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WWH is proud and honored to join with the Mautner Project.


Together, we will continue our work to improve the health and lives of
lesbian and bisexual women in our community.
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This weekend marks the annual Capital Pride celebration.


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Thousands expected at
Capital Pride this weekend
Annual event began
as block party in 1975
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Thousands are expected to attend
Capital Prides annual parade and festival
this weekend in the nations capital.
Lynda Carter and Brigadier Gen.
Tammy S. Smith of the U.S. Army
Reserve, who became the first openly
gay and lesbian flag officer to serve in
the military, will serve as grand marshals
of the parade that will start at 4:30 p.m.
on Saturday at 22nd and P Streets,
N.W., in Dupont Circle. It will end on
14th and R Streets, N.W., at WhitmanWalker Health.
The 17th annual Capital Pride Street
Festival will take place on Pennsylvania
Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, N.W.,
from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Emeli
Sand, Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd will
headline the main stage. Tom Goss and Eric
Himan will also perform during the event.
NBC4 forecasts partly cloudy
skies with a high temperature of 83
degrees on Saturday and a chance
of thunderstorms on Sunday with an
afternoon high of 83 degrees. For a full
schedule of events, see page 77; for
maps of the parade route and street
festival, see page 76.
Capital Pride Executive Director Ryan
Bos highlighted this years theme as he
discussed the annual event.
We wanted to have a little more
fun with the theme and identified
something that the community could
rally around, dress up as a costume and
participate, he told the Washington
Blade. We thought it was really easy
for folks to grab a hold of.
What became known as Capital Pride
traces its history to a one-day community

block party that then-Lambda Rising


bookstore owner Deacon Maccubbin
first held on 20th Street, N.W., in Dupont
Circle in 1975.
The P Street Festival Committee
in 1980 took over what had become
known as Gay Pride Day. It relocated the
festival to Francis Junior High School,
and became known as Gay and Lesbian
Pride Day in 1981.
Pride of Washington succeeded the P
Street Festival Committee in 1990.
The festival began to suffer from
financial difficulties a few years later. One
In Ten, the organization that produces
the Reel Affirmations film festival, took
over the Pride events. The group then
moved the street festival to Freedom
Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
The parade and festival will cap off a
series of events over the last few weeks
that celebrated the Pride season.
These include an immigration
reform panel and a bilingual Mass that
took place during the seventh annual
D.C. Latino Pride on May 30 and June
2. Casa Ruby and 10 other Latino LGBT
groups organized what they described
as an alternative to D.C. Latino Pride
with events that will take place from
June 4-9.
The 23rd annual D.C. Black Pride took
place from May 23-25. Capital Trans Pride
took place at the National City Christian
Church in Thomas Circle on May 18.
D.C. Frontrunners will hold its first annual
Pride Run 5K in Congressional Cemetery in
Southeast D.C. at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Brian Beary, race director for D.C.
Frontrunners, said 750 participants have
signed up to take part in the race. He
said 50 percent of the events proceeds
will go to Team D.C.s scholarship fund
for gay high school students who hope
to attend college.
This is a way to kick-off your Pride
weekend, Beary said.

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Mautner Project to become part of Whitman-Walker


Groups call move collaboration
rather than merger
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The Mautner Project, a national lesbian
health organization based in D.C. since
its founding in 1990, will become an arm
of D.C.s Whitman-Walker Health in what
leaders of both groups are calling an
historic collaboration.
In a joint statement released on Tuesday,
the two organizations said the arrangement
will bring the Mautner Projects programs
and staff under the umbrella of WhitmanWalker, an LGBT community health care
provider founded in 1978.
We are very excited that well be working
with Whitman-Walker Health, said Leslie
Calman, the Mautner Projects executive
director. It has a long, prestigious history
of providing culturally sensitive health care
services to Washingtons LGBT community.
Calman said the joining of the two
organizations would allow Mautner to
offer more critical services to a greater
number of women who need those services

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throughout the region; its a natural fit.


Don Blanchon, CEO of WhitmanWalker, said bringing Mautners programs
into Whitman-Walkers operations would
enhance the longstanding mission of
both organizations.
Mautner Project has been dedicated

to the health and wellness of Washingtons


lesbian community for over 20 years,
Blanchon said. Weve been looking for a
way to expand our health care services to
women and Mautner Projects programs
and reach within their community will help
us fulfill that mission.
Although the joint statement released by
the two organizations repeatedly uses the
term collaboration to describe the new
arrangement between the groups, details
released by the groups give the appearance
of a corporate merger.
Calman told the Blade that Mautner
Projects status as an independent nonprofit corporation will cease to exist in the
coming months as the organization closes
its books and shuts down its office at 1300
19th St., N.W.
She said five of the Mautner Projects
six employees will continue to work on
Mautners programs as Whitman-Walker
employees working out of WhitmanWalkers headquarters building at 1701 14th
St., N.W.
Calman said she is leaving Mautner
to become the CEO of a global health
organization called Engineering World
Health, which provides technical assistance

on medical equipment in developing


countries in Africa.
She said Mautner Projects annual budget
over the past several years has been about
$950,000. Whitman-Walker spokesperson
Chip Lewis said Whitman-Walkers 2013
budget and projected revenue is $30.6
million.
Whitman-Walker emerged in the 1990s
as the citys largest private health care
provider for people with HIV/AIDS. In
recent years, Whitman-Walker has become
a primary medical and dental care provider
for all health care needs.
Unlike Whitman-Walker, Mautner
Project has not offered direct medical
services. Instead, the organization says on
its website that it was founded to provide
a wide range of support for lesbians with
cancer and other serious illnesses through
support groups, education and training of
medical providers.
Educating health care providers about
the needs and concerns of their lesbian,
bisexual and transgender clients has
been a key part of Mautners mission, its
website says.
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Mizeur expected to announce
candidacy this summer
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com

Even though Marylands gubernatorial


election is more than a year away, the
campaign to succeed Gov. Martin
OMalley has already begun to heat up.
Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown on
Monday announced Howard County
Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate.
Attorney General Doug Gansler and state
Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery
County) are expected to officially throw
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As I am exploring those conversations
with voters across the state, theres a lot of
energy and enthusiasm and momentum
behind getting in.
Maryland Juice, a progressive political
blog, on Monday reported Gansler
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campaign event on the same day he
announced Ulman as his running mate.
On the Republican side, Harford
County Executive David Craig, state Del.
Ron George (R-Anne Arundel County,)
2012 U.S. Senate candidate Brian
Vaeth and Frederick County Board of
Commissioners President Blaine Young
have officially declared their candidacy.
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2003-2007, told MSNBCs Chuck Todd
on Monday he is looking at entering
the race. Former 2010 congressional
candidate Charles Lollar is among the
other Republicans who are rumored to
be mulling the race.
The Washington Post reported
Young described the passage of the
states same-sex marriage law as a
travesty during a speech he gave
at the Maryland Young Republicans
convention in Rockville on Saturday.
Lollar also opposes nuptials for gays
and lesbians.
Its still early in the game yet, Log
Cabin Republicans Executive Director
Gregory T. Angelo told the Blade. At
this point Im more interested to see
whether GOP contenders entertain
the fools errand of trying to roll back
marriage equality rather than their
personal opinions of it. I cant imagine
any candidate campaigningmuch less
winningon a platform of overturning
the will of the people.
David Moon, publisher of Maryland
Juice, said he doesnt expect a Republican
will succeed OMalley in 2014.
Its really difficult to see the path to victory
for any of the announced Republicans at
this point, he told the Blade.
The primary election will be held in
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Mayor says LGBT groups could qualify for $100K grants


Gray fields questions from
Blade at 3rd annual event
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray told a Pride
Week town hall gathering on Friday
that non-profit LGBT organizations
providing services to the community
could be eligible for grants for as much
as $100,000 under a new city program.
Gray discussed the grant program
and a wide range of other topics related
to the LGBT community during the third
annual Washington Blade Town Hall Pride
Interview with the Mayor, held at the John
A. Wilson City Hall building on May 31.
We requested $15 million in support
of the One City Fund, Gray said in
discussing the grant program, which he
said is also known as the Innovation Fund.
That would make available grants
to non-profit organizations in the city,
he said. And the criteria are broad and
certainly would include the kinds of issues
we are talking about here tonight.
Gray added, The entire $15 million

was approved in this budget. And we


will be ready on Oct. 1 to open the door
to applications from organizations that
want to get a grant.
Gray raised the issue of the grants
program in response to a question by
transgender activist Ruby Corado, the
founder and director of Casa Ruby, an
LGBT community center in Columbia
Heights that reaches out to the Latino
and transgender communities.
Corado and David Mariner, director of
the D.C. LGBT Community Center, which
will soon move into its new home in the
citys Reeves Center building at 14th and
U Streets, N.W., have each appealed to
the city for funding for their respective
community centers. Mariner has said
D.C. is one of the nations only large cities
that so far doesnt provide city funding
for an LGBT community center.
We have organizations that do
worthy work and dont necessarily fit all
the categories or any of the categories
in the government [for existing grants],
Gray said. So this is an opportunity for
such organizations to be able to submit
grant applications and get funding.
In response to a question from

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another audience member about the


problem of homelessness among LGBT
youth in the city, Gray noted that the
D.C. Council approved a proposal
supported by his administration that
will provide $500,000 this year and $1
million next year for emergency housing
for homeless LGBT youth.
Were going to try to work with the
relevant organizations to make sure that
we understand what the scope of the
need is [on LGBT youth homelessness] so
we can effectively address it, Gray said.

When asked by the Blade if he would


like to make headlines at the town hall
gathering by announcing whether he
plans to run for re-election next year,
Gray laughed and said he wasnt ready
to make such an announcement.
Im not going to answer that tonight.
And I dont have a specific date, he
said. But I will say this. I believe we
have done the things that we have set
out to do.
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MICHAEL TAYLOR RIGGS, 42
Michael Taylor Riggs died May 24 in Tuba City,
Ariz., according to his friend Keely Varvel. He lived
in Washington from 1998 to 2010 when he moved
back to Arizona due to an unspecified illness. Riggs,
who was gay, was 42.
He was born on Nov. 10, 1970 and grew up in the
Navajo Nation, a remote area in Northern Arizona. He
worked as an emergency medical technician in Arizona
and for the Northern Arizona Area Health Education
Center where he worked on an HIV/AIDS outreach
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time in California, Riggs worked in the office of U.S. Reps.
Ron Dellums and Barbara Lee, whom he joined in Washington as a policy adviser on
AIDS and other issues. He worked with Lee on the Global AIDS and Tuberculosis
Relief Act of 2000 and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
He was interred in Arizona, but a memorial event is planned in Washington
for his friends here. It will be held Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Busboys
and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW).
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
JOEL LUTHER PEARSON, 48
Joel Luther Pearson died suddenly May 29 at age
48. He was a Baltimore resident.
Pearson was born in St. Cloud, Minn., on Dec. 3,
1964. He graduated from Technical High School and
earned a bachelors degree in architecture from the
University of Minnesota.
Pearson worked as an architect for Ziger/Snead
Architects. During his years in Baltimore, he also
worked at Marks, Thomas Architects and Melville
Thomas Architects. For 10 years, he acted as a
Big Brother of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central
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neighborhood association, serving on its architectural committee.
Pearson was actively involved in and supportive of Moveable Feast, Equality
Maryland and AIDS Action Baltimore. Pearson is survived by his partner of 20
years, Jon Adler Kaplan; his parents Marvin and Ione Pearson; his siblings Brian,
Karla, Adair and Erin; nephews and nieces Kelly, Brooke, Brady, Markeshia, Ryan,
Matthew, Samantha and Sydney; great-niece Amya; and other friends and family.
Joel will always be remembered for his kind, unassuming spirit and
bright smile, said Blade editor Kevin Naff, a friend. Jon and Joel played an
integral role in the passage of Marylands marriage equality law and the entire
community owes them a debt of gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BMoreFit (bmorefit.
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Dels. Mary Washington and Keiffer Mitchell.
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. Pat Coluzzi, the first and only open lesbian to
serve on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners, indicated that she
would not seek re-election in August, after serving two three-year terms. She
said she made the decision to focus on other issues.
I enjoyed my work on the Commission, but I wanted to focus attention on,
among other things, getting a water taxi along the Canal in Rehoboth, she said.
Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, said that Coluzzi did
a great job to improve the image of the city, by promoting civic activities and
getting street banners on the business streets, among other things.
With the departure of Coluzzi, there will be two openly gay members of the Board
of Commissioners, Mark Hunker and Patrick Gossett, in a city that has had at least
one identifiable member of the LGBT community on its Commission since 2002.
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An organization planning to install a National LGBT Veterans Memorial in
D.C.s historic Congressional Cemetery is inviting artists to enter a competition
for the design of a monument to honor LGBT veterans who have served in
the U.S. armed forces that will be part of the memorial.
Nancy Russell, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and chair of the board of the
National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project, said the group has a contract
with Congressional Cemetery for a site for the monument with the option to
obtain more space if needed.
The time has come for those of us who were forced to serve in silence to
honor our fellow veterans with a dignified and impressive memorial in our
national capital, Russell said. The National LGBT Veterans Memorial will be
a fitting testament to those who have served our nation with honor.
A statement released by the organization says a deadline for submission of
designs has been set for Oct. 15. Information about how to enter the contest
and how supporters can make a contribution to help pay for the monument can
be obtained at nlgbtvm.org or by emailing an inquiry to Chair@NLGBTVM.org.
The concept behind this project is to create a memorial garden where
military veterans can inter all or part of their remains/ashes amid a community
of other proud veterans, a statement on the groups website says. It is to be
a place of honor where friends and family members may go to remember and
pay homage to their loved one.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

D.C. budget bill includes marriage equality clarification


The D.C. fiscal year 2014 budget, for which the City Council gave preliminary
approval on May 22, includes a marriage equality estate tax clarification
provision that has raised questions about whether the citys Office of Tax
and Revenue has properly implemented the D.C. same-sex marriage law for
purposes of estate taxes.
The provision added to the budget bill by D.C. Council member Jack Evans
(D-Ward 2) directs the Chief Financial Officer to amend all estate tax forms,
filing instructions, and regulations necessary to indicate that all married
couples are eligible for certain tax deductions and exclusions, regardless of
whether the marriage is recognized under federal law.
D.C. resident Marc Nicholson said he contacted Evans after an estate
planning attorney advised him that the citys estate tax law appeared to
prevent a surviving spouse of a same-sex married couple from obtaining an
exemption to the citys inheritance tax based on existing tax forms, rules and
instructions. Evans, who is chair of the Councils Committee on Finance and
Revenue, couldnt immediately be reached for comment.
When asked by the Blade whether the Office of Tax and Revenue failed
to properly change its estate tax rules and forms three years after the D.C.
Marriage Equality Act took effect, spokesperson Natalie Wilson said, OTR
directed its efforts first to individual income tax forms and instructions, which
affected more taxpayers more immediately.
Wilson said OTR will refund any taxes overpaid if a surviving spouse of a
same-sex marriage brings information about a possible improper estate tax
bill the offices attention.
Michelle Zavos, a local attorney specializing in LGBT family law, said the
D.C. marriage equality law absolutely enables surviving same-sex spouses
to receive the same estate tax exemption that a surviving spouse of a
heterosexual marriage receives.
Its probably a good idea for the City Council to put that language in the
budget, but the law as it stands makes this very clear, Zavos said. Same-sex
couples have the exact same rights and benefits of marriage as opposite sex
couples, she said.
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44 years after Stonewall, we see incredible progress in the fight to advance
the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT people, both here in
the United States and globally, he said. Protecting universal human rights
is at the very heart of our diplomacy, and we remain committed to advancing
human rights for all, including LGBT individuals.
The statement comes against the backdrop of same-sex marriage advances
in Uruguay, New Zealand, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom that have
taken place in recent weeks.
Kerry also acknowledged anti-LGBT discrimination, persecution and
violence remain endemic in many countries across the world.
LGBT persons must be free to exercise their human rights including
freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly
and association without fear of reprisal, he said. Human rights and
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The report noted 2,016 reported incidents of violence motivated by the
victims sexual orientation and gender identity in 2012, which is comparable
to numbers found in previous years. NCAVP said 25 LGBT people were
murdered over the last year, which is the fourth highest yearly total it has
recorded since it began to issue annual reports in 1996.
The organization reported transgender women, people of color and gay
men remain more likely to suffer what it described as severe violence.
NCAVP issued its report slightly more than two weeks after Elliot Morales
allegedly shot gay Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Mark Carson to death on a
Manhattan street. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was
among the thousands who marched through Greenwich Village on May 22
to condemn Carsons murder and a spate of other anti-LGBT attacks that had
taken place in the city in the previous weeks.
Though the recent spate of hate violence incidents in New York City has
captured the medias attention, this report demonstrates that severe acts
of violence against gay men, transgender people and LGBTQ people of
color are, unfortunately, not unique to Manhattan, Chai Jindasurat, NCAVP
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Miami Beach passes tax equity ordinance


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domestic partnerships who pay extra taxes on health benefits that married
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recognized marriages when it comes to paying taxes on health benefits,
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Supreme Court expected
to decide DOMA, Prop 8
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By CHRIS JOHNSON
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This years annual LGBT Pride
celebrations will have special meaning
as theyre taking place in the same
month that landmark rulings are
expected from the U.S. Supreme Court
in cases on marriage equality.
Two cases are currently pending
before
the
Supreme
Court:
Hollingsworth v. Perry, which is
challenging the constitutionality of
Californias Proposition 8, and Windsor
v. United States, which is challenging
the Defense of Marriage Act.
At this end of this month, the lawsuits
could produce a number of outcomes
resulting in major changes in marriage laws.
Michael
Cole-Schwartz,
a
spokesperson for the Human Rights
Campaign, noted the anticipation of
the rulings from the Supreme Court
which would come on the heels of other

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season, we are all anxiously awaiting
news from the Supreme Court, ColeSchwartz said. The court has the
opportunity to write the next chapter
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The case challenging Prop 8
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outcomes: No. 1 on marriage-equality
supporters wish list is a ruling that would
say on bans on same-sex marriage are
unconstitutional and all 50 states must
offer marriage rights for gay couples.
Such a broad ruling is deemed unlikely
by legal experts and other observers.
Other positive rulings would be
more limited in scope. The court could
uphold the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals decision, which was limited to
California and said a state cant offer
marriage rights to gay couples and then
take them away. The nine justices could
also could rule that civil unions and
domestic partnership are separate and
unequal, requiring the eight states that
provide them to offer marriage equality.
Another option one may be for
the justices to avoid the issue of
constitutionality altogether. One option
would be for the Supreme Court to
determine that it was incorrect to grant
review of the case, leaving the Ninth
Circuit decision in place. Another would

be to say that proponents of Prop 8


dont have standing to defend the law
in court. This latter option may be the
most likely considering the justices
interest in the standing issue during oral
arguments in March.
The options are limited in the DOMA
case, although there are several
possibilities. The court could strike down
DOMA by saying its unconstitutional
either on federalism grounds or
by saying it violates equal protection
for gay couples which would likely
mean the federal government would
begin recognizing same-sex marriages
throughout the country.
The court has also expressed an
interest in the standing issue and
hired a court-appointed attorney ,Vicki
Jackson, to argue that neither the
Obama administration, which has begun
litigating against DOMA, nor House
Republicans, who have defended it,
can take part in the lawsuit. Its unclear
what the outcome would be if court
rendered a decision in the DOMA case
on standing issues.
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New hope for gay couples in immigration reform?


Supporters look to floor
amendment to restore
inclusive language

get us there, Ralls said.


The White House has talked about the
possibility of UAFA as a floor amendment
to immigration reform once it reaches
the Senate floor. Under questioning from
the Washington Blade on Friday, White
House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
Josh Earnest said he thinks there is an
amendment process on the Senate floor
where this could be considered, so I dont
want to predict the outcome at this point.
On NBCs Meet the Press, Schumer
said he expects the immigration bill to see
action soon on the Senate floor meaning
the question of whether UAFA will be
introduced as a floor amendment will have
to be answered soon.
Were going to put immigration on the
floor starting on June 10. I predict it will pass
the Senate by July 4, Schumer said. Were
hoping to get 70 votes up to 70 votes,
which means a lot of Republicans.

By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
In the wake of a Senate committee
decision to exclude bi-national gay couples
from immigration reform, LGBT rights
supporters are turning to a possible floor
amendment as a way to salvage inclusion
in the bill.
LGBT groups working on the issue
Immigration Equality and the Human
Rights Campaign told the Washington
Blade theyve asked Senate Judiciary
Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
to offer the language as an amendment
when it comes before the full Senate as
expected this month.
Steve Ralls, a spokesperson for
Immigration Equality, said discussions are
underway to push for a floor amendment
along the lines of UAFA, which would enable
gay Americans to sponsor their foreign
partners for residency in the United States,
but a lot depends on the case before the
Supreme Court challenging the Defense of
Marriage Act.
I can tell you if the immigration bill is
moving toward a vote before we have a
Supreme Court DOMA ruling or after we
have a bad Supreme Court ruling a floor
option is something we very much want to
look at, Ralls said. Were kind of in two
competing timelines here; its not entirely
clear how quickly the immigration bill will
move forward for a vote, and we dont
know exactly when were going to have a
Supreme Court ruling.
Bombarded by accusations on his
Facebook page that he betrayed the LGBT
community by asking the Senate Judiciary
Committee to hold off on the amendment,
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in response
raised the possibility of a floor amendment.
Ive been a lead sponsor of the Uniting
American Families Act for a number of years
and I believe and desire that its principles
should be included in the immigration
bill, Schumer writes. There will be an
opportunity to add it to the bill on the
Senate floor.
But none of the groups involved say
theyve received commitments from Leahy
that hell introduce the amendment on
the Senate floor, nor has the Vermont
senator publicly committed to offering the
amendment.
Jessica Brady, a Senate Judiciary
Committee spokesperson, said she doesnt
have anything to offer in terms of public
commitment for offering UAFA as an
amendment on the floor.
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when he said he would continue to fight to
take discrimination out of the law, Brady
said. He didnt specify if he would offer an
amendment on the floor.
Moreover, finding the 60 votes on
the Senate floor to end a filibuster on
UAFA is significantly more difficult than
obtaining the simple majority needed for
passage in committee.
Assuming all 54 members of the
Democratic caucus support UAFA and
the votes from Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.),
Mark Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin
(D-W.Va.), who dont support marriage
equality, are in question five Republicans
would need to vote yes in addition to
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the only GOP
co-sponsor. The Democrats are now short
one vote following the death of Sen. Frank
Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
Ralls said finding the necessary 60 votes
to end a filibuster on the Senate floor will be
tough, but he expects Schumer and other
Democrats in committee who couldnt
bring themselves to vote for amendments
out of fear of losing Republican support for
immigration reform to find support for a
measure for bi-national couples on the floor.
I think all of the Democrats on that
committee who told Sen. Leahy not to
offer the amendment last week owe to our
families and they owe it to Sen. Leahy to
find the path to 60 votes if we need them to

Even without the provision for gay


couples, LGBT groups are continuing to
say they support the measure because it
contains other provisions that would directly
impact the LGBT community and provide a
path to citizenship for the estimated 267,000
LGBT people who are among the 11 million
undocumented immigrants in the country.
Among the provisions that directly
impact the LGBT community is repeal of
the one-year deadline on filing for asylum
a deadline that many LGBT asylum
seekers in the United States miss because
theyre unaware of it or lack the financial
resource to meet it and improvements
in immigration detention facilities to benefit
transgender detainees.
In a conference call with reporters, the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD
and GetEQUAL highlighted these aspects
of immigration reform to bolster its support
among LGBT people.
Kate Kendell, executive director of the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, was
among those who said the provisions
related to asylum and detentions
facilities are important to the work done
by LGBT advocates.
We also recognized early that the bill
will impact many more LGBT people than
simply would be impacted by UAFA,
Kendell said. We have seen some of the
most horrific stories of damage done,
discrimination, harassment, terrorizing
[involving] LGBT asylum seekers and
detention facilities in this country.
Ralls acknowledged that Immigration
Equality continues to support the
immigration bill despite discontent over the
lack of UAFA-like language in the legislation.

Were very disappointed that the


bill does not currently include binational
families, but as the LGBT organization that
speaks to more immigrants than every
other group in our community combined,
we support the bill, as it includes important
provisions that would help many of those
individuals, many of whom are our clients,
too, Ralls said.
Fred Sainz, HRCs vice president
of communications, also said his
organization still supports immigration
reform even without language for binational gay couples.
Meanwhile,
the
Republicancontrolled House has its own Gang of
Eight working on its version of reform,
although the legislation that group of
lawmakers produces, as Ralls noted,
isnt expected to include a provision for
bi-national gay couples.
Our strategy all along has been we want
to be in the Senate bill, that if a Senate and
House bill go to conference, we can rely on
our champions in both chambers to make
sure that we stay in the bill that reaches the
presidents desk, Ralls said.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), sponsor
of UAFA in the House, would likely be
the one to amend the bill to include the
provision, but given the conservative nature
of the House, amending the bill in either
committee or the floor to include UAFA
seems unlikely.
Ilan Kayatsky, a Nadler spokesperson,
said plans for what will happen with the
House bill after its unveiled by the House
Gang of Eight are unclear.
We still dont know what form or process
the House CIR bill will take, so its premature
to sort out the UAFA specifics just now,
Kayatsky said.
What happens if the Supreme Court
strikes down DOMA?
The best hope for bi-national couples
may be a ruling from the U.S. Supreme
Court on pending litigation challenging
DOMA, the federal law prohibiting federal
recognition of same-sex marriage. The
Obama administration has consistently
cited this law, and only this law, as the reason
why married bi-national gay couples are
ineligible for a visa through the marriagebased green card application process.
Moreover, UAFA would no longer
be operable for these legally married
couples if DOMA were struck down.
Even though UAFA provides a path to
residency for permanent partners,
it would no longer provide relief for
couples in these states because the
law, under Section 2, subsection D,
only applies to those who are unable
to contract with that other individual a
marriage cognizable under this Act.
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Education reform bill introduced in Senate

Harkin includes LGBT


provisions as part of measure
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

The lead Democrat on education issues


in the U.S. Senate introduced on Tuesday
an education reform bill that includes
provisions aimed at prohibiting bullying and
discrimination of LGBT students.
For the first time, Senate Health,
Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the
LGBT-inclusive legislation to reauthorize
the Elementary & Secondary Education
Act with language along the lines of the
Student Non-Discrimination Act and the
Safe School Schools Improvement Act.
In a statement to the Washington
Blade, Harkin touted the inclusion of the
LGBT language in his 1,150-page bill
known as the Strengthening Americas
Schools Act of 2013
Because every child deserves a safe and
healthy place to learn, we have included
the Student Non-Discrimination Act and
the Safe Schools Improvement Act in this

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years reauthorization of ESEA, Harkin


said. These provisions will help to ensure
that all students, regardless of gender
identity or sexual orientation, are treated
fairly and afforded equal opportunities to
succeed in the classroom.
Modeled after Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972, the SNDA-like
provision in the bill establishes LGBT
students as a protected class and

to be seen whether any Republicans will


vote in favor of the measure.
On the same day that Harkin introduced
the education reform bill, Sen. Al Franken
(D-Minn.) introduced the standalone version
of the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
No child should dread going to school
because they dont feel safe, Franken
said. Our nations civil rights laws protect
our children from bullying due to race, sex,
religion, disability and national origin. My
proposal extends these protections to our
gay and lesbian students who shouldnt
ever feel afraid of going to school.
Frankens legislation has 30 co-sponsors,
including lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wis.), although the co-sponsors are
Democrats.
In the House, SNDA has already been
introduced. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a
gay lawmaker whos sponsoring the bill,
commended Harkin for including the LGBT
measure as part of his education reform bill.
SNDAs inclusion in this important bill is
reflective of how important protecting all
students is and I look forward to working
with my colleagues on the Education &
Workforce Committee to move forward on
our bipartisan bill in the House, Polis said.

prohibits schools from discriminating


against any student based on actual or
perceived sexual orientation or gender
identity. The discrimination includes
allowing bullying against them.
The bill also contains provisions similar
to SSIA that advocates for a positive school
climate and requires reporting on incidents
of bullying, including on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity.
Plans are already underway to advance
the bill out of committee. In a statement,
Harkin announced hell start the markup
of the bill, which is co-sponsored by every
Democratic member of the committee,
starting Tuesday.
The LGBT provisions are a small portion
of the bill. The reauthorization of the
Elementary & Secondary Education Act,
which intends to restructure No Child
Left Behind, aims to support teachers
and principals to help provide high-quality
instruction and focus federal attention on
supporting states in turning around lowperforming schools.
Given that every Democrat on the panel
is a co-sponsor of the education reform bill,
the measure should have sufficient support
for a successful committee vote. It remains

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may
attend an upcoming event at the Defense
Department to celebrate June as Pride
month, according to two Pentagon officials
familiar with the event.
On Tuesday, sources told the Washington
Blade that Hagel has expressed interest in
attending the event to honor LGB service
members and LGBT members of the civilian
workforce, but he hasnt yet expressed a
firm commitment because his schedule at
that time isnt yet clear.
Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Christensen, a DOD
spokesperson, confirmed that a Pentagon
Pride event is set to take place later this
month, but offered few details.
The DoD Pride Organization is in the
process of organizing an event at the
Pentagon later this month, Christensen
said. No firm date has yet been set.
DOD Pride is a private organization which
is comprised of DOD civilians and service
members whose charter is to represent LGB
service members, LGBT civilian employees,
contractors, and families throughout the
Department of Defense.
Christensen added the Pentagon itself
isnt planning the event, but has formally
recognized June as Pride month.
It would be the first time that a sitting
defense secretary has attended a Pride
event at the Pentagon. Last year, when the
Pentagon hosted a Pride event for the first
time, the senior DOD official who spoke on
stage was then-Pentagon general counsel
Jeh Johnson, one of the co-chairs of the
study that examined the impact of Dont
Ask, Dont Tell repeal. Then-Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta delivered a video
message, but didnt appear at the event.
Hagels
participation
would
be
noteworthy because at the time of his
nomination for defense secretary, many
members of the LGBT community were
wary about his confirmation.
Many
expressed
concern
over
comments he reportedly made to the
Omaha World Herald in 1998 when he said
the then-nominee for U.S. ambassador
to Luxembourg shouldnt be confirmed
because hes openly aggressively gay.
Hagel later apologized for the remark.
As a Republican U.S. senator representing
Nebraska, Hagel had a dismal voting record
on LGBT issues. He voted for the Federal
Marriage Amendment in 2004, but didnt
cast a vote in 2006.

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Still, over the course of the nomination


process, Hagel said he supports Dont
Ask, Dont Tell repeal and pledged to
implement expeditiously benefits for
troops with same-sex partners available
under current law.
DODs
announcement
of
the
Pride event comes on the heels of a
memorandum obtained by the Blade on
Monday in which the Pentagon officially
observes June as Pride month. The
document, which recognizes President
Obamas Pride proclamation, is dated
May 31 and is signed by Office of Diversity
Management and Equal Opportunity
Director Clarence Johnson.
We recognize gay, lesbian and bisexual
service members and LGBT civilians for their
dedicated service to our country, the memo
states. Each year of his administration,
President Obama has issued a proclamation
recognizing that our national security is
strengthened by the heroic contributions
these Americans make to our Department,
and have made throughout out history.
The LGBT community has written a proud
chapter in this fundamentally American
story by reminding us that integrity and
respect remain corner stones of our military
and civilian culture.
Allyson Robinson, executive director of
the LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN,
praised the Pentagon for observing June
as Pride month, but expressed discontent
with the omission of transgender service
members from the statement.
Transgender people have served this
nation with pride, honor, and distinction
and continue to do so in the hundreds, if not
thousands, Robinson said. Its past time
to honor them for their service and sacrifice,
and past time to end the discredited and
obsolete practice of forcing them to serve
in silence and fear.

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U.S. takes LGBT rights push on the road to Colombia


30 activists attend training in
first-of-its-kind program

address anti-LGBT groups.


Castaeda
said
the
centralized
Colombian government does not
understand the country is a dynamic
nation made upon regions. He added life
for LGBT people who live outside Bogot
remains difficult because of a lack of support
from local officials and a lack of community
engagement and visibility.
Castaeda
further
criticized
President Juan Manuel Santos
government for remaining silent on
same-sex marriage, reducing antiLGBT violence and other issues.
We have not found a government that
will help us address these goals, he said.

By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
BOGOT, Colombia About 30
activists from across Colombia attended a
four-day training in the Colombian capital
from May 30-June 2 designed to encourage
LGBT people to become more involved in
the countrys political process.
The program, which was coordinated by
the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, the
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and
Colombia Diversa, a nationwide LGBT rights
organization, was the first to take place as
part of the USAID-backed LGBT Global
Development Partnership. This effort will
contribute $11 million over the next four
years to advocacy groups in neighboring
Ecuador and other developing countries.
Out Bogot City Councilwoman
Anglica Lozano Correa and Blanca
Durn Hernndez, mayor of the
Colombian capitals Chapinero district
that has a large gay population, are
among those who took part. They and
other advocates from Colombia and the
United States spoke about a variety of
topics that ranged from campaigning as
an openly LGBT candidate to fundraising
and responding to opponents.
We recognize the importance of
strengthening capacities for those who
want to become involved, Colombia
Diversa Executive Director Marcela
Snchez told the Blade during an
interview on May 30.
Lozano, Durn, Victory Institute President
Chuck Wolfe, Francisco Herrero of the
National Democratic Institute and Tatiana
Pieros, a transgender woman whom
Bogot Mayor Gustavo Petro in 2012
appointed to run the citys social welfare
agency, took part in a May 30 panel on how
out political leaders and officials can advance
the Colombian and American LGBT rights
movements. Snchez moderated this event
that took place at a Chapinero hotel.
The basic premise of serving in public
office means you represent people, Wolfe
said. They see you as a fellow person
who represents you and other elected or
appointed officials also have to work with
you and they begin to say theres nothing
wrong with being gay or lesbian or bisexual
or transgender.
Lozano, who served as the mayor of
Chapinero, a district of Bogot that has
a large gay population, from 2005-2008,
was an activist before she decided to
enter politics. She stressed anti-LGBT
attitudes persist, but out elected officials
have a responsibility to effectively
communicate messages that counter
homophobia and transphobia.
The focus in our community and on our
rights is not only in how they think about

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them, Lozano said. It is how they are


communicated with their public that wants
to claim it.
Pieros acknowledged trans people
continue to face barriers in education and
employment and religious and moral
stigmas. She stressed that bit by bit
people are becoming more comfortable
with trans people as they grow more visible.
In this moment I feel more empowered,
Pieros said. I am allowed to be an equal
person. It can be done because I believe it.
The training, which is the first of its kind in
the South American country, took place less
than a month before gay Colombians can
legally register their partnerships.
Colombias Constitutional Court in
2011 ruled the countrys lawmakers
have to extend the same benefits that
heterosexuals receive through marriage
to same-sex couples within two years.
The courts deadline is June 20, but the
Colombian Senate in April overwhelmingly
rejected a bill that would have allowed gays
and lesbians to marry in the country.
The court in 2009 ruled gays and lesbians
who live together must receive the same
rights Colombian law affords to unmarried
heterosexual couples. The tribunal in three
separate rulings in 2007 and 2008 extended
property, social security and other rights to
same-sex couples.
The Constitutional Court in 2009 also
overturned the ban on openly gay soldiers.
Colombias non-discrimination law
that includes sexual orientation took
effect in 2011.

Anti-LGBT violence persists


In spite of these legal gains, anti-LGBT
violence remains an endemic problem in
the South American country.
A report from the Latin American and

Caribbean Network of Transgender


Women (REDLACTRANS) notes 61 trans
women in Colombia have been reported
murdered between 2005-2011. A separate
report that Colombia Diversa released last
month indicates 58 of the reported 280
LGBT Colombians who were murdered
between 2011-2012 were killed because of
their sexual orientation or gender identity
and expression.
Wilson Castaeda Castro, director of
Caribe Afirmativo, an advocacy group
that works in Barranquilla and other cities
along the countrys Caribbean coast, told
the Blade during an interview on Friday
that police continue to victimize LGBT
Colombians. He noted his group also fights
the sexual orientation of young gay men of
Afro-Caribbean descent due to increased
tourism in Cartagena and Santa Marta.
Caribe Afirmativo works with many
transgender women who have been
displaced because of violence and those
who have been threatened because they
are open about their sexual orientation
and gender identity and expression. The
organization also fights racism in the
regiona trans Caribe Afirmativo member
of African descent from Cartagena who
attended the training claims Theatron, a
seven-story gay club in Chapinero, refused
to allow her into the building on June 1
while others who took part in the Victory
and Astraea program were admitted.
It is a region full of challenges,
Castaeda said.
Dan Baer, deputy assistant secretary of
the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights
and Labor at the U.S. State Department,
acknowledged to the Blade during a May 28
interview that trans Colombians in particular
face very serious violence. He noted the
Colombian government allows advocacy
groups to operate freely, but acknowledged
there are more steps officials can take to

Govt defends
LGBT rights record
Dr. Zayuri Tibaduiza, an adviser to Vice
President Angelino Garzn, told the Blade
during an interview at her office on May
31 that her government has expanded
sensitivity trainings with the Colombian
National PoliceUSAID in 2009 began to
work with the force to more effectively work
with LGBT advocacy groups.
She said the government continues to
work with prosecutors to ensure those
responsible for anti-LGBT violence are
prosecuted, and those who are victimized
receive protection.
It is an important task for the state
in practice and for the protection and
guarantee of human rights, Tibaduiza said.
When the Blade asked her about the
governments response to the same-sex
marriage debate, Tibaduiza said it respects
both the Constitutional Courts 2011 ruling
and the Senate vote that struck down the
bill that would have allowed gays and
lesbians to tie the knot.
The government has been very
clear about the need to advance these
guarantees of rights, Pedro Ignacio
Camacho Ramrez, a spokesperson for the
Colombian government, told the Blade
during the same interview with Tibaduiza.
The Victory Institute and Astraea
training also took place amid the ongoing
peace talks between the Colombian
government and the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that
are taking place in Cuba.
Lozano noted during an interview
on May 31 that members of the FARC,
paramilitaries and the Colombian army
itself targeted, displaced or even killed
LGBT people during the conflict that
began in the 1960s. She described a gay
man from the countryside who had the
word maricn or faggot carved into
his stomach as she discussed the need to
include LGBT Colombians in any eventual
peace agreement.
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anger on Friday after the Illinois House
adjourned its legislative session without
voting on a same-sex marriage bill.
Some of the criticism fell on gay Rep.
Greg Harris, the author of the bill, for
failing to bring it to a vote. The Illinois
House speaker, Michael Madigan, has
extended a deadline for the bill, which
will allow it to come to a vote in a
November veto session.
In a conversation with the Washington
Blade on Monday, Harris said that a lastminute media blitz by marriage equality
opponents had rankled some of the bills
likely supporters. Harris said the decision
to table the bill would lead to a better
result in the long term, as colleagues
could avoid having to go on the record
before they were prepared to.
I think that at the very end they
realized that back in their home districts
for some folks that there were horrendous
distortions of the truth, Harris told the
Blade. They wanted to be sure that their
constituents understand that one
this bill treats all people equally and
two that we also respect the rights
and freedoms of religions.
Though following the vote, some samesex marriage advocates criticized the bills
author for not getting his colleagues
on record, Harris said he believes the
bill will have a better chance of passing
before the end of the year if hes able to
give his colleagues more time to lay the
groundwork in their districts.
I think it is very clear that at the end

when some of my colleagues came to


me and said should the bill be called
that day, they would not be able to vote
for it, until they had time to get back
to their districts and undo some of the
misconceptions and misinformation
out there and truly explain what the
bill meant, Harris said. If a bunch of
people had voted no, then it becomes
incredibly difficult then to change those
votes to yes should it come back later.
But some longtime Illinois activists
remain angry over the decision to table
the measure, and claim the process was
bungled due to secrecy and a myriad of
political miscalculations.
I am extremely angry at him, said
longtime Illinois gay activist Rick Garcia,
senior policy adviser at Illinois advocacy
group The Civil Rights Agenda. I think
its justified anger. But there are few with
[Rep. Harris] history of advocating for
the gay community, and people with
HIV, and his successes are innumerable.
Garcia, who called Fridays aborted
vote a disaster, mixed praise with
scorn when discussing Harris handling
of the bill with the Blade on Monday.
But I dont want to point fingers or
cast blame, because Im just as much to
blame, Garcia said.
Im really angry and pissed off,
Garcia told the Blade. Im very angry
at myself for allowing this fiasco to
happen. Ive passed all sorts of gay
rights legislation in Illinois, and for
months and months and months have
been urging a true coalition approach
there was none I have been urging
we do something as simple as a roll call,
and the sponsor would not share his
roll call with any of us. Without a roll
call we might as well just have blinders
on, because we dont know where were
going or who to talk to or what to do.
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Sturtz disrupts fundraiser,


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A lesbian activist had a testy exchange with


first lady Michelle Obama at a fundraiser on
Wednesday evening over a much soughtafter LGBT non-discrimination executive
order, leading to the ejection of the activist
from the event.
Ellen Sturtz, a 56-year-old D.C.-based
activist affiliated with the grassroots LGBT
group GetEQUAL, had the exchange
with the first lady which involved
not just the executive order, but the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
at a Democratic National Committee
fundraising event in D.C.
I think she was upset by the
interruption, no doubt, Sturtz told the
Blade afterwards. But I really didnt feel
like there was a lot of anger or felt like I
was in danger at all. Even though she was
pretty I would like to say assertive
but obviously it was pretty aggressive.
According to Sturtz, the exchange began

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when Michelle Obama began talking about


children without delving too much into
LGBT issues beforehand. Sturtz said she
shouted out to the first lady something
about the importance of LGBT children,
and Michelle Obama wasnt happy.
She cut me off immediately and leaned

over the podium, sort of put her big hand


towards me and said something to the
effect of You dont do that to me or I
dont do that, Sturtz said. Then I made a
comment that Im interested in making sure
that we have employment protections, and
Im not going to be quiet any longer.
Sturtz said things became even testier as
Michelle Obama left the podium to talk to
the activist face to face.
She came down from the podium
and got into my face probably within
three inches of my face, Sturtz said.
She basically took the microphone
down, and she said to me, I dont do
this, and if you want the microphone,
its either I have the microphone or you
have the microphone. I said, Ill take the
microphone. And she said, If you take
the microphone, then Im leaving.
At that point, the crowd called for the first
lady to stay and expressed its disapproval of
Sturtz as she was kicked out, but not before
she concluded that she wants President
Obama to sign the non-discrimination
executive order for federal contractors.
The crowd was generally favorable to the
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her remarks with applause.
Sturtz, whos also affiliated with the antiwar group Code Pink, said shes seeking
full federal equality and moved to D.C.
in December to help make the case after
having lived in California since 1986.
I know its probably unrealistic and
whatever people think whether you can
get ENDA passed this year or next year, or
we have until 2015 I dont want to wait
anymore, Sturtz said. I have the been
the nice lesbian; Im not nice anymore. Im
nice, but I dont want to be quiet any longer.
I dont want to listen to the non-profit
organizations telling me what the timeframe
is how many decades Im going to have
to wait for full federal equality.
Sturtz paid the ticket price of $500 to
attend the event held in Northwest D.C. at
the home of lesbian couple Karen Dixon
and Nan Schaffer with the intent of
talking with someone at the DNC about
the executive order. Sturtz said she donated
to the Democratic Party in the previous
election cycle.
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Pro-family leaders hold event
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Representatives of five organizations
that oppose LGBT rights held a news
conference on Tuesday outside the
headquarters of the Human Rights
Campaign in D.C. to express opposition
to HRCs advocacy for LGBT equality
and the celebration of Pride Month.
Our bottom line is that homosexuality
is nothing to be proud of, said Peter
LaBarbera, president of Americans
for Truth About Homosexuality, which
organized the news conference.
In fact, practicing homosexual
behavior, a destructive sin, is something
to be ashamed of, LaBarbera said.
Out-and-proud homosexualism far
from being a human right is actually
a human wrong.
LaBarbera, whose organization is
based in Chicago, said he and the
other LGBT rights opponents chose to
hold their news conference at the HRC
building during LGBT Pride Month in
June to voice their opposition to what
they called a harmful lifestyle.
In anticipation of the news conference
HRC displayed a large banner from a firstfloor window stating, Welcome Peter.
Two members of the groups
participating in the news conference
displayed their own banner behind a
podium where the representatives spoke
stating, Homosexuality is nothing to
be proud of but overcoming it is.
Others speaking at the news
conference included Matt Barber, vice
president of Liberty Counsel Action,
a legal group that opposes samesex marriage and LGBT rights; Linda
Harvey, founder of Mission America,
a conservative Christian group; Diane
Gramley, president of the American
Family Association of Pennsylvania; and
Eric Holmberg, identified as a member
of the Apologetics Group and producer
of a documentary, Is Gay the New
Black? Homosexuality and the Civil
Rights Movement.
Fred Sainz, HRCs vice president for
communications, was among several
HRC employees who came out to
observe the news conference.
[T]hese are individuals who are out
of the mainstream even within antiequality activists circles, Sainz said in a
statement to the Blade. Fringe is too
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is that there are still Americans a
diminishing number every day who will
believe what these folks have to say and
will pass on their beliefs in the form of
discrimination and maybe even violence.
Barber, an attorney, accused HRC of
being part of a possible conspiracy with
IRS officials whom Barber said appear
to have illegally leaked a confidential
tax filing from the anti-gay National
Organization of Marriage (NOM) in
March 2012.
The leaked 990 IRS report, among
other things, included the names of 50
contributors to NOMs 2008 campaign
in support of Californias Proposition
8, which banned same-sex marriage in
the state. Among the contributors on
the list was a political action committee
formed by 2012 Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney.
At a hearing last month before the
House Ways and Means Committee,
Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller
testified that the IRS investigated
the leaked NOM 990 report and
determined a low-level IRS employee
inadvertently released the document.
Miller said disciplinary action was taken
against the employee for not following
proper procedures.
Is homosexuality a human right?
No its not, Harvey said. But the
organization in the building behind
me thinks it isThe Human Rights
Campaign is spreading sweeping lies
across America.
If the charges being made werent
so laughable, theyd be sad, HRCs
Sainz said in his statement.

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N.J. senator delivered
stirring speech against
marriage amendment
By CHRIS JOHNSON
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The news of Sen. Frank Lautenbergs
death this week triggered an
outpouring from those who celebrated
his work on behalf of the LGBT
community particularly his efforts
against anti-gay bullying.
Lautenberg, who served in the Senate
starting in 1982 with a hiatus between
2001 and 2003, died at age 89 as a result
of complications from viral pneumonia
at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
Cornell. He was the last remaining veteran
of World War II to serve in the Senate.
In a statement, Vice President Joseph
Biden praised Lautenberg and called him
one of his closest friends in the Senate.
The son of working class immigrants,
Frank served honorably in World War II, went
to college on the G.I. bill and came back to
build one of the most successful companies
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domestic abusers cant possess guns. He
worked tirelessly against drunk driving, and
co-wrote the new G.I. Bill because he knew
first-hand what it could do.
In terms of LGBT issues, Lautenberg
was best known for being lead sponsor
of the Tyler Clementi Act, which requires
colleges and universities receiving federal

student aid funding to enact LGBT-inclusive


anti-harassment policies for students
and employees. It also explicitly prohibits
behavior often referred to as cyberbullying.
The legislation is named after Rutgers
University student Tyler Clementi, who killed
himself in 2010 by jumping off the George
Washington Bridge after a fellow student
secretly recorded him kissing another man.
In a statement to the Blade, the
Clementi family said they were very sad
to learn of Lautenbergs passing and had
a meeting with the senator recently to
thank him for his work.
We will never forget his compassion
and advocacy after the passing of our
son, Tyler, the Clementi family said. Last
February, we had the chance to meet with
the Senator and thank him in person for
his personal outreach to our family and
his sponsorship of the Tyler Clementi
Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act.
It was a very special meeting with a very
special person. He was an inspiring man
who embodied the great characteristics
of New Jersey and its people.
Over the course of his Senate career,
Lautenberg had long supported the LGBT
community. In 1996, he voted for a version

of the Employment Non-Discrimination


Act. The New Jersey senator also voted
against the anti-gay Federal Marriage
Amendment in 2004 and 2006. In the 110th
Congress, Lautenberg voted for hate crimes
protection legislation and Dont Ask, Dont
Tell repeal.
Although Lautenberg voted in favor of
the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, he was
among the 40 Senate Democrats this year
to sign a friend-of-the-court brief before the
Supreme Court arguing the anti-gay law is
unconstitutional.
In 2012, after President Obama
came out in favor of marriage equality,
Lautenberg issued his own statement
expressing similar support and said the
right for gay couples to marry is protected
under the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage equality is one of the most
significant civil rights battles of our time and
is critical to guaranteeing equal protection
under the law promised to every American
in the Constitution, Lautenberg said.
Rea Carey, executive director of the
Natioal Gay & Lesbian Task Force, called
Lautenberg a great champion for equality.
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To officially kick off Baltimore Pride, the Gay and Lesbian Community
Center of Baltimore will host the eighth annual Twilight on the Terrace gala
at Gertrudes Restaurant at The Baltimore Museum of Art on June 14, from
7-11 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the GLCCB, which also produces Pride, and
is presented by Tongue In Cheek Entertainment.
For a $125 ticket, guests will be treated to hors doeuvres, a four-hour open
bar, and dancing to music courtesy of DJ J.R. Embrey. Recommended attire
is Garden Party Chic.
Tickets may be purchased at baltimorepride.com.

Forum on trans Marylanders and HIV


The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Prevention and
Health Promotion Administration will host a forum on June 7 from noon-1:30
p.m. titled, Transgender Marylanders and HIV: The Invisible Epidemic. It
takes place at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St. in Baltimore.
The forum, which has been developed in collaboration with the Transgender
Response Team and CATCH Maryland, will explore the causes of transgender
invisibility in Marylands HIV surveillance data. The organizers intend to
engage the community in a discussion of possible solutions to improve
knowledge and understanding of how HIV affects transgender communities
in Maryland.
Refreshments will be served. There is a free parking lot on 20th and St. Paul
Streets. An RSVP is requested to Maryland.RACResponse@gmail.com.

The Brothers Size returns to Baltimore


HAPPY PRIDE

The Brothers Size, a play that ran at the Everyman Theatre last year under
a different production team, will be presented tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.
at Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard St., Baltimore.
Set in the modern Louisiana bayou, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraneys
The Brothers Size merges elements of poetry, music, dance, and West
African mythology to tell the story of Ogun Size, a hardworking, headstrong
mechanic and his younger brother Oshoosi, a drifter who has just recently
been released from prison. Oshoosi is faced with the task of coming to terms
with the fact that he is in love with a man.
The play depicts two brothers journey to understanding not only
themselves, but each other and the true meaning behind love and
acceptance, actor and the plays producer Kyle A. Jackson told the Blade. I
am glad to be a part of such a wonderful production by a new, outstanding,
out playwright like Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Brownpapertickets.com/
event/376800. For more information, contact BettaFly Productions (DanielleAneesha Fuller) at 443-930-7697 or the Alaiyo Theatre Movement (Kyle
Jackson) at 202-695-8006.

Seminar to explore legal issues of marriage


Equality Maryland announced that the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
and Free State Legal Project will sponsor a seminar on Saturday, From
Stonewall to Securing Marriage Rights: What Does It Mean for Us? The
seminar will cover the legal implications of marriage for same-sex couples
whether already married or contemplating marriage. It will take place from
9 a.m. to noon at the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, 514 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
Attorneys Susan Francis and Susan Silber, who have written articles on
same-sex marriage for the Blade, will cover an array of legal issues to prepare
same-sex couples before and after they become married.
The event is free and open to the public. To ensure a seat, please contact
office@firstunitarian.net, or call 410-685-2330. Participants are encouraged to
submit questions in advance via email.
STEVE CHARING

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In the retrospective analysis, led by Dr. Baligh Yehia, a clinical instructor in the division
of Infectious Diseases at Penn Medicine, researchers found that transgender people
receiving care had similar rates of retention, antiretroviral therapy coverage and HIV
suppression as non-transgender men and women over the 10-year period.
Yehia says there are several factors that could explain why care and suppression rates
have improved and become more equal.
Its a combination of things: there have been great advances in HIV therapy and
management over the last decade and increased attention from advocates and groups
on identifying people infected with HIV quickly, linking them to care in a timely fashion,
and starting treatment earlier, he was quoted as having said by News Medical. In
addition, there is an increased focus on (LGBT) health in general.

Age gaps, smaller networks affect black HIV rates: study

Philly trans conference expects thousands


The 12th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference is scheduled for June
13-15, Baltimore Gay Life reported this week. The event has grown substantially
over the years and last year welcomed about 3,000 attendees. Its free.
The event, produced each year by the Mazzoni Center, a Philadelphia-based
LGBT health care provider, will feature many topics for discussion over the threeday event including navigating equal access to health care and insurance, faith
and gender identity, sexual identities, the gender spectrum, youth and gender,
parenting for trans people and more. It will also offer workshops on working
to obtain a masculine voice; demystifying therapy; femmes, femininity and
presentation; and writing for healing and laughing.
The event will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1200 Arch St.) in
Philadelphia. Visit trans-health.org for more information.

Trans people with HIV vigilant with treatment


NEW YORK HIV-positive transgender people are just as likely to stay in care,
take their medication and have similar outcomes as other men and women living with
the disease, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania and published online May 30 in Clinical Infectious Diseases,
News Medical reported Monday.
The study which looked at almost 37,000 patients at 13 HIV clinics from 2001-2011 in
the U.S. suggests an encouraging shift from earlier work documenting poor retention in
care and drug adherence in transgender people, a high risk group for HIV, the article said.

NEW YORK While black gay and bisexual men comprise a segment of the United
States population more likely to be infected with HIV than any other, the group has not
been found to engage in more HIV risk behaviors, researchers say, prompting a closer
look at why the disparity persists, Huffington Post reported Monday citing a recent study
from the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
The article said three factors may be driving the high HIV rates age gaps between
partners, sexual networks more tightly drawn by race and the fact that partner familiarity
affects condom usage.
For the study, investigators recruited 143 HIV-negative men who have sex with men
(MSM) under the age of 40 of diverse ethnicities from across the U.S. Participants were
asked to keep a weekly diary of their sexual encounters over a three-month period,
updating the diaries each week. The group was also asked to score their partners age
difference from them, their gender, familiarity and their perceived HIV status, the article
said.
They found that while black men were considerably less likely to report having
unprotected sex than other racial groups, they were the most likely to have sex with
other black men (African Americans were 11 times more likely to have black partners
than partners of another race) and more likely to have partners who are older than they
are, another group shown to have higher rates of HIV as compared with younger men,
Huffington Post reported.

Egypts health minister nixes gay health issues


LONDON LGBT health issues were removed from the agenda of the World Health
Organizations board meeting, after Egypt and other member states of the Eastern
Mediterranean and Africa objected, Gay Star News reported.
Egypts Health Minister Mohamed Mostafa Hamed said May 31 that his country
succeeded in deleting an item on improving the health of LGBT people from the
agenda of the 133rd executive board meeting that was held in Geneva.

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re-engage the LGBT
community in HIV fight

DAVE PURDY is founder and CEO of the World


AIDS Institute. Reach him at dpurdy@worldaidsinstitute.org.

Last January, in my first column for


the Washington Blades health section,
I focused on AIDS and LGBTQ health.
In the column I talked about how the
AIDS community grew out of the gay
community. Yet today, rather than a link,
a separation has developed between
the two communities. However, this
week I saw something indicating
it may be changing. It was a news
release announcing 34 LGBTQ and
AIDS organizations vow they will start
working together.
In a joint statement, the organizations
said, As the nation marked the
opening of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month,
executive directors from 34 LGBT and
HIV/AIDS organization from across the
United States have released a joint
letter committing themselves and
their organizations to re-engaging the
broader LGBT community in the fight
against HIV.
Of the 34 organizations listed, there
are only about a half-dozen that are
AIDS focused. In other words, AIDS
organizations are in the minority. I also
looked at the website mentioned in the
statement. Its headed We the LGBT.
Shouldnt it be We the LGBT and AIDS
communities?
I cant tell you how many joint signon letters I have seen in my 25 years of
working to win the war against AIDS. Im
a firm believer that actions, not words
alone, produce results. I hope there is
someone out there listening.
Also, why havent the 800-pound
gorillas, groups like HRC and GLAAD,
also signed the letter? Perhaps they are
waiting to see what will happen? Maybe

theyll add their names only if and when


the joint movement gathers force?
If we are truly going to do this the right
way, then we need to have a meeting of
all of the minds of all of the AIDS and
LGBT organizations. One propping up
the other simply wont suffice.
Here is an excerpt from my column in
January: Its time to link gay and AIDS
again. It was the gay community that
created the AIDS community and, in
many cases, it was the AIDS community
that helped support and raise awareness
of the gay community.
We really are talking about human
rights and fighting stigma. Most people
who have been working for a long time
in the area of AIDS issues probably
can confirm the biggest challenge
surrounding AIDS isnt the disease itself,
but the stigma linked to the disease.
Stigma prevents testing and treatment.
Stigma hurts and kills, which is why we
see AIDS linked with LGBTQ.
Now lets think globally. The U.S.
LGBT and AIDS activists movements
drove and helped create the global
effort against the AIDS epidemic.
Moreover, the United States provided
and still provides the majority of
support and money for the international
AIDS effort. U.S. and international AIDSrelated organizations still have much to
be learned and gained from working
with each other as do the international
organizations.
I do want to give kudos to both our
LGBT and AIDS communities for taking
the first step. But we need to go back
to the drawing board if were going to
be effective. We also need to link the
two communities globally.
The last line of my January column
is what I still believe today: Every
AIDS organization should have a
division and point person whose
sole focus is gay-related issues, and
every gay organization should have
an AIDS division and expert. That
way, resources, ideas, and strategies
can be shared, benefitting both
communities, which could lead to the
kind of power that could end AIDS and
homophobia forever.
Finally, anyone up for organizing the
worlds first Gay and AIDS Pride? Just an
idea. After all, living with HIV and AIDS
and being gay is nothing to be ashamed

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from engaging in workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Its the right thing to do and
Obama pledged to do it. He has said he

and other issues have taken a backseat. Indeed, although everyone wont marry, most
of us have to work.
And workplace discrimination isnt

End of the rainbow?


Theres much to celebrate
this year, but the biggest
wins are yet to come

KEVIN NAFF is editor of Washington Blade and


can be reached at knaff@washblade.com.

This years Pride Month festivities are


marked by some serious anxiety, as the nation awaits two Supreme Court rulings that
could reshape the movement and laws
related to relationship recognition.
The court is expected to rule later this
month on a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and to Californias
Proposition 8, which stripped gay couples
there of marriage rights in 2008.
If the court rules as many observers expect and allows marriages to resume in the
nations most populous state while simultaneously striking down DOMA, well have
historic new reasons to commemorate June
as Pride Month.
In addition to those cases, weve seen a
flood of good news since the November
elections, from ballot wins in four states
to several new states approving marriage
equality. Despite the setback in Illinois,
theres a lot to celebrate this Pride season.
All the unprecedented good news
prompted us to use this Pride issue of the
Blade to ask some prominent advocates,
writers and thought leaders for their responses to the following questions: Have
we reached a turning point in the LGBT
rights movement and what does the end of
the movement look like to you?
Check out the responses from celebrities like Chris Kluwe and local politicians like
Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur in our Pride
coverage. There seems to be a consensus
that were not at the end of the movement
but that perhaps weve arrived at a turning
point from which the nation cant turn back.
Weve seen dramatic change since
President Obama took office in 2009 and
began delivering on a range of promises
to the community, from signing an LGBTinclusive hate crimes bill and Dont Ask,
Dont Tell repeal to endorsing marriage
equality before the 2012 election. Of
course, theres work still to do and Obama
should use the occasion of next weeks
White House Pride Month reception to
(finally) announce his intent to sign an executive order barring federal contractors

President Obama should use the occasion of next


weeks White House Pride Month reception to
(finally) announce his intent to sign an executive
order barring federal contractors from engaging in
workplace discrimination.
prefers a legislative solution to the problem of anti-LGBT discrimination (ENDA)
but that is sadly out of reach as long as
John Boehner is in charge of the House of
Representatives. Obama has issued more
than 150 executive orders on a broad array of subjects. An order barring discrimination against LGBT workers is overdue
and critical to protecting the livelihoods of
those not fortunate enough to live on the
more progressive coasts with state and local prohibitions.
There are no laws prohibiting workplace
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in 29 states (and in 34 states based
on gender identity). Amid all the marriage
attention, theres concern from many in the
movement that workplace discrimination

the only problem remaining to be addressed. We account for only about 4-5
percent of the population but 20 percent
of hate crimes target LGBT people; 40
percent of homeless youth identify as
LGBT; 63 percent of all new HIV infections are among men who have sex with
men, up 22 percent since 2008; sodomy
laws remain on the books in 17 states,
including Maryland and Massachusetts;
the FDA still bans gay men from donating blood; immigration law ignores our
relationships; an estimated 28 percent of
black trans people are unemployed.
So lets celebrate the remarkable
achievements of the last year with an eye
toward tackling even more intractable problems in the future.

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Work to make Harvey Milk proud


Come out, stand up and help
deliver hope everywhere

rejected attempts to reverse marriage


equality laws. Its why California enacted
an LGBT history requirement for public

more to make it safer for people to come


out in places where equality is slow to arrive.
Our victories in regions like New England

Our victories in New England and the West Coast


are remarkable, but elsewhere in our country that
type of progress seems otherworldly and impossible.
CHUCK WOLFE is president and CEO of the Gay
& Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

In the late 1970s, when a nascent LGBT


equality movement was under attack across
the country, Harvey Milk urged us all to fight
back by coming out. You must come out ...
to your parents ... to your relatives ... to your
friends ... to your neighbors ... to your fellow
workers, Milk said. Once and for all, break
down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. He believed coming out was the key
to winning, and he was right.
More than 30 years later, his advice is
changing our country. We are coming
out, and the reality of who we are is replacing the lies and distortions pedaled
by our opponents. Thats why voters
in Maryland and Washington last year

schools. And its the reason the Massachusetts Legislature finally passed a
transgender rights law.
Being ourselves, and living our lives
with integrity, has opened the eyes of our
friends, neighbors, families and coworkers,
and research has shown that the more out
LGBT people someone knows, the more
likely they are to support our equality. Today, brave young people are coming out in
high school and even earlier, and the result
is record high support among those under
30 for issues like marriage equality and nondiscrimination laws.
Thats why its so important that we do

and the West Coast are remarkable, but


elsewhere in our country that type of progress seems otherworldly and impossible.
Harvey would be proud of our success, but
I bet he wouldnt celebrate for too long before asking how we planned to replicate it in
Mississippi, Kansas or Alaska.
The obvious answer is to press for federal laws and policies that would end the
patchwork of municipal and state laws
that leave so many LGBT Americans living in fear. But until those are in place,
we must work to bring hope to a lesbian
teenager in Arkansas afraid to hold her
girlfriends hand, a trans woman in North

Dakota who hides her identity to keep a


job, or a kid with two dads in Alabama
who wonders why others dont see the
loving parents he does.
Coming out delivers that hope. Seeing
yourself reflected in a gay local elected official, a lesbian school principal, a bisexual
member of Congress that has the power
to transform how people think about themselves and what they can accomplish. They
begin to hope that they can change their
own communities, and then they turn that
hope into action.
Harvey believed in personal politics and
making change where he lived. He helped
spark a generation of LGBT people to live
more authentic lives, but that started in his
tiny Castro camera shop.
To sit on the front steps whether its a
veranda in a small town or a concrete stoop
in a big city and to talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to
huddle on the living-room lounger and
watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color, he once said.
We have much left to do before all
LGBT Americans enjoy the equal protection of our laws, so lets make Harvey
proud. Come out, stand up and help deliver hope. Everywhere.

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Proud to be an A at Capital Pride


Polls are on our side, but
whats wrong with Virginia?

ATIMA OMARA-ALWALA is vice president of


the Young Democrats of America; she is running
to be the organizations first African-American
president. She is a former board member of the
LGBT Democrats of Virginia and lives in Arlington
with her husband, Clay.

This weekend, members of the LGTBQQAA community will descend on Washington for Americas third-largest Pride
festival. For many years, I have participated
in the mission of obtaining equality for all
Americans. Within the communitys string of
letters, Im very glad to be counted as the
final A the allies.
As the Pride Parade makes its way from
Dupont Circle to Logan Circle, community
members and supporters have a lot to cel-

ebrate. Twelve states and Washington, D.C.


have now approved marriage equality. But,
we are pushing for more.
As the Mr. & Miss Capital Pride pageant gets underway at Phase 1, a clerk
at the Supreme Court, about four miles
away, is, I hope, working on a majority
opinion that will overturn the Defense of
Marriage Act, thereby opening the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage to all couples.
Pride events across the country have a lot
to celebrate but I think it is important to take
a quick look back at how we have finally arrived at this place.
For those of us that love political polls
and messaging documents, Third Ways
Director of the Social Policy & Politics Program, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, has written
one of the best message guidance ever
seen. Based on their several polls, including
Third Ways July 2011 poll, they found that a
commitment narrative is the most effective
in transitioning the sentiment of voters to
favor marriage equality.
A message carried by straight couples
about gay couples wanting to join the institution of marriage has proven, in polling

and in practice, to be the most effective argument to shift public opinion.


While I would like to claim all the
credit for us straight surrogates, a
huge driver of national support for
marriage equality is our nations demographic shift. Older Americans are
no longer with us and their heteronormative views have not been passed
down. As younger Americans that have
grown up with gay and lesbian couples
take to the ballot box, the pendulum is
swinging to the right side of history.
As of March 2013, poll after poll showed a
majority of Americans supporting marriage
equality including 73 percent of Americans
under the age of 30 per CBS. The ABC/
Washington Post cut their data differently,
finding extremely high support among
younger Democrats 18-49 (73 percent) and
Republicans 18-49 (52 percent).
However, the rest of the GOP has not
joined younger Republicans, Democrats
and independents in supporting equality. But, hope springs eternal and middleaged and older Republicans both showed
significant drops in opposition to marriage equality.

Still, as a proud member of the Democratic Party, Im thrilled to state that a


majority of Democrats in all age groups
support marriage equality.
The LGTBQQAA have much to celebrate and I will certainly be lifting my brunch
mimosa to the equality dozen this year but
we still have a long way to go.
My gay and lesbian brothers and sisters
in 37 states still cannot join the institution of
marriage that my husband Clay and I joined
last year. The Supreme Court still needs to
overturn DOMA and 29 states still allow
employers to fire LGTBQQA employees.
I must sadly confess that I live in one, the
Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia continues to be on the
wrong side of history and the wrong
side of the Potomac. I love the Commonwealth and it is my home but I have
to say: Seriously, Richmond, come on!
Maryland and D.C. have equality can
we maybe get our act together? We
arent the cool kids anymore were
vintage, in a bad way.
So this Pride weekend, lets all celebrate our successes and get back to work
on Monday!

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A celebration for a dispersed, disparate community


Pride festivities fade
in fervor, but offer a
singular collective moment

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and


community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @
MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@
gmail.com.

Most of us live our lives somewhere between Brokeback Mountain and Milk.
Not that the distinction is as dramatic
as to be a comparison between idyllic
streamside companion trysts versus urban activist political engagement.
Neither is the diversity in geographic
locale among the local LGBT community as stark as the contrast between the
mountains of Wyoming and the bustle
of San Francisco.
However, we are more dispersed
throughout both the District and the

Washington metropolitan region than


ever before. Expanding acceptance and
civil protections have allowed assimilation over the years largely diminishing
bunker-like concentration in specific
neighborhoods or areas.
More than that, recent times have
seen the continuing integration of LGBT
residents into the full fabric of local life. A
byproduct of that cultural evolution is that
increasing numbers of us consider sexual
orientation a secondary, less significant
or even inconsequential characteristic.
We have come to reflect back the ordinariness by which the vast majority of the
public now views us, at least here.
The annual LGBT Pride celebration
is, as a result, the singular opportunity
to both celebrate our past and reflect
on our future. Therein lies the primary
value of the series of events spanning
more than a week, culminating in a Saturday parade and Sunday street festival
this weekend.
Although fewer of us participate in
the auxiliary and primary events than in
years past, the mere existence of this
highly visible public celebration is testimony to our place in the local com-

munity. We might not turn out in droves


anymore, but the event still matters.
One pet peeve, though: We place too
much emphasis on the purported and
publicized Pride participation numbers.
It is fanciful to proclaim that an estimated
100,000 view the parade curbside, or that a
quarter-of-a-million still attend the downtown festival. Nor is it even important. We
end up sounding like size queens, and
less-than-truthful ones to boot.
Besides, it doesnt matter. We are
long past the time of needing to prove
our quantitative presence in the nations
capital. Recent Gallup polling places our
number at fully 10 percent of the Districts population. D.C.s LGBT residents,
and those throughout the metropolitan
area, are acknowledged as a significant
and important part of the larger community. That is what were now actually
celebrating each June.
The challenge for the hardworking
coordinators and dedicated volunteers
who devote substantial hours each year
to planning and producing Pride events
is to change with the times, to discern
how to best engage the community,
and keep things fresh.

In future years that might mean rethinking what we do now, and have done
since 1995 the first year the festival
moved downtown to Americas Main
Street with a view of the national Capitol.
Our local commemoration is a continuation of what first began 38 years
ago with the first block party held
near the corner of 20th and S streets in
Dupont Circle in the summer of 1975.
I had the privilege of coordinating the
inaugural events of that mid-90s expansion and festival relocation downtown.
That experience allowed me to develop
a better appreciation for the importance
of the festivities to our still-shared identity. And, most of all, to those first coming out and looking for a connection to
a community with which they were only
beginning to become acquainted.
And therein lies the importance of
this collective celebration its always
someones first Pride.
So get out, take part, enjoy the festivities and if attending the festival, arrive
prepared to toss a fiver into the bucket
at the entrance.
Its the least you can do to support
our special day.

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Black Pride: Distinct and emblematic


A focus on health, safety
instead of marriage rights
By REV. IRENE MONROE
Black Pride reaffirms our identity. And it
dances to a different beat.
What started out in Washington, D.C.
in 1990 as the only Black Gay Pride event
in the country has grown to more than 35
gatherings nationwide. Each year, celebrations start in April and continue to October. More than 300,000 LGBTQ people
of African descent rev up for a weekend of
social and cultural events celebrating their
queer uniqueness.
In 2007 alone, more than 350,000 attended Black Gay Pride events throughout the U.S. The largest events are held
in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Atlanta, and smaller Black Pride events provide an important sense of identity and
cultural heritage.
Sunday gospel brunches, Saturday night
poetry slams, Friday evening fashion shows,
bid whist tournaments, house parties, the
smell of soul food and Caribbean cuisine,

and the beautiful display of African art and


clothing are just a few of the cultural markers that make Black Pride distinct from the
dominant queer culture.
Just like in the mainstream of American
society, cultural acceptance and inclusion
of LGBTQ communities of color in larger
Pride events is hard to come by. Many can
experience social exclusion and invisibility in
the big events. Segments of our population
will attend separate Black, Asian, and Latino
Gay Pride events in search of the unity that
is the hallmark of Pride.
The themes and focus of Black, Asian,
and Latino Pride events are different
from the larger Pride events. Prides of
communities of color focus on issues not
solely pertaining to the LGBTQ community, but rather on social, economic and
health issues impacting their entire community. The growing distance between
our larger and white LGBTQ community
and these LGBTQ communities of color
is shown by how, for example, a health
issue like HIV/AIDS that was once an entire LGBTQ community problem is now
predominately a challenge for communities of color.

Also, with advances such as hate crime


laws, the repeal of the militarys Dont
Ask, Dont Tell, the legalization of samesex marriage in a dozen states, and with
homophobia viewed as a national concern, the LGBTQ movement has come a
long way since the first Pride marches four
plus decades ago. Many note the perceived distance the LGBTQ community
has traveled in such a short time from
a disenfranchised group on the fringe of
Americas mainstream to a community
now on the verge of equality. But not all
members of our community have crossed
the finish line. Some are waving the cautionary finger that within our community
to note that not all are equal.
Pride events can be public displays of
those disparities.
Mainstream Prides have themes focused
on marriage equality for the larger community where Prides organized by and for
LGBTQ people of African descent have
focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and
LGBTQ youth homelessness.
By 1999, Black Pride events had grown
into the International Federation of Black

Prides, Inc. The IFBP is a coalition of 29


Black Pride organizations across the
country. It formed to promote an African
diasporic multicultural and multinational
network of LGBTQ/ Same Gender Loving
Pride events and community-based organizations dedicated to building solidarity,
health, and wellness and promoting unity
throughout our communities.
Also in understanding the need to network and build coalitions beyond its immediate communities, IFBP created the Black/
Brown Coalition.
Black Pride is an invitation for community.
While Pride events are still fraught with divisions, they, nonetheless, bind us to a common struggle for LGBTQ equality.
Black Pride contributes to that
struggle for equality, demonstrating an
African diasporic aspect of joy and celebration that symbolizes not only our
uniqueness, but it also affirms our commonality as an expression of LGBTQ life
in America. Happy Pride!
Rev. IRENE MONROE
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In his second inaugural address,


President Obama spoke of our nations
commitment to advancing equality for
all people, a journey that guided our
forebears through Seneca Falls and
Selma and Stonewall. For the LGBT
community and allies, those words were

received with deep gratitude, applause


and more than a few tears.
Since 2009, we have seen tremendous
change unfold across the country:
Dont Ask, Dont Tell repealed,
hate crimes laws expanded to better
protect the community, anti-bullying
efforts increased, discrimination in
federal housing prohibited and benefits
for same-sex couples extended. As
President Obama has said, this progress
has not been led by lawmakers in
Washington, but by ordinary citizens. Its
change driven by friends, families,
colleagues and neighbors having
important, heartfelt, sometimes tough
conversations in neighborhoods, small
towns and cities all across America.
As we reflect upon this rapid progress in
the context of a decades-long movement
toward equality, it can be easy to assume
were near our journeys end.
But if we take the presidents words to
heart Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall
we remember that movements
for equality and social justice require
continued commitment. Today, more
than 160 years after the Seneca Falls
Convention, women still dont receive
equal pay in the workplace. Nearly 50
years after Bloody Sunday, we continue
to work toward full racial equality in
education, housing and voting. And
although the protesters at Stonewall may
not have imagined marriage equality
in their lifetime, their experience of
violence, harassment and discrimination
at work and at home still resonate in our
community today.
This Pride month, we celebrate the
progress we have made through
laws, policies and victories at the ballot
box and in the courtroom and we
recommit ourselves to continuing our
march toward a more perfect union.
Im confident that our president will
be with us every step of the way.
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(D-Calif.)

The LGBT rights movement is


undoubtedly at a turning point as public
opinion has moved in favor of LGBT
rights and there are more LGBT federal
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The recent political victories for


marriage equality in several states
represent major milestones. As we
celebrate these successes and others
to come, its important to recognize that
only history will attest to the true turning
points of the LGBT rights movement.
For now, advocates must stride
toward equality mindful of all the
issues faced by LGBT peoples. Job
discrimination,
unfair
immigration
policies, health inequities, homelessness
and hate crimes are not new problems,
but continue to haunt our community.
The movements path forward must
address the needs of the most vulnerable
and continually accommodate our
immense diversity. Weve reached a
crossroads and the direction forward
will be the true test of our morality as a
people and our success as a movement.
For me, the movement will end when
we are truly free; to live our lives to the
fullest without barriers based on gender
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legislation coming out of Congress
has become more reflective of true
equality as laid out in the Constitution.
With the Matthew Shepard Act and the
repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, hatecrimes protections were expanded and
gay service members were allowed to
serve openly in the military. Meanwhile,
an increasing number of states have
approved marriage equality and
prohibited employment discrimination
against the LGBT community through
state initiatives and legislation.
For the first time in United States
history, the president and a majority of
United States senators support marriage
equality and the Department of Justice
is no longer defending the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, The
arc of the moral universe is long, but it
bends toward justice. At this moment
in the LGBT rights movement, the arc
is actually an acceleration curve. This is
a turning point, but there is more to do
before we reach the end of the arc, where
full equality is recognized under the law
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I think were at a crossroads. Weve


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MARTIN GARCIA

(Gertrude Stein Democratic Club)

As we watch the news and look at the


national trends, it gets me very excited
seeing all signs pointing to moving
toward full equality. The number of
successes in achieving marriage equality
on the state level, the optimistic views on
the upcoming Supreme Court decisions,
national polls showing a rise in favor of
LGBT rights show we definitely have the
wind at our backs.
However, we still have a very long
journey ahead of us on a number of
issues affecting LGBT people and will
need to continue fighting.
We need to continue the fight for
HIV/AIDS research, education and
funding to decrease the infection rate
and raise awareness, that schools are
safe for all LGBT students and staff, that
we are secure being out at our jobs, that
we are not discriminated against when
finding housing, that we are supporting
our youth to ensure they do not end up
homeless or worse no longer with us,
and fight to ensure that not only some
of us are winning but that we are lifting
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everyone in our community up.


So as exciting and promising as
these recent, and hopefully soon-to-be,
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CHAD GRIFFIN

(president, Human Rights Campaign)

This Pride month, the LGBT


movement has so many reasons to be
hopeful. From historic oral arguments
at the Supreme Court, to victories for
marriage equality in Delaware, Rhode
Island and Minnesota, to the out-andproud leadership of athletes like Jason
Collins, Brittney Griner and Robbie
Rogers, LGBT people and our families
have never been so visible and so
welcome in American life.
But, as a community, we cant let
progress distract us from the work left to
do. Weve got to make sure that every
person in this country gets to see that
progress, too.
The fact is that when transgender
people still face truly shocking rates of
harassment and violence, when a gay
man can still be openly murdered on
the streets of New York City for who he
is, when LGBT youth are still roughly 10
times more likely to be homeless, our
work is far from complete. Were not
even close to where we need to be.
So as we gather as a community to
celebrate Pride, this movement needs a
fire in its belly now more than ever. As
long as any LGBT young person feels
unwelcome in their community, their
church or even around their own dinner
table, weve got work to do.
Pride, after all, is a celebration with
a message: equality everywhere for
everyone. And that vision isnt achieved
until it reaches every single person in
every corner of this vast country.
AMY LOUDERMILK

(Mayors Office of GLBT Affairs)

I think weve absolutely hit a turning


point in the LGBT rights movement. With
the recent explosion in the number of
states approving marriage-equality
measures, our president supporting full

equality and the two Supreme Court


cases set to be decided very soon, how
could anyone deny the countrys mood
is changing about this issue and that
the momentum is very much in favor of
equality? I also couldnt be more proud
that the District was one of the first
jurisdictions with marriage equality.
That said, there are still lots of legal
issues that need to be addressed and
will take some time, with everything
from retirement benefits to the
availability of restraining orders to
same-sex couples involved in domesticviolence situations. Ultimately, I dont
know what the end of the movement
will look like because I dont necessarily
think it will end. For example, the
womens rights movement is still going
on today because women still dont
make equal pay for equal work and
in some states dont have full control
over their own bodies. Similarly, the
civil rights movement continues today
because we are still trying to fix policies
that unfairly target people of color and
still overcoming the lingering effects of
centuries of institutionalized racism.
Prejudice in general will always exist,
so I think this movement and others
will continue for a very long time. And
it should continue because the worlds
learned a lesson about what happens
when you are silent about discrimination.
SCOTT WOOLEDGE
(activist)

There is no end.
The work is never done, nearly 50 years
after the Voting Right Act was passed,
the battle to stamp out institutionalized
racism that denies people of color their
votes is still front and center; in the
Supreme Court, in lower courts and
legislatures. And 93 years after the 19th
Amendment was ratified, women still
hold only 18.3 percent of the 535 seats
in the 113th U.S. Congress (and zero
presidents thus far).
Though we have nearly all one could
hope for in here in New York, we have yet
to pass transgender protections. And all
LGBT communities will forever be tasked
with fighting for their seats at the table and
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ensuring government serves the unique


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lobbyist-free). Constituencies like indigent
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our voices. Social safety net programs, like
unemployment, are particularly important
to a community that faces discrimination in
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But of course I have seen the LGBT
community evolve dramatically in my
lifetime.
Weve long been bound by our shared
desire not to be outcasts from stalwart
mainstream institutions, like the military,
the Boy Scouts and marriage. And
were winning. The question becomes,
does the LGBT community have core
values that bind us other than just being
shunned by straight people? Fighting to
expand options will result in more people
exercising them. Witness the malaise
of the gayborhood as LGBT people no
longer feel awkward and unwelcome in
more traditionally straight areas.
Ironically, there now seems to be a
sense among some that actually choosing
to join those institutions is an expression
of betrayal to the larger community;
assimilate and heteronormatives are
said with derision.
I tip my hat as enthusiastically to the
gender-transgressive anarchist as I do
the Marine and the suburban soccer
mom. I am confident this is the beautiful
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The LGBT movement will not end


during any of our lifetimes. In the next
few decades, we may complete many
of our legislative goals, such as marriage
equality, nondiscrimination protections,
bullying oversight and others, but the
work will continue. These legal victories
will shift the priorities of our movement to
focus more on education, advocacy and
support, but opponents of LGBT equality
will no doubt continue to challenge our

communitys full inclusion in society.


People of color still endure unfair
treatment under Stop and Frisk and
voter suppression laws; women still
dont have equitable salaries or access to
health care; and people with disabilities
still must fight for accessibility as they
challenge basic prejudices. History
proves that a change in the laws does
not automatically end all oppression.
As LGBT people, we will always be
a minority with identities that are, by
nature, invisible. We will always have to
come out; we will always have to help
other people understand how our lives
are different. But my perspective is not
a pessimistic one. Our momentum is
strong and the work is rewarding. For
many people, advocacy and even
pride may become a much smaller
priority as it becomes easier for them
to integrate, an acknowledgment of the
movements success. But equality is not
a box to be simply checked off; it must
be maintained like a garden. Until being
queer is as uncontroversial as being lefthanded, there will always be a place for
the movement in some form.

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MICHAEL CRAWFORD
(Freedom to Marry)

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to the LGBT movement. We tend to
think about the LGBT movement as
being about established groups and
activists fighting to pass legislation
and that the goals of the movement as
being primarily legislative. I think we
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looks like. If DOMA isnt repealed,
were moving to Canada. Well have no
other choice. But having the right to get
married is a massive sociological shift
and for gay marriage to be legislated, I
dont have anything negative to say. Its
about the recognition of equal rights.

limit our possibilities for achieving true


equality if we limit ourselves to thinking
solely about passing legislation.
Instead, we should think about
our legislative goals around issues
like
nondiscrimination,
marriage
and bullying as first steps toward
transforming and reshaping the
dominant culture in ways that will result
in freedom for everyone.
I also think we need to take seriously
the responsibility we have to help
improve the lives of LGBT people across
the globe. And we need to recognize
that we have a lot to learn from activists
in other countries who are advancing
more rapidly than we are.
Just as theres a continued need for
black advocacy groups, I think there will
be a continued need for activists who push
us toward greater freedom. What those
activists and advocacy groups will look like
will change as we change the culture, but
there will be a continued need for them as
long as there are LGBT people.

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EMILY SALIERS
(Indigo Girls)

Its a very good and complicated


question. Whats good for some of us is
good for all of us. Gay marriage even
if the whole population of queer folks
decided not to get married, thats not
the point is an important right to have.
And I know exactly what the other issues
are. Weve got high teen suicide rates
and homelessness. You can start talking
about the church and forget about it.
Ive seen the personal pain, the issues of
health, gay couples lacking protection. I
know all these realities. But gay marriage
has become the linchpin because for
society, its such a huge shift. The idea
that gay marriage could be legislated
and protected is one of those massive,
massive things that is good for all of us.
The evolution of social issues is
painfully slow. Just ask an African
American if theyre still suffering the
effects of slavery. Of course they are.
You see it all the time in the stereotyping
of black people in culture. My partner is
Canadian, so the day after our show Im
going to be on the Hill with my partner

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BIL BROWNING
(Bilerico Project)

The LGBT movement will never die.


Instead it will slowly amorphize as the
dollars dry up and interest wanes. As weve
already seen after the repeal of DADT,
success means downsizing is inevitable.
Once
basic
protections
for
employment, public accommodations
and housing have been passed and
same-sex marriages are recognized at a
federal level, LGBT people will become
complacent. The fight for LGBT rights
will move to the states as each one
separately fights for marriage equality.
Groups that work on other issues will
consolidate with larger organizations
as funding shrinks and our community
is mainstreamed. As with AfricanAmerican civil rights organizations
currently, a couple of groups will
dominate the landscape with smaller
orgs buzzing around the periphery.
I see Freedom To Marry flourishing by
investing in these local battles and wouldnt
be surprised if it became deeply involved
internationally. It would likely require a
name change, but it could easily swallow
other groups that work on family issues
like Immigration Equality, Family Equality
Council and PFLAG. Established and
respected organizations like GLAAD, Trevor
Project, Outserve/SLDN, and the Task Force
all do valuable work, but in the end could
comfortably be incorporated into a more
broadly invested HRC, which already has
more funding and name recognition.
Sadly, many of these third-tier groups
are already struggling financially and will
always remain in the also ran category
because theyre not as well known. The
non-profit industry at its core is a business
like any other. As in the corporate world,
the LGBT movement will consolidate
for ease of operation, a larger customer
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continues toward finding a vaccine and
cure, the end is not in sight.
While people are living longer due to
the advent of antiretroviral medications,
gay men still shoulder two-thirds of all
new HIV infections, about 33,000 new
cases each year. A recent study found
that one in five gay men in 21 cities have
HIV, half of whom do not even know it.
Unfortunately, the number of new cases is
rising for those under age 25, particularly
among young black gay men.
But how many of your friends talk
about HIV or their own HIV? While the
stigma and discrimination surrounding
LGBT people has decreased, the same
cannot be said for people with HIV.
It is my hope the progress that has
been made in the LGBT movement
can impact HIV among gay men. With
a more accepting and affirming society
and legalization of same-sex marriage,
perhaps some factors that lead to HIV
transmission will be reduced.
While much progress has been made, I
do not see an end of the movement as it
relates to HIV among gay men until parents
and schools not only teach sexual education
that encompasses homosexuality but
normalizes being gay and gay relationships.
Yes, great strides have been made, but so
much more must occur.

became involved in the Maryland


marriage lawsuit in 2004, many of our
friends thought we were crazy. Support
for same-sex marriage was polling in
the 30s and Massachusetts was looking
like an outlier, having just granted equal
marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Almost 10 years later marriage
equality exists in about a dozen states
and the victories for LGBT issues in four
states at the ballot box last year showed
not only that the sky didnt fall, but that
momentum has decisively swung in
favor of the LGBT movement.
I dont know what the end of the
movement would look like, as I think it
still has a long way to go. The marriage
question may be largely settled within
a decade, but there are many other
important issues that need to be
addressed employment discrimination
and transgender rights are probably the
next big fights. And while we certainly
have been successful over the past few
years, recent attacks in New York City
suggest that we have to be on guard
against a violent counter-reaction to the
success of our movement. Unfortunately
it seems that in society, wherever there
is a minority, there is discrimination and
the hope is that one day there will be
enough moral progress such that we all
realize that all of us have much more in
common than we do differences.
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yes, I think weve reached a turning point in
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those who are LGBT. We are a movement


divided by race, gender, social and
economic status, ideals, geographical
areas. We are a movement that does
not support the young, the elder, the
disadvantaged, the marginalized,
the
gender
non-conforming
and/or transgender.
I see the end of our movement
looking like the rainbow that we love and
embrace so much, a movement where
every color (every gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender) complements, sticks
together and supports one another no
matter what challenges or struggles
we face through our individual storms.
At the end, we, just like the rainbow,
shine together happily.

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oppressing others.
This is the battle that every generation
in every nation has to fight, and will
continue fighting, until the day comes
when were all finally empathic enough
to understand what effect our actions
can have on other people.
Yet even though we may not see the
end of that struggle in our lifetime, it is
a struggle worth fighting for, because
every step we take, every inch we gain in
treating others with respect and dignity,
is another building block our children
can use to make their own progress, to
build their own better world.
The end of the movement may never
come, but that doesnt mean we should
stop working toward it.

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I think there have been a number


of turning points recently. The end of
Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Legalization of
marriage in several states and countries.
An active pro athlete coming out. Those
are all great moments and turning
points in the LGBT community we
should celebrate.
I personally think Lady Gaga
should
get more credit than she is
1004 Willowleaf Way
getting. In my eyes, she got the ball
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really rolling a few years ago. Gaga
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artists and celebrities like her to care
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RUBY CORADO
for restarting the movement.
The end of the movement to me
(transgender
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would be a few things including
openly gay pro athletes, an openly
No, we havent reached a turning point
gay president and the same full equal
in the LGBT rights movement yet. We
rights that heterosexuals globally enjoy.
have helped others reach that point
I dont think any of this will happen until
and helped changed the minds of many
we as a community really stick together
people.
to support LGBT causes and those who
These days we have many politicians
respect our community, only.
who are legislating for us not
We also need to stop glorifying
just against us. We have a mainstream
bullying and putting hateful people
media that covers more positive
on pedestals (e.g. Shes such a bitch,
stories about our lives than ever
I love her.). When we stop doing this,
before. We have faith communities that
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Theres a big difference between


a tipping point and an end point. The
biggest challenge the gay community
has always had is weve never had any
clear agenda other than equality. Is
marriage equality the golden egg?
Maybe legally so, but what does it
really mean for us to reach an end
point because you have to address the
continued bigotry that still exists.
Of course its incredibly important
that marriage is in front of the Supreme
Court but now we need Joe Schmoe
American to say, OK, I buy into that too
or I just met two lesbians with a child
and they seemed like great parents. So
I guess my answer is yes and no. Yes, its
a huge, exciting paradigm shift, but is it
the end of the movement? No.
I think marriage is being very much
held up as the brass ring because its a
clear, visible, everyday symbol of what
has been denied to us. You know, we can
talk about workplace discrimination, but
its harder to see, whereas me and my
partner getting up in front of a church
and someone saying, By the power
vested in me thats something
very visible and you can say wife, not
partner. Its like, Oh, OK, so youre not
married? Well no, but weve been
together 20 fucking years weve
been together longer than you and your
I husband.
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Gay marriage is important because its
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I have to be honest, I shudder a bit
when I think of all these people who will
probably rush out and get married. I do
think the gay girls take it a little more
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but is this the end of the movement?


Unfortunately I dont think that will ever
happen. I dont think blacks could ever
foresee a day when the NAACP could
go away and everything would be fine
from then on. Even struggles that we
think of as being from a totally different
era, like the Irish fully finding their place
in society, as long as theres sickness
and sadness in the world, there will be
discrimination and as long as you have
people bound by ignorance and bound
by fear, then you will have the haves
and the have nots and there has to be a
group for the have nots.
I dont think its realistic at all given
human nature, for any of the groups to
just say, OK, were done lets pack
up and go home. The people who
are there to make sure these things are
fully accepted over the long haul, those
people will always have a job.
I dont really see marriage and this
is from somebody who performs them
as that big a deal. I can see it symbolically
and for long-term relational issues like
money and securities and inheritance
and that sort of thing, but its not really as
big as some of the other issues.
If you think about it, most professionals
who are involved in weddings clergy,
dress designers, event coordinators,
cake decorators, organists youre
dealing with a lot of people who
happen to be gay themselves and so
to be denied that themselves is a real
slap in the face. Its the same thing as
it was for black people Oh, its OK
for me to work in the dining room but
its not OK to sit in the dining room?
That shit doesnt work anymore. Weve
progressed too far and worked for too
long to get where we are.
And all this will outlast the conservative
movement. Theyve basically said,
Marriage, oh my God, you cant
touch that, well have a constitutional
amendment, but once you start messing
with the Constitution, thats a really big
deal. Thats not just a little state picking on
you, thats the whole government saying,
No, youre an invalid creature. But no,
you will not mess with the Constitution
to say that I am less than. The movement
has really been the perfect example of
Newtons Law for every action, there
is an equal and opposite reaction. They
came out with this stuff and we came
back full force. I dont see that ending
anytime soon.

seriously than the men, but I think with


the guys, they trick with someone and
think theyre in love and I can easily see
them running off and getting married
and then what, eight weeks later or
something, realize, well no, Im not
really in love. Im concerned about the
after effects. I think theres going to be
a huge spate of gay divorces if this goes
through and that will look really bad for
the community. That might give us an
even worse name. You know how some
of these queens are.
I think we have to spend more time
earning respect and acceptance in the
workplace and in the community and
society in general. Thats the most important
thing we have to concentrate on.
People seem so obsessed with
this marriage stuff and there are so
many things out there that are more
important. Im also concerned with
how it will turn out when these queens
run out and jump into marriage and
realize later they cant get out of it so
easily. Thats not to say everyone will get
divorced, of course, but some will and
weve been so used to just shacking
up for so many years and being able to
leave whenever we want. It wont always
be so easy to do that. The gay girls, at
least the ones I know and have been
associated with, seem to stay in their
relationships forever. They seem to want
to make more of a commitment.

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LAST YEARS CAPITAL PRIDE CELEBRATION

TODAY
Brightest Young Things and Capital
Pride present Spandex: Official
Opening Dance Party tonight at the
newly restored, historic Wonder Bread
Factory (621 S St., N.W.) at 9 p.m.
Admission is 18 and older. Tickets are
$20 if purchased ahead of time and $25
if purchased the day of the party. Visit
capitalpride.org for details.
The D.C. Front Runners have their Pride
Run 5K tonight from 7-9 p.m. starting at
the Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St.,
S.E.). Hundreds of runners from the area
will participate and a portion of the funds
raised will benefit an LGBT athlete through
the Team D.C. Scholarship program. Visit
capitalpride.org or dcfrontrunners.org for
more information.
The Jewish Community Center (1529
16th St., N.W.) hosts Pride Shabbat
tonight at 8 p.m. A special Pride oneg
will be held after services. For more
information, visit capitalpride.org.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts a Pride
Party featuring Willam, Detox and Vicky
tonight at 10 p.m. The trio will perform in
the drag show and then each will sing live
individually on the main stage. Admission
is $20 and open to guests 18 and over. For
details, visit towndc.com.
Cobalt (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Pride
Free Vodka tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
DJs Drew G. and Keenan Orr will be
spinning. Admission is $12 and free rail
vodka will be served from 11-midnight.
For details, visit cobaltdc.com.
Velvet Lounge (915 U St., N.W.)
presents Comedy on the Table tonight
at 7 p.m. The show highlights funny
women in the area with both LGBT and
straight performers. Admission is $5. For
more information, visit capitalpride.org.
The Kimptom Palomar Hotel (2121

P St., N.W.) hosts A Night Out for


Trevor from 7-9:30 p.m. this evening
to benefit Capital Pride and The Trevor
Project. The event includes an open
bar, food, entertainment and a silent
auction. Admission is $75 in advance
and $85 the day of. Tickets are available
online at thetrevorproject.org. For more
details, visit capitalpride.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
The official Capital Pride Parade is
today from 4:30-7:30 p.m., starting at P
and 22nd Streets and ending in Logan
Circle. About 100,000 spectators are
expected to attend and around 170
organizations will participate. For more
information, visit capitalpride.org or the
event on Facebook.
Tagg Magazine, LURe and Capital
Pride host F.U.S.E.: The Capital Pride
Womens Main Event this evening at
Phase 1 of Dupont (1415 22nd St., N.W.).
For details, visit capitalpride.org.
The Jewish Community Center (1529
16th St., N.W.) hosts Pride Shabbat this
morning at 10 a.m. A Kiddush luncheon
will be held after the service. For more
details, visit capitalpride.org.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts a
Pride Party featuring Alaska, Jinkx
and Roxxxy this evening at 9 p.m. All
three performers were finalists on the
last season of RuPauls Drag Race and
will perform together at 10. Admission
is $20 and limited to guests 21 and over.
Visit towndc.com for more information.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts
Apocalypto, a post-Pride Parade dance
party, from 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m. tonight. Cover
is $5. For details, visit phase1dc.com or
the event on Facebook.
Cobalt (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Pride

Saturday with DJ Eddie Elias tonight


from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $5 before
10 and $15 from 10-close. For more
information, visit cobaltdc.com.
The Rainbow History Project provides
a Historic Gay D.C. Walking Tour this
morning from 10-11:30 a.m. The tour
starts at the corner of Q and 20th Streets,
across from the Dupont Circle Metro. Visit
capitalpride.org for more information.
The British Embassy hosts a Britishthemed, post-parade Pride party
tonight form 6:30-9 p.m. at Brixton (901
U St., N.W.). The event will celebrate the
British Embassys inaugural participation
in Capital Pride this year. For details,
visit capitalpride.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
The official Capital Pride Festival is
today along Pennsylvania Ave. between
3rd and 7th streets starting at noon. The
day will be full of food, entertainment,
music, education and celebration. Icona
Pop, Cher Lloyd and Emeli Sand are
this years headlining performers. For
more information, visit the event on
Facebook or capitalpride.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts the
official Capital Pride Closing Party
tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is 18
and older and there is a $5 cover charge
benefiting Capital Pride. Visit cobaltdc.
com or capitalpride.org for details.
Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) hosts a
Pride After Hours Party from 4-9:30 a.m.
Tickets are $40 at the door and $35 online
and all proceeds benefit Capital Pride
and Cherry Fund, a local HIV/AIDS service
organization. For more information and
to purchase tickets, visit cherryfund.com
or the event on Facebook.
WILL OWEN

Intros 12:11 p.m.


National Anthem 12:17 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Capital Pride 12:22 p.m.
Kisha Alure 12:33 p.m.
Julia Weldon 12:46 p.m.
Michelle Raymond Band 1:09 p.m.
Justin Utley 1:30 p.m.
Jessica Betts 1:42 p.m.
Billy Winn 2:03 p.m.
Maxine Blue and the Empire 2:19 p.m.
Eric Himan 2:30 p.m.
Gurly Show 2:41 p.m.
Sonic Tranducers 2:52 p.m.
E-Cleff 3:05 p.m.
Gay Mens Chorus 3:13 p.m.
Parade winners announced 3:24 p.m.
Roxxxy Andrews 3:26 p.m.
Ella Fitgzerald & Ziegfelds 3:37 p.m.
Shadina 3:53 p.m.
Freddies Follies 4:09 p.m.
Emeli Sande 4:26 p.m.
EnKore Dance Co. 5:02 p.m.
Dance Manifesto 5:16 p.m.
Adam Barta 5:37 p.m.
Alaska Thunderfuck 5:53 p.m.
Icona Pop 6:04 p.m.
Ladies of Town 6:40 p.m.
Sasha Gradiva 6:51 p.m.
Jinkx Monsoon 7:12 p.m.
Mayors speech 7:23 p.m.
Cher Lloyd 7:36 p.m.
DJ Keenan Orr and Twin 8-11 p.m.
DUPONT STAGE
1 Luv 12:31 p.m.
Diamond B. Dolittle 12:47 p.m.
Chip J. Adams 12:54 p.m.
Gucci Renee Blackwell 1:01 p.m.
Shaunda Leer 1:08 p.m.
Shelby Blake Stephyns 1:15 p.m.
Mr. Capital Pride 1:21 p.m.
Mrs. Capital Pride 1:28 p.m.
Coco B. Colby 1:35 p.m.
Muffy Blake Stephyns 1:42 p.m.
Jessica Spaulding Deverreaux 1:49 p.m.
Charity B. 1:56 p.m.
Xavier Bottoms 2:03 p.m.
Ophelia Bottoms 2:10 p.m.
D.C. Frontrunners 2:17 p.m.
Kevin Yee comedy set 2:24 p.m.
MAIR 2:40 p.m.
Special Agent Galactica 3:01 p.m.
Ryan Cassata 3:24 p.m.
D.C. Swing/Different Drummers 3:47 p.m.
Lindsay Katt 4:12 p.m.
Julia Weldon 4:40 p.m.
Justin Utley 5:08 p.m.
Eric Himan 5:32 p.m.

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Many years. My children were the
toughest to share.
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When Rev. Darren Phelps moved to Washington from Atlanta in 2007,
he had no plans to continue in full-time church ministry, which had been his
work through much of his adult life.
Looking back I know it was part of my destiny, the Queens, N.Y. native
says. I had taken a position that I believe now God used as a vehicle to
get me here. I thought I was coming to teach, to work on a doctorate, to
do some evangelism and other things, not go be in full-fledged pastoral
ministry, but it just happened.
Phelps had started a version of his Bethel Christian Church in Atlanta but
soon he was continuing that work in D.C. The Pentecostal yet gay-friendly
church, located at 2217 Minnesota Ave., S.E. (betheldc.org), started in
August 2008 and now has about 100 parishioners each Sunday morning. A
year and a half ago, the church purchased its own building. Its part of the
Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Phelps guesses about 75 percent of its
members are LGBT.
Were charismatic but non-dogmatic, Phelps says. We have an
emphasis on social justice and empowerment yet we still embrace the
Bible.
Phelps says the scriptures many conservative denominations use to
condemn gays have been mishandled.
For his work, Phelps is one of this years Capital Pride Heroes and was
honored at a reception last week with several others.
Phelps started preaching when he was 16 in New York and was appointed
to his first church (which was Baptist) at age 24. He also spent time in the
African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was married to a woman and has
two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Phelps says the gradual
realization that he is gay absolutely caused a crisis of faith for him but
says it taught him a valuable lesson about living your authentic self.
Phelps is in a same-sex relationship now and lives in Washington near the
line of Northeast and Maryland. He enjoys the beach, family, friends and
sweets in his free time.

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Bishop Yvette Flunder and Bishop
Gene Robinson
Whats Washingtons best
nightspot, past or present?
Im not really a nightlife person at
all though I do enjoy going out to eat
and going to the theater.
Describe your dream wedding.
I will let my partner decide that. I
just hope he lets me wear my jeans.
What non-LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?
This is very difficult to answer. The
LGBT community is connected to
every aspect of the world! We cannot
separate us for any issues health,
anti-violence, voting rights, quality
education, fair housing, faith, healthy
relationship, etc.
What historical outcome
would you change?
Lets just say a few of our past
presidents would not have been
elected.
Whats been the most
memorable pop culture
moment of your lifetime?
I guess a few TV shows Ive really
loved like Will & Grace and The
Golden Girls.
On what do you insist?
Respect for all people. People to
be honest, real and focused in their
commitments.
What was your last Facebook
post or Tweet?
Pride is not just a feeling its a
way of life!
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
On Lifes Journey It is Safe to Cry
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If science discovered a way


to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
I would pass. I love my life! I thank
God for creating me just as I am.
Period!

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
In my faith tradition I believe in an
afterlife and a place Christians refer to
as heaven.
Whats your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
Stop chasing titles, stay humble;
your followers will remain broken
if youre not whole; surround
yourself with strong leaders; we are
accountable to those we serve; great
leaders are great servants; a lack of
vision will lead to many pitfalls; and
balance is essential.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
My children, family, faith and
ministry.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That gay people are weak and
cannot effectively lead. I beg to differ.
Within the LGBTQ community, we
have strong and powerful leaders.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
One that really stands out is Rent,
both on stage and the film version.
I found it provoking, profound and
an eye opener. It was one of those
films that really made me think about
relationships, community living and
the inclusivity or exclusivity of the way
we live.
Whats the most
overrated social custom?
I cant say too much Ill get in
trouble at home on this one!
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
On my desk at home, I have a
very old prayer book from my great
grandfather who was a pastor in
Harlem. I often look at his notes and it
reminds me of his passion and calling
to serve all of Gods people.
What do you wish
youd known at 18?
That loving myself did not mean
losing myself. I wish I had known that
walking in wholeness would be lifes
greatest reward.
Why Washington?
It was a part of my destiny and
purpose.

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For more than 50 years, legendary


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Emperors dashing guardsman to test
the fidelity of his actress wife. The 24
adaptation was light and breezy, well
suited to the stars comedic style.
Now playwright Richard Nelsons
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at the Kennedy Centers Eisenhower
Theater. Nelsons script successfully
blends the humor and pathos of its
source, balancing the best of farce and
drama. Theres the funniness of the
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events in coming weeks
By WILL OWEN
Capital Pride is far from the only gay Pride
event in the Mid-Atlantic with fabulous
festivities and must-see entertainment.
Those celebrating the LGBT community
can extend the fun by taking road-trips to
festivals in Baltimore, New York, Frederick,
Md., and Annapolis, Md.
The Baltimore Pride Celebration has
been Marylands largest LGBT visibility
event since 1975. Baltimores Pride Parade
and Block Party are on June 15 from 3:309 p.m. in the heart of the citys historic gay
neighborhood, Mount Vernon. The Pride
Festival on the following Sunday is held in
lakeside Druid Hill Park from noon-5 p.m.
Baltimore Pride attracts roughly 30,000
people annually from all over the MidAtlantic. This year, there will likely be an even
higher turnout with WeDo Baltimore, a
mass LGBT marriage ceremony during the
festival on Sunday. Carrie Heirs, the event
organizer, describes WeDo as symbolic
of a turning point for Maryland.
Were doing the first ever LGBT mass
wedding in Maryland. We just won the
referendum, so its the first time weve
been able to legally marry during Pride,
Heirs says. I think it symbolizes what we
as a community have always known. Weve
known this in our hearts always: love is love.
Heirs says its time for Maryland to
celebrate after years of hard work, but that
does not mean the national struggle for
LGBT equality is over.
We are the first state below the MasonDixon line for this to happen. It wasnt just
a one-time shot. Weve always been given
the opportunity to celebrate our own
uniqueness during Pride, but why not take
this chance to say what this actually means,

Heirs says. I think that were celebrating


because its Pride month, but it should not
just be in our state. It should be in all 50
states. It should be the law, the norm.
In addition to WeDo Baltimore, this
years Baltimore Pride is also introducing
Summer Reign, a dance party for
ladies 25 and over, at Paparazzi Nightclub
(407 East Saratoga St., Baltimore) from 9
p.m.-2 a.m. on June 15. Early bird tickets
are $10 and tickets the day of are $20.
For details and to purchase tickets, visit
sumreign.eventbrite.com.
The headlining performer at the Saturday
Block Party will be Ultra Nat, a Baltimore
native who has proven her talent in a
wide span of genres, including R&B, hiphop, soul, house, rock and electro-pop.
J Pope and Funk Friday, a female soul
band, headline the Sunday Pride Festival.
Septimius the Great, who cites Madonna
and Lady Gaga as musical influences, will
also be performing at the festival, as well as
the Baltimore-based reggae group Unity.
Other Baltimore Pride events include
Twilight on the Terrace, a cocktail party
benefiting Baltimore Pride on June 14 at
Gertrudes Restaurant at the Baltimore
Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Dr.
Baltimore) from 7-11 p.m., and the High
Heel Race at 3 p.m. on June 15 (corner of
Charles and Read Streets in Baltimore).
For more details on Baltimore Pride, visit
baltimorepride.org.
New York City Pride, of course, is a
hugely popular weeklong celebration of
LGBT visibility just a bus or train ride away.
The NYC Pride Rally kicks off the weeks
festivities on June 28 from 7-10 p.m. at
Hudson River Parks Pier 26 in TriBeCa.
The Rally features motivating speakers
and popular performers who have yet to
be announced.
The NYC Pride March has been an
annual civil rights demonstration free and
open to the public since 1970. The march
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Ave. This years grand marshals are Edith


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Following the march is PrideFest, a massive
LGBT public street fair with vendors and
entertainers on Hudson St. between
Abdingdon Sq. and West 14 St. PrideFest is
from 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
NYC Pride has many other events during
the week, finishing with the glamorous
Dance on the Pier party on June 30 from
3-10 p.m. on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park.
Tickets are $75 and $125 for VIP passes, and
all proceeds go to NYC Pride Week events
and community organizations. For more
details on NYC Pride, visit nycpride.org.
Frederick Pride 2013 is Frederick, Md.s
second Pride festival after a successful
turnout at last years event. The gathering
takes place in Utica Park (10-200 B Old
Frederick, Rd., Frederick, MD) at noon on
June 29. Tons of fun outdoor activities will
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For late summer gay Pride, the
Chesapeake Pride Festival will be held
Aug. 3 from noon-6 p.m. at Mayo Beach
Park (4150 Honeysuckle Dr., Edgewater,
MD) in the Annapolis area. The afternoon
will include a drag performance by Stormy
Vain, as well as food, music and other
activities. On June 22, guests can board
the Richard Lee wooden tour boat for
the Chesapeake Pride River Cruise from
6-8 p.m. to benefit Chesapeake Pride.
Tickets are $40 and the boat will depart
from the Discovery Village Marina (4800
Atwell Rd., Shady Side, MD). For more
details and to purchase tickets, visit
chesapeakepridefestival.org.
Other nearby pride events include OBX
Pridefest in Outer Banks, N.C., the weekend
of Sept. 13, Philly Pride this weekend and
Pittsburgh Pride next weekend. Roanoke
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Promo shots for the Spandex Pride party.

Official Pride party at the Wonder Bread Factory


Capital Pride and Brightest Young Things host Spandex: The Official
Capital Pride Superhero Party tonight at 9 p.m. at the newly restored Wonder
Bread Factory (641 S St., N.W.).
The event features multiple floors of dancing and entertainment. Sharon
Needles from RuPauls Drag Race and hip-hop artist Rye Rye are the
headlining performers.
Spandex is open to guests 18 and over. Advance tickets are $20 and
tickets purchased the day of are $25. For details, visit the event on Facebook,
capitalpride.org or brightestyoungthings.com. To purchase tickets online,
visit spandex.eventbrite.com.

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Saturday at 10 a.m. at the 21st annual
Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post
Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy,
Columbia, MD).
Koz will play alongside special guests
Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and
Richard Eliot to promote his upcoming
album Dave Koz and Friends Summer
Horns, scheduled for release Tuesday.
The first single on the new album, a
cover of Got to Get You in My Life by
Paul McCartney and John Lennon, is
already the No. 1 Most Added Song on
Billboard this week. Koz is gay.
Tickets range from $59.50-$195. For
more information and to purchase
tickets online, visit capitaljazz.com.

SMYAL hosts
youth dance
SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring
Youth Advocates and Leaders) hosts the
SMYAL Youth Dance from 7-10 p.m.
on Saturday night after the Pride parade
at Foundry United Methodist Church
(1500 16th St., N.W.).
The dance is the only youth-exclusive
event celebrating Capital Pride and is
open to guests who are 13-21. There is
no cover charge to attend.
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Gallery Plan B (1530 14th St., N.W.) celebrates Pride for the month of June
with its gay erotic exhibition En Portfolio.
En Portfolio features male figurative paintings and drawings by Gordon
Binder, as well as reinterpretations of Ancient Greek mythology by Timothy
Johnson. Both are local artists.
Gallery Plan B is open from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and from 1-5
p.m. on Sunday. En Portfolio pieces will be on window display for viewing
during Pride week.
For more information, visit galleryplanb.com or call 202-234-2711.

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The 1955 camp classic Queen Bee
starring Joan Crawford in the title role will
be shown tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Hillwood
Estate (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.).
A picnic starts at 6:30. Its part of the
Divas Outdoors event presented
by the Dina Merrill Film Program in
partnership with One in Ten.
Crawford, in one of her all-time
bitchiest roles, plays Eva Phillips, a
manipulative matriarch who schemes
and plots against her wealthy family.
She takes her bath water very hot.
Rain date is Saturday. Tickets are $15.
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economics of recording circa
2013, how they cracked the
mainstream and more
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Its easy to take the Indigo Girls for
granted. They keep the albums coming
every couple years, play the D.C. region
often and despite their insistence on
keeping things fresh, still manage to feel
and sound like sonic comfort food.
From her home in Atlanta on the eve
of embarking on a 10-date mini-tour
with Joan Baez (sandwiched between
a slew of other dates), Emily Saliers
took a few minutes with us and was as
unpretentious and down-to-earth as
shes always been. They play Wolf Trap
Wednesday night. Her comments have
been slightly edited for length.

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Does this bother you?


SALIERS: I know that kind of typecasting
musically exists. It doesnt really bother
me although I wish people would be a
little more broad minded when it comes
to such things. We continue to put out
new records every couple of years and
weve had our fingers all over the board in
all kinds of genres. I think our discography
proves were still viable and relevant.
For a long time we were just the lesbian
band or people just thought of the skits
on Saturday Night Live. But Amy and
I would be so bored if thats all we were
and we feel weve done our very best
work since then. Its the same thing in
many ways with Joan. She was and still is
a tremendous activist and it just goes on
and on and on. Shes been very brave and
courageous in dangerous times and shes
been true to her vision of social justice. Its
not just old stuff from the 70s. Shes that
kind of person to us and hopefully we can
inspire people the same way.

BLADE: Picked the songs yet for the


collaborations?
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some nights and others on other nights.

BLADE: So many acts now are just


touring on their catalog or might do an
EP here or there yet the Indigo Girls, like
you said, have kept up with adding to
your discography. Has there been any
sense that theyve yielded diminishing
returns in some ways or are they
creatively satisfying enough for you to
have kept at it?
SALIERS: We really dont make any
money selling records, Ill tell you that.
Those days are long, long gone. But I get
so fucking excited when an artist I love
has a new album out so we try to think
of the fans and approach it that way. Its
important for the fans and also for our own
musical growth. And yes, we have to think
economically, which is a total bummer.
There were some glory days when we didnt
have to. It does suck sometimes. Like just
recently we were going to do a symphonic
record and right in the middle of planning
it, the union law changed for the musicians
and the studio scale just took it totally out
of our league. Its a shame because we
were dying to make that record, but of
course were also not going to go in the
hole for tens of thousands of dollars to do
it. Its just a very different landscape than
we came up in so we make a lot of tactful
decisions based on economics while also
honoring our belief that we have to keep
making new music.

BLADE: For some musical acts


perhaps even most the general
public tends to heavily identify the band
or singer with the era in which it had its
biggest commercial success. This would
be true of both Joan Baez and Indigo
Girls. Yet fans know theres usually so
much more to an artist than one era.

BLADE: You play D.C. regularly. How


are audiences here different from other
comparable-size regions?
SALIERS: D.C. audiences are really
distinctive. Like Florida in the sense
that, well, its just so different from
anyplace else. Just kind of this strange,
exotic place. D.C. has been very loyal to

WASHINGTON BLADE: Why Joan,


why now?
EMILY SALIERS: Our manager knows
Joans and weve been friends for about
10 years and have toured with her
before. The timing was just right and
Joan was wanting to do it.
BLADE: Full band?
SALIERS: Yeah, were bringing the
Shadowboxers with us. Theyre a great
group of young guys and an up-andcoming band. Usually they open for us
but since this will be a full show with
two sets, theyre the house band. We
call Joan our matriarch and then these
guys are younger so I really like the
intergenerational aspects of the tour.
BLADE: Will you be collaborating with
Joan on anything or is it separate sets?
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in some ways I cant believe we can still
play it because its one of the larger
venues but we always do well there and
we have such a great time. With many
amphitheaters the spacial difference
can really sop up a lot of the energy but
that doesnt happen at Wolf Trap.
BLADE: There are many, many lesbian
singer/songwriter-type musicians who have
and have had loyal followings in certain
circles but never cracked the mainstream
zeitgeist in any way. How do you think you
and Amy managed to do that?
SALIERS: I think a lot of it was really just
timing. We were signed in the era when
you had people like Tracy Chapman
and Melissa Etheridge and Jewel and
Suzanne Vega and a slew of women
with acoustic guitars selling a bunch of
records. We got signed at that time and
radio was friendly to us then. REM gave
us a leg of their tour which really helped
with visibility. If we came out now, wed
just totally be swimming upstream to
maintain successful long careers. I also
think because Amys music is different
from mine, theres kind of two musical lives
playing out here, people dont get bored
by it. We dont just think of it as music with
acoustic guitars. I mean Amy rocks hard.
But the reality is its a male-dominated
business and most women artists have
to sell their sexuality to be successful. For
men its true to a degree but not the same
extent. Rock and roll is a male genre and
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What do you think about the No Fap
movement? Its started me thinking that
I spend way too much time beating
off in front of my computer screen and
that Ive been making less of an effort
to actually have sex. I actually get off
easier to online stuff, which I think is
usually hotter than the real thing, but
something seems troubling about this.
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Masturbating to internet porn is
leading many guys, including you, to
lose interest in sex with real people and
to have erectile dysfunction or difficulty
reaching orgasm when trying to have
sex with another person.
How is this happening? Our brains
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opportunities for sex and to keep
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passed down. Internet porn, unlike the
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real thing and get hooked on chasing
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computers or holding our smartphones
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have opportunities to develop their
sexuality with other people as theyre
growing up and dating. Gay men usually
have been closeted in their teens and
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feelings and responses through images
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may have a tendency from the get-go to
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porn, and the fantasies that porn has
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enjoy and relate to what actually exists.
Given the highly addictive qualities of
PMO, and given that people fap not just
for sexual release but also for all sorts
of self-soothing, walking away from it
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Our Lives, derived from the men who catch his eye here in Washington,
where he has lived for more than 40 years. Portfolios available for viewing the
entire month of June / Window Display on view the weekend of Pride.
K EN L U D WIG BOOK PARTY & TAL K
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The Guardsman. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Thru Jun 23.
Anything Goes. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Jun 11-Jul 7.
Twelfth Night. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu. Thru Jun 9.
The Hampton Years. Theater J.
202-777-3210. theaterj.org. Thru Jun 30.
The Real Thing. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Thru Jun 30.
Stupid F*cking Bird. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Thru Jun 23.
The Full Monty. Keegan Theatre.
Church Street. 703-892-0202.
keegantheatre.com. Thru Jun 8.
Becky Shaw. Round House
Theatre Bethesda. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org. Thru Jun 23.
The Submission. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Thru Jun 9.
Rock of Ages. Wolf Trap.
1(877)WOLFTRAP. wolftrap.org.
Jun 7-Jun 8.
Company. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
Thru Jun 30.
Biography. American Century
Theater. Gunston. 703-998-4555.
americancentury.org. Jun 7-Jun 29.
SUPER NOVA Forum of Performance:
Aftermath. Artisphere. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com. Jun 8.
The Three Musketeers. Synetic Theater.
800-494-8497. synetictheater.org.
Thru Jun 9.
Speakeasy presents: Geeking out:
Stories about collections, obsessions,
and fandom. SpeakeasyDC. Town
Danceboutique. 240-888-9751.
speakeasydc.com. Jun 11.
Les Miserables. Theatre Lab School
of the Dramatic Arts. 202-824-0449.
theatrelab.org. Thru Jun 14.
Happy Buddha & Chinese Menu, HAPPY
FUN TIME. DCAC (DC Arts Center).
202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org.
Jun 7-Jun 22.
Washington Improv Theater Road Show.
DCAC (DC Arts Center). 202-462-7833.
dcartscenter.org. Jun 7-Jun 29.
Shear Madness. Kennedy Center.
800-444-1324. kennedy-center.org.
Thru Jan 31.

MUSIC
Bergthor Plsson, Baritone and Edvinas
Minkstimas, Piano. The Embassy Series.
Icelandic Ambassadors Residence.
202-625-2361. embassyseries.org.
Jun 7.
Jazz in the Garden: DC Jazz Festival
presents Sin Miedo. National Gallery of
Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. Jun 7.
DC Jazz Festival: From Bagels to

Bongos. DC Jazz Festival. Sixth & I


Historic Synagogue. 202-457-7628.
dcjazzfest.org. Jun 9.
Carmina Burana. National Philharmonic.
Strathmore. 301-493-9283.
nationalphilharmonic.org. Jun 8-Jun 9.
2nd Thursday Art Night: Parlez Vous
Jazz?. Torpedo Factory Art Center.
703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org.
Jun 13.
Matthew Halls, conductor / David Hardy,
cello, plays Dutilleux. NSO. Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org. Jun 13-Jun 15.
Fortas Chamber Music 2013-2014
Season. Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org. Thru Aug 7.

DANCE
Ballet Across America III. Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org. Thru Jun 9.
Symphony in Step. Step Afrika! Atlas.
202.399.7993. stepafrika.org.
Thru Jun 9.

MUSEUMS
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College
of Art + Design. Cynthia Connolly:
Letters on Top of Buildings. Thru Jun
23. David Levinthal: War Games. Thru
Sep 1. Selections from the Collection
of Historic American Art. Thru Sep 30.
corcoran.org. 202-639-1700.
Kreeger Museum. Sculpture on The
Grounds, 2011 Invitational. Thru
Jul 1. John L. Dreyfuss Inventions.
kreegermuseum.org. 202-337-3050.
National Gallery of Art. Diaghilev and
the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929: When
Art Danced with Music. Thru Sep 2.
Albrecht Drer: Master Drawings,
Watercolors, and Prints from the
Albertina. Thru Jun 9. Pre-Raphaelites
and the Book. Thru Aug 4. Edvard
Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute.
Thru Aug 11. nga.gov. 202-737-4215.
National Geographic. Beyond the Story:
National Geographic Unpublished
2012. Thru Jul 12. Real Pirates: The
Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave
Ship to Pirate Ship. Thru Sep 2.
nglive.org. 202-857-7000.
National Museum of Women in the
Arts. Bice Lazzari: Signature Line. Thru Sep
22. New York Avenue Sculpture Project:
Chakaia Booker. Thru Mar 1. nmwa.org.
202-783-5000.

GALLERIES
Arlington Arts Center. Options 2013.
Thru Jun 9. wpadc.org. 703- 248-6800.
Artisphere. An Artistic Discovery:
The Congressional Art Competition.
Thru Jun 23. Wilmer Wilson IV: The
Forever Aftermath. Thru Jun 30. Amy
Hughes Braden: Demographic +
Aaron Hughes: Sampling. Thru Aug 3.
artisphere.com. 703-875-1100.

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DIETL: Margaret Cho is in episode
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outrageous episode. It involves leather and
all sorts of stuff.
COPP: She has actually been a friend

of ours for a long time and we had done


movies with her previously like years and
years and years ago. And we were hoping
to get her in season one, but her schedule
didnt permit, but season two came
around and she said, Definitely, yeah, Id
like to do it.
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murder mystery this season.
COPP: Well this season is a little different.
We open up at a pool party fundraiser for
a man running for city council, who my
character went to college with. He winds up
dead and we just kind of start investigating
it. We set up in our Christmas special that I
am a True Crime writer, and I wrote a book
based on what happened last season
and that is my gig now. I dragged the
roommates along and we all try to solve
the murder again, especially because he
is a friend of Reggies. But we do have a
few things going on that are carrying over
from last season. If you saw the Christmas
special, the killer we thought we put away
isnt in prison.
BLADE: Which are some of the
recurring characters that have come
back?
ZOOK: We definitely couldnt do season
two without Hot Toddy, and especially
now that he and Nelson are together. The
subplot of season two is Todd moving
in with us and the adjustment period of
that and having a new roommate. Of
course, by popular demand, we brought
back Hairy Potter. And Detective Winters,
he was a big fan-favorite. And we made
sure he had his moustache because when
we did the Christmas special he had a
different look and people complained,
so we had to make sure he had his Tom
Selleck moustache back this season, so
the moustache is back, too.
COPP: Also, Susie the coroner is back.
George Ridgemont, the obsessed fan, is
back, too. He is in the trailer. Hes hysterical
this season.
ZOOK: The only bummer is that we
couldnt bring back Honey Garret from
season one this time, but we are going to
try to work her in to a Thanksgiving special
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The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.)
hosts The Best of Burlesque(er):
D.C. Pride Edition for guests 21 and
over this evening. Cherie Sweetbottom,
Ginger Snapz, Private Tails and Dick
Jones are the burlesque performers
featured. Doors open at 8:45 for the first
show, and at 11 for the second. Tickets
are $12, and can be purchased online at
blackcatdc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and
over. There is no cover charge. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) presents the
Paige Turner Dinner Show this evening.
Dinner is at 8 p.m., and the drag show starts
at 9. For more information and to make
reservations online, visit cobaltdc.com.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts its
Rage Dance Party with DJ Von Tease
tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and
limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit phase1dc.com or the
event on Facebook.
Cobalt (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Pride
Free Vodka Friday tonight from 10 p.m.-3
a.m. DJs Drew G. and Keenan Orr will be
spinning. Admission is $12 and free rail
vodka will be served from 11-midnight.
For details, visit cobaltdc.com.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts a Transgender Discussion Group
tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Capitale (1301 K St., N.W.) hosts
Fusion Friday, a ladies happy hour,
from 6-11 p.m. tonight. Cover is $5 in
advance and $10 at the door. For more
details and to purchase tickets online,
visit n2nlifen2us.com.
NoVA Gay and Lesbian Professionals
host a Pride Kickoff Party tonight from
6-8 p.m. at the Pinzimini Lounge in the
Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel (801
North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA). Visit
gogaydc.org for more information.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
The 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) hosts
its monthly gay dance party Blowoff
tonight at 11:30. Indie rocker Bob Mould
and remix artist Richard Morel are
spinning. Admission is $12 and limited
to guests 21 and over. For details and to
purchase tickets, visit 930.com.
Cobalt (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Pride
Saturday with DJ Eddie Elias tonight
from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $5 before
10 and $15 from 10-close. For more
information, visit cobaltdc.com.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts
Apocalypto, a post-Pride Parade dance
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The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
provides free HIV testing today from 10
a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information,
visit thedccenter.com.
The Supernova Performance Art
Festival features a Big Bang Dance
Party tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Roslyn,
VA). The evening includes music
from local DJs and bands, as well as
performance art pieces. Admission
is $15. For more information and to
purchase tickets, visit supernovarosslyn.
eventbrite.com.
The American Dance Institute (1570
East Jefferson St., Rockville) premieres
GOODHURT tonight at 7:30 p.m.
and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show
explores the role of pain in the private
lives of performers, revealing the
personal narratives of each dancer
featured. LGBT relationships are also a
theme. Tickets range from $15-30. For
details and to purchase tickets, visit
americandance.org.
Lambda Sci-Fi hosts a gaming party
for LGBT science fiction, fantasy and
horror fans at 3 p.m. today at 1425 S
St., N.W. Attendees are encouraged to
bring a snack or non-alcoholic drink to
share, as well as their favorite card and
board games. For more information,
visit lambdascifi.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly drag brunch today from 10
a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an allyou-can-eat buffet. For more information,
visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St.,
S.E) hosts karaoke tonight from 9 p.m.-

midnight. Cover is $3 after 9. Visit


bachelorsmill.com for details.
The D.C. Kings perform tonight at Phase
1 (525 8th St., S.E.). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit phase1dc.com
or the Phase 1 Facebook page.
Whitman-Walker Health and Trans
Legal Advocates of Washington host
a Name and Gender Change Clinic
tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at WhitmanWalker Health (1701 U St., N.W.) for
assistance in legal name changes and
changing gender on various legal
documents. A fund for low-income
individuals who need service will be
provided. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org or Whitman-walker.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 10
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly Golden Girls Watch
Party tonight from 5 p.m.-midnight. $5
drink specials inspired by the Golden
Girls characters are served all night.
Visit nelliessportsbar.com for details.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts
coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10
a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community.
Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy
complimentary coffee, and conversation
with other community members. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company
presents a live comedy show of
readings by and about celebrities
Celebrity Autobiography tonight
at 8 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F
St., N.W.). Tickets are $50-65. For more
details and to purchase tickets, visit
ShakespeareTheatre.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut
Ave., N.W.) features a spoken word

performance by Regie Cabico this


evening from 7-10 p.m. Admission
is $10. For more information, visit
blackfoxlounge.com.
Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St.,
N.W.) hosts a bi-women discussion
group tonight from 7-9 p.m. Visit the
dccenter.org for more details.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th
St., S.E.) at 7:30 p.m. for Duplicate
Bridge. No reservations are necessary
and newcomers are welcome. For
details, visit lambdadc.org.
The Big Gay Book Group meets
tonight at 7 p.m. at 1155 F St.,
N.W., Suite 200. The group will
discuss At Swim, Two Boys by
Jamie ONeill. Newcomers are
welcome. For more information, visit
biggaybookgroup.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St.,
S.E ) hosts happy hour tonight from
5-7:30 p.m. All drinks are half price and
there will also be pool, video gaming
systems and cards. For details, visit
bachelorsmill.com.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers tonight for
Food & Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.)
from 6-8 p.m. The group will help with
food preparation and packing groceries
to aid Washington area residents
living with AIDS. Email jonathan@
burgundycrescent.org if interested in
volunteering and visit burgundycrescent.
org for more information.
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to promote their clubs. A common
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arent there more options for cycling?
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offered recreational biking as an offshoot
of their other activities, but none have
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a new club to fill the cycling void. The
group was founded by Scott Binde and
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with a long history of leading bike rides.
Both of us have a passion for cycling,
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even our vacations include cycling.
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There have only been two rides so far and
the group is already attracting a diverse
base of about 15 cyclists.
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enthusiasts along with their straight
allies, Binde says.
The rides vary in difficulty and range
from 12-25 miles. They utilize multi-use
trails in the Arlington area, connecting
one trail to the next and also venturing
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minutes and all rides are pre-ridden by
the leaders of the group.
The OutRiders will continue the bike
series through August, and possibly longer
based on interest. They are considering
the possibility of weekend rides.
Cycling is so accessible and most
everyone knows how to bike, Binde
says. We wanted to create something
informal versus a highly structured
sporting club.
The next ride is Tuesday and the
route is an 18-mile, moderately hilly
loop which will pass by Ford Ward, an
earthen Civil War era fort, and utilize the
scenic Holmes Run Trail.
The wooded (yet paved) trail includes
a forded stream crossing where sand
and gravel can sometimes accumulate.
Riders may want to leave their skinny
tire bicycle at home or just walk their
bike over the few feet of this section.
The group will convene by 6:15 p.m.
at the Clarendon Metro station elevator
entrance (Wilson Blvd. and Hudson St.),
and the ride starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.
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parking is available.
After completing the ride each
week, the cyclists get together for
optional socializing at spandex-friendly
restaurants in the Clarendon area.
Contact the ride leader for additional
information at vabikelegs@yahoo.com.
You can also RSVP at their meetup site
by searching OutRiders Arlington.
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Memorial Day Weekend marked the
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pride shouldnt fall solely into a celebratory three or four-day weekend, let
alone a designated month; rather, our
pride should be celebrated daily and
embraced as a part of our being.
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of the Districts most historic neighborhoods. Places like Dupont, Logan, U
Street, and Shaw will erupt in the celebration of LGBT Pride. It is within some
of these neighborhoods that the LGBT
community of D.C. has called home.
This weekend, more than any other,
it is important to recognize the significance of a neighborhood or place in
shaping our lives. For gays, a neighborhood can translate to a safe haven
from fear and discrimination. Our example here in D.C. isnt the only one;
hence, look at places like Boys Town in
Chicago or Chelsea in New York City.
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have provided members of our community an escape to a place where our
lives could be better understood, and
we could truly be ourselves. The idea
of place not only shapes where we
come from, but also who we are.
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decades, we have vastly improved the
standard of living and the beauty of the
communities that many of us call home.
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Date of Death: February 10, 1993
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