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washingtonblade.com - vol. 41, issue 47 - november 19, 2010

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Local chefs share recipes that breathe new life into tired holiday staples. PAGE 33

Former Blade staffer injured in anti-gay hate crime attack near Convention Center. PAGE 2

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Rep. Patrick Murphy reflects on Election Day loss, chances for ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal. PAGE 14

washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 47 • november 19, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal ‘barely hanging on’
Activists apply last-minute pressure to White House, Senate
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com The prospects for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year continue to fade as LGBT advocates pressure the White House and Congress in hopes that lawmakers will take action before they adjourn for the year. One Senate Democratic aide, who spoke to the Washington Blade on condition of anonymity, said repeal — currently pending before the U.S. Senate as part of the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill — is “barely hanging on with life support.” “The only way to resuscitate this effort and get a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ vote is for President Obama and [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates to start pushing directly, something we on the Hill had expected the president and Gates to do long ago,” the aide said. Frustration over the lack of movement on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prompted activists affiliated with GetEQUAL to take action on Monday and chain themselves to the White House fence in an act of civil disobedience. The 13 protesters included Lt. Dan Choi, a gay Iraq war veteran who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year, and Robin McGehee, co-founder and director of GetEQUAL. In a statement, GetEQUAL said three generations of LGBT Continues on page 18

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Thirteen activists seeking repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ were arrested at the White House this week.

From the ashes, a new Blade
1 year later, details emerge in former parent company’s collapse
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com Discharged service members file lawsuit over halved severance pay. PAGE 8 The U.S. Small Business Administration filed a court motion last December giving its approval of a bankruptcy filing by Window Media, the company that owned the Washington Blade, resulting in the shutdown of the Blade after a 40-year run as an LGBT newspaper, according to court documents. But in an unexpected turn of events, the dissolution of Window Media through its Chapter 7 bankruptcy wiped out its enormous debt to creditors, clearing the way for Blade employees to form a new company that purchased the Blade’s name and remaining assets from the bankruptcy court debt-free and at a bargain price. Continues on page 10

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First installment in our annual holiday Gift Guide features music, novelties. PAGE 29

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LOCALNEWS
ABC Board to deny the request for expanded seating space. The Dupont Circle ANC, ANC 2B, did not initially move to oppose the expansion proposal. But it rushed to pass an opposition “protest” petition last week after word surfaced that Hank’s representative told the ABC Board the restaurant might consider extending its operating hours on its outdoor patio from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on week nights and from midnight to 3 a.m. on weekends. ANC 2B Chairman Will Stevens told the Blade the ANC will vote in a special meeting later this month to withdraw its protest after Leeds agreed to stipulate in her ABC license that she will continue Hank’s current closing hours of 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends for its outdoor seating. ANC commissioner Jack Jacobson, who represents the single member district that includes Hank’s, was the only commissioner to vote against the protest of the Hank’s expansion proposal before this week’s agreement was reached. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, who is a member of the ABC Board, did not vote in keeping with his decision to refrain from voting on issues pending before the ABC Board. “I am happy to see a slender shaft of reason break through the clouds of obstruction,” said Rosendall in response to the agreement by the ANC to drop its protest. Lou Chibbaro Jr.

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‘Hank’s is one of the great recent enhancements of our neighborhood, while the problems are entirely imaginary,’ said rick rosendall, vice president of the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance.

Dupont Circle ANC to drop protest against Hank’s
The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission reached an agreement Wednesday with lesbian chef and businesswoman Jamie Leeds in which the commission will drop its protest against Leeds’ plans for expanding seating capacity at her popular Hank’s Oyster Bar restaurant near Dupont Circle. The ANC’s action came less than two weeks after the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to end a five-year-old voluntary agreement prohibiting any expansion of Hank’s seating space or operating hours. In 2005, a group of neighborhood residents demanded that Leeds sign the agreement as a condition for opening her restaurant on Q Street, just off the popular 17th Street strip where several gay bars are located. Both Leeds’ supporters and opponents agree that opposition to her proposal to expand her restaurant is linked to longstanding efforts by some neighborhood activists to limit what they see as an over-concentration of nightlife businesses in the 17th Street commercial strip and is not related to her sexual orientation. But gay and straight nightlife advocates say Leeds is being targeted for “heresy” by some nearby residents associated with the ANC and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association who strenuously oppose any efforts to curtail or repeal the ABC Board’s system of voluntary agreements between neighborhood groups and businesses with liquor licenses – including restaurants and bars. Supporters of the “VOAs” say they are needed to prevent irresponsible businesses from creating noise and other disturbances that affect nearby residents. Critics, however, say they are unfair and a form of extortion because they pressure businesses to agree to restrictions like early closing times or bans on music and dancing that are not prohibited by city laws regulating restaurants or bars. “Hank’s is one or the great recent enhancements of our neighborhood, while the problems are entirely imaginary,” said nearby resident Rick Rosendall, vice president of the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance. “That Jamie Leeds is sick of being hobbled by years of gratuitous restrictions should surprise only those with no regard for the obligations and risks faced by a small business owner.” The Dupont Circle Citizens Association and a small group of residents, most of who don’t live on the block where Hank’s is located, have filed petitions asking the

Former Blade employee victim of anti-gay attack
The Washington Blade’s former videographer, Aram Vartian, was punched in the face and knocked to the ground outside his apartment near the Washington Convention Center on Nov. 10 by a male attacker who shouted anti-gay slurs. Vartian, 34, who currently works for Metro Weekly, said the attack came minutes after he walked a male friend to his car and the two men bid farewell by hugging each other near 10th and M streets, N.W., about 9:30 p.m. “I gave him a hug. It was a bit of a lingering hug,” Vartian said. “He got into his car, I waved to him and turned to walk back home. I took about 10 or 15 steps and this guy ran up behind me and punched me in the face—in the right cheek and nose area.” According to Vartian, the unidentified male attacker, who was black and appeared in his late teens or early 20s, stood over him and screamed at him with his fists clinched and a scarf pulled over his face. Minutes earlier, Vartian said he saw the attacker standing with about 10 other young men a short distance from where Vartian stood with his male friend, gay singer and songwriter Tom Goss. “It was faggot this and faggot that and not in this neighborhood,” Vartian quoted the attacker as saying. It was a diatribe. He was screaming in a rage.” Two of the other youths who had been with the attacker rushed over to where Vartian was assaulted and grabbed the attacker and pulled him away from him, Vartian said. “They said, ‘We’re sorry, sir. He’s drunk. Please don’t call the police,’” Vartian said the other two told him. But Vartian did call police, who responded within minutes to take a report of the incident, which they classified as an anti-gay biased related simple assault. Vartian said that within a few minutes of their arrival police drove him to a nearby location where other officers had detained two youths observed fleeing from the scene. The officers asked him to look at the two in a makeshift lineup while he sat in the police car, but he said he could not positively identify either as the person who assaulted him. Capt. Edward Delgado, who oversees the police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, said police are seeking witnesses to determine if others could identify the person who assaulted Vartian. A GLLU officer also arrived on
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aram Vartian, a former Blade employee, was attacked last week by an assailant who shouted anti-gay slurs.

the scene, said Vartian. He praised the officers for being attentive and helpful. Vartian said he declined a police offer to call paramedics to examine him. He said he suffered a bruised face but doesn’t consider his injury as serious. Lou Chibbaro Jr.

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Junious Tyler-Turner II
Junious Tyler-Turner II, a former gay resident of Washington, D.C., died Nov. 4 in San Diego. He was 48. Tyler-Turner was born in Virginia in 1962 and attended John Tyler Community College and later Howard University. He worked for the A.D. Price Funeral Home in Richmond before moving to D.C., where he worked for both Hecht’s and Woodward & Lothrop. Most recently, he worked in retail management at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Diego, until that store closed earlier this year. Friends said he was an enthusiastic supporter of Lambda Squares in D.C. and the Chi-Town Squares of Chicago, both gay square dancing organizations. He is survived by his mother, Louise McCowan; stepmother Elizabeth Turner; his Aunt Lee Anna Waters; friends Barbara Robinson of North Carolina, Michael Olivas of California, and Winnie Feldman-Lindauer and Lee Brian Magnuson of D.C.; four brothers, six sisters and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service was held last week at First Union Baptist Church in Crozier, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Balboa Park Performing Arts & Culture, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. CorrECTioN An article in the Sept. 20 edition (“Gay Discovery hostage shares story”) included an incorrect photo credit for an image of Christopher Wood. The photo credit should have read: Photo by Pete Exis, Image X Photography. The Blade regrets the error.

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Police arrested several business owners in Rehoboth Beach for noise violations, prompting the town to reconsider its ordinance.

Gay commissioners in Rehoboth call for easing patio restrictions
Two gay members of the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners are supporting a proposal to ease a little-noticed outdoor patio ordinance that led to the Sept. 11 arrest of a gay bar owner for keeping his outdoor seating area open after 11 p.m. The “citation” arrest of Aqua Grill co-owner Bill Shields and the owners or managers of two straight restaurants on the same night on a criminal charge of violating the Rehoboth Beach patio ordinance has prompted critics to call the police action an embarrassment to the town. Some are calling the incident “patio-gate.” Rehoboth Police Chief Keith Banks disputed media reports that police raided 12 restaurants or bars on the night of the three arrests in connection with the patio ordinance. He said the establishments were “visited” by officers after town inspectors informed them days earlier that the town would begin enforcing an ordinance that had largely gone unenforced for a decade or longer. The ordinance requires restaurants or bars to stop serving food or drinks on their patio at 10 p.m. and to vacate the patio by 11 p.m. The charge against Shields and the owner of one of the other two establishments was dropped days later. Banks said police discovered that Aqua’s operating permit included a possible waiver of the ordinance’s requirement that restaurant or bar patios be vacated by 11 p.m. He said police dropped the charge against the owner of one of the other establishments cited after learning it was exempt from the ordinance under a grandfather clause for places in business prior to 1991. Rehoboth officials said they began enforcing the ordinance after receiving complaints by residents about noise coming from people sitting or standing in the patios. Gay Rehoboth Commissioners Dennis Barbour and Pat Coluzzi have joined other commissioners in calling for reclassifying the ordinance into a civil rather than criminal statute. At a Nov. 8 workshop meeting held by the commission, Barbour called for eliminating the grandfather clause and shifting enforcement to establishments found to be causing excessive noise rather than linking it to patios themselves. The commission, which serves as the town’s legislative body, took no action at the meeting. Barbour said he would continue to push for a change in the ordinance. Banks said the three people arrested in September were given a citation during the police visit and were not taken into custody or detained. However, he said an officer finger printed them with a portable, hand-held ink pad. The remaining person arrested in the incident pleaded guilty and paid a fine. Gay activist and Rehoboth resident Peter Schott said most of the establishments named by authorities as past violators of the patio or a separate noise ordinance are patronized by gays or lesbians, even though most are not considered gay establishments. The Blue Moon, a popular gay bar and restaurant in Rehoboth, is among the establishments exempt from the patio law through its grandfather clause. Steve Elkins, president of Camp Rehoboth, an LGBT organization, said he did not believe police or Rehoboth officials were targeting the establishments because of the perceived sexual orientation of their customers. Lou Chibbaro Jr.

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For Church in the Now’s Bishop Jim Swilley and Debye Swilley, the decision to divorce so Jim could live openly as a gay man is ‘a real love story.’
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his successor, Jerry Brown, have both declined to defend Prop 8 in federal court.

Prop 8 rules established for December face-off 
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals announced this week how it wants opposing sides to lay out their cases during a critical Dec. 6 hearing on California’s gay marriage ban, the Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday. Key to the hearing is whether citizen proponents of Proposition 8 and one California county — Imperial — even have the right to defend the gay marriage ban in the federal appeals court based in San Francisco. Organizers of the ballot initiative and Imperial County claim that they have the right to defend Proposition 8 in federal court. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, as attorney general, both declined to defend the measure from a challenge to its constitutionality, the Bee reported. Last August, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban was found unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker after a highly publicized trial. Proponents of the ballot measure and Imperial County filed an appeal with the 9th Circuit. Their challenge is two-pronged: First, the panel of judges must agree that proponents and the county have a right to appeal Walker’s decision. That’s a claim that could conflict with U.S. Supreme Court opinions finding that ballot proponents in other cases do not enjoy that legal standing. Second, the panel will review claims that Walker’s decision was flawed. The Dec. 6 hearing, which will cover these two levels of argument, will be divided into two hour-long sessions.

HRC said it’s a positive change in that it no longer advocates for “reparative” therapy.

Lesbian at Catholic school in employment dispute 

After 39 years in ministry, Ga. bishop comes out
Swilley urges dialogue between gays, Christians
By SHANNON HAMES Georgia Voice Bishop Jim Swilley founded Church in the Now, the massive, non-denominational congregation in Conyers, in 1985. But as the church grew over 25 years, and throughout his almost four decades of ministry, Swilley struggled with a secret that he hid from his congregation. “I am approaching my 39th year in ministry — All I have ever done is preach the gospel,” Swilley told his congregation in an emotional sermon last month, noting that his parents tell stories of him preaching while still in diapers. “There are two things in my life that are an absolute: I did not ask for either one of them, both of them were imposed upon me, I had no control over either of them,” Swilley said. “One was the call of God in my life … the other thing, and I wouldn’t have known what to call it at the time, is my sexual orientation. I know a lot of straight people think that orientation is a choice, but I want to tell you that it definitely is not,” he said. Swilley discounted rumors that he was cheating on his wife, who sat in the audience nodding her support, thanked his children and parents, and said that he was motivated to speak up by the recent rash of gay youth suicides, and by ongoing hate crimes targeting gay people. “I can only hope that you hear me out and you hear me with an open mind,” Swilley said then. The video of Swilley’s Oct. 13 coming out speech has gone viral with more than 50,000 views in three weeks. Jim Swilley, Debye Swilley and their son Judah Swilley spoke with the Georgia Voice about the experience. GA Voice: Debye, people who watched that video really want to know if you support Jim. Can you speak to that? Debye Swilley: I look at this as a real love story. I’ve always loved Jim and we learned to build a life around his sexual orientation. We built an incredible life together. We love each other and are best friends. In March of 2009, it hit me that I was no longer a blessing to Jim. I was handicapping him. I was doing him a disservice by keeping him from growing because I was keepContinues on page 16

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A lesbian who worked in administration at a Catholic university in Springfield, Ill., lost her job after her wedding announcement ran in an Illinois newspaper, the State Journal-Register, a regional newspaper, reported. Employers knew Laine Tadlock was a lesbian when she started working there five years ago and also knew of her plans to wed partner Kae Helstrom in Iowa this summer. Tadlock left her position as director of the education program at Benedictine University Oct. 28. The school said she resigned, according to the Journal-Register. Tadlock said she did not. Benedictine is a Catholic-sponsored university. Catholic doctrine teaches that homosexual activity of any kind is a sin. In a Sept. 30 letter to Tadlock’s attorney, Benedictine President William Carroll wrote, “… By publicizing the marriage ceremony in which she participated in Iowa she has significantly disregarded and flouted core religious beliefs which, as a Catholic institution, it is our mission to uphold.”

GOP wins put Minnesota marriage battles on hold

WASHINGTON — The Mormon Church has removed same-sex attraction from its list of sins according to a report from Human Rights Campaign. The change, announced last weekend, for the first time in the religion’s history, does not call for counseling for those experiencing same-sex attractions. The church still teaches that “homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God” but the policy differentiates between same-sex behavior and attraction. While some may bemoan the change as minor,

Mormon Church removes same-sex attraction from sin list

MINNEAPOLIS — LGBT rights activists in Minnesota thought 2012 would be the year they could finally make a serious push for marriage equality in the state, but a surprise Republican takeover of the legislature has them back on the defensive instead, the Associated Press has reported. Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, says his group will push for a statewide vote in 2012 to ban gay marriage and civil unions in Minnesota’s Constitution. Previous efforts to do so in 2004, 2005 and 2006 met a firewall in the strongly Democratic state Senate, but that liberal majority crumbled Nov. 2. And despite a vow by new Republican legislative leaders to focus primarily on job creation and spending cuts when they take over in January, the likely new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Warren Limmer, a Republican from Maple Grove, said there’s “a lot of bottled-up desire” in his party to finally put gay marriage before state voters.

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Mike Almy, a former Air Force officer, is among those who received half separation pay as a result of his discharge under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Lawsuit challenges ‘Don’t Ask’ separation pay
Discharged service members get half severance
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com A new lawsuit filed over the halved separation pay given to some U.S. service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is raising questions about why the Defense Department hasn’t taken action to resolve the issue. Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over administration policy cutting in half the severance pay that discharged troops who serve for at least six years in the armed forces would normally receive if they were separated for a reason other Proof # CR Issue Date 071019 Sales Repbp than homosexual conduct. The policy was implemented in 1991, Logo correct? two years before Congress enacted the Are phone number & address correct? “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” statute, and could be changed by implementing new reguAre prices accurate? lations without action from lawmakers or Corrections? the courts. Joshua Block, staff attorney for the OK as is ACLU’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender project, said his organization filed the class action lawsuit, known as Collins v. United States, as a result of this severance pay inequity. “Basically, if you’re discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ [and serve for at least six years], under the policy there’s virtually no way you can qualify for full separation pay,” Block said. The issue only affects service members separated under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” who received honorable discharges and who have served for at least six years because only under those conditions do troops qualify for severance pay. Further, because of the statute of limitations, the lawsuit would only affect service members who’ve been discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” within the last six years. Block said the litigation was brought on behalf of all service members involuntarily discharged in the past six years and estimated that at least 100 discharged service members will qualify as part of the class of plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The lead plaintiff in the litigation is Richard Collins, a former staff sergeant who was in the Air Force for nine years before he was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “After nine years of honorable service, it’s not fair that I should be deprived of the same benefits given to other dedicated service members who are adjusting to civilian life,” Collins said in a statement. Another discharged service member who was affected by the pay inequity is Mike Almy, a gay former Air Force communications officer who testified earlier this year before the Senate about being discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2006. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Almy said. “It’s pouring salt on the wound. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is horrendous enough as it is already.” Almy said he received separation pay of $40,000 upon his discharge from the Air Force when he would otherwise have been entitled to $80,000. Block said he’s hopeful the Pentagon would drop the policy as a result of the lawsuit and pay discharged troops they compensation they would normally receive. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said SLDN and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force identified the issue more than a year ago as something that the administration could resolve with a policy change. “In this case, [Defense] Secretary [Robert] Gates has the authority to stop this practice, and he should,” Sarvis said. “Not only should they stop it, we’ll also be seeking — as we have in the past — restitution on their back pay.” But why does the administration continue the policy when President Obama has said he wants to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the issue could be resolved with a stroke of a pen? Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokesperson, said in a statement that department policy authorizes half separation payments to members who are “not fully qualified to continue to serve” and who are being involuntarily separated under honorable conditions. “Currently, members being discharged for [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] … receive half separation pay, because the law says they are not qualified to continue in service,” she added.

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Pentagon study leaks are aiding repeal effort
Reports suggest most personnel OK with lifting gay ban
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com Capitol Hill observers say recently leaked details about the upcoming Pentagon study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are having a positive influence on the effort to repeal the military’s gay ban. Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, said “it’s undeniable” that the leaked findings were “extremely helpful” to repeal advocates. “Whether or not it’ll take us across the tipping point, I don’t know,” he added. “That’s anybody’s guess. It’s undeniable that it moves us more in that direction, but people disagree on where that tipping point is.” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said media reports on the Pentagon working group study are still too recent to properly assess their impact on convincing Republicans to vote in favor of repeal. Still, he said he’s confident the findings will “bring in additional votes.” “It’s certainly a bolster to the case we’ve been making with Republican lawmakers and their staff that the study is beneficial, it’s very thorough and the terms that Defense Secretary Robert Gates laid out are very clear,” Cooper said. Repeal advocates said they hope the leaks, which were published in the Washington Post, will bolsters efforts in the Senate to pass the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill, which contains language to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A previous vote to move forward with the legislation in September didn’t meet the 60-vote threshold to make it to the Senate floor. Last week, the Washington Post reported that the results of a survey sent to 400,000 U.S. service members over the summer as part of the Pentagon working group’s efforts will reveal that more than 70 percent of respondents think the effect of ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be positive, mixed or nonexistent. A similar report was published Thursday in The New York Times. These survey results reportedly led study authors to conclude that objections to gays serving openly in the U.S. military would drop after the implementation of open service. The deadline for completing the study and delivering it to Defense Secretary Robert Gates is Dec. 1. According to the Washington Post, the working group report is about 370 pages long and is divided into two sections. The first section examines whether ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will harm unit readiness or morale. The second part offers a plan for ending enforcement of the law. This second section is not meant to

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R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said he’s confident the Pentagon study’s findings will bolster repeal efforts.

serve as the military’s official instruction manual on the issue, but could be used as such if military leaders agreed. A Democratic aide, who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity, said reporting on the Pentagon working group study is infusing pro-repeal efforts “with a newfound energy.” “Some pro-repeal senators are already touting the findings in discussions with their colleagues, in hopes of galvanizing sufficient support for repeal,” the aide said. But the leaked findings have already riled social conservatives seeking to keep the ban on open service in place. On Thursday, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, noted he’s previously taken exception to the Pentagon working group report because he said the scope of the study isn’t appropriate. “We have criticized this study from PROOF#: CR3 the outset because the [Pentagon working group] was forbidden to explore the central question before the country — not how to implement a repeal of the current law, but whether doing so is in the best interest of the armed forces,” Perkins said. Perkins called on Gates to direct the Pentagon’s inspector general to investigate the source of the leaks and said the leaks to media outlets have “seriously damaged the credibility” of the Pentagon’s review process. Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesperson, said Gates is “very concerned and extremely disappointed” that Pentagon sources have leaked information about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” report and said he’s launching an investigation into the matter. “The Secretary strongly condemns the unauthorized release of information related to this report and has directed an investigation to establish who communicated with the Washington Post or any other news organization without authorization and in violation of Department policy and his specific instruction,” Morrell said.

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New details emerge in gay media company’s collapse 
Continued from page 1 One year after the Blade shutdown on Nov. 16, 2009, and six months after its resurrection, court documents and new information disclosed by sources familiar with Window and its parent company, Avalon Equity Fund, provide a dramatic glimpse into the final days of a collapsing gay media conglomerate. Among the revelations was the dismaying discovery by the Blade’s new owners that the paper’s electronic archives — which made all of its content going back to about 2001 accessible online — were erased after Window stopped paying its bills to a company that stored the data on rented servers. “Like any customer, they were delinquent in their payment,” said Kevin Soendker, chief operating officer of the Natick, Mass.-based Inet Services. “The service was cancelled and the servers were repurposed,” he said, acknowledging that the data was erased. The Blade’s new owner, Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Inc., announced this week that it is launching a non-profit foundation to raise money to pay for digitizing all back issues of the Blade and to make them accessible to the public. Although the electronic archives were erased, all printed copies of the Blade going back to its first issue in October 1969 have been preserved and are in the Blade’s possession. Also emerging within the past week are separate accounts by a top SBA official and Window’s former co-president and chief operating officer, Mike Kitchens, of frantic, behind-the-scenes discussions last summer and fall over whether the Blade and other newspapers owned by Window should be sold to bidders — including a group of former Blade employees — or whether the company should be dissolved in bankruptcy. Thomas Morris, director of the SBA’s Office of Liquidation, said the SBA played no role in Window’s ultimate decision to declare bankruptcy. But he said the SBA joined Window in filing a Dec. 10, 2009 stipulated motion before a federal court in New York asking the court to retroactively agree to the bankruptcy that Window filed 20 days earlier in Atlanta. The SBA’s involvement with Avalon and Window stems from its decision in 2008 to obtain a court order forcing Avalon Equity Fund into receivership after Avalon defaulted on $38 million in loans from the SBA. With the SBA placed in full control of Avalon through the receivership ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, SBA also played a key role in Window’s affairs. Avalon, then under the control of the SBA, owned 75 percent of total equity in Window Media. U.S. District Court Judge Peter K. Leisure included in his original Avalon receivership order, which he handed down Aug. 21, 2008, a directive that neither Avalon nor any of its assets, including companies it controlled, could declare bankruptcy without the court’s advance approval. Leisure approved the Dec. 10, 2009 motion backed by the SBA, clearing the way for the Window bankruptcy to move forward. The bankruptcy and sudden shutdown of the Blade and several other publications owned by Window Media stunned the Blade staff and the D.C. gay community. Blade publisher Lynne Brown, who is part of the group that bought the Blade’s assets from the bankruptcy court, said she and the Blade’s managers and staff learned of the Avalon receivership in August 2008. She said SBA officials working on the Avalon receivership told her in early 2009 the SBA was taking steps to sell Avalon’s and Window’s assets and publications, including the Blade. A short time later, Brown joined the Blade’s editor, Kevin Naff, and senior sales executive Brian Pitts to form a group that submitted a bid to buy the Blade out of receivership. The SBA organized the bidding process on Window’s behalf and encouraged others to submit bids. Among those who submitted a competing bid was gay rights advocate Nicholas Benton, publisher of the Falls Church News Press in Virginia. Benton, like Brown and Naff, expressed shock and anger when Window announced on Nov. 16, 2009 that it was declaring bankruptcy and shutting down all of its operations rather than sell its papers through the SBA bidding process. The shutdown immediately eliminated the jobs of the Blade’s 24-member staff. In a development that drew extensive media coverage, Window co-presidents Kitchens and Steve Meyers appeared at the Blade’s offices in the National Press Building on Monday morning, Nov. 16, to announce the shutdown. The two directed all employees to retrieve their personal possessions, clear out their desks, and leave the premises by 3 p.m. that day when the office was to be shuttered. Before leaving, however, most employees joined Brown, Naff and Pitts in vowing to band together to form a new publication — with the first fledgling edition to come that Friday, just four days later, when the Blade would have hit the streets had it not been shut down. “We wanted to show the world we weren’t going away and that we could produce a paper without missing a beat,” Naff said. Not knowing if they would ever be able to obtain the Blade’s name, the staff met the following morning at a café in the National Press Building lobby to plan a new paper, which they decided to name the DC Agenda. While Naff and the now volunteer reporters and editors planned stories for the new paper, Brown and Pitts scrambled to line up advertisers and a printer. To the surprise and acclaim of many in the LGBT community, the first edition of the eight-page newsletter-style DC Agenda appeared at many of the Blade’s distribution locations on Friday, Nov. 20. In subsequent weeks and months, the Agenda expanded its pages and evolved into a tabloid newspaper similar to the Blade. Meanwhile, Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Inc., the company formed by the Blade’s former publisher, editor and sales executive, responded to an offer by the Window bankruptcy court for bids on the Blade’s assets, which included the Blade’s name. “We didn’t know who or what we were up against,” Brown said. She noted that the new company was seeking investors and advertisers but didn’t have a huge amount of capital to compete with a large company or wealthy individual that might submit a competing bid. As it turned out, no one else submitted a bid. Media observers said the economic recession and the longstanding decline in the print media industry may have discouraged investors from seeking to buy and restart the Blade. In addition, with the Blade’s former staff having started a new D.C. LGBT community newspaper, the Agenda, the value of buying the Blade’s assets — consisting only of used office equipment, the paper’s printed archives and its name — may not have been appealing to investors or other potential buyers, according to some media industry observers. The lack of competing bids resulted in Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia obtaining the Blade assets for $15,000. Morris, the SBA’s liquidation office director, disclosed this week that the Buffalo, N.Y.based M&T Bank may have been responsible for scuttling the initial plans by the SBA and Window to sell its assets rather than go the route of bankruptcy. When the financially troubled Window defaulted on a loan of close to $1.3 million from M&T, the bank became the No. 1 secured creditor or lien holder, Morris said. In that role, M&T would not agree to a proposal by the SBA that it initiate a foreclosure on Window Media, a legal status that would allow a potential buyer of any of Window’s assets like the Blade to be free from liability for Window’s debts. An interested party would still be allowed to buy the Blade but they would most likely decline to do so if they had to assume Window’s debt, Morris said. “Once that fell through, we had no viable alternative plan, and without one we would not have won a challenge to the bankruptcy filing,” Morris told the Blade in an e-mail. The SBA could have asked the receivership judge to stop the bankruptcy and, as a federal district court judge, he likely had authority to do so, Morris said. “But our conclusion at that time was that M&T was owed more than the company was worth,” Morris said. He said that meant that no other creditors, including Avalon, which was Window’s largest creditor, would recoup any funds through the sale of Window’s assets. Window owed Avalon close to $5 million. Thus he said the receivership judge would most likely have rejected an SBA motion to challenge the Window bankruptcy. Kitchens said resignations of members of Window’s board of directors resulted in just he and Window co-president Steve Meyers as the only remaining board members during the months prior to the bankruptcy filing. According to Kitchens, the company’s operating rules required at least three board members for a quorum to make any important decisions such as the sale of assets. He said the SBA could have named someone to the board, Continues on page 12

Blade launches non-profit foundation
The Washington Blade this week announced the formation of a new non-profit entity to preserve and make accessible the paper’s 40 years of archives. The Washington Blade Foundation for Education and Research will work to digitize those archives. In addition, the Foundation will fund academic research into LGBT topics and support young LGBT journalists with scholarships. “We are excited by the potential of the Foundation,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff, who will serve as the first president of the Foundation’s board of directors. “The Blade has played a prominent role in the LGBT rights movement for more than 40 years and that history must be preserved and shared.” A new website — washingtonbladefoundation.org — debuted this week where supporters can make tax-deductible donations to the Foundation. The announcement was made on the one-year anniversary of the bankruptcy of the Blade’s former parent company, Window Media. Since then, Blade staffers purchased the name from the bankruptcy court and resurrected the paper, which was returned to local ownership. The other members of the Foundation board are: Colleen Dermody, a marketing executive and proprietor of Out to Market; Peter Rosenstein, an LGBT activist and Blade contributor with a background in non-profit management; Khadijah Tribble, a non-profit executive with experience in LGBT and HIV/AIDS topics; and Mark Meinke, an archivist and historian known for his work with the Rainbow History Project. STAFF REPORTS

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Continued from page 10 which may have allowed the board to vote to approve the sale of the Blade and other papers to those who had submitted bids before the bankruptcy filing. “They should have taken places on the board, but they didn’t,” he said of the SBA. Morris disputed that assertion, noting that Kitchens and Myers managed to approve the bankruptcy. He said he is not aware of any reason why they couldn’t have found a board member to approve a sale of the assets if they wanted to pursue that option. As the SBA proceeded with receivership, it reached out to potential buyers, including Chris Crain and William Waybourn, who founded Window Media in 1996. The two left Window Media in 2006 in a shakeup of the company by Avalon’s founder and chief operating officer David Unger, who secured full control of Window in 2001. Crain said the SBA never responded to his and Waybourn’s request for financial information about the company; they declined to submit a bid. chaels, who became publisher in the late 1970s, has been credited with transforming the Blade into a thriving business as well as a well-respected news publication. Window Media bought the Washington Blade and the New York Blade, which Michaels founded in the 1990s, in 2001, when Michaels made plans to sell the papers and retire. All parties declined to disclose the sale price, but sources have said it exceeded $3 million. Crain said this week that although Window Media had been financed by many small investors, it hooked up with Avalon Equity Fund — a multimillion dollar investment company — to provide the main financing for the purchase of the Washington Blade and New York Blade. He said the financing arrangement made Avalon the majority shareholder in Window Media at the time of the closing of the sale of the two Blades in May 2001. But he noted that while Avalon had legal control of Window at that time, it allowed Crain and Waybourn to run the company and make all key decisions up until January 2006, when Waybourn left the company. At that time, Avalon’s founder and managing partner, David Unger, named one of his top Avalon lieutenants, Peter Polimino, as Waybourn’s replacement as Window president. In September 2006, Crain left the company, amid speculation that both he and Waybourn had been ousted by Unger over sharp disagreements on how the company and its newspapers should be run. Waybourn stated at the time of his departure that he decided to retire after completing what he said was the creation and operation of a successful LGBT newspaper chain. Sources familiar with Window, however, said Waybourn left the company due to irreconcilable disagreements with Unger over Unger’s management style and plans for acquiring more publications at the risk of assuming greater debt. Crain said it was his decision to leave the company over a dispute that arose over Avalon’s decision to abolish Crain’s position of editorial director of all the Window publications and to hire individual editors at each of the Window papers. Waybourn, who declined to comment this week on Window’s finances, has said in the past that the company acquired more debt than it had planned for over circumstances beyond its control. He noted that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon led to a sharp drop in advertising sales due to a slump in the economy. He noted that a decision by Blade employees to attempt to form an employee union the week Window assumed ownership of the Blade forced Window to spend at least $100,000 to fight the union. Story continues at washingtonblade.com

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Pa. lawmaker says president is waiting for Pentagon report to act
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com The champion of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in the U.S. House maintains that President Obama will provide the “full spectrum” of engagement in getting the military’s gay ban repealed once the Pentagon completes its report on the issue. In an interview Tuesday with the Washington Blade, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) said Obama has been engaged in moving Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and that this effort will expand once the Pentagon working group report — due Dec. 1 — is complete. “I think there are different levels of engagement and, I think, once the report comes out, I think we’ll see the full spectrum of that engagement,” Murphy said. The first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress said he expects this “full spectrum of engagement” to come from not only the White House, but also the president’s “own Department of Defense.” Murphy said he hasn’t seen a draft copy of the report, but noted media reports indicating that the study will be favorable to open service in the U.S. military. He said the study should have a positive impact on senators who’ve said they wanted to wait for the report before endorsing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. “The study group came back and said that this will not hurt national security, and the troops, like most Americans, see that it’s the right thing to do,” Murphy said. ”And so, now we need the senators over there who’ve been a roadblock to put the political games aside and do what’s right for our country.” Sen. Joe Lieberman (IConn.), the sponsor of repeal legislation in the Senate, and Sen. Susan Collins (RMaine) sent a letter to the Pentagon on Monday calling for the report to be made available to members of Congress as soon as possible. The Human Rights Campaign issued a similar statement last week. Asked whether he similarly thinks the report should be available now, Murphy replied, “I think they should release it as simply, “N0.” During his time in Congress, Murphy has been seen as a leader for ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal because of his work moving a measure that would end the ban through the U.S. House. Murphy took up sponsorship of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal legislation last year, which at the time had about 150 cosponsors, and gradually built support for the measure. In May, the work paid off when Murphy submitted a repeal amendment to the House floor that passed by a vote of 234-194. The work earned Murphy considerable support among the LGBT community in his bid for reelection. Still, he didn’t survive the Republican tide on Election Day and was defeated by his GOP opponent, Mike Fitzpatrick. But Murphy said he isn’t going to “second guess” whether his leadership on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal contributed to his loss on Election Day. “My dad taught me that if you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything,” Murphy said. ”And I was proud to stand for equality and for the troops and for national security, and I’ll continue to do so until I turn the keys over to this office on Jan. 3.” Even with his loss, Murphy said he stands by other tough votes in his district, such his “yes” votes on the $787 billion stimulus package and health care reform. “We stopped the worst recession from turning into a depression,” Murphy said. ”As far as health care, there are millions of Americans that will now be covered, and that’s something that’s positive.” And what’s on Murphy’s docket once his term is complete at the end of the year? “I’m going to hug and kiss my kids and hopefully I’ll catch an Eagles game,” Murphy said. ”That’s the game plan.” The transcript of the Murphy interview follows: ON ELECTION RESULTS Washington Blade: What’s your take on the election results on Nov. 2? Do you think that your leadership on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal contributed to your loss on Election Day? Rep. Patrick Murphy: You know, I’m not going to second guess anything. My dad taught me that if you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything. And I was proud to stand for equality and for the troops and for national security, and I’ll continue to do so until I turn the keys over to this office on Jan. 3. Blade: Why do you think you think you lost on Election Day? Murphy: I think it was a tough year for Democrats, and I think my opponent ran a great campaign, and I’m proud of the support that we had, but it was an historic wave that we got caught up in, but … we’re going to continue to stand for middle-class families and for our country and do what’s right. Blade: Is there anything over your past two terms in Congress that you regret? Anything that you think you could have done differently to win re-election? Murphy: You know, I don’t live my life with regrets. There’s things here and there. I wish I would have played the lottery numbers differently on Saturday night. … We had an incredible time serving the families of my district and our country, and we helped protect 3,000 jobs, we helped end the war in Iraq, we helped move our country in a new direction. … Blade: So the vote for the stimulus package, the vote for the health care bill — you stand by them today? Murphy: Absolutely. We stopped the worst recession since the Great — we stopped the worst recession from turning into a depression. As far as health care, there are millions of Americans that will now be covered, and that’s something that’s positive. ON ‘DON’T ASK’ REPEAL IN LAME DUCK Blade: How confident are you that Congress is going to be able to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the lame duck session? Murphy: Well, we need the Senate to act. It’s in the Senate’s hands. We did our job over here in the House. I was proud to lead that effort and now we’re continuing to put the appropriate pressure on the Senate to do what’s right for national security. We’re still in Afghanistan and Iraq and we cannot be forcing honorable men and women who are willing to take a bullet to keep our families safe to be thrown out just because they happen to be gay. Complete interview at washingtonblade.com

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Rep. Patrick Murphy, who lost his re-election bid, remains hopeful that the military’s gay ban will be repealed this year.

soon as it’s completely done.” Murphy said he’s participated in discussions with Senate leadership and Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.) about moving forward with the fiscal year 2011 defense budget bill, which currently contains “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Still, the Pennsylvania lawmaker didn’t offer details on the discussions and characterized them only as “productive.” Amid reports that talks are taking place to potentially strip the defense authorization bill of its repeal language, Murphy said Republicans have sought a bill without the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” provision. “I think that’s what the Republicans would like to see,” Murphy said. ”But I think those of us in the House and 78 percent of the American people and those in the military currently serving want to see the Senate do what’s right and repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and put it on the president’s desk, so he can sign it into law.”

With limited time remaining this Congress, it’s possible lawmakers won’t repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year, leaving Obama to come up with another game plan — perhaps non-congressional action such as a stop-loss order — to put an end to the gay ban. But Murphy was reluctant to call on Obama to issue a stoploss order to end discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and maintained Congress can still repeal the law this year. “Let’s cross that bridge when we get there,” he said. ”Now it’s still in the Congress’ domain to act and especially, specifically, the Senate’s domain.” While seeing a path forward this year, Murphy doubts that Republican leadership in the 112th Congress will be willing to consider “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal as part of its agenda. Asked whether he thinks GOP leaders in the next Congress would be willing to address the issue, Murphy replied

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Gay Georgia bishop talks about coming out
Continued from page 6 ing him from being who he was. When I realized that I was hurting Jim more than helping him, that hurt me. I came to a place where I knew that I was no longer the best for him. Jim Swilley: She came to me and said, “I think it’s time that you are able to walk in the way that you direct people. You tell people that God loves them just as they are and that God has a purpose for them just as they are and you don’t give that same break to yourself.” I told her, “If we were going to still work together [in ministry], you realize that you’re outing me. People will look at us and wonder if we’re that fine with each other, why don’t we just stay married?” Debye: I told Jim Earl, “I will do anything that you want for me to do. If you want me to be the crazy woman who freaked out or let people think that I had an affair, I really don’t care what anybody says about me. If you don’t ever want to come out with this, it’s your truth. I just can’t do it anymore. I will not be in agreement with us not being everything that we’re supposed to be. Just know that I will never hurt you and I will always protect you.” Jim: The church had a lot of questions. People still saw us together and there was speculation about why we were divorcing. There was enough buzz about it that I tried to address it at our church’s 25th anniversary. Somehow, the word got out into the community that I came out that day. We kept trying to decide what to do. Should I leave it? Should I say more? I was talking all around it. The real thing that made me go ahead with it was that two-week period when those five or six gay teen suicides happened. I decided that I couldn’t not talk about this. I was just going to put it out there and whatever happens would happen. If I lost the ministry, I’d deal with that. I wasn’t afraid. I just knew it was right. Voice: What has been the general response from the public and from your church membership? Jim: In one week, I gained over 1,000 Facebook friends. I’ve heard from Hong Kong, Japan, London, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria… one story after another from people who say, “Oh my God. I feel like you totally told my story.” I’ve heard from other pastors who’ve come out or pastors who are still in the closet, afraid to come out. I’ve heard from teenagers. For every negative one that I get, there’ll be a hundred that are loving and affirming. I hear it over and over: “You saved my life.” Voice: Judah, what have you observed about people’s reactions to your dad sharing his truth? Judah Swilley: Thank God that most of it has been supportive. Unfortunately, we’ve heard from closed-minded religious people that see things a different way. The crazy thing is that the people who have extreme religious beliefs and they bring out different scriptures and try to pick and choose them to make their point. You can’t just pick one thing and take it out of context. You know, Leviticus says all kinds of crazy things. … Debye: What people might not understand is that Jim carried this fear of rejection with him that is so deep that it would come out in the way that he would minister. I always knew in my heart that if he just loved himself just the way that he was and if he embraced his humanity, the divine part would be exponential. Voice: Bishop Swilley, what do you want to tell the gay community in Atlanta? Jim: One of Jesus’ last words on the cross was “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do.” What I would to say to the gay community is that Proverbs says that life is in the power of the tongue and the only thing that I know to do is to continue to communicate. I understand why so many gay people left the church. I totally get it. I understand why so many of them don’t believe in God. I want to be somewhat of a bridge builder or repairer of the breach. What I would say to gay Christians is to continue to dialogue if you can.

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Activists press Reid to schedule ‘Don’t Ask’ vote
Continued from page 1 activists were arrested as a result of the action. Others who were arrested include former Marine Corps Sgt. Justin Elzie, who became the first Marine discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 1993, as well as Michael Bedwell, a long-time advocate of LGBT rights and open service in the U.S. military. As the protesters were chained to the White House fence, Choi called on President Obama to act on his promise to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “After all his rhetoric, I think we must conclude that there is truth to the knowledge in homophobia of both sorts: there is a loud homophobia of those with platforms and there is a silent homophobia for those who purport to be our friends and do nothing,” Choi said. “Loud homophobia and silent homophobia have the same result. They must be combated and this is what we intend to do today.” While the protesters were chained to the White House fence, they chanted the oftenused GetEQUAL refrain of “I am … somebody … and I deserve … full equality.” The protesters also added a new refrain, “Barack Obama … Silent Homophobia!” The protesters superglued their handcuff locks, and, despite repeated warnings from U.S. Park Police, didn’t remove themselves from the White House fence. As police forcibly removed the activists, they dragged their feet as they were hauled into a paddy wagon. It took five police officers to remove Choi from the fence, handcuff him and drag him to the van. Army Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, who previously was arrested for chaining himself to the White House, led the chants of the protesters with a bullhorn from Lafayette Park and shouted out to Obama as police dragged the activists away. “Why are these courageous heroes having to be arrested now?” he shouted. “Mr. President, could you follow the lead of these brave Americans and stop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?’” Pietrangelo called on Obama to issue an executive order to stop the discharges under the military’s gay ban. In a statement, Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, responded to the protest and said Obama is committed to legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “As we have said repeatedly, the defense authorization bill and that scheduling the vote early in lame duck is important. Asked whether he could say whether the vote would come up before Thanksgiving, the Reid source replied, “I cannot.” In a statement to the Blade, Jim Manley, a Reid spokesperson, said there’s “nothing new yet” with regard to scheduling decisions on the defense authorization bill. In addition to questions about scheduling, the LGBT advocates also sought assurances that Reid wouldn’t strip the defense authorization bill of its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal provision before bringing it to the floor. The Reid source said he “couldn’t tell you one way or another” whether the option of passing the defense authorization bill without the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal language is on the table. “I honestly don’t know,” he said. “Because I am a fellow that’s one of the things that — I can look into it.” Additionally, activists inquired about what Reid had done with Choi’s West Point graduate ring, which the Iraq veteran had given to the senator at the Netroots Nation conference in the summer to remind Reid of his commitment to repeal the 1993 law. McGehee asked whether Reid was keeping the ring in a shoebox or in his desk and whether he has “forgotten that he made a promise in July.” The fellow said he would look into the whereabouts of Choi’s ring. At one point, McGehee called the fellow a “token military person” that Reid’s staff brought out to “act like” he knows LGBT issues. “In my opinion, Sen. Reid has had the time to show the leadership, my parents are constituents of his state, and I feel like he’s failed not only them as constituents, but Lt. Choi, as a promise that he made in July,” McGehee said. McGehee’s remarks riled the deputy chief of staff, who insisted the fellow wasn’t a token and that he was brought out because staffers thought he was the most appropriate person to answer questions. In response, McGehee maintained activists weren’t shooting the messenger, but said if Reid wouldn’t give a commitment that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would come up before the Senate by the end of the year, activists would be back. “It’s in his hands now,” she said.

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A group of 13 activists arrested this week accused President Obama of silent homophobia for not pushing harder to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

the president remains committed to a legislative repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” Inouye said. “The White House continues to work with Congress toward achieving that comprehensive and lasting solution.” On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expounded on Obama’s commitment to legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as he acknowledged that the president hasn’t yet reached out to senators to lobby them on the issue. Asked whether Obama had made any phone calls to “swayable senators” such as Susan Collins (R-Maine), who voted “no” on moving forward with the defense authorization bill in September, Gibbs replied that he doesn’t believe the president has spoken to the Maine senator on the issue. But Gibbs said he’d put passage of the defense authorization bill in the “same category” for passage as other items he mentioned that Obama wants to see in lame duck, resolving a tax cut issue and ratification of the START Treaty, a nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russia. “The president believes that this can be done in a way, and should be done, as you heard Secretary Gates and others say, in the next few weeks,” Gibbs said. Amid doubts about whether the White House would push aggressively for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal this year, Senate leaders are reportedly considering dropping the repeal language from the defense authorization bill to move forward. Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.) reportedly acknowledged to reporters on Tuesday that taking the repeal provision out of the defense bill is on the table. “I’m trying to get the bill through Congress,” Levin was quoted as saying. “I’m the committee chair-

man for a 900-page bill. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is two pages of 900 pages. My focus is different from the media focus. I’m just trying to get a bill passed.” Levin maintained that he wants get both passage of the defense authorization bill and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but added “if I can’t get both done, I want to get one of them done.” The White House issued a statement last week saying it opposed stripping the defense authorization legislation of its repeal language. Gibbs reiterated that position during the press conference. “We ought to keep this in the defense authorization bill, we ought to pass this in the defense authorization bill, and we ought to end the policy that the courts are rapidly getting close to ending on a timetable that those in the bureaucracy might not [like],” Gibbs said. Additionally, activists continued to pressure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who’s responsible for the legislative calendar in the chamber, to bring up the defense authorization bill with the repeal language. On Monday, the staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered non-answers to LGBT activists and veterans pressing for a commitment from the senator to bring “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal to a vote in the lame duck session of Congress. A group of about 20 activists affiliated with GetEQUAL — including nine LGBT veterans led by Choi — came to Reid’s Senate office in the Hart Office Building to demand answers on when the Nevada senator would move forward with major defense budget legislation containing repeal of the military’s gay ban. “We’re here to essentially ask a very important question,” Choi said. “When is Sen. Harry

Reid going to put the [fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill] to a vote that’s inclusive of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?’” But the staffers offered no definitive answers to the inquiries on the defense bill, which is currently pending before the Senate, and said Reid is planning to meet with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (RKy.) later this week to discuss which legislative items would come up before lawmakers adjourn for the year. A deputy chief of staff for Reid, who didn’t offer his name during the meeting, referred activists to a congressional military fellow and member of the U.S. Army in Reid’s office, who took activists’ questions and said he’d obtain responses for them. Reid’s office didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s request to identify the staffers. The source said he couldn’t give a date for when Reid intends to schedule the defense authorization bill for a vote. “If I told you it’s Tuesday and it doesn’t come up until Wednesday — they’ve got three other cloture votes that they’ve got to get through this week,” the source said. “There are other things that are going on this week.” The source maintained that passage of the defense authorization bill is “one of the bills that has to be done this year” because the legislation provides funding for the Pentagon and operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, activists insisted that Senate passage of the defense authorization bill with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal be done before the end of the year and pressed staffers on whether that would happen before Thanksgiving recess. Most repeal supporters anticipate that the Senate would need two weeks to debate and vote on

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By LYNNE BROWN, KEVIN NAFF & BRIAN PITTS On Nov. 16, 2009, we walked into the Washington Blade’s offices in the National Press Building and were quickly intercepted by the parent company’s two remaining executives, ushered into a conference room and told the company had filed for Chapter 7 liquidation. They voided our paychecks and gave us until 3 p.m. to clean out our offices, surrender our keys and leave. By their thinking it was over. That scene played out 21 more times as the rest of the staff arrived on an otherwise mundane Monday morning. The events of that morning have haunted and motivated the Blade staff ever since. In the immediate aftermath of the bankruptcy, the Blade’s staff stuck together. We are proud to report that we never missed a week of publishing LGBT news. That is a credit to a cadre of volunteers, contributors, advertisers and vendors. Save the Blade efforts arose online. Donations came in from readers all over, the largest from Mr. Henry’s Capitol Hill lunch crowd. People helped us with office space and distribution. It was uplifting. To mark the one-year anniversary of Window Media’s collapse — and the Blade’s rebirth — Lou Chibbaro Jr. undertook an extensive investigation into exactly what happened. His report is published this week. The bankruptcy raised many questions that we are still attempting to answer. Why was the company shuttered when there were multiple cash offers on the table for its various assets? Who authorized the bankruptcy? Was it legal and properly executed? What happened to the Blade’s extensive online archives? The answer to that last question is particularly frustrating. The Blade’s online archives held about eight years worth of articles, photos and video content compiled by our staff, regarding your life, your history. In an instant, those archives were wiped out by a website hosting company that hadn’t been paid. Window Media’s former executives were aware of the situation, but failed to act responsibly. No one took action and those one-of-a-kind electronic archives are gone. What a difference a year makes. On the first anniversary of our 40th year of publishing, today we are excited to announce the next chapter in the Blade’s story: formation of the Washington Blade Foundation for Education and Research. The primary mission of the Foundation is to preserve the paper’s 40-plus years of archives. In addition, the Foundation will fund academic research into LGBT topics and support the work of young LGBT journalists with scholarships and other resources. And, of course, we will rebuild the lost website. From 1969 forward, the Blade’s mission to cover gay content exclusively has resulted in a body of work that is vast in every sense of the word. Through the Foundation, we will work to recreate those lost archives and to digitize and make publicly accessible the Blade’s full 41 years of coverage. We have assembled a topnotch group of trusted local professionals to serve on the Foundation’s inaugural board of directors. Joining the board are: Colleen Dermody, an experienced marketing executive and proprietor of Out to Market; Peter Rosenstein, an LGBT activist and Blade contributor with a background in non-profit management; Khadijah Tribble, a non-profit executive with years of experience in LGBT and HIV/ AIDS topics; and Mark Meinke, an archivist and historian known for his work with the Rainbow History Project. To learn more about the Foundation and make a taxdeductible donation that will help to preserve and digitize the Blade’s archives, visit washingtonbladefoundation.org. Thanks again to all who have supported our efforts during the past year. We now invite you to join us for the next chapter. Please contact us with suggestions or if you want to get involved in the Foundation’s work.
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Former ‘maverick’ flip-flops, backs anti-gay bias
By KEVIN NAFF The rancorous debate over repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has featured many disappointments, but perhaps none as dramatic and opportunistic as Sen. John McCain’s emergence as the face of the opposition. There was no sign of the former straight-talking “maverick” as he appeared on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. McCain said lawmakers should not repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before adjourning for the year and that congressional hearings should be convened. He also took issue with the content of the recent surveys of service members, suggesting that the study should have focused on the impact on battle effectiveness, rather than on how to implement repeal. The call for hearings represents yet another predictable delay tactic. After waiting nearly a full year for the Pentagon report, McCain now wants us to wait some more. But the issue has been studied endlessly — more than 20 times — and recent leaks reported by the Washington Post indicate that a vast majority of survey respondents don’t see repeal as a problem. McCain’s visible role in opposing repeal comes in stark contrast to the language he used on the 2008 campaign trail while running for president. Back then, McCain made history as the first GOP presidential nominee to grant an interview to the gay press. In that interview with the Washington Blade, McCain cited multiple out gay men as friends and even role models, including 9/11 hero Mark Bingham and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), a Vietnam War veteran. He reiterated his view of the time that he would leave it up to military leaders to decide whether the gay ban should be repealed and noted he would support a “review” of the policy. The fact that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the defense secretary and the commander in chief now support repeal apparently doesn’t matter to the McCain of 2010. In that 2008 Blade interview, McCain repeatedly said he opposed discrimination against gays and lesbians. He told us that if elected president he would not reject a candidate for cabinet, Supreme Court justice or other appointed position because of their sexual orientation. “Gay and lesbian people should not face discrimination in the workplace,” McCain said. “I’ve always practiced that in my hiring. I select the best people, regardless of their sexual orientation. I support the concept of non-discrimination in hiring for gay and lesbian people.” So let’s get this, er, straight: McCain would support an openly gay Supreme Court justice or an out lesbian defense secretary and he considers Mark Bingham a “role model,” but he does not support the right of gay military personnel to serve openly. McCain’s views on this issue are twisted and contradictory. You either support discrimination or you don’t; it really is that simple.

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Why we should care about new Medicare panel
By DAVID MIXNER Over the years, HIV/AIDS activists and their allies have been pioneers in creating new frontiers in the medical establishment. Through their efforts, the FDA drug approval procedures were reformed so promising new therapies could reach desperate patients quicker. The heroic efforts of the HIV/AIDS community has made health care better for millions of Americans. I celebrated the passage of the new health reform law. It has given Americans living with HIV/ AIDS much reason to hope. But even in victory, there are important details that must be worked out. We should not be afraid of making changes that will protect patient rights and total care. One such change that is needed relates to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB is a new entity comprised of 15 presidential ap-

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pointees and tasked with cutting Medicare spending. Its recommendations automatically become law without congressional action. And it is wholly exempt from judicial or administrative review. These are high stakes for the HIV/AIDS community. In 2006, Medicare became the single largest source of financing for HIV care. Today, nearly100,000 people with HIV rely on Medicare for coverage. Here are four reasons why IPAB is bad for the HIV/AIDS community. 1. IPAB will disrupt the doctor-patient relationship. For many people with HIV, finding the right doctor is the most important decision they’ll make. But IPAB is likely to drastically cut reimbursements to physicians, prompting many to leave the Medicare system. Doctors that treat HIV/AIDS are highly trained specialists that are particularly sensitive to payment cuts. Make no mistake: Pushing HIV specialists out of Medicare will compromise patients’ health. Treating HIV/AIDS is extremely complicated. HIV specialists fight an array of progressive, often lifethreatening complications with multiple medications that require close and ongoing monitoring. And since many patients become resistant to their medication over time, treatment regimens must change frequently. 2. Patients and their doctors cannot appeal IPAB’s decisions. Patients have no recourse to appeal any decision made by IPAB. Doctors, who know better than anyone about the care a particular patient needs, are also unable to appeal IPAB’s decisions. Without patient or doctor input, the HIV/AIDS community will be left at the mercy of 15 unelected bureaucrats who can make major changes to Medicare. 3. There’s effectively zero congressional oversight. To prevent an IPAB recommendation from becoming law, Congress can either outright reject it via three-fifths majority vote, or propose its own plan to achieve the same amount of savings. Both these possibilities are politically unlikely. What’s more, the law requires Congress to act within an extremely short time period. And even if Congress were to achieve this minor miracle, the president could still veto their decision. It’s not certain Congress would intervene if the IPAB’s decisions were to result in fewer HIV/AIDS specialists or limited treatment options. After all, part of IPAB’s appeal is that it insulates Congress from actually having to make politically unpopular Medicare cuts. 4. IPAB will scare away funding for medical research. Medical innovations have dramatically reduced HIV/AIDSrelated deaths in this country and throughout the world. But we’re still years away from an actual cure or vaccine. And while current anti-retrovirals are extending some lives, not everyone can benefit from them. Around 40 percent of patients with access to these improved medications are either unable to tolerate them or cannot adhere to the complex treatment schedule. We must continue to develop new treatments and work toward a cure. Developing these drugs is expensive, however. Getting a traditional pharmaceutical to the market can cost a billion dollars or more. Newer, more targeted drugs called biologics are even more expensive to make. If IPAB lowers reimbursement rates to providers in the Medicare drug benefit, biopharmaceutical researchers will find themselves with fewer resources to investigate new treatments. The HIV/AIDS community cannot forget this lesson of the past: If we’re not on top of an issue, we’ll get left behind. IPAB is just such an issue. Left unmodified, it will undo much of the progress we’ve made over the last two decades. The HIV/ AIDS community must fight to protect the gains we’ve made and ensure that all patients get the care they need.

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By GREGG BUSCH Last week a friend of mine called and said he was being offered a mortgage from one of the “big banks” at a rate of 3.5% with no points. I told him we are offering the same rate as long as his credit scores were over 740, which he was confident they were and therefore not even an issue. He went to my website and applied online. Then, when I ran his credit report his middle score was 696, shocking both of us since I know he is anal about most everything involving finances. Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have now put in place credit based scoring (where better scores get the lowest rates), I had to either add 1 ½ points to his loan or raise his rate to 4% to offer him a no point loan. Is this starting to sound familiar??? Turns out that my friend had an outstanding bill from a doctor he saw when he lived at a different address and never knew the bill was not paid. That doctor placed the bill for collection and it hit his report just last month, resulting in a derogatory credit blemish and a significant drop in his score. Having good credit is more important than ever before when it comes to getting the best rate possible on a mortgage. A few points lower in your middle credit score can mean a difference in thousands of dollars over the term of the mortgage. Credit scores are crucial to the process of a loan, but quite frankly, the system has major flaws and that is why you need to follow yours on a monthly basis. There are many factors that go into each credit score and scores change constantly. Some of the scoring criteria is contradictory and some is entirely illogical. Here are some tips that I suggest you use to maintain “healthy scores”: 1) The most impactful way to keep your scores up is fulfilling your monthly debt obligations on time all the time. Obviously, being late on your payments is very bad and more recent lates have a larger impact on your scores than say 2 years ago. 2) It is your responsibility to check your credit scores. There are three credit bureaus that track your credit history. Sometimes these credit bureaus make mistakes that will adversely affect your scores, and when this happens they have no financial or legal obligation to fix them, unless you contest.. The burden of proof is on you to fix the problems that are dragging your scores down. Go to www.freecreditreports.com or any other credit service you can find that is reputable and for a modest fee you can sub-

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Local chefs breathe new life into Thanksgiving staples
Traditions can be tricky for LGBT people. Those who’ve been shut out from family gatherings may prefer Chinese takeout or pizza on Thanksgiving. But for those who’ll be cooking next week but want to breathe a little new life into the same old thing, we asked local chefs and foodies for some fresh spins. From new ways to make traditional dishes to unexpected fare that won’t be jarring with the turkey and mashed potatoes, here are some ideas to enliven the proceedings. Sweet Potato Soufflé with Marshmallow Cream From Gillian Clark, the lesbian chef and owner of General Store in Silver Spring. 4 sweet potatoes 6 eggs separated 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup soft butter 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs 8 ramekins 15 marshmallows 1 tsp. sea salt Preheat the oven to 425. Rub olive oil all over the potatoes and place on the sheet tray into the hot oven. Roast for about 30 minutes or until a knife inserted goes in smoothly. When the potatoes have cooled, peel them completely. Mash them and blend with the six yolks in a food processor. Add the sugar, salt, pepper and spices. Blend well. Set aside in a large mixing bowl. With a pastry brush, completely coat the inside and the rim of the ramekins with the soft butter. Dust and cover completely with a fine layer of breadcrumbs. Set aside on a sheet tray. Whip the egg whites to a soft peak and gently fold into the sweet potato mixture. Fill the ramekins with the mixture to about 7/8 full. Place in the oven until puffed high and slightly browned — about 20 minutes. While the soufflés are in the oven, make the marshmallow sauce. Simply melt the marshmallows over low heat in a saucepan. With a spoon, pour a puddle of the warm marshmallow sauce onto an appetizer plate. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Unmold the soufflé by running a paring knife around the inner sides of the ramekin. Unmold into a clean towel and

then gently place on the marshmallow sauce and sea salt. Serve immediately. Cranberry Sauce From Barbara Hays, a lesbian and project manager for progressive social/political organizations and initiatives and owner of Organizational Chemistry, comes this fresh spin on cranberry sauce made with whole cranberries. Nothing says “Thanksgiving dinner” like the aroma of this cranberry sauce wafting through the house. I usually make it early in the process, although it usually means there’s less by the time we all sit down to dinner. 1 medium navel orange 2 cups water Cut orange in half. Squeeze out and set aside juice (¼ to a ½ cup – pulp is good!) Remove the membrane from the orange peel and cut into a very small dice. Cook in small saucepan with 2 cups water – bring to boil and let cook for 10 minutes. Drain and set cooked peel aside. Granny Smith apple (other tart variety is fine). Peel, quarter and core. Chop into medium pieces. Set aside. 12 oz. package cranberries (about 3 cups). Wash and go over carefully, discarding any that are soft. Combine in heavy medium saucepan: diced orange peel, reserved orange juice, chopped apple, and cranberries. Add: 1 ¼ cup sugar ½ t. ground cinnamon ¼ t. ground cloves Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cover partially. Stir gently several times while the mixture is cooking — usually about 15 minutes. Cranberries should have burst, and apples are very tender. Let cool to room temperature before serving. This recipe can be made well in advance of the meal, even the day before. Bring to room temperature if it’s been refrigerated. Children get a huge kick out of hearing the cranberries pop when it’s cooking. Orange Glazed Stuffed Chicken Guilherme Barreto is the executive chef of Floriana, a winner in our Best of Gay DC readers’ poll last month. He offers this orange glazed stuffed chicken for a meal anchor that’ll sub for turkey. Chicken Brine: Soak chicken in water, sugar, salt, whole black peppercorns, coriander, thyme and a fresh squeezed orange. Continues on page 50
Washington Blade photos by Michael Key

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QUEERY: 20 Questions for Dustin Schaad aka Ba’Naka
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com Dustin Schaad — aka Ba’Naka — came to Washington in the winter of 2003 during a rough time in his life. He’d been through a breakup, couldn’t afford college and was on the outs with his parents, so he came to stay with an aunt who was here and life started improving. The 25-year-old Bradenton, Fla., native had already started dabbling in drag. He’d been doing Washington Blade photo by Michael Key drag shows at a place called Triangles in Sarasota, Fla., a few nights a week. When he got to Washington, local drag legend Kristina Kelly took him under her wing and he started appearing with her at Omega and Apex occasionally then as a regular at BeBar in 2007. As Ba’Naka — whose name came about during a middle-of-the-night Wal-Mart confrontation in his home state — Schaad’s drag star has only risen. Ba’Naka is a regular at Town and just won the drag queen favorite award in the Blade’s annual “Best Of” readers’ poll. With Town cohort Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka was on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago. “Ba’Naka and Dustin are really the same people,” Schaad says. “We’re both loud and boisterous and in some ways I’m even more comfortable going out as her. Drag queens can get away with murder — all kinds of stuff I could never get away with as Dustin.” Schaad says drag is an art form and that the LGBT community at large should appreciate queens more. “I always remind people it was a drag queen who threw the first brick at Stonewall so everybody enjoying their gay life today has a drag queen to thank.” By day Schaad is a buyer for Universal Gear where he’s worked for about seven years. He likes working there but also fantasizes about doing drag — which he calls a passion — full time. Schaad enjoys fashion design, art, movies, shopping and travel and lives in Silver Spring. He’s single and now on good terms with his parents, grandparents and four younger sisters. Since he works in gay clubs — Ba’Naka co-hosts the package contest on Thursdays at Cobalt in addition to her work at Town — he can often be found on off nights at Stetson’s, a straight bar on U Street. How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? I came out when I was 15. The hardest person I came out to is a tie between my Grandmothers Hazel and Rose. I was afraid to tell them because these women were my rocks growing up and I was afraid that they would disapprove. I was blessed that they both accepted me with open arms. Who’s your gay hero? Lena Lett — she’s clever, witty and has a tongue sharper than a Ginsu knife but she is also a beacon of compassion and generosity, who’s given me many pearls of wisdom over the years. What is Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? Of course I love where I work, Cobalt and Town, but some of my fondest nightlife memories, as blurry as they may be, are from the old BeBar Days circa ‘07. I had so much fun, often followed by the worst hangovers imaginable. Describe your dream gay wedding. One in which I have all of my friends and family and a man that I am head over heels for — and a 29-inch waist! (Note that I will NOT have a tacky beach wedding or wear white, I mean let’s be honest.) What non-gay issue are you most passionate about? Prepping for the Zombie-Apocalypse ... girl, I am stock piled on canned foods and have a fabulous pair of thigh-high combat boots on order. What historical outcome would you change? The 2000 presidential election results because seriously we all could have done without the pain, fear and suffering brought on by eight years of Bush. What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime? The Britney/Madonna kiss … come on! Scandalous! On what do you insist? Condoms ... men are dogs, they tend to roam and I don’t want fleas brought home. What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? “The maid alphabetized my porn! Good for her!” If your life were a book, what would the title be? “Taffeta & Shattered Dreams: My life in the Tragic Queendom.” If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do? I would personally lead a One Queen Revolution against it! I was born gay and I love my life ... I wouldn’t want to be any other way. What do you believe in beyond the physical world? Really? You’re asking a drag queen about her meta-physical philosophies? No one cares what I think. Ask me about glitter and shiny things! What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders? Cut the crap, drop the egos. Equality is an American birthright. Focus on that. What would you walk across hot coals for? Justin, the love of my life. He passed away this year and I would do anything to bring him back. What gay stereotype annoys you most? Gay stereotypes don’t annoy me; I find them hysterical! What’s your favorite gay movie? “Spice World.” If that’s not a gay movie I don’t know what is. What’s the most overrated social custom? Trust. Wait, does that make me cynical? What trophy or prize do you most covet? Ha! Don’t laugh, but my Pinewood Derby trophy from Cub Scouts. This sissyboy showed those manly men how it was done! What do you wish you’d known at 18? That my metabolism would betray me at age 23. Why Washington? I moved to D.C. in 2003 after high school. I had broken up with my boyfriend, I couldn’t afford college on my own and I desperately needed to get out of Florida. I had an aunt who lived up here and offered me a way out and I moved up and started a new adventure. I fell in love with D.C. because it gave me the chance at a new start. I love this city and I love our LGBT community. It’s home!

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CALENDAR
Today
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) will be holding an opening reception today for Body Scapes, an art exhibit by local artist, Bill Travis from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5. Lace Lounge (2214 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) will be celebrating its two year anniversary this weekend. Tonight is Pink Friday. There will be a “crazy shoe game” contest, painted body models, surprise open bars and more. Visit lacedc.com for more information. The 23rd annual Washington Craft Show opens today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. This events features 190 of the nation’s top craft artists. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for senior, $8 for students and children under 12 are admitted for free. Kelly Conway, curator of glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art will be leading a panel discussion with Matthew Fine, Charles Savoie and Tim Tate at 1 p.m. Libby Mijanovich will present “Transformation: Creating Contemporary ‘Green’ Art from Vintage Clothing” at 3 p.m. Erotica Productions and Breeze of “Sex is a Breeze” present “Sexxxhibition: the Medical Fetish Edition” at the Warehouse Loft (411 New York Ave., N.E.) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at sexxxhibition6.eventbrite.com. Tickets at the door are $25 for those in costume/ fetish wear and $30 for those in street clothes before 1 a.m. The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) will be holding a workshop for those who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past year today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will include discussions of strategies for coping with grief and loss during the holiday season. The blog True Genius Requires Insanity is hosting “All Girl Everything: A Happy Hour to Support Rock D.C.” at the U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.) today from 5 to 10 p.m. All proceeds from the bar will go directly to the organization. DJs Natty Boom and vAnniety Kills will be spinning hits by female artists. To find out more about the organization, visit girlsrockdc.org. DJs K La Rock and Junebullet will be providing music at Wet Girls at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club (1103 Bladensburg Rd., N.E.) from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. This is a free event for those 21 and over. Women is their 30s will be holding a discussion meeting tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

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DJ Paul Oakenfold spins at Club 9:30 Tuesday.

Saturday, Nov. 20
Unity Fellowship Church, D.C. will be having its annual gospel concert, “Sounds of Zion Choir” tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.). The choir will be under the direction of Professor David Rogers and will feature a special presentation by Johnny Sabbat. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting the church at 202-246-6299 or emailing ufcdcpastor@yahoo.com. Balls returns to Velvet Lounge (915 U St., N.W.) tonight with Troll Tax, the Coolots, Tayisha Busay and DJs Junebullet

of She.Rex, Zack Rosen of Homo/Sonic and Joshua of Gay Bash. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is a $8 cover. This is a 21-and-older event. The 23rd annual Washington Craft Show continues today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. This events features 190 of the nation’s top craft artists. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for senior, $8 for students and children under 12 are admitted for free. Bob Devers from the ceramics department at the Corcoran School of Arts will lead a panel discussion with leading experts in the field of American fine craft at 1 p.m. Nancy Kubale will present “The Human Condition in Clay” at 3 p.m. Lace Lounge’s (2214 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) two year anniversary celebration continues tonight with the “All Black Everything” Affair. There will be complimentary champagne fountains and dinner buffet. All black attire highly recommended. This event starts at 9 p.m. Visit lacedc.com for more information. MIXTAPE D.C. is tonight at the old EFN Lounge space (1318 9th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. MIXTAPE is a dance party for queer music lovers and their pals that features DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer playing an eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco, new wave and anything else danceable. $5 cover for 21 and over.

Sunday, Nov. 21
Lace Lounge’s two year anniversary celebration ends tonight with “Lyrics and Lace,” an open mic, live entertainment exhibition. Appetizers will be half off and there will be drink specials. The Coolats band will be performing an the show starts at 8 p.m. E-mail dclace@yahoo.com to perform. Visit lacedc.com for more information. Cherry Blossom Bombshells and the Scare Force One will be competing today at the D.C. Armory (2001 E. Capitol St., S.E.). Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for children 6 through 11, and children under 6 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advanced. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit dcrollergirls.com. Alvin Jackson, pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City, will be a guest preacher at Michigan Park Christian Church (1600 Taylor St., N.E.) today for the 10 a.m. morning worship service.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Paul Oakenfold will be at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) tonight with Chuckie and Nervo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 930.com. Nellie’s will be having its weekly “Glee” watch party on the roof deck tonight at 8 p.m. featuring $3 Nellie Beer all night.

Wednesday, Nov. 24
Omega will hosts its weekly pool tournament tonight. First place wins a $50 bar tab and second place wins a $25 bar tab. Shirtless men drink free on both floors from 10 to 11 p.m. The Men of Omega perform at 10 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) will be hosting its weekly karaoke party tonight at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 25
Burgundy Crescent Volunteers will be having its eighth annual “Clear OUT Your Closets” Thanksgiving clothing drive for the homeless and needy. Clothing drop-off is from 10 a.m. to noon today at Rosemary’s Thyme restaurant’s patio (1801 18th St., N.W.). Clothing distribution will be from noon to 2 p.m. The film “Burlesque” starring Cher, Christina Aguilera and Alan Cumming opens nationwide today.

Monday, Nov. 22
The 2010 annual Electronic Media and Film Fall Film Series presents films about the relationship between math, sciences and storytelling. This week’s film is “Good Will Hunting” starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in the Van Bokklen Hall Auditorium at Towson University at 7:30 p.m. This is a free event.

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SPORTIN’INDC

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The Capital Punishment gay volleyball team will be in a regional tournament next weekend.

Trips, trails and treks
Local gay sports groups have big plans for coming months
By KEVIN MAJOROS Several of the region’s LGBT sports leagues have major events in the coming week. Here are some highlights. The Capital Punishment Volleyball Club will participate in the 2010 President’s Queer Cup Classic on Nov. 27-28 at the Reckord Armory in College Park, Md., featuring North American Gay Volleyball Association-sanctioned pool and tournament play. Visit www.cpvclub.org for more information. MYOB Adventures offers a flying trapeze lesson Nov. 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the D.C. Navy Yard. Cost is $75 per person. E-mail to kevinmnorris@aol.com for more information. D.C. Gay Flag Football League has its championships on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carter Barron Fields. Check out the action as the teams battle it out for the league championships. Visit www.dcgffl.org for more information. D.C. Ice Breakers has its “mega” skate night and social on Dec. 11 at 5:45 p.m. at the Kettler Capital Iceplex in Arlington. It’s being hosted by 10 LGBT groups including two lesbian groups. There will be an hour of casual skating, then attendees will move to Bailey’s Pub in the same complex for a social. Skating is $8, plus $3 for skate rental. The social at Bailey’s is “pay as you go.” Visit www. icebreakers.com for more information. Adventuring Outdoors Group, an LGBT hiking outfit, will visit Browntown Trail Hike on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro Station. This historic, but seldom visited, pathway is on the western side of the Blue Ridge immediately below South Marshall Peak. Though the trail is rough and rocky, the slope is generally gentle, with many switchbacks. Total length of this moderate-to-strenuous round-trip hike is less than seven miles, with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Bring beverages, lunch and about $13 for admission, transportation and trip fees. Optional inexpensive dinner in Front Royal on the way home. Meet at 9 in the Kiss & Ride lot of the East Falls Church Metro Station. Go to www.adventuring.org for more information. Ski Bums Washington Chapter has a happy hour for Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar. The group will announce its trips for the coming year. Prizes will be given. Visit www.ski-bums.org for more information. Washington Renegades Rugby has its final game of the fall season against Winchester Rugby on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights. With a win last week against Rappahannock, the Renegades moved into second place in the Potomac Rugby Union. Watch the Renegades wrap up their season at home against the Winchester Cannons. Visit www.dcrugby. com for more information. DC Frontrunners are having a “Thanksgiving day trot for hunger” on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at West Potomac Park. This 5K timed run and “family fun walk” helps SOME Services provide more than 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving day and every day for the homeless and hungry. Go to www.dcfrontrunners.org for more information.

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There are a number of great gift ideas out there for the auto lover in your life.

Gifts for the auto-phile
From $12 Ford caps to a $400 Bugatti umbrella
By JOE PHILLIPS Finally, after two terrible years in the auto industry (remember all those closed dealerships and the GM and Chrysler bailouts?) car sales are up again—even as prices remain oh-so-low. But if you still can’t swing a stylish new ride for those gay and lesbian auto-philes in your life, here are some autorelated gifts that are just as fun. Bugatti Bling A Bugatti Veyron supercar costs around $2 million, which makes these Bugatti accessories a real bargain: polo shirts ($183), jackets ($540 to $615) and a sleek royal-blue umbrella ($430) that looks like the perfect accessory for Curt on a Gleeinspired remake of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Cobra Baseball Cap Here’s a butch stocking stuffer for muscle-car lovers: Ford’s faux snakeskin cap ($12). It has a brushed-metal medallion with a sinister, swirling cobra ready to strike—the logo for Mustang’s high-performance model, the Shelby Cobra. First built from 1965 through 1970, the Cobra was revived in 2007 after Ford came out with its fifth-generation Stang. The new 2011 Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra is the best one yet, scooting from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Tricked-Out Watches Each year, carmakers try to outdo each other with auto-oriented timepieces. Here are four worth, er, watching: Renault Formula One—$325 to $875—with high-end stainless-steel casing and tachymeter dials (from watchmaker TW Steel). IndyCar Limited Edition—$3,000—features titanium casing and ’70s groovy styling, but only 50 will be produced (from Ritmo). Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Collection—$35,000 to $95,000—comes in forged carbon, rose gold, or platinum; water-resistant to 330 feet; and self-winding with 60-hour reserve (from Audemars Piguet). Scuderia Ferrari One—$300,000—yikes, these are so exclusive they’re available only to current Ferrari owners (from Cabestan) BMW’s Key-like USB Stick BMW’s new USB memory stick ($45) may not be an actual car key, but it sure looks like one. Press on the trunk button, and the USB plug slides out to fit in a computer or audio/music port for USBcapable vehicles. Toy Cars for Kids—and Grown-Ups Before there were Hot Wheels, there were “slot cars.” These miniature model cars were motorized and ran on slotted tracks, similar to model railroads. Today’s slot cars are now digital, so they can change lanes. And while only two cars could race in the past, now up to six cars can compete for the checkered flag. Here are three of the best: Carrera Digital Motor Monsters, $270, with two cars and 18 feet of track (additional cars are $50 extra); SCX NASCAR Tri-Oval Superspeedway, $370, with three cars and 19 feet of track; and Scaalextric Digital PRO GT, $500, with four cars and 22 feet of track. Cool Driving Schools Here’s a gift you may just want to keep for yourself. These one-day programs help channel your inner James Bond to safely out-maneuver bad drivers, errant pedestrians and potholes: Skip Barber Racing School, $1,800 Bondurant Racing School, $1,700 Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, $800 For Jeff Gordon wannabes, there are three-day programs in high-test Formula One racers: Skip Barber Racing School, $4,000 Bondurant Racing School, $4,300 Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, $4.800

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A Christmas Carol. Ford’s Theatre. 202397-7328. fords.org Drops of Water / Gotas de Agua. Teatro de la Luna. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org Washington Color and Light by Corcoran Gallery of Art. corcoran.org

DancEthos, Brettmann Dances & Choreographers Collaboration in Concert. Joe’s Movement Emporium. 301-6991819. joesmovement.org

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A premier event of contemporary craft in America, the Washington Craft Show presents masterful work, beautifully displayed. Each piece is one-of-a-kind or limited edition in a range of prices, all designed and crafted in artists’ studios across America.

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King Ubu/Ubu Rey by Teatro de la Luna. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org National Symphony Orchestra: Susanna Mälkki, conductor / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Beethoven by National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org The Sumi - e Society Exhibition, Oct. 13 - Nov. 21 by Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. WorkhouseArts.org

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players play Loeffler, Hindemith, Poulenc, & Dvor·k. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Washington Performing Arts Society: Toyko String Quartet, Jeremy Denk, piano. Strathmore. 202-785-9727. wpas.org

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The Joffrey Ballet dancers perform Gerald Arpino’s dazzling version of Tchaikovsky’s family classic, featuring charming Victorian scenery and costumes.

Sun, Nov. 21

New Paintings by Sheep Jones Through Nov 21 Gallery plan b 202-234-2711 galleryplanb.com

Sheep Jones returns to plan b with a new collection of paintings which will inevitably include images of her favorite bugs and root vegetables and little girls and fish and shacks and perhaps some surprises.

Hair by Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Jose Barrios and Company in Por si acaso amanece/If it Should Dawn. GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org Darwin in Malibu. Washington Stage Guild, Undercroft Theatre. 240-5820050. stageguild.org Blue: An Interpretation by Del Ray Artisans. 202-362-6405. theDelRayArtisans.org

The Master and Margarita.Synetic Theatre. Lansburgh Theatre.202-547-1122. synetictheater.org Washington Shakespeare Company: Richard III and Mary Stuart. Washington Shakespeare Company, ARTISPHERE. 703418-4808. washingtonshakespeare.org The War of the Worlds, by Orson Welles & Howard Koch. SCENA Theatre, H Street Playhouse. 202-683-2824. scenatheater.org One Night with Fanny Brice. American Century Theater, Rosslyn Spectrum. 703998-4555. americancentury.org Superior Donuts. The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org The Odd Couple. Theater J. 800-4948497. washingtondcjcc.org House of Gold. Woolly Mammoth. 202393-3939. woollymammoth.net

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Golden Boy Nov 20 - Dec 19 Keegan Theatre Church Street Theater 703-892-0202 keegantheatre.com

Tue, Nov. 23

Food for Thought: The Medici Tondo of the ‘Magi’ in the National Gallery of Art by National Gallery of Art. nga.gov

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Living, Breathing, Human Organism. Round House Theatre Silver Spring. 240644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org The Maltese Bodkin. American University Rude Mechanicals, American University Katzen Arts Center. 239-7384450. aurudemechanicals.com

Joe Bonaparte sets aside his dream of becoming a violinist for the promise of a lucrative boxing career. As he skyrockets to boxing fame, Joe finds himself torn between the lure of big money and the distinct possibility of injuring his hands and permanently destroying his musical career.
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Lesole’s Dance Project. Dance Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org Balalaikas Across the Steppes.Washington Balalaika Society, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. 240-314-8690. balalaika.org

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The Embassy Series Presents: Edvinas Minkstimas, piano. Embassy of Lithuania. 202-625-2361. embassyseries.org Kurt Elling. Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. kennedy-center.org Washington Performing Arts Society: Ravi Coltrane. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 202-785-9727. wpas.org Bringing Wagner’s Vision to Life. In Cooperation with the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, Ripley Center. 202633-3030. residentassociates.org Chaise Lounge. Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org

Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud Museum of Women in the Arts. Books Without Words: The Visual Poetry of Elisabetta Gut, Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color National Archives. archives.gov Discovering the Civil War - Consequences National Gallery of Art. nga.gov. Arcimboldo, 1526–1593: Nature and Fantasy. The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875, Picturing the Victorians: British Photographs and Reproductive Prints from the Department of Image Collections. From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, In the Tower: Mark Rothko, American Modernism: The Shein Collection, German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580-1900. National Geographic. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. Simply Beautiful, Geckos: From Tails to Toepads , Wild Music: Songs & Sounds of Life, Great Migrations: A Photography Exhibition The Textile Museum. 202-667-0441. textilemuseum.org. The Art of Living: Textile Furnishings from the Permanent Collection, Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats

ONGOING GALLERIES

Mark(in)g Time: New Paintings by Janis Goodman by Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions. 202-255-5050. Tang: Freedom & Its Owner by Transformer. transformergallery.org Glimpse by Lee Newman by Washington Printmakers Gallery. washingtonprintmakers.com

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By GARRETT PECK & ERNESTO SANTALLA Alan Durand swears he wasn’t looking for a new job. The CAGLCC member was happily employed at Capital One, where he worked for more than five years in the legal and human resources departments. He enjoyed being part of the company’s LGBT employee affinity group, and he was the co-chair of the McLean, Va. chapter. Durand began volunteering with CAGLCC on its Corporate Connections Initiative, the goal of which was “to get LGBT groups at large local employers to share best practices and talk to each other.” In April, CAGLCC executive director Mark Guenther asked him to speak at the initiative’s first event, which was hosted at Discovery Communications. “All I was asked to do was talk about my work with the Chamber and the goals of the initiative,” Durand explained. After he completed his presentation, a woman in the back of the room raised her hand and said, “Are you looking for a job?” Durand was stunned. An informal conversation quickly led to submitting his resumé, a formal interview and a job offer. The woman who spoke up that day is now his manager. Through the Chamber, Durand already had a few contacts at Discovery, so he checked out the company’s culture. “The Chamber provided me with a resource to talk to about this potential new opportunity and to see if Discovery would be the right cultural fit for me.” “It all happened pretty quickly.” From the moment the woman in the back of the room raised her hand to Durand’s acceptance of the offer all took less than five weeks. “I wasn’t looking for a new job, but you have to be open to opportunities when they present themselves.” Durand’s new position at Discovery Communications is Work Life and Diversity Program Manager. In this role he is responsible for the daily management of Discovery’s wellness, flexibility, diversity and inclusion programs, which reach more than 4,000 employees in more than 20 countries. Jamming for Youth Pride Alliance CAGLCC, Long View Gallery and ArtJamz are coming together to support The Youth Pride Alliance. On Dec. 1, 40 participants (“ArtJammers”) will convene at Long View Gallery to paint the night away and create their own work of art. Canvas, PROOF #2 paint, brushes, snacks and libations are provided, together with a chance to socialize with fellow ArtJammers, while being entertained by an ArtJamz host and REVISIONS listening to music. REDESIGN

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Johnny Ramey, left, and Richard Cotovsky in ‘Superior Donuts,’ the current production at the Studio Theatre.

The odd couple
‘August’ playwright explores unlikely friendship in Studio’s ‘Donuts’
By PATRICK FOLLIARD declining Uptown neighborhood. He recalls an activist youth and his fleeing to Canada to evade the draft. He remembers a comfortable but short-lived marriage, and his daughter. Beneath Arthur’s current somnambulant façade, there’s sadness and some regret. Judging from his donut play, Letts, though no Pollyanna, is ultimately an optimist. He believes in the future and new beginnings. And while “Superior Donuts’” humor isn’t nearly as scathing as that of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit “August: Osage County,” it’s funny, entertaining and similarly tackles the grittier aspects of life. For instance, unable to repay a huge loan to neighborhood toughs, Franco suffers serious consequences. While this subplot doesn’t ring entirely true, it does force Arthur to experience feelings and reconnect to his more alive former self. It also opens the way for a first rate knock-down drag-out fistfight (props to fight choreographer Robb Hunter). Russell Metheny’s realistic set is superb. It’s a grungy little shop under Chicago’s elevated train that looks like it hasn’t been touched since Arthur’s father opened it 60 years ago. Gay director Serge Seiden draws terrific performances from Cotovsky and Ramey as well as the remainder of the talented cast who bring sensitivity to what could be stock portrayals. Standouts include Gregor Paslawsky as Max, the ruthless-but-somehow-likable Russian; Julie-Ann Elliott as Randy, a tough but shyly lovelorn lady cop; Chris Genebach as the local bad guy bookie; and Barbara Broughton’s Lady, an eccentric old woman who shows up each morning for free donuts and coffee before heading off to an AA meeting or a day of drinking at a local dive (depending on whatever the way the wind blows her). As Kiril, Max’s brawny blonde nephew, Aaron Tone makes the most of a small role. In a beautifully played scene, Tone demonstrates a poignant glimmer of human tenderness in the wake of his vulgar uncle’s crude shenanigans — further evidence of Letts’ creeping optimism.
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By DAVID J. HOFFMAN This weekend Arena Stage provides an unprecedented opportunity to see the two “Laramie Project” plays — works inspired by the death of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard that have become contemporary theatrical staples — back to back. The plays will be performed five times over three days. Together they present a poignant and stirring medley of emotions — shock, rage, grief, and even hope. And now the two plays are presented here, for the first time together anywhere, but only this weekend at the stunning new Mead Center for American Theater, in Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater. It’s the starting point for a national tour by the Tectonic Theater Project, with both plays directed by Moises Kaufman and Leigh Fondakowski, two of the five coauthors. For those interested in what being gay means in modern America, this is a great chance to catch these seminal works. But why are they important? And what more can be said about the Shepard case, which received more national press attention than any other anti-gay hate crime? These works show there’s much more to the story, and it is one told with absorbing detail in a vivid reconstruction of how the people of Laramie responded in the aftermath of Shepard’s murder. This was the task tackled less than a month after Shepard’s death, when Kaufman and nine other members of the Tectonic, a New York City theatre company he had co-founded, arrived in Laramie, a city of 27,000 people, seeking to interview residents about what they knew and felt about what had happened. At first, Kaufman says, “we had to put up with the people’s distrust of a New York theater company, and perhaps more damaging, the bruising caused by the media,” which had portrayed Laramie “as a town full of hillbillies, rednecks and cowboys,” so of course this hate crime could happen there. After their initial visit, the group composed the first draft of what was called “The Laramie Project.” But it took nearly a year before people really opened up to them. They returned six more times to Wyoming for further interviews — more than 200 in all — until by the year 2000, it was ready for its premiere performance in Denver, next in New York City and, finally in 2002, in Laramie itself. It was later produced for television by HBO and the stage version has quickly become one of the most frequently produced plays by colleges and community groups in America. Then, 10 years after Shepard’s death, they returned again to Laramie to produce an epilogue, based on follow-up interviews with residents featured in the original play. These interviews were adapted into the companion piece, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years later,” which debuted as a reading in nearly 150 theaters across the U.S. and internationally in October 2009, on the 11th anniversary of his death. As the critic Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times in 2000 about the first play, “Kaufman has a remarkable gift for giving a compelling theatrical flow to journalistic and historical material.” In the playwright’s own words, “for me, there’s a great wealth of beauty and truth in reality, and how theatre can articulate this, that’s what I keep coming back to.” Only eight actors play the more than 60 parts. The twin plays are constructed as a series of juxtaposed monologues and multiple viewpoints, featuring townspeople and Shepard’s friends as well as those who knew his assailants, and in the second play, Aaron McKinney himself, one of Shepard’s killers, is featured. “Laramie is so small that there was one degree of separation between peoPROOF #1 ple,” Kaufman says. “So it was personal. People asked themselves, ‘What did I do REVISIONS to cause this murder? What kind of comREDESIGN munity am I helping to create?” REVISIONS TEXT
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By TERRY-ANN GARDEMAL Each individual should have a well laid out financial plan to help pursue short and long-term goals. It is never too early — or too late — to put one in place, but the sooner you have a financial roadmap, the easier many decisions become. So where do you start to put a plan in place? To begin with, gauge your current financial situation by putting together a personal balance sheet that lists your current income and expenses and details your assets and liabilities. This will help you create a budget to manage your shortterm needs and will assist you in developing strategies to achieve your plans for the future. An independent financial planner or adviser can be a good resource to assist you in this process and in further crafting and implementing an overall plan. Additionally, it is important to recognize that a financial plan is never static; it is a moving target. Inevitably, things change and goals shift. New decisions have to be made and goals may have to be reprioritized. But if you have even a basic financial plan in place, decisions become easier because you will make them in the context of your long-term goals. What are these basics that can set you on the right path? Visualize a pyramid with layers. These layers can be the steps you have to take to reach your financial goals. They build upon themselves and are interdependent as each level supports the one above it. Building your financial future involves three steps in the pyramid. Protection: Start with the foundation of your financial plan - protecting yourself and your loved ones from unexpected events. This is a crucial stage in the planning process and needs to be firmly in place so the rest of your plan does not falter. For example, if you are disabled for a period of time and do not have adequate disability insurance to replace your lost income, you may have to use money you had earmarked for a different purpose, such as retirement savings. This move could cause you to make sacrifices with other financial goals, such as needing to change the date you become financially independent or your lifestyle in retirement. Other considerations at this level include planning for premature death, sickness and unexpected large expenses or loss of a job. Accumulation: Now you can start saving for big purchases and begin creating wealth. It is important at this stage to prioritize your goals and assess the best means to accomplish them. For example, if you are saving for a down payment on a house, it is a good idea to make sure you have paid off most of your debt and have some emergency reserve savings. Other considerations at this stage include retirement planning and college funding. If you start early, you may be able to accomplish all of your goals, but, if you are in a crunch, prioritize while keeping the longer-term goals in mind. When creating wealth through investments, we again recommend talking to a financial adviser who will help you gauge your tolerance for risk, understand and assess the time period for your investment strategy, and help you create a well diversified mix of securities. Distribution and Preservation: The last layer in our basic pyramid is living off of the assets you have accumulated and planning for how you would like to preserve and transfer some of these assets to other people or institutions. As is the case with asset accumulation, you should have a well thought out plan for asset distribution, and you should consider a variety of strategies to diversify your risk. In addition to a financial advisor, an estate attorney can be essential at this stage to ensure that you take the proper steps to look after your loved ones. This is especially important in the LGBT community as many states do not recognize same-sex unions. More tips in part two of this series coming later this month. This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to act as specific advice. Please talk to a financial professional prior to investing and a tax advisor for tax advice.
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The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) will be having an opening reception for its next art exhibit, “Bodyscapes: The Art of Bills Travis,” tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Travis’s, who is openly gay, work in this exhibit pairs images of bodies and landscapes to “invite us to contemplate connections that can exist on several levels,” according to his artist’s statement. Travis recently moved to D.C. and has a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts. He has had more than 60 solo and group shows around the world. Bodyscapes will be on display through Jan. 5. For more information on this event, visit thedccenter.org. For more information on the artist and to see some of his photographs, visit billtravisphoto.com.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has its national dinner tonight as part of its weekend conference festivities. It’s from 5:30 to 11 at the National Building Museum’s “great hall.” The theme is “An Evening of Courage.” A “founders and friends” reception and silent auction will be from 5:30 to 7:30 with the dinner to follow. An after party is from 10 to 11. The museum is at 401 F Street, N.W. Tickets were still available as of press time Wednesday. Call 202-234-9181 or e-mail to ebannon@nglcc.org for more information. Tickets start at $250 for non-members. Several other price packages are available. Visit nglcc.org for more information.

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From performances of Handel’s “Messiah” to the Kinsey Sicks, a drag group shown here that will have a holiday show at the D.C. Jewish Community Center from mid-December to early January, the holiday concert season in Washington offers a wildly eclectic bevy of offerings.

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By JULIETTE EBNER same day, the Cathedral will be hosting carols by candlelight at 6 p.m. as well as on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. Visit nationalcathedral.org to purchase tickets for any event. Strathmore has many holiday events coming up this season. On Nov. 27, at the Music Center at Strathmore, the Mormon Orchestra and Chorus of Washington will be performing their holiday concert, “O Come Let Us Adore Him.” A sold out Hanukkah tea will be served at the Mansion at Strathmore on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 brings the King’s Singers to the Music Center at 8 p.m. with a holiday program. The 2010 Kenny G Holiday Show is on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center. A child-friendly “Mrs. Claus Tea” will be served on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Mansion. “A Smooth Jazz Christmas” will be at the Music Center on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. with Dave Koz and Friends. For tickets information for all events, visit strathmore.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center has two holiday events coming up. First up is “A Rockapella Holiday” on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. in Merchant Hall. Rockapella is a five-man a cappella group best known for its “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” theme song. This program features classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” as well as popular new pieces like “Little Mary Snowflake” and a funky new version of “The Dreidel Song.” On Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in Merchant Hall, the Center presents “Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Eirinn” featuring the band, Danu. Tickets for both events are $28, $36 or $44 and can be purchased by visiting hyltoncenter.org. Many different venues will be hosting a production of “The Nutcracker.” The Kennedy Center Opera House will hosts the Joffrey Ballet on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Warner Theatre hosts the Washington Ballet performing the family classic on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore has another production by the Moscow Ballet on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Manassas Ballet Theater will be performing the show on Dec. 11 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform its own rendition of the Nutcracker, “Men in Tights: A Pink Nutcracker” at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m., Dec. 18 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.

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Continued from page 33 Stuffing: Andouille sausage, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, parsley, tarragon, thyme, panko bread crumbs, corn meal, chicken stock and heavy cream. Chicken Glaze: Orange marmalade, star anise, white vinegar, cinnamon sticks, ketchup and black pepper Sauce: Brown chicken demi, caramel and a red wine reduction Method: Take the half chicken out of the brine, stuff the bird, bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and apply the glaze, bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve over the sauce with Persian vegetables of zucchini, squash and carrots. Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Bacon (From Connor Ireland) 2 pounds brussels sprouts, woody stems cut off. 3 qt. boiling water 2 white onions 2 strips of bacon, chopped. ½ cup pine nuts (any kind of nut will do) Salt Neutral oil Julienne the onions and sautée on a medium flame for 10 minutes in hot oil. Cook all the water out of them until they start sticking to the pan and turning brown. Turn the flame down to low and caramelize them for 10 more minutes. Boil the Brussels sprouts whole for 11 minutes in heavily salted water. Remove and arrest them in ice water. Chop them coarsely. Sautee the bacon until it starts to brown, and add the pine nuts until they start to brown, then add the Brussels sprouts and the caramelized onions. Toss the whole mixture together and serve hot. Turkey Breast Stuffed with Dried Apricots and Chestnuts Sausage (From Connor Ireland) Preheat oven to 450 One pack split turkey breast with the skin on. ½ pound dried apricots or dried cherries 1 egg ½ pound chestnuts ½ cup breadcrumbs, about one slice of bread’s worth Cross or prick the chestnuts to let steam escape and roast them for 25 minutes. Peel them while they’re warm. Pull the tender off the turkey breasts. It is a strip of loose meat on the opposite side of the skin. If you don’t have a tender on your breasts, cut three oz. from the inside surface of each breast. Using a knife or food processor, mince the raw tenders, chestnuts and apricots together. Crumble the breadcrumbs in and fold in the egg with 1 tsp of salt. Using a thin knife, stab a four-inch deep hole in the thickest side of the breast, being careful not to pierce all the way through. Thumb the filling into the hole you just made. Clean your workspace, and wrap each breast tightly in plastic. Put each breast into a quality Ziploc bag and poach them for 25 minutes. Shock them in ice water and store them for use in the next day or two. When you are ready to eat, take the turkey out of the plastic and salt the outside. Sear the skin in hot oil. Put them in the oven for 30 minutes at 450. Deep Fried Turkey Breast Gay chef Patrick Vanas, owner of Patrick Vanas Events, a local event planning and catering company, offered the next selections. Thought I would send in a few recipes that I love to make and have been for many years. Some I have updated a bit. I grew up in the north (on a Michigan dairy farm), which is not known for deep frying turkey but as far as I can remember back my dad built a deep fryer with thermometer and we were deep frying turkeys (never had a fire; always very safe), I have adopted the process but with a turkey breast as is easier for the in home cook and those only cooking for a few friends or family. I purchase a fresh turkey breast on the bone and remove it from the bone and make into two single breasts. I brine it for a full day (breasts, whole bird maybe more). I have a small tabletop deep fryer and can easily deep fry one breast at a time about 20 minutes. 1 bone in turkey breast (fresh or frozen) Brine mixture: 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon lemon zest 4 cups boiling water Table top deep fryer (I got mine from Costco for $100; it’s easy to use and clean) If no deep fryer eight-quart heavy duty pot Thermometer 3-4 quarts peanut oil or vegetable, canola (not olive; will not work) Method: Remove turkey breasts from bone slicing along breastbone (will be about three to four pounds per side/breast) set aside in refrigerator. I have a two-gallon container that I use to brine breasts in. Bring four cups of water to a boil, in container place rest of brine ingredients, pour boiling water over them. Stir until dissolved. Add about three to four quarts of ice, (brine needs to be cold when you add the turkey breasts). Place turkey breast in brine they should be just covered, you may need to add a little more ice. Cover container with airtight lid and place in refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove breasts from brine and rinse then place on sheet pan with a cooling rack to drain about 20 minutes. Pat breasts dry with paper towels, tie the breast slightly loose with kitchen string and allow to sit until fryer is ready. Bring deep fryer fryer to 375 degrees. If using eightquart heavy pot fill only about 1/3 to 1/2, the breast will only raise the oil level about an inch or so. Using kitchen tongs gently place breast (cooking one at a time) in oil, there will be some bubbling for about 30 seconds to a one minute, but allowing the breasts to drain and patting them dry and sitting out will lessen that a great deal. Oil temperature will drop about 100 degrees but you want to bring temp back up to 350 degrees and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, have a clean sheet pan with cooling rack ready to remove breast and check temperature. I like to remove breast when it reaches a internal temp of 155 as it will continue to cook while resting on rack covered with foil bringing internal temp to desired 160 degrees. If cooking second breast allow oil to come back to 375 and repeat process; this will leave just enough time for first breast to rest and allow juices to even out. Slice and place on platter and enjoy with your favorite homemade sides and gravy or sauce. (I am serving mine with a simple Cranberry Gastrique ) Enjoy! Green Bean “NOT” Casserole I understand that many of us grew up with this at every Thanksgiving and though I enjoy it, I now have taught my mom to make it from scratch and it’s so much more enjoyable and delicious. I have taken it to the next level. This is a great appetizer. (From Patrick Vanas) 11 pounds French green beans (trimmed) Tempura Recipe: 1 cup rice flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon semolina flour pinch of salt and pepper 1 cup of ice cold water 3 quarts vegetable oil for deep frying 6-8 quart heavy pot Thermometer Method: Place all dry ingredients in large bowl stir with a wire wisk, add water to make thin coating batter, set aside for 30 minutes. Mushroom Dipping Sauce 2 cups button mushrooms sliced 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 cups water 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon of soy sauce 1 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons AP flour Salt and pepper to taste Method: In medium saucepan add water and mushrooms and reduce water by half, remove from heat. In another sauce pan add butter and flour on low to medium heat and cook until flour mixture just turns light brown, add garlic and cook a minute and add heavy cream stir to blend well, turn heat down to low. Take mushroom stock and strain add just stock to cream mixture stir well. Take mushrooms and slice thinly set aside. Cream mixture should get slightly thick, add soy and parsley, continue to whisk to make velvety. Reduce heat to just warming. Bring deep frying vessel to 360 degrees. Place green beans into batter working in three to four batches. Drop beans one by one into oil, cook about two to three minutes then remove and place on tray with paper towel to drain and allow oil to come back to temperature about two minutes. Finish cooking all beans, place them all up right in serving bowl or three to four large rocks glasses with two ounce shot glass of dipping sauce with each for your guests’ enjoyment.

Sweet Potato Mash with Caramelized Pears This is from Connor Ireland, chef of the Reef in Adams Morgan, another recent Blade “Best Of” winner. Here are his fresh spins on Thanksgiving dinner staples. Two pears, not very ripe. I use green ones. 3 tsp vegetable oil. Two large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup heavy cream ¼ pound butter 1 tbs. salt ¼ cup real maple syrup. Cover the sweet potatoes with cold water in a high-walled pot, and bring them up to a boil and let them go for 15 minutes. Slice the pears thinly with the skins on. In a skillet or frying pan, get the vegetable oil very hot, until it just starts to smoke. Carefully lay the slices of pear in and sear one side of each. It’s OK if they burn a little bit. Set them aside. Put the cream and butter into a small pot and get them warm enough to melt the butter. Once the sweet potatoes are very soft, discard the cooking water and combine them in a large bowl with the caramelized pears and salt. Use a whisk to beat them smooth, adding the cream and butter slowly. Finish them with enough real maple syrup to be just noticeable.

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