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Obama fails to mention same-sex couples in speech

PRESIDENT OBAMA said this week that enacting comprehensive immigration reform would contribute to border security and boost the economy, but he didn’t mention the plight of same-sex bi-national couples in his speech.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Will immigration reform include gays?
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama’s speech this week calling for a bipartisan approach to immigration reform lacked explicit mention of the plight of bi-national gay couples, but LGBT rights supporters are hoping his emphasis on family unification was a hint of his support. In his address Tuesday at the Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas, Obama emphasized passage of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress would have benefits for both the economic prosperity and border security of the country while making no explicit mention of the plight that many gay families face under current immigration laws. On the economic benefits of immigration reform, Obama said enacting new legislation would enable immigrants who come to the United States to attend college to stay in the country to use their education to advance the economy. “But our laws discourage them from using those skills to start a business or power a new industry right here
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Decades of faith
MCC-D.C. celebrates 40 years of pro-LGBT gospel ministry with events starting tonight. PAGE 21

‘Outrage’ as gay man’s killer gets 12 years
Court records unsealed; victim shot 5 times at point-blank range
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
The United States Attorney’s office this week reversed an earlier decision to seal court records showing the outcome of its case against two young men charged with first-degree murder while armed for the January 2010 shooting death of gay Maryland resident Gordon Rivers in Southeast Washington. At the request of the U.S. Attorney’s office, a D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday unsealed records showing that District resident William X. Wren, 18, had been sentenced on Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting Rivers five times at point-blank range inside Rivers’ car during a botched robbery. Wren, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was charged as an adult. The unsealed records show that Wren agreed to plead guilty last October in exchange for a government offer to lower the charge against him from first-degree felony murder while armed to second-degree murder
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Montgomery County LGBT group raising money to rehab home with Habitat for Humanity. PAGE 24

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Delaware gays celebrate as Markell signs civil unions
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to sign into law a sweeping civil unions bill late Wednesday after Blade deadline. The signing was scheduled to take place at the World Café Live in Wilmington and a large celebration of local LGBT people was expected to follow. The new law extends all state rights of marriage to same-sex couples in a civil union. The measure passed the Senate last month by a 25-15 vote.

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D.C. Pride events set to begin this month
Events associated with D.C.’s two main LGBT pride festivals – D.C. Black Pride and Capital Pride – are set to begin this month, and organizers say they are looking forward to a record turnout from local and out-of-town participants. As it has since its founding, Black Pride is set to take place Memorial Day weekend, with events beginning on Thursday, May 26, and ending Sunday, May 29, with the annual Black Pride Health and Wellness Festival. The festival will take place 1-7 p.m. at D.C.’s Fort Dupont Park located at Minnesota Avenue and F streets, S.E. The location represents a change from last year’s festival, which was held at the D.C. Convention Center. A series of Black Pride workshops covering a wide variety of topics ranging from domestic violence and heath care to black youth and transgender acceptance in the black community is scheduled to take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel at 14th and K streets, N.W. A full list of Black Pride events can be viewed at dcblackpride.org. The 36 annual Capital Pride celebration is set to take place June 2-12. The Capital Pride Parade will take place Saturday, June 11, and similar to past years, will begin at 23rd and P streets, N.W., travel around Dupont Circle to the 17 Street entertainment strip before ending at 14th Street, N.W., at Thomas Circle. Also similar to past years, the Capital Pride Festival is set to take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., near the U.S. Capitol. A wide variety of Capital Pride events are scheduled for the week preceding the parade and festival, including a June 1 kick-off party and panel discussion at the National Press Club; a June 5 Pride in the Park event at Six Flags amusement park in Upper Marlboro, Md.; and a June 6 Spirituality in the Gay Community Town Hall meeting at the Hotel Palomar at 2121 P St., N.W. A weekly “Pride Idol” singing contest, to be held every Wednesday night beginning May 11 at Cobalt bar at 17th and R Sts., N.W., is a new addition to the Capital Pride events. Organizers say a final winner in the ongoing singing contest will be selected June 8. The prize: a three-month lease for a new Saab automobile, which is being donated by Saab as part of the company’s sponsorship of Capital Pride. A full list of Capital Pride events can be viewed at www.capitalpride.org. These additional Pride events are set to take place in conjunction with Capital Pride and Black Pride: • Asian Pacific Islander Pride, May 23, 6-8:30 p.m., Café Asia, 1720 I St., N.W. • Trans Pride, June 4, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church of D.C., 474 Ridge St., N.W. • Latino Pride, June 10, 6-9 p.m., Town nightclub, 2009 8th St., N.W.

Inclusion of the Kameny documents represents the first time ‘the history of gay and lesbian Americans’ has been included by the library ‘in the story of the Constitution and its evolution as a living instrument of freedom.’

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Kameny papers exhibit opens at Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has added two documents “of major historical significance” from the papers of gay rights leader Frank Kameny to a widely viewed public exhibit about the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The library quietly placed the Kameny documents on display at its Thomas Jefferson Building across the street from the U.S. Capitol in late April without publicly announcing the development. On Monday, organizers of the Kameny Papers Project announced in a press release that the documents were on display as part of the library’s “Creating the United States” exhibit. The release says inclusion of the Kameny documents represents the first time “the history of gay and lesbian Americans” has been included by the library “in the story of the Constitution and its evolution as a living instrument of freedom.” In 2006, the Kameny Papers Project donated about 50,000 documents and artifacts to the Library of Congress on Kameny’s behalf that the gay rights pioneer had produced during his more than 50 years of work on behalf of LGBT equality. The documents and artifacts, such as gay rights protest signs from the 1960s, are available to researchers. Kameny, 85, began working on gay rights activities in the late 1950s. One of the documents now on display at the Library of Congress is Kameny’s 1961 petition to the U.S. Supreme Court contesting a decision in 1957 by the then U.S. Army Map Service to fire him as a civilian astronomer because he was gay. The petition is the first such document ever filed before the Supreme Court pertaining to a civil rights violation based on sexual orientation. The Supreme Court denied Kameny’s petition, upholding the longstanding policy of the then U.S. Civil Service Commission banning gays and lesbians from working for the federal government. The policy remained in effect until 1975. The second Kameny document included in the library’s exhibit is the original copy of a 1966 letter from John W. Macy Jr., the then director of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, to the Mattachine Society of Washington, the city’s first gay rights group that Kameny founded in the early 1960s. In the letter, Macy sought to justify the federal government’s ban on gay employees by citing “the revulsion of other employees by homosexual conduct.” The two Kameny documents are scheduled to remain on display at the library until October.

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Director of Baltimore’s LGBT community center resigns
Craig Wiley, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) has resigned. He held the position for more than seven years and became the longest-tenured executive director in GLCCB history. Wiley also served on the board of Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers. According to his bio on Centerlink, “Since joining the GLCCB he has systematically implemented expense-reduction strategies and indentified new and diverse revenue streams for the organization. Mr. Wiley has also fostered relationships with many organizational and community partners and municipal agencies, including the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore Police Department, the Office of the Mayor, local colleges and universities, businesses, and nonprofits serving diverse constituencies that touch the LGBT community either directly or indirectly.” “It is with regret that I write you to let you know Craig Wiley has stepped down as Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB),” GLCCB Board President Trevor Ankeny said in a statement. “Craig’s involvement with the GLCCB spanned more than a decade. From volunteering to serving as a board member to assuming the position of executive director, his support for the GLCCB has touched all facets of our work. In his role as executive director for the past seven years, Craig has tirelessly devoted himself to making the GLCCB a stronger institution so that we may better serve the community.” In other Baltimore news, Trans-United Director Sandy Rawls has been named as Grand Marshall in the upcoming Baltimore Pride Parade, and Del. Mary Washington will be the Honorary Grand Marshall.

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U.S. Attorney unseals sentence in D.C. gay murder case
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while armed. Wren also agreed to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap Rivers while armed with co-defendant Anthony Hager, 23, and conspiracy to rob Rivers while armed with a firearm. Hager was 22 at the time of the murder. Judge Herbert Dixon also sentenced Wren to seven years on the two conspiracy charges but agreed to a request by Wren’s defense lawyer to allow the two sentences to run concurrently, limiting the total time served to 12 years. The U.S. Attorney’s office moved to have the court records unsealed following inquires by the Washington Blade, which discovered through unsealed court records that the government dropped its case against Hager, who was also charged with first-degree murder while armed in the River’s killing. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office determined that there was probable cause to arrest Anthony Hager in the murder of Mr. Rivers,” said William Miller, a spokesperson for the office. “However, the office later concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to meet the higher legal standard that is required to obtain and sustain a conviction.” Miller noted that at the government’s request, the court dismissed the case “without prejudice,” which allows prosecutors to reinstate charges against Hager in the future if more evidence surfaces. “The murder case remains under investigation,” he said. Chris Farris, former co-chair of the D.C. group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, said he was “outraged” that Wren could receive just 12 years for committing a murder and that Hager could get off “completely free” in the Rivers’ murder. “Take away the gay angle, take away the history of hate crimes against our community, take away everything else, and I just find it incredibly stunning that one person in the case of a murder of someone who was fired on at point blank range five times gets 12 years in jail,” Farris said. Court documents filed by the government and the defense in the case show that Hager allegedly conspired with Wren to force Rivers at gunpoint to drive the two to Rivers’ house in Maryland, where they planned to rob him of his valuables and steal his two vehicles. But the documents show that that Wren shot Rivers before Hager had a chance to enter the car. Court records also show that authorities revoked Hager’s parole from an unrelated conviction for armed robbery in 2005 after learning of his arrest in the Rivers case. Miller said the parole revocation resulted in Hager being ordered to serve two more

years for the earlier conviction. Under the D.C. criminal code, Wren faced a possible maximum sentence of 70 years in prison for second-degree murder while armed with a firearm. First-degree murder while armed carries a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison under D.C. law. Separate sentencing memorandums submitted by the defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked Judge Dixon to consider mitigating factors that would justify a sentence significantly lower than the maximum sentence provided by law. Among other things, the two pointed to Wren’s cooperation with the government in the prosecution of Hager before the U.S. Attorney’s office decided to drop its case against Hager. Defense attorney Spencer Hecht also states in his sentencing memorandum that Wren recounted that Rivers paid him for sexual encounters at Rivers’ house in Brandywine, Md., during a one-year period prior to the murder. Hecht’s sentencing memo says the sexual encounters began when Wren was 16. “While the defendant unequivocally accepts responsibility for his extremely serious and dangerous conduct, and is extremely remorseful for taking the life of another, he offers the nature of his relationship with the decedent in mitigation,” Hecht says in his sentencing memo. “The decedent was someone who preyed on the defendant’s youth, immaturity, and impressionability for a substantial period of time,” the memo says. “On frequent occasions, the decedent would contact the defendant and pay him to perform sex acts upon him. This is nothing less than child sexual abuse and rape – offenses which carry significant prison sentences.” Hecht provides no evidence or substantiation of the alleged sexual encounters between Rivers and Wren other than Wren’s claim that they occurred. The sentencing memo doesn’t say where the two met or under what circumstances, only that the two met after Wren’s mother kicked him out of her home “because her live-in girlfriend believed the defendant a troublemaker.” His estrangement with his mother resulted in his having no fixed address, the memo says. “It was during this period of time that the defendant began using and selling drugs and committing robberies of known drug dealers to support himself,” according to Hecht’s sentencing memo. “It was also during this period of time that the defendant met the decedent Gordon Rivers (aka ‘Mr. G’), when he (‘Mr. G’) propositioned him (the defendant) for paid sex,” it says. The memo also states that Wren moved

GORDON RIVERS was shot five times and killed in 2010. The shooter was sentenced in January, but the court records were sealed until a Washington Blade inquiry this week.
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into a row house where his girlfriend lived at 2409 S St., S.E., seven months prior to the murder, saying his girlfriend’s residence provided him with a stable home. It says he has two children with his girlfriend, Breana Smith, with whom he had been in a relationship for two years at the time of the murder. Gay activists have long complained that defendants who target gay men for assault, robbery and murder have often claimed, after being charged with such crimes, that the victim made a sexual pass at them that prompted them to assault or kill the victim in self-defense. Gay rights attorneys, who describe such a claim as the “gay panic defense,” have said prosecutors often lack the training or understanding to adequately contest this defense tactic. Hecht did not return calls to his office seeking comment on the case and on his client’s allegations of sexual encounters between Wren and Rivers. Miller, the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said he could not comment on whether his office considered Hecht’s allegations in the sentencing memo as an attempt to invoke the gay panic defense. In its own sentencing memorandum, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recommended that the court sentence Wren to the “middle range” of sentences available to a court for the offenses to which Wren pleaded guilty. The government sentencing memo recommends that Dixon sentence Wren to some jail time but doesn’t object to the defense recommendation that he be sentenced under the D.C. Youth

Rehabilitation Act. The act allows judges to waive a required minimum sentence of five years in jail for a conviction or guilty plea to second-degree murder while armed. The memo adds, “The government does not oppose a motion by the defendant for a downward departure under the sentencing guidelines.” In his sentencing order, Dixon did not indicate that he approved the defense request for a Youth Rehabilitation Act sentence. The government’s sentencing memo describes Rivers as “an accomplished, well-loved man with family and friends who dearly miss him.” It says he was born in Alabama and was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy who, at the time of his death, worked as an executive assistant with Raytheon Corporation in Arlington, Va., in a job he held for five years. The government sentencing memo says Wren’s effort to express remorse over his action and the prospects that he could turn around his life in the future don’t offset the consequence of his behavior toward Gordon Rivers. “The defendant preyed upon Mr. Rivers by taking advantage of the trust they shared, however inappropriate the foundation of the relationship,” the memo says. “And it was the defendant, not Mr. Hager, who got in the car, put the gun to Mr. Rivers, and pulled the trigger five times.” The memo notes that Wren was “no newcomer to armed robberies,” referring to his own admission that he committed armed robberies against drug dealers in the months prior to his arrest in the Rivers case.

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Gay assemblyman introduces N.Y. marriage bill
About 100 graduates of Michigan Law School protested the commencement address of U.S. Sen. ROB PORTMAN (R-Mich.) last weekend.
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Anti-gay group launches attack ads opposing measure
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan), the gay brother of TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, introduced a bill this week to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. O’Donnell’s action appears to have broken ranks with New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, who promised to introduce marriage equality legislation but has hesitated in doing so just weeks before the state legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year. Cuomo, a strong backer of same-sex marriage, reportedly has persuaded a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups campaigning for a marriage bill to support his plan to hold off on introducing the bill until enough votes could be lined up to pass it in the Republican-controlled state Senate. “It is with great pride that I am introducing the Marriage Equality Act,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Since the Assembly last passed the bill in 2009, there has been an overwhelming groundswell of support for marriage equality across our state.” The Democratic-controlled Assembly has passed a same-sex marriage bill three times since 2007, and this is the fourth time O’Donnell has emerged as the lead sponsor of the bill. But the bill lost in the Senate in 2009 by an eight-vote margin at a time when Democrats controlled the body. It was the first time the Senate had taken a vote on the measure. Josh Vlasto, a spokesperson for Cuomo, told the New York Times on Tuesday that the governor remains committed to seeing the bill pass before the legislature adjourns at the end of June. “The question has never been the Assembly,” Vlasto told the Times. “The question has always been whether there are the votes in the Senate, and that remains the question.” Vlasto’s comments came at a time when many political observers in the state were hopeful that between four and six Republican senators would join as many as 28 Senate Democrats to secure the bill’s passage. Most observers expect the Assembly to once again approve the bill. Republicans have a 32-30 majority in the

Michigan students walk out on Portman
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — More than 100 graduates at the Michigan Law School walked out of the commencement ceremony last weekend in protest of the appearance of Sen. Rob Portman, a six-term congressman who was tapped by President George W. Bush in 2005 to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative and later director of the Office of Management and the Budget, both cabinet-level positions. He was elected to the U.S. Senate last November. The protest, according to the Ann Arbor Journal News, stems from Portman’s voting record in which he opposed gay adoption in Washington, D.C., and opposes marriage equality. Protesters said his views are incompatible with human dignity, the paper said. Portman is a 1984 graduate of the school. A small group of the seniors had an audience with the senator on Saturday morning, but in the end, the walkout was even bigger than Andrew Selbst, unofficial spokesman for the protesting seniors, had hoped. His conservative estimate was that about 40 students would walk out, but more than 100 students joined him in the lobby while Portman spoke.

Presbyterian Church to allow gay ordination
The Presbyterian Church Tuesday ratified a measure allowing the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers and lay leaders while allowing individual parishes the ability to decide for themselves, several media outlets reported this week. With the vote of its regional organization in Minnesota, the Presbyterian Church USA became the fourth mainline Protestant church to allow gay ordination, following the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran churches and the United Church of Christ. The Minnesota vote was closely followed by one in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. The change to the Presbyterian Church constitution was approved last summer by the church’s General Assembly, its governing body. But under church rules, such changes must then be ratified by a majority of the 173 regional organizations known as presbyteries. Late Tuesday, at a meeting in St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb, the Twin Cities Presbytery put the measure over the top with a vote of 205 to 56, becoming the 87th regional body to vote yes. About 90 minutes later, the Pacific Presbytery, representing parts of Southern California and all of Hawaii, added its voice, voting 102 to 60 in favor, the Times reported.

Marriage ban slated for Minn. Senate vote
ST. PAUL, Minn. — For the first time, Minnesota’s Senate plans to vote on a ballot measure aimed at banning same-sex marriage in the state Constitution, the Associated Press reported this week. The vote scheduled for Wednesday would put the proposal half way toward the November 2012 ballot, where a majority vote would enact it. The House, which like the Senate is controlled by Republicans, is expected to follow suit. Proposed constitutional amendments don’t go through the governor, denying Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton a chance to block it, the AP story said. Groups on both sides of the debate sent out urgent messages to encourage people to contact lawmakers before the vote. Democrats have long prevented a vote by the full Senate but lost their governing majority in the 2010 election.

62-member Senate. Supporters, led by a coalition of LGBT groups, including the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) and the Human Rights Campaign, have pointed to a recent public opinion poll showing that 58 percent of New Yorkers support the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Advocates for the bill also note that Cuomo, who has a high public approval rating, is aggressively lobbying both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to vote for a marriage equality bill that he says he wants to personally introduce. “We think the environment is strong,” said ESPA Executive Director Ross Levi. “To have such a popular governor so forcefully behind it, to have the public so solidly on our side at 58 percent, to have the LGBT community and so many strong allies working closely and coordinated together creates a good environment to work on this and achieve victory,” he said. In a development that was long expected, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage announced this week it is launching a $500,000 TV ad campaign to defeat the marriage bill. The group has also vowed to spend $1 million to defeat any Republican lawmaker who votes for the bill and to support the reelection of any Democratic legislator who votes no on the bill. “It’s become quite clear in recent days in New York that Gov. Cuomo and samesex marriage advocates are targeting a select number of Democrat state senators, as well as some Republicans, in their desperate attempt to coerce legislators to support their agenda,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We want to be sure those courageous Democrats and Republicans who cast their vote of conscience in favor of traditional marriage will have a strong supporter if the radical gay activists come after them in their next election,” Brown said. Similar to its practice in other states, NOM’s TV ad opposing the bill, which aired on TV stations this week, claims that legalizing same-sex marriage would result in elementary schools teaching children about gay marriage and how it benefits society. The Human Rights Campaign has responded by launching its own campaign to challenge the NOM ads, saying the group is falsely linking marriage equality to school curricula.
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Obama officials, HRC named in ‘racketeering’ lawsuit
Anti-gay Bush appointee seeks $200 million in damages
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Two gay Obama administration officials and the Human Rights Campaign were lumped in as defendants with former Bush administration operative Karl Rove and more than a dozen others in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by anti-gay Bush official Scott Bloch. The 64-page lawsuit, filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, charges the defendants — including former GOP Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia — with conspiring to force Bloch out of his job as head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel through a trumped up criminal investigation. News of the lawsuit, which was first reported by Courthouse News Services, hasn’t been widely reported in major news media outlets. Bloch and his wife, who is a party to the suit, are seeking $102 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages. Bloch, who served as director of the Office of Special Counsel from 2004 to October 2008, pleaded guilty in April 2010 to a charge of contempt of Congress. The guilty plea followed a lengthy investigation that included an FBI raid on his office and home in May 2008. The investigation stemmed from allegations that Bloch improperly sought to purge employees in his office who disagreed with him and later sought to cover up possible wrong-doing by hiring a computer services company to “scrub” files from his government office computer. A federal judge in Washington sentenced him on March 30 to one month in jail in connection with his guilty plea but agreed to stay the sentence while Bloch appeals it on grounds that he didn’t know the contempt of Congress law carries a mandatory minimum jail term of 30 days. The gay Obama administration officials named in Bloch’s suit are John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and Elaine Kaplan, OPM’s general counsel. Kaplan preceded Bloch as head of the Office of Special Counsel during the Clinton administration. While working as an attorney in private practice after her term ended as U.S. Special Counsel, Kaplan joined others who criticized Bloch for dismantling LGBTsupportive policies at the Special Counsel’s office that Kaplan established there.

JOHN BERRY, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is named in a lawsuit filed by anti-gay Bush official Scott Bloch
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Kaplan and others argued that an existing U.S. civil service law protected federal workers from discrimination based solely on their sexual orientation through a provision that barred bias for non-work related factors. Bloch, upon taking office after being appointed by President George W. Bush, reversed Kaplan’s policies, saying he disputed the assumption that the civil service law could be interpreted to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. In his lawsuit, Bloch alleges that the Bush White House demanded that he back off from reversing Kaplan’s polices at the Office of Special Counsel, saying White House aides threatened to arrange for his dismissal if he failed to comply with their request. Bloch and his wife, who are representing themselves in the case, filed their suit under a federal statute called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. The statute allows both criminal and civil charges to be brought in cases where the government or a private party alleges that others conspired to commit an illegal act or to damage a person or a business through a “criminal enterprise.” Other parties named as defendants in the lawsuit include the Executive Office of the President, the Office of Special Counsel, the National Treasury Employees Union, and several government watchdog groups, including the Government Accountability Project. In his lawsuit, Bloch names Berry as a defendant only in his capacity as director of the Office of Personnel Management, making no allegations that Berry played a role in Bloch’s forced resignation as head of the Office of Special Council during the Bush administration. However, Bloch repeatedly alleges in the lawsuit that OPM as a government agency “conspired” with others in the Bush administration to force his ouster because, among other things, he was

ELAINE KAPLAN preceded Scott Bloch as head of the Office of Special Counsel during the Clinton administration. She is among those named in a 64-page lawsuit.
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investigating possible breaches of government ethics rules by Bush White House staffers, including Karl Rove, and officials with other government agencies. The lawsuit alleges that Kaplan was a party to the alleged effort to oust him from his post as head of the Office of Special Counsel in her role as general counsel to the National Treasury Employees Union, which opposed Bloch’s policies and practices at the OSC. Kaplan became general counsel to NTEU shortly after her five-year term as head of the Office of Special Counsel ended. The lawsuit alleges that Kaplan joined other organizations and individuals who disagreed with Bloch’s policies and sought his removal. It says the Human Rights Campaign was among several outside groups that Kaplan and others worked with to discredit Bloch and “conspire” to oust him from office. During his tenure as head of the Office of Special Counsel, HRC criticized Bloch for rolling back his office’s protections for gay federal workers. “We don’t believe this case has any merit,” said HRC spokesperson Fred Sainz. “[F]rom 2005 to the present, both as

counsel for National Treasury Employees Union, and plaintiffs are informed and believe and thereon allege, that in her current role as general counsel of OPM, [Kaplan] is conspiring with or has conspired with third parties to damage plaintiffs as hereinafter alleged, improperly, illegally, and against the Ethics in Government Act, both as to her involvement in previous issues as Special Counsel of the OSC, and as general counsel of OPM with conflicts of interest, personal and official, and to conspire to harm plaintiffs…,” Bloch says in his lawsuit. The lawsuit charges that Kaplan and those she allegedly conspired with sought to “disrupt official investigations, undermine official functions in the Office of Special Counsel, divert loyalty of employees away from Scott Bloch, and otherwise seek to undermine and harm plaintiffs in their reputation and family life.” Berry and Kaplan or a spokesperson for the Office of Personnel Management couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on the lawsuit. Visit washingtonblade.com for a link to a copy of the full lawsuit.

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in the United States,” Obama said. “So instead of training entrepreneurs to create jobs in America, we train them to create jobs for our competition. That makes no sense. In a global marketplace, we need all the talent we can get — not just to benefit those individuals, but because their contributions will benefit all Americans.” Obama also said enacting comprehensive immigration reform would contribute to border security by allowing U.S. immigration officials to focus on immigrants who come to the United States for unscrupulous purposes. “The most significant step we can take now to secure the borders is to fix the system as a whole — so that fewer people have incentive to enter illegally in search of work in the first place,” Obama said. “This would allow agents to focus on the worst threats on both of our borders — from drug traffickers to those who would come here to commit acts of violence or terror.” But never during the speech did Obama directly address that under current immigration law, gay Americans are unable to sponsor their foreign partners for residency in the United States. Foreign nationals in same-sex relationships with Americans could be subject to deportation and separation from their loved ones upon expiration of their temporary visas that allow them to remain in the country. Even U.S. citizens in legally recognized same-sex marriages with foreign nationals cannot obtain marriage-based I-130 green cards for their spouses because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of the unions. At one point in his address, Obama said immigration law should “respect families following the rules — reuniting them more quickly instead of splitting them apart.” The remark seemed directed toward immigrants who are permanent residents in the United States seeking to have their loved ones join them, and not aimed at problems faced by gay Americans and their foreign partners. “While applicants wait for approval, for example, they’re often forbidden from visiting the United States,” Obama said. “Even husbands and wives may have to spend years apart. Parents can’t see their children. I don’t believe the United States of America should be in the business of separating families. That’s not right. That’s not who we are.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested on Wednesday that President Obama isn’t open to issuing a moratorium to stop the deportations of LGBT foreign nationals in same-sex marriages who

would be eligible for residency in the United States if not for the Defense of Marriage Act. Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Carney noted that Obama articulated in his immigration speech on Tuesday that problems in the immigration code — whether they impact gay Americans and their foreign spouses or not — require a comprehensive legislative solution as opposed to executive action. “The president, I think, made the point in his speech yesterday that he — we have to take comprehensive action on immigration reform and that he can’t just wave a wand and change the law,” Carney said. “So, I’ll leave — I’ll leave it at that terms in of his view.” Pressed on whether he believes the White House has the authority to issue such a moratorium, Carney replied, “It’s not for me to decide. I’m not a lawyer.” Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, said the president’s speech was intended to emphasize the importance of immigration reform on his agenda and the lack of explicit mention of gay families shouldn’t be seen as an indication of the president’s position on the issue. “The president delivered this speech because he wants a constructive and civil debate on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs for the 21st century,” Inouye said. “It is fundamental for America to win the future. His remarks are not meant to be a laundry list of all the issues that immigration reform should address.” LGBT rights supporters working on immigration issues expressed gratitude to the president for giving the speech despite his lack of explicit mention of gay couples during the address. Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immigration Equality, said his organization wholeheartedly supports the notion expressed by Obama that immigration system should keep families together in the United States. “We couldn’t agree more, and while the president didn’t use the ‘LGBT’ qualifier in his reference to families, we’re going to ensure the White House knows — clearly and unambiguously — that any immigration reform effort must be inclusive,” Ralls said. Ralls added that his organization is pleased that Obama is stepping up efforts to reform the immigration system and is glad to hear him talk about an end to family separation. “Now, we look forward to working with him, and other leaders, on a concrete plan that includes our families, too,” Ralls said. “It’s time for everyone to get into the

Rep. MIKE HONDA (D-Calif.) introduced the Reuniting Families Act this week.
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business of reforming our laws in a way that unites, rather than separates, loved ones. That’s the right thing to do, and the goal we remain committed to.” Lavi Soloway, co-founder of Stop the Deportations, also said he applauds the commitment to reform that President Obama expressed during his speech and for emphasizing that family unification is the bedrock of immigration law. However, Soloway said Obama needs to take administrative action by exercising his prosecutorial authority to ensure that foreign nationals in legally recognized samesex marriages with U.S. citizens can stay in the country without fear of deportation. “To keep our country safe, we must focus our law enforcement resources on deporting those who have committed crimes and endanger our security,” Soloway said. “At the same time this administration must take great care that, in the zeal to achieve that goal, innocent families are not torn apart. The administration has not yet delivered fully on its goal to protect all families from deportation, where possible, by application of existing prosecutorial discretion guidelines.” Soloway, who handles immigration cases as an attorney with Masliah & Soloway PC in New York, maintained that Obama can issue such a change because he has already determined that DOMA is unconstitutional because of the impact the anti-gay law has LGBT families, including same-sex bi-national couples. “This administration can act now to ensure that no LGBT families are torn apart by instituting a moratorium on deportations of all spouses of lesbian and gay Americans until all married couples are treated equally under our immigration laws,” Soloway said.

Gay-inclusive bill introduced

Just days prior to Obama’s speech, a U.S. House member from California introduced family immigration legislation that includes language allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign

partners for residency in the United States. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced the Reuniting Families Act, which has a provision that would protect bi-national same-sex couples as one of its six prongs to keep families together in the country. During a conference call last week, Honda touted his legislation as a means to make U.S. immigration policy more fair for gay Americans and their foreign partners. “RFA also ends discrimination in our immigration system by allowing samesex permanent partners to sponsor their foreign national partners for immigration benefits,” Honda said. The provision allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency in the United States is identical to other legislation known as the Uniting American Families Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the Senate. Rachel Tiven, executive director for Immigration Equality, praised Honda for including a provision for bi-national samesex couples as part of his legislation. “Separating families has an enormously expensive impact, it is a drain on the economy and separating Americans from their loved ones and forcing them to move abroad because they can’t keep their family together in this country is simply pointless,” Tiven said. In addition to including UAFA-like language, Honda’s legislation would help shorten the wait times that can keep legal immigrants and their overseas loved ones separated for years. The bill would classify spouses and children of permanent U.S. residents as “immediate relatives” and exempt them from numerical caps on immigration. “The reality is almost 6 million people are stuck in the logjam of our family visa system,” Honda said. “The current system has not been updated in over 20 years, and many family members who apply for visas are not granted admission for decades — and that undermines their
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economic contributions to our country and encourages some frustrated relatives to resort to illegal migration.” The Reuniting Families Act has 73 co-sponsors, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as well as gay Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.). The co-sponsors are all Democrats; no Republicans have signed on in support. Rep. David Cicilline, another gay lawmaker, isn’t among the co-sponsors. His office didn’t respond on short notice to explain why his name isn’t on the list of supporters. During the conference call, Honda said he intends his legislation to be a marker to set the tone for debate on larger comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the 112th Congress. “It’s to also tell our citizens and those with legal permanent resident status to be part of the movement for a comprehensive package for everyone in this country,” Honda said. “I’d like to make sure that we just go through the arc once and just fix all the holes and make sure that this thing we call immigration system … is a better vessel for people that we’re trying to care of.” Until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed, Honda called on Obama to issue a moratorium to stop the deportation of foreign nationals in samesex unions who would be eligible for marriage-based green cards if not for the Defense of Marriage Act. “The president has at his disposal certain kinds of statutory existing powers that he can stay a deportation process,” Honda said. “He can put in a place a situation where folks will be held in abeyance and allowed to work and allowed to continue their lives until such time that we correct our immigration system.” Last month, Honda was among the 47 U.S. House members, who, along with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), wrote the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to stop the deportations of foreigners in legally recognized same-sex marriages in the United States. In the 111th Congress, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sponsored the Senate version of the Reuniting Families Act, but he has yet to introduce the bill this year. The version of the bill that Menendez previously introduced didn’t include a provision for bi-national same-sex couples, although the legislation was similar in other respects to Honda’s bill. However, at the end of last year, Menendez introduced broader immigration reform legislation in which the

both the Reuniting Families Act and the Uniting American Families Act were provisions. Menendez’s office didn’t respond by deadline to a request for comment on when the senator would reintroduce the Reuniting Families Act or whether it would include a provision to keep bi-national same-sex couples together in the United States. Steve Ralls, a spokesperson for Immigration Equality, said he thinks Menendez will likely again introduce comprehensive legislation this Congress that would include both Uniting American Families Act and the Reuniting Families Act. “Sen. Menendez would be the best person to talk about the Senate CIR strategy, but my expectation is that we will see an inclusive, all-encompassing Senate bill which incorporates the various other bills, such as UAFA and RFA, into one,” Ralls said.

‘A positive first step’

In a related development last week, an order to vacate from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder halting the deportation of a foreign national in a civil union was seen as a sign of hope for bi-national samesex couples in the United States who are facing separation. In the decision, dated April 26, Holder remands to the Board of Immigration Appeals the case of Paul Wilson Dorman — a New Jersey man who’s seeking residency in the United States through his partner — to reassess a previous petition that was denied based on the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage. “In the exercise of my review authority under that regulation, and upon consideration of the record in this case, I direct that the order of the Board be vacated and that this matter be remanded to the Board to make such findings as may be necessary to determine whether and how the constitutionality of DOMA is presented in this case,” Holder writes. Holder asks the Board of Immigration Appeals to clarify questions not addressed in the initial proceeding, such as whether the petitioner’s civil union with his partner makes him eligible as a “spouse” under New Jersey law and the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as whether Dorman can establish exceptional and unusual hardship to qualify for relief. The details of the Dorman case weren’t immediately known, such as when his partner filed the petition, when the Board of Immigration appeals initially rejected the application or when any deportation as a result of the case is expected to proceed. Nor was it clear why Holder decided to intervene in this case when other foreign nationals in same-sex relationships are faced with potential deportation.

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER last week questioned whether a petitioner’s civil union with his partner makes him eligible as a ‘spouse’ under New Jersey law.
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Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokesperson, said the action isn’t the first time that an attorney general has remanded a case to the Board of Immigration Appeals for reconsideration. “By way of history, over the years, attorneys general in several administrations have exercised their review authority in immigration cases,” Schmaler said. “Since 1996, attorneys general have reviewed 30 cases involving a variety of immigration law issues.” Lavi Soloway, an attorney who handles immigration cases, said the order from Holder could be a sign that the Obama administration is looking for a way to help same-sex bi-national couples who are barred from the marriage-based immigration process because of DOMA. “There isn’t yet a final decision that could be applicable, but on the other hand, the action by the attorney general to vacate the decision would now suggest that it would be appropriate to adjourn any deportation proceedings where there are similar issues at stake,” Soloway said. Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immigration Equality, said the implications of the order to vacate remain unclear, but could indicate that the Obama administration is moving to intercede on their behalf. “It appears to be a positive first step that, I think, is based at least in part on the congressional pressure that has been placed on DOJ around DOMA and the

issue of bi-national couples,” Ralls said. Ralls was referring to letters that member of Congress sent to the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security urging officials to stop the deportations of foreign nationals in legally recognized same-sex marriages. Last month, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and 11 other senators in one letter, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and 47 other House members in another letter, asked the Obama administration to make the change. “I think it’s a positive sign that the attorney general himself decided to intervene to take this step,” Ralls continued. “We’re hopeful that it will then be replicated in other cases for couples who are facing separation, but I think it’s a little too early to know for sure that’s going to be the case.” Soloway said he plans to use the order to help defend his clients who face possible separation because of DOMA. Josh Vandiver, a U.S. citizen, and Henry Velandia, a professional dancer from Venezuela, were legally married in Connecticut last year. Velandia was placed into removal proceedings in 2009 when his employment-based immigration case was denied. Last summer, Vandiver filed an I-130 marriage-based green card petition for Velandia, but it was denied in January on the sole basis of DOMA.
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A House defense committee approved on Wednesday a series of anti-gay amendments as part of major Pentagon budget legislation aimed at disrupting the process for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and at demonstrating support for the Defense of Marriage Act. The most high-profile amendment came from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who introduced a measure that would expand the certification requirement needed for repeal to include input from the four military service chiefs. The Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 in favor of adopting the measure as part of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill. The vote in favor of the Hunter amendment was mostly along party lines, although Reps. Todd Platts (R-Pa.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) voted against the measure. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of the measure. The repeal legislation signed into law in December allows for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” after 60 days pass following certification from the president, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hunter’s amendment would expand the certification requirement to include input from the uniform chiefs of staff for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, billed the amendment as a means to ensure the uniform military leaders — which he described “the ones that are actually responsible for the men and women under their care” — are able to express their opinion before moving forward with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. “Right now as it stands, the only folks that have to sign on to this are the president, who has never been to war or in ground combat, Adm. [Mike] Mullen, who, with all due respect to him, has never been to ground combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, and Secretary Gates, a political appointee, who is a very fine gentleman, but has never been in ground combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” Hunter said. “I, and others in this room, have more combat experience than the people who would sign off on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” Hunter emphasized his amendment would require the service chiefs to issue certification only based on their belief that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal wouldn’t harm morale and unit cohesion for combat arms units under their jurisdiction. According to the Pentagon survey published in November, these units are the

Rep. DUNCAN HUNTER introduced an amendment aimed at disrupting repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
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most skeptical about whether open service would cause a disruption in the U.S. military. Involving the military service chiefs in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal certification process could disrupt or delay open service in the U.S. military because some uniform leaders of the military — notably Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos — expressed opposition to passing repeal legislation last year. Amos has since said the Marine Corps would work to implement open service. Despite the concerns that were expressed last year, each of the service chiefs testified in April that the process for enacting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal has been proceeding smoothly. Some service chiefs — including Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead — have said they oppose any effort to expand the certification requirement and they believe the defense secretary would adequately represent their views in the certification process. Many Republican committee members voiced support for the Hunter amendment as they expressed opposition to implementing open service in the U.S. military. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said he supported the amendment because the president, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had already backed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal before Congress acted to end the military’s gay ban. “I always felt the deck was stacked when the three people who were supposed to sign off on it, agreed to and had all been on record ahead of time saying what their preference was,” Lamborn said. “This broadens it, and, I think, adds more objectivity to the whole matter, and I think that that’s really good thing.” Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.) said he opposes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal because he hasn’t encountered one American or U.S. service member who wants an end to the anti-gay law. Despite his remarks, polls found that around 80 percent of Americans favored ending the military’s gay ban at the time Congress repealed the statute.

Palazzo added he had a visit earlier today from about 85 veterans of World War II and said he believes they’d be displeased with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. “I don’t think that they would look upon this as progress,” Palazzo said. “I don’t think they’d look at this as the sacrifices they made for our families, for our country, for our allies, future generations of Americans — to see their military go down in flames by implementing [an end] to the DADT policy. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.” But Democrats on the committee defended repeal of the law that Congress passed last year and said the current repeal process is working well. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said the Hunter amendment troubled him because it suggests the president and the defense officials identified in the repeal law aren’t capable of making critical defense decisions. “It’s a very, very dangerous thing to say that the president of the United States, the commander in chief; the secretary of defense; and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are somehow not quite qualified to make important military decisions,” Smith said. “These are the same people that decide whether or not we go to war. They made a decision on whether or not to kill Osama bin Laden.” Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) directly responded to the view expressed by Palazzo that World War II veterans would be unhappy with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. “Let’s not fool ourselves,” Pingree said. “Some of those soldiers were gay as well, and many of them took a long time to admit to that, or come out on that, but they’ve all been courageous in doing so and I think that they can’t be characterized as a generation that doesn’t want to see this change in the military.” Although the committee adopted the amendment as part of defense authorization, passing such a provision into law would be challenging because the Senate would have to agree to it

during conference negotiations and Obama would have to sign the measure. Further, defense officials have testified that certification could happen midsummer, and the final version of the defense authorization will likely not reach the president’s desk until after that time, rendering Hunter’s provision useless. Hunter’s amendment was one of three antigay amendments the House Armed Services Committee approved on Wednesday as part of the defense authorization bill. Other measures affirmed the panel’s commitment to DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The DOMA-related amendments were apparently inspired by Navy guidance on same-sex marriage that was made public this week.The guidance, which is dated April 13 and signed by Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, indicated military bases could be used for samesex marriage ceremonies in states where such unions are legal and that Navy chaplains can officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies if they so choose. However, following an outcry from conservatives, the Navy rescinded the guidance and said further legal review on the issue was necessary. Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment mandating that marriage ceremonies on military installations must comply with DOMA and that chaplains can only officiate in their official capacity over such ceremonies if they comply with the anti-gay law. The committee adopted the amendment as part of the Pentagon budget legislation by a vote of 38-23. Republican members of the panel were unanimous in their support for the measure. Reps. McIntyre, Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) and Mark Critz (DPa.) joined with the GOP to vote in favor of the amendment. Akin said the amendment was necessary because he believes the recent Navy guidance demonstrates that the U.S. military was willing to skirt federal law.
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have to declare his/her sexual orientation before being allowed to take a case I can imagine all the additional information that judges would have to declare. It could lead to some interesting reading and in the long run very few judges would be considered impartial enough to sit on cases anywhere. The questionnaire each judge might have to complete before being allowed to sit on a case would be long and only begin with the question on sexual orientation. It would then go on to ask: Are you now married and have you ever been divorced? Do you have children and if so please list their sexual orientation and that of each member of your family? Do you have any close friends or relatives who are of a different gender, sexual orientation or racial background than you? Is your gender the same as the one listed on your birth certificate? Have any of your children or immediate family members or close friends changed their gender from what appeared on their birth certificate? Please prove those answers by producing the long form of your or their birth certificate. Have you ever been a member of a political party that supports civil and human rights for all people or conversely have you ever been a member of a political party that opposes civil and human rights for any segment of society? The list of questions could go on and on. What this debate over Judge Walker’s suitability to decide the Prop 8 case does in the short run is show how imperative it is for more members of the LGBT community to come out. Politicians, judges, business leaders and community activists need to stand up and be counted. If we continue to hide in the closet the bigots will continue to claim that we are hiding our sexual orientation for nefarious purposes rather than just fear of them. I understand and for many years agreed with those who say it is no one’s business. But I reached the conclusion that we will have to make it everyone’s business before we see it become irrelevant. The argument made by the Protect Marriage group with regard to Judge Walker is that they are fighting for a fundamental principle that no judge is permitted to try a case in which he/ she has an interest in the outcome is ridiculous in this case. They have no idea whether Judge Walker wants to get married and the argument was turned down many years ago when it was tried with women and minority judges. In this case we could use the same argument against a married heterosexual judge because this same group contends that marriage between same-sex individuals hurts heterosexual marriages thereby making it a case that would directly impact the deciding judge. We as a nation need to say we will not tolerate bigotry or those who espouse it. The president needs to fully “evolve” and lead. It may be too late for him to lead, but he should follow, on this issue as for the first time polls are showing that more than 50 percent of the nation believes that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. Those groups opposing it and challenging judges like Vaughn Walker will eventually be forgotten and relegated to the dustbin of history. But until that time we as a community and our allies need to stand up and speak out; and we need to come out.

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

The debate over whether Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself, or at least come out publicly as gay, before deciding on the Prop 8 case in California is actually a big step forward for the LGBT community. The world is becoming aware that we have LGBT judges and some are ready to be open about who they are. Nearly 50 years after women and African Americans had to listen to the bigots contemplate whether they could decide a case involving someone of their own gender or race we in the LGBT community have finally reached that status. People will now question us and debate whether we should be able to sit on cases that may have some impact on our own lives. They will question whether we are able to impartially follow the law and decide a case on its merits, rather than on personal interest, as all judges are required to do. That’s a great step forward and I am only sorry it has taken this long. If it were determined that a judge would

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entirely different matter. —Steve May The IRS is now “recognizing” the common property of spouses and partners and THIS is not a problem as it relates to DOMA? It is evidently a problem to recognize those marriages/partnerships when it comes to distributing federal benefits and protections. If those relationships are recognized by the state (such as California) and then the IRS “recognizes” the common property status created by those relationships (recognized by extension but none-the-less recognized) then how pray tell is it any different for one department of the federal government (IRS), to be recognizing status created by marital and partnered relationships, for the purpose of tax collection in this case, but other departments may not recognize status created by these relationships? Isn’t status likewise created in said states, which could be similarly recognized as it applies to inheritance tax? To Social Security? It appears as though the Fed is acknowledging status/circumventing DOMA in one area, but not in others. —Blue Heron

Re: “House Defense committee to vote on anti-gay amendments” (May 9) The bigots shall fail. The gays will live equally protected under the law. The law is where the power is, not personal opinions. The federal court system shall facilitate legal equality. Get ready! —FlexSF “We find it difficult to understand how the military is somehow exempt from abiding by federal law.” LMAO. The military is exempt from federal law! Did you not go to school? The U.S. military is a separate institution not governed by federal law. Why do you think they can have their own rules that violate the U.S. Constitution? — Thomas Alex I’m 100 percent certain that same-sex marriages have been performed on federal property before. It’s just a ceremony. DOMA doesn’t prevent ceremonies from being conducted. All it means that there won’t be legal recognition of the marriage. That’s an

Re: “Gay Calif. mayor seeks U.S. House seat” (May 6) I never thought I would root for the Democrat but I’m certainly not rooting for this ‘Republican.’ As a Republican, I’d rather see the party lose the race than have this liberal gay elected. —SC Guy Relax sc guy! You sound like a typical homophobic American making my U.S. of A. look like a bunch of arrogant, unaware [jerks]. Yes, here in the States, we have freedom of speech, but if you haven’t noticed we no longer live in the 1940s! We live in a global community now – like it or not – the Internet now allows a young mind from anywhere in the world to ‘dial up’ your comment above, and frankly you, and others like you are an embarrassment! Stop being so self-obsessed and think about another person for once in your life. Climb out of that Mercedes, do some volunteer work, talk to a stranger and you just may discover firsthand how VERY fossilized your kind of thinking has become! —Liberal Homeric Gay

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Our invisible moms, dads and grandparents
Census suggests more than 5,000 LGBT elders living in D.C.
By KEN SOUTH
Did you know that there are probably more than 5,000 LGBT seniors living in the District of Columbia? The newly released 2010 Census data tells us that there are 601,723 residents in the city. Detailed data for age groups has not yet been released. However, based on the most recent available age breakdown data, the D.C. Office on Aging estimates that the population of residents over 60 is more than 100,000. Using conservative estimates at 5 percent to be considered as LGBT, it would indeed mean that there are more than 5,000 seniors among our LGBT communities. Census data mining alone does not offer a complete picture. When we compare poverty and other circumstances we know that we are probably dealing with a diverse LGBT population most likely heavily weighted toward poverty. Sadly, more precise information about these lives must await a long delayed comprehensive needs assessment. SAGE Metro DC is adding its voice to the agencies serving the District’s elderly popula-

When we compare poverty and other circumstances we know that we are probably dealing with a diverse LGBT population most likely heavily weighted toward poverty.

tion in urging the Council to fund this undertaking. And we will insist that data be collected on the LGBT population. SAGE Metro DC (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is housed at the DC Center. We are a new affiliate of SAGEUSA. We are in the process of finishing a series of focus groups to determine from LGBT seniors themselves, what programs and services could be helpful. But SAGE Metro DC is keenly aware that they are as “in the dark” as most about the “invisible” members of our community. Why no real data, at least up to this point? The government, both federal and local, has never collected statistics on LGBT elders and there are only a few private non-profit groups that have collected data, usually not in a comparable format. And part of the problem is also due to the fact that many LGBT elders grew up in the pre-Stonewall era and had

to live very discreet lives in a more hostile environment than today. They are proud that they were able to survive without ending up in a prison or mental institution for being LGBT. Unfortunately, too many still lead isolated lives. The concept of “coming out” was not, and for many, is still not in their vocabulary and suspicions abound about providing even the most general information about their lives. This situation is very different for the LGBT post-Baby Boomer populations that have lived more of their lives out and proud. So how has our LGBT community responded to the needs of the seniors among us? With more than 150 organizations in our community, how many have or seek members over 60 years of age? How many of our social service organizations have targeted services for seniors? As sensitive as we are to the terrors of homophobia, racism and sexism, how many

programs in our community recognize and have taken on ageism as just as destructive a force in our world? An “ism,” by the way, that permeates across categories of gender, sex, and race. There are a handful of other LGBT organizations besides SAGE Metro DC trying to respond to our seniors, including Prime Timers of DC, a social club for older gay men and their admirers; Metro Retirees, a social club open to men and women, Older and Wiser Lesbians (OWL) and local activists in the Transgender Aging Network. There is also a coalition of people concerned about these issues brought together by the AARP District of Columbia office called the Washington DC LGBT Aging coalition. And, thank goodness, there are several D.C.-based senior organizations that are reaching out and are friendly to LGBT senior residents including the Methodist Home, the Residences at Thomas Circle, IONA senior services, Emmaus Senior Services and senior “villages” in the District. All this is a good start, but given the estimates of the size of the population of our invisible brothers, sisters, moms, dads, and grandparents, there is also much more to do.
Ken South is treasurer of SAGE Metro DC. For more information about SAGE, contact sagemetrodc@ yahoogroups.com.

At last, we are part of the American story
Gay inclusion in Library of Congress exhibit a milestone to celebrate
By VICTOR MALDONADO
Across the street from the U.S. Capitol, on the second floor of the Library of Congress, beneath a Plexiglas case, between a Suffragette’s scrapbook and a charcoal drawing of Selma Alabama, lay two documents attesting to the painful history of discrimination suffered by gay men and women. The papers — a 1960 Petition for Writ to the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the case of a federal employee fired for being gay, and a 1966 letter from Civil Service Commission citing “revulsion” of gay men and lesbians as reason for dismissing them from federal employment — were culled from the archive of civil rights activist Frank Kameny, and testify to the 50-year struggle of gay Americans to be recognized as full citizens of the United States with unalienable, constitutional rights. While there is nothing particularly impressive about the display itself, its col-

The true significance of this exhibit is its ability to reach the person who gives little thought to LGBT rights, and show them that we, too, are part of a common story.
lection holds startling promise, due to the fact the Library included then in its “Creating the United States” exhibit on the U.S. Constitution. The documents demonstrate the Constitution’s “living” nature, and its ability to be interpreted by successive generations to redefine concepts of citizenship and broaden the meaning of who is American. The objects were selected because as a group they represent the long march toward constitutional equality of women, the disabled, African Americans, and now gays and lesbians. The Library’s public exhibition of gay civil rights memorabilia in the context of a shared American history is, to my knowledge, the first time a major American institution has presented LGBT history as a natural part of the American story. This exhibit is not about protest, sexual revolution, AIDS, or any of the things that make the LGBT community different. Rather, the exhibit seamlessly includes gay civil rights into the story of what unites Americans and makes us whole. Seeing gays included in this shared history is profound, and I recommend every gay man and women who lives in, or visits, D.C. see this exhibit. I was lucky enough to be present on the day the papers were unveiled. I stood before the display with wide eyes and an open heart as I saw myself become part of the American story. But then something extraordinary happened. A tourist stepped forward to see what the commotion was. She paused, first over the Suffragette’s scrapbook, then the Braille copy of the Constitution, and then

at Kamney’s papers. When she was done she looked back as if to ask, “What y’all looking at,” before moving on. You could see her mind work “… women, the blind, the gays … what’s so special here?” Then it hit me, the exhibit’s significance is neither about a lesbian seeing herself woven into the fabric of our country, nor about an LGBT teen learning about the bravery of a previous generation of gay activists. The true significance of this exhibit is its ability to reach the person who gives little thought to LGBT rights, and show them that we, too, are part of a common story. I stood there as, again and again, tourists examined the contents of the case and moved on without a word, a look, a thought as to the idea that gays did not belong there. That is the promise of this display. That across the street from the U.S. Capitol, on the second floor of the Library of Congress, before a Plexiglas case, someone will stand looking down at these two documents and, in a quiet moment, come to understand that we are all Americans and equal in the eyes of our Creator. And that moment will be truly historic.
Victor Maldonado can be reached at vmold@ yahoo.com.

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MCC-D.C. celebrates 40 years of pro-LGBT gospel ministry
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com
The memories come flooding back for Candace Shultis when asked about her 25-plus years on staff at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, the District’s largest mostly gay church. She’s been gone a few years now having left to pastor a St. Petersburg, Fla., MCC church. But so much of her ministry was in Washington, on the occasion of the church’s 40th anniversary — the festivities kick off tonight with an event at Human Rights Campaign headquarters — she waxes nostalgic during an hourplus phone chat from her new parish. Her memories run the gamut of human emotion, from tedium and tragedy to laughter and tears of joy. She remembers one anniversary weekend where outside festivities were planned at the old M Street location. Members asked her to pray for good weather — “I guess they figured I had a closer connection to God about such things,” she says — only
After stabilizing its membership and attendance MCCD.C. experienced a boom era around 1999 and 2000 in which it wasn’t uncommon for 500 faithful to come through the doors on an average Sunday morning.
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to have it rain the entire weekend. The joke for years was never to have her pray for weather again. She also remembers feeling ridiculous blessing the current Ridge Street location with former pastor, the late Rev. Larry Uhrig, who died of AIDS in 1993, going around the new church with a plant he’d brought from Hawaii throwing water at the building, again in the pouring rain. It never takes long, though, for talk of MCC’s history to come around to the AIDS crisis, which took a staggering toll on its members and which Shultis admits defined much of her ministry there, especially in the 1980s and well into the ’90s. “I think in many ways my time there, certainly for a good bulk of it even early on in the pastorate, was defined by HIV and AIDS,” Shultis says. “You just can’t say anything but that. It was just real clear, this had a huge impact on the community and we lost a lot of people. Not all from AIDS — some had heart attacks, Bob
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com
Matthew Gardiner’s first exposure to Stephen Sondheim is a vivid memory. He was 5 and remembers his mom watching “Into the Woods” on PBS. He was supposed to be in bed but hid behind the sofa watching it unbeknownst to her. “His lyrics are unlike anybody else’s who writes for musical theater,” the 27-year-old gay College Park, Md., resident says. “His music is spectacular and he’s an amazing wordsmith.” Gardiner is directing “Side by Side by Sondheim,” which runs through June 12 at Arlington’s Signature Theatre. It’s a revue of the gay composer’s early works that features music from “West Side Story,” “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music” and more. Gardiner changed a couple of the songs — with Sondheim’s blessing — and tweaked the between-song patter, but says the simple presentation is intrinsic to the show. “There’s no reason to clutter Sondheim’s work with excessive spectacle,” he says. “His words are what you want to focus on.” Gardiner is also directing “Art,” another current Signature production. Eric Schaeffer, whom Gardiner calls “my mentor and teacher” slated him for both productions — it’s the first time Gardiner knows of that a Signature director has helmed simultaneous productions. Gardiner and his twin brother grew up active in the arts. He studied ballet for years but eventually wanted to find something that would allow him more creative input so he pursued directing. He joined Signature after going to school at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. And though he has a group of friends with whom he enjoys exploring new restaurants and activities in Washington, the theater, he says, is his life. “I’m a workaholic and I’m doing what I love and I love the people I do it with,” he says. “So it’s not a job for me. It’s what I want to be doing. I have a wonderful group of friends and we do lots of stuff together but I enjoy the theater most so I spend a lot of time doing it.” Gardiner is single and lives in Arlington.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? Since I was 18 but it took a while to have the conversation with my parents. They probably knew since I was 5 when I begged my mother to buy me all the Judy Garland albums. Was it hard to tell them I was gay? No. They knew. But is a conversation about sexual preference with your parents a bit awkward. Sure. WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO? Socially: Harvey Milk. Artistically: There are many. But presently, Arthur Laurents, who recently passed away. He was a giant in the theatre world (the writer of West Side Story, which in my opinion is perfection) and an open and proud gay man. WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? Ali’s Bar at Signature Theatre DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. I don’t think I’ve ever given that much thought. I guess something simple and intimate, with close friends and family. Something personal, that speaks to my relationship with that other person. WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? Arts education WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? Everything happens for a reason. But I guess the election of and the re-election of George W. Bush. WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? Being in an elevator with Al Pacino. ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? 110 percent. Will you always achieve or get from those around you? No. But I strive for and expect it from those around me. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? I enjoy sharing YouTube videos. The most recent was a video of Anne Reinking, Donna McKechnie and Chita Rivera singing “Let Me Entertain” you on a television special in 1987. Look it up. It’s amazing. IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE?

“Questionable Sensibility” IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Protest WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? The tooth fairy… definitely the tooth fairy. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? I have no advice, except to keep on. I am amazed daily by people who dedicate their lives to fighting for their rights and others. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? My parents and brother. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? Well the whole “show queen” stereotype … oh and the word “twink.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? “Philadelphia.” That scene with Tom Hanks, listening to the Maria Callas recording, it does a number on me every time I see it. Also “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” but for very different reasons. WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? If by customs you mean etiquette then I think nothing is overrated. Shaking hands, opening the door for others, saying please and thank you. I’m all for social etiquette and good manners. WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? Positive feedback on my work from my brother. Is that corny? OK, my “Most Improved” trophy from a bowling team I was on in elementary school. I was awful. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN AT 18? Have confidence and don’t worry what others think of you and your decisions. I still have to remind myself of this. WHY WASHINGTON? Because it’s my home. I grew up here. And because it is one of the most exciting theatre towns in America.

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Built with pride
Local gay group working to rehab home with Habitat
By DAVID HOFFMAN
There’s an old saying that if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Usually, that’s not a compliment. But it’s a good place to begin — with hanging wallboard, and pounding nails — if the task at hand is to rehab a home through volunteer labor and sweat equity, with the dwelling to be turned over to a family needing a hand up, not a handout. To secure affordable home ownership one family at a time in Montgomery County, one of the nation’s most affluent suburban areas, is the goal of the county’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate, founded in 1982 but now in a new partnership with activists in the LGBT community and their allies in an initiative called Pride Build 2011. Michael Meller, who is gay and chairs the effort, hopes to raise the $60,000 needed to bring the 67th Habitat-sponsored home in Montgomery County to fruition later this year. “Too often the LGBT community may be viewed as separate from the community at large, and that’s just false,” Meller says. “We do care, we do give back, we do want to make a better life for everybody, not just ourselves, and this kind of project makes it clear that the LGBT community is in fact an integral part of the greater community as a whole,” says Meller, a business consultant specializing in real estate financial and market feasibility studies. “In doing this, we’re bringing together a very high-profile and renowned organization, Habitat for Humanity, which doesn’t just go out and ask for money, but also for blood, sweat and tears from volunteers to get invested in the project.” The group has $25,000 saved but needs $30,000 to get started, then another $30,000 to complete the project. So the group is hosting a fundraising reception next week featuring blueribbon LGBT sponsors such as state Sen. Rich Madaleno, and three delegates from the county, Bonnie Cullison, Anne Kaiser and Heather Mizeur, all from Montgomery County, as well as Elizabeth Birch, former Human Rights Campaign executive director. Acting as special guest host will be Tom Sherwood, a reporter for NBC News Channel 4 who specializes in politics and D.C. government. Guest admission is $50 and host committee admission is $75. The group will start if it reaches its $5,000 goal. Organizations contributing include Washington Blade, PFLAG, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation. The lead corporate sponsor is Marriott International, which is donating two vacations for a live auction to be held at the reception. The reception will take place on Thursday at 5706 Warwick Place, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Jeffrey Slavin, mayor of Somerset, Md., an affluent community of little more than 1,000 people wedged near Chevy Chase and Bethesda close to Friendship Heights. Joining Slavin, first elected Somerset’s mayor in 2008, will be two other mayors, also gay, David Lublin, mayor of Chevy Chase and professor of government at American University; and Peter Fosselman, a civil engineer and since 2006 mayor of Kensington, Md., and also as of last month, an appointee of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley as the state’s deputy secretary of state. Meller says his group is using this project to get a feel for how receptive the local LGBT community is to helping Habitat. Meller points to Bob Bernstein, a Bethesda resident, as the “genesis for this idea,” after Bernstein, a Pride Build donor, saw a similar idea at play in Portland. “It was so exciting to see this as a good example of the equality movement today, where much progress is being made by people meeting openly LGBT people

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY in Montgomery County is working to raise funds from the LGBT community for a rehab project.

interested in the broader community,” Bernstein, whose daughter is a lesbian, says. “I thought, ‘Here’s a way to step that up and also meet a need, so a family can get an affordable home,’ so I contacted Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery County, and they were equally excited to get something similar started here.” It’s unknown who the family receiving the home will be. The group isn’t targeting an LGBT family. Habitat’s Amanda Fein says the project “will definitely” be done by year’s end. It will likely be a house needing significant rehab work. She says they hope to have it selected this month. Habitat’s modus operandi is using volunteers — sometimes hundreds — to build or rehabilitate houses that are sold to qualified families at no profit and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. Monthly payments are deposited into a local Habitat fund that helps to build or rehab more homes. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payment, the new homeowners invest, says Fein, on average between 200 and 500 hours of their own labor into building their homes. In addition to working on

their own homes, these “partner families” also attend workshops on handling money and basic home maintenance and repair. The next local Habitat homeownership information session is Wednesday at 6:30 at the group’s offices at 9110 Gaither Road in Gaithersburg, Md. Interested people must live or work in the county for at least one year prior to application and be permanent legal residents of the U.S. People must be currently living in substandard housing conditions. They must pre-register to attend and must prequalify based upon family size and family income, ranging from $31,050 to $36,250 for one person to $31,050 to $68,350 for eight or more people. For more details, visit habitat-mc. org. The Pride Build homeowner will be selected by Habitat’s Family Selection Committee based on housing need, willingness to put in a set number of hours of work themselves and their ability to repay when the house is sold to the selected homeowner at a below market price and with a 30-year, no-interest mortgage, gaining equity in the home each year.

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the Shadows,” tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.). Part of POZ D.C., this is a monthly party for those who are HIV positive. The cast of “50Faggots” will be celebrating the release of its second webisode “I Was Just a Poor Lost Boy Myself” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with DJ Alex Cohen and Kuhmeleon hosted by Cyon Flare. Epic Win Burlesque will be performing at the Red Palace (1212 H St., N.E.) tonight with Schaffer the Darklord and Nelson Lugo. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased online at redpalacedc.com. A kickball tournament and fundraiser benefit, presented by The Lodge (21614 National Pike) in Boonsboro, starts tonight with a pre-party. The fundraiser will feature a silent auction and 50/50 raffle to benefit the Washington County Special Olympics. The tournament will be help Sunday. Zenith Gallery is hosting a lecture demonstration with Rosetta DeBerardinis on the use of acrylic paints today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Pavilion (5335 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). Artists of all levels are invited to attend. An artist reception will follow the lecture. E-mail art@zenithgallery.com to RSVP. be available. The Warehouse is the white garage in the northside alley, west of 11th St., on Monroe St., N.W. The D.C. Ice Breakers will be having its monthly skate and social tonight. The group will be skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Rd.) in Arlington from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. then they’ll hit a local bar for a social hour. Skating is $8 and skate rentals are $3. The Capital Area AIDS Prevention Effort (CAAPE) has its its monthly meeting tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) from 7 to 9 p.m. R-Group presents “Hunks in Trunks 2011: All Make Swimsuit Fashion Show” at Red Maple (930 North Charles St.) in Baltimore tonight from 7:30 to 11 p.m. A swimsuit charity auction will take place to benefit AIDS Action Baltimore. Tickets vary from $22 for one to $169 for a VIP-Sponsor Group Ticket for four people. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit hunksintrunks.org. 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 lambdabridge.com and click “Social Bridge in Washington, D.C.” UltimateOut, D.C.’s only LGBT ultimate frisbee team, will be practicing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the National Mall field in front of the Air and Space Museum in preparation for summer league play. Participants of all skill levels are welcome. Contact Ben Schock at schockb@gmail.com, or for more info visit the group’s Facebook page on.fb.me/lqcEoF.

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The St. Mark’s Players (301 A St., S.E.) present “Chicago,” opening tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased online at stmarksplayers. org. The show will run through May 21. Siren returns to Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) with “F*** the Fame Away,” a Lady Gaga vs. Peaches Dance Party with a performance by “Slim Pu$$y” at midnight. Doors open at 10 p.m. D.C. Front Runners is having its “spring fling” rooftop martinee soiree tonight at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Jeff Dutton and Kei Koizumi on their roof deck. The address will be posted to the group’s weekly e-news or e-mail outreach@ dcfrontrunners.org. New Front Runners shirts will be available for sale. For more information, visit dcfrontrunners.org. The Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive) has more than 200 images by Diane Arbus, William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman in its exhibit, “Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960.” The exhibit closes Sunday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evolve Urban Arts Project presents “Shenanigans” featuring works by Lindsey Applebee in the Pierce School Lofts (1375 Maryland Ave., N.E.). The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. “Follies,” an award-winning musical starring Bernadette Peters, will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $150 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.

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Model Cody will be at the ‘Hunks in Trunks’ benefit in Baltimore on Wednesday.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Protect and Defend presents “Copcakes for a Cause” wine and dessert tasting at Remingtons (639 Pennsylvania Ave., N.E.) tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes wine, dessert and soda. Proceeds will benefit Concerns of Police Officers. Protect and Defend serves the interests of gay and lesbian law enforcement, firefighters, military and other public safety and justice system workers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit protectanddefend.org. Jacob Pring presents “Come Out of

Flip-Out, D.C.’s LGBT flip cup league, has its weekly games today at 5 p.m. at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.). For more information, visit flipoutdc.com. Pocket Gays present Maypole Sunday School today from 3 to 9 p.m. on the roof deck of Local 16 (1602 U St., N.W.) featuring the tunes of Glowstick. Lambda Divers Scuba Club is having a happy hour tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.). Pier Six Pavilion presents Sunday Funday with Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Eric Hutchinson, Mason Jennings, Justin Jones and Bobby Long, with Sweet Leda, Taylor Carson and Kentavius Jones. Tickets range from $20 to $60 and can be purchased online at piersixpavilion.com. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

of photos by women from 1865 to 2004 called “Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of American Collection.” Containing 115 pieces by 45 artists, the exhibit is arranged thematically rather than chronologically. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth St., N.W.) presents “Liberty Smith,” a musical about Revolutionary America focusing on Liberty Smith, a childhood friend of George Washington, an apprentice of Benjamin Franklin and linked to Paul Revere’s ride, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $44 to $49 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 19

TUESDAY, MAY 17

Join Burgundy Crescent Volunteers to help pack safer sex kits from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at FUK!T’s new packing location Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W. The Washington National Opera will be performing “Iphigénie en Tauride” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

MONDAY, MAY 16

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) has an exhibit

Dream City Collective is kicking off a monthly queer film series tonight with “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Dream City Warehouse from 8 to 11 p.m. Dream City is asking for a dollar donation at the door. Refreshments, books and T-shirts will also

OutWrite presents “Pioneers: Celebrating Ruth Simpson and Shirley Chisholm” tonight at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.). The Metropolitan Community Churches will hold the first day of its Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allis today at the Fairmont Washington (2401 M St., N.W.). The conference runs through Sunday. Visit padconference.mccchurch.org/ for more information. The D.C. Log Cabin Republicans will host its May general meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Camden Roosevelt (2101 16th St., N.W.) featuring Jeffrey Richardson, director of the mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs. For more information, visit dclogcabin.org.

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The St. Marks players in rehearsal for ‘Chicago.’

Murder at St. Mark’s
Community players shine in lavish ‘Chicago’ production
By DAVID HOFFMAN
The Tony Award winning “Chicago: The Musical” — with its heart of purest bile, its lyrics by Fred Ebb, and its music by John Kander — mocks everything we claim to value in life (truth, love, justice, you name it). On the Capitol Hill stage of the St. Mark’s Players, consistently one of the area’s sharpest Adobe InDesign CS5community theaters, it’s here through May 21. This “Chicago” with its iconic choreography by Bob Fosse and later Ann Reinking is stylishly restaged by director [if and choreographer Rikki Rick Hayes circled] Howie, sharply punched up with jokes and sight gags to fit this top-notch production neatly into the historic church’s tallceilinged but narrow nave. But it delivers the same signature Kander and Ebb tapdance around a seedy world of jail cells, its story forever doomed. The satirical story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, and how they beat their respective murder raps, has been told many times before. At St. Mark’s it is staged with all the famed double-snap, wise crackle and syncopated pop that this show can be at its best. Billy Flynn is portrayed by Eric Kennedy, who packs the part with animal appeal — a wolf’s whistle, a fox’s morals and a cat’s grin of self-satisfaction. Kennedy, who’s gay, imbues Billy with oodles of smarm and charm in the key role as the mercenary mouthpiece for the murderesses. But he’s more than being both sleazy and sleek in the role — Kennedy also has a great voice and a fine soft shoe to go with dark good looks. Attention must also be paid to the three women playing the two roles of Velma and Roxie. Anya Nebel is Velma, with the voice and the lung power to belt it out and the comic tease to add sparkle to the part. Sharing the role of Roxie on different nights are the equally talented Kim Pyle (May 13-15) and choreographer Howie herself (May 20-21). All three ladies bring a comic sensibility as well as the chops and gams to sing and dance and just the right mix of curve, verve and nerve as they shimmy and shake and bring high-kicking whoopee to their dreams of making it big in show business. Also noteworthy is Genevieve Williams as their jailor, Mama Morton, with her deep rumble of a contralto voice. With heavy hints that she is lesbian (Billy calls her “butch”), there’s real spice in this Mama’s gumbo. Heather Cipu also deserves notice — she shines as Mary Sunshine, hitting every high note with her operetta-soprano ode to saccharine, “A Little Bit of Good,” though later she drops the goodie-twoshoes image and matronly frock to reveal a very different persona underneath. Finally, there is Stephen Yednock as poor, put-upon Amos Hart, the one and only decent person, Roxie’s good-natured but basically dimwitted husband who is prepared at every turn to take the fall for her if he can. Yednock brings real feeling to several songs, especially his solo lament, “Mister Cellophane.” This staging of “Chicago” is simply great right down to the terrific ensemble who among them function like a chorus, singing and dancing different roles, including the females in a first-rate “Cell Block Tango,” wicked and wonderful in red lips and black leather, and in the opening song, “All That Jazz.” Other showstoppers include “We Both Reached for the Gun” and “Nowadays.” Special kudos go to the show’s director, Rick Hayes, also the Players’ artistic director, and as the musical director, the veteran musician J. N. Wickert III, at the baton of an 11-piece orchestra. Both are gay, as is the Players’ president Jerry Dale Jr., who also serves as stage manager for this show.
‘CHICAGO’ music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb based on book by Ebb and Bob Fosse 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. Sunday thru May 21 St. Marks Players 3rd and A Streets, S.E. Washington Tickets $20 ($18 seniors and students) 202-546-9670 or visit stmarksplayers.org

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TERRI WHITE feels she finally grew into her ‘Follies’ role and is thrilled to be in the current Kennedy Center production.

Finding ‘Follies’
Gay actress says role feels conceived for her
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Throughout her long career in show business, Terri White has certainly sung her share of Stephen Sondheim tunes in nightclubs and piano bars, but it’s not until now that she is actually tackling a fullfledged role in one of his musicals. As has-been dancer Stella Deems in Sondheim’s nostalgic backstage story “Follies” (currently enjoying a much anticipated run at the Kennedy Center), White, who is also gay, feels she’s found the part of a lifetime. “I first saw ‘Follies’ when it opened on Broadway in 1971,” says White, 62. “And over the years I’ve sort of grown into the part.” Not only do White and her character both share roots in theater of a different era, they also know what it means to step away from show business and find respite in sunny Florida. “It’s uncanny,” White says. “It’s as if Stella was written especially for me. I’ve just had to wait 40 years to be old enough to give it a try.” Considered among the best of Sondheim and James Goldman’s collaborations, “Follies” is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to lavish revues and increasingly complicated lives. Gathered for a final goodbye in a once grand New York theater on the eve of its destruction, a group of former showgirls reminisce about the glamorous, good old days and share where their post-chorine lives have taken them. On top of Goldman’s rich libretto, the show boasts a memorable hit laden score: “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind.” With a multi-million dollar budget, a 28-piece orchestra, and a large cast including megawatt dames like Bernadette Peters, Elaine Page and Linda Lavin, the Kennedy Center’s “Follies” (staged by gay director Eric Schaeffer) is produced big as it should be, says White. “And there are no divas here,” she adds. “It’s a brilliantly cast group of professionals who’ve come not only to work, but also to enjoy ourselves while we’re here. I respect all the ladies and relish the opportunity to share the stage with them.” As a kid, White was part of the family act the White Quartet, and travelled the South and the Midwest performing on the TOBA — Theater Owners Booking Association, or more familiarly known to performers as Tough on Black Asses — circuit. “My father was a crooner and a hoofer. He taught me to tap dance and put me on stage when I was 8. Times were often tough. Sometimes managers didn’t pay us and we’d get very low on funds,” she says. White’s Broadway and off-Broadway experience includes Joice Heth in “Barnum,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” as Neal, gay director/choreographer Tommy Tune’s “The Club” (Obie Award 1976) in which she literally tap danced from her entrance to her exit, “Nunsense,” “Stepping Out” at Radio City with Liza Minnelli, “Chicago,” and the recent revival of “Finian’s Rainbow.” Despite her big talent, White has known lulls in her career. After appearing in Tony Award-winning “Barnum” on Broadway in 1980, White was unable to find similar gigs for eight years. “I was effectively blacklisted for being gay,” she says. “There were a lot of gay men in the theater, but you didn’t see a lot of openly gay women performing on Broadway then or now.” In 2008, White lost her apartment and slept in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park for three months. With the help of friends she found a signing gig in Key West, Fla., where she met her wife and business partner Rhonda Everett. A year later the couple was celebrated a commitment ceremony on the stage of the St. James Theater where White was playing in “Finnian’s Rainbow.” Shortly thereafter, they were legally married in nearby Connecticut. “For now,” White says, “I’m happy playing this incredible part Stella in ‘Follies.’”
‘Follies’ Through June 19 The Kennedy Center $45-$150 202-467-4600 www.kennedy-center.org

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HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS

OPENINGS
FRI, MAY 13
Don Pasquale, WNO, Kennedy Center. 202-295-2400. dc-opera.org.

703-933-1111. janefranklin.com.

TUE, MAY 17

Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Music Concert, Friday Morning Music Club, Dumbarton House. fmmc.org.

WED, MAY 18

WED, MAY 18

Works by Gordon Binder, Tanja Bos, and Beverly Ryan, Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.

THU, MAY 19

PAUL AP P L E B Y, T E N O R , IN R E C ITA L PRE S E NT E D B Y VOC A L A RT S D C M O N , MAY 16 K E N NE DY CE N T E R . 2 0 2 - 6 6 9 - 1 4 6 3 . VOCA L A RTSDC. ORG. Paul Appleby’s solo recital debut will feature songs and sensuous arias from Italy, Austria, France, Brazil, and the US - composers ranging from Verdi and Villa-Lobos to Zemlinsky and Gershwin. Steven Blier at the piano, will accompany Appleby. SAME S E X AM E R IC A W E D, MAY 18 A RT I S P H E RE . 7 0 3 - 8 7 5 - 1 1 0 0 . A RT IS P HE R E. COM. This Showtime documentary takes a hard look at the conflict over same-sex marriage, following several gay and lesbian couples who have a personal stake in this civil rights clash. Filmmaker Henry Corra weaves the story of seven gay and lesbian couples on their emotional journey to the altar with the dramatic showdown at Massachusetts’ constitutional convention, a vivid demonstration of democracy in action. C AR ME N , T H E WA S HIN GT ON B A L L E T W E D, MAY 18 - S U N , M AY 2 2 HAR MAN CE N T E R F OR T HE A RT S . 8 7 7 - 4 8 7 - 8 8 4 9 . WAS H I NG T O N B A L L E T. OR G. Septime Webre closes the season with his smoldering Carmen. This passionfilled portrayal of the feisty title character, set to Georges Bizet’s spirited score, is complimented by Pablo Picasso-inspired sets. N I G H T AND D AY, WA S HIN GT ON S HA K ESPEA RE COMPA N Y TH R U T H U, J U LY 3 1 A RT I S P H E RE . 8 8 8 - 8 4 1 - 2 7 8 7 . WAS H I NG T O N S HA K E S P E A R E . O R G. This rarely mounted, typically wide-ranging 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa and introduces us to Ruth Carson, the expatriate wife of a British mine owner and your scintillatingly witty Stoppardian guide to the proceedings.
The Guide to Arts & Culture is provided by CultureCapital.com, your link to the arts in Metro DC. A program of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Photo courtesy of Vocal Arts DC.

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival - 16th Annual, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org Como si fuera esta noche / As If It Were Tonight, Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. Contain, Maintain, Sustain, ARTISPHERE. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. NSO: Thomas Dausgaard, conductor / Nikolai Lugansky, piano, plays Beethoven, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Tennessee Continuum: Two One-Acts by Williams, Washington Shakespeare Company, Artisphere. 888-841-2787. washingtonshakespeare.org.

Art After Hours: Laura Tsaggaris, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org NEXT at the Corcoran Gallery Talk Series. getinvolved.corcoran.org. Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Sarah Coburn, Soprano, Museum of Women in the Arts. 202-783-7370. nmwa.org.

ONGOING STAGE
IphigÈnie en Tauride, WNO, Kennedy Center. 202-295-2400. dc-opera.org Follies, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. The Moscows of Nantucket, Theater J. 800-494-8497. washingtondcjcc.org Liberty Smith, Ford’s Theatre. 202-397-7328. fords.org. Farragut North, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org Amadeus, Round House Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. Washington Stage Guild: The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw, Washington Stage Guild, Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050. stageguild.org. In Your Ear: Avant Garde Poetry, & The Capital City Showcase, DCAC. 202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org.

LAST CHANCE
SAT, MAY 14
National Pastime, Keegan Theatre, Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
MAY 13 - MAY 14 MAY 14 - MAY 15
Trey McIntyre Project, WPAS, Sidney Harman Hall. wpas.org. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Anniversary Concert, Schlesinger Center. 703-548-0885. alexsym.org.

ONGOING EXHIBITONS
Corcoran Gallery of Art. NEXT at the Corcoran: BFA Class of 2011, Body. 202639-1700. corcoran.org. Dumbarton House. From House to Home: Reinterpreting Dumbarton House. 202337-2288. dumbartonhouse.org. Kreeger Museum. Tom Wesselmann DRAWS. 202-338-3552. kreegermuseum.org. National Gallery of Art. Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Gabriel Metsu, 1629ñ1667, Lewis Baltz: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit, In the Tower: Nam June Paik, From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished. 202857-7700. nglive.org/dc. Museum of Women in the Arts. Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. Surratt House Museum. Maryland: A House Divided. 301-868-1121. surratt.org.

ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, MAY 13
Buckwheat Zydeco, Montpelier Arts Center. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com emma’s revolution in Concert, Joe’s Movement Emporium. 301-699-1819. Friday Night Eclectic: Ted Garber CD Release Party, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Step Festival, Dance Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.

SAT, MAY 14

Alma Tropicalia & Special Guests, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com Joy of Motion’s Spring 2011 Dance Project, Guidone Theater. 202-520-3690. joyofmotion.org. Bach and Mozart, National Philharmonic, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org. NSO Pops: Jon Secada and Tito Puente Jr. / Marvin Hamlisch, conductor, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

ONGOING GALLERIES
PEEP Show, Barcode Orchestra, & Carrier, ARTISPHERE. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com . Put a CORC in It!, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel. 202-775-0800. getinvolved.corcoran.org. Baa-merica! Icons Revisited, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org Jenny Freestone: New Prints, Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com.

SUN, MAY 15

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ARETHA FRANKLIN’s new album, a long-awaited indie release, is an epic disappointment

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Franklin’s fumble
New album finds ‘woman falling’ with bad songs, dated production
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
It’s painful when a long-awaited album from a much-loved artist finally appears and is a disaster. The pain is especially acute on Aretha Franklin’s new album, the Wal-Mart exclusive “A Woman Falling Out of Love.” Rumors swirled wildly last fall that she had pancreatic cancer — Rolling Stone even went to press with the news citing anonymous Franklin family members. So it’s a delight and huge relief to see a much trimmer Aretha — she lost about 85 pounds — back on the media circuit, looking healthier than she has in years and rescheduling concerts Please check your ad copy she postponed last for accuracy. The ad will be year during her mystery illness (she plays presumed correct if proof Wolf Trap May 21). corrections are not submitted by 24 hrs. a sweet coda to the story if “Woman What of receipt of this copy of your ad. Falling” had been a solid, career-punctuating comeback on par with her last good album, 1998’s “A Rose is Still a Rose.” Sadly, it’s her worst album in ages joining schlock like “Almighty Fire,” “You,” “Sweet Passion” and “Get it Right” as some of the least compelling junk in her vast discography. Aside from the fact that she’s healthy and, based on last week’s TV promo appearances, in reasonably good voice, the good news is that the album is out at all. She was predicting an imminent release as far back as 2006 when she first mentioned the title to Billboard. It was so unfathomably delayed, it became almost a joke, sort of R&B’s answer to “Chinese Democracy,” the decade-in-the-making Guns n’ Roses album that finally saw release in 2008. Thankfully active on the touring circuit, Franklin’s studio output ground nearly to a halt in the last 10 years. There was an uneven Christmas album in 2008. Her last “real” album was 2003’s “So Damn Happy.” It felt hit-or-miss at the time; it plays like a masterpiece, though, compared to “Woman Falling.” Left to her own devices, Franklin stumbles badly here churning out an inconsistent and all-over-the-map sonic mess that struggles to muster even one catchy hook or chorus. “This You Should Know” (which she both wrote and produced), “Put it Back Together Again,” “When 2 Become One” and first single “How Long I’ve Been Waiting” sink like quicksand in a soggy stew of momentumsapping and dated-sounding R&B drivel. Franklin, thankfully, sounds great. Her voice — while not quite the rafter-raising feat of nature it was 30 years ago — still has a luster and sheen that’s delightful to hear. In a way, though, it makes this album doubly tragic — with better material, it’s obvious Franklin possesses the vocal wherewithal to have produced a home run. The covers are hit or miss, but two of the three are the record’s high points. A sassy, bluesy cover of B.B. King’s “Sweet Sixteen” promises early hope but proves an isolated and fleeting moment. A duet with an oddly uncredited Ronald Isley on “The Way We Were” is sweeping and feels positively glorious compared to everything else. The insipid “New Day” sounds like a promising change of pace initially with its deep bass line but soon dissolves into trite lyrics (“you can make it if you try!”). “Faithful,” a duet with gospel’s Karen Clark-Sheard is so ludicrously oversung it makes Christina Aguilera sound reserved. And despite a Billy Preston-caliber organ accompaniment courtesy of Darrell Houston, “His Eye is On the Sparrow” shows merely that Franklin’s son Eddie, singing lead here, inherited his mother’s range but not her interpretive finesse. She accompanies him on piano. It gives the album warmth, but since Aretha’s never recorded this standard herself, I’d have much rather heard her sing it. The album closes with a bombastic rendition of “My Country Tis of Thee,” which Franklin sang at Obama’s inauguration. She battled the cold that day — here she battles an overwrought orchestration (her own arrangement) that never met a musical cliché (rumbling timpani!, gospel choir on caffeine!) that it didn’t try to work in. Franklin said she cut tracks with Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and several producers for this album but they’re all MIA. It’s impossible to know how much was recorded over the last five years for this album but considering what made the final cut, one shudders to imagine the outtakes. From the amateur photography and packaging to the dubious selections and bland production, this is a near-total disaster.

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When the Trey McIntyre Project performs tonight in Washington, viewers, obviously, will have a sense of what they’re in for. But that’s not always the case in Boise, Idaho, where the company is based. The 41-year-old Trey McIntyre chose the unlikely locale after a nationwide search for a host city and, all things considered, found Boise the best fit. His dancers have made a splash there by launching what they call “SpUrgans” — spontaneous urban performances — where McIntyre says, “we will go into an office or into a park, or into a restaurant, do our dance and get out,” basically, guerilla-style dance done with a boom-box for music and flying feet and swiveling hips, startling observers. The whole point of a “SpUrban,” he says, is to surprise, to connect viscerally and unexpectedly, site-specific however, seeing the dance environment writ large — to go directly where people live and work in the community itself. His dancers also perform at games of the Idaho Stampede, the local NBA team, where they sold 300 tickets to one performance. This weekend’s performance, of course, will be less out of the blue. At Harman Hall, McIntyre promises a high-profile presentation of three works, two of them — “Ma Maison” (2008) and “The Sweeter End” (2011) — he choreographed to be performed to the recorded music he commissioned from the New Orleans jazz band, Preservation Hall, in two salutes to “the Big Easy,” a city he has grown to love. The brightly colored “Ma Maison” costumes feature Mardi Gras-style skeleton costumes and the dance is inspired by ritual and celebration of both death and the afterlife. “The Sweeter End” premiered in New Orleans in February. The troupe will also perform “In Dreams” (2007), a darkly lyrical ballet he created for five dancers set to the music of Roy Orbison songs, including the eponymous “In Dreams,” a song McIntyre remembered from its use in the 1986 film by David Lynch, “Blue Velvet.” McIntyre is famed already after a starstudded career of more than two decades as a choreographer, with his canon of more than 80 works of contemporary ballet, set to scores as varied as classical music (Beethoven and Chopin), rock ‘n’ roll (from the Beatles and Beck to Roy Orbison), folk (Peter, Paul and Mary) and jazz (Preservation Hall Jazz Band). McIntyre says he never came out per se. His parents asked him about it when he was 14 and matter of factly started dating a boy. The Wichita, Kan., native established his dance career after leaving home at 17 for the Houston Ballet Company. By 19 he was hired, enjoying a long run there that lasted until 2008 by which time he had been working as a choreographer, his own dancing days ending in the mid-’90s. McIntyre’s partner of eight years, 29-year-old John Michael Schert, met in New York and knew early on they’d form a company together. It began in 2005 as a summer touring company and was established in 2008 as a full-time company, now with 10 dancers. The dancers — now five males (including Schert) and five females, salaried for 35 weeks a year and with full health benefits — are happily settled in Boise. Now in their third year there, they are also touring with upcoming concerts at Harman Hall in Washington tonight and Saturday, hosted by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), and were scheduled to participate in a community “engagement” outreach with the Washington Ballet School, Maryland Youth Ballet and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts.
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The gay-helmed Washington Ballet is closing its 210-2011 season with “Carmen,” opening Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Harman Center for the Arts (610 F St., N.W.). The program will also feature the premiere of Associate Artistic Director David Palmer’s “Passing Through” and Edwaard Liang’s “As Above, So Below.” The show runs through May 22. Tickets range from $20 to $87 and can be purchased online at washingtonballet.org.

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The Washington National Opera will be performing Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” starring out soprano, Patricia Racette, at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) this weekend and through May 28. “Iphigénie en Tauride” is about Iphigénie, saved by the goddess Diana then held captive to serve as her high priestess. She must decide if she will obey the King Thoas and sacrifice two strangers, including her brother Oreste. Racette, a lesbian, last performed at WNO in “Peter Grimes” in 2009. She has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. Sunday’s performance will be followed by question-answer session with Christina Scheppelmann, WNO’s director of artistic operations and select cast members. “Iphigénie en Tauride” is performed in French with English supertitles. Tickets range from $25 to $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dc-opera.org.

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The National Museum of American History (1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.) will mark the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with a three-part display and website opening June 3. One display, “HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago,” will look at the early phase of the pandemic. Located in the “Science in American Life” exhibition, this display will feature photographs, magazine covers and the equipment Dr. Jay Levy used to isolate the virus. Another display, “Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS 1985-2009” will how people were affected by the disease. In the museum’s Archives Center, this display will feature popular culture materials including posters for the 1993 movie Philadelphia, photographs and quotations from oral histories. The last display will be of a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation honoring Roger Lyon, who died of complications from AIDS in 1948, not long after he testified before Congress to get funding to combat the epidemic. For more information, visit americanhistory.si.edu. The exhibit’s website will be available at americanhistory.si.edu/hivaids.

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LGBT theater group, Crack presents “A Crack in Time,” hosted by drag queen Summer Camp, Saturday and Sunday at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). After the show Saturday, DJ Matt Bailer will be spinning upstairs. Sunday’s show will feature the same performers as Saturday night, plus a few “special twists.” Saturday’s show will be at 10 p.m. and tickets are $10. Sunday’s show will be at 6 p.m. and tickets are $8. Doors open an hour prior to the show both nights. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit crackdc.com.

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Johnson, Bob Hager, there were a couple who committed suicide. I even remember our first member who died, James Vincent McCann, Jim McCann. We named a ministry award after him … but we lost so many. We became kind of known as the place where you could come and we would do your funeral … it was just really hard on the congregation. The only we got through it was by relying on God and each other.” MCC-D.C., as it’s casually known, is part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a liberal Christian denomination with a vastly, but not completely, LGBT membership. The D.C. church’s roots go back to 1970 when a group of gay believers started meeting as Community Church of Washington. The church was chartered as an MCC church on May 11, 1971 under the leadership of Rev. J.E. Paul Breton. Rev. Troy Perry, the denomination’s founder, remembers vividly the D.C. church joining the Fellowship. “We said right away, yes, we’d love to have them,” Perry says by phone from Los Angeles where he’s lived for 48 years. He resigned as the Fellowship’s moderator in 2005 but is still active among the church’s 250 congregations around the globe. “It was one of the briefest dedications we ever did,” he says. “We got there and it was like 22 degrees. It was so cold I thought my jaws would fall off. So it only lasted about 15 minutes.” MCC-D.C. is one of the largest churches in the Fellowship. Shultis says it’s always in the top 10 in terms of weekly attendance and often in the top five. Perry has visited most of the denomination’s churches and says visiting the Washington church is always a highlight and blessing for him. But not all has been easy in recent years. After stabilizing its membership and attendance after the advent of antiretroviral therapy, the church experienced a boom era around 1999 and 2000 in

which it wasn’t uncommon for 500 faithful to come through the doors on an average Sunday morning. It’s about half that now. Shultis, who became senior pastor in 1995, remembers that “it was nice not to have as many funerals” for a change, but also remembers there was rarely a dull moment. One of her most poignant memories started around banal circumstances. After settling into the magnificent Ridge Street building, a series of properties around the new church became available and members sensed a rare chance to purchase them and eventually expand the parking area. But the logistics were dicey — purchase had to be approved by the congregation and involved three contracts, the failure of any one of which could sink the whole project. They also had to move fast. “This involved taking out, like a $700,000 or $800,000 loan and so we had a very large congregational meeting and I couldn’t believe it, the vote to do it was unanimous,” Shultus says. “I had tears in my eyes. I thought, ‘Golly gee, we’ve worked so long and people really understand what we’re trying to do here and support it.’” The D.C. church, as with the Fellowship as a whole, has long sought to be a place of refuge for gay Christians chastised by the churches of their youth. The church offers classes on its interpretation of the scriptures that many Christian churches use to condemn gay sex. Longtime member John Dewey, the church’s lay delegate who represents the parish at denominational meetings, says an underlying theme woven into nearly every sermon is that “God loves and accepts you no matter who you are.” He says the scriptures need to be considered in their proper historical context and modern readers need to realize they were crafted before there was any notion or understanding of sexual orientation. “We take a non-judgmental approach to Christianity that welcomes people exactly where they are,” Rev. Dwayne Johnson, the church’s sixth and current

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senior pastor, says. “We welcome people’s doubts and our core theology is really God’s unconditional love.” Johnson, well respected within the Fellowship for leading a Houston MCC church through a period that saw its attendance double, succeeded Shultis in early 2010 after a lengthy national search. He volunteered at the D.C. church from ’89 to ’92 and has high praise for both Uhrig (whom he calls “incredibly passionate — prophetic in the best sense of the word”) and Shultis (“strength, integrity and grounding”). Despite the adage that Sunday mornings provide the U.S. with its most segregated hour, MCC-D.C. is widely known for its healthy interracial mix and array of ages. Shultis says it wasn’t always that way and in its early years was dominated by white gay men, a trend she was eventually concerned about. Shultis put her neck on the line during a heart-to-heart with Uhrig when she was still assistant pastor and said, “You have got to pay more attention to women,

more attention to people of color, the music had to change, the attitudes had to change … it took a lot of time to change the ratios but I think he really listened. Things began to change after that.” Shirli Hughes, the church’s minister of music since 2001, says it’s important to honor the church’s past, a reason she’s excited about the bounty of anniversary festivities that are planned throughout the year. “It’s taking all of that rich history of what has been our past and all those saints who have gone on before us and the sacrifices that so many have made to make it possible to be where we are today,” she says. “It’s taking that collective wisdom and energy and using it to propel us into a new vision, to really embrace the limitless possibilities of the future.” But now with so many mainline Christian churches opening and welcoming LGBT believers, is MCC-D.C. in danger of becoming an anachronism? Has the decline in attendance been partially due to that trend? Johnson says no. “The difference is we’re not just an affirming church, it’s hard to find the right language,” he says. “I don’t want to bash any other churches by any means, but I think it’s because of MCC in a lot of ways that other churches even started opening their doors [to gays]. There were many, many years when it was just us. And many others are still fighting that battle internally. … Other churches may welcome and affirm you but we are you.” Sue Elliott, an Upper Marlboro, Md., resident who’s been active in the church since the early ’90s, knows what that feels like first hand. It’s a big reason she’s been in the church choir and on the church’s vestry council for so long. She says the 40th anniversary comes as no surprise considering how much the church offers. “I never thought for a minute it wouldn’t be here to see 40,” she says. “I’m excited. We’re moving forward and have a lot of new things planned. I never doubted for a minute that it would last.”

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Spring is hot for the D.C. real estate market and that’s true for buyers, renters and tenants. Who wants to move in the dead of winter? If you’re on the prowl for a perfect rental to call home, we have some excellent strategies for the modern dweller. Pets, price, parking, neighborhood and style preferences dictate just how prepared and aggressive you should plan to be. The reality check. Consider the three common variables for any search — space, location and price. If you are like most people on a budget, plan to be flexible on your must-have list. It’s good to know ahead of time the difference between wants and needs. Before you start your search in earnest, make a list of amenities and features that you really want. From there, the ideal neighborhoods should reveal themselves. If space is king and your pooch is your queen, neighborhoods like Brightwood, Columbia Heights and Petworth offer more elbowroom and often fenced spaces for four legged friends. If “walkability” and nightlife excite you, think Logan, the U Street corridor, Penn Quarter, Dupont and Adams Morgan. For something in the middle (but with higher price tags) areas like Woodley Park and Georgetown are sweet. If you’re a hipster or simply entertained by them, head to H street N.E. for some of the best people watching and deals on rent in the city. If urban living is your fantasy but not in the budget, consider downtown Silver Spring which offers great proximity to D.C. with some excellent restaurants and amenities right at your doorstep. D.C. has something for everyone, the trick is finding it.

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