Victory Fund endorsement

of gay Republican
‘sets dangerous precedent’
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com 
The controversial decision earlier this year by
the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund to endorse gay
Republican Richard Tisei over pro-LGBT Rep. John
Tierney (D-Mass.) has prompted five openly gay or
bisexual U.S. House members, all Democrats, to sign
on as supporters of a fundraiser for Tierney.
The fundraiser, scheduled for June 25 in Washington,
is being backed by at least two-dozen prominent LGBT
Democrats and straight allies, including the entire
Massachusetts congressional delegation, former
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese,
and transgender advocate and Maryland State Senate
candidate Dr. Dana Beyer.
Gay former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is among
those signing on as an honorary co-chair of the
fundraising event, which is being organized by two of
Frank’s former staff members.
The former staffers, Joseph Racalto and Maria Giesta,
principals in the Washington political consulting firm
Giesta Racalto, said they initiated the event to “blunt”
the Victory Fund’s endorsement of Tisei.
Tisei is  a former Massachusetts State senator.
He  has a strong record of support for LGBT rights,
including marriage equality. He backed a transgender
rights bill that came up before the legislature.
Racalto and other LGBT Democrats supporting
Tierney said they have no objection to an LGBT
supportive gay Republican running for Congress.
But they said the Victory Fund should not have
endorsed such a candidate in a race against a longtime
straight ally such as Tierney, who has received a
perfect 100 percent rating on LGBT issues from HRC.
“Although I applaud Tisei — and all LGBT political
Gays face death by stoning,
prompting State Dept. ‘concern’
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A State Department spokesperson on Monday said the U.S. has “serious
concerns” over a new Brunei penal code that punishes those convicted of
homosexuality by stoning them to death.
“We have very serious concerns regarding certain provisions of what you just
mentioned,” Marie Harf told the Washington Blade during the State Department’s
daily press briefing. “We’re watching how the law will be implemented.”
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Association honors
black journalist, Blade’s
addition to press pool
The centennial celebration of the White
House Correspondents’ Association
Dinner offered more than jokes and
celebrity selfies.
Amid last Saturday’s humor came a
few moments of reflection as WHCA
President Steven Thomma addressed the
organization’s discriminatory past.
Thomma focused on diversity in his
speech and the changes that have come
to the business of covering the president.
Noting that the WHCA was formerly an all-
white male institution, he acknowledged,
“We denied membership to blacks” and
rigged the membership rules so black
journalists couldn’t join.
The first black journalist to cover a
White House press conference was
Harry S. McAlpin in 1944. He ignored
the objections of fellow journalists and
entered the Oval Offi ce where he met
President Roosevelt, who shook his hand
and said, “Harry, I’m glad you are here.”
Thomma announced at Saturday’s
dinner a new scholarship created to
honor McAlpin, whose son was in the
audience. The WHCA also granted McAlpin
posthumous membership to its ranks.
“We’re going through a major and
significant change in the media,” Thomma
continued, adding that the WHCA board
is now half women and includes “faces of
color” as well as representation from new
media outlets.
“This year for the first time we added to
the press pool a gay newspaper,” Thomma
said, acknowledging the recent addition of
the Washington Blade to the pool.
President Obama also referenced
gays joining the WHCA’s ranks during his
remarks.
“What tonight also reminds us is that the
fight for full and fair access goes beyond
the chance to ask a question,” Obama
said. “Decades ago, an African American
who wanted to cover his or her president
might have been barred from journalism
school, been burdened by Jim Crow and
banned from press conferences.”
Obama continued, “For over 100 years,
even as the White House Correspondents’
Association has told the story of America’s
progress, you’ve lived it too, gradually
allowing equal access to women,
minorities and gays.”
Four Blade staff members attended the
dinner: editor Kevin Naff and reporters
Lou Chibbaro Jr., Chris Johnson and
Michael Lavers.
“We’re grateful to Steven Thomma for
acknowledging the Blade’s addition to the
press pool during the dinner,” said Naff. “The
struggle of the LGBT press to gain access to
the government institutions we cover has
been long and sometimes frustrating, so
to be present for that moment was moving
and meaningful for all of us.”
The Blade was recently added to the in-
town press pool, marking the first time the
White House Correspondents’ Association
has extended the honor to an LGBT outlet.
Johnson has served as the Blade’s reporter
in the pool this year. Chibbaro was first
credentialed at the White House during the
Reagan administration but did not serve
in the pool of reporters that shadow the
president when he leaves the White House.
The Blade has had a complicated
history with the White House press corps.
Its credentials were revoked during the
second term of the George W. Bush
administration but promptly reinstated
when Barack Obama was sworn in.
“When I began writing for the Blade as
a freelancer and later as a staff reporter
more than 30 years ago it would have
been unimaginable to witness a U.S.
president and the head of the White House
Correspondents’ Association acknowledge
and welcome a gay newspaper into the
ranks of the White House press pool,”
Chibbaro said. “Back in the 1980s, during
the Reagan administration, we considered
it a major advancement to be occasionally
approved for a one-day temporary pass
to gain access to the White House press
briefing room.”
STAFF REPORTS
Council members,
candidates work crowd with
eye on upcoming election
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
 
The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
surprised D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray before
a crowd of about 90 LGBT activists and
supporters attending its 43rd anniversary
reception on April 30 by presenting him with
an unscheduled Distinguished Service Award.
As he has in past years, Gray attended
the event to present GLAA with a mayoral
proclamation recognizing the non-
partisan advocacy group for its work on
behalf of LGBT equality. While introducing
him, GLAA President Rick Rosendall
announced that the group decided to
give Gray its Distinguished Service Award
because of his longstanding record of
support for LGBT rights.
“For those of us working in the
trenches, it is all too easy to focus on the
latest flap and forget that Vince is, by the
evidence, the best mayor on LGBT issues
our city has ever had,” Rosendall told the
gathering.
Gray was joined at the event, held at
Policy Restaurant and Lounge at 1904
14th St., N.W., by six members of the
D.C. City Council, including mayoral
candidates Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and
David Catania (I-At-Large).
The other Council members attending
were Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), David Grosso
(I-At-Large), Anita Bonds (D-At-Large) and
Vincent Orange (D-At-Large).
Also attending were at least three
candidates running for seats on the
Council along with gay congressional
candidate Mark Levine (D), who’s running
for the 8th District U.S. House seat in
Northern Virginia being vacated by
retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
Bowser and Gray greeted each other
warmly and praised one another when
they spoke following a hotly contested
mayoral primary in which Bowser
defeated Gray on April 1, becoming the
Democratic nominee in the November
general election.
With Catania running as an
independent, that contest has also
become what most political observers
are calling a competitive race in a city
where the Democratic mayoral nominee
has won the general election in every
prior election since the city’s home rule
government started in 1974.
Catania, who had another engagement
to attend, left the GLAA reception before
the speeches began. Bowser, breaking
from her months of criticism of Gray
during the primary campaign, praised
Gray’s record on LGBT rights issues.
Bowser told the Blade in the week
following her primary victory that, if
elected mayor in November, she would
continue the LGBT-related initiatives put
in place by Gray and “continue to move
forward” on LGBT issues.
Bowser reiterated that pledge in her
remarks at the GLAA reception.
“We are not finished,” she said referring
to LGBT equality.
The three people scheduled to receive
GLAA’s annual Distinguished Service
Award and who were presented with the
award at the April 30 event were veteran
gay rights and civic activist Jerry Clark,
who serves as chair of the D.C. Statehood
Coalition and political director of D.C. for
Democracy; LGBT rights advocate Alison
Gill, who serves as Government Affairs
Director for The Trevor Project, the
leading national organization providing
crisis intervention and suicide prevention
services for LGBT and questioning youth;
and longtime LGBT rights advocate
Earl Fowlkes Jr., president and CEO of
the Center for Black Equity, an LGBT
rights organization that, among other
things, organizes and coordinates Black
Pride events in the U.S., Canada, United
Kingdom and South Africa.
Bonds won the Democratic primary in
her re-election bid for the at-large Council
seat by a wide margin on April 1 in a multi-
candidate race. She will be facing several
expected independent candidates as
well as gay Republican Marc Morgan
and a Libertarian and Statehood-Green
Party candidate in the November general
election. All of the candidates except
Bonds will be competing for her seat as
well as the “non-Democratic” at-large seat
that Catania is giving up to run for mayor.
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Washington Blade editor KEVIN NAFF with reporters MICHAEL LAVERS, CHRIS JOHNSON and
LOU CHIBBARO JR. at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
100 years of change noted at White House dinner
Gray receives surprise award at GLAA celebration
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Simpson works for
Leadership Conference
on Civil & Human Rights
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
LGBT rights and education advocate
Scott Simpson on April 29 announced
his candidacy for the Ward 1 seat on the
D.C. State Board of Education, saying
he wants to put his more than 10 years
of experience on education and youth
issues to work for the city’s schools.
Simpson’s announcement came six
weeks after incumbent Ward 1 school
board member Patrick Mara said he
would not run for a second term, creating
an open seat in the upcoming nonpartisan
election scheduled for Nov. 4.
“Ward 1 families deserve a strong
advocate on the State Board of Education
who’s rooted in the community and
understands how education policy
choices impact students in the classroom,”
Simpson said in a statement.
“Throughout my career and for over a
decade in D.C., I’ve been committed to
expanding educational opportunities for
all students,” he said. “I’m ready to put
those skills to work on behalf of Ward 1
families on the State Board of Education.”
A biography released by Simpson’s
campaign says he began his career in D.C.
working with students involved with the
local LGBT youth advocacy group SMYAL.
He served as a full-time volunteer with
SMYAL through the Washington AIDS
Partnership’s AmeriCorps program, his
biography says.
Simpson currently serves as press
secretary for the Leadership Conference
on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s
largest civil rights coalition. Among other
things, Simpson assists the organization in
advocating for “a range of education policies
that improve the lives of students across the
country,” his biographical write-up says.
Wade Henderson, president and CEO
of the Leadership Conference on Civil and
Human Rights, has personally endorsed
Simpson for the school board seat,
saying Simpson has “proven to have the
substance, skills and vision to help our
schools meet their challenge of providing
a quality education to every student.” 
Beverly Wheeler, former executive
director of the State Board of Education
and a longtime Ward 1 civic activist, is
serving as chair of Simpson’s campaign
committee. Others who have endorsed
Simpson include David Mariner, executive
director of the D.C. Center for the LGBT
Community; and Todd Peterson, former
SMYAL Board chair.
Former Ward 1 school board member
Dotti Love Wade, who was defeated by
Mara in the 2010 election, has said she is
interested in running again for the seat this
year, according to Simpson. Wade couldn’t
immediately be reached for comment.
If Simpson were to win the election he
would be the second openly gay member
of the State Board of Education. Gay
education advocate Jack Jacobson won
election to the board’s Ward 2 seat in 2012.
In March, veteran gay rights and Ward
8 civic activist Phil Pannell announced
his candidacy for the Ward 8 seat on the
Board of Education.
Betty Who among
festival headliners
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Capital Pride, the organization that
sponsors D.C.’s annual LGBT Pride
parade, festival and related events, has
named nine prominent LGBT activists
and community allies as recipients of its
annual Capital Pride awards.
Awards categories include the Capital
Pride Heroes recognizing significant
contributions to the LGBT and allied
communities; Engendered Spirits, which
recognizes contributions to and support
for the transgender community; the Bill
Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer
Service; and the Larry Stansbury Award
for Exemplary Contributions to Pride.
The recipients are scheduled to be
honored May 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the
Capital Pride Heroes Gala & Silent Auction
at the Artisphere arts center, 1101 Wilson
Blvd., in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Va.
The Capital Pride Heroes are:
• LGBT rights advocate Nicholas F.
Benton, editor and publisher of the Falls
Church News-Press, which covers general
interest as well as LGBT-related news in
Northern Virginia.
• David M. Perez, board president
of the Latino GLBT History Project and
development director for the League of
United Latin American Citizens (LULAC),
the largest and oldest Latino membership
organization in the U.S.
• Rev. Dean Snyder, senior pastor at
Foundry United Methodist Church in
D.C. and, according to a Capital Pride
biography, a “prime and unwavering
leader in the fight to end discrimination
against LGBT persons in the United
Methodist denomination.”
• Dr. Imani Woody, founding director
and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults,
the first LGBT-friendly residential housing
development project in Washington, D.C.,
and a diversity consultant in the field of
health, aging and other issues affecting
LGBT people of color.
• Tom Yates, according to the Pride
committee, is “a steadfast leader and
supporter of the Leather/Levi community”
and its charitable activities and a longtime
member, supporter and past board
member for the LGBT Catholic organizations
Dignity USA and Dignity Washington.
The Engendered Spirits awardees are
Amy Nelson, supervising attorney at
Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services
Program, which provided services for
more than 260 transgender clients in
2013; and Alexa Rodriguez, “an avid
advocate for transgender Latina equality”
and an activist for 12 years “fighting for the
rights of the HIV positive and members of
the transgender community.”
The Miles Award for Outstanding
Volunteer Service is being given to Al
Pellenberg, who has been involved in
organizing LGBT Pride celebrations for 30
years in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
The Stansbury Award for Exemplary
Contributions for Pride is being given
to Robert York, deputy director of
development for Whitman-Walker Health
and executive director of Capital Pride for
six years – from 1999 to 2005.
Capital Pride also announced two of
four entertainers for this year’s festival:
DJ Cassidy and Betty Who. The remaining
two headliners were to be announced
after Blade deadline.
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‘Throughout my career and for over a decade in D.C., I’ve been committed to expanding
educational opportunities for all students,’ said SCOTT SIMPSON.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Gay man runs for Ward 1 school board seat
Capital Pride names award recipients, entertainers
Rev. DEAN SNYDER is among this year’s
Capital Pride Heroes.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Task Force’s Carey arrested at U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON — National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force Executive Director
Rea Carey was among the 27 people who
were arrested outside the U.S. Capitol on
April 30 during a protest in support of a
comprehensive immigration reform bill.
She and others blocked an intersection
outside the U.S. House of Representatives
as part of a “Stop Separating Families Action”
the Fair Immigration Reform Movement
organized. Carey and her fellow activists
specifically urged House Speaker John
Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote on the
measure the U.S. Senate approved last year.
“If you’re not part of the solution,
you’re part of the problem,” said Carey
before her arrest. “In this instance,
Speaker Boehner is the problem.”
The Fair Immigration Reform Movement protest is among the events in
support of the issue that took place in D.C. last week.
Philly gay man met killer on Grindr
CHESTER, Pa. — Police say a Philadelphia man was murdered by someone he
met on a gay hook-up app.
WPVI reported a passerby found Dino Dizdarevic’s body in Chester on May 2.
Police told the Philadelphia television station the 25-year-old whose family
fled Bosnia-Herzegovina during the country’s civil war in the 1990s suffered
blunt force trauma to the head. WPVI also reported Dizdarevic likely met his
killer on Grindr two days before his body was found.
Dizdarevic’s death comes less than a week after Philadelphia police issued a
warning about criminals using dating apps to target potential victims.
Iowa HIV decriminalization bill passes
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa House of Representatives on May 1 approved
a bill that would lessen criminal penalties for those who unknowingly expose
someone to HIV.
The Associated Press reported lawmakers passed Senate File 2297 during
the final hours of the current legislative session. The Iowa Senate unanimously
approved the bill in February.
The AP notes current Iowa law states a prosecutor can charge a person who
exposes someone to HIV “without their consent” with a felony that is punishable
by up to 25 years in prison. Senate File 2297 would allow a person to become
eligible for the aforementioned sentence only if they seek to transmit an
infectious disease to someone without their knowledge.
It remains unclear whether Gov. Terry Branstad will sign the bill into law.
N.C. Republican worked as drag queen
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reports emerged late last week that a Republican
North Carolina Senate candidate who supports the state’s same-sex marriage
ban was once a drag queen who worked at a gay nightclub.
The Winston-Salem Journal on May 3 cited the co-owner of the now closed
nightclub who said Steve Wiles worked as Mona Sinclair. A former employee
with whom the newspaper also spoke confirmed the Republican worked at Club
Odyssey in Winston-Salem.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Wiles initially denied he worked at
the nightclub as Mona Sinclair.
“I have already apologized to the people who matter most to me for the things
I did when I was young,” the Republican told the newspaper last week.
Wiles, a real estate agent who lives in nearby Belews Creek, ran against incumbent
state Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Winston-Salem) and Dempsey Brewer in the May 6
Republican primary to succeed state Sen. Pete Brunstetter who resigned late last year.
Krawiec defeated Brewer and Wiles. She will square off against Democrat John
Motsinger in November’s general election.
‘Idol’ singer seeking U.S.
House seat from N.C.
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The hotly contested race between
Clay Aiken and his opponent in the
Democratic primary was too close to
call as of Wednesday morning, although
the gay “American Idol” runner-up had a
slight lead in the initial vote tally.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting,
Aiken had 41 percent of the vote in North
Carolina’s 2nd congressional district
compared to 39.5 percent won by former
North Carolina Commerce Secretary
Keith Crisco. Another candidate, Toni
Morris, a professional counselor, won 20
percent of the vote. The Associated Press
reported   early Wednesday  the race was
too close to call. Visit washingtonblade.
com for updates.
If Aiken maintains 41 percent of the
vote after any kind of retabulation of the
primary results, that would be enough
for him to avoid a run-off, which would
otherwise likely be scheduled for July
15. Otherwise, he and Crisco would have
to face off in a second contest for the
Democratic nomination.
The winner of the Democratic primary
will go on in the general election to face
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who defeated
her own challenger during the primary,
Frank Roche, by a whopping 59 percent of
the the vote. Ellmers is the favorite to win
in the Republican-leaning district, which
comprises the Raleigh suburbs.
But another gay candidate seeking to
run for Congress didn’t fare nearly as well
as Aiken. State Rep. Marcus Brandon, who
was vying for the Democratic nomination
in North Carolina’s 12th congressional
district, only secured 8 percent of the
vote in a crowded primary race. Had he
won, he could have been the first openly
gay black person elected to Congress.
The winner of the primary was State
Rep. Alma Adams, who won 44 percent
of the vote. Because no Republican
candidate even filed in the heavily
Democratic district, her primary win
means she has secured the seat in the
general election.
Although Aiken hasn’t received an
endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian
Victory Fund, Brandon received an
endorsement. A Victory Fund offi cial
declined to comment on Brandon’s loss.
Besides Aiken, the general outcome
for the primary wasn’t favorable to gay
candidates in the state. As QNotes’ Matt
Comer reports, gay candidates running
for the state legislature —  Ty Turner
and Derek Kiszely — lost in their bids for
the Democratic primary. For the first time
in 10 years, the North Carolina General
Assembly will have no openly LGBT
representation.
Jen Jones, a spokesperson for Equality
North Carolina, said the lead that
Aiken enjoys following the primary is
“bittersweet” when compared to the
losses of other gay candidates.
“We also at Equality North Carolina
believe the presence of openly LGBT
state electeds have become absolutely
essential in order to reflect, and truly
represent, what is now nearly a quarter
of a million LGBT North Carolinians in the
state they call home,” Jones said.
Also of note on the night of the primary
was that House Speaker Thom Tillis
defeated his opponents to secure the
Republican nomination to run for the U.S.
Senate seat. Tillis, who won 47 percent
of the vote, beat his more conservative
opponents obstetrician Greg Brannon and
Baptist pastor Mark Harris by double-digits.
The victory of Tillis — who headed the
state legislature in 2012 when it passed
Amendment One, the constitutional ban
on same-sex marriage in North Carolina
— means he’ll face off in the general
election against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).
Hagan, who’s considered among the most
vulnerable Democrats in the mid-term
elections, opposed Amendment One,
voted for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal
even before the Pentagon report on open
service came out and endorsed marriage
equality last year.
Although Tillis once predicted
Amendment One would be repealed
within 20 years, Jones said the candidate
reasserted his support for the measure
as he campaigned against conservative
opponents in the primary.
“We are in full support of a pro-equality
candidate to face him in the November
[election], Kay Hagan, who does believe
in the freedom to marry and did not
support Amendment One in 2012 and
beyond,” Jones said.
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too long to assist in
Ohio litigation
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The national group that teamed up with
a lesbian attorney to litigate successfully
against the Defense of Marriage Act is
now arguing against her participation
in a lawsuit against a ban on same-sex
marriage in her home state.
In a filing last week before the U.S.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the
American Civil Liberties Union — along
with the ACLU of Ohio and private
attorneys at Gerhardstein & Branch —
expressed opposition to Roberta Kaplan’s
intervention in a case seeking recognition
of same-sex marriages in Ohio for the
purposes of death certificates.
The 16-page brief argues that Kaplan
should be denied intervention in the
Ohio case — in which she sought entry
on behalf of Equality Ohio and four same-
sex couples — on the basis that she
wants to enter the case at too late a stage
and is making arguments already stated
by plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“Plaintiffs-Appellees have the utmost
respect for Equality Ohio and the four
unmarried couples and their counsel and
the important interests they represent,”
the brief states. “However, Plaintiffs-
Appellees should be entitled to continue
to litigate the case that they initiated in
July of last year without the disruption
and prejudice that would flow from new
claims and parties at this late stage.”
The ACLU contends Kaplan, who wanted
to enter the case to argue that heightened
scrutiny protection is warranted on the
basis of sexual orientation, is making a claim
that plaintiffs say they’ve already asserted.
But the ACLU also objects to the new claims
presented by Kaplan on the basis that they
“have not been addressed by the parties or
decided by the District Court.”
Further, the ACLU takes issue with the
timing of her request to intervene in the
case, which was made late last month.
“The motion is untimely because it was
filed nine months after the case was filed
in  the District Court, three months after
the notice of  appeal was docketed and
eight weeks after the  appellate briefing
schedule was issued,” the brief states.
Not so long ago, the ACLU and Kaplan
worked side-by-side on behalf of same-
sex couples. The decision against Section
3 of DOMA handed down by the U.S.
Supreme Court not even a year ago was
the result of the ACLU working with Kaplan
on behalf of widow Edith Windsor, who
was suing the U.S. government because
she had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes
under the law in the aftermath of the
death of her spouse.
Asked to respond to the ACLU’s
objection to her intervening in the
lawsuit, Kaplan replied, “Our response
will be in the reply brief that we file with
the Court.” Robyn Shepherd, an ACLU
spokesperson, said her organization
didn’t become involved in the case until
“at the end of last month.”
It should be noted that both sides in the
case are opposing Kaplan’s intervention
in the Ohio case. On the same day that
ACLU voiced its objections, Ohio Attorney
General Mike DeWine filed a 10-page
brief against her participation, similarly
making the case that Kaplan waited too
long to intervene.
Derides tactic as
‘partisan political tool’
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
As proponents of non-discrimination
protections for LGBT workers seek ways
to institute them at the federal level,
one Florida Republican is throwing cold
water on one means of advancing the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an
original co-sponsor of ENDA in the U.S.
House, said through a spokesperson that
she would not sign a discharge petition to
force House leadership to move the bill
to the floor.
“Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will not be signing
a discharge petition as it is a partisan
political tool,” said Keith Fernandez, a
Ros-Lehtinen spokesperson.
The Washington Blade reached out to
all seven Republican co-sponsors of ENDA
in the U.S. House to ask whether they’d
be willing to sign a discharge petition, but
Ros-Lehtinen’s offi ce was the only one
that responded.
In addition to Ros-Lehtinen, the
Republican co-sponsors are Reps. Richard
Hanna (N.Y.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Jon Runyan
(N.J.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Michael
Coffman (Colo.) and Chris Gibson (N.Y.).
Ros-Lehtinen’s refusal to sign a
discharge petition for ENDA means
that the potential procedural move is
almost certainly doomed. A discharge
petition requires 218 signatures to move
a bill forward, which is the same as the
number of votes required to pass a bill in
the House. In the Republican-controlled
House, at least some Republicans would
be needed for the discharge petition to
reach the 218 number to move ENDA to
the floor. It’s hard to see how any other
Republican would sign the petition if the
original Republican co-sponsor of ENDA
has vowed not to sign it.
Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to
Work, said in response to Ros-Lehtinen’s
position that “several options” remain to
move ENDA in the House.
“Others include attaching it to the
defense authorization bill and also
pushing for a straight-up vote once
we demonstrated that there are 218
supporters,” Almeida said. “We will keep
pushing forward on all fronts.”
A House vote is all that’s necessary to
send ENDA to President Obama’s desk;
he has pledged to sign it. The bill passed
last year in the Senate on a bipartisan
basis, but continues to languish in the
House. Asked whether there’s any value in
moving forward with a discharge petition
even though Ros-Lehtinen says she won’t
sign it, Almeida replied, “No option should
be taken off the table.”
But there are diffi culties with other
options as well. House Speaker John
Boehner (R-Ohio) has continually said he
opposes the legislation when asked if he
would allow a vote on the bill. Members
of the LGBT Equality Caucus who met
with him at the start of the year said he
told them it wouldn’t come up before
Election Day, although some lawmakers
left thinking a vote in the lame duck
session is possible.
As for the defense authorization bill,
that path didn’t work for “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” repeal in 2010. Republicans twice
filibustered a vote on the defense bill
with the repeal component. It wasn’t until
repeal was removed that both the defense
authorization and legislation to repeal the
military’s gay ban could pass on their own.
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Sailor’s discharge
from Navy latest story
highlighting harms of ban
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Those seeking to overturn the U.S.
military’s ban on open transgender
service say it’s a question of when, not if,
the change in policy is made.
That’s the view of Landon Wilson, a
24-year-old transgender former sailor
whose story about being discharged from
the Navy — despite having critical skills
to intercept enemy communications —
made the front page of the Washington
Post last week.
Speaking with the Washington Blade
this week, Wilson wouldn’t predict when
the military’s ban on transgender service
would be lifted, but said it’s just a matter
of time.
“I think that it will be,” Wilson said.
“Transgender service is inevitable at
this point, it’s just the work to get there,
making people understand that we’re
not asking for special treatment. We’re
not a community that’s asking to be an
exception; we’re just asking to be able to
have the same rights as everybody else.”
Following publication of the Post piece,
which documents his decision to enlist
as a sailor, his subsequent decision to
transition and discharge from the Navy,
Wilson said he received a lot of positive
reaction, including from military leaders.
He was discharged just two months ago
on March 5.
“I had people from the military
community in Hawaii actually reach out to
me, people that I haven’t talked to before,
who were very supportive,” Wilson said.
“A lot of higher up leaders contacted me
via email or Facebook and extended their
sympathy to me, told me they valued
the work that I had done. They were
apologetic of the policy and that it had to
come to this.”
Unlike “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which
prevented until 2011 openly gay people
from serving in the U.S. military, the ban
on transgender service in the military is a
medical regulation that could be lifted at
any time. Under DoD Instruction 6130.03,
which was put in place before 1980,
disqualifying conditions for military service
include change of sex and a “current or
history of psychosexual conditions (302)
including but not limited to transexualism...
exhibitionism, transvestitism, voyeurism
and other paraphilias.”
Allyson Robinson, a transgender
advocate and policy director for the
LGBT military group  SPART*A, said in
her meetings with Pentagon offi cials, the
message conveyed to her was openly
transgender service would happen at
some point.
“People ask me what kind of resistance
I’m facing,” Robinson said. “To be
perfectly honest, I’ve encountered very
little resistance. What I do encounter is
this resignation: ‘Yes, we know that this
has been coming. Yes we know that this
needs to get done.’”
Robinson, a transgender veteran herself
who transitioned after she left service,
said she had the sense when working on
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal that the ban
on transgender service wouldn’t be lifted
for another 15 years. Now, based on the
success of the end to the military’s gay
ban,  she said she’s “very optimistic” the
military can move to openly transgender
service in between two and five years —
starting under the leadership of Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel.
But you wouldn’t know that talking to
public relations offi cials at the Pentagon,
who say in response to media requests
there are no plans to change the ban on
transgender service. In fact, the Human
Goals Charter recently signed by top
military brass lacked any explicit mention
of transgender people working at the
Pentagon — either on the military or civilian
side —  even though other groups, including
gay service members, were included.
And the Pentagon has offered a new
reason for why it cannot lift the ban:
transgender service members often have
to serve in “austere environments” where
they don’t have access to treatments
related to transition. That position
has been disputed by bisexual scholar
Nathaniel Frank, who wrote in an op-ed
for Slate that other kinds of troops are
allowed to serve even if they have to
receive continual treatment.
That line of thinking also riled Wilson,
who pointed out that the military deploys
transgender contractors to the same
“austere environments” all the time
with the ability to obtain treatment free
from any bias. Further, Wilson noted
other countries have enacted openly
transgender service without any problems.
Gambian president
called gay men ‘vermin’
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R&B singer Erykah Badu’s decision to
perform for two African heads of state
who have faced criticism over their
human rights records has sparked a
backlash among advocates.
The Grammy Award winner was
scheduled to perform during a Gambian
music festival that begins in the West
African country this week. Gambian
President Yahya Jammeh, who described
gay men as “vermin” during a February
speech that commemorated the country’s
independence from the U.K., was
scheduled to formally open the event.
The long-time African president during
the aforementioned speech also said the
acronym LGBT “can only stand for leprosy,
gonorrhea, bacteria and tuberculosis; all of
which are detrimental to human existence.”
Badu’s trip to Gambia was scheduled to
take place less than a month after she sang
at a lavish birthday party for Swazi King
Msawti, III. The Swazi Observer reported
Badu gave Mswati a $100 bill with a
“special stone that she said would uplift His
Majesty’s spirits when he was feeling down”
during the April 24 event that took place at
one of the monarch’s numerous palaces.
“I am so happy to be in the country,” she
told Mswati, according to the newspaper.
“This is my second time in Swaziland and
the last time I was here there were a lot of
women dancing in a forest. I love being in
Swaziland.”
Pedro Pizano, a former Human Rights
Foundation staffer, and Jeffrey Smith of
the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice
and Human Rights noted in a Slate.com
op-ed that Swaziland has faced repeated
criticism over a host of issues including
violent crackdowns against pro-Democracy
demonstrators and human rights advocates
and the imprisonment of journalists.
A U.N. report notes that up to an
estimated 28 percent of people between
15-49 in the landlocked African country
between South Africa and Mozambique
lived with the virus in 2012. Mswati’s
brother in 2010 sparked outrage among
Swazi HIV/AIDS advocates when he said
pharmaceutical companies and condom
manufacturers had “exaggerated” the
epidemic’s threat.
“By literally lending their voices to
these absurd spectacles, performers
like Badu endorse these brutal regimes,
providing a veil of legitimacy to otherwise
tarnished and compromised leaders,”
wrote Pizano and Smith in their op-
ed. “These headline events are most
often used for domestic propaganda
purposes, propping up unabashed
human rights abusers like Mswati.”
Badu on Twitter questioned whether
Pizano was “gay” as he pressed her to
respond to questions about Swaziland’s
human rights record — she proceeded to
refer to him as “Satan.”
“Devils are easy to spot in any color,” Badu
later tweeted to Smith. She proceeded to
describe Smith as “racist” and a “monkey.”
Badu also rebuked others who have urged
her not to perform in Gambia.
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candidates who run for public offi ce —
this endorsement is not justified and sets
a dangerous precedent,” Racalto said in a
Blade commentary.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Tisei
told the Blade he would be a champion
for LGBT issues if elected to the House
and would serve as a strong advocate
for LGBT rights within the ranks of House
Republicans.
He said he would not hesitate to
defy House Speaker John Boehner
(R-Ohio) by signing a discharge petition
to force Boehner and other House GOP
leaders to bring the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act, or ENDA, to the House
floor for a vote.
ENDA, which calls for banning
employment discrimination against
LGBT people, has been stalled in the
Republican-controlled House. The
Democratic-controlled Senate passed the
legislation last year.
Racalto said that while Tisei has
personally been supportive on LGBT
issues, his commitment to push for those
issues came into question last month
when he formed a joint fundraising
committee with conservative Republican
Frank Guinta, who’s running for a House
seat in New Hampshire.
Guinta opposes same-sex marriage
and abortion rights and had considered
aligning himself with the ultra
conservative Tea Party.
Tisei said the joint fundraising
arrangement will enable the two
candidates to share expenses and won’t
in any way compromise his positions in
support of LGBT rights.
“During the past 10 years I have seen
a lot of people’s positions change and
evolve, including the president’s, by the
way,” Tisei said.
He added that he sees his role as
an advocate for change within the
Republican Party and the Republican
caucus of the House.
“A lot of people are re-examining their
positions on marriage equality and other
LGBT issues,” he said. “And I’m going to
work with as many different types of
people on as many types of issues as I
can…And I can serve, especially within
the Republican caucus, as someone who
helps bring people over to the right side
of the issue.”
Gregory Angelo, president of the
Log Cabin Republicans, said the group
endorsed Tisei last week. Angelo said he
isn’t troubled over Tisei’s joint fundraising
effort with Guinta. 
“The more interesting aspect of this
story to me is that ‘Tea Party’ types who
contribute to this fund will be donating
money to a gay Republican running for
the House of Representatives,” Angelo
said. “That’s the real story here.”
Victory Fund press secretary Steven
Thai said his group saw Tisei as a change
agent for the Republican Party along with
Tisei’s longstanding record in support of
LGBT rights when it endorsed him.
“I think it is sometimes shortsighted
for folks to focus on the kind of short-
term gains that can be made right now
instead of the long-term goal that this
world would be very different if we had
more Republicans that supported us on
our issues,” Thai said. “And the only way
we’re ever going to get to that point is by
electing openly gay Republicans that care
about our issues.”
D.C. gay Democratic activist Peter
Rosenstein, who signed on as a member
of the host committee for the Tierney
fundraiser, said he agrees with the Victory
Fund’s mission of helping to elect LGBT-
supportive candidates but not at the
expense of long-time LGBT-supportive
incumbents like Tierney.
“I don’t see this as a conflict with my
support for the Victory Fund,” he said
in referring to his role in the Tierney
fundraiser. “I support the Victory Fund
but not all of their candidates.”
Political observers in Massachusetts
say Tisei has a shot at unseating Tierney
in part because he’s perceived by many
voters as a moderate Republican with a
progressive record as a state legislator
for more than 10 years.
Tisei came within just one percentage
point of beating Tierney in the 2012
election at a time when Tierney’s wife and
two brothers-in-law became embroiled in
an illegal gambling scheme that landed
his wife and one brother-in-law in jail.
Tierney himself was cleared of any
wrong-doing in the scandal, in which
his wife, Patrice Tierney, pleaded guilty
in 2010 to filing false tax returns in
connection with a checking account
belonging to one of her brothers. As much
as $7 million in illegal gambling funds
passed through the account, according to
law enforcement offi cials.
Politico reported that Tierney blames
his brothers-in-law for duping his wife
into believing the funds were part of a
legal sports gambling business based in
the Caribbean island of Antigua, which the
brothers claimed to have been operating.
Republican Party operatives both in
Massachusetts and outside the state
have been raising the gambling scandal
in attack ads targeting Tierney.
As if that were not enough, Tierney is
being challenged by two Democrats in the
state’s Democratic primary in September.
One of the candidates, former U.S. Marine
and Iraq war veteran Seth Moulton,
raised more money than Tierney in
the most recent campaign reporting
period, raising concern among Tierney
supporters. On his campaign website,
Moulton has expressed support for LGBT
rights, including marriage equality.
The gay House members signing on
as honorary co-chairs for the Tierney
fundraiser are Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.),
David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Mark Pocan
(D-Wisc.), and Mark Takano (D-Calif.).
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the first
openly bisexual member of Congress,
also signed on as an honorary co-chair.
The name of Sen. Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wisc.), the first openly gay person
to win election to the U.S. Senate, is
conspicuously absent from the list
of honorary co-chairs for the Tierney
fundraiser. Racalto said organizers invited
Baldwin to participate but have not heard
back from her offi ce.
A Baldwin spokesperson didn’t
respond to a request from the Blade for
a comment on why Baldwin hasn’t signed
on to the fundraiser. The Victory Fund
endorsed Baldwin in her hotly contested
Senate race in 2012 and helped raise
money for her successful campaign.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has signed on
as an honorary co-chair for the Tierney
fundraiser along with Tierney’s eight
House colleagues from Massachusetts, all
of whom are Democrats. The state’s other
senator, Elizabeth Warren (D), has so far
not signed on as an honorary co-chair.
Other supporters of the event, in
addition to Solmonese, Rosenstein, and
Beyer, include former Barney Frank
staffers Peter Kovar and Diego Sanchez;
Brad Luna; John Weinfurter; Tucker
Gallagher; Lane Hudson; and Paul Hazen.
Racalto said he didn’t extend an
invitation to participate in the event to
Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine), who
came out as gay last year and who has
been endorsed by the Victory Fund in his
race for governor of Maine.
  “We didn’t invite him simply because
of his run for governor,” Racalto said. “The
Victory Fund played no part in that decision.”
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Former Rep. BARNEY FRANK and several
of his former staffers are involved in a June
fundraiser for Rep. John Tierney.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Fundraiser aims to ‘blunt’ support for gay Republican
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mlavers@washblade.com
A prominent Ugandan LGBT rights
advocate on Tuesday applied for asylum
in the U.S.
John Abdallah Wambere of Spectrum
Uganda, an LGBT advocacy group, told
reporters during an emotional Boston
press conference that he is seeking refuge
in the U.S. because of the additional
persecution he said he would face in
his homeland as a result of the Anti-
Homosexuality Bill that President Yoweri
Museveni signed into law earlier this year.
Wambere, 41, said he arrived in the
U.S. three days before Museveni signed
the measure that imposes a life sentence
upon anyone convicted of repeated
same-sex sexual acts.
He is believed to be the first Ugandan LGBT
rights advocate to seek asylum in the U.S.
since the measure took effect in February.
“I was shocked and heartbroken,” said
Wambere. “It became clear to me that I
needed to think about whether I could
really return home.”
Wambere in his asylum petition notes he
has been threatened, evicted from his home
and publicly outed as a gay man in several
Ugandan newspapers. He told reporters
that he has also received anonymous
death threats, been rejected by his family
members, lost business and was unable
to visit is 16-year-old daughter’s school
because of his sexual orientation.
He says that several men attacked him
in 2009 as he left a bar in Kampala, the
Ugandan capital. Wambere notes he has
been “repeatedly arrested for violation” of
the Ugandan penal code that criminalizes
“carnal acts against the order of nature,
including homosexual behavior.”
He told reporters that several of
his friends and colleagues have been
kidnapped or arrested since Museveni
signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
Wambere — who has been an activist for
14 years — said other LGBT Ugandans have
either gone into hiding or left the country.
“It became clear to me that I needed to
think about whether I could really return
home,” he said.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and
Defenders and Hema Sarang Sieminski,
a Boston immigration attorney, are
representing Wambere.
“It is simply not safe for John to return
to Uganda,” said GLAD Senior Staff
Attorney Janson Wu.
Wambere and other Ugandan advocates
with whom the Blade has spoken in recent
weeks say anti-LGBT discrimination and
violence has only increased in the East
African country since Museveni signed the
Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Ugandan police last month raided a
U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS service organization
in Kampala it said recruited teenage
boys and young men “into homosexual
practices.” The trial of a gay man and a
transgender woman who face charges
under Uganda’s anti-sodomy law is
scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
“It gives me great pain not to be with my
community, allies, friends while they are
under increasing attack,” said Wambere
during the press conference as he began
to cry. “My government is unable and
unwilling to protect us.”
The White House announced after
Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality
Bill that it would review its relationship
with Kampala.
The U.S. subsequently suspended a
study to identify groups at risk for HIV/AIDS
that the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention had planned to conduct with a
Ugandan university. A CDC agreement that
funded the salaries of 87 employees of the
Ugandan Ministry of Health who support
the country’s response to the epidemic
expired at the end of February.
The World Bank delayed a $90 million
loan to the Ugandan government that had
been earmarked to bolster the East African
country’s health care system — although
published reports last month indicate that
Kampala will receive the funds.
Uganda receives nearly $300 million
each year through the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to fight
the epidemic in the East African country.
Kampala in 2013 received more than
$485 million in aid from the U.S.
“Direct aid to the government
should be cut, but the money or aid
should be channeled to the civil society
organizations,” said Wambere in
response to a Washington Blade question
about whether the U.S. should cut aid to
the Ugandan government.
Wambere also specifically singled out
Scott Lively and other American evangelicals
whom he accuses of inflaming anti-LGBT
attitudes in the East African country before
Parliamentarian David Bahati introduced
the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in 2009.
Lively — who is seeking to succeed
outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
— faces a federal lawsuit the Center for
Constitutional Rights filed against him on
behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, another
Ugandan LGBT advocacy group, in 2012.
Harf said specific concerns over the
Bruneian code, which is based on Islamic
Shariah law that began to take effect on May
1, include the criminalization of apostasy.
Others include freedoms of religion and
expression that she said, “are fundamental
to human rights.” “Also [there are] some
concerns over the punishments — as you
noted — prescribed in the code, which
would include stoning,” Harf told the Blade.
The U.N. and the Human Rights
Campaign are among those that have
criticized the new penal code in the oil-
rich Southeast Asian country on the island
of Borneo in which slightly more than
400,000 people live.
The Gill Action Fund cancelled a
conference that had been scheduled to
take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel —
which Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
owns — last weekend.
Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne,
Richard Branson and other celebrities
have joined a boycott of the property,
the Hotel Bel-Air and other hotels in the
Dorchester Collection, a London-based
company the Bruneian government owns
and operates.
“There are a number of hotels and venues
in the Los Angeles area that aren’t owned
by foreign leaders and governments that
allow for the execution of its LGBT citizens,”
said HRC President Chad Griffi n in a May 2
letter to organizations that are scheduled to
hold events at the two Los Angeles hotels.
“We’re encouraging members of the LGBT
community and our allies to consider those
options instead of the Beverly Hills Hotel
and the Hotel Bel-Air — which are part
of the sultan’s Dorchester Collection. In
addition, we’re calling on organizations that
have upcoming events scheduled at these
hotels to move them to other locations.”
HRC has also urged the two Los Angeles
hotels to stop offering wedding-related
services to same-sex couples.
“The sultan is offering free strawberries
to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by
stoning to those in Brunei,” said Griffi n.
“This is the height of hypocrisy, and we
must ensure that profits from LGBT
weddings in the U.S. stop going to a
regime that could soon start executing its
LGBT citizens.”
Harf told the Blade she could not
immediately say whether any State
Department personnel stay in hotels
owned by the Bruneian government
while traveling.
The Associated Press reported the
penalties for same-sex sexual activities,
adultery, rape, extramarital sex and
apostasy under the new penal code will
go into effect next year.
Brunei is slated to join Mauritania,
Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran and portions
of Nigeria and Somalia in which
homosexuality is punishable by death.
“The decision to implement the
[Shariah penal code] is not for fun, but to
obey Allah’s command as written in the
Quran,” said Bolkiah in an April 30 speech
as the AP reported.
The Blade’s efforts to reach Bruneian
LGBT rights advocates and their
counterparts in neighboring Malaysia for
comment have thus far been unsuccessful.
State Department spokesperson Jen
Psaki on Tuesday said Secretary of State
John Kerry has not spoken directly with
Bolkiah about his country’s new penal code.
“Our ambassador has relayed our
concerns privately to the government
of Brunei,” said Psaki, referring to the
Blade’s questions to Harf about Brunei
on Monday. “We can’t — obviously, we’re
not going to elaborate more — further
on those, but he has conveyed those
concerns that Marie expressed yesterday.”
Psaki also said there are “no specific
restrictions” that prohibit a State
Department employee from staying at
any Dorchester Collection hotel.
“A boycott is an acceptable way, of
course, for private citizens to express
themselves,” she said. “We don’t take a
position on this specific effort.”
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U.S. has ‘serious concerns’ over Brunei penal code
‘The decision to implement the [Shariah
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command as written in the Quran,’ said the
Sultan of Brunei, HASSANAL BOLKIAH.
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Baltimore
The Human Rights Campaign will honor
Baltimore for its perfect 100-point score
on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index
(MEI) at a special reception. The event
will take place on May 15 from 6-8 p.m. at
Birroteca, 1520 Clipper Rd. in Baltimore.
The 2013 Municipal Equality Index
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nationwide rating system of LGBT
inclusion in municipal law. Since the
first issue of the report came out in
2012, Baltimore has increased its score
by more than 12 points. Twenty-five
cities in 2013 earned a perfect 100-point
score with Baltimore among them,
compared to only 11 in 2012.
In recognition of this achievement,
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-
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LGBT Equality Award” on behalf of the city
of Baltimore and make remarks on the
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AIRS celebrates
25th anniversary
The nearly 200 people who attended
the AIRS 25th Anniversary Gala on April
26 at the M&T Bank Pavilion were later
treated to a rousing performance of
West Side Story at the Hippodrome
Theatre next door. And as F.T. Burden,
the CEO and president of AIRS/Empire
Homes of Maryland, pointed out, the
show’s title is a perfect metaphor for
the evening’s event.
This is because the success of
Restoration Gardens, a $6 million,
43-unit housing project for homeless
youth ages 18 to 24 located in the west
side of Baltimore and opened in 2011,
has been the organization’s crowning
achievement, and its story was clearly
the centerpiece of the celebration.
The AIDS Interfaith Residential
Services or AIRS began in 1987 by the
Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
as the faith community’s response to
the AIDS epidemic. The first Don Miller
House, which opened in 1988, served
four men with end-stage AIDS. AIRS
became a 501c-3 in 1989.
Chrisey Gibson-Washington shared
her experiences while at Restoration
Gardens and how her life improved
because of the opportunities City Steps,
a subsidiary of AIRS, afforded. In addition
to providing a stable environment, City
Steps programs teach the residents
such life skills as financial literacy
and home keeping as well as targeted
workforce development assistance to
become self-suffi cient.
“Along our journey, we began using
our housing and service expertise
proactively, by serving homeless
youth in an effort to break the cycle
of homelessness before it starts
and reduce the high rate of new HIV
infection,” Burden told the Blade.
GLCCB town hall
tackles PrEP
On April 28, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender Community Center of
Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB)
hosted a town hall at the Waxter Center
with 30 people in attendance to discuss the
use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP,
to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is medicine
taken daily by HIV-negative people who are
at high risk of exposure to HIV, to prevent
becoming infected with HIV.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay
adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused
by diffi cult social situations, according to a study presented last weekend at the Pediatric
Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Research has shown that lesbians and gays experience higher rates of physical
and mental health problems. One explanation for these disparities is minority stress.
According to this theory, chronic stress due to discrimination, rejection, harassment,
concealment of sexual orientation, internalized homophobia and other negative
experiences leads to poor health, researchers said in a press release.
The authors of this study sought to determine if minority stress theory could explain
why gay and lesbian adolescents engage in binge drinking more than heterosexual
youths. To do this, they analyzed responses from 1,232 youths ages 12-18 years who
took part in an online survey conducted by OutProud: the National Coalition for LGBT
Youth. Sixteen percent of youths identified themselves as lesbian females and 84
percent as gay males.
The survey asked questions about sexual minority experiences and included more
than 260 variables. It represents the only known research to explore the relationship
between binge drinking and a variety of minority stress experiences, such as homophobia
and gay-related victimization, in a large national sample of lesbian and gay adolescents.
Anti-gay public health director in Pasadena confronted
PASADENA, Calif. — Dozens of gay rights advocates from the AIDS Healthcare
Foundation flooded Pasadena City Council chambers Monday to express concern about
recently surfaced comments made by Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh in religious
sermons posted online according to an article by Pasadena Star News.
Six people spoke against Walsh’s statements, which condemn gays, single mothers,
Muslims and popular culture, among other groups.
“As an HIV-positive homosexual man, I find Dr. Walsh’s remarks frightening and
extremely offensive,” AIDS Healthcare Foundation activist Joseph Jimenez was quoted as
having said. “I believe Dr. Walsh is not able to provide compassionate care for patients
like myself and others. I beseech all of you to consider appointing a director who has
more understanding of the LGBT community.”
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein also decried Walsh’s anti-
gay sentiments, saying they went against the kind of city Pasadena should strive to be.
Walsh is on paid administrative leave during an investigation into whether his religious
views impacted his job performance, the Star News reports.
Links to his sermons, many of which were from before he came to Pasadena in
2010, were distributed to the media last week after Walsh was announced as the
commencement speaker for Pasadena City College, the article said.
Toronto latest city to get its own condom
TORONTO — The City of Toronto is introducing its own city-branded condom in
advance of next month’s World Pride celebrations, the Star, a Canadian news outlet,
reports.
The condom’s design will be unveiled on June 4.
“Why are cities branding their own condoms? It’s simple. When condoms are more
easily accessible and available, condom use tends to increase,” said a statement from
Toronto Public Health on Tuesday.
Both New York City and Los Angeles have their own municipally branded condoms.
The condoms, which the health agency is calling “condomTO” will be available in bars,
clubs, hotels, gyms and clinics across Toronto but concentrated in the Church-Wellesley
neighborhood, the Star reports.
The announcement comes one day after downtown counselor Kristyn Wong-Tam and
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly invited gay couples from around the world to a mass wedding
ceremony during the World Pride celebrations on June 26.
Denmark of cials urged
to reconsider blood ban
LONDON — Activists in Denmark say the blood ban there that prevents gay
and bi men from donating blood lacks scientific evidence, Pink News, a British
LGBT news agency, reports.
Six political parties have called on Copenhagen’s Health Minister Nick
Haekkerup to revise the ban. In 2011, England, Wales and Scotland introduced
a one-year deferral for gay and bi men to donate. Northern Ireland’s Health
Minister Edwin Poots has resisted ending the lifetime ban there, Pink News said.
In some countries such as Uruguay, Mexico and Portugal, gay and bisexual
men are able to donate blood without issue.
Enhedslisten, Denmark’s most left-wing political party, said lifting the ban
would help increase blood stocks, Pink News reports.
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Carpetbagging candidates
and credit-stealing activists
— is this what we fought for?
A squabble broke out at the Equality
Forum panel discussion of national poli-
tics I moderated last week in Philadel-
phia.
A woman in the audience objected
forcefully after the Victory Fund’s Torey
Carter discussed his organization’s con-
troversial endorsement of two gay can-
didates for Congress.
One is Richard Tisei, a gay Republican
from Massachusetts seeking to unseat
pro-LGBT (but straight) incumbent John
Tierney. The race is dividing LGBT voters
and donors, with some saying we should
remain loyal to our allies in Congress
while others like the Victory Fund see an
opportunity to add an openly gay voice
to the GOP caucus.
The other race is in New York where
the Victory Fund and other LGBT advo-
cates are backing Sean Eldridge over
a Republican incumbent who opposes
marriage equality. The race is controver-
sial because Eldridge has a thin resume
but deep pockets — he’s married to
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.
The woman at Equality Forum nearly
leapt from her seat, angry at the notion
of a candidate buying a seat in Congress
and questioning whether the LGBT com-
munity should play along with such un-
savory tactics.
Her frustration is certainly under-
standable. Eldridge embodies much
of what is wrong with our modern po-
litical system, which prizes money over
achievement. LGBT advocates should
reconsider supporting Eldridge’s vanity
campaign for Congress from New York’s
19th congressional district.
Or is it the 18th district? It’s hard to
keep track of where Eldridge and his
wealthy husband — who won the lottery
by ending up Mark Zuckerberg’s college
roommate as he was creating Facebook
— are buying their latest multi-million-
dollar home.
We should abandon the term “car-
petbagging” and call it “Eldridgeing” be-
cause he gives new meaning to the cyni-
cal practice of picking up and moving to
a new district to buy a seat in Congress.
Eldridge is taking on incumbent Rep.
Chris Gibson, a Republican who opposes
marriage equality but is a co-sponsor of
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Of course, no one would mistake Gibson
for a gay rights advocate — he earned a
zero on HRC’s congressional scorecard
— but gay voters and donors should re-
sist lining up behind an alternative just
because he’s gay and rich. Surely there’s
a viable, experienced Democrat living in
the district. We won’t know because any-
one contemplating a run was scared off
by the Hughes war chest.
In sharp contrast to most newbie poli-
ticians, Eldridge shuns the media. He
has refused multiple Blade interview re-
quests. Politico last month published a
profile of Eldridge and noted that he not
only refused its interview requests, but
locked the campaign headquarters door
when a reporter showed up knocking.
Despite Eldridge’s arrogant approach
to campaigning, LGBT voices are em-
bracing him.
“They are young, rich, smart and good-
looking. It’s a pretty powerful combina-
tion,” Richard Socarides told the New
York Times in a predictable display of
sycophantic ass kissing.
There’s no disputing they are rich.
Hughes’ net worth has been reported
to be between $600-700 million. The
money came from his connection to
Facebook’s Zuckerberg. As the New York
Times put it, “For Mr. Hughes, a history
and literature student with no program-
ming skills, it later seemed to outsiders a
lucky break.”
The couple bought an estate in Gar-
rison, N.Y. along with 80 acres in 2011
for $5 million, the Times noted, quot-
ing Eldridge as saying that’s where they
“put down roots.” But just two years
later, when the congressional seat in
that area appeared out of reach for El-
dridge, they bought a new, $2 million
spread just north in the 19th congres-
sional district.
Eldridge is just 27 but has a “deep
commitment” to public service, accord-
ing to his bio on Victory Fund’s website.
It continues, “He helped lead the suc-
cessful campaign for marriage equality
in New York State in 2011.” That’s al-
most as ridiculous and brazen as author
Jo Becker comparing HRC’s Chad Griffi n
to Rosa Parks in her new book “Forcing
the Spring.”
Much gnashing of teeth followed publi-
cation of the book last month. Part of the
reason for the backlash is that the book
played into a narrative of HRC swooping
in at the 11th hour and taking credit for
the work of grassroots activists. Many of
them have complained (often privately
and off the record, fearing retribution)
of HRC’s tactics, from Maryland to Maine
and California to New York.
We all know the marriage equality
movement didn’t start in 2008 with the
Prop 8 case and that Griffi n is no Rosa
Parks. In fact, that case fell far short of
its goals; it’s an odd choice for Becker’s
grandiose claims.
As gays find increasing acceptance
and move openly into the halls of power,
we mustn’t forget our own history, as
HRC bet wrongly we would in the case
of Becker’s book. That history has always
been about a shared responsibility for
helping each other overcome discrimina-
tion and hate. We all stand on the shoul-
ders of a generation of gay men who
died and the LGBT survivors who took
care of them.
And, as the insightful Maya Rupert of
the National Center for Lesbian Rights
told our audience at the Equality Forum:
We don’t need a gay Rosa Parks. The
original belongs to everyone.
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EDI TORI AL CARTOON
Gays behaving badly
Don’t fall for calls to
support the Democrat
over strong independent
By PAUL KUNTZLER
 
Isaiah Webster III wrote in his May 2
Blade column that Democrats should
support Muriel Bowser over David Cata-
nia simply because Bowser managed to
win the Democratic nomination with a
small percentage of Democrats. On April
1, 90 percent of  the District’s registered
voters either did not vote or they voted
for other candidates.
Bowser, who ran as the anti-Gray can-
didate of resentment, vowed not to sup-
port the Democratic nominee if Mayor
Gray won the nomination. Now that she
has prevailed, Webster writes that Demo-
crats should vote for Bowser despite her
questionable qualifications.
My involvement in the Democratic Party
goes back to fall 1960 in Michigan when
I helped organize Grosse Pointe Young
Democrats in support of John Kennedy’s
election.  At 19, I first arrived in Washington
during January 1961 for JFK’s inauguration. 
In 1979, I was the first openly gay per-
son to serve on the D.C. Democratic State
Committee. During the 1980s, I was an of-
ficer of the District’s Democratic party. In
1980, I was one of five D.C. gay delegates
to the Democratic National Convention in
New York at Madison Square Garden. The
Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, more-
over, was founded in my living room in
January 1976.
Webster accused Lane Hudson in his
April 23 column of “taking his case right to
the gutter.” But it is Webster who got down
in the gutter when the raised the issue of
race:  “Would Muriel Bowser be deemed
qualified enough if she were a white gay
man like David Catania or Lane Hudson?”
Outside the District, voting for Demo-
crats has great meaning. But here in Wash-
ington, the issue of party affi liation has little
relevance, other than most decisions are
made within the Democratic Party.
On April 30 at Policy Restaurant on 14th
Street, N.W., Gay and Lesbian Activists
Alliance celebrated its 43rd anniversa-
ry.  Carol Schwartz, a progressive Repub-
lican and an excellent former member of
the City Council, financially supported the
event as a sponsor.
So did Council members Catania, Jack
Evans, Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells. 
Every time that Schwartz ran for offi ce, I
voted for her.
In Bowser’s years on the Council, what
has  she accomplished?  Although Bowser
chairs the committee responsible for
housing issues, she has done nothing to
address the housing crisis. The InTowner
newspaper called her “derelict in carrying
out her assigned responsibility.”
On the important issue of education,
Bowser has failed to offer a single propos-
al of substance to improve our schools.
Since 1997, Catania has been elect-
ed five times — winning votes in all
eight wards.  Over the years, David has
achieved an outstanding record of ac-
complishments.  Colbert I. King of The
Washington Post wrote: “They don’t come
any smarter, more dedicated or gutsier
than Catania. And no one works harder.”
I have known every mayor since the
late Walter Washington was elected in
November 1974.  I can write with great
confidence that David Catania is the best-
qualified person to have ever run for
mayor of the District of Columbia.
Gay voters smart enough to
objectively assess candidates
Two weeks ago, I wrote here in the pages
of the Washington Blade the reasons that I
support independent candidate for mayor,
David Catania. The title of the column ques-
tioned whether it was more important to
have loyalty to a political party or to con-
tinue the progress we are seeing in our city.
I felt like it was an important question to
answer given the unique nature of the pri-
mary we just endured and the choices be-
fore us in the general election. After a care-
ful examination of the records of the two
candidates, I feel that David Catania offers
far more substance and a solid record of ac-
complishment compared to Muriel Bowser.
A supporter of Bowser’s wrote a re-
sponse to that column and his main
premise is that Democrats should sup-
port the Democratic nominee unless she
has done something to disqualify herself.
I suppose some will ascribe to that train
of thought, though such an approach
would deprive voters of a campaign that
addresses the issues most important to
our city. Perhaps that is the strategy of
the Bowser campaign, but I hope not.
Turnout in the Democratic primary was
a record low since home rule came to the
District of Columbia. Bowser’s plurality in
that primary represents a small fraction
of eligible voters in D.C. and fewer actual
votes than any other nominee in at least 20
years, even as our population has grown.
The primary campaign was also woe-
fully short on addressing issues because
of the juggernaut of U.S. Attorney Ronald
Machen’s investigation of the 2010 cam-
paign. His inability to bring finality to his
investigation before the primary, along
with reckless accusations made through
the media, significantly influenced the
outcome of the primary. Simply put, the
general election is much needed in order
to have an election in which voters can
make a choice between candidates with-
out the cloud that hung over the primary
and surely was a contributing factor to
the record low turnout.
Now that our choices have narrowed to
David Catania and Muriel Bowser, there
is no longer a reason to divert attention
from the issues. So far, however, I have
yet to hear any rational arguments from
the Bowser campaign or its supporters on
why she is more qualified and has a more
compelling vision for the future of our city.
To suggest that Bowser deserves to win
the general election because she has done
nothing to disqualify herself as the Demo-
cratic nominee is an incredibly low bar.
Most disappointing in the column last
week was a not-so-veiled charge that I
employed bias based on race and sexual
orientation in my decision not to sup-
port Bowser, “Would Muriel Bowser be
deemed qualified enough if she were a
white gay man like David Catania or Lane
Hudson? I wonder” and “gay Democrats
need a more compelling reason to vote
for a non-Democrat than the fact that
said candidate is also gay.”
Given that I supported a straight black
man in the primary, Mayor Vince Gray, it is
a preposterous suggestion. Also, in my col-
umn I did not even mention that Catania is
gay. Suggesting that his sexuality is why I, or
other gay Democrats, support him ignores
the rationale I laid out and insinuates that
gay voters are too shallow or dumb to con-
sider the complex issues of a campaign and
arrive at an informed opinion.
For all those who have been ashamed
of the history of local politics in D.C. for so
many reasons and have longed to have a
campaign that we can be proud of, this is
our chance. But it is up to us as the voting
public to demand better. It should also be
made clear by Muriel Bowser’s campaign
that such negative and divisive rhetoric
has no place in public discourse.
Failure to do so would risk advancing
harmful divisions in our community. D.C.
can do better and committing to avoiding
this type of rhetoric is very much needed
to set the proper tone for the coming
campaign. It would also show that Mu-
riel Bowser has the wherewithal to show
leadership on this issue and is committed
to an inclusive campaign.
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Reject divisive rhetoric in mayor’s race
LANE HUDSON is a D.C.-based Democratic
activist and writer.
Catania best-qualified candidate ever for D.C. mayor
PAUL KUNTZLER is a longtime LGBT advocate
and D.C. resident.
Although Bowser chairs the committee responsible
for housing issues, she has done nothing to
address the housing crisis. 
Bowser’s plurality in the primary represents a
small fraction of eligible voters in D.C. and
fewer actual votes than any other nominee
in at least 20 years.
There’s no honor in
exploiting those who
prepare and serve our food
By JIMMIE LUTHULI
Mark Lee recently wrote an op-ed in
the Blade expressing his opposition to
paying D.C. restaurant workers mini-
mum wage. He claimed that efforts to
help hospitality industry workers get
paid fairly are “befuddling residents by
contorting facts.” Yet he does not dis-
pute any of the facts that restaurant
workers’ rights supporters cite in de-
fense of their cause.
Namely, Lee raises no challenges to
the Department of Labor investigation
of 9,000 restaurants that exposed that
84 percent were not in compliance with
wage and labor standards. (This means
that many restaurant workers are be-
ing paid BELOW the legal minimum
wage.)  Perhaps Lee has never seen the
pervasiveness of under-compensation
that permeates the industry.
I have worked in several restaurants
here in the District and can say wage
reform is critical for this industry. Even
the most well meaning restaurant man-
agers are often unable to follow wage
regulations because of the complexity
of the process and profit seeking pres-
sure from the top to keep overall labor
costs as low as possible.  Requiring res-
taurant workers to be paid a flat living
wage would simplify the payroll pro-
cess dramatically and make it harder
for managers to underpay employees.
Lee suggests that worker advocates are
seeking to confuse folks, but the truth
is that our movement is one of clarity
that would add seamlessness to indus-
try procedures.
More than a third of restaurant work-
ers (33.5 percent) in D.C. are not paid
time and a half when they work over-
time and many are paid nothing for
hours past the 40th hour in a week.  A
change in law is the best way to rem-
edy this injustice because workers who
complain have very little power to affect
change and risk being fired or having
their hours cut. Congress hasn’t raised
the tipped minimum wage in 20 years
leaving the measly $2 and change per
hour with even less purchasing power
today because of the rising prices of
goods and services over time. Here in
D.C. with our outrageous cost of living,
we have no time to wait for a stagnant
Congress to step in on behalf of restau-
rant workers.  
The dining out population in the Dis-
trict of Columbia wishes for service
workers to be treated with dignity and
fairness. Sixty-eight percent of restau-
rant workers report that they lack a
pathway to upward mobility in the form
of routine raises in response to excel-
lent job performance. A fair wage would
demonstrate to these workers that they
are valued. Valued workers are likely
to perform better. There is no honor in
exploiting the people who prepare and
serve our food.  Wage incentives are an
integral part of a successful competitive
marketplace.
A reasonable wage would not dis-
mantle the tipping system as restaurant
workers would still be able to earn tips
based on merit.  Tipping is a cultural
custom that isn’t going anywhere. In
California, the minimum wage for res-
taurant workers is $10 per hour, the in-
dustry is thriving and workers are still
tipped. There are seven states total that
do not subject restaurant workers to a
separate lower minimum wage and 19
states that don’t pay restaurant workers
as little as D.C. does.
The real deception in this debate lies in
the unfounded apocalyptic predictions
that anti-worker activists are making.
The sky won’t fall if restaurant workers
get a living wage. Quite to the contrary,
more talented individuals will enter the
restaurant profession as it becomes
more reputable and the market will ad-
just like always. D.C. residents want this
reform and will make it happen.
In the next few weeks, community
and labor groups will be asking regis-
tered D.C. voters to sign petitions to put
a livable wage measure for all workers
on the ballot in November, and I urge
voters to sign it.
We must reform how we pay restaurant workers
Outdoor sound checks at
D.C. nightlife venues yield
mere handful of violations
A nascent NIMBY noise crusade in the Dis-
trict has been at least momentarily silenced.
Along the way, a rarified ragtag collec-
tion of urban noise objectors has discov-
ered a timeworn credo: Be careful what
you wish for.
That is the lesson learned last week by
a small group of D.C. anti-noise complain-
ers who launched a campaign in January
to stifle the sounds of city nightlife in the
bustling downtown commercial zone
along Connecticut Avenue south of Du-
pont Circle. An ad hoc group, comprised
almost exclusively of a few inhabitants in
a single residential building adjacent to
the busy thoroughfare, had demanded
that D.C. agencies conduct sound checks
outside area bars and nightclubs and for
outdoor patios and rooftop decks.
They hoped to prove that the night-
time establishments were violating the
city’s ordinance restricting external noise
to no more than 60 decibels — equiva-
lent to the sound of a normal conversa-
tion. Undeterred by the fact that ordinary
streetscape sounds and passing auto
traffi c exceed the maximum level, with
a Metrobus commonly registering in the
mid-to-high-80s on a decibel meter, they
pushed for a citywide crackdown.
That’s exactly what they got. Except
now they don’t like the outcome.
In fact, the District government did
more than simply check the sound levels
in their area. As announced at a March
10 community forum featuring offi cials
from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regu-
lation Administration and Department
of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the
agencies launched a citywide inspection
program three days later. An inter-agency
“noise task force” was deployed to check
ambient noise levels on an unannounced
and random basis, including at venues
that had generated complaints by the
group and others.
The result? An April 29 report covering
a seven-week period of inspections indi-
cated that 191 sound checks across the
city yielded only five venues registering
above the limit, resulting in two DCRA ci-
tations and seven ABRA infraction warn-
ings. Significantly, of the mere handful of
businesses reported as violating the im-
practically low legal standard, each was
also recorded one or more times in full
compliance with the law.
All three gay bar venues inspected
were also found to be in compliance.
Only one venue among the many in
the vicinity of the protesters’ residential
building registered above the threshold.
The business, long in operation and with-
out prior complaint by any group mem-
bers or other area residents, had already
planned voluntary and significant sound
mitigation solutions currently underway
once the owners first became aware of
the group’s concerns.
Incredulously, one of the two leaders of
the D.C. Nightlife Noise Coalition publicly
announced she was not affected by noise
inside her housing unit from the down-
town venues, but was simply a stickler
for enforcement. “I’m doing this because I
want the law to be complied with,” Sarah
Peck told Washington City Paper.
Peck is apparently someone you’d want
organizing your sock drawer.
Abigail Nichols, Peck’s comrade-in-
combat and a longtime opponent of
nightlife businesses, is also a Dupont ad-
visory neighborhood commissioner strik-
ingly out-of-step with her colleagues on
this issue. In addition, Nichols has long
protested liquor licenses, battled regu-
latory reforms and recently gained the
support of the notoriously anti-business
Dupont Circle Citizens Association for this
latest campaign.
What is most troubling about the ac-
tions of this tiny group, however, is that
they will likely continue filing liquor li-
cense protests in an effort to extract
unpopular restrictions and limits on
operating hours and activities for out-
door spaces. With fair and forthright
good faith dealings decidedly not their
trademark, they will seek to curtail side-
walk patio and rooftop deck hours on
an across-the-board basis rather than
engage in individual solution-oriented
approaches to any legitimate and actual
public problems.
They would curtail a wildly popular and
widely appreciated amenity of urban living
and hamper the city’s largest private sec-
tor business segment now generating over
$400 million in sales tax revenues alone.
Even though all their noise has amount-
ed to nothing.
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OUR BUSI NESS MATTERS
Nightlife noise nannies discover decibel democracy
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
JIMMIE LUTHULI is a past secretary of the
Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. 
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Lesbian moms celebrate
motherhood together
COMPILED By MARIAH COOPER
Mother’s Day brings double blessings
for lesbian parents. But in most of the
country, there’s a downside — couples
in many states are fighting for the legal
protections only available to some same-
sex U.S. couples. We asked several couples
involved in marriage equality lawsuits —
three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania
— what they’ll be doing on Sunday and
why the day is special to them.
NAME: Victoria L. Kidd
PARTNER’S NAME: Christy J. Berghoff
OCCUPATION: Writer
KIDS’ NAME(S) AND AGES:
Lydia Berghoff-Kidd, 1
CITY/STATE: Winchester, VA
CASE INVOLVED IN:
Harris Et Al. V. Rainer et al. (Formerly
Harris et al. V. McDonnell et al.)
As a lesbian mom, what does Mother’s
Day mean to you? Does it have any
special significance as an LGBT parent? 
I suspect much of what I feel on Mother’s
Day is similar to that felt by mothers in
opposite-sex relationships or by single
mothers. I feel the same humble gratitude
for being fortunate enough to be a mother
to my daughter. I feel the same sense of
thankfulness that my little one is here to
share my life with me and to give my life a
purpose greater than any other.
The one uniqueness about being
a mother involved in a same-sex
relationship is that it is a life experience
shared with someone you love completely,
your wife. In that sense, Mother’s Day
takes on a special significance, because
the day marks that shared experience
and allows you to demonstrate your love
and commitment to another person who
is equally mother to your child.
What is your Mother’s Day tradition?
Do you and your partner celebrate it
together?
Our family is still working to define our
traditions, as our daughter is just a little over a
year old. Certainly, we both endeavor to show
our own mothers that we appreciate them,
but as far as celebrating in our home, we
more or less simply spend the day together.
We share a special meal and have hours of
“play time” as a family. For us, celebrating
this particular day is not about what you do,
it is about sharing time together. Christy and
I do exchange cards filled with messages of
support, because parenting is not easy. We
both simply try to find the words and the ways
available to say we love each other, support
each other and would not want to share life
or the responsibilities of motherhood with
anyone else.
You’re a plaintiff in a state marriage
case — in your own words, please tell
us why you feel it’s important for gay
families to have legal protections.
Our family is built upon love and
commitment. Christy and I committed to
being each other’s “forever” when we were
married in 2011 in D.C., but life is delicate
and uncertain. Should anything happen to
either of us, we want to ensure the other is
afforded the same protections and benefits
granted to legally married opposite-sex
couples. More importantly, we want our
daughter to be fully protected. Protections
extend beyond benefits allowed after
death; they provide the foundation for
greater everyday acceptance in our
communities. When people are separated
out as somehow different at an institutional
level, it makes it easier for others to perceive
them, and subsequently to treat them,
differently. Gaining protections under law
advances the idea that our families should
be treated equally and without bias while
going about our day-to-day lives.
NAME: Joanne Harris
PARTNER’S NAME: Jessica Duff
OCCUPATION: 
Director of diversity and advocacy 
KIDS’ NAME(S) AND AGES: Jabari, age 5
CITY/STATE: Staunton, VA
CASE INVOLVED IN:
Harris et al vs. Janet Rainey
As a lesbian mom, what does Mother’s
Day mean to you? Does it have any
special significance as an LGBT parent? 
Being a mother has been the most
rewarding and important experience
of our lives, and being Jabari’s mothers
makes every day feel like Mother’s Day.
Although we celebrate this day together
with our own mothers, we also take this
opportunity to remind our friends and
family members being acknowledged
as Jabari’s legal parent is one of many
reasons why marriage equality is
important in Virginia.
What is your Mother’s Day tradition?
Do you and your partner celebrate it
together?
We celebrate Mother’s Day with our
extended family. It’s a special day for us
to celebrate the most influential women
in our family, not just our mothers, but all
of those who have supported us.
Yes we celebrate every family tradition
together.
You’re a plaintiff in a state marriage
case — in your own words, please tell
us why you feel it’s important for gay
families to have legal protections.
We feel it’s important for all families
to be treated equally. Every devoted
partner and loving parent should have
the opportunity to provide all the legal
intricacies of functioning as a family.
This sometimes may include authorizing
medical treatment, academic guidance
and full financial support. These things
are only a few of the things not possible
without full legal marriage rights. We want
the same rights as other loving couples
and parents in our beautiful extended
family and network of friends.
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How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I came out six years ago. I was most
nervous to tell my father, but luckily he
handled it pretty well. 
Who’s your LGBT hero?
It’s hard to say that I have just one
hero. I think every LGBTQ person who
struggles every day to be true to who
they are deserves the title of hero. 
What’s Washington’s best
nightspot, past or present? 
I really love the Red Derby for a drink
with friends, and I’m partial to the Black
Cat as well. 
Describe your dream wedding.
I already had it! I had a “Great Gatsby”-
themed wedding this past August. It
was everything I dreamed of.  We had
costumes and one of D.C.’s best food
trucks, Rito Loco!
What non-LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?  
I think a major issue that has,
unfortunately, been bypassed by other
issues of social justice is racial equality.
We see the effects of racism every single
day, on a large scale across the country.
People of color are still struggling
for equality on a daily basis and just
because we are seeing progress in other
areas doesn’t mean we don’t have a
massive amount of work to do. 
What historical outcome
would you change?  
It’s diffi cult to choose just one. There
have been so many moments in our
history that have directly resulted in or
from long-term oppression of groups of
people.  
What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?  
For me, there have been a lot of
deaths of icons that are very memorable
such as Michael Jackson, Whitney
Houston and Patrick Swayze. 
On what do you insist?  
Honesty and respect for others.  
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
The invite to the show my wife and I
are co-producing Friday at the Black Cat.
“Glam Gamz and Dutch Oven present:
Under the Sheets!”  
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?  
“Driving a Stick Shift in Heels”
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
Absolutely nothing. I’m very proud to
be a fierce queer femme. 
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?  
The power of positivity and impact of
kindness.  
What’s your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?  
Don’t forget to consider the
importance of other factors such as
race and gender and how they impact
members of the community.  
What would you walk across hot coals for?
Coffee, my wife and my boxer, Marla
Pooch.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?  
I find it very annoying when straight
women assume that just because I’m
queer, I’m attracted to them. 
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?  
I absolutely adore “To Wong Foo:
Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.”  
What’s the most overrated social custom?  
I think people are overly apologetic.
People say “I’m sorry” constantly, even
when they have done nothing that
warrants an apology or when they don’t
necessarily mean that they feel sorry.  
What trophy or prize do you most covet?  
I would love to have the talent and
skill to considered for any big title in
burlesque. 
What do you wish you’d known at 18?  
I wish I had known that my 30s were
going to be amazing. I would have spent
less time sweating the little things. I also
wish I would have known I was queer. I
would have had a lot more fun in my 20s. 
Why Washington?  
Washington, D.C. is a great place
to live as a member of the LGBTQ
community. I love the diversity. 
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Performing burlesque started as a hobby when Rachel Horne was in nursing
school at Montgomery College.
“It’s definitely my creative outlet, says the 31-year-old Giddings, Texas,
native, who performs as Glam Gamz. “It started as a hobby, then it became a
really big hobby.”
Horne and her wife, Jessie, who performs as Dutch Oven, have a show Friday
night at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Doors for “Under the Sheets: a
Comedy Burlesque and Variety Show” open at 8:45 p.m. for the 9:15 show and
11 p.m. for the second show at 11:30. Tickets (21 and older) are $12 in advance
or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at blackcatdc.com.
Horne, who previously worked in animal welfare, finished nursing school in
December and started work at a local hospital as a high-risk perinatal nurse in
March, a job she says is “the most wonderful job ever.” She hopes to continue
her studies and become a midwife.
Horne came to the Washington area eight years ago to “escape the South
and experience something new.” She enjoys burlesque, making costumes for
her stage shows, cooking, crafts and “curling up to a good horror movie with
the wife” in her free time. They live in Fort Totten/Brookland.
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By KATHI WOLFE
Maybe you think poetry is only for
straight white men hobnobbing on
Mount Olympus. If that’s your take, you
haven’t met Venus Thrash, a Washington
black, lesbian poet whose debut poetry
collection “The Fateful Apple” is just out
from the Hawkins Publishing Group.
Written with deceptive simplicity,
poignancy and incisiveness, the poetry in
this volume reflects on subjects ranging
from Oprah to same-sex marriage to the
blues singer Willie Mae Thornton.
The poems in “The Fateful Apple” “...
reside in ... the ‘matrix’ of the blues,” Keith
D. Leonard, Ph.D., author of “Fettered
Genius: the African-American Bardic Poet
from Slavery to Civil Rights,” writes in the
forward to the book, “the intersection of
shared history, artistic techniques and
sensibilities ... which marks this most
defining of our cultural forms.”
Thrash, 45 and the mother of a 6-year-
old son, told the Blade in a telephone
interview that she wrote her first poem
40 years ago.
“I was in first grade. It was a poem
about my mother,” she says. “I was a hit in
the school district language arts festival.
In third grade, a poem I wrote about
happiness was published in the school
system quarterly newsletter.”
Though D.C. has been her “adopted”
home for more than 20 years, Thrash’s
roots are in the deep South.
“My childhood summers were in
Rincon and Sylvania, Georgia,” she says.
“My memory is full of ghosts.”
“I am seven/I want to be an angel/...
because I have never been an angel,” Thrash
writes in the poem “Angel. “I must act like a
lady/... I have never acted like a lady/ ... I have
demanded to be called Vince.”
“I’ve never been in the closet,” Thrash,
who has a master’s degree in fiction and
poetry from American University, says.
Early on, “I knew that there was something
different about me,” she says. “I search
for the word for it for years. I liked girls. I
understood girls. I didn’t understand why
I was the only one experiencing that.”
It was only when she grew older and
read more that Thrash could “pin it
down.” Now she’s out and proud. “I am
what I am,” she said referencing Ralph
Ellison’s iconic novel “Invisible Man.”
Her journey to this pride and self-
acceptance wasn’t always easy.
“I was brought up in the southern black
Baptist church. When I was young, there
was this wonderful, great spirit of love
and acceptance,” Thrash says. “I knew the
God of my youth to be a loving God.”
But as Thrash became a teenager, this
started to change.
“A new God was introduced to me who
was vengeful and intolerant. I didn’t know
that other God,” she says. “I had to reconcile
my sexuality, my relationship to God and
to the church. … I knew that the God who
made me was loving and tolerant.”
“Mama has said I am her angel/Daddy
loves every loud-laughing, tree-climbing
part of me,” Thrash writes in “Angel.”
She credits her parents with helping
her accept herself.
“They always knew I was ‘funny,’ that I
was a tomboy. I never felt unwanted,” she
says. “My parents had struggles growing
up in the segregated South. They were
strict. It wasn’t ‘Ozzie and Harriet.’ But I
felt a sense of love.”
Over the years, Thrash has grown
into the writer and poet she is today. At
American University, she discovered her
love and comfort level with academia.
“There I found that I’m like a sponge. I’m
intellectually curious,” Thrash says. “I was the
only student of color. But I was able to thrive
there. I was so fully accepted. Even with my
varied identities,I never felt rejected.”
Thrash, who was a finalist in the 2012
Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and the 2009
Arktoi Books Poetry Prize, loves teaching.
“I feel passionate about it. I love
interacting with students,” she says. “Not
only am I teaching in that exchange,
I’m also learning. I’ve taught in diverse
settings — in women’s correctional
facilities and under-served high schools.”
When she writes her poetry, Thrash
isn’t thinking about changing the world.
“I’m well aware of social justice issues.
But, I’m writing from a place that’s ancient
and unconscious,” she says. “What’s born
out of that, may, with of the grace of God,
have some effect on social issues.”
Though never preachy, Thrash’s poetry
often offers an incisive take on social justice
issues. Written before same-sex marriage
was legalized in D.C., her poem “Uncivil” is a
pointed, yet joyous rebuke to any government
that dictates whom anyone can love.
“There will be no parchment certificate/
stamped with any state’s approval/
confirming we’re married or in love,”
Thrash writes. “But we will jump over a
brand new straw/broom, we will light
candles & pour red/wine into the earth
where our ancestors sleep.”
In her poem “Oprah Loves Gayle,” Thrash
takes friendship out of the tabloids.
“I was disgusted was how their
relationship was displayed in news
cycles,” Thrash says. “People can’t believe
two strong black women can be friends
without being lovers. The world has always
felt threatened by powerful women.”
Thrash’s poems affi rm love among
women. In her poem “To the Fems,” she
writes, “Who would love us/short-haired,/
butch women.”
“Death come/stalking early/before
daylight catch her/pissy drunk, beat
bloody or rocked/tender-slow in the arms/
of women who/love her,” Thrash writes
in “Big Mama’s Finest Hour,” a poem for
blues singer Willie May Thornton.
Thrash is a vital part of the D.C. poetry
scene. In 2012, she was a featured poet
at Split This Rock, a biennial festival that
highlights poetry and social justice.
“Venus Thrash brings her full self to
her poetry ...{Her} poems are lush and
erotic and angry and celebratory,” Sarah
Browning, Split This Rock executive
director, said in an e-mail.
“It’s scary when you first read a poem
aloud,” Thrash says. “Then you’re aware
of what went right and what went wrong,
of its emotional and political meaning.”
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Local poet VENUS THRASH says it took her years to reconcile the conservative religion she was raised with in the South with being a lesbian.
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30 • MAY 09, 2014 OUT & ABOUT
Projecting too much
expectation often leads
to disappointment
DEAR MICHAEL,
I’m in a bad place because Jason, my
boyfriend of eight months, whom I dearly
love, can be really thoughtless of me
sometimes.
He didn’t make a special plan for my
30
th
birthday. Usually I am the one who
has to call him, or we don’t speak all day.
I am the one who usually initiates sex,
though he is happy to have it when I do. I
could go on and on.
I should explain that I had a pretty bad
childhood (extremely strict, right-wing,
religious parents who have rejected me
big-time) so it is very important to me
that my boyfriend makes me feel valued.
I didn’t get that feeling at all growing up
so I am really craving it.
I’ve brought this up with Jason and
he didn’t seem to take my concerns too
seriously. He said he tries to be a devoted
boyfriend and doesn’t want a list of things
he has to do. I’m not trying to give him
a list, but I think these are pretty basic
needs and it’s not too much to ask him to
meet them.
Advice?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
You missed out on an extremely
important experience growing up: feeling
cherished by your parents. Positive and
loving regard from others helps us learn
to love ourselves. When kids don’t have
this experience with their parents (or at
least with someone important in their
lives) they desperately seek it in their adult
relationships, hoping that love from others
will provide what they don’t have inside.
The trouble is that once we grow up, no one
else can give us that feeling; we all must
find ways to value ourselves. This is where
you must put your energy and effort.
About Jason’s not meeting your needs,
there’s a very popular belief that a love
relationship should be like a perfect
parent-child relationship, where your
spouse will always give you love and
always strive to meet your needs. But this
expectation can strangle a relationship.
It’s nearly impossible for your partner to
always be loving and supportive in ways
that you desire. He may have his own
ideas about how he wants to do things
and live his life, his own desires and wants
that conflict with yours, which means that
he will not always be there for you. It’s far
better that you work at being resilient,
accepting that Jason may sometimes let
you down because he is human and a
separate individual, than to spend time
stewing over your disappointment in him.
Keep in mind, too, that needs are
very different from wants. Your needs
— food, water and shelter — are your
responsibility once you grow up. You want
a boyfriend who plans exciting birthdays,
calls you frequently and initiates sex.
While you absolutely can advocate for
these wants, you cannot count on getting
them. Watch out for using “needs” to
push Jason into doing things he doesn’t
want to do.
I’m curious how Jason feels about
connection. Does he reach out to you
consistently in some ways that you value?
Does he really let you know him? Or do
you feel like he’s frequently distant? Keep
in mind that even if you feel like he often
isn’t there for you, your ability to see him
clearly may be warped by your history. We
often tend to see the present through the
lens of our traumatic pasts, and because
you got a lot of rejection growing up, you
may now experience distance even when
it isn’t really happening.
Developing self-esteem and a loving
attitude toward yourself when you didn’t
get that growing up is a tough challenge. I
urge you to find a skilled therapist to help
you become more solid and resilient.
Doing that work will help you weather
the inevitable letdowns of a relationship,
more deeply enjoy the good times and
simply feel good about yourself.
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ADVI CE MAY 09, 2014 • 31
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of confidentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.
Over four spectacular evenings, the NSO brings music by beloved
American composers together with choreographers and two
world premiere dance commissions in the Concert Hall.
David and Alice Rubenstein
are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
The Green Series is
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NEW MOVES: symphony + dance is supported in part
by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
NEW BALLET ENSEMBLE
Katie Smythe, artistic director
Ellington’s Harlem
Program also includes Gershwin, Barber, and Oliverio
JAUVON GILLIAM principal timpani
SATURDAY, MAY 10 AT 8 P.M. TUESDAY, MAY 13 AT 7 P.M.
May 13 performance followed by a free AfterWords discussion
JESSICA LANG DANCE
Jessica Lang, artistic director and choreographer
Adams’s Violin Concerto
LEILA JOSEFOWICZ violin
Program also includes Daugherty, Walker, and Copland
FRIDAY, MAY 16 AT 7 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 17 AT 8 P.M.
May 16 performance followed by a free AfterWords discussion
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Poet Becker explores lesbian friendships
Poet Robin Becker reads from her latest collection of poetry “Tiger Heron” at
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) Saturday at 1 p.m.
“Tiger Heron,” her eighth collection of work, explores through poetry intimate
lesbian friendships over a lifespan and relationships between humans and other
creatures. Becker has been praised for her contributions to LGBT studies and
has been a visiting scholar to the Center for Lesbian and Gay studies at the City
University of New York. She was also the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award,
an award that praises LGBT themes in literature.
Poet Jeffrey Harrison will also be reading his work. For more information, visit
politics-prose.com.
Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ Ball moved up three nights
Pop diva Lady Gaga brings her tour “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” to Verizon
Center (601 F St., N.W.) Monday. The date was moved up three days to
accommodate an unplanned Wizards-Pacers playoff game.
The Grammy winner’s latest album “Artpop” featured hit songs “Applause”
and “Do What U Want” featuring R. Kelly. She rose to fame with her previous two
albums “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster,” which included the chart topping
hits “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé.
All tickets issued for the Thursday show will be honored Monday. Refunds are
available for those unable to make it at the place of original purchase.
Blade hosts Rehoboth
summer kick-off party
Washington Blade hosts its eighth annual
Rehoboth Summer Kickoff Party at the Blue
Moon (35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach,
Del.) May 16 from 5-7 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of the summer
season in Rehoboth Beach with Washington
Blade staff, supporters and friends.
For more information, visit facebook.
com/washingtonblade.
‘Cock’ explores murky
love triangle
Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.)
opens its new production “Cock,” a love
triangle between two men and a woman,
Wednesday at 8 p.m. The show runs
through June 22.
“Cock” tells the story of John who falls
in love with a woman after breaking up
with his long-term boyfriend. Later John
and his boyfriend get back together but
a dramatic love triangle between John,
the boyfriend and the woman ensues.
The play stars Ben Cole, Bruce Dow, Scott
Parkinson and Liesel Allen Yeager.
Tickets range from $20-59. For
details and to purchase tickets, visit
studiotheatre.org.
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By KEVIN MAJOROS
As a teenager on his high school tennis
team in Los Angeles, Chuck Harney had
another thing on his mind. He had the
need for speed. To fulfill that need, he
began competing in downhill and slalom
ski racing on Mammoth Mountain.
The thrill of racing down a mountain
wasn’t quite enough, so while he was still
in his teens, he transitioned to bicycle
touring and spent his time trekking
along the coast of California, Oregon and
through parts of Europe.
“I love to be on my bike,” says Harney,
52. “I love the speed and I love the
freedom.”
Harney moved to D.C. in 1991 and
began racing in cycling on the local circuit
and across the United States as a member
of Team DC Velo. In 1994, he struck gold
at the Gay Games in New York. He also
captured gold in cycling at the Chicago
Gay Games in 2006.
Looking for something to add to his
cycling, Harney transitioned to triathlons
(swim-bike-run), duathlons (run-bike-run)
and Xterra off-road triathlons in 1998.
He qualified for the World Duathlon
Championships and competed for Team
USA from 2008-2011.
After taking a few years off, Harney is
back on the bike training for the Cleveland
Gay Games in August. The Gay Games
offers four events in cycling: road race,
individual time trial, team time trial and
criterium (closed-off short course racing).
As co-owner of the Bike Rack on Q St.,
N.W. in D.C., Harney always has one foot
on the bike. In preparation for the Games,
he will be spending a lot of long hours on
the bike.
“I will also do race specific training,” he
says. “Along with distance work with my
teammates, there will be interval training
and hill climbing. We will also probably
compete in some local races leading up
to the Games.”
There are a lot of hazards in the
sport of cycling. Most cyclists sport road
rash on a regular basis. For Harney, the
crashes are just part of the sport, but he
did share another hazard he faced at a
duathlon race in Columbia, Md., on a very
cold December day.
“It was so cold, that I decided to wear
leg warmers on the first run,” he says
laughing. “During the run they started
coming down and were clumped around
my ankles by the time I got to my bicycle.
That was my first and last race in leg
warmers.”
For the Games in Cleveland, Harney
says his focus will be on supporting and
hanging out with his teammates from
D.C. Velo that will also be competing at
the Games.
His competitive spirit emerged when
he also added that he was putting a
group together for the team time trial
that should bring home the gold medal.
The need for speed never dies.
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CHUCK HARNEY at his shop, the Bike Rack on Q Street.
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of the Capital Pride weekend, will be followed by a Finish Line Party
brought to you by JR’s Bar, featuring beer for race participants, a
live DJ, entertainment, awards for the race’s top performers and a
prize drawing for participants. All race registrants receive a DC Front
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John breaks up with his long-term boyfriend. Two weeks later, he’s grateful to be
accepted back--and haunted by a passionate and unshakable encounter with a woman.
In a world with so many ways to be happy, how do you know the right thing when you
have it? Cock detonates the love triangle in this investigation of attraction, ambivalence,
and commitment from one of Britain’s most provocative young playwrights.
CI TYDANCE’ S DREAMSCAPE
MAY 10. CI TYDANCE. LI NCOLN THEATRE.
202- 347- 3909. CI TYDANCE. NET.
CityDance’s DREAMscape features dazzling performances by the best contemporary
ballet, classical ballet, tap and hip hop artists from around the country.
KAKI KI NG: THE NECK I S A BRI DGE TO THE BODY
MAY 10. ARTI SPHERE. 703- 875- 1100. ARTI SPHERE. COM.
Guitarist Kaki King and designers Glowing Pictures collaborated to create an
immersive audio-visual performance where the guitar becomes a projection screen.
A SHARED UNI VERSE: THE ART OF COMI C BOOKS
THRU J UN 8. STRATHMORE. 301- 581- 5100.
STRATHMORE. ORG.
Ever since Superman kicked off the superhero comic genre in 1938, the medium’s
influence has spread throughout the arts, influencing fine and performing arts
as well as pop culture and becoming part of the fabric of human dreams. This
exhibit gathers all the elements of the art form, from original pencil drawing
and hand inking to graphic design and digital manipulation, and beyond into the
new incursions of what comic artist and theorist Scott McCloud calls “the infinite
canvas” of web-based comics, games and graphic novels.
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34 • MAY 09, 2014 THE GUI DE TO ARTS & CULTURE
THEATRE
Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen
of Verona. Thru May 25. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.
Shear Madness. Thru Jun 30. Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Tender Napalm. Thru May 11. The
Threepenny Opera. Thru Jun 1. Signature
Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org.
The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee. Thru May 17. One Destiny.
Thru May 17. Ford’s Theatre. 800-982-2787.
fords.org.
Living Out. Thru May 18. GALA Hispanic
Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
A Midsummer’s Night Riot. Thru Jun
5. Things You Shouldn’t Say Past
Midnight. Thru Jun 7. Keegan Theatre.
703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com.
The Piano Lesson. Thru May 30. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Dog & Pony Dc. May 10. Love Club. May
10. Participatory Theater. May 10-
May 11. Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200.
goethe.de.
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Thru
May 10. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
The Fantasticks. Thru Jun 1.
Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900.
workhousearts.org.
Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing
of the Dog). Thru Jun 8. Synetic Theater.
703-824-8060. synetictheater.org.
Swing Time – The Musical!. Thru Jul
10. Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial.
swingtimethemusical.com.
Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. Thru May 10.
Reston Community Players. CenterStage.
703-476-4500. restonplayers.org.
Tango Turco. Thru May 18. Teatro
de la Luna. Gunston. 703-548-3092.
teatrodelaluna.org.
The Love of the Nightingale. Thru
May 25. Constellation Theatre.
Source Theatre. 202-204-7741.
constellationtheatre.org.
Nero/Pseudo, a scorching new glam-
rock musical. Thru Jun 1. WSC Avant
Bard. The Shop - at Fort Fringe.
866-811-4111. wscavantbard.org.
Elling. Thru May 18. Washington Stage
Guild. Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050.
stageguild.org.
DANCE
NEW MOVES: Symphony + Dance. May
10-May 13. NSO. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Sean Dorsey Dance. May 9-May 10.
Dance Place. Joe’s Movement Emporium.
202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
MUSI C
WNO: The Magic Flute. Thru May 18.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Martin Helmchen, piano. May 10.
WPAS. Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
wpas.org.
Lawrence Brownlee & Kevin
Murphy in Recital. May 13. GW Lisner
Auditorium. 202-994-6800. lisner.org.
The Hit Men. May 11. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
Chamber Concert. May 13. FMMC.
Dumbarton House. 202-333-2075. fmmc.org.
Operetta Evening I - Embassy of
Austria. May 15. The Embassy Series.
Embassy of Austria. 202-625-2361.
embassyseries.org.
May Open Mic. May 12. DC Cabaret
Network. The Passenger. 202-679-8553.
dccabaretnetwork.org.
MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Garry
Winogrand. Thru Jun 8. Modern German
Prints and Drawings from the Kainen
Collection. Thru Jun 29. The Monuments
Men and the National Gallery of Art.
Thru Sep 1. Degas/Cassatt. May 11-Oct 5.
Andew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.
Thru Nov 30. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. NEXT at the
Corcoran: Class of 2014. Thru May 18.
Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse. Thru
Jun 15. American Journeys - Visions
of Place. Thru Sep 21. Sol LeWitt: Wall
Drawing #65. Thru Mar 15.
202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
National Geographic. Peruvian Gold
Ancient Treasures Unearthed. Thru Sep
2. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
Kreeger Museum. K@20 Kreeger
Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition.
Thru Jul 31. kreegermuseum.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Equal
Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against
Censorship. Thru May 9. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
The Phillips Collection. Made In The
USA: American Masters From The Phillips
Collection, 1850-1970. Thru Aug 31.
202-387-2151. phillipscollection.org.
GALLERI ES
Artisphere. Jessica van Brakle: Industrial
Paradise. Thru Jun 7.. 703-875-1100.
artisphere.com.
Flashpoint Gallery. Emily Biondo &
Bradford Barr: Touch Me. Thru May 10.
culturaldc.org.
Gallery plan b. Paintings & Drawings by
Bernardo Siles. Thru Jun 8. 202-234-2711.
galleryplanb.com.
Goethe-Institut. Search for a New Sound.
The Blue Note Photographs of Francis
Wolff. Thru Jul 3. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
Joan Hisaoka Gallery. Alchemical
Vessels 2014 Exhibition. Thru May 16.
202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
Neptune Fine Art. Jimmy Miracle:
Yantras. Thru May 10. 202-338-0353.
neptunefineart.com.
Robert Brown Gallery. Oleg
Kudryashov. Thru May 10. 202-338-0353.
robertbrowngallery.com.
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TODAY
Lesbian producer duo Glam Gamz
and Dutch Oven present “Under the
Sheets!,” a comedy, burlesque and
variety show, at Black Cat (1811 14th St.,
N.W.) tonight. Doors are at 8:45 and 11
p.m. Tickets are $15. Admission is limited
to guests 21 and over. For more details,
visit blackcatdc.com.
Sean Dorsey, a transgender modern
dance choreographer, presents his oral
history project “The Secret History of
Love” at Joe’s Movement Emporium
(3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier,
Md.) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. The
show uses two years worth of recorded
oral history interviews from gay, lesbian
and transgender elders from Dorsey’s
travels through the United States.
The performance is a mix of recorded
storytelling and dancing. Tickets are
$22 general admission, $17 for Dance
Place members, seniors, artists and
teachers, $10 for college students and
$8 for children. For more details, visit
danceplace.org.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts
“Eurovision 2014 Pre-party,” a pre-
party the night before the Eurovision
Song Contest. Videos from past contests
will be shown. For more details, visit
numberninedc.com.
Women in Their 20s, a social discussion
group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender
and all women interested in women,
meets today at the D.C. Center (2000 14th
St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to
join. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
There is no cover charge and admission
is limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts “Kickoff” featuring DJ Matt Bailer
tonight from 10 p.m.-closing. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
holds free and confidential HIV testing
from 4-7 p.m. today. For details, visit
thedccenter.org.
Game Parlor hosts an LGBT Game
Night at Science Club (1136 19th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 6-10 p.m. Games
available to play include Twister, Hungry
Hippos, Connect Four, Operation, Candy
Land, clue and more. Music from the ‘80s
and ‘90s will be playing all night. There
will also be contestants with retro prizes
and free party favors. Admission is $5
with RSVP and $10 without. To RSVP, visit
zoomexcursions.com.
Mixtape returns to Town (2009 8th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. DJs Matt
Bailer and Shea Van Horn spin indie pop
and alternative dance music tracks. Doors
open at 11 p.m. Cover is $12. Admission is
limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is at the
Bethesda Woodmont Triangle (Norfolk
and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.) today
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10
a.m.-5 p.m. More than 130 artists will be
showcasing their work including ceramics,
clothing, painting and mixed media. Live
music will be playing with rock, jazz,
reggae and more. Admission is free. For
more information, visit Bethesda.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 11
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.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with two
shows at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For
more information, visit nelliessportsbar.
com.
MONDAY, MAY 12
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that affect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.
org.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win
prizes. Free to play. For more information,
visit nelliessportsbar.com.
Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
hosts happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. today.
All drinks are half price. Enjoy pool, video
games and cards. Admission is free. For
more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 13
Members of Protect and Defend,
a nonprofit support organization for
LGBT peace offi cers, firefighters and
EMS workers, will join thousands of law
enforcement offi cers to honor those
killed in the line of duty during a series
of events in Washington starting today
with a public memorial service for
fallent LGBT offi cers at 3 p.m. in Dupont
Circle. Several other events, such as
a candlelight vigil, survivors seminar,
recruitment drive and “kickball with the
police” game are scheduled throughout
the week. Visit protectanddefend.org
for full details.
MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.)
hosts “Bi Pride Happy Hour” today from
5:30-8 p.m. There will be music by DJ Jake
Marx and cupcakes from Sprinkles. All
are welcome. There is a suggested $10
donation. For more information, visit
facebook.com/centerbinet.
D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly
meeting in the upstairs room of Dupont
Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
Mellow Mushroom Adams
Morgan (2436 18th St., N.W.) hosts
“BingBangBingo Anything Goes,
Hoes!” tonight at 8:30 p.m. There will
be six rounds of drag bingo and three
drag shows in between every two
rounds of bingo. Drag queens Heidi
Glüm, Pussy Noir and Jessica Spaulding
Deverreoux. For more details, visit
mellowmushroom.com.
That’s So Foul presents “Partition,”
an underwear contest, at JR.’s Bar and
Grill (1519 17th St., N.W.) tonight at 9
p.m. Contestants will wear underwear
donated by Universal Gear and the
audience will choose the winner. Bring
cash for voting. Proceeds will benefit D.C.
Center and SMYAL. For more information,
visit jrsbar-dc.com.
T he Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
reservations required and new comers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-
407-6540.
THURSDAY, MAY 15
SMYAL holds free and confidential
HIV testing from 3-5 p.m. today. For
more details, visit smyal.org.
MARIAH COOPER
PHOTO COURTESY OF DANCE PLACE
Sean Dorsey Dance’s ‘The Secret History of Love’ will be performed Saturday night in Mount
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more than 30 years, beginning as a
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reporter and currently as Senior News
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NAME: Deb Whitewood
PARTNER’S NAME: Susan Whitewood
OCCUPATION: Full-time Mom
KIDS’ NAME(S) AND AGES:
Abbey, 17; Katie, 15; Landon, 3.
CITY/STATE: Bridgeville, PA
CASE INVOLVED IN: Whitewood v. Wolfe
As a lesbian mom, what does Mother’s
Day mean to you? Does it have any
special significance as an LGBT parent? 
To me, Mother’s Day means the same
that I think it means to any mom, to
have our children, families, friends and
community members recognize the
mothers, or mother figures, in our lives for
the hardworking and loving presence that
they faithfully provide to not only their
own children, but often to other children
in their communities. Being a mother was
once described to me as akin to having
your heart walk around outside of your
body. That’s what I feel, I feel like I have at
least three or four or more pieces of my
heart walking around the world with me.
As a lesbian couple, becoming mothers
wasn’t easy for Susan and me. We had to
work very hard to create our family and
we had to jump through a lot of hoops,
legally, emotionally and physically. But
the result is that we have three wonderful
kids who call us Mummy and Momma,
and they know, without a shadow of a
doubt, just how much they were wanted
and how precious each of them is to us.
What is your Mother’s Day tradition?
Do you and your partner celebrate
together?
I have to laugh, because until this
Mother’s Day, Susan and I have always
been together on Mother’s Day. The kids
would make cards, often really, really
large, creative cards, for us. We would go
to church together and then head out to
celebrate with our own mothers and my
grandmas, often with a brunch together
in downtown Pittsburgh. Things have
changed though. Susan’s mom and both
of my grandmas have passed away. And in
true mother form, our kids’ activities take
precedence over even our Mother’s Day
celebration. Our daughter, Katie, has a
volleyball tournament in Columbus, Ohio
on Mother’s Day. (Whomever planned that
should have their head examined!) So off
to Columbus we will go. My mom will be
joining us later in the afternoon. So we will
make our own Mother’s Day celebration
wherever we end up. That’s the thing
about moms; we go with the flow and do
whatever is necessary to make it work out
best for all members of the family.
 
You’re a plaintiff in a state marriage
case — in your own words, please tell
us why you feel it’s important for gay
families to have legal protections.
Gay and lesbian families are in
communities all around us and many are
raising children. We live and work alongside
our straight married friends and do things
almost exactly the same way. We change
diapers, help with homework, clean the
house, car pool, shop for prom dresses,
cheer at volleyball games, visit the zoo, shop
at the grocery, see the doctor and play at
the park just like our straight counterparts
do. In many of our communities we are
viewed as equal to our straight counterparts
and our families are valued and supported.
But even when our families are valued and
supported, there is disparity. Our families
are treated like second-class families in so
many ways. Children are denied health
insurance because their parents are not
allowed to be married and the employer
won’t provide insurance for the same-sex
spouse and her children. Gay and lesbian
parents have to pay large legal fees to create
a patchwork of legal protections to give their
families some, but nowhere near all, the
protections that come with marriage. We file
for second-parent adoptions and hope they
will be granted. We notarize wills, powers
of attorney, guardianship papers and other
paperwork and pray that we will never need
them, but we carry them everywhere, just
in case. No married, straight friend of mine
has ever had to scramble to find her power
of attorney paperwork when she heard her
husband had been rushed to the hospital. I
have. I made sure I had it when Susan went
to the hospital last year because all I could
think was, “What am I going to do if they
won’t let me see her?”
Our families deserve the same
recognition and protection that other
families have because we ARE a family.
A family that loves each other, supports
each other, cares for each other and will
always be there for each other.
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If you can afford the
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entry to the market
By TED SMITH
In last month’s column, I discussed the
difference between housing type (e.g. apart-
ment, rowhouse, detached house, etc.) and
housing ownership (e.g., condominium, co-
operative, fee simple, rental). I noted that
people often confuse the different sets
of terms (e.g. apartment and condo). This
month, I want to discuss the difference be-
tween condominiums and cooperatives,
because buyers are often reluctant to look
at coops—and they shouldn’t be.
Although these two terms are types of
housing ownership that could apply to
several housing types, they usually are
applied to ownership of an apartment in
a multi-unit building, whether low-, mid-
or high-rise. In Washington, many coop-
eratives were formed when units in rental
apartment buildings became available for
purchase in the 1960s and 1970s (a pro-
cess called conversion). For example, many
of the multi-unit buildings along Connecti-
cut Avenue in Northwest are cooperatives.
Some of them are condominiums, with a
few rental buildings remaining.
So what’s the difference between co-
operatives and condominiums? Here are
several important differences:
Coops have members; condos have
owners. Coop members own a share of
the coop corporation analogous to the
size of their unit, but they don’t own the in-
side of their units, which condo owners do.
Because of this difference in owner-
ship, coops frequently have more rules to
follow than condos. For example, there
is usually a set number of years that you
can rent out your coop before being re-
quired to sell it—if, in fact, the coop rules
allow you to rent it at all.
Coops typically have a lower list price
than comparable condos.
Coop purchases typically include a
meeting with the coop board of directors
in order to be approved.
Coops typically have higher monthly
fees than condos, but these fees often in-
clude all utilities and property taxes, and
may include monthly payment on an un-
derlying mortgage (see below).
When there is an unexpected expense
for a building (like HVAC systems that
quit prematurely), coop boards will typi-
cally take out an additional underlying
mortgage and assign monthly payments
to coop members based on their share
in the cooperative. In the same situation,
condo boards will typically impose a spe-
cial assessment on homeowners, which
may be paid in one lump sum or as partial
payments on a monthly basis.
Now let’s see how these differences
show up when comparing two similar
properties:
CAPITOL HILL TOWERS (COOP) vs.
VELOCITY CONDOMINIUM
Unit #624 at Capitol Hill Towers in
Navy Yards neighborhood is a 1-bed-
room, 1-bath coop with parking that
sold for $325,000 last month after being
on the market for 15 days. The unit has
741 square feet. The monthly coop fee
for this unit is $1,118 monthly, which in-
cludes $664 for an underlying mortgage
payment, $224 for building management
and maintenance fees, property taxes,
water for the unit, and $230 for buildup
of the coop reserves. Because the total
amount of the underlying mortgage for
this unit is $122,852, it was only neces-
sary for the buyer to finance $216,148
when they bought the coop—the remain-
ing $122,852 debt for the underlying
mortgage passed over to the buyer from
the seller at settlement.
Unit #1104 at the Velocity Condo in
Navy Yards is a 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo
unit with parking that recently sold (in
January 2014) for $439,000 after being
on the market for 34 days. The unit has
821 square feet. The monthly condo fee
for this unit is $390, which pays for build-
ing management fees, including reserves
buildup, and maintenance.
Here you can see the significant differ-
ences: the coop had a much lower pur-
chase price for approximately the same
square footage, but has a much higher
monthly fee because of the underlying
mortgage. And here’s the lesson for new
homebuyers: if you can afford the monthly
fee with your cash flow, you will often get
more for your money with a coop, once all
the other cost factors have been balanced
out. But don’t be immediately be put off
the fee — you’ll usually end up paying the
included expenses one way or another
whether you buy a coop o r a condo.
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PROBATE DIVISION 14 ADM 89
EVELYN GOGGANS, NAME OF DECEDENT
MATTHEW R. BARNES, ACKERMAN BROWN, PLLC, 2101 L STREET, NW, SUITE
440, WASHINGTON, DC 20037
Notice of Appointment, Notice to Creditors and Notice to Unknown Heirs
Wanda Goggans, whose address is 3609 Silver Hawk Drive #201, Suitland, MD
20746, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Evelyn Goggans
who died on June 16, 2002 without a Will and will serve with Court supervision.
All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their
appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be fled
with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th St, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington,
DC 20001, on or before October 25, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be
presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or fled with the
Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 25, 2014, or
be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who
do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its publication shall so
inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.
Date of frst publication: April 25, 2014. Wanda R. Goggans, Personal
Representative.
A True Test Copy. Anne Meister, Register of Wills.
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PROBATE DIVISION 2013 ADM 1302
CLARA E. BYRD (A/K/A CLARA E. STRONG), NAME OF DECEDENT
MATTHEW R. BARNES, ACKERMAN BROWN, PLLC, 2101 L STREET, NW, SUITE
440, WASHINGTON, DC 20037
Notice of Appointment, Notice to Creditors and Notice to Unknown Heirs
Tina M. Plunkett, whose address is 12514 Turtle Dove Pl., Waldorf, MD 20602 was
appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Clara E. Byrd (a/k/a Clara E.
Strong) who died on November 17, 2006 without a Will and will serve with Court
supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown
shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment
shall be fled with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th St, NW, 3rd
Floor, Washington, DC 20001, on or before October 25, 2014. Claims against the
decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of
Wills or fled with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before
October 25, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees
of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of
its publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and
relationship.
Date of frst publication: April 25, 2014. Tina M. Plunkett, Personal Representative.
A True Test Copy. Anne Meister, Register of Wills.
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PROBATE DIVISION 2014 ADM 439
EDWARD C. WILLIAMS AKA EDWARD CHESTER WILLIAMS, NAME OF DECEDENT
NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE
(For estates of decedents dying on or after July 1, 1995)
Notice is herby given that a petition has been fled in this Court by Loretta A.
Cammon for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more
personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of a complaint
or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is fled
in this Court within 30 days from the date of frst publication of this notice, the
Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. In the absence of a will or proof
satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the
decedent died intestate, appoint an unsupervised personal representative and
Exclude Will dated january 5, 1213 (Memorandum stating just cause to exclude Will
is attached. Will was fled on July 16, 2013.)
Date of frst publication: 5/2/14. Loretta A. Cammon, Signature of Petitioner/
Attorney, 1631 Van Ness Terrace, Union NJ 07083.
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