capitol rally Sunday, about 40 counter protesters, including members of local and out-of-state LGBT groups, stood silently along the perimeter holding signs that called for same-sex marriage. At one point, a separate group of about 30 counter protesters marched briefly along the Capitol plaza near the steps of the U.S. Senate. One of that group’s members used a bullhorn to express support for same-sex marriage. The group circled back twice before being escorted off of the Capitol grounds by U.S. Capitol police. Among the counter protesters holding a silent vigil at the Capitol were Rev. Mel White, founder of the LGBT advocacy group Soulforce, which has dispatched its members throughout the country to hold similar vigils at National Organization for Marriage rallies in other states.
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Conservatives take lead in marriage fight
Isn’t it ironic that Olson, Walker have done more for us than HRC?
By JESSICA LEE The news that shook the country, and the gay community in particular, on Aug. 3, was that a California U.S. Circuit Court judge overturned Proposition 8, which banned samesex marriage there. Last week, I asked Ted Olson, the co-lead attorney of the team that successfully challenged Prop 8, what motivated him to pursue the case, and he eloquently and movingly replied, “I agreed to participate because I believed that Proposition 8 perpetrated unnecessary, destructive, cruel and unlawful discrimination against gay men and lesbians. I invited David Boies to join so that our legal team would have his talent, expertise and creativity, and to demonstrate that this cause was neither conservative nor liberal, but an issue of human rights, human decency and equality.” I could not agree more. And there is an inconvenient truth in this for the gay left: conservatives have taken the leadership role in achieving marriage equality and have achieved the most important success so far as they are the most willing and most able to take the case to the Supreme Court. Olson is a Republican and was the former Solicitor General for President George W. Bush. The judge who ruled against Prop 8 is Vaughn Walker, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Walker’s nomination stalled because 24 House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, deemed him anti-gay and hostile to the poor. Walker’s nomination was re-submitted by President George H. W. Bush and he was confirmed in1989. I support Olson’s desire to make marriage equality a non-partisan issue. And I wish that the leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama, along with Vice President Biden, would drop their opposition to marriage equality. How much longer can they hold onto that position and remain credible, and why are they doing that at all? On the Sunday morning news shows the weekend after the Prop 8 ruling the White House rolled out David Axelrod to explain Obama’s position on the issue. Axe twisted into a pretzel. Rachel Maddow summed up Obama’s “impossibly tortured logic” best: “So the line from the administration is that Barack Obama does not want gay people to be allowed to be married, but when gay people can be married and other the Constitution. My understanding is that Justice Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion, saw himself as a change agent on women’s reproductive freedom. Perry v Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, is a straightforward example of interpreting the law as it is. Judge Walker has not invented new rights out of thin air. Since 1888, the court has ruled 14 times that marriage is a fundamental right — just as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly are also fundamental rights. Judge Walker didn’t create a new “right,” but rather reviewed the evidence in the case and ruled that indeed gays and lesbians are being discriminated against for no good reason, and as a result the laws make them second-class citizens, and that this law denies them their constitutional rights to marry.
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Attorney Ted Olson is leading the fight to overturn Prop 8. He served as George W. Bush's solicitor general. people are trying to take away that right like in California, he doesn’t want the right to be taken away. But, he’s not in favor of that right in the first place. You got it? The president is against gay marriage but he is also against constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage, which means that he’d apparently prefer that gay marriage be banned through flimsier tactical means? That’s the president’s position. Clear as mud.” For a conservative perspective on marriage equality, I interviewed Margaret Hoover. She is a straight conservative who serves on the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which supports marriage equality and gay rights in general and has been a key supporter of the fight against Prop 8. She is also a Fox News contributor. Washington Blade: As a straight, self-declared conservative Republican, why do you support marriage equality? Margaret Hoover: Discrimination is deeply un-American. When the government sanctions discrimination against a group of citizens, it gives permission for other citizens to do the same. This isn’t a partisan issue. As a conservative, I identify with the tradition of American Individualism, the notion that individuals, not the government, are the most important units of our society and culture. The proper role for government is to protect individual freedom and liberty, through the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. There’s never been any question to me that gays and lesbians are individuals that deserved the same rights and freedoms that I enjoy. The fact that gays and lesbians don’t benefit from the same freedoms that I enjoy is unjust and bothers me deeply. Our country is better than this discrimination, and our laws are supposed to protect the freedoms of every individual, not deny those freedoms to a minority that is different in some unimportant way. I don’t have a gay sibling or relative. I have lots of gay friends. But I can’t say that I came to this issue because of a family member whose bout with discrimination I’ve seen up close. It’s just always struck me that this is fully consistent with the conservatism that I value — one that champions individual freedom. This is the brand of conservatism to which I subscribe. Blade: Many conservatives decry what they call judicial activism and call Judge Walker’s ruling just that. What is your response? Hoover: Judicial activism is a real problem. There are judges who use their position on the bench to sculpt public policy decisions that reflect their own worldview, rather than interpreting and deciding the law as it’s written. I favor judicial restraint, when judges go to great ends to interpret and rule on the law as it is written. My view is that judges ought to rule narrowly, informed by existing laws and guidance from higher courts on constitutional issues. Roe for example, is the classic example of judicial activism whereby the Supreme Court created a right to privacy that doesn’t exist in
Blade: Do you think that gays are better off as Republicans or Democrats? Hoover: Well, I’m biased because I think that when Republicans are acting like Republicans should — being true to their principles of fiscal discipline and individual freedom — all individuals regardless of their sexuality or ethnicity are better off as Republicans. Of course we can debate whether the Republican Party in its current incarnation actually represents these principles. To people who might say gays and lesbians are marginally better off with Democrats, they should think twice. Clinton passed DOMA and signed DADT. I think the reason gays support Democrats over Republicans by about 70 to 30 percent is that Democrats pander to us and want our money and votes by telling us what we want to hear. Y there are many anti-gay es, Republicans who should never get a gay vote and I fully oppose them. But when you look beyond the rhetoric and examine the anti-gay legislation that has passed, there is only one administration that looks really bad, and it is Clinton’s. And Obama is not looking very good right now as he refuses to support marriage equality. And let’s admit, with all of the money that we throw into expensive dinners and fundraisers to gay organizations, isn’t it ironic that this unfunded group from the outside has had more impact than the organizations to which we donate?
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Kwame Brown for City Council chair
Community should support our committed ally
By JEFFREY RICHARDSON I am proud to live in a city that is at the forefront of the fight to extend fundamental rights to our community. That progress was no accident. Our gains would have been impossible without committed leadership from elected officials who believe in our struggle. And Council member Kwame Brown has been such a leader. Brown has been a consistent and committed ally because he believes our community is entitled to the same rights extended to all people. That is just one reason why Kwame Brown is the clear choice for DC Council chair. In the time I have known Kwame, he has demonstrated a keen interest in the issues important to our community and has taken action on our behalf. He won the overwhelming support of the Gertrude Stein Democratic
Marriage equality could still face challenges … We can count on Kwame Brown to fight any effort to turn back the clock.
Club in the race for Council chair because Kwame has always fought for us and stood with us. He stood with us in calling on the owners of the Washington Nationals to address alleged discriminatory employment practices toward members of our community. He stood with us in calling on other city leaders and MPD to take our concerns about increasing hate crimes seriously. And, he has stood with us to make sure that our community is included in the economic development of the District. Brown stood with us before he was elected to public office. He supported marriage equality when he challenged and defeated a well-funded incumbent in his first race for At-Large Council. At that time, Council member Brown’s stance on marriage was not widely embraced by the voters widely viewed as his natural political base. Yet, Kwame Brown took a stand. He won that election with the strong support of our community and the backing of voters across the entire District. Brown continues to stand with us now, as he has committed himself to ensuring targeted inclusion of the transgendered community in job training and employment programs. He supports strengthening the LGBT unit in the Metropolitan Police Department and has advocated for stiffer penalties for those who commit hate crimes. Brown also backs mandatory LGBT sensitivity training for firefighters, police officers and Emergency Medical Services personnel. Our concerns as well as the concerns of all D.C. residents are important to him. He was one of three Council members to push through legisBut this alert was issued in August; the first anti-gay attack occurred on June 2 in the 1500 block of R Street, N.W., and then there was one on July 6, another on July 24, yet another on July 27 in the 1400 block of R St., N.W., and then one on July 30. There are other major incidents, one a beating and two murders that are potentially hate crimes, including the one reported in the Blade last week. It is time for our community to demand concrete action. While Vince Gray recently met with GLOV and promised to work closely with it and other community organizations when he is mayor, our community can’t wait for a new administration before action is taken. We need to wake up the current one and tell them that we want action now. We need to hear from the mayor and the police chief each time one of these incidents occurs and we need regular updates on what they are doing about it and what they are doing to protect our community. We should know why it took two months to alert the general community from the time the first of these recent attacks occurred. More than a year ago, Lanier made the statement on WTOP that because we are such an “out” community in D.C. that maybe we were attracting more of these crimes. At the time I said that was an outrageous comment and I still think it is. But if she really believes that, then what additional efforts have been taken to protect us because clearly we aren’t going back into the closet. The District of Columbia has one of the largest and most open LGBT populations in the nation. Leaders in the community have fought long and hard to make the city LGBT friendly and welcoming. Those efforts culminated this year with securing civil marriage equality. Those in power have a responsibility to ensure that we are not targeted by those who still
lation to refurbish our schools. He led the fight to make vocational education and job training a major focus of the government. When no one else was talking about protecting victims of domestic violence, Kwame Brown fought to expand shelter space and make it easier for victims to get restraining orders virtually at any time. Kwame Brown is the Council chair candidate best prepared to continue the progress being made in our city. My view is shared by a large and diverse group of important organizations backing his campaign. Kwame’s leadership has been recognized by 11 of his Council colleagues – including David Catania and Jim Graham – who have endorsed him to be their next chair. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is but one of more than a dozen major organizations that have endorsed Council member Brown. This coalition – from the Sierra Club, to the Chamber of Commerce, to labor unions, to the Tenant Advocacy Council – knows
Kwame is a leader who will continue to move our city forward on issues like education reform, job growth and public safety. This is no time to celebrate our successes or consider our victories as set in stone. Events around the country constantly remind us why we need to support candidates we can count on. Marriage equality could still face challenges from Congress as well as from national organizations that continue to seek a referendum in D.C. on marriage equality. We can count on Kwame Brown to fight any effort to turn back the clock. I honestly believe that our community — and our city — will be better off with the leadership of Kwame Brown on the City Council. I hope you will join me in voting for Kwame Brown for Council chair on Sept. 14.
Jeffrey Richardson lives in Ward Six and is president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hate crimes continue unabated
Fenty’s silence, dismantling of GLLU, make us vulnerable
By PETER ROSENSTEIN Hate continues to rear its ugly head in the District of Columbia. Since the reduction in the core Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit by Police Chief Cathy Lanier, there is no longer a regular posting of crime reports and the cases handled by the unit in the Washington Blade. These reports were important because they alerted the community to what was happening and where. Because these incidents are no longer reported on a regular basis many, including me, were surprised to learn about five antigay attacks that occurred in the last two months. After the Blade and others contacted the Metropolitan Police Department, an alert was issued to the community in an effort to raise awareness and solicit information from the public.
A part of the responsibility of leadership is to speak out when people in your community are being hurt.
hate us. We know that hate is learned and no one is born hating. We must educate everyone from children in school to seniors about the LGBT community and how we are a vital part of the diversity in our city that has made D.C. a better place to live. We need to do that education ourselves but we must also demand of our political and supportive faith leaders that they recognize their responsibilities in this area. Each time a hate crime occurs it is a teaching opportunity. I ask the White House, whose current occupants have said they want to be a part of the community in which they live, to look at the statistics on hate crimes in the District and use them as an opportunity to educate people. It isn’t too much to expect, in the capital of the United States, that we have leaders who are will-
ing to use the bully pulpit to speak out on issues of fairness, diversity and equal rights. I know that some actually do. Our delegate to Congress has been a beacon of light in this area. She never hesitates to address these issues. But others, such as the mayor, think it is enough to delegate the responsibility to low-level staff he rarely communicates with. We should no longer accept that. A part of the responsibility of leadership is to speak out when people in your community are being hurt. It is not acceptable, as the mayor did at last week’s forum hosted by DC MAP and the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, to respond to a question on the GLLU and violence against the LGBT community by saying, “I am not an expert in public safety so I leave that to my managers do deal with.”
Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.
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Baltimore: The Big City Next Door
By WAYNE CURTIS One of the biggest local real estate stories of the decade now ending is the exodus of middle class urbanites from the District. Most DC residents can tell a story of a particular neighborhood, just pick one, where property values skyrocketed to seemingly unaffordable levels in the first half of the decade. Those lucky few who got in early, bought low and renovated, now sit on properties worth much more than their original investment — even after the economy collapsed and the housing bubble burst. The good news for them is that the Washington market has already seen the bottom, and real estate prices have once again started to rise. For anyone invited late to the party, buying in the District of Columbia isn’t an option on many average workers’ salaries. Where do these city lovers end up? For many people, the answer is not the suburbs. They want an urban environment, the cultural institutions and walkability that defines city living. Many of them have decided that if they are forced to commute to their jobs in DC, the answer is Baltimore, the big city right next door. Baltimore’s home prices also saw an amazing escalation in the past ten years, but started from a much lower price point. In calendar year 2009 — according to staInner Harbor, and the surrounding post-revolutionary neighborhoods of Otterbein, Federal Hill, and Fells Point. They originated when Baltimore was a major seaport, terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and major immigration point-of-entry to the United States. These small brick rowhouses, while renovated and quite popular with today’s urban buyer, are some of the smaller residences that were built for the working class in a city that was the seat of significant wealth in 19th century America. So where did the wealthy captains of transportation and industry build their mansions? You’ll find them today in neighborhoods rarely frequented by the average visitor — Butcher’s Hill, overlooking the harbor; Mount Vernon, where the first Washington Monument still stands; and Bolton Hill, which served as the summer residence for many of Washington’s diplomatic community when Foggy Bottom was still a swamp. One current listing on Bolton Street in Bolton Hill —3,300 sq. ft. of renovated five-bedroom Victorian beauty — is offered today at $450,000. A comparable renovated property near DC’s Logan Circle, for instance — same interior size and level of renovation — is currently listed at three times that amount. Continue north up one of Baltimore’s tree-lined thorofares and you will find yourself in what were originally streetcar suburbs. Charles Village boasts richlydetailed Edwardian townhomes that were the most expensive ever built in Baltimore when they were offered to the public a century ago. Fully renovated, a large 3,200 sq. ft. three level model is currently available for $389,000. Too much house? Then you’ll want to see the two story, 1,600 sq. ft. version a few blocks away for $170,000. Charles Village is one of Baltimore’s most walkable areas, near parks, Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Station (for commuters!), and a vibrant business district with restaurants, shops, and everyday services, such as hair salons and dry cleaners. Visualize Northwest Washington, just affordable. There are so many more neighborhoods to explore in Baltimore, and every style of housing under the sun! I’ve been selling the charm of Charm City for 12 years, and I can find what you’re looking for: condominiums and fixeruppers, mansions and cottages, historic districts and efficient, green 21st-century architectural masterpieces. Its all right here, close by, in the big city right next door. Wayne Curtis, ABR, is a Realtor® with RE/MAX Advantage Realty. Visit his website at www.charmcityrealestate.com, or give him a call at 410-467-8950 to find out what Baltimore might have waiting for you.
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CHRIS ROE (left) and ROBY CHAVEZ plan to marry at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington this weekend.
Fox 5’s Roby Chavez and partner Chris Roe to marry after navigating the wedding planning process
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO When Washingtonians Roby Chavez and Chris Roe decided to get married in December, there was no hesitation. Figuring out how to go about it, though, required months of thought and planning. “This has been a bit of a struggle throughout the whole process,” said Chavez, 46, a reporter for Fox 5
news. “How much of the tradition do you jump on and how much of your own do you make up because as a gay community this is also new, so we don’t really know what a tradition is for us. So we’ve been kind of trying to figure out what other people might want to duplicate, what things are individual for us.” Even basics like engagement rings, required thought. Roe, 45, didn’t get one before he proposed the night same-sex marriage was legalized in the District in December. He popped the question just before Chavez was due on the air covering the story for Fox. “I’d been watching the news and the whole community, well, at least the whole gay community, was real-
ly amped,” Roe says. “I just felt the spirit and said this is what I’m gonna do. The ring came later.” As a lark, the two got large, gaudy costume rings — Roe’s green, Chavez’s yellow — for a few weeks before picking out their wedding bands last weekend. The two met at a Memorial Day party through mutual friends in 2005. Roe is from a family of farmers and teachers in Monticello, Wis., but had been in the San Francisco area for about 10 years. He eventually accepted a position working in education policy for the non-profit Business High Education Forum. Chavez, born in Denver but raised mostly in Matthews, La.,
ended up in Washington “as a fluke” after stints in TV journalism in Atlanta, New York and Dallas. They say it was love at first sight though they didn’t immediately start dating. “I told him when I first met him, ‘You’re the one,’” Chavez says. “I don’t know, there was just something about him. They say you know. And it’s not really my style to do that. I’m not the kind of person who will confess my love automatically but I did. There was just a genuine sense of his being and I liked that. I just remember a nice hug he gave me and it was good.” Roe says he felt the same. “I thought it was unusual but I felt very similarly. I just tend to be
more reserved and more shy than he is. I was freaked out a little but I also felt that connection as well.” The couple was affectionate during a break in wedding planning at the Wilson House two weeks ago. Sitting at a makeshift table in the dining room so as not to sully the antique-filled home of the former president, Chavez and Roe sit close. They’re both trim and well dressed. They look at each other and giggle at the most innocuous questions. “We started out thinking intimate and small but then we realized our lives aren’t that small,” Chavez says. “Just with our immeContinues on page 42
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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Taunee Grant
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Taunee Grant wasn’t initially sure if the marketing/communications job with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington was right. The Theresa, N.Y., native had been in Buffalo for 10 years when Grant’s partner of six years, Tessa Lew, was offered a full-time position in the costume department of Shakespeare Theatre Company in late 2008. “I hemmed and hawed a little,” Grant admits. “It was the first job that was offered and I didn’t know if I should take the first one that came along but then Tessa’s mother said, ‘This could be great blessing, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,’ and that ended up being so true. It’s a dream job for me. Perfect.” Grant, 32, identifies as queer and trans and is transitioning but hasn’t decided if a name change is in the cards. “It’s kind of an awkward time,” Grant says. “I probably will but I don’t know for sure yet.” So what’s it like being surrounded by gay men all the time? Grant calls the Chorus “very warm” and “a big family” but also keeps a separate social life with a partner and a group of friends — mostly gay and straight couples who share their interests such as organic gardening, kayaking, whitewater canoeing and the arts. The Chorus is gearing up for its fall season after taking July and August off. How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I’ve never been really in the closet, whether I look like a lesbian, transgendered, or like a guy, I just look queer. There is no option for me to pass as straight unless I decide to create an elaborate and ridiculous costume for myself. My mother asked me if I thought I was gay my junior year in high school. That was a tough conversation. She was so flustered that we missed our exit on the way home and had to turn the car around when we found ourselves at the foot of the bridge to Canada. Who’s your gay hero? There are many. Allen Ginsberg. I think the way that his work has documented a gay man’s voice in America is profoundly important. I think that Michaelangelo Signorile’s book “Queer In America” was responsible for inspiring an entire generation of activists. I have to include John Waters, Dorothy Alison, Leslie Feinberg, Urvashi Vaid, Sapphire, Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich.
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If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would do you? I’d like to joke that I’d torment Maggie Gallagher and Bishop Harry Jackson with the prospect of turning them gay. But in seriousness, I’ll be writing letters and making calls to say that homosexuality should not be treated as a disease. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? There is a common bond that unites human beings and all natural things. It’s not an iPhone. What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? Keep the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender out in the forefront. It is celebratory, relevant and our unique culture as LGBT people should be respected. We change hearts by telling the stories of all of our lives. I was so inspired by young LGBT activists at the National Equality March last October. I think they have the power to call out the classism in the LGBT movement and that they are a generation who sees the dark consequences of assimilationist ideas in the LGBT movement. To those young leaders, my advice is to hang on to your ideals. What would you walk across hot coals for? My partner, Tessa. Absolutely. And maybe at the end of the row of coals we’d meet in a circle and have that gay dream wedding you asked me about. What gay stereotype annoys you most? Most any stereotype that isn’t “by gays for gays” for our own enjoyment or cultural relevance. It irritates me when I sometimes see straight people suddenly become usually loud, superficial, catty or flamey in the company of gay men. It’s so offensive and so very lame. What’s your favorite gay movie? “The Cockettes,” “Paris is Burning,” “Antonia’s Line” and all early Almodovar or Waters films. What’s the most overrated social custom? Assigning everything under the sun, inanimate or living, a male or female or “appropriated other” gender whether they want one or not. What trophy or prize do you most covet? A comment I heard at Nellie’s Sports Bar made it on Overheard in D.C. What do you wish you’d known at 18? You are defined by what you do, not necessarily by your potential to do it. Why Washington? Aside from the obvious cultural tourism stuff, which is fantastic, I love that I can leave the office and get in a boat to get a different perspective or escape for a few hours. I appreciate Washington’s rich and long standing cultural diversity. … It’s a great city to enjoy the company of intelligent, opinionated people who are passionate about their work, whatever it may be.
“Men in Tights: a Pink Nutcracker” opens in December while Grant toils away at subscription renewals. Grant admits the job has challenges but finds it rewarding. “Working in the gay community just feels right for me,” Grant says. “I’d kind of been moving toward it for a while. It just feels right.” Grant lives in Capitol Hill.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? I’m still exploring all there is to offer but I do know 275 gay men who will be happy to give you their opinion, perhaps in the form of a song. Describe your dream gay wedding. I don’t dream in gay wedding. If I did, I hope it would look like a Kenneth Anger film. What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? Sustainable agriculture. Producing food below the cost of production is bad for farmers, communities, nutrition and the environment. I also think it is bringing us into a state of living where preparing and sharing quality food isn’t meaningful. What historical outcome would you change? I’d spare the world from eight years of Bush, Jr. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? During my first week of work with GMCW, the Chorus was invited to sing at “We Are One: the Obama Inaugural Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial. Two weeks later I found myself backstage where I met Martin Luther King III, spoke with a delightful woman who sang in choirs for at least three inaugural ceremonies and stood directly in front of Stevie Wonder when he stopped on the grass to sing a few verses of “My Cherie Amour” with GMCW. On what do you insist? Joy. Fresh air. Honesty. A good haircut. Good shoes. Good pens. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? “I found out I’m going to the Americans for the Arts National Arts Marketing Project Conference this fall. Very exciting.” If your life were a book, what would the title be? “On the Road to Find Out” or maybe “The Tranny in the Rye”
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Friday, Aug. 20
Team DC presents HANG-TIME WITH THE MYSTICS tonight at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center as the team takes on New York Liberty for their last home game of the season. HARD SUMMER TOUR featuring Crystal Castles is tonight at 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., at 7 p.m. This is a sold-out event. FROST, a white party, tonight at Cloud 9 in Rehoboth, Del. The club will be turned into a winter oasis and everyone who comes in white will be given ABSOLUT shots. Rihanna: Last Girl on Earth Tour with special guest Ke$ha tonight at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr. in Bristow, Va., at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets visit livenation.com. MATT KAZAM from Last Comic Standing, will be performing tonight at DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave., N.W., at 8 p.m. and then again at 10:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit dcimprov.com CHARLIE MARS with JENNY OWEN YOUNGS tonight at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Md., at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased at tickets.ramsheadonstage.com. Must be 21 or older to enter. MAISON tonight at Donovan House on the Roof Deck, 1155 14 St., N.W., from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 21 or older to enter. No cover, just say you’re there for Tommy & Shea’s party or Maison.
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SCISSOR SISTERS perform Monday at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Center, 1450 P St., N.W. at 4:30 p.m. Taught by Rob Hess, the class will feature a playlist heavy in D.C. punk legends. Class is $17 or if you’re a new guest to Flow, $20 gets you two classes. ANNIETHING GOES ... WITH THE LADIES at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St., N.E. from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Special guest DJs Natty Boom from Anthology of Booty and Junebellet from She.Rex and First Ladies. Hosted by vAnniety kills. No cover. PRIDE IN THE SKY at The Rooftop, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, Md., at 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Ace will be spinning as well as guest DJ Gigi from Apex. There will be drink specials from 8 to 9 p.m. including $3 beers, wines, sangria and rails. 21 and older to enter. $5 cover before 10 p.m., $7 after. afternoon dance party featuring DJs blending classic disco tunes from the ’70s and ’80s guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving. The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, baskets of scarves and egg-shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased at 930.com. St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Dupont Circle will hold a special service commemorating the 40th anniversary of the fire that leveled the historic structure, while unveiling plans for a new structure. St.Thomas' Parish, 1772 Church St., N.W., (corner of Church and 18th streets), 10 a.m. 8 p.m. SAGE Metro DC provides support and advocacy for the aging LGBT population. SCISSOR SISTERS at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at 930.com.
Saturday, Aug. 21
TUTTING AND BOTTING WITH JOSHUA DAVIS at Joy of Motion Dance Center Friendship Heights, 5207 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will cover the basics for popping, locking, tutting and finger-tutting with a more up-to-date style and look. $25 advanced registration, $30 on the day of the workshop. For more information visit joyofmotion.org. BURGUNDY CRESCENT VOLUNTEERS will be working with the Lost Dog & Cat Foundation at Petsmart, 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va., from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. as dog-handlers for adoption events. All volunteers get paired with a dog to walk around inside and outside the store and be given basic information if someone shows interest in adopting the dog. DC PUNK ROCK YOGA at Flow Yoga
Tuesday, Aug. 24
DC GAY PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING GROUP HAPPY HOUR LAUNCH PARTY at Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W., from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more about this new networking group and connect with other gay professionals.
Wednesday, Aug. 25
Mautner Project presents its speakers’ series ELDER CARE: OUR COMMUNITY GROWING OLDER with Leslie Calman and Elizabeth Ide at the Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St., N.W., at 6:30 p.m. HOLLABACK is a social and support group for the transgender community and will be meeting at the DC Center, 1318 U St., N.W., at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 22
BABY LOVES DISCO at 9:30 club, 815 V St., N.W., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an
Monday, Aug. 23
SAGE METRO DC MONTHLY MEETING at the DC Center, 1318 U St., N.W., from 6:30-
Hang-time with the Mystics
Team DC and the LGBT community celebrate women in sports tonight while cheering on the Washington Mystics at their last home game of the regular season against the New York Liberty. The Mystics are having one of their best seasons this year. They were 19-12 as of Tuesday afternoon, third in the Eastern Conference and had already clinched a playoff berth. The team is 124 at home this season, 7-3 against teams in their conference. According to the team’s latest game notes, Mystics forward Monique Currie has been perfect from the free throw line in 13 games so far. In the loss against the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 29, Currie shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She ranks 8th in the league in free throw shooting (136-for-156, .872). Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne, former University of Maryland player, is tied for first in the league with New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter in minutes per game (34.1) and first in total minutes with 1,057. Mystics second-year forward Marissa Coleman, another former Maryland player, posted her first career double-double in the Mystics recent win over the Tulsa Shock on Aug. 1. Coleman scored a season high 14 points and tied her season and career high in rebounds grabbing 10 boards. The New York Liberty was 19-11 as of Tuesday afternoon, just ahead of the Mystics in conference standings and had also clinched a playoff berth. Tonight is also Fan Appreciation and Back to School Night presented by AAA MidAtlantic with Camper Reunion brought to you by INOVA Health System. The first 5,000 fans get a Mystics team photo and T-shirt and the first 1,000 fans get Mystics Daily. Fans can visit the Mystics official web site, wnba.com/mystics to get more information, including game notes with all the team’s standings, stats and honors. Tickets are $20 in section 104, rows G through P. Contact Wanda Wright at email@example.com for ticket information. JULIETTE M. EBNER
Thursday, Aug. 26
PINGPONG MADNESS at Nellie’s, 900 U St., N.W., at 7:30 p.m. Free to play. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All equipment is supplied and there will be cash and prizes for participants. HOMOTO MOTORCYCLE CLUB, the Washington, D.C. area’s only gay, lesbian, and bisexual motorcycle club, will be meeting at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St., N.W., at 6 p.m. All bike types are welcomed. The Atlas Performing Arts Center presents SUMMER FILM SERIES: GAY 101 SHOWING “MOMMIE DEAREST” starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, at the Paul Sprenger Theatre, 1333 H St., N.E., at 8 p.m. Buy tickets at atlasarts.org or at the box office one hour prior to the movie.
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AVI SOFFER says of his sexual orientation, ‘I am not gay by the way I have sex, but by the way I love.’
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Avi Soffer says Israel has come a long way on LGBT civil rights
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN If you’re gay, visit Israel to feel right at home. That’s the message from Avi Soffer, the charismatic leader of Israel’s LGBT community since it founded its first formal advocacy organization 35 years ago. Speaking Tuesday at the D.C. Jewish Community Center for an event co-hosted by the Embassy of Israel, Soffer was joined by about 60 people for a reception and to hear his talk with Jewish American Leon Wieseltier, the equally charismatic longtime literary editor of The New Republic magazine. Soffer noted that Americans should visit Israel knowing that Out magazine hailed cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Soffer’s home, as the “gay capital of the Middle East.” Wieseltier affectionately countered, however, the “very faint praise.” He said the distinction is “something, but it’s not a lot” considering that Arab nations surrounding Israel are particularly hostile to LGBT people. Wieseltier also told the audience that he was glad to join Soffer on stage for a discussion about life in Israel and LGBT rights there because, “I believe devoutly in equality and also in the Jewish people [in Israel] and I find no conflict between these two commitments.” Born in Tel Aviv in 1949, shortly after Israel declared its nationhood and successfully fought against invading Arab armies, Soffer as a young man married a girl he had known since she was 14. The couple had two children, and today Soffer is grandfather to six. He said he always knew he was gay, though, and he “felt cheated” while married, asking, “Where is the great love, where is the excitement, the passion? Where is it?” He was 33 when he first embraced a man. “We had no sex,” Soffer told the Blade, “but then I knew everything” about what had been missing in his love life. He was divorced four months later, and four months after that, he said, “I met a guy and I lived with him for 15 years.” As for Soffer’s sexual orientation: “I am not gay by the way I have sex, but by the way I love.” Today, he’s a professional jewelry designer with an international reputation and a studio in the village of Bnei Brak just outside Tel Aviv. But 35 years ago, Soffer joined with other people possessing what he called “a Stonewall orientation” to found Israel’s first organization to advocate for LGBT rights. It was called the Society for the Protection of Personal Rights. Soffer said in 1975, Israel was not gay friendly at all. Sodomy laws criminalizing same-sex relations were on the books. But things changed. Those laws were eventually repealed. And the organization, which still leads the fight for such rights in Israel, is now known as the National Association of GLBT in Israel. Other changes have occurred. In 1992, the nation added sexual orientation to its laws concerning workplace discrimination. Yitzak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister and former military chief of staff, announced the following year that he would order the Israel Defense Force to abolish restrictions on LGBT people serving openly in the military. “I didn’t know how bad it was,” Rabin explained at the time, referring to discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Soffer told the crowd at Tuesday’s event that Rabin’s decision was such an important step toward equality because “the military is the essence of Israel.” All of the nation’s citizens must join the military once they turn 18, with men serving three years and women serving two years. “This was the fastest law that was ever changed in Israel, in just two months,” he said. “And from there, the gates opened for us.” But more gates remain to be opened, Soffer said. There is no right to gay marriage, but then there are no civil marriage rights. Only marriage under rabbinical law is allowed, so about 25 percent of Israeli citizens have no right to wed. Soffer noted that gay Israelis seeking to marry generally travel to Canada. In 2006, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered registration of same-sex couples married in Canada as married for civil purposes in Israel. Today, Soffer heads a new organization that offers services to the refugee community, including people fleeing Darfur in the Sudan. He said it’s the best way to change people’s attitudes, “by being and doing, not by telling and talking.” “People will ask us when we help them, ‘Why do you do this for us?’” he said. “And we say, ‘Why not?’”
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Last chance to wear white
Bare’s White Party set for Saturday at Cobalt
By LAURA E. LEE Sticklers for fashion etiquette have one more chance to don their white duds and celebrate the end of summer on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Bare’s White Party, hosted by LURe events at Cobalt. Noting the old fashion faux pas that “you can’t wear white after Labor Day,” LURe organizers decided the event would be an ideal opportunity to wear white before summer’s heat fades and etiquette dictates darker attire. Karen Diehl, one of LURe’s organizers, attended white parties all over the United States and wanted to bring the concept to the D.C. area. “I thought this would be something new and different,” she said. Though the events are independent, white parties are held annually in New York, Miami and Palm Springs. The Miami White Party, now in its 26th year, is a
The names of two celebrity guests will not be revealed until 9 p.m., when LURe will update its Twitter account with their identities.
weeklong event touted as “the world’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser.” Diehl hopes that D.C.’s White Party will become an annual event. Bare, the monthly ladies’ night hosted by LURe, began in December 2008. It takes place every third Saturday at Cobalt at the corner of 17th and R streets, N.W. While approximately 600 people attend the monthly Bare events, Diehl expects about 800 attendees for the White Party. “We firmly believe in word-ofmouth ... people find out and tell their friends,” she said. Go-go dancers will warm up the dance floor while attendees enjoy tunes from DJ Rosie, the local DJ known for spinning HRC’s “L Word” premiere parties. She will be joined by DJ Keenan, another Cobalt regular. Wearing white isn’t just a way to fit in at the party. The bestdressed guests win free drink tickets and white shirts are a must for the evening’s wet T-shirt contest. Two celebrity guests will award the $200 grand prize to the contest winner at 1 a.m. The identity of the two celebrities will not be revealed until the doors open at 9 p.m., when LURe will update its Twitter account with their identities. Thirsty party-goers will be happy to find drink specials throughout the evening. “For all my lesbian beer drinkers, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., we have $1 beers,” Diehl said. Absolut Vodka will give guests an opportunity to test out its newest flavor: Berry Acai. In addition to the popular acai berry, the vodka also features blueberry and
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Organizer KAREN DIEHL says this weekend’s White Party will be a fun way to say goodbye to summer. pomegranate. Berry bombs, made with the new flavor, will be $5, as will the more traditional Absolut and Red Bulls. Arriving early has its advantages as the $10 cover turns to $13 at midnight. Guests can dance, drink and socialize until 3 a.m. Diehl predicts that the inaugural event will be a fun way to say goodbye to summer. “We have a lot going on all at the same time. It’s gonna be a little crazy.”
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Through August 29 SCENA Theatre H Street Playhouse 703-683-2428 scenatheater.org Thanks to carefully crafted double lives, Jack and Algy have it all. Until, love and marriage enter the equation. Jack loves Gwendolyn. Algy loves Cecily. Yet, both women insist on marrying the elusive man who is “Earnest”. After “true” identities are revealed, will all live happily ever after? IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY August 23 - September 19 Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 202-393-3939 woollymammoth.net At the dawn of the electrical age, a new medical device is developed to treat and pacify 'hysterical' women, but it unknowingly produces a very different result. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Dead Man's Cell Phone, shares this story of repressed sexuality and physical exploration with equal doses of humor and emotion. ANITA BAKER Thursday, August 26 Wolf Trap 1-877-WOLFTRAP wolftrap.org Eight-time Grammy Award winner, this sensual songstress took the R&B world by storm with her romantically soulful hits including 'Sweet Love' and 'Giving You the Best That I Got.í HISTORY ON FOOT: DETECTIVE MCDEVITT Through October 30 Ford's Theatre 202-347-4833 fords.org This walking tour brings Civil War Washington to life! Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits and reexamines the sites and clues of the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy and the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. ìInvestigation: Detective McDevittî lasts approximately 2 hours and makes at least eight stops throughout the story.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is supplied by CulturalCapital.com, a program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Supplied by SCENA Theatre, photo by Ian C. Armstrong; IN THE NEXT ROOM: Supplied by Woolly Mammoth, photo by Colin Hovde; ANITA BAKER: Supplied by Wolf Trap. DETECTIVE MCDEVITT: Supplied by Fordís Theatre
saturday, august 21
LANFORD WILSON’S SERENADING LOUIE. The American Century Theater at Gunston Theatre Two. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
sunday, august 22
DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH PRESENT MARY POPPINS. The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. GAIA @ THE FRIDGE. The Fridge DC. 202-664-4151. gaiadc.com. NOISES OFF. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. THE GATHERING OFTHE LEGENDS - PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION. Del Ray Artisans. 703-625-2330. theDelRayArtisans.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
friday, august 20
THE IRISH TENORS. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org.
saturday, august 21
THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org. TUTTING AND BOTTING HIP HOP WORKSHOP WITH JOSHUA DAVIS. Joy of Motion Dance Center at Joy of Motion Dance Center-Friendship Heights. clients.mindbodyonline.com.
sunday, august 22
GREAT BIG SEA. Wolf Trap. 1-877WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
thursday, august 26
UKE FEST 2010: BEGINNING UKULELE. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. UKE FEST 2010: INTROTO HULA DANCING. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
MID-CENTURY BRITAIN. The Textile Museum. 202 667 0441. textilemuseum.org. WOMEN TO WATCH 2010 BODY OF WORK: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON FIGPASSING STRANGE. The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. URE PAINTING. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. FROM PRISON TO ARTS CENTER: 100 YEARS AT THE WORKHOUSE. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. JUNE WAYNE’S DOROTHY SERIES. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. JUYEON KIM: THE IN-BETWEEN. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. THE COLLABORATIVE PRINT: WORKS FROM SOLO IMPRESSION. National Museum of Women in the Arts. nmwa.org. RARE: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES. National Geographic. events.nationalgeographic.com. HISTORY ON FOOT: ELIZABETH KECKLY. Ford’s Theatre. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org. EDVARD MUNCH: MASTER PRINTS. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. THE ART OF LIVING: TEXTILE FURNISHINGS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION. The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org. TORTURE AT THE WORKHOUSE. Workhouse Arts Center at The Workhouse Museum. 703-584-2900. workhousemuseums.org. SAMPLES 2003 BY ROBERTO BOCCI. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 202-5476839. chaw.org. IN THE TOWER: MARK ROTHKO. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. AMERICAN MODERNISM:THE SHEIN COLLECTION. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
LA FEMME. Arlington Artists Alliance at Arlington County Board Offices. arlingtonartistsalliance.org. TAKE YOU HOME. Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb com. HIGHLIGHTS TOUR. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-397-7328. corcoran.org. SKETCHING IN THE ATRIUM. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. CHALK DRAWINGS. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-397-7328. programs.corcoran.org. CM DUPRE’S ALICE. The Ar t League at National Harbor. 703-6831780. theartleague.org. DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. BEAT MEMORIES: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALLEN GINSBERG. National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. SCAPES: THE ANNUAL LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT. The Art League. 703-683-1780. DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR - BEGINNINGS. National Archives. archives.gov. DA VINCI - THE GENIUS. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. ART BY THE YARD: WOMEN DESIGN
through august 20
RENEE VAN DER STELT, “DRAWING MOVEMENT ON LAND.” Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com.
through august 25
LIFESTRAW DEMONSTRATIONS. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com.
friday, august 20
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: PETE BARENBREGGE (ENSEMBLE AVANTE-GARDE). National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
saturday, august 21
RUG AND TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNING: TWINED BAGS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER PLATEAU. The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org. LEARNING FROM THE PAST. Surratt House Museum. pgparks.com. GALLERY AFTER HOURS: UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WIND ENSEMBLE. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
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Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and sex
How much is too much when it comes to our favorite vices?
By KEVIN M. NORRIS Most things are best consumed or experienced in moderation and some things may even be better for you the more you consume or participate. There is a common notion that if some things are good for you, they must be better for you in abundance. Unfortunately what is good for you in moderation may not be beneficial to you in surplus. Here are some basic guidelines to keep you satiated without going overboard. ALCOHOL: There can be a host of benefits of alcohol. Alcohol in moderation is beneficial for your heart and red wine in particular is packed with cancer fighting antioxidants. But, drink too much alcohol and you are at risk for adverse health consequences. The Mayo Clinic lists the benefits of alcohol consumption as: reducing the risk of heart disease; lowcirrhosis of the liver; miscarriage; and depression and suicide. CHOCOLATE: Can chocolate possibly be good for you? Yes, indeed. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that dark chocolate, not milk chocolate or white chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate with 65 percent or higher of cocoa content is best. The flavanols (antioxidants) found in chocolate are similar to the antioxidants found in green teas, berries and red wine. The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa, which appears to reduce the risk of heart disease. The flavanols in cocoa beans are purported to not only behold antioxidant effects, but also aid in lowering blood pressure and improve vascular function. Limit yourself to 3 oz. of dark chocolate a day as chocolate is high in calories. Consume in moderation and balance the calories by taking in less of other food. CAFFEINE: This has been widely debated for some time and will continue to be. According to The Mayo Clinic, caffeine has been proven to stimulate the central nervous system, alleviate fatigue and increase mental alertness and physical performance. What’s more, caffeine can potentially decrease the chances of Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer and diabetes. In excess, caffeine can be detrimental to your health according to Mayo. Caffeine in excess of 4-7 cups a day can cause a litany of health concerns. With increased caffeine consumption, you may experience insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, anxiety and headaches. SEX: I saved this for last because I could not find as much evidence to suggest that sex in excess undermines health, apart from the occasional muscle strain and possibly sex addiction. All-in-all, sex (with all safersex precautions taken including the use of condoms) is good for you with numerous health benefits. According to Newsweek, “regular exposure to a loving partner has extraordinary effects on health and well-being.” According to a recent Fox News report, sex increases your libido, improves cardiovascular function, burns calories (a little more than four calories per minute) lowers anxiety and stress, boosts immunity (curtailing colds and flu) and helps you sleep better. Sex has also been shown to limit headaches, especially migraines, as orgasms act as an analgesic. Sex can promote regular menstrual cycles in women and increase estrogen levels, which can lead to glowing healthier skin. Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. Remember, however, the penis is a muscle and requires rest and recovery. Too much sex in men can lead to damage of the erectile tissue. There you have it, some basic guidelines on just how much to add to your health regime without over consuming. Consume responsibly and enjoy.
Kevin M. Norris is a health and fitness columnist for DC Agenda and owner of Mind Your Own Body, LLC. Personal Training. Reach him at email@example.com.
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Alcohol in moderation has definite health benefits, but too much can lead to a host of health problems, including various cancers. ering blood pressure; reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol; possibly reducing the risk of strokes; lowering risk of gallstones; and possibly reducing risk of diabetes. But the risks associated with excessive drinking can outweigh the benefits if you drink in excess. Always drink responsibly and in moderation. The risk of over consumption of alcohol include: addiction; cancer of the pancreas, mouth, pharynx, liver and breast; pancreatitis; heart muscle damage; stroke; high blood pressure;
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Sport wagons sizzle again
Hip haulers stage a comeback
By JOE PHILLIPS Skinny jeans. Strappy stilettos. Button-up blouses. Blame it on “Mad Men”— or a longing for simpler times — but retro is all the rage. For any of you Don Draper wannabes, the only thing missing is a blue and white 1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. As if on cue, automakers are rolling out something almost as iconic: station wagons. This time, they’re called “sport wagons.” And instead of wood side panels or clunky dual-hinged tailgates, this new generation has snazzy styling and the latest high-tech gear. These haulers also have fuelfriendly engines — and that’s the irony. Gas-chugging wagons of the past began losing their luster during the 1970s oil crises. Today, Americans still need space but want greener rides to help pinch pennies at the pump. That rules out minivans and SUVs. And crossovers, well, they look like SUV clones. So on to wagons, which are new and different all over again.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
$32,500 (est.) Mpg: 21 city/ 30 highway Cargo capacity: 14 cu. ft. (42 cu. ft. with rear seats folded)
(with no plans to add the stellar SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system), so forget trekking in blizzards and ice storms.
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
$38,500 Mpg: 18 city/27 highway Cargo capacity: 25 cu. ft. (58 cu. ft. with rear seats folded)
VW Jetta SportWagen
Subaru Legacy Outback
$23,500 Mpg: 19 city/27 highway Cargo capacity: 34 cu. ft (71 cu. ft. with rear seats folded)
VW Jetta SportWagen
$20,000 Mpg: 23 city/33 highway Cargo capacity: 32 cu. ft. (67 cu. ft. with rear seats folded)
Audi, BMW and Mercedes cornered the luxe wagon market years ago — just look at any Bloomingdale’s or Whole Foods parking lot. Now Acura wants in. Due this fall, the all-new TSX Sport Wagon is a rebadged Honda that’s popular in Europe. The two share the same sure suspension and four-cylinder engine, but the TSX’s uptown interior has steering-wheel paddle shifters, Bluetooth and a slick nav system with large eight-inch monitor. In the cargo bay, under-floor bins can hold a laptop, and removable side panels allow for golf bags. There’s also Acura’s trademark tapered front end, which — love it or hate it — looks like it has an overbite. Alas, the TSX only comes with front-wheel drive
From automaker-on-the-skids to Detroit darling, GM is posting stellar profits after that government bailout. One of the reasons: chic Cadillac product, like the CTS Sport Wagon. Forget the staid styling and yacht-like handling that your granny loved; now there’s edgy sheet metal, potent engines and taut Euro handling. Choice of five trim levels, with oodles of options: panoramic sunroof, heated/cooled seats, 10speaker surround-sound stereo, keyless ignition/entry, rearview camera, even a heavy-duty pet net. But beware: the cost for all those bells and whistles can reach, ouch, $51,000. Two other downsides: narrow front-seat legroom and poor rear visibility.
Outbacks have always been a rainbow-sticker fave, and this redo is no exception. There’s literally more for gays and lesbians to love now, with the longer, wider and taller frame and loads of passenger room and cargo space. Unfortunately, the larger size means handling isn’t as spry and nimble. Still, crash-test scores are primo and the rear seats recline — a nice touch. There are six trim levels, and all-wheel drive, hill-hold assist and stability control are standard across the board. Options include heated side mirrors, Harman Kardon stereo, rear privacy glass, windshield wiper de-icer and iPod interface.
Low cost, high gas mileage, a blast to drive. That pretty much sums up the freshly styled Jetta SportWagen. Form-fitting seats are uber comfortable, as is the whisper-quiet cabin with panoramic sunroof, multifunction steering wheel and nifty blue lights on all the gauges. There’s also more cargo room than in many midsized crossovers. Stability/traction control is standard, with rear side airbags an option. A new clean-diesel engine joins the lineup, boosting fuel efficiency to a whopping 30 city/41 highway. And while braking is bit sluggish, the acceleration, cornering and ability to dart in and out of traffic are all top-notch.
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1639 R St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-6569 cobaltdc.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men but check schedule for other events. to the 1960s. Features billiards, regular tournaments and other special events. Located near the convention center, two blocks north of Gallery Place Metro.
1435 P St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-797-9730 halodc.com Trendy Logan Circle bar and lounge popular with men features regular happy hour and other specials. Formerly known as Halo, MOVA re-launched in early 2010 as a environmentally friendly bar with an emphasis on community service.
3734 10th St. NE Washington, DC 20017 202-546-5979 thedeltaelite.com Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Brookland neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. Check web site for special events.
1409 PLAYBILL CAFÉ
1409 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-265-3055 Logan Circle area restaurant and bar (Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the theater crowd and featuring open-mike nights, karaoke and other special events.
NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR
900 U St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-332-6355 nelliessportsbar.com Sports bar featuring poker events, drag bingo, trivia contests and other specials. Popular bar with massive outdoor deck and plenty of TVs for watching sports.
1637 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-328-0100 dupontitaliankitchen.com In Dupont Circle area, above Dupont Italian Kitchen.
ACADEMY OF WASHINGTON
thewashingtonacademy.com Longtime organizers of drag events in the city; most events held at Ziegfeld’s. See web site for full list of upcoming events.
OMEGA DUPLEX DINER
2004 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-265-9599 duplexdiner.com Popular restaurant and bar in the Adams Morgan area; happy hour specials and many other special events. See web site for updated schedule. 2122 P St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-223-4917 omegadc.com Dupont Circle area bar and club popular with men featuring dancing, drag and other special events.
ANNIE’S PARAMOUNT STEAK HOUSE
1609 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-232-0395 In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime restaurant and steakhouse with recently renovated Upstairs Lounge.
JUJUBEE @ FREDDIE’S
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525 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 phase1dc.com twitter.com/phase1dc The Phase opened in 1970 and remains a popular lesbian bar and club. Features regular special events, including Jell-O wrestling, ’80s theme nights and more. Check web site for details.
1805 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-797-1122 thefablounge.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men but hosts regular women’s events.
1722 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly.
LEON’S/ TYSON PLACE
870 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-4993 leonsbaltimore.tripod.com In business for more than 50 years, Leon’s is the oldest gay bar in Baltimore and among the oldest in the country. Friendly bar with jukebox gets especially busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place is a restaurant bar located behind Leon’s with a separate entrance.
1415 22nd St., NW Washington, DC 20037 202-296-0505 apex-dc.com In Dupont Circle area; popular with men, but check schedule regularly for other events.
2161 P St., NW Washington, DC 20037 202-293-1293 In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar popular with men.
2002 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-82-EAGLE Longtime Levi/leather bar not far from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a full store for your leather needs. Mostly men, but welcoming to women.
1104 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-1931 Longtime bar popular with AfricanAmerican men in Capitol Hill area.
QUEER PULP @ BLACK SQUIRREL
2427 18th St., NW Washington DC 20009 Alternative party for queer people featuring disco house, electro, indie pop, dance and industrial every Friday night.
PORT IN A STORM
4330 E. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-534-0014 Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets especially popular when the Ravens play. Features billiards, music and more.
1335 Green Court, NW Washington, DC 20005 greenlanterndc.com twitter.com/greenlanterndc Friendly bar for men hosts regular happy hours and special events, including karaoke and shirtless drink special nights. Check web site for details. McPherson Square Metro.
500 8th St., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-5906 bananacafedc.com Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men and women. Features Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican cuisine.
639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003 202-543-3113 remingtonswdc.com twitter.com/remingtonsWDC Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol Hill neighborhood with more than 6,000 square feet of space for dancing and billiards. One half block west of Eastern Market Metro.
1 W. Biddle St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-837-3906 Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar attracts men and women; friendly service.
3607 Fleet St. Baltimore, MD 21224 410-563-2617 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown area is popular with men and women and offers billiards.
205 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-3100 Another of Baltimore’s friendly neighborhood bars in Mount Vernon featuring billiards, jukebox and welcoming service.
1519 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-328-0090 jrswdc.com Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area bar popular with men; videos, regular special events.
815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20001 blowoff.us Created by musicians Bob Mould and Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional dance event popular with men. Events are held in clubs around the country; D.C.’s Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club in the popular U Street corridor.
2009 8th St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-234-TOWN towndc.com Dance club and bar popular with men and women, features regular drag performances. U Street Metro.
1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Part of the Grand Central complex, Sappho’s attracts a lesbian crowd and offers comfy couches, outdoor patio and more in its second floor location.
1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-6965 Longtime bar and restaurant popular with African-American clientele.
2214 Rhode Island Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 202-832-3888 lacedc.com Every night is ladies night at Lace; features regular special events for women in Brookland neighborhood. Check web site for details on happy hour specials.
1639 R St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-462-6569 cobaltdc.com In Dupont Circle area; part of complex of LGBT businesses at this address, including Level One restaurant on street level and 30 Degrees bar.
1001 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133 centralstationpub.com Large entertainment complex featuring friendly pub, lesbian bar Sappho’s upstairs and a dance club on the first floor.
911 F St., NW Washington, DC 20004 ultrabardc.com twitter.com/UltraBar Large dance club with gay-friendly events and vibe located downtown near Metro Center.
FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR
555 23rd St. South Arlington, VA 22202 703-685-0555 Freddie Lutz’s Virginia establishment includes a restaurant and friendly bar, regular specials and is popular with men and women. Crystal City Metro.
1836 18th St., NW Washington, DC 20009 202-483-1483 Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant popular with both men and women.
WHERE THE GIRLS GO
wherethegirlsgo.com Queer women's events in the D.C. area. Check web site for latest info.
1 W. Eager St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-0069 clubhippo.com Large club popular with men and women featuring billiards, top DJs/dancing, karaoke, videos and more. Opened in 1972, Hippo’s motto is “where everyone is welcome.”
1321 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20005 202-319-1333 crewclub.net Men’s 24-hour gym in Logan Circle area, featuring steam rooms, lounges, private dressing rooms and more.
1824 Half St., SW Washington, DC 20024 202-863-0670 secretsdc.com Featuring all-nude male dancers Wednesdays-Sundays, drag performances, large dance floor and many regular special events, contests and more. Large parking lot available; located in Buzzard’s Point warehouse district.
Different locations mixtapedc.com twitter.com/MIXTAPEdc Alternative dance party for queer men and women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check web site for 2010 schedule of events.
9855 N. Washington Blvd. Laurel, MD 20723 301-498-8202 pwssportsbar.com Restaurant and bar is popular with gay and lesbian sports fans and is known for its superb burgers.
JAY’S ON READ
225 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-225-0188 Piano bar attracts a mostly male crowd, though welcoming to women and straight patrons.
639 New York Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-6025 dceagle.com The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date
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ROBY CHAVEZ (right) and his partner CHRIS ROE are planning an outdoor wedding ceremony this weekend, followed by a honeymoon in Greece.
Local TV reporter to wed partner this weekend
Continued from page 25 diate family and friends, we got to about 200 people just in that. So it’s a little bigger.” They’re planning an outdoor ceremony on the Wilson House grounds. Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington where Chavez sometimes attends, will officiate. Their nieces and nephews will wave rainbow ribbons and a surprise entertainer will perform while two “best couples,” gay couples who have been friends of the two for years, will stand with them as they take their vows wearing matching Calvin Klein tuxes. A honeymoon trip to Greece will follow. Rob Clemenz has known Chavez since they were in college together. He and his partner, Rick DuPlantier, are in the wedding party. “When I first laid eyes on Chris, I knew he was perfect for Roby,” Clemenz says. “I know this really means the world for Roby so it’s very poignant and it’s just a special thing. I never ever dreamed that we would come this far and something like this would be in our lifetimes. I’m beyond happy standing there for their wedding. It’s just wonderful.” Chavez says he didn’t call Roe immediately after meeting him because, despite the strong initial connection, dating wasn’t on his radar. He’d been career focused for many years but finally decided to take some time off for dating. “I had three phone numbers,” Chavez says. “He was the second date. I never made it to the third.” They live together at 12th and U streets, N.W., and make time for each other, despite disparate work schedules — Roe works days, Chavez nights. Roe waits up for Chavez every night until he gets home around midnight. Chavez promised Roe if he moved in with him — farther from his job than he’d been — he’d give him a lift to work each day, a promise he’s kept. So what makes it work? Chavez calls it “the brake and the pedal.” “I’m kind of all over the place and moving very quickly,” he says. “He’s very methodical and thoughtful. When I’m going too fast, he puts the brakes on and when he’s not going fast enough, I kind of push him along. We’ve just kind of learned how to connect.” They also say the small-town values they grew up with are complementary. And they get a kick out of hearing a pop song from the ’80s and realizing they both know the lyrics. There’s only the slightest acknowledgment of occasional friction during a 40-minute interview. They read together at night and on the way to work. Chavez mentions a couple relationship books they’ve used to help through occasional “issues in the relationship.” “Ultimately we just talk,” he says. “We talk a lot. We have 30 minutes here or there or at night, we talk.” Chavez says the marriage gives him a chance to turn the tables on his viewers. Getty Images photographers have followed them through the planning process. “I knock on people’s doors all the time,” he says. “Tell me your happiness, tell me your sadness, tell me what’s going on in your life. I should be able to share with the same openness. Plus we don’t see a lot of people talking about gay marriage. I just thought I’m not gonna miss a chance to let them hear my story. It would be easier, actually, to just do it privately, but I feel I have a responsibility.” The chance to play it big and include extended family, who have been supportive, they say, was strategic in a way. “They’re the people who’ll have to vote the next time it comes up on the ballot,” Roe says. Clemenz says it’s about more than the couple. “This is so much more than a mere marriage,” he says. “It’s a symbolic leap of faith for the progress and the edification of D.C. and really for the nation. It’s thought provoking and it’s provocative. Roby’s stood up time and time again in his life. He’s a true leader.”
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