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washingtonblade.com - volume 43, issue 4 - january 27, 2012

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Advocates join guv in campaign to pass measure with expanded religious ‘protections’

Maryland Gov. MARTIN O’MALLEY said his marriage bill provides a balance between ‘equal protection under the law’ and ‘religious freedom.’

O’Malley introduces Md. marriage bill
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At a gathering on the steps of the governor’s residence here, Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday called on the state’s residents and lawmakers to join him in supporting his newly drafted same-sex marriage bill. With about 50 supporters of the bill standing behind him, including same-sex couples, clergy members and state labor leaders, O’Malley said the bill provides a proper balance between “equal protection under the law” and “religious freedom.” His remarks came on the day after he officially introduced the Civil Marriage Protection Act into the Maryland General Assembly and minutes after he hosted a breakfast in the governor’s residence for representatives of the coalition of organizations and clergy backing the bill. “There is a broad coalition, and many are arrayed on the steps here with me, and they are all supportive of the bill I introduced last night on civil marriage equality in the state of Maryland,” he said.

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Mixed reaction to Obama speech
LGBT issues absent from State of the Union
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama called on Americans to work toward a brighter future during a State of the Union address on Tuesday that hit on issues ranging from the economy, foreign policy and the environment — but


Creating Change
Annual confab draws 3,000 to Baltimore this weekend featuring NAACP’s Benjamin Jealous. PAGE 38

lacked any substantial mention of LGBTrelated policy issues. In his speech before a joint session of Congress, Obama urged cooperation as he laid out a series policy of initiatives aimed at bolstering the nation’s standing both at home and abroad. “As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful and the

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Council’s Judiciary Committee, where GLAA and D.C. Trans Coalition officials were expected to testify against it.

seeing the four officials subjected to recall. “I won’t sign the petition,” said Fanning. “My feeling is why don’t we wait until the next regular election and let the voters decide then.”


Mayor, Council chair, Graham targeted for recall election
A Ward 5 civic activist and supporter of former Mayor Adrian Fenty has filed papers with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to begin the process of seeking a recall election to oust Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chair Kwame Brown, both Democrats, from office. The activist, Frederick Butler, says he also plans to file papers seeking a recall election against gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). Butler has said each of the four elected officials were responsible for encouraging or failing to take steps to prevent corruption in government. He said Graham should be held responsible for the arrest in 2009 and guilty plea last year of his former chief of staff, Ted Loza, for accepting a “gratuity” from a taxicab industry official seeking to influence taxi related legislation then pending before the Council. Federal authorities that investigated Loza said Graham was not implicated in the alleged corruption scheme. Last June, a federal judge sentenced Loza to eight months in prison. Graham could not be immediately reached for comment. Most political observers say Butler lacks the financial resources and support for the difficult task of obtaining 45,000 petition signatures within the next 180 days to place a recall election for Gray and Brown on the ballot in the November election. He would need signatures from 10 percent of the registered voters in Wards 1 and 3 to place Graham and Cheh on the ballot for a recall election in November. Observers note that attempts have been made to recall every previous mayor accept Walter Washington and all of them failed to obtain the signatures needed to place a recall on the ballot. Butler is a friend and protégé of Fenty’s controversial supporter and college fraternity brother Sinclair Skinner, who came under investigation by the City Council after his company, Liberty Engineering and Design, received city contracts under the Fenty administration that critics said were due to cronyism. Skinner came under fire from gay activists during one of Graham’s reelection campaigns when news surfaced that he distributed anti-gay fliers attacking Graham on behalf of one of Graham’s opponents in the Democratic primary. Local gay activists Rick Rosendall and Peter Rosenstein, who backed Gray for mayor in the 2010 election, said they see no interest within the LGBT community for recalling Gray, Brown, Graham, or Cheh. Gay Democratic activist John Fanning, who supported Fenty in the 2010 mayoral election, said he, too, has no interest in


Victory for Rehoboth’s outdoor restaurants
After about 16 months of discussion, debate and squabbling, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners agreed on Jan. 20, by a vote of 6-0, on new regulations regarding patio hours. Voting for the first time was newly appointed Commissioner Patrick Gossett, who is gay. Commissioner Stan Mills who initiated the complaints that resulted in a raid of several establishments, including Cloud 9 and Aqua, in September, 2010, recused himself on the recommendation of the Delaware Public Integrity Committee who felt he used his elected status to bring about the raids, which led to the arrest of several bar owners who were cited for infractions. The vote allows patios to stay open as long as the inside of the establishment remains open. In most cases, this means 1 a.m. Up until a temporary freeze was put in effect in the spring, restaurants with patios could only serve alcohol on their patios until 10 p.m. and patrons had to leave by 11. In addition, it was agreed that there would be an enforcement officer in place who would talk to violators. Carol Everhart, CEO and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, said, “the experiment of changing the hours of patios, which we wanted worked. Revenues increased because restaurant patios were open.” Everhart and others at the meeting praised the work of the enforcement officer. Still unresolved is the noise issue, which early on was linked to the patio issue. The commissioners have been trying to determine how best to handle regulations on noise. A number of commissioners felt that use of the phrase “clearly audible” should be sufficient, but others have argued that there should be a clearer definition, such as determining where to measure the noise. However, because there were only five noise violations noted this past summer, the issue is not considered as crucial as in the past. Earlier in that meeting, Gossett, who previously served as commissioner from 2004-7, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission. Gossett becomes the third openly gay person on the sevenmember panel. He joins lesbian Pat Colluzzi and recently elected Mark Hunker on the Commission. Gossett noted that “the fact we not only have three openly gay members of the LGBT community as commissioners, but that we have members of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments, as well as the head of the local Chamber of Commerce and Rehoboth Main Street, a group which encourages events to attract tourists, shows how accepting Rehoboth is.”

The American Astronomical Society recognized FRANK KAMENY with a certificate of appreciation commemorating his ‘lifetime efforts’ to advance the cause of gay rights earlier this month.

Kameny honored by Astronomical Society
The American Astronomical Society Jan. 10 recognized the late gay rights leader Frank Kameny with a certificate of appreciation commemorating his “lifetime efforts” to advance the cause of gay rights. Kameny held a doctorate degree in astronomy from Harvard University and worked for the federal government as an astronomer in Washington in the late 1950s before authorities fired him for being gay, prompting him to become a lifelong advocate for LGBT equality. In a ceremony at its semiannual meeting in Austin, Texas, AAS President Debra Elmegreen presented the certificate on Kameny’s behalf to Charles Francis, a D.C. gay rights advocate who co-founded the Kameny Papers Project. The project arranged for the Library of Congress in Washington to obtain thousands of documents that Kameny generated in more than 50 years of advocacy work on behalf of LGBT equality. “The American Astronomical Society, in light of its commitment to diversity and equality, hereby honors the memory of the astronomer Dr. Franklin Edward Kameny for his exemplary lifelong commitment to promoting equal rights for homosexual men and women,” the certificate says. “Dr. Kameny’s activism removed discriminatory barriers that had cut short many careers,” it says. “Dr. Kameny tirelessly advocated against policies that banned gays from working for the federal government, holding security clearances, or serving openly in the military.”


Trans Coalition, GLAA oppose ‘prostitution free zones’ bill
The D.C. Trans Coalition and the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance are calling on the D.C. City Council to defeat a bill calling for giving the city’s police chief authority to establish permanent “prostitution free zones.” The two groups have joined civil liberates advocates in charging that a 2005 law creating the zones has resulted in improper targeting of transgender women and others for prostitution arrests. The law allows police to designate any public area a “prostitution free zone” for up to 20 days, allowing police to more aggressively crack down on prostitution in those areas. The bill currently under consideration, the Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act of

2012, would make such zones permanent. “These policies have done little to eradicate prostitution but have succeeded in further marginalizing sex workers, low income people of color, transgender people, lesbians, gays and the homeless,” a statement issued by transgender advocates says. “We do not need more policy that criminalizes people in our community,” the statement says. “D.C. residents demand that the D.C. Council find solutions to city issues that don’t involve arresting and locking people up because they are homeless, transgendered, or look like they are engaging in sex work.” D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), the lead sponsor of the bill, has said street prostitution has been an ongoing problem in her ward and in other parts of the city and her legislation would help police control the problem. Alexander’s bill was scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday before the



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washingtonblade.com 06 • JANUARY 27, 2012 LOCAL NEWS

Hospital apologizes for ‘delay’ in allowing visit
Women file discrimination complaint against Washington Adventist
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
The president of the Takoma Park, Md., based Washington Adventist Hospital has apologized for what she says was a “miscommunication” that led to a delay by the hospital in allowing a woman to visit her same-sex partner following the partner’s admission to the emergency room. But hospital president Joyce Newmyer disputes claims by the two women and the Human Rights Campaign that an initial denial of a request to visit the partner was due to discrimination. Instead, she says it was based entirely on a policy of barring anyone from visiting emergency room patients undergoing initial treatment and evaluation. Newmeyer’s assessment of the matter is at odds with an account by Takoma Park residents Kathryn Wilderotter and Linda Cole, who have been partners for 11 years and were legally married in Canada in 2004. HRC released a statement saying a hospital staff member declined to allow Cole to visit Wilderotter shortly after Wilderotter was taken by ambulance on Nov.13, 2011 to the hospital’s emergency room because Cole “was reportedly not recognized as a family member.” Wilderotter told the Blade she suffered a seizure while driving her car, resulting in a crash that led to an injury. She said a female staff member sitting at the front desk at the emergency room entrance declined to allow Cole to visit Wilderotter after Cole told the woman she was Wilderotter’s partner and spouse. According to Wilderotter, Cole called Wilderotter’s sister, Kristin Biggs, who arrived at the hospital about 20 minutes later. When Biggs approached the same emergency room staff member she introduced herself as Wilderotter’s sister, Wilderotter told the Blade. The female staff member then replied, “Oh, we have family here now. You can go in,” Wilderotter quoted her partner as informing her. HRC announced in its Jan. 19 statement that Cole and Wilderotter have filed separate complaints of discrimination over the incident with a joint federal commission that regulates hospitals and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Discrimination during a medical emergency may be one of the worst forms of discrimination LGBT people face,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Recognizing this problem, federal regulations were put in place to end discrimination in healthcare settings and allow all people to be with their loved ones during their most critical moments.” Solmonese was referring to the implementation in January 2011 of new federal regulations initiated by the Obama administration that require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs to allow patients to designate the persons they wish to see as visitors. The regulations prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation based on sexual orientation and gender identity among other categories. Since nearly every U.S. hospital participates in Medicaid or Medicare programs the new regulations are said to apply to nearly all hospitals in the country, including Washington Adventist Hospital. Meanwhile, HRC said in its statement that Washington Adventist Hospital has not responded to its annual survey of healthcare providers, which it uses to publish the HRC Healthcare Equality Index. The index assesses and discloses the policies and practices of hospitals related to LGBT patients and their families. Newmyer told the Blade on Monday that she didn’t know why the hospital hasn’t returned the HRC survey in past years but said hospital officials were currently working on it and would be sending it to HRC shortly. In a phone interview with the Blade on Monday, Wilderotter said a hospital executive called the couple six weeks later to say the incident was caused by a new employee unfamiliar with hospital policies and that the hospital apologized for what happened. Newmyer posted a statement on the hospital website on Jan. 20 saying she was troubled over news media stories reporting the initial denial of visitation was due to discrimination. “First, I want to express my deepest apologies to Ms. Wilderotter and Ms. Cole for feeling anything less than valued at our hospital,” she said in the statement. “As a policy and a practice, our hospital does not discriminate against anyone regardless of their race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or ability to pay,” she said. Newmyer told the Blade on Monday that a hospital investigation into the incident shows that a “perfect storm” of miscommunication and coincidence may have led Cole and Wilderotter to believe they were singled out for discrimination. According to Newmyer, when Cole arrived at the hospital doctors and emergency room attendants were treating Wilderotter and evaluating her condition. She said the hospital has a policy that prohibits anyone from visiting an emergency room patient at this “critical” stage of treatment. She could not determine exactly what the hospital staff person told Cole at this time, Newmyer said, but she is certain that the denial of the visit would have been issued to anyone arriving at that time. In what she called an unfortunate coincidence, Newmyer said the attending doctors and staff completed their initial evaluation of Wilderotter and cleared her to receive visitors just as Wilderotter’s sister arrived.


When the sister was allowed to enter the emergency room treatment area, Cole understandably could have concluded that her initial denial was due to discrimination rather than the across-the-board policy of delaying visitation during the early stage of treatment, Newmyer said. Wilderotter said the emergency room staff member’s comment referring to her sister as “family” and saying the sister could enter the area where she was being treated suggests that the staff member believed the sister rather than Cole should be allowed to enter the treatment area for a visit. Wilderotter said she has also heard from friends and others familiar with Washington Adventist Hospital that family members are sometimes allowed in to visit a loved one in the emergency room even during the early stage of treatment by doctors and nurses. “My sister took Linda by the hand and led her in,” said Wilderotter, who noted that she was comforted to see the two of them arrive at her side. Wilderotter said the staff member at the emergency room entrance didn’t attempt to stop Cole from entering the treatment area with her sister.

Catherine Holroyd, a Hyattsville, Md., resident contacted the Blade on Monday to report that she and her lesbian partner have been treated with respect and were fully recognized as a same-sex couple when the two have been admitted to Washington Adventist Hospital on separate occasions as patients. “I’m a retired nurse,” Holroyd said. “I can tell you that we’ve been treated well at that hospital and so have other gay couples.” HRC spokesperson Paul Gueguierre said Cole and Wilderotter’s discrimination complaint has merit. “Linda Cole was denied access to her partner during a time of great need,” he said. “Regardless of whether it was a simple communications problem, this was unfortunately a case of healthcare discrimination,” he said. “We are encouraged by recent statements by hospital administrators that they do not discriminate and will take steps to prevent this from happening again in the future,” Guequierre said. ”We look forward to their participation in the Healthcare Equality Index. The HEI is designed to prevent cases like this one.”

Police Log
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit participated in the following investigations:

• On Jan. 24, in the 1300 block of 15th St., N.W., a man reported that on May 5, 2011, he was involved in a verbal altercation with his neighbor. During the altercation the neighbor used homophobic language. There was no offense that took place. It is unclear why the man waited so long to file the report. • On Jan. 24, in the 800 block of 46th St., N.E., a man reported that a suspect pushed in a window panel at his residence and destroyed his property. The suspect fled prior to MPD arrival. A report was taken. • On Jan. 24, at 6th & H streets, N.W., police received a call for a robbery. Two individuals were stopped and identified in reference to the case. An investigation revealed that no robbery occurred and the individuals were released. A report was taken reflecting the events.


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washingtonblade.com 08 • JANUARY 27, 2012 NATIONAL NEWS

Anchorage anti-bias measure faces opposition
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An initiative adding gender identity and sexual orientation to the Anchorage non-discrimination rules is up for vote a vote on April 3, but interference from larger national anti-gay groups may make the fight tougher for supporters. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, which has intervened in pro-LGBT ballot measures across the country for many years, has begun weighing in on the measure. “The ultimate concern with enacting something like that is that it infringes on religious freedoms,” said ADF lawyer Holly Carmichael. “There’s a huge constitutional concern here.” But Anchorage employment lawyer Thomas Daniel is defending the expansion of protections, saying that religious institutions should remain confident that exemptions in the law will allow faith groups shelter from frivolous litigation.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (left) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘Beginners.’

Boy Scouts join ‘no name-calling’ week
NEW YORK — Despite a history of policies barring gay men from participation, Boy Scouts of America may be signaling a change this week by signing on to support a national gay group’s anti-bullying effort, according to the Huffington Post. A contributor to the Scouts’ official blog published an editorial introducing readers to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s “No Name-Calling Week,” an annual anti-bullying event. “I’m delighted the Boy Scouts of America’s official publication is calling on its adult leaders to join with the tens of thousands of educators and other youthserving professionals who are currently observing No Name-Calling Week in order to improve the lives of millions of youth,” said GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard.

Plummer nominated for gay role
Limited LGBT representation in this year’s Oscars
By PHIL REESE preese@washblade.com
Nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lawrence, nominated last year for the film “Winter’s Bone” and who appears this year in “The Hunger Games,” and Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the Feb. 26 presentation. Christopher Plummer was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his turn as a man who comes out as gay to his adult son late in his 70s in ‘Beginners.’ Plummer is familiar to the Oscars stage — in 1965 he joined Julie Andrews and the cast and crew of ‘The Sound of Music,’ when the film won Best Picture. He was also nominated in this same category two years ago for playing Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station.” Plummer is coming off a Golden Globes win for his character Hal Fields, a lateblooming widower who must learn to navigate the rather tricky waters of being single and gay in your 70s, while dealing with a son coming to grips with the news (played by gay favorite Ewan McGregor). Gay New York blogger, Scott Wooledge was disappointed that one gay-themed movie missed the list, however. “On the topic of movies, I’m sorry to see Pariah didn’t get any nods, it deserves a handful,” the Daily Kos regular told the Blade. “I suspect that may be because it was released so very late and Focus Features may not have campaigned on its behalf.” Wooledge says he was “just blown away” by the Spike Lee produced film about a 17 year-old Brooklyn African-American lesbian and the effect of his coming out on her family. The film also features Adeprero Oduye and Kim Wayans. “If anyone has ever complained there are not middle class, queer people of color in pop culture,” Wooledge says, “I implore you to run don’t walk, open your wallet and reward the director, Dee Rees and the studio for serving up a beautiful and heartfelt film that features exactly that.” Glenn Close is a contender for Best Actress for her role as a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland in ‘Albert Nobbs.’ ‘Nobbs’ also garnered a nod in the supporting actress category for Janet McTeer, as well as in the makeup category. Up for Best Original Screenplay is ‘Margin Call,’ a film about the financial meltdown of the last decade, produced by recently out ‘Heroes’ and ‘Star Trek’ actor Zachary Quinto, who also starred in the film. Quinto recently starred as a gay ghost on gay creator Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Horror Story.’ Among the films nominated, ‘The Help’ received three nominations (Octavia Spencer & Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress and Viola Davis for Best Actress); ‘The Descendants’ received five (Alexander Payne for Best Director, George Clooney for Best Actor, film editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture); and ‘Moneyball’ garnered noms for Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill, Best Actor for Brad Pitt, Best Adapted Screenplay, film editing and Best Picture. The big winner, however, is most likely ‘The Artist’ which received 10 nods including Berenice Bejo for Best Supporting Actress, Michel Hazanavicius for Best Director, Jean Dujardin for Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, music, art direction, film editing, costume design, cinematography and Best Picture. Set in 1930s Hollywood, the modern silent film has been described as “a love letter to the silver screen,” by NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

Minn. court revives marriage case
MINNEAPOLIS — After a Hennepin County District Judge threw out a lawsuit brought by same-sex couples seeking marriage, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has revived the case. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that District Judge Mary Dufresne inappropriately relied on a 1971 Minnesota Supreme Court decision, and sent the case back to the trial court, according to New York’s Gay City News. The decision in the 1971 case, Baker v. Nelson — brought by two men seeking to marry in Minnesota — was deemed faulty in this week’s appeals court decision, because it failed to take into consideration the state constitution in its analysis, as is required. The United States Supreme Court refused the case, saying it lacked any federal impact. The decision, written by Judge Renee L. Worke, asserts both that the courts must apply an additional level of scrutiny in questions of due process and equal protections, and that constitutional law has evolved significantly since 1971, which merits a fresh analysis of the question. “Appellants claim that the government cannot deprive them of their fundamental right to marry without showing that this denial is narrowly tailored to serve a compelling state interest,” Worke wrote. “But even if the right to marry is not considered a fundamental right, appellants should have been granted an opportunity to show that MN DOMA is not a reasonable means to its stated objective –– to promote opposite-sex marriages to encourage procreation. The district court failed to conduct an appropriate analysis under the Minnesota Constitution.” Both sides will now decide whether to appeal this decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court or to return to district court.

Gay strategist runs for Maine state house
Matt Moonen, former political director for EqualityMaine, announced that he is running for an open seat in the Maine House of Representatives representing Portland, according to Maine progressive blog, Dirigo Blue. Having spent many years working on LGBT issues, Moonen worked with Mass Equality during the first successful push for same-sex marriage in America in Massachusetts, as well as in the push for domestic partnership recognition in Wisconsin with the group Fair Wisconsin. Most recently he worked with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, and is the vice chair of the Portland City Democratic group. “I am looking forward to a positive campaign,” Moonen said in a statement. “Working together with the people of Maine, we can find innovative and effective solutions to the problems we face, and ensure that Maine continues to be the best place to live, work and raise a family,”


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washingtonblade.com 10 • JANUARY 27, 2012 NATIONAL NEWS

Romney, Gingrich prep for Fla. showdown
Surprise S.C. results upend GOP race
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
Editor’s note: The Blade will have staff in Florida to cover next week’s GOP primary. Visit washingtonblade.com for special reports starting this weekend.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s surprise win in the South Carolina primary has scrambled the GOP race, forcing frontrunner Mitt Romney to go on the offensive in advance of next week’s Florida contest. New polls released this week show the Florida race to be a tight contest between Romney and Gingrich. A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday shows Romney with a two-point lead over Gingrich, 36-34. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is polling in third place at 13 percent and Rep. Ron Paul fourth with 10. Media outlets projected Gingrich would win the South Carolina primary immediately upon close of the polls last week. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Gingrich captured 40.8 percent of the vote, or 243,153 of the total votes

NEWT GINGRICH came from behind to trounce Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary.

cases in the election. Romney came in a distant second with 27.8 percent. Santorum was in third place with 17 percent of the vote. Coming in fourth was Paul with 13 percent. In a victory speech in South Carolina, Gingrich said he was seeking broad

support for his campaign as he took a dig at President Obama. “We want to run not a Republican campaign; we want to run an American campaign,” Gingrich said. “This is the most important election of our lifetime. If Barack Obama can get re-elected after this disaster — right — just think of how radical he would be in a second term.” Immediately following Gingrich’s remarks on Obama, an audience member shouted, “No more years!” Gingrich also alluded to Romney’s campaign without mentioning the former Massachusetts governor, saying, “We don’t have the kind of money that at least one of the candidates has.” According to the latest reports, Romney has raised $32.2 million, while Gingrich has raised only $2.9 million. “But we do have ideas, and we do have people,” Gingrich said. “And we proved here in South Carolina that people power with the right ideas beats big money, and with your help, we’re going to prove it again in Florida.” On Tuesday, Romney released his tax returns, which showed he earned $21.7 million in 2010 with a tax rate of 13.9 percent. His 2011 estimate shows him earning about $20.9 million, mostly on investments.

Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said Gingrich’s win in South Carolina demonstrates the Republican Party is reluctant to embrace Romney as their standard-bearer. “The GOP base south of the MasonDixon line has never been all that fond of Mitt Romney, but the fact that South Carolina voters gave such a lopsided victory to an ethically challenged, twice divorced, serial philanderer who resigned his last position of power in disgrace is just breathtaking,” Davis said. Gingrich won the primary after Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race and threw his support behind the former U.S. House speaker. Chris Barron, chief strategist for the gay conservative group GOProud, congratulated Gingrich and attributed his win to the candidate steering clear of negative attacks on Romney’s business career. “It is clear that Speaker Gingrich’s poll numbers improved dramatically once he ended his unnecessary and unproductive attacks on Gov. Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital,” Barron said. “As conservatives we should make it clear that we are the champions of free enterprise.”

Christie nominates gay high court justice
Move is a first for a Republican governor
By PHIL REESE preese@washblade.com
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surprised both allies and opponents of LGBT rights this week by nominating Bruce Harris, an openly gay justice, to his state’s Supreme Court. Christie also nominated First Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Law and Public Safety and former Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Phillip H. Kwon, who would be the first Asian-American on the court. “I am extraordinarily proud to announce these two historic nominations to the New Jersey State Supreme Court,” said Christie. “Bruce and Phil are each accomplished and talented individuals with skilled legal minds who are highly respected in the legal community. Just as importantly, each of them has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to serving their state and communities.” “A few minutes ago, just before announcing his two new Supreme Court nominees, Gov. Christie called me on my cell phone to tell me he is nominating Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court,” Garden State Equality Chair Steven Goldstein said Monday. “As I told the governor right then and there, you could have picked me up off the floor.” nation’s strongest anti-bullying law that the governor signed in January 2011.” New Jersey gay activists have been advocating for the passage of a bill extending marriage rights to samesex couples in that state, much like neighboring New York did in 2011. Legislative leaders in both houses have made the bill a priority. Goldstein cautioned same-sex marriage supporters against reading too much into the appointment. “I recognize, and caution everyone, that it would be unwise to read any change here in the governor’s position on marriage equality; he has said in past months and years that he would veto the bill, and we take him at his word,” Goldstein said in a statement. “We will fight hard every minute of every day to win marriage equality in New Jersey. Nothing will deter us.” According to Goldstein, Christie is the first Republican governor in American history to nominate an openly gay man to the highest court of his or her state. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the future of the Republican Party,” said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans. “He is successfully turning New Jersey around, is a powerful voice for conservative principles, and his inclusive attitude, most recently demonstrated by appointing Mayor Harris to the state Supreme Court, represents today’s GOP voter.”

N.J. Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE named Bruce Harris, a gay mayor, to the state’s Supreme Court this week.

Harris — who is the mayor of Chatham Borough, N.J. — will be the third AfricanAmerican justice on the bench, but the first openly gay justice, according to Goldstein. According to the Victory Fund, Harris is the nation’s first openly gay Republican non-incumbent elected mayor. New Jersey was the first state with an openly gay governor after then-Gov. James McGreevey came out as gay while in office in 2004. New Jersey currently has two openly gay Assembly members, Reed

Gusciora and Tim Eustace. “When I met with Gov. Christie in 2010 at his request, he told me that though we would differ on some issues like marriage equality, he viewed the LGBT community as an important part of New Jersey, and that he wanted his administration to have a good working relationship with Garden State Equality,” Goldstein said. “That has been the case every step of the way. … the governor and his staff were invaluable in helping us pass the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, the


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O’Malley says Md. marriage bill brings dignity

“All of us want the same thing for our children. Marylanders of different religious beliefs, Marylanders of all walks of life all want the same thing for our children. We want our children to live in loving, stable, committed households that are protected equally under the law,” he said. Anticipating what political observers in the state capital expect to be an aggressive campaign to oppose the bill by religious groups, including leaders the Catholic Archdiocese of Maryland, O’Malley stressed that his bill provides expanded protections for religious institutions and people of faith. “We also believe that we can protect religious freedom and rights equally under the law,” he said. “Other states have found a way to do this. We can find a way to do this too. And that common ground that allows us to move forward is dignity — the human dignity of every single person,” he said. Among those who spoke at the gathering in addition to O’Malley were Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, founder of a Christian ministry in Bowie, Md.; Ezekiel Jackson, an official with the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 of Maryland; and State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), one of seven out gay members of the General Assembly. Also speaking were O’Brian Banner, 28, and Daryl Fields, 27, who identified themselves as a gay couple from New Carrollton, Md., near D.C., who hope to marry in their home state. “We’ve been together for five years,” Banner said. “We moved here two years ago from North Carolina with the hope of a better opportunity.” Like most other couples, Banner said, he and his partner would like to realize “the American dream – to get married, adopt children and own a home.” Others attending the gathering included out gay House of Delegate members Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore), Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County), Mary Washington (D-Baltimore) and Peter Murphy (D-Charles County). Mizeur called O’Malley’s strong support for the same-sex marriage bill a “tremendous” development that would greatly increase the bill’s prospects for passing. Also in attendance was Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of the Mt. Rainier, Md., based New Ways Ministry, an LGBT supportive Catholic organization. Gramick said opposition to the same-sex marriage bill by Catholic Church officials in Maryland would be offset by support for same-sex marriage rights and LGBT equality by a “solid majority” of rank and file Catholics in Maryland. Although O’Malley officially introduced the bill into the General Assembly Monday night, the measure had yet to be printed or posted on the General Assembly website as of late Tuesday morning.

About 50 supporters of a same-sex marriage bill joined Gov. MARTIN O’MALLEY at a media event Tuesday in Annapolis.

“The momentum is growing and there’s a lot of hard work to do,” said O’Malley, in assessing the bill’s chances of passage in the legislature’s 90-day legislative session. “But we are going to be successful in this legislative session.” Sultan Shakir, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition of LGBT, civil rights, labor, and religious groups leading the effort to pass the bill, said he expects both the State Senate and House of Delegates to vote on the bill before the end of February. He noted the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the bill on Jan. 31. Shakir and Madaleno said the committee is expected to vote to send the bill to the full Senate shortly after the hearing and a Senate vote could take place within a week or two. “We have the votes to pass it in the Senate,” said Madaleno. Once cleared by the full Senate, which approved the bill last year, Shakir said it will go to the House of Delegates, which he expects to vote on the measure sometime before the end of February. “All of us are engaging in on-theground efforts to move hearts on this issue and to generate votes when we get to the House of Delegates,” said Mizeur, one of the lead sponsors of the bill in the House. “And we know it’s going to be a challenge again,” she said. “No one is taking this for granted. It’s not a done deal. But we

definitely feel like it’s Maryland’s moment and we’re going to make this happen.” The bill died in the House of Delegates last year when supporters determined they didn’t have the votes to pass it and voted to send it back to committee. With O’Malley’s changes this year that he says have strengthened the bill’s “religious liberties” provisions, supporters say they are hopeful several House members who declined to support the measure last year will help to pass it this year. When asked at the news conference what he sees as the main difference between last year’s bill and this year’s measure, O’Malley said, “The protections of religious liberty are more explicit in this bill.” He added, “In fact, they may be more explicit in the bill than they had been in any other bills around the country. I know that our legislative team was drawing upon the experience in other states that have passed this measure and they found a way to protect rights equally while also protecting religious liberties.” Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County), one of the lead sponsors of the bill, said he was studying the bill’s new wording when contacted by the Blade Tuesday afternoon. Raskin, an American University law professor, said O’Malley’s version of the bill appears to have added to a provision he and members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee put in the bill last year in an effort to accommodate religious organizations and churches.

The provision allows organizations like the Catholic group Knights of Columbus to decline to provide public accommodations such as rental of a hall for a gay wedding, Raskin said. “Arguably under current law the Knights of Columbus hall has to be open to everyone if it is a place of public accommodation,” he said. “So there was a small sacrifice in public accommodations law to bend over backwards to accommodate religiously oriented institutions. It has not gone much further than that.” Raskin added, “We haven’t entered into an examination yet into what the governor’s bill means. But I don’t think it goes much further than that. And I think the marriage equality side can swallow our misgivings on that because we’re trading it for a long overdue vindication of everybody’s right to participate in institutional marriage.” The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, which lobbies against same-sex marriage laws throughout the country, has rejected the type of compromise language described by Raskin, saying same-sex marriage laws are unacceptable regardless of whether they include religious exemption provisions. NOM President Brian Brown has said his organization works to defeat any lawmakers that vote for same-sex marriage because marriage must be “preserved” as a union only between a man and a woman.


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LGBT policy initiatives absent from State of the Union

state of our Union will always be strong,” Obama said. On the economic front, Obama outlined a blueprint built on four pillars: manufacturing, energy, skills for workers and a renewal of values. Among the initiatives he identified were doubling tax deductions for hightech companies that make products in the United States; creating a Trade Enforcement Unit charged with investigating unfair practices in countries like China; and proposing a Veterans Job Corps to encourage communities to hire veterans as cops and firefighters. Obama also said he’d continue his pledge to work toward deficit reduction and make sacrifices in programs like Medicare and Medicaid in exchange for making sure millionaires pay at least 30 percent in taxes. “Now, you can call this class warfare all you want,” Obama said. “But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.” Foreign policy was also a major component of the speech. Obama touted the death of Osama bin Laden under his watch and the end to the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The president also said he “will take no options off the table” in preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, although he prefers a peaceful resolution to the issue. Coming off his decision to nix the Keystone Pipeline that would have carried oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, Obama acknowledged environmental groups by calling for alternative energy development. “I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here,” Obama said. “We’ve subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough.” But any reference to LGBT policy issues were absent from the speech. Obama only mentioned “gay” as part of a list of categories of people who could serve in uniform — a reference to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. “When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight,” Obama said. A mention of LGBT issues wasn’t expected in the speech, although state advocates said an endorsement of marriage equality in the address could help with efforts to pass such legislation in Washington State and Maryland. The president also faced calls to declare his intent to issue an executive order barring federal dollars from going to companies that lack LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies. John Aravosis, who’s gay and editor of AMERICAblog, said Obama could have

LORELEI KILKER (left) with her partner SARA NELSON. Kilker attended Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

gone further in his speech to address LGBT issues. “I didn’t really expect him to come out for marriage equality or even announce his support for an executive order on ENDA,” Aravosis said. “But at the very least he could have, should have, mentioned ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and recognized the two lesbians invited to sit with the first lady. It was far more understated than I think it should have been.” The lesbians that Aravosis referenced were two guests that attended the speech in the first lady’s box with Michelle Obama after receiving invitations from the White House. The president made no mention of them in his address. Lorelei Kilker, a 31-year-old analytical chemist from Brighton, Colo., was among a class of women benefiting from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation of alleged sex discrimination at her former employer, the Western Sugar Cooperative. In October, those who were involved in the case received an award of $550,000, which was achieved through a cooperative process between the employer and EEOC. The other invitee was Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace, who’s 43 and lives in McLean, Va. She’s currently training to deploy to Afghanistan in the spring through the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program. The Blade reported in December on Wallace’s partner Kathy Knopf participating in Wallace’s “pinningon” promotion ceremony. Also in the address, Obama called for comprehensive immigration reform legislation and passage of the DREAM ACT, which would give young, undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship if they pursue military service

or a college education. “If election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, defend this country,” Obama said. “Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.” Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Immigration Equality, commended the president for reissuing his call for immigration reform, but said that vision should be inclusive of binational LGBT families. “The president laid out an eloquent vision this evening of an America where everyone plays by the same rules, and shares the same opportunities and chances,” Ralls said. “The tens of thousands of LGBT binational couples who live every day with the threat of separation, or are already separated or in exile, want nothing more than that.” Under current law, straight Americans can sponsor their foreign spouses for residency in the United States. That option isn’t available to gay Americans seeking marriage-based green cards for foreign same-sex partners. Legislation known as the Uniting American Families Act would rectify this situation. “It also time for the president to endorse, and call for the passage of, the Uniting American Families Act,” Ralls said. “The administration has taken important steps forward in recent months, including exercising discretion to keep some couples together. We’re prepared, and ready, to work with the White House to make that progress permanent, and pass UAFA, whether alone or as part of a comprehensive bill.”

LGBT groups on the right and left responded to the State of the Union speech in accordance with their political views. Chris Barron, chief strategist of the gay conservative group GOProud, said gay and straight Americans alike know that policies like those Obama advocates for in his speech have been a disaster for the country. “Barack Obama used tonight’s State of the Union to stoke the fires of class warfare,” Barron said. “It is clear that this president fundamentally doesn’t understand how jobs are created. Instead of taking responsibility for the failures of his presidency, he has instead decided to double down on his failed policies that will undermine our free market economic system that is responsible for making America the greatest country on the planet.” Barron was at the National Press Club during the State of the Union address with former Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who delivered the Tea Party response to the speech. Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said Obama’s speech was “a bold and clear vision for the future” and distinct from what he called the “tired and disproven schemes” advocated by Republican presidential candidates. “Equality is a value at the heart of our movement and tonight, the president described a blueprint for America that is undeniably pro-equality — everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed and everyone should pay their fair share,” Davis said. “From a sensible and fair tax policy to rebuilding America’s infrastructure, the president’s blueprint for a lasting economy is exactly what our country needs to put millions back to work and make the American Dream a reality for generations to come.” Yet another national LGBT group urged Obama to continue work on his LGBT advocacy. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said Obama should “urge his administration and Congress to work together to ensure that everybody — including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — have an opportunity to offer their unfettered best to America.” “This is a challenge right now, in a nation where the rich are getting richer and everyone else is struggling to tread water,” Carey said. “Many families are hurting, and LGBT families are just as vulnerable to economic hardship. The fact is, the state of the union for LGBT people remains largely one of inequality. In many parts of the country, we can still be fired from or denied employment for simply being who we are, and marriage inequality relegates our families to second-class status.”


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Marylanders divided over same-sex marriage
A new poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing strategies found that 49 percent favor same-sex marriage while 47 percent oppose it. With the margin of error at 3.5 percentage points, the results indicate a statistical dead heat. A total of 808 registered voters in Maryland were polled from Jan. 9-15. This is a significant finding given that a marriage equality bill, if signed into law, will likely go before the voters in a referendum in November. “We¹re moving in the right direction,” said Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland. “Sixty-two percent of Democrats support marriage equality as do 56 percent of independents. A majority of Marylanders recognize the importance of making families stronger through marriage.”

‘We’re moving in the right direction,’ said CARRIE EVANS, executive director of Equality Maryland, about polling on same-sex marriage.

Rep. Edwards supports marriage bill
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4th District) voiced her support for same-sex marriage at a Jan. 16 rally hosted by the state’s largest labor unions. She stressed the need for religious exemptions, which are part of the bill introduced by Gov. Martin O’Malley this week. Her district includes portions of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “I was married for a little while. I chose to be married. Then I chose not to be. But in the state of Maryland I could. But that should be the case for all Marylanders,” Edwards explained. “I know that this is really tough. I go to church too, y’all… And I want to say to all of our faith leaders out there that I understand that probably in my Baptist church in Maryland it is not likely that there will be performed — in my church — gay marriages.” Sultan Shakir, campaign manager for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition, responded, “The coalition is grateful to Rep. Edwards for her vocal support before a fired-up union crowd last night.”

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New LGBT business group debuts
The Maryland Corporate Council made its official debut Jan. 19 at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore. The group is focused on professional networking and business referrals for members, as well as mentoring and providing educational programming. About 200 area business professionals attended the two-hour launch event, which featured Mark R. Fetting, chairman and CEO of Legg Mason, Inc. as the keynote speaker. “We have 11 members on the board and over 100 memberships already committed,” said MCC co-founder and president Ted Hart. “This was very exciting to have such strong support before we even launch.” (The Washington Blade is one of the organization’s sponsors.) Hart, CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services Group, added, “I think the need and the desire for this sort of organization has existed for a long time. Several attempts have been made. What is different about this effort is the business plan developed, the business orientation, and the senior level support recruited and committed.” For more information, visit marylandcorporate.org.

Baltimore County debates bias bill
A bill that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the protected classes in Baltimore County’s code was introduced on Jan. 17. Proponents of the bill, clad in purple as a show of unity, testified about the need for protections in the workplace and in public places including restrooms. “I have seen the result of this kind of discrimination and it should not be allowed in Baltimore County,” said Sharon Brackett, board chair of Gender Rights Maryland, in a statement. Opponents decry the bill as providing an opportunity for men dressed as women to enter a women’s restroom and attack women. “Transgender people are using the bathroom because that’s what they have to do is use the bathroom,” said Brackett. “There’s no evidence, there’s no proof, it doesn’t happen.” Observers expect the bill to pass with another hearing scheduled for Feb. 14.

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CARRIE FISHER in ‘Wishful Drinking.’

Local restaurants show support for homeless
This weekend marks the end of Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week, which started Jan. 20 and will run through Sunday. This year, three-course dinners are $30.12 or $20.12 and select restaurants, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, are offering two-course lunch menus for $15.12. Participating restaurants have committed to support The Journey Home, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan to make homelessness rare and brief in Baltimore. For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit baltimorerestaurantweek.com.

Fisher brings one-woman show to Baltimore
“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher brings her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” to Baltimore with performances at the Hippodrome Theatre (12 North Eutaw St.) opening Tuesday at 8 p.m. and running through Feb. 12. “Wishful” is a self-deprecating look at Fisher’s life. It premiered in 2006 in Los Angeles and continued onto Broadway engagement, winning the 2010 Outer Critics’ Circle Award. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

Baltimore club has multiple events this weekend
Club Hippo (1 W. Eager St.) in Baltimore has a few events happening this week. Tonight, the Ladies of Lure present “Lust,” a black light party with DJ Rosie and the DystRuXion dancers. Doors open at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover before midnight and $7 after. The club is also hosting a karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. Attendees could win the debut album, “Colours,” of the soulful pop group, Graffitit6. With the return of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Club Hippo is having free pool and drink specials on Monday at 9 p.m For more information and to get directions to the club, visit clubhippo.com.

Queer cabaret performs
The Charm City Kitty Club is performing “Kitty Club Episode II: Hot and Bothered” on Saturday at Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore). The Club is a collectively run cabaret designed to foster, showcase and celebrate creative expression among LGBT individuals and their allies in the 10th season. There will also be “Kitty Speed Dating (with a twist)” before the show. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Creative Alliance members. Advance tickets can be purchased at creativealliance.org. For more information on the group, visit charmcitykittyclub.com.

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D.C., Md. push higher taxes, record spending
Council member Evans hopes to reverse disturbing trend
Included in a broad range of potential new taxes and fees is a 17 percent increase in the state sales tax. Also plopped on the table is a plan to shift some expenses to the county level, which will result in higher local tax levies, allowing the state government to dump this burden downwind and accommodate its freewheeling excesses. These proposals would make a pickpocket proud. They also serve to further accelerate deterioration of the small business environment in the state, inhibiting job growth and a healthy state economy. In D.C., after deluding the public that last year’s huge budget deficits would result in city spending cuts and resolve the District to eliminate inefficiencies and waste in government operations, the current city budget being doled out represents a new record level of spending. Enabled by retaining a local sales tax increase which had been scheduled to sunset and increasing income taxes on a new top bracket of earners, as well as scheming up even more fee increases, the largess for this rampant spending required only another resident and consumer shakedown. Ultimately, these unrepentant big spenders are allocating what is yanked from the hands of local small businesses and enterprise owners, the overwhelming majority of whom report profits as personal income. Now that D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi has projected a more than $42 million surplus in the current fiscal year, Mayor Vincent Gray has already proposed spending all of it – plus a couple million dollars more to boot. While many other states are smartly reducing spending, lowering taxes, implementing efficiencies, downsizing government, demanding that public employees contribute to generous benefit and pension plans, and otherwise putting their financial houses in order, the two kindred jurisdictions north of the Potomac are behaving as outliers from another era. D.C. Council member Jack Evans, representing the mid-city business area of Ward 2 since 1991 and chair of the Council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue, wants to put an end to such foolishness in the District. Evans announced last week that he plans to introduce legislation to lower the city’s sky-high corporate income tax from 9.975 percent to match Virginia’s six percent rate at a lower percentage than Maryland’s 8.25 percent levy, also eliminating the same tax rate for unincorporated businesses to match both neighboring states. He correctly posits that a more competitive business regulatory structure and a rolling back of the substantial disincentives and recent tax hikes will improve the District’s overall financial health and longterm business environment. Last year the D.C. Council suddenly reversed course at the behest of Mayor Gray, hiking the top income tax rate to a fraction less than nine percent – falling heavily on local small businesses. This unexpected move further ensconced D.C. at the top of the tax scale for the entire country. Evans sensibly wants to institute a progressive local income tax structure and lower rates across the board. This would provide both tax fairness for differing incomes and reduce the astounding local tax burden. Of course, this would require city officials to put a stop to their ever more avaricious tax-and-spend habits. Perhaps a mayor and Council disfavored by ethical ill repute can be shamed into it. Let’s hope so.

Mark Lee is a local small business manager and longtime community business advocate. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

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families — and I can’t think of a better reason to ‘donate’ than that.” In that one email they called the $20 they wanted from me a gift, a donation and a membership. They also told me this was the last time they would ask. HRC isn’t the only group that does this, but it’s a mistake. I support HRC and the work it does even if I don’t contribute today. HRC continues to be an important part of the advocacy effort for the LGBT community. But it would be a stronger organization today if they had chosen to become a real and viable membership organization years ago. The email makes it clear the HRC dichotomy that people have talked about for more than 20 years. HRC is not now and has never been a membership organization. Some see it as a successful advocacy organization (others dispute that) but what no one can deny is that HRC is a successful fundraising machine. But asking for money on the pretext of being a membership organization is false advertising. In a career spanning both government and the non-profit sector I have had the opportunity to work closely with, be a member of and run a number of membership organizations. Member benefits usually include defined and delineated tangibles at discounted rates, such providing useful research, continuing education opportunities, magazines and journals, online publications and information, discounts on attending meetings, travel, seminars, webinars and intangibles like advocacy work. The email I received from HRC didn’t list one such benefit. A real membership organization doesn’t consider anyone making any type of contribution a member as those kinds of “members” can’t be counted on to continue making random contributions each year. Instead they carefully count and cater to their members and keep track of them with annual dues renewals stressing the current benefits and always looking for ways to make their membership more valuable. The most successful advocacy membership organization is the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). It has grown exponentially and provides a host of benefits to members for very little money. AARP retains its members because the cost of membership is low and easily offset by the savings they receive from those benefits. More than 20 years ago, it was suggested to the powers that be at the then-named Human Rights Campaign Fund that they look at turning themselves into a real membership organization and that they set a goal of attracting 1 million members with annual dues between $7 and $25. Benefits of membership could include a glossy magazine. Other benefits could come from vendors such as insurance companies, travel firms, airlines, clothing and food outlets that would provide meaningful discounts. This very simple concept was based on the assumption that with low dues and valuable benefits you could — over a period of years — attract one million members. These members would come from both the LGBT community and our allies. Considering inflation, a low annual membership rate today of between $15 and $25 the organization could raise between $15 and $25 million, which would cover the basic costs of running the organization. Then additional funds could be raised from both members who had more money and others to cover the costs of additional lobbying, advocacy and anything else that the organization wanted to undertake including building a reserve fund or endowment. In the long run this would be a way for HRC to become more relevant to many people and a way to institutionalize the organization for years to come. As we have seen from the fights that African Americans and women have waged to attain their human and civil rights, the fight goes on even after legislative success. HRC will continue to be needed to monitor progress and to educate our own community, our allies and the general population. HRC will have to provide something for the younger generation that is tangible — not just the intangibles of advocacy — if it is to attract life-long members and supporters. There may be other ways but this is one reliable way to build HRC for the future.

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

I laughed when I received a recent e-mail from the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president of membership and development offering a reduced rate “membership,” “if I only came back by midnight tonight.” She told me that according to their records my membership had lapsed and that to make it easy for everyone to participate they were making a special offer only available today. I could save $15 on my membership as a former member if I would rejoin. Then to strengthen their call for my membership they forwarded an email from HRC President Joe Solmonese “in case I missed it” in which he asks for money. It had no date on it but he wrote that “if I come back before midnight” my “gift” will change the lives of loving


A sister outsider in ‘Pariah’
Portrayal of black lesbian life a rare, refreshing change
Seldom do I see my image anywhere, especially portrayed in non-stereotypical and non-heterosexist ways on the silver screen. As a matter of fact, if you Google “black lesbians” or “black lesbians in film” you’ll get a plethora of porn sites to visit. But writer-director Dee Rees’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama “Pariah” gives me a glimpse of my younger self growing up in Brooklyn. Pariah is about Alike (ah-LEE-kay), a virginal 17-year-old African-American lesbian high school student living in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn who doesn’t know how to come out to her parents, who’s eager to have her first sexual experience, and who’s not sure of the type of butch lesbian she wants to be — “soft stud,” one of the “Aggressive Lesbians,” a subculture of young butch lesbians who adopt a gangster hip-hop persona to compete for femme women, or something totally different. “Alike knows that she loves women; that’s not the question. The question is how to be,” Rees told the Boston Globe. “And so, in my own struggle, a large part of my question was how to be in the world.” One of the ways of defining how to be in the world, especially for high schoolers, is through clothes. But with a mother — Audrey (Kim Wayans) — who demonstrates zero tolerance for her daughter’s non-gender-conforming ways, especially exhibited by Alike’s taste for non-frilly attire, we see Alike forced to be a gender chameleon — changing into her butch togs going to school and out of them going home. “Pariah” wouldn’t be an authentic black coming-out tale if religious homophobia didn’t show its countenance on someone. And Audrey is that person. With the hopes of her shy tomboyish daughter blossoming into a more socially friendly and feminine girl, Audrey convinces a churchgoer that their daughters, who are in the same class, should walk to school together for safety reasons. And not surprising to those of us in the black church, Alike’s first sexual experience is with one of the churchgoer’s daughters. To find antecedents or self-reflections of yourself, especially in American film, is difficult, which is why “Pariah’s” title and theme of portraying black lesbian life, albeit marginalized in both the African-American church and white LGBTQ communities, in a positive and realistic light is thoroughly refreshing. Occasionally, however, we will see present-day portrayals of black lesbians on major television channels and in major movie houses across the country, but not by out black lesbians. For example, in the 2009 film “Precious,” Paula Patton plays Ms. Blu Rain, a lesbian teacher who helps Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) embrace her life’s worth and her sexuality. Patton inspires Precious to learn to read, and to write, giving her a daily writing assignment that eventually leads Precious coming into her own. Another example, in 1996, we had Queen Latifah’s spot-on portrayal of a butch lesbian in the movie “Set It Off,” which, of course, set off a conflagration of queries about her sexual orientation. Last summer, Latifah’s character on the show “Single Ladies” — which she executive produces — was accidentally outed, and it worked out in a positive way for the character. Viewers and the blogosphere began to speculate that Latifah was channeling her personal life through her small-screen character. But films written and directed by women of color that reach the silver screen are rare, and by LBTQ women of color, it’s even rarer. The last time I saw a film written and directed by a LBTQ woman of color that reached the level of mass distribution and international acclaim as “Pariah” was 16 years ago. In 1996, Cheryl Dunye wrote, directed and starred in her first film, “The Watermelon Woman,” which was also the first African-American lesbian feature film. Dunye’s “mockumentary” is a scathing critique of the racist cinematic representation of black women. The protagonist of the film, played by Dunye, makes a film about an obscure black actress from the 1930s known for playing stereotypical “mammy” roles played by black actresses during that era. In this faux cinema verite account of a black lesbian filmmaker uncovering the hidden histories of black women, controversial cultural critic Camille Paglia makes a cameo appearance informing Dunye that the mammy archetype once represented a black goddess figure. And unbeknownst to the general public, 20 feature films have been directed by black lesbians since Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman.” Dunye’s mockumentary came out during the height of black queer cinema, from 1991-1996, dubbed the “Golden Age,” when black lesbian films were predominately documentaries seen by small audiences. It’s my hope that “Pariah” will be part of the trend of the mainstreaming of niche content. Black lesbian cinematic representation is long overdue.
Rev. Irene Monroe is a Boston-based freelance writer. Reach her at revimonroe@me.com.

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Sails, skis and snowboards
Several gay and lesbian winter trips and parties planned in major cities
From gay ski weeks to gay rodeos, some of the most popular LGBT events happen during the winter. Whether your tastes lean toward the more laid back affair, such as a romantic dinner for two, or if you are a social butterfly looking to be surrounded by thousands of gay counterparts, here are some must-do events that are happening throughout the remaining winter season: ELEVATION UTAH 2012 Rated as the No. 1 ski destination by Ski Magazine, Park City, Utah, presents its second annual Gay Ski Week Feb. 2326. According to founder Tom Whitman, “Unlike some of the other ski weeks, the Elevation events are geared to be friendly and open and fun, not really geared toward VIP velvet ropes.” Although these events are described as laid-back, the DJ line-up is quite impressive. World-class DJs such as Roland Belmares, Josh Peace and Pornstar will spin. “Daytime activities are usually taken up by skiing and snowboarding, while the official events happen at après-ski time,” Whitman says. The welcome event is held Feb. 23, and culminates in a series of evening parties at venues such as Downstairs, Sidecar, and Jam Salt Lake City. Purchase tickets and get discounted hotel rates at utahgayski.com. TELLURIDE GAY SKI WEEK Can’t get enough of Elevation Utah? Hop over to its neighboring state Colorado where the city of Telluride presents its own Gay Ski Week, Feb. 25 through March 3. This weeklong event is produced by StraightOut Media & Marketing and supports the Telluride AIDS Benefit. Activities include Nuclia’s Get Wasted Party, the annual White Night party, and the first ever “Wig Run,” where everyone from locals to gay skiers can celebrate the week by skiing in their best wig creation. The guest list will be jumping, as three “A-Listers” from Logo TV will be in attendance, including Reichen Lehmkuhl, Chase Hutchison and Levi Crocker. To top the week off, the resort will be celebrating the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by allowing active members of the military to party for free the entire week and receive military discounts from lift tickets to rentals all over town. Purchase tickets and weekly passes at telluridegayskiweek.com. ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S ALLURE OF THE SEAS Set sail with the world’s largest cruise ship and surround yourself with 5,400 like-minded gay travelers. Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Sea departs Sunday and cruises to the Mexican cities of Cozumel, Costa Maya and Hispanolia and returns after an indulgent seven days on Feb. 5. The LGBT vacation company Atlantis Events, Inc. brings you attractions such as five architectural dance floors, 13 restaurants and cafes, a plethora of theaters presenting performances such as “Chicago” and Dixie Longate’s “Tupperware” show, and adventuresome activities such as rock climbing, zip lining and ice skating. At the western Caribbean ports, you can take part in island excursions such as diving, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins or kicking back on the powder-white sand beaches. Broadway diva Idina Menzel and gay comedian Bruce Vilanch


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will appear. Go to atlantisevents.com for details. ARIZONA GAY RODEO Looking for something low-key with warm weather, surrounded by dozens of gay cowboys? Visit the Rawhide at WildHorse Pass during Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 17-19) located in Chandler, Ariz. This is the kick-off Rodeo of 2012 hosted by the 25-year-old Arizona Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA). Experience events such as bull riding, roping challenges, speed events on horseback and the Wild Drag Race. Located only 17 miles from the city of Phoenix, you can end your day at one of the popular gay pubs in the capitol, such as Charlie’s Phoenix, Kobalt or Apollo’s Lounge, which offer specials during rodeo weekend. Visit agra-phx.com to purchase tickets and to obtain a discount code at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix-Chandler. For an affordable $25 weekend pass to all Rodeo events, gay cowboy heaven is only a Stetson away.

LGBT WINTER WEEKEND IN NYC Taking a trip to New York City is always a blast, but now various Travel Alternatives Group (TAG) approved hotels offer an even greater incentive for a weekend trip to the city. Visit the Danfords Hotel & Marina Feb. 24 through March 31 and purchase the “Romance” package for two, starting at $429, which includes a one-night accommodation, Champagne and strawberries upon arrival, a 50-minute side-by-side couples massage at Blue Sapphire Spa and $100 credit toward the Wave Seafood Kitchen. The Garden City Hotel, also located in Long Island, is offering the “All for Love” couple’s retreat ($399). Included are overnight deluxe accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and a threecourse Valentine’s dinner for two in the private dining room of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Rein. Prefer to stay on the island of Manhattan? Enter the promo code, GLBT11 for up to 20 percent off the best available rate at the Hilton New York (newyork.hilton.com).

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Richmond, Philly, Rehoboth, make for memorable regional getaways RICHMOND ROLLS OUT THE RAINBOW CARPET
The gay-owned Maury Place at Monument bed and breakfast offers an intimate setting with meticulous attention to design. The luxury guesthouse boasts a seasonal swimming pool, four suites with sumptuous decor, heated tile floors in the bathrooms and a welcomingyet-unobtrusive staff. Prices range from around $190 to $290 per night. Go to mauryplace.com to book a room. There are many great restaurants in breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays with a brunch on Sundays. Go to theempressrva.com for more information. There are many things to do in Richmond, and plenty to perk the interest of the LGBT traveler looking for art, history and nightlife. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a major attraction for travelers and Richmond residents alike. The glass and on West Cary Street. Babes is welcoming to everyone and features live music and a drag show. Godfrey’s Restaurant and Nightclub on East Grace Street transforms from a lively dance club at night to a fun drag brunch on Sunday mornings. Reservations are required for the drag brunch. There’s an LGBT section at visitrichmondva.com that’s a must-visit site if you plan to go.




Richmond offers an array of museums and exhibits not to be missed this time of year.

One of the major exhibits at last year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

The Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau — like those of many mid-size cities — has put a lot of effort into enticing the lavender dollar. Virginia may be one of the most antigay states legislatively, but Richmond is rolling out the rainbow carpet and has much to offer the discerning gay traveler. For starters, it’s only two hours from Washington. And taking a comfortable round-trip Amtrak ride from Union Station runs about $50. LGBT travelers are especially welcome at the Linden Row Inn as well as Maury Place at Monument bed and breakfast. The Linden Row Inn offers spacious rooms filled with ornate antiques from the mid-to-late 1800s. The fully restored Greek revival hotel is conveniently located in the center of historic downtown Richmond. Prices range from around $110 per night for a sprawling, well-decorated two-bedroom to around $240 per night for a gracious parlor room. For more information or to reserve a room, go to lindenrowinn.com.

Richmond, but Chez Fouchee and the Empress stand out. Chez Fouchee, a gay-owned restaurant nestled between downtown and the Broad Street arts district, has an affordableyet-satisfying lunch menu seven days a week and a fine dining dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. For lunch, try an artisan baguette sandwich, the quiche du jour or one of the original salads. Prices range from $7.50 for a baguette or salad to $13.50 for a lunch steak. For the more formal dinner, be prepared to spend more than $20 per entrée. Save room for dessert; the rich lemon butter cake is worth the extra trip to the gym. For menus, reservations and more information, go to chezfoushee.com. The Empress serves elegant cuisine that any foodie will love. The cozy lesbian-owned restaurant offers scintillating and innovative dishes ranging from bison lasagna to pistachio crusted duck breast. Vegetarian options round out the menu. Prices for entrées range from $10 to $15 and market price for seafood. The Empress serves

stone museum holds 23,000 works of art in its permanent collection and is host to world-class special exhibitions. Go to vmfa.museum for information on exhibits, food, events and more. The River City is home to several theater companies with shows ranging from the classics to the avant garde. Of special interest to a gay audience is Richmond Triangle Players, an LGBT theater company. James Edwin Parker’s gay-themed “2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night” is having its Virginia premiere on Thursday and will run through Feb. 4. Go to rtriangle.org for tickets, show times and more information on the company. To unwind after a long day of exploring, there are many LGBT nightlife destinations. For an action-packed nightlife experience, go to Nations on West Broad Street. The club has two bars, a large dance floor and a drag cabaret. For a more laid back experience, Barcode on East Grace Street offers a friendly atmosphere complete with lunch and dinner specials. The best place to meet women is Babes of Carytown located

As one of the country’s largest metro areas, Philadelphia is always bustling with gay energy but two spring attractions are especially worth noting — lesbian photographer Zoe Strauss has a major exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs through April 22. And time your visit right and you can also catch the Philadelphia International Flower Show slated for March 4-11. The latter, a tradition since 1829 that now draws about 250,000 visitors each year, is “a fantastic show for anybody interested in flowers, plants and greening but anybody can enjoy it,” says Alan Jaffe, PR manager for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which stages the event each year. This year’s theme is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” so expect the usual eye-popping

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displays built around an exotic theme. LGBT Night Out is March 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and the event always draws plenty of gays including exhibitors, designers, landscape architects and more. The event is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets). Visit theflowershow.com for details. Strauss is an unlikely success story. The former babysitter with no formal training in photography launched a 10-year project to display her work for one day each year underneath Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia (she’s a Philly native). Critical acclaim came in time and now she’s the subject of a major exhibition that launched two weeks ago and features several special events as well as 39 donated billboard displays featuring her photos through the spring. The 41-year-old Strauss, who lives with her wife Lynn Bloom in South Philly, says her lesbian identity is endlessly informing of her work even in non-obvious ways. “It’s extremely central to it because I’m a lesbian and my work is very personal so it’s central to everything I make whether it’s presented in that moment or not,” she says. “I’m very interested in gender and the fluidity of it, so it’s of great importance to my overall body of work,” she says. “And even if (a particular image) is not directly related to the LGBT community, it still kind of always is because I’m the one making it.” The Museum is on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. Visit philamuseum. org for details.


Before the summer rush, there are loads of activities that Washington’s LGBT community will find enticing in Rehoboth Beach, Del. You can see men in skimpy swim trunks or elaborate costumes plunge into the cold Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 5 in a benefit for Special Olympics Delaware, and a week later, on Feb. 11, you can shop at the Convention Center at the state’s largest indoor garage

sale, Merchant’s Attic I. Merchant’s Attic II is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day. The Blue Moon reopens Feb. 9, and judging by the dumpsters outside the Moon this winter, there are many upgrades awaiting inside. Washington’s own Gay Men’s Chorus will join with the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus in concert on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The President’s Day weekend traditionally has CAMP Rehoboth cosponsor a mini film festival called “Another Take” with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. This year, the films are the awardwinning “Beginners” (Feb. 18), and the Chely Wright documentary, “Wish Me Away” (Feb. 19). Both begin at 2 p.m. and are shown upstairs at the Movies at Midway. March 3 brings another Rehoboth tradition, as the Convention Center will be filled with the smell of chocolate at the annual Chocolate Festival. March will end with another Convention Center tradition, now in its 15th year, the Resorts Home Expo, showcasing the top home service companies, developers, Realtors and mortgage firms (March 31-April 1). Camp Rehoboth holds a Women’s Fest each April, this year from April 12-15, and will feature Col. Grethe Cammermeyer and Suzanne Westenhoefer among others. If you have a summer residence at the beach or are thinking of owning a place, you’ll want to want to check out the Designer Show House (10 Fourth Street) on Fridays through Sundays April 20-May 6. For the odds and ends that you must have, the very popular annual Spring Sidewalk Sale will be held May 18-20. And do not forget that the second Saturday of each month throughout the year the arts community holds the Mosaic Art Walk. If you are looking for pure entertainment, most of the bars and restaurants continue to offer specials during the winter and spring and there are theater options at both Clear Space in Rehoboth and Possum Point in Georgetown, or you might want to check out the expanded Proud! Bookstore, which has moved directly across from its former location at Village by the Sea, on the Baltimore Avenue side.

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For some, vacation planning can be stressful and complicated because of budget constraints and time limitations. One bad decision can lead to a disastrous vacation with money and time wasted. There’s added stress for LGBT travelers, as it’s sometimes tough to gauge which destinations are accommodating, comfortable and accepting. Brian Goldthorpe, chief communications officer for OffTo, a company that offers special deals on customized LGBT vacations, says his business helps gay travelers find welcoming destinations. “We pride ourselves on only working with gay-friendly hotels and we only promote places that are gay friendly,” Goldthorpe says. “We have certain standards and as of right now, only 6,000 hotels worldwide meet those standards. Our selection process takes a lot of unnecessary stress off someone from the LGBT community worrying about whether the hotel or place they selected is gay friendly.” OffTo.com was launched Nov. 1, and the site offers new vacation packages each Tuesday. “We currently have a same-sex wedding package for New Hampshire. We also have a vacation package for Las Vegas and Orlando. We try to introduce a new vacation place every week,” Goldthorpe says. “We think about the future and what is needed for the LGBT community now, and gay wedding vacation packages are needed.” Goldthorpe also says that gay-friendly vacations do not necessarily mean vacations that are gay themed and says his company provides vacation packages

on a diverse and wide scale, packages that include city tours, art shows, cultural events and live entertainment. Goldthorpe recognizes that the competition for LGBT business can be fierce, with each travel agency trying to provide a discounted travel destination. However, Goldthorpe notes, “We stand out because we know what the LGBT community wants and we specialize in the LGBT community. Our site is about illustrating how committed we are about serving the needs of the gay community. They want to go someplace and not worry about being treated differently. That is what sets us apart from the others. We help bridge the gap.” Community Marketing, Inc., a company that specializes in LGBT marketing, conducted a survey in 2009 and found that the annual economic impact of LGBT travelers is approximately $63 billion in the U.S. alone. The study also found that for gay men and women, the average household income is $81,500 per year, almost 80 percent above the average U.S. household income of $46,326. Goldthorpe believes that more disposable income leads to more travel. However, he cautions that just because the gay community has a higher rate of disposable income, it does not mean gay travelers are spendthrifts. “We bundle discounted vacation packages to a specific community of travelers. We know everyone is watching their budgets and that the LBGT community doesn’t want to pay more for a friendly venue just because they happen to belong to the LBGT community.” The idea for OffTo was developed by Dennis Gaveenzi and the company is located in Philadelphia. Its current customer base is the Northeastern region, with plans to expand to the Midwest and eventually reaching the West Coast. OffTo will also be offering daytrip packages soon.


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Nick McCoy’s work in politics and activism — he freelances in community affairs consulting — took him to several East Coast states before he settled in Washington about five years ago. The 36-year-old has been passionate about this kind of work for about 15 years and has worked in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine and Florida on everything from post-Katrina hurricane cleanup and restoration to samesex marriage battles in Maryland and D.C. to Martin Luther King Memorial dedication work to political campaigns for D.C. Council member David Catania and Clark Ray to LGBT youth work. He credits the grandparents who raised him — he was born in D.C. but grew up on a military base in North Carolina — with instilling these values in him. “My grandparents both taught me that these things don’t just happen,” McCoy says. “But it’s a natural inclination for me. It’s where I feel at peace, where I don’t have to sweat. And it’s not about me — that’s why I keep doing it.” He considers D.C. home and would like to eventually run for City Council. McCoy, who’s single and lives in Shaw, enjoys running, basketball, beautification projects and dancing in his free time. He also likes cooking large meals for friends, reading comic books and watching “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” to relax.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? Seventeen years. My grandfather. My grandparents raised me and after my grandmother passed, my grandfather came to Georgia for a family reunion and I had been living out for four years and he asked me to come to the reunion. I came up with every reason not to go until it was over and he had gone home. Then I called crying and boohooing in the phone and he told me “Nicky, calm down — what’s wrong?” I said, “Daddy, I’m gay.” To which he replied, “Boy, Nicky, I am your father, I know that!” I was quiet for a moment and I asked if my grandmother knew before she passed and without missing a beat he said, “Nicky, we raised you son! There was nothing we did not know about you. We loved you just the way you were even though you are so damn hardheaded!” I miss my grandparents. WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO? Bayard Rustin WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? I enjoy Level One/Cobalt. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. Marrying the person I love. Maybe on a beach in Lenin? WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? Class issues WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? None! “What we see today are the results of the achievements and mistakes made yesterday… what we see tomorrow are the results of what we do today!” WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? The election of Barack Obama as our 44th president. It proved we are not done changing, we are not done growing as a race of humans there is so much more to come from us! ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? Equality

rounded the evening up with our President’s State of The Union! AWESOME!!!! IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE? “Sleepwalker” IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? If it is safe, I would rejoice for those who feel anguish in their bodies now for there could be a way to end their pain. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? Fundamentals of thought: be, do and have. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? Be humble, listen and remember that the work doesn’t belong to us it belongs to our community, we have to share in how we succeed and fail. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? Love, justice and a coach bag. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? The assumption that gay men’s voices automatically go up several octaves when we’re mad. I also hate it when family says they can’t understand why I’m not rich just because I’m gay. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? “Paris is Burning” WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? Acknowledging political figures. I need you to work on issues that are pressing for the respective community. WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? I would like a partner. I am a mess I need some Yang for my Ying! WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN AT 18? How important it is just to be present. WHY WASHINGTON? I’m home here and will serve my community first. “I will share what I have and what I have learned. I will make a career of humanity, commit myself to the noble struggle for equal rights. I will make a greater person of myself, a greater nation of our country and a finer world to live in,” to quote MLK.

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GEORGE HAMILTON and CHRISTOPHER SIEBER, center, in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ playing now at the Kennedy Center.

Laughs a la ‘La Cage’
Dated-but-endearing musical charms with gay parenting tale
Sometimes smaller is better. Case in point: Terry Johnson’s Tony Award-winning revival of “La Cage aux Folles” now at the Kennedy Center. The Broadway director’s scaled-down take on the feel-good musical is a charmer. Far more enjoyable than previous, more lavishly produced versions. Before the show begins, a sassy drag queen wearing a pastel suit and pillbox hat (a salute to first ladies of yesteryear) takes a seat on the edge of the stage and warms up the crowd. She jokes with those filing in, asking about birthdays and anniversaries. She advises the buttoned-up folks in the crowd to relax, then inquires if there are any Indian, black, or Jewish lesbians in the house. After her, the audience is ready for anything. With a hummable score by Jerry Herman (gay) and big-hearted book by Harvey Fierstein (also gay),” La Cage” is an old fashioned musical about family. Georges (George Hamilton) owns a drag club on the Riviera where his longtime partner Albin (Christopher Sieber) performs as Zaza. Together they’ve raised Jean-Michel (Billy Harrigan Tighe), Georges’ son from a long ago night of experimentation with a lessthan-maternal playmate. The action kicks off when their son unexpectedly returns home for a visit, followed soon after by his new fiancée and her right-wing politician father and cowed mother. Needless to say, much zaniness, hurt feelings, anger and sentiment ensues. Sieber’s Zaza is a big-boned, glittery diva (looks like Tyne Daly rolled sequins) who works the room (in this case the Eisenhower Theatre) like a pro. Her old school act references Marilyn and Marlene. But Lynne Page’s incredible, acrobatic choreography is left to Zaza’s back-ups, the lovely Cagelles (Matt Anctil, Logan Keslar, Donald C. Shorter Jr., Mark Roland, Terry Lavell and Trevor Downey). However, make no mistake, despite the sexy showgirl getups (compliments of costume designer Matthew Wright) not one of these muscular chorus boys could be mistaken for a real lady. But that’s part of the fun. Johnson’s reimagined dancers are vastly more entertaining than the much longer, mixed kick line of biologically female chorines and passable lovelies seen in past productions. Set designer Tim Shortall cleverly sets the scene with a palm-decorated, scalloptopped proscenium. His stage within a stage quickly transforms into Georges and Albin’s over-decorated flat above the club in which the backstage story plays out. Buzz surrounding the national tour suggested that 72-year-old movie actor and jetsetter George Hamilton was a big disappointment as Georges. In fact, he’s quite endearing in the role of the indulgent father and loving spouse. With his fabled suntan and signature insouciance, he certainly fits the part of a San Tropez club owner. And while he isn’t much of a dancer, his singing isn’t bad. As high maintenance-but-lovable Albin, Broadway musical veteran Siebert s is simply terrific. He’s a powerhouse performer who plumbs the part for big laughs but can also dial down his performance when needed. But Sieber is at his best when Albin’s personal life spills into alter ego Zaza’s drag act and he belts Herman’s gay anthem “I Am What I am” with heartfelt power. Adapted from the same-titled French play, “La Cage Aux Folles” was a little racy when it premiered on Broadway in 1983. Whatever shock value the show once had is gone. Same-sex parents are a nightly news and sitcom staple. Still, the creaky plot cranks out laughs and its messages of self- acceptance and the importance of family whatever its composition still resound strongly.
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Galactica returns to Black Fox
Special Agent Galactica returns with her band Captain Satellite and the Escape Pods for a new show at the Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Galactica will also be joined by two new “crew members,” the Comettes. The show will features songs by Pat Benatar, Cee Lo Green, Jeffrey Johnson (Galactica’s alter ego), the late Etta James and more. Galactica is continuing her live singing approach after making a name for herself as a first-rate lip synch artist. Tickets are $15 and are available online at pinkhairedone.com.


Raunchy rapper/comedian WENDY HO plays D.C. next week.

Raunchy Ho to play Gaylarious
Wendy Ho, the raunchy rapper whose “Bitch, I Stole Yo Purse” video was a 2008 favorite on Logo, plays Riot Act Comedy Theatre’s Gaylarious, a monthly queer comedy night, Wednesday. Gays Zach Toczynskiris and Chris Doucette host. “A lot of what you see onstage is me,” says Ho, who’s straight. “My material is mostly about life as a woman and breaking out of the mold that men have cast for us. Of course, I don’t be sittin’ around my house in my wigs all day like Lady Gaga claims she does. I can’t wait to rip off the costume when I get off stage.” Initially, Ho (born Wendy Jo Smith) was unsure if introducing the persona was a wise career move. Putting herself out there as a trash talking bad girl and revealing thornier issues from her own past had obvious drawbacks; but after she first took the act to A-list comedy clubs and gay bars in New York City it clicked immediately: “The audience embraced what I was doing. For me, performing as Wendy Ho was like coming out of the closet.” The L.A.-based performer describes her act as part standup/part concert. Her sound, she says, is like Lil’ Kim but dirty like Peaches and funny like Lonely Island. For her, Wendy Ho’s over-the-top femininity is empowering. By using humor and blurring the lines of sexuality and cultures, Ho says she brings people together with her unapologetically raw material. The theater is at 801 E Street, N.W. Tickets are $15. Call 202-697-4900 or visit riotactcomedy.com for details.

Brother Help Thyself doles out grants, awards
Brother, Help Thyself is holding its 34th annual grant reception and awards ceremony on Saturday at Remington’s (639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) at 2 p.m. The ceremony will include performances by Potomac Fever Ensemble, Tom Goss and D.C. Different Drummers’ Mad Hatters. Over the past 30 years, Brother, Help Thyself has raised about $2.1 million and distributed it to more than 130 groups in the community.

Capital Pride hosts volunteer kick off Tuesday
The Capital Pride planning committee invites the community to join its organizers Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a volunteer kick-off meeting at Redwood Century 21 (1701 Q St., N.W.) off the Dupont Circle Metro stop. Those interested in helping with this year’s festivities — which culminate the weekend of June 9 — are encouraged to attend and learn more about all facets of the process from the festival, parade, entertainment, marketing and more. The meeting will last about one hour. Light refreshments will be served. Visit capitalpride.org for more information.

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In an unforgettable treat for jazz lovers, legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz in their first appearance at the Center. Valdés’ long and illustrious career includes seven Grammy Awards, more than 80 recordings, and performances with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. “Whether Chucho Valdés is performing a gentle ballad or a rousing foot-stomper, his joy is in playing and his love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz) $23, $38, $46

Virginia Opera Orphée by Philip Glass
Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. Virginia Opera brings the Virginia premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to our stage this spring! Based on Jean Cocteau’s cinematic re-imagining of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice, Glass sets this romantic, surrealistic tale in Paris. Orphée is a famous but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse–Death, herself–nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Euridice. Featuring uplifting, jazz-inspired music, Virginia Opera’s production of Orphée is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles. Friday - $44, $72, $86 Sunday - $48, $80, $98

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The NAACP’s BENJAMIN JEALOUS speaks at Creating Change in Baltimore this weekend.

Gearing up for ‘Change’
LGBT conference unfolds in Baltimore this weekend
Not surprisingly, Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is excited about the start of the 24th Creating Change conference, now underway in Baltimore. This year, the Task Force expects a record-breaking crowd of about 3,000 LGBT activists and their allies to come together for a weekend of celebrating victories, analyzing losses and developing strategies for moving forward in the challenging political and social landscape of 2012. “This conference is where many of us got our start as LGBT activists,” Carey says. “It brings together an amazingly diverse array of people from across the country and around the world.” There are, for example, workshop tracks on aging, arts and culture, disability, community centers and community organizing, fundraising, legislative challenges and the 2012 elections, families, gender issues, campus mobilization, labor, religion, people of color, the transgender community and sexual freedom. In addition, the conference started with day-long skillbuilding and networking institutes and the first-ever Creating Change Lobby Day where activists traveled to Capitol Hill to brief their congressional delegations on the spectrum of issues facing gay and lesbian Americans. Carey notes that two of the most active contingents this year are youth and elected officials. “We have a large contingent of young people who are working in their high schools and colleges and in their communities to create progressive change. We will also have more elected and appointed officials participating in the conference than we ever have before.” Conference attendees come together for a series of plenary sessions emceed by lesbian comedian Kate Clinton. This year, the plenaries include a state-of-the-movement address by Carey, a panel on international issues moderated by Cary Alan Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and a performance by gay actor and activist Wilson Cruz. Blade editor Kevin Naff moderates a panel on national politics with the Victory Fund’s Robin Brand, Equality Forum’s Malcolm Lazin and Equality Federation’s Rebecca Isaacs today at 3 p.m. The highlight of this year’s conference is the keynote address by Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. Jealous comes from a long line of civil rights advocates and has become a straight ally in the fight for LGBT equality. “We are deeply honored to have one of the best civil rights leaders in the country address us and I am sure he will be speaking from the heart,” Carey said. Jealous has spoken movingly of the struggles faced by his gay brother, whom he describes as “the closest person to me in the world,” and remembers how they fought together against childhood bullies. Working with NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond, Jealous created a LGBT Equality Task Force at the NAACP to help the AfricanAmerican community fight the challenges of homophobia and transgender discrimination. Jealous and the national office of the NAACP were staunch opponents of Proposition 8, the anti-same-sex marriage measure in California, but Jealous notes that lack of outreach to the African-American community was in issue in the loss. At last year’s NAACP convention, Jealous said, “If folks really wanted to win on Prop. 8, and thought the black community was so important, then they should have started organizing outreach a lot sooner.” Instead, LGBT organizers “who came to the black community late” sent a message of disrespect. Carey emphasizes that, “It is part of the value of the Task Force to partner with non-LGBT organizations as we seek justice and equality. The challenge for all of us is that we have a lot to learn from other movements and they have a lot to learn from us.” The conference runs through Sunday at the Hilton Baltimore. Visit creatingchange. org for details.

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AARON JOHNSON, left, and GLENN CLOSE in the gender-bending 19th century drama ‘Albert Nobbs.’ Close and co-star Janet McTeer are both nominated for Oscars for their performances.

A man’s world
Glenn Close’s pet project explores societal advantages of gender
“Albert Nobbs” is a complex movie about a simple man with grand dreams — and a big secret. The fastidious Mr. Nobbs works as a waiter at a posh Irish hotel. He carefully tracks the tips he receives from his stylish clients, saving up to buy a tobacconist’s shop (even though he does not know how to smoke or even roll a cigarette). He lives a quiet lonely life, carefully locking the door to his Spartan room, wandering the streets of 19th century Dublin looking like an early version of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp and squirreling away his growing stockpile beneath a loose floorboard. All that changes when he is briefly forced to share his room with Hubert Page, a painter who has been hired to spruce up the hotel. The two men soon realize they share a secret — both are really women who have dressed as men to escape poverty and sexual violence. The two women embody very different modes of masculine behavior. Nobbs, played by Glenn Close, declares that “life without decency is unbearable.” She binds herself in a scratchy undergarment, dresses in formal clothing and seems to vanish into the background, watching the action around her rather than participating. On the other hand, Page, played by Janet McTeer, employs a different strategy. She disguises herself in a set of baggy clothes stolen from her abusive husband. Page swaggers through life, smoking, flirting with women and slapping men on the back. In fact, Page has married a woman, leaving a mystified Nobbs wondering, but too timid to ask, how Page told his wife about his sexual identity. Inspired by Page, Nobbs expands his dream. He envisions taking on a wife who can provide companionship,

respectability and free labor for the shop. He starts “walking out” with one of the maids, not realizing she is already having an affair with the handyman at the hotel. Nobbs is too busy fantasizing about their life together and wondering when he will reveal his own secret. Both Close and McTeer offer vibrant portrayals of women forced to live their lives as men, making clear and interesting choices about the fascinating similarities and differences between their two characters. Close has a long history with the character. She created the role onstage in 1982, and since then has worked to bring the material to cinematic life. She produced the movie, co-wrote the screenplay with award-winning Irish novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop and even provided the lyrics for “Lay Your Head Down,” the lovely ballad that closes the movie (which opens today in Washington). The press materials describe Nobbs Come and enjoy the treats from Top Chef Just Desserts Fan Favorite, as “trapped in a prison of her own PA ST RY C H E F M AT T H EW P E T E R SE N making,” but that seems rather inaccurate, although there is a scene where Nobbs and Page put on dresses and Nobbs runs giddily along the shore. Nobbs is not simply a straight woman masquerading as a man to get by, but somewhere on the trans spectrum. He shows no sexual interest in men. His interest in women is more social and economic than sexual, but he is obsessed with the question of when to reveal his true sex to Helen (even though he never touches her and he does not realize that Helen and her beau are just milking him for gifts) and the mystery of when Page revealed his true sex to his wife Kathleen, so he thinks about having an intimate physical relationship of some kind with a woman. The film — which is more interested in A D V telling Nobbs’ story than identifying his gender identity — deals with these murkyDATE: 12.02.11 PROOF #2 ISSUE SALES REPRESENTATIVE: BRIAN PITTS (bpitts@washblade.com) issues with a velvet touch. Even the rape and poverty mentioned as part of his story REVIEW AD FOR COPY AND DESIGN ACCURACY. Revisions must be submitted within 24 hours of the date of proof. are discussed but not shown. Proof will be considered final and will be submitted for publication if revision is not submitted within 24 hours of the date



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SOHO Photography Exhibit, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.

Center. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. Percussive Dance Project, Joy of Motion Dance Center, The Jack Guidone Theater. 202-520-3692. joyofmotion.org.



The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.

Clancy Newman, cello & Noreen CassidyPolera, piano, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Film: French CanCan, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.

P I CAS S O ’S DR AWIN GS , 1 8 9 0 - 1 9 2 1 : R E IN V EN TIN G TRA DITION S UN, J AN 29 T HR OU GH S U N , M AY 6 NAT I O NAL G A L L E RY OF A RT. 2 0 2 - 7 3 7 - 4 2 1 5 . N GA . GOV. The Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to Picasso’s (1881-1973) drawings presents their development over a 30-year period through some 55 works--from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. The selection focuses on major examples borrowed from American and European collections. CH E E KY MO N K E Y S ID E S HOW F RI , J AN 27 JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM. 301-699-1819. JOESMOVEMENT.ORG. Beautiful Freaks & Feats of Wonder - Cheeky Monkey Sideshow is a dazzling troupe of performers specializing in astounding feats and amazing oddities: sword swallowing, fire eating, glass walking, extreme physical stunts, contortion, comedy, music, magic, human and animal anomalies and so much more. L I T T LE MUR DE R S T H R O UG H S AT, F E B 1 1 AMERICAN CENTURY THEATER, GUNSTON THEATRE TWO. 703-998-4555 Start the new year off with a laugh: the mordant comedy by political and social satirist/cartoonist Jules Feiffer. Written at the peak of Sixties insanity Little Murders focuses on the violence that encircles and engulfs a New York City family. It’s a world where the sound of gunshots is de rigueur, heavy breathers regularly call, unseen visitors knock at the door ... and the Newquists are just trying to have a nice day. AL L I DI D WA S A S K - A N E VE N IN G W ITH N PR’ S TERRY GROSS F RI , F E B 3 S T RAT H MO R E . 3 0 1 - 5 8 1 - 5 1 0 0 . S T R AT HM ORE. ORG. NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross’s interviews are heard by more than 4.5 million people daily. Her guests have included celebrated artists, writers, actors and musicians as varied as Philip Roth, James Brown, John Travolta and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Get a peek behind the mic at some of the most fascinating conversations ever recorded as this popular journalist plays sound bites and discusses interviews that went especially well (or especially badly), and then answers your questions.
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American Ballet Theatre, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Next Fall, Round House Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. Artist in Residence: ellen cherry, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.


Works in Progress: Reflections and Undercurrents: Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940, National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.



Blood Wedding, Constellation Theatre Company, Source Theatre. 1-800-494-8497. constellationtheatre.org.

Community Drum Circle, Wolf Trap. 703-937-6307. wolftrap.org. Theater Look-in: La Cage aux Folles, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.


Mark Morris Dance Group: L ’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. The Religion Thing, Theater J. 202-777-3210. washingtondcjcc.org. New York Society of Etchers Invitational, Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com.

William Pope.L, Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. getinvolved.corcoran.org. Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Solas, Wolf Trap. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.

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Busboys & Poets presents Monday Night Open Mic Poetry in the Robeson Room of its Shirlington location (4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington) at 8 p.m. Wristbands are $4 and will be sold in the Global Exchange store beginning at 10 a.m. Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts Bears Do Yoga from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. upstairs followed by Queer Pong hosted by Andy from 8 p.m. to midnight and karaoke hosted by Mike at 9:30.


Samantha Crain plays Red Palace (1212 H St., N.E.) tonight at 8:30 p.m. with Ben Weaver. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at redpalacedc.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. Join Burgundy Crescent Volunteers to help pack safer sex kits from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at FUK!T’s packing location, Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct., N.W. The Chesapeake Squares, a gay square dancing group, are having a mainstreamthrough-advanced club night tonight at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral St.) in Baltimore from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit chesapeakesquares.org.



Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) is hosting a night of queer punk with performances by Brooklyn’s Little Victory, Philly’s Death Rattle and D.C.’s own Troll Tax tonight from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There is a $10 cover for this all ages show. The D.C. Roller Girls are have a double header today at the D.C. Armory (2001 E Capitol St., S.E.) starting at 4 p.m. The first bout is between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and the Majority Whips. The second bout is between the D.C. DemonCats and the Scare Force One. Tickets are $12 at the door, $6 for kids ages 6 to 11 and kids under 6 get in free. For more information, visit dcrollergirls.com. The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) has two events going on backstage today. First up is the free event Hellmouth Happy Hour featuring an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and drinks specials at 7 p.m. This week’s episode is “Gingerbread.” Then DJ lil’e takes over the space for her ‘80s Alt-Pop Dance night, Right Round. Tickets are $7 and doors open at 9:30 p.m.


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Star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Drag U” Pandora Boxx performs at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight with music by DJ Chord Bezarra. There’s an $8 cover before 11 p.m. and $12 after for this 21-and-older event. Doors open at 10 p.m. Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) presents an underwear night tonight. Get happy hour prices, normally available from 4 to 8 p.m., for wearing just underwear upstairs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Supreme Wig Council presents this year’s “Wig Night Out” tonight at Level One (1639 R St., N.W.) starting at 10 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation and all the proceeds will go to the Point Foundation, a group that provides financial support, mentoring and more to students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or

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D.C. Ice Breakers and Burgundy Crescent Volunteers are hosting a buffet brunch and social at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 South 23rd St., Arlington) today at 11 a.m. The brunch is $19.99 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, visit dcicebreakers.com. “Food for the Soul” brunch is back at Tabaq Bistro (1336 U St., N.W.) today from 1 to 4 p.m. with DJ Mim providing music and performances by Sampson, Lady Redz and Layla Khepri. There is a $5 suggested donation and all proceeds will be donated to Slut Walk D.C. Today is the last day to see Touchstone Gallery’s (901 New York Ave., N.W.) exhibit,

D.C. Lambda Squares, a local gay square dancing group, is having its plus with as-needed mainstream club night tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.). For more information, visit dclambdasquares.org. The D.C. Center, with the Deaf Abused Women’s Network, Deaf Queer Kaleidoscope and Gallaudet University with sponsorship from Access Interpreting is facilitating a deaf/hard of hearing/ deaf-blind LGBT community needs assessment for the area today from 6 to 9 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Gallaudet (800 Florida Ave., N.E.). For more information, e-mail Alex Nelson at alex@thedccenter.org. There will be a second meeting on Feb. 16.


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One of the defining characteristics of resolutions is that they are rarely kept. In 2012, instead of declaring financial resolutions, you should be setting financial goals. Define your aspirations, prioritize them, then commit to your goals. Follow these tips, and in 2013, you’ll be singing, “Should old finances be forgot, and never brought to mind!” 1. LET YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK. Nobody is perfect. We all made mistakes in 2011. Replaying a mistake repeatedly in your memory is counterproductive and compounds the effects of the mistake. 2. CHECK YOUR CREDIT. Once a year, you get one free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus. Go to annualcreditreport.com and run reports from all three agencies, then go through your reports with a fine-tooth comb with an eye for any errors. You will also be able to see (with variable degrees of accuracy) to whom you owe money, and how much. 3. TAKE STOCK. Take your last three months of bank and credit card statements and categorize your expenses. Determine exactly how much, as a percentage of your income, that you’re spending each month on housing, food, clothing, transportation, and other costs. 7. SMALLER IS BETTER (SOMETIMES). Trying to change everything all at once is a surefire way to ensure that nothing gets changed at all. Take your goals one step at a time. Start the year with a relatively easy financial goal and then move on to a harder goal once you’ve accomplished your first goal. 8. ASK NICELY. Phone companies, cable companies and Internet providers rely on your inertia, betting that they won’t have to offer you a better deal because you will just keep paying your monthly bill. Sometimes all you have to do is ask for a better price. Do your homework at www.billshrink.com and when you call the service representative, be polite. 9. START A MID-LIFE CRISIS ACCOUNT. Whatever you want to call it — emergency savings account, rainy-day fund — you should have at least three and preferably six months of necessary expenses in a liquid savings or money market account in case you or your partner lose your job. 10. GET OFF THE FENCE. As a bankruptcy lawyer, I often see people put off tough decisions, only to find that by delaying, the decision has become more complicated. When deciding between two evils, often the best course of action is simply to pick one and minimize the damage. 11. DON’T BE A PUSH-OVER. Banks and other lenders don’t know your name; they only know your account number. Their job is to manage risk and maximize returns on their investments, and they think strategically to accomplish these goals. You too should think strategically when it comes to dealing with your creditors. Forget what the banks may think about you and put your interests first. 12. BELIEVE. Stress is expensive. Smiles are free. Boost your mood and your attitude will follow. When you accomplish a goal, you will feel the confidence that flows from following through on a commitment to yourself. Make 2012 the year you take control of your financial future. If you have been dealing with the same creditors and same debt for years, 2012 could be the year you become debt-free.
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