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‘It’s a day I never
thought I would see’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The D.C. City Council on Tuesday
voted 11-2 to give preliminary
approval to a bill that would allow
same-sex marriages to be performed
in the city.
Council members backing the bill
said its overwhelming support on
the 13-member Council means it
would sail through its required sec-
ond-reading vote set for Dec. 15,
sending it to Mayor Adrian Fenty for
his signature. Fenty has pledged to
sign the measure.
“It’s a day I never thought I would
see and never thought I would have
the privilege to participate in as a gay
person,” said Council member David
Catania (I-At Large), the bill’s author,
during the Council’s 40-minute
debate on the measure.
“And I want to thank, again,
everyone on both sides of this dis-
cussion who, by and large, engaged
in an extraordinarily civil discussion
on what is a difficult matter for many,”
Council member and former
mayor Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and
Council member Yvette Alexander
(D-Ward 7) were the only ones to
vote against the bill. Alexander didn’t
speak during the debate.
Barry noted his long record of
support for LGBT rights during his
39-year tenure in D.C. politics as
school board president, mayor and
Council member, saying same-sex
marriage was the only issue in which
he has not been in lock step with the
“I am firm in my commitment to
this community,” he said. “But I’m
going to vote no because my con-
science says so and because the
majority of my constituents say so.”
Those voting for the bill were
Council Chair Vincent Gray (D-At
Large), and Council members Jim
Graham (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D-
Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3),
Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Harry
Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), Tommy Wells
(D-Ward 6), Phil Mendelson (D-At
Large), Kwame Brown (D-At Large)
and Michael Brown (I-At Large).
“This bill is the next step, a logical
step, in the progress we have made
in significantly expanding our domes-
tic partnership law over the last 17
years,” said Phil Mendelson, chair of
the Committee on Public Safety &
Judiciary, which shepherded the bill
through the Council.
“I don’t think it’s a giant step,” he
said. “It’s a final step in a process in
a steady march since 1992 as the
Move made possible
after HIV travel ban lifted
By CHRIS JOHNSON
Citing a dedication to combat the
HIV/AIDS pandemic, top Obama
administration officials formally
announced Monday that Washington,
D.C., will host the 19th International
AIDS Conference in 2012.
The announcement came at a
White House event at the Eisenhower
Executive Office Building as part of
the commemoration of World AIDS
Day, which is geared toward heighten-
ing awareness of the HIV/AIDS epi-
demic around the globe.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
said the conference would help foster
discussion on combating HIV/AIDS.
“This conference will draw togeth-
er an estimated 30,000 researchers,
scientists, policy makers, health care
providers, activists and others from
around the world,” she said.
The U.S. is able to host the confer-
ence after repealing the administrative
ban that prevents HIV-positive foreign
nationals from entering the country.
The repeal, implemented earlier this
year, is expected to go into effect Jan 4.
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of
health and human services, praised
the end of the ban during the event
and said it will help the U.S. continue
its role in the global fight against
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
D.C. Council member David Catania thanked those on both sides of the marriage
debate for conducting a ‘civil discussion’ of the issue.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
D.C. to host 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
said the 2012 International AIDS
Conference will bring together
30,000 scientists, policy makers
and activists from around the world.
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talks to Ellen
Photos from local
World AIDS Day,
including Dupont vigil.
Two local gay men
uninjured after their
car plunges into
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Tablets and Oral Suspension
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be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical
condition or treatment. It is important to remain under a healthcare provider’s care while taking LEXIVA. Do not change
or stop treatment without first talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if
you have any questions about LEXIVA.
What is the most important information I should know about LEXIVA?
LEXIVA can cause dangerous and life-threatening interactions if taken with certain other medicines. Tell your
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and herbal supplements.
• Some medicines cannot be taken at all with LEXIVA.
• Some medicines will require dose changes if taken with LEXIVA.
• Some medicines will require close monitoring if you take them with LEXIVA.
Know all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Keep a list of the medicines you take. Show this list to all your healthcare providers and pharmacists anytime you get a
new medicine or refill. Your healthcare providers and pharmacists must know all the medicines you take. They will tell
you if you can take other medicines with LEXIVA. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking LEXIVA without
talking with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of
medicines that can interact with LEXIVA.
What is LEXIVA?
LEXIVA is a medicine you take by mouth to treat HIV infection. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune
deficiency syndrome). LEXIVA belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called protease inhibitors. LEXIVA is always used
with other anti-HIV medicines. When used in combination therapy, LEXIVA may help lower the amount of HIV found in
your blood, raise CD4+ (T) cell counts, and keep your immune system as healthy as possible, so it can help fight infection.
However, LEXIVA does not work in all patients with HIV.
LEXIVA does not:
• cure HIV infection or AIDS. We do not know if LEXIVA will help you live longer or have fewer of the medical problems
(opportunistic infections) that people get with HIV or AIDS. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because
the immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium
avium complex (MAC) infections. It is very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while you are
taking LEXIVA. The long-term effects of LEXIVA are not known.
• lower the risk of passing HIV to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your
blood. For your health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safer sex by using a latex or
polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use
or share dirty needles.
LEXIVA has not been fully studied in children under the age of 2 or in adults over the age of 65.
Who should not take LEXIVA?
Do not take LEXIVA if you:
• are taking certain other medicines. Read the section “What is the most important information I should know about
LEXIVA?” Do not take the following medicines* with LEXIVA. You could develop serious or life-threatening problems.
(triazolam; used for insomnia)
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, ergotrate maleate, METHERGINE
, and others (used for migraine headaches)
(cisapride), used for certain stomach problems
(midazolam), used for sedation
(pimozide), used for Tourette’s disorder
• are allergic to LEXIVA or any of its ingredients. The active ingredient is fosamprenavir calcium. See the end of this
leaflet for a list of all the ingredients in LEXIVA.
• are allergic to AGENERASE (amprenavir).
You should not take AGENERASE (amprenavir) and LEXIVA at the same time.
There are other medicines you should not take if you are taking LEXIVA and NORVIR
(ritonavir) together. You could
develop serious or life-threatening problems. Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking before
you begin taking LEXIVA and NORVIR (ritonavir) together.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking LEXIVA?
Before taking LEXIVA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions including if you:
• are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if LEXIVA can harm your unborn baby. You and your
healthcare provider will need to decide if LEXIVA is right for you. If you use LEXIVA while you are pregnant, talk to your
healthcare provider about how you can be on the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry.
• are breastfeeding. You should not breastfeed if you are HIV-positive because of the chance of passing the HIV virus
to your baby through your milk. Also, it is not known if LEXIVA can pass into your breast milk and if it can harm your
baby. If you are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed
• have liver problems. You may be given a lower dose of LEXIVA or LEXIVA may not be right for you.
• have kidney problems
• have diabetes. You may need dose changes in your insulin or other diabetes medicines.
• have hemophilia
• are allergic to sulfa medicines
Before taking LEXIVA, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and
nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. LEXIVA can cause dangerous and life-threatening
interactions if taken with certain other medicines. You may need dose changes in some of your medicines or closer
monitoring with some medicines if you also take LEXIVA (see “What is the most important information I should know
about LEXIVA.”). Know all the medicines that you take and keep a list of them with you to show healthcare providers
Women who use birth control pills should choose a different kind of contraception. The use of LEXIVA with NORVIR
(ritonavir) in combination with birth control pills may be harmful to your liver. The use of LEXIVA with or without
NORVIR may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Talk to your healthcare provider about choosing an
How should I take LEXIVA?
• Take LEXIVA exactly as your healthcare provider prescribed.
• Do not take more or less than your prescribed dose of LEXIVA at any one time. Do not change your dose or stop taking
LEXIVA without talking with your healthcare provider.
• You can take LEXIVA Tablets with or without food.
• Adults should take LEXIVA Oral Suspension without food.
• Pediatric patients should take LEXIVA Oral Suspension with food. If vomiting occurs within 30 minutes after dosing,
the dose should be repeated.
• Shake LEXIVA Oral Suspension vigorously before each use.
• When your supply of LEXIVA or other anti-HIV medicine starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or
pharmacy. The amount of HIV virus in your blood may increase if one or more of the medicines are stopped, even for
a short time.
• Stay under the care of a healthcare provider while using LEXIVA.
• It is important that you do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose of LEXIVA by more than 4 hours, wait and take the
next dose at the regular time. However, if you miss a dose by fewer than 4 hours, take your missed dose right away.
Then take your next dose at the regular time.
• If you take too much LEXIVA, call your healthcare provider or poison control center right away.
What should I avoid while taking LEXIVA?
• Do not use certain medicines while you are taking LEXIVA. See “What is the most important information I should know
about LEXIVA” and “Who should not take LEXIVA?”
• Do not breastfeed. See “Before taking LEXIVA, tell your healthcare provider”. Talk with your healthcare provider about
the best way to feed your baby.
• Avoid doing things that can spread HIV infection since LEXIVA doesn’t stop you from passing the HIV infection
• Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
• Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes or razor blades.
• Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to
lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.
What are the possible side effects of LEXIVA?
LEXIVA may cause the following side effects:
• skin rash. Skin rashes, some with itching, have happened in patients taking LEXIVA. Swelling of the face, lips, and
tongue (angioedema) has also been reported. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a rash or develop facial swelling
after starting LEXIVA.
• diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Some patients had diabetes before taking LEXIVA while others did not.
Some patients may need changes in their diabetes medicine. Others may need a new diabetes medicine.
• increased bleeding problems in some patients with hemophilia.
• worse liver disease. Patients with liver problems, including hepatitis B or C, are more likely to get worse liver disease
when they take anti-HIV medicines like LEXIVA.
• changes in blood tests. Some people have changes in blood tests while taking LEXIVA. These include increases seen
in liver function tests and blood fat levels, and decreases in white blood cells. Your healthcare provider may do regular
blood tests to see if LEXIVA is affecting your body.
• changes in body fat. These changes have happened in patients taking antiretroviral medicines like LEXIVA. The changes
may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the trunk.
Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these conditions
are not known at this time.
• kidney stones have been reported in some patients taking LEXIVA. If you develop signs or symptoms of kidney stones
(pain in your side, blood in your urine, pain when you urinate) tell your healthcare provider right away.
Common side effects of LEXIVA are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effects
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This list of side effects of LEXIVA is not complete. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report
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• LEXIVA Tablets should be stored at room temperature between 59° and 86°F (15° to 30°C). Keep the container of
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T Street lacks sign
or guardrail to warn
of 10-foot drop
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Two gay men leaving Ziegfeld’s/
Secrets received only minor injuries
early Sunday morning after their car
plunged into the Anacostia River
behind the club, where the street
leads to the riverbank without a
warning sign or guard rail.
D.C. police identified the two men
as John Orr, 49, of Arlington, Va., and
John Knew, 39, of Alexandria, Va.
“Fortunately, we were able to
swim out OK,” Orr told the Agenda in
a telephone interview.
A spokesperson for the D.C. Fire
& Emergency Medical Services
Department said fire trucks and an
ambulance rushed to the scene after
guards stationed at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
building, located near where the car
entered the river, called 911 for help.
“Units arrived on the scene at the
site where a small car went into the
water,” said spokesperson Pete
Piringer. “Reportedly, there were two
occupants in the vehicle. One man-
aged to get out. Fire rescue crews
were able to quickly remove the other
victim from the car safely.”
Orr told the Agenda that he and
Knew managed to get out of the car
and onto the riverbank just as rescue
Orr said neither he nor Knew
were familiar with the warehouse dis-
trict known as Buzzard’s Point,
where the gay entertainment com-
plex Ziegfeld’s/Secrets and a straight
club named Crucible, are located.
Orr said he was driving the car
and made a wrong turn onto a side
street that he thought would take him
out of the warehouse area and onto
a main street.
Acknowledging that he may have
been distracted, he said he contin-
ued driving until it was too late to
avoid going into the river.
When visited Sunday by a
reporter, the site showed no sign or
guard rail at the foot of T Street,
S.W., which leads into the riverbank,
to indicate the river is located about
10 feet from the paved street.
Additionally, a bright light shining
from a guard shack next to the
Department of Homeland Security
building made it difficult to see that
the riverbank and a 10-foot drop into
the water lies a short distance away
— directly in the path of the street.
Asked if a sign or road barrier
might have alerted him to the fact
that he was headed toward the
river, Orr said, “It probably would
have helped. Yeah, it probably
would have helped.”
A spokesperson for the D.C.
Department of Public Works, which is
responsible for street maintenance,
could not immediately be reached.
Orr said rescue workers offered to
take him and Knew to a hospital for
observation, but the two men
declined the offer. Instead, he and
Knew arranged for someone else to
take them home.
Piringer said a D.C. police boat
and a diver arrived on the scene
shortly after other emergency
responders arrived. He noted the
diver searched the river as a precau-
tionary measure to determine if other
people were in the car, even though
the two men who emerged from the
water said they were the only ones in
In a statement released Sunday
afternoon, Piringer said D.C. police
were conducting a follow-up investi-
gation into the incident.
Commander David Kamperin, who
heads the First District Police station,
said an officer on the scene was
expected to complete a full report on
the incident after Agenda deadline.
2 gay men uninjured after car
plunges into Anacostia River
Mansberger seeks to
elect pro-gay Democrats
By CHRIS JOHNSON
The new president of Virginia’s
LGBT Democratic group says reach-
ing out to other organizations and
raising money to elect pro-gay candi-
dates will be the main priorities for
Terry Mansberger, 48, a gay resi-
dent of Annandale, Va., was
announced as the new president of
Virginia Partisans on Saturday. The
group selects new leaders — as well
as other officers — every two years
through a mail-in vote.
Mansberger, a product manager
for AT&T, said that when he takes
office Jan. 1 he wants to start work
on building membership and will
reach out to other LGBT organiza-
tions to accomplish that goal.
“I want to grow membership and I
want to grow access to the state —
beyond where we’ve been tradition-
ally in Northern Virginia,” he said.
The goal of building membership,
Mansberger said, “goes hand-in-
hand” with the goal to support the
Democratic candidates Virginia
Partisans wants to elect.
Still, Mansberger predicted that
2010 would be somewhat of a
breather for his organization, noting
that only congressional seats in
Virginia will be up for grabs. Elections
for offices within Virginia will next
occur in 2011.
Mansberger said Virginia Partisans
would play a role in policy-making in
Richmond by influencing Democratic offi-
cials. Even with more limited Democratic
influence following Republican wins in the
2009 election, Mansberger pointed to
some areas where progress can be made.
“There’s some areas around work-
place equality and non-discrimination,
things like that, that I think would have
a broader appeal than that hot-button
marriage issue,” he said.
Despite its losses on the ballot this
year, Mansberger said the Democratic
ticket for the most part did a good job
in embracing LGBT Virginia resi-
dents. He noted that Democratic
gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds
reached out early to LGBT people in
his campaign and attended some
Virginia Partisans events.
“We had a good relationship with
Creigh Deeds,” he said. “I talked to
him quite a bit and his campaign was
certainly supportive, [and] wanted
By comparison, Mansberger said
Steve Shannon, the Democratic can-
didate who sought to become
Virginia attorney general, didn’t
embrace the state’s LGBT population
until later in the campaign cycle.
“I would have liked to seen him go
after [Virginia attorney general-elect
Ken] Cuccinelli’s radical positions on
GLBT [issues] a bit earlier, but he
waited to the 11th hour and it was too
late,” he said. “His campaign is the
only one that really didn’t seriously
reach out to us.”
Mansberger said he was frustrat-
ed by the lack of enthusiasm among
Democrats in this year’s races. He
acknowledged that Deeds voted
twice for the constitutional ban on
same-sex marriage, but said he had
“come a long way on the issue” and
“was willing to help and support us.”
“Given the alternative, I really don’t
understand why people would sit on
the sidelines the way they did,” he said.
While saying he wants to reach out
to other LGBT groups, Mansberger
noted a distinction between Equality
Virginia and Virginia Partisans. He said
Equality Virginia serves a more educa-
tional role, while Virginia Partisans is
geared toward electing candidates and
influencing the Democratic Party.
“We support Democrats first and
foremost and we make sure that we
hold the Democratic Party to the fire
on our issues and make sure that
we’re not just getting lip service, but
we actually have candidates that
embrace and work for us,” he said.
In recent years, there has been
some occasional friction between
Equality Virginia and Virginia
Partisans. The groups sometimes
support different candidates in state
House races. And tensions rose last
year when Equality Virginia honored
former Republican Del. Vince
Callahan at its annual dinner.
Callahan had supported some pro-
LGBT legislation, but sometimes dur-
ing his political career voted against
pro-gay measures and voted twice in
favor of the constitutional ban on
same-sex marriage. Virginia Partisans
criticized the choice, while Equality
Virginia defended the decision as
advancing its non-partisan role.
Mansberger said “certainly it’s
important” to make differences of
opinion known when they exist
between the two organizations, but
noted that he doesn’t think such dif-
ferences have caused a “real rift”
between the two groups.
Virginia Partisans elected a num-
ber of officers Saturday. Tiffany
Joslyn, an Arlington, Va., resident,
was as elected as vice president;
Alexandra Beninda, a transgender
Arlington, Va., resident, was elected
as treasurer; Brian Cook, a gay
Arlington, Va., resident, was elected
as secretary; and Clifton Taylor, a
Falls Church, Va., resident, was
elected as assistant secretary.
New leader takes helm of Virginia Partisans
december 4, 2009 • dcagenda.com 5
Terry Mansberger is the new president of Virginia Partisans, the state’s
LGBT Democratic group.
Photo courtesy of Mansberger
District of Columbia, as a matter of
public policy, has proceeded toward
full equality regardless of marital sta-
tus or sexual orientation.”
The Council chamber was not
quite full as members debated and
voted on the marriage bill, a develop-
ment that surprised news reporters
and Council staff members. Some
had expected the turnout to be simi-
lar to the overflowing show among
gay rights supporters and a raucous
crowd of opponents during the
Council’s spring vote on a separate
bill that called for legally recognizing
in D.C. same-sex marriages per-
formed in other states and countries.
That measure passed by a simi-
larly lopsided margin, with Barry
emerging as the only Council mem-
ber to vote against it. It cleared its
required congressional review in
July, becoming law July 7.
A coalition of LGBT organizations
and mainline civil rights groups
viewed the earlier measure as a trial
run for the full same-sex marriage bill
that the Council passed on first read-
ing this week.
Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of
Hope Christian Church in Beltsville,
Md., and leader of a coalition of social
conservative and Christian groups
opposed to same-sex marriage,
watched the Council’s vote Tuesday
from a front-row seat in the audience.
He told reporters after the vote that
his coalition would continue to urge
Congress to step in to overturn the
same-sex marriage law. He said he
and his supporters also would continue
their court challenge of a D.C. Board of
Elections & Ethics decision in October
that refused to place on the ballot a
voter initiative seeking to ban same-
sex marriage in the District.
The board concluded that an initia-
tive banning gay marriage would violate
the city’s Human Rights Act, which pro-
hibits discrimination based on sexual
orientation. Jackson filed suit in D.C.
Superior Court seeking to overturn the
election board’s action. He has said he
would appeal the case all the way to the
U.S. Supreme Court if he and his back-
ers lose in lower courts.
“Our desire is to let the people
vote,” he told reporters after the
Council’s approval of the marriage
“It’s clear that the other side in
D.C. has been organized, has been
systematic,” he said. “They dotted all
their I’s and crossed all their T’s and,
in a sense, this battle today was won
two-and-a-half, three years ago by
folks lobbying behind the scenes.
The people have not had a chance to
weigh in as of yet.”
Jackson and Barry have said they
believe a majority of D.C. residents
— particularly African-American res-
idents — oppose same-sex marriage
and are upset with the Council’s
action on the issue.
But Michael Crawford, chair of
same-sex marriage advocacy group
D.C. for Marriage, disputed Jackson
and Barry’s assessment of voter sen-
timent in the city.
“I am African American, there are
a lot of folks working on marriage
equality who are African American,
there are a lot of straight African
Americans who are supporting mar-
riage equality,” Crawford said. “And
the majority of African-American
members of the City Council voted
for marriage equality.
“Today is an amazingly historic
day,” he said. “The City Council voted
overwhelmingly to end discrimination
against gay and lesbian families.
They have stated without hesitation
that they believe gay and lesbian
families should not be treated as sec-
ond-class citizens in the District.”
D.C. gay activist Bob Summersgill,
who has coordinated same-sex cou-
ples’ rights issues in the city, includ-
ing efforts to pass domestic partner-
ship legislation, called the Council’s
approval of a gay marriage bill the
last major hurdle in providing equal
rights for gays.
“I’m thrilled that the last major
place in the law where we aren’t
equal is being amended,” he said.
“So now the promise of full equality
under the law is being provided.”
Summersgill’s comment picked
up on a theme sounded by gay D.C.
Council member Jim Graham during
the Council’s debate Tuesday on the
marriage bill. Graham noted that on
the heels of the Council’s actions in
the 1970s to include gays in the
Human Rights Act, which bans dis-
crimination in employment, housing
and public accommodations, the
Council in the early 1990s began
approving a series of measures to
provide rights to same-sex couples.
He noted that the protections
focused on domestic partnership
amendments, beginning with the first
domestic partnership bill approved
by the Council in 1992. Graham said
a steady stream of LGBT-related
measures followed, including non-
discrimination protections for trans-
“I have been privileged to be on
this Council for almost 11 years,”
Graham said. “And the times that I
have been most privileged to be here
have been the times when this
Council has acted to enhance and to
protect human rights.”
Mendelson said he and Catania
sought to reach a compromise with the
Catholic Archdiocese of Washington,
which has called for expanding the
bill’s religious exemption clause.
The bill exempts religious institu-
tions and clergy from having to per-
form same-sex marriages or make
their facilities, products or services
available for such marriages if doing
so is contrary to their religious beliefs.
Archdiocesan officials asked the
Council to go further by exempting
one of their charitable entities,
Catholic Charities, from having to
provide employee benefits to the
same-sex married partners of their
workers providing services to needy
residents under city contracts.
Mendelson said he and Catania
met with Catholic Charities repre-
sentatives Monday to determine if
the group would back down on its
threat to withdraw from city contracts
providing services to as many as
68,000 people, including operation
of homeless shelters, unless the
Council grants it the employee bene-
“It’s their choice,” Mendelson said
after the Council vote, in discussing
whether Catholic Charities withdraws
from city contracts.
Mendelson said he and Catania,
with the backing of other Council
members, declined to add language
to the marriage bill allowing the
group to withhold employee benefits
for same-sex married partners of
their employees because doing so
would be a violation of the D.C.
Human Rights Act.
Mendelson said he and Catania
remain open to discussing other
options for Catholic Charities during the
two-week interval between Tuesday’s
first-reading vote on the marriage bill
and the final vote Dec. 15.
Wells noted during Council
debate on the marriage bill that the
city has access to other vendors and
contractors who would step in to
replace Catholic Charities.
“There’s Lutheran Social Services,
Methodist Board of Child Care, Family
Matters, D.C. Family Child Services,
Pathways to Housing,” said Wells in
naming some of the groups that pro-
vide similar services.
“They do not ask to be exempt from
any D.C. laws,” he said. “Choosing to be
a contractor to serve functions in the
District of Columbia is not a right. You’re
part of a bidding process.”
Susan Gibbs, an Archdiocese of
Washington spokesperson, said after
the vote that archdiocesan officials also
look forward to a “continuing dialogue”
with Council members over the issue.
“Catholic Charities has been here
for 80 years,” she said. “The archdio-
cese, the Catholic Church, has been
here since before there was a City
Council. So we’re committed to con-
tinue doing the services we can with
the resources we have. We’re not
stopping providing services.”
Thomas told his colleagues dur-
ing Tuesday’s debate that his Ward 5
constituents were “torn down the
middle” on the gay marriage issue.
He said he recognizes the strong reli-
gious beliefs of many of his con-
stituents, but decided to vote for the
bill on grounds of human rights to
help ensure equality under the law.
“As a legislator, I cannot allow my
personal preferences or my religious
practices, or anything that in my per-
sonal life, that would allow the disen-
franchisement of any individual in the
District of Columbia,” he said.
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Lambert: AMA performance
‘wasn’t the best first impression’
BURBANK, Calif. — In the wake of his controversial performance last week at the American
Music Awards, Adam Lambert told Ellen DeGeneres on her show that his antics didn’t leave “the
best first impression.”
“I suppose part of what I got caught up in that I forgot this was the first time people were see-
ing me on TV again after [American] Idol,” he was quoted as saying on the show by USA Today.
“I didn’t really think about that as objectively as I might of wanted to.”
In an exchange between the show host and her guest, Ellen reportedly noted that “a lot of peo-
ple didn’t like” Lambert’s man-on-man kiss during the prime-time performance. She then asks
Lambert if things went “too far” on stage.
“I think in hindsight I look back on it and I go, ‘OK, maybe that wasn’t the best first impression
to make again, the first second impression,’” he said. “I mean I had fun up there, I had a good
time, my dancers had fun and the band had fun.”
Lambert noted that he’s been resistant to his father’s suggestion that he apologize.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I was like, ‘Ya know Dad, I don’t feel like I did anything wrong. It just
wasn’t maybe the right judgment call. It’s a taste thing more than an obscenity thing. I think it’s
just a taste level.’”
N.Y. Senate rejects marriage bill
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation that would
have legalized same-sex marriage, dashing the hopes of supporters who were hoping the Empire
State would become the largest in the country to allow gay nuptials.
The vote on the legislation in the Senate was 24-38. The bill failed after hours of emotional
debate on the floor that was almost entirely in support of the bill.
Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, expressed disap-
pointment over the result in a statement.
“While we are disappointed by today’s vote, we are pleased that the issue of marriage equal-
ity at last was debated in the New York State Senate,” he said. “We had long called for a public
debate on this matter so we could determine who was truly on our side.”
A number of senators spoke in favor of the legislation on the Senate floor. State Sen. Tom
Duane, a gay Democratic lawmaker and prime sponsor of the legislation, said during debate that
the legislation “would merely provide me and tens of thousands of other New Yorkers with equal
rights in New York State.”
“It would make me equal in every way to everyone else in this chamber,” he said.
The only person to speak against the bill during debate was State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., anoth-
er Democrat, who criticized fellow lawmakers for ignoring religion on the issue.
“The Bible should never be left out,” he said. “You should carry the Bible all the time.”
Diaz said major religions – including Judaism, Islam and Catholicism – oppose same-sex mar-
riage, and noted that same-sex marriage had failed in referenda in 31 states.
The legislation failed in the Senate even though the bill had support from the Assembly, which
approved the legislation for a third time earlier in the day. Gov. David Paterson (D) also was a
strong advocate for the marriage bill.
LA Times writer Mike Penner dead at 52
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Penner, who revealed two years ago
that he was transgender and changing his name to Christine Daniels, has died. He was 52.
The Associated Press reported that Penner was pronounced dead Nov. 27 at a hospital. Los Angeles
County coroner’s Lt. Brian Elias said officials didn’t immediately issue an official cause of death.
In an article published Nov. 28, the Times said Penner was believed to have committed sui-
cide. Penner last year resumed using the name Mike Penner and was a Times columnist at the
time of his death.
The Associated Press reported that Times Editor Russ Stanton said Penner “respected our
readers a great deal, enough to share with them his very personal journey.”
Penner revealed that journey April 26, 2007, when he wrote an article for the Times titled “Old
Mike, New Christine,” in which he noted he would soon become Christine Daniels.
“I am a transsexual sports writer,” Penner wrote. “It has taken more than 40 years, a million
tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type
Adam Lambert told Ellen DeGeneres that he didn’t make the best first impression during a
performance in which he simulated oral sex with a dancer and kissed a male member of his band.
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Activist launches campaign
after Archdiocese opposes
city marriage bill
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
A gay activist has launched a web
site to collect information about clos-
eted gay Catholic priests assigned to
the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.,
with the aim of “persuading” them to
disclose their sexual orientation and
speak out against the church’s oppo-
sition to same-sex marriage.
Phil Attey, an Internet consultant
who coordinated local gay volunteers
for the 2008 Obama campaign, said
he hopes to identify such a large
number of gay priests that a “critical
mass” will be reached and church
leaders won’t be able to oust them.
“The goal of this campaign is not
to hurt any of these Catholic priests,”
Attey said. “The goal of this cam-
paign is to create an environment
where priests will be able to come
out safely to their parishes.”
Attey told D.C. Agenda that his
web site could disclose the identity of
priests he confirms are gay if they
decline to identify themselves.
“We’re hoping it doesn’t come to
that,” he said.
“One of the reasons we’re asking
for such detailed information is that
the more details we have, the more
appealing it is for the priest to come
out on his own so that all he has to
say is that he’s gay rather than have
all of the lurid details we may have on
them or not have on them come out.”
According to Attey, the response to
the web site, www.churchouting.org,
has been “overwhelming,” with D.C.-
area gay Catholics submitting informa-
tion about closeted priests about
whom they have first-hand information.
He said the information received
would be carefully vetted and a priest’s
sexual orientation would not be dis-
closed unless it is verified by two or
more people with reliable information.
“Once a story is verified, we will
be contacting the priests involved to
help them make the right choices,” a
message on the web site says.
A spokesperson for the Archdiocese
of Washington could not be immediate-
ly reached for comment.
Bill Donahue, president of the
conservative Catholic League for
Religious and Civil Rights, called
Attey’s web site a form of “religious
cleansing” and a “witch hunt,” accord-
ing to Christian News Service.
“Are they going to start harassing,
intimidating, stalking priests?” CNS
quoted Donahue as saying. “This is
simply beyond the pale.”
Attey said he expects conservative,
anti-gay groups such as Donahue’s
organization to level that type of accu-
sation against churchouting.org.
“None of that is true, and people
will come to see that as we move for-
ward,” he said.
The site includes a drop-down
menu showing the entire roster of 314
priests assigned to parishes throughout
the D.C. metropolitan area under the aus-
pices of the Archdiocese of Washington. It
also includes directions prompting read-
ers to submit their name and e-mail
address along with a narrative identifying
a closeted gay priest and a description of
how they know the priest is gay.
Attey said recent statements by
Archbishop Donald Wuerl, who heads
the Archdiocese of Washington, oppos-
ing the same-sex marriage bill pending
before the D.C. City Council played a
role in his decision to launch the web
site late last month. He said Wuerl’s
decision to sign a document prepared
jointly with fundamentalist Christian
groups known as the Manhattan
Declaration, which calls for using civil
disobedience to oppose certain laws
that conflict with religious beliefs,
including same-sex marriage laws, also
prompted him to act at this time.
However, Attey said he had been
planning the site for several years, large-
ly as a concerned gay Catholic interest-
ed in challenging the church hierarchy’s
anti-gay positions and the large number
of closeted gay priests who, according
to Attey, lend their support to the anti-
gay policies by remaining silent.
“This is a site dedicated to every
Catholic family who has lost a loved
one to suicide or disassociation,
needlessly caused by the spiritual
pain inflicted by the church hierar-
chy’s relentless attacks on LGBT
people,” Attey wrote on the site.
Gay activists have had mixed
views on the use of outing as a
means of advancing LGBT rights.
D.C. gay activist Michael Rogers, edi-
tor of the gay blogs PageOneQ and
BlogActive, has received national
attention for his stories outing closet-
ed anti-gay politicians. Rogers said
he would have no objections to
Attey’s outing of priests who actively
campaign against gay rights. But he
said he was less certain about outing
priests who remain silent or who qui-
etly support the LGBT community
but don’t take a public stand.
“I don’t know where to draw the
line on religious outing,” he said.
Mitch Wood, president of the Gay
& Lesbian Activists Alliance, said an
outing campaign against the
Catholic Church should be directed
at “higher up decision-makers, not
GLAA Vice President Rick
Rosendall cautioned that indiscrimi-
nate outings of priests could backfire
and hurt the LGBT rights movement.
“If you had an ordinary priest who
was not brave or bold enough to throw
his pastoral career into a tailspin by
confronting the hierarchy publicly, tar-
geting him would likely turn the main
focus back on those doing the outing,
and show them to be cruel and fanati-
cal,” Rosendall said.
“Our opponents on the radical
religious right already portray them-
selves as victims,” he said. “We
should take care to avoid playing into
Father Joseph Palacios, an open-
ly gay Catholic priest who teaches at
Georgetown University, said he was
ambivalent about the outing web site.
“A gay priest leading a double life
and working overtly or covertly against
gay rights is working against his own
self interests and that of the gay com-
munity that he participates in,” Palacios
said. “This kind of hypocrisy should be
brought to light – just as should be done
to straight priests living double lives.”
He said a gay priest generally
should be “personally encouraged to
look at himself and make the deci-
sion to live the truth of his sexuality.”
Attey said he doesn’t expect his
web site to disclose the names of gay
priests in the immediate future.
“I’m not looking at this as a short-
term project,” he said.
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“The HIV entry ban was a policy
that tore apart families, kept people
from getting tested, forced others to
hide their HIV status and forgo life-
saving medications,” she said. “And
most of all, it didn’t reflect America’s
leadership in fighting the disease
around the world.”
Since many participants for the
international AIDS conference are for-
eign nationals who are HIV positive, the
ban had prevented the U.S. from host-
ing the event. The last U.S. conference
took place in 1990 in San Francisco.
Another was scheduled in Boston in
1992, but was moved to Amsterdam
out of concerns over the U.S. ban.
Elly Katabura, the Uganda-based
president-elect of the International
AIDS Society and international chair
of the conference, said his organiza-
tion decided to hold the event in the
U.S. after the Obama administration
lifted the HIV travel ban.
“This change is a significant victo-
ry for public health and human rights,”
he said. “The IAS now calls on all
countries that still have similar policies
that restrict free movement of people
with HIV and AIDS through their bor-
ders to remove them immediately.”
The decision to hold the confer-
ence in D.C. also is significant
because the HIV/AIDS epidemic has
hit the city hard. Around 3 percent of
D.C. residents are known to have
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who
attended Monday’s event, told DC
Agenda that hosting the conference in
the District will help raise awareness of
“how this disease is affecting inner
cities in the United States of America.”
“Hopefully, by having it here, by being
the showcase with the biggest problems
and what we’re doing to solve them, we’ll
also come up with new ideas that will be
taken around to places throughout this
country and the world following the con-
ference in 2012,” he said.
Sebelius said HIV/AIDS still has
an impact on LGBT people through-
out the country, particularly those
who are black. She said in five major
U.S. cities, almost half of all black gay
men are HIV positive.
But officials cited the work the
administration and Congress have
done in confronting the epidemic
both at home and abroad, including
the reauthorization of funds under
the Ryan White Care Act to provide
assistance to low-income people
with HIV/AIDS and the inclusion of
HIV/AIDS provisions in health care
reform legislation before Congress.
The development of a national
AIDS strategy also is underway.
Sebelius noted the administration is
holding town hall meetings in cities
throughout the country to hear con-
cerns about addressing the epidemic.
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser
and assistant to Obama for inter-
governmental affairs and public
engagement, said HIV/AIDS is a
“personal” issue for the president,
particularly with regard to the
“He has said that we’re not always
very good at talking about HIV/AIDS,”
she said. “We have to do a better job
of talking about it in our places of
worship, throughout our communities
and our organizations, our schools
and, of course, our workplace.”
Reflecting on the symbols of
World AIDS Day, including the large
AIDS ribbon that adorned the White
House in recognition of the occasion,
Jarrett said fighting HIV/AIDS is
“deep and personal” for her and that
her sister-in-law died a “tragic death.”
“I saw the other members of her
family and 5-year-old daughter, as
well, all struggle with her death,”
she said. “I’ve also had close
friends who have either passed
away as a result of AIDS or who are
living with AIDS right now.”
The issue of how discrimination
against LGBT people abroad inter-
feres with combating the global
HIV/AIDS epidemic also was dis-
cussed during the event.
Clinton said the Obama adminis-
tration would “combat discrimination”
around the world, noting that interna-
tional efforts against HIV/AIDS are
“hampered whenever discrimination
or marginalization of certain popula-
tions results in less effective out-
reach and treatment.”
“We have to stand against any
efforts to marginalize and criminalize
and penalize members of the LGBT
community worldwide,” she said,
drawing applause from the audience.
“It is an unacceptable step back-
wards on behalf of human rights. But
it is also a step that undermines the
effectiveness of efforts to fight the
Additional efforts to confront the
global epidemic are expected to
emerge soon. Eric Goosby, the U.S.
Global AIDS Coordinator, said he
planned later this week to unveil the
new five-year strategy for the
President’s Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief, an effort designed to
fight the global AIDS crisis first
implemented by former President
George W. Bush.
He said the new strategy “will
focus on sustainability” as well as
programs that are “country-owed and
economy-driven” and “address
HIV/AIDS in the context of the broad-
er health needs.”
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Clinton calls on international community
to ‘combat discrimination’ against gays
‘The HIV entry ban was a policy that tore apart families, kept people from getting tested, forced others to hide their HIV status and forgo life-saving medications,’ said
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health & Human Services.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who attended Monday’s event, said hosting the conference in the District will help raise awareness
of ‘how this disease is affecting inner cities in the United States of America.’
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Continued from page 1
december 4, 2009 • dcagenda.com 17
localagenda: world aids day
Area residents participated in multiple events commemorating the annual World AIDS Day on Tuesday. A candlelight vigil was held in Dupont Circle and the AIDS Quilt was on display at GMU.
DC Agenda photos by Michael Key
The story behind how
DC Agenda was born
By LYNNE BROWN
and KEVIN NAFF
A rose by any other name is still a
rose. It was an easy and logical jump
for 24 unemployed folks in D.C. who
agree with the premise to believe
that a newspaper by any other name
is still a newspaper.
In response to numerous ques-
tions from readers near and far
(including one regular Blade reader in
Turkey who wrote us with questions),
we wanted to address what happened
two weeks ago and how we arrived at
the name DC Agenda for this new
venture. Rest assured that we are
anxious to stop making headlines and
ready to return to covering the news.
We promise this will be our last self-
referential column on this subject.
In August 2008, our parent compa-
ny, Window Media, was forced into
receivership by the Small Business
Administration. The company’s assets
were suddenly for sale, including the
Washington Blade. Blade employees
submitted a bid to purchase the paper’s
remaining assets (namely the brand
name and print and online archives)
and to begin operating as a local,
employee-owned newspaper again.
We were led to believe that a deci-
sion on selling the Blade would come in
September. Our offer was competitive.
But the decision was repeatedly
pushed back. Our frustrations mounted.
Window Media unexpectedly pulled
the rug out two weeks ago, closing the
Blade and other papers, including the
top-notch Southern Voice. Many ques-
tions remain, chief among them: Why
was the Blade, which operated in the
black, allowed to be shut down when a
viable cash offer was on the table? The
DC Agenda’s reporting staff is now look-
ing into this question. We deserve
answers, as does the community that
supported the Blade for so many years.
In the meantime, we are looking to
the future and it is bright. We were
Bladees, and proudly so. The
Washington Blade as a name and
brand was strong, functioning and well
recognized. But the Blade was part of
a media group, which was part of a
venture capital group, both of which
are, respectively, in bankruptcy and
receivership. Those troubles, both legal
and moral will become clear in the light
of court. The name “Washington Blade”
is not ours. It is not legally available.
In the meantime, we have a paper
The DC Agenda, Washington’s
LGBTQ news source, is the name of that
publication. Know that we considered
dozens of names. Clever double enten-
dres like the “Homo Hatchet;” strong
newspaper-worthy ideas like “Gay News
Tribune” and in your face names like
“QueerNation” were tossed about.
At a staff meeting on Nov. 17, the
day after the Blade was shut down, we
worked quickly to make key decisions
regarding the new publication, includ-
ing what to call it. In attendance were
men and women and gender-neutral
folks. The group was racially diverse
and included a mixed age group.
Represented were gays, straights, les-
bians, bisexuals, trans people, adver-
tisers, freelancers, art department
folks, sales and editorial staff, a lawyer,
a marketing and PR professional,
other newspaper people, real estate
professionals and readers. About 30
The techies did URL searches
while the lawyer considered trade-
mark implications. DC Agenda was
available from both perspectives. We
did not vote; the result was the conflu-
ence of legal opinion, web site
address availability and the need for
geo targeting. That information direct-
ed the body as a whole to accept this
name. No one thought it was perfect,
but it fit the bill. It was then Tuesday
afternoon. We had to have the
Agenda written, designed, sold, print-
ed and distributed by Friday.
We liked “Agenda” for many rea-
sons. It’s one of those loaded words
long used against LGBT people. Think,
“homosexual agenda” — an ominous
term used for years by the religious
right to scare people. Using “Agenda”
in our business name allows us to take
ownership of a word that’s been used
as a pejorative. We will redefine it.
Our journalistic mission has not
changed; this new name embraces
an inclusive agenda, from the politi-
cal to the social. We will continue to
scrutinize the LGBT rights move-
ment, its leaders, lobbyists and
organizations as the Blade did.
This group was inspiring. This
gang is hardboiled and professional.
You are reading our third consecutive
edition. We wanted to honor the
Blade by not missing an issue. We
wanted to serve our community.
Many thanks to everyone at that
meeting. When brave, creative,
involved, honest people contribute
their time and talent, our mission
continues. LGBTQ voices will have a
home and a forum in the DC Agenda.
Our stories will be chronicled.
The DC Agenda is the name of
your new hometown LGBTQ publica-
tion. Your support has been over-
whelming. We know you can recog-
nize a rose. We hope you will help us
produce a new bloom.
Lynne Brown and Kevin Naff are
publisher and editor, respectively,
of the DC Agenda. Reach them at
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responding to news and features items.
Join the discussion at DCAgenda.com.
Re: “D.C. police chief assailed
at hate crimes hearing”
Actions speak louder than words
(or “plans”) — it’s fairly clear that
Chief Lanier has put in place a policy
in practice of ignoring the LGBT
community. I mean, really. Saying
that you’re ‘decentralizing’ the GLLU
while basically eliminating the one
office that could coordinate and facil-
itate their activities across the District
is just one big “F-U” to the LGBT
community… and feckless Fenty
doesn’t seem to be on top of things
either. — Mike in Houston
In the absence of any substan-
tive support from the District gov-
ernment and Police Department, the
LGBT community will by default
need to be more proactive in
responding to street crime. This may
translate into something less than
vigilantism, but something more
than resigning to complacency. Be
willing to speak out, defend yourself,
and intervene if you witness some-
one being victimized. — Ty Nguyen
Re: “House panel approves DP
Thank you for this article. Now to
contact my … Republican congress-
man and tell him to vote yes when it
comes up for a vote. — Duane S
I hope the legislation will also
include those of us who are already
retired federal employees. I sure
would love to add my life partner to
my insurance and have him get sur-
vivor benefits. — Ron Gurney
I agree with Ron Gurney. My part-
ner and I have been together almost
30 years and I recently retired after
over 26 years federal service. Sure
would like him to receive survivors
benefits AND Social Security and
Service Connected disability bene-
fits. — Andrew KinCade
Re: “Gay Catholic group urges
city to defy church”
I really hope the DC Administration
holds fast to their robust non-discrimi-
nation clauses, this is something that
the UK government partly gave in on
in the face of evangelical and
Catholic pressure. Thankfully they
are now having to backtrack and be
robust in non-discrimination as the
European Union Commission has
ruled they did not enact the EU-
Directive (European Law) correctly;
so stick in there and do NOT give an
inch. — Kate Leigh, Scotland
Re: “D.C. board rejects mar-
I must be confused about some-
thing. Why on earth would it be any
business of a minister who lives and
preaches in Maryland what we do in
DC??? I don’t think he would appre-
ciate it if we tried to get a voter ref-
erendum on the ballot in Maryland
limiting his ability to preach or
affecting his church. That is just
silly. Why should a non-DC resident
be able to file for a referendum in
DC? It makes sense to me that you
would have to be a registered DC
voter to take such action. —
Re: Social Agenda
The shirtless nights [at Ziegfeld’s/
Secrets] are THURSDAYS not Tuesdays.
It starts on this Thursday Dec 3rd. —
Jon Parks of Ziegfeld’s/Secrets
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From the staff
This is the third edition of the
new DC Agenda, brought to
you by the same staff responsi-
ble for the Washington Blade,
which was abruptly shuttered
by parent company Window
Media last month.
Thank you for your patience as
we navigate this unexpected
change. We continue to be
awed by the outpouring of
local community support for
DC Agenda and will respond to
all offers of assistance as soon
Please visit savetheblade.com
to make a financial contribution
to the new venture or
DCAgenda.com for updated
news and information. Again,
our sincere thanks.
What’s in a name?
DC Agenda promises to
continue Blade traditions
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
I was as shocked as anyone else
when the Washington Blade closed
its doors on Monday, Nov. 16. That
day will go down as a day of mourn-
ing for the LGBT community.
I knew that the Blade’s parent com-
pany was experiencing financial diffi-
culties. But I also knew that the
Washington Blade was profitable even
if no one was getting rich. Running a
newspaper these days can be a bleak
business but the online edition of the
Blade had been attracting more than
250,000 visitors a month.
There are other newspapers and
magazines for the LGBT community,
but none with the news coverage that
the Blade had. So I was heartened
when I first heard from Lynne Brown
and Kevin Naff, the publisher and
editor of the Blade, that the staff was
hanging tough and would begin a
new locally owned paper. Though
some may miss the old name and
some will have to reset the home-
page on their computers, it really isn’t
the name that matters.
The heart and soul of a newspaper
is its staff and we in the LGBT com-
munity were fortunate that for the
more than 40 years that the Blade
published the staff was great and
cared so much. I know it’s because of
them that the new DC Agenda will
quickly become successful.
Many of the staff who are writing
for the DC Agenda are institutions in
our community. The first week after
the Blade closed I attended a meeting
between the LGBT community and
the Metropolitan Police Department.
The first thing I noticed wasn’t who
was there, but that Lou Chibbaro Jr.
wasn’t! Who was going to ask the
MPD and the community to comment
on the pertinent issues raised at the
meeting? What came to my mind was
the saying, “If a tree falls in the forest
and no one is around to hear it, does
it make a sound?”
I have always enjoyed reading
Chris Johnson’s columns on national
issues and reading about people,
food and arts events in the Out in DC
section edited by Joey DiGuglielmo. I
read other LGBT publications in the
District and Kerry Eleveld at the
Advocate online, but no one covered
the news, especially the local LGBT
news, in the same way as the Blade’s
staff. So when it was announced that
the entire staff was staying with the
DC Agenda, I knew that something
exciting was happening.
I was a longtime contributor to the
Blade and it has been an outlet for my
writing and my opinions. I am always
amazed at how many people stop me
on the street and share thoughts on
what I write. In Europe a couple of
years ago, a friend of a friend was
introduced to me and said, “You look
so familiar.” It turned out that they rec-
ognized me from the airbrushed photo
that appeared with my Blade column.
And, believe it or not, I really do
appreciate readers’ comments, espe-
cially if they aren’t personally nasty but
manage to stick to commenting on the
issues I write about — whether they
agree with me or not. The Blade pub-
lished opinion pieces on all sides of an
issue. They wrote about Republican
Sen. Larry Craig’s wide stance and
made fun of it, but then did a positive
story on a gay Republican running for
office in Virginia. I know that the new
DC Agenda will have the same jour-
nalistic ethics and fair reporting that
the Blade always did.
I have enjoyed reading the first
condensed issues of the new paper
that the staff put out. It was incredible
how fast they got to work again, even
as they are working as volunteers. I
look forward to continue seeing many
of the old bylines and I am sure as
this new venture grows new names
will be appearing.
I am glad there will be both a hard-
copy and online newspaper. I am old
fashioned and still read a newspaper
with my coffee in the morning. I
looked forward to Friday mornings
with the Blade and now I will have the
same feeling about the DC Agenda.
During the day, I go online to get the
latest news and since day one I have
seen that I can continue to do that
with the DC Agenda.
I know that the LGBT community
has already shown that it will support
this new venture. Both the readers
and the advertisers will do so
because they realize that we need it.
We can’t rely on the mainstream
media just yet to get our news right
and advertisers need a place to share
information with a targeted audience.
The DC Agenda will be a success
because it will represent the heart
and soul of our entire community. It
will be our new newspaper of record.
Peter Rosenstein is a longtime
local LGBT rights and Democratic
A new newspaper of record
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ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 and has not been
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See your healthcare provider regularly.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Contact your healthcare provider right away if
you experience any of the following side effects
or conditions associated with ATRIPLA:
• Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/
or weakness. These may be signs of a buildup
of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), which is
a serious medical condition.
• Light colored stools, dark colored urine, and/
or if your skin or the whites of your eyes turn
yellow. These may be signs of serious liver
• If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV),
your liver disease may suddenly get worse if
you stop taking ATRIPLA. Do not stop taking
ATRIPLA unless directed by your healthcare
Do not take ATRIPLA if you are taking the
following medicines because serious and
life-threatening side effects may occur when
(triazolam), or ergot medications (for
In addition, ATRIPLA should not be taken
(tenofovir DF), because they contain
the same or similar active ingredients as ATRIPLA.
(voriconazole) or REYATAZ
sulfate), with or without Norvir
not be taken with ATRIPLA since they may lose their
effect and may also increase the chance of having
side effects from ATRIPLA. Fortovase
(saquinavir)should not be used as the
only protease inhibitor in combination with ATRIPLA.
Taking ATRIPLA with St. John’s wort or products
containing St. John’s wort is not recommended as it
may cause decreased levels of ATRIPLA, increased
viral load, and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or
cross-resistance to other anti-HIV drugs.
This list of medicines is not complete. Discuss
with your healthcare provider all prescription
and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or
herbal supplements you are taking or plan
Contact your healthcare provider right away if you
experience any of the following side effects or
• Severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry
behavior have been reported by a small number
of patients. Some patients have had thoughts of
suicide and a few have actually committed suicide.
These problems may occur more often in patients
who have had mental illness.
• Dizziness, trouble sleeping or concentrating,
drowsiness, unusual dreams, and/or
hallucinations are common, and tend to go away
after taking ATRIPLA (efavirenz 600 mg/
emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir DF 300 mg) for
a few weeks. Symptoms were severe in a few
patients and some patients discontinued therapy.
These symptoms may become more severe with
the use of alcohol and/or mood-altering (street)
drugs. If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating,
and/or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be
dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery.
• Kidney or liver problems. If you have had kidney
or liver problems, including hepatitis infection or
take other medicines that may cause kidney or
liver problems, your healthcare provider should do
regular blood tests.
• Pregnancy: Women should not become
pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and for
12 weeks after stopping ATRIPLA. Serious birth
defects have been seen in children of women
treated during pregnancy with one of the
medicines in ATRIPLA. Therefore, women must use
a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a
condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other
methods of birth control.
• Breast-Feeding: Women with HIV-1 should not
breast-feed because they can pass HIV-1 through
their milk to the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass
through breast milk and cause serious harm to the
• Rash is a common side effect that usually goes
away without treatment, but may be serious in a
small number of patients.
• Seizures have occurred in patients taking a
component of ATRIPLA, usually in those with
a history of seizures. If you have ever had seizures,
or take medicine for seizures, your healthcare
provider may want to switch you to another
medicine or monitor you.
• Bone changes. If you have had bone problems in
the past, your healthcare provider may want to
check your bones.
• If you have ever had mental illness or use illegal
drugs or alcohol.
Changes in body fat have been seen in some people
taking anti-HIV-1 medicines. The cause and
long-term health effects are not known.
Other common side effects of ATRIPLA include
tiredness, headache, upset stomach, vomiting, gas,
and diarrhea. Skin discoloration (small spots or
freckles) may also happen.
You should take ATRIPLA once daily on an empty
stomach. Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make
some side effects less bothersome.
ATRIPLA is one of several treatment options
your doctor may consider.
You are encouraged to report negative
side effects of prescription drugs to the
FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or
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ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with
Please also read the section “MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH
Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
(eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE’ fo veer dye soe PROX il
FYOU mar ate)
Read the Patient Information that comes with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/
emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) before you start taking it and
each time you get a refill since there may be new information. This
information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider
about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a
healthcare provider’s care when taking ATRIPLA. Do not change or stop
your medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider.
Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions
What is the most important information I should know about
• Some people who have taken medicine like ATRIPLA (which
contains nucleoside analogs) have developed a serious
condition called lactic acidosis (build up of an acid in the blood).
Lactic acidosis can be a medical emergency and may need to be
treated in the hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if
you get the following signs or symptoms of lactic acidosis:
• You feel very weak or tired.
• You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain.
• You have trouble breathing.
• You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting.
• You feel cold, especially in your arms and legs.
• You feel dizzy or lightheaded.
• You have a fast or irregular heartbeat.
• Some people who have taken medicines like ATRIPLA have
developed serious liver problems called hepatotoxicity, with liver
enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your
healthcare provider right away if you get the following signs or
symptoms of liver problems:
• Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice).
• Your urine turns dark.
• Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color.
• You don’t feel like eating food for several days or longer.
• You feel sick to your stomach (nausea).
• You have lower stomach area (abdominal) pain.
• You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or liver problems if you
are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking nucleoside
analog-containing medicines, like ATRIPLA, for a long time.
• If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop
taking ATRIPLA, you may get a “flare-up” of your hepatitis. A
“flare-up” is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way
than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking ATRIPLA need close
medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and
blood tests to check for hepatitis that could be getting worse.
ATRIPLA is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must
discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider.
What is ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)?
ATRIPLA contains 3 medicines, SUSTIVA
(emtricitabine) and VIREAD
(tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called
tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1
(human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase
inhibitors (NRTIs) and SUSTIVA is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse
transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components
. ATRIPLA can be used alone as a complete regimen, or in
combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1
infection. ATRIPLA is for adults age 18 and over. ATRIPLA has not been
studied in children under age 18 or adults over age 65.
HIV infection destroys CD4
T cells, which are important to the immune
system. The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number
of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
ATRIPLA helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your
body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. ATRIPLA lowers the
amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). ATRIPLA may also help to increase
the number of T cells (CD4
cells), allowing your immune system to
improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of
death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak
Does ATRIPLA cure HIV-1 or AIDS?
ATRIPLA does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of
ATRIPLA are not known at this time. People taking ATRIPLA may still get
opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV-1
infection. Opportunistic infections are infections that develop because the
immune system is weak. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes
virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. It is
very important that you see your healthcare provider regularly while
Does ATRIPLA reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others?
ATRIPLA has not been shown to lower your chance of passing HIV-1
to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being
exposed to your blood.
• Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
• Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on
them, like toothbrushes or razor blades.
• Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice
safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier to
reduce the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions,
Who should not take ATRIPLA?
Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether
ATRIPLA is right for you.
Do not take ATRIPLA if you are allergic to ATRIPLA or any of its ingredients.
The active ingredients of ATRIPLA are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and
tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ATRIPLA?
Tell your healthcare provider if you:
• Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see “What should I
avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”).
• Are breast-feeding (see “What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?”).
• Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis
• Have bone problems.
• Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your
healthcare provider may want to do tests to check your liver while you
• Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol.
• Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures.
What important information should I know about taking other
medicines with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil
ATRIPLA may change the effect of other medicines, including the
ones for HIV-1, and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare
provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Other
medicines, including herbal products, may affect ATRIPLA. For this
reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and
pharmacists know what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins
you are taking.
MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH ATRIPLA
• The following medicines may cause serious and life-threatening side
effects when taken with ATRIPLA. You should not take any of these
medicines while taking ATRIPLA: Vascor (bepridil), Propulsid (cisapride),
Versed (midazolam), Orap (pimozide), Halcion (triazolam), ergot
medications (for example, Wigraine and Cafergot).
• ATRIPLA also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/
zidovudine), EMTRIVA, Epivir, Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom
(abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/
zidovudine), SUSTIVA, TRUVADA, or VIREAD.
• Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with ATRIPLA since it may
lose its effect or may increase the chance of having side effects
• Do not take St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), or products
containing St. John’s wort with ATRIPLA. St. John’s wort is an herbal
product sold as a dietary supplement. Talk with your healthcare
provider if you are taking or are planning to take St. John’s wort. Taking
St. John’s wort may decrease ATRIPLA levels and lead to increased viral
load and possible resistance to ATRIPLA or cross-resistance to other
It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of
• Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin); or Sporanox
(itraconazole); these medicines may need to be replaced with
another medicine when taken with ATRIPLA.
• Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem),
Covera HS or Isoptin (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir);
Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering
medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin
sodium), and Zocor (simvastatin); or Zoloft (sertraline); these
medicines may need to have their dose changed when taken
• Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of ATRIPLA)
may increase the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could
result in more side effects. You may need to be monitored more
carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and didanosine together. Also, the
dose of didanosine may need to be changed.
• Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate) or Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir); these
medicines may increase the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of
ATRIPLA) in your blood, which could result in more side effects.
Reyataz is not recommended with ATRIPLA. You may need to be
monitored more carefully if you are taking ATRIPLA and Kaletra
together. Also, the dose of Kaletra may need to be changed.
• Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol
(carbamazepine), or phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may
want to switch you to another medicine or check drug levels in your
blood from time to time.
december 4, 2009 • dcagenda.com 23
These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take
ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate). Be
sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take.
Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines
as well as any herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take,
and how often you take them. Make a new list when medicines or herbal
remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of this
list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you
visit your healthcare provider or fill a prescription. This will give your
healthcare provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he
or she can decide the best approach for your situation.
How should I take ATRIPLA?
• Take the exact amount of ATRIPLA your healthcare provider
prescribes. Never change the dose on your own. Do not stop this
medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop.
• You should take ATRIPLA on an empty stomach.
• Swallow ATRIPLA with water.
• Taking ATRIPLA at bedtime may make some side effects less
• Do not miss a dose of ATRIPLA. If you forget to take ATRIPLA, take
the missed dose right away, unless it is almost time for your next
dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with your regular
dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take
your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
• If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of ATRIPLA,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room right
• Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change
how you take old ones. Your doses may need adjustment.
• When your ATRIPLA supply starts to run low, get more from your
healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the
amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is
stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to
ATRIPLA and become harder to treat.
• Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for
certain side effects while you take ATRIPLA.
What should I avoid while taking ATRIPLA?
• Women should not become pregnant while taking ATRIPLA and
for 12 weeks after stopping it. Serious birth defects have been
seen in the babies of animals and women treated with efavirenz (a
component of ATRIPLA) during pregnancy. It is not known whether
efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider
right away if you are pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare
provider if you want to become pregnant.
• Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such
as pills, injections, or implants, because ATRIPLA may make these
contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a reliable form of
barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they
also use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of
ATRIPLA, may remain in your blood for a time after therapy is
stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive
measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking ATRIPLA.
• Do not breast-feed if you are taking ATRIPLA. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recommend that mothers with HIV
not breast-feed because they can pass the HIV through their milk to
the baby. Also, ATRIPLA may pass through breast milk and cause
serious harm to the baby. Talk with your healthcare provider if you
are breast-feeding. You should stop breast-feeding or may need to
use a different medicine.
• Taking ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate)
with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as
ATRIPLA, such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects.
• Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and non-
prescription medicines and herbal products, without checking with
your healthcare provider.
• Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection since ATRIPLA
does not stop you from passing the HIV-1 infection to others.
What are the possible side effects of ATRIPLA?
ATRIPLA may cause the following serious side effects:
• Lactic acidosis (buildup of an acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis
can be a medical emergency and may need to be treated in the
hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get
signs of lactic acidosis. (See “What is the most important
information I should know about ATRIPLA?”)
• Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement
(hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare
provider right away if you get any signs of liver problems. (See “What
is the most important information I should know about ATRIPLA?”)
• “Flare-ups” of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the
disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before, can occur if
you have HBV and you stop taking ATRIPLA. Your healthcare
provider will monitor your condition for several months after
stopping ATRIPLA if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may
recommend treatment for your HBV.
• Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may
experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior
while taking ATRIPLA. Some patients have thoughts of suicide and
a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur
more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your
healthcare provider right away if you think you are having these
psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider can decide if you
should continue to take ATRIPLA.
• Kidney problems. If you have had kidney problems in the past or take
other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare
provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys.
• Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). It is not
known whether long-term use of ATRIPLA will cause damage to your
bones. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare
provider may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or
may prescribe medicines to help your bone mineral density.
Common side effects:
Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness,
trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams during treatment with
ATRIPLA. These side effects may be reduced if you take ATRIPLA at
bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you
have taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common
side effects, such as dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have
serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange
thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if
any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible
that these symptoms may be more severe if ATRIPLA is used with
alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs.
If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities
that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery.
Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in
treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. If you
develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away.
Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting,
gas, and diarrhea.
Other possible side effects with ATRIPLA (efavirenz/emtricitabine/
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) include:
• Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients
taking anti-HIV-1 medicine. These changes may include an
increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck (“buffalo
hump”), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the
legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term
health effects of these fat changes are not known.
• Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with
Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side
effects while taking ATRIPLA.
Contact your healthcare provider before stopping ATRIPLA because of
side effects or for any other reason.
This is not a complete list of side effects possible with ATRIPLA. Ask
your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a more complete list of side
effects of ATRIPLA and all the medicines you will take.
How do I store ATRIPLA?
• Keep ATRIPLA and all other medicines out of reach of children.
• Store ATRIPLA at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C).
• Keep ATRIPLA in its original container and keep the container tightly
• Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need.
If you throw any medicines away make sure that children will not
General information about ATRIPLA:
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not
mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use ATRIPLA for a
condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ATRIPLA to other
people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm
This leaflet summarizes the most important information about ATRIPLA.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information
about ATRIPLA that is written for health professionals.
Do not use ATRIPLA if the seal over bottle opening is broken or missing.
What are the ingredients of ATRIPLA?
Active Ingredients: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil
Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose,
microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate.
The film coating contains black iron oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl
alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
ATRIPLA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb & Gilead Sciences, LLC.
EMTRIVA, TRUVADA, and VIREAD are trademarks of Gilead Sciences,
Inc. SUSTIVA is a trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Company.
Reyataz and Videx are trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Pravachol is a trademark of ER Squibb & Sons, LLC. Other brands listed
are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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GAYLAW, a group of LGBT lawyers in
Washington, is having its 17th annual
holiday awards celebration tonight at
the Woman’s National Democratic Club
in Dupont Circle, located at 1526 New
Hampshire Ave., N.W. Several gay
companies and individuals are being
honored including gay D.C. Council
member David Catania, Ackerman
Legal and the now-closed Washington
Blade. Those attending are asked to
bring an unwrapped toy or article of
clothing for a child aged 4 to 16 for
Metropolitan Community Church’s fifth
annual toy drive. For cost and ticket
information, visit www.gaylaw.org.
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
OF WASHINGTON will have its annual
Christmas concert featuring the church’s
gospel choir and praise team tonight at
7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. The
choirs, under the direction of Shirli
Hughes, MCC’s minister of music who‘s
gay, will perform a variety of seasonal
selections. MCC-D.C. is the region’s
largest mostly gay church. Visit
www.mccdc.com for more information
on this and other church events.
D.C. Front Runners, a gay athletic
group, has its monthly “First Friday
Happy Hour” tonight from 6:30 to 8:30
p.m. at DUPLEX DINER, located at 2004
18th Street, N.W. in Washington. The
group also has walks and runs planned
this week on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday
and Thursday. Visit www.dcfrontrun-
ners.org for more information.
A new Friday night drag show at
ZIEGFELD’S has started with a new
hostess. The Ladies of Illusion host-
ed by Kristina Kelly has performances
every Friday at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.
saturday, dec. 5
Washington native Alex Cohen DJs at
TOWN tonight. He’s produced tracks for
artists such as Niki Harris, Ceevox,
Jeanie Tracy, Chus & Ceballos and Abel
Aguilera. Doors open at 9 p.m. A drag
show starts at 10. Cover is $10 from 9 to
11 p.m. and $15 after 11. Town is locat-
ed at 2009 8th Street, N.W.
STUDIO THEATRE is having a pay-
what-you-can performance at 2 p.m.
today of “The Solid Gold Cadillac,” a
play by Howard Teichmann and
George Kaufman. It tells the story of
Mrs. Partridge, a minor stockholder in a
major corporation who takes on the
board questioning why its chairman
gets paid so much money. It stars local
actress Nancy Robinette and is direct-
ed by Studio staple Paul Mullins. Doors
open at noon. Studio is located at 1501
14th Street, N.W. Studio is offering
three-play gift packages that start at
$99. Visit www.studiotheatre.org or call
202-332-3300 for more information.
BURGUNDY CRESCENT VOLUNTEERS,
a local gay volunteer group, has oppor-
tunities for community service today at
Food & Friends (8 a.m.) and the Lost
Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (11:45
a.m.). Visit www.burgundycrescent.org
for more information on these and other
gay volunteering events this week.
sunday, dec. 6
DIGNITY WASHINGTON, a local gay
Catholic group, celebrates Mass for the
LGBT community every Sunday at 6
p.m. at St. Margaret’s, located at 1820
Connecticut Ave., N.W. Call 202-546-
2245 for more information or visit
THE MISS GAYE AMERICA D.C.
PAGEANT, hosted by the Academy of
Washington, is being held today. A
“Wicked” America, as the event is
dubbed, will honor Destiny B. Childs,
last year’s winner. The pageant will be
held at ZIEGFELD’S, located at 1824
Half Street, S.W. Doors open at 2 p.m.
The pageant will begin at 3. Cost is
$10, which can be paid at the door. For
more information, call 703-671-1617.
monday, dec. 7
LEVEL ONE, a gay-owned restaurant in
the basement of Cobalt at 1639 R Street,
N.W., has pasta night every Monday with
choice of three sauces, salad and
dessert for $12.95 Bottles of wine are
half price from 5 p.m. on every Monday
and Wednesday nights. Visit www.level-
onedc.com for more information.
NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR, a gay bar
located at 900 U Street, N.W., holds
“Pokerface,” a Texas hold ‘em poker night
every Monday at 8 p.m. It’s free to play
and prizes are awarded. Visit www.nel-
liessportsbar.com for more information.
THE D.C. CENTER has a volunteer
night tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the
Center, located at 1111 14th Street,
N.W., suite 350. Volunteers will work on
a variety of tasks such as making safer
sex kits for the HIV Working Group,
doing data entry for D.C. For Marriage
and other activities. Pizza and soft
drinks will be provided. Visit www.thed-
ccenter.org for more information.
tuesday, dec. 8
PARAMOUNT ANNIE’S STEAKHOUSE
is holding a benefit night for kids with
HIV tonight from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Fifteen
percent of the evening’s proceeds will go
to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Annie’s is located at 1609 17th Street,
N.W. Reservations are encouraged. Call
202-232-0395 for more information or to
Local drag queen Shi-Queeta-Lee
hosts drag bingo every Tuesday this
month at NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR
from 6 to 10 p.m. She’s selling copies
of her 2010 calendar. Nellie’s is located
at 900 U Street, N.W.
wednesday, dec. 9
THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET per-
forms at the Kennedy Center tonight at
7:30 p.m. with performances of
“Mozartiana,” “Dances at a
Gathering” and “Violin Concerto,” by
Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Stravinsky
respectively and choreography by
George Balanchine. Tickets start at
$29. This program will also be per-
formed Thursday, Saturday and
Sunday. An alternate program, featur-
ing music by Bach, Handel and
Brahms and choreography by
Balanchine will be performed Friday at
7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at
1:30 p.m. For more information or to
order tickets, contact 202-467-4600 or
RAINBOW RESPONSE, a group that
meets to discuss domestic violence in
the local LGBT community, meets
tonight at 7 p.m. at the Center, located at
1111 14th Street, N.W., suite 350. The
group meets the second Wednesday of
each month. Visit www.rainbowre-
sponse.org for more information.
thursday, dec. 10
OUTWRITE is holding a poetry event
featuring selections from “Persistent
Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to
AIDS” tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at
the D.C. Center, located at 1111 14th
Street, N.W., suite 350. Editor Philip
Clark will read selections from the
anthology, which features poetry from
45 poets who died of AIDS including
Reinaldo Arenas, Tory Dent, James
Merrill, Paul Monette, Essex Hemphill
and Joe Brainard. For more informa-
tion, visit www.thedccenter.org.
friday, dec. 11
THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCH-
ESTRA’S NSO Pops division will perform
a holiday concert tonight at 8 p.m. (repeat-
ing Saturday and Sunday) in the Concert
Hall at the Kennedy Center. The orchestra
will be conducted by the legendary com-
poser/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and
will feature jazz vocal ensemble Afro Blue,
tenor Jonathan Ansell, flutist Emma
Resmini and many Christmas season
favorites like “O Holy Night,” “Sleigh Ride”
and “White Christmas.” Tickets range from
$20 to $80. Visit www.kennedy-center.org
for more information.
saturday, dec. 12
TOWN has its annual White Party
tonight with guest DJ Twisted Dee (aka
Denise Gurney), a lesbian spinner who
has established herself as a premiere
DJ at gay events in Fire Island and at
various circuit parties around the world.
Those attending are encouraged to
wear white. Doors open at 9 p.m. A drag
show starts at 10. Cover is $10 from 9 to
11 p.m. and $15 after 11. Town is locat-
ed at 2009 8th Street, N.W. Visit
www.towndc.com for more information.
ADVENTURING OUTDOOR GROUP,
an organization for gays and lesbians
who enjoy the outdoors, is taking what’s
being described as an easy hike today
with the Chrysalis Arts and Culture
Group through the Wilderness
Battlefield, west of Fredericksburg, Va.
Leader Craig Howell will explain the
area’s Civil War significance and the cur-
rent controversy associated with a pro-
posed Walmart near the site. The hike
will be about six miles. Those attending
are encouraged to bring drinks, lunch
and about $8 for transportation and trip
fees. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at
the station attendant’s kiosk at the King
Street Metro stop. For more informa-
tion, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 202-462-0535.
DJ TWISTED DEE will spin at Town’s White Party next weekend.
Photo courtesy of Twisted Dee
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Oscar winner Parsons
gives ‘August’ tour de force
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Even though it’s set in stifling late
summer Oklahoma, “August: Osage
County” makes for ideal holiday-sea-
son theater fare. When spending time
with the family this year, you might
want to think about the play’s extreme-
ly screwed up Weston clan and your
own familial dysfunction is certain to
pale in comparison. If it doesn’t, then
we’re sorry for you.
In the first scene of Tracy Letts’
Pulitzer- and Tony -winning tragicome-
dy playing at the Kennedy Center
through Dec. 20, family patriarch
Beverly Weston (Jon DeVries) amiably
shares, “My wife takes pills and I
drink.” Proving the veracity of his
words, Violet (Estelle Parsons) soon
shuffles into her husband’s study high
as a kite, virtually mute.
By scene two, Beverly has mysteri-
ously disappeared, prompting his and
Violet’s three adult daughters and
other extended family to gather at the
couple’s small town Ohio home. And
here’s when things start to get good.
When not too drugged to speak,
Violet — we soon learn — spews some
cruel, albeit often hilarious, venom
aimed primarily at daughters hard-
shelled Barbara (Shannon Cochran),
timid Ivy (Angelica Torn) and Karen
(Amy Warren), the queen of denial.
Violet’s laser-like cuts range from nasty
digs to take-no-prisoners psyche crip-
pling assaults, and have over the years.
As the play unfolds, an inventory of
family dysfunction is presented: verbal
abuse, addiction, adultery, incest and
more. Not surprisingly, Violet reveals at
two different points that she, as well as
her equally acerbic sister Mattie Fae
(Libby George), suffered abuse from
their own mother during their joyless
Set designer Todd Rosenthal’s
seemingly innocuous three-story frame
house (whose steep stairways the 80-
something Parsons frequently climbs
and descends with enviable nimble-
ness and speed throughout the play) is
an important element in the show, a
character really. This is where the girls
grew up and where for so many years
their damaged mother numbed herself
while their emotionally absent, but not
unkind, father drank.
At three-and-a-half hours, “August:
Osage County” is — for the most part
— hugely entertaining and never feels
long. Staged by Anna D. Shapiro, some
scenes, especially the moment when
the entire family disastrously comes
together for a meal in the second act
and those featuring Parson’s Violet
with her sister and/or daughters, are
better than others, but overall it’s an
intelligent crowd pleaser, marvelously
acted, darkly comic and well-written.
Parsons — an character actress
best known for her Academy Award-
winning turn as Blanche the preacher’s
daughter turned gun moll in “Bonnie
and Clyde” and more recently as
“Roseanne’s” mother on TV — is
superb as Violet. She’s a charming
monster, simultaneously evil yet likable.
Ultimately, “August: Osage County”
comes down to a conflict between
stubborn, pill-popping Violet and
Barbara her oldest and most con-
frontational daughter. Sadly it’s a battle
that neither can ever win.
‘August: Osage County’
Through Dec. 20
The Kennedy Center: Eisenhower
$25 to $80
No place like home for the holidays
From left, Shannon Chochran, Jeff Stilfl and Estelle Parsons in ‘AUGUST: OSAGE
COUNTY,’ on the boards now at the Kennedy Center. The play’s relentless portrayal of
familial dysfunction is tempered with splashes of black comedy. (Photo by Robert
Saferstein; courtesy of the Kennedy Center)
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Indie favorites, newcomers
alike delivered memorable
releases this year
By ROB BOEGER
This year brought an abun-
dance of new alternative music
that you may have missed. If
you’re looking for something new
to listen to or are holiday shopping
for the music lover in your life,
here’s a rundown of some of the
strongest releases of 2009.
4AD released “DARK WAS THE
NIGHT,” a compilation to benefit
the Red Hot Organization, an inter-
national charity that raises funds
and awareness for HIV/AIDS. This
release, which was produced by
Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The
National, boasted a wide array of
musicians including such talents as:
Grizzly Bear, Feist, Riceboy Sleeps
(Sigur Ros’s Jónsi Birgisson’s side
project), Sharon Jones & the Dap-
Kings and David Byrne.
Baltimore’s ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
released its eighth studio album,
“Merriweather Post Pavilion.” If
you’re not familiar with them, think
electronic Beach Boys on acid.
Standout tracks include “My Girls,”
“Summertime Clothes” and the
addictive “Brother Sport.”
ST. VINCENT’S Annie Clark
returned with her second studio
release, “Actor.” Her approach to song-
writing is very cinematic. The album
draws upon Clark’s life as an actor.
Tracks like “Actor Out of Work” have
her singing about how these experi-
ences affected her life. First single
“Marrow,” has Clark singing over a
funky, thumping baseline. Other great
tracks: “The Party” and “The Stranger.”
English musician JACK PEÑATE,
whose vocals sound like a poppier
Robert Smith of the Cure, delivers one
of the best alterna-pop releases of
2009. With a large array of influences
and musical styles “Everything is New”
offers a wide range tracks from the title
track, “Tonights Today,” “Give Yourself
Away” and “Pull My Heart Away.”
British electropop musician,
FRANKMUSIK (Ex-musician of Brit
pop group Fascination), released his
debut album “Complete Me.” Many
who had been following his career in
the last two years were eagerly
awaiting this release and it didn’t
disappoint. Tracks like “Boyfriend,”
are instantly catchy and have a beat
perfect for the dance floor. Other
great tracks: “Better Off as Two,”
“Confusion Girl (Shame, Shame,
Shame),” “3 Little Words,” “Wonder
Woman” and “Done Done.”
IAN BROWN, ex-lead singer of
Stone Roses gave us “My Way,” a
great return to form. Few musicians
are able maintain their relevance
after 20 years and Brown proves he
still has a lot of music within him.
Lead track “Stellify,” the first single,
didn’t disappoint. Definitely his best
album since his first solo outing,
“Unfinished Monkey Business.”
Other notable tracks: “Just Like
You,” “Always Remember Me,”
“Vanity Kills” and “Laugh Now.”
Gay musician Bradford Cox of
Deerhunter, released another album
with his other band, ATLAS SOUND.
“Logos” had Cox collaborating with
indie artists such as Lætitia Sadier
(Stereolab) on “Quick Canal” and Noah
Lennox (Panda Bear) on “Walkabout.”
Rejkavik’s GUSGUS, now a trio, and
once again including original singer,
Daniel Ágúst, returned with 24/7. One
of their more ethereal releases, this is
dance floor music for the indie crowd
— something this band has always
done well. Originally a nine-piece col-
lective, over the years they have estab-
lished their own sound that has often
been imitated, but never outdone.
Select tracks: “Thin Ice,” “Add This
Song” and “On the Job.”
Mike Silver, recording under the
name CFCFgave us “Continent” which
includes a version of Fleetwood Mac’s
“Big Love.” Other tracks of note:
“Invitation of Love,” with its super sexy
bass beats, are reminiscent of early
’80s disco. “You Hear Colours,” which
starts with droning drum beats and
layered guitar work is the one the best
instrumental indie tracks this year.
Think modern day Alan Parsons.
Sweden’s Johan Angergård (Acid
House Kings) returned to his side
project, THE LEGENDS and released
“Over and Over.” Ranging from noise
pop to post punk, this album offers
several diverse selections: “Seconds
Away,” Monday to Saturday” and
“Something Strange Will Happen.”
Portland-based producer Johnny
Jewel of Chromatics and Glass
Candy fame formed DESIRE with
vocalist Megan-Louise. Their first
release, “II,” continues the sound that
Jewel has perfected with his other
projects — sparse female vocals
washing over blissful electronic ana-
log synthesizers. Standout tracks:
“Mirroir mirroir,” “Don’t Call,” “If I
Can’t Hold” and “Under Your Spell,”
which could easily have been an
indie pop track from the mid-’80s.
THE BIG PINK crashed onto the
music scene with several singles
before releasing “A Brief History of
Love,” old school alternative music
in the vein of Jesus and Mary
Chain. This album contains the hit
singles, “Velvet” and “Dominos.”
“Broadcast and the Focus
Group Investigate Witch Cults of
the Radio Age” is a collaboration
between indie group BROADCAST
and their designer Julian House
(aka the Focus Group). The always-
talented Broadcast returned with
an effort that pushed their eclectic
sound to a more experimental area
than their previous releases.
“XX” was released by young
British hopefuls, THE XX. The album
delivers slow-paced, bluesy indie
pop with such tracks as “Basic
Space,” “Islands” and “Shelter.”
Early ’80s electronic pop was pres-
ent on THE JUAN MACLEAN’S “The
Future Will Come.” Obvious influences
of the Human League on their first sin-
gle “One Day” and “The Simple Life.”
RÖYKSOPP released “Junior,”
which gave us several great tracks,
such as the haunting pop of “You Don’t
Have a Clue” and “This Must Be It.”
RELEASES THIS YEAR:
Baltimore band CELEBRATION
recently decided to start releasing
their own music and cut out the
middleman. They’ve released three
new tracks through their site, cele-
England’s SAINT ETIENNE came
back with a limited edition remix ver-
sion of “Fox Base Alpha,” their first
release. “Spring” is one of its most
beautiful songs — a must find.
Brooklyn group, ZAZA released
their ep, “Cameo.” It contains six
THE BREEDERS proved they
can do it all by producing and
manufacturing their latest ep “Fate
to Fatal,” offering continued proof
that they are the real “Deal.”
KITSUNÉ MAISON COMPILATION,
VOL. 7 gave us a new compilation
which works from new band Two
Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, La
Roux and Delphic.
BEST COAST, a fizzy pop band
from California, gave us the addictive
new single, “When I’m With You.”
Canadians MUSIC GO MUSIC
released “Expressions,” which con-
tained “Warm in the Shadow” and
“Light of Love” — both evoked
Blondie and ABBA. Another gem.
MEW released its third album,
which contained one of the best indie
pop singles of the year, “Beach.”
MASSIVE ATTACK gave us a
teaser of their upcoming album in
the form of a new ep, “Splitting the
Atom,” this time working with guest
vocals from Guy Garvey from Elbow
and Tunde Adebimpe from TVOTR.
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scene to email@example.com.
Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind
Glee the Soundtrack, vol. 2
Kitsuné Maison Compilation 8
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
The Sound of Arrows - Into the Clouds
Beach House - Teen Dream
Groove Amanda - Black Light
Magnetic Fields - Realism
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself
Efterklang - Magic Chairs
Hot Chip - One Left Stand
Tindersticks - Falling Down a Mountain
Toro y Moi - Causers of This
banner year for alt music
This year gave us an abundance
of great new indie albums from
such musicians as (clockwise
from top) JACK PEÑATE, THE XX,
FRANKMUSIK and ST. VINCENT.
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socialagenda: ‘tardy for the party’ @ efn lounge
KIM ZOLCIAKof Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" performed her guilty-pleasure hit "Tardy for the Party" at EFN Lounge last week.
DC Agenda photos by Michael Key
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that occur with HIV infection.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have any allergies, are pregnant
or plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. ISENTRESS is not recommended
for use during pregnancy. Women with HIV should not breast-feed because their babies could be infected
with HIV through their breast milk.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines like rifampin (a medicine
used to treat infections such as tuberculosis), non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of
prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch,
or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
For more information about ISENTRESS, please
read the Patient Information on the following page.
ISENTRESS is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc.
Copyright © 2009 Merck & Co., Inc. All rights reserved.
Sustiva is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb
Truvada is a registered trademark of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
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Read the patient information that comes with ISENTRESS
before you start taking
it and each time you get a reﬁll. There may be new information. This leaﬂet is a
summary of the information for patients. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you
additional information. This leaﬂet does not take the place of talking with your
doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is ISENTRESS?
º ISENTRESS is an anti-HIV (antiretroviral) medicine used for the treatment
of HIV. The term HIV stands for Human Immunodeﬁciency Virus. It is the
virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deﬁciency Syndrome). ISENTRESS
is used along with other anti-HIV medicines. ISENTRESS will NOT cure HIV
º People takind l8EhTRE88 ma] still develop infections, includind
opportunistic infections or other conditions that happen with HIV infection.
º 8ta] under the care of ]our doctor durind treatment with l8EhTRE88.
º The safety and effectiveness of ISENTRESS in children has not been studied.
ISENTRESS must be used with other anti-HIV medicines.
How does ISENTRESS work?
º l8EhTRE88 olocks an enz]me which the virus (HlVì needs in order to make
more virus. The enz]me that l8EhTRE88 olocks is called HlV intedrase.
º when used with other anti-HlV medicines, l8EhTRE88 ma] do two thinds.
1. Reduce the amount of HIV in your blood. This is called your “viral load”.
2. Increase the number of white blood cells called CD4 (T) cells.
º l8EhTRE88 ma] not have these effects in all patients.
Does ISENTRESS lower the chance of passing HIV to other people?
No. ISENTRESS does not reduce the chance of passing HIV to others through sexual
contact, sharind needles, or oeind exposed to ]our olood.
º Continue to practice safer sex.
º Use latex or pol]urethane condoms or other oarrier methods to lower the
chance of sexual contact with any body ﬂuids. This includes semen from a
man, vadinal secretions from a woman, or olood.
º hever re-use or share needles.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about safer sex or how to prevent
passing HIV to other people.
What should I tell my doctor before and during treatment with ISENTRESS?
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Include any of the following
that applies to ]ou.
º You have an] allerdies.
º You are prednant or plan to oecome prednant.
- ISENTRESS is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
ISENTRESS has not been studied in pregnant women. If you take
l8EhTRE88 while ]ou are prednant, talk to ]our doctor aoout how
]ou can oe included in the Antiretroviral Prednanc] Redistr].
º You are oreast-feedind or plan to oreast-feed.
- It is recommended that HIV-infected women should not breast-feed
their infants. This is because their babies could be infected with HIV
through their breast milk.
- Talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. Include the following:
º prescription medicines, includind rifampin (a medicine used to treat some
infections such as tuberculosis)
º non-prescription medicines
º heroal supplements
Know the medicines you take.
º Keep a list of ]our medicines. 8how the list to ]our doctor and pharmacist
when you get a new medicine.
How should I take ISENTRESS?
Take ISENTRESS exactly as your doctor has prescribed. The recommended
dose is as follows:
º Take onl] one 4OO-md taolet at a time.
º Take it twice a da].
º Take it o] mouth.
º Take it with or without food.
Do not change your dose or stop taking ISENTRESS or your other anti-HIV
medicines without ﬁrst talking with your doctor.
IMPORTANT: Take ISENTRESS exactly as your doctor prescribed and at the
right times of day because if you don’t.
º The amount of virus (HlVì in ]our olood ma] increase if the medicine is
stopped for even a short period of time.
º The virus ma] develop resistance to l8EhTRE88 and oecome harder to
º Your medicines ma] stop workind to fdht HlV.
º The activit] of l8EhTRE88 ma] oe reduced (due to resistanceì.
If you fail to take ISENTRESS the way you should, here’s what to do:
º lf ]ou miss a dose, take it as soon as ]ou rememoer. lf ]ou do not
rememoer until it is time for ]our next dose, skip the missed dose and do
back to your regular schedule. Do NOT take two tablets of ISENTRESS at the
same time. ln other words, do h0T take a douole dose.
º lf ]ou take too much l8EhTRE88, call ]our doctor or local Poison Control
Be sure to keep a supply of your anti-HIV medicines.
º when ]our l8EhTRE88 suppl] starts to run low, det more from ]our doctor
º Do not wait until ]our medicine runs out to det more.
What are the possible side effects of ISENTRESS?
When ISENTRESS has been given with other anti-HIV drugs, the most
common side effects included:
º trouole sleepind
Other side effects include rash, severe skin reactions, feelind anxious,
depression, suicidal thoudhts and actions, paranoia, low olood platelet count.
A condition called Immune Reconstitution Syndrome can happen in some
patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS) when combination antiretroviral
treatment is started. Signs and symptoms of inﬂammation from opportunistic
infections that a person has or had may occur as the medicines work to treat
the HIV infection and help to strengthen the immune system. Call your doctor
right away if you notice any signs or symptoms of an infection after starting
ISENTRESS with other anti-HIV medicines.
Contact ]our doctor promptl] if ]ou experience unexplained muscle pain,
tenderness, or weakness while takind l8EhTRE88. This is oecause on rare
occasions, muscle proolems can oe serious and can lead to kidne] damade.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you.
These are not all the side effects of l8EhTRE88. For more information, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
How should I store ISENTRESS?
º 8tore l8EhTRE88 at room temperature (O8 to 77°Fì.
º Keep ISENTRESS and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the use of ISENTRESS
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in
patient information leaﬂets.
º Do not use l8EhTRE88 for a condition for which it was not prescrioed.
º Do not dive l8EhTRE88 to other people, even if the] have the same
symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This leaﬂet gives you the most important information about ISENTRESS.
º lf ]ou would like to know more, talk with ]our doctor.
º You can ask ]our doctor or pharmacist for additional information aoout
ISENTRESS that is written for health professionals.
º For more information do to www.l8EhTRE88.com or call 1-8OO-O22-4477.
What are the ingredients in ISENTRESS?
Active ingredient: Each flm-coated taolet contains 4OO md of raltedravir.
Inactive ingredients: Nicrocr]stalline cellulose, lactose monoh]drate, calcium
phosphate dioasic anh]drous, h]promellose 22O8, poloxamer 4O7 (contains O.O17
out]lated h]drox]toluene as antioxidantì, sodium stear]l fumarate, madnesium
stearate. ln addition, the flm coatind contains the followind inactive indredients.
pol]vin]l alcohol, titanium dioxide, pol]eth]lene dl]col 885O, talc, red iron oxide
and black iron oxide.
NERCK & C0., lnc.
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All rights reserved
A holiday gift gadget
for everyone in your life
By ARAM VARTIAN
Technology is personal. From cell
phones to laptops to mp3 players —
and even the bags we carry to lug
around our gadgets — the devices
we purchase say something about
our personality. If you’re shopping for
a technophile, we’ve compiled a list
of ideas by personality type: the
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and the suit. There’s something for
every gay stereotype in your life.
tech by type
for the twink
Technology is no longer just about
how a device performs. For many, it is
as much a fashion statement as the
Prada shoes on your feet. Sure, they
are functional as footwear, but
describing them as such is missing
the point. A few ideas for the fashion-
forward twink in your life:
mp3 player/cell phone
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A phone that can play Lady
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You don’t need a laptop to check
Facebook, or read your e-mail or
schedule your social life. And you
certainly don’t want to lug the thing
to the bar with you. Enter the
newest computer on the block: the
As the twinks break from the
Apple line of products (and I should
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own for release sometime next
year), the Courier tablet looks to
provide jaw-dropping user interac-
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together similar to a dual-monitor
setup, but with specific finger/stylus
gestures and functionality in mind.
Apple In-Ear Headphones with
Remote and Mic
An upgrade from the plastic ear-
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these in-ear headphones sport soft
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inside of your ear for a tight fit and
clear sound. A “control capsule” is
built into the cord, giving you full
control to skip songs, raise and
lower the volume, even answer
phone calls. And with voice-recog-
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the address for Town again.
Just the right
size for your
iPhone, the Courier and your pack
of “weekend cigarettes.”
for the leather aficionado
Think tools that are functional
and simple, with a decidedly mas-
Starting at $749.00
Simple, cheap, portable, but with
enough power to run a few Xtube
videos at the same time. Be sure to get
the black one. You know you want to.
HTC Touch Pro2
$199.99 (with $100 rebate)
A real cell phone with a bit of heft
and actual buttons. Sure, you want
the touch screen, but you don’t want
to be caught in the Eagle waving a
shiny white iPhone around, and the
Windows 6.5 operating system
works just fine with your three-year-
old Dell laptop.
G.I. Black Denim
wrapped in black
denim with brass
rivets bored into
keeps them leather-
friendly. The Black Denim also features a
two-part cord, allowing you to wear it
long or short, and an in-line volume con-
trol wheel so you don’t have to dig your
iPod out of your chaps.
Big enough for the laptop and
leather enough for MAL. They are
pricy, but you can grab a used one on
eBay for pretty cheap if you are lucky.
for the suit
You know the type — the kind that
wears a tie to a bar on a Saturday night
or power-walks in a pantsuit. These
gadgets are all business, all the time.
mp3 player/cell phone
BlackBerry Bold 9700
$199.99 (with contract)
Blackberry is still the king of the
Suit crowd, and while they still can’t
seem to get a touchscreen right, the
BlackBerry Bold 9700 manages to
line up nicely against the iPhone.
With its shiny black surface and
the red Beats logo, it looks like
Darth Vader’s laptop. The laptop
comes with Beats by Dr. Dre Studio
High-Definition headphones, dual
stereo outputs and Traktor DJ soft-
ware, so you can practice for that
weekend DJ gig in your office with-
out blowing your cover.
The Jawbone is dead sexy. And
while it is impossible to not be a tool
shouting into your Bluetooth ear
peace while riding the Red Line, I
am tempted to try it, just to see if the
noise reduction really is as good as
their advertising claims.
Imagination Messenger Bag
This is a very serious bag. It has a
serious gray color and a small, seri-
ous Tumi logo badge. It has a back
you can zip open to secure it over the
extended handle of your rolling lug-
gage. Even the price is serious.
for the jock
These devices need to be sturdy,
reliable and sweat/water/weather proof.
mp3 player/cell phone
Billed as “the most durable cell
phone on earth,” the XP3 Quest can
be submerged in water, used as a
hammer, or run over with a car and
come away without a scratch.
Factor in that it also has a two
megapixel camera, a flashlight and
GPS and the unlocked price is a bit
easier to swallow.
Light, beautiful and simple. Not
nearly as durable as the XP3 Quest,
but if you bike to work every day,
weight is the most important factor.
When the Air first came out, I
scoffed. There is no CD/DVD drive. It
has a paltry single USB port and no
Firewire at all. You can’t even change
out the battery.
But after playing with a friend’s
Air, I didn’t care about any of those
factors. It is just shockingly light, but
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find yourself tempted to see how far
you can throw it. And with the
optional (and absurdly expensive)
solid-state drive, you end up getting
a respectable four to five hours of
battery life out of a device with a
gorgeous screen that weighs only
Sporting a sealed sweat and
water resistant design, and Bluetooth
to keep the wires out of your way, this
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They come with a “charging cradle”
to easily replenish the JB-200’s six-
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room for a 12” to 16” laptop, a few busi-
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else. The design is compact enough to
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won’t bounce around while jogging.
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