‘Progressives should contemplate what

life in Canada might be like’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
New polling data in the presidential race following last
week’s debate is giving Democrats heartburn, suggesting
that President Obama may not coast to victory on Election
Day as many observers previously predicted.
On Tuesday, two national polls were published giving
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a narrow lead
over Obama. A report from Public Policy Polling found the
GOP candidate had support from 49 percent of likely voters
in the poll, compared to 47 percent for Obama. A Gallup
tracking poll published on the same day had identical results.
Hilary Rosen, a lesbian Democratic activist and
commentator, said Democrats “of course” should be
concerned that Obama is facing a challenging road to re-
election, but she remained optimistic.
“This race was always going to be decided by 1 or 2
points,” Rosen said. “Everyone in the D.C. Metro area can
help by making sure the president wins in Virginia. I am
confident that we [will] have another Obama rebound story
coming in the next few weeks.”
The polling was conducted in the days after the Denver
presidential debate, in which most observers believed
Romney bested Obama — despite making controversial
comments about cutting the federal subsidy for PBS as well
as apparently altering his views on tax cuts for the wealthy
and barring insurance companies from discriminating on the
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Dispute over burial site
remains unresolved

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
One year after gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny’s
death in his Washington home at the age of 86, LGBT
advocates said they would remember his legacy as
they celebrate National Coming Out Day this week.
Kameny died of natural causes on Oct. 11,
2011, the day LGBT advocates have designated as
National Coming Out Day.
His friends and admirers, while saddened by his
loss, said it was befitting that Kameny departed on
a day commemorating an action he may have been
among the first to take part in in the late 1950s — a
proud and open declaration that one is gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgender.
“His accomplishments for our community are
immeasurable,” said veteran D.C. gay activist
Paul Kuntzler
Kuntzler spoke to the Blade about Kameny during
a candidate endorsement forum Tuesday night
sponsored by the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club,
an LGBT organization that Kuntzler and Kameny
helped found in January 1976.
But Kuntzler and others who worked with Kameny
said they remain troubled that an ongoing dispute
between Timothy Clark, the heir and personal
representative to Kameny’s estate, and the D.C. gay
charitable group Helping Our Brothers and Sisters
(HOBS) has resulted in the indefinite postponement
of the burial of Kameny’s ashes.
In August, an official with D.C.’s historic
Congressional Cemetery, where Kameny’s ashes
were to be buried, said an urn bearing the ashes
remained in a storage vault at the cemetery’s
headquarters near Capitol Hill while the estate
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Bill Line, 56

Bill Line, chief spokesperson for the National
Park Service’s National Capital Region since 2001
and a longtime member of the LGBT Catholic
group Dignity Washington, died Sunday in his D.C.
apartment. He was 56.
D.C. police have classified the death as a suicide.
Line’s death stunned his co-workers and a wide circle
of friends. Some said he told them of his ongoing
struggle with depression but assured them he was
persevering by immersing himself in the work he loved.
“Bill was a caring, compassionate person who
loved the National Park Service and particularly the
parks of greater Washington, D.C.,” said Park Service
spokesperson David Barna. “His charming presence
and selfless dedication will be missed by all.”
Often appearing before TV cameras in a park ranger’s
uniform and ranger’s hat, Line became the “face and voice
of the national parks in the Washington, D.C. area,” Barna said.
In addition to overall park issues, Line was the main news media contact person for the
annual blooming of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin, the Fourth of July fireworks
over the National Mall, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree behind the White
House, presidential inaugurations, and Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations,
according to a Park Service statement.
Prior to joining the National Park Service, Line worked for the National Science
Foundation and served as a reporter and producer for several news media outlets,
including NBC and Fox News.
Rick Lynch, Dignity Washington’s office manager, said in a statement that Line joined
the LGBT Catholic organization in 1984.
“During his early years with Dignity Washington Bill served on our board of directors,
and for much of the rest of his time with us, he was a member of our beautiful choir at
Sunday Mass,” Lynch said.
Friends said he was born and raised in Wisconsin. Lynch said he was preceded in death
in recent years by his mother and father and is survived by two sisters and two brothers.
A funeral service was expected to be held in Wisconsin. Dignity Washington President
Daniel Barutta said Dignity is planning a memorial service in Washington in the near future.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Mendelson, Orange win Stein Club endorsement

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group, voted
by acclamation Tuesday night to endorse D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-
Large) for the post of City Council Chair.
At an endorsement forum held at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, the
club also endorsed Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) in his bid for re-election,
D.C. “shadow” Sen. Michael D. Brown, and five candidates running for the D.C. State Board
of Education, including gay education board candidates Phil Pannell and Jack Jacobson.
“It’s especially a pleasure for me to be here tonight because of the work I’ve done over
the last several years to finally bring marriage equality to the District,” Mendelson told
the gathering minutes before Stein members voted to endorse him.
As chair of the Council committee that had jurisdiction over 2009 legislation calling for
legalizing same-sex marriage in D.C., Mendelson played a key role in shepherding the
bill to passage, working closely with gay Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), who
introduced the marriage equality bill.
Mendelson, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, emerged as the lead candidate
for Council chair when the post became vacant earlier this year following the abrupt
resignation of Democrat Kwame Brown, who was indicted on corruption-related charges.
Mendelson is being challenged by Democrat Calvin Gurley in a special election for
the Council chair post set to take place on Nov. 6, the same day as the city’s regularly
scheduled general election. Gurley didn’t attend the Stein forum, although a supporter
placed his name in nomination.
Stein members voted Tuesday night against endorsing Council members Yvette
Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who are considered strong favorites
to win re-election on Nov. 6. Both voted against the same-sex marriage law, becoming
the only two of the 13 Council members to oppose the measure.
Although Alexander and Barry have supported the LGBT community on other issues,
Stein members said the two Council members’ opposition to the marriage equality bill
prompted a majority of the membership to oppose endorsing them.
The club voted by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent against endorsing Alexander
and a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent against endorsing Barry, according to results
announced by Williams.
In the school board contests, Stein members voted to endorse Pannell for the Ward 8
seat over incumbent Trayon “Tray” White. Pannell, a longtime Stein Club member, has
been a community activist in Ward 8 for more than 25 years.
Jacobson, a Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, is running
unopposed for the Board of Education seat representing Ward 2. Similar to Pannell, he is
a Stein Club member and community activist.
In response to questions from club members, Pannell and Jacobson said they would
work hard for public school programs aimed at curtailing anti-LGBT bullying and other
challenges faced by LGBT youth.
The club also endorsed at-large Board of Education candidate Mary Lord, who was
praised by several club members as a “champion” for LGBT-related issues during
her tenure as a Ward 2 school board member. Lord chose to run for the at-large seat
rather than run for re-election to the Ward 2 seat, clearing the way for Jacobson to run
unopposed for the Ward 2 seat.
Her opponent in the at-large race, Marvin Tucker, expressed support for LGBT-related
issues, saying he would be an advocate for all students, “gay or straight.”
In other school board contests, the Stein Club voted Tuesday night to endorse D.
Kamili Anderson for the Ward 4 seat and Karen Williams for the Ward 7 seat over rivals
Villareal Johnson and Dorothy Douglas.
During the forum, each of the school board candidates in attendance said they would
support condom distribution in city high schools as an AIDS prevention measure and sex
education classes that discuss LGBT-related issues.
The Stein Club’s endorsement of Orange came seven months after the club didn’t
make an endorsement for the at-large race in the city’s Democratic primary. At that time,
Orange and his main rival, Sekou Biddle, split the vote among club members and neither
obtained a required 60 percent margin needed to win an endorsement.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
celebration
Stephen Rutgers, Mark Rutstein wed
Washington Blade staffer Stephen Rutgers married D.C. Realtor Mark Rutstein
on Oct. 6.
About 150 friends and family members attended the couple’s nuptials that took
place in Fort Washington near the D.C./Maryland border. Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee executive director Guy Cecil officiated the wedding.
Rutgers, the Blade’s director of marketing and events, met Rutstein at JR.’s
in Dupont Circle on a Friday night in early 2010. The couple’s first date was the
following day, but Rutstein had to leave early because he learned that his mother
was dying from cancer. She passed away on that Sunday.
The couple kept in touch via text messages and phone calls until they saw each
other again a week later.
“It obviously went well,” Rutgers said.
Rutstein led Rutgers on a scavenger hunt that brought him to Nellie’s and their other
favorite places in D.C. on the day he proposed to him. He arrived at Cobalt — which is
managed by Rutstein — and found Rutstein and Chloe, the Harlequin Great Dane he
had bought for him as a Christmas present in 2011, with a ring around her neck.
“I had figured it out by then because all my friends knew,” Rutgers said. “I had
it figured out by the time I got there.”
The couple will celebrate their honeymoon on a Mediterranean cruise.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
washingtonblade.com
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A state senator in Maryland told the
Washington Post that the Penn National
Gaming company paid more than $340,000
for a mailing that the National Gay & Lesbian
Task Force Action Fund sent to Maryland
households in August opposing a bill to
expand gambling in the state.
According to the Post, Sen. C. Anthony
Muse (D-Prince George’s County), who
voted against Maryland’s same-sex marriage
law, said a Penn National vice president told
him the casino company gave the money
for the mailer to the DCI Group, a D.C.-
based consulting firm. The Post reported
that Muse said the DCI Group then gave the
money to the Task Force.
At that time, Monique Hall, a member
of the Action Fund board of directors,
also served as a vice president for the DCI
Group, a Republican-leaning consulting
firm. Sources familiar with DCI Group told
the Blade in August that DCI had been
retained by one of the Maryland casinos
to campaign against the gambling bill.
Hall, DCI Group, and Penn National
have not responded to calls from the
Blade seeking comment. Task Force
spokesperson Inga Sarda-Sorenson could
not be immediately reached for comment.
The gambling bill calls for allowing
a sixth casino to operate in the state in
Prince George’s county and would allow
casinos approved for five existing sites in
Maryland as well as the one in P.G. County
to operate table games.
Casino owners involved with the five
existing sites, including Penn National, are
vehemently opposed to allowing a new
casino to open in P.G. County, saying the
new casino would take away customers
from their locations. They have spent
millions of dollars on TV commercials
calling on voters to vote no on the
gambling expansion measure on the
November ballot.
At the time it sent out its mailing in
August, the Task Force Action Fund said the
gambling bill, introduced by Gov. Martin
O’Malley, would be detrimental to efforts
to save the state’s same-sex marriage law,
which will also come before voters in a
referendum in the November election.
The group noted that a gambling
referendum would likely attract a larger
than usual number of conservative voters
to the polls who oppose both gambling
and gay marriage. This would make
it more difficult for marriage equality
advocates to persuade voters to cast their
ballot in support of same-sex marriage,
the Task Force argued.
“We do not have a position on gambling,
but rather on marriage equality,” Task Force
Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper
said in a statement released in August.
“The purpose of the marriage equality
mailer, funded by the Task Force Action
Fund, which like other nonprofits includes
many donors, some named and some
who are not, is to get marriage equality
over the finish line,” Nipper said. “It was
sent to a portion of registered Democratic
households in Maryland.”
The Task Force has declined to disclose
who paid for the expensive mailer, saying
only that it was funded by contributors to its
Action Fund, which gets involved in political
campaigns in support of LGBT equality.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Md. senator says casino paid for gambling mailer
At the intersection
of immigrant, gay
rights movements
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Gay Silver Spring resident Edwin came
to the United States from Guatemala in
2004 when he was 14. His family initially
told him after he came out at 19 that he
was going to go to hell because of his
sexual orientation. Edwin, now 22, only
recently disclosed his undocumented
status after a friend criticized President
Obama’s immigration policy.
“I was never asked to come to the U.S.,”
Edwin, who declined to provide his last
name, told the Washington Blade during
an interview last month. “It was my mom’s
decision. I was 14. I couldn’t say yes or
no. Knowing you’re in the community but
you’re different; it made me seem like I’m
less than everybody else.”
Edwin is among those profiled in the
Familia es Familia Maryland campaign
that Equality Maryland and CASA de
Maryland formally launched in August to
garner additional support for laws that
provide in-state tuition to undocumented
immigrants and marriage rights for same-
sex couples ahead of Election Day.
A Gonzales Research and Marketing
Strategies poll last month shows that 58
percent of Maryland voters would vote for
the Dream Act in Question 4, compared
with 34 percent who oppose it. The same
survey finds that 51 percent of Marylanders
would vote for the same-sex marriage law
in Question 6, compared to 43 percent
who said they oppose it.
JJ from Panamá, who asked the Blade
not to use his real name because his
parents are Pentecostal ministers, came
out to his family last year because he said
it “became harder and harder to hide who
he is.” He also testified in support of the
Dream Act in Annapolis before Maryland
lawmakers passed it in 2011.
“Being from Montgomery County, it’s never
been an issue to come out as undocumented,”
JJ told the Blade before filming a pro-
Question 4 ad at CASA de Maryland’s Langley
Park headquarters. “It’s something everybody
knew. When I was doing advocacy around it,
everybody was really proud of me and know
that I’ve started doing this.”
Silver Spring resident Ivette Roman,
who came to the United States from Perú
with her brother when she was 10, said
during the August press conference at
which Equality Maryland and CASA de
Maryland officially launched the Familia
es Familia Maryland initiative that her
immigration status prevents her from
receiving financial aid to attend college.
She told the Blade that her friends and
family remain proud of her activism on
both issues, even though she said her
mother did not speak to her for months
after she came out to her as a lesbian.
“Some of them kind of moved away —
they are kind of ashamed about the way
that I am,” said Roman, 20. “My mother
has been very supportive. She’s been with
me on everything I’ve done.”
Equality Maryland is among the handful
of statewide LGBT advocacy groups that
have partnered with immigrant rights
organizations on immigration-related issues.
“Equality Maryland is pleased with the
responses we are getting from the LGBT
communities on our work with these LGBT
youth and the issues impacting them,”
said Carrie Evans, the group’s executive
director. “People recognize these youth as
part of our community in need of support.”
Gustavo Torres, executive director of
CASA de Maryland, again stressed to the
Blade that his group remains committed
to ensuring marriage rights for same-sex
couples in the state.
“CASA de Maryland’s work in support
of marriage equality flows from values and
love,” he said. “As an organization with a
mission that seeks to create a more just
society by building power and improving
the quality of life in low-income immigrant
communities, we believe that a more just
society includes mutual respect for all
human rights, including equality for LGBT
communities. And, we do this work out
of love for our Latino LGBT brothers and
sisters in our families, among our members
and staff, and in our communities.”
The intersection of these two issues
was the subject of a Sept. 25 panel
that Torres moderated during the fifth
annual National Immigrant Integration
Conference in Baltimore.
Michael Crawford, director of online
programs at Freedom to Marry, noted
that the plight of bi-national same-sex
couples “really connects the immigration
and LGBTQ movements and serves as a
really stark example of how the Defense
of Marriage Act hurts families.” Former
Equality North Carolina executive director
Ian Palmquist, who is now the director
of regional and program support at the
Equality Federation, stressed what he
described as the need to engage the
women’s and other progressive social
movements in the fight for LGBT equality.
“Different organizations have gone in
different directions with that,” he said,
referring to Equality Utah’s work with the
Mormon Church to support Salt Lake City’s
gay-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance
that took effect in 2010. Palmquist further
noted the New York Republicans who
supported their state’s same-sex marriage
bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed
last year. “It’s something that we all are
constantly re-evaluating and trying to
figure out how we are going to be true to
our values and also how to develop all the
programs that we need to win.”
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06 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 LOCAL NEWS
Md. campaign features undocumented LGBT students
EDWIN was brought to the U.S. by his mother
at age 14.
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Spots feature two
prominent black
Maryland clergy who
support Question 6
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Ads in support of Maryland’s same-sex
marriage law began airing on a Baltimore
television station on Tuesday.
The two 30-second Marylanders for
Marriage Equality ads on WBAL feature
Rev. Donté Hickman of Southern Baptist
Church in Baltimore and Rev. Delman
Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church
in Clinton in Prince George’s County and
highlight that Question 6 would not force
religious institutions to perform nuptials
for gays and lesbians.
“As a pastor, my support for Question
Six is rooted in my belief that the
government should treat everyone
equally,” says Hickman. “I wouldn’t want
someone denying my rights based upon
their religious views, so I shouldn’t deny
others based upon mine. It’s about fairness.
I support this law because it does not force
any church to perform a same-sex marriage
if it’s against their beliefs. And that’s what
this is about: Protecting religious freedom
and all Marylanders equally under the law.
Join me in voting for Question 6.”
Coates, who spoke at a D.C. press
conference last month with Rev. Al Sharpton
and other black clergy who publicly back
Question 6, had a similar message.
As a pastor, my support for Question 6
is rooted in my belief that the government
should treat everyone equally,” says
Coates in the ad. “I would not want
someone denying my rights based upon
their religious views, therefore I should not
deny others based upon mine. It’s about
fairness. This law does not force any church
to perform a same-sex marriage if it’s
against their beliefs. And that’s what this
is about. Protecting religious freedom and
protecting all Marylanders equally under
the law. Join me in voting for Question 6.”
Federal Communications Commission
records indicate that Marylanders for
Marriage Equality has purchased more
than $500,000 worth of airtime on
Baltimore and D.C. television stations
through Election Day. Pro-Question 6
radio ads featuring Julian Bond, chair
emeritus of the National Association
for Advancement of Colored People,
began airing in both the Baltimore and
Washington media markets on Tuesday.
The Maryland Marriage Alliance, the
group opposed to Question 6, has also
bought more than $90,000 of airtime on
local television stations through Nov. 5.
The group’s first ad aired on Monday.
“Marriage, the union of a man and
a woman, has served society well for
thousands of years,” says the Maryland
Marriage Alliance ad. “Marriage is more
than what adults want for themselves. It’s
also about the next generation. Marriage
provides children the best chance of being
raised by a mother and father. While death
and divorce too often prevent it, children
do best when raised by their married mom
and dad. Everyone is entitled to love and
respect, but nobody is entitled to redefine
marriage. Vote against Question 6.”
Ayanbadejo, O’Malley
thank supporters
In related news, Maryland Gov. Martin
O’Malley and Baltimore Ravens linebacker
Brendon Ayanbadejo came together
Monday night at a Baltimore bar to
meet and thank supporters of the state’s
marriage equality law.
Ten winners were chosen in a raffle for
the opportunity to meet O’Malley and
Ayanbadejo in a small group setting at
Mother’s bar in Federal Hill. Some of the
winners seemed surprised by the crush of
photographers and TV crews that awaited
Ayanbadejo, who arrived with his family,
including two small children.
Ayanbadejo, who has made headlines
for several years as an outspoken supporter
of marriage equality, told reporters that he
views the fight as the next chapter in the
advancement of civil rights in America. His
teammate, center Matt Birk, caused a stir last
week when he announced his opposition to
marriage rights for gay couples in two videos
produced in conjunction with the referenda
battles in Maryland and Minnesota, Birk’s
home state.
“I haven’t talked to Matt about it,”
Ayanbadejo said, noting that his kids play
tennis and participate in gymnastics with
Birk’s kids.
O’Malley, dressed casually in a fleece
and sipping a beer on a chilly and wet
Baltimore night with the Orioles playing
the New York Yankees in a playoff game
just blocks away, greeted Ayanbadejo as
he arrived. Ayanbadejo told the governor
that he follows him on Twitter, to which
O’Malley replied that he’s been following
the Raven on the gridiron.
Ayanbadejo, who has garnered national
attention for his marriage support — a
relative rarity among active NFL players —
later told the Blade that he is tentatively
headed to California during the Ravens
bye week later this month to appear on
Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show. He said the
lesbian host has mentioned him a couple
of times on her show and invited him to
appear as a guest.
O’Malley spoke briefly to reporters,
reiterating his support for marriage
equality. He signed the marriage bill into
law in March; it was later petitioned to
the November ballot. Recent polls show
growing support for the law, though the
opposition’s TV ad campaign just began
this week and a Baltimore Sun poll showed
that 10 percent of voters remain undecided.
In remarks to the Blade, O’Malley said
he wasn’t concerned about the impact of
another referendum — a measure to expand
the state’s gaming law — on the marriage
fight. Some advocates have expressed
concern that casino companies spending
tens of millions of dollars to turn out
conservative voters who object to gambling
on religious grounds could have a negative
impact on the marriage referendum.
“I don’t see that,” O’Malley told the
Blade. “I see the airwaves being more
crowded but I don’t see one impacting the
other.” He added that West Virginia gaming
interests are working to “keep Maryland
from being competitive” by opposing the
gaming expansion, something O’Malley
aggressively pushed for.
O’Malley also applauded Ayanbadejo’s
support for the marriage law.
“It’s great to see him stand up for
equality,” he said.
Gallagher speaks out
The co-founder of the National
Organization for Marriage stressed on
Tuesday that marriage for same-sex
couples is not a civil right.
“I’m here today to urge you to join with
your friends and neighbors and your fellow
citizens to vote no on Question 6 precisely
because I do not believe that gay marriage
is a civil rights issue,” said Maggie Gallagher,
who lives in Montgomery County, during
a League of Women Voters’ panel on the
Nov. 6 referendum on Maryland’s same-sex
marriage law at Morgan State University.
“Marriage has existed not just in the state of
Maryland but all over the globe for thousands
of years as a union of male and female for a
simple reason: These are the only unions that
can make new life and connect children in
love to their mother and their father. Marital
unions have that capacity.”
The debate took place at the historically
black university shortly after Marylanders
for Marriage Equality, the group supporting
Question 6, unveiled its first television ads.
“The question is whether or not we as
a state are going to continue to treat all
people in the state of Maryland — citizens
of Maryland — equally and fairly under the
law. And that’s what Question 6 or ballot
Question 6 is all about,” said state Del.
Keiffer Mitchell (D-Baltimore City) who
spoke on behalf of Marylanders for Marriage
Equality. “It’s about treating all our citizens
fairly and equally under the law. What
Question 6 does is simply allow gay couples
to go to a court house to file to receive a civil
marriage license in order to be married.”
A Baltimore Sun poll released late last
month shows 49 percent of likely Maryland
voters support the state’s same-sex marriage
law, compared to 39 percent who oppose
it with 10 percent undecided. A Gonzalez
Research poll released earlier in September
indicates 51 percent of Marylanders would
vote for Question 6, compared to 43 percent
who would oppose it.
The same survey noted that 44 percent
of black Marylanders back nuptials for
gays and lesbians, compared to 52
percent who oppose same-sex marriage.
Mitchell noted that the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People’s Board of Directors
passed a resolution in support of same-sex
marriage after President Obama publicly
backed the issue during an interview with
ABC News’ Robin Roberts in May. The
NAACP of Maryland and the civil rights
organization’s Baltimore City and Prince
George’s County chapters have also urged
their members to support Question 6.
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TV ad wars begin over Md. marriage referendum
Maryland Gov. MARTIN O’MALLEY joined Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for a
pro-marriage equality event this week.
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Julian Bond records pro-marriage ad in Md.
BALTIMORE — Julian Bond, the former chair and current Chairman Emeritus of
the NAACP has taken to the airwaves with his support of a law extending marriage
rights to same-sex couples.
“I know a little something about fighting for what’s right and just,” the
Washington Post reports Bond says in the ad, which will air in D.C. and Baltimore.
“Maryland’s gay and lesbian families share the same values, and they should share
in the right to marry.”
Last November, Bond — a long-time supporter of LGBT causes — came out
publicly in favor of the same-sex marriage push in a video for the Americans for
Marriage Equality project led by the Human Rights Campaign, prior to the bill’s
successful passage in the legislature and approval by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Bond also uses the ad to confront religious objections to the civil institution,
saying “I believe people of faith understand this isn’t about any one religious
belief – it’s about protecting the civil right to make a lifelong commitment to the
person you love.”
Boehner campaigns for gay Mass. candidate
BOSTON —House Speaker John Boehner, a long-time opponent of LGBT
rights, is in Massachusetts fundraising and campaigning for that state’s former
Senate Republican leader, who is openly gay.
Richard Tisei came out of the closet in 2010 and has voiced his support for
same-sex marriage, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, positions that
are at odds with the House Republican leader’s.
“While they don’t agree on every issue, Richard and the speaker respect
one another, and we expect Richard will be a strong, independent voice for his
Massachusetts constituents that want a new approach to help create jobs and
prosperity,” Boehner campaign spokesperson Cory Fritz said in a statement,
according to the Huffington Post.
OraSure stocks up on release of home HIV test
NEW YORK — The company that creates a rapid HIV testing kit saw its stock
jump Wednesday morning after a home version of the 30-minute oral test hit
store shelves.
Earlier this year, the FDA approved for home use the OraSure rapid test that does
not require samples be sent to a lab, and allows for nearly instant, private home
results. CNBC reports that the stock was up nearly 50 cents after tests went on sale.
The test screens for the presence in saliva of the ineffective antibodies the body
produces when infected with HIV. Advocates hope that the confidential test may
encourage those that normally would not get tested to learn their status, and seek
out proper care if needed.
Marriage still in play in Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of a ballot measure that would bar same-sex
marriage in the Minnesota Constitution were heartened by the results of a recent
poll that placed opposition to the proposition ahead of support for the first time.
The Public Policy Polling survey found 49 percent of likely voters planning to vote
against the ballot measure, while 46 percent plan to vote for it, a flip from one
month ago when supporters of the ban led 48 percent to opponents’ 47 percent.
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Obama administration issues
written deportation guidelines
Former NAACP Chair JULIAN
BOND — a longtime ally of the
LGBT community — recorded
a radio ad encouraging Md.
residents to support a ballot
question that would legalize
same-sex marriage in the state.
DHS clarifies when
LGBT couples are in
‘family relationships’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
New guidance from the Department of
Homeland Security stipulating that gay
and lesbian bi-national couples are families
spells out three criteria for immigration
officials who are determining whether
to exercise prosecutorial discretion in
potential deportation cases.
The memorandum from U.S.
Immigration & Customs Enforcement was
long sought by LGBT advocates and
lawmakers seeking greater protection for
bi-national same-sex couples, who may be
faced with separation under the nation’s
current immigration code if the immigrant
in the relationship doesn’t have legal
status in the United States. It was obtained
exclusively Tuesday by the Washington
Blade and can be downloaded here.
The guidance offers three criteria for
immigration personnel as they determine
whether a same-sex relationship would
“rise to the level of a ‘family relationship’”:
Same-sex relationships that rise to the level
of “family relationships” are long-term, same-
sex relationships in which the individuals
• are each other’s sole domestic partner
and intend to remain so indefinitely;
• are not in a marital or other domestic
relationship with anyone else; and typically
maintain a common residence
• and share financial obligations and assets.
Notably, the guidance doesn’t mandate
that the couples be in a legal same-sex
marriage as it lays out criteria for when they
would be eligible for prosecutorial discretion.
ICE maintains that being in a
family relationship is one factor that
immigration officials should consider
when determining whether to exercise
prosecutorial discretion and other issues
may trump familial status.
“Officers, agents and attorneys must
consider the totality of circumstances
presented in an individual case,” the
guidance states. “Family relationships may
be outweighed by criminal history, prior
immigration violations, or other indicia that an
individual meets ICE enforcement priorities.”
The guidance is dated Oct. 5 and
signed by three senior officials within ICE:
Executive Associate Director Gary Mead,
Executive Associate Director James
Dinkins and Principal Legal Director Peter
Vincent. According to the heading, it was
distributed to ICE field office directors,
chief counsel and special agents.
Lavi Soloway, an immigration
attorney and co-founder of Stop the
Deportations, commended DHS for
issuing the guidance, saying it marks the
first time ever the Obama administration
“has put in writing a policy to protect gay
and lesbian couples who are threatened
with deportation.”
“We are grateful that the Obama
administration has finally issued written
guidelines that we can take into court
when we fight deportations,” Soloway
said. “We continue to represent numerous
same-sex couples in immigration courts
around the country who are facing
imminent deportation, and this document
will help us finally resolve those cases so
that no couple is torn apart.”
Soloway added the guidance is
“evidence that the Obama administration
is able to develop innovative, interim
remedies” to help LGBT people. Calling
the guidance a “great start,” Soloway
said DHS should follow up by opening
up “humanitarian parole” to reunite
same-sex partners if one is living in exile
and placing in abeyance marriage-based
green card applications for bi-national
same-sex couples to ensure they can stay
together in the United States.
The memorandum follows a June
2011 memorandum from ICE that laid
out criteria for when immigration officials
should exercise prosecutorial discretion
in cases that may be a low priority for
deportation. That earlier guidance said
one of the relevant factors was “the
person’s ties and contributions to the
community, including family relationships.”
The Obama administration previously told
media outlets that bi-national same-sex
couples were included in this category, but
LGBT inclusion wasn’t until now spelled
out directly to immigration officials.
The Blade reported last week
that Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano delivered a letter to
Congress informing lawmakers that DHS
would issue this follow-up guidance
in response to a letter from 84 House
Democrats requesting the update. But
LGBT advocates have been pushing for
updated guidance for more than a year
since ICE first issued its memorandum on
prosecutorial discretion in June 2011.
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One of four states
facing referendum
on Election Day
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Portland
resident Ellen Ward never thought she
would find herself speaking with fellow
voters in support of marriage rights for
same-sex couples.
The self-described introvert changed
her mind, however, in 2009 when she
listened to gays and lesbians and others
testify in support of a same-sex marriage
bill during a legislative hearing in Augusta,
the state capital.
“They were leading what most people
call normal lives and just wanted to be
able to affirm their love and commitment
in the same way that other people got
too,” Ward told the Washington Blade
as she canvassed a suburban Portland
neighborhood in the rain. “And I was just
really impressed with people standing up
and testifying about that and churches
testifying about that.”
Nearly three years after Maine voters
repealed the state’s same-sex marriage
law that then-Gov. John Baldacci signed,
supporters of nuptials for gays and
lesbians remain confident that a ballot
question that would allow them to tie the
knot will pass.
“What’s so unique about Maine is
because we’re the first state to ever go on
the offensive and bring the issue directly to
the voters, we’ve been able to dictate our
own timeline,” Matt McTighe, campaign
manager of Mainers United for Marriage,
the group supporting Question 1, told the
Blade during an interview at his Portland
office. “There was never a ticking clock.
Every time this has come up before when
it’s defensive it’s always in the current —
something happens, a precipitating action,
a court case, a legislative victory, whatever.
Our opponents then do something to
undermine that or write something into
the constitution or whatever. And now
we’re on their turf.”
Voters in 2009 repealed the same-
sex marriage law by a 53-47 percent
margin. McTighe, a former Human
Rights Campaign staffer who has worked
on marriage efforts in Massachusetts
and in other New England states for
MassEquality and the Boston-based Gay
& Lesbian Advocates and Defenders,
described the 2012 campaign in Maine as
a “night and day kind of difference” from
that run ahead of the 2009 referendum.
“It’s always been designed from the
ground up as a campaign for voters,” he
said. “We didn’t have to worry about the
legislature. We weren’t thinking about a
court case or anything like that. Right from
the beginning we’ve tried to figure out who
are the voters we need to be talking to, let’s
employ some of the most sophisticated
modeling and tactics that have ever been
applied to the marriage movement,
let’s bring in the best people, the best
consultants, the best field organizers, the
best team and put together a plan and a
model to figure out who we need to talk to.”
Maine is one of four states with either
a same-sex marriage referendum or a
constitutional amendment that would
define marriage as between a man and
a woman on the ballot next month. The
Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition in
January submitted more than 105,000
signatures to the Secretary of State in
order to bring the issue before voters.
A Portland Press Herald poll conducted
between Sept. 12-16 shows Question 1
leads by a 57-36 percent margin. A Public
Policy Polling survey late last month
indicates 52 percent of likely voters
support the ballot measure, compared to
44 percent who oppose it and four percent
who remain undecided.
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Mainers confident of marriage victory
Poll shows Tisei leads
incumbent Rep. Tierney
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
BOSTON — Massachusetts
congressional candidate Richard Tisei
remains confident that he will become
the first openly gay non-incumbent
Republican elected to Congress next
month.
“I feel pretty comfortable and pretty
confident at this point,” Tisei told the
Washington Blade during an Oct. 4
interview near Copley Square. A poll
the University of New Hampshire Survey
Center conducted on behalf of the
Boston Globe late last month shows that
the former 2010 lieutenant gubernatorial
candidate is ahead of incumbent Rep.
John Tierney by a 37-31 percent margin.
Thirty percent of respondents said
they remain undecided, but the survey
further indicates that Tierney’s wife and
brothers-in-law’s involvement in an illegal
gambling ring has adversely impacted his
re-election campaign. “A lot of people
in the district are ready for a change and
they are looking for a different type of
congressman than we have right now. I’ve
gotten a great reception from folks.”
Tisei, a former Massachusetts Senate
minority leader who co-owns a real
estate brokerage company in suburban
Lynnfield, announced his candidacy
against Tierney last November. He
would represent Massachusetts’ Sixth
Congressional District that includes
portions of Middlesex and Essex Counties
north of Boston if elected.
Tierney and the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee
continue to compare Tisei to a Tea Partier
in an attack ad currently airing on local
television stations. He quickly brushed
aside the comparison.
“I’m the only gay, pro-choice
Republican who wouldn’t sign the [Grover]
Norquist pledge being called an extremist
anywhere in the country,” said Tisei.
He noted that the economy and jobs are
among the top issues on voters’ minds.
“Most of the jobs are created by small
business owners who employ 10 or less
people and those are the people who
don’t feel comfortable or confident hiring
anybody right now because there’s so
much uncertainty emulating from the
government,” said Tisei.
Tisei would be the first non-incumbent
openly gay Republican elected to the
House of Representatives. Both former
Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe and
former U.S. Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.)
came out after being elected.
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown,
who volunteered for Tisei’s first state
representative campaign in 1984, was
among the first prominent Republicans
to endorse his campaign. House Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio,) House Majority
Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and the National
Republican Congressional Committee
have all backed Tisei’s candidacy in spite
of their continued support for the Defense
of Marriage Act.
“A good number of representatives here
in Massachusetts support gay marriage
right now and have seen that it’s not the
end of the world. And both Democrats
and Republicans and the body politic as a
whole has evolved,” said Tisei in response
to the Blade’s question about how he
could spur Capitol Hill Republicans to no
longer support DOMA if elected.
“Being in Washington, being a member of
the caucus, I can help be a catalyst or help
bring that process along. I realize that the
party as a whole has been a tougher nut to
crack, but there are a lot of people within the
party who want to see a change to take place
or they want different voices within the party.”
Tisei, who has been endorsed by the
Victory Fund, further referenced this GOP
support to dismiss retiring Massachusetts
Rep. Barney Frank’s claims last month that
he would be “no use to us in Congress.”
“Barney’s a smart guy, but hearing that
argument is so convoluted and most of the
people I know within the gay community
were baffled by it,” Tisei said.
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12 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 NATI ONAL NEWS
Gay Republican seeks to unseat Mass. congressman
A Mainers United for Marriage volunteer speaks with likely voters in Sanford.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINERS UNITED FOR MARRIAGE
RICHARD TISEI could become the first non-
incumbent openly gay Republican elected to
the U.S. House.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TISEI
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basis of pre-existing conditions.
The Tuesday polls came the day after
the Pew Research Center published a poll
giving Romney a 4-point lead over Obama
among those most likely to vote. Just last
month, the same poll gave Obama an
8-point lead over Romney. Other polls this
week from Rasmussen, Reuters and Zogby
have the race in a dead-heat.
The Pew results received significant
attention because they were the first
to place Romney ahead of Obama and
because the same pollster had previously
given Obama a wide lead. But the report
was also seen as an outlier because — as
pointed out by Electoral Vote Predictor —
the internals of the poll are questionable.
In the October sample, 31
percent of respondents identified as
Democrats, compared to 39 percent in
September. Conversely, 36 percent of
respondents identified as Republicans
in October compared to 29 percent in
September. Consequently, Pew may
have undersampled Democrats and
oversampled Republicans.
Richard Grenell, who’s gay and briefly
served as the Romney campaign’s foreign
policy spokesperson, said he doesn’t
“put much stock in snapshot polls,” but
believes Romney could win the election
based on anecdotal evidence he’s heard
from people unhappy with Obama.
“I’ve always known the American people
are frustrated and disappointed with
President Obama’s disastrous leadership
both domestically and globally,” Grenell
said. “Sadly, President Obama has failed
to unite the country and has been one of
the most divisive leaders the U.S. has ever
seen. I keep hearing from people that voted
for Obama in 2008 who will be voting for
Romney now. Romney has a real chance.”
In polls taken in battleground states,
the race is similarly showing signs of
tightening. An American Research Group
poll published Tuesday gave Romney
a narrow lead in two swing states. In
Colorado, the poll gave Romney a lead
of 50 percent compared to the 46 percent
of respondents who favored Obama,
although three percent were undecided.
In Ohio, Romney edged Obama by a
48-47 margin with four percent of voters
identifying as undecided.
Still, the news was good for Obama in
other polls for key battleground states.
Contrary to American Research Group
results for Ohio, a CNN/ORC poll gave
Obama a significant lead in the state,
placing him ahead of Romney, 51-47.
According to a Siena poll published
Tuesday, Obama still enjoys a lead over
Romney in Pennsylvania. Obama was
favored by 43 percent of likely voters in
the Keystone State and Romney has the
support of 40 percent — although 12
percent were undecided.
Dan Pinello, who’s gay and a political
scientist at the City University of New York,
said the changes in the polls reflect the
volatile nature of public opinion over the
course of the presidential campaign season.
“Thus, the best answer now about whether
the first debate succeeded in salvaging
Romney’s campaign — and whether Barack
Obama’s lackluster performance snatched
defeat from the jaws of victory — is: It’s too
soon to know for sure,” Pinello said. “At least
another week of polling data is necessary for
any certainty.”
The next test for the presidential
campaign could be the debate between
Vice President Joseph Biden and
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul
Ryan on Thursday at Centre College in
Danville, Ky. Two more presidential debates
between Obama and Biden — one a town
hall discussion at Hofstra University on Oct.
16 and another a foreign policy debate at
Lynn University in Florida on Oct. 22 — are
set to take place before Election Day.
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Obama supporters concerned over Romney bounce
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dispute dragged on.
When asked if the ashes were still in
storage at the cemetery, Congressional
Cemetery President Paul Williams told the
Blade on Wednesday, “There has been no
substantial change in the case. That’s all
I’m going to say.”
Both sides acknowledge that the
dispute is over a disagreement about how
to transfer the ownership of the cemetery
plot from HOBS, which bought it earlier
this year, to the Kameny estate, which is
under the control of Clark.
HOBS executive director Marvin Carter
has said HOBS is willing to sell the plot to
the estate at the price the group paid for it
earlier this year. The estate, through one of
its attorneys, Glen Ackerman, has said HOBS
bought the plot through donations from
members of the LGBT community who knew
and admired Kameny and that HOBS should
transfer the title to the plot to the estate.
Earlier this year, Ackerman said Clark
was troubled that some of Kameny’s
longtime friends worked with HOBS to buy
the plot and make arrangements for the
burial without consulting Clark, who has
legal authority over the ashes. Ackerman
said then that Clark was concerned that
HOBS might seek to bury others in the
plot along with Kameny’s ashes since the
plot can accommodate at least two coffins
and three urns.
HOBS has said it has no intention of
burying anyone else in the plot.
“The estate of Franklin Kameny is
currently in negotiations in an effort to
settle outstanding matters related to the
estate,” Ackerman said in a statement
released on Tuesday. “We cannot
comment on these negotiations or the
status of the various matters as doing
so may compromise the progress that
has been made thus far,” he said. “All
involved are hopeful that resolution may
be reached in the near future.”
Carter did not respond to email and
phone messages this week seeking
comment from HOBS.
Records in the D.C. Superior Court’s
civil division, where the Kameny estate
case remains pending, show that at least
one creditor filed suit against the estate
on Aug. 7 to challenge a decision by the
estate to reject the creditor’s request for
repayment of a $12,000 loan.
The suit says the loan was made by D.C.
gay activist and longtime Kameny friend
Craig Howell in two increments in 2003
and 2004, according to Mindy Daniels,
Howell’s attorney.
Court papers filed by the estate
challenge the legal authority of Howell’s
claim for the loan repayment on several
grounds, saying, among other things, that
Howell waived a requirement that Kameny
make interest payments on the loan prior
to Kameny’s death.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national
LGBT political group that organizes Coming
Out Day activities, included a remembrance
of Kameny on its website this week.
“One year ago, the LGBT community
lost equality pioneer Frank Kameny, a
man whose tireless activism blazed a trail
for the entire LGBT community,” the HRC
web posting says. “This National Coming
Out Day, we remember Frank Kameny by
honoring his legacy as a forerunner of the
modern LGBT rights movement.”
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Kameny’s ashes still not buried one year later
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Leaders of the Log Cabin Republicans
are inching closer to a decision on
endorsing Mitt Romney for president
and a final announcement could come
within a few days pending the outcome of
a meeting Log Cabin is seeking to have
with the Romney campaign, according to
a source familiar with the process.
The source, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said Log Cabin wants to talk to
the campaign about Romney’s views on
LGBT issues and to seek his support for
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
in particular.
The source said the Romney campaign
“has expressed a lot of interest” in sitting
down with Log Cabin to address these
issues, although the meeting remains
unscheduled. According to the source, the
endorsement decision process should be
“all wrapped up in the next week or so.”
“We do think that once there’s that
conversation that we will be able to
move forward with the endorsement and
actually feel good about it,” the source
said, adding that if the board were to vote
today, its members would likely support
Romney for president.
R. Clarke Cooper, the group’s executive
director, acknowledged in an email to the
Washington Blade on Monday that his
organization seeks “clarity on workplace non-
discrimination” from the Romney campaign.
It’s not a secret Log Cabin has been asking
Romney to come out in favor of ENDA. In an
Aug. 13 op-ed for the Daily Caller, Cooper
called on Romney to voice support for ENDA
as well as commit to signing an executive
order barring federal contractors from
discriminating against LGBT people.
“Romney has said that he opposes
workplace discrimination,” Cooper wrote.
“By vowing to sign an executive order
preventing federal contractors from firing
people for being LGBT, and joining Paul
Ryan in support for ENDA, Romney can
draw a favorable contrast between himself
and the president.”
While running as a U.S. Senate
candidate against the late Sen. Edward
Kennedy, Romney pledged in a letter
to the Massachusetts chapter of the
organization to co-sponsor ENDA “and
if possible broaden to include housing
and credit.” But in later years, Romney
abandoned that position. He’s said he
no longer supports ENDA, but hasn’t yet
addressed the legislation during the 2012
campaign — largely because mainstream
media reporters haven’t questioned him
about the legislation.
The Romney campaign didn’t
immediately respond to a request for
comment from the Washington Blade on
the candidate’s position on ENDA.
In 2004, Log Cabin withheld its
endorsement from then-President George
W. Bush because of his support for the
Federal Marriage Amendment — a position
that’s shared by Romney. But the organization
in 2008 backed Republican presidential
nominee John McCain, who voted against
the amendment in the U.S. Senate.
Buchanan addresses
GOProud
In another development this week,
Republican strategist Bay Buchanan
urged an audience of gay conservatives to
remain optimistic that Romney will win the
presidential race.
“We have the message,” Buchanan
said. “We have the candidate, we now
have the momentum and the energy
and the excitement on our side, and the
undecideds are breaking our way.”
Buchanan addressed a crowd of about
65 at the Hotel Monaco in D.C. during
the gay conservative group GOProud’s
“Unity” event, which was aimed at
building support for Romney a month
prior to the election.
Blaming the media for the polling
disparities between Obama and Romney
— which were heightened after the release
of the “47 percent” video — Buchanan
said, “There were some mistakes on our
part, and they managed to do their best
to make it much worse than it really was.”
But Buchanan, a senior adviser to
the Romney campaign, said polls
are narrowing thanks to the Romney
campaign’s engagement with the local
media across the country and Romney’s
performance in the first presidential
debate last week.
“At each question, he had such a
command of the issue, and the way he
spoke, it was clear he is also a caring man,”
Buchanan said. “He is concerned, but he
also happens to be perfectly competent,
clear in thought, understands the issues,
has some answers out there and he truly
has the kind of courage necessary to do
the job that is necessary to put Americans
back to work.”
No explicit mention of LGBT issues was
made during the speech, but Buchanan
conveyed a sense of solidarity with the
audience of gay conservatives over the
issue of the economy.
“The economy and jobs is the most
serious issue the country faces, and we face
these issues together,” Buchanan said.
Prior to her remarks, Buchanan refused
to take questions from the Washington
Blade. She shook hands after her speech
with a number of attendees in the room
who thanked her for her work.
Buchanan’s attendance at the event
was noteworthy because she managed
the three presidential campaigns of her
brother Pat Buchanan, who in his 1992
speech before the Republican National
Convention said the GOP stands with then
President George H.W. Bush against the
“amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples
should have the same standing in law as
married men and women.”
Just in May on CBS’ “Face the Nation,”
Buchanan responded negatively to
President Obama’s endorsement of same-
sex marriage, saying the move would
be politically costly for Democrats in
battleground states.
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New Jersey-born and now Columbia
resident Dylan Goldberg is a political
junkie. He aspires to hold elected office
and has his sights on being governor of
Maryland some day. The straight, 21-year-
old senior at the University of Maryland,
College Park is also an outspoken advocate
of marriage equality and is doing his best
to see that the Civil Marriage Protection
Act is upheld in next month’s referendum.
“Marylanders have the ability to make
history in this country; we have the
opportunity to come together as the first
state in the union to give same-sex couples
the same rights as their heterosexual
counterparts,” Goldberg told the Blade. “I
tell my family, friends and neighbors that I
look forward to checking the box in favor of
Question 6 on my ballot.” He is often asked
why he is supporting marriage equality.
“It wasn’t until the first time I was asked
that question that I thought deeply about
how my decision could impact others. It
wasn’t until the spring of 2012 when I was
faced with fighting for equal rights for
others, the same rights I am granted as a
straight male,” he said.
Black Pride
honors advocates
Celebrating its 10th anniversary,
Baltimore Black Pride officials recognized
the following individuals and organizations
last week with its annual awards:
• Keith “Ebony” Holt, a youth advocate,
received an Icon award for his work in
Baltimore City government on behalf of
young black gay men and assisting them
into HIV treatment.
• Lea Gilmore received an Icon award as a
political activist/entertainer for being a straight
ally in the black community who advocates
on issues of marriage equality, social justice
and women’s sexual health issues as well as
recognizing her talents as a musical artist.
• Dale Guy Madison received the
Chairman’s Award for his advocacy work in
Baltimore with the Men of Color HIV/AIDS
Prevention Program, formerly Men of Color
Against AIDS. He is currently health educator
for young gay and bisexual people at the Los
Angeles Lesbian Gay Community Center.
• AIRS received a Community Award
for housing homeless youth and assisting
youth with life enhancement skills.
GLCCB to hold
35th anniversary gala
The Gay and Lesbian Community
Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) will
celebrate its 35th anniversary with a gala
at Club Hippo on Nov. 10. The event will
take place from 7-11 p.m. It will feature
an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, surprise
guests and music by JR Embrey. The
organizers promise fabulous decor as
well as a ceremonial cutting of the cake,
generously donated by Charm City
Cakes.
The Hippo will open to the public at 11
p.m. and guests can enjoy the rest of the
evening with no cover. Tickets are $60 and
can be purchased online.
“It’s a proud moment in history for the
LGBT community of greater Baltimore,
as we celebrate the 35th anniversary
of the GLCCB,” Board President Bud
Beehler told the Blade. “The courage
of the brave men and women who
sacrificed their personal safety, outing
themselves in an intolerant world and
founding The Baltimore Gay Center in
1977, is remarkable. “
The gala is sponsored by Chase Brexton
Health Services, Club Hippo, Charm City
Cakes, and the GLCCB.
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SuperPops go
‘Golden Age’
Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops
presents their show “The Golden Age
of Black & White” starting tonight at 8
and running through the weekend at the
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212
Cathedral St.).
The kickoff show for their 2012-13
SuperPops concert series transports
the audience to the 1950s through
their guest a-cappella group Chapter
6, music from game shows and TV
themes, and a tribute to the beginning
of rock n’ roll.
Tickets range from $28-$63. For more
information, visit bsomusic.org.
Gay crocodile
muddles ‘Panda’ plot
Iron Crow Theatre presents “Bad
Panda,” a play by Megan Gogerty,
tonight at 8 at Baltimore Theatre Project
(45 W Preston St.).
The play follows Gwo Gwo the
panda who is, along with his mate
Marion, the last two pandas on earth.
However, Gwo Gwo falls in love with a
crocodile, who is gay. An observation
of unconventional families, these
pandas behave badly making the play
appropriate for adults.
Tickets range from $10-$15. Since
tonight is the premiere, the theater
is offering a “pay-what-you-can”
special. For more information, visit
ironcrowtheatre.com.
Charles Village gay tour
set for Sunday morning
LGBT leaders provide tours through
Charles Village as part of “Creating the
Movement: Baltimore’s LGBT History in
Charles Village” Sunday morning at 10.
Leaders Louis Hughes, Richard Oloizia,
Shirley Parry and Gary Sachau lead tours
about the development of the LGBT
community from the 1960s-‘80s.
Space is limited. To reserve a spot and for
more information, visit baltimoreheritage.
ort/tour. A meeting place and confirmation
will be sent to participants by e-mail.
Charm City
Gay Social tonight
The Gay and Lesbian Community
Center of Baltimore (241 W. Chase St.)
hosts the Charm City Gay Social tonight
at 8:30 pm.
The social is a social and discussion
group aimed at understanding gay
culture, personal identity and civil rights
for gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and
intersex men 18 years and older.
They meet every Friday in Room
201. For more information, email
charmcitygaysocial@gmail.com or visit
charmcitygaysocial.org.
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Most voters have already
made up their minds
During the first presidential debate there
were few Obama supporters that weren’t
wringing their hands over the president’s poor
performance.
He looked alternately bored, annoyed,
stumped and generally seemed to appear to
question why he had to go through this. I kept
waiting for him to pull a George H.W. Bush
and look at his watch. In hindsight that may
have been better if he combined it with, “Gov-
ernor, we have now listened to you for an hour
denying everything you have campaigned on
for the past 18 months. We have 30 minutes
left so please tell the American people what
you really believe and if you were lying before
or are lying now.”
We know President Obama isn’t a great
debater and Jim Lehrer losing total control of
the proceedings didn’t help matters. Remem-
ber, Obama lost nearly every debate to others
including Hillary Clinton in 2008 but still won
the nomination. We also know that past win-
ners of first presidential debates often don’t
become president or we would have had
President Kerry, President Mondale and Presi-
dent Carter for a second term.
The American people are smarter than
political pundits give them credit for. They
do weed out truth from fiction and judge
candidates not just on one debate. I ques-
tion the intelligence of some who say they
are still undecided. We have heard Rom-
ney campaign for 18 months and the Re-
publican Party has issued and endorsed its
platform — the policies and principles he is
running on. Barack Obama has been presi-
dent for more than three and a half years
and has a record on which to judge him.
The Democratic Party issued and endorsed
the party platform, which represents the
ideas and principles on which he is running.
People who say they haven’t heard enough
to make up their minds just aren’t listening
or reading.
The majority of voters made up their minds
long before the debate and we know Obama
is a great campaigner, which he showed
again at his massive rallies the day after the
debate in Denver, Wisconsin and Ohio. Most
people who listened did so as much out of
curiosity as for new facts to emerge. But while
Romney either misstated or lied about his
positions on nearly every major issue, he did
it well and with forcefulness. The president
reiterated his positions in a boring and dull
fashion and never really challenged Romney
on any of the lies.
The dynamic of the polling after the de-
bate was easy to anticipate and Romney won
big for being forceful and standing up to the
president. He didn’t back down and spoke
clearly and even occasionally eloquently. He
was well rehearsed and it showed. Presiden-
tial debates aren’t judged on truthfulness but
on style and appearance and Romney clearly
won on those points.
But over the next couple of weeks the few
really undecided voters will have time to di-
gest a little of what was said and get to see the
vice presidential debate and two more presi-
dential debates.
I wrote this column prior to Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden debating Rep. Paul Ryan
but while VP debates are often fun to watch I
don’t think there ever was one that changed
the dynamic of an election. Some good lines
have emerged, such as Lloyd Bentsen tell-
ing Dan Quayle he was “no Jack Kennedy.”
But it was Quayle who became
vice president.
This election may not be over but it still
appears that President Obama will be re-
elected. People will conclude it doesn’t
matter who wins a debate on style but rather
what they said. They will come to see that
while Romney created a new fantasy dis-
missing what he said for the past year and
a half, President Obama, however boring or
aloof his delivery, is in fact the person they
want and trust as commander-in-chief for
the next four years.
The focus must now include what hap-
pens to the Congress. My guess is that
Democrats will maintain their majority in the
Senate and Republicans theirs in the House.
So the fights will continue but just maybe
the reelection of President Obama will give
the few moderate Republicans left in the
Congress the cojones to do the right thing
for the nation.
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Peter Rosenstein is a D.C.-based LGBT rights and
Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.
People who say they haven’t heard enough to make up
their minds just aren’t listening or reading.
EDI TORI AL CARTOON
Lesbians have higher rates
of the disease
One in eight women will be diagnosed
with breast cancer in her lifetime.
The District of Columbia has the highest
breast cancer incidence rate and the sec-
ond highest breast cancer mortality rate in
the United States. According to the Ameri-
can Cancer Society, 590 new cases of breast
cancer will be detected in D.C. this year.
Lesbians have higher rates of breast
cancer compared to women in general,
mainly because they are less likely to see
a doctor and get regular mammograms.
And, unfortunately, there is NO data at all
on breast cancer rates within the trans-
gender community.
Breast exams, whether self-exams or
clinical exams, should be a part of your
health care routine. It’s a simple but im-
portant step to protect your health.
The first step for anyone, regardless of
age, is to start doing breast self-exams
monthly. Seventy percent of all breast
cancers are found through self-exams.
Look for changes in your breasts while
standing in front of a mirror. Check for
any changes in size, shape or contour in-
cluding dimpling, rash, redness or scale-
ness of the nipple or breast skin.
Then it’s time to do the actual exam.
Breast self-exams can be performed
while lying down on your back with a pil-
low under your shoulder or while bathing
or showering using soapy hands.
Use the pads of the three middle
fingers to feel your breasts. Press us-
ing light, medium and firm pressure in
a circle without lifting your fingers off
the skin. Use an up and down pattern
to check your whole breast. Feel for
changes in your breast above and below
your collarbone and in your armpit.
Remember, it is important to know
how your breasts usually look and feel. If
you notice a change, let your medical
provider know.
Mammograms every year for women
aged 40-70, especially for high-risk wom-
en who have had a first-degree relative
diagnosed with breast cancer, are en-
couraged in order to help detect breast
cancer at the earliest and most treatable
stages. Mammograms may detect cancer,
but they do not prevent cancer. While the
causes of breast cancer are still unknown,
here are a few tips that may help reduce
the risk of developing the disease:
• Don’t smoke, exercise regularly, and
maintain a healthy weight. Studies show
that excess weight may increase the risk
of breast cancer.
• Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
The fiber, antioxidants and other nutri-
ents found in fresh fruits and vegetables
may help reduce the risk of breast cancer
and some other cancers.
• Reduce the negative stress in your life.
Keeping a positive, relaxed outlook may be
beneficial for the immune system, therefore
reducing the risk of some diseases.
So there are lots of things we can all
do to reduce our risk of breast cancer and
to help us find it early if we have it.
But we know you may still have some
questions about breast cancer or you may
need some help getting into screenings.
And that’s where we at Whitman-Walker
can help.
For 14 years, Whitman-Walker’s Breast
Health Initiative (BHI) has provided lesbi-
ans, bisexual women and the transgen-
der community with education about
breast self-exams and access to clinical
breast exams and mammograms. While
we can perform clinic breast exams on
site, we partner with local hospitals and
mammogram sites to give our patients
access to this service.
BHI has historically served LBT pa-
tients, but is open to anyone who needs
help. For more information, please call
202-745-6193.
In the U.S., one person is diagnosed
with breast cancer every three minutes.
One person dies of breast cancer every
14 minutes. Take breast cancer seriously.
And take the steps needed to stay healthy.
Whitman-Walker Health is ready to help.
Nonprofits, small
businesses urge Council,
mayor to halt city plan
Unless the D.C. Council and Mayor Vin-
cent Gray act to intervene, a startling and
drastic change in health insurance regula-
tions approved last week by an appointed
city board is now looming for a large num-
ber of D.C. residents and those who work
in Washington.
President Obama’s oft-repeated pledge
that “if you like your health plan . . . you will
be able to keep your health care plan, pe-
riod” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
won’t apply in the nation’s capital.
If you work in the District for a business,
nonprofit, organization, association or oth-
er private sector employer with 50 or fewer
employees and are covered under a group
plan, you will not be allowed to retain your
current health insurance.
If you live in D.C. and maintain individual
health insurance coverage – or will soon be
required by the federal government to do
so – you’ll grapple with the same restriction.
Upwards of 135,000 people – nearly
30 percent of the private sector insurance
market in the District – will be subjected to
this policy, along with affected spouses and
family members. Even if next month’s na-
tional election produces the prospect that
Obamacare may be revoked, replaced or
reduced in scope, the city intends to inde-
pendently proceed.
The seven-member D.C. Health Benefits
Exchange Authority voted unanimously last
week to require that all employee groups
of 50 or fewer and individuals be forced
to purchase health insurance through the
Exchange. These groups and all individuals
will no longer have the freedom of retain-
ing current plans or seeking coverage in
the open market.
The Exchange set-up shoehorns enroll-
ees into standardized one-size-fits-all insur-
ance plan offerings, picking from a limited
number of cookie-cutter coverage choices.
Worse, like the massive health care over-
haul, Exchange details are undefined and
untested. The only certainties are that costs
will rise and choices will disappear.
If allowed to stand, this unpopular man-
date will undoubtedly be widely reviled.
It will prohibit participation in the private
insurance market, result in higher premi-
ums and less beneficial coverage options,
eliminate or reduce employer-provided
coverage for many, end negotiating oppor-
tunities for customized group policies and
cost-effective coverage, and eradicate the
tailored array of coverage configurations
designed to best match the unique needs
of employee groups.
As news of this pending protocol has
spread, a large and diverse ad hoc coali-
tion of local nonprofits, organizations, busi-
nesses and community business groups
has formed to demand that elected offi-
cials reject the plan. D.C. Council action is
scheduled for next month.
Although the Authority reversed its
recommendation to also restrict groups
of 51 to 100 to the Exchange, these larger
groups will confront the same compulsory
policy in 2016 under ACA rules. As a result,
an additional 45,000 workers face an identi-
cal future coverage restriction.
The plan creates a perverse incentive for
organizations with tight operating budgets
and businesses with small operating margins
to drop coverage, allowed by ACA for em-
ployers with up to 49 full-time employees.
The Authority maintains that the Dis-
trict’s small workforce necessitates compel-
ling mandatory inclusion in this scheme to
prevent Exchange costs from rising even
higher than anticipated. Consumer advo-
cates argue that other available solutions
were not given adequate consideration by
the board, including enlisting carrier par-
ticipation and risk pooling both within and
outside the Exchange or the creation of a
regional Exchange.
Advocates recommend that the city
move forward on a more moderate path
evolving on a less frantic schedule and con-
sidering alternative Exchange frameworks.
At a minimum, they want the city to advance
sensibly while discovering what works most
effectively with the least disruption – mea-
suring real-world results, monitoring uncer-
tain market consequences, evaluating em-
ployer and consumer hardship, responding
to unintended and adverse effects, and bet-
ter serving all stakeholders.
They point out that a well-informed Ex-
change structure modification is more real-
istic than reconstituting a small group insur-
ance marketplace demolished by dictate.
Prospects for a commonsense course
correction are uncertain. Following the
Authority’s decision, At-Large D.C. Council
member and Committee on Health chair
David Catania enthusiastically endorsed
the board plan.
If you oppose this controversial prom-
ise-breaking plan, the time to let the D.C.
Council know is now.
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Take steps to detect, prevent breast cancer
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-
time community business advocate. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
OUR BUSI NESS MATTERS
D.C. may break Obama’s health care pledge
Meghan Davies is director of Community Health
at Whitman-Walker Health. Reach her via whitman-
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Real-life gay parents
weigh in on how they’re
portrayed in pop culture
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Gay characters have been on TV since
the ‘70s with Billy Crystal on “Soap.” And
we’re now seeing more LGBT family life
than ever before, especially on sitcoms like
“Modern Family” and “The New Normal.”
But these characters are written — as one
would expect on a sitcom — broadly. How
do they sit with real-life LGBT families? We
found some in our area and asked.
“We get this question all the time,” says
Brent Almond, a Kensington, Md., resident
who’s raising nearly 3-year-old son Jon with
his partner of 15 years, Nick Pirulli. “We
adopted our son about the same time Cam
and Mitch did on ‘Modern Family,’ plus we
are a couple consisting of a larger southern
guy and a smaller, bearded lawyer. We’ve
been watching it from the beginning and
love it. I think, you know, I don’t know that
our personalities are too much like theirs,
but they look like real people to us. The
guys on ‘The New Normal’ are almost too
pretty. I know people like that but they’re
not really our friends. They don’t seem as
quote-unquote real to me.”
Justin Connor, a gay dad raising
4-month-old daughter Noura with
husband Mohamad Olabi, agrees.
“It’s very exciting to see more LGBT
family life and these kinds of characters
and programming on TV,” the D.C.
resident and attorney says. “We’ve
certainly watched ‘Modern Family’ since it
came out and we love that show. It’s very
well done and it’s fun to kind of recognize
ourselves a little bit in the lives of those
characters. It’s good TV, it’s well done and
people can relate and connect to it.”
Not everyone is feeling the warm fuzzies
though. Alexandra Khalaf, who’s raising
9-month-old daughter Camille with her
spouse of three years, Amy, says Hollywood’s
fascination with gay men is disappointing.
“Of course I DVR’d ‘The New Normal’
hoping that any new gay show would be
helpful for our cause,” she says. “But I find
myself really frustrated watching the show.
First, it’s always gay men on these shows,
minus ‘The L Word,’ which was all straight
women and horribly done. Second, the show
of course portrays the very wealthy gay men
living in a beautiful home in California, a
stereotype for all gay men — good looking,
fit, rich. Then he has a black ‘helper’ — again,
stereotype. It’s not realistic at all.”
She’s also concerned at how easy the
show made the parenting process appear.
“My wife and I went through so many
things to have our daughter — lawyers
office multiple times for documents that
might help should be wife and I separate or
God forbid die. We had to deliver in another
state other than where we live in Virginia in
order to both be on the birth certificate.
It’s not like a puppy where you walk up to
a window and say, ‘Awwww, honey I want
that one.’ And then the surrogate just gets
pregnant on the first try. Seriously? This show
makes it look so easy for our community to
just pop out a kid … if the shows can’t be
real, then don’t bother putting it on.”
Steve Majors, who works as
communications director for Family
Equality Council and has two daughters
— 8-year-old Claudia and 7-year-old
Shoshana — with partner Todd Leavitt,
says while some of those observations
are good to keep in mind, these shows
ultimately do more good than harm.
“I know many families who gather
around these shows with bowls of
popcorn and their kids and it’s important
for these kids to see their lives reflected
in pop culture,” he says. “We know that
LGBT families live everywhere. We live in
96 percent of the counties in the U.S., in
every state. We are friends and neighbors
and church goers just like everyone else
and so when you have these shows that
identify LGBT families, it goes a long way
to let other people, our friends, neighbors
and community members, know we exist
and we are out there.”
But while the representation is seen as
good by many LGBT TV fans, could there
be a backlash? One can almost imagine
grumbling remarks in middle America
with straight viewers saying, “Here we go
again — you know they had to throw in a
token gay character.”
Majors says no.
“What you’re seeing is the normalization
of our families on TV and it’s just part of that
process,” he says. “Yeah, you may have
people think, ‘Oh, there goes our requisite
LGBT character, but that’s all part of the part
of us being in the pop culture conversation.
It’s no longer something that’s seen as
unique, edgy, controversial or cliché.”
And what do the more family-oriented
shows say about LGBT life in general?
Everybody remembers Keith and David
adopting on “Six Feet Under,” but not
until the last season. How are these shows
different from, say, the “Will & Grace” era?
“I think we’re seeing more of a focus
on gay life presented in a positive way,”
Mohamad Olabi says. “For so long when
there were gay characters, it seems like
they were presented in such a bad way.
For so long, it felt like they just loved to
make our image look bad. The gay guy
would be super feminine. I think we’re
seeing improvement.”
Majors says pop culture is always a
reflection of where society is in general.
“On ‘Will & Grace’ there was a lot of
narrative about the search for a partner, a
husband or a long-term spouse but we’re at a
point now where more and more Americans
support the freedom of LGBT people to get
married and create families so as that has
become more of a reality, it’s changing the
narrative of how we see that reflected in films
and TV. It’s not that unusual for there to be
[LGBT] family storylines because that’s where
we are right now as a community.”
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From TV’s first gay dad
in 1972 to ‘Kids Are All
Right’ success
By DANA RUDOLPH
October is LGBT History Month, so I
want to celebrate with a look at some of the
historical milestones — of laws, visibility and
community — related to LGBT parents. This
is not meant to be a comprehensive look at
the 40-year history of out LGBT parents, but
simply a brief list of a few LGBT parenting
“firsts.” These items may show only part of
the story, but I hope they will give readers a
sense of the rich history of which we are part.
1972: That Certain Summer, the first
television movie to depict a gay dad,
airs on ABC, starring Martin Sheen as a
dad who comes out to his teenage son,
and Hal Holbrook as his partner. Scott
Jacoby, who played the son, won a Best
Supporting Actor Emmy.
1973: Sandy and Madeleine’s Family
becomes the first U.S. documentary about
a lesbian-headed family.
1973: A Colorado court issues the
country’s first known opinion involving a
transgender parent, upholding his right to
retain child custody.
1974: A New Jersey superior court judge
rules that a father’s sexual orientation is not in
itself a reason to deny him child visitation, the
first time a U.S. court has acknowledged the
constitutional rights of gay fathers.
1974: Several lesbian mothers and
friends in Seattle form the Lesbian
Mothers National Defense Fund to help
lesbian mothers in custody disputes.
1976: Washington, D.C. becomes first
jurisdiction in the country to prohibit
judges from making custody decisions
based solely on sexual orientation.
1977: Lawyers Donna Hitchens and
Roberta Achtenberg in San Francisco
form the Lesbian Rights Project (LRP),
which evolves into the National Center for
Lesbian Rights (NCLR), still helping LGBT
parents (and others) today.
1978: The Washington Supreme Court
issues the country’s first custody ruling in
favor of a lesbian couple (Sandy Schuster and
Madeleine Isaacson of the 1973 film above).
1978: New York becomes the first state
to say it will not reject adoption applicants
solely because of “homosexuality.”
1979: A gay couple in California
becomes the first in the country known to
have jointly adopted a child.
1979: Jane Severance’s When Megan
Went Away becomes the first picture book
in the U.S. to show a lesbian relationship.
1982: The Sperm Bank of California
begins operations, the first in the country to
serve lesbian couples and single women.
1985: A court for the first time allows a non-
biological mother to adopt the biological
child of her female partner. The ruling, in
Alaska, also allows the biological father to
maintain a relationship with the child.
1988: A group of youth with LGBT
parents meets at a conference organized
by a precursor to the Family Equality
Council, and begins the organizing that
in 1999 leads to Children of Lesbians
and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) as an
independent national organization.
1989: Author Lesléa Newman self-
publishes Heather Has Two Mommies,
the first children’s book in the U.S. to show
a lesbian couple planning and raising a
child together.
1990: LGBT publisher Alyson
Publications launches the Alyson
Wonderland imprint for children’s titles. It
publishes Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael
Willhoite, the first children’s book to depict
gay male parents, and mass produces
Heather Has Two Mommies.
1997: New Jersey becomes the first state
to allow same-sex couples to adopt jointly.
2008: Marcus Ewert publishes 10,000
Dresses, the first children’s book to show
a clearly transgender child.
2009: First explicit mention of same-sex
parents in a presidential proclamation. In
announcing Sept. 28 as Family Day, President
Obama says, “Whether children are raised by
two parents, a single parent, grandparents,
a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families
encourage us to do our best and enable us
to accomplish great things.”
2010: The Kids Are All Right, starring
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore,
becomes the first major feature film to
focus on an LGBT couple and their children.
2010: President Obama revises hospital
visitation rules so patients may designate
their own visitors, including same-sex
partners.
2011: The U.S. State Department
updates passport applications to say
“Mother or Parent 1 and “Father or Parent
2” instead of just “Mother” and “Father.”
(I have compiled these items from a number of sourc-
es; special recognition goes to Carlos Ball’s The Right
to Be Parents and Jaime Campbell Naidoo’s Rainbow
Family Collections.)
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Milestones in LGBT
parenting history
Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian
(mombian.com), an award-winning blog and resource di-
rectory for LGBT parents.
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Upcoming book explores
assumptions about
LGBT parents
By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
Television and movies created an
image of a modern-day same-sex family:
a white, often attractive, affluent couple
in a city raising a child they adopted or
conceived with a donor and surrogate.
However, LGBT parents across the country
are diverse in race, income and openness,
which author Michael Shelton explores in
his upcoming book “Family Pride.”
In his book, Shelton tackles stereotypes
of the LGBT community in general,
especially LGBT parents.
Shelton wrote a previous book on
youth programming, which included LGBT
children but did not specifically address
the children of same-sex parents. After
working for Mountain Meadow, a camp
for the children of LGBT families, Shelton
realized the full extent of diversity in the
LGBT community.
“I realized nobody’s really addressing
diversity in this population,” Shelton says
during a phone interview this week. “The
media only seems to focus on a small,
small snippet of LGBT families, so that was
my goal, to focus on diversity.”
One topic Shelton discusses is the
“pink economy” or the assumption
that most gays and lesbians are, “well
educated and have discretionary money
for all those high-priced accoutrements
out of reach of the average middle-class-
income wage earner.” Shelton cites a
study by the Williams Institute showing
the median household income of same-
sex couples with children is 23 percent
lower than that of their heterosexual
counterparts. Additionally, one in five
children living with same-sex parents are
poor, as compared to one in 10 children
living with heterosexual parents. Shelton
also says poverty levels increase when the
same-sex parents live in urban areas and/
or are people of color.
Shelton further explores underrepresented
LGBT parents of color. According to a study
by the Our Family Coalition, more than half
of the LGBT Asian, African-American and
Hispanic couples living in California ages
22-25 are raising children. Only 18 percent
of white, 22-25 year-old same-sex couples in
California have children.
Another myth Shelton works to unravel
is that of the urban-dwelling gays and
lesbians. While it is true that many in the
LGBT community prefer to move to more
accepting environments, such as large
cities, a large segment of the community
choose, for one reason or another, to live
in suburbs and rural areas of the Midwest
and the South. Shelton interviewed
families who may have found accepting
suburban communities, did not have the
financial means to live elsewhere or simply
prefer not to live in a city.
Perhaps most staggering of all is the
abundance of closeted LGBT parents.
Shelton discussed the idea of “parental
shame” in relation to their sexuality,
which may or may not be carried on to
their children. He describes two cases in
particular of LGBT parents keeping their
sexual identity a secret.
The first involves a gay man in Kentucky,
Chris, who is gay and raising a child with
his heterosexual wife. She is unaware of
her husband’s sexuality. As a teenager,
Chris believed it would be impossible to
live his life openly and decided to marry
and keep his secret to himself.
Shelton also describes a lesbian couple
in the Ozarks raising a 14-year-old son
from one of their previous marriages. Their
community believes they are friends living
together to help support each other. Their
son identifies as gay and is comfortable
with his sexuality. His mothers discourage
him from coming out in fear of having their
own relationship questioned and causing
speculation that they “made him gay.”
The author describes this behavior as
stemming from gays and lesbians growing
up in repressive environments. They may
think that living a closeted, seemingly
heterosexual life as their only option.
Shelton’s book sheds light on the
diversity within the LGBT parental
community. Look for “Family Pride” in
January from Beacon Press.
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Beyond urban,
wealthy stereotypes
Gay author MICHAEL SHELTON.
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During this period, the doula and the
expecting parent(s) build a trusting and
open relationship that shapes the care
the doula provides. Getting to know a
sensitive and experienced doula over the
course of a pregnancy will allow for the
most personalized care.
This care includes knowledgeable
assistance in evaluating your choice of
birth settings and care providers, including
specific obstetric practices that would
support your birth choices and lifestyle
preferences; developing a birth preference
plan; and navigating the sometimes
overwhelming choices for childbirth
preparation classes, exercise, pediatrician,
breastfeeding, and alternative modalities.
The doula provides in-home
sessions and 24/7 email and telephone
communication to address any questions
and concerns. Once labor begins,
the doula is ever-present to optimize
communication between you, your partner
and labor team and medical professionals
as needed; to translate medical jargon; to
provide hands-on physical, informational,
and emotional support to you and your
labor team; and relay your preferences for
the care and bonding with the baby at the
birth. A doula can correct the care provider
and staff assumptions about who’s who at
the birth and their role and title.
A doula is a valuable member of the birth
team for any family, but LGBT parents-to-be
can reap special benefits from working with
a doula. Your doula will get to know you over
the course of your pregnancy and is there to
become educated to your wishes, concerns
and preferences — the doula is there to learn
what is important and unique about each
pregnant/expecting parents. A relationship
will develop that will help put you at ease
in the birthing environment where you may
be dealing with many attendants, such as
hospital staff, for the very first time. Your
doula, at this point, will be familiar with you
and your family and will work closely with
those health care professionals supporting
your birth, freeing your mind, body and
spirit to focus on your most important task
of birthing your baby.
An experienced doula can assist with
breastfeeding education and support for
lesbian couples (for example, who may
both want to breastfeed) and transgender
couples. The doula can assist gay men with
a surrogate birthing their baby to better
understand and support their surrogate
in pregnancy, birth and with the transfer
of parenting responsibilities (for example
skin–to-skin) from the biological mother
to the new parents. The doula provides
information, referrals and networks in the
Washington metro area specific to your
needs and community. In addition, the
doula will ensure that the parents have
access to quality, non-judgmental training
in baby care, feeding, pediatrician selection
and diapering options, child care and all of
the other issues that new parents face.
As renowned doula Miriam Zoila Perez
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understanding element and provide non-
judgmental and unconditional support
to pregnant and parenting people …
much of our work is about leaving our
assumptions at the door.”
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Parents reap benefits from
working with a doula
Claudia Booker is a DONA-certified birth doula and home
birth midwife (CPM) and has a birthing services company,
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Nazi code, to chemical
castration and suicide
By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
Scientist cracks codes to help defeat
Germany during World War II, essentially
laying the groundwork for modern
computer science, but is busted for being
gay and in 1950s England is chemically
castrated and eventually commits suicide.
It’s a tragedy of epic proportions but
such is the little-heard biography of Alan
Turing. A new 53-minute docudrama
about his life called “Codebreaker”
debuts next week in Washington.
Novice filmmaker Patrick Sammon —
a former executive director of the Log
Cabin Republicans — says Turing’s story
needs to be told.
“As I sorted through my hundred ideas,”
Sammon says, “Turing’s idea quickly came
to the top of the pile, because it was an
amazing story, and I thought everyone
should know about Turing’s contribution to
our world. And then I realized there really
hadn’t been a film like this done about him.”
The film (turingfilm.com) was released
in the U.K. last year. Its U.S. premiere is
Wednesday at the Georgetown AMC. It’s
sponsored by the D.C. Center and tickets
are available to the public (todpix.com/
CODEBREAKER). An advance screening
and discussion were held last week at the
National Press Club on the centenary of
Turing’s birth and the film will also screen in
New York on Oct. 25. Beyond that, TODpix,
a distribution company, is working with
grassroots organizations across the country
to find audiences for additional showings.
Sammon, who’s gay, hopes to reach
pockets of both the LGBT and tech
communities to build a demand for
additional screenings, culminating in
“A Night with Alan Turing,” featuring
screenings in 50 cities on Nov. 8.
Turing grew up in England in the early
20
th
century. He quickly stood out as a
bright student and his teachers praised
his “considerable powers of reasoning.”
He developed a strong bond with fellow
student Christopher Morcom. According
to David Leavitt, novelist and Turing
historian, “Morcom was, I think, more
important to Turing than any other human
being in his life. Turing was probably, in an
adolescent way, quite in love with him.”
When Morcom died at a young age,
Turing delved into his work as a sort
of tribute to his late friend. As years
passed, Turing developed the idea of the
computer, broke encrypted German army
messages during World War II and laid
the groundwork for the future of artificial
intelligence and mathematical biology.
Later in life, Turing had an affair with a
19-year-old named Arnold Murray, a friend
of whose burgled Turing’s house early in
1952. Turing reported the crime, and the
circumstances surrounding it, to the police. At
the time, homosexuality was illegal in England
and they charged Turing with indecency.
Turing opted for hormonal treatment over
prison, resulting in serious physical and mental
side effects. Shortly after ending treatment,
Turing committed suicide at the age of 41.
Sammon moved to Washington in 2003
to become a documentary filmmaker, but
his career took a detour when he began
working for, and ultimately running, the
Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative
organization that advocates for equal
rights for the LGBT community. During
this time, Sammon amassed many ideas
for films. When he launched Story Center
Productions in 2009, he partnered with a
U.K.-based production company to help
with his first film, “Codebreaker.”
He spent about six months in London
during the production, which he’s been
focused on full time since 2010. He factored in
some living expenses into the production cost,
which was funded largely from Channel 4 in
the U.K. and also on his savings. Other donors,
foundations and corporations including Intel
and Google helped finance the project.
Sammon calls the film a “drama-
documentary,” saying, “A third of it is
drama, recreation, and then two-thirds is
documentary. It’s a good mix of those two
elements, and I think they play well together.”
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PATRICK SAMMON, right, directs a scene of his
new docu-drama ‘Codebreaker’ in London.
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Walker Chaffin isn’t quite sure how he got into tennis as a kid. Nobody in his
family played but somewhere along the way, he picked it up and it’s become a
big part of his life.
As a member of the Capital Tennis Association — a gay D.C.-area league of
about 300 players — for about 22 years, he just finished organizing his fifth
charity tournament, the “Capital Classic,” for the group last month. This year’s
recipients are the Washington AIDS Partnership and the Team D.C. scholarships.
In past years, proceeds have gone to Food & Friends, Whitman-Walker, the
Mautner Project and others. Over the years, Chaffin says the tournaments have
raised about $100,000 for these groups.
For his efforts, he’s being honored Saturday night at the Team D.C. Champion
Awards at the HRC building (teamdc.org).
“Well, you know, it’s a surprise and quite an honor,” Chaffin says. “My first
thought was, ‘Who nominated me?’ but they’re very secretive about that. I’m
happy we’ve been able to raise so much money. That’s why I wanted to do it, so
it’s just a very nice surprise.”
The 46-year-old Alexandria, Va., native works as a law librarian by day but is
active in the Association and also teaches tennis on the side. He’s been in the
area his entire life except for two years of college in Minneapolis.
He and partner Brian Peteritas met last year at the Capital Classic.
Chaffin lives in Columbia Heights and enjoys, besides tennis of course,
movies, TV and hanging out with friends in his free time.
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40 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 QUEERY: 20 QUESTI ONS FOR WALKER CHAFFI N
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
I have been out since 1989. I am
extremely lucky because my mother
made it clear early on that I was loved
no matter what so coming out was
not difficult for me as it was for others.
Thanks Mom!
WHO’S YOUR LGBT HERO?
Martina Navratilova — she is a great
role model and one of the greatest
players of all time. She was brave
enough to come out well before others
were doing it.
WHAT’S WASHINGTON’S BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
Present – Nellie’s. Past – Tracks.
Where else could you dance and/or play
volleyball at 2 in the morning?
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Saying “I do” when it’s legal for all to
marry.
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
The environment

WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Martin Luther King’s assassination and
9-11.
WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
I would say seeing Madonna in
concert for the first time. I waited in line
overnight in 20 below temperatures in
Minnesota to get those tickets and it
was so worth it.

ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
Respect, a great sense of humor and
two DVRs.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
I don’t post very often. My last post
was “Paris was amazing, on my way to
Barcelona” back in May.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
“Game Set Match”
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Nothing for myself but it would be
fun to give it to Rick Santorum and the
owner of Chick-Fil-A.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
Those we have loved and lost are still with us.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
I don’t think I’m qualified to give them
advice. I would, however, like to thank
them for all their hard work.
WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
The people I love, a winning lottery ticket
or a chance to hit with Roger Federer.
WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
That we’re not interested in or good
at sports.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
“Big Eden,” “A Single Man” and
“Brokeback Mountain.”

WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
Political correctness

WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
I can’t say I’d mind winning an Oscar
or the U.S. Open.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN
AT 18?
To buy up all of the Microsoft stock.

WHY WASHINGTON?
I was born here and have always loved
it. I’ve almost relocated a few times but
the life I have here and the friends I’ve
made make it impossible to leave.
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Odd but endearing play
explores pregnant teen’s
isolation
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Holly keeps counsel with dolls. When
you’re a teenager marking time in your
basement far from the world, it gets lonely.
So she talks to them. And they talk back.
Occasionally she even gets some good
advice.
Emerging playwright Kara Lee Corthron
writes thoughtfully about young women. In
her funny and oddly heartwarming “Holly
Down In Heaven” (currently making its
world premiere at Forum Theatre in a fresh
production ably staged by the company’s
artistic director Michael Dove), Corthron
explores a chaotic childhood journey.
After learning she’s pregnant, 15-year-
old honor student Holly (Maya Jackson)
sentences herself to nine months
downstairs, vowing not to come up again
until the baby is born. There, surrounded
by her vast doll collection, she waits.
Her indulgent widowed father (KenYatta
Rogers) however has different ideas.
From upstairs he keeps a close eye on
his only child, gently encouraging her to
consider alternatives to keeping the baby.
For born again Christian Holly, abortion
is out. She’s adamant: her intention is to
remain underground, see no doctors and
become a mother.
Tucked away, Holly seeks comfort from
her dolls. Displayed on shelves around
the perimeter of the open room, they’re
arranged singly and in groups. The black
contingent headed by a sassy Cabbage
Patch baby includes a tiny, diplomatic
Kofi Annan; next to them is a ponderously
earnest Native American; then there are
the Victorian dolls, most notably Queen
Victoria herself; and across the basement
in a spot lit place of honor stands a
graceful Geisha girl (voiced by KyoSin).
Increasingly, conversation between
Holly and the dolls centers on their
reluctance to share her with a living,
breathing baby. Sometimes these talks
(actually just Holly talking to herself)
become overly heated; and when it does,
she quells the mayhem with threats of
putting certain dolls in storage or even
striking a match. (Like the “Wizard of Oz’s”
scarecrow, these chatty collectibles are
acutely aware of their flammability.)
For more serious chats, Holly goes
one-on-one with her prized psychiatrist
doll that bears a resemblance to Carol
Channing in appearance and voice. The
straight talking, potty-mouthed shrink
(expertly handled and hilariously voiced
by Vanessa Strickland) encourages her
adolescent patient to become less closed
off from the humans in her life.
Yes, non-dolls occasionally do make
the subterranean scene: In addition to her
father, Holly’s tutor Mia (Dawn Thomas),
an agreeably neurotic grad student with
father issues comes three times a week;
and Yager (Parker Drown), the gamer next
door pays brief unsolicited visits entering
and exiting via a basement window.
Holly is at turns charming and charmless. A
bundle of teenage hormones (and pregnant
to boot), she is changeable and bratty as
she explores notions of independence,
relationships and faith. In the title role,
Jackson perfectly places her character
between little girl and young woman.
As Holly’s inept but well-meaning ex-
boyfriend Yager, Drown (who’s gay) gives
a terrifically understated performance,
securing his growing reputation as a
versatile local actor. He’s unrecognizable
from his Helen Hayes Award-winning
performance as Angel, the drum
beating drag queen in Keegan Theatre’s
production of “Rent.”
Sometimes the longish “Holly Down In
Heaven” doesn’t seem sure what kind of
play it is, veering from thoughtful comedy
to sticky sitcom, but its general quirkiness
make it worth a go.
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42 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 THEATER
‘HOLLY DOWN IN HEAVEN’
Through Oct. 20
Forum Theatre
Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
$15-$25
240-644-1100
forum-theatre.org
MAYA JACKSON as Holly in Kara Lee Corthron’s ‘Holly Down in Heaven.’
PHOTO COURTESY ROUND HOUSE THEATRE
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Decide for yourself, but
be careful not to let it
become an ultimatum
DEAR MICHAEL: My boyfriend David’s
sister is getting married on Thanksgiving
weekend and I am not invited although we
have been a couple for almost two years.
I am upset that I have never met her, or any
of his family, because he is not out to them.
In fact, they don’t know I exist. I feel that if I
am really important to him, he has to take a
stand with his family and let them know who
he really is and that he has a partner.
David comes from a very religious,
conservative family and also works for his
father’s business, so he is worried that they
will reject him and that he’ll lose his job. I
tell him that he has to stand up for who he
is and can’t spend his life hiding from his
family in the 21
st
century.
Also I think it is ridiculous that we
aren’t living together, because he says
his family would figure out he’s gay if
we did. I told David that I am thinking
of ending our relationship unless he
starts being honest with them. He cried
a lot and said he loves me, but he hasn’t
made a move. Am I doing the right
thing? Aside from this, David is a very
decent guy — we have a fair number of
shared interests and I like being around
him. But I can’t stand this secrecy and
am losing respect for him.
—TIRED OF SECRETS
DEAR TIRED: Although you believe that
David has to come out to his family and
shouldn’t spend his life hiding his sexual
orientation, the truth is that he doesn’t
and he might. You cannot decide what
David does. You can only decide whether
or not you are willing to be partnered with
a person who is choosing to live as David
currently lives.
While you feel that David’s choices
reflect that you are not important
to him, is it possible that this is not
actually true? The reality may be that
David loves you and that he is afraid
to tell his family that he is gay. These
are not incompatible. Is there some
different measure by which you might
determine how much David values you,
other than by whether or not he comes
out to his family? As things now stand,
you are taking very personally David’s
fear of his family’s approval.
I invite you to consider why you are
losing respect for David, whom you
describe as a very decent guy. Obviously,
he is making some big choices with
which you strongly disagree, but is there
a way you could decide not to take the
high moral ground over these choices?
This would mean acknowledging that
each of you has a different opinion
and that you are each free to choose
your own path. If you are going to be
in a long-term relationship, finding a
way to tolerate all sorts of important
differences is helpful, because they are
unavoidable.
That said, you may decide that it is
supremely important to be partnered
with someone who is not hiding his
sexual orientation from his family and
with whom you can live openly. While
it makes perfect sense that you would
want such a relationship, David may
not be the guy with whom to have it.
Get clear where your bottom line really
is, so that you can choose whether
or not you want to stay with David
as he now is. If you decide that the
current situation is indeed intolerable,
you can certainly let David know in
a respectful way that this issue is a
dealbreaker for you, and perhaps he
will decide that he is willing to risk his
family’s rejection in order to be with
you. Or he might not.
Until you make your decision, please
avoid making threats to David about
possibly leaving if he doesn’t behave
as you want him to. Yanking his chain
to influence his choices (even if you are
certain that your way is right) will lead to a
relationship of mutual disrespect, hostility
and threats.
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44 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 ADVICE
Should the closet
be a dealbreaker?
Michael Radkowsky is a licensed psychologist who
works with gay couples and individuals in D.C. He can be
found online at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information in the questions has been changed for reasons
of confidentiality. Have a question? Send it to Michael@
personalgrowthzone.com.
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The series continues each Monday evening (same time) through the end of
November. Upcoming films to be shown are “For Me and My Gal” (Oct. 22), “The
Harvey Girls (Oct. 29), “Summer Stock” (Nov. 5), “In the Good Old Summertime”
(Nov. 19) and “Meet Me in St. Louis” (Nov. 26).
Visit nationaltheatre.org for details.
Queer black women’s poetry tour hits D.C.
“The Revival,” a tour of queer black women poets and musicians join D.C. Youth Slam
Team (1112 16
th
St., NW) Saturday night at 7 p.m. with an after party at 10 p.m.
The tour is a salon-styled night of art that harkens back to historical queer collectives
that were hosted in their houses. They represent a tradition that was originally born out
of necessity. Last year the tour was able to connect with 500 lesbians along the East coast.
Tickets to the event are $20 at the door. For the after party, entry is $5. For more
Trans author Ladin to speak
Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender employees of an Orthodox Jewish Institution,
joins the DCJCC’s Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival on Sunday at 11
a.m. at the Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb St., N.W.).
Ladin will share her journey when she made the transition from Jay to Joy in her book
“Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.” She is an English
professor at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University.
Tickets range from $12-$15. For more information, visit washingtondcjcc.org.
Center has fall reception tonight
The D.C. Center has its 10
th
anniversary Fall Reception tonight at 7 p.m. at the Sofitel
(806 15
th
Street, N.W.).
Honorees include Joseph Palacios, Michele Zavos, Ron Simmons and Arena Stage for
its production of “The Normal Heart.”
The reception is the Center’s signature annual event and works as a benefit for the
organization, the only LGBT community center in the D.C. region.
Several silent auction items have been donated. Tickets are $75 and various sponsorship
levels are available as well.
Visit thedccenter.org for details.
JUDY GARLAND at the peak of her film career in the 1940s.
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ROY LI CHTENSTEI N: A RETROSPECTI VE
SUN, OCT 14- SUN, JANUARY 13, 2013
NATI ONAL GALLERY OF ART. 202- 737- 4215. NGA. GOV.
More than 100 of the artist’s greatest paintings from all periods of his career
are presented along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. This
retrospective frames his expansive legacy, from classic early pop paintings based
on comic-book treatments of war and romance through subsequent series,
including Brushstrokes, Art Deco, Modern, Mirrors, Entabulatures, Reflections,
Interiors, and Chinese Landscapes.
ERI C HAMPTON…WI TH US, AGAI N
SAT, OCTOBER 13 & SUN, OCTOBER 14
DANCE PLACE. 202- 269- 1600. DANCEPLACE. ORG.
Ten years after his death, Washington, DC’s beloved choreographer, dancer and
teacher Eric Hampton’s masterworks are still choreographic gems. A selection
of Hampton pieces will be performed in his honor by Bowen McCauley Dance,
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, DanceSmith, Karen Reedy
Dance, and Maryland Youth Ballet.
DRUI DMURPHY
WED, OCTOBER 17- SUN, OCTOBER 20
KENNEDY CENTER. 202- 467- 4600. KENNEDY- CENTER. ORG.
From Ireland’s internationally renowned Druid Theatre Company comes
DruidMurphy, the epic story of Irish emigration, from The Great Hunger of the
19th century to the “new” Ireland of the ‘70s, told through three plays by Tom
Murphy in the Eisenhower Theater.
WOMEN WHO ROCK: VI SI ON, PASSI ON, POWER
THROUGH SUN, JANUARY 6, 2013
NATI ONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN I N THE ARTS. 202- 783- 5000.
NMWA. ORG.
a provocative exhibition that illustrates the importance of women in the world of
popular music from the 1920s to present day.
Image supplied by National Gallery of Art
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48 • OCTOBER 12, 2012 THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
YOUR LI NK TO THE ARTS I N METRO DC
Plan Your Season of Fall
Theatre with DC’s best
dramas, comedies, musicals
& classical theatre at
CultureCapital.com.
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OPENINGS
TUE, OCT 16
Mariinsky Ballet, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Trespassing, Ambassador Theater,
Flashpoint. 703-475-4036. aticc.org.
WED, OCT 17
Songs of Migration, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Dirt, The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
I Love to Eat, Round House
Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
Rinde Eckert And God Created Great
Whales, Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
On the Campaign Trail, Corcoran Gallery
of Art. 202-639-1700. corcoran.edu.
THU, OCT 18
Jesus Christ [Jesucristo], Teatro de la Luna,
Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
Like a Unicorn in Captivity &
A World Apart... A Heartbeat Away,
Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
LAST CHANCE
SAT, OCT 13
NSO, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
WNO: Don Giovanni, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Baird Auditorium. 202-633-3030.
smithsonianassociates.org.
Othello... Sniff, Teatro de la Luna,
Gunston Theatre Two. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
SUN, OCT 14
A Couple of Blaguards, Keegan Theatre,
Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.
keegantheatre.com.
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life
Paintings of Willem van Aelst, National
Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
OCT 12 - OCT 14
Comedy in Mexican Cinema/El
cine que rie, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
Virginia Opera: The Pearl Fishers, GMU
Center for the Arts. 703-993-2787.
cfa.gmu.edu.
OCT 13 - OCT 14
Beethoven: The Power of Three, National
Philharmonic, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
nationalphilharmonic.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRI, OCT 12
After Hours, Kreeger Museum.
202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.
Duo Amaral, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Chamber Music Concert, Friday Morning
Music Club, Calvary Baptist Church.
202-347-8355. fmmc.org.
SF JAZZ Collective The Music of Chick
Corea, Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
SAT, OCT 13
Diva It Up: Put On Your Opera Face,
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
WED, OCT 17
Kevin Dudley with Ralph Gordon and
Rickie Simpkins, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Greencards, The Barns.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
THU, OCT 18
Guido’s Ear, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Susan Werner, The Barns.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
From the Vaults: The Cuban Missile Crisis,
National Archives. 202-357-5000.
archives.gov.
ONGOING-STAGE
Fly, Ford’s Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
Over the Tavern, Olney Theatre Center.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Jekyll and Hyde, Synetic Theater.
800-494-8497. synetictheater.org.
Invisible Man, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Our Class, Theater J. 202-777-3210.
washingtondcjcc.org.
Reckless, Spooky Action Theater,
Universalist National Memorial Church.
202-248-0301. spookyaction.org.
POTUS Among Us, WIT, Source Theatre.
202-204-7770.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
Ford’s Theatre. The Test: The Tuskegee
Airmen Project. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
Kreeger Museum. Dan Steinhilber:
Marlin Underground, Sculpture on The
Grounds, 2011 Invitational. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
National Gallery of Art. The McCrindle
Gift: A Distinguished Collection of
Drawings and Watercolors, The Serial
Portrait: Photography and Identity in
the Last One Hundred Years, Shock of
the News, Masterpieces of American
Furniture from the Kaufman Collection,
1700–1830. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. 1001 Inventions:
Discover the Golden Age of Muslim
Civilization. 202-857-7588.
ngmuseum.org.
ONGOING GALLERIES
Honfleur Gallery. Love and Rage -
Ari Mandelbaum’s. 202-536-8994.
honfleurgallery.com.
Strathmore. Skin. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League. Color Sphere, Juan E.
Hernandez G.: Tierra y Memoria.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
Washington Printmakers Gallery. Both
Sides of the Brain, Old World and New:
Apart, though still a part. 301-273-3660.
Inclusion project inspired
by late gay son of Maple
Leafs manager
By KEVIN MAJOROS
About 16 months ago, I wrote about the
role of sports heroes and how they could
impact the public perception of the LGBT
community. At the time, I was thinking
about openly gay sports figures breaking
down barriers and creating a positive
image of LGBT athlete.
Fast forward to today and multiple
straight sports heroes have stepped
forward to help accomplish that task.
This past year has seen some
incredible support from straight
sports ally groups such as the ones
founded by Hudson Taylor and Ben
Cohen. And more recently, national
buzz was created by Baltimore Ravens
linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo
and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris
Kluwe from their support of the LGBT
community.
Coming on the heels of all of this
is the momentum being gained
by the first specifically sports-
targeted campaign launched within
a professional sports community, the
National Hockey League (NHL). The
You Can Play project kicked off in
March with all three of its founders
having ties to ice hockey.
The You Can Play project seeks to
challenge the culture of locker rooms
and spectator areas by focusing only
on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and
competitive spirit.
The backstory began in November
2009 when Brendan Burke, an athlete and
student manager for the men’s ice hockey
team at Miami University, publicly came out.
The admission led to international
conversation about LGBT issues in sports
because Brendan Burke was the son of
Brian Burke, general manager of the
Toronto Maple Leafs and the upcoming
U.S. Olympic hockey team. His brother
was Patrick Burke, talent scout for the
Philadelphia Flyers.
Brendan Burke was viewed as a pioneer
in advocacy against homophobia in
hockey being described as “the closest
person to the NHL ever to come out
publicly as a gay man”.
In February 2010, Brendan Burke died
in a car accident in Indiana at the age
of 21. That month at the 2010 Winter
Olympics in Vancouver, the United
States men’s hockey team wore dog tags
inscribed with the words “In Memory of
Brendan Burke.”
Patrick Burke penned a tribute to
his late brother on Outsports and
subsequently wrote the following phrase
about Brendan’s legacy: “If you can play,
you can play.”
Over the next year, Patrick Burke began
working with Glenn Witman of GForce
Sports and Brian Kitts who had worked
with the Colorado Avalanche and came
up with the idea of enlisting NHL players
to help further the cause of a safe sports
environment.
“We were in a unique position with
access to professional athletes,” says co-
founder Brian Kitts.
The trio began by assembling a strong
board of directors and then reached out to
all 30 teams in the NHL in an effort to get
support from players which was received
with a strong response.
“Our mission is very specific to sports,”
Kitts says. “We will not be addressing
issues such as same-sex marriage or
workplace inequality. It is our hope that
by leveraging contacts with professional
athletes we can gain grassroots support of
the campaign.”
As of today, more than 30 NHL
players have filmed videos in support
of the campaign. Locally, Matt
Hendricks of the Washington Capitals,
the athletic department of George
Washington University and the D.C.
United have produced videos for You
Can Play.
“It has been great to see that the
campaign has begun to cross over into
other sports,” Kitts says.
Why is the You Can Play campaign so
important?
Just last month, Yunel Escobar of the
Toronto Blue Jays, appeared on the field
in a game against the Boston Red Sox
wearing eye black stickers that read “Tu
Ere Maricon” (which translates to “You
are a faggot”). He was suspended for
three days and his lost pay of $87,209 was
donated to GLAAD and the You Can Play
project.
Coming up, You Can Play will be
releasing a guide for athletes, coaches,
administrators and fans giving them
the tools they need to make their sport,
arena, team or school more LGBT
friendly.
Projects like You Can Play will hopefully
lead the general public to understand that
the sexual orientation of an athlete should
be a non-issue.
Patrick Burke will be the special guest
this weekend at the Team D.C. Champion’s
Awards at the HRC Building on Saturday.
Tickets are at teamdc.org.
You Can Play can be found at
youcanplayproject.org.
Playing it straight
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Town (2009 8
th
St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. This
event is for people 21 and older. There is no
cover charge. For details, visit towndc.com.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555
11
th
St., NW) presents “How to Survive a
Plague” tonight at 7. Attendees can get
free vouchers at brownpapertickets.com.
When free vouchers run out or for more
information, visit landmarktheatres.com.
Women in their Twenties meets
tonight at 8 p.m. at the D.C. Center (1318
U St., NW). The group is for lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and other interested
women in Washington. For details, visit
thedccenter.org.
The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8
th
St., S.E.)
is having its happy hour tonight starting
at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30
p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $10. The
dance floor opens at 11 p.m. with DJ Tim-
Nice and DJ Cameron. For details, visit
thebachelorsmill.com.
Special Agent Galactica plays at Black
Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
tonight from 6-9. Her guests tonight are
performers from the Hope Operas, which is
running on Mondays this month in Arlington
(see below). Admission is free. For more
information, visit pinkhairedone.com.
Phase 1 (528 8
th
St. SE) has its weekly
dance party with DJ Jay Von Teese tonight
starting at 7:30. Cover is $10. For more
information, visit phase1dc.com.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival begins
today and runs through Sunday at the
Montgomery County Fairgrounds (16
Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg). Today and
Saturday, the fair is open from 10 a.m.-6
pm. On Sunday, the fair runs until 5 p.m.
The festival includes fashion, fine art,
jewelry, glass and pottery. For details, visit
sugarloafcrafts.com.
The Spooky Movie International Horror
Film Festival continues tonight at 9:20
pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural
Center (8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring).
Tickets start at $11 and a festival pass can
be purchased for $125-$150. For more
information, visit thespookymovie.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13
The Team D.C. 2012 Champions
Awards Reception takes place at
the HRC Equality Forum Hall (1127
Connecticut Ave., NW) tonight from 6-8
pm. The annual event celebrates local
leaders and supporters of LGBT sports.
Awards included are the MVP Award, the
Trailblazer Award and the Community
Support Award. For more information,
visit teamdc.org.
Whitman-Walker offers HIV Testing at
D.C. Center (1318 U St. NW) today from
4-7:30 pm. For more information, visit
whitman-walker.org.
Town (2009 8
th
St., N.W) hosts Djs Shea
Van Horn and Matt Bailer as they bring
their party “Mixtape” tonight at 10. The
cover is $8 before 11 pm and $12 after. For
details, visit towndc.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers this morning
for D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2
nd
St. NW)
at 9 a.m. For more information, visit
burgundycrescent.org.
Founder and owner of Busboys and
Poets, Andy Shallal, holds a discussion
about how to affect social change through
entrepreneurship today from 10:25-11:15
a.m. at River Road Unitarian Universalist
Congregation (6301 River Road,
Bethesda). This event is free and open to
everyone. For details, visit rruuc.org.
“Being Home,” an art exhibit by
Patricia Tice, is being shown at River Road
Unitarian Universalist Congregation (6301
River Road) today from 3-5 p.m. This event
is free and open to everybody. For more
information, visit rruuc.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its
weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood
Karaoke tonight. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m.
and there is no charge for admission. For
details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Lambda Sci-fi hosts its monthly meeting
for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans
today at 1425 S St. NW. The meeting starts
at 1:30 p.m. and the social begins at 2.
Attendees should bring a snack or a non-
alcoholic beverage. For more information,
visit lambdascifi.org.
MONDAY, OCT. 15
The Hope Operas continue tonight at
8 p.m. at the Comedy Spot on the third
floor of the Ballston Mall (4238 Wilson
Blvd. Arlington) as a series of original
musicals and cliffhangers that run each
Monday night this month. Founder
Chris Griffin is gay as are several of the
performers. Audience members get to
vote for their favorite serial and money
raised from the performances will go to
a local charity. Performances are by local
theater professionals. Tickets are $13 per
show or $50 for the month. Find the group
on Facebook for details.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its
Martini Monday tonight at 10 p.m. There
is no cover charge and martinis are $5. For
more information, visit cobaltdc.com.
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14
th
St., NW)
holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support
Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support
group for anyone recently diagnosed with
HIV and the group welcomes all genders and
sexual orientations. For details, visit whitman-
walker.org.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.)
hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program
tonight from 7-10:30. The packing
program is looking for more volunteers
to help produce the kits because they say
they are barely keeping up with demand.
Admission is free and volunteers can
just show up. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) hosts its
Flashback dance night with DJ Jason Royce
starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.
For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14
th
St.,
NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed
Support Group tonight at 7. It is a
confidential support group for anyone
recently diagnosed with HIV and the
group welcomes all genders and sexual
orientations. For details, visit whitman-
walker.org.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
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(721 8
th
St., SE). A partner is not needed. For
more information, visit lambdabridge.com.
“Dirt,” by Bryony Lavery, opens tonight
at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Theatre (1501 14
th
,
St. NW). The play chronicles people’s
relationships and how they can make a
mess of them. Tickets are $20. For more
information, visit studiotheatre.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14
th
St.,
NW) holds its gay men over 50 support
group this evening at 6:30 pm. The group
is for gay men entering a new phase of life.
Registration is required to attend. For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) hosts its weekly
Best Package Contest tonight at 9 p.m.
There is a $3 cover and there are $2 vodka
drinks. Participants in the contest can win
$200 in cash prizes. The event is hosted
by Lena Lett and music by DJ Chord, DJ
Madscience, and DJ Sean Morris. For
details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Whitman-Walker Health provides HIV
Testing this evening at Miriam’s Kitchen
(2120 West Virginia Ave., NE) beginning at
4 p.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
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day technology. In the film, Google’s Alma
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak credits
Turing with making possible all subsequent
technology. “Alan Turing was sort of at the
top of everything that ever developed,”
Wozniak says in the film. “All the future
research that was done by people, building
real equipment that can compute.”
The interviews are juxtaposed with
dramatizations of therapy sessions
from Turing’s last year, while Turing was
undergoing chemical castration. Ed
Stoppard (“Upstairs, Downstairs”) plays
Turing opposite Henry Goodman (“Taking
Woodstock”) as Franz Greenbaum,
Turing’s psychiatrist and friend.
Production for the dramatizations
lasted only five days, but Stoppard’s
performance is a stand-out piece of
the film. He dramatizes the internal
struggle that drove Turing to take his
own life. Stoppard’s sometime-sardonic,
sometimes-reflective comments mask a
pain his character carried with him.
Sammon’s passion for the story
stemmed from the injustice Turing faced
despite his contributions to society.
“Here you have someone who is one of
the key people who helped the Allies win
World War II by breaking Germany’s naval
enigma code,” Sammon says. “Then you
have the technology world really giving
Turing credit for creating the intellectual
foundation for modern computer science.
The paper he wrote in 1936 really laid down
the key ideas for the modern computer.”
Sammon goes on to describe the
“Shakespearean tragedy” that followed.
“In spite of his genius, in spite of his
amazing contribution to the war, the
fact that he was gay, the government
persecuted him because of it.”
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castration, Turing took daily doses of
estrogen. Effects of the treatment included
shrunken testicles, a loss of his libido, a
loss of body hair and the development of
breasts. Months after the treatment ended,
Turing’s body had not returned to its normal
state. Sammon believes Turing elected the
hormone therapy, in place of a year in prison,
to avoid being taken away from his work.
Sammon, who says he has “a lot of
other ideas” for future film projects though
he’s focused on the “Codebreaker”
distribution for now, says it’s important to
recognize the historical accomplishments
of the LGBT community and foster a more
inclusive society. At the same time, he
believes all people, regardless of sexual
orientation, should admire Turing as a
hero and a genius.
“I admire him very much because he
was unconventional,” Sammon says.
“I respect Turing for the fact of how
unconventional he was, and he wasn’t
afraid to be different. The sad part is
society, at the time, didn’t have tolerance
for differences.”
Leavitt describes Turing as a tragic hero
we must learn from.
“His refusal to compromise or lie, under
such circumstances, was nothing less than
heroic — yet we must remember that, as
a consequence of his heroism, he was
erased from history for many years. Nor
is the institutionalized hatred of gay men
and lesbians any less of a reality today
than it was in 1953. Even as we honor Alan
Turing, we must be vigilant. We must not
let ourselves lapse into complacency. This
could happen again.”
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You all know her.
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There are certain homes I love walk-
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20 years experience helping people
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to a fulflling life, satisfying careers,
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LGBTQ AFFIRMING THERAPY at
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families, adolescents. Over 15
years serving the community. Mike
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giordano.msw@gmail.com. www.
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COUNSELING FOR GAY MEN.
Individual/couple counseling with
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CHANGES ARE EASIER WITH
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ELECTRICAL
EMPLOYMENT
LOCKER ROOM ATTENDANTS
NEEDED! The Crew Club, a gay men’s
naturist gym & sauna, is now hiring Locker
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heavy cleaning. You must be physically able
to handle the work & have a great attitude
doing it. No drunks/druggies need apply.
Please call Richard at (202) 319-1333. from
9-5pm, to schedule an interview.
BLIND HOMEOWNER NW DC, seeking
personal assistant to work 2-3 days
monthly. Duties: reading mail, writing
checks, shopping, taking dog to vet &
alike. Prefer gay friendly man in his 50’s.
Must be computer literate & have car.
Hourly pay. Call Chris 202-669-3290.
GARAGE SALE
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Kalorama, 2231 Q Street, NW, October 13
(Sat.) 9-6. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
High & low-end items. Italian candlesticks,
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china, vases, mirrors, designer handbags &
clothing, games, luggage & more.
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HOME IMPROVEMENT
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INSTALLATION, refinishing & repairs.
Complete renovation & painting
services also available. Licensed &
bonded. email: jehjr112@aol.com
or Call John 202-905-1195.
CHASE RENOVATIONS. DESTINATION
for the most discerning home
improvement client. Kitchen & bath
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floors. No trim or millwork is too difficult
for us. Jacek Kaczmarek. (240) 421-0852.
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