D.C.

courthouse staff
overwhelmed as DOMA
ruling triggers boom in
marriage applications

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The number of people applying for
marriage licenses in D.C. each month has
nearly tripled since the Supreme Court
issued its landmark ruling on June 26
overturning the Defense of Marriage Act’s
provision barring the federal government
from recognizing same-sex marriages.
The D.C. Superior Court’s Marriage Bureau
doesn’t keep track of the gender or sexual
orientation of the couples applying for a
marriage license. But court observers say gay
and lesbian couples make up the overwhelming
majority of the additional couples going to
the Marriage Bureau on most days at the
courthouse at 500 Indiana Ave., N.W.
“We were sitting there and there were
so many same-sex couples,” said veteran
lesbian activist and businesswoman Eva
Freund in describing the scene in the
waiting room at the Marriage Bureau last
week as she and her partner of 21 years,
DAVID KERO-MENTZ and his new husband KEN KERO-MENTZ waited two hours for their marriage license to be processed in July.
Despite the delay, the couple praised D.C. courthouse staff.
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Lesbian City Council
speaker finishes third;
de Blasio wins
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
New York City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn lost her bid to become
New York’s first openly gay and first
female mayor on Tuesday, finishing
third in a bruising Democratic primary
in which she was assailed on issues
unrelated to her sexual orientation.
With pro-LGBT candidate Bill de
Blasio, who holds the city’s elected
post of Public Advocate, holding a
commanding lead in the final weeks
of the campaign, Quinn struggled to
come in second.
A second place finish could have
placed her in an Oct. 1 runoff election
against de Blasio if de Blasio failed to
reach a 40 percent threshold needed
to win the Democratic nomination
outright.
But with 98 percent of the voter
precincts counted shortly after 1 a.m.
Wednesday, Quinn was in third place
with 15.5 percent of the vote, trailing
former city comptroller William
Thompson, who had 26 percent of
the vote.
De Blasio had 40.2 percent. However
city election board officials said it
could take a week before they count
absentee and challenged ballots to
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their application for a marriage license.
The two women, who live in Vienna,
Va., are among the large number of
same-sex couples from states that don’t
recognize same-sex marriage that are
now getting married in D.C., which
doesn’t have a residency requirement
for obtaining a marriage license.
“We just kind of overwhelmed the
place,” Freund told the Blade. “And
then they called a name and it was a
heterosexual couple. And Elke and I
looked at one another and said, ‘What
are they doing here?’ And then we said,
‘Oh yeah, they need papers, too.”
According to courthouse observers,
Freund’s humorous anecdote may be the
exception to the disposition of many of
the couples – both gay and straight – who
become irritable after waiting two hours
or longer while the Marriage Bureau
staff struggles to process the seeming
explosion of applications since late June.
Ken Kero-Mentz, a U.S. Foreign
Service officer, and his new husband,
David Kero-Mentz, a German national,
described their experience with the
D.C. Superior Court’s Marriage Bureau
as favorable, even though the two
waited close to two hours in early
July to have their license application
processed. The couple also had to wait
about eight weeks for an appointment
to be married in a civil ceremony at
the courthouse, a service the court
began providing long before same-sex
marriage became legal in D.C.
“Everyone was so nice to us,” said
David Kero-Mentz, who is applying for
U.S. permanent residency status now
that the longstanding prohibition of
immigration rights for gay bi-national
couples ended with the Supreme Court
ruling on DOMA.
Ken Kero-Mentz said he and David,
while thrilled to be legally married,
didn’t view their D.C. ceremony as that
big a deal because they were joined as
a couple in an official “registered life
partner” ceremony in Berlin in 2008,
with 95 friends and family members
in attendance. Under German law,
registered life partners have all the
rights and benefits of a marriage,
including immigration rights for foreign
national partners.
The D.C. Superior Court has
processed same-sex couple
applications for marriage licenses since
March of 2010, when the city’s marriage
equality law took effect.
Court spokesperson Leah Gurowitz
said that prior to the Supreme Court’s
DOMA decision in late June, the court
received on average between 300 and
400 license applications a month. But in
July the number of couples applying for
a license jumped to 977 and in August
the number of couples applying totaled
908 – more than double the average,
Gurowitz told the Blade.
“The D.C. Superior Court is
committed to addressing the needs of
those seeking our services as promptly
as possible,” she said in a statement. “In
order to meet the increased demand,
additional staff have been detailed to
the Marriage Bureau.”
Gurowitz added, “In addition, we
are working to locate additional office
space to help handle the number of
applicants we are currently seeing each
day, as well as evaluating work processes
to improve our customer service.”
Gay rights attorneys have said they
expected more same-sex couples to
marry following the Supreme Court ruling,
which cleared the way for married same-
sex couples to obtain most if not all of the
Activists to receive Stein Club awards
LGBT Youth Pride Alliance leader Nikisha Carpenter, D.C. Trans Coalition
organizer Andy Bowen, and former D.C. Young Democrats President Toby Quaranta
were named Tuesday as recipients of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club’s Annual
Leadership Awards for 2013.
The Stein Club, the city’s largest LGBT political organization, issues its leadership
awards each year during its anniversary celebration and fundraising reception. This
year’s event, which marks the 37th anniversary of the club’s founding in 1976, is
scheduled to take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Sonoma Restaurant and
Wine Bar on Capitol Hill.
“These awardees represent some of the brightest leaders and advocates we
have in our movement and we are proud of the work they’ve done to advance our
equality within the Democratic Party and across the D.C. community,” said Stein
Club President Martin Garcia in a statement.
“Our community is ripe with outstanding leaders and deciding who among them
to recognize was challenging,” Garcia said.
Carpenter, president of Youth Pride Alliance for the past four years, is credited
with expanding the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission of representing the
city’s LGBT young people. She will receive the club’s Heil-Balin Community Service
Award, named in honor of the late Stein organizers Jerry Heil and Ron Balin, who
were partners in life.
Bowen is credited with coordinating the D.C. Trans Coalition’s efforts on several
fronts, including shepherding through the D.C. Council legislation reforming the
city’s policies for issuing new birth certificates for transgender people and providing
safe shelters for LGBT homeless people. She will receive the club’s Wanda Alston
Award, named after the late LGBT and women’s rights advocate Wanda Alston.
Quaranta, a former official with the Human Rights Campaign, is credited with
advancing LGBT rights work within the D.C. Young Democrats and drawing more
participants to the group’s projects, including its involvement in the Obama re-
election campaign, during his tenure as president. He will receive the Stein Club’s
Desi Deschaine Young Democrat of the Year Award, named for the late Stein Club
member and youth advocate Desi Deschaine.
In addition to the awards for the three individuals, the club will present its Richard
Rausch Equality Award to the D.C.-based organization TransLAW, which serves as a
legal clinic providing assistance to the transgender community, including legal help
in the process of changing one’s name and gender. The award is named after the late
Stein Club organizer and Democratic Party activist Richard Rausch.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
D.C.’s first ‘Bi Pride Day’ set for Sept. 23
Organizers of the first Bisexual Pride Day in the District of Columbia have scheduled
a single event on Monday, Sept. 23 to commemorate the occasion — a community
forum at a downtown hotel to discuss issues of interest to the bi community.
Organizers, including longtime D.C. LGBT rights advocates A. Billy Jones-Hennin
and Loraine Hutchins, are encouraging members of the bi community and their
supporters to hold their own Bi Pride events such as pool parties, potluck dinners,
and panel discussions.
The forum, entitled “Bisexual at Any Age,” is scheduled to take place from 6:30-8
p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Residence at Thomas Circle Hotel, 1330 Massachusetts Ave.,
N.W., in the first floor conference room.
“In response to the prejudice and marginalization in both the straight and LGBT
communities, many bisexuals are made to feel, and/or remain, invisible,” a statement
released by organizers says.
“Washington, D.C.’s first official ‘Bi Pride Day’ aims to raise awareness about
bisexuality in the metro area, to educate the community about bisexual issues, and
to encourage bisexual people and those who love them to come out about bisexual
visibility,” the statement says.
According to the statement, the forum will include a panel discussion in which
Jones and D.C. LGBT rights advocate Sabrina Sojourner will share their experiences
as bisexuals.
The event is being sponsored by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
of Metro D.C., the Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals (AMBi), and the D.C. Center for
the LGBT Community.
“We also encourage everyone to create their own events to commemorate the
day,” the statement says. “Whether simple or elaborate, the DIY (do-it-yourself)
style for family and friends offers creative ways to celebrate: pool parties, BBQ’s,
fundraisers, potlucks, masked balls, panel discussions, art exhibits, talent shows,
concerts, bi ‘kiss-ins’ at local venues or flash mobs,” says the statement. “Have fun
and post it online. Let’s get visible!”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Supreme Court ruling triggers
increase in D.C. marriages
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Wentworth Miller says he considered suicide
SEATTLE — Newly out “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller told an
audience of Human Rights Campaign supporters last weekend that he
attempted suicide as a teenager while struggling with his sexual orientation.
“The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15,” Miller said in the speech
posted to YouTube this week. “I waited until my family went away for the
weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t
remember what happened over the next couple days, but I’m pretty sure
come Monday morning I was on a bus back to school pretending everything
was fine. And when someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I say no,
because I told no one.”
“You only cry for help if there is help to cry for.”
Miller came out last month while declining an invitation to a film festival in
St. Petersburg, Russia, citing the nation’s recently passed anti-gay laws. Miller
was long rumored to be gay, but said he had feared the repercussions on his
career if he were to come out.
AFL-CIO bans anti-trans discrimination
LOS ANGELES — At its national convention in California this week, the
nation’s largest federation of labor organizations added gender identity and
expression to the group’s constitutionally protected classes.
The AFL-CIO — which represents 57 national and international unions —
also considered a resolution to eliminate barriers to adequate healthcare for
the group’s trans employees, and advocate for trans-inclusive healthcare for
its members and members’ dependents during bargaining negotiations with
employers. However, according to BuzzFeed, the resolution was scrapped
temporarily due to technicalities, though the DC-Baltimore chapter of the
AFL CIO’s LGBT organization, Pride at Work, pledges the language is slated
to be introduced at a future gathering.
Currently 17 states and the District of Columbia bar discrimination based
on both sexual orientation and gender identity in the law.
Drag exhibit forced to remove photos
ATLANTA — A gallery’s photo exhibit showing Atlanta’s local drag
performers in various states of undress has been edited after complaints from
businesses sharing the gallery’s space.
According to LGBT newspaper, GA Voice, various pieces in the “Legendary
Children” exhibit at Gallery 1526 have been moved, or partially covered by
gallery owner and curator, Melanie Bell, upon the request of Dov Jacobson,
managing director of GamesThatWork.com, which shares the art gallery’s
space.
In a series of emails exchanged with Jacobson that Bell shared with the
Voice, the game tester repeatedly called parts of the exhibit “porn,” and
asked for the pieces — which are visible in the hallways throughout the
building — to be moved or covered, requests which Bell reluctantly complied
with. In replies, Bell chastised Jacobson for using obscene language to
describe the exhibit, and defended the artistic value of the series.
Jon Dean, whose photography was featured in the exhibit, implied the
requests to take down drag queen photos while not complaining about
photos and paintings of nude women, belies a double standard.
Anti-bullying,
marriage-related
measures also on tap
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
As lawmakers return from August
recess, advocates are anticipating
movement on pro-LGBT legislation
in the Senate during the upcoming
weeks, although the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act appears to have the
most momentum.
The long-pursued legislation to
bar anti-LGBT job bias passed out of
committee in July on a bipartisan basis
and supporters of the bill are expecting
a vote sometime this fall.
Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesperson
for the Human Rights Campaign, said
ENDA is the legislative focus for the
organization as well as for the multi-
group Americans for Workplace
Opportunity campaign it formed after
the panel vote.
“Obviously the congressional
calendar has many agenda items but
we fully expect to see a Senate vote
on ENDA in the fall and we’re working
with our partners in the Americans for
Workplace Opportunity campaign to
build support for this critical bill,” Cole-
Schwartz said.
But when ENDA will come up in the
Senate this fall remains unclear. The
office of Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-Nev.), hasn’t responded to
multiple requests from the Blade to
comment on the timing for an ENDA
floor vote since the bill was reported
out of committee. Reid has previously
pledged in a Pride statement this year
to bring up the legislation “soon.”
Allison Preiss, spokesperson for the
Senate Health, Education, Labor &
Pensions Committee, echoed remarks
from panel Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
that a vote would take place this fall, but
wasn’t more specific.
“Chairman Harkin is also optimistic
that this fall, the Senate will consider the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
which passed the HELP Committee on a
bipartisan basis and includes for the first
time protections against discrimination
based not only on sexual orientation
but on gender identity as well,” Preiss
said.
Christian Berle, legislative director
for Freedom to Work, said the time has
come for a Senate floor vote on ENDA
because the organization believes that
sufficient lobbying will be needed to
reach the 60-vote threshold required to
overcome a filibuster.
“Based on Freedom to Work’s
outreach to Senate Republicans
since ENDA passed out of the HELP
Committee, we are confident that we
have the 60 votes necessary to advance
and pass this critical legislation,” Berle
said. “It is now time for Senator Reid
to keep his six-and-a-half year old
commitment to bring ENDA to the floor
of the Senate as soon as possible.”
Moreover, Berle said holding the
Senate vote on ENDA as soon as
possible is necessary to generate
momentum to move the legislation in
the Republican-controlled House, where
passage of ENDA will be challenging
to say the least. Two options that have
been floated are attaching ENDA to a
larger vehicle bill or a discharge petition.
“The sooner we pass ENDA out of
the Senate, the sooner we can begin a
robust campaign to get ENDA through
the House of Representatives and on the
president’s desk,” Berle said. “Whether
we attach ENDA to a spending bill in the
Senate or launch a discharge petition in
the House, we know that we can only
win on ENDA if we are willing to try.”
But ENDA isn’t the only piece of pro-
LGBT legislation that is pending on the
Senate calendar for a vote. The Senate
HELP Committee has also reported
out education reform legislation
known as the Strengthening America’s
Schools Act that includes anti-bullying
measures known as the Student Non-
Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools
Improvement Act.
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REA CAREY (at podium) of the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force said she wants action on
comprehensive immigration reform.
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‘Prison Break’ star WENTWORTH MILLER
told an audience of HRC supporters
that he attempted suicide as a teenager
because of distress about his sexual
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Advocates turn up heat,
hope for vote on
long-stalled bill
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
As Congress returned this week
from its summer recess, the effort to
advance the long-stalled Employment
Non-Discrimination Act picked up
momentum with an event in New
York and a new fundraising push from
Obama surrogates.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom
to Marry, was scheduled to be among
the speakers at Freedom to Work’s
premiere “Situation Room” in New York
City at New York Law School — the first
in a series of public forums to strategize
on the way forward for ENDA. (The Blade
had a reporter in New York to cover the
meeting; visit washingtonblade.com for
updated reports.)
Wolfson told the Washington Blade
he envisions that his participation will
facilitate a discussion on the ways
successes from the marriage equality
movement can be applied to ENDA.
“It’s going to really be more of a
conversation about what are some of
the lessons that we applied from history
and from other movements in the
shaping our strategy and campaign to
bring the freedom to marry to the United
States, and how can we apply some of
those in the work to end employment
discrimination,” Wolfson said.
The cross-pollination of the marriage
equality strategy to other movements
isn’t new for Wolfson, who said he’s
been asked by other campaigns —
ranging from the environment to voting
rights efforts — to talk about the ways in
which marriage equality achievements
can be applied to other initiatives.
Although he’s credited with being
a founder of the marriage equality
movement, Wolfson is no stranger to
advocating on behalf of other LGBT
causes. In 2000, he argued before
the U.S. Supreme Court that a New
Jersey law prohibiting the Boy Scouts
of America from banning gay scouts
was constitutional. The court ultimately
ruled the other way.
Other LGBT causes in which Wolfson
said he’s been involved are employment
cases, work to abolish state sodomy
laws as well as protections for people
with HIV/AIDS.
“In all my years working in our
movement, I’ve never really been
a fan of pitting one so-called issue
against the other,” Wolfson said. “To
my mind, marriage has never been just
about marriage. Marriage has been a
powerful vocabulary of helping people
understand who we are as LGBT people
and to tap into their values of fairness
and respect and help them move.”
After talking on this initial panel,
Wolfson said he’ll speak out to aid
LGBT workplace non-discrimination
efforts “where it can be appropriate
and helpful,” but added he has no
immediate plans to do so.
“Obviously, my primary mission right
now is continue leading the campaign
to win the freedom to marry, and I want
to finish the job, and we are not done,”
Wolfson said.
Freedom to Work President Tico
Almeida first announced the “Situation
Room” in July as a way for groups
working on federal workplace non-
discrimination protections to lay out
their contributions to the effort.
Wolfson is set to speak on a second
panel as part of the “Situation Room”
alongside Almeida in a session titled,
“Lessons from Freedom to Marry for
the Campaign to Win the Freedom to
Work,” according to a statement from
Freedom to Work.
Another panel earlier in the day was set
to consist of Brad Sears, executive director
of the Williams Institute at the University
of California, Los Angeles, as well as two
LGBT advocates representing both major
political parties: Gregory Angelo, executive
director of the Log Cabin Republicans
and Melissa Sklarz, president of Stonewall
Democrats of New York City.
In a statement, Almeida billed the
“Situation Room” as a bipartisan event
and said it would help lead to victory for
ENDA on the Senate floor, where a vote
is expected to take place later this year.
“We’re honored to host a bipartisan
group of leading experts and advocates
for this first of its kind ENDA event,”
Almeida said. “I’m confident we’re
going to win a big Senate victory this
year, and then ride that momentum
into a robust campaign in the House of
Representatives.”
Moderating the first panel was
Towelroad legal editor and New York
Law School professor Ari Ezra Waldman
of New York Law School.
Almeida declined to comment on
who’s set to moderate the second panel
with Wolfson, but added additional
speakers will be named later in the week.
A second ENDA “Situation Room” is
planned later for Miami, which Almeida
said will include Spanish-language
content for Latino voters. Depending
the timing of the ENDA Senate vote,
similar events may place in Phoenix, Las
Vegas and Philadelphia.
“Given where the undecided senators
reside in states like Arizona, Nevada,
and Florida, we believe Latino voters
are a critical part of any winning ENDA
coalition,” Almeida concluded.
‘This shouldn’t be legal’
In a related development, President
Obama’s political arm is raising money from
supporters to push for passage of ENDA.
Organizing for Action, the successor
organization to Obama’s presidential
campaign apparatus that advocates for
his policy positions, sent out an email
from Executive Director Jon Carson to
supporters last week with the subject line,
“It’s 2013 — this shouldn’t be legal.”
“A lot of Americans don’t know that it’s
still legal in some states to discriminate
in the workplace on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity,” Carson
writes. “Yep — it’s 2013, and every
American still doesn’t have that basic
protection under the law.”
The email continues to say that ENDA
would rectify this issue by making sure
“no one can legally be discriminated
against in the workplace for being gay
or transgender.”
A link within the email redirects to
the OFA site, which allows the reader
to sign a petition calling on Congress to
pass ENDA.
After the reader enters an email
address, another page pops up asking
for a donation to OFA in several
designated amounts up to $1,000. It’s
not immediately clear whether the
donations will be used for ENDA or for
other purposes.
“LGBT Americans deserve the same
treatment in the workplace as everyone
else, and ENDA is a common-sense bill
with bipartisan support,” Carson writes
in a follow-up email. “We all know this
won’t be easy. It’ll take the people who
believe in equality standing up and
fighting for it.”
Heather Cronk, managing director
for GetEQUAL, said she’s glad OFA has
“finally agreed” there’s a need an end
workplace discrimination for LGBT people,
but said the organization can do more than
compiling a list of ENDA supporters.
“If OFA is serious about ending
workplace discrimination and not simply
building a list, they will immediately call
on President Obama to show leadership
on this issue by doing two things:
1) signing an executive order, in the
tradition of Franklin D. Roosevelt, that
would end the practice of discrimination
by federal contractors, and 2) calling on
Sen. Reid to schedule a vote on ENDA
as soon as possible,” Cronk said.
ENDA in the spotlight as Congress returns
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was set to speak at Freedom to Work’s
‘Situation Room’ this week in New York.
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Task Force hires leader
for trans rights project
The first-ever transgender person to
testify before the U.S. Senate on the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
has been tapped by the National Gay &
Lesbian Task Force to become head of
its transgender initiative.
Kylar Broadus, a transgender man
who founded the Missouri-based Trans
People of Color Coalition, was named
head of the Task Force’s Transgender
Civil Rights Project, which provides
strategy assistance for groups working
to enact pro-trans policy and laws.
“I am extremely honored and excited
to be working at the National Gay &
Lesbian Task Force given its history in
general as a progressive organization
but particularly the leadership it
has provided in the transgender
movement,” Broadus said. “I intend to
build off this great work and continue to
make the Task Force a key player in the
transgender movement.”
According to a bio provided by the
Task Force, Broadus has engaged in
his career as an activist, writer, lawyer,
professor, lobbyist and public speaker.
As a lawyer, Broadus had a focus on
LGBT law — with a particular focus on
transgender rights. He’s now serving as
faculty at Lincoln University in Missouri.
Shannon Minter, legal director for the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, had
high praise for Broadus upon the news that
he’d lead trans issues at the Task Force.
“Throughout his career, Kylar has
continually developed cutting edge
strategies to protect transgender
people, worked to raise the visibility
and leadership of transgender people
of color, and demonstrated unfailing
collegiality and collaboration,” Minter
said. “He is a great leader, and I look
forward to working with him closely in
his new role at the Task Force.”
Last year, Broadus became the first
openly transgender person to testify
before the Senate on ENDA during a
hearing that was set up Senate Health,
Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). At the time,
he recalled the discrimination that he
faced at a major financial institution
when he announced that he would
transition in 1995.
“At work, when I decided to actually
transition, I had been there for a number
of years, and I’m a workaholic, and it was
disheartening to me that all this could be
pulled out from under me because people
weren’t comfortable with the person that I
am,” Broadus said at the time.
His written testimony details receiving
harassing phone calls, receiving
assignments after hours that were
due early the next morning and being
forbidden from talking to certain people.
During his testimony, Broadus called
on Congress to pass ENDA to put
into place federal workplace non-
discrimination protections.
“I think it’s extremely important that this
bill be passed to protect workers like me,”
Broadus said at the time. “There are many
cases that I hear everyday, and people call
me everyday with these cases around
the country because I’m also an attorney
that practices and deals with people that
suffer employment discrimination.”
CHRIS JOHNSON
N.M. court to consider
marriage next month
The New Mexico Supreme Court has
set Oct. 23 for oral arguments to hear
a case seeking a final judgment on
marriage equality.
In the three-page order, the court
sets arguments for Oct. 23 in addition
to inviting the six plaintiff couples in the
lawsuit filed by the National Center for
Lesbian Rights and the American Civil
Liberties Union to take part in the case.
They must file a response by Sept. 23.
Peter Simonson, executive director
of the ACLU New Mexico, said in a
statement he hopes the hearing will
“lead to a speedy decision” resulting in
marriage equality for the entire state.
“Now is the time for New Mexico
to treat same-sex couples with the
same dignity and respect as all other
couples and fully respect their lifelong
commitments to each other and their
families,” Simonson said.
Shannon Minter, legal director for the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, told
the Washington Blade his organization
welcomes the hearing, but when a final
decision will be handed down is unknown.
“We don’t know when the court will
rule, but clearly they recognize the
importance of the issue and have set
an expedited briefing and argument
schedule,” Minter said. “They could issue
a decision anytime after the argument.”
Last week, all 33 New Mexico county
clerks joined together in filing a petition
asking the New Mexico Supreme Court
for a final judgment on marriage equality
in the state after eight county clerks —
some under court order, some under their
own volition — started giving marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.
CHRIS JOHNSON
Minneapolis recruits Ill.
couples for weddings
MINNEAPOLIS — Same-sex
marriages became legal in Minnesota
on Aug. 1, and Minneapolis mayor R.T.
Rybak has wasted no time pushing his
city as a gay wedding destination.
Last week, while in Chicago, the same-
sex marriage supporter launched “an
aggressive advertising campaign aimed
at wooing gay and lesbian couples” to
marry in his city, according to online
LGBT news site Chicago Phoenix.
“Come to an incredible, sophisticated
city called Minneapolis and we believe
that you have equal rights and right
now, people in Chicago don’t,” the
mayor told an audience at Chicago’s
LGBT center. “Some day I hope
Mayor Emanuel can come up and try
to steal the same sort business out
of Minneapolis, but in the meantime,
welcome to Minneapolis — we want to
marry you.”
Illinois’ efforts to pass a bill backed by
the governor extending marriage rights
to same-sex couples hit a snag in May
when its sponsor, gay Assemblyman
Greg Harris, pulled the bill saying there
were not enough votes to pass it. The
legislature will get another chance to
pass the bill this year in late October
and early November. Illinois’ neighbor,
Iowa, has allowed same-sex couples to
marry since April 2009.
STAFF REPORTS
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KYLAR BROADUS, the first trans person to testify before the Senate on ENDA, has been tapped to
lead the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s trans project.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
obituary
MARVETTE PEREZ, 52

Marvette Perez, an
anthropologist and curator of
Latino history and culture at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum
of American History, died Aug.
18. No cause of death was given.
She was 52.
Perez, a lesbian, was born in
Arecibo, Puerto Rico on June 27,
1961. She earned a degree from
Florida State University in 1982
and a master’s from Catholic
University of America in 1986.
She worked the last 16
years collecting, researching,
publishing, lecturing and
developing programs related to
Latinos in the U.S. and curated
many exhibits on the topic. One
of her projects was the community
curation of “Latino Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Transgender
Organizations in Washington,
D.C. 1987-present” at the
Historical Society of Washington,
a project spearheaded by the
Latino GLBT History Project.
“[Perez was] a big and bold
thinker and she has a vision that
captures the tone, tenor and the
mission of the Smithsonian,” said
Lee Baker, associate professor of
Cultural Anthropology at Duke
University, in a statement.
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
MARVETTE PEREZ
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Mexican couples seek marriage rights
Out-of-town gay couples flock to D.C. to wed
federal rights and benefits of marriage.
The Obama administration’s
aggressive effort to quickly implement
the DOMA ruling by directing federal
agencies, including all the branches of
the military, to provide marital benefits
to same-sex spouses of federal workers,
civilian and active duty military, has also
boosted the number of lesbian and
gay couples deciding to tie the knot,
experts have said.
D.C. gay activist Christopher Dyer,
who last year obtained a license to
perform marriages as a court-approved
officiant, said the number of same-sex
couples seeking him out to perform
their marriage has doubled since the
Supreme Court decision.
“I’m getting more military people
than ever before,” he said. “Many of
them are from Virginia.”
Local gay rights attorney Michele
Zavos, who practices family law in the D.C.
metro area, said she and other attorneys
familiar with the marriage laws of D.C.
and Maryland are advising out-of-state
clients to choose D.C. over Maryland as
the preferred place to marry.
Although same-sex marriage became
legal in Maryland earlier this year, Zavos
points out that unlike D.C., Maryland
has a residency requirement for couples
seeking to get a divorce. This means
that if a same-sex couple from Virginia
or other states that don’t recognize gay
marriage decide to marry in Maryland,
they could not obtain a divorce in
Maryland unless they become a
Maryland resident for a year, Zavos said.
She noted that they couldn’t
obtain a divorce in their home state
if that state doesn’t recognize their
marriage, especially if the state has
a law or constitutional amendment
specifically banning same-sex
nuptials as Virginia does.
“Nobody wants to hear this, of
course,” Zavos said. “They’re about
to be married. They don’t want you
to be talking to them about getting
divorced.”
Nevertheless, Zavos said many same-
sex couples knowledgeable about the
residency rules for divorce are choosing
D.C. and Delaware, which also allows
out-of-state couples to file for a divorce
without a residency requirement.
Among those encountering the
brunt of the delays at the D.C. Superior
Court’s Marriage Bureau are the private
marriage officiants who, among other
things, file marriage license applications
at the courthouse for their same-sex
couple clients.
Deborah Cummings-Thomas and her
wife, lesbian activist Sheila Alexander-
Reid, co-owners of Marry Me In D.C.,
Inc., specialize in marrying same-sex
couples and taking care of the couples’
marriage-related paperwork.
“It’s a nightmare down there right
now,” Cummings-Thomas said. “It often
takes two hours, sometimes longer” to
file a marriage license application, she
said. “I’ve been there when people
waiting have gotten very upset.” She
said 95 percent of the couples she
marries are from jurisdictions outside
D.C. and at least 95 percent or more of
her clients arrange for her to go to the
courthouse to deal with the application.
“The employees are very nice,” said
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, another
D.C. marriage officiant who reaches out
to same-sex couples. “But they realize
the office needs more help. It’s not a
system that is broken. It’s just that the
demand is greater than what it was in
the past.”
Another marriage officiant, who
spoke on condition of not being
identified, criticized D.C. Congressional
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton for not
pushing for more funds from Congress
to hire additional staff at the courthouse
to handle the greater demand for
marriage licenses.
Congress and various federal
agencies control the D.C. court system
rather than the city government under
the city’s limited home rule charter.
Norton spokesperson Daniel Van
Hoogstraten said he would look into
the matter.
Others familiar with the Marriage
Bureau noted that the D.C. City Council
could help the situation by changing
the wording in the city’s marriage law
that requires a three-day waiting period
between the time a marriage license
application is submitted and the time
a marriage can take place. Marriage
laws in most other states have a similar
waiting period but those states, like
Maryland, issue the license during
the applicants’ first visit to the state
marriage bureau and post-date it to
prevent the marriage from taking place
until after the waiting period expires.
Critics of the D.C. Marriage Bureau
say it requires applicants or officiants
working on their behalf to return to the
bureau a second time to pick up the
license following the waiting period, a
process that causes further delays.
But according to people familiar with
the D.C. marriage law, the law prevents
the Marriage Bureau from postdating
a marriage license because it states
explicitly that a license “shall not be
issued until three days have elapsed”
from the time the application is filed.
“They have two people handling 50
or 60 people at any given time,” said
the marriage officiant who asked not to
be identified. “They told me please do
what you can to get out the word and
help us get more staff.”
Country’s Supreme Court last year
struck down gay nuptials ban
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The movement for marriage rights for
same-sex couples in Mexico continues
to gain momentum as more gays and
lesbians across the country seek the
ability to exchange vows.
A gay couple in the city of Mérida in
the state of Yucatán on Aug. 8 tied the
knot after a federal judge in July said
the two men could marry. A judge in
the state of Chihuahua in which Ciudad
Juarez is located on Aug. 19 ruled in
favor of five same-sex couples who had
sought legal recourse — known as an
“amparo” in the Mexican judicial system
— that would allow them to marry.
A judge in the state of México, which
is outside Mexico City, the country’s
capital, in June ruled in support of four
same-sex couples who had sought
marriage rights. Local authorities
appealed the decision.
Gays and lesbians in the states of
Colima; Baja California; Guanajuato;
Morales and Jalisco, in which
Guadalajara and the resort city of
Puerto Vallarta are located, have also
petitioned local authorities to extend
marriage rights to them.
These developments are taking place
nearly a year after the Mexican Supreme
Court found a Oaxacan law that bans
same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Three couples tried to apply for
marriage licenses in the state, but local
authorities denied their applications.
Lawyer Alex Alí Méndez Díaz filed lawsuits
on behalf of two of the couples in August
2011 and a third in January 2012.
The justices unveiled their decision in
February.
One of the Oaxacan couples that
sought the right to marry tied the knot
in March in what Méndez told the
Washington Blade is the first same-sex
marriage to take place in Mexico under
a court order. He said a second couple
will exchange vows in December, but
the third couple will not marry in what
Méndez described as a “symbol of
solidarity with the local LGBT movement”
over “legislative indifference to make the
necessary reforms” to avoid bringing the
issue to the Mexican federal courts.
Fourteen countries, along with 13
states and D.C. allow gays and lesbians
to legally marry.
Mexico City in 2010 extended marriage
rights to same-sex couples. The Mexican
Supreme Court has ruled other states
must recognize gay marriages legally
performed in the Mexican capital.
Gays and lesbians have also
exchanged vows in the state of Quintana
Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula in which
Cancún is located. The state of Coahuila
offers property and inheritance rights
and other limited legal protections to
same-sex couples.
Opposition to marriage rights for
same-sex couples in Mexico remains in
spite of recent advances on the issue.
Congresswoman Ana María Jiménez
Ortiz, who represents the conservative
political party PAN in the state of Puebla
outside Mexico City, last month sparked
controversy when she suggested
officials should allow marriage only for
“people that can look at each other in
the eye while having sexual intercourse.”
“[That is] something that does not
happen in homosexual couples,” she said.
Catholic groups in the month after
the Mexican Supreme Court released
its Oaxaca ruling submitted to the
country’s Congress a petition against
marriage rights for same-sex couples
with 23,000 signatures.
“One can say that the rulings
announced last December with
respect to the Oaxacan cases mean
the possibility that marriage equality is
possible throughout Mexico through
the judicial process,” Méndez told
the Blade. “Unfortunately established
moral and religious prejudices in the
same state institutions have impeded
any rapid movement on the issue.”
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Russian activists who attended a
meeting last week with President
Obama in St. Petersburg came away
with mixed feelings about the event,
with one claiming Obama told them he
couldn’t make human rights the lone
priority in U.S.-Russia relations.
Both LGBT activists who attended the
meeting with Obama on Friday spoke
to the Washington Blade and said they
were pleased the meeting took place,
but disagreed with some of what Obama
said. They were among nine civil society
representatives who took part in a
roundtable discussion with Obama as part
of his visit to Russia for the G-20 summit.
Igor Kochetkov, director of the LGBT
Network in Russia, spoke with the Blade
in a phone interview through a translator
from Human Rights First and said Obama
told activists he had to prioritize issues
other than human rights.
“Obama said that his agenda is quite
extensive and he cannot approach U.S.-
Russia relations through the prism of
human rights alone,” Kochetkov said.
“He said there’s economic partnerships,
military/strategic cooperation, and in
order to achieve consensus on those
subject areas, he has to compromise
and find a balance in discussions about
human rights.”
Kochetkov said he disagrees with
Obama on this view of human rights issues.
“I think this approach does not have
a future because in Russia, racist and
homophobic attitudes are proportional
to the growth of anti-Americanism and
anti-Western attitudes,” Kochetkov
said. “And the West won’t be able to
get what it wants in the economic or
military realm while being silenced on
human rights.”
Still, Kochetkov said he wouldn’t
characterize himself as disappointed
in Obama’s remarks and noted he
was ”pleased” the meeting took place.
“I think it’s very important that
Obama invited human rights activists,
including specifically LGBT activists
from Russia,” Kochetkov said. “It was a
serious signal to the global community,
a signal that it’s impossible to discuss
human rights in today’s world without
a conversation about the status of
gay rights. Not everyone, especially in
Russia, understands that.”
Olga Lenkova, communications
director for the St. Petersburg-based
LGBT group Coming Out, told the
Washington Blade via email she was
also satisfied with the experience.
“We did not have any particular
expectations from the meeting, other
than hoping for a good exchange of
ideas, which has in fact taken place,”
Lenkova said.
Lenkova said the focus of the meeting
was on human rights in general, and
the “complicated situation” for civil
society leaders in Russia in addition to
global challenges such as the “relative
ineffectiveness” of the United Nations
and global warming.
“President Obama tried to respond to
all questions raised despite our obvious
disagreements on Syria for example,”
Lenkova said. “He mostly talked about
the U.S., highlighting that there are
many challenges and problems, the
ones we mentioned — death penalty,
Guantanamo, surveillance, etc. — and
others that can’t be easily overcome by
a president, but where the active civil
society plays the key role.”
According to Lenkova, Obama
concluded the session by saying,
“Any state has to guard itself from
protecting itself instead of its citizens.
You’ve challenged me to do more and
I will. And sometimes I will succeed and
sometimes not.”
Which LGBT issues came up during
the meeting? Kochetkov said he urged
Obama to be more open and vocal
in his criticism of what’s happening in
Russia. He also urged Obama to build
international awareness of LGBT issues.
“I also asked President Obama to
consider ways of monitoring hate crime
incidents through the international
community,” Kochetkov said. ”Hate crimes
motivated by sexual orientation or gender
identity bias are not totally investigated or
investigated at all sometimes, so we need
an international mechanism to look into
those cases as well.”
Amid growing international
attention, the activists said they also
raised concerns with Obama about a
controversial anti-gay law that prohibits
pro-gay propaganda to minors in Russia.
Dmitri Makarov, a member of the
Russia-based International Youth Human
Rights Movement who was a non-LGBT
participant at the meeting, told the
Blade via email the anti-gay law took up
a significant part of the discussion.
“The Russian anti-gay laws were
brought up and were a significant
part of the discussion,” Makarov said.
“There was a press briefing also at the
end of the meeting by LGBT Network.”
Kochetkov said he raised the anti-
propaganda law with Obama, but the
president declined to comment on it.
“He made no comment, but he
was there to listen to the situation in
Russia,” Kochetkov said.
Lenkova said the measure did come
up during the discussion, but LGBT rights
weren’t the main topic of the meeting.
“Regarding LGBT issues he said that
he had already been quite explicit about
what he thinks about discrimination
against LGBT people,” Lenkova said.
“He also referred to the changes that
took place in the U.S. in this regard
within the last 10 to 15 years, when he
was saying that though problems in the
U.S. are still many, the system is capable
of change.”
Some LGBT activists said prior to the
meeting they hoped Obama would
take his opposition to the anti-gay law
directly to the Russian government and
media during his trip to St. Petersburg.
A video report on Saturday from
European television station Euronews
claimed gay activists left the meeting
with Obama feeling “disappointed.” It
based that conclusion on an interview with
Kochetkov, who talked through a translator.
Kochetkov responded to the report
by reiterating he wasn’t disappointed in
the meeting, but said he disagrees with
Obama on some issues.
“It’s more nuanced,” Kochetkov
said. “I’m not disappointed. I said that
I disagree with President Obama on
certain things.”
Nonetheless, International Youth
Human Rights Movement’s Makarov
said he thinks the report is “quite
accurate” — or at least “as much as a
one-minute report focusing on just one
aspect can be accurate.”
“I would have liked to hear a more
decisive stance, but I do understand
the argument that there are other issues
that the president has to care about,”
Makarov said. “Yet, as a human rights
defender I would push for human rights
to be prioritized in relations with Russia
in particular.”
The White House didn’t respond to a
request for comment on the report or
reactions from the activists.
According to a transcript of remarks
provided by the White House after the
event, Obama talked about freedom of
the press and assembly with activists.
“I think it is important for us to
remember that in every country —
here in Russia, in the United States,
around the globe — that part of good
government is making sure that we’re
creating a space for civil society to
function effectively: freedom of the
press, freedom of assembly, making
sure that people can join together
and make common cause around the
issues that they care deeply about,”
Obama said.
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Russian activists said they were not
disappointed by their meeting with PRESIDENT
OBAMA, but that they disagree with him on
some key issues.
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Russian activists have mixed reactions to Obama meeting
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determine whether de Blasio’s vote
count remains at 40 percent or higher.
“I want to congratulate my opponents
Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio on a
hard-earned victory,” Politicker.com blog
quoted Quinn as saying at her election
night gathering at a hotel in Chelsea.
“This was a hard-fought race, we took
a lot of knocks, we were up against a lot
of odds, but I’m proud of the race we
all ran,” Politicker quoted her as saying.
“There’s a young girl out there who was
inspired by the thought of New York’s
first woman mayor and said to herself,
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The New York Times reported that an
exit poll showed LGBT voters comprised
9 percent of the Democratic primary
electorate on Tuesday. According to the
Times, the exit poll showed de Blasio
beating Quinn among LGBT voters by
a margin of 47 percent to 34 percent.
Thompson received 9 percent of the LGBT
vote, former New York Congressman
Anthony Weiner received 4 percent, and
city comptroller John Liu received 3 percent
of the LGBT vote, the exit poll showed.
Many political observers view Quinn’s
third-place finish as an astonishing
turn of events following her status as
the frontrunner in the nine-candidate
race during the first several months
of the campaign. At one point Quinn
approached the 40 percent mark in
public opinion polls, placing her far
ahead of de Blasio both in potential
votes and in money raised.
Kenneth Sherrill, a political science
professor emeritus at New York’s Hunter
College, said a number of factors
contributed to Quinn’s stunning decline
in the polls and de Blasio’s dramatic
rise. Among them, he said, were Quinn
and her campaign advisers’ failure
to recognize early on the intensity of
voter animus toward incumbent Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, with whom Quinn
was perceived as a strong ally.
Sherrill said the negative impact of Quinn’s
perceived association with Bloomberg was
compounded by her decision to wage
a campaign geared more for a general
election than a Democratic primary.
“In the general election you have to
appeal to the broader centrist voters,”
he said. “In a primary, the best strategy
is to appeal to the most ideological and
activist voters.”
According to Sherrill, de Blasio skillfully
took the latter approach, positioning
himself as a progressive champion of
New Yorkers struggling to retain their
hold on the middle class. He said de
Blasio capitalized on Bloomberg’s
unpopularity and succeeded in defining
Quinn as a Bloomberg crony, stressing
Quinn’s key role in 2009 in backing a
change in the city charter that allowed
Bloomberg to run for a third term.
Sherrill and other political observers say
Quinn’s campaign was also hurt badly by
an independent expenditure organization
formed by labor and animal rights activists
called “Anybody But Quinn.” Among
other things, the group produced attack
ads denouncing Quinn for not supporting
legislation to ban horse drawn carriages
in New York’s Central Park.
Although Quinn sought to distance
herself from some of Bloomberg’s
positions, especially the mayor’s support
for a “stop and frisk” policy initiated
by the city’s police commissioner,
which civil rights groups said targeted
minority communities, her reluctance
to more aggressively oppose the policy
subjected her to strong criticism by de
Blasio and some of the other candidates.
Sherrill said the litany of problems
Quinn encountered in her campaign
had “absolutely nothing” to do with her
sexual orientation.
“It didn’t matter one bit,” he said of
Quinn’s status as an out lesbian. “What
mattered was her proximity to the mayor.”
Quinn won the endorsement of the
city’s three major daily newspapers –
the New York Times, Daily News, and
New York Post. She also received the
endorsement of Gay City News, the
city’s LGBT newspaper, along with
endorsements from most of the city’s
prominent LGBT leaders.
The national LGBT groups Human
Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian
Victory Fund contributed thousands of
dollars to her campaign and dispatched
volunteers and field organizers to help
in locations throughout the city.
Victory Fund President and CEO
Chuck Wolfe issued a statement
Tuesday night noting that eight of its 10
endorsed candidates in New York races,
including City Council candidates, won
their races in the New York primary.
“As you know by now, Council Speaker
Christine Quinn was not successful in her
bid for the Democratic nomination for
mayor,” Wolfe said. “There’s no sugar-
coating what an emotional loss this is for
her, her many supporters and all of us
here at the Victory Fund,” he said.
“I’ve known Chris for a long time,”
he added. “She has been a remarkably
effective and passionate advocate for
LGBT equality and, most importantly, for
everyone who calls New York City home.”
Political observers said the LGBT vote
appeared to be divided, with many
activists supporting de Blasio over Quinn.
Sherrill said that while de Blasio and
Quinn emerged as rivals in a heated
political campaign both made great
strides to normalize what have been
viewed as non-traditional families. He
noted that de Blasio, who is white, put his
black wife and bi-racial son and daughter
in the forefront of his campaign.
“Quinn and her wife were around all
the time,” Sherrill said. “She talked about
her wife. She talked about her in-laws.”
Added Sherrill, “This was a campaign in
which families that never were talked about
before were being portrayed as normal,
everyday, wholesome, all-American real
New Yorkers. And it’s not causing a stir. It’s
an amazing breakthrough.”
Finishing behind Quinn in the New
York primary on Tuesday were New York
City Comptroller John Liu, who received 7
percent of the vote and former U.S. Rep.
Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who received 4.9
percent. Four other lesser known candidates
received less than 4 percent each.
Joseph J. Lhota, a top aide to GOP
former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,
won the Republican nomination in
Tuesday’s primary. Although Democrats
outnumber Republicans in New York
City by a 6 to 1 margin, no Democrat
has won the city’s mayoralty since 1989
when Democrat David Dinkins became
the city’s first black mayor.
Four years later, Dinkins lost big to
Giuliani, and Giuliani and Republican-
turned-independent Bloomberg have
dominated the general elections for
mayor ever since that time.
Now, Lhota, who supports same-sex
marriage, is viewed as progressive on social
issues while, like Bloomberg, he is a strong
ally to New York’s business interests. With
de Blasio being perceived by many in the
business sector as anti-business, some
political observers think Lhota has a shot at
winning in the November general election.
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Quinn finishes third in NYC mayoral primary
CONTI NUED FROM PAGE 1
CHRISTINE QUINN finished third in the New
York Democratic primary for mayor.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
‘There’s no sugar-coating what an emotional
loss this is for her, her many supporters and
all of us here at the Victory Fund,’ said Victory
Fund President Chuck Wolfe of Christine
Quinn’s defeat this week.
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A benefit for
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In April 2011, Chrissy Lee Polis, a
transgender woman who was 22 at
the time, was beaten by two females,
one a 19-year-old and the other age
14 at a McDonald’s restaurant in
Rosedale, Md. The attack was caught
on video and received national and
international attention.
To highlight awareness of transgender
people in Baltimore, a benefit titled
“The Real Me” will take place on
Sept. 28 at the Universal Nightlife and
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as The Overlea, 6809 Belair Rd. in
Baltimore. A portion of the funds will
go to area transgender awareness
organizations. Polis is scheduled to
make an appearance.
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local drag performers including Dee
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Danielle Revlon.
“I was asked at Queen of Pride what
I would do if I won,” explains Melody
Lyryshal who is organizing the event. “I
said I wanted to bring awareness to the
transgender community. I lost that night,
but that did not mean I could not make a
difference. A crown did not decide what
I could do for the community. I did.”
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Catherine Hyde, a mother of a
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personal stories and answer questions.
Hyde did not listen to her child
when he, at the age of 4, told her that
something had gone wrong in her belly
and that he was supposed to be a she.
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gender identity until NPR educated her
11 years later. Today, she speaks and
trains on transgender understanding
and sensitivity. Hyde also serves on
the Public Advisory Board of Gender
Rights Maryland. She can be reached at
cvhyde@gmail.com.
The meeting takes place at 5 p.m.
at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,
17 Bond St. in Westminster. For more
information, visit pflagwcc.org.
Iron Crow to present
‘Apartment 213’
The Iron Crow Theatre Company
will present “Apartment 213” at the
Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.
in Baltimore. The play, conceived
and written by Joseph Ritsch and
directed by Stephen Nunns, examines
the psyche of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer
who committed the rape, murder and
dismemberment of 17 men and boys
between 1978 and 1991 with many of his
later murders also involving necrophilia,
cannibalism and the permanent
preservation of body parts — typically
all or part of the skeletal structure.
The play officially opens on Sept. 28
at 8 p.m., following a pay-what-you-
can preview on Sept. 27. It will also
run Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 3-5 at 8
p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday to
Saturday, Oct. 9-12 at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit
ironcrowtheatre.com. Tickets may
be purchased at ironcrowtheatre.
tixato.com.
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NEW YORK — Prosecutors in rural Missouri have charged a gay man with exposing
his partner to HIV and say he may have exposed about 300 other people as well,
CNN and other outlets reported last week.
David Mangum told police he had “at least” that many unprotected sexual
encounters with people he met online or in parks since he was diagnosed as HIV-
positive in 2003, CNN reported citing Detective Sgt. Corey Mills of Dexter, Mo.
Mangum was arrested after his former partner told police Mangum had lied to him
about his status, CNN said citing a police affidavit. Mangum was arraigned last week
in Stoddard County, about 160 miles south of St. Louis. The former partner, only
identified by initials in the report, tested positive for HIV, police said.
Knowingly exposing someone to HIV without his or her consent is a felony under
Missouri law and can bring prison terms of 15 years. Infecting someone can bring a
life term, CNN said.
Dating abuse higher for LGBT teens: report
WASHINGTON — LGBT teens are at a much greater risk of dating abuse than
their straight counterparts with trans teens being especially vulnerable, an Urban
Institute report released last week shows.
“Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Youth” is one of the first studies of dating violence examined through the lens of
sexual orientation, researchers said. It found victims are more likely to be female
or transgender and are also more likely to be depressed, have lower grades, have
committed delinquent acts and have a history of sexual activity, the report said.
Researchers studied 3,745 youth in grades seven through 12 in New York,
Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Six percent identified as LGBT. Of the LGB respondents,
43 percent reported dating violence compared to 29 percent of straights, 59 percent
reported emotional abuse compared to 46 percent of straights, 37 percent reported
digital abuse and harassment compared to 26 percent of straights and 23 percent
reported sexual coercion compared to 12 percent of straight respondees.
Only 18 trans youth were surveyed but they had the highest rates of victimization
— 89 percent reported physical dating violence, 61 percent were sexually coerced,
59 percent had been emotionally abused and 56 percent reported digital abuse and
harassment, the study found.
Gay porn actor tests positive for HIV
LOS ANGELES — A second porn star who’s straight but works exclusively in
gay porn said last week that he recently tested positive for HIV two weeks after
his girlfriend, who also works in the porn industry, was infected, the Pasadena
Star News reported citing a report from the Los Angeles Daily News.
Joshua Rodgers, 32, who works in gay porn under the stage name Rod
Daily, told the Daily News last week that he was infected sometime in the last
month. Last month, porn actress Cameron Bay said she tested positive, which
led to a weeklong shutdown of adult film production in the San Fernando
Valley area where much of it is produced, the Daily News said. Rodgers said
he’s worked exclusively in gay porn since 2010 on sets that require condoms.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based company, said in
a statement to the Daily News that it’s “gravely concerned” that “the porn
industry continues to endanger its workers by ignoring prudent health and
worker safety laws by shooting adult films without condoms.”
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The summer has come and gone and
we are now entering a new fall season
and looking forward to slipping into our
fall wardrobe.
With the kids going back to school
and work getting back into full swing,
what better time than now to put your
health back into the forefront? I’ve always
looked at Labor Day and September as
a great time to get back into gear by
revisiting our goals. When it comes
to goal setting, there are a few must
“do’s” I like to have clients stick to, in
order to help make this unofficial second
half of the year even healthier than the
first. Follow my “three Rs” of “Getting
Real,” “Reassessing” and “wRiting it
down” to make sure we get it right.
Do’s:
Do Get Real — Getting real means
staying realistic with your thinking.
There’s no better way to discourage
yourself than to make a goal that you
can not achieve. If your goal is to lose 25
pounds by the end of the year, realize
that a healthy weight loss goal is about
one pound a week and there’ s only
18 weeks left in the year. Not saying
it’s impossible, but knowing that we all
have setbacks, we may want to be more
realistic in our goal setting. If that’s not
enough to make you second guess
your goals, don’t forget Halloween,
Thanksgiving, winter holidays and
that fall getaway are all haunting our
healthy eating habits, so we may want
to reevaluate that goal to 15 pounds.
Do Reassess — So let’s think about
this as halftime in the big game of
the year. What goals did you set in
the beginning of the year or earlier in
life that haven’t worked for you? Why
haven’t they worked? What did work?
Why did they? Have you vowed to start
running three times a week, but yet your
running shoes are still as fresh as when
you bought them?
Reassess doesn’t necessarily mean
to throw that goal out the window.
It means to see how we can tweak it
so it can be achievable. If you aren’t
doing well running on your own, maybe
you need to join a running club or
hire a coach who can help hold you
accountable. Maybe start with one day
a week until you build up the mental
strength to accomplish three times
a week. Remember that though a
challenge is important to growth, we
also want to always set ourselves up for
success to stay motivated.
Do Write it down — A goal that is
unwritten is like a lost song that no one
will ever hear. It’s important to write things
down and place it in a place where you
will constantly see it. For some reason,
it’s like making a contract with ourselves
and works as a constant reminder of
what you are trying to achieve. Just as
that cookie on the counter stares you
down and says eat me, a visible list of
your goals challenges you every day to
take the steps to achieve them. This also
helps if you live with others because
surprisingly enough, they will also keep
you on your toes by asking you about
your goals routinely. This serves as a
constant reminder to get off your rear
and get into gear.
Fall is the perfect time to get back
into a routine dedicated to our health
and fitness after a summer that may
have had up toasting way more than
treadmilling. Think of your goals as small
steps to becoming a better, healthier
you. Focus on the small things like
staying active, eating breakfast and not
drinking calories, and the big things like
weight loss, looking better and feeling
stronger, will take care of themselves.
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Could drug resistance
become No. 1 killer?
For those living with HIV and fortunate
to have access to AIDS drugs, one of the
scariest things they face is drug resistance.
At some point, they know, their bodies
will begin to resist their current drug
regimens. This means their doctors
will need to find out what’s happening,
when to switch therapies and which
drugs to switch to. Then you hope there
is no “cross resistance” meaning that an
entire class of drugs will be rejected. It’s a
complicated and scary process.
Tragically, if they don’t switch or other
drug regimens aren’t available or they’re
resistant to other available drugs, as well,
eventually they will succumb to AIDS and
die. This is the harsh reality of living with
HIV: Your options may eventually run out.
A recent study estimates more than 76
percent of the U.S. HIV-positive population
has some form of drug resistance.
But here is some good news. The Food
and Drug Administration just approved a
new antiretroviral called Tivicay. The once-
daily drug is a class of antiretorvirals known
as integrase inhibitors that actually block the
virus from entering your immune systems
T-cells. Tivicay is the first new treatment
delivered by ViiV Healthcare in an HIV joint
venture among GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and
Shionogi in which GlaxoSmithKline is the
largest shareholder, with a more than 75
percent stake.
Tivicay can be used to treat infected
adults who have been taking other drugs
or are new to treatment. So that is some
good news in the fight against drug
resistance: Now there’s another treatment
option available.
The approval of ViiV’s Tivicay is important
because a number of companies already
have or soon will get out of the HIV drug
business. One is Roche, which developed
the first protease inhibitor many believe
saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Some
rumors point to Abbott as the next.
Now here is really scary news: Drug
resistance is on the rise worldwide,
especially in Africa. A recent article in the
Daily Nation reports that in Tanzania, around
Lake Victoria, patients have stopped taking
their HIV drugs. Why? Side effects and drug
supplies. In addition, there are reports other
African countries have inconsistent HIV
drug supplies.
It appears if clinics run out of one or more
drugs, they switch their patients to new
HIV drug regimens. “Abrupt switches of
antiretroviral are threatening our health,”
Samwell Chuma, an HIV patient in Tanzania,
stresses, “and some new anti-HIV regimens
are too strong for our weak bodies to
withstand.” The sad truth is our brothers
and sisters in Africa and the rest of the
developing world are being given older
drugs that many physicians in the United
States and in other developed countries
would hesitate to prescribe. It’s all about
access – unfortunately.
The sad reality is we can fight drug
resistance only with different, that is,
new drugs.
Now let’s look at the last time a new AIDS
drug was approved before the emergence
of Tivicay. I emphasize I mean new, and
not existing combinations of older drugs
contained in one daily pill.
This means we’ve already eliminated two
recently approved drugs. One is Gilead’s
drug Stribild, approved a year ago and
known by some in the HIV community as
the Quad. You can also discount their other
combined-in-one pill drugs, Complera,
approved in August 2011, and in Atripla,
approved in 2006. Good treatments, but
not a new drug.
A new drug, Edurant, produced by
Janssen, went on the market in 2011.
However, Edurant is not approved for
patients already using antiretrovirals.
Translation? If you are living with HIV now
and on an AIDS drug regimen, then you
are SOL as it relates to Edurant and, by
the way, to some other antiretrovirals
available now.
Clinical trials are now underway to
explore the use of newly approved Tivicay
in a once-daily, fixed dose combination
that includes two drugs approved 15 years
ago. Looks like ViiV is going to take a
chapter out of Gilead’s game plan: Just
combine older drugs into one convenient
pill. This is the strategy that allowed Gilead
to capture more than half the entire AIDS
drug market, which is estimated in the tens
of billions of dollars.
Sadly, the last time that Gilead actually
had a new drug approved (again, I’m not
including combination drugs in one pill
that uses older existing drugs) was August
of 2004. That’s almost 10 years ago. Clearly
the trend, if you look at drug approvals over
the past six years, is to combine several
drugs into one convenient pill. But if we are
going to survive this epidemic in the long
term, it’s critical we have new drugs — and
fast! It could mean the survival of millions of
people living with HIV worldwide.
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Issues new policies on
guns, but not on
workplace discrimination
Two weeks ago, Vice President Biden
announced two new executive poli-
cies related to getting more guns off
the streets in the United States. The
first makes it harder for Americans not
eligible to buy certain types of weapons
to skirt the law and get them through
trusts or corporations. Under the new
policy those associated with the trusts
or corporations will have to undergo the
same background checks as individuals
to buy guns. The second policy will ban
all re-importation of military style weap-
ons back into the United States.
I applaud the president for taking
these actions and using his executive
authority to try to save lives. As Vice
President Biden said, “The Obama ad-
ministration remained committed to
the pursuit of new legislation designed
to reduce gun deaths.” In announcing
these two new executive policies Biden
also said, “We are going to get this
done.” The takeaway is the administra-
tion still wants the legislation passed by
Congress but is willing to use its con-
stitutional authority to act when it real-
izes this Congress won’t. While many
still want Congress to pass legislation
proposed by the president to make it
harder to buy guns without comprehen-
sive background checks, and to again
pass legislation prohibiting civilians
from owning assault weapons, most
acknowledge that won’t happen in this
Congress. There is broad support for
the president’s efforts to do everything
he can with the extensive powers of the
presidency.
The administration also deserves tre-
mendous credit for continuing to act in
response to the Supreme Court decision
to repeal Section 3 of DOMA. The IRS
made it clear that legally married same-
sex couples could file joint federal tax re-
turns no matter where they currently live.
This is a huge step forward. In addition,
gay spouses of retired military will get
benefits, and the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid announced new policies
that relate to married same-sex couples
being entitled to many of the same ben-
efits from Medicare Advantage policies
that heterosexual couples receive.
The question many in the LGBT com-
munity continue to ask is: If he can act
on guns and other issues why is the
president so reluctant to act to ban
employment discrimination against
LGBT individuals who work for federal
contractors? Biden made it clear in an-
nouncing the new policies on guns that
the administration hasn’t totally given
up on trying to work with Congress on
gun control but they recognize getting
anything done in this Congress is a long
shot. The time has come for the admin-
istration to also accept that Congress
will not act in 2013 to ban employment
discrimination against the LGBT com-
munity and it must act on this issue,
something Obama first committed to
doing when he ran in 2008. Adding in-
sult to injury on this issue was a recent
email from Jon Carson at BarackO-
bama.com asking us to donate to Or-
ganizing for America to get Congress to
pass ENDA and telling us how much the
president cares.
It is perplexing that the president is
able to commit the administration to
work with Congress on gun control even
as he acts unilaterally but continues to
refuse to do the same thing with regard
to the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act. It is time for the president to sign
the executive order that by all accounts
has been ready for his signature for the
past year and ban discrimination against
members of the LGBT community in all
federal contracting.
The president was willing to move
forward and evolve on marriage equal-
ity. He speaks up for the rights of the
LGBT community in many speeches in
front of many diverse audiences and
even met with LGBT activists in Rus-
sia. But when he talks about the need
for jobs and how a good job enables
people to move into the middle-class
he seems willing to leave out the LGBT
community. With the stroke of a pen
he can ensure that at least in all fed-
eral contracting, members of the LGBT
community will have the same right to
compete for and have protection from
being fired from a job as everyone else.
The vice president can make the
same statement on this that he made
regarding guns. He can say that the ad-
ministration will continue to work with
Congress to pass ENDA, but that in the
meantime, the president will do all he
can to ensure that LGBT workers will
have protections against being discrimi-
nated against by federal contractors.
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40 years ago, 50 million
watched King beat Riggs
in ‘Battle of the Sexes’
I know nothing about tennis except that
it’s thrilling to watch athletes play the sport.
I’m in love with love but am clueless about
love on the tennis court. As to a match
point, well, I’ve always avoided playing with
matches. Yet, when Billie Jean King beat
Bobby Riggs in the historic “Battle of the
Sexes” 40 years ago this month on Sept. 20,
1973, my life, as was the case with so many
women (and men), changed.
The PBS program “American Masters:
Billie Jean King,” which commemorates the
40th anniversary of the “Battle of the Sexes”
as well as King’s iconic impact on both tennis
and the culture, premiered last week. The
engaging film, a part of the Emmy-winning
series “American Masters,” can be viewed
on the website pbs.org/americanmasters.
The show highlights King’s founding of the
Women’s Tennis Association in 1973, the
year when the U.S. Open became the first
Grand Slam tournament to award equal
prize money to men and women.
Perhaps most movingly for those of us
who are queer, King talks in the film about
how hard it was for her when she was outed
by her lover Marilyn Barrett (who filed a “pal-
imony” suit) before she was at peace with
being a lesbian. When the story broke, King
told her publicist that she had to be open
about being gay. “It’s about being truthful
to my audience and to my fans and to the
world,” King said, adding, “I’d do anything I
can to help the LGBT community.”
Four decades ago, we were mesmerized
watching (in person or as an estimated 50
million of us in the United States alone did
on TV) the King and Riggs “Battle” at the
Astrodome in Houston. King, then 29, and
a tennis champion, and now a feminist and
queer icon, was carried in, hoisted by hunky
young men – like a 20th century Cleopatra.
Riggs, now deceased, then 55 and a former
tennis champion, was escorted in a rickshaw
by beautiful young women — his “bosom
buddies.” With a nod to the then emerging
(2nd wave) feminist movement and enter-
tainment, the ABC broadcast of the event
began with the playing of the showbiz stan-
dard “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Bet-
ter” from “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Yet, far more than glamour was at stake
in the “Battle of the Sexes” for people not
only my generation, but for my parents and,
even future generations. It’s hard to imagine
how hard things were for girls and women
back then. Title IX (legislation prohibiting
discrimination based on sex in programs in
schools, including sports) was just passed in
1972. Women couldn’t legally have an abor-
tion in many states until the Supreme Court
ruled in Roe. v. Wade in 1973. Women had
to be tough as nails if they hoped to enter a
profession such as the law or the clergy. My
Dad, who was a vet, encountered ridicule
from some of his professional colleagues
when he hired a woman to join his veteri-
nary practice.
In 1973, women’s tennis had only been
considered professional for three years.
Before that, women tennis players were
paid as amateurs — though they were as
skillful as their male counterparts. When
King accepted Riggs’ challenge (after
Riggs said the place for women was not
the tennis court but the kitchen and bed-
room), she was fighting for women not
only in sports, but in all areas of life. When
King defeated Riggs it was the victory felt
around the world. Men, women, boys and
girls saw what women could do. “You see
that?” my Dad said to me, after King wal-
loped Riggs, “don’t listen to guys who’ll
steer you wrong! Girls can do anything!”
“I like the idea of playing for some-
one else besides myself,” King says in the
“American Masters” film.
Thank you for playing for all of us, Billie
Jean King.
‘You see that? Girls can do anything!’
New rules would
mandate ‘waiting period’
for tattoos, piercings
Another bewildering instance of D.C.
government regulatory overreach became
the talk of the town last Friday. When the As-
sociated Press offered it up as national news
later in the day, District officials once again
became the messengers of an unselfcon-
scious citizen-as-imbecile perspective and
symbols of an unabashed government-as-
goddess proclivity.
Hot off the presses were proposed
D.C. Department of Health rules gov-
erning skin tattoo and body piercing
businesses. Buried in a lengthy 66-
page head-hurting avalanche of regu-
lations, one provision garnered atten-
tion. The agency had determined that
a “waiting period” be instituted requir-
ing that all adults delay a day before
being allowed to get a tattoo or have
their body pierced.
“The licensee or operator of a body
art establishment shall ensure that no
tattoo artist applies any tattoo to a cus-
tomer until after twenty-four (24) hours
have passed since the customer first re-
quested the tattoo,” the edict specifies,
also applying to piercings. The inevitable
compliance paperwork and signature-
confirmed time-stamped filing forms
would undoubtedly follow.
“The District may be giving New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nanny
state a run for its money,” was the top-line
assessment of Washington City Paper re-
porting on the announcement. In fact, only
a very few small towns scattered around the
country require anything similar, with nary a
like law among cities.
Washington would be instituting the
most prohibitive rules governing tattoos
and piercings in the country.
Surely there must have been a rash
of controversial consumer incidents or a
series of harmful health-related catastro-
phes to warrant such intrusion. Perhaps
widespread remorse by now-complaining
customers caused by unscrupulous artists
and technicians utilizing magically seduc-
tive powers of persuasion.
Nope.
All it took was discovery by D.C. Coun-
cil members, still trumpeted by Commit-
tee on Health Chair Yvette Alexander,
that local service purveyors were merely
subject to standard business licensing,
operating and tax regulations — result-
ing in passage of the Regulation of Body
Artists and Body Art Establishments Act.
Rankled legislators deployed city agency
regulators tasked with developing special
rules governing the small number of art-
ists and parlors in the District. The result
was all too predictable.
Instructing bureaucrats to behave
as hammers in search of a nail is akin to
unleashing them with magnets in a hard-
ware store.
It’s not even the stereotypic drunk-as-a-
sailor what-is-this-thing-on-my-butt morn-
ing-after reaction that worries them. Busi-
nesses don’t object to banning body artistry
or flesh piercings for clients impaired by in-
toxication, already a professional practices
guideline observed by vendors.
No, government functionaries are at-
tempting to outlaw regret.
The all-too-intrinsic paternalistic zeal for
regulation among D.C. lawmakers and of-
ficials was most nakedly embodied in a
statement defending the rule by Health
Department spokesperson Najma Roberts,
reported by the Washington Post. Roberts
declared that those seeking tattoos or pierc-
ings “can’t be responsible for themselves
… We’re making sure when that decision is
made that you’re in the right frame of mind,
and you don’t wake up in the morning …
saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’”
Government apparently knows best
what’s good for us — whether we want,
need or like it.
Never-mind that walk-in clients consti-
tute half of business volume, with revenue
impact expected to be significant. Cus-
tomer decisions, however, are not typically
spontaneous. Given the popularity of both
services among gay and lesbian residents,
the community is well aware of the com-
monplace advance consideration and de-
liberative artistic planning involved.
Owners have indicated their busi-
nesses won’t remain financially viable or
be able to meet overhead under such
restrictions. Relocation to neighboring
Virginia or Maryland in order to survive is
the obvious business solution. Otherwise,
customers might go there ahead of them
seeking convenience.
What we really need is protection
from the type of regulatory ridiculous-
ness that has become so commonplace
as to only capture public attention when
most outlandish.
We’ll love or hate our own choices, thank
you very much, without interference. Please
step aside.
washingtonblade.com
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Body art: All the markings of D.C. regulatory pain
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and
community business advocate. Follow on Twitter: @
MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@
gmail.com.
Kathi Wolfe is a writer, poet and regular
contributor to the Blade. She can be reached
through this publication.
Don’t prejudge position
on alcohol license ban
By BILLY SIMPSON
In Mark Lee’s opinion piece on Sept.
6, he wrote an assessment of alcohol
license moratoriums that included the
following assertions:
“It appears that the advisory neigh-
borhood group for the namesake Ad-
ams Morgan of epithetic nomenclature
is again likely to refuse shedding its nay-
saying notoriety. The odds are long that
they will ask the city to terminate a 14-
year alcohol-license ban when it expires
next April, despite plethoric negative
effects on community business devel-
opment … It is expected that, at best,
only modest revisions will be advanced
for city agency consideration.”
As the chair of the Advisory Neigh-
borhood Commission 1C, the “advi-
sory neighborhood group” for Adams
Morgan that you reference, I defy Lee
to provide to Blade readers any facts in
his possession that he believes support
these statements.
To my knowledge, neither the com-
mission itself, nor any of our eight com-
missioners, has said or done anything
that could possibly lead Lee to draw
these conclusions, or any conclusion
about what we might or might not
do. We have been completely neutral
in our approach and we are seeking to
have a thoughtful community discussion
on the topic over the months ahead.
Once that public process has run its
course, it may turn out that we end up
seeking to extend the Adams Morgan
moratorium. Or it may turn out that we
end up not seeking to extend the Ad-
ams Morgan moratorium. Or it may turn
out that we end up seeking to extend
parts of the moratorium, not seeking to
extend others, and seeking to make ad-
justments to yet others.
I don’t know and neither does Lee.
He is entitled to have whatever opin-
ions he wishes concerning the pros or
cons of moratoriums. But he is not en-
titled to fabricate assertions about what
our Commission is or isn’t likely to do.
We have a talented and dedicated
group of commissioners. We put in a
tremendous amount of work and effort
to take fair and informed decisions on
every matter that comes before us.
Whatever determination we ultimately
make with respect to the Adams Morgan
moratorium will carefully and thought-
fully take into account all viewpoints. In
that context, the thing that particularly
angered me about the assertions Lee
made concerning our commission is that
their primary effect will be to inflame the
public discussion. Our commissioners
put in way too many volunteer hours try-
ing to promote constructive and respect-
ful community dialogue to deserve to be
made subject to that.
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Whatever determination we ultimately
make with respect to the Adams Morgan
moratorium will carefully and thoughtfully
take into account all viewpoints.
Unfair judgments about Adams Morgan ANC
BILLY SIMPSON is chair of Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 1C.
The following were submitted as letters to the
editor. Submit letters to knaff@washblade.com
or join the discussion at washingtonblade.com.
To the Editor:
Thank you for publishing Dave Pur-
dy’s Aug. 8 article, “The Sex Addiction
Epidemic.” I am writing on behalf of
several gay men in the D.C. area who
are recovering from sexual addiction.
As Purdy states, there is considerable
stigma attached to this disease. (For
that reason, I have chosen not to sign
this and to remain anonymous.)
Purdy does a great service by high-
lighting the work of Dr. Patrick Carnes,
who has devoted much of his life to
shedding light on this issue. He and his
colleagues have been instrumental in
bringing sexual addiction into the main-
stream. This has led to more treatment
options, a growing number of therapists
and counselors working in this field,
more literature on the topic and an ex-
plosion of self-help and 12-step groups.
There has also been heightened inter-
est within the LGBT community. Not too
long ago, many of us in recovery found
ourselves in situations where our sexual
addiction turned our lives upside down,
creating financial turmoil, destroying
relationships and leading to negative
health and legal consequences. Purdy
is correct when he describes how easy it
is to access sexual content online or to
hook up with a Smart Phone. However,
many of us who used the Internet and
phones to look for sex now use these
same tools to heal from our addiction. By
acknowledging our addictive patterns
and finding new ways of living, many of
us have been able to break out of the
chaos and isolation. We are healing our
shattered lives, one day at a time.
To those of you in the D.C. area who
are struggling with sexual addiction, we
want you to know that there is a commu-
nity – including many gay men – whose
lives have been positively changed as a
result of recovery from sexual addiction.
Recovery is truly only a click away.
— A grateful recovering
sex addict in D.C.
To the Editor:
As the Blade reported last week, ac-
tor Wentworth Miller came out as gay
in a letter condemning the way Russia
is treating LGBT people. He signed it
as a member of HRC, GLAAD and The
ManKind Project. MKP is an interna-
tional organization of men dedicated
to healing themselves, supporting each
other and working to create a safer and
more compassionate world. We do that
through a powerful weekend retreat,
the New Warrior Training Adventure
(NWTA), and ongoing men’s circles.
I joined the Project in 2005 and am
grateful for how it has equipped me to
move past my shame and victimhood,
love myself, and embrace my power as
a man. I’ve found men who challenge
and support me. We are a brother-
hood: if Wentworth came to D.C., he’d
be welcome (like any other out-of-town
brother) at our circles.
Although MKP is mostly straight, it
values and embraces gay, bi, trans and
questioning men. One way is by offer-
ing special “gateway” NWTAs, where
most of the staff and participants are
GBTQ. We are about to have our second
mid-Atlantic gateway NWTA on Oct. 11-
13 in the Charles Town, W.Va., area.
If you want what Wentworth and I
have, please contact me (rmarksftc@
yahoo.com) or check out Mankindpride.
org or mkp.org. Or come to an open
circle on Monday Sept. 16 or 30, 7-9:30
p.m., in the Convention Center area,
and/or an open house on Monday Sept.
23 at 7:30 p.m., at Cedar Lane Unitarian
Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda.
—Randy Marks, Takoma Park
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A lot has happened for Jason &
deMarco since we last heard from them.
Now based just outside of Nashville
in Franklin, Tenn., the singing duo —
partners on stage and off — have gotten
married, moved, started a family and are
figuring out how to have a good work-life
balance while maintaining a music career.
The fall leg of their “Celebrating
Diversity Tour” kicks off in their new
hometown on Sept. 27. They’ll be in
Washington on Oct. 4 for a show at
Metropolitan Community Church and also have stops planned for Hagerstown,
Md. (Oct. 5) and Frederick and Bethesda, Md. (Oct. 6). We caught up with them
last week by phone. Their comments have been slightly edited for length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: Why the Nashville area after five years living in
Houston? Were you hoping to get closer to the music biz?
JASON WARNER: Ironically it wasn’t so much the city, although obviously that’s a
great thing, but it’s just a sense that everything we were involved in there had some
closure to it. We had the babies, we’d been working on staff at a church there and
there was just a sense that we’d done everything we’d been able to do there. We’d
actually been looking at Austin … but we’d always loved Tennessee in general and
just decided on here even though we hadn’t really thought of it initially.
BLADE: So many singers live in Franklin. Do you see them around?
JASON: Yeah, we’ve run into a few … but there’s so many here, I think for most
people there’s kind of a respect and a sense of keeping your distance when you
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With ‘Laramie,’ ‘Torch’ and ‘Gypsy,’
season rife with gay themes
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
This fall’s local theater offerings are
a particularly promising blend of old
and new, several of which have LGBT
appeal. Here’s an overview.
Fifteen years after Matthew Shepard’s
death, Ford’s Theatre (fordstheatre.org)
is presenting an anniversary production
of gay playwright Moisés Kaufman’s “The
Laramie Project” (Sept. 27-Oct. 27).
Kaufman’ powerfully affecting ensemble
piece gives insight into the community’s
response to the 1998 brutal murder
of Shepard, a young gay man living in
Laramie, Wyo. Matthew Gardiner (who is
gay) directs. Local stalwart Holly Twyford
(also gay) is in the cast.
Studio Theatre (studiotheatre.org)
opens its season with the bittersweet
comedy “Torch Song Trilogy” staged
by Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre
Company’s gay artistic director) and
starring the sensational Brandon Uranowitz
as Arnold, a caustically funny drag queen
who refuses to give up on his longings for
love and commitment. Penned by gravelly
voiced gay icon Harvey Fierstein (who
created the show’s lead character Arnold
on Broadway in 1981), “Torch Song” can
feel a little dated around the edges, but its
central issues of relationships, authenticity
and family never go stale. The cast includes
local actor Alex Mills, who is gay, as Arnold’s
younger love interest.
At Rep Stage (repstage.org) in
Columbia, Md., the season opens
with Horton Foote’s “A Young Lady
of Property” (Sept. 11-29), directed
by Michael Stebbins, who’s gay. Set
in a small Texas town, it deals with a
young woman struggling to hold on to
the house that her late mother left her.
Following Foote’s sentimental drama is
gay playwright Doug Wright’s powerful
Pulitzer Prize winning “I am My Own
Wife” (Oct. 30-Nov. 17), a compelling
solo show about Charlotte von
Mahlsdorf, a German transsexual who
survives the Nazis and the East German
secret police. Stebbins will swap out his
director’s hat for an actor’s to play the
demanding part of Charlotte.
Olney Theatre Center (olneytheatre.org)
is presenting New York’s critically acclaimed
BEDLAM Theatre in rotating repertory.
Productions include Shakespeare’s
“Hamlet” (through Oct. 20) and George
Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” (also through
Oct. 20). Both directed by Eric Tucker.
After BEDLAM’s take on the classics,
Olney’s gay artistic director Jason
Loewith is staging Steven Dietz’s
“Rancho Mirage” (Sept. 26-Oct. 20), a
tale of three seemingly well-adjusted
couples who at a dinner party decide
to stop fronting and get honest. Dietz
is best known for “Lonely Planet,” an
intriguing exploration of the AIDS crisis
as experienced by two gay men from
within the confines of a quiet map shop
set in an unnamed big city.
Taffety Punk Theatre Company
(taffetypunk.com) presents the
Riot Grrrls’ all-woman version of
Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”
(Sept. 27-Oct. 26), featuring Isabelle
Anderson in the title role. Lisa Bruneau
directs. In the past, the Riot Grrrls have
successfully pulled off testosterone free
takes on “Romeo and Juliet,” “Julius
Caesar,” and more from the Bard’s
canon. It’s the Grrrls’ credo that “a great
actress can play a great role, regardless
if it’s male or female.”
Longtime Washington favorite director
John Vreeke is staging Round House
Theatre’s (roundhouse.org) area premiere
production of “The Lyons” (Nov. 27-Dec.
22), a savagely funny family comedy by
gay playwright Nicky Silver. At Woolly
Mammoth (woollymammoth.net), Vreeke
(who is gay) is also directing Lisa D’Amour’s
“Detroit” (through Oct. 6), a comic
takedown of the suburban dream. The cast
of local favorites includes Emily Townley,
Michael Willis, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey,
Tim Getman and Danny Gavigan.
Arena Stage (arenastage.org) opens
its season with Eric Coble’s two-hander
“Velocity of Autumn” (through Oct. 20)
starring the great Estelle Parsons (“Bonnie
and Clyde; she played gay on “Roseanne”)
and gay actor Stephen Spinella who
created the part of Prior Walter, a gay
character with AIDS, in Tony Kushner’s
seminal “Angels in America.” An intense
90 minutes, Coble’s play focuses on the
relationship of a middle-aged son who
returns to his mother’s home after a 20-year
estrangement to help her deal with some
potentially explosive old age issues.
Exciting things are happening at
the National Theatre (thenationaldc.
com). The season opens with the world
premiere of “If/Then” (Nov. 11-Dec. 8),
a romantic musical about a woman on
the cusp of middle age, who returns
to New York City where she deals
with love and the unexpected. It stars
Idina Menzel who famously created
the part of the green witch Elphaba in
Broadway’s “Wicked.”
“If/Then” reunites Menzel with Tom Kitt
(music), Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), and
Michael Greif (director), the same creative
team behind the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony
Award-winning musical “Next to Normal.”
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By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
So you’re dreaming, maybe, of a
wedding coming up. Maybe it’s yours,
or you can live vicariously through the
pages of several great books on gay
marriage that are out this year.
“Lawfully Wedded Husband” by
Joel Derefner (University of Wisconsin
Press) is a rompishly fun book about
wooing and cooing, chapel bells,
wedded bliss and all that comes with
it — and more, including a reality show.
Didn’t I say it was fun?
And then there’s “Lawfully Wedded
Wives,” edited by Nona Caspers
and Joell Hallowell (Spuyten Duyvil,
spuytenduyvil.net). In this book, you’ll
read a series of vignette-interviews
from lesbians who fell in love and took
the plunge. This book is huge and lush
with page after page of dual tales,
each speaking to the romantic and the
practical-minded, both. Each story is also
filled with love and happiness — and
if you need some great ideas for your
own wedding, check out the beautiful
pictures that accompany each chapter.
Local lesbian poet Kathi Wolfe has a
new collection out called “The Green
Light” from Finishing Line Press. She’ll
read selections at Busboys & Poets (2021
14
th
Street, N.W.) on Sunday from 5-7 p.m.
(bosboysandpoets.com) and at the Nora
School (955 Sligo Ave. in Silver Spring, Md.)
on Thursday. Details at nora-school.org.
Coming out to your family may have
been easy, or it may have been difficult. In
“My Brother My Sister” by film critic Molly
Haskell (Viking), the author tells the story
of her brother who reveals his long-time
angst: he’s a woman trapped in a man’s
body and at 60-something, he decides to
make things right by going through the
process to become the woman he knows
he’s always been. This is a book about
trans history and transsexuals in Western
culture, but that’s not all. There’s grief and
confusion, dealing with memories and
plenty of open-hearted learning; and a
story about coming to accept the people
you love, all told from the point of view
of a family member who watches this
transformation.
Who can resist a good scare? Not
you, especially when the nights get
longer and darker, so you’ll want to look
for “This House is Haunted” by John
Boyne (Other Press), which will be out
just in time for Halloween.
Boyne, author of my absolute all-time
favorite books (“The Absolutist”) goes
classic here with a proper British nanny
who’s hired to tend two children living
in a large (and remote!) estate. The kids
are creepy, there are no adults around
and there’s something watching her
— or, at least, there’s something very
malevolent lurking around.
Knowing what it is will require some
sleuthing — some “don’t-open-that-
door” kind of sleuthing, which means
you shouldn’t read this book alone. Or
in the dark. Or on a stormy night.
Sometimes, all you want is comfort
reading (kind of like literary comfort food,
if you will) and for that, reach back to
“When Women Were Warriors – Book
1: The Warrior’s Path” by Catherine M.
Wilson, as read by Janis Ian (Dog Ear
Audio). This is the story of a young woman
who follows in the footsteps of her
mother, her mother’s mother and many of
the women in her family who’ve gone to
war. The girl, Tamras, begins by becoming
a warrior’s apprentice.
Legend has it that Janis Ian loved
this book. When Wilson found out, she
met Ian and the rest is herstory. “When
Women Were Warriors” was released
in 2008, but this fresh audio take on the
ages-old story of warfare and wisdom will
surely come as a welcome fall surprise for
brand-new fans of this series.
So go ahead and admit it: you’re
positively gleeful on “Glee” nights. And
that’s why you’ll want to look for “Drama
High” by Michael Sokolove (Riverhead
Books). This is the story of a real-life
high school theater company and their
teacher, Lou Volpe; his life, his 40 years
of teaching and the thousands of kids
he’s directed in plays that arguably
rival that of Broadway. Going further,
Sokolove — one of Volpe’s former
students — follows a small group of
high school actors through one year on
the stage and behind the scenes.
And finally, if you’re looking for a
gift for yourself or if you really want
to impress someone, then look for
something a little different from the
publishing house of Bruno Gmunder.
The classic photography of David Vance
is profiled in “Men and Gods,” due out
in November, and it will surely give you
some religion. Or if you’re looking for
something with a little more action, look
for “Tie Me Up! The Complete Guide
to Bondage” by Stephan Niederwieser,
which also includes how-tos, suggestions
for tools to use and a guide for putting
aside your inhibitions. And “Beards:
An Unshaved History” by Kevin Clarke
offers a history of facial hair from the gay
perspective, and shows how hot a beard
can make a man.
Another interesting coffee table book
is the lavishly illustrated “2013 Best of
Gay Erotic Art: Capolavoro di Uomo:
Masterpiece of Man.” It’s $69.95 and
available at capolavoroart.com.
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At the time of my attack I was living as a pauper, specifcally a
forist’s assistant, twenty-two and a year out of college. I must have
seemed an easy prey that night by comparison to those kids, me a
dandy in my chinos and loafers. My intent for appearance, not that
I was aware of one, would have been another slant altogether: an
oversized button-down to shield my vanilla-plump self. If anything,
slumped in the shadows of the bar, I’m sequestered in the camoufage
of a voyeur, a plainclothesman, the very opposite of the prevailing,
ofen outlandish gear. Black jeans tight as pantyhose, the orchestrated
basket about as normal on a guy as the thimble-sized nipples.
Clamps, Tex says, they use to balloon them the better to twist and
shout. Squeamish at squashing a bug, at such a notion I finch.
But golly I’m enjoying the show. Notice me! and I do. I hope they
are having the fun I can almost share by proxy. Not a nelly in sight,
it’s all suave smoking, long exhales. Te blue chambray shirts on men
whose pecs are not gym-pumped are sometimes unbuttoned to the
navel. Now to me that’s sexy, advertising carefree dash more than
muscle. Muscle you can make, as does Tex. Dash, nurtured or a gif of
nature, I can only speculate.
Drinking it in from a quiet dusty corner, I’m washed with relief.
Zero chance of a stranger approaching me has an upside. I am free to
observe, especially the sad-sacks, the ones in studded black leather
wrist bands and chunky dull silver jewelry—skulls and crossbones,
or the blokes with the odd tattoo in those days, nattering about Oscar
nominations or hair dyes, men with skinny arms or pock-marked
foreheads or yellowed teeth achingly adrif from their outfts. I feel
sorry for them. Schadenfraude. Makes me a mite taller.
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Many disciplines represented
in season’s dance offerings
By JONATHAN HOWARD
There’s always a wide variety of dance
performances in Washington and this
fall is no different. Here are just a few of
the dance offerings hitting the stage in
the District this fall.
Gay-led dance outfit Dakshina/
Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company
(dakshina.org) hosts its 10th annual
Fall Festival of Indian Arts Sept. 20-22
and Sept. 27-28. Each performance
features a headlining artist as well as an
opening artist. Guest artists from India
include Leela Samson and Sadanam
Balakrishnan, Astad Deboo and Madhavi
Mudgal and Dancers. All performances
will take place at The Shakespeare
Theater (610 F Street N.W.).
On Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29
at 4 p.m., Dance Place hosts the Latin
Sizzle Festival at the Atlas Performing
Arts Center (1333 H Street N.E.).
Performances include D.C. Casineros,
Furia Flamenca and Maru Montero
Dance Company. General admission
tickets purchased in advance are $25
or $30 at the door, For tickets and more
information, go to atlasarts.org.
The Velocity D.C. Dance Festival
(velocitydc.org) kicks off its fifth year Oct.
10 at the Shakespeare Theater Company’s
Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street N.W.).
Velocity D.C. is presented in a fast paced
gala format of movement, music and
spoken word. All main stage evening
performances are preceded by RAMP!-to-
Velocity; this series brings up-and-coming
dancers, established choreographers
and audiences together in an informal
setting. Tickets are available through the
Shakespeare Theater company box office
for as little as $18.
Gay helmed VT Dance/ Vincent
Thomas performs at Velocity D.C.
Dance Festival on Oct. 10-12.
Choreographer Susan Marshall brings
her new work “Play/Pause” to the
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (2700 F
Street N.W.) from Oct. 29-31. The piece
couples her structured choreography
with the seductiveness of pop music
in an effort to explore our relationship
with the media we consume everyday.
Tickets are available starting at $36 at
kennedy-center.org.
Starting Oct. 30 and continuing
through Nov. 3, The Washington Ballet
offers “Giselle.” Under the leadership of
gay artistic director Septime Webre, they
will be taking on one of the world’s most
beautiful and technically difficult ballets.
The performances will take place at The
Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater
(2700 F Street N.W.). Tickets start at $25.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs
with the Kennedy Center Opera House
Orchestra from Nov. 6-10. Suzanne
Farrell was George Balanchine’s
favorite muse and she continues to
share her deep understanding of the
late choreographers work through the
Kennedy Center’s own ballet company.
Tickets are available starting at $29 at
kennedy-center.org.
The New Adventures, led by Matthew
Bourne, will perform “Sleeping
Beauty” at the Kennedy Center Opera
House (2700 F Street N.W.) November
12-17. The New Adventures recently
celebrated 25 years of performances
and have presented pieces like
“Cinderella,” “Dorian Gray,” “Edward
Scissorhands” and Bourne’s most
renowned work “Swan Lake.” Tickets
are available starting at $30.
Gay dancer and choreographer Dana
Tai Soon Burgess and his company
perform at the National Portrait Gallery
(Eighth and F Streets N.W.) on Nov. 16,
where the company will be in residency
until July 2014. For additional information
call the National Portrait Gallery at 202-
633-1000 or visit dtsbdc.org.
At the end of the fall season, Dance
Place hosts its Modern Moves Festival
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333
H Street N.E.) on Jan. 4 and 5, 2014.
This festival will feature 12 world-class
contemporary dance companies each
with a different point of view. Some of
the companies include VT Dance/Vincent
Thomas, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Bowen
McCauley Dance and gay-helmed Daniel
Burkholder/The PlayGround.
As always Dance Place has a full
schedule of events slated for fall. For
more information or a full listing of fall
performances visit danceplace.com. Until
February Dance Place performances will
be held at various theatres as Dance
Place expands and renovates.
PHOTO BY STEVE VACCARIELLO; COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON BALLET
Production photo of ‘Giselle,’ which opens Oct. 30 at Washington Ballet.
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Great Performances at Mason
Fall 2013
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Laura Benanti
Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
“…one of the most beautiful voices in musical theater.”
(New York Times) Tony-award winning (Gypsy) Laura
Benanti (Te Wedding Singer, Swing!, Into the Woods)
presents a lovely evening of sensational showstoppers
and emotional ballads. $40, $55, $70
Aquila Theatre
Twelfth Night
Friday, October 4 at 8 p.m.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies; a hilarious
tale of love flled with shipwrecks, illusions, disguises,
and deception. Aquila Teatre bring the Bard’s poetry
to life in a delightful production that includes an
original musical score. $22, $36, $44
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Sunday, October 6 at 4 p.m.
Included: Serenade in E minor by Elgar, Dvořák’s
carefree Serenade for Strings, and Shostakovich’s
dark Chamber Symphony followed by the contrasting
masterpiece by Bach, Contrapunctus No. 1 from Te
Art of the Fugue. $25, $42, $50
Virginia Opera
Falstaf
Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.
Verdi’s fnal opera–a pure comic gem! Falstaf
loves the ladies, but they don’t love him back and,
unsurprisingly, complications ensue…. Sung in Italian
with English supertitles.
Friday, $44, $72, $86 Sunday, $48, $80, $98
Mariza
Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m.
With her hauntingly beautiful voice and luminous
stage presence, Mariza “is remaking fado’s ancient
sadness into a majestic modern sound.” (Rolling Stone)
$23, $38, $46
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Hungarian Rhapsody
Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m.
Don’t miss the live music and the dancing, the
acrobatics, and the grace and passion that Te
Washington Post called a “Forceful, tasteful…
presentation of ethnic expression.” $23, $38, $46 ff

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m.
“Lubovitch’s choreography shines…. (Dance
Magazine) Program includes Transparent Tings,
Crisis Variations, Segundo (a Washington, D.C. area
premiere), and more. $23, $38, $46
L.A. Theatre Works
The Graduate
Friday, November 1 at 8 p.m.
Tis funny and memorable story is brought to the
stage by America’s premiere radio theater company,
which has been hailed as a “national theatrical
treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
$22, $36, $44
Sir James Galway
with the Irish Chamber Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Lady Jeanne Galway, fute
Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
Program includes Harty’s fantasy for fute, In Ireland,
Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, Hammond’s Carolan
Variations, and also features Mozart’s “Jupiter”
Symphony. $37.50, $67, $75
Parsons Dance
Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m.
“David Parsons is a whiz at whipping up entertaining
dances.” (Te New York Post) Few dance companies
can match the sheer joy and exuberance conveyed by
this internationally renowned ensemble.
$23, $38, $46
World Blues
Featuring Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, and Deva
Mahal with Fredericks Brown
Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m.
Taj Mahal “has about the deepest and widest roots of
any popular music performer today.” (Te New York
Times) All music lovers should experience this night of
inspired music-making.
$23, $38, $46 ff

Washington Symphonic Brass
From Bach to Classic Rock
Sunday, November 17 at 4 pm.
Enjoy this extraordinary program that will take you
from music originally played in powdered wigs to music
meant to be played with black t-shirts and pyrotechnics.
It will change the way you think about brass!
$22, $36, $44 ff

SITI Company
Café Variations
Anne Bogart, artistic director
Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m.
“Unabashedly romantic…a series of vivid and visceral
explorations of life, love, and identity [that] cast
Gershwin classics in a new light.” (Boston Globe)
$22, $36, $44
Shanghai Ballet
The Butterfy Lovers
Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m.
La Sylphide
Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m.
With lovely sets and choreography, this classical ballet
company from China performs two spellbinding
ballets of love, loss, and the heart’s unending search
for true love.
Saturday, $28, $48, $56 ff

Sunday, $28, $48, $56 ff

Chanticleer
A Chanticleer Christmas
Saturday, November 30 at 8 p.m.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary season! Chanticleer’s
popular Christmas celebration is a sign that the holiday
season has truly begun. $25, $42, $50
Virginia Opera
The Magic Flute
Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
A magnifcent work, it was Mozart’s fnal opera,
premiering just three months before his death, and is
as popular today as it was when it was frst performed.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
Friday, $44, $72, $86 Saturday, $48, $80, $98
Vienna Boys Choir
Christmas in Vienna
Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m.
Winning the hearts of the world with their purity of
tone and charming presence, the “Boys” present a
heartwarming evening of music for the entire family
to enjoy. $25, $42, $50 ff

Mariachi Laos Camperos de Nati Cano
Fiesta Navidad
Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m.
Tis Grammy-winning Mexican mariachi ensemble
presents a rollicking holiday celebration with
traditional Mexican and American carols, spirited
dancing, and a joyful sing-along.
$25, $42, $50 f
Eileen Ivers
An Irish Christmas – An Nollaig
Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m.
If you’re not feeling it yet, Eileen Ivers will get you
into the Christmas spirit with favorite Celtic holiday
tunes, lively step-dancing, and tales of Irish Christmas
traditions. $25, $42, $50 ff

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Ferrick, Lauper, Pink and more
among upcoming shows
By ERIN DURKIN
From the biggest names in pop to the
best and brightest of D.C.’s local LGBT
talent, the fall concert season is nothing
if not eclectic.
For starters, in case you missed the
show here last year at about this time,
Madonna’s “MDNA World Tour”
concert DVD released in multiple
formats this week.
Sonia Rutstein and her band
Disappear Fear release their album
“Broken Film” with a world release
concert on Sept. 17 at Creative Alliance
at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.,
Baltimore). This will be Rutstein’s 17th
album in her 25-year career of writing
and performing songs about important
issues of the heart and of society.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at
the door. For more information, visit
creativealliance.org.
Lesbian singer Melissa Ferrick makes
two stops to the District this fall on her
CD release tour of “the truth is.” She’s
with with Catie Curtis (also a lesbian)
at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G
St., N.W.) on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets
are $25. Ferrick will return to the 9:30
Club (815 V St., NW) on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
where she will appear with Ani DiFranco.
Tickets are $40. Visit melissaferrick.com
for more information.
The Birchmere’s SpeakeasyDC
show features gay comedian Chelsea
Shorte on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Birchmere Music Hall (3701 Mount
Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.). In her act,
Shorte shares her story about evolving
from a closeted comedian to finding
her authentic voice. Tickets are $20. For
more information, visit birchmere.com
Raven’s Night returns the Birchmere
(3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria,
Va.) on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. to celebrate
the sexy trick or treats of Halloween.
The evening includes an All Hallows
Eve Carnival, which is a flashback to
World’s Fairs, a Salon Lunaire Concert
and a Cabaret Macabre Belly Dance
Show. Tickets are $25. For details, visit
birchmere.com.
Gay duo and Capital Pride vets Jason
& DeMarco come to Metropolitan
Community Church of Washington (474
Ridge St., N.W.) on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. as a
part of their tour “Celebrating Diversity”
to commemorate their 10 years
together as well as welcoming twin boys
into their lives. The group will perform
in several venues around Maryland
throughout the month of October. This
performance is free but a $20 donation
is suggested. For more information, visit
jasonanddemarco.com.
The Choral Arts Society of
Washington kicks off a new season with
its show “Legacy and Life,” featuring
performances of Steven Stucky’s
“Take Him, Earth” and Giuseppe Verdi
“Requiem,” on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The
society will also bring in the holiday
season with “An Enchanted Christmas”
on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All performances
will be at the Kennedy Center (2700
F St., N.W.). There are several ticket
packages as well as individual tickets
from $54-$141. Visit kennedy-center.org
for more information.
Cyndi Lauper, LGBT rights activist,
comes to the Warner Theatre (513 13th
St., N.W.) on her “She’s So Unusual Tour”
on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. She’s celebrating the
30th anniversary of her landmark debut
album this year and, as on the spring leg,
will perform the album in its entirety with
an encore devoted to newer hits. Tickets
are $33-$73. For more information, visit
warnertheatredc.com.
Pink returns to the Verizon Center
(601 F St., N.W.) on Nov. 24 at 7:30
p.m. as part of her “Truth About Love
Tour.” This tour takes the name from
her sixth studio album, with “Just Give
Me a Reason” adding to her Top 10
hits overall. Tickets are $50-$142. Visit
verizoncenter.com for more details.
To bring in the holiday season, the
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will
have its concert “Sparkle, Jingle, Joy”
with special guest Grammy Award-
winner Matt Alber on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
and Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Lisner
Auditorium (730 21st St., N.W.). Tickets
are $25-$50. For details about the shows
or for subscription information for the
upcoming season, visit gmcw.org.
Gay-friendly church First Baptist
(1328 16th Street, N.W.) is celebrating
the installation of its massive new
five-manual pipe organ with a host of
recitals. Resident organist Lon Schreiber
gives the inaugural recital Sunday at
4 p.m. Ken Cowan plays on Oct. 20,
Christopher Houlihan on Nov. 24 and a
special event is planned for the evening
of Halloween as well. Visit firstbaptistdc.
org for details.
Speaking of organists, queer
virtuoso Cameron Carpenter will
make a special appearance on the
new Rubenstein Family Organ at the
Kennedy Center (2700 F Street, N.W.)
for the season-opening ball of the
National Symphony Orchestra on Sept.
29. He’s back for a solo recital Oct. 16
(kennedy-center.org).
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Music in the air
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With Cher, Elton, Pink Martini
and Icona Pop ready to go,
Sept. 24 may be music’s gayest
release day ever
By RYAN ROSADO
Get ready for some major diva action
this fall — from legends like Cher and
Elton to red-hot-at-the-moment Icona
Pop, this fall’s album releases should
pack some major aural wallop.
Gloria Estefan returns with her
latest offering “The Standards,” which
dropped this week. Estefan takes on
The Great American Songbook this
time around, experimenting with jazz
and soulful classics. Listen for guest
work from gay sax man Dave Koz.
Gay staple Goldfrapp also has an
album out this week, “Tales of Us,” which
finds the group returning to its ambient
down-tempo sound featured on their
debut album, “Felt Mountain.” Their most
conceptual LP to date, “Tales of Us” leads
off with the melodic ballad single “Drew.”
Sheryl Crow released “Feels Like
Home” this week. It’s being billed as her
most country-influenced album to date.
Gay singer, activist and feminist Sonia
Rutstein and Disappear Fear release their
17th album “Broken Film” on Sept. 17.
Fun/peppy “Be Like You” is the first single.
Cher’s “Closer to the Truth” is out
Sept. 24, her first studio album since
2001’s “Living Proof.” Lead single
“A Woman’s World” hit No. 1 on the
Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart.
The album also features production
from Pink co-writing two tracks and
Timbaland producing one. Scissor
Sisters front man Jake Shears joins her
for duet “Take It Like a man.”
It doesn’t get much gayer than Pink
Martini, the gay-helmed band set to
release “Get Happy” on Sept. 24. Guests
include everyone from the late Phyllis
Diller (on a cover of Charlie Chaplin’s
“Smile” of all things) to the Von Trapps
to regular collaborator Are Shapiro to gay
singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
Capital Pride vets Icona Pop also
have a Sept. 24 project planned —
debut album “This is … Icona Pop,”
which will feature double platinum hit “I
Love It,” second single “All Night” and
nine other cuts from the EDM duo.
The 24th is shaping up to be perhaps
the gayest musical release day in history.
Besides those already mentioned, Elton
John’s “The Diving Board” is also set to
drop that day. Written and recorded in
10 days, expect 12 new songs and three
piano interludes from John who worked
with usual suspects Bernie Taupin and T
Bone Burnett for this first solo album in
seven years.
Sweeping the MTV Video Music
Awards recently by winning the Michael
Jackson Video Vanguard Award and
Video of the Year, Justin Timberlake
is back with “The 20/20 Experience
Pt. 2.” Set for release on Sept. 30.
Timberlake’s fourth full-length LP will
feature collaborations with Jay-Z, Drake
and trademark sounds by Timbaland.
Also making quite the impression at
the VMAs earlier this year was diva in the
making, Miley Cyrus. Her latest offering
“Bangerz” is scheduled to drop on Oct.
8. Along with the summertime top five
smash “We Can’t Stop,” Cyrus’ fourth
disc will feature collaborations with
Britney Spears and Ludacris. Hannah
Montana is all grown up folks.
TLC plans another retrospective, this
time with four new songs, slated to drop
Oct. 15.
Katy Perry returns with her third
studio album “Prism” set for an Oct.
22 release. The lead-off single “Roar”
has already reached No. 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100. Perry’s latest set will
also include a song co-written by 2013
Capital Pride performer Emeli Sandé.
The ferocious diva has revealed her
latest record is “more stripped down”
and won’t contain “any darkness,”
despite a recent divorce.
Gay pop legend Boy George is set to
release his first studio album in 18 years
on Oct. 28. His new disc “This Is What
I Do” includes 12 new tracks produced
by longtime collaborators such as Richie
Stevens and John Themis. George
revealed his new album is a “baggy”
record and “not overproduced.”
After two years of recording, Lady
Gaga remerges also with her third
studio album “Artpop” dropping Nov.
11. “Artpop’s” first single “Applause”
has reached the top 5 on the Billboard
Hot 100 already. The pro-LGBT diva’s
latest offering will feature production by
several DJs including DJ White Shadow,
Madeon and Zedd.
Erasure — Vince Clarke and Andy
Bell — is set to release its new album
“Snow Globe” on Nov. 11 as well.
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Warhol’s clouds, a night
at the opera and LGBT
portraiture among exhibits
By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
The National Museum of Women in
the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) is
showing “Equal Expos ure: Anita Steckel’s
Fight Against Censorship” from Nov.
4-May 9. Steckel, who died last year, was a
feminist artist who caused a scandal in the
‘70s by refusing to censor her exhibition
featuring male and female erotic figures.
The exhibit features personal papers,
photographs and art that represent her
career and her activism.
“American People, Black Light: Faith
Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” is
currently on display. It showcases the
work of Faith Ringgold, who painted art
in direct response to the Civil Rights and
feminist movements. The art represents
people of all backgrounds — black and
white, male and female, rich and poor
— and shows tension that arose from
interracial contact at the time.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for
students and seniors, and free for
museum members and those under 18.
For more information, visit nmwa.org.
“A Night at the Opera,” a 50-item
exhibit of artifacts related to composers
Verdi and Wagner, is on display now
at the Library of Congress in the
Performing Arts Reading Room. It’s up
through Jan. 25. Visit loc.gov for details.
“Portraits of Life: LGBT Stories
of Being” features prominent LGBT
people in photographs at the Pepco
Edison Place Gallery (701 9th Street,
N.W.) in an exhibit presented with
Montgomery College. Visit pepco.com
for details. It runs through Dec. 17.
The Latino GLBT History Project has
a photo exhibit on display at the Mt.
Pleasant Neighborhood Library (3160
16th Street, N.W.) starting Sunday and
running through Oct. 15. “Immigrant
Roots Paving the Way for Today” is the
theme for the group’s eighth annual
Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Celebration,
which culminates with its Heritage
Awards on Sept. 27. The exhibit features
about 40 LGBT Latino/a leaders in black-
and-white photos by Kevin Kenner. The
group is online at latinoglbthistory.org.
Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-
West Highway, Bethesda, Md.) is
showcasing “Text/Message” by Kanika
Sircar, a partner with the Gallery. The
collection includes ceramic vessels
and wall pieces focusing on the visual
impact of writing. The imagery is based
on texts, graffiti and calligraphy layered
together to reference images such as
manuscript pages and envelopes. The
exhibit is open now through Oct. 5
with a reception tonight (Friday) from
6-9 p.m. For more information, visit
waverlystreetgallery.com.
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, Va.) is showcasing “Andy
Warhol: Silver Clouds” for the first time
in the D.C. region, an exhibit on loan
from The Andy Warhol Museum in
Pittsburgh. It is on display now through
Oct. 12. Admission is free. The exhibition
will feature a series of complementary
programs, including the “Night of 1,000
Andys Dance Party” on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Admission to the dance party is $15 in
advance or $18 on the same day. For
more information, visit artisphere.com.
Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th
St., N.W.) is also featuring work by
Andy Warhol as part of the “Modern
and Contemporary Art Since 1945”
collection. The collection is a new
permanent exhibit and features art by
Warhol, Jessica Stockholder and many
other contemporary artists. Admission is
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students,
and free for children under 12. Members
enjoy free admission year-round. For
more information, visit corcoran.org.
The National Building Museum (401
F St., N.W.) will host the Smithsonian
Craft2Wear show from Oct. 25-27.
The weekend-long show will feature
wearable crafts for men and women in all
price ranges. Items sold include jewelry,
shoes, scarves, clothing and handbags.
Admission is $5. The Advance Chance
Party is on Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. and
requires advanced reservation. Tickets
for the party are $50 and include wine
and hors d’oeuvres, music and more.
Some LGBT vendors include
outerwear designer Jeffrey Weiss
(jeffreyweissdesigns.com), scarf and
clothing designers Randy Darwall and
Brian Murphy (randalldarwall.com) and
hat designers Ignatius Creegan & Rod
Givens (ignatiushats.com).
For more information, visit craft2wear.
smithsonian.org.
HEMPHILL (1515 14th St., N.W.) is
celebrating its 20th anniversary with
“Represent,” a gallery that includes
three outstanding works from each
one of the 30 gallery artists. Because
90 pieces are too many to fit into the
space, the content will rotate in regular
intervals, providing a new experience for
returning visitors. The public opening
reception is on Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m.
From then, the exhibit will be open
through Nov. 27. For more information,
visit HemphillFineArts.com.
The Phillips Collection (1600 21st
St., N.W.) is currently featuring “History
in the Making: 100 Years After the
Armory Show,” a celebration of New
York’s controversial 1913 Armory Show.
The show originally included work
by Manet, Monet, Picasso, van Gogh
and Goya. The celebration features
acquisitions made by Phillips Collection
founder Duncan Phillips in the decades
following the show at the Armory. The
exhibit is running now through Dec. 1.
The Phillips Collection is also
showcasing “Ellsworth Kelly: Panel
Paintings 2004-2009” now through Sept.
22. The exhibition falls during Kelly’s
90th birth year and features seven works
consisting of canvases of solid color.
Kelly developed his focus on color and
shape while immersing himself in the art
and architecture of Paris in the late 1940s.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10
for students and seniors, and free
for members and visitors 18 and
under. For more information, visit
PhillipsCollection.org.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York
Ave., N.W.) is showing “Garden Variety”
by Linda Bankerd. The exhibit is a series
of abstract landscapes of scenes from
across the country, from the cheery trees
in Washington to the snowy woods of
the Arizona mountains and back to the
artist’s home of Alexandria.
Touchstone is also showing “ReBirth”
by Janathel Shaw. The show tells a
narrative of a personal journey. Themes
in the collection of sculptures include
the struggle of a young black man
facing racism and the rise of a phoenix.
Both collections are on display until
Sept. 29. For more information, visit
TouchstoneGalleries.com.
Studio Gallery (2108 R St., N.W.)
is showcasing “Barbarella,” by Brian
Williams, an Arlington-based painter.
In the exhibition, the 1968 film was
“brought to life again via Netflix
curating.” The paintings capture the
otherworldly landscapes of the film. The
exhibition runs through Sept. 28.
Studio Gallery will also present
“WildFlowers” by Micheline Klagsbrun.
The collection is inspired by a tale in
Greek mythology. Orchis had a lustful
appetite which ended with him being
torn to pieces and scattered, where he
grew into the first orchids. The exhibition
will run from Oct. 2-26. The run will
include a First Friday Reception on Oct.
4 from 6-8 p.m. and an Artists’ Reception
on Oct. 12 from 4-6 p.m. For more
information, visit StudioGalleryDC.com.
Zenith Gallery (1495 F St., N.W.) is
showcasing “Great Streets: The Urban
Life of D.C.” through Nov. 8. The
exhibition features art capturing the
essence of Washington from a variety
of artists. It celebrates the District’s
creative economy, which is third in the
nation, behind New York City and Los
Angeles. For more information, visit
ZenithGallery.com.
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up everywhere this fall
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
One of the highlights of the fall film
season in Washington is the annual D.C.
Shorts Film Festival (Sept. 19-29).
Under the direction of openly gay
filmmaker Jon Gann, the 10th festival
(dcshorts.com) features 150 movies all
less than 20 minutes long. Films will
be shown in six venues throughout
D.C., Maryland and Virginia and
events include a DIY online festival,
free weekday lunchtime screenings,
free weekend family screenings, a
screenwriting competition and parties
where attendees can mingle with
filmmakers from around the world.
LGBT films in the festival include
the animated “Sufferin’ Till You’re
Straight,” described as Schoolhouse
Rocks meets the Stonewall Riots, “Gay
4 Pay” and “Legal Stranger.”
“Afternoon Delight” opens
today at Landmark’s E Street Cinema
(landmarktheatres.com) and features
out actress Jane Lynch in a film about a
woman’s sexual awakening in a sexless
marriage.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary
of “The Wizard of Oz,” a completely
remastered version of the movie in
IMAX and 3D will open for a limited
engagement on Sept. 20. Producers
promise that the new edition will “create
a unique environment that will make
audiences feel as if they are in the movie.”
Speaking of Old Hollywood, the
series “Joan Crawford: Queen of the
Silver Screen” opens Sept. 23 in the
Helen Hayes Gallery at National Theatre
(thenationaldc.com). It’s free, runs each
Monday through Nov. 25 and features
classics like “Grand Hotel,” “Whatever
Happened to Baby Jane,” “Mildred
Pierce,” Humoresque” and more.
Stuart Blumberg, screenwriter of
the lesbian-themed “The Kids Are All
Right,” makes his directorial debut
with “Thanks for Sharing” (Sept. 20).
A romantic comedy about three men
(Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Josh
Gad) who meet while attending 12-step
meetings for sex addicts, the movie also
features a performance by singer and
actress Alicia “Pink” Moore.
Also on Sept. 20, D.C. fans of openly
gay writer David Sedaris will be treated
to the first film adaptation of the
humorist’s work. Based on Sedaris’
essay “C.O.G.” from his book “Naked,”
the movie tells the story of a pompous
Yale grad named David whose world
is shaken when he travels to Oregon
to pick apples and “see how the other
half lives.” Written and directed by
out filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez,
“C.O.G.” stars openly gay actors
Jonathan Groff (television’s “Glee” and
Broadway’s “Spring Awakening”) and
Dennis O’Hare (television’s “American
Horror Story” and “Take Me Out on
Broadway”). Sedaris is slated to be in
D.C. on Oct. 18 for a performance at the
G.W. Lisner Auditorium.
Marta Cunningham’s moving
documentary “Valentine Road” makes
its HBO debut on Oct. 7. The film
unravels the complicated circumstances
surrounding the 2008 shooting of
eighth grader Larry King at the hands
of his classmate Brandon McInenery
and tells the story of two troubled and
abused teenagers searching for a sense
of belonging.
Fans of Lady Gaga can rejoice when
the pop goddess makes her acting
debut in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete
Kills” on Oct. 11. Gaga appears as La
Chameleón in the sequel to 2010’s
campy “Machete,” part of a star-
studded cast that also includes Cuba
Gooding, Jr. as El Cameleón, Sofia
Vergera (“Modern Family”), Jessica
Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Charlie Sheen
(billed as Carlos Estevez), Mel Gibson
and Danny Trejo as Machete.
Literary biopic meets murder mystery
in “Kill Your Darlings,” slated for national
release on Oct. 16. It’s 1944 in New York
City and the artists who will become
the founding fathers of Beat movement
(Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg,
Ben Foster as William Burroughs and
Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac) meet at
Columbia University and are arrested
as suspects in the murder of David
Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) who has
been stalking their charismatic classmate
Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).
Just in time for Halloween, lesbian
director Kimberly Pierce, the award-winning
creator of “Boys Don’t Cry,” returns to the
big screen with a fresh look at Stephen
King’s classic horror story, “Carrie.” The
script is by openly gay playwright and D.C.
native Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose
wildly diverse career includes Broadway’s
“Spiderman: Turn off the Dark,” the
television series “Glee” and “Big Love,”
the Fantastic Four comics for Marvel and
a comic book adaptation of the Stephen
King novel “The Stand.” Rising star
Chloë Grace Moretz tackles the title role
and queer favorite Julianne Moore plays
Carrie’s abusive mother Margaret White. As
can be expected, Pierce promises to bring
a queer subtext to the well-known story of
high-school bullying, religious repression
and paranormal powers. “Carrie” opens
Oct. 18.
This year, the theme of the Fall Film
Series at Anne Arundel Community
College is “LGBT – Themes and Issues.”
Sponsored by the college’s Women’s
Initiative, the free screenings include
“Small Town Gay Bar,” “Fagbug” and
“XXY.” The schedule is available online
at aacc.edu/women.
Reel Affirmations (oneinten.com) will
offer a variety of LGBT film events this fall.
On Oct. 19, there will be a screening of
“Wildness” by Wu Tsang, a documentary
portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic Los
Angeles bar popular among the city’s
Latin and LGBT communities. Chad
Durnell’s “Birthday Cake,” showing
Nov. 8, is a feature-length follow-up
to the popular short “Groom’s Cake”
and celebrates Daniel and Steven’s first
anniversary and the first birthday of their
baby. Finally, the group will mark World
Aids Day with a day-long HIV/AIDS film
series on Nov. 30.
HIV medications are at the center of
the (loosely) fact-based “Dallas Buyers
Club,” which opens Nov. 1. Matthew
McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof,
a straight, homophobic drug user who
was diagnosed with AIDS. With the help
of Rayon, an HIV-positive transgender
woman played by Jared Leto, he takes on
the FDA and smuggles alternative AIDS
drugs over the border from Mexico.
Finally, a number of fine indie LGBT
movies are slowly making their way
across the country at art houses and
film festivals. Some of these recent
releases include “Big Gay Love,” a
comedy starring the talented Jonathan
Lisecki; “Concussion,” about a lesbian
housewife whose world is changed
when she is hit by a stray baseball; “Out
in the Dark,” about an affair between a
Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer;
and “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a
sizzling lesbian coming-of-age story
from France. Hopefully some of them
will find a venue in D.C. this fall.
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LGBT storylines threaded
through a wide bounty of
returning shows
By SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
Netflix’s hit original series “Orange
is the New Black” continues to be a
popular choice for subscribers and was
renewed for a second season. Set in a
women’s prison, it features many lesbian
relationships and a richly developed
transgender character played by
Laverne Cox.
The “65th Primetime Emmy
Awards” airs Sept. 22 on CBS at 8
p.m. with host Neil Patrick Harris. Top
acting award nominees include Jim
Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and
Zachary Quinto. “30 Rock” is the most
nominated series for its final season.
“Masters of Sex,” starring Lizzy
Caplan and Michael Sheen, premieres
on Showtime on Sept. 29 at 10 p.m.
The two play Virginia Johnson and
Dr. William Masters, researchers who
pioneered the field of human sexuality
from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Toni Collette stars in “Hostages” as a
surgeon ordered by terrorists to kill the
president during surgery in order to save
her family. The show airs on Mondays at
10 p.m. on CBS and premieres Sept. 23.
ABC premieres “Trophy Wife” on
Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Malin
Åckerman stars as the new wife of
Bradley Whitford’s character. She raises
her new stepchildren and deals with her
husband’s ex-wives, played by Marcia
Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins.
On Sept. 10, “American Masters”
profiled Billie Jean King, the first
time an athlete was the subject of the
biographical series. Sept. 20 marks the
40th anniversary of King’s victory in the
“Battle of the Sexes” match.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney star in
“Mom,” a CBS sitcom airing Sept. 23 at
9:30 p.m. Faris plays a single, alcoholic
mom who moves to Napa Valley to
rebuild her life. Janney plays Faris’s
mother.
“Project Runway” is just a few
episodes away from its season 12 finale
on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. This
season features mentor Tim Gunn in a
more active role in the judging process.
“The Newsroom” wraps up its
sophomore season this Sunday. Will,
Mackenzie and the rest of the news
team face the aftermath of “Genoa” as
General David Petraeus’s affair comes to
light during election night coverage. The
season finale airs at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer and Drew
Sidora star in “CrazySexyCool: The TLC
Story,” on VH1. The film premieres on
Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. Surviving TLC members
T-Boz and Chilli served as consultants and
executive producers of the biopic.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
will star in a new VH1 reality show to
premiere in December. “LeAnn &
Eddie” will explore their marriage and
tabloid presence.
Sean Hayes stars in a new NBC sitcom,
“Sean Saves the World.” Hayes plays
a divorced gay dad whose teenage
daughter moves in with him full-time.
Megan Hilty also stars in the show as
Sean’s best friend. Linda Lavin (“Alice”)
also has a role.
Season three of ABC’s “Revenge,”
starring Emily VanCamp and Madeline
Stowe, premieres Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.
Season three will see Gabriel Mann’s
character Nolan Ross in another same-
sex relationship.
Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson
Hannigan return for the final season of
“How I Met Your Mother” on Sept. 23
at 8 p.m. on CBS. Cristin Milioti joins the
cast as “The Mother.”
“The Amazing Race” began its 23rd
season on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The
show consistently features a diverse cast.
This season includes Shane Partlow and
Rowan Joseph, the duo behind “The
Queen of Bingo,” a comedic drag show.
“Glee” returns Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.
on Fox. The first two episodes of the
season will pay tribute to The Beatles
while the third episode will address
Cory Monteith’s passing.
“Modern Family” will kick off season
five with a nod to the recent legalization
of same-sex marriage in California. The
hour-long premiere airs on Sept. 25 at 9
p.m. on ABC.
Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror
Story: Coven” premieres on Oct. 9 at
10 p.m. on FX. Jessica Lange, Sarah
Paulson and other series regulars return
and welcome newcomers Angela
Bassett, Patti LuPone and Leslie Jordan.
Andy Samberg’s “Brooklyn Nine-
Nine” premieres Tuesday 17 at 8:30
p.m. on Fox. The series will feature
Andre Braugher as the openly gay
captain of the 99th Precinct.
Season 39 of “Saturday Night Live”
airs on Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC
with Tina Fey hosting. The cast includes
rising star Kate McKinnon, the third
openly gay actor in the show’s history.
One episode will feature Lady Gaga
performing double duty as host and
musical guest.
Maggie Lawson stars in “Back In The
Game” on ABC with the series premiere
on Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. The series
features child actor J.J. Totah as a gay
adolescent.
“Web Therapy,” starring Lisa Kudrow,
wraps up its third season with guest
stars Lily Tomlin and Alan Cumming.
The show was created by Kudrow and
married couple Dan Bucatinsky and
Don Roos. Episodes air Tuesdays at 11
p.m. on Showtime with the season finale
on Sept. 24.
Lisa Kudrow will also guest star in an
arc on season three of “Scandal.” Star
Kerry Washington is nominated for an
Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in
a Drama Series, which could make her
the first African-American to win in the
category. The season premieres Oct. 3
at 10 p.m. on ABC.
“Grey’s Anatomy” kicks off its 10th
season with a two-hour premiere Sept.
26 at 9 p.m. Season nine ended with the
birth of Meredith’s baby, Arizona and
Callie’s marriage rocked by infidelity and
an unconscious Richard’s fate unknown.
“Old Dogs & New Tricks” is a web
series that explores the sex lives of older
gay men in West Hollywood. The series
returns next year for a third season and
current episodes can be found online at
OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.
“Husbands” has been picked up by
CW Seed for its third season. Originally
an independent web series by Brad Bell
and Jane Espenson, it stars Bell and
Sean Hemeon as gay celebrities facing
life together after drunkenly marrying in
Las Vegas. New episodes can be found
on CWSeed.com.
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Matthew Shepard’s death.
washington national cathedral
honors lgbt youth
friday, october 4, 7:30 pm
Premiere flm screening:
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$16 for adults; limited free
student tickets available
sunday, october 6, 10:10 am
Forum discussion with Judy Shepard, Jane Clementi,
Joshua Deese, and Cathedral Dean Gary Hall
sunday, october 6, 11:15 am
Special service of Holy Eucharist to pray for lgbt youth
all events take place in the cathedral nave
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—world premiere event—
friday, october 4, and sunday, october 6, 2013
Strokes return triumphant
from Out Games
By KEVIN MAJOROS
With the fall season upon us, all the
LGBT sports leagues in Washington
are already in action. Several of the
local teams have recently wrapped up
successful tournament action and several
more have tournaments approaching.
The D.C. Strokes Rowing Club
(dcstrokes.org) sent 15 rowers to the
Out Games in Antwerp, Belgium in
August to compete against athletes
from all over the world. They returned
home with a Gold, four Silver Medals
and a Bronze.
The Strokes will pack up their boats for
the winter in November and continue
their ergometer and cross-training
indoors until spring.
The Capital Tennis Association
(capital-tennis.org) hosts the Capital
Classic XXI this weekend. The event will
include matches in singles, doubles and
mixed doubles.
Open and B draws will be played on
clay and A, C and D draws will be played
on hard courts (indoor and/or outdoor).
The tournament will be contested at the
Rock Creek Tennis Center and the East
Potomac Tennis Center at Hains Point.
The CCE Sports Network, the
nation’s only live web streaming online
gay and lesbian sports network, will
stream live coverage. It has showcased
more than 200 tournaments, matches
and games on its site.
The Network recently covered
the International Gay and Lesbian
Aquatic Championships where the
District of Columbia Aquatics Club
captured the world title. Check out live
tournaments and archived videos at
ccesportsnetwork.com.
The District of Columbia Aquatics
Club brought home an amazing 384
medals from the IGLA championships
in Seattle in August along with setting
several IGLA world records on their way
to winning the world title. The records,
in short course meters, are as follows:
Lindsey Warren- Shriner (25-29): 1500
free — 19:33.06
Lucas Amodio (18-24): 50 back —
27.65; 50 fly — 26.35
Meredith Stakem (30-34): 50 free —
28.31
Neill Williams (45-49): 50 back —
29.32; 50 fly — 26.78
Jose Cunningham (55-59): 100 IM —
1:10.20
Jeff Mead (55-59): 50 back — 34.37
Men’s relays:
72-99: 4 x 200 free relay — Lucas
Amodio, Dustin Sigward, Evan Schlank,
Joe Labriola — 8:43.82
72-99: 4 x 100 free relay — Lucas
Amodio, Joe LaBriola, Peter Volosin,
Paul Quincy — 3:40.15
72-99: 4 x 50 free relay — Joe LaBriola,
Paul Quincy, Peter Volosin, Dustin
Sigward — 1:42.31
200-239: 4 x 50 medley relay — Neill
Williams, Jose Cunningham, Geoff
Heuchling, Stan Young — 1:58.71
200-239: 4 x 50 free relay — Neill
Williams, Jose Cunningham, Geoff
Heuchling, Stan Young — 1:45.15
DCAC will host the annual Columbus
Day Classic swim competition on Oct.
12 at the Woodrow Wilson Aquatic
Center in D.C. Information on the event
is at swimdcac.org.
The Columbus Day Classic will also
feature a water polo tournament hosted
by the Washington Wetskins water polo
team. The event will be contested at the
Tacoma Aquatics Center on Oct. 12-13.
More information is at wetskins.org.
Local bloggers Puck Buddys
(puckbuddys.com) are gearing up for
the start of the 2013-2014 National
Hockey League (NHL) season. This
season they will have 15 contributors
covering their respective NHL teams
and they have begun to zero in on
coverage of the Sochi Olympics and the
Russian anti-LGBT laws.
They recently posted a Q&A with
a Russian hockey journalist about
the cultural and historic roots of
homophobia in Russia. Coming up for
the bloggers is an interview with a gay
journalist who is traveling to Sochi to
cover the Games in February.
The D.C. Ice Breakers (dcicebreakers.
com) will host their next social skate on
Wednesday from 8:10-9:20 p.m. at the
Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.
The fee for skating is $8 and skate rental
is $3. After the skate, they will host a
social hour at Bailey’s Pub.
Ski Bums (ski-bums.org) have
posted their 2014 group trips for skiing
and snowboarding. The list includes
Steamboat, Colo.; Snowshoe, W.Va.;
Jay Peak, Utah; Lake Tahoe, Calif.;
Chugach Mountain, Alaska; and Granite
Peak, Wis.
The D.C. Gay Flag Football League
(dcgffl.org) will be sending at least two
of its travel teams to Gay Bowl XIII in
Phoenix from Oct. 10-14.
The Chesapeake and Potomac
Softball League (capssoftball.org)
hosted the NAGAAA Gay Softball
World Series from Aug. 26-31 at three
separate complexes in the area. The
tournament, the largest annual LGBT
sporting event in the world, welcomed
170-plus teams that participated in
more than 600 softball games. Results
are at dcseries2013.com.
The D.C. Sentinels basketball team will
open registration in October for the winter
edition of the Washington D.C. Gay
Basketball League (wdcgbl.leagueapps.
com). The League will be a 10 week
season including playoffs along with team
practice days. Registration is on its site.
Team D.C. and the Federal Triangles
Soccer Club and D.C. United co-host
United Night OUT (unitednightout.
com) Sunday at 4 p.m. as D.C. United
take on L.A. Galaxy at RFK Stadium.
The event is part of the Team D.C. Night
OUT Series and is a great opportunity for
the LGBT community to experience a
professional soccer match in a safe and
welcoming environment. Tickets available
at the Night OUT website.
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Washington National Opera
starts first full season
under new leadership
By GREG MARZULLO
Washington National Opera’s fall
season can best be described as fateful,
in no small part due to the repertoire
chosen by artistic director Francesca
Zambello. Although she took over the
helm of the company in January of this
year, the 2013-2014 lineup marks the
first full season she’s planned, so it’s
fitting that both of this fall’s main stage
operas hinge on inscrutable turns of
fortune’s wheel.
Richard Wagner’s legendary love
story “Tristan und Isolde” opens the
gate, in a production borrowed from
Opera Australia and directed by Neil
Armfield, a gay theater and opera
director who makes his WNO debut with
this production. Swedish soprano Irene
Theorin will star as Isolde. She replaces
Deborah Voight, who withdrew from
the production. British soprano Alwyn
Mellor will sing the final performance on
Sept. 27.
Joining Theorin are two Tristans,
the primary being Ian Storey (last seen
here in a 2008 “Flying Dutchman”)
with one performance taken by Clifton
Forbis in his company debut. Storey
has a rich history with Tristan, including
opening the 2007 opera season at La
Scala with the role. His 20-plus year
career has brought him all over the
world — a far cry from his humble
upbringing as the youngest in a long
line of English coalminers — but his La
Scala Tristan reportedly lacked some
of the Wagnerian heft sought after by
enthusiasts. Hopefully, the intervening
years have helped him round out his
interpretation.
This production marks the 200
th

birthday anniversary of Wagner, whose
operatic version of the Tristan myth
was first performed in 1865. The story
follows the star-crossed title lovers,
but more than just a simple love-
gone-awry cautionary tale, “Tristan
und Isolde” highlights themes of
personal transfiguration through love’s
transcendent consummation.
Forces beyond the protagonists’
control rule the lives of WNO’s next
offering, Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino”
(here titled in English as “The Force of
Destiny”). Zambello directs this new
production of Verdi’s mammoth story
about the cruel twists of fate that plague
the Incan hero Alvaro and his Spanish
love Leonora. WNO audiences haven’t
seen “Forza” in decades and Zambello
has assembled a strong cast of singers
for this sweeping work.
Adina Aaron takes on the role of
Leonora, sharing it for two performances
with Amber Wagner. Opera fans will
wait breathlessly for her famous final
act aria “Pace, pace mio Dio,” where
the heroine begs God for emotional
peace despite the tumultuous love she
still feels raging in her heart for a man
she’s forsworn. It’s Verdi at his best, and
Aaron’s career features a strong Verdian
presence, most notably Aida, Amelia in
“Ballo” and now “Forza’s” Leonora. Her
large voice and stage command might
just be an electrifying presence in a
sometimes-wandering piece, although
in many ways, the grounding force of
the opera is the tenor.
Chilean singer Giancarlo Monsalve
plays Alvaro, sharing the role only briefly
with Rafael Davila (seen here last year as
Pollione in the company’s hauntingly
beautiful “Norma”). His ringing heroic
tenor also seems like a dream for
the tormented Alvaro, although his
real challenge will be to scale the
voice back when appropriate, adding
human warmth to the drama instead
of overdone Italianate bellowing, a
temptation for any spinto style tenor.
Leonora’s brother Don Carlo is shared
between Ángel Ódena and Luca Salsi,
both bringing strong pedigrees to the role.
Part of the excitement around
“Forza” is the conductor Xian Zhang.
A diminutive Chinese woman who has
quickly risen to great heights on the
world conducting podium, Zhang’s
reviews have hailed her ability to draw
riveting performances from orchestras
in complex works as diverse as Brahms
and Chinese composer Chen Yi. While
seeing a woman conducting opera
isn’t a novelty, it’s rare enough to take
note. In an interview with the Blade last
spring, Zambello alluded to the fact that
audiences could plan on seeing more
women involved in top positions during
upcoming WNO seasons.
Along with that promise is the
premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s opera
“The Lion, the Unicorn and Me,” a
musical version of Jeanette Winterson’s
charming children’s book of the same
title. The story takes place shortly before
the birth of Jesus, when a donkey is
up for a very special job — carrying
the Virgin Mary to Bethlehem. Tesori
is best known for her Tony-nominated
musical theater scores: “Twelfth
Night,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
and “Caroline, or Change.” WNO will
run Tesori’s opera in December as its
holiday offering.
At the start of her tenure, Zambello
talked about wanting a more interactive
opera experience, and with the plethora
of post- and pre-performance talk-backs
and lectures, the company appears
hopeful of courting burgeoning opera
fans, as well as the old standbys.
‘TRISTAN UND ISOLDE’
Sept. 15-27
‘THE FORCE OF DESTINY’
Oct. 12-26
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This Fall at The Kreeger Museum
Special Exhibit:
Mindy Weisel I Not Neutral
Mindy Weisel’s art is her memoir, her
journal, her autobiography. This exhibiton
is comprised of three signifcant bodies of
work that parallel one another in large-
scale human and environmental tragedies:
Paintngs of the Holocaust (ca. 1980), Survival
of Beauty (2010), and Afer Tohoku (2012).
Mindy Weisel Not Neutral reveals in each
series the artst’s exploraton of deep emoton
through color, gestural marks, surface
tension, and compositon. These works are
a profound expression of the triumph of
beauty, reconciliaton, and healing over human
tragedy, loss, and destructon.
The Kreeger Museum
Sculpture Garden Project
The Museum celebrated Phase I of the
Sculpture Garden Project in May with the
opening of Inventons by John L. Dreyfuss.
Dreyfuss will fabricate and install three
additonal pieces to commemorate the
20th anniversary of The Kreeger Museum
in 2014. The Kreeger Museum Sculpture
Garden Project is a three-phase project that
will provide an additonal exhibiton area
for sculpture and celebrate the Museum’s
spacious grounds and natural wooded
setng. Phase I was generously funded by
an anonymous donor and a contributon
from Walter and Annete Vandaele.
Photo by Erich Keel
Who’s the Driver, 1983 (detail)
The Gif, 2010 (detail)
Tohoku III, 2012 (detail)
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Fall season peppered
with LGBT events
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Some events don’t fit in our other fall
arts categories. Here are a few to note.
On Sept. 20, the D.C. Center has its
fall reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Reeves
Center (2000 14th Street, N.W.). Tickets
are $75. Visit thedccenter.org for details.
On Sept. 21, Hope D.C., a men’s
HIV-positive social group, has its 25th
anniversary at 7 p.m. a private residence
in Arlington. For details, call 202-466-
5783 or visit hopedc.org/events.
Sept. 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/
AIDS Awareness Day. Details are at
cdc.gov or aids.gov/awareness-days.
On Sept. 28, the Gertrude Stein
Democratic Club has its 37th anniversary
Leadership Awards Reception at Sonoma
Restaurant and Wine Bar (223 Pennsylvania
Ave. S.E.). Tickets are available at
steindemocrats.org or at the door.
Sept. 28 is also Gay Day at Hillwood
Estate (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) from
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit
hillwoodmuseum.org for details.
If you happen to be in Los Angeles
that weekend, the National Gay &
Lesbian Task Force has its 40th
anniversary event on Sept. 29 at 11
a.m. at Sportmen’s Lodge (12833 Ventura
Bouevard, Studio City, Calif.). Tickets are
$125. Visit thetaskforce.org for details.
On Oct. 5, Human Rights Campaign
has its national dinner at the
Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon P.,
N.W.). It’s sold out but a waiting list is
available at hrcnationaldinner.org.
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day.
There’s a Facebook page devoted to it.
On Oct. 14, Us Helping Us has its 25th
anniversary awards event (“A Passion
for Living” at 6 p.m. at Arena Stage (1101
6th Street, S.W.). Actress/singer Jennifer
Holliday will be honored. Tickets are
$150. Visit uhupil.org for details.
Oct. 15 is National Latino HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day. Details are at aids.gov/
awareness-days.
Oct. 24 is the Blade’s Best of Gay
D.C. party/awards reception at Huxley
(1730 M Street, N.W.). Details pending.
Oct. 26 is AIDS Walk Washington.
Visit aidswalkwashington.org for details
or to register.
Oct. 29 is the High Heel Race on 17th
Street, N.W. A Facebook page has details.
Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of
Remembrance. Details pending on the
Washington event.
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How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I came out when I was 19 and I was
fortunate to have a supportive family
and close friends. I find it hardest to tell
strangers — the receptionist at a hotel, the
lady on the Metro who asks about your
girlfriend, etc. — because you just never
know what people’s perceptions of the gay
community might be.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Aside from Batman and Robin? Dennis
and Judy Shepard are true heroes.
They have managed to turn a severe
personal loss into a national message of
compassion. Their mission of replacing
hate with understanding goes way beyond
the tragedy they suffered and speaks to
people in all walks of life.

What’s Washington’s best
nightspot, past or present?
This year’s best nightspot will be Town
Danceboutique on Saturday, Nov. 9 for the
Gay Men’s Chorus Home Cooked Cabaret.
Since cabaret is my favorite art form, it’s
going to be a hot show!

Describe your dream wedding.
Outdoors, surrounded by my
family, friends and a string orchestra.
The reception would be a giant party
culminating in a cabaret by my amazing
singer friends.
What non-LGBT issue are you
most passionate about?
I told my dad recently that I never
thought I would be a part of the gay
movement, yet here I am running one of
the largest choruses in the country whose
mission is very much equality-driven.
His response was, “We are all part of a
movement called humanity.” I think it’s
important to look outside of ourselves and
see what issues we have in common with
other communities instead of focusing on
what makes us different.

What historical outcome
would you change?
I would have picked winning lottery
numbers last year.

What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
I saw Adele at the 9:30 club just
before she cancelled her U.S. tour. She
was so authentic in her singing and so
comfortable in her own shoes, and I have
never seen an artist who compares.

On what do you insist?
Honesty with myself.

What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
It was a video of GMCW singing
“Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime
at the 2012 GALA conference. We sang
that song in front of SCOTUS this year
when the DOMA decision dropped.
“Ragtime” composer Stephen Flaherty
saw it on YouTube and wrote us the most
encouraging, heartfelt letter. That song is
our anthem, and who knows, may become
an anthem for equality everywhere.

If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
“I can’t, I have rehearsal.”

If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
I’d probably go grocery shopping and
rent a movie.

What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
I believe in goodness and I believe it
exists in everyone. My personal religion is
“love each other.”

What’s your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
The best way to make friends is to reach
out your hand to those who don’t expect it.

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

What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That all we do is sing show tunes and
throw parties. Oh, wait.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Brokeback Mountain.” My whole family
wanted to watch it together in the theaters
and we all left in tears. That was a very
affirming moment for me.

What’s the most
overrated social custom?
No clue.

What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I am very much in love with my violin. It’s
a French instrument from the 1860s.

What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I wish I had understood that I had my
whole life to be serious, and that my
college years were for letting loose.

Why Washington?
I grew up in Northern Virginia, and my
family and friends are mostly here. There’s
a comfort in that, and also an excitement
in the burgeoning arts scene that has kept
me here.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Chase Maggiano, the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of
Washington, says it won’t be hard to adapt to his new role.
A professional violinist — he toured with “South Pacific” and played for the
GMCW production of “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” a few years ago —
Maggiano says he’s perfectly happy on the managerial side of things now.
“I actually love what I do and think it really gives my type-A personality
a chance to shine,” the 29-year-old McLean, Va., native says. “It also allows
me to impact more people. When I’m playing my own little song, I only
reach the people who happen to be in the concert hall that day. This gives
me a broader reach.”
Maggiano grew up in the region, went to college at George Washington
and worked in business development for a software marketing company for
several years before going into arts education work. He spent a bit more
than a year with Washington Performing Arts Society and is now succeeding
David Jobin at the helm of the GMCW.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the GMCW family,” he says. “It’s an exciting
time for the Chorus. We have an opportunity to harness our voices and
family of supporters to bring more music and life to the D.C. community.”
The Chorus is just regrouping for its fall season. Visit gmcw.org for details
on its various concerts, productions and ensemble and cabaret nights.
Maggiano recently moved to Logan Circle from the Hill and enjoys music,
running, wine and time in the water in his free time.
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Boyfriend’s waning interest
means time for a frank chat
HI MICHAEL,
I’ve been in a relationship with Chris
for over a year and a half. Although
I’m in school, when I come home for
breaks I stay with him at his place. We
have been through a lot together and
have supported each other through job
changes, family drama and distance.
Recently Chris has moved from the
suburbs to share a place in the city with
a friend and now he always seems to be
too busy even to call or text me during
the day. I am busy too, but I always reach
out to him. I feel that he is completely
neglecting me.
Although we never agreed to an
open relationship, he did tell me that
he “slipped” a few times while I was at
school. Now that he has moved into the
city and is more distant, I am worried
that the cheating will increase. While
I understand that it is hard to go for
months without sexual interaction, I feel
a strong sense of loyalty toward him, so
have chosen to be celibate when we are
separated.
I don’t want our relationship to fade
away. Is it crazy for me to ask him not to
ignore me?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
You can ask Chris not to ignore you,
but that does not mean that he will start
making you the priority that you want
him to make you.
From what you describe, the two of
you don’t have an agreement about
your level of commitment to each other.
For example, you are sexually exclusive,
but Chris is not. You reach out to him
daily, but he is distant. Without a shared
understanding of what a relationship
actually means, the one who cares more
(you, in this case) is likely to get hurt.
I suggest that you have some
discussions with Chris so that both of
you can get more clear, with yourselves
and with each other, about where you
stand. Together, you might consider
questions such as:
• How important are we to each other?
• Are we friends, friends with benefits or
boyfriends?
• How much time would we like to
spend with each other?
• How can we stay close, if we both
want to, when we’re often separated
geographically?
• Do we want to have a monogamous
relationship?
If you do talk, the two of you probably
won’t agree on everything, because
two people almost never do. But it’s
certainly worth discussing these points
rather than making assumptions or
hoping that Chris feels the same way
that you do, only to be disappointed if
you find out that he doesn’t.
While you absolutely can advocate
for the relationship that you would like
to have, know that you cannot make up
Chris’s mind for him. Each of you gets
to decide what kind of relationship you
want, and then see if there is enough
common ground to go forward. In all
of this, be prepared for the possibility
that you won’t get what you want. Chris
might not even be willing to have a
conversation with you about clarifying
the boundaries of your relationship,
which would, of course, give you all the
information you need.
One more point: I’m curious about
your interest in a man who, from
your description, doesn’t appear
to be that into you. Ask yourself if
there is something appealing about
this dynamic. If you’ve been in this
position before or if you’re turned on
by the challenge of winning over an
unattainable guy, consider working
with a skilled therapist to help you stop
going down the road of pining for a guy
who you aren’t likely to get.
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who works with gay couples and individuals
in D.C. He can be found online at
personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information in the questions has been changed
for reasons of confidentiality. Have a question?
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“Four,” a new LGBT-themed film, opens in limited release today. It stars
Wendell-Pierce and Emory Cohen and tells the story of Joe and his daughter
Abigayle and focuses on their complicated relationships with two men.
Directed by Joshua Sanchez, the film has won top honors at the L.A.
Film Festival and Pierce has been nominated for Best Male Lead at the
Independent Spirit Awards. The film touches upon the issues of race, gender
and class in today’s society.
The closest local screenings scheduled are at the AMC Owings Mills
17 (10100 Mill Run Circle, Owings Mills, Md.) near Baltimore. For more
information, visit fourthemovie.com.
Saturday is ‘gay night’ at King’s Dominion
Brother, Help Thyself, a community-based organization that provides
financial and other support to non profit LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations,
hosts “Gay and Lesbian Night” Saturday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at King’s Dominion
(16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell Va.)
Enjoy rides such as the Rebel Yell and Volcano: The Blast Coaster and
attractions like the romantic moonlit view from atop the Eiffel Tower. Later
join DJ Steve Henderson for a dance party at 10 p.m. on International Street.
Alcohol will be available to purchase and carry on the premises. The Water
Park and Planet Snoopy will not be open.
Tickets are $35 and $37 at the gate. When buying tickets online be sure to
enter the promo code GAYNIGHT. For more details, visit brotherhelpthyself.org.
Peterson brings
‘Eyecons’ to life
Christopher Peterson performs his
show “Eyecons” at Freddie’s Beach Bar
& Restaurant (555 South 23rd St., Crystal
City Va.,) Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Peterson impersonates a number
of notable female iconic celebrities
including Judy Garland, Joan Rivers,
Marilyn Monroe, Eartha Kitt, Bette Davis
and more. Peterson can also be seen as
one of the Lucille Ball impersonators in
the movie “Rat Race” alongside Cuban
Gooding Jr.
Tickets are $15 in advance and
$20 at the door. There are no table
reservations. For more information, visit
freddiesbeachbar.com.
Gay themes prominent
at D.C. Shorts
TDA Animation premieres its animated
short film “Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight” at
the D.C. Shorts Film Festival (1317 F Street
N.W.) Sept. 19-22. The film combines
comedy and history through showcasing
influential members of the LGBT
community and spoofing social bigotry.
The film is part of the independent
animated 10-part series “Hard Knock
Life” created by David Scheve that
focuses on 10 of life’s “hard knocks.”
It features vocals from singer Essra
Mohawk, former member of Frank
Zappa’s The Mothers of Invention,
and is an official selection of the 2013
Independent Film Festival.
Tickets are $40. Show times vary. For more
information, visit festival.dcshorts.com.
A scene from ‘Four.’
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150 of Andy Warhol’s mesmerizing Silver Clouds will land at Artisphere on
September 12. This uplifting installation defies the traditional perceived
constrictions of art as the Silver Clouds interact with you and each other. The
exhibition is on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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away into the sweet sounds of jazz, soul, folk and the heart of Broadway at
Signature Theatre. With a different act each night, there’s always something
to keep you entertained! This week’s line-up includes Heidi Blickenstaff: An
Evening with Heidi Blickenstaff on Fri and Sat and Out Of This World – The
Lyrics and Music of Johnny Mercer on Wed and Thu.
CABARET BARROCO: INTERLUDES OF SPAIN’S GOLDEN AGE
THRU OCT 6
GALA HISPANIC THEATRE. 202-234-7174. GALATHEATRE.ORG.
Embracing a carnavalesque topsy-turvy view of the world, the interlude
questions and subverts the norms of society. First performed on the streets,
this genre eventually became an integrative part of royal performances. This
bawdy and playful cabaret will have you in stiches as characters riff on themes
of love, jealousy, deception and entanglements.
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For more than 40 years, Jeffrey Siegel has dazzled audiences with his brilliant
mastery of the piano along with his clever and insightful commentary on the
great composers. Mr. Siegel will perform the rarely heard solo piano version
of Gershwin’s most popular work, Rhapsody in Blue along with music by
Leonard Bernstein, Scott Joplin, and Edward MacDowell.
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THEATRE
Bell. Thru Sep 21. National Geographic.
202-857-7700. nglive.org.
Torch Song Trilogy. Thru Oct 13. Studio
Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Thru
Sep 15. Round House Bethesda.
240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.
Detroit. Thru Oct 6. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
After the Revolution. Thru Oct 6.
Theater J. 800-494-8497. theaterj.org.
Forever Plaid. Thru Sep 15. Bedlam
Theatre’s Hamlet. Thru Oct 26. Bedlam
Theatre’s Saint Joan. Thru Oct 27. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
A Few Good Men. Thru Sep 14. Keegan
Theatre. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.
Miss Saigon. Thru Sep 29. Signature
Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
Neverwhere. Thru Sep 15. Rorschach
Theatre. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
rorschachtheatre.com.
Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy
Center. 800-444-1324. kennedy-center.org.
DANCE
Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS. Thru Sep
13. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company:
Times Bones. Sep 13-Sep 14.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Isadora Duncan Dance Program. Sep 17.
Arts Club of Washington. 202 331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
MUSIC
NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie /
Steven Reineke, conductor. Sep 19-Sep
22. NSO. Tristan and Isolde. Sep 15-Sep
27. WNO. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Tal National And Janka Nabay & The
Bubu Gang. Sep 14. Jakub Alexander
(heathered Pearls): Vapor Forms. Sep
13-Oct 18.Artisphere. 888-841-2787.
artisphere.com.
Left Bank Quartet. Sep 15. Reston
Community Center. CenterStage.
703-476-4500. restoncommunitycenter.com.
Chamber Concert. Sep 17. Friday
Morning Music Club. Dumbarton
House. 202-333-2075. fmmc.org.
Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.
Thru Sep 22. In Series. Source Theatre.
202-204-7760. inseries.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. Thru 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. Yes, No, Maybe:
Artists Working at Crown Point Press.
Thru Jan 5. 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.. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
The Phillips Collection. Ellsworth Kelly
Panel Paintings 2004–2009. Thru Sep
22. phillipscollection.org.
GALLERIES
Artisphere. Becca Kallem: Sweet And
Tough. Thru Oct 19. Alexa Meade
+ Sheila Vand: Milk: What Will You
Make Of Me?. Thru Oct 20. Eoin Duffy:
Encounter. Thru Oct 20. Sergio Albiac:
Three Generative Video Portraits. Thru
Oct 20. Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds.
Thru Oct 20. Comics Making Studio
With Members Of The Dc Conspiracy.
Thru Nov 3. Emily Francisco: May I Have
The Piano Delivered To You?. Thru Jan
12. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
DCCAH. Go-Go Swing: Washington
D.C.’s Unstoppable Beat. Thru Oct 18.
202-724-5613. dcarts.dc.gov.
Fisher Art Gallery. Mei Mei Chang:
Voyage in Tangible Space, Mixed
Media. Thru Oct 6. 703-534-5726.
schlesingercenter.com.
Gallery plan b. Group Painting
Exhibition with Tory Cowles, Greg
Minah, and Beverly Ryan. Thru Oct 13.
202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
Gallery Underground. Be Square.
Thru Sep 28. 571-483-0652.
arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
Goethe-Institut. Cardboard City. Thru
Sep 30. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
JCC of Greater Washington. Your
Fortunate Eyes: Photographs by Rudi
Weissenstein. Thru Oct 13.
301-881-0100. jccgw.org.
Neptune Fine Art. Objects of Desire.
Sep 18-Oct 26. 202 338-0353.
neptunefineart.com.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Cyber In
Securities. Thru Sep 27. wpadc.org.
Target Gallery. In the Flesh 4. Thru Sep
29. 703.838.4565. torpedofactory.org.
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TODAY
Skyline Indie Film Festival (Winchester,
Va.,) screens “Tennessee Queer,” a
quirky comedy about a man’s struggle
to change his small town, tonight from
8:15-11 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. For more
information, visit skylineindiefilmfest.org.
The Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.)
hosts “MIXTAPE: 5 Year Anniversary
Party” tonight at 10:30 p.m. DJs
Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer play
a mixture of electro, alt-pop, indie
rock, house, disco and more. Tickets
are $10. For more information, visit
thehowardtheatre.com.
Special Agent Galactica performs
with The Hummingbirds for its Happy
Hour Show at Black Fox Lounge (1723
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) this evening
from 6-9 p.m. No cover. For details, visit
pinkhairedone .com.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets
hosts its fourth annual 17th Street
Festival (17th St., N.W.) today from
noon-6 p.m. The festival includes the
best of Dupont Circle’s entertainment,
art, food, shopping and more. For more
information, visit 17thstreetfestival.org.
Team D.C. hosts “United Night Out”
at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
(2400 East Capitol St., S.E.) at 4 p.m. today.
Enjoy the Pregame Tailgate Party hosted
by the Federal Triangles Soccer Club with
burgers, hot dogs and bring your own
sides. After, watch the D.C. United vs. L.A.
Galaxy game. Tickets are $30. For details,
visit unitednightout.com.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its new “Saturday Brunch” at 11
a.m. Guests can enjoy one free mimosa
with their meal. For more details, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.
Street Corner Symphony,
contemporary acapella group and
runner-ups on “The Sing-Off,” perform
at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E
Vienna, Va.) tonight at 7 and 9 p.m.
General admission tickets are $18 and
VIP tickets are $20. For details, visit
jamminjava.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.)
hosts Baby Loves Disco, a family
friendly dance party, from 11:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. today. Bring the kids for
dancing, face painting and temporary
tattoos. Cash bar with snacks and juice
boxes. Tickets $15 per person or four
tickets for $55. For more information,
visit babylovesdisco.com.
The President Woodrow Wilson
House holds its 28th annual Kalorama
House and Embassy Tour from noon- 5
p.m. today. Tour the historic buildings in
the Kalorama neighborhood including
the Ambassador of Austria’s residence
and the Andrew Mellon Building. A pre-
tour brunch is at the Mansion on O Street
(2020 O St., N.W.). Tour tickets are $35 in
advance and brunch and tour tickets are
$75 in advance. For more information,
visit woodrowwilsonhouse.org/events.
The OASIS Dance Company
presents its third annual benefit gala
“The Resurrection of Fashion” at the
THEARC Theater (1901 Mississippi
Ave., S.E.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The
gala benefits LGBT youth and includes
a runway and award show. Cocktail
reception begins at 6:30 p.m. General
admission tickets are $20 and VIP
tickets are $50. For more details, visit
oasisdanceco.com.
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.
MONDAY, SEPT. 16
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.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts its free
and confidential HIV testing drop-in
hours from 3-5 p.m. today. For more
details, visit smyal.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) hosts a discussion group for
black gay men tonight from 7-9 p.m.
Discuss topics and share opinions on
topics that matter to the community. For
information, visit uhupil.org.
Men’s Circle for gay/bi/trans/
questioning men holds its discussion
group tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at 914
N. St., N.W. It’s free. For details, email
rmarksftc@yahoo.com.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 17
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers to pack safer
sex kits at The Green Lantern (1335
Green Court N.W.) from 7-10:30 p.m.
tonight. For more information visit
burgundycrescent.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts its
weekly Rap Group today from 5-6:30
p.m. Come talk about the stress of
school, jobs, family, friends and anything
else in the support group. For more
details, visit smyal.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18
Anne Arundel Community College
(101 College Pkwy., Arnold, Md.) hosts
its fall film series “LGBT Themes and
Issues” today at 11 a.m. in the Careers
Center Building Room 344. Today’s film
screening is “Fagbug,” the journey of
a woman who leads a nationwide gay
rights campaign after being vandalized
with anti-gay hate speech. The film series
continues through Nov. 18. For more
information, visit aacc.edu/women.
The National Black Justice Coalition
(NBJC) hosts its “Out on the Hill
Leadership Summit” today through
Sept. 22. Join hundreds of the nation’s
black LGBT activists, leaders, elected
officials and more to participate in
social action for advancement in LGBT
equality. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
today. For more details, visit nbjc.org.
Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s
gay literature group, meets tonight
at the American Foreign Service
Association (2101 E St., N.W.) at 7:30
p.m. The discussion is on selections from
“Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s
Gay Male Poets.” For more information,
visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at the Dignity
Center (721 8th St., S.E.) at 7:30 p.m. for
social bridge. No partner needed. For
more information, call 301-345-1571.
The Latino GLBT History Project has
a community celebration this evening
from 6:30-8 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Library
(3160 16th Street, N.W.) as it celebrates
the opening of a month-long photo
exhibit on Latino/a LGBT heroes. Light
refreshments will be served. The event
is free and open to the community.
Details at latinoglbthistory.org.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19
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 the 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.
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts its monthly Poly Discussion
Group at 7 p.m. this evening. People of
all ages are invited to discuss polyamory
and other consensual non-monogamous
relationships. This event is for new comers,
established polyamorous relationships
and open to all sexual orientations. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today through
Sept. 22 for the Woodhull Sexual
Freedom Alliance at the Sheraton
Silver Spring Hotel (8777 Georgia
Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) For more
information visit burgundycrescent.org
o sexualfreedomsummit.org.
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E-mail calendar items to calendars@washblade.
com two weeks prior to your event. Space is lim-
ited so priority is given to LGBT-specific events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Last year’s 17th Street Festival in the heart of D.C.’s gayborhood. This year’s event is slated for
Saturday.
years so we were used to it there, but
then being in Houston for the last five
years, we’d been away from it.
BLADE: So much of the contemporary
Christian music business is based out
of Nashville. You guys have spiritual
overtones to your work but aren’t really
gospel singers. I know you’ve worked
with some producers who’ve worked
with some of those artists but is there
any sense now that maybe that world
is ready for some openly gay artists,
especially since so many of those
religious labels are now owned by
secular parent companies?
JASON: There are a lot of angles to
that question but the short answer is that
we were pretty much made aware that
there was no room for any openly gay
artists in the CCM world. People just didn’t
really know what to do with us. … I think
that industry is changing though. You hear
supposedly Christian songs now and you
can hardly tell they’re Christian. It kind of
used to always be about 10 years behind
whatever was going on in mainstream pop
but it’s changing and it’s not so much now
like “Jesus”-in-your-face kind-of thing,
which is kind of what we’ve been doing.
Our stuff has always been more open to
interpretation. We had some people who
told us if they worked with us, they’d lose
everything and I know there are people in
the CCM world that are gay and just can’t
be open about it. For us, we just didn’t
have a choice, there was no hiding who we
were. If we’d been solo artists maybe we
wouldn’t have been so out, but there was
such a story around us being a pop duo
and a couple that we just said early on,
“Look, we are who we are.”
BLADE: Why do you think so much
of what we think of as the CCM industry
comes out of evangelical circles? I’m
sure there are mainline Protestant and
Catholic musicians writing contemporary
music, but there’s never been any real
cottage industry around it like there is
with the Michael W. Smith- and Steven
Curtis Chapman-type artists. Why is that?
DeMARCO DeCICCIO: It’s an
interesting question. I’ve never really
thought about it. Being raised Catholic,
music wasn’t really such a big part of the
culture of that faith. In Jason’s (Pentecostal)
background, there was more joy in the
music whereas in my church growing up,
if you sang too loud, people would shhh
you. With some, it’s like there’s something
wrong if you’re not dancing in the aisles. I
think it’s a cultural thing. We were always
very private and everyone was secretive.
You never heard the fire-and-brimstone-
type preaching. … Also I think it’s just
always been a more plain-and-simple and
traditional type of music in some churches.
BLADE: Tell us about your tour. Why
are you touring now without a new
album out?
JASON: We’d been off the road for a
while after having traveled pretty much
constantly for about eight years. We were
trying to create the space for us to start a
family and not be touring full time. Once the
boys were born, we’d go out for a weekend
here or there. People would ask us to come
do this or that and when they were infants it
wasn’t a big deal because they were pretty
oblivious, but now that they’re a little older,
we didn’t want to be gone for long periods
so we figured out a way to take them with
us. My parents go with us and help out and
it’s just one big family adventure. So we
might keep doing this — four or five weeks
a couple times a year, we’ll see. The West
Coast with all the back-to-back shows kind
of kicked our butts, but it was still a really
great experience.
BLADE: What was the reaction like to
the West Coast shows?
DeMARCO: People were excited to
see how our life was growing and to see
us create that family that a lot of gay
couples dream about having. Jason’s
mom also sings with us on “The Prayer.”
We bring the kids out and it’s a very
powerful part of the concert. We also
do a few new songs. It’s been fun to get
back out there.
BLADE: It sounds like you’ve scaled
back to a point. Being away from L.A.
for several years, not doing as much
touring and recording. You had some
decent chart action and got a lot of buzz
in the gay music world. Are you content
with what you were able to accomplish
or would you have liked to have done
it on a super-big Lady Gaga-type scale?
JASON: We always want to be
upping our music. Every CD you release,
you want it to be better than the last and
you are always in a state of evolution.
And I always do feel that if you’re
putting great stuff out there, somebody
will find you. … But L.A. really is a rat
race and you’re just always focusing on
what’s next so much so that you don’t
get to really stop and enjoy what’s
happening at the moment. … You can
get caught up in what really is success
and what is big. We had a documentary
about us that was on Showtime. That’s
pretty freakin’ huge. … You can fall into
the trap of whatever happens, it never
being enough. You could be on the
stage with Justin Timberlake thinking,
“OK, but where’s Barbra Streisand?”
DeMARCO: We had been to all
these fundraisers and non-profit events
for so many years in L.A. where all the
relationships are built on “OK, who’s
going to help me get ahead.” We just
got to a point where our values changed.
…. I think the biggest frustration for me
— and we were successful working-class
artists — was that we realized to really get
to the next level, we needed either some
label backing or some talk show host or
really big producer like David Foster or
somebody, to get on board. Our ability
to take it up to the proverbial next level
was all in someone else’s hands. For me
that really was like playing the lottery
with our future. We built a certain level of
momentum really working at it with lots of
indie momentum, but now we’re ready to
use this time to raise our boys with love
because before you know it, they’ll be 16.
BLADE: How long are the shows?
JASON: About an hour and a half.
BLADE: Band? Tracks?
JASON: Mostly tracks. We’ve done
a few shows with a band and we try
to have a live guitar player with us
whenever we can.
BLADE: You sort of presented
yourselves early on as this kind of
Abercrombie-esque vision, sort of a gay
pretty boy ideal. You might never have
used those words, but it was obvious in
the album covers and the photo shoots.
Are people going to accept you now as
a sort of gay version of the old married
couple raising kids?
JASON: I think we’ve kept some of
our youthfulness. People are always
shocked when they hear our ages (both
mid-30s). But that’s part of why we are
calling this tour “Celebrating Diversity.”
There’s so much diversity in the gay
world, we want our tours to be a place
where that is celebrated.
DeMARCO: I think our audience is
growing up with us. Of course we love
attracting new people to our music, but
… we’re just being ourselves where we are
now in our lives. Yeah, there may not be
as many new songs out as there were five
years ago, but for the people who really
care about us, it doesn’t really matter.
They’re happy we’ve made it 10 years and
counting after following a dream.
BLADE: Do you still do other things
on the side?
JASON: Yeah, we’ve always got a lot
going on.
DeMARCO: I’m still a lifestyle
trainer and Jason is always dabbling in
something.
JASON: I’ve done some work with
real estate but am also working with
S.A.F.E., a non-profit drop-in center
and foster care for LGBT kids. That’s a
passion and I want to do more with that.
We did some of that in Houston and
we’d like to launch something here too.
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