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Gay politicos divided over support

for GOP candidate Mara


By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Gay Democratic activist Peter Rosenstein raised
eyebrows last week when he called on the LGBT
community not to vote for pro-gay Republican
candidate Patrick Mara in the April 23 special election
for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council.
In his political column in the Blade, Rosenstein
reminded LGBT voters that Mara, while saying he
personally supports LGBT rights, was a delegate at
the Republican National Convention last summer
for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who
opposed nearly all LGBT rights initiatives.
Mara tells anyone who will listen that he doesnt
agree with the Republican Party platform and
personally favors marriage equality and full civil
rights for the LGBT community and that he is pro-
choice, Rosenstein wrote. In so doing, he asks us to
overlook his active support for candidates and a party
that dont believe those things.
But longtime gay Democratic activist and D.C.
civic leader Joel Lawson, whos supporting Mara,
said Maras support for Romney doesnt bother him
and shouldnt be a problem for others in the LGBT
community who are considering voting for Mara.
Im a lifelong active Democrat, Lawson told the
Blade. And the only R Im worried about is reform.
And those attacks on Pat are just more nasty ghting
thats hurt D.C.
Lawson added, This race is between Pat Mara and
business as usual, and Pat is the strongest [candidate]
for reform.
Political observers say people like Lawson both
gay and straight appear to be part of a growing
bloc of voters who are angry about the long list of
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But supporters look for more advances
after stand against DOMA, Prop 8
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The relationship between the LGBT community
and President Obama has arguably never been
stronger in the wake of the administrations decision
to participate in the lawsuit challenging Californias
Proposition 8 but advocates want him to continue
that momentum on other LGBT issues.
On one hand, LGBT rights supporters are pleased
with the Justice Departments friend-of-the-court brief
because it marked the rst time the administration
argued that a ban on same-sex marriage is
unconstitutional. On the other hand, some advocates
continue to clamor for advances in other areas in
particular by signing an executive order barring LGBT
workplace discrimination for federal contractors.
Fred Sainz, vice president of the Human Rights
Campaign, was among those who said the brief
signaled that Obama continues to lead on issues
facing the LGBT community.
In ways big and small, he continues to distinguish
himself as a leader on issues important to our
community. Sainz said. So, the truth is, I think the
president has by ling this brief cemented his legacy
as a erce advocate for LGBT people.
Following calls from LGBT advocates, U.S. Solicitor
General Donald Verrilli led the Justice Departments
brief last week before the Supreme Court. It applies
the administrations reasoning for why the Defense of
Marriage Act is unconstitutional namely that laws
related to sexual orientation should be subject to
heightened scrutiny to Californias Prop 8.
While rhe Lriel locuses on rhe consrirurionaliry ol
Prop 8, which is the question before the Supreme
Court, the ling also has language suggesting
that same-sex marriage bans in other states are
unconstitutional. The brief observes that eight states
including California have bans on same-sex marriage
while offering domestic partnerships to same-sex
couples with the same benets of marriage.
Durin a news conlerence ar rhe Whire House on
Friday, Obama himself said the reasoning presented
against Prop 8 in the brief may apply to other cases.
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Murder in
Mississippi
New twists in killing
of gay mayoral
candidate as some
ask for federal probe.
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Council race heats up
LGBT advocates applauded
PRESIDENT OBAMAs Prop 8 brief,
but still hope for more.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Closet?
Death of Van Cliburn
raises questions about
how music business
treats its gay icons.
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contributing $1,000 to Baltimores
Chase Brexton Health Services.
The Blades Baltimore Ravens won
the Super Bowl, defeating BARs San
Francisco 49ers, 34-31. According to
terms of the bet, the loser had to make
the $1,000 donation to a local LGBT
charity of the winners choosing.
We are extremely grateful to the
Washington Blade for choosing Chase
Brexton as the beneciary of their wager
with San Franciscos Bay Area Reporter,
said Chase Brexton CEO Richard
Larison. The Blades support for our
programs and services is an honor. The
fact that this donation came because
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STAFF REPORTS
Poll shows marriage
support in Delaware
A new poll released on Monday shows
the majority of Delaware voters support
marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Fifty-four percent of the 600 registered
voters the Global Strategy Group
surveyed between Feb. 12-14 said they
support nuptials for gays and lesbians,
compared to 37 percent of respondents
who opposed them.
Sixty percent of those who live in
New Castle County, which includes
Wilmington, back same-sex marriage.
The poll, which has a margin of error
of +/- 4 percent, also found 61 percent
of independents and 65 percent of
Democrats support the issue. And 75
percent of Republicans said same-
sex marriage in Delaware would not
negatively impact their lives.
This poll is the latest indication that
a decisive majority of voters in Delaware
believe in treating all loving couples and
their families equally under the law,
said Mark Purpura, president of the
Equality Delaware Foundation.
Equality Delaware, which
commissioned the poll, released its
ndings against the backdrop of the
anticipated introduction of a bill later
this year that would extend marriage to
same-sex couples in the First State.
Cathy Rossi, a spokesperson for Gov.
Jack Markell who supports nuptials for
gays and lesbians, told the Washington
Blade over the weekend she expects
lawmakers will debate a same-sex
marriage bill during the current
legislative session that ends on June 30.
Legislators will reconvene on March 12,
but neither she nor Equality Delaware
President Lisa Goodman provided a
specic timeline as to when a bill would
be formally introduced.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Gay Virginia
judge sworn in
Virginias rst openly gay judge was
ofcially sworn in last week.
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Tracy
Thorne-Beglands investiture took place
inside the Richmond City Councils
chambers. The former prosecutors
8-year-old twins Chance and Logan
straightened their fathers black robe as
his partner, Michael Thorne-Begland,
looked on. Secretary of Public Safety
Marla Graff Decker, state Sens. Adam
Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and A. Donald
McEachin (D-Henrico,) state Del.
Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) and
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones are
among the more than 200 people who
attended the ceremony.
It was a very moving ceremony,
Ebbin told the Washington Blade.
The Republican-controlled House of
Delegates last May blocked Thorne-
Beglands nomination to the Richmond
General Court after state Del. Bob
Marshall (R-Prince William) alleged he
misrepresented himself when he failed
to disclose his sexual orientation when
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the late
1980s. Thorne-Begland, who came out
during a 1992 Nightline interview in
which he criticized the Pentagons ban
on gay service members, received an
honorable discharge two years later.
The Richmond General Court last
June appointed Thorne-Begland on
an interim basis because lawmakers
failed to ll the vacancy. The House
of Delegates in January approved his
judgeship in a 66-28 vote.
Thorne-Begland, who is a former
Equality Virginia board member, did not
return the Blades request for comment.
He responded to questions about his
previous advocacy before a House
of Delegates committee in January
approved his judgeship.
Since I left the military, Ive worked
with Equality Virginia and I advocated
for such radical things as expanding
the right to health care for someone
to be able to get insurance for their
partner, he said. Im not going to lie
and say that I dont one day want the
opportunity to marry my partner. We
married 15 years ago in an Episcopal
church across the street from our house.
Id like that to happen, but thats not my
role as a judge.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Petitions
urge Natl
Geographic
to oppose gay
Scout ban
A gay Eagle Scout on Monday
delivered more than 120,000
petitions that urge the National
Geographic Channel to speak
out against the Boy Scouts of
Americas ban on gay scouts and
troop leaders.
When I earned Eagle, it never
occurred to me that I should be
treated differently, Will Oliver said
outside the National Geographic
Society in Northwest Washington.
I had the assurance that it is the
content of my character and not my sexual orientation that denes who I am.
As of today, none of this is guaranteed for a scout who is gay.
Oliver spoke hours before Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, a reality
show on which the National Geographic Channel partnered with the Boy
Scouts of America, was set to premiere. He, Rich Ferraro of the Gay and Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation and Mark Dingbaum of change.org met with
Julie Frazier, Chad Sandhas and Chris Albert of the channels communications
department to discuss the issue after they spoke outside the building.
Albert declined the Washington Blades request for comment, but Oliver
said the three staffers with whom he met were very positive and really
sympathetic to the campaign. He said they invited him to write a blog post
that would be on the channels homepage during the show.
Oliver said the staffers cited network policy that would not allow them to
issue a disclaimer against the Boy Scouts policy.
While they were open to accepting the petition and spoke with Will, they
really stopped short of doing the right thing, Ferraro told the Blade after the
meeting. Theyre sending a very mixed message by including a blog post from
him on their homepage, yet refusing to speak out directly against this policy.
The Boy Scouts last month announced it would delay any decision on
whether to repeal the ban until May.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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ethical lapses that have surfaced in city
politics over the past several years.
Among the concerns of these voters
were the arrest and guilty pleas on
corruption related charges by former
D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown and
former Ward 5 Council member Harry
Thomas, both Democrats, who were
sentenced to time in jail.
The U.S. Attorneys ofce continues
to investigate illegal campaign nance
practices uncovered in Mayor Vincent
Grays 2010 election campaign. And
the City Council last month voted to
reprimand gay Council member Jim
Graham (D-Ward 1), who was accused of
violating city ethics rules by reportedly
interfering with a city contract. Graham
disputes allegations that he acted
improperly on the contract matter.
Similar to most elections in D.C.
over the past 20 years or longer, each
of the seven candidates running in the
special election ve Democrats, one
Republican (Mara), and a Statehood
Green Party candidate are strong
supporters of LGBT equality, including
same-sex marriage.
The candidates include Democrats
Michael Brown, a former Council
member who lost his re-election bid last
year to David Grosso (D-At-Large); Anita
Bonds, chair of the citys Democratic
State Committee, which elected her as
interim Council member until the special
election is held; former Washington
Post and Washington City Paper
reporter Elissa Silverman, who most
recently has worked as a budget analyst
for the progressive think tank D.C. Fiscal
Policy Institute; and local attorneys Paul
Zuckerberg and Matthew Frumin, who
operate D.C. law rms.
Also running is community activist
and ex-offender advocate Perry Redd,
who was nominated by the Statehood
Green Party.
The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
is expected to rate each of the candidates
on LGBT issues later this month
based on their responses to a GLAA
questionnaire that the group has been
giving to candidates running for local
ofce for more than 30 years. The Blade
will report on the candidates detailed
positions on LGBT issues when the GLAA
questionnaire results are released.
The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club,
the citys largest LGBT political group,
is scheduled to hold a forum for the
Democratic candidates on March 21 at
the Metropolitan Community Church of
Washington. The club is also scheduled
to vote on an endorsement at the forum.
But club members say an endorsement is
uncertain due to the groups requirement
that a candidate receive a 60 percent
majority vote among members to earn
the clubs backing.
With each of the candidates
supportive on LGBT issues, activists
following the campaign say the so-called
gay vote could be driven by non-
gay issues as well as name recognition
and the perception of the candidates
visibility in the LGBT community.
Brown and Mara have run for City
Council seats in the past, and each has
done well in precincts known to have
high concentrations of LGBT residents at
various times. Bonds, who has been active
in city politics for many years, is less known
to non-activists but has support from
several key LGBT movers and shakers.
Among them is David Meadows, a former
Stein Club president, who now works on
her Council staff.
Silverman, Redd, Frumin, and
Zuckerberg are newcomers to electoral
politics and must overcome a lack of
widespread name recognition, political
observers have said. Silverman, Frumin,
and Zuckerberg told the Blade they
have been longtime supporters of LGBT
equality and, if elected, would push for
city policies and laws that strengthen
the ongoing quest to achieve full
equality for LGBT city residents. Each
said they would have voted for the citys
same-sex marriage law had they been
on the Council when it came up for a
vote in 2009.
Redd couldnt immediately be
reached for comment. Longtime
Statehood Green Party leader and LGBT
rights supporter David Schwartzman
told the Blade that Redd is a strong
supporter of LGBT equality, including
same-sex marriage.
D.C. political consultant Chuck Theis
is among the local political observers
who believe Mara and Brown are the
two frontrunners in the race. Theis told
the Blade that gay Democratic activists
may be worried about Mara because
he has received a signicant number of
Democratic votes in two previous runs
for a Council seat.
CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Republican D.C. Council candidate
PAT MARA has expressed support
for a wide range of LGBT issues,
but also backed anti-gay Mitt
Romney for president.

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Scandals cast shadow over Council race
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Woman claims bias at Spa World
Va. facility denies barring
gay, trans customers
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A California woman has claimed a
manager of a popular Fairfax County
spa asked her to leave because she
thought she was a man.
The Fairfax Times rst reported last
week that Riya Suising of Palo Alto,
Calif., decided to visit Spa World in
Centreville last November while she was
on a business trip in the D.C. area. She
told the Washington Blade she was in a
female bathing pool when a manager
approached her, said she was a man
and asked her to leave.
I have slightly wider shoulders and I
think thats what she commented on,
Suising said, noting she is a marathon
runner with an athletic build. I think thats
how other customers saw me as well.
Suising said the manager showed
her a letter written and signed by ve
other customers who were in the spa
at the same time she was there. She
added she put her clothes on and went
into her ofce where she showed her
identication that contained a female
gender marker.
That didnt satisfy her, Suising said.
She said shes very sorry, she has to do
that to take care of her other customers.
Suising said she tried to le a complaint
with the Virginia Human Rights Council
in December, but was unable to do so
because the commonwealths non-
discrimination law does not include
gender identity and expression. She
said a second complaint that claims
discrimination because of ethnicity and
sex is pending.
Suising also led a complaint with the
Better Business Bureau in January.
Spa World owner Sang Lee conrmed in
his Feb.16 response to it that management
asked the customer to leave the facility,
for the safety and the comfort of the other
customers, and also to promote a healthy
reputation for our business.
It is our policy not to accept any kinds
of abnormal sexual oriented customers
to our facility such as homosexuals, or
transgender, he wrote. We strongly
enforce this policy for the safety and
the comfort for (sic) our customers, and
also to promote a healthy reputation
for our business. Spa World accepts
family-oriented customers many times
with young children. Also, for the safety
and the comfort for young children
at Spa World, we strongly forbid
any abnormal sexual behaviors and
orientation in our facility.
Lee acknowledged the
controversial issue of homosexuality
and transgender, but reafrmed Spa
Worlds policy to not accept them.
We did our best to communicate
to the customer in proper manner, he
wrote. Once again, we feel sorry about
this incident. I hope the customer can
understand our position.
Riea Choi of Spa World denied
Suisings allegations in a brief interview
with the Blade on Friday afternoon.
We dont discriminate against
people, she said. The [Fairfax Times]
article is wrong.
The spa categorized Lees statements
to the Better Business Bureau as a
communications error in a subsequent
post to its Facebook page.
What was meant to be the point
of that letter was, SpaWorld does not
condone of homosexual as well as
heterosexual misconduct and actions,
it reads. We do not care about the
sexual orientation of any customers; we
simply ask that you keep to yourselves
and refrain from having sex in a public
bathroom.
Suising said she would like to see Spa
World change their policy.
If they do that I would love to go
back again and be a good customer and
spend my money there if they welcome
me, she said.
Equality Virginia also urged Spa
World to change its policy in an e-mail
to supporters.
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A county coroner in Mississippi disputed
claims by family members of gay mayoral
candidate Marco McMillian that McMillian
was murdered on Feb. 26 by being beaten,
burned and dragged naked along an
earthen levee next to the Mississippi River
near the City of Clarksdale.
The dispute between the family
and Coahoma County coroner Scotty
Meredith surfaced on Tuesday shortly
after local TV news stations reported that
Lawrence Reed, 22, the man charged
with McMillians murder, told friends
that he killed the mayoral candidate in
self-defense after McMillian allegedly
made sexual advances toward him.
Those claims created an immediate
uproar among gay activists and
McMillians friends and family members,
who argued that Reed appeared to be
invoking the so-called gay panic defense
that has often been used by criminals
who target gay men for violent attacks.
ABC 24 News of Clarksdale reported
that Reeds friends said Reed and
McMillian met a few weeks before
the murder at a Clarksdale bar and
became friends. The friends told the
TV news program they learned later
that Reed, who says hes straight, called
his girlfriend immediately after he
reportedly killed McMillian.
She said she was listening to
everything that was going on, how
the guy was trying to get Lawrence to
have a homosexual activity, Derric
Crump, one of Reeds friends, said in an
interview with the TV news program.
McMillians friends and family
members dispute that account, saying
McMillian would not do such a thing.
As developments in the case
continued to unfold, the National
Black Justice Coalition, an LGBT civil
rights group based in Washington,
D.C., announced on Tuesday that it has
called on the U.S. Justice Department
to investigate McMillians murder as a
possible hate crime.
After speaking extensively with the
family, community and anti-violence
coalition members like the National
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, NBJC
feels the perpetuation and validation of
the gay panic defense is irresponsible,
NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-
Hicks said in a March 5 letter to Attorney
General Eric H. Holder Jr.
The conicting reports as well as the
current racial and anti-LGBT climate in
Mississippi is justication enough for a
federal investigation, Lettman-Hicks
said in her letter.
The dispute between the coroner
and McMillians family members over
the nature of the injuries suffered by
McMillian came at a time when neither
the coroner nor the Coahoma County
Sheriffs Ofce have disclosed the cause
of death or the motive for the murder.
According to a spokesperson for
the Sheriffs Ofce, an autopsy was
conducted but its results remain
inconclusive until toxicology tests are
completed. The coroners ofce has
said the results of those tests wouldnt
be known until at least the end of the
week if not later.
Meredith, the coroner, appeared to
be the rst public ofcial to provide
details about the nature of McMillians
injuries when he spoke to the New York
Times on Tuesday.
According to the Times, he said
McMillians family apparently misinterpreted
information he gave them a week earlier,
prompting them to incorrectly disclose
to the press and LGBT organizations that
McMillian died from being brutally beaten,
set on re and dragged from the side of a
road to the levee where his body was found
on Feb. 27.
The Times reports Meredith as saying
McMillians body was found unclothed,
with a black eye and two small burns
on his skin. Those injuries were not
the cause of his death and the cause
was still not conrmed pending the
completion of the toxicology tests, he
told the Times.
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Minn. lawmakers introduce marriage bill
ST. PAUL, Minn.Minnesota lawmakers on Feb. 27 introduced a bill that
would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.
In Minnesota, we dont turn our backs on family and this legislation will
make that statement as true as possible, Minnesotans United Campaign
Manager Richard Carlbom said.
State Sen. Branden Peterson (R-Andover) and other legislators introduced
the measure less than four months after Minnesota voters rejected a proposed
constitutional amendment that would have dened marriage as between a
man and a woman. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington last November
approved same-sex marriage referenda in their respective states.
Nine states and D.C. allow gays and lesbians to legally marry. Lawmakers in
Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware are expected to debate the issue in
the coming weeks and months.
Gov. Mark Dayton, who spoke out against the proposed marriage
amendment, is among those who supports same-sex marriage.
Manning nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, NorwayA gay U.S. Army private who allegedly leaked thousands
of classied documents to Wikileaks is among those who have been
nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
Pink News reported a group of Icelandic parliamentarians, the Pirates of the
EU, members of the Swedish Pirate Party and a former Tunisian government
minister nominated Bradley Manning. The group said in a statement his
alleged actions, among other things, helped motivate the democratic Arab
Spring movements.
Manning, 25, on Feb. 28 pleaded guilty to 10 charges of misusing classied
information. He faces 12 other counts that include aiding the enemy.
Mannings trial is scheduled to begin on June 3.
Former Polish president sparks controversy
WARSAW, PolandPolish LGBT rights advocates have criticized former
President Lech Walesa for suggesting during a March 1 television interview
that gays in Parliament should sit behind a wall.
We are disgusted that such words, directly supporting the idea of
ghettoization of LGBT individuals, were spoken out loud by the former
president of Poland, said Agata Chaber of the Campaign Against
Homophobia, a Polish gay advocacy group.
An advocacy group led a complaint against Walesa, the former leader of the
Solidarity movement that contributed to the fall of Communism in the Eastern
European country in the 1980s, with Gdansk prosecutors on March 3. The 1983
Nobel Peace Prize winner has refused to apologize for his comments.
Jepsen backs out of Scouts Jamboree
LOS ANGELESSinger Carly Rae Jepsen on Tuesday announced she
would not perform at this summers Boy Scouts of America Jamboree
because of the groups ban on gay scouts and troop leaders.
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in
the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer, she said on her Twitter page.
Jepsen is the latest in a series of high-prole gures including President
Obama to speak out against the policy.
The Boy Scouts of America last month said it would delay any decision on
whether to repeal the ban until May.
Popular NYC gay bar to close
NEW YORKOne of New Yorks oldest continuously operating gay bars is
slated to close at the end of this month.
Jeremiahs Vanishing New York on Monday reported Rawhide on Eighth
Avenue in Manhattans Chelsea neighborhood will close because its new
landlord raised its rent from $15,000 to $27,000 a month. The bar, which opened
in 1979, is located in New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinns district.
Owner Jason Goudgeon told DNAinfo.com he hopes to reopen in a new
location.
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for new season after storm
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
More than four months after Superstorm
Sandy devastated the New York and New
Jersey coastline, residents and business
owners on Fire Island continue to prepare
for the upcoming season.
Diane Romano, president of the Cherry
Grove Community Association, told
the Washington Blade on Tuesday the
beachfront dunes that had been damaged
during Sandy have begun to rebuild
because of dune fencing the hamlet
installed immediately after the storm.
The storm surge that reached nearly 14
feet in parts of New York City and Long
Island ooded dozens of bay front homes,
damaged a number of boardwalks and
destroyed beach accesses. In spite of this
damage, Romano stressed Cherry Grove
weathered Sandy relatively well compared
to other Fire Island communities.
The people of Cherry Grove seem
to be thankful and looking forward to a
great season, she said.
Jay Pagano, president of the
Fire Island Pines Property Owners
Association, said necessary repairs
to the harbor are underway. He said the
resorts marina will be up and running
by April 15, and debris removal will be
completed by the end of this month.
Construction on the Pavilion, a
nightclub that burned to the ground
during a November 2011 re that
destroyed several other businesses in
the Fire Island Pines commercial district,
continues. It is slated to open later this
spring in time to commemorate the gay
resorts 60th anniversary.
The new Pines Pavilion complies
to a heightened [Federal Emergency
Management Agency] sea level, and none
of the crucial elements of the building
were touched by water, Matthias
Hollwich of Hollwich Kushner Architects,
which designed the building, said.
Thankfully the foundations are deep and
strong enough to easily withstand Sandy.
The only challenge that we experienced
was a delay in construction.
The storm washed several oceanfront
homes in Davis Park, a hamlet that is
roughly two miles east of Fire Island
Pines, out to sea. Dozens of others along
the 34-mile long barrier island east of
New York City also suffered damage.
The surge also caused numerous
overwashes and at least three breaches
including one on the eastern end
of Fire Island through which water
continues to ow between the ocean
and the Great South Bay.
The debris removal process had been
delayed because of controversy over
the bidding process through which the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded
the contract. The National Park Services
announcement last month that it would
begin to enforce a state law on some
Fire Island beaches that bans public
nudity, in part because Sandy destroyed
the dunes that had obstructed nude
sunbathers, sparked outrage among
some. It does not, however, apply to
Fire Island Pines or Cherry Grove.
Were still kind of homeless
Gay Staten Island residents with
whom the Blade spoke roughly a month
after Sandy made landfall continue to
struggle to recover from the storm.
Up to six feet of water inundated
Wayne Steinman and Sal Ianullos
oceanfront townhouse on Father
Capodanno Boulevard in the boroughs
Midland Beach neighborhood during
Sandy. The couple continues to live with
Ianullos parents in Brooklyn as they try
to repair their home.
Contractors have replaced the
condominiums back and side walls. A
new furnace and hot water heater have
been installed, but Steinman said he
cannot begin the bulk of the needed
structural repairs until he receives a
payout from his insurance company.
Its really very, very frustrating, Steinman
said. Were still kind of homeless.
Allison Galdorisi and Claire Watson
ed their home in the Cedar Grove
neighborhood of Staten Island during
the height of the storm as several feet
of water inundated the area.
Galdorisi told the Blade on Wednesday
she and her wife cleaned and dried
the house out really quickly, but the
couple continues to rent an apartment
in Midland Beach. The women are
considering lifting their home to meet
new FEMA ood standards, or even
accepting a buyout that would take more
than a year to complete.
Were just stuck, Galdorisi said.
Were pretty much out of shock
and going into this new shock of not
knowing whats the best thing to do.
Staten Island resident Michele
Karlsberg, who is lesbian comedian
Kate Clintons publicist, coordinated
volunteer efforts in the borough in the
weeks after Sandy.
She said her mother will move back
into her apartment in the boroughs
Ocean Breeze neighborhood that had
eight feet of water inside it after the
storm on March 15. Karlsberg added
her sister has spent $30,000 so far to
repair her home.
The zone looks the same as if it was
day one, she said.
Sandy also inundated the Ali
Forney Centers drop-in center for
homeless LGBT youth near the Hudson
River in Manhattans West Chelsea
neighborhood.
Gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts
and his husband, Patrick Abner, were
among those who helped the organization
raise funds to recoup some of their losses
and to help pay for some of the renovations
to a second drop-in center that opened
in Harlem less than two months after the
storm. The new facility does not yet have
showers or medical facilities for the 60
young people who access it each day, but
Ali Forney Center Executive Director Carl
Siciliano stressed he feels his organization
has recovered well from the storm.
Because of that really strong support,
we were able to pretty quickly get back
on our feet, he said.
Fire Island continues post-Sandy recovery
Senate conrms lesbian to federal bench
The U.S. Senate on Monday made history when it conrmed the rst openly
gay Asian American for a seat on the federal bench.
By a voice vote, the Senate conrmed Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a lesbian,
for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
President Obama rst nominated her a judgeship in August and renamed
her along with others at the start of the 113th Congress.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who recommended the nomination to Obama, praised
the Senate for conrming Chen in a statement and said her background will
serve her well on the federal bench.
Ms. Chens wealth of experience and devotion to public service make
it clear that she will be an excellent judge, Schumer said. Ms. Chen has
proven time and again that she is a leader and a pioneer in the legal eld. I
have every condence that she will serve her jurisdiction well.
Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, echoed that sentiment over the
conrmation of Obamas judicial nominee.
The President welcomes the conrmation of Pamela Ki Mai Chen, Inouye
said. She will serve the American people well from the Eastern District of
New York bench.
A Chinese-American, Chens parents were both born in China, but met
after they moved to the United States. Before her conrmation, she worked
as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York for 14 years
and focused, among other areas, on combatting human trafcking.
During her conrmation hearing in September, Chen pledged fairness on
the bench, saying politics will play no role in my decision making were I
fortunate enough to be conrmed.
CHRIS JOHNSON
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He started fondling my
body, kissing me

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
In a dramatic development just days
before the selection process for a new
Pope was to begin at the Vatican, a
British Cardinal admitted in a public
statement on March 3 that he engaged
in sexual misconduct with priests over a
period of more than 30 years.
Cardinal Keith OBrien, 74, the
highest-ranking Catholic leader in the
United Kingdom and an outspoken
opponent of same-sex marriage, issued
his statement one week after he abruptly
resigned from all of his church duties.
Church insiders believe his
resignation was ordered by outgoing
Pope Benedict XVI following a report
in the British newspaper The Guardian
that three priests and a former priest
led formal complaints accusing him of
engaging in intimate acts with them
against their will in the 1980s.
The complaints were led with the
Vaticans ambassador to the United
Kingdom.
In recent days certain allegations
which have been made against me have
become public, OBrien said in his
statement. Initially, their anonymous
and non-specic nature led me to
contest them, he said.
However, I wish to take this
opportunity to admit that there have
been times that my sexual conduct has
fallen below the standards expected of
me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal,
he said. To those I have offended, I
apologize and ask forgiveness.
He added, To the Catholic Church
and the people of Scotland, I also
apologize. I will now spend the rest of
my life in retirement. I will play no further
part in the public life of the Catholic
Church in Scotland.
OBrien had served as head of the
Catholic Church in Scotland, where the
three current and one former priest said
he made inappropriate advances toward
them when three of them were young
priests and one of them was a seminarian.
OBriens statement of admission
and apology came one day after
The Observer published a follow-up
story providing specic details of the
allegations made by the three priests
and former priest.
He started fondling my body, kissing
me and telling me how special I was to him
and how much he loved me, The Observer
quoted one of the priests as saying.
The former priest told The Observer
he was a seminarian when OBrien used
bedtime prayers as an opportunity to
make advances toward him.
I knew myself to be heterosexual, but I
did say to others that I thought it would be
easier to get through seminary if you were
gay, The Observer quoted him as saying.
The Observer said it chose to report
the additional details with the full
consent of the three priests and former
priest, whose motives had come under
attack by some church defenders
because they havent publicly disclosed
their names.
According to The Observer, the four
men disclosed their names in the written
complaints they led with the Vatican
ambassador to the U.K., Archbishop
Antonio Mennini, in early February.
The Observer reports that the four
decided to le their complaint after they
discovered for the rst time earlier this
year that each of them had encountered
what they believed to be improper
advances from OBrien years earlier.
The paper said the men chose
to contact the media about their
complaint when church ofcials led
them to believe that little would be
done about their revelations and that
OBrien would be going to Rome to
help select a new Pope.
Id never wanted to out Keith just
for being gay, the former priest, who is
now married, told The Guardian. But
this was conrming that his behavior
towards me was part of his modus
operandi. He has hurt others, probably
worse, than he affected me, The
Observer quoted him as saying.
And that only became clear a few
weeks ago, he told The Observer,
in noting his recent discovery of the
three others to whom OBrien made
inappropriate advances.
The Observer and other British
newspapers have reported that support
by church critics for exposing OBriens
inappropriate behavior toward priests
whose careers and duties were under
his control was based also on what they
believe to be his blatant hypocrisy.
In recent years, OBrien spoke out harshly
against same-sex marriage and warned the
Scottish Parliament that Scotland would
suffer dire consequences if it legalized civil
marriage for same-sex couples.
He called same-sex marriage a
grotesque subversion of a universally
accepted human right. Gay activists
in the U.K. said they were especially
offended by his description of same-sex
relationships as unhealthy and inferior
to heterosexual relationships. Among
other things, he told the media that
legal recognition of same-sex marriage
would result in schools being required
to teach kids homosexual fairy stories.
OBriens statement admitting to
sexual misconduct makes him the
highest ranking Catholic Church ofcial
to make such an admission, according
to Vatican observers.
The admission came one week
after Vatican officials denounced
reports in the Italian press that an
underground network of gay priests
assigned to the Vatican organized
meetings for sex and may have been
subjected to blackmail.
Cardinal admits sexual misconduct with priests
Measure would bar marriage
ceremonies on bases
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A Kansas Republican is leading an effort
to protect anti-gay service members
and to prohibit same-sex couples from
marrying on military installations.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), who
was elected during the Tea Party wave
of 2010, introduced legislation known
as the Military Religious Freedom
Protection Act, or H.R. 914, on Thursday.
The legislation has two parts. The
rst states that the religious and
moral beliefs of service members and
military chaplains concerning human
sexuality wont be the basis of adverse
personnel action or discrimination in
the armed forces. The section section
states chaplains may not be forced to
perform a rite that is contradictory to
their religious teachings, which would
include same-sex marriages.
The second section states that a military
base cant be used for any marriage or
marriage-like ceremony other than the
union of one man, one woman.
Huelskamp is known for pushing anti-
gay legislation in the House. Last year,
on the same day that President Obama
endorsed marriage equality, Huelskamp
amended major funding legislation on
the House oor to reafrm the Defense
of Marriage Act.
Just last month, Huelskamp
criticized employment rules that
would specically and selectively
reward homosexual behavior during
an interview on an anti-gay radio
show, identifying it as a radical idea
that most Americans dont support
despite polling showing the vast majority
of people support such protections.
In addition to Huelskamp, the
legislation has six co-sponsors who
are a rogues gallery of anti-gay House
members: Reps. Louie Gohmert
(R-Texas), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-
Mo.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Steve
King (R-Iowa), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.)
and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.). King has
previously amended legislation on the
House oor to reafrm DOMA with the
intent of banning same-sex marriages
on military bases.
The legislation is similar to the anti-
gay language inserted to the Fiscal
Year 2013 Defense Authorization
Act by former congressman and U.S.
Senate candidate W. Todd Akin,
which includes a conscience provision
that while watered-down from its
original language stated no service
member will be punished for his or her
religious beliefs.
House Republicans also included
in their version of the bill language
that would have prohibited same-sex
weddings on military bases, but that
was removed in conference committee.
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Now, the court may decide that if it
doesnt apply in this case, it probably
cant apply in any case, Obama said.
Theres no good reason for it. If I were
on the court, that would probably be
the view that Id put forward. But Im
not a judge, Im the president. So
the basic principle, though, is lets
treat everybody fairly and lets treat
everybody equally.
Richard Socarides, a gay New
York advocate who was pushing for
Obama to speak out against the
constitutionality of Prop 8, said the
brief reiterates Obamas views that laws
against gay people should be subject
to heightened scrutiny, but extends the
presidents views further.
Its having the president of the
United States say for the rst time in a
legal brief to the Supreme Court that
gays and lesbians have historically been
discriminated against, and that theyre
entitled to heightened constitutional
scrutiny, and that in this particular case,
theyve been discriminated against,
Socarides said. I do think it was a big
victory for the community, so I think
it was an important milestone and
denitely a step forward.
In addition to ling the brief, the
Justice Department has asked the
Supreme Court to grant the solicitor
general speaking time during the oral
arguments in the Prop 8 case a move
that wasnt publicly called for by LGBT
advocates. The Supreme Court has yet
to respond to the request.
And the moves in the Prop 8 case are
coupled with the Obama administrations
active involvement in the litigation
against the Defense of Marriage Act.
In recent weeks, the administration has
taken action elsewhere.
The Pentagon has started the
process for implementing certain
partner benets for gay troops. That
action comes in the wake of the
inaugural address in which Obama
issued a national call to advance the
rights of our gay brothers and sisters.
John Aravosis, editor of
AMERICAblog, said Obama deserves
credit for ling the Prop 8 brief, but also
criticized the White House for refusing
to talk to about it before submitting it
to the Supreme Court and ling it on
the last possible day.
Obviously, there was a hiccup in
actually getting this brief, Aravosis said.
It sort of appeared at the last minute. ...
Had they decided earlier to le a brief,
they could have just gotten credit for
it, but instead it became a controversy.
They got credit at the end, but it still felt
like it was begrudging support.
In the wake of the ling, advocates
say they continue to want more from
Obama on LGBT issues and at the
top of the list is signing an executive
order barring federal contractors from
discriminating against LGBT workers.
HRCs Sainz was among those
saying the directive is next on the
plate for LGBT advocates in terms of
administrative action.
The non-discrimination executive
order denitely remains our top priority,
so that is where we turn our attention
to next, Sainz said.
Socarides said he wants Obama
to sign the executive order, but also
wants Obama to push ahead with the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
amid promises from Sen. Tom Harkin
(D-Iowa) and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to advance the
legislation this year.
Its past time for the president to
sign the executive order extending
non-discrimination provisions to
federal contractors, Socarides said.
Im hoping that he will do that soon,
and at the same time, continue to ght
and actually ght more aggressively for
ENDA, for federal legislation, and I think
that we can ip the House Democratic
in the next mid-term election, we could
have a pretty good chance of getting
ENDA in two years.
Other requests include the
appointment of an openly LGBT
Cabinet member and holding in
abeyance the marriage-based green
cards for married bi-national couples
until the Supreme Court makes a nal
determination on DOMA.
Shin Inouye, a White House
spokesperson, said Obama remains
concerned about LGBT issues and will
continue to work on them.
President Obama is proud of the
strong record hes established on LGBT
rights, and he looks forward to building
on that progress in the months and
years to come, Inouye said.
Aravosis said predicting whether
the administration will follow the brief
with other actions that benet the
LGBT community is difcult but that
doesnt mean advocates should stop
pushing for them to happen.
People who arent necessarily working
on your issues that one x does not
address every problem, and they get sort
of annoyed sometimes when we keep
asking for more, Aravosis said. We keep
asking for more because we dont have
our equal rights yet. Once we get full and
equal rights, then you can complain that
were asking for too much, but we have
less than everybody else right now.
Whats next for President Obama on LGBT rights?
Romney (still) opposes marriage equality
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he continues
to oppose same-sex marriage despite prominent gures within his own
party and his own former advisers speaking out in favor of it.
In a four-minute segment of a previously unaired interview, the former
Massachusetts governor told Fox News Chris Wallace that his position on
same-sex marriage hasnt evolved since the election.
I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and
thats because I believe the ideal setting for raising a child is where theres a
mother and a father in the home, Romney said. Other people have differing
views and I respect that, whether thats in my party or in the Democratic Party.
But these are very personal matters. My hope is that when we discuss things
of this nature, we show respect for people who have differing views.
Romney not only opposed same-sex marriage as he ran against President
Obama, but campaigned on his support for a Federal Marriage Amendment
that would have banned it throughout the country and pledged to resume
the executive branchs defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Despite Romneys opposition, a number of the 131 Republicans who
signed a high-prole friend-of-the-court brief against Californias Proposition
8 were among his advisers.
Among the signers is Katie Biber, who served as general counsel for
Romney both on his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns; Beth Myers,
who served as his campaign manager; Nancy Pfotenhauer, regulatory adviser
for Romney during his 2008 presidential campaign; Lee Rudofsky, who was
deputy general counsel for Romney in 2012; Josh Ginsberg, who was national
eld director for Romney in 2008; and Alex Lundry, who was director of data
science for Romney in 2012.
Other signers of the brief include former Govs. William Weld, Paul Cellucci
and Jane Swift of Massachusetts Republicans who were chief executives
of the state prior to the state courts ruling in favor of marriage equality a
decision that Romney later fought.
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NFL players, politicians,
businesses weigh in on
DOMA, Prop 8
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A slew of legal briefs signed by
parties ranging from NFL players to
LGBT advocates to businesses were
led late last week before the U.S.
Supreme Court in lawsuits challenging
Californias Proposition 8 and the
Defense of Marriage Act.
During a news conference held by
the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a
number of parties that led briefs in
the cases spoke out on why they were
calling on the Supreme Court to issue
rulings striking down Prop 8 and DOMA.
Mike Neubacker, a self-avowed
devout Christian from Michigan, held
back tears as he explained why he
penned his name to a brief against Prop
8 led by the LGBT group PFLAG. He
and his wife, Janice, signed the brief on
behalf of his son Lee, his spouse David
and their two children.
I met a lot of people in PFLAG, and
signed on to this brief also knowing
all the people that helped me besides
my own family, Neubacker said. For
me, marriage, when I say that Ive been
married 41 years to my wife, I usually
get applause if Im speaking somewhere
because theres that respect for marriage
thats understood. Right away, they
immediately know the relationship and
what we meant to each other. I want Lee
and David to have that same recognition
when they say theyre married.
Gay former Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona
was among the 131 Republicans who
signed another brief against Prop
8 which was also signed by former
Republican presidential candidate
Jon Huntsman, former California
gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman,
director Clint Eastwood as well as Reps.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Richard
Hanna (R-N.Y.). He also spoke at the
news conference in terms of DOMAs
impact on bi-national same-sex couples.
My partner is from Panama, Kolbe
said. Hes been here for a number of
years. Hes a Fulbright scholar, masters
degree in special education, bilingual
education specialist, but our getting
married does not permit the right to
immigrate to this country, so our struggle
to get immigration for him has been a
long and very difcult one for him.
Two separate briefs were led in the
DOMA case and the Prop 8 case that
were signed by a number of LGBT
advocacy groups, including the Human
Rights Campaign, the National Center for
Lesbian Rights, the National Gay & Lesbian
Task Force, the Courage Campaign and
the Center for American Progress, as
well as other civil rights groups such as
the National Council of La Raza and the
National Immigration Forum.
Both briefs argue that Prop 8 and
DOMA should be ruled unconstitutional
because laws related to sexual
orientation merit heightened scrutiny in
the courts.
Amici urge the Court to hold
that classications based on sexual
orientation are subject to heightened
scrutiny, so that governments cannot use
invented, after-the-fact rationalizations
to mask and justify discrimination
based on prejudice, antipathy, or
baseless stereotypes, the Prop 8
brief states. Discrimination based
on sexual orientation bears the same
essential hallmarks as other kinds of
discrimination that have long received
heightened scrutiny, and it should be
treated no differently under the law.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
and Lambda Legal, which had led their
cases against DOMA that didnt reach
the Supreme Court, also led their own
brief in the case challenging the 1996
anti-gay law.
That 39-page brief also maintains
DOMA should be subject to heightened
scrutiny, but also argues the law would
fail under a lower standard of rational
basis review.
DOMA bears each of the various
indicia the Court has considered when
it has invalidated laws under rational
basis review, the brief states. DOMA
both targets a group disliked at the time
of its passage and impacts important
personal interests. It arose not out of
the usual process of allocating federal
rights and benets but as a one-time
departure from the traditional method
of predicating eligibility for federal
marriage-based protections on a
couples marital status under state law.
Another brief was led in the Prop
8 case by National Football League
players known for their support for
marriage equality: Chris Kluwe, punter
for the Minnesota Vikings, and Brendon
Ayanbadejo, linebacker for the Super
Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
The football players argue that
professional sports play a major role
in shaping public opinion and Prop
8 should be ruled unconstitutional
because the earlier decision from the
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
striking down the measure is consistent
with the constitution.
The NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA,
at the league level, team level, and
individual level, are nally speaking out
against homophobia and intolerance
of LBGTQ individuals, the brief states.
More and more of us realize that using
demeaning slur words like faggot,
queer, and gay can have serious,
negative consequences.
The deadline for ling in the Prop 8
case was Thursday and the deadline for
ling in the DOMA case was Friday. In
the Prop 8 case, oral arguments are set
for March 26; theyre set the day after
on March 27 in the DOMA case. Justices
are expected to render a decision
before their term ends in June.
A list of other friend-of-the-court
briefs led in the Prop 8 and DOMA
cases follows. The Washington Blade
has written more extensive articles on
some of these briefs already.
Friend-of-the-court briefs against Prop 8
Amic calls lrom LGBT acvocares,
the Obama administration a led legal
brief against Californias same-sex
marriage ban. The brief focuses on
the unconstitutionality of Prop 8, but
Obama himself said the reasoning in
the brief could be applied to other laws.
A "rec" srare coalirion ol roups
that operate where same-sex marriage
is illegal ranging from the Utah Pride
Center, to the Campaign for Southern
Equality, to Equality Virginia led a
brief arguing that both Prop 8 and DOMA
should be subject to heightened scrutiny.
A coalirion ol srare arrorneys
general, including Connecticut Attorney
General George Jepsen, D.C. Attorney
General Irvin Nathan, Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan, led another
brief against Prop 8.
Calilornia Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who
has declined to defend Prop 8 in court,
also led a brief calling on the court to
strike down the measure.
Gay Calilornia AssemLly Speaker
John Perez whos reportedly on
Obamas short list as the next labor
secretary led with law professors a
brief against Prop 8 arguing that laws
preventing equal political participation
merit heightened scrutiny.
Equaliry Calilornia llec a Lriel
against Prop 8 with a different focus,
arguing that proponents of the measure
dont have standing to defend the law
in court.
The liLerrarian rhinkrank known
as the Cato Institute joined the
Constitutional Accountability Center
led a brief arguing that Prop 8 violates
equal protection under the U.S.
Constitution.
Friend-of-the-court briefs against
DOMA
212 conressional Democrars llec
a brief against DOMA, marking the
rst time ever that House and Senate
lawmakers have joined together in
calling the anti-gay law unconstitutional.
The LGBT milirary roup urServe
SLDN led a brief against DOMA
emphasizing the harm it causes gay
service members with same-sex partners.
A coalirion ol 278 ol municipaliries
and businesses, including Google, Twitter
and Microsoft, led a brief maintaining
DOMA is unconstitutional because
it requires employers to discriminate
against married gay employees.
The Family Equaliry Council anc rhe
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
led a brief with allied organizations against
both DOMA and Prop 8.
The American Bar Associarion llec
a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court
to consider the serious obstacles that
DOMA imposes on lawyers clients who
are same-sex couples legally married
under state law.
The Gay & LesLian Mecical
Association led briefs in both the Prop
8 and DOMA cases highlighting for
the justices the scientic and clinical
evidence that sexual orientation is an
innate human characteristic.
Trevor Forrer, ay acviser ro John
McCains 2008 presidential campaign
and author of McCain-Feingold,
signed a brief against DOMA led by
former federal election commissioners.
That brief argues DOMA when
superimposed onto federal campaign
nance law legally bars married gays
and lesbians from political expression
and association opportunities that are
afforded to other married citizens.
Michael K. Lavers contributed to this report
In historic week, a chorus of support for marriage
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Ugandan play ever to have an openly gay character.
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charges were dropped but he has been deported to his native U.K. as an
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The River and the Mountain concerns a young man, Samson, who, in
the process of exposing his corrupt boss, is suddenly elevated to a senior
position in his rm. Emboldened by his new status (and slightly tipsy), Samson
reveals to his best friend, Olu, that he is gay. From there the plot thickens,
as Olu is preparing to become a pastor and is thus torn between keeping
the heros secret safe or betraying him to further his own career. Meanwhile,
Samsons mother is determined to convert Samson to a heterosexual.
Though Samsons sexuality is certainly important in this play, it is in fact
merely one theme among many: corruption, justice, faith, friendship, family,
betrayal and witchcraft.
University of Nebraska at Lincoln lecturer, Sarah Imes Borden, wants to
shed light on this controversial piece of art while exposing the underlying
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work to audiences in the U.S. through a series of staged readings.
The readings, after a fundraising premiere in Lincoln, Neb., will be
performed in several venues along the East Coast this March. They will
feature a performance by one of the original Ugandan cast members and
talkbacks held by Hopkins.
On March 21 at 8 p.m. the Spotlighters Theatre will host a reading.
Admission is free; attendees encouraged to pay what they can. Donations at
the event will be used to fund the project.
Borden, who used to live in Baltimore, played the role of Svetlanya in
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A judge in Michigan last week has consented to a
request from prosecutors to add two additional charges to a man there facing a
four-year felony charge for failing to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner last
summer, Fox 17, a regional Fox afliate, reported.
Despite defense attorney Christine Yareds argument that charges against her
client Jeremy Merithew should be dismissed because the Michigan law that prohibits
a person from not telling sexual partners about their HIV status is a violation of free
speech, a Kent County Court disagreed and denied the motion to dismiss. The new
charges sexual penetration with an uninformed partner and use of a computer to
commit a crime were added, Fox 17 reported.
Yared also argued that the law is outdated and not relevant by todays standards.
There isnt the risk of transmission that existed in the 80s when that law was passed or
even in the 90s when our Michigan courts looked at the law, Fox quoted her as stating.
So the law is unconstitutional. Its not keeping up with the reality of what really happens.
Mississippi toddler cured of HIV: report
JACKSON, Miss. Doctors are reporting they have cured a child of HIV for
the rst time, USA Today reported.
The child, a two-and-a-half-year-old Mississippi girl, contracted HIV at birth,
doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical School told the paper. The girls
mother tested positive for HIV when she arrived at the hospital to give birth
but hadnt had any prenatal care including anti-HIV drugs that have resulted in
reducing mother-to-child transmission rates by 98 percent, USA Today reported.
Because doctors suspected the baby would be infected, they began
administering anti-AIDS therapy the day after birth. But around 18 months
old, the mother and child disappeared and missed several appointments.
They were found ve months later with help from social services. Though
doctors expected to nd high levels of HIV in the child, she appeared to be
HIV free with virus loads undetectable, USA Today said. Now, 10 months
later, the child is still testing negative.
Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center said theyre hopeful the
case will produce studies that will show us a way to cure other babies in the future.
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Merithew found the partner hes accused of failing to disclose to on Adam4Adam.
com, Fox reported. He was put back in jail after his bond was raised to $300,000. A
trial is set for May.
In related news, a Des Moines lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would
reduce penalties for HIV-positive people who have sex without disclosing their
status, the AP reports.
Des Moines Democratic Sen. Matt McCoy said the law should be changed to
focus on people who purposefully try to infect others. Under the current Iowa law,
HIV-positive people who have sex without disclosing their status can face up to 25
years in prison if convicted whether someone else was infected or not.
This is truly a Draconian punishment, McCoy, whos gay, said. Being diagnosed
with HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was.
McCoy wants to change the law so someone convicted of intentional or attempted
transmission of the virus could be sentenced to a maximum of ve years in prison
and face a $750 to $7,500 ne. That would put HIV in the same criminal category as
transmitting any other communicable disease, such as Hepatitis C, the AP reported.
McCoy also wants to end a requirement that people convicted must be placed on
a sex offender registry for life, the report said.
The proposed changes to the law would take into account whether an HIV-positive
person took steps to prevent transmission of the disease, such as using a condom and
taking medication that makes it less likely that a sexual partner would be infected.
Since the Legislature approved the Iowa law, 25 people have been convicted, though only
two of those infected partners with HIV, the AP reported. Of those 25, 12 people remain in
prison, four are on parole, one is on probation and a trial for one person is pending.
Marriage brings health benets for gays
NEW YORK Gay and lesbian couples in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage
is not legal generally have poorer overall health than their straight married
counterparts, according to a study conducted at Michigan State University.
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of raising and spending funds to elect and
defeat candidates; there are limits imposed
on the amounts of money allocated to
any single candidate or political party.
A Super PAC, on the other hand, has no
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industry, even for religions. In the health
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90s? Sadly, it seemed impossible to attract
activists for a march or a rally during the 19th
International AIDS Conference, the rst
time it had been held in the United States
for 22 years. Why werent there thousands,
even tens of thousands, of AIDS activists
in the streets? Just as distressing, very few
people bothered to go to the Mall to see
the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Early on in the AIDS epidemic some
activists realized that screaming and yelling
being visible, loud and persistent
could lead to action. Today, however, too
many feel we have lost power. After all, they
reason, fewer people today in the United
States are dying from AIDS than were two
or three decades ago. Emphasis on in the
United States. Where are the voices crying,
But were still dying! And even a single
death from AIDS is one too many!
This week there was an event called
AIDS Watch created by the now former
National Association of People with AIDS
(NAPWA). For one day each year, activists
descend on Capitol Hill to try to persuade
members of the House and Senate
whom, we all know, we rarely meet face
to face that its critical to continue and
even increase funding for AIDS treatment,
care and research. Unfortunately, the
response from many of our elected ofcials
is a big yawn. Isnt AIDS a manageable
disease now? I thought no one died from
AIDS anymore.
Wouldnt it be nice if you could walk
into an elected ofcials ofce and say,
We have $10 million in media buying
power to use against candidates who
vote no on full funding for AIDS.
Remember swift boating during the
2004 presidential race? It got its name
from the smear campaign against John
Kerry launched by Swift Vets and POWs
for Truth and played a big part in Kerrys
defeat. Shocking? Yes, but effective,
very much so.
Are you familiar with MoveOn.org? In
1994, MoveOn.org launched a petition
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President Bill Clinton, and raised nearly
$60 million from mainly $50 donations.
MoveOn.org went on to oppose the
Iraq war and support campaign nance
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elect Barack Obama.
In contrast, Mitt Romneys Super PAC
reportedly raised millions of dollars for
attack ads directed at GOP rivals and, of
course, against President Obama. Today,
there are more than 40 politicians with Super
PACs and over a dozen for former elected
ofcials. Super PACs exist because money
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If we want to have political power, we
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lives of millions of people living with
HIV and AIDS in the United States and
around the world. Its critical we wait no
longer to create the worlds rst AIDS
Super PAC. With sufcient funds, we
can make sure our voices are heard, not
just one day in the year, but year round
and that our voices are turned into votes
for people living with HIV and AIDS.
There are a number of LGBT Super
PACs, such as the Gay and Lesbian Victory
Fund, the Human Rights Campaign and
Pride PAC; last year, Glee actress
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launch LPAC (Lesbian Political Action
Committee), a Super PAC to support
lesbian issues and pro-lesbian candidates.
Theres even a gay Republican Super PAC
that helps Republican candidates who
support gay marriage. Yes, theres a Super
PAC for almost everything, so why not
one for the AIDS community.
I have a confession: This isnt an
announcement of an AIDS Super PAC.
I am, however, announcing we must
join together to create one. Expect an
announcement soon. Stay tuned.
Announcing worlds
rst AIDS Super PAC
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Council member shirks
effective oversight,
demands more spending
A reasonable reaction would have
been youre kidding, right?
Or, perhaps, thats outrageous!
Even more appropriate: We can do
better than this on both performance
and cost what are successful solutions
in other cities?
What was notable, however, is that
neither homeless families nor taxpay-
ers heard any of that from D.C. Council
member Jim Graham.
Instead, there was merely a reex-
ive response conjecturing only a lets
spend more money doing what were
currently doing without regard for
whether it makes sense. It represents
nothing more than the syndrome of the
lazy, mistaking money for concerned
commitment.
Two inescapable facts stood out last
week when Graham, chair of the D.C.
Council Committee on Human Ser-
vices, conducted a special public over-
sight hearing on Thursday evening at
the former D.C. General Hospital. The
facility has been utilized as a city-run
homeless family shelter for the past
several years.
First, the citys warehousing of
homeless families at the site is an em-
barrassment. Shelter occupants testi-
ed regarding heating and ventilation
problems, lack of hot water, infectious
disease outbreaks, rodents, spider
bites, a bed bug infestation and other
problems. The city stopped serving
lunch a while ago. Nearly 300 city em-
ployees work at the shelter.
Most astonishing, however, is the
fact that D.C. is spending more than
$50,000 per family per year to cram
each into former patient rooms at the
building. A $14 million annual cost to
accommodate approximately 280 fami-
lies, in a place originally designed to
temporarily house only half that num-
ber.
What was Grahams reaction? Spend
even more money, of course.
He also wants to change the name
of the building, to something more up-
lifting and positive. Whatever.
Is this what passes for oversight
these days? Its an insult to the home-
less and taxpayers alike.
Ponder the cost. District ofcials
could rent modern new luxury apart-
ments in any of the citys more expen-
sive neighborhoods and have a pile of
money left over.
In fact, it typically costs the city only
$15,000 per year to support a fam-
ily moved out of shelter by means of
subsidized housing. A recent national
survey indicates that shelter provision
costs four-to-ve times more than sub-
sidies, while fostering an ongoing de-
pendency among the homeless. The
40-percent of D.C. General occupants
who return mirrors the experience of
other urban areas for shelter consum-
ers not provided housing subsidies.
Not only does D.C. spend more per
capita served, District programs pro-
duce the lowest percentage reduction
in chronic homelessness among 40 cit-
ies.
There is a shortage of low-cost rental
housing, particularly for large families,
in D.C. However, homeless families do
not generally differ from the housed
poor when measuring unique obsta-
cles to housing stability.
But the bigger question is this: How
can it cost the city so much to provide
so little?
In an era of intensifying competition
for government revenues, why is the
city not redirecting current overspend-
ing from what doesnt achieve larger
objectives to that which has been suc-
cessful elsewhere?
District residents shouldnt tolerate
irresponsible service delivery costs and
a lack of effective strategies improving
outcomes for those in need. Neither
should Graham.
In the short term, better manage-
ment of program costs is required. A
waiting list of hundreds of additional
families should compel Graham to
reduce ridiculously excessive expen-
ditures in order to provide temporary
emergency shelter for a greater num-
ber of the homeless with available
funds.
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The Blades Lou Chibbaro, Jr. recent-
ly reported that the D.C. Council voted
11 to 2 on Feb. 25 to reprimand Council
member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) on the
grounds that he violated a Council eth-
ics rule in 2008 by improperly interven-
ing in a contract approval process.
The Councils action came in re-
sponse to a report by the Districts
Board of Ethics and Government Ac-
countability (BEGA) during February
that alleged Graham violated the citys
code of employee conduct by trying to
intervene on behalf of a campaign con-
tributor bidding on a city contract.
But neither the Council nor the BEGA
provided any evidence whatever that
Council member Graham personally
beneted by any of the decisions that he
made. If accepting campaign contributions
is evidence that Graham acted improp-
erly, then all the 11 members of the Council
who voted for this unfortunate resolution
should also have been reprimanded.
From 1989 through 1996, I served on
the board of the D.C. Lottery and Chari-
table Games Control Board. As the last
vice chairman of the lottery board, I too
voted to approve multi-million dollar
lottery contracts.
One can always disagree with these
decisions. But such disagreements do
not provide any evidence that one act-
ed improperly.
I have known Jim Graham since he
headed the Whitman-Walker Clinic during
the 1980s when he struggled to contain the
Districts AIDS crisis. I know that Jim Gra-
ham is a person of great personal integrity. I
also know that he is a hard-working Council
member and that he is one of the most out-
standing members of the Council since the
rst Council was seated in January 1975.
Paul Kuntzler, Washington, D.C.
Transparency, humility
and integrity badly
needed in Rome
By JOHN E. LAZAR
Shock waves were felt among the
one billion members of the Roman
Catholic Church when Pope Benedict
XVI announced his plans to resign at the
end of February.
But news of the rst Papal resigna-
tion in almost 600 years took back seat
to new allegations of scandals, Vatican
bureaucratic in-ghting, calls to bar Los
Angeles emeritus Archbishop, Cardinal
Roger Mahoney, from participating in
the next Papal conclave and the block-
buster resignation of Cardinal Keith
OBrien, the United Kingdoms highest-
ranking Roman Catholic cleric, after sev-
eral priests accused OBrien of forcing
sexual relations with them.
February was a disaster for the image
of the Roman Catholic Church and may
clearly expose the true reason of Bene-
dicts decision to call it quits as Pontiff.
Even for non-Catholics and non-believers,
all of these stories are over the edge. But
what does the prospect of a new stake-
holder in the Chair of St. Peter portend for
LGBT Catholics? For many LGBT Catho-
lics that have felt abandoned by their
church, the current events only point to
the hurt inicted by the hypocrisy of ac-
tions that reect do as I say but not as I
do. Yet there are large numbers of LGBT
Catholics who deantly remain in the
church and both pray and work for chang-
es that they believe are necessary for the
church to remain true to its mission.
Many of the worlds Cardinals depart-
ed for Rome the last week of February,
in part to bid farewell to the resigning
Pope, but mainly to begin the delicate
process of selecting his successor. Yet
for Catholics, there is a belief that the
Holy Spirit can break through all of the
Vatican politics and the sinful compo-
nents from which even the leadership
is not immune. Many yearn for the likes
of a Pope John XXIII, who surprised the
world by opening the windows of the
church by convening the Second Vati-
can Council. Many of the teaching doc-
uments from that Council formed great
pastoral leaders, like Chicagos late
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who pro-
moted the seamless garment model
of moral behavior promoting the total
good of the individual and Brooklyns
Bishop Francis Mugavero, whose letter
on sexuality was a breath of fresh air for
gay Catholics. The Holy Spirits work is
cut out but here are some qualities that
the LGBT community can pray that will
be found in the new Pontiff.
Transparency needs to be embraced;
the intrigue behind the walls of the Vati-
can can no longer be shielded from the
eyes of the media nor the churchs one
billion members. The allegations of s-
cal impropriety within the Vatican Bank,
silencing Vatican-whistle-blowers and a
culture of bureaucrats-run-wild can no
longer be excused. Integrity is a moral
and ethical imperative that the new
Pope must impart into every Vatican
bureaucrat if the church is to regain its
moral standing in the world. Humility is
sorely lacking among many of the Bish-
ops who utilize their ofce to promote
clerical ambitions to the detriment of
their ock. Ego-trips, self-promotion and
clericalism serve to alienate the faithful
in the pews and distort the teachings of
Jesus. The work of the bishop is to serve
and not be served. Intellectual honesty
fully recognizes the robust tradition
of the church over the centuries while
embracing the fact that knowledge is
evolving across many anthropological
disciplines and the sciences. Beliefs that
have been held, especially around sexu-
ality and human development, need to
be re-evaluated, nuanced and updated.
The hope expressed by many LGBT
Catholics, for the new leader that will be
chosen by the College of Cardinals, may
not have the best odds in their favor this
time around. But Catholics do know that
the Holy Spirit can pull some surprises,
and perhaps, this Papal Conclave may
result in just a few.
Hoping for surprises from Catholic Church
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It was publicly acknowledged in
obituaries in the New York Times and
the Los Angeles Times and at a funeral
held last weekend that concert pianist
Van Cliburn, one of the most famous
classical musicians of the 20th century,
was gay, but the references the g
word was not used were as discreet
and low key as the keyboard virtuoso
was in his lifetime.
Cliburn, whose triumph at the 1958
International Tchaikovsky Competition
in Moscow at age 23 was the crowning
achievement of what had been a white-
hot track record of competition winning
and concertizing after a lauded three-
year stint at the famous Juilliard School,
died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth,
Texas, at age 78 following a battle with
bone cancer. The story of his win in
Moscow at the height of the Cold War
when he was exalted as a symbol of
overcoming the fear and paranoia of
the era with great art, has been oft told,
especially over the last week as his life
has been remembered and celebrated.
The long decades since it happened
have cemented its mythic status and
though Cliburns return to performing
in the late 80s and 90s after nearly a
decade-long hiatus drew mixed reviews,
the re and talent he brought to his
early career is pretty much universally
acknowledged by critics.
With the iconic nature of his rise
to fame so to speak, he really became
this symbol because what really
happened there in Moscow was about
so much more than the music, says
Scott Beard, a gay concert pianist and
professor at West Virginias Shepherd
University. It wasnt like Glenn Gould
with the Goldberg Variations, it was a
highly politicized thing and to [Nikita]
Khruschevs credit, he said, Hes the
best, he should win. I think with that
came a lot of pressure.
And while one wouldnt expect
Cliburn to have been out at the time
it was, after all, only a year after gay
rights pioneer Frank Kameny was red
by the U.S. government for being gay
and years before Stonewall Cliburns
low-key handling of his homosexuality
has been so understated that, at times,
the references to it in mainstream media
outlets are almost, one might argue,
comically opaque.
The Los Angeles Times mentioned
Thomas L. Smith, his friend and
manager who survives him. The New
York Times said he was survived
by [Smith], with whom he shared his
home for many years. A 2008 New
York Times article commemorating the
50th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky win,
mentioned his home in Fort Worth,
which he shared with a longtime friend.
(Smith spoke briey at Cliburns funeral
saying, Vans death is a crater-sized
void that is felt around the world but for
me, it is the loss of my soul mate, the
deepest friendship )
A sunny 1993 biography from Chicago
Tribune arts critic Howard Reich is more
than 400 pages long yet includes not
one mention of Cliburns love life. (Reich
wrote in an e-mail to the Blade this week
regarding Cliburn that my area of study
is really the music itself.)
There was one episode the papers did
dutifully report a former boyfriend,
Thomas Zaremba, sued Cliburn in
1996 seeking millions in palimony. The
suit was eventually dismissed. Cliburn
did briey comment on the matter at
the time, telling the Fort Worth Star-
Telegram it was absolutely a shocking
surprise. Cliburn said there was no way
he could have exposed Zaremba to HIV,
as Zaremba had claimed, as Cliburn
himself was negative.
If anything, though, the lawsuit did
break the ice for acknowledgement
of Cliburns being gay in the press.
Although friends and associates who
knew him early in his career say he was
never particularly closeted, it was not a
topic ever publicly discussed. Aside from
the fact that more gays were in the closet
in the 50s, 60s and 70s than today,
the near-constant presence of Cliburns
mother, the famous Rildia Bee OBryan
Cliburn, who had been his rst piano
teacher, is generally acknowledged as a
factor in his low-key lifestyle.
When I rst knew him, I knew he
was gay from the very beginning, but I
cant remember quite how I knew, says
Robert Croan, a former classical music
critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
whos gay. His mother, whom I met
many times, was sort of a grand dame
type, but very down to earth. She had a
great sense of humor but she watched
over him very carefully. I think he had
his excursions with various men but she
traveled with him and was just there all
the time. She was very proprietary
with him and the father was sort of
invisible as far as the public really knew.
(Cliburns father died in 1974.)
Croan says although he and Cliburn
were not close friends, they were friendly
over many years and saw each other
many times, including when Croan
covered the Cliburn Competition for the
Post-Gazette. Croan helped facilitate
an honorary doctorate for Cliburn from
Pittsburghs Duquesne University, where
Croan previously taught.
Fans inevitably wondered to what
degree if any Cliburn was out
to his mother. Cliburn never publicly
commented on the matter.
I would say she had to have known,
Croan says. Whether they actually
discussed it, I have no way of knowing but
she couldnt have been around him all that
time and not known. This was not a stupid
woman. I would guess at the very least
she closed her eyes to what was going on
or maybe acknowledged it privately.
But its unlikely Rildia Bee, who died
in 1994 at age 97, was the only factor.
Cliburn spent his later years living in his
native Texas (in a swanky suburb of Fort
Worth), was a lifelong Baptist, member
and regular attendee at Fort Worths large
Broadway Baptist Church and was also a
Republican. Former President George W.
Bush, also from Texas, spoke at Cliburns
funeral. (In 2009, Cliburns church severed
ties with the Southern Baptist Convention
in a disagreement over the churchs
welcoming of LGBT members.)
And for all his musical achievements,
Cliburn at least so far as is publicly
known was not involved in LGBT
advocacy work of any kind.
Philip Johnson, an 87-year-old Fort
Worth gay activist who worked with
Kameny and was involved in LGBT work
for decades, says, I dont think he ever
associated with the gay movement at all.
I used to see him sometimes at
the Highland Park Cafeteria, this place
where wealthy people ate that had
really excellent food, Johnson says.
But we never crossed paths at any sort
of gay rights rally or anything like that.
Darren Woods, general director of
the Fort Worth Opera, agrees.
I did not know him well outside of his
attending operas occasionally and the
occasional hello at a restaurant, Woods,
whos gay, wrote in an e-mail. He and his
long-time partner, Tommy, were deeply
involved with many straight married
couples who were big arts patrons.
The degree to which Cliburn was
out at various periods of his life, while
interesting enough in and of itself, also
raises a bounty of other questions.
Were many classical pianists of Cliburns
day Liberace, for the record, was
considered more of a pop entertainer
and was never taken seriously by the
classical establishment gay? If so, how
many were out? Are the numbers any
different today? How does it compare
to other classical professionals such
as orchestra players, conductors and
composers? And did the classical world
warm to out gays more quickly than pop
culture? Or the world at large? Or did
the blue-blooded, elderly art patron
types keep gays in the closet longer?
And with so much emphasis in pop
culture with whos sleeping with whom
and the personal lives of celebrities, why
do such questions seldom get asked of
classical artists?
Nobody has numbers, but the
anecdotal assessments are entertaining.
Generally its thought that a lot of
concert pianists were gay, says David
Patrick Stearns, a classical music critic
at the Philadelphia Inquirer whos gay.
Nobody really knows why, but it seems
to be somewhere around 50 percent.
Violinists? Almost never. Again, nobody
really knows why. Cellists? Thats a little
up for grabs. Organists? Almost all
of them. Countertenors? Most of the
American ones are gay, but the non-
American ones are not. Opera is kind
of a separate thing. Opera, I mean talk
about queer energy, though. Ive heard
people talk about there being straight
opera queens but I dont know.
Croan says more American
composers have traditionally tended to
be gay than pianists.
(Fellow Cliburn Juilliard pianist)
John Browning was out, Croan says.
Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti,
certainly a large number of American
composers of the mid-20th century were
gay. Aaron Copland is another. They
werent out in the sense that there was
any public announcement about it and
the media wouldnt have touched on it
unless there was some sort of a scandal,
but it was kind of quietly acknowledged.
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Death of piano legend Van Cliburn
who seemed reluctantly out
inspires questions about how the
music business treats its gay icons
VAN CLIBURN plays for children during a visit to Israel in 1962.
PHOTO BY DAVID ELDAN; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
How long have you been out and
who was the hardest person to tell?
Ive been out since the early 80s
when my roommate and I came out
to each other at Swarthmore College.
I remember I was literally physically
shaking. And then there was some,
ahem, sexual healing. Telling my
parents was depressing because
they were so worried that Id have a
miserable, lonely life. Luckily, that
didnt happen.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Lypsinka. I just adore John
Eppersons shows (three of which
weve done at Studio Theatre). I
would also include Glenna Plaisted,
the headmistress of an elementary
school my sister attended. She
encouraged me to apply for a high
school scholarship. Glenna typically
wore jodphurs, riding boots, tweed
jackets and smoked a pipe. And she
pretty much saved my life. I guess she
knew me better than I knew myself at
the time.

Whats Washingtons best nightspot,
past or present?
Mmmm The Studio Theatre!

Describe your dream wedding.
It would be set in the Caribbean
on a very un-developed beach. There
would be a lot of guests friends,
colleagues and family. The food
would be spicy. Everyone would
wear sandals and linen (with bathing
suits underdressed or not).
The ceremony might just have to
involve Shakespeare and the actor
Ted van Griethuysen. Joy Zinoman
would direct the whole thing, of
course. The music would be classical
guitar. Romance Anonimo would
have to be included. Could we get
Christopher Parkening? There might
have to be some a cappella singing,
too. After the ceremony there would
be swimming and caipirinhas until
sunset and when everyone was
sufciently relaxed, batala drummers
would call everyone to some ecstatic
beach dancing under the stars.

What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
The environment.

What historical outcome would you
change?
Any outcome that would relieve
human misery and death. Its hard
to pick just one outcome to change,
right? How do you prioritize?

Whats been the most memorable
pop culture moment of your
lifetime?
Rock Hudson on the cover of
Newsweek in 1985.

On what do you insist?
Empathy

What was your last Facebook post
or Tweet?
From Las Terrenas in The Dominican
Republic: Last drinks on the beach


If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
Two Boys in Art

If science discovered a way to
change sexual orientation, what
would you do?
Nothing

What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
That we cant know and its OK not
to know whats beyond the physical
world. The physical world is plenty
mysterious enough for me.

Whats your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
The struggle is international.

What would you walk across hot
coals for?
My son.

What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most?
Forced frivolity.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
My Beautiful Laundrette

Whats the most overrated social
custom?
Are there any social customs left
that rate at all?

What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
More leisure time.

What do you wish youd known at 18?
That I should have kept practicing
the piano.

Why Washington?
I came to D.C. to work on the
Hill. I was a chauffeur and mail clerk
for Sen. George Mitchell. I stayed in
D.C. because of The Studio Theatre,
which has been my artistic home
since 1986. The rewards have been
innumerable.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Serge Seiden is having a good week. His latest directing effort at The
Studio Theatre, The Motherfucker With the Hat has been extended for
two weeks and now runs through March 24 (details at studiotheatre.org)
and tonight (Friday), the playwright, Stephen Adly Guirgis, is visiting from
New York to see the production.
For Seiden, its the latest in a long string of successful Studio productions
including Grey Gardens, My Children! My Africa!, Souvenir: A Fantasia
on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, The Long Christmas Ride Home
and many others. He has also appeared as an actor in many productions
both at Studio and at other theaters in the area. Hes worn many hats there
but is currently associate producing artistic director. He started there as an
usher in 1986, a year after arriving in Washington.
I just became a Studio groupie, he says.
More seriously, though, hes ponderous about his career.
I would say what has fueled me is devotion to a craft and its really like
any other kind of craft, painting, pottery or even a sport, the 50-year-old
Searsmont, Maine, native says. When you become devoted or fueled by
a need for achievement, of artistic, I dont want to say success, but you
really know what your standard is and you have your own aspirations for
excellence and you know what excellence in your craft is, you become kind
of obsessed with getting there and that takes a long time. Its denitely
not something where you think, Oh, I think Ill go work there for awhile.
Seiden is enjoying Motherfucker but says hes nding the piece is not
really what audiences think it will be going in.
Its something you can laugh at and laugh with but by the end, you nd
youre really drawn in, he says. People are saying, Oh, I can see myself
in that situation.
Around the time he was 40, Seiden and a colleague (Studios education
director Roma Rogers) decided to have a child together. Son Gavin is now
9. They share a three-oor home in Columbia Heights (hes on the top oor,
shes on the second oor and they have common space on the rst). With
many of his nights spent working at the theater (she works mostly days), he
says it works well.
He and Gavin enjoy reading the morning comics together, making up
voices for the various characters.
Seiden is single and enjoys gardening in his spare time.
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30 MARCH 08, 2013 QUEERY: 20 QUESTI ONS FOR SERGE SEI DEN
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Gay theater director still
working in D.C. despite
Seattle home
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Maybe six will be a charm. John
Vreeke recently received his sixth
Helen Hayes Award nomination for
outstanding direction. This time its
for Woolly Mammoths critically well-
received production of The Elaborate
Entrance of Chad Deity. If Vreekes
name is ultimately called at the awards
ceremony celebrating D.C.-area theater
in early April, it will be his rst win.
Chatting via phone from his home
in Seattle (a little house with a big view
of Puget Sound that he shares with his
partner of 36 years), Vreeke says he
denitely keeps awards in perspective.
But despite his philosophical tone,
he gives the sense that ending this
ongoing non-winning streak wouldnt
be such a bad thing.
As a gay director in his 60s known
for tackling intellectually complex
plays, Vreeke might have seemed an
odd match for Chad Deity, an action
packed, hip-hop-inuenced morality
tale set in the world of professional
wrestling. But Vreeke was so impressed
with playwright Kristoffer Diazs
distinctive language that he knew it was
the right project for him and Woollys
artistic director Howard Shalwitz agreed.
I was lucky from the start, he says.
I worked with a great cast, particularly
JJ Perez whod been waiting to do this
play for four years, and an equally good
design team.
Vreeke describes his directorial style
as invasive. He understands but doesnt
ascribe to the idea of directors getting
out of the way and letting actors do
their work.
Some directors are cheerleaders:
They put together the right people and
stand back and let them do their thing.
Thats not me, he says. Early on, Ill
step in with some very strong ideas
about concept, scene, character and
what play is saying about the world. But
Im not inexible. Throughout the three-
to-ve week rehearsal process there
is constant evolution and redenition
with lots of discussion. I try to stay very
open to who the actors are themselves.
After all, thats primarily how they got
the role I see something in them that
connects to the role. Some call it type
casting. I call it smart casting.
Born in the Netherlands, Vreeke
(pronounced Vr-key) was 8 when his
family immigrated to the U.S. They
settled near an uncle in Salt Lake City
and quickly became immersed in a tightly
knit, religiously austere Dutch Reformed
community. Vreeke knew he was gay
from a young age, but understandably
kept it to himself. As a teenager, he was a
standout actor in his high schools drama
club. Theater, he says, quickly became
a form of expression that put issues of
sexuality, religion and growing up poor
on the back burner.
After earning his masters in directing
from the University of Utah, Vreeke
began his career at Houstons Alley
Theater. Next, he and his partner (a radio
executive) moved to Seattle where Vreeke
spent ve years in television production.
From 2000-2009, they lived in D.C. During
this time Vreeke returned to theater,
mostly directing at Theatre J, MetroStage
and Woolly Mammoth (where hes a
company member). And though they are
once again based in Seattle, the bulk of
Vreekes directing projects continue to be
here in Washington.
I cant seem to give it away in
Seattle, Vreeke says, but fortunately
D.C. keeps asking me back and Im
grateful for that.
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John Vreeke Interview
Race
Through March 17
Theater J
1529 16th Street NW
$15-$60
202-518-9400
washingtondcjcc.org
The cast of Race, director John Vreekes latest project. From left, JAMES WHALEN,
MICHAEL ANTHONY WILLIAMS and CRASHONDA EDWARDS.
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Mullally brings
cabaret act to
the Birchmere
Megan Mullally, who played
Karen on the long-running hit
sitcom Will & Grace, comes
to the Birchmere (3701 Mount
Vernon Ave., Alexandria) tonight
at 7:30 p.m. with her band Nancy
and Beth.
Emmy-winning actress Mullally
teamed up with actress Stephanie
Hunt when they met in Austin
while lming the independent
movie Somebody Up There
Likes Me. Within three months
they were invited to perform at
Royce Hall and were featured as
musical guests on Late Night
With Conan OBrien.
Tickets are $29.50. For more
information, visit birchmere.com.
Local artists have works in Alexandria auction
The Vander Zee Gallery (105 S. Lee St.) hosts its eighth annual Art Auction on
Saturday night at 6 p.m.
The auction will feature paintings by Rob Vander Zee and about 25 local artists
known as the Vander Zee Gallery Painters. The evening will include a silent auction
throughout the evening, a live auction at 8 p.m. and nal bids will be taken at 9 p.m.
Rob Vander Zee, owner/teacher of the gallery, is gay as are several of the artists.
All cash, personal checks and credit cards are accepted. For more information,
visit vanderzeeart.com.
GMCW gears up for Xanadu next weekend
The Gay Mens Chorus of Washington puts on a all-male version of Xanadu
at Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW) on March 15-16 at 8 p.m. with a matinee
performance on March 17 at 3 p.m.
The show is based on the 1980 romantic lm starring Olivia Newton-John. The
main character Kira, a Greek muse, is sent to California with a mission: to inspire
men. She inspires the creative genius of the lm to create the worlds rst roller disco.
Tickets are $20-$55. For more information, visit gmcw.org.
We Have Faith exhibit of LGBT clergy continues
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ (3845 South Capitol St.) hosts an
exhibition of photos titled We Have Faith: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Clergy and People of Faith Speak Out Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. The exhibit runs through Wednesday.
The show features portraits of prominent LGBT faith leaders and supporters
exhibited in Minnesota, Maryland, Washington State and New York. It was part of a
effort to promote voices of pro-LGBT faith leaders in the media.
This exhibit is free to view. Covenant is one of the Districts most gay-welcoming
churches. For more information, visit covenantbaptistucc.org.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF FRYE
Actress/singer MEGAN MULLALLY.
'Oregon WaterIall,' by Tony Frye, one oI the photos slated to be auctioned oII in
Old Town Alexandria this weekend. Frye and several other local gay artists are
participating.
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Despite a magnicent star,
WNOs Manon Lescaut
needs some polishing
By GREG MARZULLO
Opera can be an exquisite combination
of art forms when done well lush
instrumentals combine with soaring
vocals and engaging theatricality to
create a passionate and transformative
evening. Thats why the opening night of
Washington National Operas Manon
Lescaut was so teeth-grindingly
frustrating. It polluted a sumptuous
opera with high school-level missteps in
directing, performance and conducting.
Rightfully lauded soprano Patricia
Racette (a lesbian) made her role debut
as Manon, and as expected she hit it
out of the park. Her ability to convey
pathos, both vocally and as an actress,
lifted the character out of her two-
dimensionality, suggesting a true conict
between Manons desire for real love
and her gold-digging tendencies. At
operas end, when Racette managed
as she had throughout the evening to
keep us spellbound by her vocal line and
dramatic heft, the young girls demise
became a heartbreaking cautionary tale
about living for anything other than love.
Too bad, then, that this remarkable
artist had to battle an orchestra run
amok. Puccinis score is rife with
sweeping gestures of romantic tragedy
and under the baton of Philippe
Auguin, the orchestra certainly, but not
always wisely, matched the mood. The
players sounded so intoxicated with the
score that, at times, they sawed away
at it drunkenly, often drowning out the
principles. The duet between Manon
and her lover Des Grieux, Bulgarian
tenor Kamen Chanev, leaned perilously
close to becoming a shouting match.
Chanev was clearly hired for his money
notes, the bread-and-butter of any
tenor, and here he delivered in spades.
His passionately ringing high note and
legato in the act three aria, No! Pazzo
son! Guardate, would crack the heart
of the most hardened opera acionado,
yet, high notes only do not a good tenor
make. Often employing vocal parlor
tricks to cover a lack of dynamic subtlety,
the large-voiced Chanev stumbled
clumsily through much of Puccinis
lyric writing. (Perhaps he should have
taken phrasing cues from Ral Melos
stylistically charming Edmondo.)
This Manon Lescaut, a revival of
the 2007 production, was created and
directed by gay opera director John
Pascoe, who also helmed Washington
National Operas Don Giovanni, seen
earlier this season, and 2008s dynamic
Lucrezia Borgia.
Some brilliant and unexpected
design choices a large bust-topped
pillar transformed into a human-sized
jewel box for Manon and broken palace
pieces as the heroines nal resting
place highlighted the shallow artice
of 18th-century Paris juxtaposed with
the lonely end we all crawl toward.
The grand desolation of Manon, who
goes from dancing in the glittering
salons of Paris to dying on a windswept
plain in America, is one hairs breadth
away from melodrama, and some of
Pascoes blocking and set choices only
highlighted this unfortunate tendency.
Using a large scrolled page as a screen
for projecting quotes from the original
Manon story written in the 17th-century
by Abb Prvost, this page regularly
split in two, framing the stage and
suggesting a grand fairy tale. At times,
the halves would draw closer together,
unnecessarily highlighting a lead
characters aria in a ham-handed attempt
to let the audience know this moment
was important as if the writing and
performance alone couldnt do that.
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MANON LESCAUT
Through March 23
Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F St., NW
$25-$300
202-467-4600
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PATRICIA RACETTE makes her role debut in Manon Lescaut for Washington
National Opera.
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D.C. restaurant scene is
bustling as always
By JONATHAN HOWARD
Spring is right around the corner, and
at least in this foodies mind, that means
more eating out. This spring there are
many new restaurants opening around
town, giving us all the chance to taste
something new and hopefully worthwhile.
Bryan Voltaggios Range is now opened
for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. seven days
a week. The lunch menu is a three-course
tasting menu featuring the most popular
options available at Range. If you havent
been able to get a reservation for dinner,
try Range for lunch.
Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave
NW) reopened after a month-long
renovation, now with a fresh new look
and fresh menu items by gay chef and
owner Art Smith.
In February, partners Daisuke
Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Katsuya
Fukushima opened Daikaya (705 6th
Street). The rst oor Sapporo-style
ramen restaurant was the rst phase to
open and in March they will be opening
up the second oor, izakaya.
The Gryphon (1337 Connecticut Ave
NW) has opened in Dupont Circle; this
5000 square-foot eatery is the marriage
of a gastro pub and upscale sports bar.
Executive Chef Joseph Evans will be
serving up hearty yet rened plates that
are modern versions of classic bar food.
This closet lover of bar food is excited
to try out what The Gryphon has to offer.
Late this spring, D.C. is expecting
another Mike Isabella eatery with
Kapnos (2201 14th Street NW). Kapnos
will draw its inspiration from Northern
Greece; dinner will begin with a choice
of carvings from whole animals that
have been spit-roasted the entire day.
Along with Kapnos, Mike Isabella is
opening G next door, which will serve
Italian sandwiches, soups and salads for
lunch six days a week (maybe I will nally
be able to nd the perfect Chicken
Parmesan sandwich ) and at night it will
feature a four course tasting menu.
On March 15, Marjorie Meeks-Bradley
becomes the executive chef of Ripple
(3417 Connecticut Ave NW). Meeks-
Bradley will replace Roger Marmet.
The menu will continue to be creative
American cuisine prepared with only the
nest local and seasonal ingredients.
The 101st annual Cherry Blossom
Festival returns to D.C. from March 20
until April 14 and many D.C. restaurants
are helping celebrate the festival with
creative cherry-inspired cocktails or meals.
TelVeh Caf and Wine Bar (401
Massachusetts Ave NW) is offering a
$35 prix xe menu to coincide with
the festival including a baked cod in a
cherry sauce.
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 7th
Street NW) is pouring La Japonesa
during the festival. This drink is made
from a combination of tequila, cherry
liqueur, cherry blossom soda and lime.
Jaleo (480 7th Street NW) with be
serving up the Sakura D.C., a cocktail
comprised of gin, cherry blossom syrup
and Triple sec.
Newly opened Ambar (523 8th
Street SE) is offering a special dessert
prepared by Serbian-born pastry chef
Danilo Bucan during the festival. The
Cherry and Valerona Chocolate Cake
is made with Cherry Foam and served
with Micro Basil.
Astro Donuts and Fried Chicken (1308
G Street NW) is scheduled to open in mid-
to-late March and openly gay chef Jason
Gehring will be setting the menu for this
creative establishment. My sweet tooth is
excited to sit down with Chef Gehring and
try out some of the gourmet donuts this
establishment will be serving up. (Look for
a review and chef prole here soon).
From March 31 until May 5, Jose
Andres and his team at Zaytinya (701
9th Street NW) will be celebrating
Greek Easter with a menu inspired by
traditional Greek Orthodox Easter and
Lenten meals reimagined including
Lachonsalata, Zatinyas own take on
traditional shredded cabbage and carrot
salad and Clam Stew from Lefkada.
In April, NoPa Kitchen+Bar (800 F
Street NW) will be opening with Chef
Greg McCarty as the executive chef.
This restaurant is American Brasserie
style and guests can expect fresh
vegetables, as well as select meats and
sh prepared with a touch of French
style to dominate the menu.
This is just a select preview of a few
of the many opening, specials and new
chefs in Washington. As always, the
D.C. restaurant scene is bustling and
ever changing.
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Regions advocacy groups
have spring galas planned
By ERIN DURKIN
Several local LGBT groups have their
biggest events of the year in the coming
weeks. Some of the galas planned
include:
Mautner Projects Gala and Dance
takes place on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at
the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert
St., NW). The Gala is to celebrate 23
years of support and community. The
evening will include both a live and silent
auction, a reception and a dinner by the
Electric Rainbow Dance Party. Lesbian
comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer will
emcee. Tickets are $225. Attendees can
sponsor the event by donating $600-
$20,000. Attendees who would like to
start the party early can purchase VIP
reception tickets for $50. The reception
begins at 5 p.m. For more information,
visit gala.mautnerproject.org. Maryland
Del. Maggie McIntosh is slated to receive
an award. Look for an appearance from
Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley as well.
(McIntosh, for the record, told the
Blades Michael Lavers in an interview
last week that shes optimistic about
Senate Bill 449, a transgender rights bill
before the Senate Judicial Proceedings
Committee. The House has passed it
before, I think its a fairly easy pass in the
House, she said. Wherever Equality
Maryland and Sen. [Rich] Madaleno
point us, we go.)
Outserve-SLDN hosts its 2013
national dinner to honor the nations
LGBT service members, veterans and
their families also on Saturday evening
at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building
Museum (401 F St., NW). The evening
starts with a cocktail reception with the
dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. This is a
black tie, military or semi-formal event
and valet parking will be available.
Tickets are $100-$2,500. For more
information, visit sldn.org.
Equality Virginia has its 10th annual
Commonwealth Dinner at the Greater
Richmond Convention Center (403
North Third St., Richmond) on April
6 at 6 p.m. The dinner is the largest
black-tie gala gathering for Virginias
LGBT community. The evening will be
full of live entertainment from noted
invitees, a silent auction and a chance
to win prizes while bidding on weekend
getaways, dinners out and other prizes.
The evenings special guest is Newark
Mayor Cory Booker, a rising political star
who is known for his longtime support of
LGBT equality. Tickets are $125 and VIP
tickets are $250. For more information,
visit equlityvirginia.org.
Team D.C. hosts SportsFest on April
11 at Room & Board (1840 14th St.,
N.W.). The evening provides attendees
with the opportunity to learn about
all the opportunities the Washington
region has to offer in terms of LGBT
sports and recreational activities. A $10
donation gets three drink tickets plus
other great surprises. One of the new
clubs that will be featured at the event is
the D.C. Triathlon Club, a new club from
the area. The event is free. For more
information, visit teamdcsports.com.
Whitman-Walker Health holds its
fundraising event Be the Care cocktail
reception and awards presentation to
benet the organization on April 18
at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum
of Women in the Arts (1250 New York
Ave., NW). The dinner helps Whitman-
Walker provide heath services to the
community. Attendees are expected to
dress in business attire. Individual tickets
are $150 and emerging leader event
tickets are $75. For more information,
visit whitman-walker.org.
Capital Area Gay and Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce holds its
2013 annual awards dinner on April 19
at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Mayower
Renaissance (1127 Connecticut Ave.,
NW). The dinner will honor exceptional
business leaders and showcase the
achievement and impact of LGBT
business in the Washington region.
Attendees are asked to buy their tickets
before March 22. Tickets are $175- $465.
For more information, visit caglcc.org.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
of Washington hosts its 41st anniversary
reception at the Washington Plaza Hotel
(10 Thomas Circle, NW) on April 26 from
6:30-9 p.m. The evening will feature a
presentation of the 2012 Distinguished
Service Awards to Burgundy Crescent
Volunteers, Sexual Minority Youth
Assistance League, Ruby Corado,
Jeri Hughes, Will OBryan and Jeffrey
Richardson. Tickets are $50-$1,000. For
more information, visit glaa.org.
The Gay Mens Chorus of
Washington presents its Disco Inferno:
Spring Affair Gala Fundraiser, on April
27 at the Grand Hyatt (1000 H St., NW).
The night will be lled with cocktails,
huge live and silent auctions, dinner,
Chorus entertainment and an after
party. Tickets are $175-$300. For more
information, visit gmcw.org.
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OPENINGS
SAT, MAR 9
Norma, WNO, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
THU, MAR 14
NSO Pops: The Chieftains: Lucky
You. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
LAST CHANCE
SAT, MAR 9
Dead Mans Cell Phone,
Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Sex, Shame and Tears, Teatro de la Luna,
Gunston. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
SUN, MAR 10
Spring Awakening, Olney Theatre
Center. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
The Convert, Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Kurt Weill, In Series, Source Theatre.
202-204-7763. inseries.org.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
MAR 9 - MAR 10
ClancyWorks Dance Company, Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
The Songs of Stephen Schwartz, JCCNV.
703-537-3000. jccnv.org.
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FRI, MAR 8
Nordic Cool Jazz: Sunna Gunnlaugs
Trio, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
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eighth blackbird: Shifted During
Flight, Clarice Smith. 301-405-ARTS.
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Heavy Breathing, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Rioult, GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
SAT, MAR 9
Nordic Cool Jazz: Jacob Anderskovs
Agnostic Revelations, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
SUN, MAR 10
Dan Tepfer, piano & Ben Wendel,
saxophone, Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Honor and Remembrance,
Washington Bach Consort, National
Presbyterian Church. 202-429-2121.
bachconsort.org.
TUE, MAR 12
Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Juho
Pohjonen, piano, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Specialty Tea: Irish Tea, Strathmore. 301-
581-5108. strathmore.org.
WED, MAR 13
Fortas Chamber Music Concert:
Copenhagen, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Integriti Reeves, Strathmore.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Paul Thorn, The Barns.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
THU, MAR 14
Tom Paxton, The Barns.
1-877-WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
ONGOING STAGE
The Motherf**ker with the Hat,
The Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Manon Lescaut, WNO, Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
The Tempest, Synetic Theater.
800-494-8497. synetictheater.org.
Race, Theater J. 202-777-3210.
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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
National Gallery of Art. Faking It:
Manipulated Photography before
Photoshop, Ellsworth Kelly: Colored
Paper Images. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Birds of Paradise:
Amazing Avian Evolution, Beyond
the Story: National Geographic
Unpublished 2012. 202-337-3050.
nglive.org/dc.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Freya
Grand: Minding the Landscape, A
World Apart: Anna Ancher and the
Skagen Art Colony. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
ONGOING GALLERIES
Artisphere. David Amoroso: Delicate/
Violent 888-841-2787. artisphere.com.
DCAC. Distributed Processes: paintings
by William Whitaker. 202-462-7833.
dcartscenter.org.
Gallery plan b. Works by Marilee
Shapiro. 202-234-2711.
galleryplanb.com.
Strathmore. Pulse: Art and Medicine.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Art League. March All-Media
Exhibit, Sabyna Sterrett: State
of Emergency. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
Washington Printmakers Gallery.
Impressions, Max & Ed. 301-273-3660.
washingtonprintmakers.com.
Workhouse Arts Center. Ephemeral:
Interpretations of the Cherry Blossom,
The Art of Surviving. 703-584-2900.
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Many folks wish theyd done things
differently. If some vicarious escapism
via a ctional character who, as clich as
it sounds, really does run off and join the
circus sounds enticing, The Trapeze
Artist by Will Davis is your book.
The main character hadnt planned
on following the circus.
He hadnt planned it, but after he
slept with Vlad, the trapeze artist who
seemed so dramatic and needy, what
else could he do? He called his mother
to tell her hed be gone for awhile, and
he shut off his phone in the middle of
her protestations.
He had decided at age 6 to be gay
because his Uncle Dan was gay, and
Dan enjoyed life. His parents refused to
see it, just as they refused to see him,
and he often imagined what it would
be like to live like his friend, Edward,
whose parents were famous and quite
bohemian, while his parents only
discussed the weather and their jobs.
Edward, well, he wasnt like anyone
else in the world. Edward was the rst
gay boy hed ever known, the rst boy
hed ever kissed. He supposed he was in
love then, and it hurt to think about that.
Maybe there were a million reasons
to follow the circus but Vlad was the
reason to stay. And though staying
wasnt always pleasant, he realized hed
never been happier. Ofcially, the circus
owner didnt allow hangers-on, so after
awhile, he was given a series of menial
jobs to earn his way. Nobody liked him,
and why should they? They thought
hed break and leave, but he didnt.
Until it all fell apart and he headed
back home to nd everything changed
including himself. His mother was
gone, Edward was gone. So were his
old dreams, ready to be replaced with
new ones.
Without a doubt, The Trapeze Artist
is one of the most pensive books Ive
read in a long time. Author Will Davis
main character is never named; we only
know him by pronouns, which adds to
the feeling of despair on each page. Its
as if the man is so bland and invisible
that hes not worth naming.
For the longest time, I enjoyed that
facet of Davis story. It intrigued me,
but as the novel proceeded and this
character was piled with more and more
grief, I found myself growing morose
along with the story. This is a beautifully
told tale and no, I didnt exactly want to
throw it across the room, but oh, is it sad.
While some may see it only as a joy
killer, to reduce it to just that would be
an oversimplication. Its different and
can be engrossing if youre in the right
mindset for its charms.
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TODAY
Green Lantern (1335 Green Court,
N.W.) hosts 10 Hail Marys: A True
Blue Madonna Tribute tonight
starting 10 p.m. The party celebrates
her rst 10 albums. There is an open
vodka bar from 10 to 11 p.m. For more
information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Our City Film Festival kicks off
tonight with an opening night party at
9:30 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts
Center (1333 H St., NE). This party is
free. The festival continues tomorrow at
noon with its rst screening of Oxygen
for the Ears: Living Jazz. This is the only
lm festival that showcases D.C.-focused
lms. Individual tickets are $12, and VIP
tickets are $150. For more information,
visit ourcitylmfestival.com.
Off-Rhode Studio at Art Enables
(2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE) opens the
art exhibit Glitterbomb provided by
art collector Paul Yandura this afternoon
at 1 p.m. The show redenes the
attitudes and uses of glitter in artwork
with pieces from several different artists
and mediums. For more information,
visit art-enables.org.
Team D.C. hosts its annual Fashion
Show and Model Search tonight at
7 p.m. at Town (2009 8
th
St., NW). The
featured fashions range from club
wear and swimsuits to underwear and
leather from Universal Gear and Adam
& Eve. Pussy Noir will be guest judge.
Cover is $10. For more information, visit
teamdcsports.com.
Community Life Newsletter
celebrates eight years tonight with
a night at the theaer to see Ladies
Swing the Blues at Metro Stage (1201
North Royal St., Alexandria) at 8 p.m.
The Community Life Newsletters goal
has been to connect and educate the
community. Tickets are $55. For more
information, visit metrostage.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10
Lambda Sci- has its monthly meeting
this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at 1425 S St.
NW. Attendees are asked to bring a
snack or a non-alcoholic beverage to
the social. For more information, visit
lambdasci.org.
Bishop Gene Robinson gives a homily
as part of a Lenten Series at St. Marks
Episcopal Church (3
rd
and A St., SE)
this morning at 10 a.m. Robinson was
consecrated as Bishop in 2003 by the
Episcopal Diocese in New Hampshire,
becoming the rst openly gay bishop. His
talk will start a discussion about the journey
of St. Mark and about the global Anglican
Churchs inclusion of the LGBT community.
For more information, visit stmarks.net.

MONDAY, MARCH 11
The D.C. Lambda Squares holds its
dance series tonight at 7:30 p.m. at National
City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle,
NW). The only square dance club located
in Washington, the group invites everybody
to learn square dancing in just 16 Mondays.
No special outts, partner or prior dance
experience is needed. The cost is $100.
For more information or to register, visit
dclambdasquares.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
D.C. Center kicks off its new Center
Military program this evening at 5 p.m. at
MOVA Lounge (2204 14
th
St., NW). The
program is a new initiative to support
LGBT service members, veterans and
their families. Tickets are $10. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Pop singer Rihanna performs at 1
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Mariner Arena (201 West Baltimore St.,)
tonight. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $33-$123. For more information, visit
baltimorearena.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce and dozens of
other LGBT networking groups invite
professionals to Town Danceboutique
(2009 8
th
St., NW) this evening at 6:30 p.m.
for its fth annual Mega Networking
event. There is no cover and registration
is free. For more information or to
register, visit caglcc.com.
The Big Gay Book Group discusses
the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama
Angels in America: Part I Millennium
Approaches by Tony Kushner tonight
at 7 p.m. at 1155 F St., NW, Suite 200.
The epic weaves together historical and
ctional characters spanning the Reagan-
Bush years. For more information, visit
biggaybookgroup.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club
meets tonight at the Dignity Center
(721 8
th
St., SE) at 7:30 p.m. for social
bridge. Newcomers are welcome and
no reservations are needed. For more
information or if you need a partner, visit
lambdabridge.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
P!NK comes to the Verizon Center
(601 F St., NW) on her tour The Truth
About Love tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $50-$115. For more information, visit
verizoncenter.com.
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I met a lot of gay performers of that
generation. Some got married but most
didnt. Ned Rorem was gay and was very
open about it in his memoirs.
One wonders the degree to which
this was acknowledged among the
musicians themselves. Was anybody
hosting pool parties on Sunday
afternoons the way gay director George
Cukor famously did in Hollywood?
I dont know about pool parties,
but I think there was a large degree
of socializing, Croan says. Classical
music is a pretty small world to begin
with so you have a smaller pool of
people. The difference from then and
Van Cliburn is they didnt all travel with
their mothers, thats a big difference. I
think he stayed a bit more to himself
in that way. And I also think these
groups could be very productive. It
wasnt all just drinking and carousing.
Their interactions were very artistically
productive. You had a lot of interaction
and inuence and a lot of good artistic
results, ramications.
Stephen Hough, a highly regarded
classical concert pianist whos released
many recordings, remembers a
wonderful evening of dinner and a
recital Cliburn gave at Tanglewood, an
estate and music venue in Lenox and
Stockbridge, Mass., in the 90s.
I didnt know him well but I found
him to be a completely charming
person at dinner, Hough, whos gay,
says. He was very humble and modest
and always interested in what other
people were saying. He was a lovely
person and I wish Id been able to meet
him more.
Hough says many factors likely
contributed to Cliburns discretion.
He had a huge female audience,
Hough says. Women always found him
very attractive. He was sort of the perfect
bachelor everyone wanted to marry.
There were older women who simply fell
at his feet. Theres a story Im told where
an older female fan greeted him once
and told him with tears, Youve made
my life worth living. He took her hands
in his and held her to him and said,
This is such a special moment in my
life, youve touched my heart deeply.
Back in the earlier years, I dont think his
audience would have even known what
homosexuality was much less accepted
it. It was a much different era.
Hough says hes seen the matter
handled in many different ways by
classical performers over the years.
Jorge Bolet was a pianist of the
same generation as Cliburn, he says.
He had a partner for decades who
traveled with him always. He was just
always there but it was never really laid
out clearly who this was. You could think
he was a boyfriend, you could think he
was a secretary, a manager or whatever
you chose, but there he was. We really
shouldnt demand too much heroism in
the past because it was so different.
As to how quickly the classical world
warmed to the idea of its heroes being
out, many say it pretty much mirrored
the rates of society at large. It was never
particularly unwelcoming, insiders say,
but the seriousness with which its fans
and artists approach their work made it
perhaps an easier topic, historically, to
avoid dealing with head on.
Yes, you had all these staid, wealthy
board members but they werent stupid
people, Croan says. They put a
blind eye to it in some ways, but they
also liked socializing with the stars,
just like they do in Hollywood. Id say
it was acknowledged on Broadway
long before it was in Hollywood or in
the classical music world. Broadway,
I think, has always been pretty gay.
I think Hollywood was probably the
last. It was a medium for more people,
more democratic and thus perhaps
more conservative. Youd have children
watching movies whereas classical
music was pretty much an adult group.
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