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School system rented building

from Bishop Harry Jackson, who


fought marriage in D.C., Md.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A Beltsville, Md.-based religious organization
headed by Bishop Harry Jackson, who led
campaigns to oppose same-sex marriage laws in
D.C. and Maryland, received more than $3.4 million
in rental income over a ve-year period from the
Prince Georges County Public Schools.
Under terms established in two leases, the P.G.
County Public Schools rented 35,000 square feet of
ofce space from September 2007 to August 2012
in an ofce building at 6251 Ammendale Road in
Beltsville. The Blade obtained copies of the leases
through a Maryland Public Information Act request.
P.G. County land records show that the building is
owned by Christian Hope Ministries, Inc., for which
Jackson serves as president. The building is also
home to Hope Christian Church, where Jackson
serves as pastor.
Briant Coleman, a spokesperson for P.G. County
Public Schools, said the decision to rent ofce space
at the Ammendale Road building was made by the
school systems former superintendent, John Deasy,
who currently serves as superintendent of the Los
Angeles Public School System.
Coleman said neither he nor the P.G. schools
current superintendent, Alvin Crawley, know
why Deasy selected the ofce building owned
by Christian Hope Ministries other than that the
building and rental agreement met the school
systems criteria for doing business with a vendor.
Based on the best and nal offer, we would make
a determination as to whether or not a vendor can
provide services we need and whether or not it was
the most reasonable price available, Coleman said.
Deasy, who left the P.G. Public Schools in 2008,
didnt immediately respond to a call and email sent
to his Los Angeles ofce.
Jackson also didnt return a call or respond to an
email seeking comment this week.
Jackson and Deasy each signed the two
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D.C. couple nalizes family
in Adoption Day program
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Norman Moore loves Dora the Explorer, playing
Legos and macaroni and cheese.
Give him those, and hed be just ne, his dad,
Chad Copeland, says.
His orher cac, Scoorer Warc, calls Norman, 5,
quite an actor and a big ham.
He also, "likes ro Le a reacher," Warc says. "Loves
to show you how to do something.
The three of them, together since Norman was
placed with them as a foster son in January 2011,
became a permanent family unit last weekend when
Judge Lee Sattereld of D.C. Superior Court signed
their adoption decree. Of the 34 children adopted
last weekend in D.C., ve were to gay male couples.
Its ceremonial but also a legal proceeding,
Copeland, 36, a D.C. assistant attorney general,
says. Each family and child is called up and you go
up with any close friends or family you have with you
and a small speech is made.
Warc says ir was an emorional enc ro a very lonq
process.
I was kind of thinking beforehand, Oh, its no
big deal, hes been with us almost two years, blah
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HARRY JACKSON became a prominent activist opposing marriage
equality in Maryland and D.C. A building owned by his church was
paid $3.4 million in rent by P.G. County schools.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
P.G. County paid $3.4 million
to anti-gay religious group
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hopes to raise more than
$200,000 by Dec. 31
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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A D.C. HIV/AIDS service organization has
launched a campaign designed to offset a
potential decrease in federal funding if a
deal is not reached by the end of the year to
avoid the so-called scal cliff.
The Neighbors in Need Campaign
Whitman-Walker Health launched earlier
this month hopes to raise $200,000 by
Dec. 31 to mitigate potential cuts to the
slightly more than $3.1 million it receives
in Ryan White Care Act funds for HIV/AIDS
prevention efforts. Whitman-Walker also
receives more than $200,000 in funding
from grants, and the federal and district
governments for its STD clinic, which is the
largest in the city.
Its not this kind of mass appeal around
Whitman-Walker, the sky is falling or any
of that, Don Blanchon, executive director
of Whitman-Walker, told the Washington
Blade in a Nov. 19 interview at his 14th Street,
N.W., ofce. Its we have some things we
know that wont get covered long-term that
are likely to get hit by any federal reduction,
whether its the sequestration or if its some
deal on the decit long-term. But were just
trying to get ahead of it. Were trying to
make a really good and strong appeal to
people now.
Whitman-Walker launched the
campaign less than a month after the
HIV/AIDS service organization held the
26th annual AIDS Walk Washington in
downtown D.C.
The event, which Blanchon told the
Blade he hopes will net $1 million by the
end of the year, has raised slightly more
than $900,000. Whitman-Walkers 2012
budget is $26 million Blanchon noted
the organization has had a budgetary gain
for three consecutive years.
Its the rst time in years that weve
had three consecutive years where weve
had an operating gain, he said. The real
issue is getting enough funding in through
this appeal to help us start next year in a
good place and be able to basically offset
any of the reductions that may come from
the feds.
Whitman-Walker Director of
Development David Chalfant sought to
further personalize the campaign.
This is a measured approach to making
us secure on things we know could be in
jeopardy, he said. Were all community
here in D.C. and we have to be a strong
community to have good health to take
care of each other. In addition to raising the
money that we need to be secure, its about
reminding each other that if your neighbor
came and knocked on your door and asked
you for something that was so easy for you
to do, you wouldnt shut your door on
them. Youd help them. This campaign is
that knock on your door asking you to do
something you can easily do.
As the Blade reported last month,
more than an estimated 12,000 people
with HIV/AIDS in the country could lose
access to drugs and programs if Capitol
Hill lawmakers and the White House fail to
reach an agreement by Dec. 31 to avoid
across-the-board spending cuts and tax
increases under the Budget Control Act of
2011 that President Obama signed.
The AIDS Institute noted in a
congressional letter that sequestration
would cut funding to the CDCs HIV
prevention programs by $64 million, Ryan
White-funded HIV/AIDS initiatives by $196
million, AIDS research programs at the
National Institutes of Health by $251 million
and the Housing Opportunities for People
with AIDS by $27 million. These four federal
HIV/AIDS programs would see a $538
million reduction if a deal is not reached.
The president met with House Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other
congressional leaders at the White House
on Nov. 16. They are scheduled to meet
again after Thanksgiving.
Blanchon said he feels there is a 50
percent chance an agreement will not be
reached before the deadline.
Last months AIDS Walk should bring in close to $1 million for Whitman-Walker. The organization is
seeking funds to offset any cuts from the scal cliff budget drama.
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Howard Univ. to host HIV/AIDS conference
Internationally recognized experts on the AIDS epidemic and how prevention
and treatment efforts continue to be hindered by the stigmatization of the disease
are scheduled to speak at an International Conference on AIDS Stigma scheduled
to be held Nov. 30 on the campus of Howard University.
Among the scheduled speakers is Jeanne White Ginder, longtime AIDS activist
and mother of the late Ryan White, who attracted international attention in the
1980s when he fought AIDS discrimination as a child infected with HIV through
treatment for hemophilia.
Other speakers include Dr. Gregory Pappas, director of the D.C. Ofce of HIV/
AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs and Tuberculosis; Dr. Sohail Rana, Professor of Pediatrics,
Howard University College of Medicine; Daniel Montoya, Deputy Executive
Director, National Minority AIDS Council; and Nick DeLuca, chief, Prevention
and Communication Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
International experts on the subject of AIDS-related stigma scheduled to speak
will be from such countries as Uganda, Peru and South Africa, according to a
program summary released by organizers.
Stigma is the worst abuse of human rights, said Rana, the Howard pediatrics
professor and lead organizer of the conference, in a statement. It kills individuals
and spreads disease.
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Dems to appoint interim Council member
The D.C. Democratic State Committee is inviting qualied registered Democrats
in the city to take out petitions to compete for the committees selection on Dec.
10 of an interim at-large City Council member to ll a vacant seat.
The seat became vacant when Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large)
won election on Nov. 6 to the position of Council Chair. Democrats interested
in seeking appointment by the State Committee to the interim Council position
must le papers with the committee by Nov. 28. Under the committees rules, they
must then obtain 200 valid petition signatures of registered Democrats in the city,
including at least 25 signatures of residents in each of the eight wards and not less
than 27 signatures from members of the State Committee.
So far, ve people have tossed their hat in the ring to compete for the
appointment: Anita Bond, the State Committee chair from Ward 5; Douglas
Sloan, a State Committee member from Ward 4 and former campaign manager
for At-Large Council member Vincent Orange; Donna Alston of Ward 7; John
Capozzi, a former State Committee member from Ward 7.
The llrh cancicare, Davic Fuller, cicn'r suLmir a valic accress ol resicence
and may be disqualied if he doesnt submit a valid address by the Nov. 28 ling
deadline, according to a source familiar with the State Committee.
The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the citys largest LGBT political
organization, has yet to announce whether it will make an endorsement for a
candidate competing for the interim appointment.
Under the citys election law, the person appointed to the seat will hold the
position until a special election for the seat is held in the spring of 2013.
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Elmo voice resigns after 2nd accuser comes forward
NEW YORK After settling last week with a 24-year-old man who accused
the voice of Sesame Streets Elmo of an underage sexual relationship, Kevin
Clash has resigned from his long-time role after a second accuser made similar
allegations dating back to 2003.
According to New York blog, Gothamist, the second accuser now 24
says he met the childrens television performer on a gay telephone chat line last
decade and commenced a sexual relationship when the accuser was just 15.
Clashs rst accuser is also seeking new lawyers in hopes of reversing his original
$125,000 settlement with Clash.
The creators of Sesame Street released a statement saying, the controversy
surrounding Kevins personal life has become a distraction that none of us want,
and that Clash can no longer be effective in his job.
HRC: Catholics spent $2 million on marriage losses
WASHINGTON A report released this week claims that Catholic Bishops
spent more than $2 million on same-sex marriage ballot measures in four states,
all of which failed.
The Human Rights Campaign highlights the disconnect between the spending
decisions by the churchs hierarchy, and the Catholic laity, which, according to a
Public Religion Research Institute poll support same-sex marriage at 60 percent,
with 83 percent of Catholics saying their bishops do not inuence their votes.
The American people went to the polls and afrmed one of the core values
of the Roman Catholic Church: the belief that all humans are worthy of dignity,
respect and love, said HRC President Chad Grifn.
Also from HRC, the National Organization for Marriage revealed this week
that donations declined nearly $3 million in one year, and that just two donors
contributed nearly 75 percent of the organizations $6.2 million budget in 2011,
with donations of $2.4 million each.
UNC Chapel Hill offers gender-neutral housing
RALEIGH, N.C. In a rst for a publicly funded college, the Board of Trustees
of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill unanimously endorsed a bid for
gender-neutral housing options as an opt-in for some students, as an effort to
create better options for LGBT students.
We have, I think, a commitment and an obligation to our students that if we
admit them to the University of North Carolina, that we have to provide them with
a safe place to live and study, Alston Gardner, a trustee from Chapel Hill, told
the News & Observer newspaper, in reaction to the two-year student-led effort.
Blogger Nate Silver comes out
NEW YORK The statistician who correctly predicted the electoral vote counts
in both the 2008 and 2012 elections has ofcially come out as gay.
Nate Silver, whose blog vethirtyeight.com was picked up by the New York
Times after his rise to fame during the 2008 election, told The Observer that the
secret to his success is having grown up as an outsider in East Lansing Michigan
as an agnostic gay geek.
Ive always felt like something of an outsider, Silver told the website. If you
grow up gay, or in a household thats agnostic, when most people are religious,
then from the get-go, you are saying that there are things that the majority of
society believes that I dont believe.
When asked by Carole Cadwalladr which made him more of a mist, being gay
or a geek, Silver replied, Probably the numbers stuff since I had that from when
I was six.
KEVIN CLASH, the long-time voice of Sesame
Streets Elmo character, resigned this week after a
second man accused him of an underage sexual
relationship.
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HRC joins calls
to avoid scal cliff
ADAP waiting lists,
loss of funds for
LGBT centers cited
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Human Rights Campaign is becoming
active in the effort to avert the scal cliff
crisis following a White House meeting
President Obama convened with the LGBT
organization and other civic groups.
Last week, HRC launched a campaign
highlighting how the LGBT community
would be negatively affected by the
upcoming scal cliff a colloquial term
used for the time when various tax cuts
would expire and massive budget cuts
would befall U.S. government programs
under the Budget Control Act.
HRC details several reasons why
sequestration under the Budget Control
Act legislation signed by Obama as
part of a deal to raise the nations debt
ceiling would be detrimental unless
Congress agrees to an alternate plan.
Among the issues affecting LGBT
people cited by HRC:
nearly 10,000 lowincome people will
lose access to life-saving medicines under
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs;
huncrecs ol millions ol collars will Le
taken from federal programs providing
treatment and housing to people with
HIV/AIDS;
curs coulc inrerlere wirh rhe invesriqarion
and prosecution of hate crimes, including
those against LGBT people;
anc luncs lor lonqsouqhr proqrams like
the National LGBT Aging Resource Center
and the LGBT Refugee Resource Center
could be reduced if not cut entirely.
In addition to pledging to inform its
members about the consequences of
the scal cliff through blog posts and
social media, HRC has an online letter that
supporters can sign to ask their representatives
in Congress to come to an agreement.
But the scal cliff is about more than
just the sequester. At the same time that
these budget cuts are instituted, tax cuts
signed into law by former President George
W. Bush will expire as well as payroll tax
cuts extended last year. President Obama
campaigned on allowing the high-end tax
cuts for those making more than $250,000
a year to expire as a means of generating
more revenue to reduce the decit.
The Washington Blade reported in
October that doing nothing about the
scal cliff could result in devastating
cuts for HIV/AIDS programs and other
federally funded initiatives affecting the
LGBT community. According to a report
from the Senate Health, Education, Labor
& Pensions Committee, as many as 12,219
people receiving drugs from ADAP would
lose access to medicine.
Chad Grifn, HRCs president,
underscored the importance of coming
together around a plan a not-so-easy
task considering different parties control
each chamber of Congress.
Programs designed to serve the most
vulnerable Americans, including LGBT
people, are on the brink of annihilation
if Congress doesnt get its act together,
Grifn said. Sequestration would take away
vital lifelines that so many in our community
rely on to get by many even to live.
The announcement from HRC about
its new campaign came on the same day
Grifn took part in a White House meeting
on the scal cliff with Obama and Vice
President Joe Biden as part of a group
of 13 civic leaders. Others set to attend
were Wade Henderson, president of the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights;
Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP;
and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Fred Sainz, HRCs vice president of
communications, said LGBT issues
unrelated to the scal cliff were not
brought up by Grifn.
The president convened the various
heads of organizations ... and during that
meeting, obviously, there was a discussion
by the president and folks that were there
about the implications of the road ahead
on the communities affected, Sainz said.
The discussion took place after another
bipartisan meeting earlier in the day with
Obama, Biden and congressional leaders:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio),
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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HRC President CHAD GRIFFIN is among those
calling for a plan to avert the scal cliff.
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Rhode Island, N.J.,
other states expected
to debate issue in 2013
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Same-sex marriage advocates contend
the Nov. 6 election results have given
them additional momentum to ght for
nuptials for gays and lesbians in their
respective states.
Ray Sullivan, campaign manager of
Marriage Equality Rhode Island, the group
ghting for marriage rights for same-sex
couples there, noted to the Washington
Blade in a post-Election Day interview the
General Assembly will have more pro-
equality legislators seated than ever in
history in 2013.
Gay House Speaker Gordon Fox, who
sparked controversy in 2011 when he
endorsed a civil unions bill because of a lack
of support in his chamber for a marriage
measure, has pledged to call a vote on a
proposal that would allow nuptials for gays
and lesbians in the state before the end of
January. The Rhode Island chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union noted in May
only 52 couples had obtained civil union
licenses since the states civil union took
effect in July 2011.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive
order earlier this year mandating state
agencies to recognize same-sex marriages
legally performed in neighboring
Massachusetts, Connecticut and other
states. He has also publicly backed marriage
rights for same-sex couples, even though he
reluctantly signed the controversial 2011 civil
unions bill into law.
There is this sense that nally in
Rhode Island its not a matter of if, but
when, said Sullivan, who noted MERI
and other advocates could focus on
building additional support for the same-
sex marriage bill in the state Senate if it
passes in the House. The results from last
Tuesday both here and throughout the
country represent quite frankly ground-
shifting momentum for the pro-equality
effort. Our focus and our jobs will be to
capitalize on that momentum, reafrm the
support we already have, work with this
record [majority and] nally make 2013 the
year that we get this done.
Voters in Maine, Maryland and
Washington on Election Day approved
referenda that either extended nuptials to
gays and lesbians or upheld their states
same-sex marriage laws. Minnesotans also
rejected a proposed state constitutional
amendment that would have dened
marriage as between a man and a woman.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who
supports nuptials for gays and lesbians,
is among those who spoke out against
Amendment 1.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who
signed his states civil unions bill into law
in May 2011, raised eyebrows in August
when he suggested to the Hufngton Post
state lawmakers could debate a same-sex
marriage bill as early as next year.
Garden State Equality Chair Steven
Goldstein expressed condence in a post-
Election Day statement that New Jerseys
Democratic-controlled state legislature
will override Gov. Chris Christies veto of
the same-sex marriage bill lawmakers
approved earlier this year. The state
does not have a referendum or initiative
process, but Goldstein stressed his group
remains opposed to the idea of allowing
voters to consider marriage rights for gays
and lesbians at the ballot.
The majority should never vote on the
civil rights of a minority, period, he said.
Same-sex marriage advocates in other
states are poised to implement a different
strategy.
Basic Rights Oregon has launched an
online campaign designed to bolster
support for a 2014 ballot measure that
would overturn the states constitutional
amendment that denes marriage as
between a man and a woman. Oregon
would become the rst state in the country
to overturn such a ban if voters support
the referendum.
As more and more Americans are
having conversations with gay and lesbian
friends and family about why marriage
matters, theyre coming to realize that
this is not a political issue: This is about
love, commitment and family, reads the
appeal. We know that we are on the
right path. Our outreach, just like that of
the states who [have won] the freedom to
marry is winning hearts and minds.
Rick Sutton, executive director of Equality
Indiana Action, which opposes a proposed
state constitutional amendment that would
ban marriage for same-sex couples that is
expected to go before voters in 2014, told
the Blade his group has already looked to
the campaign that defeated Minnesotas
Amendment 1 for guidance.
Its pretty clear to me to win an
amendment like that theres was very
similar to what ours will likely be you
have to have a pretty broad coalition
of businesses, faith community, labor,
retired folks, the whole gamut, said
Sutton. He noted WellPoint, the Simon
Property Group and other Indiana-based
corporations have already spoken out
against the proposed amendment. It will
be difcult to attract and retain top quality
scientists and engineers, particularly
younger ones, who just dont think this is
something government should be getting
involved with. Theyre concerned about
their future workforce.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll
released on Nov. 14 indicates 51 percent
of Americans support marriage rights
for same-sex couples. A Gallup poll
conducted shortly after President Obama
publicly endorsed marriage rights for
same-sex couples noted 60 percent of
respondents said his position on the issue
would not inuence whether they would
support or oppose his re-election bid.
What happened I think with this
election is that its taken away the
argument from our opponents that when
legislators are forced to vote to afrm the
right of same-sex couples to marriage
equality, the popular sentiment is on
the opposite side, Equality Illinois CEO
Bernard Cherkasov told the Blade.
Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois
on May 30 led lawsuits against the
Cook County Clerks ofce on behalf of
25 same-sex couples. Attorney General
Lisa Madigan and Cook County States
Attorney Anita Alvarez have both said they
support the litigation, while Cook County
Clerk David Orr and Chicago Mayor Rahm
Emanuel are among those who support
marriage rights for same-sex couples.
More than 4,800 same-sex couples
have taken advantage of the states civil
unions law since it took effect in July 2011,
but Cherkasov said the election results
conrm theres popular support for
marriage equality.
Lawmakers should follow suit and
actually grant marriage equality to gay
and lesbian couples in loving, committed
relationships, he said. We intend to carry
that message to our lawmakers in Illinois.
Sutton agreed as he discussed Obamas
evolution on the successful same-sex
marriage referenda in Maine, Maryland
and Washington on Election Day.
National momentum is there, he said.
The time has come for the other side to
realize where they are. They wont give up
quietly. Their argument never changes. Its
always the same, and were ready for that.
Were absolutely ready.
washingtonblade.com
08 NOVEMBER 23, 2012 NATl ONAL NEWS
New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE vetoed
a marriage equality bill earlier this year,
but advocates are hopeful the Democratic
legislature will soon overturn it.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Election results bolster state marriage ghts
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Takano wants Obama
to revisit ENDA
executive order
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Nov. 6 election resulted in
four new lesbian, gay and bisexual
candidates winning seats in the House
of Representatives and all eyes are now
on them to see what theyll do on LGBT
issues upon taking ofce.
A number of new faces will join the
LGBT representation in Congress: Kyrsten
Sinema of Arizona, wholl be the rst
openly bisexual member of Congress;
Sean Patrick Maloney, wholl be the rst
out congressman from New York; Mark
Takano of California, wholl be the rst
openly gay Asian-American in Congress;
and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, wholl take
lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwins seat in the
U.S. House.
Upon taking their seats, a total of seven
LGB members will serve in Congress. The
four new members will join Baldwin, whos
moving from the House to the Senate,
as well as Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who last week
told the Washington Blade he plans on
taking the lead on the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act in the next Congress.
While participating in training and
orientation programs on Capitol Hill,
three of the new congresspersons-elect
spoke with the Blade about initial plans
they have for LGBT issues after being
sworn in on Jan. 3 despite the difculty
of moving any legislation forward in the
Republican-controlled House.
Takano said hes vying for a position
of the Committee on Education and
the Workforce because the panel has
jurisdiction over ENDA and anti-bullying
legislation for LGBT students.
I know ENDA is reintroduced almost
every session, and those are two parts of an
equality agenda that Id like to be able to
work on, Takano said. Im mindful that we
have a Republican majority in the House
... I want to spend time building relations
with Republicans who might want to join in
some aspects of an equality agenda.
A public school teacher for 23 years
specializing in British literature and
member of Riverside Community College
Districts Board of Trustees, Takano may
have the experience that would land him
a seat on the committee.
Takano also said he wants President
Obama to revisit the idea of an executive
order barring federal contractors from
discriminating against LGBT workers,
which the White House said in April
Obama wouldnt issue at this time.
President Truman was right to stand on
the right side of history when he used his
executive powers to integrate the armed
forces, Takano said. So will President
Obama be when he uses his executive
authority to bar discrimination in federal
contracting against LGBT workers.
Takano joins Maloney in saying the
White House should rethink its position
on the issue. The congressman-elect from
New York told the Blade over the course
of his campaign that he still wants Obama
to issue the directive. Pocan said last year
before the White House said no
he backs the idea of an executive order.
For his part, Pocan said hes more
focused on getting his ofce and staff set
up as he prepares to take his seat, but said
he spoke with Polis about a possible new
direction for the LGBT Equality Caucus
a group of House members committed to
the advancement of LGBT issues.
I did sit down with Jared Polis, and we
had a good discussion about having the
LGBT [Equality] Caucus pool some money
and perhaps hire a staffer like some of the
other caucuses do, Pocan said. That
way we could hopefully be even more
proactive on issues like ENDA, student
non-discrimimation and some of the other
bills that are out there.
Maloney, a staffer in the Clinton White
House, was more general when talking
about initial plans on LGBT issues after
taking his seat, saying his goal is to work
toward full equality for the LGBT community.
I want to continue the work Ive done
for 20 years to secure full equality under
federal law, Maloney said. I think the most
important thing is to work with my colleagues
in the House to pass legislation across party
lines, and keep focused on a goal, which is
full equality under federal law.
Asked if he could name any bills or
initiatives he wants to spearhead, Maloney
replied, I dont see it as my job to put
myself in front of others who have already
been working on these issues. Its my job
to support and work cooperatively with
folks whove been in the ght for years.
None of the new LGB members of
the House were able to identify pieces
of legislation for which they want to be
chief sponsor or other initiatives they want
to spearhead, saying its too soon in the
process to know where responsibilities will
be allocated.
Pocan noted the issues affecting the
LGBT community are known and what
remains to be decided is the best way
to approach them over the course of the
next few years.
Clearly, we know some of the issues
that are out there whether it be ENDA,
whether it be tax fairness, whether it be
benets for federal employees, other
non-discrimination laws, Pocan said. I
think its just a matter of now guring out
having seven of us total how can we
best move those forward either through
legislation and working with the president
to issue orders.
Sinemas campaign didnt immediately
respond to the Blades request for comment.
washingtonblade.com
10 NOVEMBER 23, 2012 NATl ONAL NEWS
The new LGB members of the House. From top: KYRSTEN SINEMA (photo courtesy Sinema), MARK
TAKANO (photo courtesy Takano), SEAN PATRICK MALONEY (Blade le photo by Michael Key) and
MARK POCAN (Blade le photo by Michael Key).
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gure in nations
LGBT movement
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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A Chilean LGBT rights activist late
last month became the rst openly gay
political candidate elected in the South
American country.
Jaime Parada Hoyl, spokesperson for
the Movement for Homosexual Integration
and Liberation, on Oct. 28 won a seat on
the municipal council in Providencia, a
wealthy enclave of Santiago, the countrys
capital. The area is one of the South
American countrys wealthiest and most
conservative areas.
Josefa Errzuriz, who backed Parada
and appeared in one of his campaign ads,
defeated long-time Providencia Mayor
Cristin Labb, a retired colonel who was
security agent for the secret police that
operated during the rst four years of Gen.
Augusto Pinochets military dictatorship
that began in 1973.
Parada also mocked Labb as a
homophobe in a web ad his campaign
produced.
Labb symbolizes what we dont want
for Providencia: Entitled, exclusion and a
dark past in the dictatorships intelligence
services, says the spot. That is why we
honor him with this tribute.
Parada further described Labb as a
recalcitrant fascist during an interview
with the Washington Blade on Nov. 19.
We did not just present ourselves as
gay in the election, he said when asked
about his historic win. We put forth a
platform that had a lot to do with a political
agenda, and that is why our campaign had
an impact. It had a lot to do with sexual
diversity and discrimination in general. It
was not something we would have been
able to imagine with the setbacks of a few
years ago. And with this opportunity we
can communicate the contrary.
Parada became a prominent gure in
Chiles growing LGBT rights movement
earlier this year after a group of self-
described neo-Nazis allegedly beat
Daniel Zamudio to death in a Santiago
park because he was gay.
Thousands of Santiagunos marched in
the streets nearly every day to show their
solidarity with Zamudio in the days and
weeks after the brutal March 3 attack that
left him in a coma. Parada told the Blade in
September while he and eight other LGBT
Latin American activists were in the United
States on a State Department-organized
trip that Zamurios death underscored
persistent anti-LGBT discrimination and
violence in the country.
President Sebastin Piera in
July signed a hate crimes and anti-
discrimination bill with sexual orientation
and gender identity and expression that
had languished for seven years. Chilean
lawmakers passed the measure in April
following Zamudios death.
The Inter-American Court of Human
Rights in March ruled in favor of lesbian
Judge Karen Atala who lost custody
of her three daughters because of her
sexual orientation. Piera in August 2011
proposed a bill that would have allowed
same-sex couples to enter into civil unions,
but he has yet to formally introduce it.
Same-sex couples in neighboring
Argentina can legally marry.
Voters in Lampa outside Santiago re-
elected transgender Council member
Alejandra Gonzlez. Trans activist Zuliana
Araya also won a seat on the Municipal
Council in the coastal city of Valparaso.
Chile has made progress, but I tell you
nothing is unique and nothing is the most
important, said Parada, who described
the election results as a small event in
the chain of events that have brought
more visibility to LGBT Chileans and the
countrys growing LGBT rights movement.
Everything is adding up.
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12 NOVEMBER 23, 2012 NEWS
JAIME PARADA HOYL on Oct. 28 became Chiles rst openly gay candidate elected to ofce.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PARADA
Chile elects rst out gay politician
Diversity of appointees
better reects the
nation they serve
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama last week named an
openly gay black judge as a nominee to
the federal bench in Florida, bringing his
rst term in ofce to an end after making a
bevy of gay judicial appointments.
The White House announced Obama
nominated William Thomas to the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District
of Florida as part of a group of seven
nominees named to the federal bench.
According to Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,
Thomas is gay.
In a statement, Obama praised the
nominees as group, saying they have
demonstrated the talent, expertise and
fair-mindedness Americans expect and
deserve from their judicial system.
They also represent my continued
commitment to ensure that the judiciary
resembles the nation it serves, Obama said.
I am grateful for their willingness to serve
and condent that they will apply the law with
the utmost impartiality and integrity.
According to a bio provided by the White
House, Thomas has had experience both
as a defense attorney and as a judge. Hes
served as a Circuit Judge in Floridas 11th
Judicial Circuit since 2005, where he has
presided over both civil and criminal matters.
Previously, he was an assistant federal public
defender in the Southern District of Florida
and represented indigent clients in federal
criminal cases.
Denis Dison, a Victory Fund
spokesperson, said the Thomas
nomination was facilitated through the
Presidential Appointments Project, an
initiative geared toward helping qualied
LGBT individuals receive appointments in
the federal government.
Its unlikely the Senate will act on
the nomination given the limited time
remaining in the 112th Congress. The
nomination will expire at the end of
the session and Obama will have to
re-nominate Thomas next year for his
appointment to remain pending before
the Senate.
President Obama has named other
openly gay nominees to the federal
bench. They include J. Paul Oetken,
Allison Nathan and Michael Fitzgerald,
who are now district judges because
they each received Senate conrmation.
Obama also named Pamela Ki Mai Chen
to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of New York and Michael McShane
to the U.S. District Court for Oregon,
although neither has yet received Senate
conrmation. Obama nominated Edmund
Dumont to the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit, but Obama rescinded
that nomination after no action was
taken on the appointment and DuMont
requested his name be withdrawn.
Its not the rst time an openly gay black
person has been nominated for a federal
judgeship. The rst openly gay judge
U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts
who was appointed by President Clinton
in 1994, is black. But Thomas is the rst
openly gay black male to be nominated to
the federal judiciary.
Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of
The Leadership Conference on Civil and
Human Rights, said the nominees send
a message about the need to address
the lingering and harmful judicial vacancy
crisis noting they join 19 other nominees
before the Senate awaiting conrmation.
Todays announcement also reects
the presidents historic commitment to
advancing a diverse judiciary that looks
like America, Zirkin said. If conrmed,
these nominees would bring more women,
minorities and openly gay judges to courts
to better reect the nation they serve.
Obama names gay black judge to Fla. court
PRESIDENT OBAMA named William Thomas
to the U.S. District Court, saying hes committed
to ensuring the judiciary resembles the nation
it serves.
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young Republicans
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Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes
Norton (D-D.C.) last week suggested the
results of the 2012 elections could prove
a turning point in American history.
Im not sure what we will call it when we
look back at history, but its certainly clear
that something important happened in the
election of 2012, she said during a panel at
the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center that featured
faith leaders and LGBT rights advocates
from across the country. The numbers
tell some of it. Now there are 10 states
including the District of Columbia who
permit marriage equality among all people.
No longer can the opponents say marriage
has never won when put to the American
people because three states answered yes
Maine, Maryland and Washington.
Norton noted 46 percent of black
Marylanders voted for their states
same-sex marriage law on Election Day.
Question 6 passed by a 57-43 percent
margin in predominantly black Baltimore
City. It lost by slightly more than 4,300
votes in Prince Georges County.
The fact that it was that close when some
believed in Maryland it would be much
further apart than 46 to 54 [percent] means
African Americans are beginning to see the
clear analogies between themselves and
the LBGT community, said Norton.
Norton, who on Nov. 6 easily won re-
election after defeating Libertarian Bruce
Majors and Natale Lino Stracuzzi of the
D.C. Statehood/Green Party, further
applauded Minnesota voters who struck
down a proposed state constitutional
amendment that would have dened
marriage as between a man and a woman.
She also applauded the White House
for no longer defending the Defense of
Marriage Act, lifting the ban on people
with HIV/AIDS from entering the country
and supporting other LGBT-specic
measures and policies.
Norton praised both President Obama
and Vice President Biden for publicly
supporting nuptials for gays and lesbians.
The president said he evolved; that
needs to be respected. said Norton.
He thought, he probably prayed and he
reached his own conclusions. And when
the president evolved, you can imagine
that there will be a lot of other people
thinking whether they should evolve too.
Maryland Congressman Elijah
Cummings, whose parents were
Pentecostal ministers, told the Washington
Blade last month he identied with
Obamas evolution on marriage rights
for same-sex couples. He said during
a second interview outside a Baltimore
polling place on Election Day that Bidens
comments on how he would not subject
other people to his feelings on abortion
during last months vice presidential
debate against Wisconsin Congressman
Paul Ryan factored into his decision to
back Question 6 and marriage rights for
same-sex couples.
As for the GOP, Norton said nuptials
for gays and lesbians is not an issue for
young Republicans.
Some of the Republicans appear to
be in a reective some may even call
it a self-pitiful mood when they saw
the new majority of Americans turn from
their party in the 2012 elections, she said.
They will have to think how to reconcile
the very good and much needed advocacy
of family values.
Norton further highlighted 70 percent of
black children are born to single women.
We got a marriage problem not a
gay marriage problem, she said. There
is work to be done on marriage, but I
sure dont see the gay community
as the place to begin at this point. It
should not be difcult in my judgment
for Republicans to reconcile marriage
equality with Republican philosophy.
Reverends Nancy Wilson of the
Metropolitan Community Churches
and Yvette Flunder of the Fellowship of
Afrming Ministries in San Leandro, Calif.,
Rev. Dennis Wiley of Covenant Baptist
United Church of Christ in Southwest
Washington and Sharon Lettman-Hicks,
executive director of the National Black
Justice Coalition, were among those who
also sat on the panel.
leases. Also signing them was Gary W.
Michael, who at the time was president
of NAI Michael Companies, a property
management and lease brokerage rm
that Jackson retained to nd a tenant for
the section of the building that the church
doesnt use.
Michael, reached Monday at his ofce
in Lanham, Md., said he recalls that the
school system responded to a public
listing his company issued announcing the
availability of the ofce space for rent.
I dont have to support someone
in every aspect for me to do business
with them, Michael said when asked if
he knew of Jacksons efforts to defeat
marriage equality laws.
According to Michael, Christian Hope
Ministries has a mortgage on the building.
Land records show the organization paid $8.55
million for the building in February 2005.
With their expenses and paying the
mortgage there may not be a whole lot left
over, he said referring to the rental income.
One of the leases was for 30,000 square
feet of ofce space on the second oor of
the two-story building. The other was for
5,000 square feet of ofce space located
on the buildings rst oor.
The base rent was the same in both
leases $18.20 per square foot for the
rst year, with an annual increase of 3.5
percent. The 30,000-square-foot lease
began in 2007 with a monthly rent of
$45,500, with $546,000 to be paid the
rst year. In the fth year, the school
system was to pay $626,400 for the
30,000-square-foot space and $104,425
for the 5,000-square-foot lease if the
school system remained in the building
for the full fth year.
In addition to what the leases described
as the base rent, the leases called for
the school system to pay 100 percent of
the buildings property taxes, 41 percent
of the buildings maintenance expenses,
48 percent of all bills for electricity, gas
and water used on the premises along
with sewer charges, and 41 percent of
the total premium for re and extended
coverage insurance.
The leases also call for Christian
Hope Ministries to pay a 6 percent
leasing commission to NAI The Michael
Companies on all gross rent paid by
tenant during the full term of the leases
and any renewals or extensions of the
leases. The Michael Companies, among
other things, were to collect the rent
from the P.G. County Public Schools
and disburse it to Jacksons group after
deducting the commission, according to
the terms of leases.
An online listing shows that Jackson is
currently looking for a new tenant in the
building.
Peter Montgomery, an ofcial with People
for the American Way, an LGBT supportive
group that monitors religious right
organizations that oppose LGBT rights,
including Jacksons organizations, said he
was unaware that the P.G. County Public
Schools rented space in Jacksons building.
I dont think there is anything wrong
with a church generating income from a
business enterprise, Montgomery said.
There would be a problem if the county
rented that space as a favor to Jackson,
he said.
Guidestar.com is an organization that
monitors charities and provides access to IRS
990 reports that most charitable organizations
with a tax exemption are required to le
each year. According to Guidestar, Christian
Hope Ministries is registered with the IRS as
a church and is exempt from having to le a
990 reporting form.
Revenue and expense data are not
available for this organization, Guidestar
states on its website.
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blah blah, but then about an hour into it, I
started to get pretty emotional, he says.
I started to really think about how long
the journey has been and even though its
been relatively smooth in a lot of ways, its
also been very hard in some ways as well.
There were many points along the way
where things came up that could have
changed the outcome, so knowing weve
overcome all that was really amazing.
For his part, Norman, who calls Copeland
Dad and Ward Pops, says he was
happy when the lady called my name. He
also says he got lots of goodies.
Copeland and Ward have a D.C.
domestic partnership. They met at a
Human Rights Campaign fundraiser in
Dallas, where they formerly lived (though
neither are from Texas). Theyve been
together almost seven years and have
lived together about ve years. After
starting their relationship in Texas, Ward
moved to Washington for a job in 2006.
Copeland followed in 2007. Copeland
is adopted himself, so they talked fairly
early in their relationship about the
possibility of adopting.
Working with D.C.s Child and Family
Services Agency, the couple took a
licensing course and within about four
months, Norman came to live with them.
He had been born in D.C. but the couple
declines to go into details about his
biological family or situation.
He was just a pretty normal kid who
was in a situation where he could not
be cared for the way he needed to be,
Copeland says.
Although there were some long nights
and an inevitable adjustment period for
everyone, the couple says for the most
part, it just clicked.
We were extremely tired, Ward says.
Wed both been kind of extreme night
owls before and wed suddenly have
family and friends calling us at, like, 10 at
night and wed be ready for bed but in
many ways it was a very organic change.
Ward, 35, took a few weeks off from
his job as a project manager for a D.C.-
based software company, but Norman
had already been in preschool, so neither
parent had to give up his career.
Both say their being gay was never an
issue in the adoption.
Copeland says he knew from his legal
work hed worked on cases involving
anti-gay Maryland minister Rev. Harry
Jackson whod sued the District that
D.C.s Human Rights Act of 1977 is solid.
I fully understood the breadth of
protection that exists within the law, he
says. I didnt anticipate a problem and we
never once had a single problem.
Ward says he was bracing himself just
in case.
As a bi-racial gay couple, I kind of
expected there to be a different layer
there or something, some level of strife,
but we never had any problems at all. It
was almost a bit of a let down I wanted
to be advocate for something, but that
says a lot of great things about where we
live that it wasnt.
There was a chance early on, that
Norman may have returned to his
biological family.
Thats usually the initial goal in a foster
care situation, Copeland says. It would
have been very hard because he really is
just the sweetest little boy and it was very
easy to just get so attached to him. There
were certainly moments where we may
never have made it to adoption, but our
social workers were always there to help
us understand the next steps.
The couple praises the D.C. staff they
worked with throughout social workers
LaTasha McKinley and Sarah McDonald and
also Mallory Martin of the Childrens Law
Center who acted on Normans behalf.
It all sounds so perfect surely there were
some struggles for the new family, right?
The couple says the hardest part was
the element of so much being unknown at
the outset.
We were just foster parents for a long
time, Ward says. We had no idea what
the next court hearing could bring. There
was a lot of pandering and stress and
emotion and I dont want to discount that.
Theres a lot of emotion tied to it.
But it did all work out. The family is in
Dallas this week for Thanksgiving with
Wards family. Copelands family is in
his native Louisiana and both say their
respective parents were quick to welcome
Norman as a grandchild.
He does everything here hes not
allowed to do at home, which is just how
it should be at your grandparents house,
Ward says with a chuckle.
On Tuesday this week, Norman spent
the day hanging out with Nana, Wards
mother. This wasnt his rst plane ride,
Copeland has to remind him. His favorite
time in Texas so far has been playing with
his cousin, Erica. Theyll have Thanksgiving
dinner Thursday at Uncle Tims.
Since same-sex marriage is legal in
Washington, the couple may eventually
wed. They have no immediate plans to,
though, and say that wasnt an issue in the
process nor would it have been had they
been a straight couple.
Norman is in kindergarten and attends
a charter school in D.C.
The couple says hes doing great overall
and theyre often amused by, as Ward puts
it, his amazing level of innocence.
Hes very happy to have a home,
Copeland says. He loves us and is a
very sweet and happy boy. Happy is
the right word in some ways, but its
also an insufcient word because there
are so many more emotions attached
to it. You realize youve contributed to
something bigger. This little boy had so
many obstacles in his path. Its all just
sort of humbling and overwhelming at
the same time.
D.C. gay couple nalizes adoption of son
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SCOOTER WARD (left), CHAD COPELAND and their son, NORMAN MOORE with Judge NOEL
JOHNSON at an adoption day proceeding last weekend in D.C. Superior Court.

WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Gay parents, kids participate in Adoption Day
Relatives and friends wept in joy and cheered as at least four gay male couples
carried or walked with their children to a stage at the D.C. Superior Court on Saturday,
Nov. 17, where judges signed papers nalizing the adoption of their kids.
With D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and a contingent of family court judges, social
workers, and lawyers looking on, the gay couples joined at least 25 straight
couples or single parents who had their childrens adoptions nalized during the
citys 26th Annual Adoption Day ceremony.
The ceremony is designed to celebrate the joy of adoption and encourage
area residents to consider adopting or fostering a child in the Districts public
child welfare system, said a statement released by the Superior Court and the
D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, which facilitates adoptions in the city.
Among the couples participating in the ceremony were Reginald Wilson and
his husband Wesley McCammon, who recently moved from Mississippi to the
D.C. area, where they adopted Reginald Jr., 9, and his biological sister, Regina, 10.
As the family was introduced by the ceremonys emcee, NBC News 4 anchor
Barbara Harrison, Wilson wept uncontrollably, saying later he was overcome by joy at
the columniation of his and his husbands dream of becoming a family with children.
Gray, who was sitting nearby, walked over to Wilson and hugged him. About
a half hour earlier, the mayor delivered remarks praising the citys adoption
program and expressing support for D.C.s longstanding policy of allowing same-
sex couples to adopt.
Weve come to an age of enlightenment where, of course, we recognize
traditional families and hope that they will adopt, Gray said. But also single
adults ought to be considered for adoption because they make wonderful
adoptive families, he told the gathering. And frankly, Im proud to be in a city
where we have approved marriage equality and we have some of the most loving
families in the city who are same-sex couples.
Also participating in the ceremony were D.C. residents Chad Copeland and
Kevin Scooter Ward and their adopted son Norman, 5; and Silvio Weisner
and his husband Jeffrey Weisner and their 10-month-old adopted daughter
Madeleine Susannah Weisner.
She was born just outside of Houston, Texas, and we were there on the day she was
born, Silvio Weisner told the Blade. We brought her home to D.C. nine days later.
Judith Sandalow, executive director of the D.C.-based Childrens Law Center,
which provides legal services to people seeking to adopt or become foster
parents, said the citys Child and Family Services Agency routinely approves gay
people and same-sex couples as foster or adoptive parents.
She said anyone interested in learning more about how to adopt or become
a foster parent should contact the agency at 202-671-LOVE or go its adoption/
foster care website, adoptdckids.org.
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Pfc. Bradley Mannings defense will face
military prosecutors in Ft. George G. Meade
in Odenton, Md. from Nov. 27-Dec. 2 to
argue that all charges should be dismissed
because of unlawful pretrial punishment.
A protest rally is scheduled for Nov. 27.
Manning is a gay United States Army
soldier who was arrested in May 2010
in Iraq on suspicion of having passed
classied material to the whistleblower
website WikiLeaks. He was charged
with a number of offenses, including
communicating national defense
information to an unauthorized source
and aiding the enemy, a capital offense,
though prosecutors said they would not
seek the death penalty.
Protest organizers say this is one of the
defenses nal chances to reduce possible
sentencing, second in importance only
to the court martial, which begins next
Feb. 4. Its an opportunity for the public
to show the military and the media that
they still support Manning by coming out
to Fort Meade on Nov. 27 to protest what
organizers believe constitutes an injustice
in the military court.
The rally takes place outside the main
gate of Fort Meade at 10 a.m. to demand
that Mannings mistreatment be accounted
for. Speakers will include leading members
of the Bradley Manning Support Network
and partner organizations.
At the hearing, Bradleys lawyer David
Coombs will focus on the abuse Bradley
allegedly endured in Quantico, Va.
Manning was held for nine months in
solitary connement, in conditions that
were declared by U.N. Chief Rapporteur on
Torture Juan Mendez to be cruel, inhuman
and degrading. David Coombs will present
evidence that brig psychiatrists opposed
the decision to hold Bradley in solitary and
that brig commanders misled the public
when they said that Bradleys treatment was
for Prevention of Injury. Following the
protest, people are encouraged to stay for
some or all of the hearing.
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PFLAG testies
against bullying
Members of the Howard County
chapter of PFLAG testied on Nov. 19
in favor of a Howard County Council
resolution introduced by Council member
Courtney Watson regarding bullying,
harassment and intimidation. The
resolution encourages the Maryland
General Assembly to provide resources
to appropriate agencies that work
with young people to allow them to
establish interdisciplinary teams in each
jurisdiction to address these issues.
Ride for the Feast
2013 kick-off party
Team With A Purpose is holding a
fundraiser kick-off on Dec. 1 for the 2013
Ride for the Feastan event that raises
money for Moveable Feast. It will take
place at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles
St., Baltimore. The owners donated the
space for the event.
Riders, crew and donors are invited to
celebrate past and/or future efforts for the
two-day, 140-mile bike ride. Everybody is
welcome. Suggested donations are $12 to
$20. All proceeds go to Moveable Feast.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show
beginning at 8 p.m. Entertainers include
Tim Kaye, The Honest Mistakes, and The
Firecrackers. There will be dancing, door
prizes, on-site registration for riders and
crew of the Ride for the Feast 2013. Donors
can sponsor their favorite registered rider/
crew on-site as well. Anyone registering as
a rider at this party will get a discount for a
2013 Ride for the Feast registration.
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quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS,
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cost to affected persons and their families
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Kennedy Krieger Institutes annual Festival of Trees starts today at 10 am at the
Maryland State Fairgrounds and goes until Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The festival includes a fairyland forest featuring 600 decorated trees and
wreaths. The weekend will also feature a train garden, live entertainment, crafts,
carnival games, silent auction and 100 different gift boutiques.
Tickets are $13 and $7 for children and seniors. For more information, visit
festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.
World AIDS Day cabaret benet
The Creative Alliance will host a cabaret to benet AIDS Action Baltimore and
honoring World AIDS Day with music. The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 30
at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.)
Adam Cooley, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directs and sings in an
evening of Broadway, pop, rock and original tunes sung by some of Baltimores
most talented vocalists. Also included are readings from the pandemic. Cast
includes Mink Stole, Sunrize Highway, Alexis Holzer, Quae Simpson, Queen Earth
and more.
AIDS Action Baltimore founder Lynda Dee joins Johns Hopkins Hospitals
AIDS researchers in discussing the options moving forward in a dialogue with the
audience. Tickets are $20, $15 for members of the Creative Alliance. For more
information, visit creativealliance.org.
Glimpses behind closed doors
The Baltimore Symphony Associates hosts its annual fundraiser Symphony
Homes for the Holidays beginning on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. It runs
through Dec. 1 at the Monkton Mill (2019 Monkton Road).
To benet the orchestra, attendees will get tours of historical and elegant
private residences in the area.
Tickets are $30. For more information, visit bsomusic.org.
Canadian Tenors here for holiday show
BSO SuperPops presents the Canadian Tenors to the Joseph Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore) tonight at 8 p.m.
The group has taken its blend of classical and contemporary repertoire across
the globe, performing with stars such as Sting, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Paul
McCartney. Their holiday album The Perfect Gift went gold in Canada within
three weeks and has since gone platinum.
Tickets are $28 to $63. For more information, visit bsomusic.org.
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Everyone has a stake in
striking a budget deal
The importance of a budget deal and
potential implications of not reaching
one are very real to many in the LGBT
community. Whether you own a business;
are receiving government assistance in
one form or another; are involved in the
theater; a healthcare non-prot; work
for a food bank; live with or care about
ghting HIV/AIDS at home or across the
world; or want to guarantee your civil and
human rights, you have a stake in the re-
sults of keeping the nation from falling off
the scal cliff.
The outcome of the negotiations be-
tween the president and Congress and
what the president is able to accomplish
in this lame duck session will set the stage
for what President Obama will be able to
do in his second term. The success he has
in reaching his goals in the budget ght
will portend what he will be able to do to
accomplish and move forward the issues
crucial to the coalition who helped elect
him, including women, Latinos, African
Americans and the LGBT community.
We all have things we want the presi-
dent to do. They include the LGBT com-
munity wanting him to take an active role
in passing an inclusive ENDA and sign-
ing an executive order banning discrimi-
nation in government contracting. The
Latino community wants him to ght for
a fair and far-reaching immigration bill
and women look to him to continue to
support their ability to control their own
healthcare and protect with Supreme
Court appointments Roe v. Wade. But as
history tells us the rst crucial battles of a
second term set the tone for the rest of it.
So while we want him to move on our
issues we rst need to join with a broad co-
alition to pressure Congress to accept that
this election really did make a difference
and was not the status-quo election some
would like to believe. We need to ght so
that any budget agreement ensures the
long-term viability of Medicare and Social
Security and that education and research
funding are protected and that programs
like Ryan White continue to exist and are
adequately funded. We need to maintain
the focus, however small it is, on arts fund-
ing where so many earn their living and we
need to protect funding to ght HIV/AIDS
across the world.
Supporting these programs doesnt
mean no compromise and we need to
accept that the president will have to
make some in order to protect funding
for those programs. We need to accept
that there has to be a concerted effort to
cut the debt but that must include added
revenue so we all have to put pressure on
Congress to support the president when
he asks the wealthy to pay a little more
and let them know our votes in 2014 will
reect that. As a coalition we are stronger
than the Tea Party and if some in Con-
gress are afraid to face them in an elec-
tion they should understand they have
to be more concerned with us. We need
to make Congress understand that those
who underestimated our strength in the
last election shouldnt do it again.
We need to demonstrate how wrong
Paul Ryan was when he blamed his
partys loss on a big urban vote as if
they didnt understand what they voted
for. That big urban vote will continue
to come out and vote against Ryan and
his policies because they oppose them
and if Republicans ever want a chance to
make inroads in that vote they will have to
change what they stand for. We need to
show Congress that it wasnt the gifts
as Mitt Romney calls them that lost him
the election but rather it was the policies
he espoused.
We need to join together and spend
the lame duck session ghting for a
shared goal the scal solvency of the
nation. That solvency must be reached
based on the terms under which President
Obama won the election. If obstructionists
in Congress dont want to lose many more
seats in 2014 they must understand they
have to compromise because we support
the president and his policies.
We need to go door-to-door, friend-
to-friend, and family member-to-family
member and ask them all to call their
congressperson and tell them we believe
that fairness is what this is about and that
the presidents plan for keeping us from
falling of the scal cliff is the right one.
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Logan-U St. community
orist named top
industry enterprise
If discerning early in life the professional
aspiration that will become a life-long oc-
cupation is the truest predictor of a suc-
cessful entrepreneur, Jeff Fritz has much to
be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday.
He also has a prestigious new award
to show for it.
Owner of the thriving Flowers on 14th
storefront northwest Washington busi-
ness, Fritz began working as a oral de-
signer at the age of 15 while a high school
student in nearby Westminster, Md. Op-
erating out of his childhood home after
class and on weekends, he quickly be-
came the oral wunderkind of the area.
Decades of delight in, and dedication
to, his chosen creative craft recently re-
sulted in his business earning the distinc-
tion of being named a Top 100 orist in
the world among more than 40,000 retail-
ers by industry leader FTD.
Eye-catching window displays dis-
tinguish the shops retail facade at 1712
14th Street, N.W., often prompting smiles
on passerby faces. Less than three blocks
south of the U Street neighborhood
namesake companion to Logan Circle in
one of the Districts most rapidly devel-
oping residential and commercial areas,
the business was not-so-long-ago a lone-
ly oasis in a dilapidated zone.
Following a career as a oral designer
in the employ of others, rst in his home
state and later in both Miami and D.C.,
Fritz opened his own business a few
doors up the street from his current lo-
cation in September 2001. He soon de-
veloped a large customer base within the
gay community, also relying on wedding
and special event orders, holiday whole-
sale contracting, and funeral and corpo-
rate accounts to round out revenue.
There werent many shoppers strolling
the now vibrant corridor in those early days.
Fondly recalling the eventual walk-in cus-
tomer passing through the doorway several
years later emblematic of the neighbor-
hood transition that would increasingly take
root Fritz references the framed currency
of that initial street-generated purchase. Re-
sponsive to increasing pedestrian trafc, the
window displays have become even more
elaborate, and enjoyed, over time.
Expanding to three times the space
when moving to its current 2,250 square-
foot location nearly three years ago, the
business has continued to grow. Ten em-
ployees and contractors assist in fullling
orders in the fragrant environ of a narrow
warehouse-loft-style open interior space.
Consistent with the freelance business
moniker Friendly Flowers of his youth,
the personable staff of Fritzs current op-
eration ensures many loyal customers.
Like most local entrepreneurs, Fritz is
quick to detail how difcult and discourag-
ing a place D.C. is to operate a small busi-
ness. He suggests that the absence of pri-
vate sector business ownership experience
among District elected ofcials is a primary
reason that local policies result in the citys
perennial rating as the nations most busi-
ness unfriendly jurisdiction.
A legacy contribution to a neighbor-
hoods revitalization while engendering
the affection of a community wilts the
operating hardships and burdens of a
blooming business.
This weekend, national Small Busi-
ness Saturday is an opportunity to cel-
ebrate local commerce and express ap-
preciation for the every-day dedication
and hard work of business operators like
Jeff Fritz.
Beautiful bouquets become bountiful business
Mark Lee is a local small business manager and long-
time community business advocate. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
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FEEDBACK
The following was submitted as a letter to the editor.
Re: Will Obama name LGBT appoin-
tees in Cabinet shakeup? (news, Nov. 14)
In December 2012, I retired from the
federal government after 22 years. I was
not only able to utilize my professional
and educational expertise but also com-
fortable with peers and colleagues about
being a proud out lesbian in a relation-
ship than spanned more than 28 years
and the constant changing of presiden-
tial appointees.
Those personnel changes often af-
fected the potential opportunity for or
against the inclusion of programmatic ef-
forts to gather the data, qualitative and
quantitative, in identifying health dispari-
ties associated with LGBT populations
and different segments comprising the
diversity of the disparate but linked com-
munities. The bureaucratic changes ne-
cessitated the advocacy groups to re-cast
their message often duplicating previous
efforts while making the proper name
and date changes.
Readers are probably wondering:
What does this commentary have to
do with President Obamas selection of
LGBT individuals as possible Cabinet
leaders, etc.?
Federal government employees, re-
gardless of the length of our same-sex
relationships or even the faade of mar-
riage in those states where that right was
available, albeit it temporary, have few civil
rights relative to our married colleagues,
wherever the setting of that marriage.
I personally do not want John Berry to
leave his current position as director of the
Ofce of Personnel Management (OPM),
whose mission is recruiting, retaining and
honoring a world-class force to serve the
American people. If you look at OPMs
web site (opm.gov), you prominently see
Same-Sex Domestic Partner Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQs). On June 8, 2010,
my partner and I signed the federal
form entitled Declaration of Domestic
Partnership. Each federal agency sup-
posedly offered all employees the oppor-
tunity to complete this form, which would
be placed in the respective employees
personnel le. But you know something
isnt exactly right when the form has no
bureaucratic number assigned.
Three months after I retired, on March
3, 2012, my life partner, Ruth Boynton,
an almost 24-year veteran of the United
States Postal Service (USPS) died at age
54 of aortic dissection, Type III. Luckily,
a few of the government benets, most
notably the Federal Employee Group Life
Insurance (FEGLI) and the Thrift Savings
Plan, acknowledged me as the benecia-
ry. Not surprisingly, the USPS did not have
a process for declaring domestic partner-
ship and also claimed to have never re-
ceived forms from my partner identifying
me as her beneciary, a fact that few who
know us nd plausible.
And, of course, the pice de rsistance
was the $70,000+ county inheritance tax
that was sent to me, as the estate adminis-
trator, less than six months after her death.
Even the conservative members of my
family were appalled and used that knowl-
edge to vote for Question 6 in Maryland
and help win the approval of same-sex
couples to wed and have the other rights
associated with straight couples.
So, I want Berry to stay and nish the
job that he has started and accomplish
the mission of OPM in having the best
and brightest workforce regardless of any
demography.
DR. NANCY J. KENNEDY
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in the middle of the night; a night-vision
camera that can be aimed into the crib
and a built-in microphone to record
sounds; and a lightweight, portable
audio-video monitor with a 2.4-inch
LCD screen that functions to a range of
450 feet from the camera and crib. The
system also includes three lullaby tunes
to help everyone in the family catch
a few Zs before the 3 a.m. screaming
begins. ($299; snuza.info)
Moscot Eyewear
Youll need a pair of stylish shades to
shield your eyes from snow blindness when
you hit the slopes this winter, and Moscot
is where its at. Based on designs from
the manufacturers archives, the Originals
Collection features a variety of vintage-
inspired frames constructed of real glass
lenses and traditional hardware, and come in
an array of colors that hark back to decades
past. The aviator-style Sechel, available in
Straw with G-15 lenses, are fashion forward
yet functional to protect your pupils from
the harmful UV rays above and below. ($225-
$255; moscot.com)
Gillette Fusion
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Transform your moisturized mug into a
well-groomed work of art with the Gillette
Fusion ProGilde Styler, a three-in-one tool
designed for men with a penchant for
stylish facial hair. Whether you prefer a
thin chinstrap, bushy muttons or a simple
goatee, the ProGlide Styler helps scruffy
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Power Trimmer tted with Fusion ProGlide
Power Blades, charging base, Microcomb,
and a Precision Edging Blade. Its perfectly
safe for staying svelte below the belt, too.
($19.99; gillette.com)
PlayStation Vita
Avid gamers never have to stop
playing their favorite titles thanks to the
cross-platform Wi-Fi/3G connectivity
of PlayStation Vita, the latest handheld
innovation from Sony. What you start playing
on your home-based PS3 console you can
resume on Vita while youre out and about
with this palm-sized device that ts perfectly
in a jacket pocket or backpack.
Vita supports a wide variety of games,
including Madden and Uncharterd:
Golden Abyss, and games available on
both PS3 and Vita only need to purchased
once to be played on both devices. Vita
also offers GPS, video and music playback,
and is compatible with apps from Netix,
Skype, Facebook, Twitter and more. ($240-
$299; us.playstation.com/psvita)
Awkward Family Photos
Based on the cringe-worthy-but-totally-
relatable website of the same name, the
Awkward Family Photos board game
combines classic and never-before-seen
photos with probing, make-you-squirm
questions for a game night full of laughter
and creative discussion. Denitely a
better alternative than mom passing
around those embarrassing, bare-ass
baby pictures during dessert. ($24.99;
familyandpartygames.com)
Brookstone HDMI
Pocket Project
Turn any blank wall into an impromptu
movie screening with the HDMI Pocket
Projector from Brookstone. With more
than two hours of battery life and built-in
audio, mobile cinephiles can transform
their Apple, Android and Windows
smartphones and tablets into a crisp,
high-denition viewing experience that
rivals that of your local multiplex.
This micro Pocket Projector includes
a three-foot HDMI cable, a Micro HDMI
adapter and a Mini HDMI adapter, and
projects an image with a 16:9 aspect ratio,
which will make that annual viewing of
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
bigger and better than ever before. ($299;
brookstone.com)
Mango Passport
For those on your list planning a
big trip abroad or who simply want to
expand their horizons at home, Mango
Passport makes it easy to learn a
foreign language on multiple platforms,
including a computer, MP3 player or
smartphone. Available in 16 languages
and 12 ESLs, each Mango lesson
incorporates interactive tools and
rich imagery that eliminates boredom
and keeps users engaged. Building
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a solid foundation on more than
monotonous vocabulary memorization,
Mango Passport which includes
three journeys for each language
teaches practical speaking skills
and cultural insights while gradually
instilling the condence to start great
conversations. Like with the pool boy.
($176; mangolanguages.com)
Cuisinart Smart Stick
Preserve precious countertop real
estate with the Cuisinart Smart Stick, the
versatile hand blender that goes from pot
to pitcher, bowl to beaker with ease. A
powerful 200-watt motor spins into action
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puree soups and froth up festive hot
chocolate without dirtying up many-piece
bigger blenders that require more work
than theyre worth. ($40; buydig.com)
Pain DAvignon Bread
of the Month Club
Carb lovers will jump for joy every few
weeks with Pain DAvignons Bread of
the Month Club, which includes monthly
deliveries of seasonally thoughtful baked
goods and accompaniments, like white
French boules and garlic-herb croutons
in January and hot dog buns and house-
made potato chips in July. Three- to
12-month subscriptions from the celebrated
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HOLIDAY SPIRITS
ipop Rum
Give yourself a temporary reprieve
from the winter weather with ipop, a
quadruple-distilled Caribbean rum made
from high-quality sugar cane. To sweeten
the season even more, ipop will donate
a portion of the proceeds from each bottle
purchased to Soles4Souls, a charitable
organization that provides shoes to
barefoot, orphaned children around the
world. ($14; ipoprum.com)
Tequila Partida
Make your rendition of Feliz Navidad
more authentic with Tequila Partida,
the 100 percent blue agave spirit better
for sipping than shots. Available in four
marques Blanco, Reposado, Aejo,
and Elegante Partidas hand-harvested,
clean taste is recognized the world over.
($50-$350; partidatequila.com)
Absolut Tune
Add a splash of panache to your
holiday breakfast with Absolut Tune,
Absolut Vodkas newest fusion of sparkling
white wine and premium vodka. Wrapped
in festive packaging and corked for added
sophistication, Absolut Tune works just as
well washing down pumpkin French toast
as it does as a host/hostess gift with a kick.
($31.99; absolut.com)
Rabbit Wine
Chilling Carafe
Big, bulky chillers are no match for the
ingenious and space-friendly Rabbit Wine
Chilling Carafe, an aesthetically pleasing glass
bottle that holds an entire regular-size bottle of
vino kept cold by a chemical-free stainless-steel
ice chamber. ($49.95; kitchencouture.com)
Mumm Napa 2007
Blanc de Blanc
This sparkling wine made of 90 percent
Chardonnay grapes and a touch of Pinot Gris
hails from Napa Valley, which since the 1960s
has rivaled the viticulture regions of France,
Italy, Portugal and Spain. Thanks in part to its
complexity, the Mumm Napa 2077 Blanc de
Blanc recently receive a 91-point rating from
Wine Spectator. ($38; mummnapa.com)
Patron XO
Caf Dark Cocoa
Trade your Irish coffee in for a Mexican
version with Patrn XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, a
combination of Patrn Silver tequila and light
essences of fresh-roasted java and premium
chocolate. Decidedly dry not sweet like
many other coffee liqueurs Patrn XO
Cafe Dark Cocoa is distilled at 60 proof, which
youll appreciate when the in-laws blow in
with the blizzard. ($24.99; patrongift.com)
Vinamor
Fans of ABCs hit show Shark Tank may
recognize the Vinamor, an unusual glass
wine aerator that brings out the best of your
bottle in an instant. In addition to softening
tannins and allowing avors to ourish,
Vinamor also assists in measuring the perfect
wine pour, helping to deter overpouring (or
underpouring!) for all you lushes out there.
The Vinamor can also conveniently move
from one wine glass to another, aerating
several glasses of wine per table. Need
another incentive to buy a Vinamor? Inventor
Gary DeJohn has pledged to donate $7
from the sale of each device sold to The
Trevor Project when you use code LGBT at
checkout. ($39.95; vinamor.com)
Pisco Portn
It takes 18 pounds of grapes to make one
bottle of Pisco Portn, the quintessential
South American spirit that contains notes
of cinnamon, orange blossom and citrus.
Sourced from vineyards irrigated by glacial
river from the Andes Mountains, Pisco is at its
best when served neat and paired with a piece
of dark chocolate. ($40; piscoporton.com)
Bytox
Get into the holiday spirits without suffering
a splitting headache this New Years Eve.
Bytox specially formulated for hangover
prevention is a 100 percent all-natural
adhesive patch that pumps the vitamins and
nutrients you lose from drinking back into your
body. Ideally, the patch should be applied at
least 45 minutes before alcohol consumption
begins and removed no less than eight hours
after last call. Although theres still no cure for
whiskey dick, this is a decent compromise.
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Chanticleer
A Chanticleer Christmas
Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m.
Chanticleer kicks off the holidays with a brilliant program of carols,
sacred works, contemporary music, and more. Relax and enjoy
their impeccable technique, glorious melodies, and a repertoire
that covers ten centuries of music. The singing of Chanticleer is
breathtaking in itspurity of blendand swagger of style. (The
Boston Globe) $24, $40, $48
Vienna Boys Choir
Christmas in Vienna
Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m.
Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the Christmas season quite
like the celestial voices of these extraordinary Austrian youngsters.
In their special holiday concert, the Vienna Boys Choir presents
a program of Christmas spirit, performing everything from
Gregorian chant and traditional Christmas carols to popular
holiday favorites and songs from around the world. A delightful
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Rockapella
A Rockapella Holiday
Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m.
Rockapella returns to our stage with a rockin concert of classic
carols and holiday tunes, both funky and soulful, celebrating
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AN ANTHOLOGY OF
POETS LOST TO AIDS
Edited by Philip Clark and David Groff
Poetry performers include Chris August,
Gowri Koneswaran, and Jaysen Wright.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:30pm
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This event is made possible by the Rainbow
History Project, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh
Dance Company and generous support from
the Washington DC Humanities Council.
By KEITH LORIA
The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington
presents Winter Nights, Nov. 30 and
Dec. 1 at the Lisner Auditorium, (730
21st Street NW), featuring a pageant
of glittering winter Rockettes, a
Bollywood number and even a visit from
Mrs. Claus with the song Santa Wont
You Please Come Back. Tickets range
from $13 to $35 and can be purchased at
gmcw.org.
Wolf Trap (1645 Trap Rd.) in Vienna
presents its free annual holiday sing-a-
long on Dec. 1, featuring Christmas carols
and Hanukkah songs by choir and vocal
groups and the United States Marine
Band.
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St.,
N.W.) has several holiday performances
and events coming up in December.
First, Utahs preeminent ballet company,
Ballet West, brings America oldest
complete Nutcracker to the center
from Dec. 5-9. The beloved ballet features
the Kennedy Center Opera House
Orchestra and National Cathedral School
Lower School Singers. Tickets range from
$45-$150.
The Kennedy Center teams with
National Public Radio for the annual
A Jazz Piano Christmas on Dec. 8,
featuring top jazz pianists such as Master
Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen
and Taylor Eigsti performing their favorite
holiday songs. Tickets are $65.
Also at the Kennedy Center, the
National Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Rolf Beck, will be
performing Handels Messiah Dec.
20-23. Featured singers will be soprano
Katherine Whyte, countertenor Anthony
Roth Costanzo, tenor Sunnyboy Vincent
Diadia and bass-baritone Panajotis
Iconmou. Tickets range from $10 to $85.
The National Philharmonic will
perform the Messiah on Dec. 8 and Dec.
22-23 with Stan Engebretson conducting
at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301
Tuckerman Lane) in North Bethesda.
Tickets range from $30 to $85.
On Dec. 18, the National Philharmonics
associate Conductor Victoria Gau will
lead the Washington Symphonic Brass
and National Philharmonic Chorale in
a holiday concert at the Music Center.
The critically acclaimed 17-member brass
and percussion ensemble will ring in the
holidays with arrangements of holiday
favorites, including a medley by WSB
Director Phil Snedecor called Christmas
Memories, an arrangement by Tony
DiLorenzo of Twas the Night Before
Christmas and an exuberant version
of Beethovens Ode to Joy with the
National Philharmonic Chorale. Tickets
range from $28 to $48.
The National Philharmonic Singers,
under the direction of conductors Stan
Engebretson and Victoria Gau, will
present a free holiday concert on Dec.
15 at Christ Episcopal Church (107 South
Washington St.) in Rockville. The concert
will feature famous carols, including the
Hallelujah Chorus, Benjamin Brittens
A Ceremony of Carols with harp and
The Blessed Son of God from Hodie by
Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other highlights
include music from various periods, with a
special audience sing along.
Washington Ballet welcomes the
holiday season by presenting The
Nutcracker Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 at the
historic Warner Theatre (3515 Wisconsin
Ave, NW). Septime Webres critically
acclaimed ballet transports audiences
back in time to historic Washington
in a one-of-a-kind production set in
1882 Georgetown and starring George
Washington as the heroic Nutcracker,
King George III as the villainous Rat King,
Anacostia Indians, frontiersmen and many
other all-American delights. Tickets range
from $34-$99.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
performs its Holiday Pops Celebration
from Dec. 12-16 at the Music Center at
Strathmore under the baton of Robert
Bernhardt. Daniel Narducci serves as host
and guest vocalist. Tickets range from
$25-$85.
For those looking for some non-
traditional entertainment, they wont be
disappointed.
Town (2009 8th St. NW) will present
A Nightmare Before Xmas with
Sharon Needles, a drag queen famous for
winning RuPauls Drag Race, on Dec.
15. The club will also feature DJ Summer
Camp (aka Shea Van Horn in a fabulously
slutty dress). The night begins at 10 p.m.,
but a private meet-and-greet cocktail
party is available with Needles for $50. A
limited amount of tickets are available at
groovetickets.com.
Coyaba Dance Theater (3225 8th St
NE) welcomes the young performers of
the Coyaba Dance Academy and special
guests Soul in Motion and Cheick Hamala
Diabat for its annual multi-generational
Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 14-16. The
performance includes traditional dance
and drumming. Tickets begin at $22.
Gay lmmaker John Waters will offer his
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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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DArcee Charington Neal got in the Gay Mens Chorus by the narrowest of
margins.
A friend was auditioning back in August and Neal asked about it. Initially
thinking hed missed the deadline, he double checked the date and realized
about 3 p.m. on the nal day, he had until 5 to try out, so he did. He had never
heard the Chorus or even realized there was such an outt, but is enjoying his
rst season with the group. He sings baritone. Next weekend, the group gives
three performances of its Winter Nights show at Lisner Auditorium (730 21
st

Street, NW; gmcw.org for details).
Neal is excited for the show.
It will just be marvelous, Neal says. Ive never really seen anything like it.
Its everything from Bollywood to West African holiday music to traditional
Latin choral arrangements.
Neal, a 26-year-old Cary, N.C., native, came to Washington in 2007 for an
internship. After completing a masters degree (in creative and professional
wiring) at Londons University of Roehampton, he returned to the District mostly
because the Metro system makes it easy for him to get around.
People in D.C. make fun of it, but they really have no idea, he says. From
a disabled persons perspective, its really the best thing in the U.S. Ive ridden
almost every underground in the country and D.C.s is by far the best Ive ever
been on.
Neal is single and lives in College Park, Md. Hes looking for writing work and
says his disability has made nding employment difcult. He eventually wants
to move into the District.
In his free time, he enjoys writing, cooking, singing and playing Call of Duty.
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT
AND WHO WAS THE HARDEST
PERSON TO TELL?
Ive been out since I was 17, and it was
denitely my parents. My mother looked
me in my face and said that she wished
that I would have gotten AIDS and died so
they couldve mourned me and moved on
already. Thats rough. But I know as older
black people, they come from a different
time. And as a disabled black person, they
feel like I already have two strikes on my life,
so they think being gay is something else
Im adding to make my life harder.
WHOS YOUR LGBT HERO?
Lady Gaga. Outside of being outrageously
talented, I cant think of anyone who
genuinely works for the good of the gays and
really believes in what they do, on her level.
As a megastar she could be about anything,
but she has taken this platform up, and I cant
thank her enough for it.
WHATS WASHINGTONS BEST
NIGHTSPOT, PAST OR PRESENT?
I was a huge fan of club Apex. Coming
from Bible Belt North Carolina, it was
like this holy megaplex of debauchery.
Multiple oors of thumping bass, and
ashing lights, and all those shirtless men!
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
Oh God, Ive spent forever fantasizing
about this. Probably in the courtyard of
the Louvre Museum at night, candles
everywhere standing in front of that
glass pyramid, black and white roses
scattered the ground. But my tux would
be the star of the show. People dont
seem to understand that when youre in a
wheelchair you never get to be passionate
about clothes, because half the time you
cant show them off! Id want a three foot
white silk train on the back of my coat
draped down behind my chair in between
the wheels and a matching fedora with a
veil attached over my face. Itd be the most
fabulous thing since J-Los The Dress.
WHAT NON-LGBT ISSUE ARE YOU
MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Without a doubt, disability acceptance
in America. For the life of me, I cannot
understand why disabled unemployment
is at 75 percent, compared to the national
average of 7.9 percent. It feels like as a
country, America is choosing to leave us
behind. My parents fought to make sure
I had a good education, and graduating
from London in 2011, with my masters
degree, I felt like they did a great job. But
the reality is, Ive been unemployed for
nearly two years, and while Im waiting for
the right opportunity, my disability makes
employers believe I cant work as a waiter,
or in a grocery store or as a barista. And so
I, like a lot of people, live off benets, in an
attempt to wait the economy out. And its
not just me. This is the situation for lots of
recent graduates with disabilities.
WHAT HISTORICAL OUTCOME
WOULD YOU CHANGE?
I think Id go back to the day Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. got shot and stop that. I
honestly believe that a lot of the drama and
the situations that Americans have been
through since the end of Civil Rights (gangs,
drugs, welfare, 9-11, education gaps, etc.)
wouldnt be half of what they are today.
WHATS BEEN THE MOST
MEMORABLE POP CULTURE
MOMENT OF YOUR LIFETIME?
I think that would have to be when I sat
in a room with Nikki Giovanni practically
by myself and talked with her for half
an hour. This woman embodies the last
of everything my parents talk about in
regards to American history, and shes
simply phenomenal in every way.
ON WHAT DO YOU INSIST?
That there is no better food on earth
than in the American Southeast.
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FACEBOOK
POST OR TWEET?
Turducken is a deliciously grotesque
mutation of Gods humblest creations.
IF YOUR LIFE WERE A BOOK, WHAT
WOULD THE TITLE BE?
Life is Like a [Multifacted,
Hypersensitive, Cracked, Racist, Overrated
and Underappreciated] Box of Chocolates
IF SCIENCE DISCOVERED A WAY TO
CHANGE SEXUAL ORIENTATION,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Read the ne print for the inevitably
horrible side effects.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN BEYOND
THE PHYSICAL WORLD?
Existence beyond emotions. An end to
caring.
WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR LGBT
MOVEMENT LEADERS?
Consider all of your audience, and not
just the popular section.
WHAT WOULD YOU WALK ACROSS
HOT COALS FOR?
Love. Someone who sees me a whole
person, not in sections.
WHAT LGBT STEREOTYPE ANNOYS
YOU MOST?
The idea that all gay men are weak
and feminine. Ive dated some men who
could rip phonebooks in half, as well as
a 2008 Olympian.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE LGBT
MOVIE?
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie
Newmar. Noxzema is a chocolate goddess.
WHATS THE MOST OVERRATED
SOCIAL CUSTOM?
Hugging. Being in a wheelchair,
people are always so awkward about it.
Either do it right, or dont.
WHAT TROPHY OR PRIZE DO YOU
MOST COVET?
Probably my masters degree from
London. Considering what I had to do to
get it, it denitely took the most work.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUD
KNOWN AT 18?
That I am not ugly or broken, and that
not all men mean what they say.
WHY WASHINGTON?
Two words: The Metro.
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Two new parenting
books explore the
gay dynamic in families
By KATHI WOLFE
Most parents love their children, yet
accepting and being supportive of
offspring who differ from you is one of
lifes toughest challenges.
Two provocative and moving new
books about parenting, difference and
identity are just out: Far From the Tree:
Parents, Children and the Search for
Identity by Andrew Solomon and Oddly
Normal: One Familys Struggle to Help
Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with
His Sexuality by John Schwartz.
Solomon, with his husband John is a
parent, and Schwartz, who is straight, is
the father of a 16-year-old gay son Joseph.
The Blade talked with Schwartz by phone
and interviewed Solomon before he
spoke on Nov. 16 at Politics & Prose in
Washington.
Schwartz, a national correspondent with
The New York Times, and his wife Jeanne
knew early on that their son Joseph was
different from his older brother Sam.
Joseph wanted nothing to do with Sams
trucks. Joe went for the dolls, Schwartz
writes. As Jeanne recalled it, Barbie
never looked so fabulous.
As time went on, John and Jeanne
Schwartz felt it likely that Joseph was gay.
John and Jeanne Schwartz, whod met in
1975 at age 18 at the University of Texas
in Austin, were ne with Josephs sexual
orientation.
We were comfortable with Joseph
being gay, John Schwartz says. We
wanted to support him.
Schwartz was happy when Joseph,
then in the seventh grade, came out
while they were eating sushi at dinner
one night. Then, just as things seemed
to be going well, there was trouble.
Though he received support at home, the
school wasnt supportive of gay students,
Schwartz says.
Joseph is a quirky guy, he says. But
the school put labels on him from
Asperger syndrome to depression. It
wouldnt acknowledge that being gay was
a key way in which Joseph was different.
We wanted the school to see Joe as a
whole person. The schools in the New
Jersey town where he lives are good.
Were happy with the teaching. But if
these schools are good, whats going on
in other parts of the country?
Angry at the way in which the boys
talked about girls, Joseph taunted
them. After the boys told the guidance
counselor that Josephs taunts had made
them uncomfortable, Joseph took an
overdoes of pills. After hospitilization and
months of therapy, Joseph recovered from
his depression. Today, Joseph is involved
in theater and other activities and nds
support in his gay peers. His childrens
story Leo, The Oddly Normal Boy is a
touching ending to Oddly Normal.
I thought parents were the obvious
audience for the book, Schwartz says,
but its had a delightful resonance. A
72-year-old man e-mailed me that hed
just come out and told his wife that hes
gay.
Being normal only gets you so far,
Schwartz says. The things that make you
different ... are the things that make you
interesting.
Solomon, 48, knew he was different
even before he could conceptualize his
sexuality. He was unpopular at school
because he was so unlike the other boys.
I never traded a baseball card, but I did
recount the plots of operas on the school
bus, he writes.
Today, Solomon and his husband John
and their children, are a loving family.
John biologically fathered two children for
some lesbian friends in Minneapolis while
Solomon has a 5-year-old daughter with a
friend he knew in college and a son who
lives with them full time they had with a
surrogate.
Solomon used to worry that it would
be difcult for children born into such a
different type of household.
But people are born into households
with parents who are cruel or born into
terrible poverty. Or theyre born into
a whole variety of other challenges,
Solomon said, I would like to think...that
our household is one in which there is a
great deal of love and that it will carry the
day.
Far from the Tree is a provocative
study of difference and identity as well as
an argument for acceptance of diversity.
Solomon interviewed about 300 families
who have raised offspring with differences
from themselves. These parents had
children who were deaf, dwarfs, autistic,
schizophrenic, transgender, prodigies,
had Down syndrome, were conceived in
rape or became criminals.
There are vertical identities such as
ethnicity, nationality or religiosity that are
passed on from parents to their children,
Solomon says. But there are horizontal
identities such as being trans, gay or
deaf that are usually not passed on from
generation to generation, he says.
Many parents will love children with
horizontal identities, but theyll have
trouble accepting them, Solomon
says. The tension between love and
acceptance can be terrible.
Far From the Tree grew out of an article
he wrote in 1993 for the New York Times
magazine on deaf culture. When I began
meeting deaf people, I was astonished by
what a vital culture it was, Solomon says.
I discovered that most deaf children were
born to hearing parents, and that they
frequently didnt discover deaf culture
until their adolescence.
Solomon felt a connection between
their stories and his story.
As a gay person, it took me a long time
to nd my culture and all of it seemed so
resonant, he says.
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Far From the Tree explores how parents can
celebrate the differences between themselves
and their children.
The delights of being different
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Chanticleer, a classical choral group, has been enchanting audiences with its
Christmas concerts for more than 30 years. Their concert includes traditional
Christmas carols, sacred works and seasonal favorites.
They play the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas Sunday night
(hyltoncenter.org for details on that show).
Tickets range from $24 to $48. For more information, visit cfa.gmu.edu.
Remembering AIDS with Brave Soul
Brave Soul Collective and the D.C. Center present Facing It Encounters of an
Epidemic on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St., NW).
The new and original work by members of Brave Soul Collective honors World AIDS Day
2012 and individuals who live with HIV/AIDS and how it continues to affect communities
around the world.
A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Wintry night with the Gay Mens Chorus
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington presents its show Winter Nights on Nov. 30 at 8
p.m. at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW). Performances are also slated for Saturday
(Dec. 1) at 3 and 8 p.m.
The show ranges from traditional carols accompanied by the Virginia Bronze handbell
ensemble, to a Bollywood number to a pageant of glittering winter Rockettes.
Tickets range from $13 to $55. For more information, visit gmcw.org.
Latrice Royale to visit Town
Latrice Royale graces audiences with her presence at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight
at 10 p.m.
Royale, the self-described chunky and funky diva, is a break out star from RuPauls
Drag Race. She was able to overcome adversity in order to make it to the top of the drag
scene. She will be performing during the drag show and then the audience can meet her
personally afterward for pictures and autographs.
Cover is $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 after. There are $3 drinks before 11 p.m. The drag
show starts at 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit towndc.com.
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By KEVIN MAJOROS
This weeks LGBT sports news features
the launch of a new league, the end of a
winning season, some national recognition
and a chance to hike off that turkey dinner.
The D.C. Sentinels basketball team
traveled to Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 12 to
compete in the Hurricane Classic basketball
tournament. About 225 players competed
in the rst gay basketball tournament ever
held in South Florida organized by the
National Gay Basketball Association.
The Sentinels sent two squads with the
Washington D.C. Reds winning the Upper
B-Division and the Washington D.C. Blues
placing second in the Lower B-Division.
This Saturday the D.C. Sentinels will
open registration for the inaugural season
of the Washington D.C. Gay Basketball
League. For the rst time in D.C., they have
organized a league for local LGBT and ally
athletes of all skill levels to play basketball.
The league will be contested on
Thursday nights from Jan. 24 through
March 14. The group is expecting to have
teams with eight-10 players and a cap
of 120 athletes. They have secured the
George Washington University Charles E.
Smith Colonials Center for league play.
Recently, the Sentinels put out feelers
on Facebook looking for a response on
the formation of the league. They received
replies from about 100 potential players.
Registration in the league will be on a rst-
come-rst-serve basis and the draft will
occur Dec. 8.
Those interested may register for the
league on its Facebook page under D.C.
Sentinels. The group can be found on the
web at teamdcbasketball.org.
The Washington Renegades Rugby
Football Club has wrapped up its fall
season with both squads having winning
records. The Renegades compete in
Division III of the Potomac Rugby Union
and their Blues squad nished the season
with an 8-2 record. The Reds squad
nished with a 9-1-1 record and won
Hellfest in Dallas for the second year in a
row. More info is at dcrugby.com.
Congratulations to Team D.C. for
receiving national recognition from
Compete Media for being named Best
Team, League or Association. The award
is a result of Team D.C.s accomplishments
with its College Scholarship Program, the
Night OUT Series and its ongoing support
of the regions 26 LGBT sports clubs.
Executive Director Brent Minor traveled
to Atlanta last weekend to accept the award
and to attend the launch of the new quarterly
sports magazine, Stand Up. The magazine
is an offshoot of the Stand Up Foundation
created by Ben Cohen. More info on Team
D.C.s activities is at teamdc.org.
For those of you looking to walk off some
turkey this weekend, the Adventuring
Outdoors Group holds its annual
Shenandoah National Park hike Saturday.
This years hike will be on Compton Peak
with two outstanding attractions. One is
an excellent overlook where the group will
lunch facing a northwestward vista. The
other is one of Shenandoahs spectacular
examples of a geological feature known
as columnar jointing.
Few have ever seen this basalt formation
as the trail to its base has long been
poorly maintained. Vast improvements
have been made this year by the Potomac
Appalachian Trail Club which should
afford some great views. The group will
start its approach to Compton Peak from
outside the Park via Chester Gap and the
Appalachian Trail.
Total length of the round trip hike will be 4.5
miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Bring
beverages, lunch and $8 for transportation
and trip fees. Meet up is at 9 a.m. at the East
Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot. More
details are at adventuring.org.
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The D.C. Sentinels represented the region well last month in Florida. This photo oI its Red Squad
was taken in Fort Lauderdale just aIter players won the Upper B-Division at the Hurricane Classic.
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passion for lunatic exploitation Christmas
movies and the unhealthy urge to remake all
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Noel like no other. Tickets are $49.50.
Also at the Birchmere, The Four Bitchin
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celebration Dec.14-15. The four women
play their own guitars, bass, piano, Irish
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entertain for the holidays. Tickets are $35.
Looking for a little theater this holiday
season? There are plenty of offerings to
whet any theatrical appetite.
The Kennedy Center will stage Irving
Berlins White Christmas, based on the
popular movie, in its Opera House from
Dec. 11 to Jan. 6. Tickets start at $25.
The National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW) stages Cameron Mackintoshs
new 25th anniversary production of Les
Misrables from Dec. 13-30. The new
production features glorious new staging
and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired
by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Ticket
prices start at $40.
The Olney Theater (2001 Olney-Sandy
Spring Rd.) in Olney is bringing back
storyteller Paul Morella in a one-man
performance of A Christmas Carol: A
Ghost Story of Christmas. Tickets for
all shows at Olney start at $26 and can be
purchased by calling the box ofce at 301-
924-3400.
Olney will also stage Rodgers and
Hammersteins classic musical Cinderella
from now until Dec. 30. The musical includes
memorable songs such as In My Own Little
Corner, Impossible and Ten Minutes
Ago. Tickets are $26-$54.
The BlackRock Center for the
Arts (12901 Town Commons Drive) in
Germantown is getting into the holiday
spirit with a theatrical performance of A
Charlie Brown Christmas on Dec. 8 and
Its a Wonderful Life on Dec. 15. Tickets
range from $15-$29.
BlackRock also hosts A Ceremony of
Carols, with the National Philharmonic
Singers and harpist Rebecca Smith on
Dec. 16. Tickets are $23-$25 and can be
purchased at blackrockcenter.org.
Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave.)
in Arlington will present Holiday Guys, a
two-man cabaret starring three-time Tony
Award nominee and Signature favorite Marc
Kudisch and Astaire Award nominee Jeffry
Denman. The non-traditional holiday show
is complete with song, dance and silliness
and will play Dec. 11-16.
Back by popular demand to Signature
is the festive series Holiday Follies,
featuring a wonderful wintry line-up of
special guest performers, along with a
host of Signatures closest friends and
artists. Performances are scheduled from
Dec. 18-23. Tickets for both Signature
shows are $41.
Whether a fan of jazz, pop or classical,
music lovers can get their x all holiday season.
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz
Orchestra (2001 Eleventh Street NW)
performs its holiday concert, A Bohemian
Christmas, featuring holiday classics
from the libraries of Claude Thornhill,
Count Basie, Stan Kenton and the entire
Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn adaptation
of The Nutcracker Suite on Dec. 10.
Tickets are $10.
On Dec.8, Saxophonist
Tim Wareld returns to Bohemian
Caverns to host his annual Jazzy Christmas
Show. Tickets are $25.
Saxophone extraordinaire Dave
Koz, whos openly gay, is celebrating
his 15th annual Dave Koz and Friends
Christmas Concert at the Music Center
at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane) in
North Bethesda on Dec. 3. Special guests
include David Benoit, Javier Colon and
Sheila E. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and
tickets range from $38 to $72.
The Christ Church Episcopal (118
N. Washington St.) in Alexandria is
presenting A Festival of Nine Lessons
and Carols on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. The Christ
Church Choir, the Canterbury Choir, the
Cherub Choir, guest organist Daniel Aune
and a brass quintet will join to offer music
for the Advent season. A wine-and-cheese
reception will follow the free performance.
DC Swing!, with its new conductor,
Matt Leonhardt, will perform a holiday
benet gala with live holiday music, hors
doeuvres and a cash bar on Dec. 15th, at
Nage Bistro (1600 Rhode Island Ave NW),
from 7-10 p.m. The LGBT-friendly group is
part of D.C. Different Drummers. Tickets
start at $30.
Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington (474 Ridge St. NW), D.C.s
largest mostly gay church, presents its annual
Christmas concert Christmas Miracles
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 both nights. The
church will also offer a special Christmas
concert and community dinner on Dec. 7
and a family Christmas concert on Dec. 8.
Visit mccdc.com for more information.
The Philadelphia Brass Quintet will
perform a world premier-commissioned
work for Candlelight Concert Societys
40th anniversary on Nov. 24 at the Horowitz
Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre,
on the campus of Howard Community
College (10901 Little Patuxent Parkway) in
Columbia. The concert features an array
of classical and contemporary music by
Susato, Bach, Durue, Ewazn, Weill, Elgar,
Lichtenberger, Van Heusen and Duke
Ellington. Tickets range from $12-$30.
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FRI, NOV 23
The Nutcracker, The Washington
Ballet, Warner Theatre. 202-362-3606.
washingtonballet.org.
30x30: 30 Works In 30 Days, Workhouse
Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
Christmas at Mount Vernon, George
Washingtons Mount Vernon Estate and
Gardens. 703-780-2000. mountvernon.org.
Year-end Group Show, Gallery plan b.
202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
SAT, NOV 24
John Eaton, The Barns. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.
wolftrap.org.
SUN, NOV 25
ARTsy Holiday Boutique and Craft Show,
JCC Greater Washington. 301-881-0100.
jccgw.org.
WED, NOV 28
Ba beneen: Senegal 2012, Washington
Printmakers Gallery & Beneath the
Old Masters: Evolution and Process,
Washington Printmakers Gallery.
301-273-3660.
washingtonprintmakers.com.
THU, NOV 29
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
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SUN, NOV 25
Signals, DCAC. 202-462-7833.
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Alex Braden: Orphan, Artisphere.
703-418-4808. artisphere.com.
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Firepaintings by Peter Kephart, Zenith
Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion.
202-783-2963. zenithgallery.com.
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NSO Pops: Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty
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202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
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Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyds Dark Side
of the Moon, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Holiday Kick-Off Sale, The Art League.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
SAT, NOV 24
Dein Perrys Tap Dogs, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
A Chanticleer Christmas, GMU Center for
the Arts. 703-993-2787. cfa.gmu.edu.
Cin-Concert: Kindred of the Dust,
National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
SUN, NOV 25
NGA Orchestra with Philippe Entremont,
National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
MON, NOV 26
Salome, Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
WED, NOV 28
Charlie Barnett with Owen Danoff and
Deborah Bond, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
THU, NOV 29
Big Easy Express, Artisphere.
703-418-4808. artisphere.com.
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A Christmas Carol, Fords Theatre.
800-982-2787. fords.org.
The Aliens, The Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
You For Me For You, Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
All My Sons, Keegan Theatre,
Church Street Theater. 703-892-0202.
keegantheatre.com.
Six Characters in Search of an Author,
WSC Avant Bard at Artisphere,
703-418-4808. wscavantbard.org.
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Kreeger Museum. Dan Steinhilber:
Marlin Underground, Sculpture on The
Grounds, 2011 Invitational. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
National Archives. To the Brink: JFK and
the Cuban Missile Crisis. 202-357-5000.
archives.gov.
National Gallery of Art. Roy Lichtenstein:
A Retrospective, Imperial Augsburg:
Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475
1540, The Serial Portrait: Photography and
Identity in the Last One Hundred Years,
Shock of the News. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. 1001 Inventions:
Discover the Golden Age of Muslim
Civilization. 202-857-7588. ngmuseum.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Women
Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, High
Fiber--Women to Watch 2012, Fabulous!
Portraits by Michele Mattei, Women
Silversmiths from the NMWA Collection,
New York Avenue Sculpture Project:
Chakaia Booker. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community
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Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways
and Civic Engagement. 202-633-4820.
anacostia.si.edu.
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WPA, Art Museum of the Americas.
The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially
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Artisphere. Jonathan Monaghan: Rainbox
Narcosis, Roberto Bocci: Streams +
Spaces In Between. 703-418-4808.
artisphere.com.
Joan Hisoka Gallery. Photography
by Clara Vannucci. 202-483-8600.
smithcenter.org.
Strathmore. Grayscale, 79th Annual
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Studio Gallery (2108 R St. NW) hosts
the exhibitions Mindscapes by Andrew
Acquadro and Meditation On The
Rocks by Suzanne Goldberg today
through Dec. 22. For more information,
visit studiogallerydc.com.
Town (2009 8th 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.
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th 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 oor opens at 11 pm with DJ Tim-
Nice and DJ Cameron. For details, visit
thebachelorsmill.com.
Code hosts its XXX: Anything Goes
party tonight at The Crucible (16 M St., N.E.)
at 10 p.m. The event is men only. Admission
is $30. For details, visit codedc.com.
Phase 1 (528 8th 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.
Special Agent Galactica plays Black
Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)
tonight from 6-9. Music includes pieces
by Pat Benatar, Judy Garland, Stevie
Nicks, Nancy Sinatra and Ray Stevens.
Admission is free. For more information,
visit pinkhairedone.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 24

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, is helping in food preparation
and packing groceries for Food and Friends
(219 Riggs Road, NE) this morning at 8 and
again at 9:45. For more information, visit
burgundycrescent.org.
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
opens at 5:30 this evening with a
pool, video gaming systems and card
tournaments. The dance oors open at
11 p.m. Admission is free until 9 and it
is $10 after. For more information, visit
thebachelorsmill.com.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., SE) holds its party
Pop Rocks with DJ LS tonight starting
at 7. Cover is $10. For more information,
visit phase1dc.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW)
holds its Tainted Love: 80s Dance Party
starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. For more
information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
hosts, Right Round, its 80s alternative-
pop dance night with DJ Lile. Tickets
are $7 and doors open at 9:30. For more
information, visit blackcatdc.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 25
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) holds its
weekly Martini Sundays and Homowood
Karaoke. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. and
there is no charge for admission. For
details, visit cobaltdc.com.
MONDAY, NOV. 26

Whitman-Walker Health (1701
14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly
Diagnosed Support Group tonight at
7. It is a condential support group for
anyone recently diagnosed with HIV
and the group welcomes all genders
and sexual orientations. For details, visit
whitman-walker.org.
Primetimers and SAGE Metro DC are
celebrating LGBT veterans this evening
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Residence at
Thomas Circle (1330 Massachusetts Ave.,
NW). There will be a panel discussion with
food and drink. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
offers half-price drinks all night long, a free
pool and NFL, NBA and NCAA games
will be on the at screen TVs. Dance oor
opens at 10. Admission is free. For details,
visit thebachelorsmill.com.
Banana Caf (500 8th St., SE) has its
open mike night from 7 p.m. to closing.
Admission is free and there are $3 mojitos
after 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit
bananacafedc.com.
TUESDAY, NOV. 27
Whitman-Walker (1701 14th St., NW)
holds its Starting Over for Women
meeting tonight 7- 8:30 p.m. Its a 10-week
condential discussion group for women
whose long-term relationship is over. For
more information, visit whitman-walker.org.
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.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) holds
its GenderQueer D.C. support group
tonight from 7-9 p.m. This is a new group
for people who identify outside the gender
binary. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) presents its
Flashback dance night with DJ Jason Royce
starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.
For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.
The D..C Center holds its Freedom
from Smoking Class for members of
the community who are trying to quit
smoking this evening starting 6:30. The
class is an adaptation of the American Lung
Associations group clinic that has helped
thousands of smokers, however it has been
modied to be more relevant to the LGBT
community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
MOVA (2204 14th Street, NW) shows
Will & Grace reruns tonight and has
$7 Karen Walker Finlandia martinis and
$8 Just Jack Jack Daniels cocktails.
The bar has complimentary champagne
from 5-6 p.m. as it does most evenings.
Movalounge.com for details.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28

HIV Prevention Working Group, an
HIV/AIDS prevention outreach, volunteer
and education program, meets tonight at
7 p.m. at the DC Center (1318 U St. NW).
For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Whitman-Walker Health (1701
14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly
Diagnosed Support Group tonight at
7. It is a condential support group for
anyone recently diagnosed with HIV
and the group welcomes all genders
and sexual orientations. For details, visit
whitman-walker.org.
Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at
7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th
St., SE). Newcomers are welcomed and
no reservations are needed. For more
information, visit lambdabridge.com.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29

The Rainbow History Project, Dakshina/
Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company
and the Washington D.C. Humanities
Council presents Persistent Voices:
An Anthology of Poets Lost to AIDS
this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Westminster
Church (400 I St., NW). Edited by Philip
Clark and David Groff, the performance
features poets who died of AIDS.
Performers include Chris August, Gowri
Konewsaran and Jaysen Wright.
Whitman-Walker offers HIV Testing at
World AIDS Day at the University of the
District of Columbia-Community College
(801 North Capitol, NE) today from 9:30
a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information, visit
whitman-walker.org.
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I would thank you from the bottom
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bottom. Anonymous
It seems to me that as a society we
have become so busy that we dont take
enough time to reect on the things in
our lives that give us joy. Our 9 to 5 jobs
have become 24/7. No longer do we
leave work and forget about a grueling
day. Now we have home ofces to per-
petuate it.
Rarely is anything spontaneous any-
more. We schedule play dates, music
lessons, soccer practice and other events
for our children. We schedule date night
with our romantic partners. Even our
pets have scheduled walks and playtime
at doggy daycare.
Our weekdays are littered with meet-
ings, phone calls, e-mails and deadlines.
Our weekends are lled to the brim with
sports, exercise, shopping, gardening
and completing tasks around the house.
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you to take a breath and ponder for a
moment what you are thankful for.
Bob Hope was thankful for the memo-
ries, Maurice Chevalier for little girls. Sam
and Dave thanked you for lovin them like
you did. Bette White thanked Bea Ar-
thur and Rue McClanahan for being her
friends and the late John Denver was just
thankful to be a country boy.
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for friends and I hope that my list of both
types never ends. For buyers who trust
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ers and others in trades, landscapers and
stagers and those Merry Maids.
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abroad; for those brave men and wom-
en we all should applaud. For Army and
Navy, for Air Force, Marines who suit up
in uniform still in their teens. For the JAG
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who no longer ask if theyre LGBT.
Ive got both my eyes and my ears, all
my toes, two arms and two legs and a cute,
button nose. I can hear, I can see, I can
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thing I do rather well. Im thankful Im ag-
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of my teeth and my eyes are still twinkling.
Im thankful for sump pumps and
wet vacs were dandy as neighbors and
I weathered Hurricane Sandy. When my
boiler turns on with a regular beat, Im
thankful this winter that I will have heat;
that Sprint nally ne-tuned my cellular
tower, that during the last storm I never
lost power.
Im thankful our countrys election is
through, the debates are all over and TV
spots too. Maybe now we can rally and
compromise if we dont all take a fall off
the nancial cliff.
Im thankful for white wine and for Diet
Coke and my doctor is pleased I no longer
smoke. Im thankful for ice cream, for piz-
za with cheese and for gaining those few
extra pounds with such ease, for although
the economy may seem unstable, I still
earn enough to put food on the table.
Im thankful for love and Im thankful
for laughter, if just for a short time or for-
ever after. For my canine companions,
my small, furry family: Olivia, Fulbright
and the noisiest, Stanley, who always do
things that will prompt me to smile as I
revel in kisses and snuggle a while.
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