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Lack of conict at circuit level may

lead to delay
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will have its rst
opportunity to decide whether to take up a lawsuit
seeking a nationwide constitutional right to same-sex
marriage.
For the rst conference of its upcoming term on
Monday, the court has docketed ve cases seeking
marriage equality for which petitions for certiorari
have been led: Kitchen v. Herbert, the Utah case;
Bishop v. Smith, the Oklahoma case; Bostic v. Schaefer,
the Virginia case; Wolf v. Walker, the Wisconsin case;
and Baskin v. Bogan, the Indiana case.
It takes a vote of four justices out of the nine to
grant certiorari (or decide to take up a case) for any
particular case. Most observers expect the Supreme
Court to take up one or more of the cases to decide
an issue with such nationwide importance as marriage
equality, but justices are under no obligation to take
up a case and may well hold o on a decision until a
later conference.
Suzanne Goldberg, a lesbian and co-director of
Columbia Universitys Center for Gender & Sexuality
Law, said its hard to predict what the court will do at
its initial conference, even though justices are under
signicant pressure to act.
While it is great sport to predict what the Supreme
Court might do on marriage, or any other issue, it
is certainly not science, Goldberg said. There is
pressure on the court from many quarters - including
same-sex couples, states, federal elected o cials and
others - to resolve the marriage equality question. At
Activist describes escape to
U.S. after bloody attacks
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
EDITORS NOTE: This is the rst in a series proling LGBT
Russian and Ukrainian asylum seekers.
Andrew Nasonov was at a protest in the Russian
city of Voronezh against the countrys controversial
proposal that sought to ban so-called anti-gay
propaganda to minors on Jan. 20, 2013, when a lawyer
with the countrys Orthodox Church encouraged
nationalists and hundreds of other people to attack
him and the handful of other LGBT rights advocates
who were protesting.
He said local police questioned him about the
attack before another group of people who identied
themselves as members of the Moscow Criminal
Investigation Department kidnapped him and brought
him to a basement. Nasonov said the men took his
passport, backpack and cell phone, beat him and
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Whitman-Walker Health and George Washington Universitys Milken Institute School


of Public Health are scheduled to host a Sept. 29 forum on the pros and cons of the
controversial use of the HIV drug Truvada as a daily HIV prevention pill.
Among those scheduled to speak at the forum are Dr. Richard Elion, Whitman-
Walkers director of research, who supports the use of Truvada as an HIV prevention
medication, and Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Weinstein has spoken out against the use of Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis
drug, citing studies showing that large numbers of people didnt adhere to the daily
dose requirement, subjecting them to the risk of infection that he sayscould better be
prevented by condom use.
Elion has said non-adherence to the drug is lower than critics claim and that Truvada
has the potential for signicantly lowering the HIV infection rate among people in high-
risk groups, especially men who have sex with men.
Others scheduled to speak at the forum are Dazon Dixon Diallo, founder and CEO of
the Atlanta-based SisterLove, Inc., a group that advocates for AIDS-related services for
women; and Christopher Chauncey Watson, clinical research site director for GWUs
Milken Institute School of Public Health.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Institutes rst oor auditorium at 950
New Hampshire Ave., N.W. on Sept. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Organizers ask that those
planning to attend RSVP to Shawn Jain at sjain@whitman-walker.org.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Bowser attends celebration for Marys House for LGBT seniors


D.C. Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and District Council member and
mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser were among more than 100 people that turned out
on Sept. 20 for the second anniversary celebration of the founding of Marys House for
Older Adults.
Billed as an LGBT-friendly facility, Marys House is expected to open in 2016 following
completion of a major construction project to expand the single-family house owned by
Imani Woody, founding director and president of Marys House for Older Adults, Inc.
Woody told the gathering at the site of the new facility at 401 Anacostia Rd., S.E., that
the existing house on the property belonged to her family and was the home in which
she grew up and later assisted her father in his retirement years.
I witnessed my middle-class, heterosexual dad age and require family advocacy to
make sure his needs and interests were met appropriately, Woody said in a statement.
I know LGBT folks, with or without families, go back into the closet because being old
and being gay at the same time are hard, she said.
I want to build a residence in our city where all elders, specically LGBT elders, could
bring their whole selves to the table, she said.
According to literature distributed at the gathering, which took place in the spacious
yard behind the existing structure, Marys House is in the process of raising $800,000
needed to begin the expansion project to convert the house into an eight-suite complex,
with each suite having its own bedroom and bathroom.
Plans call for a common kitchen and dining area, where residents can socialize in a
communal living arrangement.
Blueprints and an artists rendering of the completed house were on display at the
Sept. 20 gathering.
This is very novel in this city, Norton told the gathering. It has special meaning,
she told Woody. You havent just gone out and done something that is wonderful. You
have given the gift of your own family home It tells us how much you believe in this
project.
Norton said she plans to take steps to determine whether the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development could provide some form of nancial assistance to
Marys House and similar facilities that are beginning to spring up in cities such as New
York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Bowser joined Norton in expressing strong support for city services for the citys
growing senior population, including LGBT seniors.
You have put your nger on an issue, a challenge that we have in our growing city
to make sure that when were building housing that housing is aordable, safe, clean
and accommodating and housing that will serve the needs of our LGBTQ communities,
Bowser said. And Im very, very proud of you.
Others who spoke at the gathering in support of the project were Sterling Washington,
director of the Mayors O ce of GLBT Aairs, and ve representatives of LGBT
supportive churches or faith groups, including Rev. Je Vomund of Dignity Washington,
Rev. Dwayne Johnson of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, Rev. Cedric
Harmon of Many Voices and Bishop Allyson Abrams of Empowerment Liberation
Cathedral. Rev. Elder Darlene Garner of MCC also spoke.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Stein Club president named
co-director of GetEQUAL

The national LGBT advocacy organization GetEQUAL announced on Monday


that it has named Angela Peoples, president of D.C.s Gertrude Stein Democratic
Club, as its new co-director, a full-time paid position based in Washington.
The organization, founded in 2010, said in a statement that Peoples will join
GetEQUALs current co-director, Heather Cronk, and the groups national eld
director, Kirin Kanakkanatt, along with a wide range of organizers working in 12
states across the country to win full LGBTQ equality.
GetEQUAL, among other things, organizes non-violent civil disobedience
protests in which participants are arrested as a means of advancing LGBT
equality. Shortly after its founding in 2010 its leaders and grassroots volunteer
organizers criticized the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in
Congress for not moving fast enough in pushing for the repeal of Dont Ask,
Dont Tell and other legislative initiatives to advance LGBT rights.
Peoples said she plans to remain as president of the Stein Club while assuming
her new post as co-director of GetEQUAL. She told the Washington Blade she
doesnt see a conict in her dual role as head of a Democratic Party group and
as a leader of a non-partisan activist organization that sometimes criticizes
Democrats.
At the Stein Club our work is not only to elect and support LGBT-friendly
Democrats, but also to hold them accountable to the commitments they make
to the LGBT community, Peoples said.
We work to support candidates that live the values we share, she said. My
role at GetEQUAL allows me to further this eort and build with grassroots
leaders around the country who are doing great work to move the LGBTQ
movement and all leaders forward, regardless of party.
Tanya Domi, chair of GetEQUALs board, said in a statement that the board
was thrilled to announce its decision to hire Peoples as the new co-director.
Angela represents a new generation of LGBTQ activists who are committed
to pushing our countrys leaders to create a more inclusive and equitable future
for LGBTQ individuals, she said.
Peoples has served since 2011 as a policy analyst with the U.S. Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau specializing in expanding consumer protection for
student loan borrowers. She previously served as policy and advocacy manager
for the Center for American Progress and as legislative director for the U.S.
Student Association.
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Chelsea Manning sues DOD over denial of hormone treatment

Transgender Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced last year to 35 years
in prison for leaking classied military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy
group WikiLeaks, led a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Tuesday accusing the
Army of violating her constitutional right to necessary medical treatment related to her
transition from a man to a woman.
The 19-page lawsuit reads in part like a medical journal, explaining the condition
known as gender dysphoria in which a person suers psychological distress when he or
she identies with the opposite gender from that which he or she was assigned at birth.
The ACLU, which led the lawsuit on Mannings behalf, said in a statement that Army
doctors diagnosed her as having gender
dysphoria more than four years ago
while stationed in Iraq. The diagnosis
came prior to her arrest for leaking
the classied documents and at a time
she went by her birth name of Bradley
Manning.
On the day following her sentencing,
Manning released a statement declaring
for the rst time publicly that she
identied as a female and was beginning
the process of transition from Bradley to
Chelsea Manning.
The government continues to deny
Ms. Mannings access to necessary
medical treatment for gender dysphoria,
without which she will continue to suer
severe psychological harms, said Chase
Strangio, one of her attorneys with the ACLU based in New York.
The lawsuit names as defendants the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel, and three uniformed military o cials in charge of Army prison policies
and the prison where Manning is incarcerated.
The lawsuit says o cials at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
where Manning is being held, have repeatedly denied her request for standard-of-care
medical treatment for gender dysphoria.
According to the lawsuit, a physician who reviewed Mannings medical records
recommended a treatment plan that included allowing her to express her female
gender through growing her hair and having access to other grooming standards and
cosmetics that female prisoners are permitted. The recommendation also calls for
allowing Manning to begin a regimen of hormone therapy to include estrogens and
anti-androgens.
The lawsuit says Mannings request to obtain this level of treatment was denied
throughout the military chain of command from the prison up to Secretary of
DefenseHagel at the Pentagon.
Military o cials earlier this year responded to inquiries by Mannings lawyers, the
lawsuit says, by claiming they were meeting Mannings treatment needs by allowing
her to receive expanded psychotherapy to treat her gender dysphoria.
The lawsuit says military o cials claim they were further responding to her treatment
needs by providing her with female undergarments, specically female underwear and
sports bras.
But the lawsuitsaysmilitary and prison authorities continue to deny her permission to
outwardly express her female gender through female hair length and other grooming
standards and continue to deny her hormone treatment.
The lawsuit calls on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to declare that
military authorities denial of Mannings needed medical treatment violates her Eighth
Amendment rights. It also calls on the court to issue an injunction ordering military
authorities to allow Manning to receive hormone therapy and to express her female
gender by following female grooming standards, including dress and hair length.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Same-sex couples featured in Metro ads on discrimination

Brightly colored posters depicting gay and straight couples will appear throughout
the D.C.-area Metro transit system in October as part of a new campaign by the D.C.
O ce of Human Rights to educate the public about the people and traits protected
under the citys sweeping non-discrimination law.
One of eight dierent non-discrimination ads scheduled to be displayed in 14 Metro
subway stations will include cartoon-like gures of same-sex and opposite sex couples
holding hands with a message stating, Youre protected no matter whose hand you hold.
The message adds, DCs non-discrimination law covers 19 traits, including sexual
orientation.
I am often reminded by my LGBT friends in other parts of the country that we are
extremely fortunate to live in a city where discrimination based on sexual orientation
and gender identity is not tolerated, said Monica Palacio, director of the O ce of
Human Rights.
Our new DC19 campaign with endearing images featuring gay and lesbian couples
sends a clear message that the LGBT community in D.C. is not just protected from
discrimination, but is a celebrated and welcomed community in our city.
Other protected traits appearing in the Metro system ads include age, color, national
origin, race, religion, and sex, according to an O ce of Human Rights statement.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
D.C. 2024 Olympics bid
lacks LGBT board member
A campaign launched by a newly formed organization of prominent business
and civic leaders to advocate for holding the 2024 Olympics in the Washington,
D.C. metro area enjoys the support of the local LGBT sports community,
according to longtime LGBT sports activists Brent Minor and Vince Micone.
We are all for the Olympics in D.C., said Minor, executive director of Team
D.C., an umbrella coalition of LGBT sports groups and teams in the D.C. area.
But gay activist and blogger Michael Rogers has expressed concern that no out
LGBT person was selected to serve on the 19-member board of Washington2024,
the group thats preparing an Olympic bid for the D.C. area before the U.S.
Olympic Committee.
Rogers said he opposes having the Olympics here on grounds that it would
be a nancial disaster. However, he said having an LGBT member on the
Washington2024 board would better showcase the groups claim on its newly
launched website that it represents the full diversity of the people of the D.C. area.
Penny Lee, Washington2024s communications director, told the Washington
Blade on Tuesday that the composition of the groups board is still evolving and
more people would be named to the board in the coming weeks and months.
Were continuing to nd ways in which to engage all communities and be as
diverse as absolutely possible, she said.
Minor and Micone, who played a lead role in D.C.s unsuccessful bid for the
2014 Gay Games, said they know some of the Washington2024 board members
and supporters and believe the organization will be fully supportive of the LGBT
community.
Among the board members are former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, a
longtime LGBT rights supporter; and Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of
the National Football League and chair of the Georgetown University board.
Tagliabue contributed $1 million in 2011 for an LGBT student life program at
Georgetown and contributed $100,000 for the referendum campaign supporting
Marylands same-sex marriage law in 2012.
Minor noted that Bob Sweeny, the former director of the Greater Washington
Sports Authority and a lead adviser for Washington2024, was a strong supporter of
the eort to bring the Gay Games to D.C.Minor and Micone called Sweeny a strong
LGBT community ally who would push for LGBT inclusion in an Olympics bid.
I dont interpret the boards makeup as a slight, Minor said. Im certain that
if the time comes that D.C. wins the Olympic bid they will be fully inclusive of the
LGBT community.
Micone echoed Minors sentiment, saying he too is certain that the
Washington2024 organization will work closely with LGBT sports activists in its
eort to secure D.C.s selection by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Under longstanding procedures for selecting an Olympic Games host in
the U.S., the U.S. Olympic Committee solicits bids from interested U.S. cities.
In the current process, the committee has narrowed its selection to four cities
or regions the D.C. metro region, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A
selection of one of those cities is expected to be made sometime next year.
Whichever city is selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee would then compete
with cities in other countries, with the International Olympic Committee making
a nal selection at a later date.
Jay Fissette, chair of the Arlington County Board whos gay, has also spoken
out in favor of bringing the 2024 Olympics to the D.C. metro area.
We agree with Washington2024 that this is an historic opportunity for our
region to be part of the Olympic movement, Fissette told Channel 4 News.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Partygoers dressed as Madonna set record
FIRE ISLAND PINES, N.Y Organizers
of a Fire Island party last month set a new
Guinness World Record for having the most
people dressed as Madonna at a single
event.
Newsday reported 440 people who were
dressed as the Material Girl on Aug. 30
attended the annual Fools Paradise Drag
Party at the Fire Island Pines home of Chris
DeCarlo. A spokesperson for the Guinness
World Records conrmed to the newspaper
the revelers set the record for the Largest
Gathering of People Dressed as Madonna
after they danced to the pop icons music
for ve minutes.
DeCarlo told Newsday a Guinness World
Records representative made the record
o cial during the party.
He said, Welcome to the Guinness
family. You are all o cially amazing, said DeCarlo as the Long Island newspaper
reported. Then, the confetti cannons shot o.
The party has taken place each Labor Day weekend since 1994.
One of DeCarlos housemates told the Washington Blade that a picture of
Madonna wearing a ball gown appeared on the Material Girls Twitter account
an hour before the party began. It contained a tweet that read bitches, Im
Madonna.
We believe that was directed at us, said the housemate. How great is that?
Pa. senator comes out at news conference
HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania state senator on Sept. 23 came out as gay.
Hundreds of people know Im gay, I just never made it an o cial declaration,
said state Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Alleghany County) as WITF, a public radio station
in central Pennsylvania, reported. I never felt I had to wear a billboard on my
forehead. But Im gay. Get over it.
Ferlo came out during a news conference that focused on adding sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression to the commonwealths hate
crimes law. It took place nearly two weeks after a gay Philadelphia couple was
attacked as they walked home from a local restaurant.
I love it, said Ferlo, discussing his sexual orientation. Its a great life.
Ferlo is the commonwealths rst openly gay state senator.
The Pittsburgh Democrat has represented portions of Allegheny,
Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties in the Pennsylvania Senate since 2003.
He is not seeking re-election.
State Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon County) in 2012 came out during an
interview with a local newspaper.
S.C. mayor backs same-sex marriage
COLUMBIA, S.C. The mayor of South Carolinas capital city on Sept. 23
publicly backed marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Freedom to Marry said in a press release that announced Steve Benjamins
position that he is the 500th mayor to join its campaign that highlights mayors
who support nuptials for gays and lesbians.
Its a great honor to be able to stand up and represent 500 mayors from all
across this great nation standing together in the name of equality, Benjamin
told BuzzFeed in a statement.
Benjamins announcement comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to
potentially consider at least one same-sex marriage case in its term that begins
on Oct. 1.
Abbeville Mayor Sarah Sherwood is the only other South Carolina mayor who
has thus far publicly backed marriage rights for same-sex couples.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Charlotte
(N.C.) Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Tuskegee (Ala.) Mayor Johnny Ford are among
the more than a dozen other Southern mayors who support nuptials for gays
and lesbians.
The Philadelphia District Attorneys O ce on Tuesday announced three people face charges in
connection with an attack of a gay couple earlier this month.
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Twitter user credited with
helping identify suspects
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The Philadelphia District Attorneys
O ce on Tuesday announced three people
have been charged in connection with an
attack of a gay couple earlier this month.
A press release from the Philadelphia
District Attorneys O ce identies the
suspects as Philip Williams, 24, Kevin
Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24, from
suburban Bucks County. Each will face
charges of two counts of aggravated assault,
two counts of simple assault, two counts of
recklessly endangering another person and
one count of criminal conspiracy.
The announcement comes nearly
two weeks after the gay couple, who
are in their late 20s, were attacked as
they walked home from a restaurant in
Philadelphias Center City neighborhood.
I would like to thank the police for their
thorough investigation and the public for
the outpouring of information and tips
in this case, said Philadelphia District
Attorney Seth Williams in the press release
that announced the charges against
Williams, Harrigan and Knott. This vicious
attack shocked the entire country. An
assault on people because of their sexual
orientation has no place in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia police have credited a
local Twitter user with helping identify
potential suspects in the case.
The man, who tweets about Philadelphia
sports under the name @FanSince09,
on Tuesday posted to his Twitter page a
surveillance video the Philadelphia Police
Department released that shows a group
of 15 people suspected of attacking the
gay couple on Sept. 11.
@FanSince09, a straight man who
described himself as an ally during a
telephone interview with the Washington
Blade, asked his followers to help identify
the potential suspects.
He asked the Blade to protect his identity.
This video was clear, said @
FanSince09. Theres a group of 15 people.
Somebody has to know something. We
started getting the word out.
A member of the Philadelphia Eagles is
among those who retweeted @FanSince09s
posts.
Greg Bennett, a former Real Housewives
of New Jersey cast member, posted a
picture to his Twitter page he claims shows
the alleged suspects at a restaurant near
where the attack took place.
@FanSince09 told the Blade that people
who saw the picture after he retweeted it
recognized the restaurant in which it was
taken because of its interior. They were also
able to identify some of the people in the
photo through their Facebook check-ins.
It was a lot of anonymous tips,
said @FanSince09. People were more
comfortable going to me than to the police.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and other
local media outlets have reported several
persons of interest in the case spoke with
investigators after the surveillance video,
the picture that Bennett posted to his
Twitter page and other photos the police
released went viral.
Fran McGlinn, a former assistant
basketball coach at Archbishop Wood
High School in suburban Philadelphia,
is among those who have emerged as
potential suspects in the attack. The
Archbishop of Philadelphia said McGlinn
is no longer with the school.
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4 Dem co-sponsors,
all Republicans absent
from measure
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
One week after a discharge petition was
led to advance the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act, progress seems to
have stalled after 190 House Democrats
penned their name to the document.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), whos gay and
chief sponsor of ENDA, led Discharge
Petition 0011 in the U.S. House last week
amid House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)s
continued refusal to bring up ENDA, despite
passage in the Senate on a bipartisan basis 10
months ago. If a bare majority of 218 House
members sign it, the discharge petition would
force a vote on ENDA.
Filed just two months before Election
Day, the discharge petition is likely
intended to highlight the distinction
between Democrats and Republicans on
LGBT rights. Discharge petitions rarely
work as a legislative maneuver; the last
one to succeed forced a vote on McCain-
Feingold campaign nance reform
legislation.
After the Senate passed ENDA, the
immediate goal on the House side was
to gather more co-sponsors for ENDA
particularly Republicans to convince
leadership it should be brought to a vote.
Over the course of several months, the bill
won modest bipartisan support. The bill
has a total of 206 co-sponsors consisting
of 198 Democrats and eight Republicans.
But the bill never came up and Boehner
reportedly told the LGBT Equality Caucus
in a closed-door meeting theres no way
it would come for a vote this year. At a
news conference last week, Polis said the
focus is now on the discharge petition
and that hes going to throw down the
gauntlet to challenge ENDA co-sponsors
to support the legislative maneuver.
Despite the immediate growth in
signatures for the discharge petition within
the week it was led, no one has penned
their name this week as of Tuesday, and
even the names of some ENDA co-sponsors
arent on the document.
Four Democrats who co-sponsor ENDA
and are able to vote on the oor Reps.
Linda Sanchez (Calif.), Collin Peterson
(Minn.), Peter Visclosky (Ind.), Jim Matheson
(Utah) havent signed the discharge
petition. None of their o ces responded
to the Blades request for a comment on
why their names were absent.
For at least of two of these Democrats,
the issue may be the narrowed religious
exemption in this version of ENDA.
Matheson represents a portion of Utah in
the U.S. House that has Mormon-a liated
businesses; Visclosky is a Catholic.
The version of ENDA associated with
the discharge petition has a religious
exemption along the lines of Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would
prohibit religious-a liated organizations
from discriminating against LGBT workers
in non-ministeral positions. Thats narrower
than the carve out in the bill these House
Democrats co-sponsor along the lines of
the Senate-passed legislation, which would
allow such religious-based discrimination
to continue even if ENDA were law.
The absence of Sanchez is striking
because shes considered a champion of
LGBT rights. Shes introduced legislation
that would ensure same-sex couples in
civil unions would be eligible for Social
Security benets, and even spoke at
a forum in Los Angeles hosted by the
LGBT group Freedom to Work on the
importance of LGBT workplace non-
discrimination protections.
Another ve Democrats absent from
the petition also arent co-sponsors of
ENDA, so havent articulated support for
the bill in any capacity. They are Reps.
Dan Lipinski (Ill.), John Barrow (Ga.), Pete
Gallego (Texas), Nick Rahall (W.Va.) and
Mike McIntyre (N.C.).
Other Democrats who co-sponsor
ENDA and are absent from the petition
are the ve non-voting Democrats in
the U.S. House, including Del. Eleanor
Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). These delegates
are ineligible to sign a discharge petition,
according to the House clerks o ce.
Three Democrats designated as ENDA co-
sponsors Rob Andrews, Ed Markey and
Melvin Watt have since left the House,
so cant sign the petition.
Notably, three Democrats who dont
co-sponsor ENDA Reps. Gene Green
(Texas), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Bennie
Thompson (Miss.) have nonetheless
signed the discharge petition.
On the day the discharge petition
was led, House Minority Leader Steny
Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a whip alert email
blast which was later obtained by the
Washington Blade saying Democrats
are urged to sign the Polis discharge
petition on the House Floor.
Too often, employees are terminated,
not promoted, or looked over based solely
on their gender identity, Hoyer writes. They
often face discrimination and harassment
and can be mistreated. Discrimination is
an economically unwise business practice
because it reduces the talent pool for
hiring or recruiting employees and can hurt
workplace morale.
On the other side of the aisle, none
of the Republicans have signed the
discharge petition, even the eight who
co-sponsor ENDA: Reps. Ileana Ros-
Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.),
Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.),
Mike Coman (R-Colo.), Frank LoBiondo
(R-N.J.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Jon
Runyan (R-N.J.).
In a statement to the Blade on Tuesday,
Ros-Lehtinen, who had earlier indicated she
wouldnt sign the discharge petition even
before it was led, explained her refusal to
sign was part of her general policy.
While I have been a supporter of
ENDA and its goals for many years, I do
not sign discharge petitions on any topic,
Ros-Lehtinen said. Congress has made
signicant bipartisan progress on this
bill and I will continue to work with my
colleagues on both sides of the aisle so
that we can pass this important legislation
that would keep LGBT Americans from
being treated unjustly at the workplace.
Although the discharge petition is
the most visible eort in recent months
to advance ENDA, sources close to the
legislation have said a more serious eort
is under consideration that isnt as public.
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DeMaio says he backs ENDA
Carl DeMaio insists hes not the ogre that the Democratic Party and LGBT
advocacy groups make him out to be.
Speaking with the Washington Blade last week, the Republican congressional
candidate said he backs federal legislation to bar employers from discriminating
against LGBT people in the workplace.
I want to see a vote on a bill to end discrimination against gay, lesbian,
transgender people in employment, DeMaio said. We have countless states,
I think 31 states, that make it legal for you to terminate someone because of
sexual orientation. In modern America, thats completely unacceptable, so I
do believe we have to update our laws and strike a blow for full respect and
equality.
As an openly gay Republican and former member of the San Diego City Council
seeking to represent Californias 52nd congressional district in the U.S. House,
DeMaio said he could play a unique role within the House Republican caucus to
convince GOP leadership to bring up pro-LGBT legislation for a vote.
DeMaio told the Blade he backs federal legislation barring anti-LGBT
discrimination just one day after House Democrats led a discharge petition on
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to force a vote on the measure, which
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has refused to bring up.
The lawmaker whom DeMaio is trying to oust from o ce, Rep. Scott Peters
(D-Calif.), is among the 190 House Democrats whove penned their name to the
petition. No Republicans have signed it.
Asked whether he would sign the discharge petition, DeMaio at rst expressed
a desire to pass ENDA through other means, saying he would try to get 20 to 30
other Republicans to support the bill, then go the speaker and tell him the bill
should be passed under regular order.
But DeMaio also said he would also seek to change House rules to lower the
threshold necessary for a discharge petition to succeed. Instead of needing 218
names, or 50 percent of the House, DeMaio said he wants to go down to a more
reasonable number like 25 percent.
In the event that regular order for ENDA fails, DeMaio said a discharge petition
will be an avenue that we will use to make sure we get a vote on this important
legislation.
CHRIS JOHNSON
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
10 SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 NATI ONAL NEWS
Who hasnt signed the ENDA discharge petition?
Rep. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-Fla.) has said
she will not sign a discharge petition for
ENDA or any other bill.
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WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 11
Tanner spoke on
importance of being out
at Pentagon Pride
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Four days before the third anniversary
of the end of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, the U.S.
Senate conrmed an openly gay attorney
as the top lawyer for the Air Force.
On Sept. 16, the Senate conrmed
Gordon Tanner, whom President Obama
nominated in April, by voice vote to the
position of general counsel to the Air Force.
Tanner is the rst-ever presidential
appointee conrmed by the Senate whos
not only openly gay and married to a same-
sex spouse, but also a military veteran.
Although he served in the civilian side of
the Air Force for more than a decade, he
had served on the uniform side of the
service as a judge advocate general from
1973 to 1977. In 2010, Tanner married his
spouse Robert Patlan in D.C.
Tanner isnt the only openly gay person
the Senate has conrmed for a position on
the civilian side of the Air Force. Last year,
Eric Fanning was approved by lawmakers
to take on the role of Air Force under
secretary, which made him the highest-
ranking openly gay o cial in the Pentagon.
Prior to this conrmation, Tanner was
principal deputy assistant secretary of the
Air Force for manpower and reserve aairs,
where he had served since 2013. Since
2000, he has served in various capacities on
the civilian side of the Air Force, including
principal deputy general counsel; deputy
assistant secretary of the Air Force for
reserve aairs; deputy general counsel
for environment and installations; and
associate general counsel of the O ce of
the Air Force general counsel.
Tanner received his bachelors degree
from the University of Alabama and his
law degree from Vanderbilt University.
One of the rst issues Tanner may
have to tackle is defending a recent policy
change within the Air Force allowing
airmen who are atheists to omit the words
so help me God from their enlistment
and o cer appointment oaths.
No stranger to speaking out in favor
of highlighting the presence of the LGBT
community within the U.S. armed forces,
Tanner participated in the rst-ever Pride
event at the Pentagon in 2012 following
the end of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
In his remarks, Tanner said gay o cials
within the military must be as open and
honest as you can possibly be because
they have a responsibility to make
themselves visible.
We civilians, for those of you in the
room and on in TV land out there,
we have military colleagues who are
not yet comfortable about being more
open, Tanner said. We as civilians have
a unique opportunity to be that bridge,
to help them if they nd themselves in
a climate that is not as comfortable yet
as it should be. We can be there for our
military colleagues.
Although as a civilian he wasnt subject to
Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Tanner also recalled
the pain he felt under the militarys ban
on open service before it was repealed
by Congress and lifted by Obama and
Pentagon o cials a year later.
I did retire recently as a Reserve JAG,
Tanner said. And I remember the fear
and concern I had about potentially
being outed during that period of time.
And it would have been awful. And I cant
imagine what a relief that I can imagine
what a relief that is now.
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Hundreds of couples
in Wis., Ind., Ark.
remain in limbo
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Obama administration generally
has a policy of recognizing same-sex
marriages for the purposes of federal
benets, but so far that hasnt been the
case for unions performed in Wisconsin,
Indiana and Arkansas.
Thats why a number of pro-LGBT
groups are stepping up the pressure on
the Department of Justice to announce
that the federal government will recognize
the unions of same-sex couples who wed
in those states when the jurisdictions
briey had marriage equality.
In a letter dated Sept. 19, 54 groups
under the umbrella of the Respect for
Marriage Coalition including the
Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to
Marry call on U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder to assert that same-sex marriages
performed in Wisconsin, Indiana and
Arkansas will be recognized.
There is no legal reason to question
the validity of these nearly 2,000
marriages, the letter states. Each was
legally performed by a clerk representing
the states of Arkansas, Indiana and
Wisconsin, in accordance with each
states statutes and constitution and by
judicial order. There is simply no reason
for the federal government not to respect
these couples marriages and extend
federal benets.
Holder has already announced that the
Obama administration would recognize
same-sex marriages performed in Utah
and Michigan following court rulings
in those states that allowed marriage
equality before stays were imposed on
the decisions. But no such announcement
has been made for same-sex marriages
performed in Arkansas, Indiana and
Wisconsin, where courts have similarly
allowed same-sex couples to marry for
brief periods of time.
On May 6 in Arkansas, Pulaski
County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza
determined the states ban on same-sex
marriage violates the equal protection
clause of the U.S. Constitution, allowing
more than 450 same-sex couples to
marry in the state before the Arkansas
Supreme Court placed a stay on the
ruling two weeks later.
Exactly one month later on June 6 in
Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge Barbara
Crabb struck down that states ban
on same-sex marriage. Since she only
imposed a stay on her decision one
week after her initial ruling, an estimated
550 same-sex couples were able to
wed in Wisconsin before the window of
opportunity closed.
And on June 25, U.S. District Judge
Richard Young struck down Indianas
ban on same-sex marriage. An estimated
550 same-sex couples married in the
Indianapolis area alone before the U.S.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals placed a
stay on the decision.
In each instance, state o cials have
asserted that same-sex marriages
performed in these jurisdictions wont
be recognized for the purposes of state
benets. But its unclear why the federal
government hasnt announced it would
recognize these unions when it has
already done the same for same-sex
marriages performed in every other state.
Dena Iverson, a Justice Department
spokesperson, said the department is
reviewing the letter.
Charlie Joughlin, an HRC spokesperson,
said his organization learned of reports
from the o ce Sen. Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wis.) that same-sex couples married
in Wisconsin were having trouble seeking
federal benets.
With Utah and Michigan, the
Department of Justice explicitly stated
that the marriages performed in the
window after federal court rulings would
be recognized for the purpose of federal
benets, Joughlin added. We have not
heard anything about Arkansas, Indiana
and Wisconsin.
The letter from the Respect for
Marriage Coalition is just the latest
request from LGBT groups calling on
the Obama administration to recognize
marriages performed in those states.
On June 24, HRC President Chad Gri n
sent a letter to Holder calling on him to
recognize same-sex marriages performed
in Arkansas and Wisconsin. The ACLU of
Indiana made the same request on July
11 for same-sex marriages performed in
the Hoosier State.
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DOJ pushed to recognize marriages in 3 states
U.S. Attorney General ERIC HOLDER is under
pressure to recognize same-sex marriages
performed in Wisconsin, Indiana and
Arkansas.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
GORDON TANNER was conrmed by the
Senate as Air Force general counsel.
Gay attorney conrmed as top Air Force lawyer
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Disappointed over
Ugandan president signing
draconian measure
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
The president of the Robert F. Kennedy
Center for Justice and Human Rights told
the Washington Blade on Tuesday the
enactment of anti-LGBT laws is a global
problem that is not conned to Africa.
Its really important to recognize
that this is not just an Africa problem,
said Kerry Kennedy during a telephone
interview from New York. Its a problem
wherever it happens in the world.
Kennedy spoke to the Blade amid the
ongoing global outrage over Ugandan
President Yoweri Musevenis decision
in February to sign his countrys Anti-
Homosexuality Act that imposes a life
sentence upon anyone found guilty of
repeated same-sex sexual acts.
Museveni in January told Kennedy,
two of her organizations staers and
Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a
meeting in the Ugandan city of Entebbe
that he planned to reject what he
described as the fascist bill his countrys
Parliament approved late last year.
Kennedy told the Blade she was very
disappointed when Museveni signed the
measure into law.
He looked me in the eye and said I am not
going to sign this because it is a fascist law,
she said, noting Ugandan lawmakers had not
approved the bill since its 2009 introduction
because she feels Museveni eectively
blocked it. So I was very disappointed and he
said that not only to me and to the delegation
from the RFK Center, but we had Archbishop
Tutu on the phone, so he said that to him as
well. We were all very disappointed.
Uganda is among the more than
70 countries in which homosexuality
remains criminalized.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
in January signed a draconian bill into law
that, among other things, punishes those
who enter into a same-sex marriage with
up to 14 years in prison. Those convicted
of homosexuality in Brunei will face death
by stoning under a portion of the oil-rich
Southeast Asian countrys new penal
code based on Islamic Shariah law that is
slated to take eect next year.
Gambian lawmakers last month
approved a measure that would impose a
life sentence upon anyone found guilty of
aggravated homosexuality. The Robert
F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human
Rights is among the groups that have urged
Chadian President Idriss Dby to reject a
proposed amendment to his countrys penal
code that would criminalize homosexuality.
Lawmakers in Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan
over the last year have introduced
measures similar to a Russian law that
bans so-called gay propaganda to minors.
Anti-LGBT violence and discrimination
remain pervasive throughout Latin
America and eastern Europe in spite of
recent legal advances.
The Ugandan Constitutional
Court last month struck down the
Anti-Homosexuality Act, ruling
Parliamentarian Speaker Rebecca Kadaga
allowed a vote on the measure to take
place without the necessary quorum.
Lawmakers subsequently said they plan
to reintroduce the proposal.
Part of the reason that this is
happening in Africa is because leaders
are political and theyre listening to their
constituents, said Kennedy in response
to the Blades question about why African
heads of state continue to support these
anti-LGBT measures. The easiest way to
gain popularity is to appeal to peoples
anger and rage and hatred.
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14 SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 I NTERNATI ONAL NEWS
KERRY KENNEDY (right) with Ugandan LGBT
rights advocate FRANK MUGISHA on Capitol
Hill in 2011.
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JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Kerry Kennedy: Anti-LGBT laws a global problem
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the same time, the court is being asked to
review decisions that all upheld marriage
equality claims.
A total of 32 states in some form of
legal ling have called on the Supreme
Court to take up a lawsuit to settle the
issue of whether same-sex couples have
a constitutional right to marry. Religious
groups, including the Church of Latter-
day Saints and the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, signed a friend-of-the-
court brief asking justices to uphold laws
banning same-sex marriage.
The Obama administration hasnt
formally weighed in before the Supreme
Court on whether it should take up a
lawsuit seeking same-sex marriage, even
though U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
has already said the Obama administration
would le a friend-of-the-court brief
in support of a case seeking marriage
equality. Its unclear when the Justice
Department will formally state its opinion
on the constitutional right of same-sex
marriage before the Supreme Court.
Also uncertain is when the public will
know whether the court has decided to
take up a case during its initial conference
on Sept. 29. Orders from the court on
decisions made at the conference could
come down that week or beyond.
In the event that the court doesnt make a
decision, the next opportunity for the court
to opt to take up a case is at the subsequent
conference on Oct. 10. The next scheduled
conferences for this term are Oct. 17, Oct.
31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 25, Dec. 5, Dec. 12,
Jan. 9, Jan. 16 and Jan. 23.
Adam Romero, federal legal director
for the Williams Institute at the University
of Los Angeles, said hed be surprised
if the court made a decision at its initial
conference because of the unanimity thus
far of decisions against bans on same-sex
marriage among the circuit courts.
The three Courts of Appeals that
have issued decisions on same-sex
marriage bans have agreed the bans are
unconstitutional, so there is not a conict
or split between the Courts of Appeals
that the Supreme Court often looks for
when deciding whether or not to accept
a case, Romero said. Furthermore, at
least four additional Courts of Appeals
are poised to issue decisions on same-
sex marriage bans in the next several
months, so the Supreme Court may want
to wait to take action until some or all of
those decisions are issued.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals could issue its decision on cases
challenging marriage bans in Nevada
and Idaho at any time, as could the U.S.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for cases
challenging marriage bans in Michigan,
Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Some
observers believe the Sixth Circuit has
the greatest chance among all the circuit
courts to uphold bans on same-sex
marriage following nearly unanimous
decisions against such laws.
Even if those decisions came down from
the courts and petitions for certiorari in
the cases were led before the Supreme
Courts initial conference, theyd still be
ineligible for consideration because the
deadline for a case to be docketed for
consideration was Sept. 10.
One indication that the Supreme Court
may hold o on deciding whether or not
to take up a case came in comments
that U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg oered before a Minnesota
audience last week.
If the Sixth Circuit falls in line with other
decisions from other circuit courts to
strike down bans on same-sex marriage,
Ginsburg said theres no need for us to
rush, but if the appeals court upholds
the ban there will be some urgency,
according to the Associated Press.
That could be a suggestion the court
is willing to deny cert in cases before
the court because appeals courts have
heretofore been unanimous in asserting
laws against same-sex marriage are
unconstitutional. If so, those denials
would mean marriage equality would
come to the states under those
jurisdictions. As SCOTUSBlog writer and
National Constitution Center adviser Lyle
Denniston observes, denial of cert could
quickly raise the tally of marriage equality
states from 19 to 30, or as many as 35.
Goldberg said if, on the other hand,
the lack of conict among the circuits on
marriage equality prompts the Supreme
Court to simply hold o on a decision, the
continued wait will have consequences.
There is not the conict between
lower court decisions that the court
typically prefers, nor would any of these
individual decisions cause injustice to
same-sex couples in those states, if the
decisions stay in place, Goldberg said.
The problem, of course, is that marriage
rights are on hold or non-existent for
same-sex couples in many parts of the
country, and every day denies fairness
and causes real harm to those couples.
threatened to take him to a nearby forest
before releasing him ve hours later.
They tried to make me say that I had
tried to murder someone, he told the
Washington Blade during an interview
in Lafayette Park adjacent to the White
House, speaking through an interpreter.
At the same time they assaulted me and
abused me and called me gay.
Nasonov, 25, and his boyfriend arrived
in D.C. on July 2 in hopes of receiving
asylum in the United States.
Nasonov told the Blade they decided
to leave Russia after the Voronezh
Human Rights House, a local advocacy
organization with which he was connected,
was attacked. Nasonov said those a liated
with the group were also targeted.
I worked with those people, he
said. After all those things happened, I
decided to move to the U.S.
Nasonov told the Blade he came out
when he was 19 after a long process.
He does not speak with his father, and
his grandmother is unaware of his sexual
orientation. Nasonov said his mother
cried when she found out he is gay, but
she soon accepted his homosexuality.
Nasonov said his mother in a video she
made urged Russian lawmakers not to
approve a bill that sought to ban so-called
gay propaganda to minors in the country.
He told the Blade she did not
experience any repercussions from
Russian authorities over her opposition
to the measure that President Vladimir
Putin signed in June 2013.
She lives in a small village and they
dont have that much information about
all this LGBT activity, said Nasonov.
People know (that Im gay) and they
sometimes terrorize my mother (by
asking her) do you know that your son is
a faggot. And she says OK, but hes born
this way.
Nasonov, who worked as a part-time
freelance reporter for Novaya Gazeta,
an opposition newspaper, told the Blade
he feels Russias LGBT rights record has
continued to deteriorate since Putin
signed the propaganda bill into law.
Two masked men last November
attacked members of a Russian HIV/
AIDS group with air guns and baseball
bats as they attended a meeting of a
support group in the organizations St.
Petersburg o ces.
Police in Moscow and St. Petersburg
in February arrested more than a dozen
activists who tried to stage pro-LGBT protests
hours before the opening ceremony of the
2014 Winter Olympics that took place in
the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Russian
authorities detained Vladimir Luxuria, a
transgender former Italian parliamentarian,
twice during the games.
Bomb threats and venues abruptly
cancelling events disrupted the Russian
Open Games that drew more than 300
LGBT athletes from Russia and other
countries a few weeks after the Olympics
ended. Authorities in May arrested
several people who took part in separate
LGBT rights demonstrations in Moscow.
Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-
based LGBT advocacy group, waged a
16-month battle against a 2012 law that
requires groups that receive funding
from outside the country to register as a
foreign agent.
A local judge in July ruled Coming Out
must register as a foreign agent.
National Organization for Marriage
President Brian Brown is among the
American anti-LGBT advocates who
attended the International Family Forum
in Moscow that ended on Sept. 15.
As far as Putin is the head of state,
there is no chance for the situation
to get better, said Nasonov. Its only
after he resigns or whatever it is that it
may change.
President Obama, Secretary of State
John Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.),
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and
other American and European o cials
have repeatedly criticized Putin over
his support of Russias gay propaganda
law. The Kremlin has also faced scathing
criticism from the West over the
annexation of Crimea and the war in
eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian
government and pro-Russian separatists.
Nasonov told the Blade the lawyer who
organized the attack against him in January
2013 has recruited what he described as
volunteers to ght in eastern Ukraine.
He said this man subsequently went to
the region to ght alongside the pro-
Russian separatists in the countrys
Donbass region that includes the cities of
Donetsk and Luhansk.
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Supreme Court may decide Monday to take up marriage
If the Sixth Circuit follows other circuit courts
in striking down bans on gay marriage,
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after 5 months
Kelly Neel, interim executive director
of the GLCCB, resigned on Sept. 19. She
was appointed to that post shortly after
the resignation of the previous executive
director Matt Thorn in April.
It has been a tumultuous time for the
organization, which has been in transition
for quite some time now, Neel wrote in
an email. While I believe that we have
navigated the past year to the best of
our abilities, I no longer feel that my
values and my vision align with those of
our leadership, and have since made the
decision to focus my talents elsewhere.
The GLCCB has undergone critical
changes over the past 15 months
including the sale of its long-held
building on Chase Street and the move
to its current headquarters in the Waxter
Center. The Center endured criticism
from the community over the sale of the
building and the shifting of Pride to the
Mount Royal area just north of its previous
location in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood.
In July, the Center came under re during
a town hall meeting over issues of diversity
on the board, transparency, the move of
the Pride venue and other matters. Since
then, under Neel, the Center moved to
address this disquiet by posting more
information, such as nancial statements,
board meeting minutes and board
applications, on its website. Moreover,
starting in August, board meetings were
opened to the public.
Mike McCarthy, president of the board,
said he was surprised by the resignation
prior to the completion of the selection
process. We certainly acknowledge that
Kelly didnt enter the role in an ideal
situation and had a di cult transition
from Matt [Thorn], McCarthy told the
Blade. We appreciate the work Kelly
did while serving in an interim capacity
and wish her the best in her future
endeavors.
Neels resignation is eective Oct. 3.
Md. trans law
takes efect Oct. 1
The Howard County chapter of PFLAG
and Gender Rights Maryland (GRMD) will
celebrate passage of the Fairness for All
Marylanders Act (FAMA). The legislation,
SB212, which prohibits discrimination
in employment, housing, credit and
public accommodations based on
gender identity, was passed during the
2014 Maryland General Assembly and
signed into law by Gov. Martin OMalley.
Opponents failed to garner the requisite
number of signatures to place the
measure on the November ballot. The
eective date of the law is Oct. 1.
The potluck celebration will take
place on Oct. 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at
the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246
Cradlerock Way in Columbia.
We are very pleased to be able to
celebrate the passage of the Fairness for
all Marylanders Act, Heath Goisovich,
event coordinator and advocacy
committee co-chair, told the Blade. We
have been working on this for a long
time and are pleased to know that all
transgender Marylanders will be treated
equally under the law.
Led by Sharon Brackett, GRMD board
chair, and Catherine Hyde and Heath
Goisovich of PFLAG, both organizations
were instrumental in getting similar
laws passed in Howard and Baltimore
counties in 2011 and 2012, respectively
as statewide attempts were unsuccessful.
PFLAG and GRMD played key roles in the
passage of FAMA working behind the
scenes with legislative leaders.
We are excited to celebrate with
our PFLAG allies on the occasion of the
gender identity protections taking eect
in Maryland, said Brackett. Without their
support in Annapolis and Howard and
Baltimore Counties this would never have
been a reality.
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Study nds lifting blood ban would have major benets
CHICAGO Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the
amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints each year and save more
than a million lives per year, according to a study released last week reported on by the
Chicago Tribune.
A ban that has prevented men whove had sex with another man anytime since 1977
from donating, which was implemented by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 1983
at the height of the AIDS crisis, has been a source of ongoing controversy as testing
methods have improved dramatically.
The study found that eliminating the ban could bring in more than 600,000 pints
of blood per year while allowing donations from gay men who had not had a sexual
partner in a year could yield more than 300,000 pints, the study from the Williams
Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity found.
The American Red Cross suggests that each blood donation has the potential to be
used in life-saving procedures on three individuals, study co-author Ayako Miyashita
told the Tribune. Our estimates suggest that lifting the blood donation ban ... could be
used to help save the lives of more than 1.8 million people.
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the Tribune article notes.
States in the Deep South hardest hit by HIV: study
WASHINGTON Southern states now have the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses,
the largest percentage of people living with the disease and the most people dying
from it, the Washington Post reports citing Rainey Campbell, executive director of the
Southern AIDS Coalition, a nonprot serving 16 Southern states and the District.
Fifty percent of all new HIV cases are in the South. In some Southern states, blacks
account for more than 80 percent of new HIV diagnoses among women, the Post article
said.
States in the South have the least expansive Medicaid programs and the strictest
eligibility requirements to qualify for assistance, which prevents people living with HIV/
AIDS from getting care, according to a coalition report. In the South, Campbell said,
people living with HIV have to reach disability status before they qualify for aid. This is
signicant, because nationally the vast majority of HIV/AIDS patients rely on Medicaid
for their health insurance, according to research conducted by the Morehouse School
of Medicine in Atlanta, the Washington Post article said.
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Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee and Texas has opted to expand Medicaid under the Aordable Care Act.
Those states also have the highest fatality rates from HIV in the country, according to
the coalition.
A study found that eliminating the ban on blood donations from gay men could bring in more than
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American intervention is like
ghting re with gasoline
In 2000, after a deranged man shot
several people in a gay bar in Roanoke,
Va., some suggested that everyone would
have been safer had they all been carry-
ing rearms. Jonathan Rauch made the
case six months before the Roanoke in-
cident in his article Pink Pistols in Salon.
Similar suggestions have been made after
mass shootings in movie theaters and el-
ementary schools. As I write this, the D.C.
Council is about to pass a concealed carry
bill in response to court rulings against
the Districts gun control law.
The fact that America leads the de-
veloped world in guns and gun-related
deaths doesnt faze gun advocates. Like
tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all.
Unfortunately, the same appears true of
munitions in American foreign policy.
The speed with which we are being
goaded into war is not a sign of strength. It
is easy to mock Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
and his overcompensating sidekick Sen.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for their end-
less saber rattling, or Rep. Trent Franks
(R-Ariz.) for his claim that ISIS members
are sneaking across the Mexican border
to cut our throats. But already our fears
have been successfully exploited to jus-
tify yet another Mideast war eort.
Americans are much likelier to die from
something we do to ourselves, whether
with guns or alcohol or texting while driv-
ing. You would be well advised to worry
less about whether ISIS will make it to
Baghdad and more about whether youll
make it over the crumbling bridge you
take to work. McCain says that we need
to ght the terrorists over there so we
wont have to ght them here. The last
time he said that, we launched a war in
Iraq that destabilized the region. Yet here
he comes again to quell terrorist res
with hoses of gasoline. And once again
we spend money we say we dont have to
save other peoples houses while neglect-
ing our own.
I seldom agree with Sen. Rand Paul (R-
Ky.), but he was right last week: Before
we arm the so-called moderate Muslims
of Syria, remember what I said a year ago:
The irony you will not be able to over-
come is that these arms will someday be
used against America. It is small comfort
that the Northern Storm Brigade, with
which McCain met in May 2013, is now
opposed to ISIS.
How often do we have to respond to
distant problems by charging in and mak-
ing things worse before we bloody well
stop doing it? However bad the situation,
any action we take should at least have
a reasonable shot at improving things.
At this point, the only thing we have im-
proved by our ruinous investment of
blood and treasure in the Levant is the
prots of Halliburton and other defense
contractors.
Aside from idly wondering why Dick
Cheney and other torture-loving war
criminals are not in prison, we would do
well to tend our own garden by facing the
threat posed by Americas own religious
fanatics. They may not cut o heads or
y planes into o ce towers, but the mi-
sogynistic and homophobic policies they
seek to impose on their fellow citizens
bear more than a passing resemblance to
those of the foreign extremists we ght.
The main dierence is that diversity here
has taken rmer hold, notwithstanding
the fact that American policing, both for-
eign and domestic, disproportionately
targets people of color.
A better use of our military resources
is the humanitarian mission announced
by President Obama on Sept. 16, in which
American forces will set up eld hospitals
and train local health workers in West Af-
rica to help the ght against Ebola.
Three years ago on Sept. 20, the military
gay ban o cially ended. I remember the
great satisfaction of World War II combat
veteran Frank Kameny, who had devoted
much of his life to helping reach that mo-
ment. He died three weeks later. It does
no dishonor to him or other LGBT service
members (and were still working on the
T) to insist that deadly force, whether at
home or abroad, should be used as a last
resort and not by habit.
Copyright 2014 by Richard J. Rosendall.
All rights reserved.
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problems by charging in and making things worse
before we bloody well stop doing it?
EDI TORI AL CARTOON
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.
Candidates daughter,
daughter-in-law on why
Mom is best choice for city
By STEPHANIE SCHWARTZ &
JACKIE BRYKS
One of my proudest moments oc-
curred when my mother, Carol Schwartz,
won the National Capital Area Leader-
ship Award from the Human Rights Cam-
paign in 2002. In her acceptance speech,
my mom told a story I had never heard.
In high school and college, she had two
friends who were gay. A few years after
graduating, both committed suicide. Its
rare that my mother doesnt share whats
on her mind, but I guess in this case, her
friendships with these two men and their
endings had weighed on her mind, silent-
ly until then.
I think my mothers early experience
with discrimination made her particularly
empathetic to those who face it. Though
nothing like many LGBT youth or other
minorities endure, she did face anti-Semi-
tism while growing up in West Texas. Dur-
ing the only snow day of her childhood,
she got out of school early and a group
went to a friends house. But the moth-
er wouldnt allow a Jewish person in her
home so she stood outside in the snow
for hours, waiting for the others. This
incident of prejudice was not the rst or
the lastand they scarred. In addition,
her only sibling Johnny, 18 months older,
had intellectual disabilities, and she had
to protect him from taunts and ridicule.
That, plus the racism she observed in that
place and time, made her intolerant of
intolerance a phrase Mom uses. I am
sure that feeling has fueled her work in
public and community service, starting as
a special education teacher.
It is fortunate that in the last decade
many people have joined the LGBT cause.
But Carol Schwartz was there early on,
ghting for our rights 40 years ago. When
she was on the D.C. Board of Education
in the mid-1970s, she pushed through the
law that forbade employment discrimina-
tion against DCPS teachers and other per-
sonnel based on sexual orientation.
During her four terms on the D.C.
Council, that commitment continued. She
introduced the law that prohibited the
harassment of students based on sexual
orientation and gender identity. She pro-
vided additional funding for the O ce
of Human Rights. She spoke out against
the eort to exempt transgender people
from certain protections under the D.C.
Human Rights Act. She was instrumen-
tal in pushing the domestic partnership
lawthe strongest in the countryand
had she been on the Council in 2009,
would have voted for same-sex marriage.
She was an active proponent of and a
contributor to needle exchange programs
and co-sponsored medical marijuana leg-
islation, and lobbied Congress to stop the
hold-up of both.
She also protected workers by put-
ting forth the strongest Whistleblowers
Protection Law in the country, which the
federal government replicated, and made
D.C. the second jurisdiction in the country
to give sick and safe leave to workers who
did not have that human benetand
lost her Council seat because of it.
What someone chooses to do outside
their role in elected o ce is also reveal-
ing. My Mom has chosen to lend her lead-
ership skills to a host of volunteer com-
munity service organizations. To name
just a couple, she was a member of the
board of the Safe Haven Outreach Min-
istry, a service provider for low-income
and homeless adults, who are substance
abusers living with HIV/AIDS. And she was
elected to be a 17-year member of the
board of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, in-
cluding during the worst years of the AIDS
crisis, and was elected its vice president.
Her work, both elected and volunteer,
earned her Best Straight Ally three times
from Blade editors and readers as well as
the Blades Local Female Hero.
One of my moms proudest moments
was when she walked me down the aisle
as I married my spouse Jackie in October
of 2012 in New York. Years before, I had
been engaged to a man. Soon after my
broken engagement I became involved
with a woman, then a man, then a woman
again on my journey to where I belonged.
But through it all, there was my mom, al-
ways supporting me. That support wasnt
a surprise. She had already been a mem-
ber of PFLAG as a friend for decades be-
fore she knew she would qualify in every
category.
As her daughter I have gotten the
unique perspective on relationships
shes formed. Friends cant have a birth-
day without getting an o-key birthday
song on their voicemail. She looks after
numerous seniors. And like many, shes
lost too many friends to AIDS, but there
she was saying goodbye during their last
moments, lying in bed with them, holding
them. The faces of those friends are still
displayed in photos in her home.
A good gay friend of hers often asks,
Do you ever spend time with people who
arent gay? Yes, she answers, When I
have to.
Shes been a good role model. I have
tried to follow her lead in my own career
working in a group home for people
with cerebral palsy, serving as criminal
defense attorney for Legal Aid, and advo-
cating on behalf of victims of child abuse
as a Childrens Services attorney for NYC
in the Bronx.
Her empathy helps her build bridges.
One of the reasons my Mom stayed a
Republican all those years was because
she was better able to lobby Congress on
behalf of D.C. When a member of Con-
gress put forth a rider that banned gay
and lesbian adoptions, she and activist
Carl Schmid were able to get an appoint-
ment. In that meeting, she spoke about
her LGBT friends who had adopted chil-
dren and the vibrant and loving families
that exist for these kids who barely had
hope for one and cried. Later that day,
the rider was withdrawn. This is what D.C.
needs someone who can be tough
when called for but is always compas-
sionate and unifying.
As D.C. is economically booming, its
too easy to forget those who are left out.
What we need now is a strong caretaker
who has proven she can take care of
business and people, and who will also
continue the ght for LGBT and voting
rights. I know of no better leaderor
personthan my mom to be your mayor.
STEPHANIE SCHWARTZ, DEMOCRAT
Proud of my mother in law
Soon after meeting my now wife, I made
the charged pilgrimage from my home in
New York for the rst meeting with her
mother, Carol Schwartz. You know the
deal, everybody on their best behavior
tr ying to make a good impression. Carol
seemed to like me a lot, but I can say for
certain that she blew me away. All I knew
going into that rst meeting was that
Carol was some sort of local D.C. politi-
cian, a Republican no less. This meeting
took place more than six years ago a
time during which the national Repub-
lican Party was less than welcoming to
gays and lesbians. So let me be frank: As
a lifelong gay rights advocate, I had some
misgivings, apprehension even. But the
reality upended all my preconceptions (a
life lesson against pigeonholing people if
I ever saw one).
Because what I found was the most
progressive, most welcoming, most gay-
positive person I had ever met. And these
many years later, after marrying Carols
daughter, Stephanie, I have been proud
to learn and not just from the family
that Carol, being Carol, used her estima-
ble energies over decades to transform
this progressive instinct into concrete
policies supporting the LGBT community.
I was also proud that when the Repub-
lican Party continued to drift further and
further to the right on social issues no-
tably on womens health and LGBT rights
Carol, though usually loyal to a fault,
decided to leave the party and register as
an Independent. To me, that label suits
her to a tee.
JACKIE BRYKS, DEMOCRAT
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Well-deserved awards for
lesbian artist, litigator
Back in the day, if youd mentioned same-
sex marriage or Dykes to Watch Out For,
youd have gotten surprised, revolted or
what-have-you-been-smoking looks.
Now, LGBT creativity has come so far
into the mainstream that, earlier this
month, two renowned lesbians Alison
Bechdel and Mary L. Bonauto were
among the 21 winners of this years John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Founda-
tion Fellowships (a.k.a. genius grants).
The awards were announced on Sept. 17.
Among my old queer buttons is one
that reads, What a dierence a gay
makes! Hearing about these two fab ge-
niuses, I cant help but aectionately joke,
What a dierence two gays make!
Bechdel, 54, is an award-winning car-
toonist and graphic memoirist, whose
comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran
from 1983 to 2008, is beloved by not only
lesbians but anyone with a sense of hu-
mor and a heartbeat.
Her memoirs Fun House: A Family
Tragicomic and Are You My Mother? A
Comic Drama are brilliant, witty reads,
laced with more literary references than
youd want to try to count. The o-Broad-
way musical version of Fun House,
based on Bechdels memoir, was a nalist
for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the
show goes to Broadway in April.
Bonauto, 53, the civil rights project direc-
tor of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defend-
ers, is one of the foremost leaders of the
marriage equality movement in this coun-
try. Her work was critical to the 2003 land-
mark court decision that legalized gay mar-
riage in Massachusetts, the rst state in the
country to permit same-sex marriage.
Her legal work was crucial to the fed-
eral court challenges that paved the way
to the Supreme Court striking down the
Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Many
leading activists have played pivotal roles
in the battle for marriage equality. But all
of us married, single, straight or LGBT
owe a special debt to Bonauto, an early
ghter in the battle for marriage equality.
Why am I so excited that Bechdel and
Bonauto received the genius grants?
Most viscerally, Im thrilled by the status
and security that the MacArthur fellow-
ships will provide for Bechdel and Bon-
auto, respectively, one of the greatest
creative artists and civil rights litigators of
her generation.
Many creative artists and civil rights ad-
vocates dont have much nancial secu-
rity, especially if theyre women, LGBT or
otherwise part of a marginalized group.
Each MacArthur fellowship is a grant,
with no strings attached, of $625,000 paid
over ve years. Thankfully, these genius
grants will give Bechdel and Bonauto a
comfortable cushion from which to carry
out their awe-inspiring work.
Those who think creativity is dying
should examine the lifes work of these
extraordinary innovators who work in di-
verse elds and in dierent ways to im-
prove our lives and better our world, Ce-
cilia Conrad, MacArthur Fellows Program
vice president, said of this years award
winners, Together, they expand our view
of what is possible, and they inspire us to
apply our own talents and imagination.
Historically, work whether legal, enter-
tainment, scientic, etc. that openly in-
volved LGBT issues has been ridiculed, shut
down, opposed or talked about in whispers.
In the 80s, you really had to look for
Dykes to Watch Out For. I remember
thinking Id found Oz when I nally found
Bechdels funny, true-to-dyke-life comic in
The Funny Times.
One evening in the early 1990s, I was
on a bus reading Dykes to Watch Out
For. My seatmate warned me that Id go
to hell for reading Dykes.
My partner at that time, quite right-
ly, (given the laws and attitudes then)
scoed at my daydream that wed have a
civil union, or even marry, one day.
Now, I, single, fantasize that if I ever
marry, Bechdel would draw a cartoon of
the wedding.
Thank you, MacArthur Foundation, for
recognizing innovation and creativity.
Congrats to award winners, Bechdel and
Bonauto! May your groundbreaking work
continue for decades to come!
Congratulations to Genius winners Bechdel, Bonauto
Local TV stations ignoring
race for attorney general
Media outlets in the District should
hang their heads in shame because of
the lack of coverage of the race for the
newly created position of an indepen-
dent attorney general. It has always been
my understanding that these outlets are
required to provide a certain amount of
time for public service information to the
residents of the areas in which they exist.
It is embarrassing that in the District of
Columbia not one TV station is giving time
to hold a debate allowing the public to
hear from the ve candidates running for
this newly independent position. Recently
reporters from the local a liates of NBC
and CBS have told me their stations wont
host a debate and a reporter from ABCs
News Channel 8 said it is unlikely it would.
There was coverage of the D.C. Coun-
cils misguided eort to delay this election
and then the legal ght that culminated
in this o ce actually being on the ballot
Nov. 4. But now that the election will take
place in less than seven weeks and early
voting will begin in about four, they are
shirking their responsibility to the voters
by not giving any coverage to this elec-
tion. There are ve candidates running
and each has a dierent background.
They are: Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Ed-
ward Smitty Smith, Lateefah Williams
and Paul Zuckerberg.
Most voters in the District dont even
know what the newly independent o ce
of attorney general will be responsible
for. Some believe the o ce will handle
criminal cases when those will still remain
the purview of the U.S. Attorney for the
District of Columbia. The new indepen-
dent AG will be the peoples lawyer in civil
cases and involved in determining if the
Council, the mayor and agencies are car-
rying out our laws. It seems clear the of-
ce will have a much-reduced sta from
what currently exists in the AGs o ce but
the person we elect will still be managing
what is estimated to be the equivalent of
a 100-person law rm.
Another key element of the o ce is that
it will provide the person elected a platform
to speak out on any issue they choose.
They will have the opportunity to make
headlines and draw attention to issues they
deem important to residents of the District.
Unlike the members of the D.C. Council
they wont have to compete for attention
with 12 others. In the right hands this o ce
could be an important and powerful posi-
tion with the potential to be a springboard
to running for mayor in the future.
Knowing all this it is unconscionable
that the media in this town, except for a
few like Mike DeBonis of the Washington
Post, wont give attention to this election.
I have met only three of the candidates.
One with a very impressive background is
Karl Racine. He was the rst African Ameri-
can to be a managing partner at a top-100
law rm. His experience includes manag-
ing more than 600 lawyers and a budget
of $350 million. He has served in the D.C.
Public Defender Service and as Associate
White House Counsel for President Clin-
ton. Another candidate, Lateefah Williams,
who happens to be openly lesbian and a
fellow Blade columnist, is also an impres-
sive individual with a very dierent back-
ground having spent much of her legal
career in the role of community activist. It
is important that voters hear them and the
other candidates and listen as they debate
why they would be the best to serve in this
new and extremely important position.
A recent Washington Post poll shows
that nearly 60 percent of the voters are
undecided in this race and its clearly be-
cause they dont know the candidates.
Many in the media like to write about
why there are such small turnouts for our
elections. They lament these low turnouts
and try to assign some kind of blame. In-
stead of debating why people dont vote
the media should spend more time in-
forming people about the candidates
that are running and oer time for them
to debate the issues and share their views
with the voters.
Class issues are also still largely unexplored,
but critical in light of demographics showing
that many same-sex parents live in less urban
and less wealthy areas.
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Shame on D.C. media outlets for election coverage
KATHI WOLFE is a writer, poet and regular
contributor to the Blade. She can be reached
through this publication.
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.
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Embracing the quirks
and memories of
childhood abodes
By VALERIE M. BLAKE
Two weeks ago I got the u. I dont
recommend it.
From Wednesday night until Monday
morning, I had a fever, chills, a chest
cough and my skin felt like it was on re.
I also had an open house and dozens of
phone calls, most of which I slept through.
I did a lot of sleeping over those ve
days, which led to dreaming and in turn,
led to dreaming about you guessed
it houses. Not just any houses, you
understand, but the homes of my
childhood.
Even as an adult, when youre sick you
want your Mommy; thats just the way of
things. So my dreams took me back to
the rst home I remember, a two-story,
white Colonial on Richmond Lane in West
Hartford, Conn. It sat proudly on a corner
lot and had a breezeway between the
kitchen and the two-car garage.
That breezeway was a multi-purpose
area. It kept rain o groceries carried
in from the car, it housed the tank for
my pet turtle, it served as the summer
cocktail lounge and it became famous for
outdoor grilling and dining for my parents
and their friends.
My house also had a center hall
staircase. On Saturday nights I was
allowed to sit at the top and listen to
the laughter of adults in the living room
below. Come bedtime, I would be invited
to descend the stairs and say good
night to the ladies in little black dresses
holding cocktails of many colors and the
gentlemen who fawned over them.
I dont recall my room very clearly
except that it had Hitchcock Classic twin
beds for slumber parties with other little
girls and a matching vanity, stool and tall
mirror. It was there that I played dress-up
with my best childhood friends, Brian and
Steve, unbeknownst to Brians father and
much to the fury of Steves.
I do, however, clearly remember the
yard where we played badminton, grew
sunowers and lilacs, held kiddie birthday
parties and watched icicles form on Birch
trees in the New England winter. It was
the essence of innocence in the 50s.
Nana and Grampa, my maternal
grandparents, lived above the general
store that my grandfather owned and ran
in Augusta, Maine. Back then, Nana, who
had once played piano for silent movies
at the local cinema, still gave lessons to
the neighborhood children.
During our frequent visits I would savor
penny candy and drink Cream Soda from
Grampas store, sleep on the jalousied
porch, bathe in the Art Deco tub and
spend hours reading dusty books and
looking at the gurines on the shelves
of the glass-front cabinets that lined the
walls in the living and dining rooms.
In the morning, Nana would make
Tootoes by plucking bits of rising dough
from the bread she was soon to bake
and quickly deep frying them in Crisco.
Brown and crispy on the outside, warm
on the inside and slathered with highly
salted Dairy Butter, they were little bits of
cholesterol-laced heaven.
By midday, we would hear the noon
whistle that announced the lunch hour
to the paper mill workers and at 5 p.m.,
Mom and Nana would be sitting at the
kitchen table, catching up on local gossip,
sipping wine from ruby red glasses and
convincing themselves that Grampa, who
frowned on that sort of thing, believed
the glasses contained only Co-cola.
When Grampa retired, he leased the
store and it became Freds Fish Market.
The smell of sh gave the paper mill some
competition, but we would often nd
fresh lobsters left on the back staircase
that led from the store to Nanas kitchen.
Fred, it seemed, had a crush on my
mother. We ate well.
My u has now passed, but these lovely
reveries remain. I didnt know then how
lucky my family was to own the homes
that made my childhood special or that
my future would involve helping so many
others do the same.
I can only hope that half a century from
now someone else will be sipping wine
from a ruby red glass and enjoying fond
memories of a home I helped their family
purchase and enjoy.
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Dwellings with
Custom plantation shudders.
(Frankly, Scarlett,
I dont give a damn
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Avoid the usual
inconveniences of
construction work
By JOSH BAKER
Lets face it: Remodeling your home has
the potential to be stressful on you and
your family, as well as the neighborhood
or community you live in. As much as you
love them, having to share the small guest
room and bathroom (which only has one
sink) can shake up the strongest of family
unions. And, the inability to comfortably
join the neighborhood picnic because
your neighbors were upset you didnt tell
them construction trucks were coming
onto the block can be troubling.
I understand and empathize with
homeowners who are worried about the
inconveniences of an extensive home
remodeling project so lets avoid them! In
my 25 years in the business, I can tell you, the
key to surviving this momentary disruption
in day-to-day life, is to anticipate and plan for
innovative solutions from the outset so these
temporary inconveniences can be avoided.
There are many things you can do, or
have your remodeler do, that can make
your renovation run smoothly and not
interrupt your familys or your neighbors
routine. Here are some of the most
common items BOWA anticipates and
helps implement with clients before their
remodeling projects begin:
Maintaining A Routine
Living without access to the critical
rooms that keep your family routine in
order can cause stress for everyone. The
good news is, is that there are plenty of
great ways to quickly and easily install
temporary versions of your homes most
essential spaces, which often include
kitchens, bathrooms (showers), and
laundry rooms. If youre worried about
going without an essential space, just
ask about what is possible to simulate
a temporary area that will work for the
days or weeks in which the permanent
area will be o limits. More than likely,
a simple solution can be thought through
and implemented to meet your needs.
Thinking of Your Pets
Every family members comfort during
a home remodeling project is important,
and that includes your furry relatives!
It is important to ask your remodeling
manager how to ensure pets will stay
safe and happy during the construction
process. BOWA has accommodated pets
by building special outdoor paths and
areas so dogs can easily and safely get
outdoors to do their business. Weve
also built temporary viewing areas where
animals can sit and watch the remodeling
work in action. This front row seat to the
action can entertain a pet for hours, and
keep them safe from wandering into
places that might put them in harms way.
Keeping the
Neighbors Happy
Nothing is better than walking into your
newly remodeled home, but the getting-
there part takes time. It is important
to think through how your neighbors
may be impacted by trucks entering the
neighborhood, as well as the potential
noise. Great remodeling companies will
anticipate the potential impact on your
neighbors and help guide thoughtful
communications with them.
We have found that keeping clients
neighbors informed and involved, if they
so choose, is good for the community.
For example, neighbors benet from, and
participate in Dumpster Days, which
is a free service our company oers to
neighbors who dump their junk and large
items, that are then hauled away for them.
BOWA has also oered Camp BOWA for
neighborhood children who want a behind-
the-scenes, guided tour, of the remodeling
action in neighbors homes under light
construction. Kids are outtted with hard
hats, and given closely guided tours.
These are great ways for keeping
everyone from parents to children smiling
in the community!
So, with a little pre-planning,
remodeling your home can be a stress-
free experience for the entire family and
neighborhood!
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JOSH BAKER is the founder and co-chairman
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construction company specializing in luxury
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greater Washington, D.C. area. BOWA has
more than 25 years of experience and has
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awards. For more information, visit www.bowa.
com, or call 703-734-9050.
Tips for a
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CONTI NUES ON PAGE 42
Aussie native COURTNEY ACT, 32, started doing drag in 2000 and came to the U.S. in
2010.
PHOTO BY MATHU ANDERSEN; COURTESY OF PROJECT PUBLICITY
ART S AND E NT E RT AI NME NT WA S HI NGT ONBL A DE . C OM V OL UME 4 5 I S S UE 3 9 S E P T E MBE R 2 6 2 0 1 4 P A GE 3 1
Courtney Act joins Ladies of
Town this weekend for guest
appearance
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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Town Danceboutique is always a prime
spot for RuPauls Drag Race alumni and the
tradition continues.
Last week, season six champion Bianca Del Rio
started a new monthly comedy cabaret show there
and on Saturday night, the regular Saturday night
drag troupe welcomes guest star Courtney Act,
who came in second this year. As Courtney, Aussie
Shane Jenek, 32, delighted Drag Race fans with
his obvious singing and stage talent and a female
look that was strikingly convincing. We caught up
with him this week by phone from Los Angeles. His
comments have been slightly edited for length.
WASHINGTON BLADE: Will you be doing
the Boys Like Me show at Town or something
else?
COURTNEY ACT: No. This is just going to be
sort of the regular Saturday night at Town with
special guest Courtney Act. I did Boys Like Me
in New York and would denitely like to tour it,
but not this time.
BLADE: Did you enjoy Capital Pride and
Town when you were here in June?
ACT: I did. Capital Pride, can I say, was I think
my favorite Pride I did in America this year. It
was absolutely epic and then we performed
after at Town and that was epic too. The crowd
there was amazing.
BLADE: What was the big delay on the main
stage at Pride? I know you were on pretty early
but things seemed to be running hours behind
and it was dark by the time Bianca went on.
What was going on backstage?
ACT: Well, Darienne went on and then I went
on and then I think Rita Ora came out. There
was some confusion in the lineup because
she had to leave early so she ended up going
earlier in the day and that bumped everybody
else later I believe. Adore and Bianca ended up
going on at the end.
BLADE: Did you bring a strategy for Drag
Race per se or were you just there to bring
your A game overall?
ACT: I just brought my A game. Im a huge
fan of the show. I love watching it and I just
thought, How do I want the world to see me?
When I found out I might be on the show, I
called everybody around the world that Id ever
worked with where Id had a good costume and
tracked down, like the wings and, you know, all
these dierent pieces and also had some things
made and put it all together with my friends
and business partners. Vanity from Wigs by
Vanity ew over from Australia this is before
I was even conrmed, while they were still
doing the background check I took a chance
on a happy ending and Vanity ew over and we
both styled wigs for a whole week. So I just got
everything ready just in case so yeah, I denitely
brought my A game.
BLADE: Were you exhausted by the end?
ACT: No, I had a great time. There was no
television, no mobile phones, no Internet, no
social media not every day do you get to wake
up and do all of those things at such a high
standard so it was actually kind of amazing. And
every week was dierent. It wasnt like we were
doing some production show eight times a week.
We were doing a musical one week, an interview
challenge the next. Each week was dierent.
BLADE: Who was your favorite celebrity
guest judge?
ACT: Well I did love Khloe Kardashian. I didnt
know much about her but she kind of won my
How long have you been out and who
was the hardest person to tell?
I came out in college, so its been
about 13 years. It was the hardest to tell
my parents because I also had to tell
them my ex-girlfriend at the time had
become really abusive, I had been hiding
it from most people I knew, and I needed
nancial help to move out of the dorms
and out of that situation. It was NOT
acceptable earlier, but they had come
around on their own, thank goodness, by
the time I had to make it o cially known
to get out of a very bad and dangerous
situation.They ended up being really
amazing and supportive and I was able
to put that chapter of my life behind me.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Ellen DeGeneres, for so many reasons.
Whats Washingtons best
nightspot, past or present?
Any D.C. rooftop. You can escape and
just stare at the stars.If theres a pool,
thats a bonus.
Describe your dream wedding.
If it involves Amy Adams, Emma Stone,
Jennifer Lawrence or Evan Rachel Wood,
lets talk. A tropical beach would be
heavenly.
What non LGBT issue are
you most passionate about?
Music education and combating
domestic violence.
What historical outcome
would you change?
Thats so tough. To stop one tragedy,
theres no way to know how it would
change things. Maybe an even greater
tragedy would have occurred.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
Its a close tie between the murder
of Selena and the plane crash that
killed Aaliyah.I still to this day feel that
nostalgia when their music comes on.
On what do you insist?
Having a sense of humor.
What was your last
Facebook post or Tweet?
Download my new single, ALL
THESE TEARS for FREE! Come see me
open Phasefest on Saturday at 8pm
sharp and stay to watch my band,
Playground Etiquette! Hunter Valentine
is headlining!
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
Late Bloomer
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
I think thats a slippery slope. I would
like to think science would not try.
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
Hard to say.Ive had paranormal
experiences, Ive witnessed things rst
hand, but at the same time Im still in denial
of the possibility.Im closed o to letting
them in as they say.Id like to think we are
at rest after we die as opposed to in limbo
or in some immortal afterlife.
Whats your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
To not jump on sensationalized topics,
trendsor the far left issues.We need
to appeal to more in the middle or we
will never see change.Gay marriage is
extremelyimportant, but there are other
issues that need our attention much
more.People need to be educated on
all the adversity, discrimination, violence
and every day things that impact our
lives.They get sick of hearing about that
one topic and tune us out.
What would you walk
across hot coals for?
A Stradivarius violin.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
The lesbian U-Haul after barely
knowing each other. Gag!
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
The Birdcage
Whats the most overrated
social custom?
Saying, Hello, how are you? Because
how often do we actually stop walking
and wait for a real answer?Its just our
autopilot greeting.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
Grammy
What do you wish youd known at 18?
That I could sing.
Why Washington?
Why not? Theres something neat
around every corner and so many
hidden gems yet to discover.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Lisa Christine is a highly musical person she teaches middle school band
as her full-time work; does her own singing, songwriting and recording as
Lacey Liszt; and also plays violin and sings backup in the local art-rock band
Playground Etiquette, which is pushing hard to break into the big-time.
In the latter two roles, she has a busy weekend. On Saturday night at 8,
shell open that night of Phasefest with a set of her own material, then later
play a full set with the ve-piece band.
A Phasefest veteran, she says its always a fun time.
Its a great opportunity for queer artists to come together and showcase
music, the 31-year-old says. Theres always a huge variety of styles and
bands from all over the country and the crowd that comes out is dierent
from the usual club crowd you see every weekend. Its a lot of really eclectic
people who really care about music and its dierent from the people you see
out every weekend.
Phasefest is Friday and Saturday at Phase One (525 8th St., S.E.). Sick of
Sarah headlines tonight and Hunter Valentine headlines Saturday. Ticket
information and festival passes are available at phasefest.com
Christine was born in Cleveland but moved to the D.C. area with her family
when she was 5. Shes single and lives in Silver Spring. She enjoys poetry,
writing short stories and comedy sketches, playing violin and guitar and
chilling with her friends and dogs in her free time.
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32 SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 QUEERY: 20 QUESTI ONS FOR LI SA CHRI STI NE
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
LISA CHRISTINE
ART TO
LIVE WITH
Visiting artist Joseph Cavalieri
presents images of Obama,
Queen Elizabeth II, and
Agnes Moorhead in glass.
Now showing at the
TORPEDO FACTORY
105 N. Union St, studio no. 32
ends Sept. 29th.
10-6pm (m-f ), 10-9pm thurs.
web: cavaglass.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF TOMBOYX
Seattle business oers
hard-to-nd clothes
for women
By RYAN ROSADO
Weary of searching for mens-style
clothes cut for women, a group of Seattle
entrepreneurs decided to do something
about it.
Following a successful Kickstarter
campaign in early 2013 that raised
$76,000 in 30 days, the TomBoyX team of
Fran Dunaway, Naomi Gonzalez and Barb
Gauld decided it was time to o cially
launch in April 2013.
With custom-made designed pieces
created by Gauld, a former fashion designer
for Eddie Bauer and Tommy Bahama,
the owners of TomBoyX received positive
feedback from customers and media
recognition within 10 days expressing how
the brand was meeting the needs of an
underserved fashion market.
Among the clothing pieces that greatly
resonated with customers were their
signature button-up shirts that include
their innovative closing the gap buttons.
This design feature includes buttons
sewn into the inside of the shirt allowing
for easier wear by women who want to
maintain a mens button-up look.
Additional successful Kickstarter
clothing pieces are their French knit terry
blazers and two dierent versions of a
polo that are made of 100 percent cotton
and Franco performance fabric. The start-
up also supplemented its custom-made
pieces with lower-priced items such as
branded T-shirts and hats.
The trios main mission behind
launching TomBoyX is lling the
white space between menswear and
womenswear, Dunaway says. The X
in TomboyX represents the exchange
concept communicating the brands
mission of being a one-stop shop for
Tomboys everywhere, Dunaway says.
The brands style icons include Amelia
Earhart and Katharine Hepburn, whom
Dunaway says embody a classic, cool
look thats menswear-inspired but made
for womens bodies.
Also aiding in the quick success
of TomBoyXs launch is the brands
connection with the D.C. area, one of the
lines top markets and home to several
TomBoyX investors. Dunaway calls D.C.
the brands second home, as several of
the Kickstarter investors live here.
TomBoyX sta regularly visit the D.C.
area to showcase new clothing pieces at
networking events and to even meet with
customers to address sizing issues with
purchased items.
Dunaway says the companys focus is
to create customers for life and ensure
clients know the owners understand their
market, which has been largely ignored
by the fashion industry. She and Gonzalez
are lesbians; Gauld is straight.
We want women to feel we know
who they are and want the customer
experience to be that every step of the
way, Dunaway says.
All of TomBoyXs pieces are made in
the United States and sold via their online
store. The pieces are manufactured
at a woman-owned factory employed
with a team of workers who are mostly
women and who are compensated with a
workable living wage.
Future plans for TomBoyX include
establishing retail locations in addition to
further creating and curating clothing and
accessories that enhance the TomBoyX
style. TomBoyX is seeking to collaborate
with several boutiques in several major
cities across the U.S. and Canada to
expand the brand. They hope to complete
this next phase of the line within the next
six months.
TomBoyX also plans to release extended
sizes for petite and plus-size women and
add items to the line such as sweaters,
quarter zips and branded boxer-briefs,
slated to be released next month.
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OUT & ABOUT SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 33
The team behind TomBoyX. From left are FRAN DUNAWAY (co-founder and CEO), NAOMI
GONZALEZ (co-founder and CEO) and BARB GAULD (design and product development).
September 30--October 19
Kennedy Center opera House
The Kennedy Center Theater Season
is sponsored by Altria.
Musical Theater at the Kennedy Center is made possible through
the generosity of the Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.
Tickets on sale now!
(202) 467-4600

kennedy-center.org
Tickets also available at the Box Office
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Groups (202) 416-8400
Romeo and Juliet get operatic treatment

Washington Concert Opera presents a performance of Vincenzo Bellinis I
Capuletti e i Montecchi at Lisner Stage at George Washington University (730
21st St., N.W.) on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Italian opera is based on Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. It stars Olga
Peretyatko as Giulietta, Kate Lindsey as Romeo and David Portillo as Tebaldo.
Washington Concert Opera performs rarely heard, full-length operas in a
concert setting.
Tickets range from $40-110. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit
concertopera.com.
Well-Strung brings pop strings to Rehoboth
Camp Rehoboth hosts Well Strungs new show Popssical at Rehoboth Beach
Convention Center (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) tonight at 9 p.m.
Popssical is a collection of performances by Well-Strung that include their
take on classics such as Mozart and Vivaldi as well as modern artists like Rihanna,
Adele, Lady Gaga and more. Well-Strung is a violin quartet that has performed
internationally and been featured on The Today Show. Its members are gay.
Tickets range from $35-100. For more information, visit camprehoboth.com.
Tough choice for theater fans
Theater divas Patti LuPone and Jennifer
Holliday have simultaneous concerts
planned in the region Saturday night at 8.
LuPone will be at George Mason
Universitys Center for the Arts (440
University Drive, Fairfax, Va.) with her
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Played That
Part show in which the Broadway legend,
known for Evita, Sunset Blvd. and
more, sings selections from shows such
as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl
and more. Its part of the schools Arts by
George! benet.
Holliday, best known for starring in
Broadways Dreamgirls and performing
And I am Telling You, will be at the
Howard (620 T St., N.W.) and is touring
behind her new album The Song is You.
Tickets for LuPones show range
from $60-100. For more information,
visit cfa.gmu.edu. Tickets for Hollidays
performance range from $35-70. Doors
open at 6 p.m. For more details, visit
thehowardtheatre.com.
United Night Out
is Saturday at RFK
Team D.C.s United Night Out featuring
D.C.United versus Philadelphia Union,
is at RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St.,
N.E.) on Saturday.
At noon, there will be a tailgate party in
Parking Lot 8. There will be covered tents,
music, beer, grills and meats to grill. Bring
your own additional sides that you want
to grill. At 2:30 p.m. the Gay Mens Chorus
of Washington will sing the national
anthem. Game time is at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $25. For more information,
visit teamdc.org.
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There are movements, sounds and
smells in sports that become an important
part of the ritual of each particular sport
and they often become a comforting
factor for the athlete.
It could be the lacing of your cleats on
the soccer eld, the pop of the tennis ball
coming o your racquet or the smell of
chlorine when you walk into a pool.
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feel of the mats hitting his feet during
tumbling passes, the squeaking of his
hands as he did giant swings on the
high bar and the smell of chalk when he
prepped for a routine.
Eventually his rituals changed and
he found his comfort from the look of
a tarnished spoon, the sound of rubber
tubing and the smell of rubbing alcohol.
Putignano was no longer a gymnast, he
was a heroin addict.
The rituals of his once athletic lifestyle were
replaced by a much darker way of living.
You know those days when you dont
want to go to the gym, but you still go?
Putignano says. There were days when I
didnt want to shoot up, but I did anyway.
Putignano grew up in the Boston area
and showed promise as a gymnast early
on in his career. He was twice invited to
the Olympic training facility in Colorado
Springs and won several state and
regional competitions while competing
on the six apparatus in mens gymnastics.
With the pressure mounting in his
late teens from his sport and his sexual
identity, Putignano fell into the rave
culture of the 1990s and all the drugs that
came with it.
In gymnastics, everyone sees your
imperfections, Putignano says. I didnt
want to be judged anymore.
Over the course of the next 10
years he bounced between his heroin
addiction, rehab attempts, employment,
homelessness and more rehab attempts.
He was twice declared clinically dead
from overdoses.
While he was working at the New
York Times he was going home at lunch,
shooting up and coming back to work.
They sent him to what he calls his nal
rehab where he met a counselor who
urged him to get back to gymnastics.
I kept trying to get clean because I
didnt want to give up on myself. I think
that was ingrained in me because of
sports, Putignano says. I started doing
handstands and pushups and completely
changed what I was doing. Within 90
days, the determination came back.
Putignano Googled contortionists and
found a group of acrobats in New York and
discovered that he could use his talents to
earn a living. He was still rediscovering his
skills when he performed in Broadway Bares
and ended up relapsing a few more times.
Getting back into shape was harder
than I expected, he says. I had to relearn
everything.
He eventually landed a spot dancing,
riding unicycle and dancing on stilts in
Twyla Tharps The Times They Are a
Changin which ran on Broadway for two
years. The show was cancelled and he
relapsed during the last week but realized
he didnt like being high anymore.
He jumped right back into performing at
the Metropolitan Opera House and met the
creative director of Cirque De Soleils KA
and Totem, Robert Lepage, who asked
him to embody the character of Crystal
Man which Putignano portrayed for three
years starting in 2009 on the Totem tour.
Crystal Man represented spiritual
evolution and change and Putignano
refers to those three years with Cirque as
my beautiful hell.
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FOR THE ARTS. 888- 945- 2468. CFA. GMU. EDU.
LuPone performs the songs from roles in musicals that she could have played,
would have played, or should have played, along with those that she did play or
will be playing. Included in the program will be songs from Hair, Bye Bye Birdie,
Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and of course, from Gypsy and Evita.
THREE DECEMBERS
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Based on a play by Terrence McNally, Three Decembers chronicles three
decades of the lives (and struggles) of Broadway diva Madeline Mitchell and
her two adult children.
STYLE AND I NFLUENCE: FI RST LADI ES FASHI ONS
TUE, SEP 30. NATI ONAL ARCHI VES.
202- 357- 5000. ARCHI VESFOUNDATI ON. ORG.
In conjunction with the exhibition Making Their Mark, the National Archives
presents a distinguished panel to discuss and examine the fashions of
Americas First Ladies through conversation and photos. Moderated by Tim
Gunn, star of Project Runway.
UNCORKED CABARET PRESENTS REDS AND ROS
THU, OCT 2. THE SMI THSONI AN ASSOCI ATES.
202- 633- 3030. SMI THSONI ANASSOCI ATES. ORG.
Singers Tricia Lepofsky and Alizon Reggioli serve up a fresh taste of Broadway
as they tell a tale of reunited friends through standards including Big Spender,
Matchmaker, I Feel Pretty, and You Could Drive a Person Crazy. Cheers!
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36 SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 THE GUI DE TO ARTS & CULTURE
THEATRE
WNO: Florencia in the Amazon. Thru
Sep 28. Evita. Sep 30-Oct 19. Martha
Clarkes Chri. Oct 1-Oct 4. Shear
Madness. Thru Dec 31. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Fool for Love. Thru Sep 27. Round
House Theatre. 240-644-1100.
roundhousetheatre.org.
Colossal. Thru Oct 5. Awake and Sing!
Thru Oct 18. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Cancun. Thru Oct 5. GALA Hispanic
Theatre. 202-234-7174. galatheatre.org.
Belleville. Thru Oct 12. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Marie Antoinette. Thru Oct 12.
Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939.
woollymammoth.net.
District Comedy. Sep 27. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
Anjelah Johnson. Sep 27.
Warner Theatre. 202-397-7328.
warnertheatredc.com.
Yentl. Thru Oct 5. Theater J.
800-494-8497. theaterj.org.
Driving Miss Daisy. Sep 26-Oct 26.
Fords Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
Swing Time The Musical! Thru Nov
30. Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial.
swingtimethemusical.com.
Do You Pray or Prey? Sep 26-Sep 27.
DCAC. 202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org.
The Devil in His Own Words. Thru Oct
4. Taety Punk Theatre Company. CHAW.
800-838-3006. taetypunk.com.
The Seven Year Itch. Thru Oct 11.
American Century Theater. Gunston.
703-998-4555. americancentury.org.
Seven Guitars. Thru Sep 28. No Rules
Theatre Company. Signature Theatre.
703-820-9771. norulestheatre.org.
The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Oct 1-Nov 2. Synetic Theater.
866-811-4111. synetictheater.org.
DANCE
Deviated Theatre. Sep 27-Sep 28. Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.
MUSI C
NSO: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul
Jacobs, organ. Oct 1-Oct 4.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Courting Elizabeth: Music and
Patronage in Shakespeares England.
Sep 26-Sep 28. Folger Consort. Folger
Theatre. 202-544-7077. folger.edu.
Steven Lin, piano. Sep 27. WPA.
Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Ambrose Akinmusire. Oct 2. Excelsa
String Quartet. Sep 26. Army Field
Band & Invoke Quartet. Sep 28.
Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
USAF Band Chamber Players Series-
String Quartet. Sep 30. JCC Greater
Washington. 301-881-0100. jccgw.org.
Chamber Music Recital. Oct 2-Apr 2.
FMMC. Strathmore. 202-333-2075.
fmmc.org.
Guachinton. Sep 26. Teatro de la Luna.
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre.
703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org.
Motown Review. Sep 27. Arts Harmony
Hall Regional Center. 301-203-6070.
arts.pgparks.com.
MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Degas/Cassatt.
Thru Oct 5. Andrew Wyeth: Looking
Out, Looking In. Thru Nov 30. Captain
Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India
and Burma, 1852-1860. Thru Jan 4.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Spinosaurus:
Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. Thru Apr
12. Flying Monsters 3D & Sea Monsters
3D: A Prehistoric Adventure. Thru Apr
1. National Geographic. 202-857-7700.
nglive.org.
Folger Shakespeare Library. Symbols
of Honor: Heraldry and Family History
in Shakespeares England. Thru Oct 26.
folger.edu.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. American
Metal: The Art of Albert Paley. Thru Sep
28. Terra Firma: Landscapes from the
Photography and Media Arts Collection.
Thru Sep 28. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts. Total
Art: Contemporary Video. Thru Oct 12.
Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow. Thru Nov
2. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Kreeger Museum. Emilie Brzezinski: The
Lure of the Forest. Thru Dec 27.
202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.
Dumbarton House. Homefront 1812:
Friends, Family & Foe. Thru Nov 2.
202-337-2288. dumbartonhouse.org.
GALLERI ES
Strathmore. Grace Hartigan: 1922-
2008. Thru Nov 9. Heritage India:
Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi
Chandrasekar. Thru Nov 9.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
Robert Brown Gallery. The South
African Sketchbook. Thru Oct 4.
202-338-0353. robertbrowngallery.com.
Neptune Fine Art. Raya Bodnarchuk:
Bronze Sculpture. Thru Oct 4.
202-338-0353. neptuneneart.com.
WPA at Capitol Skyline Hotel.
Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk. Thru
Nov 14. 202-488-7500. wpadc.org.
The Art League Gallery. Contemporary
Realism & Web Bryant: Washington From
Light to Night. Thru Oct 6. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
BlackRock. Pop: Everlasting: An exhibit of
paintings by Cory Oberndorfer. Thru Oct
3. 301-528-2260. blackrockcenter.org.
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TODAY
The eighth annual Phasefest, the
largest queer music and arts festival on
the East Coast, begins at Phase 1 Lounge
(525 8th St., S.E.) tonight at 7 p.m. Sick
of Sarah, Glitter Lust, Michelle Raymond
Band Clinical Trials, Freeform Radio and
Company Calls all perform tonight. The
festival continues Saturday with Hunter
Valentine, the Pushovers, Frankie and
Betty, Playground Etiquette, Michelle
Webb and Lacey Liszt all perform. Tickets
are $20 for tonight and $25 for Saturday.
A festival pass for both days is $45
and includes a Phasefest Stadium cup.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and over.
For more information, visit phasefest.com.
Ziegelds/Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.)
hosts Woofdance! tonight at 9 p.m.
There will be a shirtless happy hour from
11 p.m.-midnight. There will be $3 rail
drinks, $3 domestic beer and $3 Fireball
shots. Cover is $10 after 10 p.m. DJ
Steve Henderson spins. For details, visit
secretsdc.com.
The V D.C. presents Glitther, a ladies
dance party, at Zeba Bar (3423 14th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. From
9-11 p.m. there will be $3 PBRs, $5
Fireball shots and half-priced pizzas. For
more information, visit facebook.com/
thevdcevents.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts CTRL
tonight at 11 p.m. DJs Je Prior, Adam
Koussari-Amin and the Pocket Gays will
be playing indie dance, electropop and
more. Artists to be played include Robyn,
Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Missy Elliot,
Janelle Monae and many more. For more
details, visit facebook.com/ctrldc.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers for Food and
Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) today from
8-10 a.m. Volunteers will chop vegetables
and pack groceries. To volunteer, email
jonathan@burgundycrescent.org. For
more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Whitman-Walker provides free and
condential HIV testing at Crew Club (1321
14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30 p.m.-12:30
a.m. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.
Out NVA presents Gay Night Out: Old
Town Alexandria, a bar crawl, tonight
from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. The crawl starts at
Rock It Grill (1319 King St., Alexandria,
Va.) with performances by drag queens
Shaunda Leer, Hope B. Childs and Rene
Porcelaindah. There will be DJs, karaoke
and more. Admission is a $10 donation
and includes a pink wristband and drink
specials at all the bars. A $20 donation
includes a silver wristband with cheaper
drink specials and access to a VIP-only
stop. All proceeds will be donated to
Helping Our Brothers and Sisters, an
LGBT veterans organization. For more
information, visit facebook.com/outnva.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts a bus trip to Eagle NYC (554 W
28th St., New York) today. Check-in starts
at 5 p.m. and the bus departs at 6:30
p.m. Arrival at Eagle NYC is at 11:30 p.m.
and the bus departs for D.C. at 4:30 a.m.
There will be drink specials at both Green
Lantern and Eagle NYC. Tickets are $60
and include round trip coach bus with
non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. For
more details, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Black Trans Womens Lives Matter
holds a vigil and call for peace outside the
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
(801 Mt. Vernon Pl., N.W.) today from 4-5:30
p.m. The vigil will honor the black and Latina
women in the transsexual and transgender
communities murdered in 2014. For more
details, visit blacktranswomenslivesmatter.
blogspot.com.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 28
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
at the Potomac Yards PetSmart (3351
Jeerson Davis Hwy., Alexandria, Va.) from
12:15-3:30 p.m. today. You will be paired
with a dog on a leash to walk around and
play with. Wear casual clothes. For more
information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with shows
at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more
information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.
Perrys (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 buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
MONDAY, SEPT. 29
Whitman-Walker Health and the Milken
Institute School of Public Health host a
presentation and panel discussion on
pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and
its controversial role in HIV prevention
tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Milken
Institute School of Public Health in the
rst-oor auditorium (950 New Hampshire
Ave., N.W.). The event will ale one webcast.
The event is free and open to the public.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts
coee drop-in hours this morning from 10
a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community.
Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy
complimentary coee 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 aect
them today, share perspectives and have
meaningful conversations. For details,
visit uhupil.org.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 30
Evita opens at the Kennedy Center
(2700 F St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
and runs through Oct. 19. The musical
tells the story of Eva Perons journey
from being a poor person in Argentina
to becoming its First Lady. The musicals
most notable songs include Dont Cry For
Me Argentina and High Flying, Adored.
Tickets range from $39-125. For more
details, visit kennedy-center.org.
Revel Glow, a happy hour for queer
women, is at Black Whiskey (1410 14th
St., N.W.) today at 5:30 p.m. There will
be drink specials and a free pool table.
Admission is free. For more information,
visit facebook.com/phatgirl.chic.1.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1
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.
Rayceen Pendarvis hosts the monthly
The Ask Rayceen Show at Liv Nightclub
(2001 11th St., N.W.) tonight. This month
is the Whats Your Talent? annual talent
competition. Doors open at 6 p.m. and
sign-up is also at 6. DJ Trystan Rose will
play music and Improv Imps will also
perform. Admission is free. For more
details, visit facebook.com/askrayceen.
Bookmen D.C., an informal mens gay
literature group, discusses Answered
Prayers by Truman Capote at the
Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin
Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m.. All are
welcome. For details, visit bookmendc.
blogspot.com.
THURSDAY, OCT. 2
Rapper Big Freedia performs at
the Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.)
tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Big Freedia, who is gay, is known as the
Queen of Bounce and has collaborated
with RuPaul. Tickets are $15 in advance
and $17 day of show. For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit
thehowardtheatre.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts its weekly Beat the Clock Happy
Hour tonight from 5-8 p.m. Drink specials
start at $2 and increase by a dollar
each hour. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Few things capture the collective
imagination like a queens story; the more
tragic the better. In David Adjmis Marie
Antoinette, now at Woolly Mammoth,
the gay playwright follows the varied
spectacle of the doomed royals reign
with all its high highs and agonizing lows.
We meet the young queen in 1776. If
it werent for the towering white wigs, we
might mistake Marie (Kimberly Gilbert)
and her ladies in waiting (Dawn Ursula and
Sue Jin Song) for a Lindsay Lohan type and
a couple of her fun-loving besties. Lolling
around the Jacuzzi, snorting lines o a silver
tray, Marie is frivolous and utterly self-
absorbed, unaware of any outside tumult.
But its not a Saturday night at Hollywoods
Chateau Marmont, this is 16th century
Versailles and the stakes are enormous.
Adjmi retells the iconic queens tale in
contemporary language. At times she
sounds like a spoiled Bravo TV reality star.
That falsely attributed Let them eat cake is
delivered as a throwaway line regarding her
friends junk food-loving kids. Still, Adjmis
clever and occasionally poetic script hits
all the salient points Maries excesses,
scandals, frustrations (it took the king seven
years to consummate their marriage).
Then theres the harsh imprisonment and
eventual date with the guillotine. No big
surprises here, but compelling nonetheless.
Maries formidable mother, Queen
Maria Theresa of Austria, sought a political
alliance and not a love match for her
daughter. Teenage Marie arrived in France
shoddily educated and ill prepared for
her position. At one point, Adjmis Maries
says Im practically fucking illiterate. The
playwright relays history through Maries
perspective a claustrophobic, mirrored-
hall view of the world.
Maries ineectual husband Louis XVI (Joe
Isenberg) oers her little insight. Hed rather
tinker with his clocks than rule France. And
while she enjoys a passing irtation with
a louche Swiss general (Bradley Foster
Smith), it never comes to much. And in a
surreal twist, an amorous, talking sheep
played by out actor Sarah Marshall warns
Marie of the publics growing contempt for
her. In obscene revolutionary tracts, Marie
is portrayed as an Austrian whore.
Marie doesnt recognize this caricature.
She remembers a happier self in the less
shbowl more bucolic days of her youth in
Austria, and longs to swap out elaborate
water features and exquisite topiary gardens
for waterfalls and forests. But its too late. An
angry revolution requires enemies.
In a powerhouse performance, Gilbert
conjures an ever feisty queen who
matures from airhead to strong, complex
heroine. A woman with a strong survival
instinct who (try as she may) cant get a
handle on her predicament.
The fast-paced production is ably
helmed by Yury Urnov. His design team
gures prominently in the story telling,
adding both spectacle and emotional
heft. Misha Kachmans set begins as an
ornate pink and green as pleasure pit/
catwalk. Helen Huang s costumes are
a fantastic blend of past and present.
Eric Shimelonis sound is pomp and bad
disco. But as the revolution rumbles on
and the royal family is arrested, Maries
adornment is replaced by a shorn head
and dirty chemise. The stage is stripped
too. And the only sounds are those
of clanking doors and a leaky faucets
ominous drip, drip, drip.
Separated from the king and her son
with only lice and her jail guard (the
sonorous James Konicek) for company,
Marie awaits her fate. The solitude is
interrupted with visits from her Swiss
general and the sheep returns, advising
Marie not to lose her mind. She wont.
Marie assures her eecy friend that shes
resolute, despite a tremoring hand.
Maries is the story of a woman whose
life was never really her own.
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and I have become very good friends and it
was a great gift getting to meet him on the
show and becoming friends.
BLADE: What was your take on the
Female or She-Male segment controversy?
ACT: I thought it was probably a little ill
thought out. I dont think it was intentionally
meant to be oensive but I guess the thing
about transphobia, homophobia, any
kind of phobia, is that it often stems from
ignorance not from intentionally trying to
put someone down. I think if they were
to do it again, they probably wouldnt
include the word she-male. But it sort of
came at a time where were seeing a new
revolution with gender in society. We had
the womens liberation in the 60s and 70s
and now its like the trans revolution where
you have inspiring trans people like Chaz
Bono, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock coming to
light and its kind of the rst time weve had
inspirational trans people in pop culture.
I think the she-male controversy kind of
sparked a lot of conversation and I think
a lot of changes and conversations began
because of that so, you know, in some ways
it was a good thing.
BLADE: But accusing RuPaul of being
transphobic? Isnt that a little ridiculous?
ACT: Well no, obviously thats ridiculous.
Sometimes people can get too caught up in
the heresay, like, Oh my God, this person
said this, and its like, well, yeah, there are
some very loud people saying things that
just dont make any sense but I think you
have to use your better judgment and say,
Yeah, you know what even though she-
male wasnt the smartest thing, is RuPaul
transphobic? No. Is World of Wonder out
to, you know, put down trans people? No,
of course not. So I think the controversy
can get extremely unbalanced and I think
when the issue arrives, its about doing
things objectively and having a balance
on both sides. I think RuPaul kind of got
embroiled in the controversy because he
addressed, you know, the right wing if you
will, of trans activists rather than focusing on
the solution. I cant remember the statistic
for sure o hand but something like one
in six, one in eight, trans people will end
up being murdered. Thats a statistic thats
dumbfounding. And you also see the state
of homelessness and all sorts of other social
issues that aect trans people much more
than cisgender people and thats the real
conversation that needs to come out that
whole debate. How can we improve the lives
of trans people? How can we see them as
equal and how can we move forward?
BLADE: Youve said what ended up on
the show was only about 10 percent of
your overall persona and that things were
taken out of context and such. Im sure
thats true to an extent but you had to
know they were going to take the bitchiest
exchanges and play those up, right?
ACT: You know theyre going to
sensationalize things. Theyre making
a reality TV show, not a documentary.
I think thats obvious but what I didnt
anticipate I thought those things may
be heightened, but I thought they would
still be honest. There was obviously some
creative license taken but I guess my
expectation was that when it came to
the outcome of my whole experience on
the show, I am almost anti- a lot of the
things that Courtney came to represent.
So to see myself portrayed as the mean
girl or someone who was mean to Joslyn,
it kind of goes against everything I stand
for as a person. That was challenging for
me personally to watch. I love Joslyn and
were friends and there was no real drama
between us. That was maybe a 10-minute
period where we discussed how she was
feeling hurt by what the judges said and
then it was compounded by what I said.
But that all happened in one episode
for like 10 minutes but then there were
all these other occurrences built into the
show where I was being depicted as being
rude to Joslyn and it just wasnt like that.
BLADE: Do you and Bianca, Adore and
Darienne (the season six nalists) get to see
each other often or do many shows together?
ACT: Not as often as wed like but we
maintain a very active iMessage thread and
everyday were messaging one another.
Were always in dierent parts of the world,
so theres always somebody awake and
participating and were always thinking,
When is our next gig together, we really
need to hang out again. We had the best
afternoon hanging out at Capital Pride.
BLADE: How much of what you do now
is tied in with the Logo juggernaut if any?
ACT: None of these are o cial Logo
or World of Wonder gigs but theyre
obviously all because we were on the
show and people know who we are.
BLADE: What are your thoughts on the
current Facebook controversy with the
real names policy?
ACT: Ive always had a fan page and a boy
page so it didnt aect me personally but I do
understand the argument. But I think Justin
Bond made a good argument on Hu ngton
Post that there are people in places around
the world who need to have a fake name to
protect their identity because either their
family, their society, their country, their
religion doesnt accept who they are. I think
the thing thats dierent about drag queens
is were talking about the algorithm picking
up fake names, not somebody in the Middle
East whos trying to maintain an online
identity because thats their only outreach
to the outside world. For drag queens who
have a public persona, I think a fan page
makes more sense but I think for people
who have a personal page in their name,
I dont see why that shouldnt be possible
too. I think there can be an opportunity for
people to register with Facebook privately
their real details and then have a prole in a
performance name.
BLADE: You always have the hottest
guys on your single covers and promo
photos. Who are these people and where
do you nd them?
ACT: Theres a Mean Gays of West
Hollywood. The boys in my Mean Gays
video are just go go boys and friends and
West Hollywood.
BLADE: Do you sing dierently as
Shane versus as Courtney?
ACT: Yeah, she sings higher. I usually sing
about one tone below a natural female sort
of key. Then as a boy, its in a lower key.
Its fun on the Atlantis gay cruises I can do
Courtneys show Boys Like Me one night,
then do a boy cabaret show on a dierent
night in the smaller room.
BLADE: You were well established
before Drag Race. Did that just kick
everything into high gear for you? What
has the eect been like?
ACT: Its been epic since Drag Race. I
was known in Australia and had a bit of a
following around the world but yes, Drag
Race just I was just in Europe doing a
two-week tour and in Berlin, this venue
was packed with people all screaming
and singing along to Mean Gays and
it was amazing because not only were
all these people there, Drag Race isnt
even shown on television there so theyd
all had to commit a crime and illegally
downloaded the show just to know who
I am. In America, you know, were sort
of accustomed to seeing the fandom of
the Drag Race girls, but its really taking
the world by storm. Were in America, in
Europe, in Australia, in Canada drag
queens are taking over the world.
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Act says Facebook compromise should be feasible
COURTNEY ACT AT TOWN
Meet & Greet & Seat tickets available for $20
gives you admission, access to a meet-and-
greet at 9 p.m. and a chance to get seats for
the show before the doors open to the gen-
eral public. But to get seats, you must arrive
before 10.
Tickets available at groovetickets.com
Regular cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12
after
Drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. downstairs
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Local queens on Facebook name ap
Despite meeting with drag queens in San Francisco last week, Facebook is
still declining to change its policy of requiring people to use their real names
on the site. The company has been deleting accounts with fake names after
investigating user complaints, as many news agencies have reported.
Although having or starting fan pages is a viable alternative, many queens who have
long-established proles under their drag names and fans accustomed to getting
performance information that way, say the sudden enforcement is a hardship.
Opinions vary among local drag queens.
This witch hunt for drag queens is really ridiculous, says Dustin Michael
Schaad, who performs full-time as BaNaka, a multiple winner of Blade Best of
Gay D.C. awards and a Town headliner. There are much bigger sh to fry. Why
are they not looking into some of the bullying reports theyve had and targeting
those accounts? I dont get the need to target drag queens specically.
Miles DeNiro, also a former Blade winner as Heidi Glum, says the policy has
more serious ramications for others and says its not a big deal for drag queens.
I dont live full time as Heidi, he says. Ive always done mine with my
name, then Heidi in parenthesis. Ive been getting work out of state, other
places. I actually feel more sorry for my trans people but for a drag queen, its
preposterous. I have my own fan page and Miles is my Facebook prole so I just
tag my fan page and cross promote that way and its never been a problem.
Collin Ranney, who performs locally as Birdie LaCage, has heard that argument
but doesnt buy it.
My question is why should I have to [create a fan page instead of a prole]?,
he says. Its a dierent type of interaction. If Im allowed to portray myself
the way I want within the real world, why cant I in the cyber world? I dont see
Instagram or Twitter or Tumblr or even Grindr for that matter forcing me to
do so, he wrote in an e-mail. This new policy not only aects drag queens, it
aects DJs, entertainers, some celebrities and anyone else who prefers to keep
their personal life and their public life separate.
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