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‘This is important for the entire

community’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated transgender activists
Earline Budd and Alexandra Beninda for seats on the D.C.
Commission on Human Rights.
If the two are confirmed by the City Council, as expected, they
would become the first transgender persons to serve on the
15-member commission, which rules on discrimination complaints
brought under the comprehensive D.C. Human Rights Act.
The act bans discrimination in employment, housing, public
accommodations and other areas based on an individual’s sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression as well as other
categories such as race, religion, national origin and ethnicity.
“To be getting one transgender person on the commission
would be great, but to be getting two is fantastic,” said Beninda,
a systems analyst for a software company and member and
former treasurer of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the
city’s largest LGBT political group.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to serving,” said Budd,
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Mixec views on wherher Whire
House will reverse course on
workplace bias
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT advocates and lawmakers on Capitol
Hill continue to press President Obama to issue
an executive order barring LGBT workplace
discrimination among federal contractors, despite
the announcement that the directive won’t
happen at this time.
Though the pressure continues, there are mixed
views about whether a change of course is likely to
happen during Obama’s first term.
A Senate Democratic aide, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said “more than one
Democratic office” on Capitol Hill is pushing the
Whire House ro reconsicer rhe cecision nor ro
issue the executive order, although the source
wouldn’t identify which offices were speaking with
rhe Whire House.
“There are ongoing discussions, and I think
there’s going to be senator-level discussions,” the
aide said.
Asked what the response has been from the
acminisrrarion, rhe aice saic Whire House ollcials
weren’t “too sympathetic to the notion that the
president should issue the executive order,” but
predicted pressure from Capitol Hill would “grow
louder and louder.”
The aide said Obama could still issue the
executive order before the end of this term,
saying, “I think there’s more than enough wiggle
room rhar rhe Whire House has lelr irsell."
Advocates were told on April 11 during a high-
level Whire House meerin_ rhar ÒLama woulcn'r
issue such a directive at this time and prefers to
pursue passage of legislation to address the issue
known as rhe Employmenr NonDiscriminarion
Act.
Sen. Jell Merkley (DÒre.) criricizec rhe Whire
House publicly in a statement, and disappointment
was echoec Ly Fep. Frank Fallone (DN.J.), who
circulated a letter among colleagues that urged
Obama to sign the directive. Gay Rep. Jared
Polis (D-Colo.) said he wished the president “was
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‘I’m really excited and looking forward to
serving,’ said EARLINE BUDD, who was
nominated by Mayor Gray to serve on the
D.C. Commission on Human Rights.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
It’s Complicated
Gay Facebook co-founder
criticized for failing to
donate to amendment
fight in his home state.
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Advocates still pushing
Obama for exec order
In first, mayor names 2 trans
women to human rights post
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Mayor, Council members
celebrate GLAA’s anniversary
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and three members and one
former member of the D.C. Council joined members and
supporters of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance on
April 26 to celebrate the group’s 41st anniversary.
“I am absolutely delighted to be here and I rarely
miss a GLAA event because I have so much respect
for the organization and the people and the cause that
it sustains,” Gray told participants at the anniversary
gathering, which was held at the Washington Plaza Hotel.
GLAA was founded in April 1971 by activists who worked
on a first-of-its-kind election campaign for the late gay
rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who at the time ran as the
first known openly gay candidate for Congress. Kameny
also was one of the group’s founders. Today GLAA holds
the distinction of being the oldest continuously active gay
and lesbian civil rights organization in the U.S.
D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Phil
Mendelson (D-At-Large), Michael Brown (I-At-Large) and
former Council member Carol Schwartz presented the
group with a resolution approved by the Council declaring
April 26 as GLAA Day in the District of Columbia.
GLAA officials presented the group’s annual
Distinguished Service Award to Jeffrey Richardson,
director of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs; Ruby Corado
and Jeri Hughes, whom GLAA described as being among
the city’s leading champions for transgender rights; and
Will O’Bryan, managing editor of Metro Weekly magazine
and former arts editor of the Washington Blade.
Also receiving the group’s Distinguished Service Award
were the LGBT-oriented group Burgundy Crescent
Volunteers, which has long played a key role in assisting
with local LGBT events; and the Sexual Minority Youth
Assistance League, which advocates for and provides
services to LGBT youth.
GLAA President Miguel Tuason, the group’s vice
president for political affairs, Rick Rosendall, and GLAA
co-founder Paul Kuntzler each paid tribute to Kameny’s
role in the city’s and the nation’s LGBT rights movement.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Locals turn out to support
Del. Senate candidate

More than 50 D.C. area residents, many with ties to
the popular gay resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Del.,
attended a fundraiser in Northwest Washington on
Monday for Delaware State Senate candidate Andy
Staton.
Staton, who owns a Rehoboth Beach real estate firm,
is running in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary for a seat
in a newly created district that includes the towns of
Rehoboth, Lewes, Dewey Beach, and Milton. The towns
are located on or near the Southern Delaware coast.
If elected, Staton would become the first openly gay
member of the Delaware Legislature.
Staton told the gathering his skills and knowledge
gained from being the owner of a small business will
help him promote as a lawmaker “smart” growth and
economic development and the creation of jobs in the
Southern Delaware region he would represent.
He said he also would be an advocate for LGBT rights
and play a lead role in safeguarding the state’s recently
passed civil unions law and an advocate for a same-sex
marriage law.
“I’ll say it again. If I’m elected I will sponsor a marriage
bill,” he said. “I think it’s important that we have full
marriage equality in the State of Delaware. Civil unions
as an alternative just aren’t enough. So I intend to do that
next year.”
Staton faces two Democratic opponents in the
September primary, one of whom has called for the repeal
of the civil unions law.
The D.C. fundraiser was sponsored by the Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund, a national group that supports the
election of openly LGBT candidates on the local, state
and national level. The group has endorsed Staton.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Gay candidate running for president
of D.C. Young Democrats

Gay Democratic activist Toby Quaranta is running
for president of the Young Democrats of the District of
Columbia in an election caucus scheduled for 10 a.m.
Saturday at the city’s John A. Wilson City Hall building.
“I promise to grow the organization to a size it has
never seen before, giving the young people of this city
a more effective voice,” Quaranta said in a campaign
statement. “I promise to focus our membership’s talents
on community service inside the city, and political support
for our friends in swing districts outside the city,” his
campaign statement said.
Local Democratic activists Branden Todd and Palak Jain
are running against Quaranta at the Saturday caucus. The
two couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Gay Council member loses
re-election bid in Falls Church

Falls Church City Council member Lawrence Webb,
who is gay, lost his bid for a second term in a nonpartisan
city election on Tuesday. He finished in last place in a race
in which seven candidates competed for three seats.
Webb won election to the Council seat in 2008,
becoming the first openly gay African American to be
elected to public office in Virginia.
Nicholas Benton, editor and owner of the Falls Church
News-Press, which endorsed Webb, said Webb’s defeat
most likely was unrelated to his sexual orientation.
Benton, who is gay, said Webb’s positions on non-LGBT
related issues upset some constituents, which, combined
with the dislike many voters showed for all incumbents,
contributed to the loss.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Police Log
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit participated in the following investigations:
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who struck her in the face with a closed fist and then attempted to kick her and pulled her hair. The victim reported
that she fought back. The suspect fled the scene. A report was taken. The suspect and victim are acquainted.
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‘I have so much respect for the organization and the
people and the cause that it sustains,’ Mayor
VINCENT GRAY said of the GLAA.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
ANDY STATON is running for the Delaware State Senate from
the Rehoboth Beach area.
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Final vote on measure
expected later this month

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com

D.C. City Council voted unanimously on
Tuesday to approve an anti-bullying bill
on first reading, with Council members
expected to approve the measure in a
final vote at their next session later this
month.
The Youth Bullying Prevention Act of
2012 calls on the city’s public school system,
the Department of Parks and Recreation,
the city’s public libraries, and the University
of the District of Columbia to develop
comprehensive anti-bullying policies.
The bill, among other things, creates a
bullying task force to consist of experts and
representatives of various constituencies
to monitor the implementation of the
legislation. It strictly prohibits retaliation
against a target of bullying or someone
who reports an incident of bullying.
Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At-
Large) called the measure a strong bill
“that will send a message to the entire
city that we will not tolerate bullying or
harassment of anyone.”
LGBT advocates, who supported the
bill and lobbied the Council to strengthen
some of its provisions, said it would play an
important role in easing the longstanding
problem of bullying experienced by LGBT
youth in the city’s public schools.
Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward
6), who chairs the committee that last
month completed work on the bill,
told his Council colleagues just before
the vote that an impediment in lining
up funding needed to pay for the bill’s
implementation had been resolved.
“A 2009 survey found that 25 percent
of our LGBT middle school students
reported being bullied in school because
someone thought they were gay,” Wells
said in discussing the need for the bill.
“That bullying impacts attendance as
well,” he said. Nine percent of the LGBT
high school students reported missing
four or more days of school in the previous
30 days, five times the rate that straight
students reported for the same time.”
The Council vote came 16 months
after an earlier version of the measure
was introduced. LGBT advocates familiar
with school bullying, led by the Gay,
Lesbian and Straight Education Network,
called on the Council to add language
strengthening requirements to report and
keep track of bullying incidents.
The vote also came after Mayor Vincent
Gray introduced his own anti-bullying
initiative, saying he used his executive
authority to direct city agencies working
with youth to develop anti-bullying policies.
Officials with the mayor’s office have said
the mayor’s program would be integrated
into the policies put in place by the anti-
bullying measure passed by Council.
while attending Saturday’s LGBT Youth
Pride festival in Dupont Circle. “This is
important for the entire community.”
Budd released to the Blade an email
she received last week informing her of
the appointment.
“I am pleased to inform you that Mayor
Vincent C. Gray has transmitted your
nomination to the Council of the District
of Columbia, where it is pending Council
consideration,” said Davida L. Crockett, an
official with the city’s Office of Boards and
Commissions, in the April 26 email to Budd.
“The Office of Boards and Commissions
appreciated your willingness to serve the
District, and is confident that you will bring
a strong and dedicated commitment and
leadership to this public service,” Crockett
told Budd in the email.
Beninda said she received a similar
email informing her of her nomination to
serve on the commission.
Pedro Ribeiro, director of the Mayor’s
Office of Communications, released to
the Blade on Monday a letter from Gray
to City Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At-
Large) dated April 26 that places Budd
and Beninda’s names in nomination for the
Human Rights Commission appointments.
Gray’s letter also places in nomination 11
others he has designated as appointees
to the commission.
Budd currently serves as a treatment
and healing specialist for Transgender
Health Empowerment (THE), a D.C.-
based transgender advocacy and services
organization that she helped found in 1996.
Budd has been credited with playing a
key role in transgender advocacy efforts
and HIV prevention efforts targeting the
transgender and LGBT youth communities
in D.C. for more than 20 years. Among
her duties at THE is to provide training
for D.C. government and private sector
employees, including employees at the
city’s Department of Corrections, on
transgender issues.
In addition to her association with the
Stein Club, Beninda is a member of the
board of the D.C. LGBT Community Center
and serves as treasurer of the D.C.-based All
Souls Unitarian Church. She says she’s also
an active volunteer with D.C. Democracy,
a group that advocates for D.C. voting
representation in Congress and greater
home rule autonomy for the city.
The Commission on Human Rights is an
independent agency within the D.C. Office
of Human Rights. The OHR investigates
discrimination complaints and sends them
to the commission for a ruling if the office
finds probable cause that discrimination
might have taken place. Commissioners
are appointed to three-year terms and
don’t receive compensation.
Budd and Beninda’s appointments come
at a time when the Commission on Human
Rights has been operating with just three
members, with 12 of its 15 seats vacant
since January, according to Garrett King,
director of the City Council’s Committee on
Aging and Community Affairs, which has
jurisdiction over the commission.
King said Council member Marion Barry
(D-Ward 8), who chairs the committee,
was looking forward to receiving the
names of nominees to fill the vacant
positions and plans to take steps to move
the approval process forward as soon as
Council Chair Brown forwards the list of
nominees to the committee.
Ribeiro said the list of nominees that
Gray just sent to the Council, including
Budd and Beninda, would fill all of the
vacant positions on the commission.
Among the three remaining members
of the commission pending the new
appointments are gay appointees
Christopher Dyer, who served as director
of the city’s Office of GLBT Affairs under
former Mayor Adrian Fenty; and Michael
Ward, an attorney in private practice.
Dyer has completed two terms and isn’t
eligible for re-appointment. A request for
Ward’s appointment to a second term is
included in the list of nominees that Gray
sent to the Council on April 26.
In addition to Barry, the other Council
members serving on the committee that
will oversee the new commission nominees
are Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Tommy Wells
(D-Ward 6), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7)
and Vincent Orange (D-At-Large).
King said Barry plans to take steps to
move the approval process forward as
soon as Council Chair Brown forwards the
list of nominees to the committee.
“I congratulate the mayor for his
choices,” Graham said in referring to
Gray’s nomination of Budd and Beninda.
“Miss Budd is a true pioneer on these
issues and having her on the commission
makes splendid sense,” Graham said.
The late D.C. gay rights leader Frank
Kameny was appointed to the Human
Rights Commission in 1975 by former
Mayor Walter Washington, becoming
the first known openly gay appointee to
a D.C. government position. Several gay
men and lesbians, in addition to Dyer and
Ward, have served on the commission in
the ensuing years.
Mayor names 2 trans women to human rights post
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0ó º MAY 04, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
Council Chair KWAME BROWN (D-At-Large)
said the measure ‘will send a message to the
entire city that we will not tolerate bullying or
harassment of anyone.’
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Anti-bullying bill wins preliminary approval
‘To be getting one transgender person on the commission would be great, but to be getting two is
fantastic,’ said ALEXANDRA BENINDA.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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N.Y. Assembly passes gender identity bill
ALBANY — The New York State Assembly has sent on to the Senate a bill that
would bar employers from discriminating based on gender identity, according to
the Empire State Pride Agenda.
In its fifth attempt, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed 80-55
this week with bipartisan support, and now heads to the Senate where an intense
battle over yet another pro-LGBT bill could be expected. Sixteen states and the
District of Columbia have similar laws.
“Currently under New York State law, a person can lose their job, be refused
service in a restaurant, kicked out of a public library or evicted from their home
simply because of how they express their gender,” said ESPA interim Executive
Director Lynn Faria. “As a result of this discrimination, more than one-third of
transgender New Yorkers have been homeless at one time and 74 percent of
transgender people have been harassed at work.”
Several municipalities and counties, including New York City and Albany, have
passed local versions of the protections. New York State already bars discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
Boehner to defend DOMA against veteran
WASHINGTON — Though she’s in the grips of stage IV breast cancer, Iraq war
veteran Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan will have to face a new foe in her
struggle to have her marriage recognized by the defense department: House
Speaker John Boehner.
According to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which is representing
Morgan and seven other military families, though the Department of Justice has
decided not to defend the law against claims that it sets up a two-class system for
military personnel — especially in terms of spousal benefits like health insurance
— Boehner has assembled a bipartisan legal advisory group and says he will fight
to defend it.
“Speaker Boehner’s request to defend this case in the wake of the ongoing
harm done to military families by these discriminatory laws is reprehensible and
callous,” said Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.
AU student president comes out as transgender
WASHINGTON — The outgoing president of student government at American
University came out as transgender in a heartfelt editorial published Tuesday in
the student newspaper, the Eagle.
Though students had always known her as Tim, she signed her editorial for
the first time as Sarah McBride, helping promote visibility and awareness of
transgender students, and promoting understanding of gender identity issues.
“With every birthday candle extinguished, with every penny thrown, my wish
was always the same,” McBride wrote. “I am now blessed with the opportunity to
live my dream and fulfill a truth I have known since childhood.”
Family Equality Day events planned
BOSTON — Family Equality Council announced this week that celebrations for
International Family Equality Day will be held in four American cities, as well as at
venues around the world.
The May 6 multi-city event will celebrate the more than two million children
being raised by LGBT parents with proceedings in New York, Minneapolis, Los
Angeles and Dover, New Hampshire. Additionally, events will also take place on
that day in Canada, Germany, Finland, Switzerland and South Africa.
“There is a need not only to recognize and celebrate our families at the local
level, but to also take a moment to appreciate the global LFBT family community
we are part of,” said Brent Wright, director of programs at Family Equality Council.
Advocates praise
LGBT-inclusive measure
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. Senate approved legislation
last week that aims to strengthen domestic
violence programs and extend coverage
to LGBT victims.
Legislation to reauthorize the Violence
Against Women Act, or VAWA, was
approved by a 68-31 vote on a bipartisan
basis. Republicans had help up the
legislation for weeks after it had been
reported out by the Senate Judiciary
Committee before finally allowing it to
come to the floor.
The bill aims to strengthen and improve
programs authorized under the existing
law — first enacted in 1994 — to assist
victims and survivors of domestic violence,
dating violence, sexual assault and
stalking. Among the ways the bill builds on
existing law is setting aside grant money
for programs addressing sexual assault
crime and enhancing training for officials
to identify high-risk offenders who could
commit domestic violence homicide.
But the legislation also has enumerated
protections for victims of domestic violence
in the LGBT community. The bill would make
grants available for programs providing
services to underserved communities,
including LGBT victims of domestic violence.
Additionally, the bill has non-discrimination
language prohibiting VAWA grantees
from discriminating on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity.
No Democrats voted against the
legislation. Among the Republicans who
joined Democrats in supporting the bill
were Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kelly
Ayotte (R-N.H.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.),
Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Susan Collins
(R-Maine), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mike
Crapo (R-Idaho), Dean Heller (R-Nev.),
John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kay Bailey
Hutchison (R-Texas), John McCain (R-Ariz.),
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman
(R-Ohio), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and
David Vitter (R-La.). Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),
who’s been recovering from a stroke, was
the sole senator who didn’t vote.
Prior to the final vote, the Senate beat
back by a vote of 37-62 an alternative
version of VAWA reauthorization,
sponsored by Hutchison, that would
have stripped the legislation of its LGBT
provisions.
No Democrat voted for that measure,
but some of the same Republicans who
voted for this version also voted “yes” on
the final vote: Alexander, Ayotte, Coats,
Corker, Crapo, Heller, Hoeven, Hutchison,
McCain, Portman and Vitter.
Republicans who voted against both
measures were Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim
DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand
Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), likely to
signify they oppose VAWA reauthorization
in any form.
Praise came from LGBT advocates,
who applauded senators for working in
a bipartisan way to address domestic
violence.
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, commended the Senate
for the bipartisan nature of the vote.
“Senators from both sides of the aisle
came together today to ensure that all
domestic violence victims, including those
who are LGBT, will not face discrimination
when they seek victim services,”
Solmonese said. “We applaud the Senate
for recognizing the importance of this bill
and taking bipartisan action, and we call
on the House to do the same.”
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force,
emphasized the importance of the
legislation for LGBT victims of domestic
violence.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people are not immune from this
violence, and their distress should not be
further heightened by a lack of proper
response from service providers or law
enforcement,” Carey said.
Carey said VAWA reauthorization
would “go a long way toward ensuring
everyone has access to life-sustaining
resources.”
Data show that LGBT people are
victims of domestic violence and suffer
from discrimination when seeking help at
shelters. According to a 2010 report from
the National Coalition of Anti-Violence
Programs, 44.6 percent of LGBT domestic
violence survivors were turned away by a
shelter and 54.4 percent of LGBT survivors
seeking an order of protection were
denied help.
Whether the legislation can pass the
Republican-controlled House remains
to be seen. Observers have told the
Washington Blade that passage of the bill
— at least the form passed in the Senate
— is unlikely in the lower chamber.
washingtonblade.com
08 º MAY 04, 2012 NATlONAL NEWS
Senate approves
domestic violence bill
New York LGBT activists are trying for a fifth
time to push passage of a gender identity
non-discrimination bill.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Celebs, politicos
seek benefits for
same-sex couples
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A Los Angeles congresswoman
beamed in support from Hollywood last
week to spread the word about legislation
she introduced in the U.S. House to end
inequities that same-sex couples face in
the Social Security system.
During a news conference on Capitol
Hill, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) said her
legislation, the Social Security Equality Act,
would allow gay families to gain access to
the same survivor and pension benefits
available to opposite-sex couples.
“The gay and lesbian population will
not be told by their government that
they are second-class citizens,” Sánchez
said. “Same-sex couples pay into Social
Security — they should receive the full
benefits they have earned.”
Sánchez’s bill, H.R. 4609, would eliminate
the Social Security Administration policy
denying same-sex couples benefits.
According to Sánchez, gay male couples
receive 18 percent less in Social Security
benefits than straight couples, while lesbian
couples receive 31 percent less because
women statistically earn less money.
Four types of Social Security benefits
are denied to same-sex couples: spousal
retirement benefits after one spouse
retires; disability benefits if one spouse
becomes disabled; survivor’s benefits,
which allow surviving spouses to claim
either their own Social Security benefit
or an amount equal to the compensation
that would have been afforded to their
deceased spouse; and the death benefit,
which provides for burial expenses.
The legislation, which was previously
introduced in 2010, has 95 co-sponsors: all
Democrats. The four openly gay members
of Congress — Reps. Barney Frank
(D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jared
Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
— have all signed on in support.
Celebrities appeared at the news
conference to advocate for the
legislation alongside the lawmakers and
LGBT advocates. Supporters carried
signs reading “Outlaw Social Security
Discrimination” and “Stop Economic
Violence Against LGBT Seniors.” One
sign was a mock Social Security card with
“same-sex couples” written in the line
allotted for a name.
George Takei, known for his role as Mr.
Sulu in the “Star Trek” series, appeared
with his spouse, Brad Altman, and decried
the hardship that same-sex couples face
because of inequities in the Social Security
system as “unfair and unjust.”
“There are same-sex couples who are
denied equality often when misfortune
befalls same-sex couples,” Takei said.
“One falls ill, or tragically one might pass
away. A survivor is left not only grieving,
but financially insecure — and often
the home they’ve built together, shared
together is lost.”
Hal Sparks, known for his role as Michael
in Showtime’s “Queer as Folk,” also spoke
out against the current system for putting
LGBT seniors in a position that is “not
only emotionally difficult, but financially or
physically dangerous.”
“It is odd for me, at this very moment,
that as the law stands, I have rights that
many of the people who are standing
behind me, to my right and my left, do
not have,” Sparks said. “If the law is not
changed, they are headed toward a future
that is more limited, more fractured and,
quite frankly, more dangerous than mine.”
Another speaker at the event felt the
discrimination under the current Social
Security system firsthand. Alice Herman,
from Los Angeles, a spokesperson for
the grassroots group “Rock for Equality,”
talked about the difficulties she faced
after losing Sylvia, her partner of 45 years.
Even though both had paid into Social
Security for more than 50 years, Herman
at the age of 73 wasn’t able to receive
survivor benefits following the death of
her partner, who had a greater income.
While Herman was a social worker, her
partner worked in business and climbed
the corporate ladder.
“When she died, much to my
amazement, Social Security denied me the
death benefit, then Social Security refused
to provide me with the survivor’s benefit,”
Herman said. “These denials came even
though we were legally married. They
dismissed our 45 together, our 45 years
of love and commitment, our 45 years of
contributing to society as meaningless.”
Had she been able to receive these
benefits, Herman said she would have
been able to stay in her home. However,
she was forced to find another place to
live because the only other option would
be living in her car.
LGBT advocates also railed against the
Social Security system for not providing
gay couples the same benefits as others.
Lorri Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay &
Lesbian Center, said same-sex couples pay
into Social Security with every paycheck,
but are unable to reap the full benefits of
the system.
“Every single month, the L.A. Gay &
Lesbian Center provides programs and
services to thousands of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender seniors,” Jean
said. “Too many come because they have
been denied Social Security benefits.”
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force,
commended Sanchez for introducing
the legislation and emphasized Social
Security’s effectiveness at being “one of
the most successful anti-poverty programs
in the nation’s history.”
“The Social Security Equality Act begins to
give same-sex couples the dignity they deserve
and the financial security they desperately
need,” Carey said. “In a time of flat income for
most Americans and disappearing pensions,
it is absolutely vital for the government to
protect our most vulnerable.”
Michael Adams, executive director
of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders,
or SAGE, also stressed the need for the
bill as a way to help LGBT elders.
“Whether it’s our LGBT community
or our community as a whole, our elders
are our pioneers,” Adams said. “They are
the people who led the way for us, and
the fact that in 2012, we are still having
this argument over whether LGBT elders
would be treated with dignity and respect
and tolerance is outrageous.”
Adams said most seniors rely on Social
Security for at least half of their retirement
income, and LGBT elders need Social
Security even more because they’re more
likely to be living in poverty than opposite-
sex couples. Additionally, Adams said
LGBT elders are more likely to live single
in their old age, and one-third of single
elders rely on Social Security for their
entire retirement income.
Despite the push by advocates,
movement in the Republican-controlled
House is unlikely. Nonetheless, Sánchez
said she’s hopeful the legislation will
receive a hearing in the House Ways
& Means Committee, which will have
jurisdiction over the bill.
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OutGiving summit
features Plouffe,
Collins, others
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Gay former Republican National
Committee Chair Ken Mehlman was
among the speakers at a secret LGBT
donor conference that took place over
the weekend in D.C. and was attended by
advocates and high-ranking public officials.
According to a program schedule
obtained by the Washington
Blade, Mehlman, who came out as gay in
2010, spoke on at least two panels during
the annual OutGiving conference hosted by
the Gill Action Fund. The organization works
at the state level to advance LGBT rights,
and to oust lawmakers who oppose them.
A source who attended the conference,
who spoke on condition of anonymity,
said Mehlman spoke on a panel about
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal with Winnie
Stachelberg, vice president of external affairs
at the Center for American Progress, and
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who was the
lead Republican in the Senate pushing for
legislation to repeal the military’s gay ban.
Another source familiar with the event,
who also requested anonymity, said
Mehlman was among 30 or more speakers
at the event and presented a session on
Republican evolution on LGBT rights
with Margaret Hoover, a straight LGBT-
friendly conservative activist who testified
last year before the Maryland Senate in
favor of the same-sex marriage bill.
Mehlman worked for the White House
and was later RNC chair at the same time
former President George W. Bush was
advocating for a federal constitutional
amendment banning same-sex marriage.
However, the gay Republican later
apologized for his involvement with
campaigns exploiting marital politics and
is credited with helping to lobby on behalf
of the marriage equality bill in New York.
Mike Rogers, a D.C.-based gay activist
known for his outing of closeted gay
politicians who pursue anti-gay policies,
praised Mehlman for taking part in
the conference and said it helps him
reverse the damage he caused as a
GOP operative. Rogers didn’t attend the
OutGiving conference.
“I am happy to see Ken Mehlman
working to undo the years of damage that
he inflicted on the American people and
the LGBT community,” Rogers said. “Ken
is taking the steps toward redemption
and his participation in donor conferences
is important in helping to secure new
supporters of our movement in the
corporate community. I commend him for
his recent work.”
The anonymous attendee also said
David Plouffe, a campaign manager for
President Obama during his 2008 run and
now a senior adviser at the White House,
gave a speech to attendees about the
work the administration has done over the
course of Obama’s first term. Clo Ewing,
an Obama campaign spokesperson, said
his remarks weren’t available.
Also in attendance was lesbian Rep.
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who’s pursuing
a run for U.S. Senate; she delivered a
speech, the source said.
The OutGiving conference is an annual
gathering where leading donors and LGBT
advocates converge to plan strategies and
secure financial commitments for state
and federal elections around the country.
The conference this year took place at
the Mandarin Oriental hotel, starting on
the evening of April 26 through April 29.
The event is secretive and individuals
participate on the condition that they
pledge not to speak publicly about it.
One donor who attended the event,
who spoke on condition of anonymity,
estimated that between 100 and 200
donors, activists and other individuals
were in attendance. The donor wouldn’t
reveal anything about the nature of
the discussions or panels, but said
programs and content haven’t “changed
dramatically” from previous years and that
it was “a very positive conversation.”
More information about what was said
during the talks wasn’t known. Unless
otherwise noted, the offices for the
named individuals in this article didn’t
respond to a request for comment or
declined to say anything.
According to the schedule obtained by the
Washington Blade, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
(D-N.Y.) was another scheduled speaker at
the event. She’s considered a leading LGBT
advocate in the Senate and was a proponent
of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in 2010.
A number of governors were slated to
participate in the event. Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley and Washington Gov. Chris
Gregoire, who recently pushed through
same-sex marriage legislation in their states,
were set to speak on one panel.
On another panel, Vermont Gov. Peter
Shumlin and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell
were scheduled to speak. Sue Abbey, a
Shumlin spokesperson, confirmed the
governor participated in the conference,
but didn’t respond to a request to
comment further.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
was set to talk on the same panel. But
Alex Goldstein, a Patrick campaign
spokesperson, said a last minute conflict
prevented the governor from attending,
even though he backs the work of
OutGiving in supporting “the cause of
equality across the nation.”
High-profile LGBT advocates were
also among the speakers scheduled
to participate. Mary Bonauto, the civil
rights project director at Gay & Lesbian
Advocates & Defenders who recently
argued before the U.S. First Circuit
Court of Appeals against the Defense of
Marriage Act, was scheduled to speak.
Ted Olson, who’s litigating on behalf
of the American Foundation for Equal
Rights against California’s Proposition
8, was another scheduled speaker. Sean
Eldridge, president of the small-business
investment fund Hudson River Ventures
and senior adviser at Freedom to Marry,
was also set to talk.
Advocates affiliated with Gill Action
were also slated to speak, including Tim
Gill, the gay billionaire entrepreneur
and philanthropist who founded the
organization in 2005, and Chris Cormier,
the organization’s director of donor
relations. One source familiar with the
event said Kirk Fordham, the newly named
executive director of the organization, had
offered general remarks and the summit
marked his first OutGiving. Former
individuals affiliated with Gill Action —
Patrick Guerriero and Bill Smith — were
also on the schedule.
Others listed as participants at the
event — but not as speakers — were
Patrick Murphy, the former U.S. House
member who led the way for “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” repeal and is now running
for Pennsylvania attorney general, and
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
Also on the schedule was lesbian
political satirist Kate Clinton, whose
speech was likely intended to lighten the
mood at the event amid serious discussion
of LGBT advocacy.
John Aravosis, who’s gay and editor of
AMERICAblog, said the secretive nature
of the OutGiving summit doesn’t bother
him. He wasn’t in attendance.
“If you hold strategy sessions in
public, then they’re press conferences and
not strategy sessions,” Aravosis said. “We
don’t need the religious right taking notes
about what our plans are for the next year.”
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a little more aggressive” in combatting
workplace discrimination in an interview
with Roll Call.
Several LGBT advocates echoed
the feeling that the fight is not over
on the executive order and that the
administration could issue the directive
before the year is out.
“It is my understanding from
conversations with Hill staffers that their
bosses are privately engaging the White
House to explain to them the mistake that
was made by delaying the executive order,
and encouraging them to fix the mistake
sooner rather than later,” said Tico Almeida,
executive director of Freedom to Work.
Almeida said he’s proposed meetings
with White House staff to address
remaining concerns about the executive
order and plans to fly in from across
the country LGBT victims of workplace
discrimination to meet with senior officials
and members of Congress.
“I’m optimistic that the White House
staff will take this very seriously and
I maintain some hope that President
Obama will correct the mistake made by
White House staff, who decided to delay
the executive order,” Almeida said. “I
maintain hope that the president will sign
it in May or June.”
Jeff Krehely, vice president for LGBT
programs at the Center for American
Progress, said his organization continues
to have conversations with White
House officials and has exchanged
documentation about the executive order
following the April 11 meeting.
“There have definitely been a couple of
conversations thinking through whether
there’s a need for additional research of
perspectives on the problem,” Krehely said.
“From CAP’s perspective, we’ve been clear
that we’ve all in the advocacy community
done quite a bit of research, shown the
magnitude of the problem, the legal authority
the president has to act on an executive
order. I think we’re just having a conversation
about making sure that everybody in all the
different places in the administration is fully
aware of all the research that’s been done to
date on the issue.”
A White House spokesperson didn’t
immediately respond to a request for
comment.
Krehely added he thinks there’s room
for Obama to issue the executive order
during his first term because White House
officials didn’t deliver a hard “no” during
the April 11 meeting, but rather said they
weren’t issuing the order at this time.
Other LGBT advocates, who agreed to
speak on condition of anonymity to be
more forthcoming on their views, weren’t
as optimistic and didn’t see a path for the
executive order this year.
“They have doubled down on their
strategy on the executive order,” one
advocate said. “I don’t believe they will
reverse their course. I think the EO is done
until after the election.”
According to the source, the decision
has implications for Obama’s 18-month
long “evolution” on marriage.
“With respect to marriage, there are
a lot of cards still to be played, like the
convention and the ballot states,” the
advocate said. “Unfortunately, the mood
has turned dire in that if they didn’t let
the EO proceed, it stands to reason that
the president won’t announce a pro for
marriage equality position before the
election. I don’t know that for sure but it
stands to reason.”
Another anonymous source who has
an interest in building LGBT support
for Obama in the election expressed a
similar sentiment about the prospects
for an executive order against workplace
discrimination this term.
“The thing about executive orders
is that he can issue them whenever he
wants, but he’s not going to,” the source
said. “I think he made it very clear ... in
the meeting they made it very clear that
they’re not going to do it.”
Another source with connections to
the White House said political concerns
played a role in the decision not to issue
the executive order. According to the
source, there are fears that issuing the
order could give the impression that the
White House is trying to bypass Congress
and that such actions won’t play well in
battleground states like Ohio, which could
determine the outcome of the election.
In an interview with the Washington
Blade last week, gay Rep. Barney Frank
(D-Mass.) expressed a similar sentiment.
“I understand there’s a lot on the plate
politically,” Frank said. “And there are
concerns now — not about LGBT issues —
but there’s a whole developing argument
about his being too much unilateral. I
don’t know if you saw the article in the
New York Times about too much unilateral
executive order, and I think that had more
to do with it than the LGBT specifics.”
But two sources expressed confidence
that Obama would issue the executive
order in a second term if Congress fails to
act on ENDA.
“I’d be very surprised if he didn’t do this
in a second term, and I’d be very surprised
if he didn’t come out for marriage in a
second term,” one source said.
Since the April 11 meeting, Obama
endorsed legislation that aims to protect
LGBT students from bullying, known
as the Student Non-Discrimination Act
and the Safe School Improvement Act.
Additionally, the Blade has learned that the
White House plans to host another Pride
celebration during the month of June.
Even so, some LGBT organizations
have pledged to continue pressing for the
executive order.
Heather Cronk, managing director for
GetEQUAL, said her organization has
had positive reactions in meetings that
supporters have had with various Obama
campaign offices on LGBT workplace
discrimination.
“What we’ve discovered through those
campaign actions is a lot of the campaign
staff agreed with us that the president,
the candidate they’re working for, should
sign the executive order,” Cronk said. “It
was clear to us that we didn’t actually want
to do too hard-hitting action at some of
those offices because we were finding that
the staff and volunteers agreed with us.”
Supporters at Obama campaign
offices in Virginia, Los Angeles, Austin
and Laramie, Wyo.,delivered pens to
campaign officials — in case the president
couldn’t find something to write with —
in a symbolic action to encourage the
president to sign the order.
Next on the agenda for GetEQUAL,
Cronk said, will be actions “more theatrical
in nature” to drive the point less to the
Obama campaign offices and more to
campaign headquarters.
“The pressure isn’t letting off,” Cronk said.
“We still have our foot on the gas and we
still think there’s an opportunity for President
Obama to do the right thing, and we’ll
keep escalating until we either get another
response from the White House with a more
definitive ‘no,’ or get an affirmative response
from the White House and see an executive
signing in the next month.”
Activists, lawmakers pressing Obama for exec order
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Hughes discouraged
by marriage polls in
his home state
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The gay co-founder of Facebook hasn’t
contributed financially to the campaign
opposing a measure that would ban same-
sex marriage in North Carolina even though
the battle to thwart the amendment is
taking place in his home state.
Chris Hughes, who co-founded
Facebook along with his Harvard
roommate Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and
served as the site’s spokesperson, has
made no donations to the campaign
against Amendment One since the
campaign began last year through 5:30
p.m. on Monday, according to data from
the Campaign to Protect All NC Families.
According to a Forbes Magazine article
published in March, Hughes’ stake in
Facebook is worth at least $600 million.
In a statement provided Monday to
the Washington Blade, Hughes said he
opposes the measure, which will come
before voters Tuesday, because of the
negative impact it would have on LGBT
families in North Carolina.
“As a native North Carolinian myself,
I have opposed this amendment from
the start,” Hughes said. “It would
write discrimination into the state
constitution and hurt gay and lesbian
North Carolinians who work hard,
contribute to society, and want to protect
their families like everyone else.”
Hughes added that he and his fiancé
Sean Eldridge, president of the small
business investment fund Hudson
River Ventures and a senior adviser at
Freedom to Marry, have contributed
“time and resources” to the fight against
Amendment One.
“My fiancé Sean and I have contributed
our time and resources to oppose this
discriminatory amendment, and we hope
that it is defeated next week,” Hughes
said. “Along with Freedom to Marry and
Equality NC, we helped fund last year’s
campaign to keep the amendment off
of the ballot and are supportive of the
ongoing efforts in the state to win on
May 8. Winning the freedom to marry
nationwide is a top priority for Sean and
myself, and from New York to North
Carolina, we’re proud of our work to help
make that a reality.”
Same-sex marriage is already barred
by statute in North Carolina. Opponents
say the measure would also prohibit civil
unions and interfere with domestic partner
benefits offered by municipalities as well
as threaten contractual arrangements
between same-sex partners.
Hughes did, however, engage in efforts
to stop the marriage amendment from
coming to the ballot. In a Sept. 9 letter,
Hughes wrote to the General Assembly
saying the measure would be “bad for
business, bad for the perception of my
home state on the national stage and a far
cry from job-creating legislation that North
Carolina lawmakers should be focused
on.” Hughes also pledged to donate $10
for each person who likes Equality North
Carolina’s page on Facebook up to a
maximum total of $10,000.
Born in 1983 in Hickory, N.C., Hughes
took on other initiatives after co-founding
Facebook. In 2008, he was coordinator
of online organizing for Barack Obama’s
presidential campaign on My.BarackObama.
com, the campaign’s social networking
site. Other projects include joining on
as entrepreneur in residence at General
Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Mass.-
based venture capital firm, and launching
Jumo, a social networking service and
website aimed at allowing potential donors
to evaluate charities.
In March, Hughes bought a majority
share of The New Republic magazine,
becoming its owner, editor-in-chief and
publisher. The terms of the deal weren’t
disclosed.
Prior to issuing his statement, Hughes
had a brief exchange about Amendment
One with the Blade in D.C. at National
Public Radio’s “Friday Night Spin” party
on April 29. Hughes and Eldridge said
they were discouraged from donating by
polling data. Some early polls showed
the anti-gay side with a double-digit lead
in the state. The couple said they instead
favored contributing to fights over state
ballot measures with better prospects for
the pro-gay side, such as in Washington
State or Maine.
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Twitter fundraiser aids
N.C. amendment fight
By PHIL REESE
preese@washblade.com
Activists fighting the anti-gay ballot measure in North Carolina this week
teamed up with stars of the Twitter and LGBT blog world to help raise awareness
and money to keep the campaign’s ads on television.
“We actually raised $43,000 online yesterday,” said Nation Hahn, director of
online engagement for the Coalition to Protect NC Families. Hahn said the effort
succeeded in raising both money and visibility for the issue. “I think that both the
Twitter and blog fundraising and then the match that was extended by a donor
combined to bring in our highest total in one day of fundraising.”
Hahn and the Coalition are fighting to derail Amendment One, a ballot
initiative to be voted on May 8 that would amend the state constitution to bar any
recognition of any couple that is not a married heterosexual couple. Early voting
and absentee voting has already begun. Opponents of the measure say it will
affect unmarried opposite-sex couples, as well as those same-sex couples that
have legally wed in other states.
On Monday, more than 50 bloggers and Twitter users from across the country
organized the fundraiser. Bloggers Joe Sudbay, Pam Spaulding, Jeremy Hooper
and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead pledged to donate $1 for every new
follower on Twitter over a 24-hour period. The participants asked their followers
to re-Tweet their pledge as much as possible, generating attention and buzz.
Several of the participants were able to also recruit generous donors to match
their donations. The collective reach of all of the players was estimated by
Courage Campaign’s director of online programs Adam Bink as “several hundred
thousand.”
“It’s a little bit different than an ask for a specific purpose,” Bink said. “This one
is a little more personally engaging for the person taking the action. The reason
that more people can do it is because it costs one person a little bit — it costs me
$25 — but the people making it possible by re-Tweeting the ask, it costs nothing.
It costs a mouse click.”
“You can help the campaign without opening your wallet,” Bink added.
“This is something that’s very simple to do, and shows the power of online
activism,” blogger and North Carolina native and resident Pam Spaulding told
the Blade. “People take for granted that you can do damage on Twitter — people
have had their careers ruined on Twitter. But you can also do positive good.”
Winstead alone donated $467 — making hers one of the most successful
efforts. All the bloggers and personalities who participated, however, saw an
uptick in their follower count.
“A rising tide lifts all boats, so find something that helps the cause and the
person participating — which is the blogger or the Twitter personality,” said Bink,
who came up with the idea for the pledge drive. “So, for example, for me, I’ve had
around 15 new followers today, which is great for me because it helps me get out
more gay rights activism to more people, and it helps the campaign.”
Bink told the Blade that just from the first 20 bloggers who initiated the drive,
$2,401 had been raised, with more coming from those that joined the effort later.
“The fundraiser started out as a simple pitch by Adam and the others and
it turned into a significant event,” said Courage Campaign blogger Scottie
Thomaston. “We had 40-50 people signing on to help us fight against Amendment
One. The HRC helped, Tennessee Equality Project contributed, even straight
allies dug into their wallets for this.”
“It was an awesome thing to witness,” Thomaston said.
Hahn — who said that online fundraising has been crucial to the campaign —
said the money raised will go toward a combination of expanding direct mail,
expanding television ad buys and online advertising.
“We’ve raised over $760,000 online from over 6,500 donors from all over the
country — although 70 percent or more are from North Carolina,” Hahn told the
Blade. “We believe that it sets the record for the state of North Carolina in terms
of money raised for a state-wide campaign.”
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directly to the campaign fighting next week’s
marriage amendment there.
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GLCCB begins strategic planning process
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore has started a comprehensive
strategic planning process. With the help of funding from the Goldseker
Foundation’s Management Assistance Grants, the GLCCB has contracted with
Baltimore-based Strategic Management Consulting, LLC to facilitate the planning
process.
“We are very excited to move through this process, which will help us plan
for our future programmatically, operationally, structurally and financially,” said
Trevor Ankeny, GLCCB’s board chair. “This process will also help us answer some
questions we have had as to the direction of our organization, and the best way
to take the GLCCB to the next level. A good process and plan will help guide us
in that direction.”
Odette Ramos, president and CEO of Strategic Management Consulting,
LLC, will facilitate the planning. The first step is collecting information through
interviews with key constituency groups and stakeholders, surveys and research
on national models.
A questionnaire is available on the GLCCB website (glccb.org) where readers
can express an opinion about the GLCCB and what it should be doing moving
forward, as well as a vision for what the LGBT community in Baltimore should be
and where the GLCCB fits in.
Man suffers broken leg in anti-gay attack
A 36-year-old West Baltimore gay man was attacked by at least two men at
North and Druid Hill Avenues, according to police. The victim, whose first name is
Paul and who requested that his last name not be used at this time, was walking
to a store after finishing classes at Baltimore City Community College.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on March 28 he encountered a group of young
men. Some had called him “faggot” as he was approaching, and to avoid a
confrontation, Paul crossed the street. Soon afterwards, at least two men assaulted
him from behind, calling him “faggot” throughout the attack. The victim suffered
a broken leg and was treated at Shock Trauma.
Paul told the Blade that he is not “flamboyant” but his being gay was fairly well
known in the neighborhood. He added that he could have been targeted because
one of the assailants also called him a “snitch,” which may have stemmed from a
previous incident involving drugs.
No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation, according
to Baltimore Police spokesperson Sgt. Valencia Knox.
Drag benefit for AIDS research
The Rainbow Club, an LGBT group from CCBC-Essex, is hosting a drag event
called “Drag-U-Cation!” It will take place Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the
J Lecture Hall on the CCBC-Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd, in Rosedale, Md.
Jessica Wild from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will be on hand with local drag
performers Miss Gay Maryland 2009 Sue Nami, Anita Minett and Anastasia.
“This event is great for people to attend because not only will it be a drag show
but the audience is given the chance to ask the performers questions and really
understand the world of drag,” Shane Messick, a leader of the Rainbow Club and
organizer of Drag-U-Cation, told the Blade. Messick will also emcee the event.
Tickets are $5 for regular seats and $7 for VIP (first 3 rows) with half of all
proceeds to be donated to (AMFAR) for HIV/AIDS research. Tickets are available
by contacting the CCBC-Essex box office at 443-840-2787. There is no guarantee
tickets will be available at the door.
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organizer of Drag-U-Cation, told the Blade. Messick will also emcee the event.
Tickets are $5 for regular seats and $7 for VIP (first 3 rows) with half of all
proceeds to be donated to (AMFAR) for HIV/AIDS research. Tickets are available
by contacting the CCBC-Essex box office at 443-840-2787. There is no guarantee
tickets will be available at the door.
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Sharon Needles at Hippo
Club Hippo (1 West Eager St.) has several events happening this week.
Deep in the Game presents Sharon Needles from “Rupaul’s Drag Race”
performing tonight as part of her “Every Night is Halloween” tour. Tickets are $10
in advance and $12 day of the show. Doors open at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, DJ C-Dubs presents Cinco De Mayo starting at 10 p.m. This is a $6 cover.
Wednesday is “BYOMom Bingo” hosted by Roger Dimick at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds
from bingo benefit the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. The night
will also act as an album release part for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter
Rufus Wainwright’s newest album, “Out of the Game.”
Jackson honored with posthumous Cirque show
Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” comes to at 1st
Mariner Arena (201 West Baltimore St.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
The show, aimed at both lifelong and new fans of Jackson, takes place in a
realm where the audience discovers Jackson’s “Giving Tree.” The driving force
behind the show is Jackson’s music and lyrics. Several choreographers are behind
the performances including Travis Payne and “So You Think You Can Dance’s”
Napolean and Tabitha Dumo.
Tickets range from $52 to $250 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
For more information on the show and its creators, visit cirquedusoleil.com.
Queer cabaret collective celebrates 10 years
Charm City Kitty Club presents “Kitty Club Episode III: ApocoLez Now!” at the
Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.) at 8 p.m., with kitty cocktails
and pre-show speed dating game at 7 p.m.
This performance wraps a trilogy of performances celebrating the queer
cabaret’s 10th anniversary. It will feature New York City poet Charan P. Morris,
local queer band The Pushovers, aerialist Nina Charity and a screening of “They,”
a film by Ignacio Rivera.
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Food orgy next weekend at Hippodrome
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Theatre (12 North Eutaw St.) starting at 3 p.m.
The event will feature three hours of tasting sample plates from some of
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Council member opposes
later bar hours,
Sunday liquor sales
On Monday afternoon, despite long
chairing the D.C. Council committee
overseeing alcoholic beverage laws in
the District, Council member Jim Graham
managed to render himself irrelevant to
consideration by his colleagues of Mayor
Vincent Gray’s FY 2013 budget proposal
to extend alcohol service hours at the city’s
bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels.
In proposing to hike tax rates for all al-
cohol sales, Graham has confirmed his
status as a legislator out of step with both
the mayor and a Council majority opposed
to further increasing local tax burdens al-
ready among the highest in the nation.
His surprising ploy at a full Council budget
hearing revealed that he remains outside
the realm of mainstream public opinion in
demonstrating a never-ending penchant
for increased government spending fueled
by even higher tax levies.
Worse, his suggestion amounts to con-
verting hospitality businesses, already a pri-
mary contributor to city coffers and major
component of the local economy, into an
ATM from which to snatch additional funds.
Graham’s proposal includes retail alcohol
sellers for this bank account of his dreams.
Graham proposes raising the excise tax
on alcohol, charged to wholesalers and
passed on to community businesses and
consumers, to a level generating an ad-
ditional annual yield of $20 million to fund
his spending priorities – resulting in an in-
crease of six cents per drink. But he sug-
gests the amount could be set even higher.
Charging 10 cents per drink, he pointed
out, would raise $34 million.
Why stop there? A dollar-per-drink sur-
charge would unleash $340 million to fi-
nance an even higher budget deficit and
more runaway spending. Graham exhibits
no hesitation in adding to the current 10
percent sales tax on all alcohol purchases.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who
chairs the Committee on Finance and Rev-
enue that considers tax proposals, broke
the news of this startling development to
a gathering of hospitality business leaders
at a Restaurant Association Metropolitan
Washington (RAMW) reception hosted
shortly after Graham’s pronouncement. Ev-
ans appeared as incredulous announcing
Graham’s idea as the assembled restaurant
and bar owners were hearing of it.
Ironically, the RAMW event honored
former Mayor Anthony Williams with pre-
sentation of the prestigious Duke Zeibert
Capital Achievement Award, named after
the legendary local restaurateur who was,
for 44 years, proprietor of the high-profile
downtown establishment that bore his
name. Williams is credited with bringing
Washington back from the brink of finan-
cial disaster and ending years of federal
control brought on by excessive govern-
ment spending.
Williams has agreed to chair a newly cre-
ated nine-member Tax Revision Commit-
tee established by the mayor and Council
Chair Kwame Brown to review the local tax
code. He assured the hometown hospital-
ity business operators that the purpose of
the commission is decidedly not one of
identifying ways to further increase taxes.
Graham had publicly struggled for
weeks to devise a budget-balancing alter-
native to replace the mayor’s proposal for
a modest one-hour extension of the maxi-
mum allowable alcohol service period at
the city’s bars, restaurants, nightclubs and
hotels that he opposes.
Gray’s proposal would join the District
with eight states allowing on-premise al-
cohol sales until 3 a.m. on weeknights and
six states that permit sales until 4 a.m. on
weekends, in order to eliminate a looming
$172 million deficit and enhance the city’s
reputation as an evolving world-class city.
Graham will likely suffer additional back-
lash for abandoning his prior suggestion
to allow retail liquor sales on Sundays by
eliminating one of the last “blue laws” still
in effect in a major metropolis. Although
merely an attempt to come up with an al-
ternate revenue source that replaced only a
portion of the additional sales tax revenues
of later alcohol service hours, he no longer
supports it. The idea, however, had quickly
proven even more popular among District
residents than later bar sales.
In opposing extended alcohol service,
Graham has aligned himself with a vocal
minority of small citizens groups, church
ministers and Advisory Neighborhood
Commission (ANC) members who have
traditionally engaged as protestants in al-
cohol licensing battles and opposed Alco-
holic Beverage Control (ABC) reforms.
Now he has unabashedly chosen to
push for an increase in taxation to satisfy
a reckless take-and-spend philosophy to
which he clings.
He well deserves the notoriety and en-
mity such foolishness will earn him.
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A feminist manifesto on
sexual self-determination
By JOY FREEMAN-COULBARY
In a free society, prostitution should be
legal — perhaps up for a morality debate or
even discouraged — but certainly not crimi-
nalized. Therefore, while not casting judg-
ment on the specifics of their case, I have to
applaud the chutzpah and media savvy of
a quartet of Denver “making-it-rain” strip-
pers, predominately white, who created an
online petition defending their lifestyle and
companion, alleged pimp, Germaine “Jell-
O” Wallace, black of Denver.
Though we are supposedly all Shangri-La
post-racial, the investigation into the alleged
Denver prostitution ring oozes with sexual and
racial tension, raising the specter of the prison
industrial complex that seems to collar a dis-
proportionate number of black men, while
touching upon the taboo of bondage and
S&M the likes of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a sex-
abundant New York Times bestseller. Is the
commanding Jell-O an Othello-style Christian
Grey funding the opulent lifestyles and fulfill-
ing the sexual desires of his many Ana Steeles,
as the young “dancers” would have you be-
lieve through their “Prejudice Justice against
Jermaine Wallace” petition? Perhaps their
candor is his best line of defense.
Sex and prostitution, submission and
domination, and its place with the modern
woman and even with the modern (mar-
ried) man, has burst upon the national scene
through a cornucopia of sexual entangle-
ments, e.g., the Secret Service prostitution
scandal and the John Edwards’ trial for al-
leged election law violations stemming
from hush money furnished to an impreg-
nated mistress. With the popularity of Katie
Roiphe’s piquant “Fifty Shades” and other
high-profile prostitution arrests like that of
Anna Gristina, the tony Manhattan madam
and soccer mom — unseemly and steamy,
taboo sex is headlining everywhere.
Given that the threat of prosecution, dis-
ease and public humiliation has not slowed
the world’s oldest profession, arcane prop-
erty law analogies through a retrospec-
tive lens of Victorian moral hypocrisy, can
provide the most compelling arguments
against prohibition.
For women, political, economic and so-
cial equality vests with her absolute domain
and sovereignty over a unique and coveted
feminine form — over mammary glands,
female sex organs and her right to choose.
Feminine anatomical dominion, which has
historically been denied, relies upon soci-
ety’s ability to unconditionally respect female
sexual freedom and reproductive rights.
Long ago, but not so long ago, and still
today depending upon geography, wom-
en were denied the right to own property,
sovereignty rights, authority over financial
assets, as well as complete control of their
bodies and sexuality. Yet like property, wom-
en were bartered and exploited paternalisti-
cally through matrimony by their families for
strategic, social and financial advantage.
The full right of return to control women’s
most valuable property — their bodies —
through complete sexual and reproductive
self-determination, is radically and organically
feminist, humane and modern. As an adult, in
the pile of sticks liberty represents, the indi-
vidual right to full and free sexual determina-
tion, as well as the right to marry regardless
of gender and sexual orientation, represents
a big stick of liberty. The ability to etch out
the contours of one’s sexual identity — to
experience the realm of infinite sexuality pos-
sibilities if so chosen and to be what authors
Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt termed
an “Ethical Slut” — even if that allows for the
consensual sale of affection — is a highly so-
phisticated and feminist understanding of
freedom and liberty. And one does not have
to be a member of the female gender to be a
feminist or ascribe to the tenants of feminism.
Likewise, there are prostitutes of all genders,
male, female trans, who warrant protection
rather than dehumanization.
To criminalize prostitution is antifeminist, in
that it ascribes to the prostitute the assumed
misogyny and shame of the institution as it is
today, while presuming that women are in-
capable of balancing sexual power relations.
Legalization, or at least decriminalization,
would allow for a more comprehensive sex
and public health education for sex workers
and even the johns. As in Nevada, legaliza-
tion would allow prostitution to be taxed and
regulated, which would encourage further
public safety and disease prevention.
Making it rain and getting it rained on is
not necessarily shameful or dirty, and cer-
tainly should not be criminalized, which is
at the heart of the Denver quartet’s plaintive
petition. In their public plea, the “dancers”
represent that they have made a deliber-
ate and independent, lifestyle choice, which
they enjoy and find highly rewarding. And
their right to privacy and sexual freedom,
even if it includes the alleged monetization,
should be respected as long as children or
third parties are not harmed.
Likewise, criminalizing and humiliating
consenting adults entering into un-coerced
sex-for-sale relations, while driving the be-
havior dangerously underground and reaf-
firming a misogynistic sexual paradigm, is
absolutely shameful and as antiquated as
the mythically pure and chaste, and very
much oppressed, Victorian-era woman.
Zach Wahls pays tribute to
his moms in new book
By DANA RUDOLPH
Zach Wahls, author of the new book “My
Two Moms,” likely needs no introduction to
many readers. The former University of Iowa
student achieved national fame in 2011 when
his speech before the state House Judiciary
Committee hearing on marriage equal-
ity went viral on YouTube — not once, but
twice: in February and November 2011. In
the speech, he famously said that his moth-
ers’ sexual orientation has had no effect on
the content of his character.
Now, the civil rights activist, speaker and
entrepreneur has expounded at greater
length on just how his mothers have influ-
enced his character.
“My Two Moms” (written in partnership
with author Bruce Littlefield), “is a response
to all those who say I am ‘different’” because
of having two moms, Wahls writes. His main
audience is thus people outside the LGBT
community — but those within it will also
find much inspiration in his words. Wahls
weaves stories of his childhood and family
together with reasoned arguments in favor
of lesbian and gay equality. It is a memoir
with a healthy dose of social justice—or an
argument for social justice backed by deep
personal experience.
He wrote the book thinking about a young
boy with two moms whom he once met at an
event for LGBT families. He says, “Knowing
the challenges that little boy will face — that
we’re still not at a point when he can live a
childhood untouched by fear and unsullied by
hate — breaks my heart. This book is for him.”
He begins by saying that he doesn’t expect
to convince every reader to accept gay fami-
lies or same-sex marriage. He simply wants to
tell the story of his family and its values. It is a
disarming approach that sets the tone for the
whole book — encapsulated by his assertion,
“We are more alike than we are different.”
Wahls is an Eagle Scout—the highest rank
of the Boy Scouts of America — and struc-
tures each of his chapters around one of
the Scouts’ core values: Be Prepared, Do a
Good Turn Daily, and A Scout Is: Obedient,
Trustworthy, Kind, Friendly, Reverent, Help-
ful, Courteous, Cheerful, Loyal, Clean, Thrifty
and Brave. He shows how his moms taught
him those values, and explains how each one
supports an attitude of acceptance, equality,
and being true to oneself.
Given the Boy Scouts’ policy of not al-
lowing gay Scouts or Scout leaders, Wahls’
use of the Scouting ideals, not to mention
his participation in Scouting in the first place,
may seem misplaced. Wahls notes, howev-
er, that his family was “welcomed with open
arms” by the local troop. His mom Jackie
served as a den leader, and his mom Terry as
an interim Cubmaster.
And showing how his lesbian moms
instilled in him the same values that the
Boy Scouts themselves cherish is in fact a
stroke of rhetorical brilliance, demonstrat-
ing why he once won the Iowa state de-
bate championship.
But the book is more than a lecture on
values. Wahls gives us a moving and some-
times humorous profile of his family, starting
with how his biological mom (then single)
conceived him. He then shares how his
moms met, and moves on to dinnertime
conversations, sports, school, dealing with
bullies (and avoiding becoming one him-
self), learning to shave from a friend’s dad,
becoming an Eagle Scout, the impact of
national and state events on his family, and,
most poignantly, his mom Terry’s battle with
multiple sclerosis.
Despite his fervent support of LGBT
equality, Wahls expresses compassion toward
those with differing views. He urges us to
get to know them as individuals, rather than
simply labeling them all “hateful” or “bigot”
and turning away. Otherwise, he says, we can
never engage with or understand each other.
At the same time, he is not above jabs at
certain opponents of equality. For example,
he notes that when he became an Eagle
Scout, the Scoutmaster revised a traditional
portion of the ceremony that acknowledges
the Scout’s father. Instead, he acknowledged
both of Wahls’ moms. His mom Terry, strug-
gling with multiple sclerosis, then summoned
all her strength to get out of her wheelchair
and stand by Jackie while Wahls presented
them with pins. “Mitt Romney once wrote
that it’s the mothers who make the Eagles….
[My moms] had stood with me throughout
my journey, loyally supporting and encourag-
ing me when I needed it most.” Wahls notes.
Point made.
Wahls ends the book with a section dem-
onstrating his formal debating skills as ap-
plied to the question of same-sex marriage.
It’s the least personal part of the book, but
one of the most thorough eviscerations of ar-
guments against marriage equality I’ve ever
seen, short of the Prop 8 hearings over Cali-
fornia’s marriage ban.
“My Two Moms” is an engaging portrait
of a young man coming of age.
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During the procedure, you will be provided
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Dermabraison: If you have deep
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Had the 1980 roller disco flick “Xanadu”
never been made into the same-titled
Broadway musical comedy, the clunky
Olivia Newton-John vehicle would most
likely have been relegated to the narrow
shelf reserved for similar cult films.
A mostly awkward paean to mythology
and passing fads, the movie’s saving
distinctions include an ear worm-y pop
score split between Newton-John’s
personal composer John Farrar and
Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, a
parade of curiously hideous disco-era
costumes and the fact that it features
MGM’s dance legend Gene Kelly on
skates in his final movie role.
Happily, the movie has been hilariously
reimagined as “Xanadu,” the hit musical
that’s poised to make its Washington
premier at Signature Theatre this week.
What’s most striking about the show is
the way it pairs a sugary screen score
(“Xanadu,” “Magic,” “Have You Ever Been
Mellow,” etc.) with the sophisticated wit
of gay playwright Douglas Carter Beane
who’s also written librettos for “Sister Act”
and “Lysistrata Jones.” He also wrote “To
Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie
Newmar,” “The Little Dog Laughed” and
“As Bees in Honey Drown.”
Via phone from Manhattan, he
describes “Xanadu’s” leap from screen
to stage as the brainchild of the movie’s
primary producer Rob Ahrens. After being
let go by one of the major studios, Beane
explains, Ahrens took a surfing trip to
Central America. While lying on his board
waiting for a wave, Ahrens formulated
his next move — he needed to bring
“Xanadu” to Broadway. Through mutual
friends Ahrens was advised that Beane
was the right man to pen the adaptation.
Beane was skeptical.
“I knew the film,” he says. “In the early
days of HBO, I think they played ‘Xanadu’
and ‘Clash of the Titans’ on an endless
loop. Anyone who ever skipped school
in those days knew them well. They’re
not good. I remember telling my agent
that the job sounded like a real résumé
stopper. But Ahrens was relentless. He
said I could do whatever I wanted, so I
took another look at the film. It was still
bad — it had become all nostalgia without
the cumbersome taste.”
The plot is simple: Greek muse Clio
leaves Mount Olympus for early 1980s
Venice Beach, Calif., where, disguised as
an Australian roller girl named Kira, she
hopes to inspire artist Sonny in creating
his decisive achievement, a roller disco.
When Clio falls into forbidden love with
Sonny, her jealous sisters see it as an
opportunity to make trouble.
“Greek muses. Inspiration,” Beane
says. “That’s the beginning of theater —
everything we hold to be good, pure and
beautiful. On the other hand, putting a
bad movie on stage is the absolute butt
hole end of theater. What would happen
if I put classic Greek and ‘80s trashiness
together? What would Aristophanes say?
And I just started writing. I’d found my way
in as they say. … I wrote the dialogue as if
it were a good Edith Hamilton translation
of the classics, but set in the 1980s. In
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When a friend invited Monique Hall to a National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
event a few years ago, she was immediately impressed.
“I was just amazed,” she says. “OK, I do a lot of events around D.C., I know
we all do. But I was just surprised at how many people of color there were. I love
HRC, don’t get me wrong. I’m on their mailing list, I support them and the Victory
Fund too. I don’t want this to come off as a slam to any of them, but whenever I
go to their events it’s a lot of men and a lot of white men. That’s fine — I love all
those organizations, but I just felt at home with the Task Force … they’re really at
the crossroads of all the policy issues in D.C. but also giving grants to the states
— it’s really inclusive to all segments of the LGBT community.”
It’s a big weekend for the organization — this year’s Pink & Purple Weekend
kicks off tonight with Pink & Purple Sunset: A Women’s Event from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
on the rooftop of the Capitol Hill Liaison Hotel. Then from 10 to 3 a.m., a dance
will be held at Cobalt. An awards brunch is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mayflower
Hotel honoring entrepreneurs Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino and filmmaker
Dee Rees. Visit thetaskforce.org for prices, tickets and more information.
“It’s really about the people and the community, not some elected official
or all the usual pomp and circumstance of D.C. It’s about honoring people and
causes that are important to the growth and structure of the LGBT community,”
says Hall, who joined the Task Force board of directors a year-and-a-half ago.
She works by day as a communications consultant as vice president of the
DCI Group, an independently owned public affairs group. After growing up
and going to school in her home state of North Carolina, Hall, 30, came to D.C.
“I just knew I wasn’t a small-town girl,” she says.
Hall is single, travels a lot for work and lives in Arlington, Va. She enjoys
watching sports in her free time.
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AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
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Who said I was out? Guess I am now
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WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO?
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NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
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who is as passionate about politics as
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MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
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transcendence into mainstream culture.

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Acceptance and respect in spite of our
differences.

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POST OR TWEET?
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president clinton campaigning together
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essential part of the president’s re-
election campaign.

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WOULD THE TITLE BE?
“Determined to Win”

IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I’d be open to the discovery.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
A spiritual world — heaven.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Think beyond marriage and be more
inclusive.

WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
My family.

WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
There are many, but the butch/femme
roles we embrace — just be who you are.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
“Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom”

WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
The overuse of email, text, etc. in
place of talking to someone.

WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
I’m not that kind of person. I want to
make a difference by working hard for
the community. I don’t have to get an
award for it.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN
AT 18?
That hard work will pay off.

WHY WASHINGTON?
I love the political banter and all the
pomp and circumstance of this town.
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Food truck rally at RFK Stadium
D.C.’s original food truck festival is returning Saturday with “Curbside Cookoff: Trucko
De Mayo” on Saturday at the RFK Stadium festival grounds from noon to 9 p.m.
“Hosting the Curbside Cookoff on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds allows us to
showcase the largest number of food trucks, giving attendees the greatest number of
food options in event history,” said Erik Moses, managing director of the Events D.C.
Sports and Entertainment Division, in a press release. “In addition to good food and
entertainment, attendees can enjoy the festival atmosphere and camaraderie throughout
the day.”
There will be live music, two bars and about 35 food trucks.
Admission and parking are free.
Gay Men’s Chorus having spring gala this weekend
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is having its Spring Affair, its largest annual
fundraiser, on Saturday at the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H St., N.W.).
The evening begins with a VIP Sponsors’ reception at 5:30 p.m. The guest reception
begins at 6:30 with the dinner and live entertainment beginning at 7:30. The 2012
Harmony Award presentation will be at 8:45 with the live auction starting at 9, following
by an after party and dessert.
Tickets are $175 for guests and $300 for sponsors. A patron table can be bought for
$1,750 and a benefactor table for $3,000.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gmcw.org.
Lesbian author Bechdel to appear
Graphic novelist and cartoonist Alison Bechdel brings her book tour for her new
graphic memoir, “Are You My Mother?” to the D.C. area with an appearance at Politics &
Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m.
Bechdel’s first graphic memoir, “Fun Home,” focused on her father and his secret life
as a gay man; her new book will focus on her mother, using the same pop culture and
literary allusions she’s known for.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on Bechdel, visit her blog at dykestowatchoutfor.com.
Lauper to receive award for LGBT advocacy
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is honoring
singer Cyndi Lauper for her advocacy efforts on behalf of homeless LGBT youth
through her foundation the True Colors Fund at “Heroes of Hope” on Wednesday
at Lisner Auditorium (730 24st St., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m.
Lauper started her True Colors Fund in 2007 to encourage people to become
active in the advancement of LGBT equality and raise awareness to bring an end
to LGBT youth homelessness.
In 2010, the fund launched the Give a Damn Campaign, a web-based education
and awareness initiative to inspire straight people to get informed and care about
LGBT equality.
The tribute will be emceed by ABC-7/WJLA-TV’s Leon Harris. Before the event,
there will be a reception sponsored by the Child Mind Institute featuring an
exhibit with artwork from students across the country.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve
tickets, visit awarenessevent.org.
To learn more about the True Colors Fund, visit truecolorsfund.org.
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CYNDI LAUPER at an HRC dinner two years ago. She’ll be back in Washington next week to
collect an award for her work on behalf of homeless gay youth.
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Mount Vernon Triangle
8AIü8ßA¥, MA¥ 5, 2012 º 2 - 5PM
Explore the new restaurants of Mount Vernon Triangle by dining
around the neighborhood tasting appetizers, entrees, drinks, and
desserts from nine different establishments!
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Gay-owned Penn Quarter
restaurant delights with
creative entrees
By JONATHAN HOWARD
901 Restaurant + Bar (901 9th St., N.W.),
is a new Penn Quarter eatery owned by
gay D.C. businessman David von Storch.
From the moment you step in, you get
the sense this won’t be an ordinary dinner,
and you’re right. As soon as you arrive,
you become a part of the show — a well-
choreographed one with moments of
unexpected magic and drama.
My partner and I walked in on a Saturday
evening. We were whisked to our seats
even though another person joining us had
not yet arrived. At first, I was disappointed
because I was hoping to be seated in the
sleek-yet-comfortable waiting area that
lurked behind the hostess stand. Our
table in the dining area, however, was just
as aesthetically pleasing. The dining room
is creatively divided into separate eating
areas with sheer fabric and lights. From
it, you can see the open kitchen with the
chefs bustling around. The feel is warm,
rich and dramatic.
We were delighted by the fact that when
you open the menu it lights up. A simple
“magic trick” that is both thoughtful and
cool. 901 Restaurant + Bar staff brews their
own beer so one of us selected the 901
Lager, which was a clean non-hoppy lager
that was good but not extraordinary. Two
of us selected the “Envy.” When the drinks
arrived, the brilliant show continued,
because while it is not indicated on the
menu, the “Envy” is served over dry ice
and arrived at the table bubbling and
smoking. The dry ice made this simple-yet-
tasty drink noteworthy and I recommend
having one just for the fun of it.
The menu is designed for sharing so
we selected a few items to split; the Kobe
Beef Sliders with smoked cheddar and
spicy aioli; the Roasted Hoisin Duck Roll
with mozzarella wasabi cilantro sauce
and Thai chili crème; the Seared Scallop
Risotto with wild mushroom asparagus
risotto, bacon jam and sweet soy drizzle;
and the Yaki Soba Mushroom Ragout.
And since we were having a wide range
of foods, we decided to accompany the
meal with a white wine — the Trimbach
Reserve Pinot Gris.
The Kobe Beef Sliders were light and
fluffy, perfectly cooked, though somewhat
short on flavor. I hoped to taste some of
the smoked cheddar or the spice in the
aioli. The scallops were quite good and
the risotto they were served over was
divine. The duck rolls were delightful with
the rich flavor of the meat and warmth of
the wasabi sauce and chili cream proving
a delightful combination.
The winning dish of the evening was the
vegetarian Yaki Soba Mushroom Ragout. It
was earthy, rich and perfectly balanced —
a real treat that paired perfectly with the
crispy citrus flavors of the wine. Overall, a
very good meal.
The dessert menu was as tempting
as the rest. The dessert sampler had
coffee and donuts, cheesecake with sour
cherries, caramel and chocolate cake
and chocolate chipotle brulee. The two
strongest desserts on the plate by far
were the cheesecake and the brulee.
The rich and creamy cheesecake is
made with ricotta and goat cheese; the
sour cherry compote, candied orange
and black cherry balsamic brought this
dessert together perfectly with a delicious
melding of flavors in every bite. The
brulee, with its mixed berries, hazelnuts,
Chantilly cream and strawberry coulis
was the other star of the plate. The rich
warmth of the chocolate chipotle and the
refreshing coolness of the berries was an
excellent way to end a meal.
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34 º MAY 04, 2012 DINING
Dialing up 901
º01 Restaurant + Bar oIIers a sleek-yet-comIortable atmosphere with an eclectic, winning menu.
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Local fitness entrepreneur
plans expansion in Sept.
I went apartment hunting with a
friend a few days ago. When he asked
for recommendations of diverse and
thriving neighborhoods, I immediately
thought of Logan Circle, an inclusive,
all-encompassing neighborhood that’s
growing rapidly.
One of its perks — about to get better
— is BodySmith Personal Training which is
moving into a new space and becoming a
full gym in September.
The big gyms seem to garner all the
exposure, but what about the little guys?
The boutique gyms and personal training
studios located directly in the District are
worth mentioning. These locations offer
something the big guys can’t touch and
it gives the gym consumer options for
their workout environment that suites
their nature. Not everyone loves to be
surrounded by large crowds, blaring
music or sweaty machines, nor pay hefty
membership fees.
Mint Fitness is a wonderful boutique
size full-fledged gym, which has been
open about five years in Adams Morgan.
And while the price may be hefty for some,
you will be pampered there beyond what
you might receive in a larger facility.
There are other small gyms and privately
owned personal training studio favorites
scattered throughout the area and I trust
each of them has something special to offer
that may not be available in larger facilities.
Balance Gym with several locations
throughout Washington and one located
in Thomas Circle is another example of the
advantages of a smaller space.
But what about an intimate neighborhood
workout space where everyone knows
your name in the Dupont Circle or Logan
Circle area that is also moderately priced?
And where do you find some of the most
extensively educated and experienced
personal trainers in Washington? What
about a private personal training space
and a separate membership area all under
one roof? Wouldn’t such an option be
wonderful to have available? I know of
no other facility that will be offering nor
be in the same league as what the new
BodySmith Gym will offer. Full disclosure
— I’m proud to say I’m an independent
personal trainer at BodySmith and the new
location will be exciting.
It’s slated to open at 1630 14th street
will be about 12,000 square feet and
consist of two floors: one devoted solely
to personal training and the other as a
membership-only area. BodySmith will
have a full spectrum of top-of-the-line
free-weight equipment and a variety of
fresh cutting-edge cardio equipment
housed in the all above ground heavily
windowed space. Also, housed within will
be massage, physical therapy, an organic
juice and shake bar, and parking, which is
unusual for this area.
And owner Stuart Smith has a consistent
record of celebrating and supporting
the LGBT community that deserves
recognition.
Smith has been the successful owner of
the BodySmith Personal Training brand
since he opened his first personal training
space directly across the street from what
is now Lauriol Plaza Restaurant in 1998.
BodySmith has maintained several tables
at each years Chef’s Best and regularly
donates to Food and Friend’s and other
local charities.
Smith also pumped his own pedals for
a couple of Food and Friends sponsored
AIDS Rides and consistently raised money
for the battle against AIDS.
As the first BodySmith location quickly
became a Dupont Circle favorite, Smith
and his team embraced the culture around
them. He even donned silver pumps and
ran in the High Heel Race dressed as
Mother Theresa one year.
The original BodySmith closed in 2004
after its lease ran out and Smith moved to
the current Logan Circle location. Most of
his trainers and clients went with him.
BodySmith Gym will require a monthly
membership fee starting at about $69
a month for a year commitment and
separate fees for the personal training-
only area. For more information visit
bodysmithgymdc.com
Fitness on 14th
STUART SMITH plans to open his latest gym at 1630 14th St. It will be about 12,000 square feet
on two floors.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Kevin M. Norris is a health and fitness columnist for the
Blade and owner of Mind our Own Body, LLC. Personal
Training. Reach him at kevinmnorris@aol.com.
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OPENINGS
SUN, MAY 6
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, National
Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
WED, MAY 9
Oxygen, Taffety Punk Theatre Company,
CHAW. 202-261-6612. taffetypunk.com.
THU, MAY 10
NSO Pops: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
/ Steven Reineke, conductor, NSO,
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival,
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
I Want Them Both / Las Quiero a las Dos,
Teatro de la Luna, Gunston. 703-548-
3092. teatrodelaluna.org.
The Bacchae By Euripides, WSC Avant
Bard, Artisphere. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com.
Film Event: Miró as Portrayed by
Portabella, National Gallery of Art.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
LAST CHANCE
SAT, MAY 5
Eiko & Koma: Caravan Project,
Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Sandwalk, Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
SUN, MAY 6
Arias With A Twist, Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus,
Round House Theatre Bethesda.
240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling
Bee, Workhouse Arts Center.
703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921:
Reinventing Tradition, National Gallery of
Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
MAY 4 - MAY 5
25th Annual Evening of Comedy, The
Barns. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
Ebony, Ivory and Ink; The Great Piano
Songwriters, Olney Theatre Center.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
MAY 5 - MAY 6
Kyle Abraham, Dance Place.
202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, MAY 4
Aaron Lazar, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
SAT, MAY 5
Drawn to Dogs, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
All Debussy, National Philharmonic,
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
nationalphilharmonic.org.
Brass of Peace, NSO, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
The Axelrod String Quartet Sunday
Series. Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden. 202-633-3030.
residentassociates.org.
SUN, MAY 6
Ciné-Concert: Segundo de Chomón shorts,
National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
MON, MAY 7
Westwind: Robert Thalheim in Focus,
Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
TUE, MAY 8
The Altino Brothers, Piano Duo, Arts/
Harmony Hall Regional Center. 301-202-
6070. mncppcapps.org.
Landscapes of the Mind, National
Geographic. 202-857-7700. nglive.org/dc.
WED, MAY 9
Art After Hours: Zane Forshee,
Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
THU, MAY 10
John Pizzarelli & Kurt Elling, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
ONGOING STAGE
WNO: Nabucco, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
The 39 Steps, Olney Theatre Center.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre2.org.
The Big Meal, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
The Whipping Man, Theater J.
202-777-3214. washingtondcjcc.org.
1776, Ford’s Theatre. 202-347-4833.
fords.org.
Hum, Theater Alliance, Atlas.
202-241-2539. theateralliance.com.
Working the musical, Keegan Theatre,
Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.
keegantheatre.com.
The Seafarer, SCENA Theatre, H Street
Playhouse. 703-683-2824. ScenaTheater.org.
Metamorphoses, Constellation Theatre
Company, Source Theatre. 800-494-8497.
constellationtheatre.org.
Wives & Wits, Washington Stage Guild,
Undercroft Theatre. 202-347-9620.
stageguild.org.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
National Gallery of Art. The Baroque
Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione,
I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the
Street, 1938–2010. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Titanic: 100
Year Obsession, Samurai: The Warrior
Transformed. 202-857-7000. nglive.org/dc.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tim
Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers, Crossing
the Line: 2012 Alumni Exhibition, NEXT
at the Corcoran: Class of 2012. 202-639-
1700. corcoran.org.
Kreeger Museum. Special Exhibition:
JOAN MIRO From the Collection of
The Kreeger Museum. 202-338-3552.
kreegermuseum.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Artists’
Books from the NMWA Collection, R(ad)
ical Love: Sister Mary Corita, Royalists
to Romantics, Mamacita Linda: Letters
Between Frida Kahlo and her Mother,
Women Silversmiths from the NMWA
Collection. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS
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¡ NOCHE LATI NA!
WED, MAY 9 THROUGH SUN, MAY 13
THE WASHI NGTON BALLET, KENNEDY CENTER.
202- 467- 4600. WASHI NGTONBALLET. ORG.
The Washington Ballet turns up the heat with a dazzling, all-new ¡Noche Latina!,
a sizzling celebration of Latin American music, dance, and culture. Including two
world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and the company
premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Like a Samba.
LOOK BOTH WAYS: STREET ARTS ACROSS AMERI CA
SUN, MAY 6 THROUGH SAT, MAY 12
KENNEDY CENTER AND LOCATI ONS THROUGH DC.
202- 467- 4600. KENNEDY- CENTER. ORG
Free performances and events at the Kennedy Center as well as locations around
Washington, including large-scale spectacles, street musicians, parade culture,
puppetry, circus arts, chalk drawings, clowning, and more. From a circus-punk
marching band and political puppet theater to jugglers, contortionists, and stunt
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art, architecture and design using the doghouse as the catalyst for that expression.
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George Clinton and the Parliament
Funkadelic play Rams Head Live (20
Market Place, Baltimore) tonight at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and available online at
tickets.ramsheadlive.com.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave.,
N.W.) is hosting an opening reception for its
newest exhibits, “It’s My Nature” featuring
works by Kate McConnell and “Vivid
Horizon: Color and Light” featuring works
by Colleen Sabo, tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The D.C. Eagle (639 New York Ave.,
N.W.) presents “Otter Crossing” tonight
at 10 p.m. to celebrate the arrival of 13
new otters at the National Zoo. For more
information, visit otterdendc.com.
Drag singer Joey Arias and master
puppeteer Basil Twist perform “Arias
With a Twist” at Woolly Mammoth
Theatre Company (641 D St., N.W.) tonight
at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and can be
purchased online at woollymammoth.net.
The show will run through May 6.
Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.)
presents “The Big Meal” by Dan LeFranc
tonight. The show follows a young couple
through their life, from their first date to
having kids and more at a single restaurant
table. Tickets range from $46 to $59. For
more information and to purchase tickets,
visit studiotheatre.org.
Busboys & Poets presents First Fridays:
A Local Arts Exploration today at 5:30 p.m.
in the Zinn room at its Hyattsville location
(5331 Baltimore Ave., Suite 104). This event
combines a reception, artist talk and the
opportunity to meet local artists and see their
work. This month will feature Victor Ekpuk and
Cobaya Dance Theater. Light refreshments
will be served. This is a free event.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Gay/Bash!, a “queer night of rock
and pop gems” with DJs Joshua and
Junebullet is tonight at the Black Cat
(1811 14th St., N.W.). Admission is $5 and
doors open at 10 p.m.
Code has its monthly installment
tonight at Green Lantern (1335 Green
Court, N.W.). Gear, rubber, skin, uniform
or leather dress code will be strictly
enforced. Music provided by DJ Frank
Wild. Admission is $10. All attendees must
be 18 or older. There will be an open bar
from 9 to 10 p.m.
The D.C. Jewish Community Center (1529
16th St., N.W.) is screening the film “Love Free
or Die” tonight at 7 p.m. The film looks at New
Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson,
the first openly gay individual elected to serve
as bishop. Bishop Robinson will be at the
screening, giving opening remarks and doing
a Q&A after the film.
Perry Center’s Young Leadership
Council hosts the fourth annual Kentucky
Derby event at the Iron Horse Tap Room
(507 7th St., N.W.) today from 4 to 7
p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at the
door. There will be drink specials, hors
d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and more.
The Lodge (21614 National Pike,
Boonsboro) presents “Madonna Gagarama
Dance and Costume Party” tonight with
DJ Keith Hoffman and Madonna and Gaga
impersonators as guest bartenders and
“shot girlz.” There’s a $5 cover after 10 p.m.
Doors open at 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
presents its spring gala event with Grammy
Award-winner David Foster tonight at 8
p.m. Also scheduled to appear are Christ
Botti, Jewel, Barry Manilow and more.
Tickets range from $35 to $150 and can be
purchased online at kennedy-center.org.
Rainbow Wedding Network
presents its third annual gay and lesbian
wedding expo in D.C. at the Renaissance
Washington (1143 New Hampshire Ave.,
N.W.) today from 1 to 4 p.m. The expo
will feature more than 30 gay-friendly
exhibitors including event planners, DJs,
photographers and more. This is a free
event, but attendees are asked to pre-
register for tickets. For more information,
visit samelovesamerights.com.
There will be a benefit for the
Hagerstown Community Free Clinic
today at Turner’s Skate Palace (17333
Virginia Ave., Hagerstown) starting at 4:30
p.m. featuring performance on roller skates
by Ashley Bannks, Jayden Elyse, Sasha
Renee and more. Presale tickets are $7 and
tickets ate the door are $10. There will be a
free skate from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. following
be the performances and an auction.
MONDAY, MAY 7
Busboys & Poets presents Monday
Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by
Rich Hanks 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. They
are also available for purchase online
at busboysandpoets.com starting at
midnight before the event.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
GLAA is having a membership meeting
tonight in the second floor community
room at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
D.C. Bi Women will have its monthly
dinner at Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637
17th St., N.W.) tonight from 7 to 9 p.m.
Southern Universities Alumni is having
a happy hour at Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.)
tonight at 5 p.m.
The Go-Gos play Rams Head Live (20
Market Place, Baltimore) tonight at 7 p.m.
The show will feature all the original members
including Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey,
Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin and Kathy
Valentine. Tickets are $45 and available
online at tickets.ramsheadlive.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Rainbow Response has its monthly
meeting tonight at the D.C. Center (1318
U St., N.W.) from 7 to 8 p.m.
The D.C. Queer Theatre Festival has a
happy hour at MOVA (2204 14th St., N.W.)
tonight at 6:30 p.m. For more information,
visit dcqueertheatrefest.org.
IMP presents Feist, best known for her
song “1234” tonight at the Music Center at
Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North
Besthesda) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and
are available online at ticketmaster.com or
through the Strathmore ticket office. For
more information, visit strathmore.org.
The Big Gay Book Group meets
tonight at 7 at 1155 F Street, N.W., Suite
200 to discuss “Jack Holmes and His
Friend” by Edmund White. Newcomers
welcome. Visit biggaybookgroup.com for
more information.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Matt Howe presents his newest cabaret
show “I’m Hip!” tonight at the Black Fox
Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) at 8
p.m. The show will feature Howe singing a
mix of show tunes, standards and comedy
songs with Daniel Sticco on piano. There
is a $10 cover. There will be another
performance on May 12.
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turn, the set designer created a Greek
amphitheater that was a really a disco roller
rink. The choreographer fused Solid Gold
with Martha Graham. The actors pulled
out their best classical voices. Everything
fell into place quickly; it all worked.”
Xanadu opened on Broadway May of
2007, ran for more than 500 performances
and garnered Beane a Drama Desk Award
for Best Book. Gay actor C heyenne
Jackson played Sonny.
Signature’s “Xanadu” is directed and
choreographed by Matthew Gardiner,
the company’s associate artistic director,
and stars Helen Hayes Award-winner Erin
Weaver and handsome Charlie Brady
(“South Pacific” on Broadway) as Clio and
Sonny. Local favorites Sherri L. Edelen and
Harry A. Winter, and big-voiced recent
Helen Hayes Award-winner Nova Y. Payton
are also featured.
Gardiner, 28, first saw “Xanadu” with
Signature’s artistic director Eric Schaeffer
during its New York run.
“As we left the theater, I remember
thinking it was the most joyous, funny smart
work I’d seen in a long time. I said to Eric
that I had to direct this show sometime,
someplace,” Gardiner says. “Time passed
and he [Schaeffer] randomly told me that
we were putting ‘Xanadu’ in this season.
He thought it would be a good fit and that
I’d be directing.”
He says the show works for reasons that
aren’t obvious.
“Audiences love it because it’s funny,
but they probably won’t see — and I
wouldn’t expect them to see — what a
well-crafted piece of theater it is. With its
satyr play and party at the end, it’s like a
Greek drama. I noticed that when I saw the
New York production.”
Gardiner admits a weird fondness for
the film version. When they were about
5, Gardiner and his twin brother James
Gardiner (a talented local actor) spent
a lot of time watching it and “Grease,”
also with Olivia Newton-John. Gardiner
says to enjoy “Xanadu,” the musical, it’s
not mandatory to know the movie, but a
cursory knowledge of its leading lady and
her music, and a sense of what the ‘80s
were, certainly helps.
Native to the D.C. area, Gardiner grew
up in the arts. He played Tiny Tim at Ford’s
Theatre and danced in the “Nutcracker”
for 10 years at the Washington School of
Ballet. He successfully co-directed and
choreographed the terrifically fun and
campy “Reefer Madness” and “Jerry
Springer: The Opera” at Studio 2ndstage.
He was named Signature’s associate artistic
director just prior to this year’s season. Most
recently he staged Signature’s hit premier
“Really Really,” Paul Downs Colaizzo’s play
about self-serving young adults and an
alleged date rape.
After “Really Really,” Gardiner, who’s
gay, says he was ready for something fun.
With “Xanadu,” a brisk 90-minute zany
sendup of a really bad ‘80s movie, he found
his antidote. “It’s been great finding beats,
punch lines and gags, but I’ve also enjoyed
exploring the show’s real intentions
underneath — love and joy and real life
emotions. The process has been joyous.”
Young actor Mark Chandler, a pop
tenor whose voice is perfect for the score,
is thrilled to be cast in the production. As
part of the ensemble, he plays assorted
characters including one of the Greek
muses. And while he’s been singing, acting
and dancing professionally for some time,
this is his first time on skates before an
audience. Luckily, a skating instructor
(Gregory VanderPloeg) was brought to
bring the actors up to speed.
“Before ‘Xanadu,’ the last time I skated
was at a birthday party in L.A. a couple years
ago, and nobody was entirely sober,” says
Chandler, also gay. “I can tell you, learning
to skate has been a bonding experience for
the cast. Falling and embarrassing yourself
repeatedly does that.”
He and the cast, says Chandler, have a
come a long way in little time. Now he’s
performing all sorts of tricks — jumps,
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The warm weather of
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Switch out your
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Install a ceiling fan in rooms
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Lighting controls are an
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Motion sensors, commonly
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Another type of lighting
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Timers are also commonly
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By JAMES MARKELS
Special to the Blade
Imagine you own a piece of undevel-
oped land in the District.
Your next door neighbor is a car wash
business and has its customers drive over
your lot to access the entrance. You see it
happening, but since you have no plans
to use the lot, and the customers aren’t
causing any harm, you let it go.
After 15 years of this, however, you fi-
nally decide to develop the lot, thereby
blocking this avenue of access to the car
wash. The owner of the car wash responds
by filing a lawsuit asking the court to stop
you from doing this, claiming that she has
earned the right to use your land for her
customers’ convenience. Can she do that?
This was the situation in a recent case
decided by the D.C. Court of Appeals,
Han v. Southeast Academy of Scholastic
Excellence Public Charter School, and
the answer is yes, under certain circum-
stances. The car wash claimed to have
what is called a “prescriptive easement”
over the vacant lot — essentially, the right
to use a portion of the lot in a given way.
It’s the limited version of “adverse pos-
session,” in which a person can claim to
own land free and clear as though he or
she had bought it.
The principle behind these claims is
simply that the law abhors an absentee
landowner, much as nature abhors a vac-
uum. Society is better off with landowners
who seek to use and develop their land,
rather than letting property go to seed
unkempt. Therefore, if someone comes
along and occupies or uses your land for
long enough — 15 years in the District —
and you don’t do anything about it, you
face the prospect of essentially surren-
dering your rights to the occupier, who
doesn’t have to pay you a thing.
In legal parlance, the occupier has to
prove that their use was hostile, meaning in
active opposition to your ownership inter-
est, open, as in obvious to anyone who ob-
serves the property, exclusive to the occu-
pier and not to the public, and continuous,
without a break, for the full 15 years. So if
the car wash could show that its customers
used your vacant lot for 15 years, continu-
ously (at least during business hours), to the
exclusion of other traffic, and you did noth-
ing about it, you may have lost the right to
stop them from using your lot for that pur-
pose. Any plans you had to build on your
lot would now have to be altered to make
sure the car wash’s traffic was not hindered,
or else it could sue you for infringing on its
property rights.
Classic examples of prescriptive ease-
ments include an alley or driveway used
by one homeowner that actually belongs
to the neighbor, or a shortcut. In these
situations, inattentive landowners of-
ten lose track over where their property
boundary lines are and turn a misunder-
standing into legal rights.
So what can a landowner do to short-
circuit these kinds of claims? One obvi-
ous choice is simply to stop the offend-
ing use by erecting a barrier on your land
before the 15-year period has elapsed.
But what if you want to be a good neigh-
bor? It may be surprising, but giving the
car wash express permission to use your
lot is just as much of an indication of your
ownership over that lot as putting up a
fence. Remember, the car wash’s use has
to be hostile. If you make it clear that you
approve of the use, it’s no longer hostile,
and the car wash cannot claim any rights.
In the end, the car wash owner in Han
didn’t get her easement because of an-
other glitch — the lot owner proved that
the lot was dedicated to public use for
a portion of the 15-year period the car
wash claimed was exclusive, and no one
can claim exclusive rights over land dedi-
cated to a public use. But it still took a
lot of litigation and cost to get that result.
Being an attentive and vigilant landown-
er is always the best defense.
REAL ESTATE
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location, 12-9 Sun-Wed. $85/hr,
$130/90 mins. Gary 301-704-1158
mymassagebygary.com.
ITALIAN JOCK GIVES full body massage.
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offers, full-body, Swedish, sports, deep
tissue massage on a table, including
stretching, shower available. See my
photos on www.massagem4m.com/
jockguy. Located downtown, parking
available. Credit Cards Accepted. Brian
312-961-7724.
PAMPER YOURSELF with a 60 or
90 min. massage. With 11 years
experience let me tailor a session
right for you. Ben 202.277.7097.
www.benmassagedc.com.
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where your own nature is rested,
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studio near 18th & Florida Ave.
SPRING SPECIAL- $90/ 90 min.
session (with this ad). (202)588-
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YOU NEED ME. I knead you.
Experienced healing male hands
release pain, stress, tension & fatigue.
DC/VA appointments. 703-402-6698.
Energy work available.
TRACEMASSAGE. THE RELAXING
solution for hard-working, professional,
stressed-out people. Call Trace Berg,
LMT NCTMB. (202) 695-9663 or check
out my website www.tracemassage.
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Backlick Road Annandale VA (703) 942-
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Jim is back and Expertly Crafted
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202-257-9726
AUDITIONS
CASTING ACTORS FOR project
that explores how gay African
American men deal with; life,
love, relationships, & sex.
Nudity is required in certain
roles. Send resume/pictures to
flesh2flesh2012@gmail.com for role
consideration.
AUTOS
FAST CASH!!! WANTED Cars & Trucks.
Don t throw your money away, call me!
I will buy your vehicle. Call Marty Salins,
at Auto Plaza, in Rockville, (301) 340-
1390.
CATERING
TASTE BUDS VOTED US DC’s Best
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American cuisine, gourmet desserts
& gourmet cheesecakes. Home of
Wanda’s Famous grilled meats, mac-n-
cheese & seafood salad. Our delights
will have your guests talking about your
event long after it’s over. Ms. Wanda
301-653-1190. wharris94@comcast.net.
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TOO NEAT GUYS INC. Residential &
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VA. Over 17 years experience, gay
owned, licensed, bonded & insured
(703) 622-5983.
FERNANDO’S CLEANING: Residential
& Commercial Cleaning, Reasonable
Rates, Free Estimates, Routine, 1-Time,
Move-In/Move-Out. (202) 234-7050,
202-486-6183.
MAID TO CLEAN. Rated #1 in Metro
DC. Gay owned. Serving DC/VA/MD.
DC & VA (703) 299-0101. MD (301) 656-
7171. Visit www.maidtoclean.com
RENT-A-HAND home cleaning. Gay
owned with Blade references. Extremely
flexible scheduling. Organizing and
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insured. Free estimates. (202) 251-1044.
http://www.MyRentAHand.com.
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relax while our team of experts cleans
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licensed, bonded & insured. Please
email acleaningsvce@aol.com or call
for an online estimate and be sure to
include the size of your home or office
& the frequency with which you would
like the services. A Cleaning Service,
winner of the 2011 Angie’s List Super
Service award. 703.892.8648.
YOUR PAMPERED HOME. Your Personal
Maid & Laundry Delivery Service. Allow
us to assist with your domestic chores. It’s
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COUNSELING
A MINDFULNESS-BASED MENTAL
HEALTH PRACTICE specializing
in a holistic approach to anxiety,
depression, careers, && relationships.
20 years experience helping people
identify & overcome impediments
to a fulfilling life, satisfying careers,
& healthy relationships. Jonathan
Kirkendall MA LPC, 202.550.3589, www.
dclpc.com.
LGBTQ AFFIRMING THERAPY at
Dupont Circle Individuals, couples,
families, adolescents. Over 15
years serving the community. Mike
Giordano, LICSW. 202/460-6384 mike.
giordano.msw@gmail.com. www.
WhatIHearYouSaying.com.
COUNSELING FOR GAY MEN.
Individual/couple counseling with
volunteer peer counselor. Gay Men’s
Counseling Community since 1973.
202-265-6495. gaymenscounseling.
org. No fees, donation requested.
CHANGES ARE EASIER WITH
HELP. Small, private practice
group of experienced, caring
therapists. Safe, confidential
setting. Offices in Woodley Park &
Takoma Park near Metro. Licensed
professionals. Insurance
reimbursable. Washington Therapy
Guild. Call 202-483-2660. www.
therapyguild.net.
IT’S ALL ABOUT Change! Lesbian
Group, 30-65. Relationships, Careers,
Retirement, Interpersonal Skills,
Assertiveness. Tuesday evenings in
Northwest DC. Call 301-942-3237.
GRACE RIDDELL, LICSW. GRiddell@
lgbtc.com. LGBTC.com.
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SAVVY MARKETING COMPANY
Looking for Top Salespeople.
Company: Direct Male, a direct online
advertising company targeting the
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D.C. Position: Advertising Sales
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benefits. Responsibilities: Calling local
businesses and developing advertising
packages for them. The sales cycle
ranges (on average) from 1 week to 2
months. Our sales team performs the
following functions: inside and outside
sales, qualifying leads, consistent
follow-up, negotiating contracts,
and closing 4-7 deals per month.
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helping with extra projects when
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looking to be a part of a team and who
will have great chemistry with our team.
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letter (feel free to get creative) and
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LOCKER ROOM ATTENDANTS
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drunks/druggies need apply. Please call
Richard at (202) 319-1333. from 9-5pm,
to schedule an interview.
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ALEX $700 / MTH. looking for a
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RENT / DC
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utilities, dish network & internet.
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information. 202-841-6684.
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PERRIN,Realtor (R) LJPerrin@aol.com.
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MARRIOTTSVILE, MD. Private home.
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tub. Balcony off master bedroom. 2
kitchens. 2 laundry rooms. 4 1/2 baths.
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HISTORIC 1802 SHENANDOAH
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Roger Lamborne, 1-800-820-856.
INSURANCE
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LEGAL SERVICES
FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM Representing
the GLBT community for over 30 years.
Family adoptions, estate planning,
immigration, employment. (301) 891-
2200. Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev,
P.A. www.SP-Law. com.
ADOPTION & ASSISTED
REPRODUCTIVE Law Attorney Jennifer
Fairfax represents clients in Maryland
and D.C. interested in adoption or
ART matters. 301-221-9651, JFairfax@
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IMMIGRATION LAWYER. SPECIALTY in
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2066. Highly rated in Consumer Check
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Com. Walter (301) 370-9940
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PETS & SUPPLIES
ADOPT AN ADORABLE PUPPY OR
DOG All-breed, non-profit rescue. 100%
volunteer run. Donations welcome &
needed. www.aforeverhome.org.
LOOKING FOR THAT special
someone? Loving vet-checked
cats & kittens waiting to meet
you. Feline Foundation 703-920-
8665. Application & adoption fair
schedule online at www.ffgw.org.
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