Hurricane recovery continues nine years later

By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
NEW ORLEANS — It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2005, when Vicki Weeks, executive director of Belle
Reve, a residence for people with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, and three of her
staffers began to evacuate the Crescent City ahead of Hurricane Katrina with eight clients who had no
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Panel seems inclined to rule 3-0
for gay nuptials
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
CHICAGO — A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday grilled attorneys
who were defending same-sex marriage bans in
Wisconsin and Indiana.
The judges who heard the lawsuits seeking to
overturn the bans on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin
and Indiana consisted of Richard Posner, a Reagan
appointee; Ann Claire Williams, a Clinton appointee;
and David Hamilton, an Obama appointee.
Based on the skepticism these judges expressed
regarding marriage bans in these states, the panel
seems headed toward ruling 3-0 in favor of marriage
equality.
Posner was most aggressive in the questioning of
attorneys defending bans on same-sex marriage. The
judge asked Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher
repeatedly why the state would want children with
same-sex parents to be worse off than children with
opposite-sex parents, then grew frustrated when the
attorney could not provide a satisfactory answer.
When Fisher mentioned that opposite-sex marriage
enables procreation because a “fleeting moment
of passion leads to the creation of children,” Posner
asked why sterile opposite-sex couples should be
allowed to wed.
Posner was similarly frustrated with Wisconsin
Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson
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reparative therapy.
Damaged homes remain visible in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward
nine years after Katrina.
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of Ind., Wis. marriage bans
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Ricardo C. Martinez, a senior
economist with the D.C.-based Inter-
American Development Bank for more
than 20 years and a well-known figure
in the gay communities of Washington
and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Aug. 15
at a hospice in Fort Lauderdale from
complications associated with a stroke.
He was 71. Friends and colleagues
note that he worked for years traveling
extensively to countries in Latin America
and the Caribbean on behalf of the IDB
to assess and make recommendations
on those countries’ needs for economic
development loans.
  The friends from Washington and
the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area, where
Martinez moved after taking early
retirement at the age of 55, say his
retirement enabled him devote more time
to his lifelong passion for the performing
arts, especially opera.
  “Sometimes he saw his own life in
terms of the grand opera he so adored,”
said George Jackson, one of his longtime
Washington friends.
  Martinez was born and raised in
Havana, Cuba. He told friends he
completed high school there just as the
uncertainty and turmoil that followed
the assumption of power by Fidel Castro
prompted many Cubans to flee to the U.S.
  As an only child, he told friends his
parents arranged for him to abruptly
depart his homeland by himself and
arrive in Miami in 1960 as part of the
Catholic Church operated “Peter Pan”
program, through which thousands of
unaccompanied Cuban children and
teenagers were dispatched to the U.S. in
the early 1960s.
  According to his friend Richard Poms,
Martinez said his parents arrived in the
U.S. the following year and the family
settled in Northern Virginia. A short
time later, Martinez began his studies in
economics at Catholic University in D.C.
through an academic scholarship.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree
in economics at Catholic University he
studied economics on the graduate
level at the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville.
He taught courses in intermediate level
macroeconomic theory and principles
of economics and economic systems at
George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.,
from 1968 to 1970. He next joined the staff
of the Brookings Institution in Washington
as a research assistant from 1970 to 1974,
according to his curriculum vitae.
Martinez began his tenure at the
Inter-American Development Bank in
1974 as an economist with the bank’s
Country Economic Division. He assumed
the position of senior economist at the
bank’s General Studies Division in 1981
and assumed additional responsibilities
in 1989 as senior economist with the
Country Economics Division.
As someone fluent in English and
Spanish, he wrote over 40 chapters
during his tenure at the Inter-American
Development Bank for the annual
publication Economic and Social Progress
in Latin America. Among the countries he
visited and for which he made loan related
assessments and recommendations
were Barbados, Suriname, Venezuela, El
Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica. 
Upon his retirement in 1998 Martinez
moved from is longtime residence in
Arlington, Va., to Miami Beach before
settling later in Fort Lauderdale.
According to friends, he shared his
passion for the opera with a longstanding
interest in European history and the
European nobility.
“He loved European nobility,” said
Poms. “He was an expert on the kings
and the queens going back all the way. He
knew who was married to whom — what
family this, what family that.”
Before and after retirement his love for
operate prompted him travel to opera
houses in the U.S. and Europe, including
regular trips to the Metropolitan Opera
in New York, where he boasted of
crossing paths and socializing with famed
Metropolitan Opera conductor and music
director James Levine at Manhattan
nightspots after the performances.
“I remember his love for good cuisine
and how he wouldn’t eat dinner until the
sun had set,” said Tom Hardy, a friend
from Washington. “He went to all the best
restaurants, and he loved company and he
loved to tell us about history and of course
ancestry and the European monarchs.”
Martinez is predeceased by his
parents, Ricardo, Sr., and Hilda Martinez,
of Arlington, Va., and his longtime friend
Jack Keegel of Washington.
He is survived by an uncle in Jacksonville,
Fla., Orlando Acosta, a cousin in Los Angeles,
and many friends in Washington and
Fort Lauderdale, including Richard Poms,
Richard Viola, Steven Frias Rodriquez, Tom
Hardy, Carl Spier, Larry Smelser, George
Jackson, David Cox, Emilio Cueto, and this
reporter, among many others.
Poms say plans would be announced soon
for memorial services in Fort Lauderdale
and D.C. He said plans were being made for
interment of Martinez’s ashes at Columbia
Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va., near the
gravesite of his parents.
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RICARDO MARTINEZ.
PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD VIOLA
Ricardo Martinez dies at 71 
Judge rejects call for new
trial for Marine convicted
in fatal stabbing
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
 
A D.C. Superior Court judge on  July
11  sentenced a 22-year-old D.C. man to
nine years in prison for the February 2013
stabbing death of his 72-year-old former
roommate who police said had regularly paid
him for sex over a period of several years.
 The sentencing came after David Jamal
Wilson pleaded guilty in exchange for
an agreement by prosecutors to lower
the charge against him from second-
degree murder while armed to voluntary
manslaughter.
In an unrelated case, a Superior
Court judge also on  July 11  scheduled
a sentencing date of  Sept. 4  for former
U.S. Marine Michael Poth, 22, who was
convicted last December of manslaughter
for the April 2012 stabbing death of fellow
Marine Phillip Bushong, 23.
Prosecutors said the stabbing followed
an argument between the two Marines
after Poth allegedly called Bushong a
“faggot” while Bushong was standing
outside a bar talking to a gay friend.
  Police initially accused Wilson of
stabbing Howard Venable, Jr., multiple
times in the doorway to the bedroom of
his apartment at the Mozart Apartments
at 1630 Fuller St., N.W., on Feb. 2, 2013.
 But in court papers filed May 7 of this
year, at the time Wilson pleaded guilty
to the reduced charge, prosecutors
disclosed that one or both of two suspects
that accompanied Wilson to Venable’s
apartment on the night of the murder
robbed and fatally stabbed Venable
rather than Wilson.
  A “Proffer of Facts” document filed by
the U.S. Attorney’s Offi ce states that “two
persons whose identities are known to the
defendant and the government” arrived at
Venable’s apartment with Wilson shortly
after midnight on Feb. 1, 2013.
“During the course of the robbery,
Suspect 1 or Suspect 2, in the defendant’s
presence, stabbed Mr. Venable, inflicting
injuries from which he died,” the proffer
document says.
 William Miller, a spokesperson for the
U.S. Attorney’s offi ce, told the Blade this
week that no one else has been arrested
in connection with Venable’s murder and
that the investigation remains open.
  He declined further comment on
why no further arrests have been made
given that authorities know the identities
of the other two people who allegedly
committed the murder.
A police arrest affi davit says a surveillance
video camera captured Wilson using at
least two credit or debit cards belonging to
Venable to withdraw cash through an ATM
A D.C. Superior Court judge has rejected a
request for a new trial for a man convicted
of fatally stabbing a fellow Marine outside
the Marine Barracks in Southeast D.C.
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at a gas station in District Heights, Md.,
on the night of the murder. The affi davit
says homicide detectives identified Wilson
as a suspect in the case from information
provided by people who knew Venable and
said Wilson had lived with Venable “from
time to time” in recent years.
A D.C. police homicide detective
testified at a Feb. 20, 2013 court hearing
that the murder took place a few days
after Wilson moved out of the apartment
and on the same day Wilson and Venable
exchanged text messages arranging for
Wilson to return to the apartment to
engage in sex with Venable.
  Det. King Watts told the court hearing
that the two men had a longstanding
arrangement in which Venable paid Wilson
for sex every two weeks. At the same
hearing, Wilson’s court-appointed attorney,
Jacqueline Cadman, startled court observers
by describing the sexual relationship
between the two men as “abusive” and
claiming it began when Wilson was a “child.”
Cadman introduced a motion calling
for the charge against Wilson to be
lowered to manslaughter because of the
alleged abuse by Venable. Judge Stuart
Nash, who presided over the case at that
time, denied the motion.
Court records show that Wilson’s
wife filed papers in July 2011 seeking
a civil protection order against him
after he allegedly assaulted her in the
apartment where the two lived with their
two children. At the Feb. 20, 2013 court
hearing, Cadman said Wilson’s wife was
in the courtroom to show her support for
him and she favored a defense motion to
release Wilson on bond.
Judge Nash denied the motion and ordered
Wilson to remain in custody while awaiting trial.
Cadman, who works for the Public
Defender Service, couldn’t immediately
be reached for comment this week.
At the sentencing this year on  July
11, Judge Jennifer M. Anderson also
sentenced Wilson to five years of
supervised release upon completion of
the nine-year jail term.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Holly Shick, the
lead prosecutor in the case, proposed
that Wilson be given a nine-year jail term
in a memorandum to the judge. Shick
noted that Wilson would most likely
be credited with the 18 months he had
already served in jail since the time of
his arrest. She noted that if he exhibits
good behavior while in jail Wilson would
be eligible for release after serving a total
of just over seven-and-a-half years minus
the 18 months already served.
Dale Edwin Sanders, a Washington
attorney who practices criminal law in D.C.
and Virginia, said under D.C.’s criminal
statutes a person who participates in a
robbery in which a murder occurs is legally
responsible for the murder, even if he or
she doesn’t physically commit the murder.
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Murder case complicated by sexual arrangement
Norfolk clerk petitions
justices to hear case
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. Supreme Court on August
20 agreed to a stay a federal appeals
court’s ruling against Virginia’s ban on
same-sex marriage, blocking gay unions
from taking place the following day the
Old Dominion.
Without explanation, the court
announced in a single-page order it has
stayed the ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit
of Appeals in Schaefer v. Bostic, which
affi rmed Virginia’s prohibition on same-
sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Although Chief Justice John Roberts is
responsible for stay requests in the 4th
Circuit, the order indicates he referred
the matter to the entire court. The vote by
the Supreme Court on the decision isn’t
included in the order.
The court adds that if the court
ends up declining a writ of certiorari to
hear the case, the stay will terminate
automatically. But if the court decides to
hear the case, the stay will continue until
judgment is issued.
Had the court declined to issue a stay,
clerks’ offi ces in Virginia could have
started distributing marriage licenses to
same-sex couples at 8 a.m. on August 21.
That’s when the Fourth Circuit was set to
issue the mandate on its decision.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom
to Marry, said the stay decision from the
U.S. Supreme Court “underscores of the
urgency” of a national resolution in favor
of marriage equality.
“Americans across the country are
being deprived of the freedom to marry
and respect for their lawful marriages,
as well as the tangible protections and
precious dignity and happiness that
marriage brings,” Wolfson said. “It is
time for the Supreme Court to affi rm
what more than thirty courts have held
in the past year: marriage discrimination
violates the Constitution, harms families,
and is unworthy of America.”
The U.S. Supreme Court halted same-
sex marriages in Virginia after Prince
William County Circuit Court Clerk
Michèle McQuigg, who’s defending the
state’s ban on same-sex marriage in
court, requested the stay from justices.
Attorneys representing same-sex couples
in the lawsuit — both the Bostic and the
Harris plaintiffs — had asked the court to
decline the stay, but the commonwealth
of Virginia on behalf of Virginia Registrar
of Deeds Janet Rainey filed a brief agreeing
that a stay should be put in place.
Prior to the announcement from the
U.S. Supreme Court, the anti-gay legal
firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which
is defending Virginia’s marriage ban on
behalf of McQuigg, followed up with a
response insisting that a stay on the 4th
Circuit decision is necessary to prevent
harm to the state.
“The balance of the harms thus
reduces to this: the Bostic and Harris
Respondents have identified potential
harms (e.g., a delay in obtaining state
recognition of their relationships) that
will result only if they ultimately prevail
in this case, whereas Clerk McQuigg and
Registrar Rainey have identified certain
harms (e.g., enjoining a duly enacted
state constitutional provision) that will
result as soon as the Fourth Circuit issues
its mandate,” writes senior counsel Byron
Babione. “That balance tips sharply
in favor of staying the Fourth Circuit’s
mandate.”
The litigation seeking same-sex
marriage in Virginia itself has already
been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Earlier this month, Virginia Attorney
General Mark Herring, who has refused
to defend Virginia’s marriage law in court,
filed an appeal on behalf of the state.
Alliance Defending Freedom has already
pledged to file a similar appeal seeking to
uphold the ban.
Following the decision from the
U.S. Supreme Court, Herring said in a
conference call with reporters he wants
an expedited resolution to the case,
which is why he already petitioned the
Supreme Court to review the 4th Circuit’s
decision against the marriage law.
“It’s still diffi cult to expect Virginian
folk to wait to exercise what I believe is
a fundamental right, especially when we
are so close to our goal, and that is why
I’ve been pushing to expedite and get a
ruling from the Supreme Court that will
definitively answer the constitutional
questions about marriage equality and
permanently protect the families of
Virginia’s same-sex couples,” Herring said.
Asked by the Washington Blade to
respond to critics who would say it’s
disingenuous to call Virginia’s ban on
same-sex marriage unconstitutional
on one hand, but support a stay on a
ruling against it on the other, Herring
emphasized he’s pushing for a speedy
resolution to the case in favor of same-
sex couples.
“I support and will continue to fight for
equal treatment under the law, and I’m
going to continue to do that,” Herring said.
“But at the same, I recognize that until the
Supreme Court makes its decision that
outcome is not certain. So, to those who
are tired of their state not treating them
fairly and equally, I am working as hard
as I can to fight for equality. I worked for
it in the district court, I fought for it in the
Fourth Circuit and I’ll fight for it in the
Supreme Court.”
The American Foundation for Equal
Rights announced after the stay decision
was announced that it’ll file a brief in
support of the petition already filed by
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring
calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to take
up the case.
“The federal court system agrees, the
majority of Americans agree, and the
President of the United States agrees
that it is time this country treats its same-
sex couples and their children just the
same as all other loving families,” said
plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies of
Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. “We
are confident that when the Supreme
Court reviews the Bostic case, it too will
agree and end the flagrant injustice of
segregating Americans based on sexual
orientation.”
Supreme Court blocks Va. same-sex marriages
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Trans woman murdered in Detroit
Equality Michigan ‘saddened’ over death, other shootings
DETROIT — A transgender woman was shot to death earlier this month in a
local park.
WXYZ reported she was killed in Detroit’s Palmer Park on Aug. 15. The
television station said her killer who has not been identified dropped a gun after
crashing into a car after the murder.
Equality Michigan, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, said in a press release
the trans woman’s killer may have been her partner.
Two other trans women in Detroit were shot within days of the murder inside
Palmer Park, but they both survived.
“We are saddened to hear of the targeting of transgender people yet again in
Michigan and that yet another life has ended too soon,” said Equality Michigan Director
of Victim Services Yvonne Siferd.
Several trans women have been reported murdered throughout the U.S. over
the summer. These include Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall, whose bodies were
found in Baltimore last month and in early June respectively.
A D.C. Superior Court judge earlier this month ordered a Maryland man who
allegedly stabbed a trans teenager on a Metro train in Northeast Washington on
July 30 to undergo a 45-day psychiatric evaluation.
“We unequivocally offer our support to the victims and their families, and stand with
our trans sisters who experience violence at disproportionate and alarming rates,” said
Siferd. “We hope that those responsible are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”
Ark. city approves LGBT ordinance
Reality show star opposed measure
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 20 approved an anti-
discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported the 6-2 vote took place after a
meeting that lasted nearly 10 hours.
The newspaper said more than 120 people testified during the hearing.
“The idea that I could lose my home because someone finds out that I’m
gay is why ... we need to push this through as quickly as possible,” said Nathan
Southerland-Kordsmeier as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. “People
like me don’t feel safe here. I’m living with a shadow over my head.”
Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting,” a TLC series that profiles her family
who lives in nearby Tontitown, Ark., recorded a robo call that urged Fayetteville
residents to publicly oppose the proposed ordinance.
Fayetteville is the first Arkansas city to explicitly ban anti-LGBT discrimination.
he ordinance is slated to take effect on Sept. 20.
Michael Sam shower segment sparks controversy
Advocates criticize ESPN for story
ST. LOUIS — LGBT rights advocates have criticized an ESPN reporter for
discussing whether gay St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam has showered
with his teammates during the preseason.
Josina Anderson said during an Aug. 26 segment that a defense player told her
“Sam is respecting our space and that from his perspective he seems to think
Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower as not to make his teammates
uncomfortable.” The ESPN reporter referred to two other Rams players who said
they “weren’t tracking that,” but she continued to discuss the issue.
Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com, an LGBT sports website, criticized
Anderson in a video he shot from a shower inside his Los Angeles home.
“As a gay man I have to shower by myself in my own shower because God forbid
I might shower with straight guys, there’d be some kind of issue there, at least that’s
the message that Josina Anderson was sending today with her report for ESPN about
Michael Sam and whether he’s been showering been with his teammates or not,” said
Zeigler. “It’s disgusting to me that she and frankly that ESPN would allow this to happen.”
Sam, a former defensive end for the University of Missouri, came out as gay earlier this year.
The Rams drafted him in May.
Sam on Aug. 26 survived the team’s first round of roster cuts.
Gay foster youth twice
as likely to report poor
treatment
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A joint study conducted by the Los
Angeles LGBT Center and the Williams
Institute found that 19 percent of the
young people placed in foster care
programs in Los Angeles County identify
as “LGBTQ youth.”
The authors of the study, which
was released on Wednesday, say the
19 percent figure is about twice the
percentage of all LGBT youth believed to
reside in the sprawling county.
The study also found that LGBT youth
are twice as likely to report being treated
poorly in the foster care system than non-
LGBT youth and they are twice as likely
to be living in a group home rather than
the preferred living arrangement with a
family.
In what the authors called especially
troubling, the study found that three
times as many LGBT foster youth reported
being hospitalized for emotional distress
than heterosexual foster youth.
“Historically, many of the LGBTQ youth
who turn to us for a safe place to live have
aged out of the foster system, don’t have the
skills or resources to make it out their own,
and would otherwise be homeless,” said Los
Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.
“So this study supports our long-held
belief that LGBTQ youth are not only
overrepresented in the foster care system
but extremely disadvantaged within that
system,” Jean said.
The study report, Sexual and Gender
Minority Youth in Foster Care: Assessing
Disproportionality and Disparities in Los
Angeles, was funded as part of a federal
grant awarded to the Los Angeles LGBT
Center, according to a statement released
by the group.
The statement says the report was
co-authored by scholars at the Williams
Institute, an LGBT think tank that’s part
of the University of California at Los
Angeles, and Holarchy Consulting, a
consulting firm with experience in LGBT
youth related issues.
The study report says the study
consisted of telephone interviews with
786 randomly sampled youth between
the ages of 12 and 21 who were living in
foster care arrangements in L.A. County.
It says that generally LGBT foster youth
in Los Angeles County have similar racial/
ethnic and age demographics as the non-
LGBTQ foster youth population.
“Thus the majority of LGBTQ youth
in the sample were youth of color,”
the report says. “Further, about 10
percent of LGBTQ youth reported
being born outside the U.S. and
nearly one-third had a biological
mother or father that had been born
outside of the U.S.”
The report presented these additional
findings:
• 13.6 percent of foster youth identify as
lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning.
• 13.2 percent reported some level of
same-sex attraction.
• 5.6 percent identify as transgender.
The findings show that there are
between 1.5 to 2 times as many LGBTRQ
youth living in foster care as LGBTQ youth
estimated to be living outside of foster
care.
More than 18 percent of all respondents
in the survey reported experiencing
discrimination related to their perceived
sexual orientation or gender identity/
expression, including some who don’t
identify as LGBTQ.
LGBT youth have a higher average
number of foster care placements and
are more likely to be living in a group
home than non-LGBT foster youth.
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L.A. study finds 19
percent of foster youth
identify as ‘LGBTQ’
The study report, Sexual and Gender
Minority Youth in Foster Care: Assessing
Disproportionality and Disparities in Los
Angeles, was funded as part of a federal
grant awarded to the Los Angeles LGBT
Center.
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Alleged abuse took place
over three years
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
GULFPORT, Miss. — A gay Mississippi
man says a male teacher at the Baptist
school he attended in the 1990s raped him
each week for three years as a way to force
him to change his sexual orientation.
Jeff White told the Washington Blade
during a July 14 interview at a restaurant near
his home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast the
teacher at Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Miss.,
who he identified as Steven Barnes, scheduled
an “appointment” with him each Wednesday
in his classroom or the offi ce where he forced
him to have oral and anal sex.
White, now 32, said the incidents took
place at the school, which is in DeSoto
County in northwestern Mississippi,
between 1996-1999.
An embargoed press release the Blade
obtained from the National Center for Lesbian
Rights identifies Barnes, who is currently an
associate pastor at Bethel Baptist Church,
which operates Bethel Baptist School, as the
teacher who allegedly raped White.
“He would rape me because I was gay
and because it would make me hate men
and make me change,” said White.
White told the Blade that his parents
decided to send him to the school after
he came out to them when he was 14 and
in the seventh grade.
“They [the church’s pastors] looked at
Southern Baptists like they were liberal
faggots, like they would say from the
pulpit,” he said.
The church’s website says Bethel
Baptist School was founded in 1971 and
is “staffed with an experienced, stable
and caring staff.”
Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic
year was $3,850 per student.
“Character and patriotism are taught in the
classroom,” reads a description of the school
on the Bethel Baptist Church’s website. “The
curriculum is Bible based and every student
is taught the truths of God’s word.”
The church’s website includes a section
titled “God’s way to heaven” with a
number of statements that include “agree
that your sin must be paid for with death
and hell” and “turn from your sin and
trust Christ as your saviour.”
“In general it was a cult,” White told the
Blade. “Aside from all of that other stuff
going on, there was a thousand other
things that they were doing.”
A woman who answered the phone
at Bethel Baptist Church on Tuesday
described White’s allegations to the Blade
as “the biggest lie there ever was.”
Church representatives did not
respond to further requests for comment
before deadline.
The American Psychological Association
and other medical, psychological and
professional counseling organizations
have said there is no evidence that so-
called conversion therapy can change
someone’s sexual orientation.
The U.S. Supreme Court in June
declined to accept a case that challenged
a California law that bans licensed mental
health practitioners from performing so-
called conversion therapy on minors. The
anti-gay Liberty Counsel and the parents
of a teenage son challenged a similar law
that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed
last August.
Lawmakers in D.C., Maryland, Virginia,
New York and other states have sought to
ban the controversial practice.
Samantha Ames, a staff attorney with the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, which
has worked with many survivors of so-
called conversion therapy through its “Born
Perfect” campaign, and White met with
DeSoto County offi cials for several hours
on Tuesday to discuss the allegations.
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department
confirmed the meeting took place.
“A number of the stories that we have
are very disturbing and violent, this is
of course a unique one,” Ames said. “It
never ceases to amaze me the lengths
that some people will go to to change
something that has nothing to do with
them.”
White told the Blade he is still angry
about the teacher who he said he raped
him, but he has “gotten through it.”
White earlier this year co-founded the
Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, an
LGBT support group based in Waveland, Miss.
“More of what I’m able to do now is to
channel that anger into the work that I’m
doing,” White told the Blade. “Honestly if
I hadn’t had just gotten done with it [I’d
be] pissed off. I would just be sitting there
whining and complaining and making
melodramatic Facebook posts.”
Ames said the National Center for
Lesbian Rights is “incredibly proud to
have” White as a client.
“I just can’t overemphasize how
proud we are to represent someone
this courageous,” she told the Blade.
“He’s honestly one of the bravest, one
of the most determined people I have
ever met and he has a unique, first-hand
understanding that these attempts to
change sexual orientation and gender
identity are linked to a culture of hostility
to LGBT people and when you combine
that kind of hatred and self-loathing
with a position of power, whether it’s in
a religious leader or a licensed therapist,
people get hurt, sometimes irreparably.”
“What’s so extraordinary about Jeff is
how long and hard he fought to turn that
pain into something meaningful, this LGBT
center that benefits every person in his
state,” added Ames. “But today he’s not
just helping out other people out of the
darkness, he’s shining a light on it and he
knows it very well.”
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WWII hero convicted of
‘gross indecency’ in 1952
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II this week
granted a Royal pardon for internationally
acclaimed British codebreaker and
computer scientist Alan Turing, who took
his own life in 1954 after being convicted
two years earlier of having consensual
sex with a 19-year-old male.
The pardon came more than a decade
after gay activists and straight allies
lobbied the British government for a
posthumous pardon for Turing, saying
his conviction on a charge of “gross
indecency” was an injustice even though
gay sex was considered a crime at the
time under British law.
“Alan Turing was a remarkable man
who played a key role in saving this
country in World War II by cracking the
German Enigma code,” The Telegraph
newspaper quoted British Prime Minister
David Cameron as saying.
“His action saved countless lives.
He also left a remarkable national
legacy through his substantial scientific
achievements, often being referred to
the as father of modern computing,” the
newspaper quoted Cameron a saying.
Cameron was referring to Turing’s
groundbreaking work for one of Britain’s
intelligence agencies during World War II
in which he applied his own research on
information processing – considered a
forerunner to modern computer science
— to devise a means of breaking the code
used by German submarines to attack
and sink British ships.
Turing, who continued his research after
the war, is widely considered by computer
experts to have developed the foundation
for high tech devices such as smart phones.
“He made a huge impact on the world
he lived in and left a legacy for the world
of today and tomorrow,” the Telegraph
quoted Iain Steward, a Conservative Party
member of the British Parliament, as
saying. “This Royal pardon is a just reward
for a man who was stripped of his honor,
his work, and the loyalty he showed his
nation.
A British Broadcasting Company history
report on Turing’s life says Turing was
arrested, tried and convicted in 1952 on
the homosexuality related charge. Other
news reports from the British press say
the arrest came after Turing called police
to report that a 19-year-old male with
whom he at one time had a relationship
broke into his house.
The admission prompted police
to file the gross indecency charge.
Authorities later gave Turing a choice of
imprisonment or hormonal treatment to
eliminate his sexual drive that activists
have called “chemical castration.” Turing
chose the latter.
The conviction, among other things,
resulted in Turing being stripped of his
security clearance, preventing him from
continuing his work on code breaking and
related fields for one of his country’s top
intelligence agencies.
He was found dead on June 7, 1954. An
autopsy and toxicological tests showing
he died of cyanide poisoning. A half-
eaten apple was found next to his bed,
according to the press reports.
A June 2012 BBC report says the apple
wasn’t tested to determine if it was laced
with cyanide, as had been speculated
since the time of Turing’s death, and that
it might be possible that the death was an
accident. The BBC reported that Turing
had been using cyanide for experiments
he had been conducting at his home.
A spokesperson for the British Embassy
in Washington said the Queen announced
last December her intent to grant Turing
the pardon. The spokesperson, James
Harris, said the Queen put the pardon in
place offi cially on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
“Now know ye that we, in consideration
of circumstances humbly represented
to us, are graciously pleased to grant
our grace and mercy unto the said Alan
Mathison Turing and grant him our free
pardon posthumously in respect of the
said convictions,” the pardon states.
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ALAN TURING is credited with helping to end
World War II by cracking the German code.
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Preliminary injunction won’t
take immediate effect
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A federal judge in Florida ruled August 21
against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage,
making for the latest in a trend of victories in
the courts for supporters of gay nuptials.
In a 33-page ruling, U.S. District Judge
Robert Hinkle, a Clinton appointee,
determined the state’s ban on same-sex
marriage is unconstitutional and plaintiffs
who filed suit against the state are eligible
for a preliminary injunction.
In his decision, Hinkle invokes the U.S.
Supreme Court’s decision in the 1967
case of Loving v. Virginia, which struck
down state bans on interracial marriage,
as well as the high court’s decision against
the Defense of Marriage Act.
“Just last year the court struck down
a federal statute that prohibited federal
recognition of same-sex marriages
lawfully entered into other jurisdictions,”
Hinkle writes. “The Florida provisions
that prohibit the recognition of
same-sex marriages lawfully entered
elsewhere, like the federal provision, are
unconstitutional. So is the Florida ban on
entering same-sex marriages.”
However, the judge delays the effective
date of his ruling until stays are lifted on
federal appeals courts rulings against
same-sex marriage bans in other states,
and for an additional 90 days afterward
to allow the state to seek a longer stay
from him or a higher court.
The one exception to the stay: the state
must issued a corrected death certificate
for Carol Goldwasser to show at the time
of her death she was married to Arlene
Goldberg. Prior to Goldwasser’s death, the
Florida couple married in New York in 2011.
The case, Brenner v. Scott, was filed by
private attorneys in March on behalf of a
same-sex couple who married in Canada,
but now live in Tallahassee. That case
was consolidated with Grimsley and Albu
v. Scott, litigation filed by the American
Civil Liberties Union in March on behalf
of eight same-sex couples who wed out-
of-state and SAVE, a Miami-based LGBT
organization. Goldberg was added as a
plaintiff to the case at a later date.
“The institution of marriage survived
when bans on interracial marriage were
struck down, and the institution will
survive when bans on same-sex marriage
are struck down,” Hinkle writes. “Liberty,
tolerance and respect are not zero-sum
concepts. Those who enter into opposite-
sex marriages are not harmed at all when
others, including these plaintiffs, are
given the liberty to choose their own life
partners and are shown the respect that
comes with formal marriage. Tolerating
views with which one disagrees is a
hallmark of civilized society.”
The ruling in Florida marks the latest in
series of court decisions against Florida’s
ban on same-sex marriage, which was
approved by state voters in 2008. However,
the latest ruling is the first time a federal
judge has weighed in on the matter.
Four other judges at the state level have
already determined that Florida’s ban on
same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
In July, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis
Garcia ruled against the law in the Florida
Keys. Two weeks later, Judge Sarah Zabel
of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court made
the same determination for the law in
Miami-Dade County. In August, Broward
County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen struck
down the law in his jurisdiction. Finally,
one day later, Palm Beach County Circuit
Judge Diana Lewis determined the law
was unconstitutional when attempting
to resolve a estate of a Florida man who
entered into a same-sex marriage.
Each of these decisions were stayed
pending appeal.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi,
who’s been defending Florida’s ban on
same-sex marriage against other lawsuit,
is expected to appeal the latest decision
to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Whitney Ray, a Bondi spokesperson,
told the Washington Blade the state is
“reviewing the ruling.”
The latest decision adds to the tally of
more than 30 victories for supporters
of same-sex marriage in the courts in
anticipation of a final, nationwide ruling on
marriage equality from the U.S. Supreme
Court by the middle of next year.
Federal judge rules against Fla. marriage ban
“We couldn’t move,” Weeks told the
Washington Blade during an interview at
her offi ce last month. “Traffi c was sitting
and we were on a high-rise elevated
expressway with no bathrooms, no water.”
The eight Belle Reve residents, along
with Weeks and her three staffers arrived
at a campground in Alexandria, La., 16
hours after they left New Orleans — the
trip normally takes less than four hours.
Weeks told the Blade she, her employees
and residents immediately faced
discrimination from the owners because
many of them were of color.
“They harassed us every single day we
were there,” said Weeks. “We were there
19 days looking for another place to go.”
Friday marks the ninth anniversary of
Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast.
A 28’ storm surge and winds that
exceeded 125 mph in places devastated
the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Up to 80
percent of New Orleans flooded after
levees along the 17th Street, London
Avenue and Industrial Canals failed.
More than 1,800 people in Louisiana,
Mississippi and other states lost their
lives during Katrina.
Jena Pierce, a lesbian from Biloxi, Miss.,
and her two children evacuated their
home in nearby Gulfport with her photo
albums and things she told the Blade she
“knew I’d never be able to see again.” They
rode out the storm at the hospital where
Pierce worked that is 30 miles inland.
Katrina’s storm surge destroyed
Pierce’s home that was two houses away
from the beach.
“There was really nothing recognizable,”
Pierce told the Blade during a July 14
interview at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi that
suffered extensive damage during the
hurricane. “You couldn’t tell what street
was what street. There were no landmarks
for identifying where you were.”
Julie Thompson, co-president of PFLAG
New Orleans, and her husband lived
about a mile west of the 17th Street Canal
in the Bucktown section of Metairie, La.
Up to 17’ of water inundated the adjacent
Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans
after a levee along the waterway that
empties into nearby Lake Pontchartrain
failed during the storm.
Julie Thompson evacuated to her
daughter’s home in Austin, Tex., where
she lived for six weeks after Katrina made
landfall.
She told the Blade during a July 13
interview at a Metairie coffee shop near
the 17th Street Canal that she quickly
learned the fate of her home from the
pictures her now daughter-in-law in the
U.S. Coast Guard sent.
“We only had a little over a foot of water,
but it destroyed everything,” said Julie
Thompson. “We didn’t have anything left.”
The U.S. Census noted New Orleans
in 1999 had a poverty rate of nearly 28
percent — and this figure was higher
among people of color. More than
100,000 people in the Crescent City did
not have access to transportation that
would have allowed them to evacuate
ahead of Katrina.
“The city did not have an evacuation
plan for people with no vehicles, and
that’s why so many people stayed,” said
Weeks, who lives in New Orleans’ Gentilly
Terrace neighborhood that was under
several feet of water after Katrina. “We
tried to get our residents to go with
relatives or with churches, but we still had
eight out of 12 that had no way to get out
of town.”
Trinette Crump of the South Mississippi
AIDS Task Force in Biloxi told the Blade
during a telephone interview earlier this
week that she made sure the handful of
people who lived in her organization’s
transitional housing program safely
evacuated the coast ahead of Katrina.
She said local meteorologists had
forecasted the hurricane would affect
New Orleans and other areas more
than the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Crump
evacuated with her neighbor from their
Gulfport apartment complex to her
parents’ home in the Florida Panhandle
hours before the Katrina made landfall.
“I didn’t really figure out until like
maybe 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning
that this thing was really going to come
towards this coast and not those other
places,” she said.
Miss Eddie, a transgender woman who
currently lives at Belle Reve, rode out
the storm in the run-down house near
the Esplanade Mall in the New Orleans
suburb of Kenner that she rented with
her best friend.
She told the Blade during a July 14
interview at Belle Reve that she initially
didn’t even realize her home was flooded
when she stepped into 15” of water while
walking to the bathroom.
“When I got in bed I said ‘oh, my feet are
wet,’” said Miss Eddie. “I took a towel and I
dried my feet. As I was putting them back
into the bed, my foot hung out again. I
said oh damn, so I wiped it again and then
it did it again. I said wait a minute, we’re
in a flood.”
The street on which Miss Eddie’s home
was located was under nearly three feet
of floodwater after Katrina.
Members of the National Guard and
volunteers brought them food, water
and cigarettes because supermarkets
and other local businesses were closed.
Miss Eddie’s mother and her best friend
both became sick after the storm, but she
described her home as “blessed.”
“They wanted to kill each other and I
was oblivious to the whole thing due to
the flood and everything,” Miss Eddie told
the Blade. “So we had a rough time during
the Katrina with my mother.”
Hurricane prompts some to
permanently leave Gulf Coast
Those who had the means to do so
temporarily relocated from New Orleans
and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The home in which Johanna Williams
and her family lived in New Orleans’ Upper
Ninth Ward had more than 4’ feet of water
inside of it after the storm. Nearly 8’ feet
of water flooded her grandparents’ home.
Williams, who was 15 during Katrina
and had come out to her friends weeks
before the storm made landfall, lived
with her family in Memphis for seven
months after the hurricane. She joked
she attended a school that was “in the
middle of cotton fields.”
Williams told the Blade she was able
to celebrate Christmas Eve in her family’s
home because her father, who was a
fire captain for the New Orleans Fire
Department at the time, was able to
repair it enough.
“The second the waters receded he
was gutting out our house so we could
actually have our house available to us,”
said Williams. “We were one of the few
people who were able to come back.”
Timothy Thompson, a peer educator
with the New Orleans AIDS Task Force
evacuated the house in Slidell, La., in which
he lived with his mother, grandmother
and sister. They lived in a two-bedroom
apartment with his family in Baton Rouge,
La., for six months after Katrina before
Timothy Thompson enrolled in Southern
University.
Timothy Thompson’s family had to
“pretty much gut” their home in Slidell
because of the floodwaters and mold
that followed. He told the Blade that
he and his family “found strength”
by volunteering at Louisiana State
University and through “giving back by
helping out” as a way to keep their minds
off of Katrina.
“It was hard going from having your
own car and your own space to being
in a two-bedroom apartment with your
family trying to sort out things,” Timothy
Thompson told the Blade during a July 13
interview at a restaurant in the French
Quarter, which did not flood during
Katrina because it is on relatively high
ground along the Mississippi River.
Timothy Thompson nevertheless said
he was fortunate, compared to others
who had no other option than to evacuate
to the Superdome during Katrina.
“That was just a horror,” he said. “To be
labeled as a refugee when you’re human,
a member of the human race, it was more
of the issue that just couldn’t be labeled
to people living with HIV and AIDS. It
didn’t matter. It didn’t matter if you were
poor or rich. Everybody was lumped into
the same bunch and had to kind of hope
for their way out.”
Others simply did not return.
Jeff White, president of the Mississippi
Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, a local LGBT
advocacy support group, moved to New
Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood with
his then-partner three months before
Katrina.
They evacuated to Memphis from
where they had moved, but went to
Arkansas because they did not have a
place to stay. White lived in the state
for two years before moving to the
Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“I saw friends of mine on the news
in the water that didn’t make it,” White
told the Blade during an interview at a
Mexican restaurant in Gulfport on July
14 that had been on the beach before
Katrina. “We lost quite a few neighbors
and friends. I just won’t go back.”
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when the lawyer couldn’t answer why
allowing same-sex couples to wed
might have a negative impact other
than by observing the institution of no-
fault divorce led to an increase in the
dissolution of marriages.
When Samuelson said he wasn’t
prepared for the question and could
respond later in a brief, Posner retorted,
“How can you brief it, if you don’t know
anything about it?”
Twice during the arguments, Posner
cited a friend-of-the-court brief from
the Family Equality Council, an LGBT
advocacy group, that points out the
harms faced by children with same-sex
parents because their parents don’t have
access to marriage.
The judge brought up a statistic that
between 200,000 and 250,000 children
are without guardians and eligible for
adoption. Speaking later of same-sex
marriage during the arguments, Posner
said, “We think, or at least I think, it’s
good for the kids.”
During one of the exchanges between
Posner and Fisher, Williams jumped in,
saying the attorney didn’t seem like he
was going to answer the questions. She
suggested her own views that banning
same-sex marriage is problematic for
children.
Williams dismissed the notion
children would be worse off with
same-sex parents because those
couples “are people who want to have
children,” unlike opposite-sex couples
who may bear children without
intending to do so.
The judge on the panel with the
most even-handed approach to the
questioning was Hamilton, although
he too indicated he was gravitating
toward ruling against the marriage
bans.
“It seems to me that we’re in the realm
of heightened scrutiny based on sex
discrimination,” Hamilton said.
Countering arguments made by
Wisconsin that banning same-sex
marriage enables the birth of children
into stable families, Hamilton brought
up statistics showing that the number
of unwed births in the state hasn’t
improved after same-sex couples were
constitutionally barred from marriage in
2006.
If the goal of the ban is increase the
number of children born into wedlock,
Williams said the law is “unsuccessful
policy.”
The lawsuit seeking marriage equality
in Wisconsin, Wolf v. Walker, was filed
by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lawsuit seeking marriage equality
in Indiana is the consolidated case of
Baskin et al v. Bogan. The cases that were
combined into that lawsuit were filed
by private attorneys, the ACLU, ACLU
of Indiana and the LGBT group Lambda
Legal.
In each of these cases, judges at
the district court level found that
the respective bans on same-sex
marriage they were challenging are
unconstitutional, but the state elected to
appeal those decisions.
Representing the views of Indiana,
Fisher said he had three main points
in defending the state’s ban on same-
sex marriage: the 1972 case of Baker
v. Nelson; plaintiffs admit to having no
limiting principle in their arguments
against the law; and there’s no grounds
for inferring animus in the passage
marriage bans.
When Posner asked if children benefit
by having married parents — whether
opposite-sex or same-sex — Fisher
replied “undoubtedly,” but added linking
marriage rights to parental rights would
open the door to “plural marriages.”
“The legislature has an understanding
of marriage that it has decided to
preserve,” Fisher said.
Samuelson said Wisconsin’s same-sex
marriage ban is constitutional because
it has the effect of putting on the pause
button to determine the effect of same-
sex marriage before allowing it in the
state.
“It’s our position that with rapidly
transitioning social norms, the
reasonable, prudent path” is to act
cautiously, Samuelson said.
A common theme among attorneys
representing plaintiff same-sex couples
in lawsuits was that the U.S. Supreme
Court’s decision against the Defense
of Marriage Act compelled the court
to strike down bans on same-sex
marriage.
The attorney arguing against the
marriage ban in Wisconsin was James
Esseks, director of the American Civil
Liberties Union’s LGBT project, who drew
a comparison between the pending case
and the DOMA decision.
“Both measures are intended to
exclude same-sex couples from the
institution of marriage or the recognition
of their marriage,” Esseks said.
Representing plaintiff couples in the
Indiana case were Camilla Taylor, Lambda
Legal’s marriage project director, and
Kenneth Falk, legal director of the ACLU
of Indiana.
Taylor made a similar argument that
the DOMA decision compels the court
to strike down the ban on same-sex
marriage in Indiana, saying it guarantees
the ability to “act autonomously.”
“By denying the right to marry, the
state has done exactly what was denied
in Windsor,” Taylor said.
Asked to respond to the state’s claim
that plaintiffs are seeking relief without
limitations, Taylor responded that
only the thing they’re seeking is the
“elimination of the gender-entry barrier”
to marriage.
Falk sought to dispute concerns
expressed by the state that legalizing
same-sex marriage would lead to
polygamy, saying a marriage with three
or four people isn’t going to look like the
modern understanding of marriage. But
he insisted on the similarities of unions
between same-sex couples and different-
sex couples.
“A same-sex marriage and an opposite-
sex marriage are the same thing,” Falk
said.
Now that oral arguments in the cases
have taken place, justices are expected
to render their ruling within one or two
months. In the likely event those decisions
are appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,
the Wisconsin and Indiana cases could
be the ones justices elect to take up to
make a nationwide ruling on the issue of
marriage equality by the middle of next
year.
In the anticipation of that ruling,
Falk maintained lower courts should
recognize developing case law following
the Baker decision decades ago, saying
that path leads to a determination
that bans on same-sex marriage are
unconstitutional.
“I don’t think any of us have any
illusion about the fact that the
Supreme Court is eventually going to
hear and decide a marriage case,” Falk
said. “In the meantime, as every single
court that has faced the question has
held, I think it’s incumbent on lower
courts to recognize the arc of legal
history, if not actual history, has long
passed Baker by.”
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Hudson Taylor to
headline MCC event
Hudson Taylor, founder and executive
director of Athlete Ally and former wrestler
at University of Maryland-College Park,
will be the main speaker at the Maryland
Corporate Council’s business over
breakfast meeting on Sept. 18. The event
will take place from 8-10 a.m. at the Lord
Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St.
The theme for the meeting is “Leaving It All
Out on the Field.” There will be an opportunity
to network with Maryland’s business and
political leaders and learn about the impact
of inclusiveness on professional sports.
The issue of what the future holds for LGBT
athletes will be discussed.
The cost is $75 for members and
$90 for non-members. To register, visit
marylandcorporate.org.
Memorial service honors
trans victims
Several dozen community members
gathered on Aug. 17 at the Spiritual
Empowerment Center in Baltimore’s
Charles Village to say “until we meet
again” to Mia Henderson and to celebrate
her life. Henderson, a 26-year-old
transgender woman, was murdered
on July 16. Also honored at the service
was 40-year-old Kandy Hall, another
transgender woman who was killed a
few weeks earlier on June 3. Hall was a
hairdresser from Annapolis.
The service was offi ciated by Rev. M
Olu Moise. Several of Henderson’s family
members were in attendance, including
her grandfather as well as her aunt who
spoke fondly about her niece. Friends
and community members offered
remembrances, poems and prayers.
Inspirational music was provided by local
Baltimore musicians Amirror and Blaire Leon.
The service was organized by Monica
Stevens, a transgender community
member, who was inspired to do
something to bring people together to
honor Henderson, even though she had
only met her twice. Several attendees had
never met Henderson but wanted to offer
the support and solidarity of their faith
communities or community organizations.
A reception followed where friends,
family and allies shared stories and hugs.
Baltimore police are still investigating
both murders, as well as the possibility of
them being connected. Last year another
transgender woman, Kelly Young, 29, was
found dead in East Baltimore and her killer
is still at large.
(Bill Redmond-Palmer contributed to
this report.)
Frederick Center
applauds IRS recognition
The Frederick Center, the leading
organization for LGBTQ resources
and advocacy in central Maryland,
announced that its application
for tax-exempt status under IRS
regulations was officially approved
last month. According to the approving
letter, the effective date of the
exemption is April 5, 2013, meaning all
contributions to the Frederick Center
since that date are tax-exempt.
Among other benefits, the 501(c)(3)
non-profit status clears the way for The
Frederick Center to seek funding for its
peer support activities.
“The Frederick Center is delighted
to finally receive our 501(c)(3) status,”
said Executive Director Austin Beach.
“Our  board has spent many hours
working on this in order to kick start our
development efforts. We  have  some
pivotal programs in need of funding,
especially the outreach to the LGBTQ
youth in our central Maryland
community.”
For more information, visit
thefrederickcenter.org.
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Online resource launches for gay Aussie teens
SYDNEY — A mental health program specifically designed for gay youth has been
developed and is now being tested online in Australia, the Gay News Network reports.
Out & Online has been funded by beyondblue, a depression treatment agency, and
was put together by a team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology,
Federation University Australia and Deakin University after consultation with mental
health experts and same-sex attracted youth.
It’s hoped that having the resources online will assist young adults, particularly from
rural or isolated areas, get the help they need, the Network article reports.
“Research has shown that same-gender attracted young adults experience higher
rates of mental health problems when compared to their opposite-gender attracted
peers,” Dr. Jo Abbott from the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) at Swinburne, said in a
statement.
“This has been strongly linked to experiences of discrimination resulting from
homophobic attitudes present within the wider community. These problems are
intensified for gay and lesbian youth living in rural areas, where access to relevant
information, resources and services can be even more challenging.”
This is the first program of its kind to focus entirely on the needs of same-sex-attracted
youth aged 18-25 and at the moment is undergoing a research trial. Feedback from the
trial will be used to improve the program, the Gay News Network reports.
The program is available free of charge and as it is developed further it will become
more widely available as part of Swinburne University’s online mental health clinic,
Mental Health Online.
More information is available at outandonline.org.au.
Cincinnati will cover GRS costs starting in 2015
CINCINNATI — Cincinnati will cover transgender health needs under its city insurance
plan starting next year, the Enquirer, a Cincinnati Gannett paper, reports.
Offi cials said they plan to promote the change as a way to lure people to the region.
“Since I’ve been here I’ve worked to make this city as competitive and inclusive as
possible,” the paper quoted Chris Seelbach, the city’s first out councilman, as having
said. “This is a another step in that direction.” Seelbach led a council majority in signing
a letter urging the change.
Cincinnati would be the first city in Ohio to offer trans procedures such as gender
reassignment surgery, in its health benefits, according to a statewide advocacy group.
Shane Morgan, founder and chair of TransOhio, which provides education and advocacy,
praised city offi cials.
“For Cincinnati to cover their trans employees — because there are trans employees
who work there — is great,” Morgan was quoted as having said. “Hopefully cities
elsewhere in Ohio will follow that.”
Including transgender procedures should give Cincinnati a score of 100 on the HRC
Municipal Equality Index, making Cincinnati one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the
country. Last year, Cincinnati scored a 90, the Enquirer article said.
Interim Cincinnati City Manager Scott Stiles initiated the transgender insurance
change, but was encouraged to act by a majority of City Council.
As interim city manager, Stile made the decision, alerting Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of the change Aug. 22, the article said.
Study finds more gays lack
health coverage
LOS ANGELES — LGBT adults are more likely than their straight counterparts
to lack health insurance coverage (17.6 vs. 13.2 percent respectively), according
to a Gallup study released this week by the UCLA School of Law and reported by
the Windy City Times.
The study considered change in health care coverage in the last quarter of
2013 and second quarter of 2014, which roughly represent the periods before
and after open enrollment associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as
Obamacare. Since the fourth quarter of 2013, the percentage of uninsured LGBT
adults fell 4.4 percentage points, compared to a 3.5 point drop among non-LGBT
Americans, researchers said in a press release.
The analyses are based on more than 6,000 interviews with LGBT adults (aged
18 and older) and more than 166,000 interviews with non-LGBT adults conducted
from June 2013 to June 2014 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
survey, the press release said. These Gallup data represent the largest survey
of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents, the
UCLA School of Law press release notes.
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As school year starts, may all
who are bullied fight back
In the spring of 1958, my father was
transferred by his company to a nearby
town in upstate New York. I was in seventh
grade. There were only two months left in
the school year, so my mother sweet-talked
the pastor, Monsignor Canfield, into enroll-
ing my brother and me on a trial basis into
the local, overcrowded Catholic school. The
average class size at St. Charles Borromeo
was 40-plus kids, but we were used to 60
from our previous Catholic school.
During recess on my first day in the new
school, I was standing in a raw, cold windy
playground, talking to some of the girls in my
class. Suddenly a gray, gritty, sopping wet rag
hit me in my brand new, maroon plaid, box-
pleated uniform skirt. I turned and saw Ron-
nie Mannalli, the scrawny little tough guy the
girls had just been warning me about. He was
pointing and laughing at me.
This was before Facebook. Yes, dears, there
was such a time. So perhaps Ronnie was un-
aware that I had three brothers. In seconds, I
had him pinned down in a puddle, my hand
on his throat. I was “punching the living crap
out of him” as we kids used to call it at home,
out of earshot of my mother. Since Ronnie
had not started crying, I kept punching.
Suddenly a dark shadowy penumbra
loomed over us. I stopped, fist frozen
mid-air by, “What is going on here?” It was
Monsignor Canfield.
He brought me to the school principal’s
offi ce. As I stood in front of Mother Ur-
sula’s green metal desk, under the cross,
with the dried palm frond curling behind
it, I tried to look contrite. The monsignor
told her he had found me pummeling Ron-
nie Mannalli. He was disappointed in me,
for despite his generous accommodation,
I had been fighting. He could not possibly
keep me in the school, and told Mother Ur-
sula to call my mother. The deal was off.
I was about to tell my side of the story when
Mother Ursula interrupted and said, “This
lovely young girl would never do such a thing.”
I tried not to whipsaw my head around. “And
if she did, Ronnie Mannalli probably deserved
it.” On a scale of one to “Climb-every-moun-
tain,” it was stunning. I finished out the year,
and graduated from St. Charles.
Along with the unnatural fondness for
knee socks that the beginning of the school
year always brings, I always remember this
story. May all who are bullied fight back.
May all bullied kids have an adult ally.
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The power of adult allies
COMMUNI KATE AUGUST 29, 2014 • 17
We are the sum of all our
identities
By CARRIE EVANS
Most people know I am a lesbian, but
not as many know I am an immigrant.
This is not because I hide that identity. It
is because most people look at my skin
color or hear me speak and assume I am
a native-born American.
I, like many current first-generation
immigrants, was brought to the United
States as a child.  Left behind in Canada
were my family (except my mom and sib-
lings), the house I grew up in, my school,
my friends; basically everything that was
familiar to me. However, I was able to
assimilate more easily than many of my
fellow immigrants because of my skin
color and language privileges. Moreover,
because my mom married a U.S. citizen,
my pathway to citizenship was a relatively
easy one. These privileges allowed me
advantages and opportunities in the U.S.
that many of my fellow immigrants are
not afforded. These privileges make it a
moral imperative for me to stand in soli-
darity with my fellow immigrants and to
#FightForFamilies. Along with hundreds
of others, I will engage in civil disobedi-
ence and be arrested.
The organization I am honored to work
for, Equality Maryland, has supported
LGBT immigrants and issues that impact
their lives for several years. In 2012, Equal-
ity Maryland endorsed Maryland’s Dream
Act and worked hard to educate LGBT vot-
ers on why voting for Question 4 (uphold-
ing the DREAM Act) was the right thing to
do. At the same time, CASA de Maryland
endorsed marriage equality and worked
with Latino communities to increase sup-
port for Question 6 (upholding marriage
equality). We did this by highlighting the
multiple identities of people in our com-
munities. We were fortunate to have La-
tino same-sex couples and LGBT DREAM-
ers who shared their lives and stories. I
am confident that LGBT voters helped
lead to victory on Question 4 and La-
tino voters helped us win on Question 6.
Equality Maryland’s partnership with CASA
de Maryland has continued, and we are
proud to co-sponsor #FightForFamilies.
Far too many people believe that be-
cause we have won marriage equality
and passed a trans anti-discrimination
law, our work for LGBT equality is done in
Maryland. Unfortunately, there remains
so much left to do, and much of this work
is centered on the intersections of our
LGBT lives; the “ands” of our lives. Thus,
we will work on issues regarding being
both LGBT and immigrant, LGBT and dis-
abled, LGBT and African American, LGBT
and living in a rural area, and so on. We
are the sum of all our identities, and
Equality Maryland will concentrate on
these “ands.” We will continue to work
diligently at ensuring equality regardless
of sexual orientation and gender identity,
but we will also work diligently to ensure
equality regardless of race, immigration
status, age, geography, and the like.
On Thursday, Aug. 28,  #FightforFami-
lies was held in Washington, D.C. This ef-
fort sought to pressure President Obama
to provide aggressive relief to immigrants.
Organizers hope that this will be the larg-
est act of civil disobedience in the history
of the immigrant rights movement, with
hundreds of arrestees. Equality Maryland
staff will join this effort to show support.
I urge all LGBT people to embrace the
whole of our identities and communities
and to join us on this important day.
Frank O’Hara’s ‘Lunch
Poems’ turns 50
If I’m ever stranded on a desert island, I’d be
fine – as long as I’d have a copy of Lunch Poems
by queer poet Frank O’Hara. This pocket-size,
energy-infused poetry collection, just out in a
50th anniversary edition from City Lights Books,
would provide all the fuel, caffeine, camp, love,
and fun that I’d need to sustain myself.
I’m far from unique in my love and af-
fection for O’Hara and his work. Few po-
ets, gay or straight, have so influenced
our culture. Don Draper on “Mad Men”
reads O’Hara. Jackson Pollock, Willem de
Kooning, Joan Mitchell and other painters
hung out with O’Hara and painted him.
It’s tempting to think that LGBT artists
and writers were closeted before Stone-
wall. Yet O’Hara, who was born in Balti-
more in 1926 and died in an accident on
Fire Island in 1966, lived as an openly
gay man in New York City. “I live above a
dyke bar and I’m happy,” he wrote in one
poem. “You Are Gorgeous And I’m Com-
ing” was the title of one of his love poems.
O’Hara embraced sexuality. “Mothers of
America/... Let your kids go to the movies!”
he writes in his beautiful poem “Ave Maria.”
“They’ll be in some glamourous country/
they first saw on a Saturday afternoon or
playing hookey/they may even be grateful
to you/for their first sexual experience.”
On re-reading Lunch Poems, “I remem-
bered how conservative and formal most
contemporary American poetry was at
the time,” writes poet John Ashbery in the
forward to the book’s 50th anniversary edi-
tion, “No other poetry collection of the `60s
did more to shatter the congealed surface
of contemporary academic poetry.”
O’Hara even “gets away with” using
the word “fuck” occasionally in his po-
etry, writes Ashbery, who is gay, “and yet
he’s no macho spewer of hard truths, but
a kind ... deeply curious and attractive
younger man, passing a few minutes of
speculative rumination before heading
back to the offi ce, like all of us.”
In large part, O’Hara was responsible for
the energy that changed American letters
from its 1950s “gloves and veils” poetry to
everyday speech “with natural cadence,
and a ‘lay it like you say it’ colloquialism,”
Grace Cavalieri, producer of the radio
show “The Poet and the Poem at the Li-
brary of Congress,” emailed the Blade.
He taught us to be authentic, Cavalieri
wrote. “So many imitated him because he
knew who he was; and wanted to know
themselves and speak of it.”
O’Hara, who worked as a curator at the
Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, and
wrote many of his poems on his lunch hour,
famously called his work “I do this I do that”
poetry. But don’t be fooled by this. Because
his poems are conversational in tone, and fre-
quently refer to his friends (such as the poet
Kenneth Koch); his lover Joseph LeSueur; and
Bette Davis, Lana Turner and other stars, you
might think you could successfully channel
his style. If you attempt this, as I have, you’re
likely to find that you’ll fall on your poetic butt,
trying to be the next Frank O’Hara.
He earned a bachelor’s in English from
Harvard in 1950 and a master’s in English
from the University of Michigan in 1951.
“O’Hara was a first-class intellectual,” Caval-
ieri wrote. “He just wanted lunch at the foot
of Mount Olympus where the party was.”
You don’t have to be a smoker or a New
Yorker to love his poem called “Steps.”
Reading it, like hearing a fab song, makes
you want to dance.
“How funny you are today New York/like
Ginger Rogers in Swingtime/...” writes O’Hara
in “Steps,” “oh god it’s wonderful/to get out of
bed/and drink too much coffee/and smoke
too many cigarettes/and love you so much.”
Don’t miss out. With your fave libation
in hand, celebrate Lunch Poems — the
little book that’s still the life of the party.
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18 • AUGUST 29, 2014 VI EWPOI NT
Far too many people believe that because
we have won marriage equality and passed a
trans anti-discrimination law, our work for
LGBT equality is done in Maryland.
KATHI WOLFE is a writer, poet and regular
contributor to the Blade. She can be reached
through this publication.
VI EWPOI NT
At the intersection of LGBT and immigrant
The little book that’s still the life of the party
It’s tempting to think that LGBT artists and writers
were closeted before Stonewall. Yet O’Hara lived as
an openly gay man in New York City.
CARRIE EVANS is executive director of
Equality Maryland, the state’s LGBT civil rights
organization. She became a naturalized citizen
in 1997.
Bachmann’s leaving
Congress but media can’t get
enough of her hate
What do people with truly evil thoughts
like Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) do when
they retire from Congress? One hopes
she just fades away but that is likely wish-
ful thinking.
I spent the week in Rehoboth Beach,
Del., and had coffee with friends Keith
Brengle and Kevin Keller who were there
to care for Keith’s parents. Keith threw out
this question in a joking way but it is more
than that. There just seem to be so many
people whose hearts are filled with hatred
who are given the opportunity to spout
that hatred in the national media. Bach-
mann is just one example of that breed
— a woman with no real accomplishments
yet an oversized ego that can attract at-
tention. Bachmann has been in Congress
since 2006 with not one bill she sponsored
signed into law. That is sad for constitu-
ents who elected her believing that she
would do something to earn her salary.
What she has accomplished as an aco-
lyte of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is convince
the Republicans in the House of Repre-
sentatives to scuttle any chance of an im-
migration bill or funding to deal with the
children crossing our borders illegally to
escape dangers in their home countries.
She was a member of the Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence, which
some say actually called into question the
committee’s name. But the reality is she
attracted attention and the hatred she
spewed against the LGBT community and
so many others got her enough followers
that she even had a thankfully short-lived
presidential campaign.
She is only one of many that raise the
question of what happens to their evil
ways when they retire. With a 24-hour
news cycle, a beast that must be con-
stantly fed, these haters like Bachmann
continue to get attention. Sarah Palin is
another example of someone thrust into
the national media spotlight based on
zero accomplishments and who has man-
aged to stay in the public eye by making
outrageous and often hateful statements
while accomplishing nothing. Another
one not yet retired who spreads hate as
a way to draw attention is Ann Coulter.
Someone who seems intent on getting
her name on that list is Maureen Dowd,
who writes columns for the New York
Times. Dowd, once well respected, seems
to have discovered that if she spews
enough hatred she gets more attention.
To answer the question: Evil doesn’t ever
really go away. Even when the evil is so
egregious that you would think what the
person did can never again happen, like a
Hitler, we see the likes of Saddam Hussein
and Bashar al-Assad rise to power. When
Joe McCarthy finally died many thought a
senator spewing hate like that couldn’t ap-
pear again and yet today we have Sen. Cruz
who is doing his best to match McCarthy.
What we can be thankful for is that for
every person spewing evil there are those
that spread love and acceptance. For ev-
ery Phyllis Schlafly and Jerry Falwell there
is a Gloria Steinem and a Bella Abzug. For
every Anita Bryant there is a Harvey Milk
and Barney Frank.
There are heroes who the world can
look up to who have led people from
despair to hope; from Moses and Ma-
hatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are those who served in Congress
who spoke up for what is right and made
themselves heard across racial and gen-
der biases including Barbara Jordon (D-
Texas) and Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.). For
every Michele Bachmann there is a Tam-
my Baldwin (D-Wis.).
But the spreading of evil will never
disappear even when one of those who
spreads it retires or dies. Today in our
world of social media the message of the
haters gets amplified more than it ever
has before. We can only be thankful that
the majority of people actually have love
rather than hate in their hearts. They are
open to listen and change, and to accep-
tance and the willingness to see the good
in all people. We just need to make sure
that when we see evil in the world we call
it out. That when we see and hear some-
one spreading evil we call them out and
counter it with a message of love and
positivity.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
What does evil do when it retires?
I NSI DE LGBT WASHI NGTON AUGUST 29, 2014 • 19
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.
OUR BUSI NESS MATTERS
Political activists need to
win, not scold, support on
non-gay issues
I’ve grown a bit weary of being told to sit
up straight and get my gay politics right.
Most people don’t much fancy being
told what to do or think. Yet a tone of ad-
monishment is the tenor and tactic that
too many lesbian and gay political activ-
ists have increasingly utilized of late when
attempting to command community con-
veyance of support on non-gay issues.
It belies a transparent “gay panic” prev-
alent in some activist circles — the belief
that too many of us view political issues
and electoral candidates from an “incor-
rect” viewpoint when not concerning
matters of direct relevance or of common
concern to gays and lesbians.
Hardly a week goes by absent a re-
proachable exhortation to adopt a po-
litical position or support a particular
prescription in order to remedy a matter
not directly related to being gay. The pre-
sumption that the latter should result in
uniformity of opinion regarding the other
is fraught with foolishness.
The plain-and-simple truth is it doesn’t.
What these single-minded activists don’t
seem to comprehend is that regular folks,
and real-world politics, don’t quite work that
way. Any assortment of individuals, particu-
larly when sexual orientation is the singular
commonality, will have as broad a range of
opinions as they themselves are diverse.
Political activists need to win, not scold,
support on non-gay issues.
Rather than asserting that being gay
should invoke a “plus sign” after one’s
identity, it would be more accurate to in-
vert one’s gay identity to a “follow-on” po-
sition. As in, “I’m a small business owner
and I’m lesbian” or “I’m a feminist and I’m
gay.” It would prove more illustrative of
evolving self-perceptions in the emerging
new world of assimilation in which we’ve
begun to live.
Like it or not, we really aren’t different
from everyone else. The circumstance of
economic class, the particulars of profes-
sional engagement and the dominance of
self-interest are more potentially predic-
tive of personal politics.
In other words, our individual circum-
stances are more likely to shape our politi-
cal positions than the fact that we are gay
ever has in the past and almost certainly
will not in the future. Stop berating us for it.
In a polarized political environment with
high geographic mobility, Americans in-
creasingly surround themselves in cocoons
of similarity. When choosing a part of the
country or even a neighborhood in which
to live, shared lifestyles, party politics and
common beliefs can be preeminent factors
in determining where we land.
Sexual orientation is no more a predictor
of political beliefs than the color of one’s
eyes. Among us are free market moder-
ates and big government liberals. In the
expanse of our world, especially outside
high-profile urban conclaves, are religious
conservatives as well as central-planning
socialists. Being gay doesn’t automatically
proscribe political allegiances or alliances
any more than a false expectation that
women collectively support abortion rights.
If anything, the prevalence of political inde-
pendence and even laissez-faire libertari-
anism derived of a live-and-let-live attitude
within our ranks is instructive.
We might, however, share similar outlooks
on social issues to a greater degree than, say,
economic issues. But so do some others. Our
politics are no more or less complex.
But, hey, I get it. Those of us who came of
age in a different and more diffi cult era in
gay history learned much about the “other-
ness” of being an “outsider,” the alienation
of being thought less of, the struggle to
find a place to construct a life. For many
it informed our political perspectives and
shaped our sense of camaraderie with oth-
ers facing similar obstacles. At times along
the way we even shared common enemies.
However, younger gays, in particular, in-
creasingly don’t find those experiences fa-
miliar or have dissimilar ones. Blank stares
are commonly the reaction to tales of a
time and a life slowly fading into history.
There is no reason to be astonished by
this diversity of opinion. It’s what our vic-
tories have sought to guarantee.
The fallacy of gay ‘plus-sign’ politics
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STRIBILD is a prescription medicine used as
a complete single-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 in
adults who have never taken HIV-1 medicines
before. STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS.
I started my
personal revolution
Talk to your healthcare provider
about starting treatment.
STRIBILD is a complete HIV-1
treatment in 1 pill, once a day.
Ask if it’s right for you.
What is STRIBILD?
STRIBILD is a prescription medicine used
to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never
taken HIV-1 medicines before. It combines
4 medicines into 1 pill to be taken once a
day with food. STRIBILD is a complete
single-tablet regimen and should not be
used with other HIV-1 medicines.
STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1
infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1
infection and decrease HIV-related
illnesses you must keep taking STRIBILD.
Ask your healthcare provider if you have
questions about how to reduce the risk of
passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice
safer sex and use condoms to lower the
chance of sexual contact with body fluids.
Never reuse or share needles or other
items that have body fluids on them.
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INFORMATION
What is the most important
information I should know about
STRIBILD?
STRIBILD can cause serious
side effects:
• Build-up of an acid in your blood
(lactic acidosis), which is a serious
medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic
acidosis include feeling very weak or tired,
unusual (not normal) muscle pain, trouble
breathing, stomach pain with nausea or
vomiting, feeling cold especially in your
arms and legs, feeling dizzy or lightheaded,
and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat.
• Serious liver problems. The liver may
become large (hepatomegaly) and fatty
(steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems
include your skin or the white part of
your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark
“tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel
movements (stools), loss of appetite for
several days or longer, nausea, and/or
stomach pain.
• You may be more likely to get lactic
acidosis or serious liver problems if
you are female, very overweight (obese),
or have been taking STRIBILD for a long
time. In some cases, these serious
conditions have led to death. Call your
healthcare provider right away if you
have any symptoms of these conditions.
• Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV)
infection. If you also have HBV and stop
taking STRIBILD, your hepatitis may
suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking
STRIBILD without first talking to your
healthcare provider, as they will need to
monitor your health. STRIBILD is not
approved for the treatment of HBV.
Who should not take STRIBILD?
Do not take STRIBILD if you:
• Take a medicine that contains:
alfuzosin, dihydroergotamine,
ergotamine, methylergonovine, cisapride,
lovastatin, simvastatin, pimozide,
sildenafil when used for lung problems
(Revatio
®
), triazolam, oral midazolam,
rifampin or the herb St. John’s wort.
• For a list of brand names for these
medicines, please see the Brief
Summary on the following pages.
• Take any other medicines to treat
HIV-1 infection, or the medicine
adefovir (Hepsera
®
).
What are the other possible side
effects of STRIBILD?
Serious side effects of STRIBILD may
also include:
• New or worse kidney problems,
including kidney failure. Your
healthcare provider should do regular
blood and urine tests to check your
kidneys before and during treatment with
STRIBILD. If you develop kidney
problems, your healthcare provider may
tell you to stop taking STRIBILD.
• Bone problems, including bone pain or
bones getting soft or thin, which may lead
to fractures. Your healthcare provider may
do tests to check your bones.
• Changes in body fat can happen in
people taking HIV-1 medicines.
• Changes in your immune system.
Your immune system may get stronger
and begin to fight infections. Tell your
healthcare provider if you have any new
symptoms after you start taking STRIBILD.
The most common side effects of
STRIBILD include nausea and diarrhea.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have
any side effects that bother you or don’t
go away.
What should I tell my healthcare
provider before taking STRIBILD?
• All your health problems. Be sure to tell
your healthcare provider if you have or
had any kidney, bone, or liver problems,
including hepatitis virus infection.
• All the medicines you take, including
prescription and nonprescription
medicines, vitamins, and herbal
supplements. STRIBILD may affect the
way other medicines work, and other
medicines may affect how STRIBILD
works. Keep a list of all your medicines
and show it to your healthcare provider
and pharmacist. Do not start any new
medicines while taking STRIBILD without
first talking with your healthcare provider.
• If you take hormone-based birth
control (pills, patches, rings, shots, etc).
• If you take antacids. Take antacids at
least 2 hours before or after you take
STRIBILD.
• If you are pregnant or plan to become
pregnant. It is not known if STRIBILD
can harm your unborn baby. Tell your
healthcare provider if you become
pregnant while taking STRIBILD.
• If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or
plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed.
HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in
breast milk. Also, some medicines
in STRIBILD can pass into breast
milk, and it is not known if this can
harm the baby.
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.
Please see Brief Summary of full
Prescribing Information with important
warnings on the following pages.
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Patient Information
STRIBILD
®
(STRY-bild)
(elvitegravir 150 mg/cobicistat 150 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) tablets
Brief summary of full Prescribing Information. For more information,
please see the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.
What is STRIBILD?
• STRIBILD is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults
who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. STRIBILD is a
complete regimen and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.
• STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must stay on continuous
HIV-1 therapy to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related
illnesses.
• Ask your healthcare provider about how to prevent passing
HIV-1 to others. Do not share or reuse needles, injection equipment,
or personal items that can have blood or body fuids on them. Do not
have 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 is the most important information I should know
about STRIBILD?
STRIBILD can cause serious side effects, including:
1. Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic
acidosis can happen in some people who take STRIBILD or similar
(nucleoside analogs) medicines. Lactic acidosis is a serious medical
emergency that can lead to death. Lactic acidosis can be hard to
identify early, because the symptoms could seem like symptoms of
other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away
if you get any of the following symptoms which could be signs
of lactic acidosis:
• feel very weak or tired
• have unusual (not normal) muscle pain
• have trouble breathing
• have stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
• feel cold, especially in your arms and legs
• feel dizzy or lightheaded
• have a fast or irregular heartbeat
2. Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems can happen in people
who take STRIBILD. In some cases, these liver problems can lead
to death. Your liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and you may
develop fat in your liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider
right away if you get any of the following symptoms of liver
problems:
• your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
• dark “tea-colored” urine
• light-colored bowel movements (stools)
• loss of appetite for several days or longer
• nausea
• stomach pain
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver
problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have
been taking STRIBILD for a long time.
3. Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. If you have hepatitis B virus
(HBV) infection and take STRIBILD, your HBV may get worse (fare-up)
if you stop taking STRIBILD. A “fare-up” is when your HBV infection
suddenly returns in a worse way than before.
• Do not run out of STRIBILD. Refll your prescription or talk to your
healthcare provider before your STRIBILD is all gone
• Do not stop taking STRIBILD without frst talking to your healthcare
provider
• If you stop taking STRIBILD, your healthcare provider will need to
check your health often and do blood tests regularly for several
months to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider
about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop
taking STRIBILD
Who should not take STRIBILD?
Do not take STRIBILD if you also take a medicine that contains:
• adefovir (Hepsera
®
)
• alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral
®
)
• cisapride (Propulsid
®
, Propulsid Quicksolv
®
)
• ergot-containing medicines, including: dihydroergotamine mesylate
(D.H.E. 45
®
, Migranal
®
), ergotamine tartrate (Cafergot
®
, Migergot
®
,
Ergostat
®
, Medihaler Ergotamine
®
, Wigraine
®
, Wigrettes
®
), and
methylergonovine maleate (Ergotrate
®
, Methergine
®
)
• lovastatin (Advicor
®
, Altoprev
®
, Mevacor
®
)
• oral midazolam
• pimozide (Orap
®
)
• rifampin (Rifadin
®
, Rifamate
®
, Rifater
®
, Rimactane
®
)
• sildenafl (Revatio
®
), when used for treating lung problems
• simvastatin (Simcor
®
, Vytorin
®
, Zocor
®
)
• triazolam (Halcion
®
)
• the herb St. John’s wort
Do not take STRIBILD if you also take any other HIV-1 medicines,
including:
• Other medicines that contain tenofovir (Atripla
®
, Complera
®
, Viread
®
,
Truvada
®
)
• Other medicines that contain emtricitabine, lamivudine, or ritonavir
(Atripla
®
, Combivir
®
, Complera
®
, Emtriva
®
, Epivir
®
or Epivir-HBV
®
,
Epzicom
®
, Kaletra
®
, Norvir
®
, Trizivir
®
, Truvada
®
)
STRIBILD is not for use in people who are less than 18 years old.
What are the possible side effects of STRIBILD?
STRIBILD may cause the following serious side effects:
• See “What is the most important information I should know
about STRIBILD?”
• New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your
healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your
kidneys before you start and while you are taking STRIBILD. Your
healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking STRIBILD if you
develop new or worse kidney problems.
• Bone problems can happen in some people who take STRIBILD.
Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may
lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do tests to
check your bones.
• Changes in body fat can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicine.
These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper
back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the middle
of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may
also happen. The exact cause and long-term health effects of these
conditions are not known.
• Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution
Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your
immune system may get stronger and begin to fght infections that
have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare
provider right away if you start having any new symptoms after
starting your HIV-1 medicine.
The most common side effects of STRIBILD include:
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that
bothers you or that does not go away.
• These are not all the possible side effects of STRIBILD. For more
information, ask your healthcare provider.
• Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking STRIBILD?
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions,
including:
• If you have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including
hepatitis B infection
• If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if
STRIBILD can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider
if you become pregnant while taking STRIBILD.
- There is a pregnancy registry for women who take antiviral
medicines during pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to collect
information about the health of you and your baby. Talk with your
healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry.
• If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not
breastfeed if you take STRIBILD.
- You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk
of passing HIV-1 to your baby.
- Two of the medicines in STRIBILD can pass to your baby in your
breast milk. It is not known if the other medicines in STRIBILD can
pass into your breast milk.
- Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed
your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements:
• STRIBILD may affect the way other medicines work, and other
medicines may affect how STRIBILD works.
• Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following
medicines:
- Hormone-based birth control (pills, patches, rings, shots, etc)
- Antacid medicines that contain aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or
calcium carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after you
take STRIBILD
- Medicines to treat depression, organ transplant rejection, or high
blood pressure
- amiodarone (Cordarone
®
, Pacerone
®
)
- atorvastatin (Lipitor
®
, Caduet
®
)
- bepridil hydrochloride (Vascor
®
, Bepadin
®
)
- bosentan (Tracleer
®
)
- buspirone
- carbamazepine (Carbatrol
®
, Epitol
®
, Equetro
®
, Tegretol
®
)
- clarithromycin (Biaxin
®
, Prevpac
®
)
- clonazepam (Klonopin
®
)
- clorazepate (Gen-xene
®
, Tranxene
®
)
- colchicine (Colcrys
®
)
- medicines that contain dexamethasone
- diazepam (Valium
®
)
- digoxin (Lanoxin
®
)
- disopyramide (Norpace
®
)
- estazolam
- ethosuximide (Zarontin
®
)
- fecainide (Tambocor
®
)
- furazepam
- futicasone (Flovent
®
, Flonase
®
, Flovent
®
Diskus
®
,
Flovent
®
HFA, Veramyst
®
)
- itraconazole (Sporanox
®
)
- ketoconazole (Nizoral
®
)
- lidocaine (Xylocaine
®
)
- mexiletine
- oxcarbazepine (Trileptal
®
)
- perphenazine
- phenobarbital (Luminal
®
)
- phenytoin (Dilantin
®
, Phenytek
®
)
- propafenone (Rythmol
®
)
- quinidine (Neudexta
®
)
- rifabutin (Mycobutin
®
)
- rifapentine (Priftin
®
)
- risperidone (Risperdal
®
, Risperdal Consta
®
)
- salmeterol (Serevent
®
) or salmeterol when taken in combination
with futicasone (Advair Diskus
®
, Advair HFA
®
)
- sildenafl (Viagra
®
), tadalafl (Cialis
®
) or vardenafl (Levitra
®
, Staxyn
®
),
for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). If you get dizzy or faint
(low blood pressure), have vision changes or have an erection that
last longer than 4 hours, call your healthcare provider or get medical
help right away.
- tadalafl (Adcirca
®
), for the treatment of pulmonary arterial
hypertension
- telithromycin (Ketek
®
)
- thioridazine
- voriconazole (Vfend
®
)
- warfarin (Coumadin
®
, Jantoven
®
)
- zolpidem (Ambien
®
, Edlular
®
, Intermezzo
®
, Zolpimist
®
)
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of all your medicines and
show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new
medicine. Do not start any new medicines while you are taking STRIBILD
without frst talking with your healthcare provider.
Keep STRIBILD and all medicines out of reach of children.
This Brief Summary summarizes the most important information about
STRIBILD. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare
provider. You can also ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for
information about STRIBILD that is written for health professionals, or
call 1-800-445-3235 or go to www.STRIBILD.com.
Issued: October 2013
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Patient Information
STRIBILD
®
(STRY-bild)
(elvitegravir 150 mg/cobicistat 150 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/
tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) tablets
Brief summary of full Prescribing Information. For more information,
please see the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.
What is STRIBILD?
• STRIBILD is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults
who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. STRIBILD is a
complete regimen and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.
• STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must stay on continuous
HIV-1 therapy to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related
illnesses.
• Ask your healthcare provider about how to prevent passing
HIV-1 to others. Do not share or reuse needles, injection equipment,
or personal items that can have blood or body fuids on them. Do not
have 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 is the most important information I should know
about STRIBILD?
STRIBILD can cause serious side effects, including:
1. Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic
acidosis can happen in some people who take STRIBILD or similar
(nucleoside analogs) medicines. Lactic acidosis is a serious medical
emergency that can lead to death. Lactic acidosis can be hard to
identify early, because the symptoms could seem like symptoms of
other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away
if you get any of the following symptoms which could be signs
of lactic acidosis:
• feel very weak or tired
• have unusual (not normal) muscle pain
• have trouble breathing
• have stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
• feel cold, especially in your arms and legs
• feel dizzy or lightheaded
• have a fast or irregular heartbeat
2. Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems can happen in people
who take STRIBILD. In some cases, these liver problems can lead
to death. Your liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and you may
develop fat in your liver (steatosis). Call your healthcare provider
right away if you get any of the following symptoms of liver
problems:
• your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice)
• dark “tea-colored” urine
• light-colored bowel movements (stools)
• loss of appetite for several days or longer
• nausea
• stomach pain
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver
problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have
been taking STRIBILD for a long time.
3. Worsening of Hepatitis B infection. If you have hepatitis B virus
(HBV) infection and take STRIBILD, your HBV may get worse (fare-up)
if you stop taking STRIBILD. A “fare-up” is when your HBV infection
suddenly returns in a worse way than before.
• Do not run out of STRIBILD. Refll your prescription or talk to your
healthcare provider before your STRIBILD is all gone
• Do not stop taking STRIBILD without frst talking to your healthcare
provider
• If you stop taking STRIBILD, your healthcare provider will need to
check your health often and do blood tests regularly for several
months to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider
about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop
taking STRIBILD
Who should not take STRIBILD?
Do not take STRIBILD if you also take a medicine that contains:
• adefovir (Hepsera
®
)
• alfuzosin hydrochloride (Uroxatral
®
)
• cisapride (Propulsid
®
, Propulsid Quicksolv
®
)
• ergot-containing medicines, including: dihydroergotamine mesylate
(D.H.E. 45
®
, Migranal
®
), ergotamine tartrate (Cafergot
®
, Migergot
®
,
Ergostat
®
, Medihaler Ergotamine
®
, Wigraine
®
, Wigrettes
®
), and
methylergonovine maleate (Ergotrate
®
, Methergine
®
)
• lovastatin (Advicor
®
, Altoprev
®
, Mevacor
®
)
• oral midazolam
• pimozide (Orap
®
)
• rifampin (Rifadin
®
, Rifamate
®
, Rifater
®
, Rimactane
®
)
• sildenafl (Revatio
®
), when used for treating lung problems
• simvastatin (Simcor
®
, Vytorin
®
, Zocor
®
)
• triazolam (Halcion
®
)
• the herb St. John’s wort
Do not take STRIBILD if you also take any other HIV-1 medicines,
including:
• Other medicines that contain tenofovir (Atripla
®
, Complera
®
, Viread
®
,
Truvada
®
)
• Other medicines that contain emtricitabine, lamivudine, or ritonavir
(Atripla
®
, Combivir
®
, Complera
®
, Emtriva
®
, Epivir
®
or Epivir-HBV
®
,
Epzicom
®
, Kaletra
®
, Norvir
®
, Trizivir
®
, Truvada
®
)
STRIBILD is not for use in people who are less than 18 years old.
What are the possible side effects of STRIBILD?
STRIBILD may cause the following serious side effects:
• See “What is the most important information I should know
about STRIBILD?”
• New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your
healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your
kidneys before you start and while you are taking STRIBILD. Your
healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking STRIBILD if you
develop new or worse kidney problems.
• Bone problems can happen in some people who take STRIBILD.
Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may
lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do tests to
check your bones.
• Changes in body fat can happen in people who take HIV-1 medicine.
These changes may include increased amount of fat in the upper
back and neck (“buffalo hump”), breast, and around the middle
of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms and face may
also happen. The exact cause and long-term health effects of these
conditions are not known.
• Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution
Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your
immune system may get stronger and begin to fght infections that
have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare
provider right away if you start having any new symptoms after
starting your HIV-1 medicine.
The most common side effects of STRIBILD include:
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that
bothers you or that does not go away.
• These are not all the possible side effects of STRIBILD. For more
information, ask your healthcare provider.
• Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking STRIBILD?
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions,
including:
• If you have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including
hepatitis B infection
• If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if
STRIBILD can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider
if you become pregnant while taking STRIBILD.
- There is a pregnancy registry for women who take antiviral
medicines during pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to collect
information about the health of you and your baby. Talk with your
healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry.
• If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not
breastfeed if you take STRIBILD.
- You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk
of passing HIV-1 to your baby.
- Two of the medicines in STRIBILD can pass to your baby in your
breast milk. It is not known if the other medicines in STRIBILD can
pass into your breast milk.
- Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed
your baby.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements:
• STRIBILD may affect the way other medicines work, and other
medicines may affect how STRIBILD works.
• Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following
medicines:
- Hormone-based birth control (pills, patches, rings, shots, etc)
- Antacid medicines that contain aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or
calcium carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after you
take STRIBILD
- Medicines to treat depression, organ transplant rejection, or high
blood pressure
- amiodarone (Cordarone
®
, Pacerone
®
)
- atorvastatin (Lipitor
®
, Caduet
®
)
- bepridil hydrochloride (Vascor
®
, Bepadin
®
)
- bosentan (Tracleer
®
)
- buspirone
- carbamazepine (Carbatrol
®
, Epitol
®
, Equetro
®
, Tegretol
®
)
- clarithromycin (Biaxin
®
, Prevpac
®
)
- clonazepam (Klonopin
®
)
- clorazepate (Gen-xene
®
, Tranxene
®
)
- colchicine (Colcrys
®
)
- medicines that contain dexamethasone
- diazepam (Valium
®
)
- digoxin (Lanoxin
®
)
- disopyramide (Norpace
®
)
- estazolam
- ethosuximide (Zarontin
®
)
- fecainide (Tambocor
®
)
- furazepam
- futicasone (Flovent
®
, Flonase
®
, Flovent
®
Diskus
®
,
Flovent
®
HFA, Veramyst
®
)
- itraconazole (Sporanox
®
)
- ketoconazole (Nizoral
®
)
- lidocaine (Xylocaine
®
)
- mexiletine
- oxcarbazepine (Trileptal
®
)
- perphenazine
- phenobarbital (Luminal
®
)
- phenytoin (Dilantin
®
, Phenytek
®
)
- propafenone (Rythmol
®
)
- quinidine (Neudexta
®
)
- rifabutin (Mycobutin
®
)
- rifapentine (Priftin
®
)
- risperidone (Risperdal
®
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Rough-and-tumble comic
book world a reality for
circus-trained actor
By KEITH LORIA
Growing up in Channahon, Ill., Joshua
Johnson discovered the amazing
adventures of Spider-Man, Captain
America and Daredevil and spent endless
hours sorting through his comic books.
Even today, the 22 year old considers
himself a “comic book nerd” and especially
loves the X-Men.
These days, instead of reading about
superheroes and their battles with
notorious bad guys, he gets to act them
out as part of Marvel Universe LIVE!, a new
live-action production that will be headed
to the Verizon Center in Washington
starting Sept. 4 and the Patriot Center in
Fairfax, Va., from Sept. 12-21.
In the high-energy production, Johnson
plays one of Loki’s minions and helps
the Norse God in his plan to take over
the world. But with some of Marvel’s top
superheroes on the case — including Iron
Man, Thor and Wolverine — things aren’t
that easy for him.
“I get hit by a car, fall from high above
and have all sorts of things happen to
me. Captain America knocks me from the
catwalk twice,” Johnson says. “It’s a lot
of cool stunts and incredible action and
I think everyone is really going to enjoy
what they see.”
Johnson came to the show from the
famous “Alegria” by Cirque du Soleil, so he
knows a thing or two about high falls and
acrobatic showmanship. He also worked
some shows at Sea World and perfected
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‘Colossal’ is theatrical football game
Olney Theatre Center (2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md.) presents
“Colossal,” a story of a gay college football player who is paralyzed during a
game, Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. through Sept. 28.
The play is structured like a football game with four quarters, a pre-show
training session and a half-time show. It stars Michael Patrick Thornton from
“Private Practice” and recalls the story of the accident with the help of a nine-
person football team.
Tickets range from $38.50-$43.50. For more information, visit olneytheatre.org.
‘Hand Jobs’ tells stories of D.C. lives
African-American Collective Theatre, a community-based theater company
that produces LGBT-themed plays, presents “Hand Jobs” at the Kennedy Center
(2700 F St., N.W.) Saturday at 8 p.m.
“Hand Jobs” is a series of readings of short plays that follow the lives of fictional
African-American residents in the District. African American Collective Theatre
has been producing plays since 1992.
Admission is free. For more details, visit a-act.org.
Takei doc gets AFI screening
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
(8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.)
presents “To Be Takei,” a documentary
that follows George Takei and his husband
Brad, for two showings on Tuesday and
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The film looks at Takei’s beginnings as a
child in a World War II internment camp to
his rising fame from “Star Trek.” It was a 2014
Sundance Film Festival Offi cial Selection.
Tickets are $12 general admission, $7
for children and $10 for seniors. For more
information, visit silver.afi.com.
Rehoboth welcomes ’The
Love Dream’
Camp Rehoboth’s annual Sundance event
is this weekend at Rehoboth Convention
Center (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth
Beach, Del.) with “Sundance Auction and
Cocktail Buffet” on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.
and “Sundance 2014: Rainbow XXVII — The
Love Dream — Return to Xanadu” Sunday
from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
The auction will have a mixture of
travel, art event and more items up for
bid. There will also be an open bar and
food. The dance party will feature a mix of
contemporary and classic music by Matt
Thomas. Special effects and a light show
will be staged by Paul Turner. There will
also be an open bar.
Tickets are $45 for one night or $80
for both events. For more details, visit
camprehoboth.com.
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Out dancer/singer savoring
stage adaptation and tour
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
For Rashaan James II, “Dirty Dancing
— The Classic Story On Stage” is an
especially pleasurable gig.
“It’s the sexiest cast I‘ve ever worked
with,” says the out actor, “and I get to
dance with them every day. It doesn’t feel
like work at all.”
As part of the musical’s ensemble, James
is embarking on a yearlong North American
tour that is currently kicking off at D.C.’s
National Theatre. Based on the same-
titled 1987 feature film that catapulted
Patrick Swayze to stardom as a sexy dance
instructor at a New York Catskill mountain
resort circa 1963, this “Dirty Dancing” joins
instructor Johnny Castle (Samuel Pergande)
with 17-year-old vacationer Frances “Baby”
Houseman (Jillian Mueller) in a steamy tale of
forbidden love and suggestive dance moves.
James, who is “in his 30s,” remembers
first seeing the movie version when he
was a young dancer.
“Patrick Swayze gave guys permission
to dance. He was on the big screen moving
his hips and dancing. It was great. There
weren’t a lot of things in the general pop
culture that made me feel dancing was
cool. It was incredible to see a guy doing
what I loved to do.
He calls co-star Johnny Pergande, who
plays the Swayze role here, “perfect” and
says he’s especially well cast because of
his background in ballet and ballroom.
James himself can attest to the rigors
of the show.
“We do Latin and American ballroom,
and all the dirty dancing that the resort
staff does after hours in their quarters,”
says James who hits the gym five days
a week whether he’s in a show or not.
“And the production’s cast is talented and
diverse. It makes sense contextually. The
resort is described as the first place in
the Catskills where whites and people of
color swim in the same pool.”
Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., James was
known as a singer — he was a soloist in
both youth and adult choruses. He also
acted and did a little dancing in school
musicals at his all boys Catholic prep
school. But it wasn’t until he went to
University at Buffalo to earn degrees
in musical theater and dance that he
discovered he was a true dancer.
“Spoke to me,” he says. “Movement had
been a part of me, but didn’t realize I was
passionate about it until I started doing it.
And there was no turning back. I’m a dancer
through and through. And I’m a singer.”
Two days after graduation, James
loaded the U-Haul and moved to New
York City, his home base ever since.
“As a musical theater boy, I get to do
everything and do it all in one show.
I try to glean pieces from all three of
the crafts: music, acting and dance. I’m
forever aspiring to be triple threat.”
And James harbors ambition to step out
of the chorus. He’d love to play Harlem
pianist Coalhouse Walker in “Ragtime”
by his favorite songwriting team Lynn
Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
“Coalhouse is a complex character
who has the biggest emotional arc of any
musical theater male character that I can
play,” he says. “And any part that Brian
Stokes Mitchell (‘Ragtime,’ ‘Dreamgirls’) or
Taye Diggs (‘Rent,’ ‘Wicked’) have done, I’d
love to do those too.”
There’s a lot from the movie here, says
James: the dramatic dance lifts, the hit
songs “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) The
Time Of My Life” and that unforgettable
line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
“It’s a beautiful show,” James says. “It
has what the movie has and more.”
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YOUR LI NK TO THE ARTS I N METRO D. C.
STRUCTURES
THRU SEP 8. THE ART LEAGUE GALLERY. 703- 683- 1780
THEARTLEAGUE. ORG.
A showcase of work by Art League sculptors and 3-D artists.
AMERI CAN METAL: THE ART OF ALBERT PALEY
THRU SEP 28
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART. 202- 639- 1700
CORCORAN. ORG.
Admission to exhibitions and galleries at the Corcoran is now Free. American
Metal is a retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley covering all apects of
his nearly 50-year career, starting with his work as a jeweler and progressing
through his recent, large-scale sculptural projects.
CHI NESE MENU COMEDY
AUG 30. DCAC. 202- 462- 7833. DCARTSCENTER. ORG
Pete Bergen’s Chinese Menu Comedy is back with another all-star mash up of
improv talent..with an edge.
NSO FREE LABOR DAY CAPI TOL CONCERT 2014
AUG 31. NSO. WEST LAWN US CAPI TAL. 800- 444- 1324.
KENNEDY- CENTER. ORG.
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featured artists are Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Nicole Parker, and
actor and singer Christopher Johnstone.
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28 • AUGUST 29, 2014 THE GUI DE TO ARTS & CULTURE
THEATRE
Sunday in the Park with George. Thru
Sep 21. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Belleville. Sep 3-Oct 12. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Fool for Love. Sep 3-Sep 27. Round
House Theatre. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
National Players: As You Like It. Thru
Aug 31. Colossal. Sep 3-Sep 28. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Shear Madness. Thru Dec 31. Kennedy
Center. 800-444-1324. shearmadness.com.
Yentl. Sep 4-Oct 5. Theater J. 800-494-
8497. theaterj.org.
She Kills Monsters. Thru Sep 14.
Rorschach Theatre. Atlas. 202-399-7993.
rorschachtheatre.com.
Shining City. Thru Sep 21. Molly. Thru
Sep 21. SCENA Theatre at Atlas. Atlas.
202.399.7993. scenatheater.org.
DANCE
KanKouran West African Dance
Company. Aug 30. GW Lisner Auditorium.
202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
MUSI C
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Aug 30.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Jazz in the Garden: Dixie Power Trio
(zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana funk).
Aug 29. National Gallery of Art. NGA
Sculpture Garden. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Art on 8th: Freddie Dunn Jr., POP and
Hoop Jam. Aug 29. Alex Martin. Sep 4.
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market. 202-
269-1600. danceplace.org.
Prince Royce. Aug 29. George Benson
with Special Guest: Andreas Varady.
Aug 31. Gipsy Kings with Special Guest:
Ole' Noys. Sep 4. Wolf Trap. 877-965-
3872. wolftrap.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. The Monuments
Men and the National Gallery of Art. Thru
Sep 1. Celebrating Van Gogh at the National
Gallery of Art. Thru Sep 7. The Color of
Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape
Watercolors. Thru Sep 14. Degas/Cassatt.
Thru Oct 5. Titian's Danaë from the
Capodimonte Museum, Naples. Thru Nov
2. Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.
Thru Nov 30. Masterpieces of American
Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700
- 1830. Thru Dec 31. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Peruvian Gold
Ancient Treasures Unearthed. Thru Sep
14. Wildest Weather in the Solar System
3D. Thru Sep 7. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Half-Price
Summer Sundays. Thru Aug 31. Meret
Oppenheim: Tender Friendships. Thru Sep
14. Total Art: Contemporary Video. Thru
Oct 12. The First Woman Graphic Novelist:
Helena Bochoráková-Dittrichová. Thru Nov
14. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Kreeger Museum. Emilie Brzezinski: The
Lure of the Forest. Sep 2-Dec 27. 202-
337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. American
Journeys - Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21.
American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley.
Thru Sep 28. NOW at the Corcoran—
Mark Tribe: Plein Air. Thru Sep 28. Sol
LeWitt: Wall Drawing #65. Thru Mar 15.
202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
Dumbarton House. Homefront 1812:
Friends, Family & Foe. Thru Nov 2.
Five Generations of Nourse Family
Artists. Thru Nov 2. 202-337-2288.
dumbartonhouse.org.
GALLERI ES
1200 First St. NE. WPA Lobby Project:
Anthony Palliparambil Jr.. Thru Aug 29.
wpadc.org.
Arlington Arts Center. Reprise: 40 to
the Fore. Thru Oct 5. 703- 248-6800.
arlingtonartscenter.org.
Artisphere. Gina Matchitt: Being There.
Thru Sep 21. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com.
DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities. Visual Arts Exhibition
featuring 2015 Artist Fellowship
Program. Thru Sep 1. 202-724-5613.
dcarts.dc.gov.
Flashpoint Gallery: CulturalDC. Adam
Hager: Between Fact And Fiction. Thru
Sep 6. Rachel Schimdt: Meandering
Cities. Thru Jul 3. 202-315-1305.
culturaldc.org.
Gallery Underground. Left Out Juried
Show. Thru Sep 26. August Members
Show. Thru Sep 26. 571-483-0652.
arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
Goethe-Institut. ApocalyptiCAT. Thru
Oct 1. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
Reston Community Center at Lake
Anne. Art Mirrors Culture: Multicultural
Festival Exhibition. Sep 3-Oct 6.
restoncommunitycenter.com.
Target Gallery. Transient States. Thru Aug
31. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org.
The Art League Gallery. 'Scapes.
Thru Sep 8. Structures. Thru Sep 8.
Contemporary Realism. Sep 3-Oct 6. 703-
683-1780. theartleague.org.
Torpedo Factory Art Center. In Our
Gallery: Penelope Barringer’s FLORA{L}.
Thru Aug 31. Aquatics. Thru Aug 31. Dog
Days of Summer. Thru Aug 31. Fire. Thru
Sep 7. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org.
Liquor-doused social circle
might be a problem
DEAR MICHAEL,
Your letter from the person who
wanted to stop her partner’s out-of-
control drinking really resonated, because
it could have been written about me.
I know I am drinking far too much but
I am not sure what life would be like if I
stopped. Almost all my activities with my
gay social network involve alcohol. When
friends come over, we drink. When I go
to a friend’s house, we drink. When we
get together at a bar or restaurant, the
alcohol flows. If we’re doing something
in the community, even a fundraiser for a
nonprofit, plenty of liquor is served.
I don’t like having a hangover the
next day and I’m unhappy that I’ve been
gaining weight, so I’ve tried not to drink
sometimes or not drink as much. But
then I feel like I don’t fit in with my friends,
who are all laughing or joking about stuff
that isn’t as funny if you haven’t had a
few. Also, I get asked why I’m not drinking,
which makes me uncomfortable and I
worry my friends feel I’m judging their
drinking by not joining them.
Another complication: Because I’m
single, it makes it much easier to flirt with
people when I am relaxed from a few
drinks. If I don’t drink, I’m pretty much a
wallflower.
This is getting out of hand. A few
drinks give me a sense of calm that is
really helpful after work and so now I
am drinking when I’m alone, too. When I
don’t, I have this tension and craving that
I can’t get rid of. It feels like I’m damned
if I do drink and really damned if I don’t.
MICHAEL REPLIES:
You’re not alone. I frequently hear
stories like yours in my practice.
Yes, alcohol and other substance
abuse is entrenched in LGBT culture,
with reason. Anti-gay discrimination
is still alive and well. Many of us have
experienced slights, insults, bullying and
assault, or felt the need to hide who
we are, all of which lead to isolation,
distress, anxiety and depression. Alcohol
and other drugs push away pain, easily
becoming quick paths to feeling good.
And bars, historically one of the only
places gay men and lesbians could meet,
are still a popular alcohol-centered
hangout. The effect of all this: about 25
percent of LGBT people abuse alcohol,
about five times the rate it occurs in the
general population. Rates for other types
of substance abuse are similarly high.
Of course, there are many other
individual reasons why any of us might
abuse alcohol and other substances,
aside from LGBT-specific factors.
If you want to cut back or stop drinking,
you will have to find other ways to soothe
yourself when you’re stressed or anxious.
Tools that can help include therapy,
exercise, meditation, yoga and a healthy
diet. Your first step, though, will be
deciding to make your own well being your
top priority. This is tough to do if you’ve
absorbed the homo-negative messages
that still saturate our world or are simply
plagued by your own self-critical beliefs
and thinking. But remember that “tough”
is not impossible.
You’ll also need to work at doing what is
right for you in the face of pressure to live
up to other people’s expectations. Keep
in mind that you already know how to do
this, because you have come out. Can you
start looking around for some additional
friends and places to socialize? Not all
LGBT individuals are heavy drinkers and
there are a lot of LGBT-themed activities
in our community that don’t involve
alcohol. Consider finding something you
like and jumping in. Doing so may help
you to feel calmer and more confident.
One more crucial point: I suspect that
reducing your alcohol intake will be hard
to do on your own. The anxiety and
cravings you describe suggest a level of
unmanageability to your drinking, a good
indication of alcoholism. So I urge you
to attend several meetings of Alcoholics
Anonymous to get a sense of what it offers.
You will find a welcoming and supportive
community of non-drinkers and there are
many LGBT AA meetings.
I wish you the best. And please remember
that you absolutely can live a fulfilling and
connected life as a sober gay person.
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ADVI CE AUGUST 29, 2014 • 29
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of confidentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.
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Vita Lounge (1318 9th St., N.W.) hosts
“Girl Code Fridaze,” a ladies dance party
tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Admission is
$5 before midnight and $10 after. There
will be $5 Ciroc shots until midnight.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For
more details, visit vitaloungedc.com.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks
are half price. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear
Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m.
There is no cover charge and admission
is limited to guests 21 and over. For more
information, visit towndc.com.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts “Kickoff” featuring DJ Matt Bailer
tonight from 10 p.m.-closing. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.
SATURDAY, AUG. 30
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts WTF:
Superhero tonight with Shea Van Horn and
Pussy Noir. Go go boys Kevin and Kieran
will make an appearance and Djs Jeff Prior,
Aaron Riggins and Ed Bailey will spin tracks.
Admission is free from 10-11 p.m. and $5
after 11 p.m. Guests must be 21 and older to
attend. For more details, visit towndc.com.
D.C. Kings, a drag king performance
group, performs “Caliente” at Phase 1 (525
8th St., S.E.) tonight at 7 p.m. Lexie Starre,
Randy Ryder, Aidan Cox and more will
perform. Showtime is at 9 p.m. Cover is $10.
For more information, visit phase1dc.com.
Adventuring, an LGBT outdoors group,
hosts a 10-mile “Overall Run, Hike and
Splash” through Shenandoah National
Park today at 8:30 a.m. The hike will go
through Overall Run Trail, Bearwallow
and Overall Run Falls. There will also be
a stop in the Paradise Pools for a splash.
Bring sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, three
liters of water and bug spray. Cost is $20.
For more details, visit adventuring.org.
SUNDAY, AUG. 31
Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts
a drag brunch today with two shows
at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.
MONDAY, SEPT. 1
The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.)
hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coffee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay
black men to discuss topics that affect
them today, share perspectives and have
meaningful conversations. For details,
visit uhupil.org.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win
prizes. Free to play. For more information,
visit nelliessportsbar.com.
The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
hosts happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. today.
All drinks are half price. Enjoy pool, video
games and cards. Admission is free. For
more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 2
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free
and confidential HIV testing drop-
in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.
Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s
gay literature group, discusses “The
Dream of the Celt” by Mario Vargas
Llosa, the story Sir Roger Casement who
went from Anglo-Irish diplomat to Irish
nationalist, at Tenleytown Library (4450
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30
p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit
bookmendc.blogspot.com.
Touchstone Gallery (901 New
York Ave., N.W.) presents a preview
of Bill Mould’s ceramic work and Pete
McCutchen’s photography exhibit
“Out of Service” today and tomorrow
from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mould’s ceramics
explores the expressions the human face
makes. McCutchen’s “Out of Service” is
a collection of photographs featuring
rusted vehicles. For more information,
visit touchstonegallery.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free
and confidential HIV testing drop-
in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4

NOVA Pride presents Pride on the Rocks
at Redrocks (2501 9th Road, South Arlington,
Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. There will be drink
specials from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dances
are scheduled for every 10 minutes from
8:30-11:30 p.m. and include the Cha Cha
Slide, Cupid Shuffl e, Wobble and more. A
percentage of sales benefit NOVA Pride.
There is no cover. For more information, visit
novapride.org.
The D.C. Center presents a screening of
“Children 404: The Heartbreaking Story
of LGBT Teenagers in Russia” at Angelika
Pop Up at Union Market (500 Penn St., N.E.)
tonight at 7 p.m. The documentary examines
Putin’s bill against the “promotion of non-
traditional sexual relations to minors” and
the effects it has on Russia’s LGBT youth.
There will be a discussion with Human Rights
Campaign Director of Global Engagement
and author of “The Report on Russia,” Ty
Cobb. For more details, visit thedcenter.org.
Rude Boi Entertainment hosts
“Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance
party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida
Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. No
cover charge. Admission limited to
guests 21 and over. For more details, visit
rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.
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How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?  
I was out the day I was born. It was not
always really hard for me to deal with
because I didn’t really know being any
way other than gay.
Who’s your LGBT hero? 
I never really thought about it. I always
had to give myself strength and mold my
own path through the LGBT sphere.
  
What’s Washington’s best nightspot,
past or present?  
Wonderland, not just because of the
bar but my friends and I used to throw
Pink Sock, a crazy legendary party on a
Wednesday night every month. Oh the
characters that crowded the upstairs!
The kids were living!
Describe your dream wedding.  
By the sea among trees and brush
in fabulous haute couture and all the
guests wearing animal heads by Philip
Treacy.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about? 
Bullying. Even though it can cross
with LGBT issues, it’s something
that affected me and so many other
children of different backgrounds.
It’s wonderful the active steps that
have been taken over the years on a
national level.
What historical outcome would you
change? 
The first contact with American natives
and Europeans. It would be interesting
to see where we would all be today.
What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime? 
The death of Alexander McQueen.
Yes I mourned him in only black tie for
a week.
On what do you insist?  
Style is most important.
 
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet? 
A post about the new “AbFab” movie. I
was living for it!
If your life were a book, what would
the title be?  
“100 Years of Legs”
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do? 
Stay gay.
 
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world? 
I am a pretty serious spiritualist so
my scope of things beyond this world
involves a bottle of rye and a pack of
American Spirits because I have a lot
to say. I’ll say I believe in the power of
nature and our cosmic connection to our
environment.
 
What’s your advice for LGBT
movement leaders?  
Remember to always empower and
encourage not just LGBT people, but
anyone with an open mind.
 
What would you walk across hot coals
for? 
A billion dollars, because then I can
pay for the foot surgery after, have
custom made heels during recovery
and stay on bed rest in my sumptuous
garden villa.
 
What LGBT stereotype annoys you
most? 
That we are jesters for public
entertainment. As someone who loves
the stage, I don’t like when people
approach me as if I am a living YouTube
for gay TV quips. This tends to happen in
majority straight crowds for me.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie? 
“Weekend.” It was very real. That’s the
best way to describe it.
What’s the most overrated social
custom? 
Bar crawls. It’s doing the most and
accomplishing nothing.
 
What trophy or prize do you most
covet?  
A Kennedy Center Honors.
 
What do you wish you’d known at 18? 
How to be selfish. I gave way too much
of myself, I was almost burned out by 23.
 
Why Washington?  
Most people don’t know this but you
can do whatever you want here. It may
be conservative, but no one is really
going to stop you from spreading a new
idea or vision throughout this city.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
For Jason Barnes, the nightlife scene is something he’s always aspired to
and a place where he says he thrives.
“Even the little things like being backstage or in the kitchen or using the
bathroom as a makeshift dressing room, all that stuff is fun for me,” says the
29-year-old Washington native. “I love the amount of love and creativity that
are all there in one place and I also love that you’re never fully in control. It
can go any way at any time.”
He says Pussy Noir, his stage alter ego, is not a drag persona per se, but
more like a “gender bending” sensibility. 
“Sometimes when people first meet me, they don’t know what to do with
me, but then they see me perform and they’re like, ‘OK, I get it.’”
For his next performance at the WTF: Superhero party Sunday night at Town
(starts at 10 p.m.), he plans a “Catwoman, lacey kind-of” look. He’s just started
singing live again though for the past several years he’s mainly lip-synced. He
says the late Eartha Kitt was “hands down,” the best Catwoman ever.
Barnes works by day as a buyer for Buffalo Exchange and also makes short
fashion films and does styling work on the side. Next month he plans to
launch a website (noircreative.org) to showcase his work. 
Barnes is single and lives in Columbia Heights. He enjoys drawing, writing
and dressing up in his free time. 
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By BRIAN T. CARNEY
This week, LGBT filmgoers in D.C. will have
the chance to see two indie movies about
two very different men named George.
The first is “To Be Takei,” a documentary
about the omnipresent George Takei. In
a rather scatter-shot manner, filmmaker
Jennifer Kroot chronicles the turbulent
life of the actor turned activist. It will be
screened Tuesday and Thursday at the
AFI Silver in Silver Spring.
The pieces of the life are fascinating. As
a child during World War II, Takei and his
family were held in an internment camp
for Japanese Americans. As an adult,
Takei starred in the musical “Allegiance”
inspired by his experience. As a fledgling
actor, Takei was often typecast in
stereotypical Asian roles. That changed
when he was cast as Hikaru Sulu in the
classic “Star Trek” series and became
a hero to a new generation of Asian-
American actors. But, on the advice of
his agent, he followed up his iconic role
with a demeaning appearance in the Jerry
Lewis farce “On the Way to the Front.”
Also on the advice of his agent, he
stayed silent about the true nature of his
relationship with his “business partner,”
Brad Altman. Takei came out of the
closet in 2005 after then-Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger vetoed same-sex marriage
legislation. He and Altman were finally
married in 2008. Today they travel the
country speaking about internment camps,
advocating for marriage equality, attending
“Star Trek” conventions (an autograph
costs $35, plus $5 for the photograph) and
managing Takei’s Internet stardom (he has
7 million followers on Facebook).
It’s been a fascinating life for the 77 year-old
Takei, but the impact of the film as a whole is far
less than the sum of its parts. The film jumps
from moment to moment in no particular
order and with little momentum. There are
delightful testimonials from contemporary
queer activists (including actor B.D. Wong
and advice guru Dan Savage) and Takei’s
“Star Trek” colleagues (the gracious Michelle
Nichols, the bemused Leonard Nimoy and the
befuddled William Shatner), but unfortunately
a clear portrait of the sometimes prickly artist
and activist never emerges.
The other George is played by Alfred
Molina in “Love Is Strange,” which opens
today at Landmark Cinemas E Street
and Bethesda Row with other regional
screenings scheduled as well. Directed
by Ira Sachs and co-written by Sachs and
Maurice Zacharias, the movie also stars
John Lithgow as George’s long-time partner
Ben, a retired painter. The plot, such as it
is, is set into motion when George and Ben
decide to get married. George is summarily
fired from his job as a music teacher at a
Catholic high school and the two men are
forced to sell their apartment. Unable to
find a new apartment in their price range,
they seek refuge with friends and family.
Ben moves in with his nephew Eliot and
his novelist wife Kate (Marisa Tomei) and
their teenage son, Joey (Charlie Tahan).
George moves in with the gay couple
downstairs, two cops whose odd social life
mixes games of Dungeons & Dragons with
all-night multi-ethnic dance parties.
The film features some outstanding
performances. Lithgow and Molina brilliantly
capture the quirks and creative passions of two
talented artists and the love that has kept them
together for 39 years. Their stolen moments
together (especially their date at a historic
gay bar and the night they spend together in
the bunk bed George usually shares with his
great-nephew Joey) are tender, amusing and
deeply moving. Tomei is dynamite as a writer
desperately trying to juggle the demands of
her new book and her newly expanded family.
Tahan turns in a powerful performance as a
decent but troubled kid trying to do the right
thing in a diffi cult situation.
Unfortunately, the rest of the cast are
wasted in underwritten roles, especially
Harriet Harris as a supportive friend who
vanishes from the film after the opening
scenes, and all of the performances get lost
in an implausible plot (especially George’s
failure to anticipate his firing and the
decision not to stay with Ben’s niece who
has room to spare in her Poughkeepsie
home). Lithgow and Molina’s richly nuanced
performances are well worth seeing, but it’s
a shame the overall film is so flimsy.
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By KEVIN MAJOROS
One of the things that continues
to fascinate about the LGBT sports
community is the diverse athletes who
come together to form families. Shiv
Paul has captured just that in his tennis
documentary, “Queens at Court.”
The film follows four players from the
Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA)
over the course of eight months, both
on and off the court. The four players
represent the wide spectrum of athletes
on the tour. Featured in the film is a
military veteran, a transsexual, a cross-
cultural player and an overweight player.
The GLTA sponsors about 65
tournaments throughout the world and
its membership is in excess of 8,000
players. Here in D.C., the Capital Tennis
Association hosts one of the tournaments,
the Capital Classic and one of its players,
Chip Hines, is spotlighted in the film.
Paul was born in India and grew up in
the market town of Epsom in England. His
father introduced him to tennis at age 7
and enrolled him in local tennis schools. He
left the sport behind while attending the
University of Glasgow and after arriving in
New York in 2006, he discovered the GLTA.
“I didn’t have much social structure
when I moved to the United States,”
Paul says. “I joined the local LGBT rugby,
volleyball and tennis teams, but it was the
tennis community that pulled me in.”
Paul’s first GLTA tournament was in
New Orleans and he was fascinated and
taken by the fact that the GLTA even
existed. Subsequently he attended his
first Gay Games in Cologne in 2010 and it
was there that he initially felt the need to
document the environment.
“I was completely surprised by the
competitive nature of the Gay Games in
Cologne,” Paul says. “It was a bigger and
more meaningful experience than I was
expecting. I love that LGBT sports allows
people to return to a sport where they
may not have been competitive.”
He began making the documentary
about the GLTA athletes but as filming
progressed, he realized it was more about
adversity and exploring how athletes find
their “sense of self.”
He didn’t intend to be one of the
subjects of the film but at several of
the screenings, the audience members
insisted he shed some light on himself.
“It only seemed fair that I tell my own
story since I was asking others to share
their journey,” he says.
“Queens at Court” premiered in New
York City at the Sage Center and in
attendance at the event was the head
of the United States Tennis Association
(USTA) Diversity & Inclusion Program,
D.A. Adams. He arranged a screening for
the USTA staff in White Plains, N.Y., and
they agreed to screen the film at three
stops on the Emirates Airlines U.S. Open
Series, a series of hard court tournaments
leading up to the U.S. Open.
“Queens at Court” was seen at the
Washington, Toronto and Winston-Salem
tournaments in the Series this summer.
Bob Koch, president of the Capital
Tennis Association, was at the screening
in D.C. at the Citi Open and says, “‘Queens
at Court’ provides a neat snapshot into
the LGBT tennis community. We are a
tight-knit, welcoming and supportive
group and the film captures that sense of
community. The fact that the USTA was
streaming the film serves to show their
willingness to be inclusive.”
Paul, a recent Gay Games bronze medalist
in tennis, says going forward he would
like to coach workshops on promoting
self-awareness, diversity and inclusion.
He’s part of a team that is working with
the Trevor Project on educational issues
involving the transgender community such
as finding the financial means needed to
pay for reassignment surgery.
“It is cool to be part of something that
results in change,” he says.
Members of the GLTA tennis
community will be playing at the Capital
Classic XXII on Sept. 13-15 in Washington.
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The cast of ‘Marvel Universe Live.’
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the “Russian Swing,” a circus skill that not
many can do.
“One of my favorite things to do is learn
new circus skills and train for new things
to do in the show,” he says. “I’m hoping
to learn as much as I can in the industry.”
He first developed skills as a diver in
college and his coach encouraged him to
audition for the circus because of the high
aerial tricks he could do. The Marvel Live
show is his first transition from the circus
and Johnson is loving every moment of it
so far.
“I don’t do any diving but I am on the
high bar and in the air a lot, and I really
enjoy performing in front of people,” he
says. “This experience is helping me to
learn different things. It’s a brand new
show and storyline, so things are changing
every day and we’re really sharpening our
skills.”
While Johnson wears some padding
under his costume for protection, he and
the rest of the cast underwent intensive
stunt training for three months, learning
how to fall over and over up to three
shows a day without getting hurt.
With 53 people in the cast, Johnson
says everyone is like a close family. He
is, however, only one of two gay men in
the show, but he says everyone is very
accepting and there have never been any
issues with his sexual orientation. 
“It’s a very diverse cast, with everyone
coming from different backgrounds, so
people are accepting because you have to
get close to people very quickly,” Johnson
says. “We spend a lot of time together
and have a lot of fun.”
Johnson is a supporter of the Human
Rights Campaign, believing everyone
deserves the right to be treated fairly and
to have access to the same benefits as
others. In his opinion, that’s a trait that all
superheroes should possess.
Speaking of superheroes, Johnson
is quick to list his personal Avengers-
type wish-list, choosing Beast, Colossus,
Daredevil, Elektra and Hulk for the squad.
“These are characters who represent
strength, compassion and fairness for all,”
he says. “Marvel is well known for creating
complex and compelling characters and
you’ll get to see many of the greatest ones
in this show.”
The show opened in Brooklyn, N.Y., last
month and stops are scheduled for all over
the country. Johnson says getting to see
more of the country is one of the biggest
appeals about doing this for a living.
“We usually work from Thursday to
Sunday and then there’s a few days for
travel and to explore where we are,” he
says. “When we are in D.C., we are there
for a couple of weeks, so I am going to get
out and see a lot of the area, which I am
definitely looking forward to.” 
Johnson hopes to stay with the Marvel
Live! show as long as possible, but
understands it’s not a long-term career
because of the strain it could put on your
body. Still, he doesn’t foresee leaving
anytime soon.
“After this ends, I would like to get into
show promotion and continue in the
entertainment field,” he says. “But for
now, I am just going to continue to enjoy
every day and bring the excitement of the
Marvel universe to its legion of fans out
there.”
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cast, crew welcoming
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Use of eclectic textures,
colors in home ‘defnitely in’
By VALERIE M. BLAKE
Keller Williams Capital Properties
For many years, diferent types of
metal have been used in building and
decorating homes. Designers tell us that
we can mix metals with confdence and
should balance them with wood, fabric
and plants. No longer is matchy-matchy
a decorating style; the eclectic use of tex-
ture and color is defnitely in.
In the late 19
th
and early 20
th
centuries,
the interior of many homes sported tin
ceilings with designs that mimicked the
intricate plaster work of Europe. Normal-
ly painted, tin also served as wainscoting
in commercial buildings.
Blends of tin, galvanized steel or iron
and even aluminum were later used to
create metal roofng. That cat of hot tin
roof fame might screech when land-
ing on it in the afternoon sun, but the
sound of a soft rain against a metal roof
could lull one into slumber on a lazy
summer night.
In the post-World War II era, aluminum
siding came on the housing scene. The
1987 comedy Tin Men, starring Richard
Dreyfuss and Danny DiVito, chronicles
the escapades two shady aluminum sid-
ing salesmen in Baltimore in the 1960s.
Fifty years later, homeowners are still
peeling that stuf of perfectly good bricks
and wooden lap siding in the District.
In the 1950s we saw the introduction of
metal in modern kitchens. From applianc-
es to countertops with integrated sinks
and draining boards, chrome and stain-
less steel supplanted white as the ideal
for cleanliness and a sleek, modern look
coupled, of course, with breakfast tables
in yellow, aqua, or pink Formica.
Stainless steel appliances lost their ca-
chet for a number of years as pastels and
bold colors took over, then the ‘60s and
‘70s gave us Harvest Gold, Coppertone
and Avocado Green, which can be seen in
half-hour, prime time sitcoms where they
are still commonly featured in the kitch-
ens of middle class America.
When each color trend was over, how-
ever, homeowners realized that it was
cheaper to replace a turquoise toaster
than a turquoise refrigerator, so the black
and white shades that served as kitchen
neutrals became the norm, with almond
providing a third option as consumers
matched their appliances to their Navajo
White (aka “Builder Beige”) walls.
The resurgence of stainless steel ap-
pliances also changed how metal was
used inside the home. Accents of pol-
ished brass, once considered luxurious,
became dated, as did the use of antique
brass which had been a popular mate-
rial for lighting and doorknobs from the
1920s to 1940s. Brushed chrome and
stainless steel began surfacing as cabinet
fronts, drawer pulls, lighting and even ac-
cent furniture.
Over the years, designers have at-
tempted to dazzle the public with other
metallic fashion choices. Revere Ware
copper clad pots and pans have hung
from wrought iron pot racks and ham-
mered copper, though expensive, found
its way into farm sinks and countertops.
Iron railings came indoors from front
porches and fencing and two new appli-
ance colors, Jenn-Air’s oiled bronze and
GE’s slate, hit the market. The former
never caught on and the latter doesn’t
appear to be faring much better.
Although oil-rubbed bronze is still in
play as faucets, cabinet knobs and acces-
sories and the desirability of the newest
fxture color, Champagne Bronze, re-
mains to be seen, the sleek, clean look of
silvery metals remains at the top of the
popularity list.
The Food Channel® will tell you that
the personality of the chef is refected
in what he cooks. Another way amateur
chefs are bringing out their personalities
in the kitchen is through a custom back-
splash.
Subway tiles can be dressed up with
metal relief strips. The newest tin designs
come in rolls of diferent metals that can
be easily installed by a homeowner with
mastic and some matching fnishing nails.
Tile manufacturers now ofer dozens of
designs in mesh-backed mosaics that in-
corporate stone, glass and various metals.
So whatever decorating style you
prefer, let metallics set of your color
choices as the jewelry of your home and
enjoy the bling.
REAL ESTATE
VALERIE M. BLAKE is with Keller Williams Capi-
tal Properties. Reach her at 202-246-8602 or at
Valerie@DCHomeQuest.com. Each Keller Wil-
liams Realty ofce is independently owned and
operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.
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Kitchen design studio brings
exquisite trendsetting Italian
product lines to area
By MARK LEE
For those who prefer “living in the
kitchen,” one local D.C. frm is a standout
source of custom-crafted inspiration and
envy-invoking dream home fulfllment.
House and condo owners, along with ar-
chitect-driven residential boutique-project de-
velopers in the District, Virginia and Maryland,
have two long-time friends to thank for ofer-
ing a distinctive regional resource for those
seeking the best in high-end kitchen design.
Business partners Austin Rooke and
Roy Wellman, this month celebrating sev-
en years as co-owners of Pedini D.C., are
the exclusive regional licensed dealer for
the Italian kitchen design and technology
company of the same name. The duo also
provides bathroom and closet design,
additionally ofering storage cabinetry
and case goods for adjacent living areas
fowing from the culinary-and-socializing
center common to the open foor plans of
today’s popular living environments.
Now a global enterprise with more than
300 showrooms in more than 25 coun-
tries, high-quality Pedini products have
been winning the afection of both design
professionals and discriminating consum-
ers since the company’s founding in 1957.
Noted for style innovation and developing
new fabrication techniques, Pedini is rec-
ognized for its trend-setting modern de-
sign and exacting commitment to quality.
Wellman and Rooke operate out of
a warehouse-style showroom studio at
3340 Cady’s Alley, N.W., in the design ha-
ven near Key Bridge nestled between
Georgetown’s M Street thoroughfare and
the C&O Canal. Afcionados of the elegant-
ly functional and exquisitely streamlined
contemporary cabinetry with integrated
appliances on display might be tempted
to drool while strolling through the space.
The expansive layout features half-a-doz-
en kitchen installation vignettes represent-
ing Pedini product lines, some set against
foor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the
waterway. Stark white walls under 12-foot
industrial ceilings above dark steel fooring
are accented with displays of fnish, texture
and color options. The business partners
knew that this prominent pocket of special-
ized purveyors was “the only and best place
to be” when deciding where to locate.
Wellman, who handles client project de-
sign and coordinates on-site installations,
has had a life-long interest in component
design. Raised on a farm in Pennsylvania,
the graduate of Cornell University School
of Hotel Administration managed several
restaurants in D.C. before transitioning
to his current career. The Capitol Hill resi-
dent, married to husband Juan Rivera with
whom he has shared his life for 15 years,
credits his spouse with being of great as-
sistance to he and Rooke in getting the
business of the ground. Rivera, trained as
an architect and now a fnancial manage-
ment analyst, assisted the pair in setting
up accounting and data systems.
Also a former farm boy, the Alabama-born
Rooke graduated with an MBA from the Uni-
versity of Texas before studying law, later serv-
ing in U.S. Army intelligence following a move
to D.C. Now living in the LeDroit Park neighbor-
hood, Rooke handles general management
duties. Both partners consult with clients and
share business development planning.
Wellman and Rooke, both 43, attest to wel-
coming opportunities “to create something
beautiful.” “That’s super exciting to us,” ex-
plains Rooke, “we like design challenges and
complicated projects, whether large or small.”
The co-owners point out the signifcant
enhancement a well-designed kitchen con-
tributes to a residence, noting that an im-
provement investment can add as much as
“fve times its cost to the value of a home.”
Interest in European-infuenced kitchens by
“a sophisticated, well-traveled and afuent
Washington market” is strong, they add.
It is quickly apparent that both part-
ners derive great enjoyment and satisfac-
tion from their work. What they cook up
for clients has created their success.
The Pedini showroom is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ap-
pointments are available for personalized
consultations. Product collections and project
portfolio are available online at PediniDC.com.
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur and
community business advocate. Follow on Twit-
ter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusiness-
Matters@gmail.com.
AUSTIN ROOKE is celebrating seven years as co-owner of Pedini D.C.
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2 1/2 bath perfect for Roommates.
Recently renovated, close to shopping,
dining, fitness & metro. Unique in design
with a marvelous gourmet kitchen,
large dining area & comfortable living
room with washer/dryer & half bath
on the main level. 3 BR’s upstairs. MBR
with vaulted designer ceiling. Beautiful
hardwood flooring through-out. The
rear & outdoor area of this house are
great with an herb garden, rear balcony
& off-street parking for 4 cars. App. Fee,
Credit Check, Sec. Deposit due at lease
signing. Call: Bobby (202)-246-1357.
OPEN HOUSE / DC
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CRESCENT. Open Sunday 1-4. Rarely
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baths, gourmet kitchen, hardwoods,
walk to HT. $799,000. Annabel Burch-
Murton 202 285 7166.
SALE / MD
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE
TOWNHOMES
* $304,995 - 3 Level!  End Unit! 
Garage! 4 Bedrooms! 
2 - 1/2 Baths!
Huge Family Room! 
* $269,995 - 3 Terrific Levels! 
Party Room Basement!
2 Full Bathrooms + 2 Half-
Bathrooms! Custom-Built Deck!
* $249,995 - 3 Bedroom !
Deck overlooks trees !
* $219,995 -  3 Levels !   Master
Bedroom Suite !  3 Bedrooms! 
2 1/2 Baths !
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(301) 983-0601
LJPerrin@aol.com.
SALE / VA
ELEGANT HISTORIC INN c.1857 in Old
Town Winchester, VA. 6BR, 4FBA main
house + carriage house. $973,000 Call
Stan Corneal licensed in VA 540-
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