NIKOLAI ALEKSEEV holds a sign in St.

Petersburg
that reads, ‘Homosexuality is not a perversion.
Perversion is grass hockey and ice ballet.’ He was
fined 5,000 rubles ($154) for violating the city’s ban
on gay propaganda to minors.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GAYRUSSIA.RU.
Violence, anti-gay
legislation prompt calls for
Sochi Olympics boycott
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
As LGBT rights advance in the
United States, gays in Russia are
experiencing the opposite trend:
an erosion of rights and a violent
backlash against those fighting for
equality there.
Russian lawmakers on Tuesday
approved a bill that would ban the
“promotion of homosexuality” to
minors, leading some to urge a U.S.
boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics
in Sochi.
The measure passed in the Duma
by a 436-0 vote margin with one
abstention. Individuals would face
fines of between 4,000 and 5,000 rubles
($124-$155,) and government officials
would face fines of between 40,000
and 50,000 rubles ($1,241-$1,551.)
Media organizations and other
groups would face a fine of up to 1
million rubles ($31,000) or suspension
of their activities for up to 90 days.
Foreigners could also face up to 15
days in jail and deportation.
Nikolai Alekseev of Gay Russia,
an LGBT advocacy group, told the
Washington Blade from Moscow
on Wednesday he “was expecting”
lawmakers would support the
measure. He noted programs on
Russian television were largely
supportive of the measure – and some
of its supporters publicly compared
homosexuality to pedophilia.
The Federation Council, Russia’s
upper house of parliament, still
needs to approve the bill, but
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‘Sense of acceptance’ at annual parade, festival
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS & LOU CHIBBARO JR.
More than 100,000 people lined the streets of Dupont and Logan Circles in
Northwest Washington on Saturday for the annual D.C. Pride parade.
Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large)
were among those who joined grand marshals 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, and others as the parade wound its
way from 22nd and P streets, N.W., to Whitman-Walker Health at 14th and R
Streets, N.W.
“The Pride parade is a great celebration of diversity in the District of Columbia,”
Mendelson told the Washington Blade as he lined up with supporters along
22nd Street, N.W.
“There’s a lot of ground left to cover, but it sure feels different from the earlier
Prides,” D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) added. “There’s so much
Super weekend for Capital Pride
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Va. Dems nominate statewide candidates
Virginia Democrats on Tuesday officially nominated three men as their
party’s statewide candidates.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Ralph Northam
(D-Norfolk) defeated former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra
by a 54-46 percent margin in the lieutenant governor primary. State Sen. Mark
Herring (D-Leesburg) defeated former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax by a
52-48 percent margin in the attorney general contest during the election that
saw very low voter turnout across the commonwealth.
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe will face off
against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for governor in the Nov. 5 general
election after he ran unopposed in the primary.
“I look forward to coming together to ensure the Democratic ticket wins
a clean sweep in November,” Chopra said in a statement on Tuesday night.
“The work to bring fairness, equality, and opportunity to Virginia continues.”
“I look forward to supporting Terry McAuliffe and the rest of our very strong
Democratic ticket in November,” Fairfax added.
Northam will face E.W. Jackson in the general election, while Herring will
square off against state Sen. Mark Obenshein (R-Harrisonburg.)
“Today, Virginia Democrats nominated three individuals that share a
common bond: a clear history of support for policies — including higher
taxes, big government programs and anti-competitive regulations — that
will move Virginia backwards,” Cuccinelli’s campaign spokesperson, Dave
Rexrode, said in a statement after the polls closed.
Virginia Democrats and LGBT rights advocates have repeatedly criticized
Cuccinelli and the GOP ticket for their opposition to marriage rights for
same-sex couples and other gay-specific issues.
Cuccinelli in March filed an ultimately unsuccessful challenge to a three-
judge panel’s ruling that overturned Virginia’s sodomy law. He also spoke at
an anti-gay marriage event at a Manassas church last October to which the
Washington Blade was denied access.
Jackson, who founded Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, has
previously compared gay men to pedophiles and described them as
psychologically, mentally and emotionally “very sick people.” Equality
Virginia pointed out to reporters last month after the Republican Party of
Virginia officially nominated their statewide ticket that Obenshein opposed a
measure a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee tabled in February that
would have banned discrimination against LGBT state employees.
“Virginia Democrats have nominated a mainstream equality-oriented
ticket, setting up a stark contrast with the most anti-gay Republican ticket
in Virginia history,” state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) told the Blade on
Tuesday. “Cuccinelli, Jackson and Obenshain have a clear record of division,
derision and denial.”
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Blade wins journalism awards
The Washington Blade was honored by the D.C. chapter of Society of Professional
Journalists this week with two first-place awards in its annual competition.
Joey DiGuglielmo, the Blade’s features editor, took first place in the features writing
category (weekly) for his piece titled, “Faith of our fathers.” The judges described it as, “a
well-researched, well-structured look at the gains — and setbacks — of LGBT acceptance
within the Catholic religion on the 40th anniversary of Washington’s DignityUSA chapter.”
Blade editor Kevin Naff won first place in the editorial writing category for his piece
titled, “At long last, equality in Maryland,” reflecting on the enactment of marriage
equality. The judges described it as a “crisp, emotional first-person account of the
joys of advocacy journalism.”
In addition, Blade senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. was honored as a runner-up in
the general news category for his story, “Hundreds march against anti-LGBT violence.”
“We’re very proud of our staff,” said Blade publisher Lynne Brown. “Their awards
reflect our ongoing, nearly 45-year commitment to quality local journalism.”
STAFF REPORTS
Del. Senate approves trans rights bill
The Delaware Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would add gender identity
and expression to the state’s anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.
The 11-7 vote came after lawmakers debated the measure that Senate Majority
Whip Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington) introduced late last month. Senate Bill
97 would specifically ban anti-transgender discrimination in housing, employment,
public accommodations and works contracting and insurance.
Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) and state Sens.
Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrooke,) Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown,) Robert
Marshall (D-Wilmington,) David McBride (D-Hawk’s Nest,) Harris McDowell III
(D-Wilmington,) Karen Peterson (D-Stanton,) Nicole Poore (D-New Castle,) David
Sokola (D-Newark) and Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) voted for SB 97.
Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford) and state Sens. Colin
Bonini (R-Dover,) Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna,) Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View,) David
Lawson (R-Marydel,) Ernesto Lopez (R-Lewes) and Robert Venables, Sr., (D-Laurel)
voted against the measure. State Sens. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) and Senate
Majority Whip Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharpley) abstained, while Sen. Brian Pettyjohn
(R-Georgetown) was absent.
“This bill lets people know that Delaware will welcome you and that, in keeping
with our highest ideals as Americans, we will not tolerate discrimination or violence
against a person based on their race, color, religion, sexual orientation or now based
on their perceived gender,” Henry said after the vote.
Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman also welcomed SB 97’s passage.
“We are so proud of the 11 senators who voted today to make Delaware a fair and
welcoming place for transgender Delawareans,” she told the Washington Blade.
The House Administration Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on SB 97
on June 12. Check washingtonblade.com for updated news.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Ayanbadejo to guest edit Blade
Brendon Ayanbadejo, who played on the 2013
Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, will serve
as guest editor of an Aug. 30 special edition of the
Washington Blade.
Blade editor Kevin Naff made the announcement
with Ayanbadejo at a press conference last week.
“I thought it was important to work with [the
Blade] just because of their status,” he said. “So
I’m going to leverage them to get my message
out.” Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken LGBT
rights supporter and publicly endorsed marriage
equality in 2009.
The Aug. 30 issue will be dedicated to LGBT
issues in professional sports. That same week,
D.C. will host the 37
th
NAGAA Gay Softball World
Series, drawing thousands of gay athletes to the city. The Blade announced this week
that it is serving as the official media sponsor of the World Series and producing the
official guide to the games.
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CHAPTER 1
I have a tale to tell. At first reading, some would
cast it as nothing more than a fairy tale; but
truth be told, I think it should be considered
a cautionary tale. This is nevertheless, my true
story.
My name is Marc Daniels. Today I am a man
that you would like very much to have in your
life, but in my dark yesterdays, you would wish
that I was nowhere in your sight. It is these days,
those that have long passed where I will begin to
tell my honest, but unusual plight.
If you saw the world as I once saw it to be, a true
friend I would have found you to be; but if you
did not share my narrow view, I would have seen
you as being unfortunate because you were dif-
ferent from me. I once thought this world would
be perfect if everyone lived his or her lives as I
lived mine. However, one unforgettable night,
during this dark past, the most curious of ques-
tions fell upon me; what if things were different?
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Mayor Gray on hand
to mark milestone
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was among
those who gathered at Casa Ruby in
Northwest Washington last week to
celebrate the first anniversary of the
Latino LGBT community center.
Casa Ruby, which opened in a three-
story brownstone at 2822 Georgia Ave.,
N.W., in Colombia Heights last June,
offers a variety of social services and
other programs to LGBT Latinos in
D.C. area in both Spanish and English.
These include job placement programs,
referrals to immigration lawyers, HIV
testing and a food pantry.
Casa Ruby CEO Ruby Corado told
the Washington Blade her organization
has provided services to more than 700
people since it opened its doors.
“It’s been an amazing year,” she
said, noting the center is a multicultural
space that is open to everyone. “It’s
been like a dream come true and I feel
accomplished because this past year,
what I had in mind did happen.”
Casa Ruby has expanded into
the third floor of the brownstone to
accommodate the clients it now serves.
Corado said the center’s operating
budget is currently $5,500 a month,
with $4,500 a month in rent and another
$1,000 in expenses for utilities and
printing supplies. Corado contributes
$2,000 – or more than a third of Casa
Ruby’s monthly operating budget –
each month from her personal savings.
She said a handful of major donors
have contributed between $500 and
$1,000. A benefit that took place at
Black Cat Backstage on 14th Street in
Northwest D.C. on June 3 raised $427,
but the vast majority of contributions
to Casa Ruby come from what Corado
described as around 200 “community
donors” who donate $10 or $20.
Gray recently announced that LGBT
organizations that provide community
services could become eligible to
receive grants for as much as $100,000
under a new city program.
Corado said she hopes to receive
city grants and other funding, but she
stressed her most pressing concern is
paying Casa Ruby’s rent.
She paid the organization’s landlord
$4,000 last week, but she still owes him
$7,000.
“The only thing I worry about is the
rent,” Corado said.
Camila Munayki Quiroz had just
begun her transition when Casa Ruby
opened in June 2012. The D.C. resident
who is originally from Perú had been
an undocumented immigrant for eight
years after her student visa expired, but
the lawyer with whom Corado connected
her won her immigration case.
“Now I have legal documents in
this country, which has opened many
opportunities for me,” Quiroz said. “My
life has changed completely.”
D.C. resident Marquette, who did not
give his last name, has attended job
training classes and received an HIV test
at Casa Ruby since he became a client
two months ago. He told the Blade he
feels the organization provides him and
others “a lot of opportunities.”
“I’m really trying to do something
with my life right now,” Marquette said.
“This space is helping me.”
Measure would repeal
law requiring
reassignment surgery
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Two D.C. Council committees voted
unanimously last week to approve a
bill that, among other things, would
repeal an existing city law that prevents
transgender people from changing
their birth certificate to reflect a change
in gender unless they undergo gender
reassignment surgery.
The bill, written by Council member
David Catania (I-At-Large), is called the
JaParker Deoni Jones Birth Certificate
Equality Amendment Act of 2013 in
honor of the transgender woman who
was murdered in February 2012 while
waiting for a bus in Northeast D.C.
“D.C. only allows trans people to
change their birth certificate if those
requesting changes have had sex-
reassignment surgery,” Andy Bowen
of the D.C. Trans Coalition told the
Council’s Committee on Health at a
hearing on the bill.
“This surgery costs many thousands of
dollars,” Bowen said. “It is out of reach
for the primarily low-income transgender
population. It is not covered by most
insurance policies. And it is not medically
safe for some people.”
Bowen and other transgender
advocates and their supporters told the
committee that for many transgender
people, surgery isn’t necessary for them
to transition to another gender.
The legislation would amend the D.C.
Vital Records Act of 1981 to require
the city registrar to issue a new birth
certificate designating a new gender for
“any individual who provides a written
request and a signed statement from
a licensed healthcare provider that the
individual has undergone a gender
transition,” according to a statement
released by the Committee on Health.
The bill would require that the original
birth certificate of the transgender
person be sealed when a new one
is issued. The measure would also
eliminate a requirement under existing
law that people seeking a name change
publicly announce the change in a
newspaper or other publication.
Transgender advocates have said a
new birth certificate and name change
reflecting someone’s new gender are
essential steps needed for transgender
people to successfully complete their
transition and live free from discrimination.
With Catania’s approval, the
Committee on Health and the Committee
on the Judiciary and Public Safety made
seven changes to the bill that had been
proposed by transgender activists, who
said the changes would strengthen the
bill’s protections for transgender people
seeking a new birth certificate.
“For far too long, members of the
transgender community have suffered
intolerable discrimination and abuse,” said
Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward
7), chair of the Committee on Health.
“The measure before us today is but
one step we may take to bring protection
and a sense of dignity to those who
number among the most maligned
members of society,” Alexander said.
The Committee on Health headed
by Alexander approved the revised
measure on Wednesday. The
Committee on the Judiciary and Public
Safety, chaired by Council member
Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) approved the
bill on Thursday.
Twelve of the Council’s 13 members
either co-introduced or co-sponsored
the bill. Council member Marion
Barry (D-Ward 8) was the only Council
member that didn’t add his name as a
co-introducer or co-sponsor.
The bill is expected to come before
the full Council for the first of two votes
or “readings” later this month.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has said he
supports the bill and would sign it when
it reaches his desk.
D.C. trans birth certificate bill advances
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RUBY CORADO, Iounder oI Latino LGBT
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Casa Ruby celebrates first anniversary
Council member DAVID CATANIA authored the JaFarker Deoni Jones Birth CertiIcate Equality
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Police say gay man urinated
in public, resisted arrest

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Representatives of LGBT advocacy
groups held a news conference outside
New York City police headquarters on
Tuesday to denounce what they called
the unjustified arrest of three gay men
and an assault against two of them by
officers who reportedly shouted anti-
gay names at the men.
Josh Williams, 26, and his roommates,
Tony Maenza and Ben Collins, both
24, have accused the officers of falsely
charging Williams with urinating on
the grounds of the 79th Precinct police
station in the Bedford Stuyvesant
section of Brooklyn as they were walking
home about 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 2.
The LGBT representatives and three
members of the New York City Council
who joined them at the news conference
said they were especially troubled that
the alleged police attack on the gay
men came on the heels of a string of
anti-gay hate crimes in New York over
the past several months, including the
murder of a gay man in Greenwich
Village in May.
The three men “reported that they
were walking past the 79th Precinct
when an NYPD officer accused one
of the men of public urination and
attacked him, throwing him against a
police car,” said a statement released
by the New York Anti-Violence Project
(AVP), an LGBT group that organized
the news conference.
“The officer was joined by other
officers who also attacked the man,
throwing him to the ground and pepper
spraying him while he was in handcuffs,”
the statement says. “The survivor was
handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations.
The survivor’s injuries were treated at a
hospital, where he was again restrained
with wrist and ankle cuffs.”
The Village Voice reported it learned
through an unnamed source that the
NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau opened
an investigation into the incident “after
someone apparently associated with
the precinct filed a complaint.”
The AVP released a video of part of
the incident that Maenza says he took
with his cell phone, in which silhouettes
of the police officers and the three gay
men can been seen in the darkness
shouting at one another.
Although the video is too dark to
show anyone’s face, a cluster of officers
can be seen holding down a person on
the ground.
“He didn’t do anything,” one of the
men shouted in the video. One of the
officers shouted back, “Get the fuck out
of here.”
The three or four-minute long video,
which has been posted on YouTube,
ends with Maenza demanding that the
officers identify themselves with their
badge numbers and telling them he
filmed “the whole thing.” When the
officers don’t respond to Maenza’s call
for their identities the gay men and
the officers can be heard exchanging
insults, with both sides cursing at one
another.
“He didn’t piss, he didn’t fucking
piss on anything,” one of the gay men
shouted. “You’re a fucking asshole,”
one of the officers shouted back. “What
a fucking bunch of pigs,” one of the gay
men yelled.
In a statement emailed to the
Washington Blade, Deputy New York
Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne
said the incident began when an
officer “observed a male urinating on
a dumpster in the precinct parking lot”
near the precinct’s gasoline pumps.
“The same police officer approached
the individual, who was uncooperative
and refused to ID himself,” prompting
the officer to attempt to arrest the
individual, who was later identified
as Josh Williams, Browne said in his
statement.
“The individual, who appeared
highly intoxicated, was combative and
uncooperative,” Browne’s statement
says. “He resisted arrest and force was
employed to arrest him, during which
he incurred a laceration to the cheek
and bruising.”
CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Collins marches in Boston Pride parade
BOSTON — Former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins marched in
Boston’s annual gay Pride parade on June 8.
The Boston Globe reported the NBA center who played for the city’s
professional basketball team until February marched with Massachusetts
Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III, with whom he lived in college. Collins
wore a black T-shirt that read “#betrue” in rainbow colored letters during
the parade that wound its way through Boston’s Back Bay and South End
neighborhoods.
Collins in May became the first male athlete who actively plays in a major
American professional sports league to come out as gay.
He has repeatedly declined the Washington Blade’s requests for an
interview, but he wrote in a Sports Illustrated op-ed that announced his
homosexuality that he is “black. And I’m gay.”
“I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie,”
Collins wrote.
President Obama, NBA Commissioner David Stern and New York City
Council Speaker Christine Quinn are among those who applauded Collins
after he came out.
Anti-trans Arizona bill shelved
PHOENIX — The sponsor of an Arizona bill that would have banned local
governments from passing ordinances that would punish local businesses if
they did not allow transgender people to use their restrooms has shelved his
measure for the remainder of the current legislative session.
State Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) told the Arizona Republic
on June 5 he plans to reintroduce the proposal that became known as the
“bathroom bill” next year.
“It makes me rest easier in that we’ve got another six to seven months
to educate people,” Equality Arizona President Rebecca Wininger told the
newspaper. “I don’t think anybody but Kavanagh had a belief that it was a
truly needed bill.”
Homeland Security group marks Pride month
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Pride on June 6
honored Military Partners and Families Coalition Co-Founder Tracey Hepner
at its annual Pride month reception.
“DHS Pride reduces anxiety for LGBT employees by demonstrating it is safe
to be exactly who you are at work,” said Hepner, whose organization provides
support to same-sex partners of military personnel and their families. “When
an employee knows they can approach supervisors and peers about family or
personal concerns and celebrations, it fosters a healthy workplace culture.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Gautam Raghavan
of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement are among those who
attended the event.
Fire Island building deemed historic
CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. — The National Park Service has placed a Fire Island
community center and theater onto the National Register of Historic Places.
The Cherry Grove Community House that dates back to 1948 is among
the first venues in the country that featured gay-produced shows and
performances. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote in a May 9 letter
to the head of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic
Landmarks Program that the structure represents “a rare and exceptionally
significant chapter in the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights in the
United States.”
“We are overjoyed that the nation is recognizing this powerful symbol
of civil liberties for the LGBT community,” said Cherry Grove Community
Association President Diane Romano.
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The White House “strongly objects”
to “conscience” language aimed at
making it easier for service members
to harass their gay colleagues that was
added to the House version of major
defense budget legislation — while
threatening to veto the bill as a whole.
In a Statement of Administration
Policy on Monday, the White House
Office of Management and Budget
says the language would undermine
a commander’s authority to maintain
discipline in his unit.
“The administration strongly objects
to section 530, which would require the
Armed Forces to accommodate, except
in cases of military necessity, ‘actions
and speech’ reflecting the “conscience,
moral principles, or religious beliefs of
the member,” the statement says. “By
limiting the discretion of commanders
to address potentially problematic
speech and actions within their units,
this provision would have a significant
adverse effect on good order, discipline,
morale, and mission accomplishment.”
The language was added last week
to the House version of the fiscal year
2014 defense authorization bill as an
amendment during the committee
markup by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.)
Fleming’s measure puts the burden
on the Pentagon to prove that the
expression of religious beliefs would
be an “actual harm” to good order and
discipline in refusing to accommodate
them. It’s seen as way for troops to
harass their gay colleagues for religious
reasons without fear of reprisal.
The language expands on existing
“conscience” provisions that were
signed into law last year by President
Obama, who at the time called them
“unnecessary” and gave assurances the
Pentagon would implement it in a way
that was consistent with good order.
The White House enumerates other
concerns over the defense legislation, such
as the restrictions on the administration to
align the armed forces in a way consistent
with Obama’s military strategy.
The statement also objects to the way
the defense authorization bill “assumes
adoption of the House Budget
Resolution framework,” saying Obama’s
senior advisers would recommend a
veto if the legislation were sent to this
desk under this framework. No such
veto threat is explicitly made for the
conscience provision in the bill.
Ian Thompson, legislative
representative for the American Civil
Liberties Union, says the ACLU is
“pleased” the administration has
objections to the language and called
on Congress to remove the language.
“We are pleased to see the
administration’s very strong objections
to this unnecessary, dangerous
provision,” Thompson said. “Members
of Congress should heed the
warnings about this provision having
a ‘significant adverse effect on good
order, discipline, morale, and mission
accomplishment’ by removing it before
the defense bill is sent to President
Obama later this year.”
Advocates issue new calls for
workplace protections
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The absence of federal LGBT
workplace non-discrimination
protections continues to rile advocates
as the White House prepared to
welcome members of the LGBT
community for a Pride reception on
Thursday. (Visit washingtonblade.com
for updated coverage of the event.)
LGBT advocates told the Washington
Blade days before the event they had
a singular desire for what they want
President Obama to say to attendees —
that he’ll sign an executive order barring
federal contractors from discriminating
against LGBT workers.
Fred Sainz, vice president of
communications for the Human Rights
Campaign, recalled Obama’s words
during the 2008 presidential campaign
as he called on him to announce he’ll
sign the executive order.
“It’s been five long years since he
made a promise to sign it and it’s long
past time it gets done,” Sainz said. “This
president has done virtually everything
right on issues of LGBT equality. He’s
been a steadfast ally. That’s why it’s so
frustrating to see time go by without his
signature on an EO that would protect
millions of LGBT workers nationwide.”
The executive order is considered a
campaign promise based on a “yes”
response that then-candidate Obama
gave on a questionnaire to the Houston
GLBT Political Caucus indicating he
supports a non-discrimination policy for
all federal contractors based on sexual
orientation and gender identity.
The Pride reception comes as the
LGBT workplace non-discrimination
issue has gained prominence — even
in mainstream media. Last week, Ellen
Sturtz, a lesbian activist affiliated with
GetEQUAL, made headlines when she
confronted first lady Michelle Obama
at a Democratic National Committee
fundraiser in D.C. and heckled her
about the executive order.
Given the media interest in the
confrontation last week, it’s possible
advocates would pursue the same strategy
— this time at an event where the president
is slated to appear and one geared
specifically for the LGBT community.
Heather Cronk, managing director
of GetEQUAL, said her organization is
planning “an action” for this week when
asked whether her organization is doing
something for the Pride reception. She
declined to elaborate.
Shin Inouye, a White House
spokesperson, offered few details via
email when asked what Obama intends
to say at the Pride reception.
“On Thursday, the President will
deliver remarks at the LGBT Pride
Month celebration at the White House,”
Inouye said.
Tico Almeida, president of Freedom
to Work, took the liberty of crafting a
speech for Obama.
“When I first campaigned for
president, I promised – in writing – to
take executive action preventing federal
contractors like ExxonMobil from wasting
taxpayer money by discriminating
against LGBT Americans,” Almeida
said. “For five years you’ve waited for
me to do what’s right – sometimes
patiently and sometimes not. ... I’m
sorry we’ve moved too slowly on this
promise, but the good news is I brought
a pen with me today.”
As pressure mounts on Obama to sign
the executive order, members of the
LGBT community from across the country
are slated to make an appearance at the
Pride reception on Thursday.
In a statement on June 3, Daryl Justin
Finizio, mayor of New London, Conn.,
announced on his Facebook page he
was set to attend the reception along
with his spouse, Todd Ledbetter.
“My partner and I are moved by
this invitation and are very grateful to
President Obama for doing so much to
support equal rights for all Americans,”
Finizio said. “We’re proud to attend and
represent our progressive city and its
broad and diverse community of people
from different nationalities, religions
and genders.”
Also slated to attend the reception
is the first gay couple legally married
in Michigan, according to MLive.
com. Gene Barfield and his spouse,
Tim LaCroix, were married in March
in the Little Traverse Bay Bands of
Odawa Indians reservation after being
together 30 years. Their marriage isn’t
recognized by the state itself, which has
a constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriage.
Barfield, who marched on the White
House and returned his service medals
from his time in the U.S. Navy in protest
of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” reportedly said
he was shocked to receive the invitation.
“We’re always going to be in shock
about this,” Barfield said. “The fact
that there is going to be an LGBT
celebration at the White House, times
change, times change.”
According to Los Angeles Times, also
planning to attend the reception is Rev. R.
Guy Erwin, who was recently elected the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s
first openly gay bishop. Bishop-elect
Erwin was elected last month to a six-year
term in the church’s Southwest California
Synod, which includes the greater Los
Angeles area.
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force said
she wants the president to announce at
the reception he’ll issue a directive to
protect LGBT employees.
“We want to see him honor Pride
month by ending the daily fear
experienced by millions of Americans of
losing their livelihoods because of who
they are or who they love,” Carey said.
Obama again celebrates Pride Month
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Is the White House
studying LGBT workplace
discrimination?
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The treasurer of the Democratic
National Committee is telling LGBT
donors that “a process” is underway
that would lead to President Obama
signing an executive order banning
LGBT workplace discrimination among
federal contractors.
In an email dated May 30 from an
off-the-record listserv leaked to the
Washington Blade, Andy Tobias, who’s
gay, said in response to questions
about the directive that he’s spoken to
officials within the administration and
“everyone’s for it,” but the hold up is
related to “process.”
“I have spoken to people in an attempt
to understand better myself what the
delay is — and to lobby for its getting
done,” Tobias wrote. “Those people have
left me satisfied that our frustration is
heard, that the hold-up is not staffers who
oppose our rights but a process that is
broader than just this one very important
and long delayed agenda item. To which
I basically respond: can I share more of
the specifics? (‘Please don’t’) and can you
please get a move on?! (‘we hear you
brother; keep the faith’).”
Tobias, who’s gay, concludes by saying
other LGBT agenda items were achieved
under President Obama, including hate
crimes protection legislation, “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” repeal and the completion of
the president’s evolution on same-sex
marriage. He added, “But they got done
and this will get done too.“
The email is a follow-up to an email
that Tobias wrote already published by
the Washington Blade from the same
listserv responding to criticism over first
lady Michelle Obama’s speech during a
DNC LGBT gala in New York. The second
email is in response to a question from
Freedom to Work’s Tico Almeida.
Tobias declined to comment on the
emails, although multiple individuals on
the listserv confirmed they came from
his email address.
Other emails from Tobias leaked to
the Blade reveal that he’s attempted
to tamp down concerns among some
on the listserv over the White House
withholding the executive order. The
second email is the one in which he
talks most explicitly about a process
potentially leading to the directive.
Shin Inouye, a White House
spokesperson, reiterated that an
executive order is a “hypothetical”
matter for the administration.
“As we’ve said before, the White
House has no updates regarding
a hypothetical Executive Order on
LGBT non-discrimination for federal
contractors,” Inouye said.
Still, this assertion of a process is
consistent with indications from the
White House that some kind of study is
underway — or possibly completed —
on LGBT discrimination protections.
In April, Inouye alluded to an
examination in a previously unpublished
response to the Blade over a little-noticed
year-old quote from the Center for
American Progress’ Winnie Stachelberg
about a study on the issue from the
Council of Economic Advisers. Inouye
said, “We continue to study the issue.”
That year-old quote came after a high-
level White House meeting in which Senior
Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett
told LGBT advocates the administration
wouldn’t at the time issue an executive
order for LGBT workplace protections. A
source familiar with the meeting, who
spoke on condition of anonymity, said
White House officials didn’t say CEA
would conduct a study, but noted there
are multiple options for how to study the
issue and gave CEA as an example.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
didn’t deny the existence of the study last
week when questioned about it during a
news briefing, saying, “I don’t have any
updated status on that for you.” The
White House didn’t respond to further
requests from the Blade to elaborate.
Internal work within the Obama
administration on the executive order
reportedly was done more than a year
ago. Sources told the Blade last year
that the Labor and Justice departments
indicated they could implement the
order if Obama signed it.
Baer would represent the
U.S. at OSCE in Vienna
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The White House on Monday
announced that President Obama has
nominated Daniel Baer to become the next
ambassador of the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE.)
Baer, who is the current assistant
secretary for the Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State
Department, would become the fourth
openly LGBT person to serve as a U.S.
ambassador. David Huebner has been
the ambassador to New Zealand and
Samoa since 2009. Michael Guest was the
ambassador to Romania from 2001-2004
and James Hormel was the ambassador
to Luxembourg from 1999-2001.
OSCE, which is based in Vienna,
comprises 57 European, Asian and North
American countries that cooperate on
security, terrorism, economic and human
rights issues. The organization formed in
the 1970s during the Cold War.
Baer, who has been in his current
position since November 2009, was
previously an assistant professor at
Georgetown University’s McDonough
School of Business. He was a fellow at
Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra
Foundation Center for Ethics from
2007-2008 and worked at the Boston
Consulting Group from 2004-2007.
Baer discussed the State Department’s
efforts to support LGBT rights efforts
abroad during an interview with the
Washington Blade last month.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton in 2011 proclaimed, “gay
rights are human rights” during a
landmark speech she gave in Geneva
to commemorate International Human
Rights Day. Obama on the same day
issued a presidential memorandum
that directed government agencies that
implement American foreign policy to
promote LGBT rights in the countries in
which they work.
Secretary of State John Kerry on June
5 released a video that marked LGBT
Pride Month.
The U.S. Ambassador to Moldova
William Moser on May 19 marched in
an LGBT Pride parade in Chisinau, the
country’s capital. Embassies in Bosnia-
Herzegovina, Estonia, Vietnam and other
countries last month commemorated
the annual International Day Against
Homophobia.
Foreign service officers have also
participated in LGBT-specific events in
Chile and other nations over the last year.
Baer, who spoke to the Blade two
days before the start of a USAID-
backed training in Bogotá, Colombia,
that 30 LGBT advocates from across the
South American country attended, said
the former first lady’s 2011 speech and
Obama’s referendum “gave a boost to
efforts that were already underway.”
“Part of what we’re associated with
in the world is human rights leadership
and that means taking on the
opportunities to speak up and to be a
voice for the voiceless and to advocate
for equal dignity for all persons by
virtue of their being persons,” he said.
“This is fully consistent with that, which
has been a bi-partisan commitment
through Republican and Democratic
administrations for a long time.”
He said ambassadors and their staffs
continue to look for opportunities to
engage the governments with whom
they work on these issues.
“Where there are opportunities
to either cooperate or to raise
concerns, that’s something we do on a
government-to-government channel,”
Baer said.
He added the State Department also
seeks to identify LGBT advocates and
organizations and “try to take our cues from
them” as to how to best support them.
“One of the things we can do is help
them build their capacity to do the
work that NGOs (non-governmental
organizations) do,” Baer said.
Baer did not immediately return
the Blade’s request for comment on
Monday.
The Washington Post on Monday
reported Obama is expected to
nominate as many as five gay men to
fill ambassadorships in the coming
weeks. They include former Office of
Personnel Management Director John
Berry, whom the newspaper reported
the president will tap to become the
next U.S. ambassador to Australia.
Gay State Dept. official tapped for ambassadorship
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Same-sex marriage opponents on
Sunday interrupted the men’s final of
the French Open in Paris.
The French newspaper Le Monde
reported a shirtless man wearing a white
mask who had “the rights of children” written
on his body ran onto the court holding a flare
during the final match between Spanish
tennis stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.
Four protesters also unfurled banners inside
Roland Garros Stadium that criticized French
President François Hollande and said in
English that, “with help, France ridicules the
rights of children.”
“This kind of thing is regrettable but
it has been taken care of remarkably
by our security staff,” said tournament
director Gilbert Ysern in a statement.
“It was a very quick moment,” said
Nadal — who went on to win the match,
and his eighth French Open title since
2005. “I felt a little bit scared at first
because I didn’t see what was going
on. I just saw a guy with some fire and I
got a little scared at the first second. But
then I saw it was one of these things that
nobody can prevent.”
Hommen, a group opposed to
France’s same-sex marriage law that
Hollande signed last month, also posted
a picture onto its Twitter page that
shows five shirtless men holding flairs
and unfurling a banner from the top
of the stadium that urged the French
president to resign.
Police say they also detained six more
demonstrators who were found at the
neighboring court where the Legends
tournament was taking place, according
to Reuters.
The first gay couple to legally marry
in France tied the knot in the city of
Montpellier on May 29, but same-sex
marriage supporters maintain rhetoric
against the law has sparked anti-gay
violence across the country.
Charles Roncier, a gay blogger who is
an assistant editor for the website VIH.
org, told the Blade that La Manif Pour
Tous and other same-sex marriage
opponents are “out for blood” because
“they lost the fight.”
“The political climate has definitely
been altered by the months of
homophobic protests,” he said. “We
can say that far-right extremists feel more
confident than ever to demonstrate,
appear on [television] to spread their
hate speech, especially after the
tolerance the traditional… right-wing
showed towards these extremists.”
Anti-gay bill passes in Russian Parliament
observers expect it will easily pass.
President Vladimir Putin, who announced
his divorce from his wife of 30 years last
week, is expected to sign it into law.
“I was sure it would be passed,”
Alekseev said. “It will now be signed by
the president, who is very much using
this fight against homosexuals in his
campaign to attract voters.”
The State Department in January
criticized the passage of the “promotion of
homosexuality” bill on its first reading. The
United Nations, Amnesty International and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel are
among those who have also spoken out
against the measure.
“Russia is trying very hard to make
discrimination look respectable by
calling it ‘tradition,’ but whatever term is
used in the bill, it remains discrimination
and a violation of the basic human rights
of LGBT people,” Graeme Reid, LGBT
rights program director at Human Rights
Watch, said. “To try to exclude LGBT
people as ‘non-traditional’ is to try and
make them less than human. It is cynical,
and it is dangerous.”
“This is a very sad day for the Russian
LGBTI community and for Russian
democracy,” Martin K. I. Christensen,
co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive
Board, added.
The measure passed amid growing
concerns over anti-LGBT violence and
discrimination in the country.
Two men allegedly sodomized
Vladislav Tornovoi with empty beer
bottles and set his body on fire near
Volgograd on May 10 after he reportedly
came out to them. Reuters on June 3
reported authorities on the Kamchatka
Peninsula in Russia’s Far East said three
men stabbed and trampled a gay man
to death late last month before they set
his car on fire with his body inside.
Russian lawmakers are also poised
to ban foreign same-sex couples from
adopting Russian children.
Alekseev said hundreds of skinheads
and other anti-gay demonstrators
confronted the few dozen LGBT
protesters who kissed outside the Duma
before Tuesday’s vote. He noted several
of the advocates were attacked; and
one of them remains in the hospital.
Alekseev said authorities arrested
many of the LGBT activists and “didn’t
touch any of the anti-gay protesters.”
“We’re quite used to such hostility
and to such arrest,” he told the Blade.
Boycott Sochi Olympics?
HereTV.com host Jim Morrison
posted a petition to the White House’s
website after Tuesday’s vote that calls for
a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics
that will take place in the Russian city of
Sochi in February.
“For my country to participate in this
is outlandish,” he told the Blade.
A Russian appeals court in March 2012
upheld a lower court ruling that blocked
a group that sought to disseminate
information on the Russian LGBT rights
movement during the Sochi games.
Alekseev, who has appealed the
decision to the European Court of
Human Rights, noted the country will
also host the 2018 World Cup.
He said economic sanctions against
Russia is one way to pressure the
government to improve its record on
LGBT rights and other human rights
issues. Alekseev added, however, the
international community “should think”
before it decides to participate in the
Sochi Olympics and the World Cup.
“[They are] a very good opportunity to
raise particular concerns,” he said. “One of
the ways for many countries would be to
boycott these international sporting events
because they take place in a country which
doesn’t respect basic human rights.”
The United States and other countries
boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in
Moscow in response to the Soviet Union’s
invasion of Afghanistan the year before.
Cyd Zeigler, Jr., co-founder of
Outsports.com, described the boycott
as “the biggest black eye this country
has ever self-inflicted.”
“The Olympics are supposed to be
apolitical,” he said, noting gay Olympic
diver Greg Louganis was unable to
compete because then-President
Jimmy Carter decided to boycott the
games. “To start playing politics by
removing an opportunity for these
athletes to participate — something
they’ve been working for all their lives
would be a disgrace.”
Blake Skjellerup, a gay Canadian
short track speed skater who plans to
compete in Sochi, said he would not
support a boycott of the games.
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more of a sense of acceptance and
tolerance.”
First held in 1981, the annual parade
has grown to include dozens of LGBT
organizations and other groups.
SMYAL, D.C. Frontrunners, the D.C.
Center, Whitman-Walker Health and the
Trevor Project are among the groups
that marched in this year’s parade.
“It’s always thrilling,” former D.C.
Council member Carol Schwartz, who
attended the parade with PFLAG, told
the Blade shortly after it began in Dupont
Circle. “It’s especially thrilling now that
we have same-sex marriage and that
we’ve seen so many advancements.”
Tens of thousands of people also
attended the 17th annual Capital
Pride Street Festival that took place
on Pennsylvania Avenue between
3rd and 7th Streets, N.W., on Sunday.
Emeli Sandé, Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd
headlined the main stage. And in a
rare feat, the weather cooperated with
moderate temperatures and mostly
sunny skies.
Mayoral candidates march
D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser
(D-Ward 4), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6),
and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) – each of
whom is running for mayor – waved to
thousands of cheering onlookers as
they marched in the Pride parade.
Gray, who has yet to announce
whether he will run for a second term
but who many believe will throw his
hat in the ring, also marched in the
parade, with LGBT supporters and city
employees marching in his contingent.
The fact that four prominent
politicians and long-time LGBT allies
are either running or expected to run
for mayor in the April 2014 Democratic
mayoral primary highlights what many
activists say is D.C.’s status as one of
America’s most LGBT supportive cities.
But for many in the LGBT community,
the fact that four longtime friends are
running or likely to run against each
other poses a dilemma. On what basis
will they choose one over the other,
some are asking.
In interviews with the Washington
Blade during LGBT Pride month, several
activists who discussed the upcoming
mayoral election said it is far too early to
make a decision on whom to back, even
among those who supported Gray in his
2010 mayoral election campaign.
“We don’t know who else will get in
the race,” said gay Democratic activist
Peter Rosenstein, who supported Gray
in 2010 and who has written several
commentaries for the Blade praising
Gray’s administration for making
important improvements in the city,
including the local economy.
“It’s much too early to make a
decision,” Rosenstein said.
Veteran gay and AIDS activist Cornelius
Baker, however, said he remains a strong
Gray supporter and he and many others
in the LGBT community he knows won’t
line up behind anyone else until Gray
makes his intentions known.
“We’re all waiting for him to give us
the word that he’s running,” said Baker
at a Black LGBT Pride event two weeks
ago. “I’m ready to do all I can to support
him because he’s done an excellent job
on the issues that are important to me.”
Rick Rosendall, president of the Gay and
Lesbian Activists Alliance, a non-partisan
advocacy group that rates candidates
based on their record and positions on
LGBT-related issues, expressed caution
about basing a decision on who to back
solely on a candidate’s general statements
of support.
“All friends are not created equal,” he
said. “It behooves us to look inside the
wrappers and compare the candidates’
records on translating their friendly
words into results,” said Rosendall. “But
that’s for another day – it’s Pride, and we
have much to celebrate.”
Rosendall backed Gray in the 2010
election.
Christopher Dyer, who served as
director of the city’s Office of GLBT
Affairs under Mayor Adrian Fenty, said
he’s supporting Bowser, who was a
strong Fenty supporter in the 2010
election in which Gray beat Fenty in a
hotly contested race.
Also backing Bowser is gay activist
and businessman Everett Hamilton.
If Fenty’s LGBT backers transfer their
support to Bowser, who was a strong
political ally of Fenty’s, the Ward 4 Council
woman could receive a considerable boost
for her campaign among LGBT voters.
Fenty won in most of the city’s election
precincts with high concentrations of
LGBT residents in his unsuccessful bid for
a second term in 2010.
Gay Democratic activist John Fanning
said he is among the Ward 2 LGBT
residents supporting Evans in the
mayoral election next year.
“Jack has the experience and has
paid his dues,” said Fanning, noting
that Evans has been on the D.C. Council
since 1991.
Mark Lee, an advocate for nightlife
businesses and a business columnist for
the Blade, said the mayoral contenders’
strong record of support on LGBT issues
opens the way for LGBT voters to look
at other issues.
“The hard work by community leaders
over many years has made LGBT issues
non-controversial in District politics or
governance,” Lee said. “As a result,
we now have both the opportunity and
obligation to participate as full citizens
and evaluate candidates on a wide
range of issues.”
In media interviews during the past
few weeks, each of the three Council
contenders in the mayor’s race as well
as Gray have said they welcome voter
scrutiny of their positions and records
on all issues.
Meanwhile, at least two others have
given hints that they were considering
entering the race. Gay D.C. Council
member David Catania (I-At-Large)
reportedly is weighing a run, according
to political insiders. Should he run
and win, Catania would make history
by becoming the first out gay person
elected mayor of D.C.
Robert C. Bobb, who served as city
administrator under former D.C. Mayor
Anthony Williams and later as president
of the D.C. school board, is also said
to be considering a run for mayor next
year. Bobb expressed support for LGBT
rights during his campaign for the school
board post in 2006 as well as during his
tenure as city administrator.
Catania, a longtime vocal supporter
of LGBT rights, was the author and
lead advocate for the city’s same-sex
marriage law, which the D.C. Council
passed in 2009. He recently switched
from serving as chair of the Council’s
Committee on Health to being chair of
the Committee on Education, where he
has emerged as a vocal advocate for
school reform.
Evans, Bowser and Wells each voted
for the marriage equality law after
advocating for such legislation since
winning election to the Council.
“I intend to spend more time focused
on that, and when and if I decide to do
something else I’ll make that decision,
but it’s hard to do two tracks,” Catania
told the Blade while marching in the
Capital Pride Parade on Saturday.
“People often make calculations
that are not thoughtful and I want to
postpone that campaign mode as long
as possible,” he said.
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A week before Baltimore was to celebrate its annual Pride weekend, a
brouhaha developed as City Café owner Gino Cardinale and others met with
the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association (MVBA) to discuss issues relating to
the block party planned for Saturday.
“There is concern from area residents and businesses regarding Pride’s block
party this year,” said MVBA president Jason Curtis in a statement. “Concerns
are mostly regarding cleanliness after the event and the underaged drinking
during the event.”
At the meeting, Cardinale allegedly charged that the Club Hippo, Grand
Central and the GLCCB’s vendor that serves alcoholic beverages are not
doing enough to prevent underage people from purchasing drinks.
This led to spirited arguments carried out on Facebook between supporters
of the bars and City Café. From the bars’ perspective, each establishment
maintains that it dutifully cards customers to ensure they are of legal age.
The City Café’s point of view as well as those of other Mount Vernon
businesses and residents who believe they are negatively affected by the
block party, is they want to protect their interests and keep the area clean.
They charged there is urination and defecation on private property and much
litter strewn around the neighborhood.
Club Hippo owner Chuck Bowers insists that his club as well as Grand
Central consistently cards customers at this event. He told the Blade that
underage drinking at the block party often occurs when kids bring alcoholic
beverages to the event. “They bring the alcohol from other places and from
coolers stored in cars,” Bowers said.
Cardinale said he is not singling out Bowers and Grand Central’s owner Don
Davis but that more efforts must be taken to prevent such behavior. He cites
turnover within the GLCCB for his inability to fully discuss and resolve the situation
with the organization. That is why he approached the MVBA for resolution.
MVBA’s Curtis stated on a Facebook post that, “the City Café never
asked that Pride be stopped or cancelled. City Café requested, as did other
businesses and residents, that GLCCB step up and start properly managing
the event which they obtain a permit for. I won’t deny that it was discussed
that if GLCCB can’t do a better job in managing this event, that the event
itself should be reconsidered. City Café was not alone in this request.”
The boundaries for consuming alcoholic beverages that have been agreed
to consist of Longrove Street on the east, Morton Street on the West, Read
Street on the south and half a block of Charles Street on the north. Alcoholic
consumption outside that designated area would be subject to enforcement
of Baltimore’s open container law. In addition, people will be stamped to
designate whether they are 21 or above or not.
GLCCB building sold
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore announced that the
building at 241 W. Chase St., which has been the headquarters for the 36-year-
old organization since 1980, has been sold. Closing took place May 31.
In a statement released by the board of directors, the decision to sell the
building was made to address ongoing community concerns with the inadequacy
of the GLCCB’s present space to meet the goals outlined in its strategic plan.
The board is “assessing a variety of options for relocation to meet the
growing and changing needs of the community. The 241 W. Chase St. building
is old, in need of continuous repair, has limited accessibility and sorely needs
to be updated to accommodate the community needs, including ADA
compliance all of which have significant costs associated with them.”
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Gay groups renew pledge to fight HIV
BOSTON — Statements from about 35 LGBT and HIV/AIDS groups including Gay
& Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) released a joint letter and video last week
committing themselves and their organizations to re-engaging the broader LGBT
community to fight HIV, Wicked Local, a Boston-based news gathering site, reported.
“HIV continues to have a disproportionate and devastating impact on our community,”
said GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow. “All of us in the community should consider it
our issue, and commit our time, talent and resources to ending the epidemic.”
Doc explores trauma toll on gay vets
SAN FRANCISCO — A documentary called “The Camouflage Closet” was screened
in San Francisco last week as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. It profiles the lives
of nine LGBT veterans and their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
trauma and recovery, Scope, a Stanford Medicine blog, reported.
Michael Nedelman, a medical student at Stanford, told the blog that people generally
use community and identity to cope with traumatic experiences, two things LGBT service
members had to suppress in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era.
“We will continue to see the impacts of anti-LGBT policies and it is becoming clear that
there is much that can be done to address it.”
Vt. nurses win trans health care victory
WASHINGTON — The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and a
coalition of community organizations have successfully removed health insurance barriers
for the state’s transgender community, the American Federation of Teachers reported
this week.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation issued a bulletin that instructs
insurance companies to provide medically necessary care regardless of gender identity,
Federation President Mari Cordes said.
Thus Vermont becomes the fourth state where insurance regulators have issued
bulletins clarifying that their state laws prohibit insurance discrimination against
transgender people. The other states are California, Colorado and Oregon, in addition
to the District of Columbia, the report said.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation launched a campaign to end health
care insurance exclusions against transgender people when a member approached
Cordes and told her that Fletcher Allen Health Care banned transition-related care in its
insurance plans.
“It was heartbreaking to me,” the article quoted Cordes as saying, “that this kind of
discrimination could exist in Vermont in 2012.”
Cervical cancer a threat for lesbian, bi women
LONDON — Lesbian and bi women are urged to get tested for the human
papillomavirus (HPV) because of its connection to cervical cancer, health experts are
saying to mark Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s Cervical Screening Awareness Week this week.
An article in Gay Star News, a UK-based LGBT news agency, said any woman with an
intact cervix who is sexually active (gay or straight) should have regular cervical screenings.
The HPV virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact.
There are particular problems with lesbian and bi women accessing cervical screening,
the article said.
Stonewall Research, which polled about 6,000 lesbian and bisexual women, found they
were often excluded from routine testing for cervical cancer. The Stonewall survey also
these women were reluctant to be honest about their sexual orientation with health care
professionals as they feared stigma and discrimination.
Research by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, carried out with the University of Salford
between 2010 and 2013, looked at the barriers experienced by lesbian and bi women
attending cervical screening. Many women said they had been wrongly advised they did
not need screening and some had even been refused screening as they only had female
partners. Women respondents also said health care professionals had asked inappropriate
questions or had wrongly assumed they were straight, Gay Star News reported.
Almost all the women (93 percent) said health care professionals needed more training
on the needs of lesbian and bi women.
Aussie kids thrive with gay parents
MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian study underway at Melbourne
University found that children of gay and lesbian couples are doing as well as
or better than children of straight parents in a number of key health indicators,
LGBTQ Nation reported last week.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS) was
conceived to study the overall health and well being of children of gay Australians
and the impact anti-gay discrimination has on them, the article said.
The study gathered data on 500 children under the age of 17 from 315 parents
and found that on measures of general health and overall family cohesion, children
with same-sex parents showed a significantly better score when compared to
children from other backgrounds and family contexts, the article said. For all other
health measures, there were no statistically significant differences.
The study’s preliminary results can be read on the ACHESS website.
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Let’s proceed intelligently in
advancing LGBT rights
The issue of LGBT rights got lost in
the story last week of Michelle Obama
being heckled, which unfortunately
turned into a charge of racism by some.
We must be cognizant of those sensitivi-
ties even when the person heckled lives
the life, earned by her accomplishments
and marriage, of one of the most elite
and entitled persons in the world.
The fight for our civil and human
rights must proceed intelligently. We
fight because 40 percent of homeless
youth are LGBT; millions of LGBT citi-
zens still don’t have the right to marry;
millions are at risk of losing their jobs;
and although “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
has been repealed, gay and lesbian ser-
vice members still don’t have full and
equal rights.
We need to use every tool available
to us. That includes lobbying Congress,
making our case to the American peo-
ple and stirring the pot when need be.
We must donate to candidates that sup-
port us, work on their campaigns and
be a part of changing Congress. But the
fight will also include civil disobedience.
Sit-ins in the office of Speaker John
Boehner (R-Ohio); chaining people to
the White House gate; or other acts that
will attract the attention of the people
who can make a difference in our lives.
In the discussion of heckling, the right
to work issue got lost. What also got
lost was Barack Obama’s 2008 promise
to the LGBT community that he would
work to protect them from workplace
discrimination. His promise to sign an
executive order providing workplace
protections by federal contractors and
to help pass the Employment Non-Dis-
crimination Act (ENDA), ending work-
place discrimination by all employers.
People believed him, donated to his
campaign, worked and voted for him.
Five years later, the promise that
can be fulfilled with his signature hasn’t
been. He has supported ENDA legisla-
tion but that is something he can’t do
alone and the LGBT community hasn’t
been able to generate the support in
Congress to pass it.
In 2012, LGBT donors and fundrais-
ers for the president and DNC were
told “wait until after the election” for
him to sign the Executive Order. We
raised money and waited. We are still
waiting while being asked to give “till it
hurts” for the next election cycle. ENDA
was introduced in the Senate without
all Democrats co-sponsoring and no
bill has been introduced in the House.
LGBT Americans across the nation often
still face staying in the closet or poten-
tially losing their jobs.
So the frustration of those in GetE-
qual, like heckler Ellen Sturtz, is real.
Like those in ACT UP who fought for a
response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, they
believe there is still a place for civil dis-
ruption of the status quo. While not a
fan of heckling I was surprised when
heckling the first lady blew up into an
international story.
A Michelle Obama fan, I respect and
thank her for taking up the cause of chil-
dren. There is nothing more important
than ensuring healthy and educated
future generations. Two columns par-
ticularly disturbed me. Anna Holmes in
Time wrote, “Anyone who has been pay-
ing attention would have recognized in
Sturtz’s outburst a petulance and sense
of entitlement that echoes some of the
screechiest, bigoted and most resent-
ful critics of the President himself, who
have spent the past 6 years question-
ing Mr. Obama’s and by extension black
Americans’ legitimacy to lead, have an
opinion, or even exist. (Remember Joe
Wilson?)”. Might Holmes reconsider af-
ter learning that not only did Sturtz sup-
port the president but contributed to
his campaign?
Anthea Butler, who teaches a class at
the University of Pennsylvania every two
years on Martin Luther King Jr. and Mal-
colm X wrote, “Challenging the wife of
the president you hope will sign the bill
seems an odd way to effect real change
for the LGBT community. Challenge the
president, not his wife.” This comment
appears to denigrate the first lady, who
is both brilliant and involved in the poli-
tics of the nation.
While we must respect the feelings
and sensitivities of all, we can and must
use every tool in our arsenal to secure
full civil and human rights for ourselves
and future generations of LGBT Ameri-
cans and their families .
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To heckle, or not to heckle?
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for
the Blade.
The frustration of those in GetEqual, like heckler
Ellen Sturtz, is real. They believe there is still a
place for civil disruption of the status quo.
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Success in equality efforts
will bring downsizing,
consolidation of groups
Last week the Pew Research Center
released comprehensive polling results
on American attitudes regarding mar-
riage equality. While the number in sup-
port of allowing gays and lesbians to
legally wed was, at 51 percent, slightly
lower than some other recent national
polls, that was not the significant finding.
Fully 72 percent now believe that the
legalization of same-sex marriage is “in-
evitable” – and this number varies only
modestly among all demographic seg-
ments of the population. Regardless of
sex, ethnicity, age, education, political
affiliation, religion or geography, over-
whelming numbers anticipate adoption
of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Among those who oppose gay mar-
riage, 59 percent expect it to become
law. Even among white evangelical Prot-
estants, only 22 percent of who favor the
idea, 70 percent view legal recognition
as a foregone conclusion.
One single factor is significant in
both support for marriage rights and
the growth in its perceived inevitability.
Eighty-seven percent of Americans now
know someone who is gay or lesbian, in-
cluding half who have a family member
or close friend who is. Familiarity has en-
gendered growing support and LGBT
“coming out” has had a substantial im-
pact on public opinion over time.
A once skeptical community has
discovered that the fight for marriage
equality has become the lynchpin to an
array of rights and protections that in-
trinsically flow from it. Rather than a be-
hemoth battle fraught with a high failure
factor, it turned out to be the aspect
most easily understood.
It’s been an amazing time – a couple
of decades and more – of incremental
change now cascading in one direction.
The accelerating acceptance of the
LGBT community nearly everywhere is
nothing short of astonishing.
There will be disappointment if the
expected partial measure of civil equal-
ity anticipated in Supreme Court deci-
sions on marriage this month prove ac-
curate, followed by a likely decade-long
slog winning marriage measures state-
by-state. In the long scheme of history,
however, it will occur in an amazing
blaze of speed.
While there will always be more to do
in securing full freedom and broaden-
ing respect for the many facets of our
diverse community, essential civil pro-
tections will gradually become the norm
for the overwhelming majority of LGBT
Americans. For many, including those
living in the District, it is already a basic
assumption of everyday life.
D.C. residents enjoy both protection
of the law and acceptance by our neigh-
bors. LGBT issues are noncontroversial
in city politics and local living.
The reality is that accomplishments on
our behalf have always been achieved by
a dedicated few working tirelessly within
small groups. Whether those organiza-
tions will remain robust in a post-equality
period is difficult to predict.
The experience in Canada and the
Netherlands suggests they may not.
Following approval of same-sex mar-
riage in both countries, LGBT rights or-
ganizations immediately encountered
substantial declines in funding and com-
munity involvement. Canada’s largest
group experienced a 40 percent drop in
contributions after the ratification of gay
marriage in 2004, and the LGBT move-
ment essentially collapsed in the Neth-
erlands after legalization in 2000. Since
then, advocacy groups have managed
to remain viable, although now smaller
and less well financed.
The same might also be expected
here. Organizations should anticipate
shrinking funding and diminished vol-
unteer involvement. Consolidation of
groups will likely become the norm.
Bottom line, non-profit groups are
business operations, subject to similar
financial and organizational pressures.
The smart ones will anticipate a chang-
ing landscape, re-focus their activities
and strategically prioritize projects. Like
other groups and many businesses, they
will need to live with less.
Assimilation and integration into
the larger culture is the burgeoning
achievement being celebrated by both
a generation accustomed to estrange-
ment and those who have mostly known
acceptance.
If LGBT advocacy groups are to sur-
vive, adapting to a new era will need to
be the first order of business.
Will LGBT advocacy survive as a business model?
Abolitionist decried taxation
without representation
On June 19, the statue of Frederick
Douglass, representing the ideals and
aspirations of residents of the District
of Columbia, will take its official place
in the United States Capitol, with a wel-
coming ceremony before the U. S. Con-
gress and invited guests. The District of
Columbia Republican Party salutes this
occasion with great pride, for Douglass
represents the outstanding heritage of
the Republican Party in its fight for the
abolition of slavery, and for freedom
and justice for African-American citi-
zens. His example was an inspiration to
Republicans in his day, and his commit-
ment to freedom and justice for all con-
tinues to inspire members of the D.C.
Republican Party and its candidates for
office. Douglass fought in his time for
voting representation in Congress for
District residents, and we, his heirs in
the leadership of the D.C. Republican
Party, continue that struggle today.
After taking up residence in the
District of Columbia in 1870, Freder-
ick Douglass accepted a seat on the
100-member Republican Committee
of the District of Columbia, and con-
tinued his association with the Com-
mittee until his death in 1895. Prior to
joining the Committee, however, Dou-
glass served as an adviser to the local
Republican Party during the Civil War
and helped the party persuade Presi-
dent Lincoln and Congress to pass
the 1862 legislation emancipating the
3,000 slaves owned in the District of
Columbia. For many years, Douglass
and the local Republican Party par-
ticipated in the annual Emancipation
Day Parade held on April 16, the day
in 1862 that President Lincoln signed
the Emancipation Act.
Douglass was a precinct leader for
the election district surrounding his
residence in the Anacostia neighbor-
hood. His responsibilities included pre-
siding over meetings of local residents
to solicit their concerns about govern-
ment policies and services.
After moving to the District in 1870,
Douglass continued his attendance at
nominating conventions initiated dur-
ing his participation in the affairs of the
Republican Party of New York. He also
continued to stump for Republican Par-
ty presidential candidates, as he had
since supporting candidate Abraham
Lincoln. The D.C. Republican Party has
sent voting delegations to every Presi-
dential Nominating Convention since
the first convention in 1856.
The D.C. Republican Party is the sec-
ond-oldest state level Republican Party.
Only the Republican Party of Wisconsin
is older. At its organization in 1855, the
D.C. Republican Party adopted its first
issues and principles platform. The
1855 platform advocated the immedi-
ate emancipation of all persons held as
slaves in the District of Columbia, not-
ing that Congress had the authority to
do this under the District Clause of the
U.S. Constitution.
The 1876 Platform was drafted by a
committee on which Douglass served
and proclaimed the local Republican
Party’s consistent support of elected
local government and voting represen-
tation in Congress. In 1874, Congress
revoked the electoral rights of District
residents, and the 1876 platform an-
nounced: “Taxation without repre-
sentation is tyranny, and … the unjust
disenfranchisement of this District is
contrary to the spirit of Republican
Institutions; a flagrant encroachment
upon the inherent rights of citizenship,
and an unpardonable violation of the
Constitution.”
The current D.C. Republican Party
Platform continues to support District
voting rights with the following plank:
“Congress should enact legislation pro-
posed by Republicans to exempt resi-
dents of the District of Columbia from
federal income taxation until District resi-
dents are granted voting rights in Con-
gress and local budget and legislative
autonomy.” The platform also continues
to support full equality for all citizens.
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ROBERT TURNER is executive director of the D.C.
Republican Party. Reach him at robert.turner@
dcgop.com or on Twitter at @RobertTurnerDC .
Frederick Douglass and the D.C. Republican Party
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and
community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @
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MELISSA ETHERIDGE
With guest Eric Hutchinson
Tuesday
8 p.m.
Wolf Trap
Filene Center
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA
$35 (lawn)-$65
wolftrap.org
WASHINGTON BLADE: Lasr rime you were here you playec rhe Srrarhmore,
which is kinc ol srarely, whereas Woll Trap is oursice anc more earrhy. Does rhe venue
allecr rhe kinc ol show you play?
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Yes, rorally. Òne ol rhe rhin_s ¦ co Lelore ¦ even wrire our
a ser lisr is ¦ _o sranc on sra_e anc look our anc really _er a leel lor whar rhe venue
is like. ¦s ir incoors, ourcoors, is rhe lrsr row up close, will people Le aLle ro sranc,
are rhey solr sears, harc sears? ¦'ve Leen rourin_ lor 25 years so ¦'m very conscious
ol whar kinc ol show can Le procucec ar each place anc ir coes make a cillerence
in whar son_s ¦ play. This will celnirely Le cillerenr lrom rhe Srrarhmore show. ¦ love
playin_ Woll Trap anc ¦ con'r rhink ¦'ve ever swearec as much on sra_e as when ¦'ve
playec Woll Trap. ¦r was |usr so humic lasr rime ¦ was rhere, ¦ was really soakec even
Lelore rhe show. Bur yeah, ir's _onna Le much more rock anc roll our rhere.
BLADE: How co you mana_e ro co rhose Li_ rock money nores year alrer year?
Fock sin_in_, ol course, olren coesn'r use proper vocal rechnique rhar rhey reach
you in classical sin_in_ anc some sin_ers _er vocal corc nocules while orhers, like
Tina Turner perhaps or many _ospel sin_ers, seem ro Le aLle ro _rowl anc howl lor
cecaces on enc wirh no proLlem. Have you ever srrainec your voice lerrin_ ir rip so
ro speak?
ETHERIDGE: ¦ learnec a lon_ rime a_o playin_ in Lars how ro make rhar _rowly
rock anc roll sounc Lur nor harm rhe vocal corcs. ¦r's nor really screamin_, ir's like a
sra_e scream. Thar anc havin_ a _ooc uncersrancin_ ol how nor ro rax rhe voice roo
much in coin_ rhar sryle ol sin_in_, also helps. ¦ usually con'r sin_ more rhan rhree
ni_hr in a row. ¦ can co lour, Lur ir will srarr ro wear cown alrer awhile anc rhe shape
ol my voice is celnirely relarec ro everyrhin_. ¦l ¦'m rirec, il ¦ haven'r earen ri_hr, il ¦'m
srressec, all rhose rhin_s allecr ir. Bur as lon_ as ¦ can ear ri_hr anc sleep well, ¦ can
Le on rhe roac anc co rhe rock anc roll srull our rhere every ni_hr.
BLADE: How have you lounc rhe ri_hr Lalance rhrou_hour your career ol knowin_
when ro play up rhe allour rock srull versus havin_ enou_h ol a commercial, pop/AC
viLe on your various pro|ecrs ro _er some racio anc mainsrream exposure? Have you
_iven much rhou_hr ro rhose sorrs ol rhin_s as you've Leen wririn_ anc recorcin_
various recorcs?
ETHERIDGE: Yeah, ir's Leen a Li_ parr ol uncersrancin_ racio anc rhe music
Lusiness in _eneral anc rhen |usr when you kinc ol have a hancle on ir, ol course
ir chan_es much like ir cic in rhe mic'º0s when ¦ was really ar rhe pinnacle ol ir.
As ir shoulc youn_ kics _row up anc rhey have rheir own srull anc ¦ _er rhar. ¦
sroppec, ¦ _uess arounc rhe rurn ol rhe cenrury, rryin_ ro make my music lor racio
Lecause ¦ rhink rhar woulc |usr have Leen sellin_ mysell our anc ¦ realizec ¦ hac a
srron_ live aucience rhar was nor _oin_ away anc woulc srill come see me play, so ¦
really cecicarec mysell ro makin_ rhe music rhar ¦ love anc nor rryin_ ro Le so much
pop. Which is lne ¦ mean, ¦ love a _ooc pop son_ like everyLocy else coes, Lur
¦ con'r limir mysell ro rhar anymore. The mosr imporranr rhin_ in my minc when ¦'m
wririn_ anc recorcin_ is how is rhis _oin_ ro rranslare ro rhe live sra_e. Thar's more
rhe _uiceline.
BLADE: Anc yer many vereran acrs who have rhar loyal lan Lase have _rear
numLers rhe lrsr week our wirh a new alLum anc like you saic, co lne lllin_ cecenr
size venues, yer wirhour any racio rracrion, rhe alLums can come anc _o so quickly
ir seems. Has rhere Leen any lrusrrarion wirh rhar ar various rimes? Any sense ol a
ciminishin_ rerurn lor all rhe harc work?
ETHERIDGE: Well yeah, ol course you always hope rhere's mayLe somerhin_
rhere racio can holc on ro a lirrle anc you woulc always like ro make your recorc
company a lirrle money, rhar's always nice. Yer ¦ really have learnec ro ler ir _o Lecause
¦ rhink rhe music coes sorr ol mana_e ro lnc irs own way. ¦ |usr srumLlec on some
online music sire where rhese rwo rock crirics were sayin_ my lasr alLum "4
rh
Srreer
Fallin_," rhar il ir hac Leen releasec Ly some upanccomin_ sin_er, ir woulc have
really represenrec kinc ol rhe lurure ol rock anc roll or somerhin_ so yes, rhere is
somerimes an acvanra_e ro Lein_ nor as esraLlishec Lur ¦ woulcn'r rrace where ¦ am
ar all ro Le up anc comin_. ¦'m very happy wirh where ¦ am overall anc ¦ leel ¦ have a
_rear ceal ol incusrry respecr anc ¦'m lne wirh rhar.
BLADE: You've Leen on ¦slanc your whole career, which is almosr unhearc ol in
rhis cay anc a_e. ¦'m sure rhe whole srall has chan_ec since you srarrec .
ETHERIDGE: Nor a sin_le person is srill rhere lrom rhen.
BLADE: How have you navi_arec all rhe chan_eover?
ETHERIDGE: ¦r's lunny, rhere was a |oke a lew years a_o rhere rhar everyrime ¦
hac a new alLum our, "Òh, warch our, Melissa's _or a new one, rhere's _oin_ ro Le
a complere re_ime chan_e." Dillerenr rimes my oprions have Leen up we've lookec
arounc anc, you know, ¦slanc anc Del Jam anc Üniversal ir's one ol rhe Li__esr
laLels rhere is. ¦ always lelr ¦ hac _ooc relarionships rhere so why nor? The whole
Lusiness has chan_ec so much, ir's nice ro sray someplace il you can.
BLADE: Lasr rime you playec here, rhe alLum was |usr our. Do you leel lreer ro
sin_ more ol ir live now rhar ir's Leen our awhile anc people have hac rime ro ler ir
sink in or co you skew more hirheavy lor rhe summer shows?
ETHERIDGE: Lasr lall ¦ cic kinc ol rhe "4
rh
Srreer Fallin_" rour anc ¦ cic a lor
ol new srull Lur ar rhar sra_e, ¦'m srill lisrenin_ ro rhe new srull, experimenrin_ a
Fippin' & rearin' & srrippin'
Melissa Erheric_e on Woll Trap, her cisre_arc lor racio, a new
Lox ser anc how she cares lor her rracemark vocals
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
When we ralkec ro Melissa Erheric_e lasr year rhe conversarion rurnec as one
mi_hr expecr in an elecrion year ro polirics. So rhis rime we locusec on music.
The lesLian rocker plays Woll Trap Tuescay ni_hr. Her commenrs have Leen sli_hrly
ecirec lor len_rh.
PHOTO BY JAMES MINCHIN III
How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I have been out since I was 20. The
hardest person to tell was my sister.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Lorri Jean, the CEO of the L.A. Gay and
Lesbian Center. Having met her several
times I am always continuously fascinated
at the work that she has accomplished
and continues to do in L.A.
What’s Washington’s best
nightspot, past or present?
I have always been a fan of Nellie’s.
I enjoy the sports bar atmosphere.
For Baltimore, I have always enjoyed
Club Hippo.
Describe your dream wedding.
I had my dream wedding. Just marrying
my husband was the dream.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
I am passionate about a lot. I would
say immigration and Chesapeake Bay
conservation. When I worked on Capitol
Hill my boss was head of the immigration
subcommittee and I did a lot work and
research on the issues surrounding
immigration. Since moving to Maryland
and rowing on the Chesapeake Bay it has
become dear to my heart and I think we
must always keep focus on the impact that
humanity has on the environment.
What historical outcome would you
change?
I don’t believe that history should be
rewritten because our history is what has
brought us to today. However, one of the
most devastating historical aspects for
the LGBT community was the neglect of
President Ronald Reagan toward the HIV/
AIDS crisis in the ‘80s and I wonder that if
he had acted differently and sooner what
that outcome would have been.

What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
When I had the chance to meet and
hang out with Josh Charles from “The
Good Wife.” He was just an awesome guy
and so supportive of marriage equality. We
had a good time just talking about politics,
life, culture and more.
On what do you insist?
If you have something to say, say it to my
face. I don’t always follow it myself but I try
to be as honest with people as possible.

What was your last Facebook
post or Tweet?
“Pride Sunday lineup.... The
MAINSTAGE! Check it out! Welcome first
time host of the mainstage....fab and too
funny Cory Holland!”
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
“No Time for Bullsh*t!”

If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
Personally I would do nothing and
I would encourage those who would
consider it to really think about what it
would mean to them. It wouldn’t just be
about changing sexual orientation. There
are always more ramifications when you
attempt to change something that is
inherent to who you are.

What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
Peace and comfort.
What’s your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
Don’t become narrowly focused. Always
know that our movement is larger than
sometimes we acknowledge.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
For a young person struggling with his/
her sexual orientation or gender identity
to let them know that it will be OK, that we
who have done it so many times before are
here for you and will help guide you.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
I have a problem with stereotypes to
begin with. I don’t think anyone should
judge anyone based on how they act
or what they say. There is always more
underneath the cover.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Transamerica”
What’s the most
overrated social custom?
Shaving, I wish I could just wake up and
have it the way I wanted.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I would love an Academy Award.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Life is going to be an amazing ride
but make sure you have your seatbelt
on. I don’t think I would go into any
detail because I wouldn’t trade any of
my experiences, both the good and
bad, for anything. It is what has made
me who I am today.
Why Baltimore?
I love Washington and Baltimore. The
State of Maryland is such an eclectic
place. You can get to the mountains and
the beach in a matter of hours and have
two metro areas that are distinct and
offer so much.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
With Pride this weekend, it’s a busy time for Baltimore’s gay community
center — officially known as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland or GLCCB. It’s
the organizing agency and events are planned throughout the weekend
(baltimorepride.org, glccb.org).
Matt Thorn was a board member of the organization while working at
Equality Maryland upon arriving in the city in 2011. In March, he became
interim director of the Center. As of Monday, he’ll be its official director.
“I think there is and always will be a need for a gay community center,”
the 26-year-old Newburgh, N.Y., native says. “I think the roles they play
are changing because of how accepted the LGBT community is becoming
but there will always be a need for these kinds of spaces in metro areas. I
think the original intent, we’ll say back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, was for people
coming out and having that safe haven but I think now we’re seeing the
transition back more to actual community services such as HIV support or
mental health support and also just being a place where you can go out
and just do things together. … Like last night we had our Pride event with
the Orioles. It’s important for people to see us, to know we’re here and to
realize we’re just like everybody else. That’s still important.”
Thorn came to Washington to attend college at Catholic University in 2004
and worked on Capitol Hill until 2009 doing legislative correspondence and
research in the office of former U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).
Thorn and husband Michael LeMasters married in 2012 in Washington
and live together in Baltimore. Thorn, a self-professed “workaholic,” enjoys
travel, dinners and drinks with friends, Texas Hold’em, rowing on the
Chesapeake Bay and time with their five dogs.
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By WILL OWEN
The idea of getting married at a public
festival like Baltimore Pride may seem
daunting and lacking in intimacy for a lot
of couples, but for Carrietta Heirs, it’s an
important option to provide the LGBT
community after years of struggling for
marriage equality in Maryland.
“It’s the way we’re validating what
we’ve always known — that we have this
right,” Heirs says of WeDo Baltimore, a
mass LGBT wedding ceremony new to
Baltimore Pride that she has organized.
“We’ve finally earned this right, so the
public should know.”
WeDo Baltimore will host about
a dozen LGBT couples during the
Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday in
lakeside Druid Hill Park (2600 Madison
Ave., Baltimore) to celebrate the
passage of marriage rights for same-sex
couples in Maryland. Baltimore Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will lead
the event and address the crowd. Rev.
Meredith Moise, Father E. Skip Koritzer,
Elder Harris Thomas and Rev. Dorothy
Harris are among the local faith leaders
who will officiate.
Heirs says WeDo Baltimore will be an
integral part of Baltimore Pride in the
coming years and is not just a one-time
event.
“I think for the next couple years it
very well may be. This is the month to
celebrate,” Heirs says. “I think that this
is historical. Today it’s gonna be a hell of
a big deal, but in five years from now, I’d
like it to be ‘Oh, it’s another wedding.’”
In addition to managing the event,
Heirs will marry her partner of nearly 13
years, Tonya Cooke.
“We had a commitment ceremony
in 2010. We said that when it became
legal we would do it. We didn’t realize it
would happen so soon. It really means a
lot,” Heirs says. “I’m also so excited for
the other couples who are finally able to
get married.”
The ceremony will include couples
that cannot get married in their own
states, some traveling from as far away
as Atlanta to share their vows. Heirs is
especially touched that a couple that
has been together for 50 years will tie
the knot at WeDo.
“It was very powerful to find that
couple who’s going to be celebrating
over 50 years. It gives you chills to think
about it. It’s amazing,” Heirs says. “It
is so significant for people who have
been together over 50 years to be able
to stand up and say, ‘Love is love,’ no
matter what.”
Baltimore Black Pride Inc., Strapped
Up Baltimore, the Gay and Lesbian
Community Center of Baltimore, Unity
Fellowship Church of Baltimore, SEIU
Eastern Regions National Lavender
Caucus, Alpha Eta Omega Sorority and
the Alpha Alpha DMV Chapter of Beta Phi
Omega Sorority are sponsoring the event.
The Baltimore Pride Festival, which
includes WeDo Baltimore, will be
held from noon-5 p.m. This year’s
performers are duo J Pope and Funk
Friday, Septimius and Unity. In addition
to WeDo, there will also be a “Family
Zone” with activities for children to
enjoy. For more information on WeDo
Baltimore and Baltimore Pride, visit
baltimorepride.org.
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As always the restaurant scene in
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restaurants and new chefs galore. Here’s
just a small taste of what’s hot this summer.
This summer the Vida Penthouse Pool
Club on the roof of Vida Fitness (1612
U Street NW) has a new menu created
by “Top Chef” season one alum,
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in Massachusetts and Connecticut,
including Radius, Via Matta and Alta
Strada. This award-winning chef has been
retained by Urban Adventure Companies
(the parent company of Vida Fitness and
The Penthouse Pool Club) to create the
new concept for the Pool menu.
Vida used to get food from sister
establishments Capital City Brewing
Company and 901 Restaurant, but 901
has now closed and Vida is taking a
more upscale approach to the food that
is being served at the pool. There is now
an onsite kitchen and Schlow has created
a menu full of light upscale fare such as
appetizers, salads, wraps and sandwiches.
Items like the Spicy Cucumber Salad,
the California Turkey Club Wrap and the
Serrano Ham Sandwich with manchego
cheese and guava jam all sound like great
items to eat while lounging.
Schlow will also contribute to the Fuel
Bar offerings, creating some shakes and
juices that will be available to patrons.
So, if you have a membership and are
going to be at the pool this summer, I
recommend trying a bite from the new
redesigned offerings.
Besides the changes at the Vida
Penthouse Pool Club other exciting
summer options include the following:
Starting on Monday and continuing for
two weeks Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401
7th Street NW) will celebrate its sixth annual
Tequila & Mezcal Festival. Guests will be
able to enjoy Oyamel’s newly expanded bar
and dishes by newly appointed head chef,
Colin King. Look for a review of the new
space and chef in an upcoming column.
Throughout the month, Dolcezza
Artisanal Gelato (1560 Wisconsin Ave
NW) will be offering a special deal
coinciding with National Ice Cream Month.
Every Monday and Tuesday customers
who purchase a regular small gelato for
the suggested retail price will receive a
second for half price. I didn’t know there
was a National Ice Cream Month but I
think it gives us all an excuse to indulge
every day and this offer helps us all keep
the cost down.
Ardeo + Bardeo (3311 Connecticut
Ave NW) is offering a pie and wine
promotion this summer that showcases
house-made pizzas paired with a glass of
wine or draft beer for $15. This promotion
is available exclusively at the bar or
community table on Sundays from 5-10
p.m. and Mondays from 5-10:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for a nice spot to
enjoy happy hour this summer, try out
the Rooftop Happy Hour at El Centro
D.F. (1819 14th Street NW). This happy
hour includes $4 libations such as
Corona, Dos XX Lager, Tecate, house
red and white wine as well as select
cocktails. Also available during the
Rooftop Happy Hour is a selection of
$6 specialty dishes like shrimp ceviche,
pork carnitas and a selection of tacos.
1789 Restaurant (1226 36th Street
NW) is celebrating the summer with
a specially priced four-course tasting
menu. Executive Chef Anthony
Lombardo has created a menu available
for $50 where guests can select two
appetizers, one entree and one dessert.
A $20 wine pairing is also available.
One of the most anticipated
openings of the summer is Doi Moi, a
new Vietnamese and Thai street-food
restaurant that will be the anchor of the
District Condominiums on 14th and
S. Chef Haidar Karoum and restaurateur
Mark Kuller, the team behind Proof and
Estadio, as well as Adam Bernbach, the
bar manager for both of those restaurants,
are all involved in this project. The lower
level will also have a bar called 2 Birds 1
Stone and it will feature curated cocktails
and a scaled down menu. The most
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first headlining openly gay act.
The show will explore gay identity in the U.K. versus U.S., and acceptance
of gay musicians in both cultures. Bright Light Bright Light has toured with
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is currently playing with Scissor Sisters lead guitarist Del Marquis in his new
band Slow Knights.
Admission is $19. For more details on the show and to purchase tickets,
visit livingsocial.com. For more information on Bright Light Bright Light, visit
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Marga Gomez returns to Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.) presents “Marga Gomez: Pride
Baby,” on Sunday from 8-10 p.m. Gomez will be doing stand-up in celebration
of Pride month.
Gomez has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, LOGO and even had a
cameo in the “Batman Forever” blockbuster. She is one of the first openly
lesbian comedians in the U.S., and is the winner of a GLAAD award.
The themes of “Pride Baby” include lesbian cruises versus Carnival cruises,
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nudity in gay neighborhoods.
Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information and
to purchase tickets, visit busboysandpoets.com.
Vitruvian Gallery hosts
Dicxon Vergaray
The Vitruvian Gallery (734 7th St.,
N.W.) hosts an opening reception on
Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m. for artist
Dicxon Vergaray. The exhibition is part
of the gallery’s “Supporting GLBTQ
Artists and Events” campaign.
Vergaray is a Peruvian artist who
immigrated to the U.S. when he was
18. The culture shock of moving to
America, as well as being gay and
Catholic, generated struggles that he
reflects on in many of his paintings.
Vergaray describes his pieces as entries
in a personal diary, which help him
recall memories and the moods that
complement them.
A portion of Vergaray’s proceeds
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Center at Montgomery College (7995
Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.).
As its name suggests, Deviated
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that departs from the norm, utilizing
contemporary dance and circus skills
to tell stories. DancEthos is committed
to creating dance pieces that are
accessible to non-dance audiences,
reflecting on the beliefs and spirit of
American culture in a way that brings
people together.
The dance show will explore a variety
of themes from diverse perspectives,
including issues of love and romance,
ageing, humanity’s mythological
obsession with the end of the world and
the role of unconscious memories in
defining people’s lives.
General admission is $20. For
more information and to purchase
tickets, visit either dancethos.org or
deviatedtheatre.org.
ROD THOMAS performs as Bright Light Bright Light.
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“Company’s” marriage-phobic Robert
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commitment. But Bobby isn’t quite there yet.
A string of relationship-themed
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dazzling score, “Company” premiered
in 1970. Today, George Furth’s book
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Eric Schaeffer, the show’s irony and
focus on loneliness and inability to
commit remain as strong as ever.
Bobby (Matthew Scott) likes a laugh
and a smart cocktail. He keeps things on
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of five couples. And while they adore
their single friend, they really want
Bobby to be hitched too, and tell him so
repeatedly. As Bobby makes the rounds
to his pals’ respective Manhattan flats
on the eve of his birthday, he (and us)
get a glimpse into the lives of couples
at different stages of married life: the
about-to-be married, the recently
married, the longtime married and the
often married. They insist he needs what
they have, explained musically with
“The Little Things You Do Together.”
And still, Bobby’s not biting.
A trio of his latest girlfriends gripes
about Bobby’s inability to commit in a
terrific version of “You Could Drive a
Person Crazy.” Bobby remains unfazed.
Neither the play nor the production
ever really clarifies just why Bobby is so
loath to commit. It’s been suggested
that he’s gay. In a scene with the recently
divorced, newly bisexual Peter (Bobby
Smith), Bobby admits that he’s had
more than one homosexual experience
but makes it clear that he’s not gay,
dismissing Peter’s advances as a joke.
Standouts in a talented cast include
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David and Jenny. She enjoys getting
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legendary Elaine Stritch), Sherri L. Edelin
gives a ferocious rendition of “The
Ladies Who Lunch.” And Eric Weaver is
a hoot as the highly nervous bride-to-be
Amy who sings Sondheim’s often sung
patter song “Getting Married Today.”
The show’s best moments include
Bobby’s dim stewardess date April
(Madeline Botteri) singing “Barcelona,”
that wistful ode to the one-night-stand; and
another girlfriend Marta (Carolyn Cole), a
young Bohemian besotted with New York’s
diversity, expressing her love for the Big
Apple with “Another Hundred People.”
As Bobby, Matthew Scott brings a
gorgeous voice and good looks to the role.
He also affectively makes the transition
from a sort of charming social automation
to an actual feeling person. As the
show unfolds , he becomes increasingly
agitated and aware that something is
lacking in his world. Ultimately he comes
to life with an emotionally jarring version
of “Being Alive.”
New York City figures prominently in
“Company.” Rather appropriately, Daniel
Conway’s set is sleek — all steel and glass
like a skyscraper, and Frank Labovitz’s
costumes are mostly gray. Despite some
mod dresses and a few projected images
of late model cars, the production doesn’t
feel particularly moored to a specific year.
It’s just a 30-something man experiencing
life, loneliness and sex in the city (with
great music). And that’s timeless.
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OWN’s “10 Kids, 2 Dads” reality special
last year, is a lot like trying to get honey
out of a bee-lined hive. You’re not going
to have an easy time of it. One kid comes
in asking about food, another interrupts
to talk about schoolwork, a third has just
awoken from a nap and wants attention.
Still, somehow, the dads manage
to live in this sort of controlled chaotic
environment and create a loving family
atmosphere where everyone is happy.
As a committed gay couple living in
suburban Michigan, the couple knew
they wanted to start a family, but 10 kids
and nonstop commotion wasn’t exactly
what they had envisioned.
What might seem crazy to most just felt
right to the Farmington Hills couple, that
originally set out to adopt just one child
before eventually winding up with their 10
boys. McCormack comes from a family of
six children while Reamer has just a brother,
but both wanted to raise a family.
“We never intentionally wanted to
adopt 10 children; it was the furthest
thing from our minds,” McCormack
says. “We thought maybe two or three
max, but it just happened.”
After looking into foster children
originally, McCormack found a place
where they would be connected with
birth mothers and in 1998, they adopted
Keegan at his birth. Not satisfied to have
an only child, a year later, they decided
to look at adopting another child.
McCormack next found an agency in
New Jersey to help the couple be matched
with a child who could be a sibling to
Keegan. Instead of one, the agency offered
twins, Kenny and Mark (now 19).
“I decided to wait until I got the
paperwork until I said anything to Bryan,”
McCormack says. “Initially, he was a little
wary of it, but we took the next step and
met them and decided to proceed.”
No sooner was the twins’ adoption
finalized when they got another call from
the agency about a 3-year-old who they
couldn’t find a home for. A caseworker
came to their home, dropped off the kid
and said, “I’ll see you on Sunday,” and
then just left.
“He was not saying anything and I
called Bryan and told him to hurry home.
I noticed his diaper was wet and when I
went to change it, I noticed he had leg
braces on. I was never told that,” he
says. “We brought him to a pediatrician
the next day. He was really frail and
going home, I was crying, saying I
couldn’t adopt him because he’s going
to die on us, and what would that do to
our kids and I couldn’t handle it.”
Reamer knew that they couldn’t send
him back. Being the more practical of
the pair, he laid out his case that if they
brought him back, he would die and the
boy needed their love. Not long after,
Caleb became son number four. Today,
their “miracle kid” is walking normally
and loving life.
“I thought our family was complete at
that point,” McCormack says. “Maybe a
year later, we got another call.”
The situation presented to them was
that the agency had three brothers and
they couldn’t find a home that would
take in all three. They wanted Reamer
and McCormack to consider adopting
them, because if they didn’t, they would
have to be split up.
“I called Bryan right away and told
him they were going to split these kids
up, and they were 7, 8 and 9, and you
can’t do that to a kid. So, we started
the whole process again,” McCormack
says. “That’s how we got Seth (now 17),
Garrett (now 18) and Graeme (now 19).”
With seven boys in the house, all
becoming young men, McCormack
started to yearn for the patter of little
feet around the home again. He really
wanted a baby — and a girl. The latter
wouldn’t happen, but over the next few
years Hayden (now 6), Liam (now 8) and
Cooper (now 4) joined the family.
Before any of their adoptions went
through, the couple asked themselves
three questions:
“Can we do it financially? Can we do
it physically? Can we do it emotionally?”
Once an honest yes could be agreed
upon, they knew it was in the cards.
“We are not adopting any more
children,” McCormack says. “We have
been offered two more children but
we’ve turned them down. We are talking
about what we want to do when we retire
and stuff, and it’s like no more kids.”
The family lives in a four-bedroom house
with two-and-a-half baths, and the oldest
boys are currently in college and ready to
move out. All the children have cell phones
except the two little ones and they all
constantly stay in touch with one another
so everyone is always accounted for — at
least as best you can with teenagers.
The two play to each other’s strengths
to keep their home running smoothly.
McCormack (or Papa as the kids call
him) takes on the role of homemaker
and chauffeur, while Reamer (Daddy)
helps with homework and sports and is
the disciplinarian of the household.
Reamer says his favorite thing about
being a dad is when one of the younger
kids comes up to him unsolicited and
gives him a hug and kiss and says, “I
love you Daddy.”
“Or when one of the older kids asks
an interesting question. It gives me the
opportunity to present different answers
depending on situations,” he says. “This
challenges them to broaden their scope
of possibilities to evaluate when coming
to a conclusion about something.”
Then he enjoys a lot of other dad-
type things like sledding or attending
sporting events.
“We always wanted children and when
you want something, you make it work,”
McCormack says. “We have really good
kids. We were told things about their
past where other people may have run
away from, but we are very lucky.”
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Anything Goes. Thru Jul 7. The
Guardsman. Thru Jun 23. Kennedy
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The Hampton Years. Theater J.
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Stupid F*cking Bird. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Thru Jun 23.
Angel Street. Olney Center. 301-924-
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Company. Signature Theatre.
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Happy Buddha & Chinese Menu, HAPPY
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dcartscenter.org. Thru Jun 22.
Pocket Opera Double Bill: Love &
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Jun 15-Jun 24.
WIT Road Show. DCAC. 202-462-7833.
dcartscenter.org. Thru Jun 29.
Biography. American Century
Theater. Gunston. 703-998-4555.
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Source Festival: Momentum,
Interrupted., Lake Untersee, Uncle
Cory’s Secret Playtime, Fox Cried. June
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CityDance Conservatory Dancers in
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202.347.3909. citydance.net. Jun 16.
Balance’ Ballet Spring Recital.
Schlesinger. 703-354-2121.
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alight dance theater featuring Wayles
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202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
Jun 20-29.
MUSIC
Jazz in the Garden: Deanna Bogart
Band. National Gallery of Art.
202-737-4215. nga.gov. Jun 14.
American Chamber Players.
Kreeger Museum. 202-337-3050.
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NSO. Kennedy Center.
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The Roots. DC Jazz Festival. Kastles
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Jazz Meets the Latin Classics. DC Jazz
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The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Tribute
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Corcoran Gallery of Art. Cynthia
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Kreeger Museum. John L. Dreyfuss’
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National Gallery of Art. Edvard Munch:
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Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images.
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Museum of Women in the Arts. Bice
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GALLERIES
Artisphere. The Congressional Art
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DCAC. External Memory. Thru Jul 14.
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Gallery plan b. Works by Freya Grand.
Thru Jun 16. Out and About: Images
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Schlesinger. Denise Philipbar Conscious
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Strathmore. Creative Crafts Council
29th Biennial. Thru Jun 15.
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The Art League Gallery. (CON)text:
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Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Food: Friend or Foe. Thru Jun 30.
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Washington Printmakers Gallery.
Extraktions &. The Listening Room.
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TODAY
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
There is no cover charge and admission
is limited to guests 21 and over. For
details, visit towndc.com.
Special Agent Galactica performs
tonight with her musical director, Aaron
Myers, at Black Fox Lounge (1723
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from 6-9 p.m.
Admission is free. Visit blackfoxlounge.
com or pinkhairedone.com for more
information.
Jamorr Entertainment presents
Fusion Friday, an all ladies happy hour,
tonight at Capitale (1301 K St., N.W.)
from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance
or $10 at the door. For details and to
purchase tickets, visit jamorr.com.
Delta Elite (10 St., N.E.) hosts ladies
night tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. For
more details, visit deltaelite.net.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts a “Mister Beefcake Contest”
tonight at 10 p.m., featuring DJ Kurt Jo.
Admission is $7. Contestants can win
$100. For details, visit greenlanterndc.
com.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a Gemini Zodiac Party this
afternoon from 3-7 p.m. Geminis
should come early for free T-shirts. Visit
nelliessportsbar.com or the event on
Facebook for more details.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for Lost
Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the
Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington
Blvd., Falls Church, V.A.) from 11:45
a.m.-3 p.m. Visit burgundycrescent.org
for more information.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.)
hosts its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch
today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is
$24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
The Capitol Hill Medical Center (700
2nd St., N.E.) presents a Transgender
Health care Dialogue this morning
from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Kaiser Permanente
physicians, nurses, behavioral health
professionals and member services
professionals will be present to answer
questions. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
presents an International Queer
Poetry Panel this afternoon from 1-3
p.m. Admission is $10 or free with prior
registration. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 17
The Bachelor’s 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. Admission is free. For details,
visit bachelorsmill.com.
The Black Fox Lounge (1723
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) hosts La-Ti-
Do, a spoken word and musical theater
show, tonight from 8-10 p.m. Admission
is $10. Visit blackfoxlounge.com for
more details.
The Open Society Institute (1730
Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) hosts a panel
discussion and film preview on LGBTI
refugees with the Organization for
Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM)
from 1-3 p.m. this afternoon. “No Place
For Me,” a documentary that reveals
the persecution of LGBT people in
South Africa, Mexico and Uganda, will
be previewed. For more information,
visit thedccenter.org.
Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.)
provides a Spanish-Language Career
Development tutorial from 4-6 p.m.
today. Visit thedccenter.org for more
information.
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.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18
Whitman Walker Health provides free
HIV testing at Panam Supermarket
(3552 14th St., N.W.) tonight from
7-9 p.m. For more information, visit
whitman-walker.org.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts a Gender Queer Discussion
Group for people who identify outside
of the gender binary from 7-8 p.m.
tonight. For details, visit thedccenter.
org.
MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St.,
N.W.) screens “Will & Grace” reruns
tonight from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Half-priced
“Karen Walker Martinis” and “Just
Jack Cocktails” will be served. There
is no cover. For more information, visit
movalounge.com or the Mova Lounge
Facebook page.
The D.C. Trans Coalition hosts a
group-planning meeting at Transgender
Health Empowerment (1414 North
Capitol St., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-
9 p.m. For more information, visit
dctranscoalition.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
Heist (1802 Jefferson Pl., N.W.) hosts
its weekly open bar party tonight from
10-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and
admission is limited to guests 21 and
over. For details, visit heistdc.com or the
Heist DC Facebook page.
The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
hosts drag bingo tonight from 5:30-
7 p.m. during happy hour. All drinks
are half price and there will also be
pool, video gaming systems and cards.
Admission is free. For more information,
visit bachelorsmill.com.
The AFI Docs Film Festival starts
screening documentaries today at 10
a.m. at the AFI Silver Theater (8633
Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, M.D.).
Tickets for individual screenings
are $13 and combo ticket packages
for 10 screenings are $100. For
more information on the festival’s
documentaries, various screening
locations and to purchase tickets online,
visit afi.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge.
Participants do not need a partner. For
more details, call 301-345-1571.
Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s
gay literature group, discusses “The
Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered,”
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The American
Foreign Service Association (2101 E
St., N.W.). For more information, visit
bookmendc.blogspot.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
Whitman-Walker Health provides
free HIV testing tonight from 10 p.m.-
1 a.m. at Glorious Health Club (2120
West Virginia Ave., N.E.). For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts a polyamory discussion group
tonight from 7-8 p.m. Visit thedccenter.
org for more details.
MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.)
hosts “GLBT College Night” this
evening with a vodka open bar from
9-10 p.m. for guests with a college ID.
Admission is 18 and up to enter and
21 and up to drink. For details, visit
movalounge.com or the Mova Lounge
Facebook page.
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TODAY
Gertrude’s Restaurant at the
Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art
Museum Dr., Baltimore) hosts the
eighth annual Twilight On the
Terrace cocktail party tonight
from 7-11 p.m. Guests can enjoy
hors d’oeuvres, a four-hour open
bar and dancing. Tickets are
$125 and all proceeds benefit
Baltimore Pride. For more details
and to purchase tickets, visit
baltimorepride.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
The Baltimore Pride High
Heel Race is today at 3 p.m.,
starting on the corner of Charles
and Read Streets. This year’s
winner will receive a gift basket
with close to $1,100 in prizes.
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You know your rights.
You’ve watched enough TV to know
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Fifty years ago, needing to know your
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no rights. Today, you have rights but
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might need help understanding them.
Take, for instance, marriage.
Most states, of course, don’t
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won’t honor a marriage performed in
another state. The federal Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) further “cripples”
gay and lesbian marriage by “roping
off” federally granted rights that
straight married couples enjoy, thus
complicating tax returns, government
benefits, immigration and more.
Expanding the mess created by DOMA,
if a state doesn’t recognize your marriage
or civil union, you may (or may not) still
need a divorce, should you split with
your ex-beloved. Other issues boggle
the mind: what if you’re bisexual and you
marry a same-sex partner in a right-to-
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Once you’ve untangled partnership
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And now you know why you need
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Yes, it’s all complicated, but authors
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Since that’s not the only LGBT issue in the
courts, however, they also cover wills and
trusts, health directives, power-of-attorney
issues, immigration and many issues
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on things that are not necessarily legalities,
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Overall, this is a handy book and
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BLADE: You had so many great TV
duet shows over the years in terms of
collaborations with other artists — Joan
Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jewel,
Dolly Parton. Any of those especially
stand out in your mind?
ETHERIDGE: Well singing with
Bruce Springsteen was a dream come
true. It was like, “Oh, please let time
stop.” That one and singing with Dolly
was just one of the greatest things that
ever happened to me. I felt like our
entertainment ethics were the same.
She’s such a great entertainer and we
kind of threw things back and forth. It
felt like a good game of one on one.
BLADE: One that I really remember
was when you sang “You Can Sleep
While I Drive” as a duet with Amy Grant.
Here she was this gospel singer singing a
sweet duet with you, which sort of gave it
a lesbian undercurrent. It seemed kind of
shocking at the time. Do you remember
how that came about or if there was any
hesitation in her camp to do it?
ETHERIDGE: Trisha Yearwood had
covered that song sometime in the ‘90s,
so it had kind of been in the country
world, then when Amy came in and we
were talking about songs we could do,
she said, “Well, I want to sing ‘You Can
Sleep While I Drive.’” I’ve sang that with
more people than any other song. It
just kind of lends itself to that harmony
duet feeling. I’ve known her for a long
time. I met her in Europe back in ’88 and
have been friends with Vince too. You
know she kind of went through her own
tabloid-y thing but she’s just so open
and very very easygoing so that wasn’t
even part of it. It was just like, “Let’s sing
together and just enjoy it.”
BLADE: How prolific have you been
in the studio over the years? Did you
overcut tracks for very many of your
albums? Is there going to be a killer
Melissa Etheridge box set of outtakes
and rareties someday?
ETHERIDGE: I can’t believe you asked
that because yes, I’m working on that right
now. The record company came to me and
said, “You know, it’s been 25 years, let’s put
out a box set.” But I didn’t want to just say,
“OK, here’s my songs again.” I think my fans
will enjoy some of these other things so I
started going back into the vaults and into
my storage space and found some tapes I
hadn’t even remembered. So it’s going to
be eight CDs and there’s live tracks, covers,
solo demo tracks, a recording of me made
when I was 14, everything that didn’t make
it onto an album, pictures and videos. I even
found a TV show I did back in 1982 in L.A.
BLADE: ETA?
ETHERIDGE: I don’t know the exact
date right off, but it will be in November.
BLADE: Where do you keep your
Grammys, platinum albums and Oscar?
ETHERIDGE: I have a lovely office I
share with my gal, Linda.
BLADE: You and Linda (Wallem) are
still together?
ETHERIDGE: Oh yes, yes, yes. I finally
got it right. It’s a bunch of things. It’s a
grown-up relationship.
BLADE: As a breast cancer survivor
yourself, what did you think of Angelina
Jolie’s announcement?
ETHERIDGE: I have to say I feel
a little differently. I have that gene
mutation too and it’s not something I
would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t
call it the brave choice. I actually think
it’s the most fearful choice you can
make when confronting anything with
cancer. My belief is that cancer comes
from inside you and so much of it has
to do with the environment of your
body. It’s the stress that will turn that
gene on or not. Plenty of people have
the gene mutation and everything but
it never comes to cancer so I would say
to anybody faced with that, that choice
is way down the line on the spectrum of
what you can do and to really consider
the advancements we’ve made in things
like nutrition and stress levels. I’ve been
cancer free for nine years now and
looking back, I completely understand
why I got cancer. There was so much
acidity in everything. I really encourage
people to go a lot longer and further
before coming to that conclusion.
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF
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PROBATE DIVISION
2013 ADM 468
Date of Death: February 10, 1993
Barbara J. Ingram, aka Barbara Jean
Ingram
Name of Decedent
J. Max Barger, Ackerman Brown, PLLC,
1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite
200, Washington, DC 20036, Name of
Attrorney.
Notice of Appointment, Notice to
Creditors and Notice to Unknown Heirs.
Roosevelt Streeter and Leon Williams
whose address is 330 Adams St., NE,
Washington, DC 20002 were appointed
Personal Representatives of the estate
of Barbara J. Ingram aka Barbara Jean
Ingram who died on February 10, 1993
with a will. All unknown heirs and heirs
whose whereabouts are unknown shall
enter their appearance in this proceeding.
Objections to such appointment (or to
the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be
filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. 515
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Washington, DC 20001, on or before
December 7, 2013. Claims against the
decedent shall be presented to the
undersigned with a copy to the Registrer
of Wills or to the Register of Wills with a
copy to the undersigned, on or before
December 7, 2013, or be forever barred.
Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of
the decedent who do not receive a copy
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publication shall so inform the Register
of Wills, including name, address, and
relationship.
Date of First Publication: June 7, 2013. /s/
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