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Activists move from the street to the suite after 4 decades of work

By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Frank Kameny remembers seeing Paul Kuntzler, his campaign manager on a 1971 bid for Congress,
walk into Temple Sinai on Military Road in Washington with large reams of paper rolled under each arm
and an elated look on his face.
Kameny, who founded the gay liberation movement in D.C. after being fired from the federal govern-
ment in 1957, needed 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot. With the late February deadline looming,
the group only had about 1,300. Realizing outside help was needed, Kameny and Kuntzler thought
a gay group in New York whom they found to be one of the few “getting much of anything done,” as
Kameny puts it, might be able to help. The group — Gay Activists Alliance of New York — sent two
busloads of people to blanket the District one Sunday afternoon to secure signatures.
A dance was held that night at the Temple and when Kuntzler arrived, the group knew it was home
free. They had about 7,700 signatures — plenty to get Kameny on the ballot. The “Kameny for Congress”
campaign ended with the candidate coming in fourth in a six-way race. Though he lost, the 1,900 votes
he secured while running as a then-unheard-of openly gay candidate, galvanized local activists.
Kameny’s own Mattachine Society was fading as members began to find its formality anachronistic in
national
news
The GOP field of 2012
presidential candidates
is shaping up to be a
homophobic bunch.
PAGE 12
social
agenda
Actress Alison Arngrim
on her years as Nellie
on ‘Little House’ and
subsequent AIDS activism.
PAGE 34
the lgbtq community news source
washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 15 • april 15, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years
More disappointment for activists;
Miller blamed for failures

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A gay member of the Maryland State Senate issued a strongly
worded statement criticizing his colleagues for voting 27-20 on Mon-
day to send a transgender non-discrimination bill back to committee,
an action that killed the bill for the year.
Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), one of the lead
sponsors and longtime supporters of the Gender Identity Non-Dis-
crimination Act, known as HB 235, joined LGBT activists in expressing
outrage over the Senate’s action.
“Every homeless transgender person that dies on the street will do
so because of the Senate’s failure to pass HB 235,” Madaleno said in
a statement released late Monday.
“Every transgender individual who cannot provide for themselves
or their family because they are denied employment based on their
gender identity will do so because of the Senate’s failure to pass HB
235,” he said.
The bill, which calls for banning discrimination against transgen-
der people in the areas of employment, housing and credit, including
bank loans, had been approved last month in the state’s House of
Delegates by a vote of 86 to 52.
Initial head counts of senators led supporters to believe they had
GLAA celebrates 40 years
Maryland Senate kills trans rights bill
internationalnews
Sec’y of State Clinton cites Iran, Uganda for anti-gay abuses.
PAGE 7
Continues on page 18
Continues on page 16
viewpoint
It’s Biddle vs. Mara as our columnists duke it out.
PAGES 20 & 21
keeping the
standards alive
Michael Feinstein brings
his retro crooning to
the Kennedy Center in
a Sunday night show.
PAGE 23
Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County), a supporter of the trans rights bill, disagreed with those who accuse
Senate President Mike Miller of orchestrating the measure’s defeat.
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
LOCALNEWS
2 washingtonblade.com • april 15, 2011
Mayor, Council members
arrested in protest
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and several City Council mem-
bers were arrested Monday at a demonstration called by DC
Vote on Capitol Hill to protest a federal budget deal that in-
cluded city funding cuts.
What began at 5 p.m. Monday as a noisy demonstration
of a few hundred people quickly escalated into a sit-down
street protest that closed Constitution Avenue between First
and Second streets led by Gray, the Council Chair and fve
members of the Council.
The demonstration was called to protest last week’s budget
deal to keep the federal government open. President Obama
and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accepted House Speaker John
Boehner’s demand for riders on the D.C. budget, angering
many city residents. The budget deal would prohibit city funds
to be used to pay for abortions for low-income women and city
money could not be used to fund needle exchange programs,
a critical component in the fght against HIV. The budget deal
also includes a school voucher program long opposed by
many city offcials, including Gray.
The mayor spoke and called for continued demonstrations.
“I am fed up and we won’t take it anymore,” he told the crowd.
The crowd’s chants included “Who owns the streets? We
do!” and “Free D.C. Now!” As the crowd grew the mayor took
to the street and many demonstrators and Council members
joined him along with the leaders of D.C. Vote. Then a few pro-
testers sat down in the street and the mayor and Council Chair
Kwame Brown joined them and others soon followed. Capitol
police threatened to arrest those that didn’t leave voluntarily
and when no one moved the paddy wagons were called.
Among those arrested with the mayor were Brown and
Council members Michael Brown, Yvette Alexander, Tommy
Wells and Muriel Bowser. Sekou Biddle, a candidate for the
At-Large seat vacated by Kwame Brown, was arrested, while
his opponent in that race, Vincent Orange, remained on the
sidewalk.
Also arrested was Jeffrey Richardson, director of the May-
or’s Offce of GLBT Affairs.
PETER ROSENSTEIN
Del. Senate passes
civil unions bill
The Delaware Senate voted 13-6 late last week to approve
a civil unions bill that would provide same-sex couples with all
of the rights and benefts of marriage under state law.
LGBT activists were optimistic that the Delaware House of
Representatives would approve the bill; a vote was expected
Thursday or Friday, after the Blade’s print deadline. Visit wash-
ingtonblade.com for updates. The state’s governor, Democrat
Jack A. Markell, has said he plans to sign the bill.
“We are delighted that not only did the civil unions bill get
passed by the Senate but that it got passed by a two-to-one
margin,” said Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware,
a state LGBT group coordinating lobbying efforts for the bill.
“We think that says a lot about what the citizens of Dela-
ware want to see, that the citizens of Delaware are two-to-one
in favor of civil unions,” she said.
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign,
called on the Delaware House to quickly pass the bill and
send it to the governor for signing.
“Today we applaud the Delaware Senate for valuing all
Delaware families,” Solmonese said.
A public opinion poll commissioned by Equality Delaware
and conducted in March by the survey research frm Lake
Research Partners found that 62 percent of voters favor al-
lowing same-sex couples to form legalized civil unions, with
31 percent opposing such a law. Seven percent of the voters
polled were undecided. The poll had a margin of error of plus
or minus 3.8 percent.
“We feel very optimistic about getting the bill through the
House,” Goodman said. “We have all three of the Democratic
leaders in the House on the bill as sponsors and we’ve been
working very hard with House members.”
Democrats hold a 26 to 15 majority in the 41-member Dela-
ware House of Representatives.
Goodman said a debate and vote on the bill in the full
House was expected to take place April 14.
Similar to civil unions laws in other states, the Delaware
measure, Senate Bill 30, would provide same-sex couples
with all of the rights, benefts and obligations of marriage un-
der state law but would not provide any federal rights or ben-
efts related to marriage.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which Congress
passed in 1996 and President Bill Clinton signed, bars same-
sex couples from receiving federal marriage-related rights or
benefts.
If the Delaware civil unions measure is approved by the
legislature and signed by the governor, Delaware would be-
come the eighth state to provide marriage-related rights and
benefts to same-sex couples – either through either civil
unions or comprehensive domestic partnership laws.
Two of the other states – Illinois and Hawaii – approved
such laws earlier this year. The Illinois law is scheduled to take
effect in June and the Hawaii law goes into effect in January
2012.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Stein Club elects
new president

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest
LGBT political group, Monday night elected local attorney
and lesbian activist Lateefah Williams as its new president.
Williams replaces Jeffrey Richardson, who resigned as
president after being appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray as di-
rector of the Mayor’s Offce of GLBT Affairs.
She becomes the frst African-American woman to hold the
post of Stein Club president since the club’s founding nearly
35 years ago.
Williams also serves as national committeewoman for the
D.C. Young Democrats and is a member of the D.C. Demo-
cratic State Committee and the Metropolitan Women’s Demo-
cratic Club.
Career wise, Williams is political and legislative director for
Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. She previously
worked as a policy analyst for the think tank and government
watchdog group OMB Watch and as an attorney in private
practice for local D.C. area law frms. She holds a law degree
from Georgetown University Law School and is a member of
the bar in D.C. and Maryland.
“It is truly an honor to preside over an organization with
such a storied history and to follow in the footsteps of the
many great club presidents who have preceded me,” she
said. “I am truly committed to service and l look forward to
working with our members and the community at large to con-
tinue to advance LGBT equality and Democratic ideals in the
District of Columbia.”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was arrested this week while protesting the
budget deal that prevented a shutdown of the federal government.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
obituary
Thom Gibb, 60
Thom Gibb, a former member of the
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, died
of AIDS-related illnesses Feb. 2 at his
home in Columbia Heights. He was 60.
He died at home in his sleep, according
to his friend and housemate of almost 30
years, Larry Rosen, who said Gibb was in
relatively good health until his last month
and “was still making jokes and laughing.”
Gibb spent his entire career with the
American Red Cross as did his parents.
He began as a volunteer in his native
Pittsburgh. He earned his bachelor’s de-
gree from Westminster College in Penn-
sylvania and went on to serve the Red
Cross in several eastern states and Ger-
many before transferring to the D.C. area
in the late 1970s. He retired in 2008 and
immediately became a volunteer again.
Gibb was a lifelong music lover, espe-
cially of opera and musical theater. He
was an ardent devotee of Maria Callas,
Stephen Sondheim and drag shows, and
often bragged about having seen Katha-
rine Hepburn in “Coco.” He joined the
Gay Men’s Chorus in 1990 where he sang
baritone. He was on the Chorus board
and served one year as vice chair. He
was a member of the Circle of Excellence
(1999) and a recipient of the “You Are the
Light” Crystal Award. His last concert with
the Chorus was in June 2005.
Rosen called Gibb a “kind, generous
and caring man.” He was an early volun-
teer with Whitman-Walker’s AIDS servic-
es group and managed other volunteer
caseworkers. He enjoyed food, cooking
and dinner parties.
“He was best known for his ready
sense of humor and distinctive laugh,”
Gibb said. “He was always easy to fnd
in a crowd just by listening for the sound
of his laughter.”
Gibb is survived by David Buntin,
Marc Fallow and Larry Rosen of Wash-
ington and J.R. Yeager of Oakland, Calif.
He was cremated. A memorial service is
scheduled for April 23 at 11:30 a.m., in
the Hall of Service at the headquarters
of the American Red Cross, 1730 E St.,
N.W. Donations in memory of Gibb may
be made to the Gay Men’s Chorus of
Washington, 2000 P St., N.W., Suite 730,
Washington, D.C. 20036, or to the charity
of your choice.
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Photo courtesy of Larry Rosen
april 15, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 3
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) directed the House general counsel to take up defense
of DOMA. A hearing on marriage is scheduled for April 15.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
House to hear testimony on ‘defending marriage’
A subcommittee in the Republican-controlled U.S. House is set on April 15 to hear
testimony in a hearing titled “Defending Marriage.”
The hearing, which is set to take place before the House Judiciary subcommittee on
the Constitution, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Room 2141 of the Rayburn House
Offce Building.
A witness list wasn’t immediately available, nor was the intent of the hearing im-
mediately clear.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), chair of the committee, has said President Obama could
be impeached for his decision to drop his administration’s defense of the Defense of
Marriage Act in court, and the upcoming hearing would likely represent his views.
In a March interview with Think Progress, Franks said he supports defunding the
Justice Department if it doesn’t defend DOMA and added he would “absolutely” favor
impeaching Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder if doing so “could gain
collective support.”
On Feb. 23, Obama announced that DOMA is unconstitutional and notifed Con-
gress that his administration would no longer defend the statute in court.
Following the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Committee’s party-line vote of 3-2 in March,
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) directed the House general counsel to take up
defense of DOMA. He told the Washington Blade during a news conference he doesn’t
have an estimate for how much House defense of DOMA would cost the U.S. government.
Criticism for holding the hearing came Friday from the Human Rights Campaign
and the offce of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
HRC President Joe Solmonese counted the upcoming testimony as the third anti-
gay hearing that Republicans have held since they took control of the House — recall-
ing the two hearings that have already taken place on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal
implementation.
“The Republican Party, and House Republicans in particular, seem to be fxated on
beating up on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” Solmonese said.
Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, similarly criticized the Republican majority
for holding the hearing.
“From attacks on women’s health care to this ideological ‘hearing,’ Republicans are
showing that the only thing they are interested in doing is promoting the divisive social
policy of their extreme right wing,” Hammill said. “Republicans should abandon these
foolish ideological quests and work on the American people’s top priority: creating jobs.”
Whether Boehner supports the hearing wasn’t immediately known. A Boehner
spokesperson didn’t respond on short notice to the Blade’s request to comment on
the hearing.
CHRIS JOHNSON
RNC removes anti-gay page from website
The Republican National Committee has removed from its website a page criticiz-
ing President Obama for the pro-LGBT advances he’s made over the course of his
administration.
The link to the page, which was titled “Hope Isn’t Hiring,” now redirects to the main
page for the RNC’s website. According to the Human Rights Campaign, a link to the
anti-gay page that was on the RNC main page now goes nowhere.
Acts in support of the LGBT community were listed among the 10 things the RNC
cited on the page as “The Case Against Obama: Social Issues.” The page went online
the day Obama offcially declared his intent to seek re-election in 2012.
The LGBT-related items were “Despite It Being the Law of the Land, Obama Refused
to Continue Defending the Defense of Marriage Act in Court,” “Obama Repealed ‘Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell’ While U.S. Troops Are Still on the Battlefeld” and “Obama Opposed
California’s Prop 8 and Has Expanded Government Recognition of Same-Sex Couples.”
A RNC spokesperson didn’t respond to the Washington Blade’s request for com-
ment on why the “Hope Isn’t Hiring” page is no longer active.
Last week, HRC sent a letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus condemning the
anti-gay page. Log Cabin Republican offcials said they communicated with the RNC
that the anti-gay page would hurt Republicans in 2012.
On Tuesday, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, expressed
approval over the RNC’s decision to remove the anti-gay page from its website.
“Hopefully the Republican Party leadership has come to their senses and realized that
attacking LGBT families offends the great majority of Americans,” Solmonese said. “Polling
overwhelmingly shows that Americans support LGBT equality and the Republican Party
would be foolish to campaign on a platform based on discrimination and ignorance.”
CHRIS JOHNSON
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant calls referee ‘faggot’
LOS ANGELES — After re-
ceiving a technical foul during a
basketball game this week, Los
Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant
stormed back to the bench and
appeared to call referee Bennie
Adams a “fucking faggot,” ESPN
reported. Bryant’s reaction was
caught on camera on TNT’s na-
tional telecast of the key Western
Conference battle with the San
Antonio Spurs. He hit his seat be-
fore sitting down, threw a towel
and then yelled, “Bennie,” toward
the court. Bryant then leaned back
and muttered what appeared to be
an anti-gay slur. TNT announcer
Steve Kerr picked up on Bryant’s
outburst and said: “You might
wanna take the cameras off of him
right now, for the children watch-
ing from home.” “The video from
Tuesday’s game is under review
by the NBA,” league spokesman
Tim Frank said to ESPNLosAnge-
les.com via e-mail. Bryant was
not initially available for comment.
“We haven’t seen the video, so it
would be inappropriate for us to
comment on it,” a Lakers spokes-
person told ESPNLosAngeles.
com on Wednesday.
Anti-gay UNC hate crime was faked: officials
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A gay student who claimed he was attacked and brand-
ed in a hate crime wasn’t telling the truth, offcials with the University of North Caro-
lina at Chapel Hill said Tuesday according to a report from WRAL, a regional news
affliate in the state. Chancellor Holden Thorp said freshman Quinn Matney, who
told authorities he was branded with a searing hot object because of his sexual
orientation, fled a false police report, according to CBS affliate WRAL. “The al-
leged aggravated assault reported to campus last night (Monday) did not occur,”
Thorp said in a statement. Matney, who is gay, told authorities that on April 5, a man
walked up to him near a foot bridge on campus, called him a derogatory name,
told him “here is a taste of hell,” and held a heated object to his skin for several
seconds, leaving third- and fourth-degree burns. Randy Young, a spokesman for
UNC’s public safety department, said charges of fling a false police report are
likely against Matney. University offcials initially called the assault a hate crime and
pledged to “bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker.”
Demographer: U.S. has 4 million gay adults
SAN FRANCISCO — How many gay men and lesbians are there in the United States?
Gary Gates has an idea but acknowledges pinpointing a solid fgure remains an elusive
task, the Associated Press reported this week. Gates is demographer-in-residence at the
Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, a think tank based at the
University of California, Los Angeles. For the institute’s 10th anniversary this week, he took
a scholarly stab at answering the question that has been debated, avoided, parsed and
proven both insoluble and political since pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey said
in the 1940s that 10 percent of the men he surveyed were “predominantly homosexual.”
Gates’ best estimate, derived from fve studies that have asked subjects about their sexual
orientation, is that the nation has about 4 million adults who identify as being gay or lesbian,
representing 1.7 percent of the 18-and-over population. That’s a much lower fgure than the
3 to 5 percent that has been the conventional wisdom in the past two decades, based on
other isolated studies and attempts to discredit Kinsey. One reason, according to Gates, is
that until recently, few surveys tried to differentiate respondents who identifed as gay or les-
bian from those who sometimes engaged in homosexual acts or were attracted to people
of the same sex. All were lumped into the gay category, the AP reported. Gates found,
for example, that another 1.8 percent of the adult population, or a little more than 4 million
Americans, identifes as bisexual, according to his research brief published Thursday by
the Williams Institute. He also estimated that 19 million people, or 8.2 percent of the popula-
tion, have engaged in sex with a partner of the same sex. That includes all groups, such as
gays, bisexuals and heterosexuals who have experimented with same-sex behavior. An-
other two studies, conducted by state agencies in California and Massachusetts, yielded
what Gates thinks is the frst credible estimate of the nation’s transgender population. He
puts it at about 700,000 adults, or 0.3 percent of the population.
Kobe Bryant on the court.
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State Dept. report reveals
LGBT abuses abroad
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. State Department published
its annual report last week evaluating
the state of human rights overseas and
revealing that LGBT abuses persist in
many places abroad.
Introducing the fndings in a media ap-
pearance Friday, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said the report “usually generates
a great deal of interest” among those fol-
lowing human rights and said she hopes
the new report will do so again this year.
“Societies fourish when they address
human rights problems instead of sup-
pressing them,” Clinton said. “And we
hope that this report will give comfort to
the activists, will shine a spotlight on the
abuses, and convince those in govern-
ment that there are other and better ways.”
The report details the status of human
rights in 194 countries over the course of
2010 and marks the 35th year in which
the State Department has produced the
fndings, which are required by congres-
sional mandate.
Clinton drew particular attention to the
report’s identifcation of abuses against
LGBT people overseas and said monitor-
ing this activity is a part of the mission for
the State Department.
“Because I believe, and our govern-
ment believes, that gay rights are human
rights, we remain extremely concerned
about state-sanctioned homophobia,”
Clinton said.
In addition to unveiling the report,
Clinton also announced the launch of a
new State Department website: human-
rights.gov. The site is set to assemble
reports, statements and other updates
from around the world and is intended
to become a depository of global human
rights information.
Mark Bromley, chair of the Council for
Global Equality, commended the State De-
partment for publishing the fndings and said
the LGBT reporting “continues to be robust.”
“The introduction to the report cites an
escalation of violence, persecution and
discrimination against LGBT persons
as one of three alarming human rights
trends in the world last year,” Bromley
said. “They note that this also translates
into a denial of economic opportunity for
many LGBT individuals.”
Bromley added the report demon-
strates Clinton has made LGBT rights
one of the State Department’s top pri-
orities and said he looks forward to this
continued U.S. engagement.
“That is due to the secretary’s lead-
ership, but also to the many committed
human rights offcers in the State Depart-
ment and in U.S. embassies around the
world who are now actually meeting and
interacting with LGBT human rights ac-
tivists on a regular basis,” Bromley said.
The State Department details the con-
dition of LGBT people in the countries
examined in the report under the head-
ing “Societal Abuses, Discrimination,
and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity.”
Among the abuses against LGBT peo-
ple that the State Department identifes
take place in countries where hostility
based on sexual orientation and gender
identity is well known or has been previ-
ously reported by media outlets.
In Uganda, where homosexual acts are
already illegal, legislation was pending
that would have instituted the death pen-
alty for gays, although the bill reportedly
has been shelved. Still, the State Depart-
ment fnds continued discrimination and a
lack of legal protections for LGBT people.
“LGBT persons were subject to soci-
etal harassment, discrimination, intimida-
tion, and threats to their well-being during
the year,” the report states. “Individuals
openly threatened members of the LGBT
community and their constitutional rights
during several public events.”
The State Department also fnds con-
tinued abuses against LGBT people in
Iran, where the punishment for homosex-
ual acts is death.
The report states the country censored
all materials related to LGBT issues and
the Special Protection Division, a volun-
teer unit of the judiciary, monitored and
reported “moral crimes.”
“In some cases security forces raided
houses and monitored Internet sites for
information on LGBT individuals,” the re-
port states. “Those accused of sodomy
often faced summary trials, and eviden-
tiary standards were not always met.”
According to the State Department,
gays in Iran are sometimes “pressured”
to participate in reassignment surgery
“to avoid legal and social persecutions in
the country.” Conditions for transgender
people in Iran are seen as more favor-
able than they are to gays — although
transgender people still face hostility.
According to the State Department,
police in April found a 24-year-old trans-
gender woman known as Mahsa stran-
gled in her apartment. Her two brothers
confessed to killing her.
“Although the brothers were sentenced
to prison time of eight years and three
years, respectively, the sentences included
suspended jail time, which reduced their
actual sentence in prison to three years and
one year, respectively,” the report states.
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Iran, Uganda cited for anti-gay persecution
‘Societies fourish when they address human rights problems instead of suppressing them,’ said
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
‘Our programs and
our housing are open
to all families’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Department of Housing & Urban
Development is launching a new cam-
paign that aims to inform LGBT people
about services related to housing dis-
crimination as the department works to
make fnal a rule that, in some circum-
stances, could provide recourse to LGBT
people who encounter bias in housing.
The campaign, titled “Live Free,”
kicked off last week and will run through-
out 2011. The initiative includes Facebook
ads, targeted print ads, digital videos
and podcasts. For example, one print ad
reads “Should Gender Stereotypes Infu-
ence Where You live? Learn More.”
John Trasviña, HUD’s assistant secre-
tary for fair housing and equal opportuni-
ty, said the campaign is intended to high-
light the protections HUD offers against
housing discrimination.
“We recognize that we can have all
the rules we want, but unless people
know about them, they’re not going to
mean anything,” Trasviña said. “So, in
addition to some of the actions that
we’ve taken, what we’re trying to do
through this public service campaign
is to elevate our presence in the LGBT
community … so people who have
been discriminated against, or people
who feel they have been barred from
housing, will be able to know that they
may have rights under federal law,
and, if not, they have it under state
and local law.”
The Fair Housing Act doesn’t explic-
itly prohibit housing discrimination based
on of sexual orientation and gender
identity. However, housing discrimina-
tion against someone who is LGBT may,
in some cases, violate the law’s exist-
ing provisions, including its prohibition
against gender discrimination. Addition-
ally, 20 states and more than 200 local
governments have made LGBT-related
housing discrimination illegal.
“While the person thinks it’s because
of the LGBT status, maybe it’s because of
their LGBT status and race, or they have
a disability,” Trasviña said. “Rather than
just saying, ‘We don’t cover LGBT cases,’
we’re now saying, ‘We will look into it and
see whether we do have jurisdiction.’”
Trasviña said he couldn’t estimate the
breadth of the campaign because he
said the campaign is just underway and
the budget for the remainder of the fscal
year is still in question. He also said he
didn’t immediately have a cost estimate
for the campaign.
As the “Live Free” campaign launch-
es, HUD is in the process of imple-
menting a proposed rule to ensure that
HUD housing and programs are open to
all, irrespective of marital status, gender
identity and sexual orientation. The pro-
posed rule doesn’t apply to private hous-
ing, but HUD housing and programs.
The 60-day comment period for the
proposed rule, which was announced in
late January, ended on March 25. Trasvi-
ña said HUD has been examining the
more than 300 comments it received dur-
ing this period and said they were “over-
whelming positive.”
“The rule itself is a recognition by HUD
that our programs and our housing …
are open to all families,” Trasviña said.
“We want to make sure that that concept
translates into the 21st century. So we
want to make sure that 21st century fami-
lies, which includes LGBT members, are
able to have access to HUD programs
and HUD housing.”
Trasviña said the rule would be made
fnal by the end of the year, but said he
couldn’t give a more defnite date.
HUD calls attention to housing discrimination
8 washingtonblade.com • april 15, 2011
REYATAZ does not cure HIV and has not been shown to reduce the risk of passing HIV to others.
People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
Find out if you can save on REYATAZ.
Call 1-888-281-8981 or visit
ReyatazSavings.com for details.
Subject to terms and conditions. Restrictions apply.
Once-daily REYATAZ can help fight your HIV.
REYATAZ, a protease inhibitor (PI), in HIV combination therapy:
N Can help lower your viral load and raise your T-cell (CD4+ cell) count
N Has a low chance of diarrhea (shown in clinical trials)
- REYATAZ in combination therapy had a 1%-3% rate of
moderate-to-severe diarrhea in adults
N Is taken once a day with a snack or meal
REYATAZ is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider.
Do not take REYATAZ if you are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients.
Ask your healthcare team about REYATAZ www.REYATAZ.com
REYATAZ is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners and not of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
©2011 Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ 08543 U.S.A.
687US10AB06421 02/11
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INDICATION: REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) is a prescription medicine used in combination with
other medicines to treat people 6 years of age and older who are infected with the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV). REYATAZ has been studied in a 48-week trial in patients who have taken
anti-HIV medicines and a 96-week trial in patients who have never taken anti-HIV medicines.
REYATAZ does not cure HIV or lower your chance of passing HIV to others. People taking REYATAZ
may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
Do not take REYATAZ if you are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients.
Do not take REYATAZ if you are taking the following medicines due to potential for
serious, life-threatening side effects or death:
Versed®(midazolam) whentakenbymouth,Halcion®(triazolam),ergot medicines(dihydroergotamine,
ergonovine,ergotamine,andmethylergonovinesuchas Cafergot®,Migranal®,D.H.E.45®,ergotrate
maleate,Methergine®,andothers),Propulsid®(cisapride),or Orap®(pimozide).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines due to potential for serious side
effects: Camptosar® (irinotecan), Crixivan® (indinavir), Mevacor® (lovastatin),
Zocor® (simvastatin), Uroxatral® (alfuzosin), or Revatio® (sildenafil).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines as they may lower the amount of
REYATAZ in your blood, which may lead to increased HIV viral load and resistance to REYATAZ or
other anti-HIV medicines: rifampin (also known as Rimactane®, Rifadin®, Rifater®, or Rifamate®),
St. John’s wort (Hypericumperforatum)-containing products, or Viramune® (nevirapine).
Serevent Diskus® (salmeterol) and Advair® (salmeterol with fluticasone) are not recommended
with REYATAZ.
Do not take Vfend® (voriconazole) if you are taking REYATAZ and Norvir® (ritonavir).
The above lists of medicines are not complete. Taking REYATAZ with some other medicines
may require your therapy tobe monitored more closely or may require achange indose
or dose schedule of REYATAZ or the other medicine. Discuss with your healthcare provider
all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamin and herbal supplements, or other health
preparations you are taking or plan to take.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. REYATAZ
use during pregnancy has not been associated with an increase in birth defects. Pregnant
women have experienced serious side effects when taking REYATAZ with other HIV medicines
called nucleoside analogues. After your baby is born, tell your healthcare provider if your
baby’s skin or the white part of his/her eyes turns yellow. You should not breast-feed if you
are HIV-positive.
Also tell your healthcare provider if you have end-stage kidney disease managed with
hemodialysis or severe liver dysfunction.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any side effects, symptoms, or conditions,
including the following:
• Mild rash(redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs in patients taking
REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the medicine is started, and usually goes away
within 2 weeks with no change in treatment.
• Severe rash may develop with other symptoms that could be serious and potentially cause
death. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using REYATAZ
and call your healthcare provider right away:
• Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes may occur due to increases in bilirubin levels
in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver).
• A change in the way your heart beats may occur.You may feel dizzy or
lightheaded.These could be symptoms of a heart problem.
• Diabetes and high blood sugar may occur in patients taking protease
inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients may need changes
in their diabetes medicine.
• If you have liver disease, including hepatitis B or C, it may
get worse when you take anti- HIV medicines like REYATAZ.
• Kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Signs or symptoms of kidney stones include pain in your side,
blood in your urine, and pain when you urinate.
• Some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding problems
with protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ.
• Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking anti-HIV
medicines.The cause and long-term effects are not known at this time.
• Immune reconstitution syndrome has been seen in some patients with advanced
HIV infection (AIDS) and a history of opportunistic infection. Signs and symptoms of
inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after starting anti-HIV treatment,
including REYATAZ.
• Gallbladder disorders (including gallstones and gallbladder inflammation) have been
reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines include: nausea;
headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever; dizziness; trouble sleeping;
numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and muscle pain.
You should take REYATAZ once daily with food (a meal or snack). Swallow the capsules
whole; do not open the capsules. You should take REYATAZ and your other anti-HIV
medicines exactly as instructed by your healthcare provider.
– Shortness of breath
– General ill-feeling or “flu-like”
symptoms
– Fever
– Muscle or joint aches
– Conjunctivitis (red or inflamed eyes,
like “pink-eye”)
– Blisters
– Mouth sores
– Swelling of your face
Please see Important Patient Information
about REYATAZ on the adjacent pages.
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REYATAZ does not cure HIV and has not been shown to reduce the risk of passing HIV to others.
People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
Find out if you can save on REYATAZ.
Call 1-888-281-8981 or visit
ReyatazSavings.com for details.
Subject to terms and conditions. Restrictions apply.
Once-daily REYATAZ can help fight your HIV.
REYATAZ, a protease inhibitor (PI), in HIV combination therapy:
N Can help lower your viral load and raise your T-cell (CD4+ cell) count
N Has a low chance of diarrhea (shown in clinical trials)
- REYATAZ in combination therapy had a 1%-3% rate of
moderate-to-severe diarrhea in adults
N Is taken once a day with a snack or meal
REYATAZ is one of several treatment options your doctor may consider.
Do not take REYATAZ if you are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients.
Ask your healthcare team about REYATAZ www.REYATAZ.com
REYATAZ is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners and not of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
©2011 Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ 08543 U.S.A.
687US10AB06421 02/11
Fight HI V your way.
INDICATION: REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) is a prescription medicine used in combination with
other medicines to treat people 6 years of age and older who are infected with the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV). REYATAZ has been studied in a 48-week trial in patients who have taken
anti-HIV medicines and a 96-week trial in patients who have never taken anti-HIV medicines.
REYATAZ does not cure HIV or lower your chance of passing HIV to others. People taking REYATAZ
may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
Do not take REYATAZ if you are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients.
Do not take REYATAZ if you are taking the following medicines due to potential for
serious, life-threatening side effects or death:
Versed®(midazolam) whentakenbymouth,Halcion®(triazolam),ergot medicines(dihydroergotamine,
ergonovine,ergotamine,andmethylergonovinesuchas Cafergot®,Migranal®,D.H.E.45®,ergotrate
maleate,Methergine®,andothers),Propulsid®(cisapride),or Orap®(pimozide).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines due to potential for serious side
effects: Camptosar® (irinotecan), Crixivan® (indinavir), Mevacor® (lovastatin),
Zocor® (simvastatin), Uroxatral® (alfuzosin), or Revatio® (sildenafil).
Do not take REYATAZ with the following medicines as they may lower the amount of
REYATAZ in your blood, which may lead to increased HIV viral load and resistance to REYATAZ or
other anti-HIV medicines: rifampin (also known as Rimactane®, Rifadin®, Rifater®, or Rifamate®),
St. John’s wort (Hypericumperforatum)-containing products, or Viramune® (nevirapine).
Serevent Diskus® (salmeterol) and Advair® (salmeterol with fluticasone) are not recommended
with REYATAZ.
Do not take Vfend® (voriconazole) if you are taking REYATAZ and Norvir® (ritonavir).
The above lists of medicines are not complete. Taking REYATAZ with some other medicines
may require your therapy tobe monitored more closely or may require achange indose
or dose schedule of REYATAZ or the other medicine. Discuss with your healthcare provider
all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamin and herbal supplements, or other health
preparations you are taking or plan to take.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. REYATAZ
use during pregnancy has not been associated with an increase in birth defects. Pregnant
women have experienced serious side effects when taking REYATAZ with other HIV medicines
called nucleoside analogues. After your baby is born, tell your healthcare provider if your
baby’s skin or the white part of his/her eyes turns yellow. You should not breast-feed if you
are HIV-positive.
Also tell your healthcare provider if you have end-stage kidney disease managed with
hemodialysis or severe liver dysfunction.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any side effects, symptoms, or conditions,
including the following:
• Mild rash(redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs in patients taking
REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the medicine is started, and usually goes away
within 2 weeks with no change in treatment.
• Severe rash may develop with other symptoms that could be serious and potentially cause
death. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using REYATAZ
and call your healthcare provider right away:
• Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes may occur due to increases in bilirubin levels
in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver).
• A change in the way your heart beats may occur.You may feel dizzy or
lightheaded.These could be symptoms of a heart problem.
• Diabetes and high blood sugar may occur in patients taking protease
inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients may need changes
in their diabetes medicine.
• If you have liver disease, including hepatitis B or C, it may
get worse when you take anti- HIV medicines like REYATAZ.
• Kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Signs or symptoms of kidney stones include pain in your side,
blood in your urine, and pain when you urinate.
• Some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding problems
with protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ.
• Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking anti-HIV
medicines.The cause and long-term effects are not known at this time.
• Immune reconstitution syndrome has been seen in some patients with advanced
HIV infection (AIDS) and a history of opportunistic infection. Signs and symptoms of
inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after starting anti-HIV treatment,
including REYATAZ.
• Gallbladder disorders (including gallstones and gallbladder inflammation) have been
reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines include: nausea;
headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever; dizziness; trouble sleeping;
numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and muscle pain.
You should take REYATAZ once daily with food (a meal or snack). Swallow the capsules
whole; do not open the capsules. You should take REYATAZ and your other anti-HIV
medicines exactly as instructed by your healthcare provider.
– Shortness of breath
– General ill-feeling or “flu-like”
symptoms
– Fever
– Muscle or joint aches
– Conjunctivitis (red or inflamed eyes,
like “pink-eye”)
– Blisters
– Mouth sores
– Swelling of your face
Please see Important Patient Information
about REYATAZ on the adjacent pages.
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling
Patient Information
REYATAZ
®
(RAY-ah-taz)
(generic name = atazanavir sulfate)
Capsules
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with
REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate). Read the section “What important information
should I know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”
Read the Patient Information that comes with REYATAZ before you start using it
and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet provides
a summary about REYATAZ and does not include everything there is to know
about your medicine. This information does not take the place of talking with your
healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is REYATAZ?
REYATAZ is a prescription medicine used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat
people 6 years of age and older who are infected with the human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome
(AIDS). REYATAZ is a type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV
infection destroys CD4+ (T) cells, which are important to the immune system.
The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of (T) cells are
destroyed, AIDS develops. REYATAZ helps to block HIV protease, an enzyme that
is needed for the HIV virus to multiply. REYATAZ may lower the amount of HIV in
your blood, help your body keep its supply of CD4+ (T) cells, and reduce the risk
of death and illness associated with HIV.
Does REYATAZ cure HIV or AIDS?
REYATAZ does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. At present there is no cure for
HIV infection. People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other
conditions that happen with HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are infections
that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are
pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)
infections. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly
while taking REYATAZ.
REYATAZ does not lower your chance of passing HIV to other people through
sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your
health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safer sex by
using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to lower the chance of sexual
contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles.
Who should not take REYATAZ?
Do not take REYATAZ if you:
• are taking certain medicines. (See “What important information should I
know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”) Serious life-threatening
side effects or death may happen. Before you take REYATAZ, tell your
healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking or planning to take.
These include other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements.
• are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient
is atazanavir sulfate. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of
ingredients in REYATAZ. Tell your healthcare provider if you think you have
had an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take REYATAZ?
Tell your healthcare provider:
• If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. REYATAZ use during
pregnancy has not been associated with an increase in birth defects.
Pregnant women have experienced serious side effects when taking
REYATAZ with other HIV medicines called nucleoside analogues. You and
your healthcare provider will need to decide if REYATAZ is right for you. If you
use REYATAZ while you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about
the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry.
• After your baby is born, tell your healthcare provider if your baby’s skin
or the white part of his/her eyes turns yellow.
• If you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed if you are HIV-positive
because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby. Also, it is not known if
REYATAZ can pass into your breast milk and if it can harm your baby. If you
are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your healthcare provider
about the best way to feed your baby.
• If you have liver problems or are infected with the hepatitis B or C virus.
See “What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?”
• If you have end stage kidney disease managed with hemodialysis.
• If you have diabetes. See “What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?”
• If you have hemophilia. See “What are the possible side effects of
REYATAZ?”
• About all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription
medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Keep a list of your medicines
with you to show your healthcare provider. For more information, see “What
important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other
medicines?” and “Who should not take REYATAZ?” Some medicines can
cause serious side effects if taken with REYATAZ.
How should I take REYATAZ?
• Take REYATAZ once every day exactly as instructed by your healthcare
provider. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the amount of REYATAZ that
is right for you.
• Always take REYATAZ with food (a meal or snack) to help it work better.
Swallow the capsules whole. Do not open the capsules. Take REYATAZ at
the same time each day.
• If you are taking antacids or didanosine (VIDEX
®
or VIDEX
®
EC), take
REYATAZ 2 hours before or 1 hour after these medicines.
• If you are taking medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers
such as AXID
®
(nizatidine), PEPCID AC
®
(famotidine), TAGAMET
®

(cimetidine), ZANTAC
®
(ranitidine), AcipHex
®
(rabeprazole), NEXIUM
®

(esomeprazole), PREVACID
®
(lansoprazole), PRILOSEC
®
(omeprazole),
or PROTONIX
®
(pantoprazole), talk to your healthcare provider.
• Do not change your dose or stop taking REYATAZ without first talking
with your healthcare provider. It is important to stay under a healthcare
provider’s care while taking REYATAZ.
• When your supply of REYATAZ starts to run low, get more from your healthcare
provider or pharmacy. It is important not to run out of REYATAZ. The amount of
HIV in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time.
• If you miss a dose of REYATAZ, take it as soon as possible and then take
your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If, however, it is within 6 hours
of your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Wait and take the next dose
at the regular time. Do not double the next dose. It is important that you do
not miss any doses of REYATAZ or your other anti-HIV medicines.
• If you take more than the prescribed dose of REYATAZ, call your
healthcare provider or poison control center right away.
What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?
The following list of side effects is not complete. Report any new or continuing
symptoms to your healthcare provider. If you have questions about side effects,
ask your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you
manage these side effects.
The following side effects have been reported with REYATAZ:
• mild rash (redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs
in patients taking REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the
medicine is started. Rashes usually go away within 2 weeks with no change
in treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if rash occurs.
• severe rash: Rash may develop in association with other symptoms which
could be serious and potentially cause death.
If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms stop using
REYATAZ and call your healthcare provider right away:
• shortness of breath
• general ill feeling or “flu-like” symptoms
• fever
• muscle or joint aches
• conjunctivitis (red or inflamed eyes, like “pink eye”)
• blisters
• mouth sores
• swelling of your face
• yellowing of the skin or eyes. These effects may be due to increases in
bilirubin levels in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver). Although these
effects may not be damaging to your liver, skin, or eyes, call your healthcare
provider promptly if your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow.
• a change in the way your heart beats (heart rhythm change). Call your
healthcare provider right away if you get dizzy or lightheaded. These could
be symptoms of a heart problem.
• diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) sometimes happen in
patients taking protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients had
diabetes before taking protease inhibitors while others did not. Some patients
may need changes in their diabetes medicine.
• if you have liver disease including hepatitis B or C, your liver disease may
get worse when you take anti-HIV medicines like REYATAZ.
• kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. If you develop
signs or symptoms of kidney stones (pain in your side, blood in your urine,
pain when you urinate) tell your healthcare provider promptly.
REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate)
• some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding problems with
protease inhibitors like REYATAZ.
• changes in body fat. These changes may include an increased amount of fat
in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the trunk.
Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and
long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.
• immune reconstitution syndrome. In some patients with advanced HIV
infection (AIDS) and a history of opportunistic infection, signs and symptoms
of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV
treatment, including REYATAZ, is started.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines
include nausea; headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever;
dizziness; trouble sleeping; numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and
muscle pain.
Gallbladder disorders (which may include gallstones and gallbladder
inflammation) have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
What important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other
medicines?
Do not take REYATAZ if you take the following medicines (not all brands may
be listed; tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take).
REYATAZ may cause serious, life-threatening side effects or death when
used with these medicines.
• Ergot medicines: dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, and
methylergonovine such as CAFERGOT
®
, MIGRANAL
®
, D.H.E. 45
®
, ergotrate
maleate, METHERGINE
®
, and others (used for migraine headaches).
• ORAP
®
(pimozide, used for Tourette’s disorder).
• PROPULSID
®
(cisapride, used for certain stomach problems).
• Triazolam, also known as HALCION
®
(used for insomnia).
• Midazolam, also known as VERSED
®
(used for sedation), when taken by mouth.
Do not take the following medicines with REYATAZ because of possible
serious side effects:
• CAMPTOSAR
®
(irinotecan, used for cancer).
• CRIXIVAN
®
(indinavir, used for HIV infection). Both REYATAZ and CRIXIVAN
sometimes cause increased levels of bilirubin in the blood.
• Cholesterol-lowering medicines MEVACOR
®
(lovastatin) or ZOCOR
®

(simvastatin).
• UROXATRAL
®
(alfuzosin, used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate).
• REVATIO
®
(sildenafil, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension).
Do not take the following medicines with REYATAZ because they may lower
the amount of REYATAZ in your blood. This may lead to an increased HIV viral
load. Resistance to REYATAZ or cross-resistance to other HIV medicines may
develop:
• Rifampin (also known as RIMACTANE
®
, RIFADIN
®
, RIFATER
®
, or RIFAMATE
®
,
used for tuberculosis).
• St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), an herbal product sold as a dietary
supplement, or products containing St. John’s wort.
• VIRAMUNE
®
(nevirapine, used for HIV infection).
The following medicines are not recommended with REYATAZ:
• SEREVENT DISKUS
®
(salmeterol) and ADVAIR
®
(salmeterol with fluticasone),
used to treat asthma, emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
also known as COPD.
Do not take the following medicine if you are taking REYATAZ and NORVIR
®

together:
• VFEND
®
(voriconazole).
The following medicines may require your healthcare provider to monitor
your therapy more closely (for some medicines a change in the dose or dose
schedule may be needed):
• CIALIS
®
(tadalafil), LEVITRA
®
(vardenafil), or VIAGRA
®
(sildenafil), used to
treat erectile dysfunction. REYATAZ may increase the chances of serious side
effects that can happen with CIALIS, LEVITRA, or VIAGRA. Do not use CIALIS,
LEVITRA, or VIAGRA while you are taking REYATAZ unless your healthcare
provider tells you it is okay.
• ADCIRCA
®
(tadalafil) or TRACLEER
®
(bosentan), used to treat pulmonary
arterial hypertension.
• LIPITOR
®
(atorvastatin) or CRESTOR
®
(rosuvastatin). There is an increased
chance of serious side effects if you take REYATAZ with this cholesterol-
lowering medicine.
• Medicines for abnormal heart rhythm: CORDARONE
®
(amiodarone), lidocaine,
quinidine (also known as CARDIOQUIN
®
, QUINIDEX
®
, and others).
• MYCOBUTIN
®
(rifabutin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis).
• BUPRENEX
®
, SUBUTEX
®
, SUBOXONE
®
, (buprenorphine or buprenorphine/
naloxone, used to treat pain and addiction to narcotic painkillers).
• VASCOR
®
(bepridil, used for chest pain).
• COUMADIN
®
(warfarin).
• Tricyclic antidepressants such as ELAVIL
®
(amitriptyline), NORPRAMIN
®

(desipramine), SINEQUAN
®
(doxepin), SURMONTIL
®
(trimipramine),
TOFRANIL
®
(imipramine), or VIVACTIL
®
(protriptyline).
• Medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection: SANDIMMUNE
®
or NEORAL
®

(cyclosporin), RAPAMUNE
®
(sirolimus), or PROGRAF
®
(tacrolimus).
• The antidepressant trazodone (DESYREL
®
and others).
• Fluticasone propionate (FLONASE
®
, FLOVENT
®
), given by nose or inhaled to
treat allergic symptoms or asthma. Your doctor may choose not to keep you
on fluticasone, especially if you are also taking NORVIR
®
.
• Colchicine (COLCRYS
®
), used to prevent or treat gout or treat familial
Mediterranean fever.
The following medicines may require a change in the dose or dose schedule
of either REYATAZ or the other medicine:
• INVIRASE
®
(saquinavir).
• NORVIR
®
(ritonavir).
• SUSTIVA
®
(efavirenz).
• Antacids or buffered medicines.
• VIDEX
®
(didanosine).
• VIREAD
®
(tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).
• MYCOBUTIN
®
(rifabutin).
• Calcium channel blockers such as CARDIZEM
®
or TIAZAC
®
(diltiazem),
COVERA-HS
®
or ISOPTIN SR
®
(verapamil) and others.
• BIAXIN
®
(clarithromycin).
• Medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers such as AXID
®
(nizatidine),
PEPCID AC
®
(famotidine), TAGAMET
®
(cimetidine), or ZANTAC
®
(ranitidine).
Talk to your healthcare provider about choosing an effective method of
contraception. REYATAZ may affect the safety and effectiveness of hormonal
contraceptives such as birth control pills or the contraceptive patch. Hormonal
contraceptives do not prevent the spread of HIV to others.
Remember:
1. Know all the medicines you take.
2. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.
3. Do not start a new medicine without talking to your healthcare provider.
How should I store REYATAZ?
• Store REYATAZ Capsules at room temperature, 59° to 86° F (15° to 30° C).
Do not store this medicine in a damp place such as a bathroom medicine
cabinet or near the kitchen sink.
• Keep your medicine in a tightly closed container.
• Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Do not
keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Dispose of
unused medicines through community take-back disposal programs when
available or place REYATAZ in an unrecognizable, closed container in the
household trash.
General information about REYATAZ
This medicine was prescribed for your particular condition. Do not use REYATAZ
for another condition. Do not give REYATAZ to other people, even if they have the
same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Keep REYATAZ and all medicines
out of the reach of children and pets.
This summary does not include everything there is to know about REYATAZ.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in
patient information leaflets. Remember no written summary can replace careful
discussion with your healthcare provider. If you would like more information, talk
with your healthcare provider or you can call 1-800-321-1335.
What are the ingredients in REYATAZ?
Active Ingredient: atazanavir sulfate
Inactive Ingredients: Crospovidone, lactose monohydrate (milk sugar),
magnesium stearate, gelatin, FD&C Blue #2, and titanium dioxide.
VIDEX
®
and REYATAZ
®
are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
COUMADIN
®
and SUSTIVA
®
are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb
Pharma Company. DESYREL
®
is a registered trademark of Mead Johnson and
Company. Other brands listed are the trademarks of their respective owners and
are not trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Princeton, NJ 08543 USA
1246226A9 F1-B0001B-02-11 Rev February 2011
REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate) REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate)
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FDA-Approved Patient Labeling
Patient Information
REYATAZ
®
(RAY-ah-taz)
(generic name = atazanavir sulfate)
Capsules
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with
REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate). Read the section “What important information
should I know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”
Read the Patient Information that comes with REYATAZ before you start using it
and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet provides
a summary about REYATAZ and does not include everything there is to know
about your medicine. This information does not take the place of talking with your
healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is REYATAZ?
REYATAZ is a prescription medicine used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat
people 6 years of age and older who are infected with the human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome
(AIDS). REYATAZ is a type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV
infection destroys CD4+ (T) cells, which are important to the immune system.
The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of (T) cells are
destroyed, AIDS develops. REYATAZ helps to block HIV protease, an enzyme that
is needed for the HIV virus to multiply. REYATAZ may lower the amount of HIV in
your blood, help your body keep its supply of CD4+ (T) cells, and reduce the risk
of death and illness associated with HIV.
Does REYATAZ cure HIV or AIDS?
REYATAZ does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. At present there is no cure for
HIV infection. People taking REYATAZ may still get opportunistic infections or other
conditions that happen with HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are infections
that develop because the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are
pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)
infections. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly
while taking REYATAZ.
REYATAZ does not lower your chance of passing HIV to other people through
sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your
health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safer sex by
using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to lower the chance of sexual
contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles.
Who should not take REYATAZ?
Do not take REYATAZ if you:
• are taking certain medicines. (See “What important information should I
know about taking REYATAZ with other medicines?”) Serious life-threatening
side effects or death may happen. Before you take REYATAZ, tell your
healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking or planning to take.
These include other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements.
• are allergic to REYATAZ or to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient
is atazanavir sulfate. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of
ingredients in REYATAZ. Tell your healthcare provider if you think you have
had an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take REYATAZ?
Tell your healthcare provider:
• If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. REYATAZ use during
pregnancy has not been associated with an increase in birth defects.
Pregnant women have experienced serious side effects when taking
REYATAZ with other HIV medicines called nucleoside analogues. You and
your healthcare provider will need to decide if REYATAZ is right for you. If you
use REYATAZ while you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about
the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry.
• After your baby is born, tell your healthcare provider if your baby’s skin
or the white part of his/her eyes turns yellow.
• If you are breast-feeding. You should not breast-feed if you are HIV-positive
because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby. Also, it is not known if
REYATAZ can pass into your breast milk and if it can harm your baby. If you
are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your healthcare provider
about the best way to feed your baby.
• If you have liver problems or are infected with the hepatitis B or C virus.
See “What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?”
• If you have end stage kidney disease managed with hemodialysis.
• If you have diabetes. See “What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?”
• If you have hemophilia. See “What are the possible side effects of
REYATAZ?”
• About all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription
medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Keep a list of your medicines
with you to show your healthcare provider. For more information, see “What
important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other
medicines?” and “Who should not take REYATAZ?” Some medicines can
cause serious side effects if taken with REYATAZ.
How should I take REYATAZ?
• Take REYATAZ once every day exactly as instructed by your healthcare
provider. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the amount of REYATAZ that
is right for you.
• Always take REYATAZ with food (a meal or snack) to help it work better.
Swallow the capsules whole. Do not open the capsules. Take REYATAZ at
the same time each day.
• If you are taking antacids or didanosine (VIDEX
®
or VIDEX
®
EC), take
REYATAZ 2 hours before or 1 hour after these medicines.
• If you are taking medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers
such as AXID
®
(nizatidine), PEPCID AC
®
(famotidine), TAGAMET
®

(cimetidine), ZANTAC
®
(ranitidine), AcipHex
®
(rabeprazole), NEXIUM
®

(esomeprazole), PREVACID
®
(lansoprazole), PRILOSEC
®
(omeprazole),
or PROTONIX
®
(pantoprazole), talk to your healthcare provider.
• Do not change your dose or stop taking REYATAZ without first talking
with your healthcare provider. It is important to stay under a healthcare
provider’s care while taking REYATAZ.
• When your supply of REYATAZ starts to run low, get more from your healthcare
provider or pharmacy. It is important not to run out of REYATAZ. The amount of
HIV in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time.
• If you miss a dose of REYATAZ, take it as soon as possible and then take
your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If, however, it is within 6 hours
of your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Wait and take the next dose
at the regular time. Do not double the next dose. It is important that you do
not miss any doses of REYATAZ or your other anti-HIV medicines.
• If you take more than the prescribed dose of REYATAZ, call your
healthcare provider or poison control center right away.
What are the possible side effects of REYATAZ?
The following list of side effects is not complete. Report any new or continuing
symptoms to your healthcare provider. If you have questions about side effects,
ask your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you
manage these side effects.
The following side effects have been reported with REYATAZ:
• mild rash (redness and itching) without other symptoms sometimes occurs
in patients taking REYATAZ, most often in the first few weeks after the
medicine is started. Rashes usually go away within 2 weeks with no change
in treatment. Tell your healthcare provider if rash occurs.
• severe rash: Rash may develop in association with other symptoms which
could be serious and potentially cause death.
If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms stop using
REYATAZ and call your healthcare provider right away:
• shortness of breath
• general ill feeling or “flu-like” symptoms
• fever
• muscle or joint aches
• conjunctivitis (red or inflamed eyes, like “pink eye”)
• blisters
• mouth sores
• swelling of your face
• yellowing of the skin or eyes. These effects may be due to increases in
bilirubin levels in the blood (bilirubin is made by the liver). Although these
effects may not be damaging to your liver, skin, or eyes, call your healthcare
provider promptly if your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow.
• a change in the way your heart beats (heart rhythm change). Call your
healthcare provider right away if you get dizzy or lightheaded. These could
be symptoms of a heart problem.
• diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) sometimes happen in
patients taking protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some patients had
diabetes before taking protease inhibitors while others did not. Some patients
may need changes in their diabetes medicine.
• if you have liver disease including hepatitis B or C, your liver disease may
get worse when you take anti-HIV medicines like REYATAZ.
• kidney stones have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ. If you develop
signs or symptoms of kidney stones (pain in your side, blood in your urine,
pain when you urinate) tell your healthcare provider promptly.
REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate)
• some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding problems with
protease inhibitors like REYATAZ.
• changes in body fat. These changes may include an increased amount of fat
in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the trunk.
Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and
long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.
• immune reconstitution syndrome. In some patients with advanced HIV
infection (AIDS) and a history of opportunistic infection, signs and symptoms
of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV
treatment, including REYATAZ, is started.
Other common side effects of REYATAZ taken with other anti-HIV medicines
include nausea; headache; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; depression; fever;
dizziness; trouble sleeping; numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet; and
muscle pain.
Gallbladder disorders (which may include gallstones and gallbladder
inflammation) have been reported in patients taking REYATAZ.
What important information should I know about taking REYATAZ with other
medicines?
Do not take REYATAZ if you take the following medicines (not all brands may
be listed; tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take).
REYATAZ may cause serious, life-threatening side effects or death when
used with these medicines.
• Ergot medicines: dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, and
methylergonovine such as CAFERGOT
®
, MIGRANAL
®
, D.H.E. 45
®
, ergotrate
maleate, METHERGINE
®
, and others (used for migraine headaches).
• ORAP
®
(pimozide, used for Tourette’s disorder).
• PROPULSID
®
(cisapride, used for certain stomach problems).
• Triazolam, also known as HALCION
®
(used for insomnia).
• Midazolam, also known as VERSED
®
(used for sedation), when taken by mouth.
Do not take the following medicines with REYATAZ because of possible
serious side effects:
• CAMPTOSAR
®
(irinotecan, used for cancer).
• CRIXIVAN
®
(indinavir, used for HIV infection). Both REYATAZ and CRIXIVAN
sometimes cause increased levels of bilirubin in the blood.
• Cholesterol-lowering medicines MEVACOR
®
(lovastatin) or ZOCOR
®

(simvastatin).
• UROXATRAL
®
(alfuzosin, used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate).
• REVATIO
®
(sildenafil, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension).
Do not take the following medicines with REYATAZ because they may lower
the amount of REYATAZ in your blood. This may lead to an increased HIV viral
load. Resistance to REYATAZ or cross-resistance to other HIV medicines may
develop:
• Rifampin (also known as RIMACTANE
®
, RIFADIN
®
, RIFATER
®
, or RIFAMATE
®
,
used for tuberculosis).
• St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), an herbal product sold as a dietary
supplement, or products containing St. John’s wort.
• VIRAMUNE
®
(nevirapine, used for HIV infection).
The following medicines are not recommended with REYATAZ:
• SEREVENT DISKUS
®
(salmeterol) and ADVAIR
®
(salmeterol with fluticasone),
used to treat asthma, emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
also known as COPD.
Do not take the following medicine if you are taking REYATAZ and NORVIR
®

together:
• VFEND
®
(voriconazole).
The following medicines may require your healthcare provider to monitor
your therapy more closely (for some medicines a change in the dose or dose
schedule may be needed):
• CIALIS
®
(tadalafil), LEVITRA
®
(vardenafil), or VIAGRA
®
(sildenafil), used to
treat erectile dysfunction. REYATAZ may increase the chances of serious side
effects that can happen with CIALIS, LEVITRA, or VIAGRA. Do not use CIALIS,
LEVITRA, or VIAGRA while you are taking REYATAZ unless your healthcare
provider tells you it is okay.
• ADCIRCA
®
(tadalafil) or TRACLEER
®
(bosentan), used to treat pulmonary
arterial hypertension.
• LIPITOR
®
(atorvastatin) or CRESTOR
®
(rosuvastatin). There is an increased
chance of serious side effects if you take REYATAZ with this cholesterol-
lowering medicine.
• Medicines for abnormal heart rhythm: CORDARONE
®
(amiodarone), lidocaine,
quinidine (also known as CARDIOQUIN
®
, QUINIDEX
®
, and others).
• MYCOBUTIN
®
(rifabutin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis).
• BUPRENEX
®
, SUBUTEX
®
, SUBOXONE
®
, (buprenorphine or buprenorphine/
naloxone, used to treat pain and addiction to narcotic painkillers).
• VASCOR
®
(bepridil, used for chest pain).
• COUMADIN
®
(warfarin).
• Tricyclic antidepressants such as ELAVIL
®
(amitriptyline), NORPRAMIN
®

(desipramine), SINEQUAN
®
(doxepin), SURMONTIL
®
(trimipramine),
TOFRANIL
®
(imipramine), or VIVACTIL
®
(protriptyline).
• Medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection: SANDIMMUNE
®
or NEORAL
®

(cyclosporin), RAPAMUNE
®
(sirolimus), or PROGRAF
®
(tacrolimus).
• The antidepressant trazodone (DESYREL
®
and others).
• Fluticasone propionate (FLONASE
®
, FLOVENT
®
), given by nose or inhaled to
treat allergic symptoms or asthma. Your doctor may choose not to keep you
on fluticasone, especially if you are also taking NORVIR
®
.
• Colchicine (COLCRYS
®
), used to prevent or treat gout or treat familial
Mediterranean fever.
The following medicines may require a change in the dose or dose schedule
of either REYATAZ or the other medicine:
• INVIRASE
®
(saquinavir).
• NORVIR
®
(ritonavir).
• SUSTIVA
®
(efavirenz).
• Antacids or buffered medicines.
• VIDEX
®
(didanosine).
• VIREAD
®
(tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).
• MYCOBUTIN
®
(rifabutin).
• Calcium channel blockers such as CARDIZEM
®
or TIAZAC
®
(diltiazem),
COVERA-HS
®
or ISOPTIN SR
®
(verapamil) and others.
• BIAXIN
®
(clarithromycin).
• Medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers such as AXID
®
(nizatidine),
PEPCID AC
®
(famotidine), TAGAMET
®
(cimetidine), or ZANTAC
®
(ranitidine).
Talk to your healthcare provider about choosing an effective method of
contraception. REYATAZ may affect the safety and effectiveness of hormonal
contraceptives such as birth control pills or the contraceptive patch. Hormonal
contraceptives do not prevent the spread of HIV to others.
Remember:
1. Know all the medicines you take.
2. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take.
3. Do not start a new medicine without talking to your healthcare provider.
How should I store REYATAZ?
• Store REYATAZ Capsules at room temperature, 59° to 86° F (15° to 30° C).
Do not store this medicine in a damp place such as a bathroom medicine
cabinet or near the kitchen sink.
• Keep your medicine in a tightly closed container.
• Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Do not
keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. Dispose of
unused medicines through community take-back disposal programs when
available or place REYATAZ in an unrecognizable, closed container in the
household trash.
General information about REYATAZ
This medicine was prescribed for your particular condition. Do not use REYATAZ
for another condition. Do not give REYATAZ to other people, even if they have the
same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Keep REYATAZ and all medicines
out of the reach of children and pets.
This summary does not include everything there is to know about REYATAZ.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in
patient information leaflets. Remember no written summary can replace careful
discussion with your healthcare provider. If you would like more information, talk
with your healthcare provider or you can call 1-800-321-1335.
What are the ingredients in REYATAZ?
Active Ingredient: atazanavir sulfate
Inactive Ingredients: Crospovidone, lactose monohydrate (milk sugar),
magnesium stearate, gelatin, FD&C Blue #2, and titanium dioxide.
VIDEX
®
and REYATAZ
®
are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
COUMADIN
®
and SUSTIVA
®
are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb
Pharma Company. DESYREL
®
is a registered trademark of Mead Johnson and
Company. Other brands listed are the trademarks of their respective owners and
are not trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Princeton, NJ 08543 USA
1246226A9 F1-B0001B-02-11 Rev February 2011
REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate) REYATAZ
®
(atazanavir sulfate)
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Gay nuptials legal in both
early voting states
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The kick-off of the 2012 election sea-
son — marked by potential Republican
presidential candidates’ travels to the
early primary and caucus states of Iowa
and New Hampshire — is raising ques-
tions about the degree to which the GOP
candidates pursuing the White House
will attack same-sex marriage in these
states where gay nuptials are legal.
The issue of marriage could come to
the fore during the early stages of the 2012
race because it will be the frst presidential
election in which same-sex marriage is le-
gal in the frst two states to hold primaries.
In Iowa, where same-sex marriage was
enacted by court order, the Republican
caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 6, and in
New Hampshire, where marriage equality
was enacted through legislation, the Re-
publican primary is expected Feb. 14.
Many of the potential Republican pres-
idential contenders are already on the re-
cord in their opposition to same-sex mar-
riage or have histories working against
the advancement of marriage rights for
gay couples. For example, former Mas-
sachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty have come
out in favor of state and federal constitu-
tional bans on same-sex marriage.
According to Politico, Rep. Michele
Bachmann (R-Minn.), who’s pushed for a
constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
in her home state, railed against mar-
riage equality on Monday in a speech at
the latest installment of the Iowa Family
Leader’s presidential lecture series.
“In 5,000 years of recorded human his-
tory... neither in the East or in the West...
has any society ever defned marriage
as anything other than between men and
women,” Bachmann was quoted as saying.
“Not one in 5,000 years of recorded human
history. That’s an astounding fact and it isn’t
until the last 12 years or so that we have
seen for the frst time in recorded human
history marriage defned as anything other
than between men and women.”
Bachmann also reportedly called Iowa
judges “black-robed masters” for legaliz-
ing same-sex marriage, echoing a line she
used during a previous trip to the state.
“That’s what you had here in Iowa:
black-robed masters,” Bachmann said.
“They are not our masters. They are not
our morality. They are not put there to
make the decisions.”
Last month, the Los Angeles Times
reported that former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich arranged for the donation
of $200,000 to the Iowa campaign in the
2010 election that successfully ousted
three justices who in ruled in favor of same-
sex marriage from the bench. David Lane,
executive director of Iowa for Freedom,
the organization that led the campaign,
reportedly said the ouster of the justices
“wouldn’t have happened without Newt.”
“Newt provided strategic advice and
arranged the initial seed money, about
$200,000, which is what got everything
started,” Lane was quoted as saying.
During the 2011 Conservative Political
Action Conference in February., former
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum told the Wash-
ington Blade that one law should govern
marriage throughout the country as he
reiterated support for a U.S. constitutional
amendment banning same-sex marriage.
“I was one of the authors of the Fed-
eral Marriage Amendment,” Santorum
said. “I don’t think you can have vary-
ing laws on marriage. You run into, as
we’re seeing, all sorts of problems about
reciprocity between the states. This is
an issue that there should be a law, the
people should be able to decide it and
hopefully that’s what will happen.”
Still, as he reiterated his support for the
Federal Marriage Amendment, Santorum
also said the economy and national secu-
rity should precede marriage as issues of
importance in the 2012 election.
Other lower-tier candidates have posi-
tions different from full-throated opposi-
tion to same-sex marriage. Former U.S.
ambassador to China and former Utah
governor Jon Huntsman has endorsed
civil unions, which is the same position
on relationship recognition for same-sex
couples that President Obama has. Indi-
ana Gov. Mitch Daniels has called for a
truce on social issues, which has earned
him criticism from social conservatives
within the Republican Party, although
he has wavered on his position on a
state constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriage in his own state.
Fred Karger, a Republican political strat-
egist and the frst openly gay presidential
candidate, told the Washington Blade he
plans to speak out for same-sex marriage
during his campaign as he predicted that
other GOP presidential contenders will
speak out against marriage as they seek
support in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“It will be an issue,” Karger said. “Some
of the Republicans running plan on mak-
ing it an issue. I’m doing my best to stop
that and talk about the advantage of gay
marriage and just working in both states
to move on to more important issues.”
Karger, who gained notoriety after
he shed light on the Mormon Church’s
involvement in Proposition 8, said he’ll
“absolutely” advocate for preserving the
right to same-sex marriage in Iowa and
New Hampshire over the course of his
presidential campaign.
“I think every other Republican who
is considering running is adamantly op-
posed to gay marriage, and then you’ve
got the gay candidate who is, of course,
the only full equality candidate running in
both parties,” Karger said.
Larry Sabato, a political scientist at
the University of Virginia, said he thinks
the marriage issue will fgure prominently
during the Iowa caucuses and the New
Hampshire primary because of the na-
ture of the voters in these elections.
“We’re talking about GOP primary vot-
ers and caucus-goers, and these are
much more conservative than the gener-
al population -- especially those attend-
ing a caucus,” Sabato said.
Sabato said he expects the can-
didates to express strong opposition
same-sex marriage in Iowa because of
the fundamentalist Christian infuence
on the Republican Party in the state and
because it has become what he called a
“big statewide issue.”
But in New Hampshire, where the state
slogan is “Live Free or Die,” Sabato said
social issues “may play less well.” Still, he
observed candidates are stuck with pub-
licly articulated positions wherever they go.
“Romney probably isn’t playing in
Iowa so he’s under less pressure [to
speak out against same-sex marriage],”
Sabato said. “The candidates who are
going to contest Iowa will have to tow the
line on same-sex marriage. A handful will
trumpet their position and make it a cen-
terpiece of their campaigns. Examples:
Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.”
Advocates who work on both sides of
the marriage issue are urging Republican
candidates to take strong positions either
for or against same-sex marriage -- de-
pending on where the advocates stand
-- as the primary season approaches.
Maggie Gallagher, chair of the Nation-
al Organization for Marriage, said via e-
mail she thinks a Republican candidate
who has a position other than opposition
to same-sex marriage would not do well
in the presidential campaign.
“I think it’s highly unlikely that any candi-
date who does not support marriage as the
union of husband and wife will be a major
player for the GOP nomination,” Gallagher
said. “If NOM has done nothing else in our
frst three years (stop: and I think we’ve
done more), we’ve clearly demonstrated
electorally that it is a really bad idea to be
for gay marriage if you are a Republican.”
But Evan Wolfson, executive director
of Freedom to Marry, said Republican
presidential candidates should look to
other high-profle Republicans who have
endorsed same-sex marriage -- such as
gay former Republican National Com-
mittee chair Ken Mehlman, former Vice
President Dick Cheney, former U.S. so-
licitor general Ted Olson and former frst
lady Laura Bush -- to determine how they
should stand on the issue.
“With poll after poll showing majority
support nationwide and increasing mo-
mentum in favor of the freedom to marry
in virtually every part of the population,
it’s in the best interests of Republicans to
look to the right side of history, not the
right-wing,” Wolfson said.
Still, Wolfson said he expects many
Republican candidates would seek to
appease social conservatives and “pan-
der to hard-core anti-gay opposition” on
the issue of marriage as they pursue their
presidential ambitions.
“Such candidates will soon discover
that bashing gay families and marriage
does not play -- and not just in the general
electorate, but in states such as Iowa and
New Hampshire where non-gay as well as
gay family members have seen frsthand
how neighbors, kin, and communities are
strengthened by the freedom to marry --
and the love, commitment and connected-
ness at its core,” Wolfson said.
The potential renewed attention to
same-sex marriage as part of the up-
coming presidential campaign also
raises questions about whether marriage
equality in Iowa and New Hampshire
would be in jeopardy as a result of high-
profle leaders coming to the states and
speaking out against gay nuptials.
Rescinding same-sex marriage in Iowa
couldn’t happen easily because marriage
was put into place in 2009 as a result of a
ruling by the state Supreme Court. Over-
turning the decision would require ratifca-
tion of a state constitutional amendment. In
Iowa, passage of such a measure requires
approval in both chambers of the legisla-
ture in two concurrent sessions followed by
a majority vote of approval from the elec-
torate, so the earliest same-sex marriage
could be undone is 2013.
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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich reportedly arranged for the donation of $200,000
to a campaign that successfully ousted three justices who in ruled in favor of same-sex mar-
riage in Iowa.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
Will GOP candidates attack marriage in Iowa, N.H.?
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Immigration, job bias
bills not likely to advance
under GOP House
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Two key pieces of pro-LGBT legislation
— the Uniting American Families Act and
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act —
were set to be introduced in Congress on
Thursday, after the Blade’s print deadline.
(Visit washingtonblade.com for updates.)
An LGBT rights advocate, who spoke
on condition of anonymity, said Rep. Jer-
rold Nadler (D-N.Y.) would introduce UAFA
in the House and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-
Ore.) would introduce ENDA in the Senate.
“It’s actually kind of a big gay week,”
the advocate said. “We also have the
civil unions bill in Delaware expected on
Thursday and then Friday is the DOMA
hearing. So it’s actually a pretty active
week where our issues are concerned.”
Nadler’s offce didn’t immediately re-
spond to requests to confrm that UAFA
would see introduction in the House this
week. Last week, Ilan Kayatsky, a Nadler
spokesperson, said the lawmaker would
introduce the bill “shortly.”
As it was introduced in the 111th Con-
gress, UAFA would enable gay Ameri-
cans to sponsor their foreign partners
for residency in the United States as
straight Americans can do for their for-
eign spouses. Based on U.S. Census
data from 2000, current immigration law
threatens to tear apart 36,000 bi-national
same-sex couples in the United States.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the House
introduction of UAFA would be concur-
rent with the Senate introduction. In the
111th Congress, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-
Vt.) was the sponsor of UAFA.
Erica Chabot, a Leahy spokesperson,
said her boss would again introduce the
legislation in the 112th Congress, but
added she doesn’t have a date for when
that would happen.
“Sen. Leahy is committed to reintro-
ducing UAFA, but I don’t have a date
certain at this time,” she said.
On the same day Nadler is expected to
introduce UAFA in the House, Merkley is
expected to introduce ENDA in the Senate.
Julie Edwards, a Merkley spokesper-
son, said in response to a request to con-
frm whether the bill would be introduced
Thursday that the legislation would be de-
but “soon” and she could say more later.
The Senate version of ENDA, according
to Capitol Hill sources, is set to have Repub-
lican support immediately upon introduction
from Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olym-
pia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mirk Kirk (R-Ill.),
Kevin Kelley, a Collins spokesperson,
said his boss and Kirk would be original
co-sponsors along with Sen. Tom Har-
kin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health,
Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.
But Kelley said he couldn’t confrm the
date of introduction at this time.
Christian Berle, deputy executive direc-
tor of Log Cabin Republicans, said Snowe
would also be an original co-sponsor for
ENDA. Snowe and Collins were both origi-
nal co-sponsors in the 111th Congress.
“I just got confrmation from Sen.
Snowe’s offce that she will be an original
co-sponsor of ENDA,” Berle said.
ENDA would bar job discrimination
against LGBT people in most situations
in the public and private workforce. Job
discrimination on the basis of sexual ori-
entation is legal in 29 states and legal in
38 states on the basis of gender identity.
Last week, gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-
Mass.) introduced the House version of
ENDA. As of Monday, the legislation had
117 co-sponsors. Frank has said Republi-
can control of the House will prevent pas-
sage of ENDA during the 112th Congress.
Congress set to consider ENDA and UAFA
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was expected to introduce UAFA in the House late this week.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Ofcials reiterate that ‘Don’t
Ask’ still on the books
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A gay military group is accusing the
White House of excluding the organiza-
tion from an event intended to highlight
U.S. service members and their families.
For the Tuesday event — in which frst
lady Michelle Obama and second lady
Jill Biden were set to launch the “Joining
Forces” campaign to focus attention on the
struggles of military families — the White
House invited service members and repre-
sentatives from other military groups.
Alex Nicholson, executive director of
Servicemembers United, told the Wash-
ington Blade his group was denied ac-
cess to the event, even though his group
had been lobbying for participation.
“For two weeks now, they’ve refused
to give any representative of gay families
and service members a slot at this event
that’s supposed to honor all service
members and military families,” Nichol-
son said.
Nicholson said he met last week with
White House offcials on possible par-
ticipation and was given “excuse after
excuse” as a reason for why his group
couldn’t take part.
According to Nicholson, White House
offcials said veterans’ groups wouldn’t
be able to attend. However, these groups
— such as Iraq/Afganistan Veterans of
America – in fact participated in the event.
Further, Nicholson said he was re-
minded “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still be-
ing enforced, so gay service members
who were in attendance could be in dan-
ger of discharge.
“When we pointed out that we — like
the other straight organizations that are
going to be there — would be happy to
use an organizational staff member to
represent them — somebody who’s not
subject to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — they it
changed to, ‘Well, this event’s not about
veterans, it’s about service members and
families,” Nicholson said.
Kristina Schake, communications di-
rector for the frst lady, confrmed that
gay military groups were unable to par-
ticipate at the “Joining Forces” event, but
said the administration would work with
them more after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is
off the books.
“The president has been crystal clear
that the administration is moving forward
with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
quickly and effciently,” Schake said.
“However, it still remains the law. The
White House, including the frst lady and
Dr. Biden, look forward to working with
the families of gay and lesbian service
members after certifcation occurs and
repeal goes into effect.”
In December, President Obama
signed a bill allowing for repeal of “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell.” However, repeal won’t go
into effect until the president, the defense
secretary and the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff certify that the U.S. military
is ready for repeal and 60 days pass af-
ter that action.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of
the Servicemembers Legal Defense Net-
work, similarly said exclusion of gay mili-
tary groups from the White House event
was appropriate at this time.
“We believe that the frst lady and the
White House could have been putting
gay and lesbian service members at risk
to include them in this week’s events be-
fore ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal is com-
plete,” Sarvis said. “Our primary concern
remains protecting the lives and careers
of gays and lesbians serving our coun-
try honorably while we await certifcation
and repeal that will allow them to do it
openly and without fear of discharge.”
An informed source said SLDN wasn’t
seeking involvement in the “Joining Forc-
es” event. Nicholson said to his knowledge
Servicemembers United was the only gay
organization asking to participate.
Nicholson speculated that the White
House excluded his organization from
the event because of “lingering political
homophobia.”
“I think they’re afraid to mix the
gays with the straight military and vet-
eran crowd right now,” Nicholson said.
“There’s just no logical excuse why they
would have to exclude a civilian repre-
sentative of gay military families and ser-
vice members from an event at which our
counterparts are going to be represent-
ed in full force in the straight community.”
During a news conference on Tues-
day, the Washington Times’ Kara Row-
land asked White House Press Secretary
Jay Carney whether the administration
had “missed an opportunity” by exclud-
ing gay military groups from the “Joining
Forces” event. Carney said he didn’t im-
mediately have an answer.
“If you want, I can take this question,
but I think you’re confating here a couple
of things,” Carney said. “But why don’t I
take that and get back to you.”
Gay military group excluded from White House event
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the votes to pass the measure in the Sen-
ate. But activists working with the state-
wide LGBT group Equality Maryland said
that, to their great disappointment and
surprise, as many as seven Democrats
backed off from earlier commitments to
vote for the bill.
Of the 27 senators voting to send the
bill back to committee, 16 were Democrats
and 11 were Republicans. Democrats hold
a 35 to 12 majority in the Senate.
Of the 20 voting against the motion to
send the bill to committee, 19 were Dem-
ocrats. Just one Republican, LGBT rights
supporter Allan Kittleman of Howard and
Carroll Counties, voted against the mo-
tion to send the bill back to committee.
“Of the ones that voted to recommit,
there were at least seven that we felt had
committed to us that they were going to
support this and then they backed out,”
said Dana Beyer, a Montgomery County
transgender activist and former House of
Delegates candidate who worked closely
with Equality Maryland to lobby for the bill.
“It’s always a guess,” said Beyer, when
asked why supporters turned against the
bill. “It’s shocking because we didn’t ex-
pect this. There are a thousand ways to
kill a bill. This is one way to do it and I
have to lay it at the hands of the Senate
leadership.”
Beyer and others familiar with the
bill said they believe Senate Presi-
dent Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Prince
George’s and Calvert Counties), orches-
trated the bill’s demise.
Miller was among the senators who vot-
ed for the motion to recommit the bill to the
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee,
which voted 7-4 one day earlier to approve
the bill and send it to the Senate foor.
Miller did not return a call seeking com-
ment as of press time on Wednesday.
Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery
County), chair of the Judicial Proceed-
ings Committee and a supporter of the
bill who voted against sending it back
to committee, disagreed with those who
blame Miller for killing the bill.
“I’m sorry that it lost,” Frosh told the
Blade in an interview Tuesday. “But I
think the president said a week ago pub-
licly, and he had been saying all session,
that there aren’t the votes on the Senate
foor to pass it. And he was right.”
Added Frosh: “There were 20 votes for
the bill. You need 24. And it’s a shame,
but it’s a fact of life.”
According to Frosh, Equality Maryland
has repeatedly miscalculated the vote
count on the Gender Identity Non-Dis-
crimination Act this year and in previous
years, when the bill died in committee.
Frosh said he is doubtful that sup-
porters would be able to line up the four
votes they need to pass the bill next year.
Beyer disputes Frosh’s assessment,
saying that Equality Maryland and others
obtained clear commitments from sena-
tors who voted to send the transgender
bill back to committee on Monday.
“It wasn’t just Equality Maryland that
was doing the vote count,” she said. “There
was a coalition of people that had personal
relationships with various senators who got
commitments from those senators.”
Miller, for reasons not fully understood
by the bill’s supporters, “twisted arms” to
get Democratic senators supportive of the
bill to vote for the motion to recommit to
committee, Beyer said. She said she and
others associated with Equality Maryland
confrmed this from reliable sources close
to the Senate that she declined to identify
due to promises of confdentiality.
Miller became the target of an aggres-
sive campaign by Equality Maryland and
a coalition of transgender activists and
allies organized by Beyer after he divert-
ed the bill to the Senate Rules Commit-
tee following its approval by the House
of Delegates.
The Rules Committee has long been
viewed as a “graveyard” for bills out of
favor with the Senate leadership. Activ-
ists backing the bill viewed Miller’s deci-
sion to single out the transgender bill for
diversion to the Rules Committee while
clearing dozens of other bills for the nor-
mal route to standing committees as an
attempt to kill the bill.
But in a development that Annapolis
political observers viewed as rare, Miller
backed down amid a barrage of e-mails
and phone calls to his offce and to the
offces of other senators demanding that
the bill be released to the Judicial Pro-
ceedings Committee for a vote.
The Judicial Proceedings panel voted
April 8, following a 90-minute debate, to
approve the bill and send it to the Senate
foor. The committee’s action led support-
ers to believe they had a fghting chance
to see it through a full Senate vote.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Equality
Maryland’s executive director, said she
was especially disappointed that several
senators that voted to recommit the bill to
committee on Monday had assured the
group of their support for the measure.
“I wish I had a why,” she said. “This
means that we really need to examine our
steps moving forward. But I must empha-
size that we got so far this year,” she add-
ed, noting that the bill was killed in com-
mittee for the past four years without ever
reaching the foor of the Senate or House.
“We are thankful to every legislator
who did do the right thing,” she said. “We
are so thankful to every constituent who
wrote a letter and made a phone call,
and especially to the transgender people
of Maryland who came out and told their
stories, who shared their very personal
need for job and housing protections.”
“We will continue to fght every day.
We will continue to analyze how we can
get these important protections in place.
But we are shocked and frankly appalled
by this action today,” she added.
The vote by the Senate came on the
last day of the Maryland Legislature’s
2011 session and followed less than 15
minutes of debate.
Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince
George’s County) asked whether the bill
would have an impact on private citizens
seeking to choose a roommate in a pri-
vate home. Muse also asked whether the
bill’s proposed ban on employment dis-
crimination would force the Boy Scouts
organization to hire a transgender per-
son or prevent any employer from estab-
lishing a dress code.
Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery
County), one of the lead sponsors and
supporters of the bill served as foor
manager for what was expected to be a
lengthy Senate foor debate. Raskin told
Muse the bill would not cover people in
private homes looking for roommates.
“If you’re looking for a roommate, you
can discriminate on any basis you want,”
he said.
Raskin said the bill would cover the
Boy Scouts organization for employment
purposes, but said a transgender per-
son seeking a job with the Boy Scouts
would have to meet all other require-
ments for the job, including appropriate
dress codes. He said the Boy Scouts,
like any other employer, could not refuse
to hire someone solely because of their
status as a transgender person under
the bill’s provisions.
Immediately after Muse and Raskin
completed their exchange, Sen. James
DeGrange (D-Anne Arundel County)
offered a motion to recommit the bill to
committee.
“I respect the work the committee’s
done on this bill,” he said. “I know there’s
a huge concern in this body toward this.
To that I’d like to move that the bill be re-
referred back to committee.”
Raskin and Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-
Baltimore City) rose to oppose the mo-
tion, urging their colleagues to give sup-
porters a chance to vote on the bill.
“It’s been way whittled down,” said
Raskin in describing how the bill’s public
accommodations provision was removed
by House supporters to ease concerns
by lawmakers hesitant to vote for the bill.
“This is just about giving people the
right to live someplace and the right to
earn a living,” he said.
Miller, presiding over the Senate, then
called for a recorded roll-call vote on
the motion. When the Senate chamber’s
electronic board showed the motion had
passed by a 27-20 vote, expressions of
shock could be heard in the chamber,
especially by supporters seated in the
visitors gallery.
The bill’s defeat represented a victory
for an odd coalition of opponents.
A faction of transgender activists, led
by the group Trans Maryland, called on
the Senate to kill the bill because it did
not go far enough. The group said a de-
cision to take out a provision protecting
transgender persons from public ac-
commodations discrimination – which
includes stores, hotels and public bath-
rooms, among other places – made the
bill unacceptable.
The bill’s supporters said they reluc-
tantly agreed to a decision by the bill’s
chief sponsor in the House, Del. Joseline
Pena-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s and
Anne Arundel Counties), to remove a
public accommodations provision from
the previous year’s version of the bill.
Pena-Melnyk said doing so was the only
way the measure could have cleared a
House committee and have any chance
of passing either body.
The anti-LGBT group Maryland Citi-
zens for A Responsible Government led
efforts among conservative religious and
political groups to oppose the bill on
grounds that no transgender civil rights
protections should be enacted. The
group’s leader, physician Ruth Jacobs,
organized telephone and e-mail cam-
paigns targeting lawmakers that vowed
to bring the issue up in the next election.
The transgender bill’s defeat followed
by a little more than a month the defeat
in the Maryland Legislature of a same-
sex marriage bill that drew national
media coverage. In what some in the
LGBT community have viewed as an
ironic twist, the marriage bill died after
the Senate approved it and the House
of Delegates sent it back to committee
rather than take a full up or down vote
on the measure.
In the case of the marriage bill, a co-
alition of LGBT groups, including Equal-
ity Maryland, favored sending it back to
committee after determining they did not
have the votes in the House to pass it
and it would be better to avoid a losing
vote.
Some in the LGBT community dis-
agreed with that decision. But in the
case of the transgender bill, nearly all of
its supporters, including Equality Mary-
land, wanted the Senate to vote on the
measure.
Beyer said her sources close to the
Senate believe it would have passed had
Miller and the Senate leadership agreed
to allow it to come up for a full vote.
“He twisted enough arms to send it
back to committee but he couldn’t get
enough people to vote no on the bill it-
self,” she said. “That’s what we’re being
told by people in the know.”
Madeleno could not be immediately
reached to determine if he agrees with
Beyer’s assessment of Miller’s role in the
bill’s defeat.
But Annapolis observers believe Ma-
daleno made it clear in the strongly word-
ed statement he released on Monday
that he was angry at Miller, even though
he did not mention the Senate president
by name.
“I am extremely disappointed by the
Senate’s action today to send HB 235
back to the Judicial Proceedings Com-
mittee,” Madaleno said in the statement.
“The twisted and unfair process HB
235 had to go through to even make it to
the Senate foor mars the Senate’s other-
wise outstanding work this year,” he said.
“The Senate’s treatment of this legislation
will be remembered for a long time by the
LGBT community and Marylanders who
believe in equal rights for all.”
Madaleno said he plans to intro-
duce a new version of the bill next year
that will include a public accommoda-
tions provision.
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D.C. group celebrates 40 years of activism
the Vietnam era. And the D.C. Gay Libera-
tion Front was too radical for some others.
The Kameny campaign activists were so
impressed with the GAA New York group,
they used about $400 left in their coffers
after the election to visit the Big Apple and
fnd out how the group operated.
By about the third week in April, a D.C.
chapter was formed in the apartment of Jim
McClard, the local group’s frst president.
While the New York group folded about a
decade later, Washington’s Gay Activist
Alliance is celebrating its 40th anniversary
this month (in 1986 then-president Lorri
Jean — now head of Los Angeles’ mam-
moth LGBT Community Center — insisted
on changing the name to Gay and Lesbian
Activists Alliance, or GLAA as it is com-
monly known). It’s the oldest continuously
active gay organization in the country.
The group celebrates Wednesday at
the Washington Plaza Hotel in Thomas Cir-
cle. Kameny, now 85, will give his founder’s
Champagne toast, as has become GLAA
tradition. And the group will bestow its an-
nual Distinguished Service Awards to six
local activists. Minimum donations are $50.
Visit glaa.org for more information.
Kameny says the group — which lists
pages of political gains on its website —
has thrived under strong leadership.
“Some of it has been sheer good
luck,” he said. “Throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s
and beyond, the group had a string of
presidents who were absolutely superb.
I said that frequently back then and I still
say it. One after another, there were just a
lot of great people. There may have been
one or two duds, but they really had
good people, good offcers who kept the
organization going. They kept it effective
and were very dedicated.”
The group’s frst effort was also its only
formal collaboration with Mattachine and
the local Gay Liberation Front — a pro-
test of the 1971 American Psychiatric As-
sociation’s convention held that year in
Washington. Though GLAA disavowed
the use of force and worked to “act within
the existing order,” that frst effort involved
storming the conference and seizing the
microphone in an effort to convince APA
brass that gays were not mentally ill.
“We couldn’t possibly be trusted with
government secrets and security clear-
ances if we were mentally disturbed,”
Kameny said.
He chuckles at the tactics now and says
the groups soon went in their own direc-
tion — GLAA with Robert’s Rules of Order
for its meetings, a gay-specifc focus and
a strong commitment to non-partisanship.
“I used to attend the GLF meetings,”
Kameny said. “They seemed to just drone
on endlessly and you had the impression
there was a small group meeting in the at-
tic who really ran things. And they tried to
tie in all the issues of the day. My feeling
has always been if you try to do every-
thing you end up doing nothing very well.”
Former president Craig Howell, who
joined in 1973 and has been active ever
since, admits the heavily political na-
ture of the group’s work limits its appeal,
but said its track record over 40 years
speaks for itself.
“There’s always been a small number
doing most of the work,” Howell said. “Many
times we’d just be sitting there in the living
room on [former president] Bob Carpenter’s
couch. If we had four or fve at a meeting,
that was considered good. It’s always been
very wonky, so that makes for limited peo-
ple, but the devil is in the details and you
have to go through that trivia to get what you
want. But it’s worth paying the price.”
The group counts among its victories:
• Council’s 1973 passage of Title 34,
which made Washington the frst major
U.S. city to outlaw discrimination against
gays in housing, employment and public
accommodations.
• Kameny’s 1975 appointment to the
city’s Human Rights Commission, a frst
• A 1978 gay rights rally, the largest
of its kind to that time, to protest anti-gay
singer Anita Bryant
• A 1979 public service campaign that
required a court fght to allow “Someone
you know is gay” posters to be placed at
Metro stations
• Former president Mel Boozer’s 1980
speech at the Democratic National Con-
vention
• Repeal of D.C.’s sodomy law in 1981
• A 1982 commitment from D.C. po-
lice for fair treatment of gays
• A 1986 Council bill that prohibited
insurance companies from denying cov-
erage to HIV-positive residents
• 1990 hate crimes legislation
• A 1992 domestic partnership bill
• A 1999 settlement in the Tyra Hunter
case, a trans resident who was shunned
and ridiculed by EMS workers following a
car accident. She died in 1995.
• Part of a broad coalition that opposed
an exception from the D.C. Department of
Corrections from requirements in the D.C.
Human Rights Act in 2008
• Marriage for same-sex couples in
2009
Current president Mitch Wood says the
group is “really a labor of love” and that
its non-partisan nature “allows us to build
bridges across the political spectrum.”
It’s all volunteer and operates on a
small budget of about $10,000 per year,
most of which goes to maintain its web-
site and blog and stage its annual awards
reception. Money comes from nominal
member dues — $25 per year — and
ticket sales and donations. The group
meets twice monthly for about 90 minutes,
mostly at the Charles Sumner School but
sometimes at the Wilson building. Meet-
ings are usually followed by dinner and
drinks, often at Dupont Italian Kitchen.
New members are always welcome.
Among GLAA’s signature work is its
candidate ratings. Members always point
out the ratings should not be seen as en-
dorsements, but they rank those running
for local offce based on questionnaire re-
sponses and members’ knowledge of the
candidates’ records on gay issues, to rank
them on a scale that runs from -10 to +10.
“Usually in every election cycle some-
body working with one of the candidates
or another gets unhappy that so-and-so
didn’t get a high enough rating,” Rick
Rosendall, the group’s vice president for
political affairs and a former president,
says. “So they’ll make some snarky com-
ments, but because we back up so thor-
oughly how we arrive at our ratings, we
can show the point breakdowns and their
responses to the questions, so they know
what went into the ratings. It’s a very
open process, not some beauty contest
score with us up in some ivory tower.”
Over the years, the group’s ratings
gained heft. Though he notoriously voted
against the marriage bill, Council mem-
ber Marion Barry initially scored a -10
during his run for mayor in the early ‘80s.
The low score led him to work with the lo-
cal gay community and for years he was
seen as a supportive public offcial.
Rosendall said the group’s decades
of groundwork pays off even in unlikely
places. He cites the two Council mem-
bers — Barry and Yvette Alexander —
who voted against marriage, and also
Council member Harry Thomas Jr., who
opposed the infamous club relocation
bill for gay bars in 2007.
“They’ve all at various times empha-
sized their pro-gay credentials,” Rosen-
dall said. “Even though Barry did speak
at one of Bishop [Harry] Jackson’s rallies
in Freedom Plaza, it was a far cry from
the hateful rhetoric you hear from state
legislators. … And GLAA can take some
of the credit for that, but the community
has played a key role in this as well. …
It’s not just a handful of policy wonks, it’s
our community who has been active in
this city since before home rule.”
Gay D.C. Council member Jim Gra-
ham, who’s received many perfect
scores from the group, said he respects
GLAA even when he occasionally dis-
agrees with members.
“They put an enormous amount of sin-
cere effort into it,” Graham said. “I mean
they really do. It’s not anything they do
in a casual way. And most recently I’ve
been getting pretty much 10s, so you’re
always happy with a perfect score.”
Rosendall says one big change over
the years has been what he calls “street
versus suite” activism. The group has
moved away from demonstrations large-
ly because it’s usually given a seat at the
discussion table.
“As you get more power and infuence,
there’s less need to be standing outside,” he
said. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place
for groups like GetEqual. Different groups
are good at different things. I like to say we’re
working different parts of the vineyard.”
The group has, at times, faced criti-
cism. Within the last four years or so,
some activists, including Michael Craw-
ford, said the group wasn’t moving fast
enough on the marriage issue.
Rosendall said GLAA prides itself on
avoiding excessive intramural fghting
among other local activist groups.
“We really try not to let things deterio-
rate too much into personality and battles
we don’t need,” he said. “We’ve tried to
keep our collective eyes on the prize and
the marriage victory demonstrated that.
There’s no way we would have been do-
ing all this policy work and building coali-
tions if we weren’t wanting it to happen.
We just wanted to make sure it stuck.”
Graham said the group deserves
praise for its tenacity, especially consid-
ering the era in which it launched.
“It’s diffcult to imagine how very im-
portant and pioneering they were back in
1971,” Graham said. “In this day and age
when we’ve made such progress, it’s im-
portant that we pause and acknowledge
those who were there 40 years ago at a
time when things were so very different.
… The young men and women in our
community really need to stop and realize
this. We’re here because of these folks.”
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hatma Gandhi and His Struggle
with India” by Joseph Lelyveld
has ignited a frestorm because
it addresses Gandhi’s close rela-
tionship with the German-Jewish
architect and body builder Her-
mann Kallenbach, with whom
Gandhi lived in Johannesburg,
South Africa from 1908 to 1914.
Because some book reviews
have said that “Great Soul” depicts
Gandhi as having been bisexual
(a “Wall Street Journal” review re-
ferred to Gandhi as a “sexual weir-
do”), an outcry against the book
has erupted in India. Many are
calling for its ban nationwide —
though “Great Soul” hasn’t been
published there. It’s been banned
in Gujarat, the state of India where
Gandhi was born. (Banned books
are good for sales. “Great Soul” is
selling like hot cakes on Amazon
in India.)
If you turn to “Great Soul” ex-
pecting hot sex, you’re out of luck.
Lelyveld, a former executive edi-
tor of The New York Times and a
Pulitzer Prize-winning former
South Africa and India correspon-
dent, focuses not on Gandhi’s sex
life, but on his “evolving sense
of his constituency and social vi-
sion.” If, like me, you’re interested
in how the renowned philosopher
pioneered non-violent protest and
led India to independence from
Great Britain, you’ll fnd “Great
Soul” to be highly engaging.
But you can’t talk about the
political without bringing in the
personal, and Lelyveld, though
far from being lascivious, doesn’t
shy away from bringing Gandhi’s
private life into “Great Soul.”
Though Gandhi, who lived
from 1869 until he was assas-
sinated in 1948, had a wife and
children, he took a vow of celi-
bacy in 1906. Although known
for his asceticism, vegetarian-
ism, commitment to living sim-
ply and, general, saintliness,
Gandhi was no plaster saint. He
could be as political as the next
politico. At age 69, he spoke of
having “wet dreams” and his
followers gossiped about his
love of massage (only women
massaged him, the scuttle-
butt went). “I am of the earth,
earthy,” Gandhi famously said.
Gandhi’s relationship with
Kallenbach “it can reasonably
be said,” Lelyveld writes in
“Great Soul,” was “the most inti-
mate, also ambiguous, relation-
ship of [Gandhi’s] lifetime.”
“[Gandhi and Kallenbach]
were a couple,” Gandhi scholar
Tridip Suhrud told Lelyveld.
Later in his life, “Kallenbach
… remarked that they’d lived
together ‘almost in the same
bed,’” Lelyveld writes.
Looking through 21st century
queer eyes, it sure seems like
some same-sex love (or maybe
even sex) was going on here.
One Gandhi scholar de-
scribed Gandhi and Kallen-
bach’s relationship as “homo-
erotic ... intending ... to describe
a strong mutual attraction, noth-
ing more,” Lelyveld writes, “the
conclusions passed on by word
of mouth in South Africa’s small
Indian community were some-
times less nuanced. It was no
secret then, or later, that Gan-
dhi, leaving his wife behind,
had gone to live with a man.”
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An independent voice
for education reform,
budget solutions
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
It is easy to be impressed
with Sekou Biddle and to recog-
nize and applaud his indepen-
dence and dedication to edu-
cation reform. He earned his
bachelor’s degree in business
from Morehouse College and
master’s in early childhood ed-
ucation, with a focus on urban
education, from Georgia State
University. He began his career
as a teacher, worked with Teach
for America and was elected in
2007 to the D.C. State Board of
Education on a reform platform.
But there is more to Sekou than
education. He is comfortable in
every ward of our city and has a
natural understanding of people
and what they need to succeed.
He supports the arts and is com-
mitted to continuing to highlight
the cultural diversity of our resi-
dents. He was born in Columbia
Heights and now lives with his
wife, Cara, a pediatrician at the
Children’s Medical Center, and
their two boys in Shepherd Park.
There are many candidates
running in this at-large election
but Sekou Biddle is the only one
with a record of keeping his com-
mitments to the people of the Dis-
trict who have supported him in
the past. He is not the candidate
elected to offce who, 17 days af-
ter being sworn in, announced he
is running for another. He is not
the candidate serially running for
offce and desperately trying to
make a comeback.
Sekou is the candidate who
will work to turn around the city’s
budget crisis in a way that en-
ables us to aggressively move
forward with education reform,
provide needed affordable
housing and ensure a safety
net for those in need, including
our seniors and people with dis-
abilities. He understands it is our
diversity that makes us great.
Whether it is his support for full
human and civil rights for the
LGBT community including mar-
riage equality, his willingness to
speak out on hate crimes, his
support of programs to fght HIV/
AIDS or his support of statehood
and total self-determination for
the people of the District, he is a
leader. Sekou Biddle will lead in
a way that respects both our city
employees and residents.
Sekou’s candidacy is sup-
ported by a broad coalition of
groups including the Stein Club.
Some observers mistakenly call
him the candidate of the estab-
lishment. I always remind them
that Sekou Biddle actually en-
dorsed Adrian Fenty for mayor.
But lo and behold when Sekou
decided to run, Fenty was out.
So he put himself forward as an
independent candidate sup-
porting education reform with
the ability to use his business
knowledge and non-proft back-
ground to fnd solutions to the
many issues facing our city.
Despite his vote for Fenty,
Sekou is now supported by
many of the incumbent Council
members. They support him not
because they owe him a favor
or expect one from him, but be-
cause they recognize that a new,
smart, independent voice on the
Council is good for the District.
It is telling when politicians you
once actively opposed turn
around and endorse you. It says
a lot about how Sekou will be
able to navigate on the Council
to get things done for us.
We need continued progress
in the District. We need mem-
bers of the Council who aren’t in
the pocket of big business but
at the same time understand
that robust economic develop-
ment is crucial to our growth
and job development. We need
Council members who under-
stand the balance of making
D.C. business friendly while re-
specting the right of communi-
ties to have a voice in their own
development. Sekou Biddle will
be that kind of Council mem-
ber. Sekou is running for offce
not because someone else put
him up to it, but because it is
the logical extension of the work
that he has already done for the
people of the District.
Sekou has the maturity and
independence to lead us for-
ward. He is a proud Democrat
and someone who will fght with-
out any potential divided loyal-
ties against what this Congress
is trying to foist on the District.
Sekou will be a welcome inde-
pendent new voice on the Coun-
cil able to speak out for all of us.
I urge the voters of the District
— Democrats, independents
and Republicans — to cast their
ballot for Sekou Biddle for Coun-
cil at-Large on April 26.
Sekou Biddle for at-large Council seat
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lar contributor to the Blade. she can be
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30 years of advances
at risk under new plan
By DAVID MIXNER
The health care reform law
just celebrated its frst birthday.
Some are pushing to repeal it,
others want to see it changed,
and others are happy with the
way things are.
The HIV/AIDS community, for
the most part, has been sup-
portive of the president’s health-
care efforts. Over the last three
decades, we’ve paid the price
that comes with a government
that does not embrace our sick.
More than most, we felt a moral
urgency to pass this legislation.
That doesn’t mean, how-
ever, we blindly fght all efforts
to change the law. As changes
to the health care law are de-
bated, we must take part. Not
only must our voices be heard,
but we must be at the decision-
making table. Over the years,
we have learned to take initia-
tive for our interests; we have
learned to rise above partisan-
ship and fght for those with
HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS patients have
much at stake when it comes to
changes to Medicare. Roughly
100,000 depend on the pro-
gram for health coverage. And,
starting in 2006, Medicare will
be the single largest source of
federal fnancing for HIV/AIDS
treatment.
Americans have taken tre-
mendous strides in the fght
against HIV/AIDS. Just last
month, scientists discov-
ered antibodies that appear to
neutralize more than 90 percent
of HIV strains. The cutting-edge
anti-retrovirals developed over
the past few decades have dra-
matically improved the length
and quality of life for the aver-
age American HIV patient. Plus,
the FDA approval process has
been streamlined so that new
treatments get into the hands of
patients more quickly.
But this battle is far from over.
There still isn’t a cure. And too
many patients lack access to
treatment. Tens of thousands
languish on medication wait-
lists. ADAP has been abolished
in some states.
Over the past 30 years, our
greatest strength has been ac-
countability. We always had a
way of fghting cuts or laws that
discriminated against people with
HIV/AIDS. If a door was blocked,
we created a new entrance and
walked through it, proudly .
There are portions of the
president’s legislation that actu-
ally threaten HIV/AIDS patients’
well being. At the top of that list
is the establishment of the new
Independent Payment Advisory
Board, or IPAB.
Comprised of 15 presidential
appointees, IPAB’s purpose is
to de-politicize Medicare cost-
cutting. Starting in 2014, if Medi-
care is expected to exceed that
year’s preset spending target, the
board will have the authority to
recommend cuts to the program.
These recommendations will
automatically become law un-
less Congress stops them by
making equivalent cuts — and
then passes them with a three-
ffths supermajority. If not, there
is no appeal process or admin-
istrative review. Put simply, IPAB
will have a great deal of power
with very little accountability.
Put more direly, IPAB repre-
sents a step back in the fght
against HIV/AIDS.
While there are limits on what
IPAB can do, it will have the
power to adjust reimbursement
rates for Medicare providers.
In practice, that means cutting
payments to people like doctors.
Such cuts will drive even
more doctors from Medicare.
Physicians faced with the pros-
pect of losing money on every
additional enrollee are already
declining to take on new Medi-
care patients. Others have opt-
ed out of Medicare entirely.
HIV/AIDS patients depend
on specialized physicians. Each
patient has a unique combina-
tion of anti-retrovirals they rely on
to stay alive. If HIV/AIDS patients
on Medicare lose access to the
few doctors available to them
with this expertise, we’re literally
endangering their lives.
IPAB is also empowered to
restrict Medicare coverage of
certain drugs and treatments.
If IPAB decides that the big-
gest public insurance program,
Medicare, will not pay for new,
advanced treatments, frms
won’t have the capital they need
to develop new research lines.
New, life-saving HIV/AIDS treat-
ments could be passed over.
Even worse, HIV/AIDS pa-
tients have zero recourse in the
event IPAB’s decisions harm
them. By design, the board is
insulated from public opinion.
HIV/AIDS patients and ad-
vocates have earned a place
at the table. It’s our right to pull
back that chair and do what’s
necessary to protect three de-
cades of advances.
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april 15, 2011 • washingtonblade.com 21
D.C. would be
well-served by a
fresh Council voice
By MARK LEE
A vote for Patrick Mara on
April 26, in the special election
open to all registered voters to
fll the D.C. Council At-Large
seat formerly held by the now
Council chair, is a vote for di-
versity in local government and
a much-needed addition of a
fresh and independent voice on
a dais flled with long-serving
entrenched members of a sin-
gle political hierarchy.
Not only that, a vote for Pat-
rick Mara is an affrmation of his
strong and unwavering support
for the LGBT community. In fact,
Mara is the only candidate on
the ballot who testifed in fa-
vor of marriage equality during
Council consideration of legisla-
tion last year when Washington
joined fve states in extending
legal recognition to same-sex
couples desiring to marry. He
then went to Capitol Hill to suc-
cessfully lobby Republican
congressional representatives
not to intervene in this local leg-
islative determination.
Who can forget the painful
public process that Democratic
candidate and former Council
member Vincent Orange, leading
this race in a recent citywide poll,
underwent morphing from oppos-
ing marriage equality to announc-
ing that he supported it when he
was a candidate for Council chair
in last year’s Democratic primary?
Equally important, Patrick will
bring a remedial perspective to
a Council responsible for lav-
ish spending habits and lack of
government agency oversight
leading to a budget defcit total-
ing nearly half-a-billion dollars.
He recently referred to the cur-
rent Council at a community fo-
rum as treating local business-
es “as piggybanks.”
Mara understands that in-
creasing individual and small
business taxes and fees above
already excruciatingly high lev-
els — among the worst in the na-
tion — is a prescription for noth-
ing except allowing this fscal
folly to continue and postponing
fnancial disaster. He knows that
will merely intensify the negative
impact on city services and the
social safety net when the day of
reckoning arrives.
Most days it seems only
Ward 2 Council member Jack
Evans — representing the Du-
pont Circle, Logan Circle and
Shaw areas where many of the
District’s gay and lesbian vot-
ers reside — worries about the
return of a federal control board
to pick up the pieces after the
city’s leadership forces our city
back into bankruptcy.
Patrick also opposes exces-
sive over-regulation of commu-
nity small businesses, instead
supporting a common-sense
approach and a positive eco-
nomic environment to help them
survive and thrive. He knows
that local businesses create
jobs for residents, improve the
local economy, increase the tax
base and enhance the quality of
life in our neighborhoods.
The Washington Post re-
cently quoted Mara as saying
that he would not be beholden
to special interests if elected
to offce. “What would they do,
threaten not to endorse me?” he
asked. “Because they aren’t en-
dorsing me now.”
In a place where local of-
fcials transparently conduct
business and propose legis-
lation at the behest of narrow
special interest groups, Mara’s
reform-minded independence
is refreshing.
Recently appointed “incum-
bent” candidate Sekou Biddle —
incredulously, selected under a
D.C. law allowing the Democratic
State Committee to fll the seat in
a series of closed-door late-night
votes that struck observers as
reminiscent of old-style Soviet
apparatchik secret sessions —
both trails in the polls and suffers
among voters due to his endorse-
ment by Mayor Gray and Council
Chair Kwame Brown.
A newcomer to citywide poli-
tics, Biddle also has the support
of — you guessed it! — a ma-
jority of Council members. Why
rock the sinking ship when you
can still ft one more of your own
crewmembers aboard?
Patrick is a fscally responsible
and socially progressive Repub-
lican who fully and without quali-
fcation supports LGBT equality
and fairness running for a Coun-
cil seat in a city where Democrats
essentially enjoy one-party rule
and elected party offceholders
suffer little fear of serious political
challenge or diversifed legisla-
tive perspectives.
However, in a low turnout
special election, a dynamic and
popular independent candidate
like Mara can win.
Patrick Mara has earned the
vote of the LGBT community by
his consistently rock-solid sup-
port without political hesitation.
His election will inject political
diversity, accountability and
a no-nonsense independent
voice on the Council – as well
as a fresh new look at the path
to the best future for our city.
Patrick Mara deserves our
support on April 26. He will get
the vote of this life-long regis-
tered Democrat.
A vote for Mara is a vote for diversity
David Mixner has been involved in
public life creating policy and as an ac-
tivist and writer for more than 40 years.
Reach him via davidmixner.com.
Mark Lee is a local small business
manager and long-time community
business advocate. Reach him at Our-
BusinessMatters@gmail.com.
VIEWPOINT
We need a voice in the health care debate
22 washingtonblade.com • april 15, 2011
Feinstein keeps standards alive with
passion for mid-century gems
By DAVID HOFFMAN
Ol’ blue eyes is back. And Feinstein’s got him.
Michael Feinstein, that is, the multi-platinum selling,
five-time Grammy nominee. The cabaret-style inter-
preter not only of Sinatra but also Cole Porter and Irving
Berlin and Richard Rogers, the composer famous for his
work with two separate lyricists, Lorenz Hart and Oscar
Hammerstein III.
And a raft of others — especially the Gershwins —
in the canon of Americana’s classic popular music, a
genre that Feinstein himself, at a youthful 54 (still slen-
der and boyish and with a legendary million-dollar smile)
has done so much to keep alive.
He’s been called “the ambassador of the great Amer-
ican songbook” and married his partner Terrence Flan-
nery in a 2008 ceremony officiated by Judge Judy (Ju-
dith Sheindlin).
And he’s back keeping the Sinatra legend alive. It
started on his 2009 album “Sinatra Project.” It will con-
tinue during his Sunday night concert at the Kennedy
Center Concert Hall.
“I’m doing Sinatra for sure on Sunday,” Feinstein
says. “But it’s reminiscence, not a copy, because its folly
to copy him.”
The show will be “very high-energy,” says Fein-
stein, “with new big band arrangements, a tribute to
Nelson Riddle,” the longtime American arranger and
bandleader who worked with Sinatra as well as Judy
Garland, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney and so many
other vocal stars of the mid-20th century. And it will be
fllled, he says, “with anecdotes about Sinatra’s life and
career, which lasted from his beginnings as a swing-era
idol of “bobby-soxers” in the 1940s, through his Capitol
Records albums like the legendary “In The Wee Small
Hours” and “Only the Lonely,” and then the master of top
40 hits, and later his Rat Pack years with Dean Martin
and other Hollywood B-listers in the “Ocean’s 11” film
— a tribute to his long-time base as a headliner in Las
Vegas clubs until his death in 1998.
Feinstein has famously taken a classic song, “We Kiss
in a Shadow,” the weepy old chestnut from Rogers and
Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” where two clandestine
lovers yearn “for one smiling day to be free,” and ren-
dered the ballad of exquisite sexual longing as an ap-
peal for same-sex marriage rights. He sings it in a duet
sung, gazing into each other’s eyes — with Cheyenne
Jackson, also gay, the 35-year-old heart-throb from the
2007 Broadway musical “Xanadu” and the Elvis Presley
sound-alike on stage in 2005 in “All Shook Up.”
Feinstein and Jackson, also a series regular in both
Fox’s “Glee” and NBC’s “30 Rock,” performed together
in the show “The Power of Two,” in 2009 at the Feinstein
cabaret in the pricey Loews Regency Hotel, at Park Av-
enue at 61st Street on New York City’s swanky East Side.
Though they each have their own partners, Feinstein
and Jackson elicit sparks when duetting.
LINH HOANG ANSWERS 20 QUESTIONS
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Michael Feinstein brings his retro crooning to the Kennedy Center Sunday night.
Curating the canon
Photo courtesy of WPAS
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Linh Hoang is a 28-year-old consultant who splits his time between Tokyo and
his native Washington. He’s also lived in Vietnam, Italy and Australia. He attended
Georgetown University. He enjoys running, biking and exercising in his free time
QUEERY:
20 questions for Linh Hoang
24 washingtonblade.com • april 15, 2011
How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I’ve always been out so to speak, it
was a matter of confrmation. I think it is
very important to be whole and authen-
tic to the best of my ability and that we
continue to practice coming out every-
day. I believe in the journey and that my
personal journey with my own family has
been a thrill; I think the most intense con-
versations will be with my parents.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Frank Kameny for his leadership and
courage to envision a more just society for
all LGBT people. All the women and men in
uniform overcoming “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
And Asian-Pacifc Islander queer leaders,
especially my friends in AQUA (Asian/pa-
cifc islander Queers United for Action), for
their gift of stories and memories.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot,
past or present?
Velvet Nation! I know Town is trying
to recreate/improve the old atmosphere,
but there was just a certain ‘it’ factor that
Velvet Nation (despite the shady venue
and activities) had that these new places
have not been able to replicate. Cobalt
and Nellie’s are good options to recon-
nect with friends when back in town.
Describe your dream wedding.
Along the California coast, above the
Pacifc Ocean and fog saying my vow to
the person I love in the presence of the
universe, ancestors, families and friends
and have that be affrmed.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
Immigration. Leadership development
in the API communities and defnitely
earthquake relief effort in Japan. I had
frsthand experience of the earthquake
and its impact.

What historical outcome would you
change?
Welcome to the human race, we make
mistakes and hopefully we’ll listen, learn
and grow from it. Who killed off the elec-
tric car?

What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
Not sure if the presidency is immedi-
ately associated with pop culture, but the
election and the inauguration of Obama
was an extraordinary experience. I want
to create that same energy and enthusi-
asm again.
On what do you insist?
An invitation to dialogue; we need
each other and cannot write one another
off or walk away from the table.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?
Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, please
donate $5 today. http://bit.ly/gLdZB2
If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
“Impossible!”
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
This would be so unnatural, a disorder
and an abomination, why would I change
who I was called to be?
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
I believe that we are all invited to
live in hope that at the end of all time,
creation will be healed and that the
divisions that caused us so much suf-
fering in the current moment will be
resolved.
What’s your advice for LGBT move-
ment leaders?
Be not afraid, of what must we be
afraid? Be courageous and have a good
fght.
What would you walk across hot
coals for?
Amore
What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most?
Somehow we are all great at interior
decorating; we might be good but not
great.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
Watching rugby

What’s the most overrated social
custom?
That marriage should only be between
a man and a woman. If custom does
change it will die.

What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
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D.C. Gurly Show presents
Gurlies Gone Wild with special
guests Duncan Deeply of D.C.
Kings and Vixen Noir from San
Francisco tonight at Phase 1
(636 8th St., S.E.) at 10:30 p.m.
There is a $10 cover. All attend-
ees must be 21 or older.
Hope Operas founder Chris
Griffn and local “sideshow girl”
Mab, just Mab are hosting a ben-
eft performance and auction at
Red Palace (1210 H St., N.E.)
tonight at 9 p.m. They created
Pastie-Aid, an emergency fund
for burlesque, vaudeville and
variety communities that are un-
insured. For more information,
visit redpalace.com.
The Center Arts Working
Group will be meeting for the
frst time at the D.C. Center from
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss
ideas and plans for programs to
be implemented at D.C. Center
(1318 U St., N.W.). The group is
dedicated to the enrichment of
the LGBT community through
art and all that it encompasses.
D.C. Women in Their Thirties
will meet tonight at 8 p.m. at the
D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.).
D.C. Cowboys will be hosting
performing as part of Brodeo
at Remingtons (639 Pennsylva-
nia Ave., S.E.) tonight. Brodeo
starts at 10 p.m. and the Cow-
boys will go on at midnight.
Siren returned to Green Lan-
tern (1335 Green Court, N.W.)
with the Robyn Riot tonight at
10 with DJs Majr and Lemz and
VJ Donna.
Caliente Grande is tonight
at Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.)
starting at 9 p.m. DJ Michael
Brandon will be spinning the
Latin dance party in the main
hall. There is a $10 cover
charge. Attendees must be 18
to enter, 21 to drink.
Saturday, April 16
Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) is
hosting “4square Swarm” to-
day from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone
who checks in on Foursquare
will get a free corn dog.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St.,
N.W.) is having its frst Friendly
Visitor Training today from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. Friendly Visitor is
a volunteer-based program to
provide elder members of the
LGBT community with weekly
visits from trained volunteers.
Metro D.C. PFLAG is hold-
ing its 14th annual gala and
silent auction tonight at the
Washington Plaza Hotel (10
Thomas Circle, N.W.). The auc-
tion opens at 6 p.m. and the
dinner is at 7. Alison Arngri
(Nellie from TV’s “Little House”)
and Scott Nevins are the guests
of honor.
Bare is hosting a Japan tsu-
nami relief fundraiser tonight
at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.)
from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with DJs
Rosie and Keenan. Proceeds
from the event and a raffe will
go to American Red Cross.
Prizes being raffed are two
tickets to Uh Huh Her at 9:30
Club on May 2, a $25 Star-
bucks gift card and a $25 Best
Buy gift card.
Black Cat (1811 14th St.,
N.W.) presents Hellmouth Hap-
py Hour where every week an
episode of “Buffy the Vampire
Slayer” will be screened and
drink specials will be offered.
This week the episode is “I, Ro-
bot ... You, Jane.”
Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.)
presents The Showdown:
House vs. Hip Hop with DJs
Melissa and Gigi battling it out.
Kristina Kelly and Her Girls of
Glamour will perform at 11 p.m.
Doors open at 9. There is a $10
cover and all attendees must
be 18 or older.
Mixtape D.C. is tonight the
Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St.,
N.E.) from 9 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. There is a $5 cover
for this 21-and-older event.
Sunday, April 17
Pocket Gays is celebrating
the one-year anniversary of its
monthly Sunday School event
with Baby Baby Blowout today
from 3 to 9 p.m. on the roof
deck of Local 16 (1602 U St.,
N.W.) with DJ Madscience.
“Shear Madness,” a come-
dy whodunit, will be performed
twice tonight at the Kennedy
Center Theater Lab (2700 F St.,
N.W.) at 3 and 7 p.m. “Mad-
ness” takes place in present-
day Georgetown, in the Shear
Madness Hair Styling Salon.
Tickets are $42. Visit kennedy-
center.org for more information
and to purchase tickets.
Michael Feinstein will be
performing at the Kennedy
Center (2700 F St., N.W.) in the
concert hall tonight at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from $40 to $75
and can be purchased online
at kennedy-center.org.
Monday, April 18
Bears do Yoga at Green Lan-
tern (1335 Green Court N.W.)
tonight at 6:30 p.m. Class lasts
for an hour and serves as an
introduction to yoga for people
of all different body types and
physical abilities. It’s taught by
Michael Brazell. For more infor-
mation, visit dccenter.org.
BYT presents All City Hap-
py Hour at Artisphere (1101
Wilson Blvd.) in Arlington, to-
night at 6 p.m. with drink spe-
cials, music and prizes includ-
ing tickets to upcoming shows
like Warped Tour and more.
There is no cover for this event
and all attendees must be 21 or
older.
World Projects Corporation
presents the 2011 Washing-
ton, D.C. International Music
Festival in the concert hall at
the Kennedy Center (2700 F
St., N.W.) featuring the Granite
Bay High School Wind Ensem-
ble, the Calle Mayor Middle
School Wind Ensemble and the
Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind
Ensemble. Tickets are $20 and
can be purchased online at
kennedy-center.org.
Tuesday, April 19
Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly “Glee” watch
party tonight at 8 p.m. on the
deck in the pub room.
Irvine Contemporary (1412
14th St., N.W.) presents “Im-
age/Fame/Memory” an ex-
hibit featuring photographs of
well known muscians, artists,
writers and actors by Curtis
Knapp, Gerard Malanga, Billy
Name, Kate Simon and Shepa-
rd Fairey’s collaborations with
Name and Simon. The gal-
lery is open from 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. and the exhibit will be on
display through Saturday. For
more information, visit irvine-
contemporary.com.
Wednesday, April 20
The Tom Davaron Social
Bridge Club will meet at 7:30
p.m. at the Dignity Center (721
8th St., S.E.) for social bridge.
No partner is needed. For more
information, visit lambdab-
ridge.com and click “Social
Bridge in Washington, D.C.”
D.C. Ice Breakers hosts its
monthly open skate tonight from
8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Kettler
Capitals Iceplex, on top of the
Ballston Common Mall parking
garage (627 N Glebe Rd.) in Ar-
lington. After skating the group
will hit a local bar for a social
hour. Skating is $8 plus $3 for
skate rental. For more informa-
tion, visit dcicebreakers.com.
GLAA is celebrating its 40th
anniversary with a reception
tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at
the Washington Plaza Hotel
(10 Thomas Circle, N.W.). The
group’s 2011 Distinguished
Service Award will also be pre-
sented. For more information
and to purchase tickets, visit
glaa.org.
The 26th annual Mayor’s
Arts Awards will be in the con-
cert hall at the Kennedy Center
(2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 6
p.m. hosted by Mayor Vincent
C. Gray. This is a free event.
Thursday, April 21
Students, educators, com-
munity members, leaders
and about 20 organizations
will be coming together at
the John A. Wilson Building
(1350 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.)
from noon to 2 p.m. for Bully
Free D.C. to support inclusive
safe schools in D.C.
The D.C. Preservation
League is celebrating its 40th
anniversary of historic preser-
vation at the historic Wonder
Bread Factory (641 S St., N.W.)
at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from
$75 to $150 and can be pur-
chased online at dcpreserva-
tion.org.
Wish Come Happen pres-
ents a Faggles to Faggles tour-
nament at Green Lantern (1335
Green Court, N.W.) tonight from
8 to 11 p.m. Faggles to Faggles
is a “queered-up” parody of the
game Apples to Apples where
players judge which cards
are the most grotesque. Wish
Come Happen is a fundraising
collective committed to rais-
ing money for serious caused
through engaging, absurd and
interactive events and experi-
ences. For more information,
visit wishcomehappen.com.
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Michael
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“Smooth, rippling, perfectly
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Greg Anderson as the King of France and Chris Dinolfo as gay son Cordelio in Synetic The-
ater’s current production of ‘King Lear.’
Photo by Graeme B. Shaw, courtesy of Synetic
New Synetic ‘Lear’
production a feast
for the eyes
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
The kingdom is a sandy strip of beach
backed by bombed out buildings, and its
aging monarch and his vicious court are
all clowns. For his latest installment in the
company’s “Silent Shakespeare” series,
Synetic Theater’s artistic director Paata
Tsikurishvili reframes the bard’s tragedy
“King Lear” as a tragic farce whose char-
acters look as if they might be on loan
from an especially spooky circus. Instead
of wearing red rubber noses, they paint
on dark circles and a deathly white pallor.
Without a sound (other than a moody
musical score and a few grunts, groans
and screeches), the terrifically talented
ensemble anchored by Irakli Kavsadze
as Lear relies on nonstop, dynamic move-
ment and mute but potent acting to retell
the story of the old king who loses his
mind after dividing his kingdom between
two of his three daughters, foolishly bas-
ing the division on just how far they will go
in flattering him. The words aren’t missed.
Staged by Tsikurishvili and choreo-
graphed by his wife Irina (who does dou-
ble duty as Lear’s most savage offspring
Regan) the cohesive, well-oiled produc-
tion lucidly unfolds. Reading the synop-
sis prior to show time is helpful, but truly
there isn’t a confusing or clunky moment
in the 95-minute, quickly paced show. As
always, Synetic ingeniously replaces text
with action. For instance, rather than flatter
Lear with flowery speech, Regan and her
sister Goneril (the wonderfully deadpan Ira
Koval) compete for their father’s favor by
battling it out in a manic dance off.
The sisterly duo is a truly evil but en-
tertaining pair. Styled like a punk school-
girl crossed with a demented Raggedy
Ann, Regan is a smirking, coke-snorting
little monster. Though smoother, Goneril
with her outsized eyes and down-turned
mouth is no less malignant. And the sis-
ters’ mutual love interest Edmund (played
with a devilish athleticism by gay Synetic
vet Philip Fletcher) proves equally ruth-
less in his pursuit of wealth and power.
Prolonged battle scenes give some of
the cast an opportunity to show off their
massive tumbling skills. Ben Cunis as
Edgar leads them in incredible daring
leaps and acrobatic feats. Dallas Tolen-
tino does a wonderful sprinting in place
bit where he appears to be flying through
the forest hurdling fallen trees and spring
boarding from rocks. His gravity-defying
vertical leaps are simply incredible.
Now and then, Synetic takes liber-
ties with its source materials. In this
adaptation, Lear’s only honest daugh-
ter Cordelia is replaced by a good gay
son — Cordelio (perfectly played by
Chris Dinolfo in a tiny dunce cap and
tight pants). After his sisters spy him in
a hot clinch with his boyfriend, they out
their brother (by painting his lips bright
red and making him wear women’s rhine-
stone earrings) in front of the king. Lear
reacts badly, disinheriting and banishing
his only son. Eventually Cordelio reunites
with his father, but in typical old school
fashion the gay character bites the dust,
not by his own hand but swinging from a
noose nonetheless.
The show is beautiful. Synetic’s stel-
lar design team have come together to
create a haunting, splendidly conceived
production. In the director’s notes, Tsikur-
ishvilli cites filmmaker Federico Fellini as
his inspiration for using clowns “to color
an absurd world,” but the set, costumes
and general feel indicate other influences
including Tim Burton films and Picasso’s
saltimbanque paintings. Scene after
scene, the audience is bombarded with
enduring tableaus. Whether it’s the defeat-
ed sad clown Lear chasing after a flutter-
ing butterfly or the evening’s final moment
when cast members stand in half light with
colorful balloons tethered to their necks,
these images aren’t soon forgotten.
THEATERAGENDA
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th
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Out singer Susan Werner and queer group Girlyman will be performing at Birch-
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Kennedy Center. 202-833-9800 . wpas.org.
Acclaimed vocalist, pianist, and all-around entertainer Michael Feinstein returns to
D.C. after last season’s sold-out WPAS engagement. “The Ambassador of the Great
American Songbook” brings his signature style of American standards for a swingin’
evening of song.
Food as Craft, Smithsonian Craft Show
Sun, April 17
National Building Museum. 202-633-3030. residentassociates.org.
Tasting & Panel Discussion Food as Craft moderated by Sally Swift, Managing Pro-
ducer of American Public Media’s, The Splendid Table and featuring Joan Nathan,
cookbook author and regular contributor to the New York Times, Fabio Trabocchi,
Joe Yonan, and Najmieh Batmanglij.
The Walworth Farce
through Sun, May 1
The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
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ily’s Sisyphean games as a father forces his two sons to reenact a shocking story
from their troubled past. When a young woman from the outside unwittingly intrudes,
things take a ghastly and irrevocable turn.
Lucinda Childs: Dance
Thu, April 21 & Fri, April 22
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
301-405-ARTS. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu
Childs’s company performs her seminal 1979 work, reinvigorated for the twenty-frst
century stage. Live dancers are overlaid by -- and seemingly mingle with -- ghost-
like, larger-than-life projected images of the original performers. Set to music by
Philip Glass, Dance evokes the power and pleasure of movement, then and now.
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Green: the Color and the Cause,
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Peter Brook’s Fragments,
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Hunger’ Movie Screening,
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Knitting in Living Color,
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WPAS: Feder Competition Winners,
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Bootycandy, Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
In Your Ear: Avant Garde Poetry, DC Arts
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Kreeger Museum. Tom Wesselmann
DRAWS. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org.
National Gallery of Art. Venice: Canaletto
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In the Tower: Nam June Paik, Lewis
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National Geographic. Beyond the Story:
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Hamtdaa: Together; C2YN (Countdown
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Works by Greg Minah, Mars Tokyo, and
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Cindy Packard Richmond’s Food,
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683-1780. theartleague.org.
Impressions from the Press Room,
Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-
273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com.
Zenith Gallery’s 33rd Anniversary Show,
Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion.
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
There was a time, actress Alison Arn-
grim recalls, when her character Nellie
Oleson — nemesis of the wholesome In-
galls girls on the hit ’70s show “Little House
on the Prairie” — got a little too mean.
Arngrim mostly relished the juicy part.
She found the screaming, howling and
throwing things a great release. But there
was one time she thought the writers took
it a bit too far.
“There was one episode that was al-
most too mean,” Arngrim says during a
lengthy phone interview from her house
in Los Angeles’ Tujunga neighborhood.
“It’s the one where I’m tormenting this
poor girl who stuttered. I was kind of
cringing when we were flming it thinking,
‘Oh man, I would never do this.’ I had to
go to speech class as a child too, so it
hit a nerve with me and I know how trau-
matic it can be.”
Arngrim’s “Little House” memories are
mostly fond, though. She’s been touring
her one-woman show “Confessions of
a Prairie Bitch” for years. Last year she
adapted it into an autobiography that’s
drawn raves.
Her former co-star Melissa Gilbert
(Laura), whom Arngrim calls her best
friend, says she “devoured” “Confes-
sions” in two days and, “after reading it
I admire her more than ever.”
Arngrim is in Washington this week-
end for “Stand United,” PFLAG D.C.’s
gala and silent auction slated for 6 p.m.
Saturday at the Washington Plaza Hotel
in Thomas Circle.
She was scheduled to sign cop-
ies of her memoir at Nellie’s Sports Bar
Thursday night. Even though the bar
wasn’t named after her character, Arn-
grim thinks the connection is funny. She
met owner Doug Schantz last summer in
Provincetown.
“He sent me all the T-shirts, hats and
everything with the Nellie’s logo,” Arn-
grim says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this is
awesome!’ I wear nothing but Nellie’s
Sports Bar clothes.”
Arngrim, now 49 and a nearly life-long
AIDS, LGBT rights and child abuse advo-
cate, started working at age 6. When “Lit-
tle House” was casting, she read for both
the Mary and Laura parts, but landed
Nellie instead. She credits “the Michael
Landon academy” as her acting school
and says “it came weirdly naturally.”
The uppity Oleson clan — wealthier
and snobbier than the Ingalls — pro-
vided the show with its comic relief. Her
“Little House” parents, Katherine Mac-
Gregor (Harriet) and Richard Bull (Nels)
— both 86 — are doing well. She keeps
in touch and remembers them fondly.
“They adored each other but they
would have these hysterical arguments,”
Arngrim says. “This was back in the ‘70s
when Prop 13, which slashed property
taxes and in a way kind of ruined the
state, was big. It was this bizarre politi-
cal thing in California at the time and was
very controversial. Katherine and Rich-
ard were sitting on the set debating this
thing and you would have sworn it was
Mr. and Mrs. Oleson. It was so good, you
could have flmed it. They were just like
an old married couple.”
Arngrim says Bull is still working, “which
is crazy.” MacGregor, she says, was “one
of the funniest” people on the set.
“She was like Mrs. Oleson in some
ways — not mean but just completely
bananas.”
The adult actors were gracious to
the many child actors on the show, she
says. They addressed them by their frst
names but included “sir” and “ma’am,”
as they did with the crew.
The show flmed at Paramount then
later at MGM on Stage 15 where “The
Wizard of Oz” was also flmed. Arngrim
claims she and Gilbert found pieces
of the yellow brick road on the set. The
outdoor scenes where facades of the
famous Oleson’s Mercantile and Nellie’s
Restaurant were built, were flmed at
L.A.’s famous Big Sky Ranch.
“It’s so funny, they shoot everything
there,” Arngrim says. “All these truck
commercials that show how these big
trucks can go through all this terrain.
They’re totally driving through Walnut
Grove. It’s hilarious. You see it on shows
and commercials all the time.”
One thing she doesn’t miss is the fa-
mous Nellie wig, which she says was
“practically nailed to my head.”
Several long-time cast members left
after the seventh season, including Arn-
grim. Her contract was up and she says
she didn’t see her character, who’d grown
up, gotten married, had twins and be-
come nice, going anywhere interesting.
“I thought, ‘OK, I’m done.’ It’s time to get
out the door and do something else. Even
Michael (Landon) hadn’t realized it would
go on this long and become this monster.
… This was pre-’Friends’ so we didn’t have
the big salaries and they weren’t offering
any great incentive to re-sign. If I’d known it
was only going to go on another two years,
I might have stayed but my family was
reminding me I didn’t want to end up like
Miss Kitty on ‘Gunsmoke.’”
Arngrim laughs when she recalls how
producers simply “cloned” several of
the characters who left. A new, equally
wholesome family moved in the Ingalls
old house when Landon and Karen
Grassle left. And the Olesons adopted
holy terror Nancy.
Arngrim’s activism sprang from her
“Little House” work. Actor Steve Tracy,
who played her husband Percival, was
gay and died of AIDS in 1986.
“It was extremely traumatic for all of us,”
Arngrim says.
Even though PFLAG is a little dif-
ferent from the AIDS organizations for
which Arngrim has long volunteered and
worked — she was a full-time employee
of Tuesday’s Child from 1989-1993 —
she says it’s an important group she’s
long admired.
“These families who treat their gay
children like they’re from outer space,
I’ve just never understood it. It’s like,
‘Jesus, what’s wrong with you?’ So this
group that had the audacity to actually
not reject their gay children — what a
freaking thought — it’s a great thing. No-
body’s free till we’re all free.”
Visit www.hgd.com/alison/ for Arn-
grim’s appearances and more.
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and staging performances on rooftops and
walls to investigate the relationship between
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At one point, during “We Kiss in a
Shadow,” they turn to each other and
exult, singing together “behold and be-
lieve what you see.” And audiences did.
Timed for the debate in New York State
over marriage equality, Feinstein and
Jackson were sending a powerful mes-
sage to the uber-powerful folk who saw
their show, but they did it with badinage
and playful patter, realizing that if you
want to “send a message, call Western
Union,” don’t put on a show.
In that same show, light of heart and
packed with so much pizzazz, the two
of them, each with matinee-idol looks
and dressed dapperly in matching black
suits, white shirts and black ties, the two
shared the spotlight with buddy songs
like “I’m Nothing Without You,” from
the show “City of Angels.” But in solos
Feinstein brought his own low-melting-
temperature vibrato to Cole Porter’s “So
In Love” from “Can Can,” and also threw
in some hilarious impersonations, mimic-
ing Paul Lynde and Carol Channing. He
also sat at the piano and crooned an-
other anthem, this one written directly
to advocate for LGBT rights, Marshall
Barer’s and Mickey Leonard’s “The Time
Has Come,” written as a response to the
Stonewall riot.
Feinstein’s roots are, of course, in cab-
aret, that musical genre that mixes Tin
Pan Alley with Broadway show tunes and
also the ambience of Weimar Republic
gay-friendly precincts of Berlin’s “kaba-
rett” in the 1920s. As Feinstein sees it,
“American Idol’s” former viper-tongued
wicked-witch-judge Simon Cowell, is to-
tally wrong-headed when he habitually
denounces anything he thinks sounds
old-fashioned as “cabaret.”
Where did it all begin for Feinstein,
this passion for the greatest American
classic popular songs? In the American
“middle-west” heartland of Columbus,
Ohio, where he was born in 1956, the son
of an amateur tap dancer (his mother)
and a Sara Lee Corporation sales execu-
tive (his father). He credits his parents as
“for exposing me to this music,” in a way
he compares to the Suzuki method of
teaching the young to play the violin by
ear, “before they even know it’s music,”
he says.
At age 5, he studied piano (still his in-
strument today) for several months with
a teacher who sought in vain to get him
to read sheet music and was angered
when he didn’t since he was simply more
comfortable playing by ear. His mother
backed him up and took him out of les-
sons allowing him to learn to love music
in his own way. By his teenage years,
he says, “I had already diverged from
my age group in taste.” When his sister
listened to Carole King’s album “Tapes-
try,” he says that he was collecting 78s.
As for the Beatles, he says he is not
overly impressed. He calls “Yesterday,”
for instance, “a great melody, but it’s a
bad lyric, maudlin at best, a good song
wasted.”
After fnishing high school, he worked
in local piano bars for two years and
then moved to Los Angeles when he
was 20. There he soon met June Le-
vant, widow of the legendary concert
pianist-actor Oscar Levant, and through
her he was introduced to Ira Gershwin,
who hired young Feinstein to catalogue
his extensive collection of phonograph
records. This assignment led to a six-
year assignment working at Gershwin’s
Beverly Hill home, preserving the legacy
not only of Ira but also that of his com-
poser brother George, who had died
four decades earlier. From there he got
to Gershwin’s next-door neighbor, singer
Rosemary Clooney, with whom Feinstein
formed a close relationship lasting until
her death in 2002.
In 1986, Feinstein recorded his frst
CD, “Pure Gershwin,” followed soon by
“Remember,” featuring the music of Ir-
ving Berlin” and later he embarked on
his ambitious “songbook project,” where
he would perform the music of a featured
composer — such as Jule Styne and
Jerry Herman — accompanied by the
composer. Later, he would record two
other albums of Gershwin’s music, “Nice
Work If You Can Get It” and “Michael and
George.”
“I’ve spent my life immersed in this
music,” he says of all these composers
and lyricists and their songs standards,
“out of love for it, not even thinking about
a career.” These songs are, he says, “are
still pertinent to our times.” He wants “to
keep the music alive for other genera-
tions,” a project that took major form in
January when the Feinstein Foundation-
funded $150-million Center for the Per-
forming Arts, where he is artistic direc-
tor, opened in Carmel, Ind. The complex
includes a 1,600-seat concert hall plus
smaller venues and houses his Foun-
dation for the Preservation of the Great
American Songbook, including also a li-
brary and archives storing his and other
collections of rare recordings, orchestra-
tions, sheet music and other cultural arti-
facts about songs.
Today, he is the owner of the Manhat-
tan nightclub, Feinstein’s at the Regen-
cy, a showcase for cabaret performers,
where he performs himself in sold-out
shows every Christmas. He also has an
interest in Feinstein’s at the Shaw, in Lon-
don. Recently he completed a six-part
Warner Home Video series for television
that depicts the history of the American
popular song through 1960.
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naturally to young Feinstein
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2010, GLAAD counted 23 LGBT characters
on major network television. Most are ste-
reotypical roles that portray us as cartoon
characters. I cringe every time Mitch and
Cam on “Modern Family” end one of their
arguments with a slap fght or the gay head
swing. Recently there was criticism from the
LGBT community because the characters
of Mitch and Cam were not showing any af-
fection on the show. The network chose to
air an episode indicating Mitch’s character
to be uncomfortable showing affection in
public. How convenient.
So where are the LGBT sports heroes
to come and save us? They are out there,
but just not having much impact on public
opinion. I’m a frm believer that every rip-
ple in the water is important. Much can be
said of what impact groups like the sports
teams under the Team D.C. umbrella have
at a grass roots level. Each year, more and
more straight athletes are joining our LGBT
sports teams. These athletes are then im-
parting their experiences with us to family
and friends which hopefully affect some
changes in the perception of us.
The Team D.C. sports teams are
also competing nationally against both
straight and gay athletes. Several times
I have heard the snickers or negative
comments while competing at a straight
swim meet. More often than not though,
the commonality of our sports experi-
ence brings the straight athletes to inter-
act with us in a positive way before the
end of the swim meet.
One of the lessons to be learned
from the black march to equality is that
we need to be aware of public opin-
ion. There are still large pockets of the
Unites States where people have never
met a gay person. I was recently told by
a Maryland legislator that many of her
peers vote against their own beliefs and
instead vote on what they have heard
from their constituents.
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Am I doing my part?
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If you missed the White House Garden
Tour this year, fear not! You can come
to my house instead. Not impressed?
Then read on…
Each year a variety of DC neighbor-
hoods and their residents open their
doors and their yards to the public.
Sponsored by local garden clubs and
historical groups, house and garden
tours are even better than open houses.
You get to see the best of the best and
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held on April 30
th
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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tiful homes (and yes, you can take a peek
at their gardens too). In addition, there
will be a Parish Tea from 2 p.m. through
5 p.m. in Blake Hall (no relation) at St.
John’s Church. Go to www.georgetown-
housetour.com before April 22
nd
to buy
your tickets online for $50.
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then head back to Georgetown for their
Garden Tour on May 7
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from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Be prepared for bursts of color
amid manicured hedges and statuary in
nine of Georgetown’s most exquisite gar-
dens. Tickets are available for $30 if pur-
chased before May 2nd online at www.
georgetowngardentour.com.
Think Takoma Park is already green?
Then wait until you see their House &
Garden Tour on May 1
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5 p.m. This year’s theme is Takoma
Origins, so look for some of the oldest
Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes in
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Metro or just park there and stroll to the
tour homes. Purchase tickets for $15 in
advance from the Food Co-op and from
various shops in downtown Takoma Park.
Capitol Hill’s House & Garden Tour is
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held on May 7
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and 8
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from 12 noon to
5 p.m. An annual event since 1958, the
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sored the 2-day tour on Mother’s Day
weekend each year. Plan on spending an
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Federal-style homes on the southeast side
of the Hill. Tickets may be purchased for
$25 online thru May 1st at www.chrs.org
and will also be sold at Eastern Market
during the preceding weekends.
My own community, Brookland, is a
relative newcomer to the house and gar-
den scene. This year it will be the place
to be on June 5
th
from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
when as many as a dozen homes featur-
ing the eclectic, distinctive and varied
architecture of the neighborhood will be
on display. Petals, Ribbons & Beyond,
located at 3906 12
th
Street, NE, will be
selling tickets in advance for $10. What
a bargain for an enjoyable afternoon!
Now, when I invited you all to my
house in the beginning of this article, I re-
ally wasn’t kidding. In a proud but weak
moment, I volunteered my home for the
Brookland House and Garden Tour this
year. In anticipation of June 5
th
, I re-
cently revised my Honey-Do List, which
had been sitting on the kitchen counter
relatively untouched since January 2010.
Nearly everyone who owns a home
has a Honey-Do list, but not everyone
has a Honey to do the items on it. Such is
my dilemma, so I have had to hire a few
Honeys to get the job done.
The impending tour has fueled a bevy
of activity at my place. My Honeys so far
have included a roofer, an electrician, a
carpenter, a painter, a tile setter, an iron
worker and a mason (and I may need that
partridge in a pear tree before I’m done).
I have even had to buy a garden to go
with my new and improved house. It’s
being delivered at the end of the month.
My Miniature Schnauzers are also get-
ting into the groove. Stanley, the baby, is
taking care of “watering the lawn.” Ol-
ivia, the eldest and several times a Mom,
keeps the work crews in line by frequent-
ly “barking orders.” Even Fulbright, my
middle child, is getting excited, although
he’s not sure why. A loving dog with a
sweet disposition, sometimes he’s more
Half Bright than Fulbright.
Despite my frenzied schedule, I know
that the house will look the way I want
it to by Tour Day and I hope to see you
there. The Miniature Schnauzers, how-
ever, will have to go on a play-date for the
afternoon. They might have made good
docents but I just couldn’t train them to
read the history of the house from the
cue cards. Maybe next year.
Houses and gardens and teas – oh my!
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By CHRIS BROWN
Most people believe that owning a
franchise is an opportunity to be your own
boss and take control of your future.
In many ways franchising does allow
you to control your destiny and invest in
yourself but it also requires you to play by
someone else’s rules. If you are an entre-
preneur at heart, you might feel restricted
by a franchise system. In reality, franchis-
ing is a hybrid of business ownership and
employment. You own the business but
you must operate it according to a pre-
determined plan that offers little fexibility.
What makes a franchised brand at-
tractive to consumers is consistency,
knowing that the product and the level
of service will be the same in every out-
post of the business. This consistency
requires that each franchisee tow the line
when it comes to the customer experi-
ence. And failing to follow procedures
established by the franchisor can have
harsh legal consequences that can lead
to losing your business and your invest-
ment. Before you consider buying a fran-
chise, determine if you have a personali-
ty that allows you to give up control of the
process and focus on providing a great
customer experience.
Buying a franchise gives you a head
start. You receive a proven and branded
concept, valuable training, a step-by-
step operations manual and help design-
ing and constructing your location. After
you open you may have access to pro-
fessional marketing tools, advertising
materials, reduced costs for raw materi-
als through cooperative buying and most
importantly, an experienced business
partner that can help you through the ups
and downs of establishing a new busi-
ness. However, in return for this, you give
up a lot. Financially you will most likely
pay a hefty initial fee and pledge to give
the franchisor a percentage of your in-
come each week. You will lose the ability
to introduce new products, drive market-
ing decisions or even alter the look and
feel of your shop. You might compete for
customers with other franchisees and
lose the ability to differentiate your busi-
ness from your competitors.
That is not to suggest that there is no
room for an entrepreneurial spirit. One
way that you can show your fair for busi-
ness is by exceeding expectations when
it comes to customer service or your abil-
ity to motivate and retain quality employ-
ees. Your role as a franchisee is to exe-
cute the predetermined plan with aplomb
and provide your customers with a posi-
tive experience that keeps them coming
back for more — again and again.
Finally, realize that the franchise rela-
tionship is governed by a detailed and
often infexible contract between the fran-
chisor and the franchisee. There are man-
dated disclosures that a franchisor must
make to all potential franchisees that help
you understand the contract and all of
your obligations. It is always a good idea
to work with a qualifed lawyer and ac-
countant when evaluating any franchise
opportunity because once you sign on the
dotted line, your ability to succeed will, in
part, depend on your ability to play by the
rules outlined in that agreement.
If you are not afraid of hard work, like
empowering others and reaping the fruits
of your labor, franchising could be the right
ft for you. In fact, many franchisors are
looking for owners just like you. For a list of
franchised concepts that value diversity in
their franchisee ranks go to gayfranchise.
com and explore the opportunities that
might just defne success for your future.

(This informational article does not constitute legal advice nor does it
create an attorney-client relationship.)
Operating a franchise business may not be a good choice for someone with a bold entrepre-
neurial spirit.
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com
Pros and cons of franchising
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Chris Brown is senior counsel with Ackerman-
Legal in D.C. specializing in complex
commercial litigation, small business issues,
franchise law and real estate disputes. Reach
him via ackerman-legal.com.
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Getting a charge out
of electric vehicles
By Joe PhilliPs
During the 1890s — aka those rollick-
ing Gay Nineties — most cars were elec-
tric vehicles (EVs). There were no gas
stations and Henry Ford hadn’t started
mass-producing cars with internal com-
bustion engines. So it wasn’t until the
1920s that the popularity of clean, reli-
able but oh-so-slow EVs began to dim.
But now electric vehicles are new all
over again. High fuel costs, faster elec-
tric motors and safer batteries are the
main reasons.
Price, though, is another matter: a Chevy
Volt starts at $41,000, while a decked-out
Tesla tops $165,000. Tax credits help, as
will increasing competition as automakers
add more EVs to their lineups.
For drivers looking to ratchet up their
green cred, here’s a look at today’s uber
EV: the Tesla Roadster Sport. (Next
month we compare the more mainstream
Volt and Nissan Leaf.)
Tesla Roadster sport
$129,000
Range: 245 miles before recharging
Charging time: 4 hours
(Tesla home Charger);
40 hours (common household outlet)
0-to-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
Despite being called EVs, the Volt and
Leaf still have a gas engine. Not so the
Tesla, a pure EV with 6,831 tiny lithium-
ion batteries stored in a battery pack be-
hind the seats.
What’s surprising is how much this su-
percar is like a kiddie go-kart — but in a
good way. Sure, contorting yourself into
and out of the low-slung seats can be a
challenge. The small Momo steering wheel
is the size of a salad plate. And there are
no power side mirrors; you have to reach
out and, gasp, adjust each one by hand.
Oh, and there’s no power steering.
But strap yourself in, punch the accel-
erator and, bam, you’re changing lanes
and cornering like gay NASCAR pro
Evan Darling. Blasting from 0 to 60 mph
takes, yikes, only 3.7 seconds. The bol-
stered seats are so taut there’s no need
for lumbar support. And there’s no rea-
son to ride the brakes — take your foot
off the, er, gas and the car slows dramati-
cally for maximum pedal control.
And that lack of power steering? It
helps keep the car steady and straight
on quick bursts through traffc.
Because EVs have no exhaust rum-
ble, it’s hard to know when they’re actu-
ally running. But turn the Tesla’s ignition
and there’s a chime that sounds.
As if the space-age styling and light-
ening-fast acceleration weren’t enough
to turn heads, there are a slew of bold
color options — including “Fusion Red”
and the aptly named “Very Orange.”
But as with other high-end exotics
— Maserati and Lamborghini spring
to mind — there are a few ft-and-fnish
faws: turn-signal and wiper arms are
made of cheap plastic, the driver’s side
door handle sometimes stuck so the
door wouldn’t open and the interior door
sills got muddy after a romp in the rain.
As for cargo room, it’s nil in the cabin
(well, OK, there is a glove box). The trunk
isn’t much bigger, holding just three gro-
cery bags and only then if the bags are
half full—otherwise they get crushed.
But, hey, a Tesla two-seater isn’t about
practicality, it’s about excitement — a
thrilling ride that’s high-tech and green.
That’s why the shifter has been replaced
by nifty backlit buttons for Park, Reverse,
Neutral and Drive. And it’s why the real-
time data monitor — along with keeping
track of your range and any regenerated
power — shows the number of barrels of
oil saved as you toodle down the road.
All in all, if you revel in the raw power
and geeky gadgetry of a car of the fu-
ture — and if you can plunk down some
serious coin — it doesn’t get any better
than this.
Photo courtesy of Tesla
Tesla’s pricey power
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