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IHOP shooter released from jail
Attack caught on video; activists fear plea bargain in the works
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A woman charged with aggravated assault while armed in the March 11 shooting of a gay man at the International House of Pancakes restaurant in Columbia Heights was released to home detention on May 3 by a D.C. Superior Court judge. The decision by Magistrate Judge Frederick J. Sullivan to order Lashawn Yvonne Carson, 27, confined to her home while wearing an electronic ankle bracelet came after Carson’s attorney waived her right to an evidentiary preliminary hearing, raising speculation that she may plead guilty to a lower charge under a government plea bargain deal. “No good defense lawyer waives a preliminary hearing unless they get something important in return,” said Dale Edwin Sanders, an attorney who practices criminal law in D.C. and Virginia. Sullivan scheduled a felony status conference for Carson on May 22, and Sanders said a plea agreement could be announced at that time. Carson’s attorney, Patrick Christmas, did not respond to a request for comment. William Miller, a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, noted that the prosecutor from his office opposed Carson’s release and “urged continued detention” before the judge ruled against that request. Miller said the U.S. Attorney’s office would have no further comment because the case remains pending. According to accounts by police and witnesses, Carson allegedly shot the victim in the abdomen about 6:30 a.m. near the lobby of the IHOP restaurant after an off-duty D.C. police officer broke up a physical altercation between Carson and several of her friends and the victim and two or more of his friends. Police and witnesses have said the altercation began shortly after people sitting with Carson at the restaurant made anti-gay remarks toward the victim and people sitting with him. D.C. police listed the case as an antigay hate crime. The U.S. Attorney’s office, which prosecutes criminal cases in D.C., did not classify the case as a hate crime, saying it makes such a determination at a later time in its prosecution of all cases designated as a hate crime by police. A D.C. police affidavit filed in court at the time Carson was arrested on March 26 says investigators obtained from the IHOP restaurant a video recording of the altercation and the shooting, which took place next to the hostess stand near the restaurant’s lobby. “An off-duty police officer intervened

A woman was caught on video shooting a gay man in the abdomen at a Columbia Heights IHOP restaurant. Activists fear a plea bargain is in the works.
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and separated the two parties from fighting,” the affidavit says. “After the parties were separated, at the time stamped 06:27:17 to 06:27:20 on camera #6, Carson is seen standing near the window of the restaurant by what appears to be a hostess stand and firing a single shot that struck the complainant,” says the affidavit. “The complainant appears to grab his right abdomen and stumble back and fall to the ground. Carson and the male subject then fled out of the restaurant,” it says. A police charging document says a single bullet from the shooting lodged in the victim’s liver. Although the victim was treated and released from the Med Start Unit at Washington Hospital Center “the bullet has not been removed from the complainant’s liver because of the risk of complications involved in an operation to that vital organ,” the charging document says. The arrest affidavit says Carson admitted to shooting the victim when questioned by police shortly before her arrest. At a March 29 court hearing, attorney Christmas told another judge that Carson was pregnant and was experiencing a pregnancy-related medical problem. He asked that Carson be released under strict supervision. Judge Diana Harris Epps denied the request and ordered Carson held without bond pending a preliminary hearing. At the hearing on Thursday, May 3, Christmas reiterated his earlier request that his client be released to home detention. This time Judge Sullivan, who is now presiding over the case, agreed to release Carson to home detention under the court’s High Intensity Supervision Program known as “HISP,” according to court records. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Dickie,

the prosecutor in the case, expressed opposition to the release, saying Carson could present a danger to the community. A plea bargain offer by the U.S. Attorney’s office resulting in the lowering of the charge against Carson is likely to upset LGBT activists, who have raised objections in the past to decisions by the U.S. Attorney to lower charges in cases involving anti-gay violence. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office have told activists in community meetings that the office must weigh the strength of the evidence and determine whether a jury is likely to hand down a conviction. If prosecutors don’t think they can obtain a conviction on a more stringent charge they sometimes must lower the charge to ensure that a person who committed a violent act receives some jail time rather than be released if a jury acquits the

person, the officials have said. Representatives of the local group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) have complained that the U.S. Attorney’s office appears reluctant to take cases involving anti-LGBT violence to trial even when evidence appears strong. “We want to make sure that crimes against the LGBT community are prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said GLOV President A.J. Singletary. Singletary noted that the U.S. Attorney’s office hasn’t explained why it charged Carson with aggravated assault while armed rather than attempted murder and why it so far has not charged her with a hate crime, which could lead to a longer prison sentence upon conviction. He said GLOV would be further troubled if the office decides to lower the charge further in a plea bargain.

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

• On May 3, in the 1400 block of V Street, N.W., two complainants reported that a suspect approached them and began threatening their lives. The victims stated as they walked away, the suspect continued to threaten them, so they called the police. The suspect fled the scene but was found and placed under arrest. • On April 28, at 9th & U streets, N.W., a man reported that a suspect punched him in the face a couple of times and called him racial epithets as he was attempting to escort the suspect outside the Bar. The suspect was arrested. • On April 28, in the 2900 block of 20th Street, N.E., a man was dancing with a male friend when a suspect made homophobic comments and punched the victim several times. The suspect was arrested on the scene.

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Md. marriage opponents claim 30,000 signatures
The group leading efforts to overturn Maryland’s same-sex marriage law in a referendum says it has gathered more than 30,000 petition signatures, more than half the amount needed to place the referendum on the ballot in November. Under Maryland’s election law, 55,736 valid signatures are needed to place the referendum on the ballot. The law requires that one-third of that number be filed with the State Board of Elections by May 31, with the remaining number to be submitted by June 30. “We have been extremely happy with the enthusiastic support of voters to stop the redefinition of marriage in its tracks,” said Derek McCoy of the Maryland Marriage Alliance in a statement. Ray Goldstein, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Board of Elections, said the Alliance had not yet submitted any petitions to the election board. He said he didn’t expect the group to do so until on or shortly before the May 31 deadline for submitting one-third of the required signatures. “We’ve expected those who are opposed to all children having equal protections under the law to gather more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot,” said Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the organization leading the campaign to defeat the referendum and retain the marriage law. “We’ll continue to monitor the signature effort and are preparing for the referendum campaign,” Levin said. Public opinion polls show that Maryland voters are almost evenly divided for and against the same-sex marriage law. The most recent polls show voters in favor of keeping the law outnumber those wishing to overturn it by one or two percentage points. The Maryland Marriage Alliance’s website shows that the group had scheduled more than 60 training sessions for volunteers being recruited to circulate the petitions beginning March 31 and continuing through May 22. Nearly all of the locations for the training sessions were churches or religious-oriented facilities located throughout the state. Among the churches scheduled to host a training session on April 22 was Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., where Rev. Harry Jackson serves as pastor. Jackson led the unsuccessful campaign against D.C.’s same-sex marriage law in 2009.

With D.C. certain to vote overwhelmingly for Obama in the November election, Stein Club president Lateefah Williams said the club plans to recruit LGBT volunteers to work on the Obama campaign in other states, including Virginia. “The club also plans to participate in phone banking at the Democratic National Committee and canvassing in Virginia, a swing state,” Williams said. “This presidential election is very important in terms of continuing the advances that have been made for LGBT rights over the last years,” she said. “The Stein Club is committed to working hard to re-elect President Barack Obama so we continue moving forward.” Williams said Acqunetta Anderson, an official with the Obama campaign in D.C., spoke to the club at its endorsement meeting Monday on how members and supporters can get involved in the campaign.

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Gray makes LGBT picks for Ryan White council
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray administered the oath of office on Tuesday to 35 members of the Metropolitan Washington Regional Ryan White Planning Council, including five gay men and two transgender women he appointed to the Council this month. Congress created Ryan White planning councils to serve in metropolitan regions throughout the country as part of the Ryan White AIDS CARE Act of 1990. The act provides federal funds to cities and states for HIV/AIDS treatment and services programs. The D.C. region includes the District, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The planning councils, among other things, help cities and states decide how to allocate federal AIDS funds to various local and state HIV/AIDS programs. Among the gay members Gray appointed this month was Stephen Bailous, executive vice president of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). Gray named Bailous as chair of the Council. The five gay men and two transgender women were among 18 new members of the council Gray appointed this month. He also reappointed 17 existing members, including six gay male members and two lesbian members. Among those reappointed was lesbian health advocate Patricia Hawkins. Hawkins said the council will have its hands full with work in the coming months, when it must advocate for the interests of the D.C. metropolitan region as Congress begins its process of reauthorizing the Ryan White Act. She said the council will also play a role in overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance reform measure initiated by President Obama.

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Flag football league wraps season
The D.C. Gay Flag Football League wrapped its season on Sunday, as team Tsunami beat Back That Ash Up 38-26 in Super Bowl IV. Tsunami became the first team in league history to go unbeaten as team captain Adam Strasburg won his second straight title. Tsunami advanced to the final after defeating the Purple Pounders 30-6 in the semi-final game. The Pounders, who were sponsored by the Washington Blade, lost several players to injuries but finished third in the league after defeating KGB (Kelly Green) 44-35. “I think the spring 2012 season has been a tremendous success due to the men and women who devote so much time and resources to it,” said Pounders captain Patrick Kozak. “The board and the captains, along with the veterans all work hard to make this an inviting, inclusive and incredibly competitive experience for newcomers.”

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Stein Club endorses Obama
It came as no surprise on Monday night when the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group, voted by acclamation to endorse the reelection of President Barack Obama.

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Gay man elected president of D.C. Young Dems
Quaranta focused on Obama re-election effort
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Running as an insurgent against an opponent who was part of a ninecandidate slate, gay Democratic activist Toby Quaranta won election on May 5, as president of the Young Democrats of the District of Columbia. Quaranta, 28, is an account executive with a company that provides electionrelated services to Democratic members of Congress and a former field organizer for the Human Rights Campaign. He beat Brandon Todd by a vote of 80 to 54. Todd is operations manager for the re-election campaign of D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and a former member of Bowser’s Council staff. “I’m honored and humbled,” Quaranta said in a statement. “I thank all of my supporters and I thank everyone who came out and participated in the election. I look forward to bringing together folks from all eight wards and working with all members of party committees. Quaranta ran in an election in which eight other candidates who won election to officer and board positions for Young Democrats of D.C., including three vice presidents, each backed Todd over him as part of a slate. Seven of the eight candidates ran unopposed. The election was held between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown D.C. Quaranta expressed concern that holding an election on a Saturday morning at a time when many of the city’s college students were busy preparing for final exams would make it difficult for his student supporters to turn out. But when the voting started it became clear that Quaranta, who bills himself as a skilled political organizer, turned out more supporters than Todd. His supporters said they were hopeful that the other officers and board members would work with Quaranta as a team to move the organization forward following a decision last year by the national group, Young Democrats of America, to revoke the D.C. group’s charter and declare invalid the election of all of its officers. Rod Snyder, president of Young Democrats of America, presided over the election on Saturday. Snyder told the Blade YDA revoked its recognition of the D.C. Young Democrats due to “improprieties” related to its officer and board election in April 2011. He said YDA acted after investigating a complaint that the D.C. group did not follow its own constitution and bylaws in carrying out the 2011 election. Snyder said YDA also reviewed an allegation made by the United States Attorney’s Office that the D.C. Young Democrats’ former president in 2008 allegedly helped former D.C. City Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) launder money by accepting a $100,000 wire payment to the D.C. Young Democrats’ account. The former D.C. Young Democrats president, Ayawana Chase, worked on Thomas’s Council staff at the time. Thomas resigned from his Council seat earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to a felony embezzlement charge. He was sentenced to 38 months in jail last week. According to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Thomas arranged for Chase to disburse the $100,000 to another organization, which paid for a “51st State Inaugural Ball” in 2009.

Gay Democratic activist TOBY QUARANTA — a former field organizer for HRC — beat Brandon Todd to become president of the D.C. Young Democrats by a vote of 80 to 54.
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Young Democrats in D.C. to re-elect the president,” he said. The Young Democrats of D.C. and similar groups in other states are recognized as official arms of the D.C. and state Democratic Parties. Most state parties, including D.C.’s Democratic State Committee, include leaders of the Young Democrats as

Latino LGBT center to open in D.C.
Casa Ruby aims to be one-stop community resource
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
A Latino LGBT community services center called Casa Ruby is scheduled to open its doors in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood on June 6, according to transgender activist Ruby Corado, the new center’s founder and director. Corado said the center will operate in a 750-square-foot office space on the lower floor of a converted townhouse at 2822 Georgia Ave., N.W. She said the rented office comes with additional outdoor patio space in the rear of the building, which is located a few blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station. “It’s going to be an LGBT center with a primary focus on Latinos, which is the population that I have been working with,” said Corado, a native Spanish speaker. “But it’s open to everybody.” Corado said the city’s existing LGBT Community Center on the 1300 block of U Street, N.W., has been welcoming to the LGBT Latino community. But similar to most other LGBT groups in the D.C. metropolitan area, Corado said the existing center lacks Spanish speaking staff or volunteers. She said a sizable number of LGBT Latinos in the area aren’t established Casa Ruby as a project of Latinos En Accion, an LGBT organization she helped to found several years ago as a non-profit corporation with a 501 C (3) tax-exempt status. Under the structure of the new center, supporters can make tax deductable donations, she said. Supporters of the center have already donated interior design services and furniture, computers and a flat-screen TV. She said Casa Ruby will host a grand opening reception at the center starting at noon on June 6. She is hopeful that Mayor Vincent Gray will be among the notables attending the opening ceremony. “I’m using my life savings to sustain this project for the next year,” said Corado. “I’m doing it because I believe there is a need for it and we can make a difference for the community we’re all a part of.” She added, “I want to repeat that although the primary focus is with Latinos, it’s for everybody. That’s why I call it Casa Ruby because many people know me. And I want people to know that it’s a home for everybody.” Mariner said the D.C. Center’s effort to seek a larger space in the city’s Reeves Municipal Building less than a block from its current office moved ahead when it submitted its formal bid for the new space. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” he said. The center is being forced to leave its current space in 2013, when the building in which it’s located will be razed to make way for a new hotel.

The exterior of Casa Ruby, which RUBY CORADO says will be named for her because she wants it to feel like a home.
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fluent in English. “Right now there is nothing for the Latino LGBT community that is run by LGBT Latinos,” Corado said. According to Corado, each of the new center’s five-member volunteer staff will be fluent in English and Spanish. David Mariner, executive director of the LGBT Community Center on U Street, said the Latino GLBT History Project rents office space at the center and other LGBT Latino groups have used the center’s space for various activities. He said the center doesn’t have the resources at the present time to hire a Spanish speaking staff person. “I love Ruby and look forward to working with her,” Mariner said. Among other things, Corado said she envisions Casa Ruby as a one-stop

community service center for Latino LGBT people that will provide support and referrals to other service providers on such matters as immigration issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, counseling, employment services and HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Corado said she decided to use her name for the center’s title to create an atmosphere of support and comfort and a place where people can socialize as well as seek services. “I want this to this to sort of be a home,” she said. “I want them to feel this is their place. If they don’t have anything out there for their needs like a place to stay I want them to come and I will help them find that.” Corado said she used her own personal funds to secure the lease and finance the start-up of the center. She said she

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Colorado House Speaker, Republican FRANK MCNULTY, closed the legislative session with a filibuster killing 30 bills, blaming an impasse on Civil Unions.
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N.C. voters approve anti-gay amendment
Sweeping measure adds marriage ban to state constitution
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday approved a sweeping anti-gay amendment that made a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution in addition to jeopardizing other rights for gay couples. The Associated Press called the race in the favor of the anti-gay measure, known as Amendment One, shortly after 9 p.m. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. According to early results, 61 percent of voters in North Carolina voted in favor of the amendment while 39 percent voted against it. Same-sex marriage is already barred by statute in North Carolina. But the amendment not only makes that ban part of the state constitution, it prohibits civil unions, interferes with domestic partner benefits offered by municipalities and threatens contractual arrangements between samesex partners. The amendment’s restrictions on domestic partner benefits will likely be contested in court. The vote on the amendment took place on the same day as the North Carolina primary, but the measure drew more attention than the presidential race because Mitt Romney has already become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. National LGBT groups expressed disappointment with the passage of the amendment. The vote makes North Carolina the 30th state with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, expressed disappointment, but characterized the vote as a temporary setback. “The passage of Amendment One is a heartbreaking loss for families in North Carolina, but will not stop us in the march toward full equality,” Solmonese said. “As the country continues to move in the direction of marriage equality, our opponents have cynically interrupted the important conversations taking place which lead to increased understanding and acceptance.” According to HRC, the organization spent just over $500,000 in the effort against Amendment One in three ways: HRC North Carolina PAC has funneled about $240,000 to the campaign; HRC itself gave about $60,000 in cash; and the group contributed about $200,000 in in-kind expenditures that was mostly staff time. The Obama campaign also weighed in after the passage of the amendment with a statement from an official in North Carolina. Cameron French, North Carolina press secretary for Obama for America, said the president is “disappointed” by the passage of Amendment One. “The president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples,” French said. “He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it. President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. On a federal level, he has ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.” Several other national LGBT groups made no direct contributions to the campaign. Freedom to Marry made no donations to the campaign as it directed $3 million in funds to battles in other states: Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Washington. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, emphasized his organization’s contributions to efforts to block the amendment from coming to the ballot. “Freedom to Marry contributed to the effort to block the amendment in the legislature and offered messaging strategy and research to the campaign,” Wolfson said. “We also sent several alerts to our supporters urging them to donate directly to the campaign, even as we are deeply engaged in the lift to win ballot battles in three other states, are working to override the veto in New Jersey, and successfully led the fight to hold the freedom to marry in New Hampshire.” Gill Action Fund also made no direct contributions, according to the most recent campaign disclosure records. The organization didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Prior to the vote, former President Bill Clinton recorded a robocall urging North Carolina residents to oppose Amendment One. According to the campaign against Amendment One, the Clinton robocall went out to 500,000 likely voters in North Carolina. “If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage,” Clinton says on the call. “What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs. If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened. And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk.”
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Colorado GOP kills civil unions bill
DENVER — Rather than allow a civil unions bill to reach a floor vote Tuesday, GOP leadership in the Republican-controlled Colorado House ended the legislative session for the year, effectively leaving 30 bills dead in the water, in what the Denver Post called “a dramatic game of political chicken.” Though advocates believe the bill — which had already passed the state Senate — had enough votes to pass with bipartisan support, and was guaranteed signature by Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper, Speaker Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) announced that negotiations on the bill had reached an impasse. This brought an end to the session with no vote on civil unions.

Rocker Gabel announces gender transition
NEW YORK — Fans of punk rock quartet Against Me! have come to know the prolific front man as Tom Gabel, but when the band goes on tour with the Cult later this month, Gabel will be taking the stage as Laura Jane Grace. Grace — who is married with a 2-year-old child, and plans to remain married to her wife — came out as transgender in Rolling Stone magazine this week, and says she plans to begin undergoing hormone therapy soon. “Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame,” Grace tells the magazine.

Travolta sued by two massage therapists
HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood icon John Travolta — who has been dogged by gay rumors for decades — is being sued by two anonymous male massage therapists for sexual battery, according to the New York Daily News, stemming from incidents that allegedly took place in January in Atlanta and Beverly Hills. Both masseurs claim the “Pulp Fiction” star groped them during massage sessions and are seeking $2 million in damages. “This second ‘anonymous’ claim is just as absurd and ridiculous as the first one,” Travolta’s lawyer Marty Singer told the Daily News, claiming the actor was nowhere near the Los Angeles area on the date the alleged first incident took place.

‘Wild Things’ author Sendak dies at 83
DANBURY, Conn. — The gay author and illustrator of one of the most cherished children’s books of all time, Maurice Sendak, died Tuesday at 83, according to the New York Times. His best known creation, “Where the Wild Things Are,” a book that captured the imaginations of two generations of children, was recently made into a full-length live action feature, and received children’s literature’s highest honor, the Caldecott Award. Sendak came out to the New York Times in 2008 after his partner of 50 years died in 2007. At the time, he told the paper that he wrote the book ‘Bumble-ardy’ while his partner was dying in order to “save” himself.

San Diego names street after Harvey Milk
SAN DIEGO — Believed to be a first in American history, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to rename Blaine Avenue in the historically gay neighborhood of Hillcrest after the gay civil rights pioneer, Harvey Milk, who was gunned down in 1978 while serving as San Francisco city supervisor. Gay council member Todd Gloria — who represents the neighborhood where the street will be renamed — introduced the measure with bipartisan support.

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Duncan backs marriage equality
Education secretary joins ‘drumbeat’ of officials speaking out
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday he supports gay couples being able to legally marry at a time when administration officials’ position on the issue has come under greater scrutiny. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Mark Halperin asked Duncan whether he believes “same-sex men and women should be able to get legally married in the United States.” The secretary’s response was succinct: “Yes, I do.” Asked whether he’s ever articulated that support before, Duncan replied he doesn’t believe anyone has asked him publicly before about his marriage position. On the program, Halperin said he intends to ask all administration officials who come on the show whether they favor marriage rights for gay couples. Duncan’s remarks make him the second Cabinet secretary to come out for samesex marriage. In November, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Shaun Donovan became the first public official to announce support for marriage equality. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said Duncan’s response “adds him to the drumbeat” of administration officials who’ve expressed support for same-sex marriage. “Like Vice President Biden, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, former Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Laura Bush, and the majority of Americans, Secretary Duncan knows that loving and committed gay couples seek the freedom to marry for the same mix of reasons as other couples: to make a vow to one another, to share life with the person they love, and to protect their families,” Duncan said. “Standing up for the freedom to marry is not just the right thing to do, it’s the right thing politically, and it’s time for the president to stand on the right side of history.” The president himself has yet to articulate support for same-sex marriage. In October 2010, Obama said in response to a question from AMERICAblog’s Joe Sudbay that he could evolve to support marriage equality. However, the president has yet to announce support for marriage equality. The secretary’s comments come the day after Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” he’s “absolutely comfortable” with the idea of married gay couples having the “same exact rights” as straight couples, which was reported by many media outlets as an endorsement of same-sex marriage. Biden’s office has said his comments weren’t anything new and the vice president is evolving on the issue like President Obama.

House panel rejects LGBT inclusion in bill
Amendments to Violence Against Women Act fail
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
A Republican-controlled House panel beat back measures on Tuesday that would have made LGBT protections part of legislation aiming to extend federal authorization for domestic violence programs. The House Judiciary Committee voted down several measures that would have made the House version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization LGBT-inclusive. One amendment that was offered by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) — voted down on a 14-18 vote — would have prohibited domestic violence programs receiving funds under VAWA from discriminating against someone based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. “The Violence Against Women Act needs to be an inclusive bill that covers all of today’s families, whether those families are composed of a man and a woman, or two women or two men, and that’s why I’m offering this amendment,” said Polis, who’s gay. Polis continued, “It doesn’t say anything about a particular lifestyle that members of the committee may not agree personally agree with. It simply says the law needs to be applied equally.” Prior to the vote on the amendment, anti-gay Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) voiced opposition, saying other characteristics such as race and sex are immutable, but sexual orientation and gender identity are “self-professed” identifications. “I also make the point that this is supposed to be the Violence Against Women Act,” King said. “Even though that is the case and that needs to be the subject of this discussion; we still are bringing up the subject of sexual orientation and gender identity when people no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity are covered under this bill.” King called for more data that LGBT non-discrimination protections are needed for domestic violence programs and said other vehicles would be more appropriate for dealing with this bias other than the Violence Against Women Act. But Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) responded by saying the committee shouldn’t be “in the business of limiting” protections that would be afforded under the legislation. Another amendment came from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that would have explicitly included the LGBT community in VAWA’s “STOP Grant Program.” It was voted down along party lines by a 12-15 vote. “With this addition, STOP grant recipients would be able to offer programs to target members of the LGBT community who are not otherwise being served,” Nadler said. “This would not be a requirement of any STOP grant recipient, but would allow entities to use STOP grants for this purpose if they so choose.” The “STOP Grant Program” is the largest program funded under the law and provides funding to care providers who collaborate with prosecution and law enforcement officials to address domestic violence. Yet another amendment from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) would have explicitly included sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the underserved groups protected under VAWA. Like the others, the measure was voted down on a partyline basis, 13-16. In his remarks introducing the amendment, Quigley criticized the House version of VAWA reauthorization for not going far enough to protect LGBT victims of domestic violence as well as other groups. “Domestic violence affects people from all walks of life, whether they are gay, straight,

Gay Rep. JARED POLIS proposed an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that was defeated.
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immigrants or tribal members,” Quigley said. “Everyone deserves to be protected. Sadly the bill being considered by the committee today fails to meet the mark.” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) voiced opposition in particular to the Quigley amendment, saying “there is little data” to support the need for “special protected status” for LGBT people. “There’s nothing under current federal law to prevent LGBT victims of domestic violence from receiving federal resources and services,” Smith said. The House version of VAWA aims to extend programs authorized under the existing law — first enacted in 1994 — to

assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. But civil rights groups have criticized the House version of the bill for not going far enough and failing to provide explicit protections for minorities, including LGBT people. Data exists showing 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.

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Transgender A.U. student leader finds acceptance
Fellow students, Delaware governor embrace Sarah McBride’s transition
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. lchibbaro@washblade.com
Sarah McBride says she loves politics and loves her home state of Delaware. A native of Wilmington, McBride, 21, has been active in Delaware politics since the age of 13 and worked on the 2008 election campaign of Gov. Jack Markell (D). When Markell won the Democratic primary in September 2008, he and his wife Carla invited McBride to introduce the future governor on the stage where he delivered his victory speech. All of that, McBride points out, unfolded around Tim McBride, the person she informed her fellow students at American University last week that she had officially transitioned from. “For my entire life, I’ve wrestled with my gender identity,” she wrote in a May 1 op-ed column in the Eagle, American University’s student newspaper. “It was only after the experiences of this year that I was able to come to terms with what had been my deepest secret: I’m transgender.” In an interview with the Blade this week, McBride said she’s known as long as she can remember that her true gender was that of a female. But she suppressed taking action on that realization out of fear that her longstanding desire to become active in politics and eventually run for public office would be jeopardized if she changed her gender, she said. “For the longest time my only ambition was to become an elected official and to change the world through that,” she told the Blade. “Those goals and those dreams sort of went hand in hand.” Tim McBride advanced that goal shortly after beginning as a freshman political science student at American University in 2009. With political experience gained in Delaware as a backdrop, McBride won election to the A.U. student senate before winning election last year as president of the A.U. student government. She submitted her op-ed column to the Eagle on the day after her term as student president ended and, upon completion of her junior year this spring, with one year to go before her graduation in June 2013. In the column she noted that she came out as transgender to her parents and closest friends during the winter recess this year. “Today is the next day of the life I’ve already had, but at the same time, the first day of the life I always knew I wanted to lead,” she said in the column. “Starting on Saturday, I will present as my true self. Going forward, I ask that you use female pronouns (she/her) and my chosen name, Sarah.” In an interview with the Blade on

‘For my entire life, I’ve wrestled with my gender identity,’ SARAH MCBRIDE wrote in a May 1 op-ed column in American University’s student newspaper.
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Wednesday, McBride said the response on campus has been overwhelmingly positive. “I always knew that I went to an inclusive and accepting school,” she said. “But the outpouring of love and support was so far beyond my expectations. I’ve never been prouder to go to A.U.” She added, “And I really do hope this experience for our campus is not a blip on the gossip mill. I hope it’s an opportunity to raise awareness for a sustained inclusion and awareness of trans students.” McBride said she considers herself privileged coming from a supportive, upper-income family that had the means to send her to a supportive university in the nation’s capital. Many transgender young people encounter far less supportive families and face discrimination and prejudice at every turn. Among her goals is to work with the transgender and LGBT community to fight discrimination. She said her dreams to advance that goal by becoming involved in electoral politics in her home state were

boosted in March when she came out to Gov. Markell and his wife, First Lady Carla Markell. “They were incredible,” she said. “They were amazing. “They’re two of the best people I know and beyond my parents they are some of my biggest mentors and supporters. When I told them it was unconditional love from them. They said they were just as proud of me and that they were there for me 100 percent.” She said other political leaders in the state have been similarly supportive. Although as Tim McBride and now as Sarah she has been known as a loyal Democratic Party activist, McBride said, “All of the active Republicans I know have sent me messages of love and support as well.” McBride said she has accumulated enough college credits to spend the fall semester working as an intern with the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, where she hopes to help the organization elect openly LGBT people to public office throughout the country, including two openly gay candidates running for office

in Delaware. She would complete her senior year at A.U. next spring. She’s considering law school or graduate school sometime in the future, with politics still on the horizon. “This entire experience has taught me that the goal of changing the world is a good goal,” she said, adding that seeking to become an elected official should be a means rather than an end to “improving and changing your community and your world...So that’s sort of been my readjustment of my life in terms of my dreams and my ambitions.” Among those who have helped guide and mentor her in the process of transitioning has been Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, McBride said. “She’s going to be a real powerhouse in whatever she does,” Keisling told the Blade. “She’s very politically savvy, very politically connected. I’m very excited not only that she’s transitioning but she’s transitioning with a real strong sense of social justice and political acumen.”

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Obama makes history, endorses marriage equality
President ends 19-month evolution; Romney says he opposes civil unions
By CHRIS JOHNSON cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama ended his 19-month long evolution on the issue of extending marriage rights to gay couples on Wednesday when he voiced support for marriage equality. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama endorsed marriage equality after he said he’s “stood on the side of broader equality for the LGBT community,” but “hesitated” on same-sex marriage because he thought “civil unions would be sufficient.” “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people the word marriage evokes very powerful traditions,” Obama said. But after conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and discussions with his wife and daughters, Obama said he “just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” The president maintained his views are a personal position, and he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue of same-sex marriage on their own. LGBT groups praised Obama for becoming the first sitting president to support same-sex marriage as he heads toward the general election. Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said Obama “made history” by “boldly stating” gay Americans are entitled to equal rights and that those equal rights can only come through marriage. “His presidency has shown that our nation can move beyond its shameful history of discrimination and injustice,” Solmonese said. “In him, millions of young Americans have seen that their futures will not be limited by what makes them different. In supporting marriage equality, President Obama extends that message of hope to a generation of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, helping them understand that they too can be who they are and flourish as part of the American community.” GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney quickly responded to the president’s announcement. “I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender and I don’t favor civil unions if they’re identical to marriage other than by name,” Romney said. In a sense, Obama’s support for samesex marriage returns him to a position he stated on the issue in 1996 when running to become an Illinois state senator. In a questionnaire response to what is now the Windy City Times, Obama expressed support for same-sex marriage years before any state in the country legalized it. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” Obama wrote in a typed letter with his signature at the bottom. But that support for same-sex marriage vanished when Obama pursued higher office. In the 2008 election, Obama ran for president saying he supported civil unions as the way to extend legal protections to gay couples. Then-candidate Obama articulated his views on marriage in August 2008 during a forum with pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church, who has been criticized by the LGBT community for his support of California’s Proposition 8. “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama said. “Now, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” The situation changed in October 2010. Obama said during an interview with progressive bloggers in response to a question from AMERICAblog’s Joe Sudbay that “attitudes evolve, including mine,” suggesting his views could change to support marriage equality. But for 19 months the evolution continued. The Washington Blade repeatedly asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if Obama had completed his evolution, why he continues to withhold support for marriage equality and when the evolution would come to an end. Virtually every time, Carney responded that he didn’t have any updates to the Blade inquiries. In June 2010, Obama’s views on marriage made headlines again when New York was set to legalize same-sex marriage and Obama was going to appear at a high-profile LGBT fundraiser. Asked about his views on marriage when New York last year legalized same-sex marriage during a news conference, the president said he wasn’t going to make news. That was the same line he gave most recently when asked about the subject in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “I’m not going to make news in this publication,” Obama said. “I’ve made clear that the issue of fairness and justice and equality for the LGBT community is very important to me. And I haven’t just talked about it, I’ve acted on it.” Even though the president had withheld support for marriage equality, Obama has spoken out through a campaign spokesperson against anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives pending before voters in Minnesota and North Carolina, which was approved by voters Tuesday. Obama’s announced support for marriage equality comes after the vote in that state. The president’s endorsement of samesex marriage comes as the media have given greater scrutiny to his views and the seeming contradiction of not supporting same-sex marriage, but supporting equal rights for LGBT people. On Sunday during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Vice President Joe Biden said he’s “absolutely comfortable” with married gay couples having the “exact same rights” as straight couples. Media outlets and bloggers reported that Biden’s comments were an endorsement of same-sex marriage and that the vice president had become the highest-ranking official to support marriage rights for gay couples. But the vice president’s office issued a clarification immediately afterward saying Biden, like Obama, is still “evolving” on same-sex marriage. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced a barrage of questions on Biden’s remarks and Obama’s views on same-sex marriage. “I think the president is the right person to describe his own personal views,” Carney said, “He, as you know, said that his views on this were evolving, and I don’t have an update for you on that.”

Obama changed his mind on marriage months ago: officials
President Obama reached the conclusion that same-sex couples should be able to legally marry months before he made his announcement Wednesday, according to senior administration officials who spoke to the Blade. Obama came to the new position supporting same-sex marriage several months ago and planned to make an announcement before the Democratic National Convention takes place this fall. Officials couldn’t point to an exact day when the president finished evolving, but said it was sometime in the last few months. Obama didn’t plan to make the announcement this week, but after the explosion of attention to the issue following Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks in favor of same-sex marriage on Sunday, the White House decided to make the completed evolution public. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they wanted the president to be out front announcing his support for same-sex marriage. Whether Obama will be involved in legislative efforts to advance same-sex marriage in the future — such as a potential effort next year in Illinois, which he represented in the U.S. Senate — is hard to predict. Officials said Obama continues to believe marriage is a states issue. The announcement came the day after North Carolina voted in favor of a sweeping anti-gay amendment barring same-sex marriage and threatening domestic partner benefits. Officials pointed to a statement the campaign issued decrying the measure and said the timing of Obama’s announcement shouldn’t diminish its historic nature. Officials said Obama would vote to uphold and advance marriage equality in states like Maine, Washington and Maryland — where voters will face or will likely face the issue at the polls this fall — but maintained the president isn’t launching a national marriage equality campaign with his announcement, and marriage hasn’t become the No. 1 issue in the presidential election. They said it’s unclear whether Obama will face political backlash in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania as a result of his support, but acknowledged it might help and hurt him with some voters. Officials wouldn’t say whether Obama backs the idea of including an endorsement of same-sex marriage in the Democratic Party platform, which the platform committee will hammer out this fall, but said the announcement may simplify that process. Additionally, officials said the endorsement of marriage has no impact on the decision not to issue at this time an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. They also wouldn’t say whether Obama’s new position means he would sign marriage legislation legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country if it reached his desk, saying Congress is unlikely to pass such a bill anytime soon and Obama believes marriage remains an issue for states to decide. Obama is arguably returning to a position on marriage he held in 1996. While running for a seat in the Illinois state Senate, Obama said in a questionnaire response to what is now the Windy City Times that he supports same-sex marriage, writing, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” The officials declined to comment on the 16-year-old questionnaire response, but reiterated that Obama has been evolving on the issue and now personally supports same-sex marriage.

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The Den opens its doors to LGBT youth
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) opened its doors to The Den, Baltimore’s all-volunteer LGBTQ Youth Center, on May 5 after two years of planning. According to the organization’s website (thedenbaltimore. org), “The Den will serve as a safe space

for Baltimore’s LGBTQ adolescents and young adults ages 13-24 with reliable, culturally competent, high quality services that will aid in their social, physical, mental, scholastic and career development.” Kalima Young, a professor and activist, is chair of the steering committee for The Den. “It is critical that we make youth a priority in the LGBTQ movement,” Young said. “For far too long LGBTQ youth have suffered from our unwillingness as adults to address structural issues such

as poverty, classicism, racism and sexism in the LGBTQ community that directly impacts where and how youth experience the LGBTQ community.” Prior to May 5, The Den was set up as a roving project that offered safe events at various venues for young people. Now it has a home at the GLCCB’s Chase Street building. On opening day, 25 youth and volunteers showed up to help create a float for the Pride Parade in Baltimore. The Den will continue to be open on Saturdays

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from 1-3 p.m. leading up to Pride to work on the float. Also, every other month on Saturdays the community may join in the steering committee meetings. “With The Den opening its doors on May 5, we are hoping to take that first step in Baltimore to address these structural challenges,” Young explained. “The Den will provide a space for youth throughout the city to establish healthy relationships with their peers, experience safe mentorship with adults, receive access to competent mental and physical health screenings, access tutoring help when needed and experience social and cultural enrichment opportunities. All of these services are designed to support and strengthen the next generation of LGBTQ youth in Baltimore.” Fusion Partnerships is the sponsor for The Den. They are currently raising funds to hire a coordinator.

There are so many surprises for families in Baltimore, even the most energetic kids have a hard time keeping up. You can take them to the dolphin show and the new jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium. Then explore dinosaurs at the Maryland Science Center. If they’re not too tuckered out, they can meet the polar bears at the Maryland Zoo, climb a three-story tree house at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, get up close and personal with pop culture icons at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum or ride the rails at the B&O Railroad Museum. To receive your free Baltimore LGBT Visitor Guide call 1-87 7-Bal imore or visit Bal imore.org / lgb .

Chase Brexton hires new leader
The Chase Brexton Health Services board of directors last week announced that Richard Larison will begin as CEO on July 15. A senior health care executive with more than 27 years of experience, Larison brings with him a portfolio of leadership experiences in both domestic and international health care, according to a Chase Brexton announcement. He comes to Chase Brexton from Johns Hopkins Medicine International, where he is currently CEO for Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama City, Panama. He led the American Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has also worked in Bangladesh and India, at Apollo Hospitals and in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the MD Anderson Cancer Network. “After conducting an extensive search reviewing many excellent candidates, the search committee has found the perfect leader for Chase Brexton,” said Guy Van Tiggelen, president of the Chase Brexton board. “We are excited about our future and thrilled to have Mr. Larison at the helm as we believe his experience and commitment match the exceptional qualities of Chase Brexton Health Services.” Chase Brexton is expected to move its Mt. Vernon headquarters and clinic into updated facilities in 2013 at the Monumental Life Building purchased in 2011 under the interim leadership of Dan Neumeister. Neumeister will continue as interim CEO until Larison’s arrival in July. Chase Brexton Health Services has served the LGBT community since 1978, providing a range of clinical services from primary medical care to behavioral health services to pharmacy, among others. It currently operates four centers located in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Talbot County. For more information visit ChaseBrexton.org.

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ERIKA JONES, CHEVEE’ CRAFTON, DIONNE JOHNSON and YAKIMA RICH star in Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of ‘Ruined,’ running through June 3.

‘Ruined’ continues at Fells Point Corner Theatre
Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 South Ann St.) is presenting its production of “Ruined,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, this weekend and throughout the month. The play, which opened May 4, follows Mama Nadi, a businesswoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as she shelters women during the Civil War. The show runs through June 3 with performances on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $12. There will be two performances on May 24 and 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit fpct.org.

Charm City Roller Girls battle Nashville rivals
The Charm City Roller Girls, a local roller derby league, have a bout on Saturday at DuBurns Arena (1301 S. Ellwood Ave.) from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The CCRG Female Trouble will be making their 2012 debut when they take on the Salisbury Rollergirls. Immediately following that bout, the CCRG All Stars, ranked third on the East Coast, will be taking on the Nashville Rollergirls, ranked third in their region. Tickets to the bout are $12 for adult general admission, $5 for children under 12 general admission and $25 for VIP. For more information on the Charm City Roller Girls and to purchase tickets, visit charmcityrollergirls.com.

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Romney. But bold leadership is what we should expect from our elected officials. Romney can’t decide whether to wear jeans or roll up his sleeves during campaign stops without consulting a pollster. Obama’s brave decision this week again exposes Romney for the weak, unprincipled flip-flopper that even the most loyal Republican voters know him to be. Yes, Obama should have done it sooner — preferably before North Carolina voters decided Tuesday to enshrine discrimination in their constitution. He shouldn’t have let his own vice president and Cabinet members get in front of him on the issue. And this surely wasn’t planned. Vice President Joe Biden’s unexpected marriage endorsement on Sunday, followed by all the laughable efforts at damage control by the campaign and the White House press secretary forced Obama’s hand. But none of that matters now. For the first time, we have a sitting president unafraid to say publicly what we all assumed he believed privately — that same-sex couples deserve the rights of marriage. Kudos to Obama for not waiting until after the election — or until after he leaves office — to make this announcement. Too many public officials, including President Clinton and Vice President Dick Cheney, have waited until they left office to announce their support of marriage equality. Not exactly profiles in courage. But Obama is different. He’s deliberate and contemplative and, yes, he sometimes takes a while to make a decision, but once it’s made he communicates and leads. That’s what a president ought to do. And now politicians from both parties can point to Obama’s precedent-setting leadership and announce their own support. Can Hillary Clinton and other sitting Cabinet members be far behind? Obama’s announcement will inspire others who have remained quiet allies to come out in full support of LGBT equality. Obama’s decision certainly means that support for marriage equality will become the default position of Democratic presidential nominees going forward. Who could have foreseen this moment just 20 years ago? President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act and bragged about it in campaign radio ads. John Kerry, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and other Democratic contenders took gay money and votes while cynically delivering nothing more than lip service to our issues. President Bush used marriage as a wedge issue in 2004 and called for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in his State of the Union Address. Then Obama came along and promised change and boy did he deliver this week. But let’s not be lulled into complacency by this historic moment. It’s not the end of the road for the LGBT movement, but rather a promising new beginning. This question of will-he-or-won’t-he has sucked too much oxygen from the movement and so we must now move on to other pressing issues, like barring discrimination against LGBT workers in both the public and private sectors. Not everyone wants to get married, but everyone has to work. Obama should sign an executive order barring workplace bias against LGBT employees of federal contractors. And Congress needs to revive the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has languished since the 1970s. The road ahead is long, but the LGBT movement took a huge leap forward this week. LGBT voters should line up and fight to ensure President Obama’s re-election.

Kevin Naff is editor of Washington Blade and can be reached at knaff@washblade.com.

President Obama shocked the political establishment this week by completing his 19-month “evolution” and publicly endorsing marriage equality. “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” (Obama made the remarks to ABC News’ Robin Roberts, an interesting choice for the interview given she has long battled rumors of being a closeted lesbian.) It was a bold statement for Obama to make during what will undoubtedly be a close general election contest against Mitt

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Now that Harry Thomas Jr. has resigned in disgrace, pled guilty to felonies, and is trying to wrangle a nicer prison cell, it is clear that Tim Day has killed a giant.
accountant was right: upon federal investigation (which might never have happened but for Tim Day’s persistence), it turns out the Harry Thomas Jr. was using city funds not to help poor children play sports but to buy himself an Audi, among other toys. Now that Harry Thomas Jr. has resigned in disgrace, pled guilty to felonies, and is trying to wrangle a nicer prison cell, it is clear that Tim Day, once mocked for tilting at windmills, has actually killed a giant. In a divided field, Day stands out for his command of the issues. The Washington Post, which would not normally notice if a Democrat grew fangs and started sucking blood out of taxpayers, looked at the field and endorsed Day. The Victory Fund has put its support behind him as well with an endorsement. We at Log Cabin Republicans are proud of Tim Day not simply because he’s a member of our chapter, but because he’s a good man. We could use an accountant on the Council. He’d be at once an asset to the taxpayers of D.C. and a liability to Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown and the other denizens of the Wilson Building — an unassisted double play. Don Quixote may kill another giant if he wins in Ward Five. We heartily endorse Tim Day.

Mike Hubbard is a board member of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin. Reach him at mike.hubbard@ dclogcabin.org or @mikeahub. Robert Turner is president of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans. Reach him at robert.turner@dclogcabin. org or @DCBigPappa on Twitter.

More than a century and a half ago, Ivan Turgenev explained that individuals tended to be either Hamlet or Don Quixote. A Hamlet, for all his intelligence, is too stuck on himself to do much good in the world. Even if there were threatening giants, Hamlet is too glibly ironic to fight them. At the other extreme is Don Quixote. As opposed to the self-centered Hamlet, Quixote selflessly throws himself into battle, even if he’s only tilting at windmills. In all the best senses of the character, Tim Day is a Quixote, and we are honored to endorse him for D.C. Council. Every nonconformist is said to march

to the beat of a different drummer, but Day will see your nonconformity and raise you two more. A Republican in a Democratic town, gay and black in the party known for being straight and white, an accountant in a land of lawyers and lobbyists — he has worn out enough drummers that he deserves his own marching band. When he first ran for the Council in 2010, most people told him that it was quixotic. Who could take down Harry Thomas Jr., son of three-term Council member Harry Thomas Sr., and who had outraised all his challengers 10 to one? But Day was used to thankless tasks. As

an accountant, Day knew that Thomas had liabilities. Further, Day had the two greatest assets one can have: the truth and the courage to tell it when it was unpopular. Despite getting trash literally thrown at him and having to clean up vandalism done to his home, Day stood his ground. He patiently laid out the case that his opponent was a crook, but Harry Thomas Jr. comfortably won the election. Plenty of people would have been content to go back to daily life after such a defeat. But Day continued to raise questions about Harry Thomas’s earmarks for his nonprofit, Team Thomas, which seemed to be a slush fund. The

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Candidate is longtime supporter of LGBT rights Ward 5 needs an effective Council member who they trust now more than ever. Kenyan McDuffie is the best person to fulfill that task.
While Hunter says he has changed his views, our rights are too important to entrust to someone who has not always been supportive of those rights. It is very important to have someone who we know, without a shadow of a doubt, will protect our rights. Kenyan McDuffie is that person. Kenyan has committed to support key LGBT initiatives. In his questionnaire for the Stein Club, Kenyan expressed support for a comprehensive strategy to address hate crimes, providing critical funding support to LGBT social service organizations, and programs that help LGBT youth find “safe housing, healthcare, and meaningful paths out of homelessness.” Ward 5 needs an effective Council member who they trust now more than ever. Kenyan McDuffie is the best person to fulfill that task. His endorsements by the Stein Club, the overwhelming majority of the labor community, DC for Democracy and the Sierra Club, among other organizations, demonstrate his viability as a candidate and his ability to rally support. Now we must all help to rally support and ensure that Kenyan McDuffie is elected as the Ward 5 Council member on May 15.

Lateefah Williams is president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.

Kenyan McDuffie is the type of leader that Ward 5 needs. He is intelligent, he has key experience in diverse matters from public safety to public policy, and he is a staunch supporter of the LGBT community. These are some of the reasons that Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, D.C.’s largest LGBT political organization, endorsed Kenyan McDuffie for Ward 5 Council. These traits are also why I personally support Kenyan McDuffie, as well. This special election is important to the direction of Ward 5 and the District as a whole. It is important to get someone who can hit the ground running. Kenyan

is that person. He has worked as a policy adviser to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice and as a civil rights attorney for the Department of Justice. His experience makes him the ideal person to ensure the safety of the LGBT community and to ensure that our community’s civil and human rights are respected. As president of the Stein Club, I have had numerous opportunities to see Kenyan interact with our community.

He is a Stein Club member, a Human Rights Campaign member and he interacts with ease when engaging with the LGBT community. He unequivocally supported marriage equality when he ran for Council in 2010. His key opponent, Delano Hunter, opposed marriage equality in 2010, supported a voter referendum, and did not object to the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage producing ads on his behalf.

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Graham’s budget idea unpopular, returning focus to later bar hours

Booze tax hike bombs, food truck tax finalized
Washington Post city hall reporter Tim Craig shot out a Twitter message last week declaring that Graham’s proposal was all but dead. “It appears it took less than a day for hospitality industry to severely undermine, if not already kill, proposed booze tax,” Craig Tweeted. The news followed release of a media advisory by D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, a member of the Council committee overseeing alcoholic beverage issues chaired by Graham, clarifying that his vote approving the committee report deferring to the full Council consideration of Graham’s alcohol tax recommendation did not represent an endorsement of the tax hike. Brown indicated that he only intended to allow it to proceed for further review and discussion. Seats on the bandwagon of opposition to Graham’s proposed alcohol tax increase were growing scarce as both Council Chair Kwame Brown and Council member Jack Evans, who chairs the Finance and Revenue Committee that reviews tax proposals, restated their reluctance to further raise taxes — a sentiment shared by colleagues. Mayor Gray took to the airwaves affirming his proposal to extend alcohol service and pledging to push for its passage. The mayor recently told Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr., “there are those who say let’s make this a kind of city that has a global and international feel.” Support for the proposal among gay bar owners is nearly universal, mirroring similar endorsement by all hospitality establishments — including those not planning to remain open later. Hospitality and tourism organizations, and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, have urged the Council to approve the service extension option. With the focus now shifting to the looming dilemma of how to balance the District budget without additional sales tax revenues generated by extended alcohol service, Council member David Catania publicly suggested that the mayor’s proposal could be implemented “on a temporary basis and see what the ramifications are,” adding that if the negative consequences feared by opponents “come to fruition, we could revisit” the policy. Last week the D.C. Council approved legislation to require mobile food vendors to collect and pay the standard 10 percent sales tax assessed on restaurants. Beginning Oct. 1, food trucks and other mobile food vendors with sales greater than $3,750 per quarter will pay the regular sales tax. Any vendors with sales less than the quarterly threshold will pay the current baseline flat fee of $375 for the period. The new sales tax policy, supported by restaurants as a matter of fairness in creating a “level playing field” between mobile and inline businesses, was initially opposed by the food truck industry. The D.C. Food Truck Association (DCFTA) later supported the tax proposal when unsuccessful in leveraging its imposition for expedited action on pending operating regulations and once minor administrative issues were resolved. The effect on street food pricing will likely vary, with some vendors expected to simply add the tax to sales while others increase prices to maintain “rounded dollar” amounts for change-making convenience. Unresolved are pending new regulations governing food truck operation, use of public space and allowable street concentration. The city is currently reviewing the substantive comments filed in response to proposed regulations during a recent and second round of public input. It is anticipated that the draft regulations will require further revision in order to comply with a 2009 D.C. law stipulating that all mobile vendors, when selling on public streets, operate from designated spots assigned for their use. The likely challenge will be determining how specified locations are assigned and shared among truck vendors.

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

D.C. Council member Jim Graham’s renegade proposal for a near-quadrupling or more of the District excise tax on alcohol seems to have enjoyed a shelf life roughly equivalent to that of a bottle of vodka during happy hour at a gay bar. Graham had schemed the tax increase idea as a replacement revenue source to justify his ill-advised opposition to Mayor Vincent Gray’s FY 2013 budget proposal to generate additional sales tax revenue resulting from a modest one-hour extension in the maximum allowable alcohol service time at the city’s restaurants, bars and hotels. The additional funds are needed to eliminate a projected $172 million deficit in government spending and balance the city’s budget.

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Romney, Grenell get a quickie divorce
A bad week for GOP as Mitt caves to right-wing forces
when reminded that in 1994 he pledged to be better on gay rights than Sen. Ted Kennedy. Clearly that was what he thought was called for in his losing Senate campaign against Kennedy. Romney has a penchant for saying what he thinks a particular electorate wants to hear so you are never sure where he actually stands on an issue at any time. Grenell was hired during the Bush administration and was a spokesperson for U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. While many in the LGBT community may not agree with Grenell’s foreign policy views, I am told he is an incredibly smart guy and a really good spokesperson for the issues he believes in. His problem was that he believed in a number of issues that his new boss Mitt Romney didn’t. The major one being that as a gay man he felt he should have all the civil and human rights of every other citizen. He also had a habit of tweeting about some unimportant things, like Callista Gingrich and Hillary Clinton’s personal appearance, something many people, including a lot of gay men, seem to think they have an obligation to do. We quickly found out whom the Romney campaign is beholden to. Romney spent years cozying up to the far right and there was no way they were going to let him get away with hiring this outfront gay guy who had the audacity to be not only gay but want his rights too. The Romney campaign thought the way to handle the issue was to keep Grenell in the closet. Let him stay a spokesperson without the right to speak. Try to get credit with the LGBT community for hiring him but keep him hidden so the homophobes supporting the campaign would forget about him. This all backfired on poor Mitt because it seems Grenell has too much class to allow that to happen. He just walked away with his head held high. Not a great development for a presidential campaign trying to get on its feet. More bad news for Romney came in last week’s poll numbers in Virginia that show Obama eight points up in a state that not long ago elected a Tea Party activist attorney general and a far right governor. There is a lot of time until November and I am sure the polls will go up and down and there will be mistakes made, and spinning in both the Democratic and Republican campaigns. But one thing is clear and that is that Mitt Romney won’t be able to pretend his campaign is like the Etch-a-Sketch one of his top advisers hoped for and he won’t be able to clear away all his primary rhetoric. His attacks on the LGBT community, the Latino community and women will haunt him throughout the campaign. No one will let him get away with saying it was all just to win a primary and start over. The evangelicals and Tea Party activists won’t let him get away with that and surely the Democrats shouldn’t. Gingrich and Santorum have already called him a liar, along with a lot of other choice things. To Romney’s detriment and President Obama’s benefit they conveniently forgot Ronald Reagan’s admonition to “not speak ill of fellow Republicans.” I assume they thought Romney was so bad they couldn’t help themselves. Grenell is but the first of those who will be run out of the Republican Party during this campaign by those far right supporters now in control. Every time Romney gives in to another demand from them he will lose another group of potential voters. Romney appears to be missing a core set of beliefs that include standing up for the separation of church and state; the human and civil rights of all individuals; and the right of free speech.

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

Mitt Romney and Richard Grenell made an unlikely pair. Romney is the candidate who went out of his way to attack the LGBT community during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and Grenell is an openly gay man who supports marriage equality. Lest we forget, this is the same Romney who signed the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) pledge calling for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He is the candidate who repudiated all his earlier comments on LGBT rights and was embarrassed

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO joeyd@washblade.com Shari Johnson hasn’t thought much about Mother’s Day. “I really haven’t thought that far ahead,” the long-time Odessa, Texas, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and conservative Evangelical Christian says by phone from her home. “[My children] pretty much call me if they’re available but I try not to put a whole lot of that unrealized expectation into things. They have their own lives and their own spouses so it’s about them and that’s how it should be and it works for us.” Johnson might not be thinking much about being a mom this weekend but it’s a topic she’s thought about intently in recent years. Her first book “Above All Things,” published through her daughter Cholene Espinoza’s Changing Lives Press, comes out May 21 and tells of Johnson’s nearly decade-long journey from the time Cholene came out to her by phone as a lesbian in July 2002, to Johnson’s status now as a PFLAG mom (she started a chapter of the gay-affirming group in Odessa) who has retained her faith in the process. The book tells extensively of Johnson’s (a former dental hygienist) rocky early life, her born-again experience in 1971 after two failed marriages, the black-and-white world view that developed out of years of going to Evangelical churches and the painful journey that came from not only accepting her daughter being gay but the extensive ramifications it had on every aspect of her life. Though her prayer had initially been that Cholene — an overachiever pilot with years of Air Force and commercial flying under her belt who’s now in medical school — would “be delivered” from homosexuality, she now sees the experience as a catalyst for a radical adjustment to her faith and overall world view. She credits God with her change of heart and writes several times in the book of experiences where she feels the Lord was speaking to her. “I kept praying that God would change my daughter but I’m the one who ended up being changed,” Johnson says. “Prior to this time, I thought I had all the answers. Now I’m not even sure that I understand the questions. I viewed life as being either black or white, there was no gray. I avoided anyone who didn’t think as I did. I was a ‘my-mind-is-made-up-don’t-confuse-mewith-the-facts’-type of person.” But Johnson’s views began to evolve, realizing her daughter’s 2004 marriage to White House correspondent Ellen Ratner was bringing an unfairly different reaction than it would have had she been marrying a man, the hypocrisy she says Christians often exhibit when talking of the supposed sin of homosexuality compared to most other sins (of which Johnson says they often given themselves a “free pass”), and the realization that nobody (especially a Christian) would choose a gay orientation for themselves. These epiphanies had lifechanging effects on her. After years of study and thought, Johnson believes centuries of anti-gay preaching in Christian churches of most
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST PERSON TO TELL? Fourteen years and my parents were the hardest people to tell. WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO? Rachel Maddow. Every night people get to see an intelligent and passionate lesbian who has achieved her dream. She is a constant reminder to young people that you can be LGBT and be successful. WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT? Secrets/Ziegfeld’s DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING. An elegant affair. The ceremony would take place in an intimate church or chapel with family and close friends, followed by an amazing dinner and drinking good wine late into the night. WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT? I had a stutter as a child, which led to a deep fear of public speaking. In high school a teacher forced me to join the speech and debate team and it enabled me to discover my voice. I want to see as many students as possible participate in this program so they can learn to think, research, form an opinion and use the art of persuasion to change minds. WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME WOULD YOU CHANGE? In 2000 I would have redrawn the presidential ballot in Palm Beach County and fought to make sure the people whose names were close to convicted felons would have been allowed to legally vote in the presidential election. The “election” of George W. Bush as president of the United States set the country back several decades on many levels. WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE POP CULTURE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME? When the brief flash of Janet Jackson’s nipple at the Super Bowl caused the entire country to come to a standstill for a week. ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST? Sending a hand-written thank you note after receiving a gift or being hosted for a meal. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK POST OR TWEET? I tweeted about Secretary Arne Duncan coming out in support of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE? “The Road Less Traveled” IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Toast all the new fabulous gays with a cosmo. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND THE PHYSICAL WORLD? I believe in a God that is greater than which I know not what. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT MOVEMENT LEADERS? Be patient, authentic and pragmatic. This is a movement that will not take place by a person giving a speech in front of thousands of people but with millions of people having billions of conversations. It will take time, but we are successful and will be in the end. WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS HOT COALS FOR? My partner’s homemade cookies. WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS YOU MOST? That you cannot be both gay and have a belief in God. As an elder in my church and as someone who actually reads the Bible, I find the message to be one of a challenge to be strong enough to love and not fall into homophobia and discrimination. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT MOVIE? “Broken Heart’s Club” WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED SOCIAL CUSTOM? That you should not take the last cookie on the plate. If the dessert was good, go for it. WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU MOST COVET? Olympic medal, although at this point it will probably be in curling. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN AT 18? I wish I had known that patience and gratitude pay huge dividends in the long run. WHY WASHINGTON? I have worked in politics since graduating from college, so I have been drawn to move here for a long time. When I met my partner here in 2010, all the stars aligned for me to take the leap (and make the drive) to the Washington area.

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Dan Roth has only been in the area since December but already he’s president — sworn in last week — of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association (aglca.org). He says the group does great work and being involved is a natural outgrowth of his LGBT activism in his native Sacramento, Calif. “I like the fact that it’s very focused on community and is very pragmatic,” he says. “They’re doing necessary work on the ground to improve the lives of the LGBT community here and also working to educate the community as a whole. It’s been around for 30 years and has a proven track record. Alexandria is as progressive as the state of Virginia will allow … a lot of that is because of the work the AGLCA has done.” Roth works by day as communication director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. In California he worked for an environmental non-profit and was chief of staff for an elected official there prior to that. He met his partner, Jesse Wuertz, while visiting Washington in 2010 and after two years of cross-country dating, decided to move east. They live together in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. “I love it here so far,” he says. “I’m a big history buff, so it’s amazing seeing all these things I’ve read about and to be here where things are taking place. It’s really an international city with fascinating people.” Roth spent a year in France after high school and went to college in Oregon but has lived most of his life in or near Sacramento. He enjoys cooking, writing and traveling in his free time.

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Abzyme Research Foundation is partnering with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (1526 14th St., N.W.) and Cork Wine Bar for “Taste for Change,” a wine tasting and fundraising event to support an effort to end HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. “We’re really excited to bring the presentation to D.C.,” says Zachary Barnett, executive director and found of ARF. “There’s a lot of energy … with the nonprofit world and the government sector.” ARF is a non-profit organization hoping to end HIV/AIDS by researching abzyme technology to produce the world’s first effective therapeutic HIV vaccine. Barnett compares this technology to the recent advancements and FDA approval for a shingles vaccine. “Once you’re infected with chicken pox, you have that virus in your cells forever, but what the vaccine does … it’s effectively suppressing new outbreaks of infection,” Barnett says. “What we’re talking about is effectively the same. What if we could create a vaccine after you’ve already been infected, that would suppress the virus in your system.” Barnett, infected by a partner in 2008, was recently named one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40.” His nomination came at a time when he was considering being more public about his status. A friend had recently called him out on it. “The chain of events was so weird,” Barnett says. “I kind of made the decision … and then The Advocate called me a couple days later … It was a really cool and serendipitous chain of events. I was happy to be given the opportunity to do it.” Barnett started as a marketing and events consultant when he moved to New York City in 2006. After finding out he was infected, Barnett brought his skills and passion to the world of HIV research advocacy. “Fundraising and non-profit work, a lot of it is storytelling and communication,” Barnett says. “Creating event series and forums to talk to people and engage in communication is key to success, especially in the beginning.” What started as a moment of personal crisis became a reason for Barnett to do more research on HIV/AIDS and its treatments, including the state of HIV/ AIDS internationally. This research brought led him to a 2008 video by CBS, “Possible HIV Cure” with Dr. Sudhir Paul and his science team at University of Texas. Barnett reached out to Paul, and with the help of former Interview magazine marketing director Marie LaFrance, threw a gala for the researcher and launched a PSA featuring Wilson Cruz, Justin Bond and Lady Bunny to engage supporters. “I’m incredibly inspired by the doctors we’re working with,” Barnett says. “I think they’ve developed such an interesting, creative approach to battling the disease.” Paul was first awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health in 1990. He’s published a paper identifying the CD4 binding site on the HIV outer coat as the “Achilles heel” of HIV. He has found that the human immune system has the innate ability to produce abzymes. An abzyme, or an antibody-enzyme, is capable of starting the destruction of targeted molecules. A single molecule of an abzyme can trigger the destruction of thousands of target molecules and abzymes produced in animals have successfully blocked infection of human cells by genetically diverse HIV strains.
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From left, DANNY SCHEIE, CODY NICKELL and KATE EASTWOOD NORRIS in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Folger Theatre.

The wild West
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
It was while watching the HBO series “Deadwood,” writes director Aaron Posner in the program notes for Folger Theatre’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” that he first became inspired to set his production in the American West, circa 1890. While Posner admits it’s not a totally original take on the Bard’s battle of the sexes — it’s been done before — the move from Padua to the Old West works: the raucous, defiant aspects of Shakespeare’s early comedy translate quite nicely. Because Posner has dropped the play’s official Induction, a cute framing device that establishes “Shrew” as a play within in a play, his fast-paced and funny production jumps quickly into the unconventional courtship of fortune-hunting gambler Petruchio and Katherine, the ornery shrew (played by real life husband and wife Cody Nickell and Kate Eastwood Norris). At first, Katherine wants no part of love and marriage, but through an assortment of carefully executed psychological and physical tortures Petruchio remarkably alters her into the most obliging of wives. Norris’ Katherine is a sort of harddrinking, pistol-packing Calamity Jane for whom a future of happy domesticity seems impossible or a real longshot at best; but, again, Petruchio’s abuse works wonders in tempering Katherine’s obstinate disposition. Yes, it’s all very sexist stuff, but Norris is a smart actor with a deft touch, and her transformation from shrew to obedient wifey is nuanced — it’s more about discovering love and finding a new way to live. Similarly, Nickell’s charming Petruchio is clearly smitten with his Kate, and it’s a love that proves sincere. When he outfits his bride in elegant new duds, Petruchio strives to please by giving her pants and a beautiful pair of black boots complete with spurs. And after proving his wife’s changed nature in a high stakes bet, he hands the winnings over to Katherine. The pair is a team, and it bodes well for a happy and equal marriage. The comedy’s secondary romantic subplot involves a complicated competition between the suitors of Katherine’s younger
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more desirable sister, Bianca (Sarah Mollo-Christensen). Her eager wannabe husbands are played by Marcus Kyd, Craig Wallace and Thomas Keegan. Katy Carkuff is a standout as a boozy, well-off widow. James Gardiner and gay actor Danny Sheie play the comic servants. In a nod to the changing roles of frontier women, Posner has made some intriguing gender-bending choices. The part of Katherine and Bianca’s father Baptista has been changed to a same-named, marriage-brokering mother played by Sarah Marshall, who’s gay. Her Baptista is comically reminiscent of the silver screen types played by Jo Van Fleet and Mercedes McCambridge: Prosperous, independent, tightly wound and willing to level a shotgun when necessary. The traditionally male Tranio, a clever servant who goes undercover for his master, is also female for this production. As Tranio, Holly Twyford (also gay), swaps out a dull long dress and petticoat for a dapper copper suit and jauntily worn boater. Tranio’s put on squared-off shoulders and masculine walk are belied by touching instances when Twyford reveals the vulnerable young woman beneath the phony moustache, and these are lovely moments indeed. Tony Cisek’s set is a two-tiered saloon made from roughly hewn wood. Through its swinging doors lie endless plains and big sky. Helen Q. Huang heightens the effect of her beautiful period costumes with subtle flourishes of fancy, freeing them from being too overly moored to time and place. Additionally, singer/songwriter Cliff Eberhardt in the role of “The Blind Balladeer” performs his bluesy, witty, heartfelt tunes intermittently throughout the play. It’s a wonderful touch that entertainingly trains the spotlight on the characters’ intentions and passions. At the top of the show, we’re told the evening will end “after [the players] dance.” It’s a promise kept. Posner closes the play with an old fashioned rousing line dance, sending the audience off with a big shot of the Wild West, fun and romance.

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Love holds Werther captive, with only one means of escape.
One hundred twenty years after the opera’s premiere, Werther is celebrated as one of Massenet’s finest works, with a lush score of tragically beautiful music. The young poet Werther has fallen desperately in love with the beautiful Charlotte. When he discovers that she is honorbound to marry Albert, he tries to stay away, but his passion draws him back to her. In despair, Werther decides the only way he can find peace is through death. Performed in French with English supertitles.

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Blade summer kick-off in Rehoboth
By JULIETTE EBNER
Washington Blade will host its sixth annual summer kick-off party in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on May 18. The party takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. It’s open to the public and there’s no cover charge. Visitors who sign up for the Blade’s e-mail newsletter on-site receive two free drinks. “We have many Delaware readers and D.C. readers who vacation in Rehoboth,” says Brian Pitts, Blade sales executive and co-owner. “It’s always a fun way to meet advertisers and readers and to kick off the summer season.”

Gay group has family events next weekend
Family Equality Council is hosting a Family Weekend in D.C. starting Thursday. Zach Wahls, who spoke before the Iowa Legislature in 2011, will serve as honorary family ambassador, joining the Council and families for Families on the Hill, the Congressional lobbying visits that are part of the weekend events. Families on the Hill will begin at 8:30 a.m. with training for kids and adults. The lobby visits will focus on three issues: adoption and foster care, repeal of DOMA and safe schools. On May 18, families will have various tour options including the White House, Museum of Natural History, the National Zoo and more. The events for May 19 include tours of the Capitol. For more information, including how to register and a complete schedule, visit familyequality.org.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival gathers wide-ranging talent
Artists representing 25 states and Canada will be showcasing their work at the ninth annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival in downtown Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle this weekend. The event will also feature live entertainment, children’s activities and restaurants including Haagen Dazs, BlackFinn American Saloon and more. Some of the artists featured include Doug Blum, Kate Beck, Ivan Radojicic Tom Mcquaid, Lisa Stewart, Giampictro Filippetti and more. The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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DJ Seth Cooper is coming to Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) for Just Circuit on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. In 2006, Gay Internet Radio Live asked Cooper to join its online radio network, putting his sets next to other big names like randy Bettie Lydia Prim and more. In 2009, Just Circuit named Cooper Best Up and Coming DJ, as well as nominated him for Best After Hours Party. He’s headlined at Splash Days in Austin, Gay Days in Orlando, Pacha in Brazil and more in clubs across the U.S., Canada, Brazil and China. The night will also include DJ Sean Morris will be in 30degreees, free vodka from 10 to 11 p.m. and a laser light show by Sound Sign.

Capital Pride Art Fair seeking submissions
Capital Pride is now accepting submissions from all LGBT artists in the D.C. area for the first Capital Pride Art Fair at the festival on June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair will present 12 to 14 artists showing their work in one tent in the Arts Stage area. To submit work, artists must fill out the form at capitalpride.kintera.org/artfair, providing price range, number of available pieces, samples via jpegs or website and contact information. The fee for commercial arts is $50 for eight feet of display space. There are a limited number of spaces available for non-commercial artists Artists may also be interested in donating work to the silent auction held at the Heroes Gala and Silent Auction on May 30. For more information, contact Capital Pride at CapPride.arts@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by May 20.

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Baltimore-based gay volleyball league celebrating 30th year
By KEVIN MAJOROS
Charm City Volleyball is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as a local LGBT sports team. The team was founded in 1982 by John Kardys who still plays on a weekly basis. The group offers two options for men and women who are interested in playing volleyball. On Wednesdays, players meet for social play at the Mount Royal Recreation Center in Baltimore from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The court fees are $3 per person. “We have about 20-30 people who come on a regular basis for social play,” says Chris Wulin, club director. “It usually evolves into a social gathering after we finish playing.” On Sundays, the group reserves courts at the Volleyball House in Elkridge, Md., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for competitive play. The court fees are $7 per person. On those days, North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA)sanctioned teams meet up to hone their skills for future tournaments. Charm City Volleyball has four sanctioned teams that practice on Sundays. Sometimes they are joined by teams from D.C. and Harrisburg, Pa. NAGVA sanctions about 30 tournaments a year and the Charm City teams can often be found on the road competing in cities such as Boston, New York, Atlanta and New Orleans. Coming up on May 25, three teams from Charm City will be heading to the NAGVA Championships XXX in Las Vegas. There are 169 teams registered for the Championships from all over North America and Puerto Rico. To compete in the tournament, a team has to have played in at least one NAGVA sanctioned event. Under NAGVA rules, and to promote fair play, players are rated and separated into divisions according to ability. A request is made to the regional commissioner for a rating to be assigned to a player. The commissioner then enlists three-to-five other players for information to assign the rating. Wulin, who is also a NAGVA regional commissioner says, “The rating process can be a little political. If it is policed properly, it is still a good system for matching players with similar skills.” Two weeks ago, the group hosted the 27th annual Charm City Invitational in Elkridge, Md. Forty teams from North America, including teams from Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, D.C., Puerto Rico and Baltimore competed in three divisions. On Saturday, the teams competed in eight games of pool play which was followed on Sunday with double elimination play. Tournament Results for Charm City Invitational 27: A Division: First — NY Spafinder.com Second — NY Hazzoo Third — Baltimore B-more Boys BB Division: First — Baltimore Kiraly Babies Second — NY Fat Girls Third — Baltimore Hawaii 5.3 B Division: First — NY Whitney Second — Harrisburg Swallows Third — Baltimore Wack Attack More information on Charm Volleyball is at volleybaltimore.org. City

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Works by Michael Crossett, Gallery plan b. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com. Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. NSO, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. The Tooth Of Crime, WSC Avant Bard, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.

Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

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The Whipping Man, Theater J. 202-777-3214. washingtondcjcc.org. 1776, Ford’s Theatre. 202-347-4833. fords.org. The 39 Steps, Olney Theatre Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre2.org. Metamorphoses, Constellation Theatre Company, Source Theatre. 800-494-8497. constellationtheatre.org. Wives & Wits, Washington Stage Guild, Undercroft Theatre. 202-347-9620. stageguild.org. Hum, Theater Alliance, Atlas. 202-241-2539. theateralliance.com. Oxygen, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, CHAW. 202-261-6612. taffetypunk.com. The Bacchae By Euripides, WSC Avant Bard, Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. I Want Them Both / Las Quiero a las Dos, Teatro de la Luna. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, SCENA Theatre at H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824. ScenaTheater.org.

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Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, Dance Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org. The Embassy Series: Music of Iraq. Iraqi Cultural Center. 202-625-2361. embassyseries.org. NSO Pops: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Steven Reineke, conductor, NSO, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

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National Gallery of Art. Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, 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. 202-6391700. 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. 25 x 25: 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. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.

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Bedtime Stories: Storytelling Through Art & Elissa Farrow-Savos: Conversations With My Mother, The Art League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. A Thing or Two, Washington Printmakers Gallery. 301-273-3660. washingtonprintmakers.com. Tropical Obstructions, Hamiltonian Gallery. 202-332-1116. hamiltoniangallery.com. FLUID: Rhythms, Transitions & Connections, Joan Hisoka Gallery. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information?, DCAC. 202-462-7822. dcartscenter.org.

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An Evening with Nobel Prize Laureate Herta Müller, Goethe-Institut, Library of Congress. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.

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Art After Hours: Owen Danoff, Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.

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What makes someone “dateable”? Are there specific qualities that define our successful clients? It’s not a perfect body, a charming personality, financial wealth and a massive group of best friends. This truly is a great time of the year to prioritize dating, but before you put on your “dating shoes,” consider a few key factors that qualify whether or not you’re dating or relationship material. First, how well do you know yourself? There is nothing more disappointing from our perspective than knowing someone genuinely has a lot to offer a partner, but doesn’t know so. A common misconception in the gay community is that we all think we are fabulous, with little or no flaws. Many of us have had rocky relationships in the past, not only with partners but potentially with family members or friends as well. Remember, there is nothing wrong with turning to a professional to discuss your past and how to best navigate your future. It’s important to reflect on life experience and understand past relationships, of all kinds. Knowing where you were at fault and understanding how to deal with issues in the future will only make you more real, more sincere and more dateable. On the flip side, do you stand in the mirror and think, “I would totally date me – what’s wrong with D.C.?!” If you’ve done this before, it may be a good indication of why you are still single. Stand up, look yourself in the eye and be honest with what you have to offer a potential partner. Many times we help clients better understand why they are single — it’s a part of the job that we love. That said, unfortunately sometimes people have an inflated view of themselves and think they are only well suited with an individual considered a

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The HIV Working Group will be doing outreach tonight at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) during Bear Happy Hour starting at 7 p.m. and continuing throughout the night until midnight. Volunteers are needed. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. The National Symphony Orchestra presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Steven Reineke tonight at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be performing its brand of retro-swing with the NSO Pops and principal conductor, Reineke. Tickets range from $20 to $85 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org. There will also be a performance on Saturday at 8 p.m. Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) is hosting the welcome and registration event for Police Week 2012 today from 2 to 6 p.m. Busboys & Poets presents The 11th Hour poetry slam hosted by “2Deep” the Poetess, tonight at 11 p.m. in the Langston room at its 14th and V streets location (2021 14th St., N.W.). There is a $5 admission at the door. Comedian Will Durst is at Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St., N.W.) tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $18 and are available online at riotactcomedy.com. Durst will also be performing on Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m.

from 5 to 7 p.m. Mixtape D.C. is tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.), a dance party for queer music lovers and their pals that features DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer playing an eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco, new wave and anything else danceable. There is a $10 cover for this event. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. The Washington Ballet presents “¡Noche Latina!” today at 2:30 and 8 p.m. The show celebrates Latina American music, dance and culture. It includes two world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s “Like a Samba.” The tickets range from $20 and $125 and can be purchased online at kennedy-center.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 13

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Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) and 495 Bears presents “Bears Can Dance” tonight at 9 p.m. There is no cover for this event. Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents Funkytown, a retro dance party on the main floor with DJ Ed Bailey playing music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Doors open at 10 p.m. There is an $8 cover before 11 p.m. and $12 afterward. All attendees must be 21 or older. Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) Superhero Pub Crawl is tonight at 10 p.m. Busboys & Poets is hosting a Zumba block party with Vida Fitness tonight at its 5th and K location (1025 5th St., N.W.)

D.C.’s LGBT anti-violence task force GLOV (Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence) is hosting a two hour introduction to self-defense class at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) today at 5 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information and to register for the class, visit thedccenter.org. Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) is having its first Guil-Tea dance party of the season today at 3 p.m. LGBT science fiction, fantasy and horror group Lambda Sci-Fi is having its monthly meeting today at 1425 S St., N.W., at 1:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a snack or a non-alcoholic drink to share. For more information contact James at 202-2323141 or Peter and Rob at 202-483-6369, email to info@lambdascifi.org, or visit the group’s website at lambdascifi.org.

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Big Voodoo Daddy performs with the National Symphony Orchestra tonight at the Kennedy Center.

MONDAY, MAY 14

Busboys & Poets presents Monday Night Open Mic Poetry hosted by Beny Blaq 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.

Professional: Issue Three” tonight at 8 p.m. The event will feature live performances from Tray Chaney of HBO’s “The Wire” and more special guests. Admission is $12. For more information, visit blackcatdc.com. Busboys & Poets presents “Louder Than a Bomb” fundraiser and film screening tonight at its Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore Ave., Suite 104) at 7:30 p.m. hosted by the D.C. Youth Slam Team. “Louder Than a Bomb” is a documentary about the poets of Chicago’s city-wide youth slam. There is a suggested $10 donation. For more information, visit busboysandpoets.com.

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.

THURSDAY, MAY 17

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

TUESDAY, MAY 15

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) is hosting a launch party for “The New

The D.C. Crystal Meth Working Group meets tonight at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. The group, which has been dormant for about a year, is dedicated to education and treatment advocacy around methamphetamine. For more information, visit thedccenter.org or letstalkaboutmeth.org. Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.)

Professionals in the City and the D.C. Center are hosting a speed dating event for gay men in their 30s and 40s at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. Attendees will date for about an hour and then be able to mingle with everyone. After the event, matches can be made online. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit thedccenter.org. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops presents “The Beat Goes On!: The Music of the Baby Boomers” tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckermane Lane, North Bethesda) at 8 p.m. featuring music from television, movie themes and popular hits including music by Burt Bacharach and Frankie Valli.

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varieties comes down to mistakes in scriptural interpretation. “If we believe that homosexuality is not a choice, then we have to either believe that God is cruel to have played this terrible trick on people and not the loving God we think he is (and that would be a God I could not serve),” she writes in the book. “Or there has to be a mistake in interpreting the scriptures. I chose to believe the latter.” Though initially highly skeptical, Johnson feels the Lord brought her to a place where she was able to consider that she may have been wrong before. “I always thought I had sought the will of God in my life before but I realize now what I had often been doing was going to him with my plan and then leaving before I got an answer,” she says. “If people are truly seeking, and all I’m asking people to do is consider that we could be wrong on the way some of these scriptures have been interpreted over the years, but when I finally got around to reading what some of these writers were saying — and I avoided even reading this stuff for the longest time — I realized I needed to start thinking for myself and not just keep blindly repeating what someone else had told me.” Johnson credits the writings of Rev. Paula Jackson and her work “What Does the Bible Say About Being Gay? — Probably not what you’ve been told,” with helping her expand her theological horizons. That Jackson didn’t write in a “histrionic, blasphemous, in-your-face” manner that “didn’t disregard my point of view,” resonated with Johnson. “She just presented the facts and lets the reader come to his or her own conclusions,” Johnson writes. “The entire study boils down to this one question: What if we’re wrong?” Espinoza, who eventually hopes to work as a doctor with Ratner in South Sudan, says it’s important for gay Christians to follow the example of Christ rather than get sidelined in what she and her mother now feel is misconstrued anti-gay theology. “Christ did not have anything to say about homosexuality but he had a lot to say about love, honor and respect,” she wrote in an e-mail. “If we are loving, honorable and respectful in our relationships, I think that reduces a lot of the guilt and self loathing in our heads. We need to separate those who condemn us from the message of love and reconciliation, the message that Christ has brought to us.” Johnson has become a staunch advocate for LGBT acceptance within Christian churches in the Odessa area. It’s led to a thorny conundrum — she’s tried sharing her story, but often leaves Bible studies and church services feeling she’s been merely placated. She’s at

a point now where she can’t stomach anti-gay teaching from the pulpit and has left several conservative churches in frustration. Johnson has lots of interesting opinions on trends in the modern church, especially with anti-gay teaching that abounds in the Bible Belt. She concedes there is a time, whether it’s in the political or religious realm, where it’s OK to respectfully agree to disagree. “This whole idea of, ‘You have to see things my way,’ that’s never worked in politics, religion or anything else. It never worked and it never will. But God gave me a big wake-up call and I would love for other people to not have to go through what I went through. That’s really why I wrote the book.” She says it’s possible that churches with anti-gay teaching that seem to be thriving — even those led by household name preachers like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen — might not be as blessed as it appears. “You can’t always assume that God’s blessing a church just because of the numbers,” she says. “People go to church for all sorts of reasons. And when these men have been put on the spot on national television and asked about gay issues and the whole Christian community is sort of collectively holding its breath waiting to hear what they say, they give the accepted answer, but I doubt very seriously that’s what they’re preaching from the pulpit or what they really feel in their hearts.” But could so many religious teachers have been so wrong for so many years on gay issues? Johnson says yes. “It’s happened since creation,” she says. “Anytime man gets involved, he manages to screw things up … Anytime there’s been a religious movement that gets started, it’s basically that person’s idea of who God is and what sin is. We tend to think we have all this figured out but you know what the Bible says about our own righteousness — it’s like filthy rags to God.” But how does someone — especially a gay teen struggling with suicidal thoughts growing up in an Evangelical household — know whom to listen to? Aren’t there well-meaning Christians who simply believe homosexuality isn’t part of God’s plan? Johnson says that’s where her biggest concern lies — she wants LGBT teens and young adults to have a chance to consider the possibility that their being gay isn’t a curse. “I don’t have an easy answer for this but we have to have a place for kids to go and hear a different message. They’re not exposed to it at home, they have no place to hear a positive message, they’re in trouble and it has nothing to do with who they really are.”
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