Many expect president to criticize

Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama is set to meet with a group of human rights advocates in
Russia on Friday, including representatives of LGBT rights groups and many
observers are hopeful that he will take the opportunity to express continued
opposition to the country’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law.
During a stopover in Stockholm on Wednesday, Obama expressed
solidarity with Sweden during opening remarks at a news conference by
saying the Nordic country and the United States have a shared belief in
equality under the law, including for gay citizens.
“We share a belief in the dignity and equality of every human being;
PRESIDENT OBAMA is in Russia for the G-20 Summit. He cancelled bilateral talks with Vladimir
Putin in part over Russia’s anti-gay laws.
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‘If you don’t do something about your
gay kid, he’ll end up in a grave with
his guts hanging out’
By THOM SENZEE
There is a surprising portrait in Uganda’s
parliament building. It’s an oil-painted Idi Amin
sporting a toothy smile and full military regalia.
Amin poses while engaging in his trademark low-
down, dual-fisted version of a fist pump.
Normally, it would be no surprise for a tourist to
encounter a painting of a country’s former president
inside the house of its legislature. But Amin was no
ordinary president. He was a brutal dictator. He was
allegedly a cannibal who literally ate his opponents
and detractors for breakfast. The evidence for
Amin’s cannibalism were the corpses of political
foes found dangling by their Achilles tendons, after
he was deposed, from meat hooks inside of a walk-
in refrigerator at his compound.
Earlier this year a British journalist — let’s call
him Ian Smith because, as you’ll see, disclosing
his identity might preclude him from ever visiting
Uganda again — went to the Chamber of Parliament
in Kampala and took photos of some of the
building’s more interesting features. The place was
a ghost town at the time thanks to a special event
where members of parliament were then gathered.
“That made it easy for me to steal the document,”
recalls Smith.
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Obama to meet with Russian gay activists
Ugandan LGBT rights advocate FRANK MUGISHA blames
American evangelicals for spreading homophobia in east
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Kameny to be honored in
Chicago history exhibit
The late D.C. gay rights pioneer
Frank Kameny will be inducted on
Oct. 11, the second anniversary of his
death, into Chicago’s Legacy Walk,
an outdoor LGBT history exhibit that
commemorates the lives of historically
significant LGBT people.
Victor Salvo, founder and executive
director of the Chicago-based Legacy
Project, which operates the Legacy
Walk, told the Blade that among the
others to be inducted into the exhibit
this year along with Kameny is American
poet Walt Whitman.
In what some have described as a
unique outdoor museum, the Legacy
Walk consists of at least 17 25-foot-tall
decorative “Rainbow Pylons” placed
along a half-mile section of North
Halsted Street in Chicago’s Lake View
neighborhood, which is known for its
high concentration of LGBT residents
and visitors.
Attached to each of the pylons are
between one or more 18-inch by 24-inch
bronze plaques that include a photo
image and written description of one of
the LGBT people inducted into the Legacy
Walk exhibit. Eighteen of the plaques were
installed on the pylons in October 2012 in
the first phase of the exhibit, according to
a write-up on its website. New plaques are
to be added each year, with some of the
existing ones rotated into an indoor exhibit
hall scheduled to open in 2014, the write
up says.
“Some of the plaques will
commemorate significant events
in GLBT history, but most will
posthumously memorialize the lives
and work of notable gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender individuals
whose achievement have helped shape
the world – but whose contributions,
sexual orientation or gender identity
have been overlooked, minimized or
censored entirely from most historic
texts,” the Legacy Walk website says.
Kameny has been credited with
playing a key role in shaping the U.S.
LGBT rights movement beginning in
the early 1960s as co-founder of the
Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.,
the city’s first gay rights organization.
Kameny became the first known
gay person to contest in the federal
courts his dismissal from his job as an
astronomer for the federal government
because of his sexual orientation.
Others inducted into the Legacy
Walk in 2012 include African-American
civil rights leader Bayard Rustin; writer
and novelist James Baldwin; British
artificial intelligence researcher Alan
Turing; British writer and novelist Oscar
Wilde; U.S. lesbian activist and 1960s
era gay rights pioneer and Kameny
colleague Barbara Gittings; and San
Francisco Supervisor and gay rights
leader Harvey Milk.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Gay man gets 4 years in
hit-and-run death

A D.C. Superior Court judge on
Aug. 30 sentenced gay restaurant
manager Joel Bromwell to four
years in jail for the March 21 hit and
run accident in which the vehicle
he was driving struck and killed a
71-year-old woman on a street in
Northeast D.C.
Bromwell, 32, pled guilty in
May to the charges of involuntary
manslaughter and driving under the
influence of alcohol in connection
with the incident. He has been held
in jail since the time he was arrested
on the night of the accident. The
maximum sentence for the two
offenses is 30 years incarceration.
Many among his wide circle of friends
in the D.C. gay community described
Bromwell as a kind and gentle person
who would never intentionally hurt
anyone, and expressed shock upon
learning of the incident.
A statement released by the U.S.
Attorney’s office on the day of the
sentencing says eyewitnesses saw
Bromwell’s sport utility vehicle strike
Ruby Whitfield as she was walking
across the 1100 block of Florida Avenue,
N.E. in a clearly marked crosswalk. The
statement says Whitfield, who had just
left a church ushers meeting, became
lodged beneath the SUV and was
dragged about 86 feet as Bromwell
continued driving.
One of the witnesses in a nearby car
drove up to Bromwell’s SUV a block from
the scene of the accident, told Bromwell
he had hit someone, and urged him to
return to the scene, the statement says.
It says Bromwell ignored the witness
and drove away.
D.C. police a short time later located
Bromwell’s SUV and Bromwell and
arrested him. When taken to a police
station breath tests showed that his
blood alcohol was above the legal limit
for driving, the U.S. Attorney’s statement
says.
The Washington Post reported
Bromwell submitted a written
statement to the court saying that
“from the morning when I wake up to
the every night when I go to sleep, I
feel the pain and anguish I’ve caused
other people…Because of my choices,
I’ve hurt people in ways that is not
fathomable.”
According to the Post, the victim’s
daughter, Tasyha Whitfield, told the
court in a written statement that the
incident that took her mother’s life was
a “heartless and senseless crime” and
that she doesn’t accept Bromwell’s
expression of remorse.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Rustin Fellowship to fund
LGBT research

The National Black Justice Coalition,
an LGBT advocacy organization, and
the Albert Shanker Institute, which
advocates for public education and labor
issues, announced last week that they are
joining forces to create an educational
fellowship named after the late civil
rights leader Bayard Rustin, who was gay.
Both organizations are based in D.C.
The two groups announced the
launching of the new fellowship
during a tribute to Rustin held at D.C.’s
Lincoln Theater during the week of
the 50th anniversary commemoration
of the 1963 Civil Rights March on
Washington, of which Rustin was the
lead organizer.
“The most fitting tribute to the late
Bayard Rustin is the continuation of his
life’s work,” a joint statement released
by NBJC and the Shanker Institute says.
“Bayard Rustin was a tireless
activist, an unrivaled organizer, an
extraordinary strategic thinker and
a powerful advocate in struggles for
human rights and economic justice,”
the statement says. “His involvement
in these struggles read like a roll call of
20th century historical milestones on
America’s ‘freedom road,’” which the
statement says includes “the fight for
full civil rights for the LGBT community.”
Among other things, the statement
says the Rustin Fellowship will focus
on research, policy development
and advocacy in the field of public
education, with a concentration on
three subject areas:
º rhe eliminarion ol ciscriminarion
and bullying against students based on
“race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual
orientation and gender expression”
º rhe cevelopmenr ol ecucarional
programs that support “respect
and tolerance for cultural and social
difference among students”
º rhe "promorion ol rhe lull inreçrarion
of American schools so that they will
reflect and promote the full diversity of
our society.”
NBJC spokesperson Michael
Brewer said additional details about
the fellowship, including information
on who may be eligible to apply for
the fellowship and who will select
candidates for the Rustin Fellowship,
were expected to be announced in
November.
The statement released last week says
those interested in making a tax-exempt
donation to help fund the fellowship
could so by contacting the Shanker
Institute at vthomas@ashankerinst.org.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Ginsburg officiates same-sex wedding
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on
Saturday presided over the Washington, D.C. wedding of her longtime friend
and Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and his partner, economist
John Roberts.
Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate same-sex nuptials,
according to the Washington Post, just short of four months after the court
struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law
that prevented the United States government from recognizing same-sex
marriages performed in states that have legalized them.
“I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and
want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in
the marriage relationship,” Ginsburg told the Post.
Ginsburg — who was joined by justices Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor and
Kagan in the 5-4 decision striking down DOMA — is a longtime supporter
of the arts. Ginsburg also plans to officiate the Sep. 22 wedding of
Washington Post food critic David Hagedorn and National Weather Service
communications director, Michael Widomski, a promise she’d made to the
pair on the day the court released its DOMA decision.
Judge orders Ohio to recognize gay marriage
More than one month after the story of a same-sex couple seeking
recognition of their marriage moved the country, the federal judge that
ordered Ohio to observe that union has now done the same for a gay man
seeking recognition of his union to his deceased spouse.
In a three-page restraining order, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on
Tuesday ordered the State of Ohio recognize the marriage of a Cincinnati
couple that married in Delaware in July, but where one person in the
relationship unexpectedly died of natural causes last month.
Black ruled that David Michener, the surviving spouse in the relationship,
is eligible for the restraining order because of immediate need for action as
well as the likely success of his claim that the state constitutional amendment
in Ohio barring recognition of his marriage violates the First and Fourteenth
Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Bakery that refused lesbian patrons closes
GRESHAM, Ore. — Though Sweet Cakes by Melissa says they are not
going out of business completely, the Oregon bakery that turned away a
lesbian couple in January is closing its shop and moving operations into the
owners’ home.
After citing religious reasons to turn away Rachel Cryer and her fiancé
Laurel Bowman of Portland — allegedly calling the couple an abomination,
according to SheWired.com — owner Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron
say that their business began to suffer, and the shop attracted protests, legal
complaints, and media attention that the owners were not prepared for.
Aaron Klein told the Oregonian that the couple would sell other cakes to
any customer regardless of sexual orientation, but that the business would not
bake cakes to be used in same-sex marriages. The action, however, may violate
state law, which bars discrimination in public accommodation, based on sexual
orientation. The state is currently reviewing Cryer and Bowman’s complaint.
Meanwhile, Cryer and Bowman accepted a free cake from Food Network’s
Ace of Cakes star chef Duff Goldman for their wedding, after their story made
national news.
Manzella came out on ‘60
Minutes,’ fought ‘Don’t Ask’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A gay veteran of the Iraq war who
fought against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
has died in a car accident in Pittsford,
N.Y.
Darren Manzella, who came out as gay
in 2007 while serving in the Army during
an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” died
last week at the scene of the crash. He
turned 36 on Aug. 8.
Steve Ralls, the former spokesperson
for Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network who handled his public
relations at the time, said openly gay
troops currently serving around the
world today are able to do so, in part,
because of Darren’s sacrifice.
“Darren knew he would be discharged
for speaking out, but he volunteered to
do it because he wanted the men and
women who followed him to be able to
serve openly without fear of discharge
or discrimination,” Ralls said. “That’s
the kind of guy, and the kind of soldier,
Darren was. I know how deeply proud
his family was of him, and that pride was
shared by all of us who had the privilege
of working with him, too.”
Manzella served as an Army medic in
Kuwait and Iraq and earned a Combat
Medical Badge for treating his fellow
soldiers. His “60 Minutes” interview was
filmed, in secret, in Kuwait City while he
was still a Staff Sergeant in the Army.
He was the first openly gay service
member on active duty to speak to the
press from a war zone. Months after
coming out publicly, Manzella was
given an honorable discharge under the
military’s gay ban in 2008.
Since August 2011, Manzella had been
working as a health science specialist
for the Department of Veterans Affairs
in Rochester. According to his Facebook
page, he very recently married his
spouse, Javier Lapeira, on July 5.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Victor
Fehrenbach, who also faced discharge
under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for being
gay, knew Manzella and said he was an
inspiration.
“Darren Manzella wasn’t just a hero
and an inspiration to me personally,
he was an American hero and a civil
rights leader,” Fehrenbach said. “When
my ordeal started in May 2008, I saw
Darren’s interview on 60 minutes. He
inspired me to speak out and tell my
story. He had such a great impact in the
repeal of DADT.”
Fehrenbach, who was ultimately able
to stay in the Air Force before he retired
on his own volition, said his friend will
leave a lasting legacy.
“The only blessing is that Darren died
as a soldier and a husband,” Fehrenbach
said. “He was able to fulfill his dreams
to serve his country openly and marry
the man he loved. I will miss him dearly,
and I will never forget him. He made the
world a better place and he made me
better and stronger for knowing him.”
The Rochester-based Democrat and
Chronicle quotes Michael Manzella,
Darren’s father, as identifying his son as
a person who was killed in the accident
Thursday night.
Michael Manzella reportedly said
Darren was struck by a sport utility
vehicle while pushing his car that was
already damaged in an accident that
happened immediately beforehand on
Interstate 490.
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Rejects therapists’ claim of
violating free speech rights
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of
Appeals last week upheld a 2012
California law that prohibits licensed
therapists from attempting to change
the sexual orientation or gender
expression of a person under the age
of 18 through so-called “conversion” or
“reparative” therapy.
The ruling by a three-judge panel
states that two separate lawsuits filed
by anti-LGBT groups challenging the
law could not succeed in their assertion
that the law infringes on the free speech
rights of therapists who seek to perform
the therapy.
The appeals court also rejected claims
by the groups filing the lawsuits that
the law, known as SB 1172, interferes
with the rights of parents to provide
therapy seeking to change the sexual
orientation or gender expression of
their children on religious grounds.
“Fundamental rights of parents do
not include the right to choose a specific
type of provider for a specific medical or
mental health treatment that the state
has reasonably deemed harmful,” 9th
Circuit Judge Susan Graber wrote in the
unanimous three-judge decision.
In defending the law, California
officials argued that virtually all of the
organizations representing the medical
and mental health professions, including
the American Psychiatric Association,
have called the therapy harmful and
ineffective in changing someone’s
sexual orientation or gender identity or
expression.
All of the nation’s leading medical
and mental health organizations have
also warned that therapy seeking to
change someone from gay to straight,
especially youth, places them at risk for
depression and suicide.
“The court’s decision today on Senate
Bill 1172 is a major victory for anyone
who cares about the well-being of our
youth,” said John O’Connor, executive
director of the statewide LGBT group
Equality California. “It will directly
impact the lives of thousands of young
people by protecting them from this
horrific practice.”
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific
Justice Institute, one of the groups
seeking to overturn the law, said the
group plans to appeal the 9th Circuit
Appeals Court’s decision.
“This decision is a dark day for those
who believe in the First Amendment
and the right of parents over the proper
upbringing of their children,” the San
Jose Mercury News quoted him as
saying.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who
signed the measure into law in
September 2012, said it was needed to
protect children and teenagers under
the age of 18 from “non-scientific
‘therapies’ that have driven young
people to depression and suicide.”
Brown added, “These practices have
no basis in science or medicine and they
will now be relegated to the dustbin of
quackery.”
The decision by the 9th Circuit panel
followed an earlier split decision by two
U.S. District Court judges in Sacramento
last December. One of the judges ruled
the lawsuit challenging the law had
merit and issued a stay temporarily
preventing the state from enforcing
the law. Another District Court judge
ruled that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit
most likely could not succeed in their
constitutional challenge because the
law didn’t violate their free speech
rights.
Thursday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals panel upheld the
ruling of the District Court judge
who asserted the case challenging
the law would not likely succeed on
constitutional grounds.
However, the 9th Circuit panel
ordered that the two cases be sent back
to their respective District Court judges
for deliberation and a decision on other
legal challenges filed by the plaintiffs,
according to a statement released on
Thursday by the National Center for
Lesbian Rights.
Court upholds Calif. ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy
De Blasio leads by 15
percent in new survey
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Two new polls suggest New York City
Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s lead
over her Democratic challengers in the
mayoral campaign has evaporated less
than two weeks before the Sept. 10 primary.
A Quinnipiac University poll conducted
between Aug 22-27 found New York
City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio
leads Quinn by a 36-21 percent margin.
Twenty percent of likely Democratic
primary voters backed former New York
City Comptroller William Thompson,
Jr., while former Congressman Anthony
Weiner received 8 percent.
Another Quinnipiac University poll
released on July 29 showed Quinn
ahead of de Blasio by a 27-21 percent
margin. Thompson came in third
with 20 percent, while 16 percent of
respondents backed Weiner.
An amNewYork-News 12 poll that Pen
Schoen Berland conducted between Aug.
22-27 found 29 percent of likely Democratic
voters support de Blasio, compared to 24
percent who back Thompson. Quinn came
in a distant third with 17 percent.
Quinn needs at least 40 percent of
the vote in the Sept. 10 primary to avoid
a run-off.
“The polling in this race has been
topsy-turvy for months,” Quinn
campaign spokesperson Mike Morey
told the Washington Blade. “We expect
a tight race and we expect that on
primary night Christine Quinn will be in
a runoff, because New Yorkers want an
effective progressive who can actually
get things done.”
Quinnipiac University and
amNewYork-News 12 released their
polls four days after the New York
Times endorsed Quinn, who would
become the city’s first female and first
openly LGBT mayor if voters elect her to
succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in
November. The Gay and Lesbian Victory
Fund; the Stonewall Democratic Club of
New York City; the New York Daily News;
Empire State Pride Agenda and Edith
Windsor, the Manhattan widow who
successfully challenged the Defense of
Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme
Court, have also endorsed Quinn.
De Blasio and Quinn have clashed
over the New York Police Department’s
controversial stop-and-frisk policy
a federal judge last month found
unconstitutional and other issues on the
campaign trail and during a number of
recent debates. Quinn continues to face
criticism over her decision to support
the extension of term-limits in 2008 that
allowed Bloomberg, herself and other
city officials to seek a third term in office.
Quinn in 2008 also acknowledged a
City Council slush fund had since 2001
appropriated more than $17 million to
community organizations that did not exist.
Brooklyn, N.Y., attorney Garfield
Heslop in June asked the New York City
Campaign Finance Board to investigate
Quinn over the more than $20,000 in
campaign contributions she received
from donors in Houston, San Diego and
Chicago after she attended Victory Fund
events in the three cities in 2011 and 2012.
Pauline Park, a transgender activist
in Queens who frequently criticized
Quinn, told the Blade she feels the
latest Quinnipiac University poll shows
“the more the voters see of her the less
they like.”
“Voters just aren’t buying Quinn’s
phony baloney about being the one
who’s delivered for New Yorkers,” Park
said. “This survey also shows that 65
percent of Democratic primary voters
want real change and a clean break with
the plutocratic policies of the billionaire
Bloomberg. And that is damaging
Quinn, who as Council speaker has
acted as a de facto deputy mayor in the
Bloomberg administration.”
The Victory Fund did not respond to
the Blade’s request for comment.
Paul Schindler, editor of Gay City News,
which endorsed Quinn last month, noted
to the Blade the polls have “bounced
around a lot this year.” He said de Blasio’s
numbers have only been good for the last
few weeks, and he has come under more
scrutiny as the current frontrunner ahead
of the Sept. 10 primary.
“Clearly, de Blasio has made big
strides,” Schindler told the Blade, referring
to contributing factors that include
Weiner’s growing unpopularity among
voters and de Blasio’s position against the
closure of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical
Center in lower Manhattan and other city
hospitals. “He, Quinn and Thompson all
remain in the mix. I’d be surprised if there
is not a runoff.”
Quinn losing ground in NYC mayor’s race: polls
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marriages for tax purposes
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The legal same-sex marriages of gay
couples — whether or not they reside in
a state that observes their union — will
now be recognized for tax purposes in
the wake of the Supreme Court decision
against the Defense of Marriage Act.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew
announced the change last week in
a joint statement with the Internal
Revenue Service.
“Today’s ruling provides certainty and
clear, coherent tax filing guidance for
all legally married same-sex couples
nationwide,” Lew said. “It provides
access to benefits, responsibilities and
protections under federal tax law that
all Americans deserve. This ruling also
assures legally married same-sex couples
that they can move freely throughout the
country knowing that their federal filing
status will not change.”
The decision, which brings the
Obama administration into compliance
with the ruling against DOMA, means
gay married couples will be able to
file federal taxes jointly each year. The
announcement also means married
gay couples be treated the same as
opposite-sex married couples for
income and gift and estate taxes.
These couples, according to the joint
statement, will now be treated equally
in terms of claiming personal and
dependency exemptions, taking the
standard deduction, employee benefits,
contributing to an IRA and claiming the
earned income tax credit or child tax credit.
LGBT advocates applauded the
Obama administration for instituting
the change, which they said would
help bring relief to married gay couples
throughout the country.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom
to Marry, said the announcement makes
today “a day of celebration and relief
for married same-sex couples all over
America.”
“At long last, the IRS will treat them as
what they are: married,” Wolfson said.
“Freedom to Marry commends the
administration’s swift implementation of
the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling for
federal equality in an area that will have
a direct, tangible impact on families’
financial health.”
Chad Griffin, president of the Human
Rights Campaign, also praised the
Obama administration for implementing
the change.
“With today’s ruling, committed and
loving gay and lesbian married couples
will now be treated equally under our
nation’s federal tax laws, regardless
of what state they call home,” Griffin
said. “These families finally have access
to crucial tax benefits and protections
previously denied to them under the
discriminatory Defense of Marriage
Act.”
The issue of unequal federal taxation
for gay married couples was the reason
why the Supreme Court struck down
Section 3 of DOMA. Plaintiff Edith
Windsor, a New York lesbian, sued the
U.S. government because she had to
pay $363,000 in estate taxes upon the
death of her spouse, Thea Spyer.
According to the statement, the
federal government will now recognize
for tax purposes any legal same-sex
marriage — even if the couple resides in
a state that doesn’t observe the union.
However, the new policy doesn’t apply
to domestic partnership or civil unions.
Troy Stevenson, executive director
of the New Jersey-based Garden
State Equality, said the decisions
demonstrates why his state needs to
enact marriage equality. New Jersey
offers civil unions, but not same-sex
marriage.
“While this is great news for couples
who have been married in the 13 states
that recognize full marriage equality;
let us be clear, New Jerseyans should
not be required to cross state lines to
be afforded the dignity of marriage,”
Stevenson said. “This decision by the
IRS makes it crystal clear that civil unions
are not now, and never will be equal to
marriage.”
Additionally, gay couples may file
an amended return if they feel they
would’ve receive a refund in one or
more prior tax years still open under
the statute of limitations. That means
these couples generally can file a
refund claim for up to three years in
the past: 2010, 2011, and 2012. Under
some circumstances, such as signing
an agreement with the IRS to keep the
statute of limitations open, they may
be able to seek a refund from an earlier
time.
Further, gay employees who receive
same-sex spouse health insurance
coverage from their employers on an
after-tax basis may treat the amounts
paid for that coverage as pre-tax and
excludable from income.
Pending legislation in the Senate that
would have eliminated the federal tax on
employer-provided health insurance for
same-sex couples is known as the Tax
Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the
sponsor of the bill, said in a statement
to the Washington Blade he welcomes
the new policy from the administration,
but still seeks passage of his bill cover
individuals in civil unions or domestic
partnerships.
“Today’s ruling is an important part
of implementing the Supreme Court’s
historic decision to overturn DOMA,”
Schumer said. “I still strongly believe
that couples in civil unions and domestic
partnerships should receive the same
tax treatment as all married couples and
will continue to push for exactly that.”
In a conference call with reporters,
senior Treasury officials, speaking
on condition of anonymity, laid
out the reasoning under which the
administration determined that married
gay couples living in non-marriage
equality states would be recognized for
federal tax purposes.
“We have a federal tax code that
applies to all 50 states,” officials said.
“The thought process was that from
tax administration standpoint, it made
sense to have rules to apply across the
entire nation. So, same-sex couples
that are married under federal law in
one state should get similar treatment
regardless of where they live. On the
flip side, from the administration’s
standpoint, it would be very difficult to
administer a situation it was dependent
on where a taxpayer lived on what the
state was in that time.”
Officials said the reasoning was
analogous to the administration’s
previous determination that common
law marriages, or some kind of irregular
marriage, would be recognized as a
union for federal tax purposes.
It’s possible that under some
circumstances, married gay couples
will have to pay more in taxes than
they were paying with DOMA in place.
Officials didn’t have an exact number
for how many gay couples would pay
more in taxes, but expected it would be
proportionate to the number of straight
couples.
While gay couples may file an
amended tax return for up to three
years in the past, officials said there’s
no obligation to do so — even if they
should have had to pay more in taxes
under the new policy.
“It’s basically the taxpayers option to
that, to go back and file an amended
return,” officials said. “There are
instances in which a taxpayer would
find it advantageous to file an amended
return claiming a joint filing status
for a previous tax year, but it’s not a
requirement.”
In the event that an employer offers
domestic partner health benefits to
gay employees, but doesn’t recognize
same-sex marriage, officials said federal
tax immunity would also apply to these
benefits. That would be a situation to
similar to Walmart, which is set next
year to offer domestic partner health
benefits to gay employees in same-
sex relationships, but won’t recognize
same-sex marriages.
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Christians who proclaim
they’re ‘not all like that’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A new project inspired by the popular
“It Gets Better” campaign aims to
give a voice to pro-LGBT Christians
who proclaim they’re “Not All Like
That,” referring to the anti-gay rhetoric
espoused by some conservative
Christians.
The effort, dubbed the NALT
Christians Project, debuted on
Wednesday and will allow Christians to
post videos on its website to express
support for LGBT people and refute
anti-LGBT rhetoric. It’s similar to the “It
Gets Better” project, which enabled
LGBT people and public figures to tell
LGBT youth their lives will improve.
Dan Savage, an LGBT advocate
who founded the “It Gets Better”
project, created the premiere video
for the NALT Christian Project and
called on Christians to create videos to
demonstrate they’re “not all like that” in
terms of holding anti-LGBT views.
“If you don’t speak up, then know that
your silence allows the Tony Perkins’ and
Pat Robertsons’ of this world to speak
for you, and to continue doing real harm
not just to young LGBT people, but also
to Christianity itself,” Savage says in his
video.
Savage said he came up with the term
“NALT” after hearing from Christians
who told him they’re “not all like that” to
distinguish themselves from anti-LGBT
leaders who call themselves Christians.
“I heard that so often that I started
thinking of the Christians who said that
as NALTs, ‘not-all-like-that’ Christians,”
Savage said. “Christians who support us
on LGBT civil rights. I used the phrase a
few times on my blog and in podcasts
— and it stuck.”
The initiative was created by
Christian author John Shore as well as
Wayne Besen and Evan Hurst, activists
associated with Truth Wins Out, an
organization dedicated to countering
widely discredited “ex-gay” sexual
orientation conversion therapy.
Besen said he doesn’t think of the
project as a shift in his work at Truth Wins
Out because he’s always considered the
“ex-gay” industry as broader strategy to
undermine LGBT people.
“The ‘ex-gay’ industry thrives by
exploiting religious guilt and shame
to recruit new clients to its programs,”
Besen said. “They deliberately contrive a
conflict in the hearts and minds of many
LGBT people, where they are made
to falsely believe they have to choose
between their faith and their sexuality.
The NALT Chrisitans Project says that no
such choice has to be made, and that
there are many supportive Christians
who will love LGBT people exactly as
they are.”
Co-sponsors of the project include:
Reconciling Ministries Network,
Faith in America, The Evangelical
Network, GLAD Alliance, Methodists
in New Directions, Covenant Network
of Presbyterians, Many Voices and
the Association of Welcoming and
Affirming Baptists.
As of Wednesday morning, the NALT
Christian Project already had 24 videos
featuring Christians from around the
world, including Presbyterian Minister
Mary Lynn Tobin of the Covenant
Network.
“I can’t tell how many times over the
years I had a giant button that said, ‘I’m
a Christian, and we’re not all like that,’”
Tobin said. “It drives me crazy that a
knock off of Christianity has become
an instrument of the right-wing political
agenda and become labeled as the
real thing by the media. No wonder so
many people are hostile to Christianity. I
would be, too.”
CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
New project to highlight pro-LGBT Christians
Lesbian couple rejected at
Camp Mabry facility
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Amid celebration for many gay service
members on the day that the Pentagon
began to award same-sex spousal
benefits this week, Texas Military
Forces is withholding such benefits for
gay troops on the basis that state law
prohibits same-sex marriage.
Alicia Butler, an Austin, Texas, attorney,
said she was rejected when she tried to
register with the Defense Enrollment
Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS,
the military’s health benefits system, when
she applied on Tuesday at Camp Mabry,
where her spouse, Judith Chedville, a
nurse and Iraq war veteran, is stationed as
a member of the National Guard.
“We were told that Texas would not
register us into the system and would
not issue an ID card for me,” Butler said.
“We were told that if she was active
duty they would do that for me, but not
for a National Guard member because
she’s part of the Texas National Guard.”
The explanation the couple was
given, Butler said, was that they were
denied because she and her spouse
are the same gender. Butler said she
and her spouse were legally married in
California.
Butler added she and her spouse
were directed to another facility in Texas
that is run by the federal government.
“They told us to go to a different
facility, such as Ft. Hood in San Antonio,
where the federal government runs
the facility, so that we could get the ID
card,” Butler said. “That’s an hour-and-
a-half drive for me, and we have a five-
month-old, so that’s kind of hard.”
But Butler, 43, added even if she and
her spouse made that trip, Camp Mabry
would still not recognize her as the
spouse of Chedville, 38, at that facility.
“We were also told that even if my
spouse went there without me and got the
registration and that all taken care of, Camp
Mabry still would not take my photograph
and issue the ID, which is something that’s
normally done,” Butler said.
Butler said she was left with the
impression that Camp Mabry would
continue to deny benefits for guard
members with same-sex spouses
“indefinitely.”
Tuesday marks the first day that the
U.S. armed forces started offering
partner benefits, including military IDs,
to troops with same-sex spouses after
a period of implementation this year. In
the wake of the Supreme Court decision
against the Defense of Marriage Act,
gay troops are now eligible for major
spousal benefits, including health and
pension benefits as well as equal access
to housing.
Butler said she was denied benefits
as the American Military Partner
Association, an LGBT military group,
says it was leaked guidance indicating
that Texas Military Forces, or the Texas
National Guard, wouldn’t honor the U.S.
armed forces’ plan to begin offering
partner benefits to gay troops because
the Texas Constitution prohibits same-
sex marriage.
“The TXMF is a state agency under the
authority and direction of the Texas state
government,” the guidance states.
“Therefore, the TXMF must consider that
the Texas Constitution and Texas Family
Code 6.204 conflicts with the DoD policy
extending benefits to same-sex spouses.
Due to this potential conflict, we are
unable to enroll same-sex families into
DEERs at our state supported facilities
until we receive legal clarification.”
Similar to what Butler and Chedville
were told, the guidance says troops who
are affected by this issue should seek a
federal facility to apply for benefits.
“However, the TXMF remains
committed to ensuring its military
personnel and their families receive the
benefits to which they are entitled,”
the guidance states. “As such, we
encourage anyone affected by this
issue to enroll for benefits at a federal
installation.”
Laura Lopez, a Texas Military Forces
spokesperson, confirmed the guidance
is accurate, but said she doesn’t known
when the legal uncertainty cited in the
guidance will be resolved.
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that our daughters deserve the same
opportunities as our sons; that our gay
and lesbian brothers and sisters must
be treated equally under the law; that
our societies are strengthened and not
weakened by diversity,” Obama said.
Obama restated his support for LGBT
equality as he prepared to meet with
Russian human rights groups and LGBT
groups during his visit to St. Petersburg
for the annual G-20 summit.
A White House official told the
Washington Blade that Obama
intends to meet with “civil society
representatives” during his trip on
Friday and LGBT groups were invited to
the meeting.
“The president will meet with
Russian civil society leaders to discuss
the important role civil society plays
in promoting human rights and
tolerance,” the official said. “Invited are
representatives from groups supporting
human rights, the environment, free
media, and LGBT rights, among others.”
Obama meets with these activists —
as well as leaders from G-20 countries —
at a time when he’s pushing for military
engagement in Syria over the use of the
chemical weapons in the country. That
issue will likely play a large role in the
discussions — at least with leaders from
G-20 nations.
But LGBT advocates who work on
international issues told the Washington
Blade the meeting with human rights
activists provides a stage to draw
attention to the condition of human
rights in Russia, including the situation
for LGBT people.
Innokenty “Kes” Grekov, an associate
with the international group Human
Rights First who covers Russia, said
the administration initiated the
meeting under pressure from U.S.
groups.
“I think the president will articulate
his Russia policy to the activists and
express solidarity and gratitude for their
work, once again affirming that Russia’s
international human rights obligation,
and its own constitution, must be
protected and democracy advanced,”
Grekov said.
Grekov predicted that Russian
gay rights activists wouldn’t bring
up anything in the meeting that they
wouldn’t bring up in a meeting with
their own President Vladimir Putin.
Further, Grekov said he thinks they’ll
tell Obama to resist calls to boycott the
2014 Olympics in Sochi — an idea that
he already says he opposes.
“The activists scheduled to meet
with Obama work on different issues,
and gay rights will be discussed in
the context of a wider human rights
backslide in Russia,” Grekov added.
Mark Bromley, chair of the Council for
Global Equality, said Obama’s meeting
with gay rights activists is a monumental
development and a potential instrument
for change.
“It sends a message of solidarity, and
I think it provides an opportunity for
the president to connect directly with
activists and the issues,” Bromley said.
“He did that very effectively on the last
trip to Africa, I thought, where he really
spoke in a very personal, humble, firm
way about these issues being serious
human rights concerns.”
Grekov said Obama addressed a
group of civil society representatives
during a previous trip to Russia in 2009
while in Moscow for a bilateral summit.
While some of those groups may have
been working on gay issues as part of a
larger portfolio, Grekov said he doesn’t
remember any “LGBT-only” group
taking part in the discussion.
Activists say the meeting is also
an opportunity for Obama to step
up U.S. opposition to Russia’s anti-
gay propaganda law, which bans
pro-gay propaganda to minors.
The president already expressed
opposition to the measure during a
news conference in August when he
said no one is “more than offended
than me” over it.
Bromley said he hopes Obama will
speak in Russia about the law “in a
rather direct way” to highlight that the
law actually harms the children that it
intends to protect.
“The law was passed ostensibly to
protect children,” Bromley said. “We
know from recent evidence here in the
United States and around the world
that children are actually harmed by
these sorts of laws, that they encourage
bullying, they encourage some of the
taunting and humiliation that leads to
violence and suicide. I hope that he
would speak directly to the fact that
these laws are not the way to protect
children.”
Grekov expressed a similar sentiment
in terms of asking Obama to continue
engaging with Russia, while being more
vocal about the anti-gay law as well as
issues facing LGBT advocates in Russia.
“He’s taking a stance by meeting with
civil society and expressing solidarity,
we’d like him to carry that message to
the Russian president and the Russian
media, too,” Grekov said. “Because the
law has provisions affecting foreigners,
President Obama and the State
Department need to press the Russian
authorities to clarify what they mean
by ‘propaganda,’ because without
understanding of the law it will be
impossible for foreign visitors to ‘obey
the law.’”
Obama is set to engage with human
rights activists in Russia after the group
Human Rights First published a report
last week documenting abuses under
the Russia LGBT law, titled “Convenient
Targets,” that calls on the Obama
administration to take more action.
Among the potential actions cited
in the report are meeting with human
rights activists, as Obama is set to
do. Additionally, the report calls on
the administration to direct the State
Department to seek clarification
on the anti-“propaganda” law
because of its vague wording; lead a
multilateral coalition to oppose
discrimination and violence against
LGBT people; and call for leadership
from the U.S. Olympic Committee in
opposing the law.
The anonymous White House official
also said while there is currently no
plan for a formal bilateral meeting
with President Putin of Russia, the
administration expects the two
presidents to have an opportunity to
speak in between meetings of the
G-20. Last month, Obama cancelled
a formal bilateral meeting planned
with Putin, in part, as an administration
official said, because of the anti-LGBT
environment in Russia.
In an extensive interview published
by the Associated Press on Wednesday,
Putin said he has no problem with
Obama meeting with human rights
leaders and acknowledged it was part
of U.S. diplomatic policy.
“On the contrary, we welcome it, so
that there will be full understanding
of whatever’s going on in our society,
Putin was quoted as saying. “Of course
it would be very good if the diplomatic
service, the embassy, the special
services, gave a full and objective
picture of the state of Russian society,
and not just look at it from one angle.”
Putin also said he doesn’t think the
law will play a negative role during the
upcoming Olympics as he denied that
Russia has such a law “targeting people
of nontraditional sexual orientation.”
“So you just said that, and you’ve
created illusions among millions of
viewers that we have these laws,”
Putin said. “In Russia there are no such
laws. In Russia there is a law forbidding
propaganda of nontraditional sexual
orientation among minors. That’s a
totally different thing.”
The Russian president reportedly
said that gay people in Russia have
equal access to the workplace and
their achievements are rewarded by
the government with “prizes, medals,
decorations.”
Putin further is quoted as saying the
United States has its own work to do in
advancing gay rights, saying being gay
is a crime in some parts of the country,
so the United States isn’t in a position to
criticize other countries.
“You are aware, for example, that in
several states, nontraditional sexual
orientation is still considered a crime,”
Putin reportedly said. “In particular,
Oklahoma and Texas, I was told —
maybe the people who told me that
were wrong, but you check. And if that’s
actually true, then it’s very strange that
those who are trying to teach us aren’t
an example worthy of imitation. And
several NGOs have presented statistics
that affirm that in certain American
firms, people of nontraditional sexual
orientation are discriminated against in
terms of wages.”
No laws in Oklahoma or Texas
criminalize homosexuality, although
those states do have laws prohibiting
recognition of same-sex marriage. Any
state law prohibiting same-sex relations
in those states would have been struck
down by the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court
decision in Lawrence v. Texas.
Grekov said in a statement following
the interview that Putin is right that
gay people enjoy the same rights and
economic opportunities as everyone
else, but maintained there are still
problems.
“What Putin didn’t say is that
Russia’s constitutional protections from
discrimination for all have not translated
in the day-to-day lives of Russia’s
LGBT community, which continues to
face intolerance and whose freedoms
can be undermined through the
recently adopted ‘propaganda’ law,”
Grekov said.
Obama to meet Russian activists this week
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Document highlights homophobia in Uganda
The document he stole is titled:
“Protect our young people from
homosexuality: Debate and pass the
anti-homosexuality bill now!”
Smith took the document from the
Press Office at Parliament when the
secretary wasn’t looking. It contains
morbid images, such as one that may
be posed or altered to depict a human
figure lying on a bed with his or her
intestines literally extruding onto a bed
from his or her rectum.
The photo purports to be of a young
man named Turyamureeba Wycliffe, who
supposedly died from complications of
“fisting” and tuberculosis (supposedly also
brought on as a result of his homosexuality).
Mercifully and perhaps manipulatively,
the document also includes a photo of
Wycliffe in far happier and healthier
days sitting in a decidedly effeminate
posture. The juxtaposed imagery more
subtly drives home the same point
the brief hammers out in writing as,
“Attention Ugandan MPs and parents:
If you don’t do something about your
gay (or gay-acting) kid, he’ll end up in a
grave with his guts hanging out, just like
this one did in Katungu Village.“
Uganda’s relatively newfound hatred
for homosexuality is directly traceable to
American missionaries who penetrated
the country’s mindset by providing
assistance in the fight against the east
African AIDS epidemic.
Uganda, which not so long ago
seemed equal to Kenya and South
Africa as a symbol of hope that liberal
democracies could flourish on the
African continent, been indoctrinated
into fervent homophobia by American
evangelical diehards.
Their efforts have not only won
followers in east Africa. Some argue the
work of rightwing religious organizations
with ties to people like former
governors and Fox News celebrities,
Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, has
created a murderous environment for
LGBT Ugandans.
David Kato, a Ugandan LGBT rights
activist, was beaten to death after winning
a lawsuit against a Ugandan magazine
called “Rolling Stone” (no connection
to the American publication of the same
name) for publishing a list of names and
photographs of 100 LGBT-rights leaders,
calling for their execution. The article was
a welcomed “calling out of perpetrators”
for anti-homosexuality groups in Uganda,
such as the Coalition for the Advancement
of Moral Values (CAMOVA), which claims
authorship of the aforementioned
document, and the Family Life Network.
While there is no proof that Kato’s death
was connected to the magazine article,
the New York Times reported that Kato
“knew he was a marked man.”
However, Kato’s surviving friend,
the officer of a group called Sexual
Minorities-Uganda (SMUG), Frank
Mugisha, makes no bones about
American evangelicals’ role in creating
a terrorized environment for lesbians,
gays, bisexuals and transgender people
in Uganda.
“Most of the propaganda can be
traced to U.S evangelists,” he told the
Washington Blade. “They have been
the most visible in Uganda.”
But it wasn’t always this way, according
to Mugisha, who in 2011 received the
Robert F. Kennedy Award for Human
Rights.
“The religious propaganda is traced
back from the late ‘90s — especially in
Uganda where missionaries came in to
do HIV/AIDS work,” he said. “But they
became more visible in 2000.”
Mugisha said the first time he saw
the CAMOVA brief was when the Blade
supplied it to him via email. He found
it disgusting, but not surprising. In fact,
he says, Uganda’s powerful, American-
connected religious right has a firm grip
on the ears of members of parliament.
“Our members of parliament go to
church a lot. They interact with our church
leaders. Politics in Uganda are centered
around the church. So yes, the politicians
unfortunately believe all these things.”
For journalist Ian Smith, the CAMOVA
brief begged to be snatched for
exposure in the media.
“I didn’t feel disgusted when I saw it
sitting there in the press room,” Smith
recalls. “I genuinely thought it was
comical. Then, of course, you think more
deeply into it and you realize, these
people really believe this absurd rubbish.”
Multiple attempts to obtain comment
about the document via the email
address noted as contact information
for the document’s author(s) yielded no
response. Attempts to obtain reactions
to the document from members of
the Ugandan Parliament were also
unsuccessful. According to Mugisha,
there is little support for LGBT people
among Uganda’s parliamentarians. But,
he says, there is some.
“Yes there is,” he said. “But it’s very
minimal; and most of the members of
parliament are not comfortable giving
us support in public. If they do support
us they would rather it remains quiet.”
That means his and his colleagues’
work is lonely and dangerous. Most
support comes from outside the country
— from Americans and Europeans. What
little support Sexual Minorities-Uganda
gets from allies inside the country comes
cloaked in secrecy.
“We do advocacy every day,” he says.
“It happens at different levels. I spend
half of my time in Uganda in meetings
with different political leaders at all
levels — from local leaders to national
leaders. I lobby government, non-
government organizations and civil
society, trying to encourage them to
work with SMUG.”
LGBT-rights advocates in Uganda and
outside of the country blame the most
recent, most radical and most violent
anti-LGBT propaganda and homophobic
activity in east Africa on a seminar
organized by Ugandan Stephen Langa.
According to the New York Times,
in 2009, Langa invited three prominent
American evangelical Christian ministers
to speak to Ugandan parents about the
supposed threat of recruitment of their
children by leaders of the so-called
homosexual agenda for all kinds of
terrible purposes.
At least one of the three was associated
with discredited and recently shuttered
“conversion-therapy” purveyor, Exodus
International.
Another of the American evangelists
blamed for setting in motion Uganda’s
anti-gay hysteria with the 2009 seminar,
entitled “Exposing the Homosexuals’
Agenda,” is Scott Lively.
Lively is author of a “gay-proofing”
book for parents who fear having a
gay child, which has been panned by
mainstream psychology practitioners as
“psychobabble” and “quackery.”
Mugisha says LGBT people in his
country still live in constant fear and
danger as a result of the seminar held
more than four years ago.
“What I can say is that the Family
Life Network and the anti-gay groups
in Uganda have spread so much
propaganda, which in turn has caused
fear within the Uganda people,” he
said. “This fear has brought hatred
toward known and openly gay persons
in Uganda, hence increasing the
homophobia and hate crimes.”
The good news is that the anti-
homosexuality bill, which the CAMOVA
brief implored the Ugandan Parliament
to pass last year, has not passed. If it had
passed in its original form, homosexuality
would have been punishable by death
(the law was later rewritten to specify
life in prison as the penalty for some
convictions of homosexuality).
Further good news, according to
Ian Smith, is the possibility that even
the document presented to MPs by
the homophobic Coalition for the
Advancement of Moral Values in
December 2012 may itself represent a
silver lining of sorts.
“You would have thought all of their
work of sewing hate was well done by
now,” says Smith. “You wouldn’t think
they would feel the need to go to such
lengths as creating and passing about
such a load of rubbish as this document.”
Perhaps, he says, the document in
question is a sign of a cracking at the
seams of the anti-homosexuality lobby
in Uganda.
“Clearly there’s a feeling among
them that they have not succeeded in
convincing people that gay people are
bad for Uganda.”
Was there ever a time in east Africa
when LGBT people could live without
fear of harassment, beatings and
murder? According to Mugisha, there
were indeed far better times.
“I would say all the way back before
the British came and colonized us,”
Mugisha said. “LGBT people were free.
But more recently, before the coming of
the evangelicals — especially the U.S.
evangelicals.”
Recent events notwithstanding,
Mugisha is hopeful about Uganda’s
future.
“With the dialogue now and people
talking about gay rights, we hope that
things will change,” he said.
Even without passage of the anti-
homosexuality law, homosexual acts are
still against the law in Uganda, though
Mugisha remains optimistic that change
is coming.
“I think that there is a possibility that
homosexuality will be decriminalized
soon,” said Mugisha. “And the sodomy
laws may be removed.”
Until then, Mugisha and myriad
others in Uganda and across east Africa
simply focus on surviving while working
for change.
“SMUG can exist,” he said. “We are
doing nothing illegal [and] we can exist
in Uganda as an association. But we have
to be careful. As an openly gay man, I
can exist. But also, I have to be careful
and take precautions some times.”
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Orioles fans feeling
the ‘GLoW’
The Baltimore Orioles may be struggling
to make the post-season this year but
their fans have not lost their enthusiasm.
A Facebook page called “GLoW Orioles
Fans Games Group” is a group of friends—
gay, lesbian, and whoever—who will get
together for various Baltimore Orioles
home games throughout the season. The
page was launched by gay activist and
Baltimore resident Mike Bernard.
“The idea for this group was inspired by
a get-together on July 12 when the Orioles
played the Toronto Blue Jays,” Bernard
said. “We had so much fun together that
we did not want to leave. And oh, yeah, the
Orioles won that night, too.”
Any member—gay, lesbian or
whoever—is welcome to organize a trip.
Simply announce the date on the page,
set a deadline, and purchase the tickets
as a group. The trip organizer can arrange
to collect money from participants and
purchase game tickets all at once or
everyone can meet as a group at the
game and purchase the tickets at the Box
Office windows all around the stadium.
The next GLoW game is Sept. 9 vs.
the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Bernard plans to explore the possibility
of an Orioles-sanctioned Night or Day
Out event similar to what is done in D.C.
and several other major league cities.
The page is located at facebook.com/
groups/GLoW.OriolesGamesGroup.
Exploring Charles
Village’s LGBT history
Prime Timers of Baltimore, a social/
support organization of mature gay men
and those who admire them, will meet
Sunday, Sept. 8. The general meeting
and potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul and
20th streets.
The guest speaker will be Richard
Oloizia, a librarian who has prepared a
photo-illustrated talk of the history of
the LGBT community around Charles
Village, providing many dates, names
and specific programs and activities
since the late 1970s to the present.
He will describe the cohesiveness and
diversity of the community during the
early years. Assisting Oloizia will be Louis
Hughes. Oloizia and Hughes will lead a
Mount Vernon LGBT history walking tour
on Oct. 19 for Baltimore Heritage.
For information call 410-252-7239 or
email ptbalto.org.
Dining Out for Life set
for Sept. 19
One of the principal fundraisers for
Moveable Feast is the annual Dining Out
for Life event in Baltimore to take place on
Sept. 19. More than 50 restaurants in the
Baltimore area and the surrounding counties
will donate 20-100 percent of their sales to
Moveable Feast, which provides nutritious
meals and other services at no cost to people
who are sick and need support.
To save lives through food, the
organizers ask that you simply gather
your friends and family and dine out at a
participating restaurant. The list of those
restaurants and the percentage of their
donations can be found at diningoutforlife.
com/baltimore/restaurants. For more
information and to make reservations,
visit diningoutforlife.com/baltimore.
‘Ripped Genes’ calendar
party set
The official 2014 Ripped Genes
Calendar party will take place on
Sept. 20 at The Engineers Club at the
Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount
Vernon Place in Baltimore.
Fashion photographer Robert W.
Mercer, Jr. will unveil his 2014 Ripped
Genes calendar, the seventh edition of
the popular series. The Baltimore native
is well known in the area for producing
fashion events. Mercer’s 2014 body of work
includes the introduction of his female
version, 2014 Ripped Janes Calendar.
The doors open at 8 p.m., the swimwear
fashion show begins at 9 p.m. and the
calendar signing starts at 9:30 p.m.
A single ticket is $45. For more
information visit rippedgenes.net.
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Mental health program
wins federal grant
RESTON, Va. — Northwestern
University’s Feinberg School of
Medicine has been awarded a
$556,000 grant from the Department
of Health and Human Services to start
an LGBT mental health internship
program, CNS News reported last
week.
The grant abstract cites “unique
health disparities” faced by LGBT
adults. The program is considered to
be the first of its kind to focus on pre-
doctoral LGBT psychology training,
according to the grant abstract.
Those who worked on the grant
said it may be the first federally
funded training grants awarded to
an LGBT health project, the CNS
article said.
“The program is requesting $182,488
in year one to support the training of
three additional interns in LGBT mental
health care,” the grant announcement
said.
Long Beach to offer
trans-inclusive health care
LONG BEACH, Calif. — This Los Angeles
County city, the seventh largest in the state,
plans to soon offer trans-inclusive health
care coverage for its municipal employees,
the Long Beach Post, a regional news
agency, reported last week.
One of the hurdles was that CalPERS —
the California Public Employees’ Retirement
System — had no extension for trans-
inclusive health until June, when the board
voted to implement it starting Jan. 1.
That made it possible for the municipality
to extend its coverage. Long Beach
already had a perfect score on the Human
Rights Campaign Municipality Equality
Index but an activist with the organization
found some California municipalities,
such as San Francisco and Berkeley, were
scoring higher because they offered trans-
inclusive health care on the municipal level.
Once the CalPERS hurdle was overcome
— which doesn’t apply to all California
jurisdictions — Long Beach was able to
extend its coverage, the Post article said.
UK study tracks LGB smoking,
alcohol use
NEW YORK — LGB young people are twice as likely to have smoked as
their straight peers, according to a new UK study published in the BMJ Open
(an online medical journal) and reported by Health Canal.
Researchers from five UK universities along with a doctor and consultant
from Public Health England looked at data from about 7,600 participants from
a study dubbed “Young People in England,” which followed teens from the
ages of 13 or 14 through the next five years. At the end of the period, when
participants were either 18 or 19, they were asked their sexual orientation.
LGBs were 3.5 percent of the sample group. Lesbian and gay participants
were more likely to say they drank frequently (more than weekly) and report
frequent intoxication. Bi participants were more likely to have smoked but
had similar alcohol use to straight participants, Health Canal reported.
“From a public health perspective, we need to understand why young
gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to engage in risky health
behaviors than their heterosexual peers,” said Dr. Gareth Hagger-Johnson,
one of the researchers, in the Health Canal article. “This will need to involve
longitudinal research, following a large sample of lesbian, gay and bisexual
young people over time. We are concerned that ‘minority stress,’ resulting
from homophobia and heterosexism, might lead people to self medicate
symptoms of anxiety and depression with cigarettes and alcohol.”
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Abs seem for many one of the most
challenging and difficult fitness goals
to achieve but I’ve found one simple
exercise done daily can get those finely
chiseled results — the plank.
While “planking,” as it’s known, might
not be the sexiest or most exciting
exercise in the world, it’s one of the
most effective exercises you can do to
get those abs popping.
To understand why planks are so
effective, it helps to know how the ab
muscles work. Abs have two layers of
muscularity, the first of which is called
the rectus abdominus muscle. I call
this the surface layer of your abs or
the “vanity” layer where everyone can
visually see your six pack. To enhance
this layer, most people tend to focus on
crunches which end up making the abs
sticks out instead of flattening them.
Underneath the “vanity” layer
of muscle lies the ever-important
transverse abdominus muscle,
responsible for holding the rectus
abdominus in place, and as a result,
strengthens the abs while flattening
them at the same time. An added
benefit of activating and strengthening
the transverse abdominus is that it also
allows you to lift heavier weight because
you have the ability to use this muscle to
stabilize the weight.
So just what exactly is a plank?
To do one, get in the push-up
position on the floor. Bend your elbows
to create a 90-degree angle so you can
rest your body weight on your forearms.
Your shoulders should be in line with
your elbows. Your body should form
a straight line from head to toe. Once
your body is in the straight line, squeeze
your abs tight and hold the position as
long as you can.
Some tips:
1. Be especially sure to maintain the
90-degree angle; if you bring or
hold your hands together, you’re
likely letting your deltoids do
most of the work.
2. Keep your butt nice and tight
throughout the plank. Squeezing
the glut muscles keeps the lower
abs engaged.
3. Squeeze your belly to your spine
without changing position. Be
squeezing, you’ll engage your
rectus abnominus muscle and
work the “vanity” layer referred
to earlier.
4. Keep the same position
throughout the plank. If you
adjust feet, hands, arms or hips
during the plank, you’re stopping
beneficial part of the exercise.
5. Do at least three planks daily and
try to hold them a bit longer each
day.
Once you master the basics, there
are several ways you can mix them up,
always a good philosophy with muscle
work.
1. Try doing them on an unstable
surface like a bozu or swiss ball.
2. Try them with with one arm or leg
off the ground.
3. Try side planks or twisting side
planks to hit the oblique muscles.
4. Try doing them with music. I find
I can hold mine much longer with
a beat to follow.
Planks are great for working both sets of ab muscles.
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his regimen are derived from the kinds of move-
ment Amish men and women use in their daily
chores. Mitchell, who’s gay, believes in a fun,
challenging workout that results in weight loss,
more muscle and a stable core. Find him online
at theamishtrainer.com.
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King’s dream remains a work
in progress for many
The recent celebrations of Labor Day and
the commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom both show how far we have come
as a society in moving toward workplace
equality and embracing the contributions of
all American workers. As a result of hard work
from organized labor and worker rights ad-
vocates, American workers are afforded im-
portant workplace protections, pay and ben-
efits that greatly improve our quality of life.
Historically, all workers have not been
able to enjoy these hard earned gains.
Consequently, Bayard Rustin, a gay, black
civil rights leader, and A. Phillip Randolph,
a civil rights leader and head of the na-
tion’s first predominately black labor union,
organized the March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom to bring attention to
racial discrimination, workplace inequal-
ity and the exclusion of African Americans
from opportunities of economic prosperity.
The Labor movement and the March
on Washington have done a great deal
to advance the cause of workplace
equality, but the task is not complete.
Modern instances of pervasive work-
place discrimination are not limited to
African Americans. Other groups, such
as the LGBT community and immi-
grants, also face discrimination. Trans-
gender people, in particular, face huge
barriers to finding gainful employment.
Jeri Hughes, a transgender activist, says
that every transgender person she knows
has faced workplace discrimination. Similar
to present racial discrimination, anti-trans-
gender discrimination is often difficult to
prove. “I went three years without work and
it’s not because I don’t have skills,” Hughes
told me. “I finally got a job through the
D.C. senior program.” She worked there
for a few years and after getting laid off,
she went to work for Transgender Health
Empowerment. Her position with T.H.E.
recently ended when its programs shut
down due to financial troubles.
Hughes worked in private industry for
years, but has not been able to secure
any type of employment in the private
sector since transitioning from a man to
a woman and moving to D.C. “I worked
for a guy in New Jersey for many years,”
Hughes said. “I was a renowned main-
tenance supervisor. [The owner’s] son
was the vice president of the company
and my immediate supervisor. After I
transitioned, I moved to D.C. and was
looking for a job.” Hughes’ previous
supervisor also moved to the D.C. area.
Hughes secured an interview and since
her former supervisor was the devel-
oper who hired the management com-
pany she was interviewing with, “I was
a shoo-in because I was given such a
high recommendation [from my former
supervisor],” she said. “After I went to
interview, they decided to keep a guy
who didn’t know half what I knew.”
Transgender people who do not have
the work experience that Hughes has,
have an even harder time gaining em-
ployment. Hughes said that when she
was at T.H.E., “I had girls come into the
office trying to turn their lives around, ap-
plying to entry-level jobs everywhere.”
They never received responses to their
applications “until they gave up and
ended up back on the stroll [in prosti-
tution] or some underground economy
and then they’d end up back up jail.”
If Dr. Lynel Johnson is any indication,
workplace discrimination seems to be less
of an issue for transgender men than for
transgender women, but it is still a factor.
Johnson, a transgender man who works as
a physician, has faced some discrimination
from individual co-workers, but has not
faced any systemic discrimination since
transitioning three years ago. Johnson said
that early in his transition, he was work-
ing for a government agency. There was
a verbal altercation when an employee
started making hostile statements based
on sexual orientation (Johnson was early in
his transition, so he was still perceived as a
lesbian at the time). The police came, took
a statement, and the offending party was
ultimately barred from the work site.
In his current position, “H.R. knows
my birth sex, as well as a few employees,
but I don’t think most people know. I
put in my paperwork. My credentials are
female, but my gender presentation is
male. H.R. have respected my privacy”
and have not told anyone, said Johnson.
Johnson acknowledges that he may
face less workplace discrimination than
transgender women because he is pass-
able as a heterosexual man. “People do
not really notice me and if they notice
me, they notice that I’m really small.”
Hughes says that integration is the
answer to breaking down barriers in the
workplace. “We have to look at the civil
rights movement. There was integration in
the schools, in the workplace, the barriers
started breaking down and discrimination
started disappearing. Only when we started
living together” will we start to see progress.
At the 50th anniversary commemoration
of the March on Washington, Rep. John
Lewis (D-Ga.), the last living speaker from the
original march, said, “We have come a great
distance in this country in the 50 years, but we
still have a great distance to go before we ful-
fill the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.” We
should heed his words and recommit our-
selves to continuing to fight to fulfill Dr. King’s
dream of equality for all people.
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Lateefah Williams’ column, “Life in the
Intersection,” focuses on the intersection of
race, gender and sexual orientation. She is the
immediate past president of the Gertrude Stein
Democratic Club. Reach her at lateefah4@hotmail.
com or follow her at twitter @lateefahwms.
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KATE CLINTON is a humorist who has entertained
LGBT audiences for 30 years. Her monthly column
appears exclusively in the Blade. Reach her via
kateclinton.com.
MALCOLM LAZIN is executive director of the
Philadelphia-based Equality Forum.
Witnessing King’s speech a
seminal moment in my life
By MALCOLM LAZIN
In 1961, my senior year in a rural Central
Pennsylvania high school, I competed in the
oratorical contest with a speech titled, “The
Plight of the American Negro.” My teacher
informed me if I wanted to win, I had cho-
sen a wrong and contentious topic. While
I was raised in the North, attitudes about
Negroes were similar to those in the South.
From a relatively inactive movement in
early 1960, dramatic events for racial equal-
ity captured national attention between 1961
and 1963: Freedom Rides, Interstate Com-
merce Commission’s desegregation order,
Voting Education Project, integration of the
University of Mississippi, Gov. George Wal-
lace’s intervention against desegregating the
University of Alabama, Dr. King’s Letter from
Birmingham Jail, national awareness of White
Citizens Council and Ku Klux Klan brutality.
When I arrived in the capital as a collegian
to take summer classes in 1963, I heard about
a national demonstration planned at the Lin-
coln Memorial for late August. Washington
was not only below the Mason-Dixon line,
but it was then in many ways a southern city.
Few “blacks” attended Washington’s white
colleges and universities. Black collegians
attended Howard University. At my college,
there were two black undergraduates, one of
whom was from Africa. Job opportunities for
non-college educated blacks were servile.
College-educated blacks were principally of-
fered positions as teachers in colored public
schools and ministers in colored churches.
The Kennedy administration, expecting
riots and looting incited by the rally at the Lin-
coln Memorial, discouraged the demonstra-
tion. Lead organizers A. Philip Randolph and
openly gay Bayard Rustin were not deterred.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963, I joined
an estimated 250,000 black and some white
Americans at the Lincoln Memorial for the
March on Washington for Jobs and Free-
dom. For me, it was important that I attend.
Being a Jewish American, the Holocaust
was a recent and painful reminder of unfet-
tered prejudice. Negro lynchings without
arrests reminded me of the horror of the
pogroms that Jews experienced in Europe
while authorities looked the other way.
The March was a magical moment. Ordi-
nary folks, mostly dressed as if they were going
to church arrived from rural towns and large
cities. Despite the repression, they were not in-
timidated. The magnitude of the largest crowd
ever assembled on the National Mall inspired
everyone. The statue of the Great Emancipator
symbolized the long sought aspirations for a
better life, equality and equal justice.
It was a hot day with lots of speeches.
While Dr. King is recognized today as Amer-
ica’s preeminent civil rights leader, his nu-
merous co-organizers also spoke that day. I
remember two. One was by Rabbi Joachim
Prinz, president of the American Jewish
Congress. Jews were among the early white
supporters. Rabbi Prinz was a German Jew
who emigrated to the U.S. to escape Nazi
persecution. His speech lived up to his hon-
ored placement between Mahalia Jackson’s
spirituals and Dr. King’s speech.
When Dr. King began “I Have a Dream,” I
was struck as if by lightning. It was akin to hear-
ing Moses speak to the heavens. Inherently,
I knew that the speech was a defining mo-
ment for those assembled and for Americans
watching televisions in living rooms across the
nation. The march led to the Civil Rights Act of
1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the late 1980s, I came out as a gay man
and became increasingly involved in LGBT
civil rights. I met Barbara Gittings and Frank
Kameny, the mother and father of the LGBT
civil rights movement. They helped organize
the Annual Reminders at Independence Hall
and Liberty Bell each July Fourth from 1965
to 1969. The Annual Reminders, the first orga-
nized demonstrations for gay equality, laid the
groundwork for the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
While working on “Gay Pioneers,” a doc-
umentary to chronicle this history, I learned
that the March on Washington empowered
early gay activists. They followed Dr. King’s
protocol of non-violence, decorum and
picketing. It informed me of the march’s piv-
otal impact on seminal gay activism.
Gay pioneer Jack Nichols stated, “We
had marched with Martin Luther King,
seven of us from the Mattachine Society of
Washington in 1963, and from that time on,
we’d always had our dream about a [gay]
march of similar proportions.”
The first Annual Reminder on July 4,
1965, in Philadelphia had 40 participants.
It was the largest demonstration for gay
equality in the history of the world. By
the 1969 Annual Reminder, the numbers
swelled to 160 picketers.
The first gay national demonstration
occurred in October 1979. The National
March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay
Rights drew 75,000 people. The Second
National March on Washington for Lesbian
and Gay Rights in October 1987 generated
500,000 activists. The April 1993 March on
Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal
Rights and Liberation attracted an estimat-
ed 1,000,000 demonstrators.
In the years between the 1963 March on
Washington and 1993, the AIDS epidemic
and societal changes propelled by the
African-American and Women’s civil rights
movements helped launch LGBT rights from
nascent to engaged activism. For me, the
March was a transcendent moment in a life-
long engagement for everyone’s civil rights.
The March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom paved the way. On Aug. 28, 1963,
Dr. King ascended a Mt. Sinai. His biblical
Dream forever changed institutional op-
pression, our nation and the world.
March on Washington inspired gay activists
VI EWPOI NT
Let’s make history in
New York mayoral race
Autumn in New York City means many
things: the U.S. Open; Fashion Week
with white tents popping up in odd
places, leggy off-duty models smoking
languidly on the streets and impromptu
fash-mobs staged by wannabe design-
ers; the U.N. Security Council meetings
with impossibly heightened security and
phalanxes of tinted-windowed, black
Cadillac SUVs trying to get across town.
Schools opening. Summer tans fading.
Another sad anniversary of Sept. 11.
This fall it also means the Sept. 10 prima-
ries for Democratic and Republican candi-
dates for mayor of New York. As of now,
Mayor Bloomberg is stepping down after
three terms! After his extended, outsized,
bought-it-fair-and-square mayoral tenure,
the general consensus seemed to be that
the next mayor would be a letdown. The
people sighed.
Then came the early summer An-
thony Weiner insertion and partial with-
drawal from the primary race. Uma-Hill-
ary tangents were dutifully pursued. The
whole Weiner-Spitzer drama did wake
the people up. They remembered the
importance of the race and are fighting
at dinner parties, writing snarky columns
and in general being New Yorkers.
Of course, the people I’ve dined with
know the Republican primary candidates
only by apposition — “Is he the Gristedes
guy, the MTA guy or the Guiliani guy?” —
and not by mangled last name. Overall,
they are pleased with the mostly progres-
sive roster of Democratic candidates who
have pledged to stop or change the un-
constitutional practice of Stop and Frisk,
to make the city affordable for the middle
class, and to continue successful Bloom-
berg programs like greener, cleaner pub-
lic spaces, infrastructure improvements
and climate change planning.
For the record, I am in favor of keep-
ing the Dial 311 helpline. I once reported
a temporary steel plate on my street that
sounded like a thunderclap when anyone
drove over it. All day long. By evening it
had been cemented down by the DPW.
I’m pretty sure it was because of me.
And since I have been in Provincetown
where I work in the summer, the dinner
groups, of course, have been very LGBT-
focused. I know we’ve become a mature
movement with Supreme Court victories,
political savvy and a very sophisticated,
diverse voting bloc. LGBT voters will
make their choices. Bill Thompson? A
great guy with a long history of public
service. Public advocate Bill DiBlasio?
Also great. I first met Bill’s wife at The
Michigan Women’s Music Festival. Char-
lane is way cool.
Over the icy minted beverages and grilled
watermelon of summer soirees, I have been
struck by LGBT people who are enthusiasti-
cally identity based – vacations, movies, flags,
equal signage, circuit parties, festivals – but
who balk at the opportunity to vote for an ac-
tual, outstanding LGBT candidate.
I almost hesitate to say this out loud.
Like I might jinx her chances, or upset
the very careful campaign tone the
Christine Quinn campaign has crafted.
But at those dinners I generally want
to start thumping the picnic table, raving
about how historic it would be to have a
feisty, red-headed, Irish lesbian leading
one of the greatest cities in the world.
Yeah, yeah, third term. She didn’t make
New Yorkers vote for Bloomberg each
time. Yeah, yeah she’s got a temper. She
likes a fight. She gets stuff done.
Who you looking at? A Quinn-t-es-
sential lesbian.
Vote for a Quinn-t-essential lesbian
Advisory reps said poised
to ask city to renew liquor
license moratorium
Residents of the District’s thriving MidCity
neighborhoods thunderously objected last
spring to a controversial proposal by a tiny
“citizens group” to impose a liquor license
moratorium throughout the area. They
quashed the idea by turning out at commu-
nity meetings and registering opposition on
petitions. Some even flipped a shopworn
slogan utilized by development objectors.
“We don’t want to become the next Adams
Morgan” was suddenly bestowed a new mean-
ing by residents in Logan Circle, Shaw and sur-
rounding 14th and U streets. They demonstrat-
ed a desire for convenient new dining, drinking
and dancing amenities also offering the best of
urban living to guests and visitors alike.
Originally advanced by liquor license
protest groups, the phrase had become the
battle cry complaint by the organized and vo-
cal few throughout the city suffering suburban
cul-de-sac symptoms. It was the meme that
symbolized efforts to prohibit and restrict new
bars and restaurants. Referencing the destina-
tion commercial strips along both 18th Street
and Columbia Road intersecting at the cen-
ter of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in
northwest Washington, it was a generic slur
against vibrant entertainment zones in dense-
ly populated high-profile areas.
The MidCity debate altered those implica-
tions. Rather than a whine against progress, resi-
dents utilized the phrase to refer instead to toxic
moratorium-renewal-time warfare common in
the handful of areas with business prohibitions.
They considered outdated moratoriums a failed
experiment posing obstacles to economic vitality.
Moratorium areas were getting left be-
hind. Who wanted that?
It appears that the advisory neighborhood
group for the namesake Adams Morgan of
epithetic nomenclature is again likely to re-
fuse shedding its nay-saying notoriety. The
odds are long that they will ask the city to ter-
minate a 14-year alcohol-license ban when it
expires next April, despite plethoric negative
effects on community business development.
In fact, a small civic association is demanding
that new restrictions be added. It is expected
that, at best, only modest revisions will be ad-
vanced for city agency consideration.
The unfortunate mistake that the Du-
pont Circle advisory neighborhood com-
mission made last month is anticipated for
repetition in Adams Morgan.
The Dupont group finally offered the city an
opinion too late to allow for city agency review
prior to moratorium expiration, following several
pretentiously titled “listening sessions” that near-
ly no one attended. Due this recurrent failure, the
ban will need to be again temporarily extended
until the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
Board can render a disposition decision.
The Dupont Circle advisory group is re-
questing that the ABC Board renew the
23-year-old “East Dupont” moratorium, voting
to ask the city to continue the ban on bars while
permitting new restaurants. The irony is that the
current moratorium has allowed for two new
restaurant licenses since 2010 – for which there
have been no takers. The affected 17th Street,
N.W., commercial strip has been rendered un-
desirable after more than two decades of en-
terprise suppression. A former commissioner
called the group’s decision “insane.”
Also controversial was the manner by which
the group determined their recommendation.
According to Roberts Rules of Order, the 4-4 split
vote should have resulted in defeat of the mora-
torium renewal resolution. However, an unusual
provision hidden in the group’s bylaws grants the
chairman’s vote extra weight in a tie, allowing the
measure to pass. Henry Martyn Robert, author of
the parliamentary standards bearing his name,
resided in Dupont Circle in the late 19th century.
Pity Mr. Robert, now spinning in his grave.
MidCity residents could only scoff at all this
folly, witnessing the everyday eastward exodus
of Dupont denizens toward an astounding array
of retail and hospitality offerings on the business
blocks of the adjacent moratorium-free areas.
The ABC Board is expected to soon an-
nounce rejection of the MidCity morato-
rium proposal. They should also terminate
both the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan
bans and put an end to marketplace misery.
The two neighborhood advisory groups
are apparently not up to the task of asking.
Will Adams Morgan make Dupont’s mistake?
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Patricia Barber brings her smart, able combo to D.C. this weekend
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Jazz iconoclast Patricia Barber has a six-show run at Blues Alley slated for this
weekend. She’s touring behind her newest album “Smash” (Concord), which was
released in January. We spoke with the 57-year-old Chicago resident (and native)
by phone last week from her summer home in Michigan. Her comments have been
slightly edited for length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: The iPad seems to be increasingly replacing printed
scores and lead sheets and I know you use one when you perform. Have you ever
had it freeze up or die on you when you’re playing?
PATRICIA BARBER: No, it never has. I always carry a back-up flash drive with all my
sheet music on it so at any hotel I could print out anything I needed, but I’ve never had
any problem. It saves me a lot of weight. I don’t have to carry all those charts around.
BLADE: Jazz is, of course, more improvisatory than pop. To what degree do you
think through your vocal inflections or piano variations before you go on stage versus
what happens in the moment?
BARBER: I’ve never given any thought to that. It’s just part of improv. I never give
any thought to trying to make it sound like the record. That’s for pop musicians to do.
I just have a good sense of harmony and good technique. I practice a lot.
BLADE: Do you spend a lot of time in Michigan?
BARBER: Well, a lot in the summer. I stopped touring in the summer quite a few
years ago. It’s just too hot and crowded. I have a big organic garden here. So we
feed people, swim in the lake. It’s just wonderful. (Partner) Martha (Feldman) is an
academic so she has summers off.
BLADE: Do you hate to leave for your upcoming dates?
BARBER: I get nostalgic but not right now. I’m feeling pretty good. Things have
slowed down so it’s not the usual sense of dread I usually feel this time of year.
BLADE: Do you tour with your own piano?
BARBER: No. Most jazz musicians don’t unless it’s some kind of electronic.
BLADE: How do you ensure the quality is going to be where you need it to be?
BARBER: It’s all in the contracts. It’s all very finicky, that it has to be a certain quality
type and tuning.
BLADE: How many of the players who travel with you played on “Smash”?
BARBER: Two out of the four. We’re sort of mixing it up. It doesn’t mean they weren’t good.
BLADE: Obviously you love music but I also sense some ambivalence about your
musical career in other interviews you’ve given. Is that fair to say? You seem to have
a love-hate relationship with the whole thing.
BARBER: My recording career, no. That’s fun and easy. Touring is very difficult so yeah,
I think you hit it right on the head. Well, let me re-phrase that. Certainly not this sweet
little tour to D.C. or a 10-day tour to Europe. But I’m pretty much done with the grueling
12-hour spans getting to a city.
BLADE: Now that “Smash” has been out for a while and had time to gestate, how
do you feel about it? Is it hard to assess how well something worked when you’re still
close to it? Has it been hard to find a way for it to live in a live setting?
BARBER: I still love it. I don’t know that my feelings have changed at all. I’m still
finding ways to transpose, as you put it, to the stage. With jazz, you can’t stick to one
performance so I’m purposefully trying not to sound like the recording. It’s interesting
what you can do with a quartet vs. a trio. It’s slightly different each time. But I’m still in
love with it.
BLADE: Is “Devil’s Food” a political statement?
BARBER: It’s my first gay song … It’s definitely coming from the DOMA political
situation. That whole court case was coming up and my feelings about it. It isn’t
obviously gay until you’re listening to it. It’s fun to watch people’s faces because it
turns into a disco song. Jazz is usually very serious but this is just gay fun.
BLADE: Do you feel the press has focused too much on your sexual orientation
throughout your career?
BARBER: Yes. It’s the first thing on Wikipedia. I’m a lesbian jazz musician. To me, that’s not
a category but OK. I’m hoping as we’ve all grown older that being gay continues becoming
just part of the normal fabric of everything and people will focus on the music more but you
have to remember years ago, we weren’t anywhere close to where we are now on that.
BLADE: You were out pretty early on though. Were you just pretty much organically
out or was it a conscious decision at some point to be out?
BARBER: I had a whole issue with that. I was working at a pretty famous club in
Chicago that was very popular. We had lines around the block and I worked there six
nights a week with a trio. And yeah, at the beginning — this was many, many years
ago — I wondered if they would have hired me if I’d been out. It was such a hetero
scene there so I definitely worried about it but then I came out to my boss and … he
thought it was sexy and kind of cool in a sort of perverted way. But it hasn’t ended up
affecting my audience at all. They’ve always been mixed — straight, gay, black, white,
young, old.
BLADE: You’re playing six shows in D.C. Is it designed to be something people
can see over a few nights or is it pretty much the same show?
BARBER: I don’t expect that people would see it twice. That would be unusual. It
will pretty much be the same set.
BLADE: Do jazz fans bring expectations with them the way people expect pop
acts to always do certain hits?
BARBER: I think they want to hear stuff from “Smash” and they sometimes have
old favorites they want to hear. Sometimes they send me notes. If it’s easy to do,
sure, I’ll do it. I have a huge repertoire by now. I’m happy to try it if I can or if I just
want to sit and play “Autumn Leaves” for an hour and a half, I’ll do that.
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PATRICIA BARBER wondered early on if coming out would affect her career. She says in the jazz clubs
of her native Chicago, it was a non-issue.
PHOTO BY JIMMY KATZ
PATRICIA BARBER TRIO
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Tonight 8 and 10 p.m.
Saturday 8 and 10 p.m.
Sunday 8 and 10 p.m.
$27.50
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How long have you been out and
who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out 10 years ago when I was
13. The hardest person to tell was
my middle school Intro. to Fashion
Merchandising teacher. I’m sure she had
no clue. Overall I’ve had a very positive
coming-out experience. I thankfully
came from a loving and supportive
family.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
I have two — Harvey Milk and the
queens who fought back during Stonewall.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot,
past or present?
Yum’s Takeout on 14th Street. It’s the
best after party I’ve been to.
Describe your dream wedding.
Somewhere romantic in D.C. or
Provincetown surrounded by close friends
and family. I’m half Greek so I’m sure there
will be a lot of food, dancing, ouzo and
many relatives named Nick.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
Transportation. Our infrastructure is in
need of some TLC.
What historical outcome would you
change?
The moment when pleated pants were
a thing.
What’s been the most memorable
pop culture moment of your lifetime?
When Janet Jackson’s breast popped
out during the Super Bowl Halftime show.
I was the only guy in the room grossed out
by it but was hoping Justin Timberlake
would do the same thing.
On what do you insist?
Live! Life’s a banquet and some poor
suckers are starving to death.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?
I was returning from Provincetown on
Monday and posted about it. “Due to a
delay with our ferry, BHC gave Ted and me
a free one-way ticket to PTown that doesn’t
expire! #PTown2014”
If your life were a book, what would
the title be?
“Opa! My Big Fat Gay Greek Memoir”
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
I’d do a DCGays post about it and add
some judgmental GIF about it, and then
continue to live my life as a proud gay man.
What’s your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?
Continue to advance progress for the
LGBT community and do what you can for
all letters of our big fabulous acronym.
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
I believe there’s something greater out
there beyond the physical world. But until
I figure it out firsthand, I want to enjoy and
live my life to the fullest in this world.
What would you walk across hot coals
for?
My family, friends, a signed photo of Bea
Arthur and/or a good laugh .
What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most?
That we all like to drink mimosas on the
weekends, wear drag for Halloween or
want to get married. Oh wait — is this the
“about me” section?
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Auntie Mame” with Rosalind Russell.
It’s very witty, campy, and a classic for any
gay! Even the “masc musc” ones will love it.
What’s the most overrated social
custom?
The use of LOL when you aren’t laughing.
What trophy or prize do you most
covet?
I would love my great-grandmother’s
recipe book to continue family food
traditions as well as knowing how to make
the best stuffed grape leaves of all time.
What do you wish you’d known at
18?
I wish I knew how fast college would fly
by, although now I am loving adulthood.
Also, knowing the winning lottery numbers
wouldn’t hurt either!
Why Washington?
D.C. is an amazing global city with a small
town charm. It’s a place where I grew into
adulthood, where I made plenty of good and
bad decisions and it’s a place where I now get
to live a comfortable life with great friends.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Zach O’Connor is ready to come out.
Not out of the closet — he did that when he was 13. Now he’s “coming
out” — in a manner of speaking — as the blogger behind the Tumblr blog
#DCGays (thedcgayz.tumblr.com). He started the snarky, pop culture-
heavy commentary page about a year-and-a-half ago and other than a
few friends, kept his identity as webmaster hidden. But he says now, after
about 600 posts, more than a million hits and 2,400 followers, the concept
has somewhat run its course. Being employed full time — he was finishing
college at American University when he started it — is also a factor.
“I had a lot of fun with it and at the time GIF images (the stop motion-
type clips) were the hot new thing,” the 23-year-old Madison, Conn., native
says. “Now you see them everywhere on Brightest Young Gays, Buzzfeed
and even in political ads so it’s become pretty common. You kind of get to
a point too where it’s like, ‘OK — how many posts can I do on 17
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Street or
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its own version. Overall, he says it’s been a good run.
“It’s been really fun seeing my friends post about something not knowing it’s
me,” he says. “I just wanted to be absolutely ridiculous and make people laugh.”
O’Connor works in communications for a non-profit and enjoys brunch,
fundraising, blogging and spending time with friends in his free time. He’s
single and lives in Logan Circle.
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Ballet legend in conversation at Kennedy Center
“David Hallberg: In Conversation with Michael Kaiser,” an open discussion
between the ballet legend (Hallberg) and the Kennedy Center president
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F Street, N.W.).
Hallberg is the only American premier dancer at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet
in its 237-year history. Hallberg reveals his opinion on technique and training
and his experiences performing for the American Ballet Theatre and the
Bolshoi Ballet.
Tickets are free. The discussion will also stream live on the Kennedy Center
website. For more details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
‘Queer’ screenings slated for next weekend
Skyline Indie Film Festival in Winchester, Va., screens “Tennessee Queer,”
a quirky comedy about a man’s struggle to change his small town, next
weekend.
Jason Potts leaves New York to return to his small Tennessee hometown
only to discover LGBT teenagers are having a hard time. Potts decides to
throw a Pride parade before the city councilman and a minister send the
teenagers to an ex-gay camp. The film stars Christian Walker and is directed
by Earl C. Gorhorn.
Tickets range from $7.50-$12.50. Venue locations vary with screenings
planned for Sept. 13-14. For more information, visit skylineindiefilmfest.org.
Blondie plays 9:30 Club
Legendary rock group Blondie,
fronted by iconic lead singer Debbie
Harry, performs Monday with X at the
9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) at 7 p.m.
Blondie has been revitalizing the
rock and roll scene since its inception
in the mid 1970s. Since then they have
released nine studio albums with a 10th
album slated for a release this fall. Their
smash hits include “Call Me,” “Heart of
Glass” and “One Way or Another.”
X, a leader in the Los Angeles punk
rock movement of the 1970s, will also
perform. Tickets are $43. For more
details, visit 930.com.
Kahn-helmed ‘Torch’
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The Studio Theatre’s (1501 14th St.,
N.W.) production of legendary gay piece
“Torch Song Trilogy” opened this week
and runs through Oct. 13. Local gay
theater legend Michael Kahn directs.
Written by Harvey Fierstein (“Kinky
Boots,” “Newsies”), the story follows
Arnold Beckoff on his journey away from
the New York gay bar scene and through his
relationships with men and his own mother
as he strives to create a family of his own.
Tickets range from $39-$85.
Performances are every Tuesday-
Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee
showings Saturday and Sunday. For
details, visit studiotheatre.org.
DAVID HALLBERG is making history as Bolshoi Ballet’s first ever American premier dancer.
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THEATRE
After the Revolution. Sep 12-Oct 6.
Theater J. 800-494-8497. theaterj.org.
Detroit. Sep 11-Oct 6. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
Cabaret Barroco: Interludes of
Spain’s Golden Age. Sep 12-Oct 6.
GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.
galatheatre.org.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Thru
Sep 15. Round House Bethesda. 240-
644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.
Christian McBride: The Movement
Revisited. Sep 6. Clarice Smith. 301-
405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
A Chorus Line. Thru Sep 8. Bedlam
Theatre’s Hamlet. Thru Oct 26. Bedlam
Theatre’s Saint Joan. Sep 8-Oct
27. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400.
olneytheatre.org.
A Few Good Men. Thru Sep 14. Keegan
Theatre. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.
Neverwhere. Thru Sep 15. Rorschach
Theatre. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
rorschachtheatre.com.
Miss Saigon. Thru Sep 29. Signature
Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-
theatre.org.
Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy
Center. 800-444-1324. kennedy-center.org.
DANCE
Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS. Sep 12-
Sep 13. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
MUSIC
Joseph Arthur. Sep 6. Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com.
Bella Russia Endurance Performance
& EP Release After Party. Sep 7.
Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
The Lord of the Rings. Sep 6-Sep 7. ZZ
Top. Sep 11. Wolf Trap. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.
Autumn Cabaret Festival. Thru Sep
21. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Water Liars with South Rail. Sep 11.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 877-987-
6487. sixthandi.org.
MUSEUMS
Corcoran Gallery of Art. WAR/
PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed
Conflict and Its Aftermath. Thru Sep 29.
Selections from the Collection of Historic
American Art. Thru Sep 30. NOW at the
Corcoran – Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s
Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.
Thru Oct 6. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
Ford’s Theatre. Not Alone: The Power
of Response. Sep 10-Nov 3. 202-347-
4833. fords.org.
Kreeger Museum. Mindy Weisel: Not
Neutral. Thru Dec 28. John L. Dreyfuss’
Inventions. Thru Apr 1. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
National Gallery of Art. Diaghilev and
the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929: When Art
Danced with Music. Thru Oct 6. Ellsworth
Kelly: Colored Paper Images. Thru Dec
1. In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall.
Thru Dec 7. Northern Mannerist Prints
from the Kainen Collection. Thru Jan 5.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. A New Age of
Exploration. Thru Jun 8. 202-857-7000.
nglive.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Bice
Lazzari: Signature Line. Thru Sep 22.
American People, Black Light: Faith
Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960’s. Thru
Nov 10. Awake in the Dream World: The
Art of Audrey Niffenegger. Thru Nov 10.
Making her Mark: Publishers’ Bindings
by Women. Thru Nov 1. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
The Phillips Collection. Ellsworth Kelly
Panel Paintings 2004–2009. Thru Sep 22.
phillipscollection.org.
Tudor Place Historic House and
Garden. Fashion Week Closet Crawl:
100+ years of Tudor Place Fashion. Sep
7. (202) 965-0400. tudorplace.org.
GALLERIES
Artisphere. Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds. Sep
12-Oct 20. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
Gallery plan b. Tory Cowles, Greg
Minah, and Beverly Ryan. Sep 7-Oct 13.
202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
Goethe-Institut. Cardboard City. Thru
Sep 30. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Cyber In
Securities. Thru Sep 27. wpadc.org.
Schlesinger. Mei Mei Chang Voyage
in Tangible Space, Mixed Media. Sep
6-Oct 6. 703-845-6156. nvcc.edu.
AND MORE...
Leone Ciporin and Sue Allison. Sep 6.
Novelists Katherine Hill and Elliott Holt.
Sep 8. The Writer’s Center. 301-654-
8664. writer.org.
Film Series: From Vault to Screen:
Le Petit Soldat. Sep 7. Ciné-Concert:
Abstract Animation Since 1970. Sep 8.
National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215.
nga.gov.
Lee Child. Sep 10. Dear Prudence. Sep
11. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 877-
987-6487. sixthandi.org.
TODAY
Adodi, a same-gender-loving men’s
group, hosts its bi-monthly potluck from
7-9 p.m. tonight at a member’s home in
Burke, Va. For more information, email
dc.adodi@gmail.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts its
monthly “So, You Think You’re A Drag
Queen?” tonight at 10:30 p.m. The
winner will earn $200 and is chosen by
the audience. Cover is $10 all night for
guests 18-20 and $5 for guests 21 and
over before 11 p.m. For details, visit
towndc.com.
OUT NVA hosts “Gay Night Out,”,
a bar crawl on King Street for charity,
starting at 6 p.m tonight. Begin the night
at Rock-It Bar (1319 King St., Alexandria
Va.) with a drag show and happy hour.
Purchase a wristband for $10 to aid
nurses going to Haiti and receive Purple
Drink Specials at each bar. For more
details, visit facebook.com/OUTNVa.
The District of Columbia Arts Center
(2438 18th St., N.W.) hosts its annual
“1460 Wallmountables” exhibition
through Sunday. Almost 100 artists
feature over 300 works on 2x2 foot
spaces in a range of styles and media.
For details, visit dcartscenter.org.
Whitman-Walker Health provides
free HIV testing at Bachelor’s Mill
(1104 8th St., S.E.) from 10 p.m.-12:30
a.m. tonight. For more information, visit
whitman-walker.org.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for a
lost dog and cat rescue foundation at
Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington
Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) from 11:45
a.m-3 p.m. today. For more details visit
burgundycrescent.org.
Ana Matronic, Scissor Sister’s front
woman and long time LGBT advocate,
performs tonight at Town (2009 8th St.,
N.W.). Doors open at 10 p.m. and cover
charge is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after
11 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21
and over. For details, visit towndc.com.
Adventuring, an LGBT outdoors
group, hosts a hike through Paw
Paw Tunnel near Cumberland today.
The group meets at the Grosvenor-
Strathmore Metro Station (10300
Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md.) at 9 a.m.,
and then walks through the tunnel to
the banks of the Potomac and back
through the tunnel. Transportation and
trip fees are $25. For more information,
visit adventuring.org.
Phase 1 of Dupont (1415 22
nd
St.,
N.W.) hosts its weekly “Booty Beach
Ladies Dance Party” tonight. The
winner of the party’s bikini and board
shorts contest will receive cash and
prizes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and
admission is $5. For more details, visit
phase1dc.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
D.C. Central Kitchen (425 2nd St., N.W.)
from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information,
visit burgundycrescent.org.
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 more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
The Arlington Gay & Lesbian
Alliance (AGLA) hosts an ice cream
social and firehouse tour at Aurora
Highlands Community Center (735 18th
St., South, Arlington, Va.) from 3-6 p.m.
today. Free for AGLA members. Non-
AGLA members suggested donation is
$10. Firehouse tour is from 3-3:30 p.m.
For details, visit agla.org.
MONDAY, SEPT. 9
Blondie performs with X at the 9:30
Club (815 V St., N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight.
Tickets are $43 and include exclusive
new music download codes from
Blondie. For details, visit 930.com.
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.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly “Poker Face” poker
game night at 8 p.m. Free to play. For
details, visit nelliessportsbar.com.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 10
Whitman-Walker Health provides free
HIV testing at Giant (1535 Alabama Ave.,
S.E.) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more
information, visit whitman-walker.org.
Trans Legal and Whitman-Walker
Health host a name and gender
change clinic at Whitman-Walker Health
Services (1701 14th St., N.W.) from 6:30
p.m.-7:30 p.m. tonight. Meet one on
one with an attorney to complete name
and/or gender change documents.
Pizza is provided. For more information
call 202-939-7627.
D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly
meeting at the Dupont Italian Kitchen
Restaurant (1837 17th St., N.W.) in the
upstairs room from 7-9 p.m. tonight. All
women welcome regardless orientation,
partner preference or relationship status.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
Big Gay Book Group meets tonight
at 7 p.m. at 1155 F St., N.W. Suite 200 to
discuss “The Starboard Sea,” a powerful
coming-of-age story by first-time
novelist Amber Dermont. For details
email biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity
Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate
bridge. No reservations required and
newcomers welcome. If you need a
partner, call 703-407-6540.
The D.C. Center and Pros in the City
host speed dating for gay professionals
at Chi-Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) from
7-9 p.m. tonight. Dating begins at 7:20
p.m. and there is a cash bar. Admission
is limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) hosts a support group for black
gay men living with HIV tonight from
7-9 p.m. For information, visit uhupil.org.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today from 6-8
p.m. for Food and Friends near the Fort
Totten Metro Station (Red and Green
line). Parking also available. For more
information visit burgundycrescent.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts
“Women’s Leadership Institute” for
LGBT women and their straight allies
from 5-7 p.m. Discuss female sexuality,
relationships and women’s rights. Ages
13-21. For details, visit smyal.org.
Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its
weekly “Ripped-Hot Body Contest”
tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Win up to
$200 in prizes. $2 rail drinks from 9-11
p.m. Admission is 18 and up and is free.
Rude Boi Entertainment hosts
“Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party,
at Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.).
Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5
and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover
charge. Admission limited to guests 21
and over. For more information, visit
rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.
MARIAH COOPER
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separate the piedrita (pebbles) from
the beans before his mother put them
in the pot. He “enjoyed … the small
stones” then. Piedrita followed him into
adulthood.
Back then, he was his parents’ oldest
child, but he was close to his Abuelo and
Abuela. The entire family was poor, but
they “were not going to starve, despite
what Abuelo had said the week before.”
Despite their poverty, his Abuela made
sacrifices for him, especially after
the family moved El Norte (north, to
America). Her gifts were something
González didn’t fully understand until
many years later.
He did understand loss, however,
starting with the loss of his mother, who
returned from California to Mexico to
die. González was still a child, missing
his mother, and that, too, was something
he didn’t fully appreciate until he was a
man.
Following his mother’s death and his
father’s remarriage and subsequent
departure, Gonzalez continued to live
with his grandparents in a tiny apartment,
where all the home’s residents slept in
one room. He went to school, but felt
out of place, with one foot in Mexico
and one in his new country.
He was devastated when his family
moved back south, leaving him to
finish school in New York alone. Still,
college was where he found a girlfriend
and came to terms with his “hungry
gay body.” It was there that he tried
to commit suicide, tried to starve
himself, felt unloved and came to terms
with memories of embarrassment in
childhood and the hurt he held from his
abusive, alcoholic father.
And New York, post-college, was
where he came to realize that he could
fall in love too quickly with a man, but
“if the waters got rough, I could always
beat him to the exit.”
Looking for a quick little pick-me-up
read? You’d be half right with this book.
Yes, “Autobiography of My Hungers”
is skinny and, at less than 120 pages
(most of them, partially filled), it’ll be a
quick book for most to finish.
But short doesn’t necessarily mean
lite. Author Gonzalez brings a deep,
soul-crushing sadness to the pages
which gives the book a gravitas that
belies its length.
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading
since she was 3 years old. She lives in Wisconsin
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at
bookwormsez@yahoo.com.
‘AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY HUNGERS’
By Rigoberto Gonzalez
University of Wisconsin Press
$19.95
113 pages
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Get as basic or elaborate as
you wish at new yogurt parlor
By JONATHAN HOWARD
If variety is the spice of life, new frozen
yogurt shop Menchie’s (1939 12
th
Street,
N.W.) has it in spades with 14 rotating
flavors, nearly 50 toppings and the chance
to get as much or as little as you want.
Danna and Adam Caldwell founded
the Encino, Calif.-based chain, which
offers self-serve frozen yogurt with a
wide selection of toppings. The name
Menchie’s comes from the Yiddish
word mensch, meaning “good person.”
Each person at a Menchie’s franchise
wants to help the guest have a positive
experience, enjoy their mix and come
back for more.
Menchie’s has nearly 100 rotating
flavors including a range of regular, low
carb, low sugar and non-dairy yogurts.
Menchie’s also has its own private label
of yogurt allowing its staff to develop
their own flavors and distinguish
themselves from other frozen yogurt
establishments throughout the United
States. Menchie’s frozen yogurts include
live and active cultures (a digestive aid
not often found in frozen yogurt) and
meet quality standards established by
the National Yogurt Association.
When one walks into the playful store
on 12
th
Street between T and U streets,
it’s easy to get excited. I felt like a naughty
child filling sample cups with one of the
14 flavors (or two flavors swirled together),
something one is encouraged to do
before deciding. Each flavor seemed
better than the last and the more I tried,
the harder the decision became.
But before I put myself into a self-
induced diabetic coma, I stopped
tasting and decide on a flavor. I chose
the red velvet, a rich and creamy
yogurt that replicated the flavors of my
favorite cake incredibly well. I topped
it with a bit of coconut and some white
chocolate chips. My husband decided
to go with half a cup of chocolate and
vanilla snow swirl and half a cup of Dole
pineapple and coconut swirl, with a
bit of strawberry topping. We paid —
39 cents per ounce — and sat inside,
though outdoor seating is also available.
As we sat, shop owner and friend
Anthony Aligo, who’s gay along with his
business partner Bryan DeRosa, pulled
up a chair and joined us. Seeing that
my husband had two distinctive flavors
in his cup, Aligo said, “I’m looking into
getting cup dividers so that you can
have his-and-her cups, or just keep your
flavors from touching.”
Aligo is clearly a man after my own
heart, because I would have had another
flavor, but I didn’t want it touching my
red velvet concoction. Aligo spoke
excitedly about the flavor options, the
toppings, and even showed us a picture
of the biggest cup of frozen yogurt he’s
seen so far — a mile-high mix of flavors
and toppings costing a little over $18.
“She walked out of the store with it,
but I was just worried it was going to
topple over onto the ground, I don’t
even know if she managed to eat all or
any of it,” he said.
Aligo opened Menchie’s because “he
wanted a place for our LGBTQ family to
be able to congregate and socialize as
well as cater to our youth so that they
always have a safe place to be.”
His favorite thing about the store is
to be out from behind the counter and
socializing with the customers. He’s
working hard on outreach, partnering
with local businesses as well as
organizations like SMYAL so Menchie’s
can live up to his vision. He says business
has been strong since the July opening.
Menchie’s is open Sunday through
Thursday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to
midnight.
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Mixing it up
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essence in tight production
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
When “Miss Saigon” ran on
Broadway in the ‘90s, there was big buzz
surrounding the production’s life-sized
helicopter.
The audacious prop was used to
recreate the iconic photo depicting the
fall of Saigon in 1975 to the Viet Kong
when hordes of terrified pro-American
Vietnamese fought for spots on a few
C.I.A. aircrafts taking off from rooftops.
Those who were left behind knew
they’d likely be executed. For Signature
Theatre’s version, director Eric Schaeffer
— in his typical paring down fashion —
merely suggests a helicopter, retaining
the suspenseful element while losing
the impractical spectacle.
From the composers who gave
the world “Les Miserables” (Claude-
Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil),
the hugely successful “Miss Saigon”
is a hard driving, sung through, rock
opera based on Puccini’s 1904 classic
“Madama Butterfly.” Its eclectic,
ballad-heavy score is served beautifully
here by a talented cast and a stellar
15-person orchestra tucked away on a
perch behind corrugated metal panels.
Despite some cloying spots and clunky
lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., the music
works. Memorable tunes include “The
Heat Is On,” “I Still Believe,” “Why God
Why?” and “The American Dream.”
Signature’s Schaeffer (who is gay) has
also halved the 40-person Broadway
cast, allowing his take to focus more
intimately on the musical’s love story:
U.S. Marine Chris (likable Gannon
O’Brien) temporarily rescues wide-
eyed, Vietnamese bar-girl Kim (vocal
powerhouse Diana Huey) from a life
of prostitution. Saigon falls and Chris
goes home to Atlanta where he marries.
Unknown to Chris, Kim has given birth
to their son. Kim does what she has to
stay alive, driven by the desire to one
day reunite as a family. Eventually, Chris
and his wife travel to Vietnam to meet
the boy. A happy ending for all is hard
to imagine.
But the best scenes of Signature’s
“Miss Saigon” take place in Saigon’s
sleazy hooker bar Dreamland and
(later) a similar joint in Bangkok. It’s in
a dimly lit, alcohol-fueled Dreamland
that war-weary Marines and desperate
Vietnamese civilians come together
against a backdrop of feverish partying.
And it comes off splendidly in Signature’s
not huge MAX Theatre.
Dreamland is the domain of the
Engineer, a host/pimp played by the
unctuous and terrifically entertaining
Thom Sesma (who played the role in
the show’s second national tour). He
bullies a chorus of sexy bar girls led
by experienced Gigi (Cheryl Daro).
The eye-catching Daro makes a big
impression singing “The Movie In My
Mind,” a dream about a new life in
America, but unfortunately her part
essentially ends there. The rest of the
cast includes Erin Driscoll as Ellen,
Chris’ outwardly sedate spouse. Chris
Sizemore is Chris’ Marine buddy who
after the war works to reunite Vietnam-
born Amerasian children with their
American fathers. Christopher Mueller
plays menacing Thuy, an unpleasant
figure from Kim’s past.
“Miss Saigon” can be melodramatic
and overwrought — it’s not for everyone.
But Signature offers an opportunity to
see it done particularly well.
‘MISS SAIGON’
Through Sept. 29
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington
tickets start at $40
703-820-9771
signature-theatre.org
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By SUE GOODHART
Selling real estate, I have the oppor-
tunity to meet so many people, from
the powerful and famous (as well as the
infamous!) to the most humble.
Recently I met with a woman selling
her recently deceased husband’s home
in Arlington. An agent in D.C. had re-
ferred her to me, and I had little infor-
mation. All I knew was that she lived in
the District and that she needed to sell
her husband’s home.
I had left many messages, unaware that
her loss was recent. After a while, I asked
the referring agent to be sure the client
was still interested in selling. The agent
checked and reported back that, while the
client was tired, she was indeed still inter-
ested and would call when she was ready.
Last Sunday I thought I would try
one last time to reach her directly. She
picked up the phone. Meet me at the
house tomorrow if you can, she said.
At the house, I was greeted by a petite
woman. She walked me through the
house, which was crowded with the stuff
of life. Her husband, she said, was a sim-
ple man who had been born and raised
in a rural farm town. The house had few
updates, but she took me to a wonder-
ful backyard garden where melons and
cantaloupe and tomatoes were grow-
ing. In addition, there were apple trees
and peach trees and other fruit-bearing
trees. She said he had tried to replicate
the world that was his childhood home
on the farm. When we went to the base-
ment, she showed me the mason jars
filled with fruits he had canned.
When we finally sat to talk about her
situation and how I could help, she told
me their story. It was a second marriage
for both, but they had been married for
more than 20 years. He had passed away
just in July. It happened quickly, after fall-
ing down the steps and hitting his head.
He was 93 years old and had not been
sick a day in his life. When people used
to ask her age, she would say 39 and her
husband would say yes, 39 times two plus
seven. I was enchanted by their story.
Her husband didn’t have many
things that were of much value. An ap-
praiser had come through already and
identified only one item — a wood
mantle built by his grandfather — as
valuable. She had hoped that his lovely
silk shirts would be of value. I asked
about the shirts, and she told me the
two of them had been ballroom danc-
ers. They had stopped dancing only a
few weeks before his death because
he had back pain. She worried that the
pain may have been a factor as he tried
to descend the steps on the day he fell.
We talked about what a wonderful
activity ballroom dancing was and how
much joy it gave them. What better
way to enjoy life, she said, than to get
dressed up to be with your sweetheart
and dance the night away! It kept them
both young.
She has not been dancing since his
passing. She said she has tried but just
couldn’t walk out the door. She knew,
however, that he would have wanted
her to be dancing again, and when she
is ready she will. I’ve met with politi-
cians, infamous businesspeople, and
prominent members of our community,
yet it is her story that has stood out most
to me. Hers is such a simple love story,
but one that has inspired me to live and
love better. At The Goodhart Group our
motto is “Live with heart” and this beau-
tiful woman has embodied just that.
REAL ESTATE
Inspired by a client’s love story
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FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM Representing the
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