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Human relations commission

investigating anti-LGBT discrimination

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
In a little-noticed development, the Delaware
Human Relations Commission voted unanimously
at its June 12, 2014 meeting to open an investigation
into whether LGBT students at Cape Henlopen High
School in the city of Lewes have been subjected to
discrimination.
Information about the commissions action became
part of the public record on Sept. 11 when the
commission approved the minutes of the June 12
meeting after returning from its summer recess.
Commissioner [Nancy] Maiho made a motion to
contact the Cape Henlopen School District to request
a meeting regarding the recent hate issue and a
discussion on the role that the State Human Relations
Commission can play in promoting amicable relations,
according to the commissions June meeting minutes.
Additionally, the school will be contacted to look into
the issue concerning wearing of stoles at graduation
that occurred, the minutes state.
Maiho introduced her resolution one week after
the publication of a June 5 Washington Blade story
Holder leaves signicant LGBT rights legacy after
stepping down as attorney general
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
After serving for more than six years as U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder
leaves a signicant imprint on the record of the Obama administration and at
the forefront of that legacy is his role in advancing LGBT rights.
At an event last week in the State Dining Room of the White House announcing
his departure, President Obama said Holder made revitalizing the Civil Rights
Division at the Justice Department a priority because he believes its the
conscience of the building.
And several years ago, he recommended that our government stop defending
the Defense of Marriage Act a decision that was vindicated by the Supreme
Court, and opened the door to federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and
federal benets for same-sex couples, Obama said. Its a pretty good track
record.
The sense that LGBT rights had signicantly advanced during the
administration was echoed by Holder in remarks that followed Obamas.
We have begun to realize the promise of equality for our LGBT brothers and
sisters and their families, Holder said.
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Rev. Robert Wood, at 91,
reects on WWII and his
lifetime of advocacy.
NEW APPROACH
After partners cancer
battle, Kate Clinton says
less pink and more punk.
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families, said ERIC HOLDER.
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Former President Bill Clinton is set to speak at the Human Rights Campaigns annual
dinner in D.C. on Oct. 25.
HRC President Chad Gri n announced that Clinton would speak at the 18th annual
HRC national dinner in a statement last week.
President Bill Clinton is a transformational leader for our nation and the world,
Gri n said. His ability to build partnerships around the globe and harness the power
of human potential is truly remarkable, and we are thrilled he will be returning as our
keynote speaker for our national dinner.
Clinton delivered a speech to attendees at the organizations annual fundraiser in 1997.
The dinner, which is sold out and expected to draw 3,000 attendees, will take place at
the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with receptions starting at 5 p.m.
Clinton was elected to o ce in 1992 after campaigning as a friend to the gay
community. Toward the end of his presidency, he signed an executive order barring
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation among federal workers in addition
to pushing for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and hate crimes
protections legislation.
But Clinton also in 1993 signed into law Dont Ask, Dont Tell, billing the law as a
compromise measure that would allow gay people to serve in the military as long as they
kept quiet about their sexual orientation. Clinton also signed the Defense of Marriage
Act in 1996 under pressure from a Republican Congress. Following his presidency,
Clinton came out in opposition to those laws.
CHRIS JOHNSON
Bob Witeck, Bob Connelly Jr. wed
Bob Witeck, a longtime LGBT rights advocate and president of Witeck Communications,
and Bob Connelly Jr., a senior researcher for the National Geographic Channel and an
adjunct professor at American University, were married on Wednesday in Washington.
U.S. Tax Court Judge Joseph Gale, a friend of the couple, performed the marriage
ceremony in his chambers on the 20th anniversary of the date when Witeck and
Connelly rst met at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington.
We had our honeymoon in Europe in August, said Witeck, where he and Connelly
took a cruise from Amsterdam to Prague. The honeymoon came at a time when Connelly
was free from his teaching duties prior to the start of the fall semester at A.U., where he
teaches a course on LGBT issues.
My husband and I had 10 days together in Europe. That was very special, Witeck
said. When youve lived together for 20 years your honeymoon is whenever you can
make it.
Witeck and Connelly have lived in Arlington since the time they became a couple. Both
work in D.C. Although they regret they could not marry in their home state, Witeck said
the two are hopeful that pending court cases challenging Virginias same-sex marriage
ban will result in the ban being overturned in the near future.
I hope I get my marriage recognized soon, said Witeck. Every night when I leave
my o ce in the nations capital I cross the bridge where my marriage is no longer
recognized.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Chris Abell, popular DJ, dies at 56

Christopher George Abell, an accomplished church organist and pianist who later
became a popular disc jockey at gay clubs in D.C. and up and down the East Coast, died
Sept. 24 at George Washington University Hospital from a brain injury caused by a fall.
He was 56.
George Strausbough, Abells partner of 15 years, said Abell was born in D.C. and
raised in suburban Brentwood, Md., and was the second of six children of John and
Bernadette Abell.
Strausbough said Abell attended the University of Maryland before transferring
to Catholic University, where he studied music on a scholarship. In the late 1970s
and early 80s Abells skills as an organist and pianist landed him in jobs playing
at many D.C.-area churches, including the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
Strausbough said.
Beginning in the early to middle 1980s through the late 1990s Abell worked as a guest
DJ in a number of East Coast clubs. He also worked as a DJ in several D.C. gay bars,
including the Lost & Found, Tracks, Badlands, Mr. Ps, and JR.s. In addition, Strausbough
said Abell worked as a bartender at Mr. Ps.
During his DJ days, Abell became an o cer with the Mid Atlantic Record Pool, an
organization that worked with record companies to arrange for DJs to receive the latest
record releases from popular recording artists, according to Strausbough.
After being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS nearly 25 years ago, Abell participated in clinical
trials at the National Institutes of Health, the Whitman-Walker Clinic and George
Washington Universitys Medical Faculty Associates, Strausbough said.
He also helped to organize benets for AIDS-related causes and groups, including
Whitman-Walker, Food and Friends and Brother Help Thyself.
Amid his many activities and job duties, Strausbough said Abell was dedicated to his
family, including Strausboughs family members.
He and I, between us, had 15 nieces and nephews that were the joy of his life,
including mine and his and everybodys, said Strausbough. His family was everything
to him. And his family took me in as a son and my family took him in as a son.
In addition to Strausbough, Abell is survived by his mother, Bernadette Abell; his
brothers John Abell Jr. and his partner Nancy Kimball; Tim Abell and his partner Kathy;
Lawrence Abell and his wife Cindy Abell; his sister Julia Jones and her husband Jay Jones;
his sister Jennifer Addis and her husband Bryan; and his beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church, 3628
Rhode Island Ave., in Mt. Rainier, Md.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Trans activists hold vigil
outside Black Caucus meeting
About 50 transgender activists and their supporters held a prayer vigil outside
D.C.s Walter Washington Convention Center on Sept. 27, the nal day that the
Congressional Black Caucus held its annual legislative conference there.
Organizers said the event was part of a newly launched campaign called Black
Trans Womens Lives Matter and was intended to honor black and Latina trans
women who were murdered this year, some of whom were victims of hate crimes.
Lead organizer Ashley Love, a black and Latina woman who identies as a
transsexual and intersex advocate and journalist from New York, said the
event was also aimed at sending a message to black lawmakers attending the
conference that the mainstream black social justice movement often ignores the
plight of trans women of color.
We held white roses to symbolize a call for peace, Love told the Blade on
Monday. Eventually, all 50 of us joined hands in a circle and prayed not just for
our fallen sisters and their loved ones, but for the elected o cials inside the
Convention Center to nd the courage and morality to let go of their fear that
often causes them to ignore this grave injustice, she said.
All black lives should matter, not just some, she said.
Love was referring to the campaign called Black Lives Matter, which was
organized by mainline black civil rights groups and black churches. The campaign
emerged in response to the Aug. 9 incident in which a white police o cer in
Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and
unarmed, triggering a nationwide uproar.
Black Trans Womens Lives Matter, a national call for peace, is a social
justice campaign drawing attention to Americas epidemic of male violence and
hate crime murders targeting African American young girls and women in the
transsexual and transgender communities, a statement from organizers of that
campaign says.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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About 50 supporters attended a vigil on Saturday.
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Its time for justices to


take up gay nuptials
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
RICHMOND, Va. The two lead
plainti couples in a lawsuit challenging
Virginias constitutional amendment that
denes marriage as between a man and
a woman last week said its time for the
U.S. Supreme Court to decide the issue.
We feel like its time for the Supreme
Court to take up this issue, Carol Schall
of Chestereld told the Washington Blade
as her partner of nearly 30 years, Mary
Townley, their 16-year-old daughter,
Emily Schall-Townley and Tim Bostic and
Tony London of Norfolk listened during
an interview at Richmonds Browns
Island where they were grand marshals
of Virginia Pride.
Schall and Townley and Bostic and
London spoke with the Blade two days
before the U.S. Supreme Court was
scheduled to meet to discuss whether to
accept seven petitions to hear same-sex
marriage cases from Virginia and four
other states. No news came by mid-week.
(See related story on page 6.)
All of us want marriage equality, Bostic
told the Blade. If our case gets picked to
ght the ght for marriage equality thats
great. If they pick another case, well still
get marriage equality in Virginia, so thats
the end goal that we started all of this for.
We just want the Supreme Court to hear
it and settle this.
Bostics partner of nearly 25 years,
Tony London, said he feels pretty good
about the U.S. Supreme Court accepting
their case.
I rmly believe that were going to be
in the Supreme Court, said London.
Bostic and London in July 2013 led a
federal lawsuit against Virginias marriage
amendment. Schall and Townley joined
the case, along with former U.S. Solicitor
General Ted Olson and David Boies
and the American Foundation for Equal
Rights, last September.
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright
Allen in February struck down the
commonwealths marriage amendment. A
three-judge panel with the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in July upheld the ruling.
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the 4th
Circuits decision hours before it was to
have taken eect on August 21.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who
continues to argue against Virginias
marriage amendment, last month
petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to
hear the Bostic case.
Olson, Boies and other lawyers who
are representing Bostic and London and
Schall and Townley on Aug. 27 led their
own petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorneys for Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk
George Schaefer, who is one of the two
defendants in the case, ve days earlier
formally asked the justices to consider it.
Virginia voters in 2006 approved the
commonwealths marriage amendment
by a 56-43 percent margin.
Va. plaintifs wait for Supreme Court to act
Poll shows majority of
voters undecided on
obscure race
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
Lesbian attorney and former Gertrude
Stein Democratic Club President Lateefah
Williams received compliments for
her LGBT advocacy work from two of
her four rivals in the race for the citys
newly created elected attorney generals
position during a debate Monday night at
a saloon on H Street, N.E.
Williams is one of ve attorneys, all
Democrats, competing for the position in
the citys Nov. 4 election in a race in which a
recent poll showed Williams was in second
place with strong support from black voters.
But the poll, commissioned by the
Washington Post and NBC4 News and
conducted by the Marist polling rm, also
showed that a whopping 57 percent of
respondents were either undecided or had
no opinion on who they would vote for.
The poll showed attorney, civic activist
and marijuana legalization advocate
Paul Zukerberg in the lead with just 14
percent of likely voters and 12 percent of
registered voters. Zukerberg successfully
sued the city to have the attorney general
election this year rather than in 2016 as
favored by the City Council.
Williams had 7 percent of likely voters
and 9 percent of registered voters. The
poll showed candidate Lorie Masters
also with 7 percent of likely voters and 8
percent of registered voters.
Edward Smitty Smith had 5 percent of
likely voters and 6 percent of registered
voters, with Karl Racine receiving 5
percent of likely and registered voters,
according to the poll, which had a margin
of error of plus or minus 4 percent for the
sample of likely voters.
Most political observers have said the
poll conducted Sept. 14-16 conrms that
a solid majority of city residents were
unfamiliar with the candidates and issues
surrounding the citys rst-ever attorney
general election and that the outcome of
the election could not be predicted.
During Monday nights debate at the
Rock & Roll Hotel bar and restaurant,
Zuckerberg complimented Williams
for her advocacy for LGBT equality and
pointed to his own record of support for
the LGBT community. He pledged to be a
champion for equal rights for all people,
including LGBT people, if elected.
His comment prompted the other
candidates to declare their strong support
for LGBT rights. Among them were Racine,
a law rm partner and former Clinton
administration o cial; Smitty Smith,
a partner in another prominent law
rm and former Obama administration
o cial; and Masters, also a law rm
partner specializing in insurance law and
a former board member of D.C. Vote, the
lead group pushing for D.C. voting rights
in Congress.
In response to a question by the
debates moderator, Washington City
Paper reporter Will Sommer, asking
whether Williams and Smiths relatively
short experience practicing law in D.C.
qualied them for the attorney generals
post, Racine jumped in to defend Williams.
Calling the question almost insulting,
Racine said Williams overall experience
as a lawyer and community activist fully
qualied her for the job, although he
pointed out later that his own experience
as a practicing lawyer for more than
20 years made him the most qualied
among the candidates to serve as
attorney general.
Summer noted in a City Paper web
posting the next day that it was Williams
herself who raised the issue of her legal
experience in a Washington Blade column.
I think a lot of people really dont
know too much about my background,
Williams told the Blade after the debate.
It gave me the opportunity to let them
get to know my full legal background so
that they can hear about my litigation
experience, she said in discussing how
she did in the debate. I think it went
well, she said.
Williams has argued that her long
experience as a community advocate and
organizer gives her a perspective that her
rivals lack in ensuring that the O ce of
the Attorney General will meet the needs
of the average citizen as well as the citys
legal needs.
In separate interviews with the Blade,
Zukerberg, Racine and Smith discussed
their plans for ensuring that the rights
of LGBT citizens are protected by the
Attorney Generals o ce. The Blade will
be speaking with Masters shortly.
Some observers suggested the lack of
voter knowledge of the candidates could
place Williams at a disadvantage because
her campaign has raised the least
amount of money less than $10,000 as
of the August reporting period possibly
making it di cult for her to promote her
campaign through advertising.
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Atty genl candidates voice support for LGBT equality
From left, MARY TOWNLEY, EMILY SCHALL-
TOWNLEY and CAROL SCHALL attended the
2014 Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner
on April 5.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Attorney general candidate LATEEFAH
WILLIAMS
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
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Gay Harrisburg treasurer resigns after indictment
HARRISBURG, Pa. Local
authorities last month
charged former Harrisburg
City Treasurer John Campbell
with theft after he allegedly
stole nearly half the annual
budget of an LGBT Democratic
organization.
The Patriot-News reported
that Dauphin County District
Attorney Edward Marsico,
Jr., on Sept. 11 led charges
against John Campbell.
The newspaper cited court
documents that say Campbell,
who is gay, was the treasurer
of the Capital Regional
Stonewall Democrats when he
wrote an unauthorized $2,750
check to himself on July 29.
Chris Dietz, president of the
groups board of directors,
told the Patriot-News his
organizations annual budget
is about $6,000.
This charge is the latest theft allegation made against Campbell.
The Patriot-News reported that Marsico in August charged the 26-year-old
with felony theft and a second misdemeanor charge of unfair or deceptive acts
or fraudulent conduct in connection with more than $8,000 in missing funds
from a Harrisburg charity he oversaw.
The newspaper said Campbell in April became Equality Pennsylvanias director
of development.
The statewide LGBT advocacy group suspended Campbell in August after
Marsico led the original charges against him. Campbell also resigned as
Harrisburg treasurer.
California bans gay panic defense
SACRAMENTO, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 27 signed into law
a bill that bans the so-called gay panic defense in murder trials.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla
(D-Concord) introduced Assembly Bill 2501 to amend a California law that had
allowed defendants in homicide cases to receive a reduced charge if they could
prove the act was sudden and committed in the heat of the moment because
of their victims sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The new
statute also applies to assault and other lesser charges.
Bonilla introduced AB 2501 following a number of high-prole murder trials in
which defendants used gay panic or trans panic defenses.
Equality Virginia to host trans conference
RICHMOND, Va. More than 200 people are expected to attend a transgender
rights conference in the Virginia capital on Oct. 4.
The Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit will feature
workshops on coming out as trans, access to health care, sex-reassignment
surgery and other issues.
Equality Virginia is organizing the gathering that will take place at Virginia
Commonwealth University in Richmond. The National Center for Transgender
Equality, the Center for American Progress, Whitman-Walker Health and Trans People
of Color Coalition are among the organizations that are scheduled to take part.
The transgender summit is a rst of its kind event in Virginia, and is a way
for transgender Virginians and their parents, friends, teachers, healthcare
providers, and other allies from across the spectrum to come together to
support and empower Virginias transgender community, said James Parrish,
executive director of Equality Virginia.
U.S. Associate Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG has said theres no need to rush to take up
marriage unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision upholding bans.
Announcement unlikely
until next week
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. Supreme Court made no
announcement Tuesday on whether
it will take up a case seeking marriage
equality at its rst conference of the term,
making such a declaration unlikely until
the beginning of next week at the earliest.
On the day after justices held their rst
conference of their initial term, no orders
from the court were handed down on
decisions made at that meeting.
That would likely indicate justices have
put o making a decision on whether to
take up one of the ve lawsuits pending
before the court seeking a constitutional
right to same-sex marriage until a
subsequent conference. However, it
could mean a decision was in fact made
to grant or deny certiorari, but justices
are keeping the decisions to themselves
for the time being.
Although the court has the prerogative
to announce decisions on petitions for
certiorari at any time, it traditionally has
handed down orders on decisions made
at the rst conference of the term the
subsequent day or the following Monday.
Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda
Legal, explained that an announcement
from the court on petitions for certiorari
is now unlikely until Oct. 6.
The courts usual practice in the past
has been to announce orders from the
long conference of cert petitions led
over the summer on the rst Monday in
October (this year, Oct. 6) when its term
starts, but that in the past it sometimes
has announced the cert grants the day
after the long conference if it wants to get
briefs done in time to ll the early part
of its calendar for the term, Davidson
said. We have no inside information and
cannot guarantee that they wont issue
orders from the long conference later this
week, but our belief (echoed by others) is
that they now wont.
U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg has said publicly she believes
theres no need to rush on taking up a
case unless the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court
of Appeals issues a decision upholding
bans on same-sex marriage, which would
cause a circuit split if grouped with the
unanimous rulings in the ve other cases
striking down such laws.
In the event the court didnt make a
decision on its initial conference, the
next opportunity for justices to consider
whether to take up one of the cases is
the next conference on Oct. 10. After that
meeting, 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.
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survives on $732 a month
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A new lawsuit led Monday on a behalf
of a lesbian widow seeks parity of Social
Security benets between married same-
sex and opposite-sex married couples
throughout the country.
The litigation, Tevyaw v. Colvin, was
led by Gay & Lesbian Advocates &
Defenders in the U.S. District Court of
Rhode Island on behalf of a 56-year-old
lesbian widow who was denied spousal
disability benets and a lump sum
death payment from the Social Security
Administration.
In 2005, Deborah Tevyaw was married
in Massachusetts to Patricia Baker, a
career Rhode Island corrections o cer.
After being diagnosed with lung cancer,
Baker died in 2011. In her remaining
months Baker lobbied for the legalization
of gay marriage in Rhode Island, testifying
on the issue before the state Senate.
Despite their legal marriage,
Tevyaw was denied benets upon her
spouses death by the Social Security
Administration, which at rst asserted
the Defense of Marriage Act blocked her
from receiving benets. But even after
the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of
the law was unconstitutional, the agency
allegedly continued to deny Tevyaw
benets on the basis that Rhode Island
wouldnt have recognized her marriage at
the time of Bakers death.
As a result of the Social Security
Administrations repeated denial of
benets, Tevyaw has been living on a
monthly income of $732 for more than
three years and was forced to sell her
home she owned for more than 38 years
because she cant aord the mortgage,
according to her lawsuit.
Ive lost my wife and my best friend,
and Social Security has made that so
much worse by telling me that in their
eyes, I was not Pats wife, said Tevyaw in
a statement. Not only is that hurtful and
insulting, it has meant that I am living in
poverty. I am not looking for a handout;
this is money that Pat earned through
hard work.
Contrary to the claims of the Obama
administration, the lawsuit asserts the Social
Security Administration should recognize
Tevyaws marriage because the law looks
to whether courts in the state of domicile
would nd a couple validly married.
Further, the lawsuit notes Rhode Island
Gov. Lincoln Chaees executive order
on May 24, 2012 recognizing out-of-state
same-sex marriages asserts the state has
recognized out-of-state marriages since
at least 1906. Therefore, the complaint
contends the directive should apply to
Tevyaws marriage even though Chaee
signed it before Bakers death.
If the Social Security Administration
continues to interpret the law to deny
Tevyaw benets, the lawsuit alleges
it would violate her right to equal
protection and due process under the
Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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Lesbian widow sues for Social Security benets
Anti-LGBT attitudes a
contributing factor: report
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
A report the Movement Advancement
Project and other groups released this
week concludes LGBT Americans are
more likely to live in poverty because of
anti-LGBT attitudes.
The report cites a 2012 Gallup survey
that found 20.7 percent of LGBT people
earn less than $12,000 a year, compared
to only 17 percent of heterosexuals. It also
notes 15 percent of transgender Americans
earn less than $10,000 a year, compared to
only 4 percent of the general population.
The report notes the annual income of
households of gay couples with children
who live in states without same-sex
marriage is on average $8,912 less than
those of opposite-sex couples and their
children. This gap narrows to only $689 in
states where gays and lesbians are able
to legally marry.
Same-sex couples of color are more
than twice as likely to live in poverty
than their heterosexual counterparts,
according to the report.
The report notes that 23 percent of
children raised by male same-sex couples
live in poverty, compared to only 15.2
percent of children raised by opposite-
sex couples who are married. This gure
jumps to 37.7 percent of children raised
by female same-sex couples of color and
52.3 percent of children raised by black
gay male couples.
LGBT Americans have the same
worries as other Americans when it
comes to paying for healthcare and other
needs, nding good jobs and saving
for the future, reads the report. But
the LGBT population which includes
parents, workers, retirees, people of
color and people with disabilities faces
another set of challenges that can result
in increased economic hardship.
Same-sex couples are currently able to
marry in 19 states and D.C.
The nations capital along with 17 states
and Puerto Rico include both sexual
orientation and gender identity and
expression in their anti-discrimination
laws. A Maryland statute that bans anti-
trans discrimination in employment,
housing and public accommodation takes
eect on Wednesday.
President Obama in July signed a
long-awaited executive order that bans
anti-LGBT discrimination among federal
contractors.
Gay Colorado Congressman Jared Polis
earlier this month led a discharge petition
on the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act that contained a narrowed religious
exemption. It remains highly unlikely that
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will
allow a vote on ENDA to take place in his
chamber in spite of bi-partisan support
for the measure.
A Mississippi law that critics argue
allows business owners to deny services
to LGBT people based on their religious
beliefs took eect on July 1. Arizona Gov.
Jan Brewer in February vetoed a similar
bill that advocates dubbed the turn away
the gay bill.
Mississippi is among the states that
do not include sexual orientation or
gender identity and expression in its anti-
discrimination laws. The U.S. Census also
indicates Mississippi is the poorest state
in the country, with slightly more than 22
percent of its residents living below the
poverty level between 2008-2012.
Outdated and discriminatory laws
mean that lesbian, gay, bisexual or
transgender people can work the same
hours and show the same commitment
to and performance on the job as their
non-LGBT coworkers and nevertheless
face a series of economic penalties simply
because of who they are and whom they
love, reads the report.
Nathan Gage, a 19-year-old from
Waynesboro, Miss., who identies as
gender queer, told the Blade in July
during a meeting of the Dandelion Project,
an LGBT support group in the Mississippi
Pine Belt, that he has had di culty nding
a job because of his gender identity.
Gage currently works at a state-run
school outside of Laurel, Miss., where he
works with people with mental illnesses.
He told the Blade he wore mascara
during his job interview to help me a
little bit.
I had applied for so many other jobs
before and they all turned me down,
said Gage. I felt uncomfortable in the
interview.
The Center for American Progress
co-authored the report with support
from the Center for Community Change,
the Center for Popular Democracy, the
National Association of Social Workers
and the National Education Association.
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LGBT Americans more likely to live in poverty
A Mississippi law that opponents argue allows business owners to deny services to LGBT
people based on their religious beliefs took eect on July 1.
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Latin Americas
machismo problem
A senior State Department o cial told the
Washington Blade during a Sept. 26 interview
that overcoming machismo remains among
the most di cult challenges facing LGBT
rights advocates in Latin America.
It is the cultural heritage of machismo,
which is a bad thing in many ways, said
John Feeley, principal deputy assistant
secretary of the State Departments
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Aairs,
during an interview at his Foggy Bottom
o ce. [It is] not just in the manifestation
of anti-LGBT attitudes.
Feeley conceded progress on LGBT
rights in Latin American countries has
been spotty, in spite of a few exceptions.
These include Mexico City extending
marriage rights to same-sex couples in
2010 and Uruguay and Argentina enacting
expansive transgender rights laws.
We have seen in some places
Argentina, Uruguay some very
progressive, advanced thinking, he said.
Feeley also applauded gay U.S.
Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
James Wally Brewster and his husband,
Bob Satawake, in spite of lingering
opposition over the appointment from
Cardinal Nicols de Jess Lpez Rodrguez
of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo
and other religious leaders in the
predominantly Roman Catholic country.
Wally is the ambassador of the United
States, said Feeley, noting Brewsters
work with the Dominican government on
energy and other issues. Those arent gay
or non-gay or LGBT or non-LGBT (issues.)
Same-sex couples are also able to
legally marry in Canada, Brazil, Uruguay,
Argentina, French Guiana, Martinique,
Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin,
the Netherlands Antilles and the Mexican
state of Coahuila. A handful of gays and
lesbians in Colombia have exchanged
vows since July 2013, but these unions
have been challenged.
Colombian President Juan Manuel
Santos; Chilean President Michelle
Bachelet; Costa Rican Vice President
Ana Helena Chacn and Mariela Castro,
daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro,
are among the Latin American o cials
who have publicly backed marriage rights
for same-sex couples.
Gay Peruvian Congressman Carlos
Bruce last September introduced a bill that
would allow same-sex couples in the South
American country to enter into civil unions.
In spite of these recent advances,
Feeley noted absolutely retrograde,
medieval behavior remains in several
countries in the region.
Consensual same-sex sexual activity
remains criminalized in Belize, Jamaica,
Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis,
Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad
and Tobago and Guyana.
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia
Simpson-Miller has yet to fulll her
2011 campaign promise to call for a so-
called conscience vote that would allow
parliamentarians to consult with their
constituents on whether to review the
countrys anti-sodomy law. Trinidadian
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
has said her government is not ready
to decide whether to decriminalize
homosexuality in her nation.
A 2013 report from Global Rights, an
international human rights organization,
notes more than half of the 300 reported
LGBT murder victims in Brazil in 2012
were transgender. LGBT rights advocates
in Jamaica, Honduras, Peru and other
Caribbean and Latin American countries
have told the Blade in recent interviews
they feel authorities in their respective
countries have not done enough to curb
rates of anti-LGBT violence.
U.N. Human Rights Council
adopts LGBT resolution
The U.N. Human Rights Council last
week adopted a resolution against anti-
LGBT violence and discrimination.
The body approved the resolution by a
25-14 margin after more than an hour of
debate.
The U.S., along with Argentina, Austria,
Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech
Republic, Estonia, France, Germany,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro,
Peru, Philippines, South Korea, South
Africa, Macedonia, the U.K., Venezuela and
Vietnam voted for the proposal. Algeria,
Botswana, Cote dIvoire, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives,
Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia
and the United Arab Emirates opposed it.
Burkina Faso, China, Congo, India,
Kazakhstan, Namibia and Sierra Leone
abstained.
The U.N. Human Rights Council before
the nal vote rejected seven proposed
amendments put forth by Egypt, Uganda,
Pakistan, South Sudan and other
countries that sought to strip LGBT-
specic language from the proposal
We are pleased to see that today
the international community is visibly
and publicly upholding the rights of
LGBT individuals, and thereby we
demonstrate ourselves as a global
community respecting the rights of all,
said Ambassador Keith Harper, who
represents the U.S. on the U.N. Human
Rights Council.
Pakistans representative to the
U.N. Human Rights Council described
the resolution as a divisive and
controversial initiative.
The Human Rights Council has taken a
fundamental step forward by rea rming
one of the United Nations key principles
that everyone is equal in dignity and
rights, said Jessica Stern, executive
director of the International Gay and
Lesbian Human Rights Commission, after
the vote. This resolution puts the U.N. on
a trajectory to address the discrimination
and violence LGBT persons suer daily
across the world.
Laurindo Garcia, founder of the
B-Change Foundation, a Filipino LGBT
advocacy group, told the Washington
Blade in an e-mail from New York that
he hopes the resolution will spur his
countrys lawmakers to pass a national
anti-discrimination bill.
What passed in Geneva means that
violence perpetrated against us in our
homes and communities will not be
tolerated, said Garcia. It means that
our police serve to protect us and our
families in the same way they protect
every other Filipino citizen. Philippine
businesses need to know that they can no
longer discriminate against trans Pinoys
who want to access services or gain
employment. And our health providers
and insurers can no longer deny health
from LGBT communities. Weve got a long
way to go, and we needed a win like this
to reenergise the community.
Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil
introduced the resolution last month.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
IOC adds anti-discrimination
clause to host city contract
The International Olympic Committee announced this week the addition of an
anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract.
The city and the NOC (National Olympic Committees) acknowledge and
accept the importance of the games and the value of the Olympic image, and
agree to conduct all activities in a manner which promotes and enhances the
fundamental principles and values of Olympism, in particular the prohibition
of any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds
of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise, as well as the development of
the Olympic Movement, reads the clause of which the IOC sent a copy to the
Washington Blade.
IOC spokesperson Emmanuelle Moreau told the Blade on Thursday the anti-
discrimination clause is based on Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter. She said
it was included in the contract it sent to Beijing and the Norwegian and Kazakh
capitals that are vying to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The announcement comes after worldwide outrage over Russias LGBT rights
record including a 2013 law banning so-called gay propaganda to minors
that overshadowed the 2014 Winter Olympics that took place in the Black Sea
resort of Sochi in February.
Kazakh lawmakers are currently considering a bill that is similar to Russias
gay propaganda law. A politician in the former Soviet republic recently called for
blood tests to identify gay people.
Advocates repeatedly criticized the IOC for not allowing athletes who
competed in Sochi to publicly challenge Russias gay propaganda law during the
games. They also dismissed the Kremlins repeated assurances to the IOC that
LGBT athletes and spectators would be welcome to attend the Olympics.
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The IOC has added a non-discrimination clause to its host city contract after the
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WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Now that Holder has announced
he intends to step down as attorney
general, speculation is already taking
place regarding his replacement.
Numerous media outlets have reported
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who
also has a history of advocated for
LGBT rights, is in contention, as well as
Jenny Durkin, a lesbian lawyer whos
set to step down from her role as a U.S.
attorney in Seattle.
Here are six major accomplishments
from Holder on LGBT rights over the
course of more than six years in the
Obama administration:
1. Holder implements
hate crimes legislation
Following controversy months after
Obama took o ce in 2009 over an initial
anti-gay brief led by the administration
in support of DOMA, Holder appeared
before the Senate to testify in support of
federal hate crimes protection legislation
for LGBT people.
Perpetrators of hate crimes seek to
deny the humanity that we all share,
regardless of the color of our skin, the
God to whom we pray or the person
who we choose to love, Holder said.
The time is now to provide justice to
victims of bias-motivated violence and
to redouble our eorts to protect our
communities from violence based on
bigotry and prejudice.
After his testimony, the Senate
passed the Matthew Shepard & Hate
Crimes Prevention Act by a 63-28
cloture vote less than a month later
as an amendment to major defense
legislation. The law is considered a
success; both Obama and Holder have
routinely cited its impact when speaking
before LGBT supporters.
2. Holder says
administration wont
defend DOMA
As discontent with the Justice
Department continued for its defense of
DOMA in court, Holder in February 2011
announced in a letter to Congress the
administration would stop arguing on
behalf of the law against legal challenges
to Section 3 of the statute.
After careful consideration, including
review of a recommendation from me,
the President of the United States has
made the determination that Section 3 of
the Defense of Marriage Act...as applied
to same-sex couples who are legally
married under state law, violates the
equal protection component of the Fifth
Amendment, Holder wrote.
What enabled the administration to
change its position on DOMA was the
ling of Windsor v. United States within
the Second Circuit, which at the time had
no precedent for laws related to sexual
orientation. Holder, along with Obama,
determined DOMA and similar laws
aecting gay people should be subjected
to heightened scrutiny, or a greater
assumption theyre unconstitutional.
The administration not only withdrew
its defense of DOMA in the Windsor case,
but took the same action in all pending
lawsuits against the anti-gay law, began
to le briefs in support of litigation
challenging DOMA and sent high-level
attorneys from the Justice Department to
oral arguments when those came before
the court.
The same policy was applied to
litigation against Californias Proposition
8. The administration led a friend-of-
the-court brief arguing the law fails under
heightened scrutiny and sent U.S. solicitor
general Donald Verrili to argue against
the law before the Supreme Court.
3. Holder implements
DOMA decision
On the day the U.S. Supreme Court
issued its historic decision striking down
Section 3 of DOMA, Obama tasked Holder
with implementing the ruling, saying
married same-sex couples should have
federal benets to the furthest extent
possible under the law.
Over the course of the year after the
decision, the Obama administration under
guidance from the Justice Department
conferred numerous spousal benets
to married same-sex couples that were
already awarded to opposite-sex couples,
including those related to immigration,
taxes and spousal benets for federal
workers and U.S. service members.
In a Feb. 10 memo, Holder formalized
the administrations policy of
implementing the DOMA decision to the
furthest extent possible for same-sex
couples.
It is the Departments policy, to the
extent federal law permits, to recognize
lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as
possible, and to recognize all marriages
valid in the jurisdiction where the
marriage was celebrated, Holder writes.
On the one-year anniversary of the
DOMA decision, the Justice Department
said its review of the law had come
to an end and changes were made to
the furthest extent possible. Because
Social Security and veterans law look
to the state of residence, not the state
of celebration, to determine whether a
couple is married, the administration
determined a change in law was
necessary to aord those benets to
same-sex couples.
4. Holder recognizes
marriages performed
in Utah, Mich.
Following the DOMA decision, more
than 90 lawsuits seeking to overturn
state bans on same-sex marriage were
led throughout the country. In some
instances, rulings by courts at the district
level have enabled same-sex marriages
to take place in states where they were
previously not legal, although these
marriages were stayed by higher courts.
In Utah, where nearly 1,300 same-sex
couples married in December, and in
Michigan, where more than 300 same-
sex couples married over a weekend in
March, questions lingered over whether
the federal government would recognize
these marriages as legitimate after the
state o cials said benets wouldnt ow
to these couples.
For couples in both states, Holder
announced the federal government
would in fact deem these marriages
legitimate and awarded the couples
federal benets as if married in a state
that still has marriage equality.
For purposes of federal law, as I
announced in January with respect to
similarly situated same-sex couples in
Utah, these Michigan couples will not be
asked to wait for further resolution in
the courts before they may seek federal
benets to which they are entitled,
Holder said after the Michigan court
ruling.
Still, the Justice Department hasnt
announced whether same-sex marriages
performed in Arkansas, Indiana and
Wisconsin would be deemed valid for the
purposes of federal benets. A coalition
of 54 LGBT groups, including Freedom to
Marry and the Human Rights Campaign,
have called on the Obama administration
to declare these marriages would receive
federal benets just as it has done for
same-sex marriages performed in Utah
and Michigan.
5. Holder calls on Boy
Scouts to dump gay ban
In addition to advancing legal equality
for LGBT Americans, Holder took the
opportunity during a keynote speech this
year at Lambda Legals annual dinner
to make the case for LGBT equality on
another front, by calling on the Boy
Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay
adult scout leaders.
Saying current policy preserves
and perpetuates the worst kind of
stereotypes, Holder compared the ban
on gay adult scout leaders to the now
repealed law known as Dont Ask, Dont
Tell, which prohibited openly gay service
in the military.
Today, courageous lesbian, gay, and
bisexual individuals routinely put their
lives on the line as members of Americas
armed services, Holder said. They
inspire us, they protect us, and they
defend us. And if these men and women
are t for military service, then surely
they are t to mentor, to teach, and to
serve as role models for the leaders of
future generations.
Although the Boy Scouts last year lifted
its ban on gay youth, the 104-year-old
organization has retained its prohibition
on gay adult members, so gay people are
ineligible to take part in the Boy Scouts
after age 18.
6. Holder pledges to le
brief before Supreme
Court on marriage
Holder has also made a promise that
the Justice Department will advocate on
behalf of LGBT rights at a time when he will
likely have departed the administration.
Amid anticipation over whether the
Supreme Court will take up the issue
of marriage equality, Holder has said
the Justice Department will le another
friend-of-the-court brief in favor of same-
sex marriage.
Although he earlier pledged to le a
brief, Holder during an interview with
NBC News eshed out his promise that
the administration would intercede once
marriage litigation reaches the Supreme
Court, calling LGBT equality the civil
rights issue of our day.
I expect that the Justice Department
will le a brief and the brief will be
consistent with the positions that we
have taken in the past in support of
same-sex marriage, Holder said. I cant
imagine that that would be that we
would take any other position in while
this president is in o ce, and certainly as
long as I am attorney general, or anybody
who is my successor.
It remains to be seen how far the
Justice Department brief will go and
whether it will advocate for marriage
rights for same-sex couples nationwide.
Unlike attorneys general for 32 states,
the administration didnt le a friend-of-
the-court brief before the deadline asking
the Supreme Court to take up a marriage
case in the rst place.
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reporting on allegations by current and
former students and a parent of students
who had recently graduated that LGBT
students at Cape Henlopen High continue
to face anti-LGBT bias.
The story reported that students and
the parent along with other sources,
who spoke on condition of not being
identied, said instances of anti-LGBT bias
were decreasing in recent years. But they
said more work was needed to improve
conditions for LGBT students, noting
that some teachers and administrators
continue to look the other way at such
occurrences.
Michael C. Kelley, director of curriculum
and instruction for the Cape Henlopen
School District, told the Blade on Tuesday
by email that neither the school district
nor Cape Henlopen High had been
contacted or notied as of Tuesday by
the Human Relations Commission of
the commissions decision to look into
possible LGBT-related discrimination at
the school.
As I am sure you understand, it would
be inappropriate for me to comment
on matters in the absence of any direct,
formal notication of concerns, Kelley
said in his email. However, I can assure
you that the district will follow the letter
and the spirit of the law, as well as our
school board policy on nondiscrimination,
in all of our practices, he said.
Maiho said last week that the
commission was in the process of
informing the school district by registered
letter of its request for a meeting to discuss
its inquiry into possible discrimination at
the school.
Brian Donahue, the Cape Henlopen
High School principal, couldnt
immediately be reached for comment
on the action by the Human Relations
Committee.
In an interview with the Blade in May,
Donahue noted that Cape Henlopen High
earlier this year approved and welcomed
the formation of a student Gay-Straight
Alliance (GSA) club. He pointed to existing
school policies and programs promoting
diversity and discouraging discrimination
or bias against anyone, including LGBT
students.
He noted that at least three same-sex
couple students held hands at an outdoor
ceremony in nearby Rehoboth Beach
associated with the schools senior prom,
which is held at the Rehoboth Convention
Center. The same-sex couples were
treated warmly and with respect, he said.
But Donahue acknowledged one of
the references in the Human Relations
Commissions resolution calling for
looking into possible LGBT-related
bias at his school. He said he denied a
request by members of the GSA group
for permission to wear a rainbow colored
stole as part of their graduation gowns
to show support for the club during the
schools graduation ceremony in June.
Donahue disputed a claim by some
sources familiar with the school that
he threatened to disband the GSA if it
pushed too hard for the rainbow stoles.
He said he turned down the request
based on a longstanding school policy
of limiting such stoles to members of
academic-oriented or service-oriented
clubs such as the Honor Society, Future
Farmers of America and the Leo Club, a
youth version of the Lions Club.
He said a rainbow stole would be
making a political statement that is
contrary to the GSAs mission as a support
group.
An o cial with the New York-based
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network or GLSEN told the Blade at the
time that Donahues action appeared to
be in violation of various court rulings
overturning similar school policies.
GLSEN o cial Daryl Presgraves said the
court rulings held that if a school allows
the use of special stoles for students
belonging to one non-curricular or non-
academic club such as the Leo Club it
must also allow a Gay-Straight Alliance
member to wear a stole.
Maiho is one of two out lesbian
or gay members of the 24-member
Delaware Human Relations Commission.
All members of the commission are
appointed by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.
Steve Elkins, director of the Rehoboth
Beach LGBT community center and
services group CAMP Rehoboth, is the
other gay member.
According to the minutes for the June
12 meeting, Elkins was one of eight
members absent during the meeting and
who didnt vote on Maihos resolution.
Elkins couldnt immediately be reached to
determine whether he would have voted
for the resolution had he attended the
June meeting.
Kelley Fox, a member of the Human
Relations Commission sta, said this
week that Maiho introduced her
resolution verbally rather than in writing
and that the commission doesnt have
a written record of the resolution other
than the description of it in the meeting
minutes.
The mention in the minutes about the
resolutions request for a meeting with
Cape Henlopen School District o cials
regarding the recent hate issue appears
to be a reference to a report in the Blade
story about a 2011 incident during a pep
rally held in the schools gymnasium.
Sources familiar with the school said
some students shouted anti-gay slurs at a
male student dressed in womens clothes
while performing a scene from the
Shakespeare play A Midsummer Nights
Dream as one of several performances
at the pep rally.
A parent who witnessed the name-
calling told the Blade that teachers and
administrators were present during
the performance but did not intervene
to stop the taunts by kids in the
audience, prompting the theater teacher
supervising the student actors to abruptly
end the performance before the scene
was completed.
Donahue told the Blade in an interview
in May that the school conducted a
thorough investigation into the matter
and could not substantiate claims by some
that anti-gay name-calling had occurred.
He said teachers and administrators
that were present, including a gay
administrator, each told school o cials
they did not hear or see anyone hurling
anti-gay slurs at the student actor in
question.
A third concern expressed by sources
familiar with the school, as reported in
the Blades June 5 story, was a report
by a 16-year-old student that one of the
schools teachers allegedly has repeatedly
made disparaging and hurtful remarks
about gay people and homosexuality
both in the classroom and in at least one
meeting of an after-school club.
The student paraphrased the teacher
as saying in an after-school meeting
that a homosexual lifestyle is one of the
dirtiest and most disease prone things
that could happen.
The teacher denied making any such
remarks, and Donahue said later that the
school investigated the allegation and
could not substantiate it.
Del. school faces probe for anti-LGBT discrimination
Md. trans law takes efect
A Maryland law that bans anti-transgender discrimination in employment,
housing and public accommodations took eect on Wednesday.
Weve taken one step closer to ensuring that all Marylanders are protected
from discrimination under the law, Gov. Martin OMalley told the Washington
Blade in a statement.
LGBT rights advocates also welcomed the law going into eect.
This law is critical in the lives of transgender Marylanders, said Carrie Evans,
executive director of Equality Maryland, in a statement on Tuesday. For too long
it has been okay to re transgender people, kick them out of their apartments
and deny them services at a restaurant; tomorrow this will be rectied.
I am very pleased, both for the community at-large as well as my team at
Gender Rights Maryland, Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights
Maryland, told the Blade.
OMalley in May signed the law Senate Bill 212 or the Fairness for All
Marylanders Act of 2014 that gay state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery
County) introduced earlier this year.
Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler are
among the statewide o cials who support the law.
Larry Hogan, a former member of former Gov. Bob Ehrlichs administration
who will face Brown in next months gubernatorial election, opposes the law.
Opponents of the statute failed to collect enough signatures to force a
November referendum on it.
Maryland is now among 17 other states, D.C. and Puerto Rico with gender
identity and expression in their anti-discrimination laws.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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The Blade reported in June that students
and a parent complained of anti-LGBT
discrimination at Cape Henlopen High near
Rehoboth Beach.
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Woman charged in fatal
stabbing of girlfriend
Baltimore City Police on Sept. 23
arrested Tamala Harris, 25, in connection
with the stabbing death of her girlfriend,
Tekeya Amanda Johnson, 24, in the
6000 block of Amberwood Road in the
Northeast section of Baltimore, according
to police charging documents.
O cers responded to a report at
around 5 a.m. of a domestic-related
incident and a non-breathing victim.
When entering the apartment, the o cer
shouted, police. The o cer heard a
female voice, later identied as Tamala
Harris, stating over here, according
to the documents. He entered the rear
bedroom where Tekeya Johnson was
lying on the oor, unresponsive, with a
stab wound to the lower abdominal area.
At the scene was Harris who appeared
to have self-inicted non-life-threatening
lacerations to the interior of her forearms
and abdomen, according to police. Both
Johnson and Harris were transported to
separate hospitals and Johnson later died.
Harris was treated and released after
initially refusing medical treatment. She was
then transported to the Homicide Section.
Harris told police that she had a ght with
Johnson. A witness reported hearing the
women cursing and yelling at each other.
Harris reportedly told a medic on the scene
that her girlfriend was stabbed.
According to court records, Harris was
charged with second-degree murder, rst-
degree assault, reckless endangerment,
second-degree assault and possession of
a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
A preliminary hearing will be held on Oct.
22.
Speak Fire panel series
launches with House
The Center for Black Equity Baltimore and
the FreeState Legal Project partnered to host
a Speak Fire panel series for black LGBTQ
folks and allies. Its purpose is to reect on
histories of great resistance and love.
The rst of these panels on house will
take place on Oct. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m., and
from 8-9 p.m. there will be a vogue class
by Boom St. Laurent. These will take place
at Chase Brexton Health Services, 1111 N.
Charles St. in Baltimore.
Were excited to introduce the Speak
Fire! panel series during this years
Baltimore Black Pride, Carlton Smith,
executive director of the Center for
Black Equity Baltimore, told the Blade.
The series is designed to promote
conversations between advocates in the
community without dictations from other
sources. We welcome the communities
input and participate.
The panel consists of leaders within
the African-American LGBTQ community.
Besides Smith they include: Saida
Agostini, director of LGBTQ Resources
at FreeState Legal Project and Speak Fire
series coordinator; Rev. M. Moses Moises,
Old Catholic Priest, Apostolic Catholic
Church in America; and Vann Michael,
president, Black Transmen Incorporated,
Maryland/DC Chapter, among others.
The idea for the Speak Fire! Panel
Series came about through a partnership
between FreeState Legal Project and
Center for Black Equity Baltimore.
We recognized that it was vital to
bring together Black LGBTQ leaders in
Baltimore City and County to talk about
the issues that were relevant to our lives,
said Saida Agostini.
In addition to these events, HIV testing
by Chase Brexton will be available onsite.
STEVE CHARING
TAMALA HARRIS faces a second-degree murder charge.
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McLEAN, Va. Fewer than half of HIV-positive gay and bi men in the U.S. took
anti-retroviral drugs in recent years according to a report published last week by the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and reported on by USA Today and many other
news outlets.
Treatment was especially scant among young men and black men, according to
researchers with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who conducted
the study.
The report is the latest evidence that one of the most powerful tools for protecting
peoples health and preventing new HIV infections is reaching only a fraction of the gay
men who need it, David Purcell, deputy director for behavioral and social science in the
CDCs HIV prevention division, told USA Today.
The report shows that 77 percent of gay and bisexual men newly diagnosed in 2010
got some initial care, as evidenced by lab reports from 19 areas around the country.
But researchers found just 51 percent of all infected gay and bisexual men in those
areas got continuing care. An additional nationwide analysis found 49.5 percent were
prescribed drugs that can suppress the virus, preventing it from destroying the immune
system. Those medications can allow patients to live for decades and greatly reduce
their risk of spreading the virus.
Drug treatment rates were just 30 percent in infected men under age 25 and rose
with age, reaching 68 percent in men 55 and older. Rates also varied by race; black men
got treatment less often than Hispanic and white men, USA Today reports.
Federal health o cials started recommending treatment for everyone with the virus,
including those at the earliest stage of infection, in 2012, after the data were collected.
But the treatment gaps found in the report most likely persist, Purcell says.
Men may stay away from treatment out of denial, because they dont understand the
need, dont have insurance or for many other reasons, including perceived stigma, he
told USA Today.
Study explores LGBT dental care rates in Ohio
CLEVELAND, Ohio LGBT Cleveland residents see dental care as being inaccessible
even when they have insurance according to a new public health survey conducted by
researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the Plain Dealer, an Ohio newspaper,
reports.
In an anonymous survey of 355 adults aged 18 to 84 who identied as LGBT or ally,
researchers found that while the percentage of those who visited the dentist in the
previous year wasnt that much dierent from the general population, barriers such
as cost and fear of discrimination kept many more away, particularly transgender
respondents, only 10 percent of whom reported regular dental visits.
Were trying to bridge this gap in the literature, lead author William Jacobson, who is
pursuing a dual degree in dental medicine and public health at Case Western, told the
Plain Dealer.
Jacobson wanted to nd out if lack of dental care among the homeless would show
up in the broader LGBT community as well, a serious proposition given that poor dental
health is tied to many other serious health problems. As he embarked on research, he
quickly found that there was very little existing information from which to draw, the
Plain Dealer reports.
The survey was conducted over three months in the spring of 2013. All of the
respondents were 18 or older, and either identied as LGBT (nearly 89 percent) or as
straight relatives or friends of someone who identied as LGBT. Sixty-six percent were
born male and 12 percent identied as transgender.
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The newly established Elder LGBT Interprofessional Care Program led by Jerey
Kwong of the Columbia University School of Nursing, is working with other agencies in
the region to ensure health o cials are trained to provide culturally competent care to
LGBT older adults in New York.
Many times older LGBT people remain a silent population because they dont bring
up their sexuality or talk about sex with their health providers, Kwong told Newswise.
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developing a comprehensive health assessment program that will help us identify
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Heres the thing about being rushed
to the hospital on a backboard and neck
brace, covered in blood: Itll change your
perspective on whats important.
On Aug. 26, I had just hailed a taxi-
cab with a friend headed to gay night at
Camden Yards in Baltimore to watch the
Orioles close in on the AL East crown,
when another driver ran a red light at
full speed. We didnt have time to fasten
our seatbelts. He T-boned us, sending the
sturdy Crown Vic over a curb, through a
lamppost and ultimately into a rowhouse
where we smashed through ground oor
windows before nally coming to a stop.
My friend, the driver and I all walked
away from the car. Looking back at pho-
tos of the wreckage, its miraculous that
no one was killed. The cab driver had the
benet of airbags and suered cuts to his
face; my friend suered a broken thumb
and bruised ribs. It turns out while I was
ne from the neck down, my face took
the brunt of the crash. (I hesitate to use
the word accident, because when you
drive in a distracted manner at full speed
and sail through red lights, what do you
expect will happen?)
Shock and adrenaline kicked in im-
mediately after the crash, as my initial
thought was: Were gonna need a new
cab. Then something dripped into my eye
and when I wiped my face, it dawned on
me that I was bleeding profusely.
I broke several bones in my face, in-
cluding the orbital around the left eye,
and sustained a slew of deep cuts to my
face that required so many stitches the
ER doctors lost count.
Strapped to a stretcher, I was rushed
to the ER as hospital o cials greeted me
with a slew of questions: Are you mar-
ried? Do you have an advance medical
directive?
Im embarrassed to say the answer to
both was no, despite a nearly 17-year
relationship with my partner. We always
seemed to have an excuse for putting o
getting those aairs in order. When youre
healthy and (relatively) young, its so easy to
procrastinate such things. Over the years,
Ive written about countless gay couples
that found themselves in nancially des-
perate situations after illness or accident
because they werent married or lacked a
medical directive. Ive editorialized about
the importance of marriage and other
protections for LGBT people yet never got
around to taking care of it for myself.
Lying there immobile and awaiting CT
scans and X-rays with hospital sta buzz-
ing frantically around, I felt like a hypocrite
and worried about what would happen to
my partner and family if I should die.
Two weeks later, doctors determined
that I needed surgery to implant a titani-
um plate in my head to realign the bones.
One of the broken bones severed a nerve,
leaving me with no feeling on the left side
of my face; my doctor gave me a 75 per-
cent chance of regaining feeling there
within nine to 12 months. And faced with
hours of general anesthesia, more facial
trauma and another long period of recov-
ery, those mortality issues came rushing
back. Upon check-in at the hospital, those
same questions about marriage and ad-
vance directives were again asked.
Im fortunate to have had terric care at
Sinai Hospital, a supportive partner, par-
ents, siblings and friends. After a ve-week
ordeal, Im on the mend, though facing
much uncertainty about long-term vision
problems and the potentially permanent
nerve damage, as well as facial scars. But
the scars dont bother me. Im grateful to
be alive, to be able to walk and to have
my vision. And Im grateful for a second
chance at so many things, including taking
a more responsible approach to mortality
and long-term nancial planning.
Last weekend, my partner and I were mar-
ried. Wed spent more than a year debating
the details of the ceremony, the reception,
guest list all the details that seem so im-
portant on that all-important day.
In the end, we realized our wedding
risked becoming more about those ma-
terialistic considerations and the expec-
tations of others than about what we
really wanted. And so, on Sept. 26 ex-
actly one month after the crash we met
the clerk of the peace on a quiet stretch
of Rehoboth Beach under a awless fall
sky and exchanged simple vows, the bit
about in sickness and in health carry-
ing a special and deeper new meaning.
It wasnt the wedding of most couples
dreams we were barefoot and I wore
sunglasses to conceal the extensive bruis-
ing around my eye yet there was per-
fection in the simplicity of the setting and
an overwhelming sense of gratitude to -
nally join an institution wed been exclud-
ed from for so long. There was no guest
list. No fancy reception or band or cake
or any of those usual trappings. Just two
people on a quiet beach committing to a
life together.
Marriage is a bond between two peo-
ple who have pledged to love each other,
trust each other, and face life together,
said the Sussex County clerk of the peace,
John Brady. There is no relationship that
is stronger, yet more delicate, than the
bonds of marriage.
So were facing life together with a fresh
point of view and working on that ad-
vance medical directive. Take it from me:
Youre not invincible or immune to lifes
curve balls. Theres no guarantee that the
hospital sta will recognize your partner
as next of kin. Do all you can to protect
yourself and loved ones now; itll save you
a lot of added guilt and stress in the ER.
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Blade editor KEVIN NAFF after an
August car crash.
America leads, we are
the indispensable nation
The president is doing the right thing
in moving against ISIS, the terrorist or-
ganization calling themselves the Islamic
State. On the other hand, Congress thus
far has refused to debate or vote on what
we should be doing and instead went
home to campaign to keep their jobs be-
lieving that by not doing anything, chal-
lengers couldnt use their words against
them in the campaign. It is a perfect Pro-
le in Cowardice and especially glaring
when we heard the British Parliament ac-
tually debate the issue to determine their
involvement in the coalition that the pres-
ident has put together. Their politicians at
least stood up and took a position.
There are Republican candidates for
the Senate in New Hampshire and New
Mexico, and it is anticipated more will join
them, running ads attacking the president
and trying to tie incumbent senators to
him, accusing him of not doing anything
or not doing the right thing in the war
on ISIS. Yet these same candidates dont
have the guts to say what they would do.
We recently heard from former Sec-
retary of Defense Leon Panetta, former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta, that
they pushed the president to arm Syrian
moderates two years ago in the eort to
overthrow Assad. The president decided
against doing this and again defended
that decision in a 60 Minutes interview
last Sunday. There is no way to know
whether he was right or wrong and if it
would have made a dierence in the
growth and strength of ISIS.
But now the president is acting and is
right to do so. As the only super power
left in the world we cannot stand by
and watch this or other heinous terror-
ist groups murder and pillage their way
through Iraq and Syria, threatening the
rest of the world. We cannot stand by
when Americans are beheaded and our
homeland is threatened. Even if it is a
little late in some peoples estimation,
the president is building a coalition, now
numbering 60 nations, to join the United
States in ghting this war. When asked on
60 Minutes why America must always
be in the lead, he gave what I believe to
be an honest and correct answer. The
president said, That is always the case.
America leads. We are the indispensable
nation. We have the capacity no one else
has. Our military is the best in the history
of the world. And when trouble comes up
anywhere in the world they dont call Bei-
jing, they dont call Moscow, they call us.
The president made his case movingly at
the United Nations last week as he sought
to grow the coalition ghting ISIS. He said,
Fellow delegates, we come together as
United Nations with a choice to make. We
can renew the international system that
has enabled so much progress, or allow
ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow
of instability. We can rea rm our collec-
tive responsibility to confront global prob-
lems, or be swamped by more and more
outbreaks of instability. For America, the
choice is clear. We choose hope over fear.
This could not have been easy for the
president, who just six short years ago ac-
cepted a Nobel Peace Prize. As Karen DeY-
oung wrote in the Washington Post: After
keeping his promise to avoid American in-
volvement in extended wars for nearly six
years, President Obama on Monday began a
military engagement that he acknowledged
is likely to far outlive his time in o ce.
While eschewing putting boots on the
ground, he is sending military advisers
and trainers and our brave airmen and
women to y dangerous bombing mis-
sions over Iraq and Syria. He has admit-
ted America is once again in a war, even if
this war is dierent from the ones George
Bush and Dick Cheney began, which
many believe are the cause of some of
the problems the world faces today.
In ways it would be easier as some
would like to do and bury our heads in the
sand and let the people in those coun-
tries deal with these issues themselves.
But we face the reality that the desire for
this type of isolationism will never again
be possible. We live in a world so inter-
connected that never again will we be
able to pretend things will be alright as
long as we dont get involved.
As the only super power
left in the world we
cannot stand by and
watch this or other
heinous terrorist
groups murder and
pillage their way
through Iraq and Syria,
threatening the rest of
the world.
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Obama doing the right thing
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
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for the Blade.
When trouble comes up anywhere in the world they dont call Beijing, they dont call Moscow,
they call us, PRESIDENT OBAMA told 60 Minutes.
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EDI TORI AL CARTOON
Both hard-working
politicians get things
done for D.C.
During the Democratic primary, I was
an outspoken supporter of Mayor Vince
Gray. Now, I am an avid supporter of
David Catania. It has come to my atten-
tion that some people dont understand
how or why someone could go from
supporting one candidate to the other
so quickly.
Since my days of working with DC for
Marriage, I had gotten to know Gray very
well and developed a great respect and
friendship with him. As early as 2009, I be-
gan urging him to run for mayor against
then-incumbent Adrian Fenty.
During his tenure as mayor, I was ini-
tially concerned about the allegations of
illegal campaign nance activity during
the 2010 campaign. I spent a great deal
of time talking with others who were
involved, trying to make sense of it all.
Eventually, I came to decide that I would
believe what Mayor Gray had to say.
Most voters in the April 1 primary did
not arrive at the same conclusion and he
was defeated by Muriel Bowser. Over the
next few days, I worked through my op-
tions for the forthcoming general election
campaign for mayor: stay out of it, sup-
port David Catania or support the Demo-
cratic nominee, Bowser.
Muriel and I met when she was run-
ning for Council in 2006. She was nice
enough and seemed well put together.
At the time, the dominance of the Fenty
Green Machine made her election a fore-
gone conclusion and I didnt actually put
much thought into it. The experiences
I have had with her since have varied,
leaving me with a less than impressive
impression.
During the debate of whether to intro-
duce a marriage bill, I got to know Cata-
nia quite well. I found him to be politically
savvy, frank and honest, thoughtful and
talented at bringing people of diering
opinions together to agree on a common
approach. He wasnt as warm and fuzzy
as Vince Gray, but neither was Muriel.
Then I considered their records. Bows-
er was not known as being a savvy leg-
islator on Council. Catania, on the other
hand, was known to be a prolic legislator
who was involved in many big issues.
In a Blade editorial in May, I applied the
same rationale for why I supported Vince
Gray in deciding to support David Catania:
I supported Gray for re-election as
mayor because he had a solid record of
accomplishment on a broad set of issues
that I cared about. He was also accessible
to the LGBT community, including the
trans community, which has often been
shut out in the past.
As I look at the choice between Catania
and Bowser, the decision comes down to
the same reasons I supported Gray. One
candidate has a solid history of accom-
plishment as a member of the D.C. Coun-
cil and the other does not. One candidate
has demonstrated a solid understanding
of how to improve government and the
other has not. One candidate makes it clear
where he stands on issues and the other
does not. One candidate can rattle o a list
of accomplishments and the other cannot.
In personal conversations, I learned
that Catania also has a solid record of
supporting D.C.s transgender com-
munity and remains committed to that
should he become mayor. That was
important to me because of the connec-
tion that Mayor Gray has built with our
trans community.
While some may feel like it was a big
jump to go from avidly supporting May-
or Gray to doing the same for Catania, I
dont agree. Their personalities are in-
credibly dierent, but their dedication to
the District and their ability to get things
done are quite similar. Those are the
things that I care about in a mayor and
that is why my choice was easy.
How I moved from backing Gray to Catania
After partners diagnosis, I
want to yell, scream and shut
down some CDC buildings
Its October aka Breast Cancer Aware-
ness Month. Soon the fall colors orange
pumpkins, bronzed oaks, red maples will
clash with pervasive, pastel pinks. Optimis-
tic, can-do, springy Pollyanna pinks. Every-
where. On indicted football players jerseys.
On camo hunting jackets. On the back of
the bus that just cut you o.
No one has written about the pinkness
of breast cancer awareness better than
essayist/activist Barbara Ehrenreich in
Smile, Youve Got Cancer in her book
Cancerland. I wont even try.
But I am about as aware of breast can-
cer as a gal can get. Two years ago, my
dear partner was diagnosed with it and
suddenly life became mammograms,
MRIs, second opinions, mastectomies,
chemo, radiation, hospital time and her
darling bald head. Through it all she con-
tinued to work and, of course, organized
a breast cancer support group of women
shed met since her diagnosis. Ten of
them. Shes not a Why me? kind of gal.
Sitting shiva for one of the women in the
support group, I was moved by the eulogy
a mother gave for her daughter. The moth-
er marveled that her 57-year-old daughter
had never asked, Why me? When she
asked her daughter about it, she said that
shed never asked, Why me? when things
were good, so she didnt feel she could ask
it when things were bad.
As you might suspect, the research on
lesbians with breast cancer has been slow
in coming. Lesbians are often not includ-
ed. A recent British study found that wom-
ens skirt sizes can be a good predictor
of breast cancer. Problem: lesbians dont
wear skirts. Study ndings vary but corre-
late with straight women. Smoking, drink-
ing, obesity and childlessness are factors.
Although its like talking to a fricking
brick wall, I, and many others (see the-
breastcancerfund.org) believe environ-
mental factors play a part. On my totally
Eastern medicine days, I think the stress
of homophobia and the stress of ghting
it, are also factors. Im no scientist.
Who knows? Everyone and no one, it
seems. The more they know, the more
there is to know. Researchers have made
as much progress on the molecular level
as they probably can. The now frontier
is genetic. What was once thought of as
just one Big C, should not dened by af-
fected body part, because cancer cells are
as individual as those snowakes. Too of-
ten while cancer metastasizes, research is
silo-ized, pharmaceutized, academicized
and limited to reducing the size of a tu-
mor for six months, rather than nding
a cure. In the support group, as women
shared about their care, restrictions and
medicines, it became obvious that there
are no real standards of care.
Dont get me wrong. I am very aware
and very thankful for all the incredible
researchers, doctors, nurses, care-givers,
fund-raisers, scientists, sister-survivors,
organizations (like Mautner Project in
D.C.) and all the dear marchers, walkers,
climbers, cyclists for the cause.
The year since my dear partners treat-
ments ended has been a sustained physi-
cal, mental and emotional reclamation
project. A year of fear and anger man-
agement. She is recovering remarkably. I
think I am too until this pink time of year.
You might as well wave a red ag in front
of me. I take my cue from those blood
red AIDS ribbons. I dont want to march.
I want to yell and scream, turn cars over,
burn tires and shut down some CDC
buildings. Less pink. More punk.
The year since my dear partners treatments
ended has been a sustained physical, mental and
emotional reclamation project.
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20 OCTOBER 03, 2014 COMMUNI KATE
In cancer ght, less pink and more punk
KATE CLINTON is a humorist who has
entertained LGBT audiences for 30 years. Her
monthly column appears exclusively in the
Blade. Reach her via kateclinton.com.
VI EWPOI NT
LANE HUDSON is a D.C.-based writer and
activist.
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OUR BUSI NESS MATTERS OCTOBER 03, 2014 21
New D.C. mayor, Council
will face fewer funds and
promised tax cuts
D.C. politicians got a cold hard slap in
the face on Monday.
The party is o cially over.
A day before the close of the scal year,
the citys CFO announced that District rev-
enues from tra c camera enforcement
have plummeted. The preliminary projec-
tion is that total revenue collections will
net at least a full 1 percent less than the
$6.3 billion local budget portion.
Based on revenues through August,
tra c camera nes had generated only
$26.1 million for 11 of 12 months. The re-
port indicates a decline from the nearly
$70 million generated during the same
period in the previous scal year down
a whopping 62 percent.
City o cials had projected a full-year
increase to $93.7 million. Funds from
automated roadway enforcement nes
combined with forfeitures may come in
as low as $70 million under the project-
ed amount.
D.C.s budget has unraveled and is now
unbalanced.
And it gets worse.
When approving the 2015 scal year
budget last summer, District legislators
projected an astounding $156 million in
tra c camera nes a two-thirds in-
crease above 2014. D.C. CFO Jerey De-
Witt warned that, if these trends hold, the
impact on city budgets would be huge.
DeWitt estimates that the annual bud-
get for the period beginning Oct. 1 could
require reduction by another $50 to $70
million, assuming other sources of mon-
ies continue to tally as expected.
The controversial proliferation of tra c
and speed cameras, debated as whether
city funding source or public safety mo-
tivator, looks to be one government pro-
gram that actually changed behavior. A
budget reliance on tra c-rule violators
hasnt proven a smart bet.
And the citys nancial worries do not
end there.
Like the proverbial coal mine canary,
sensible observers have been warning in
recent months that the gravy train is run-
ning out of railway track. Long insulated
from the vagaries of the national econo-
my, the District may be headed toward
di cult nancial times.
The citys economic wellbeing is vulner-
able to a range of potential perils.
An insu ciently diversied local econo-
my continues to be adversely aected by
federal government spending reductions
that arent going to be reversed anytime
soon. An increasing number of residents
are suering stagnating wages with a
corresponding negative aect for com-
munity businesses and ultimately city tax
collections.
Recent months have seen a notable
slowdown in the explosive population
growth of the past several years and the
city now projects a substantial decline
in the rate of growth for coming years.
The local economy suddenly slid into a
technical recession last year, experienc-
ing more than a half-billion-dollar de-
cline in growth.
Booms go bust and upticks go down.
Politicians and residents alike can choose
to be mesmerized by construction cranes,
glossy developments and expensive res-
taurants or can scratch below the sur-
face. A city budget in sudden distress al-
lows no capacity for expanded programs
or new initiatives.
It appears that going-to-gone are the
days of revenue surpluses for the fore-
seeable future. A new mayor and D.C.
Council with several new faces will be
tasked with guring out what expendi-
tures to cut instead of ghting over an an-
nual largess to divvy up.
The task will instead become one of
choosing priorities, ferreting out waste,
focusing on oversight, monitoring perfor-
mance and ensuring e ciencies.
Then there are the scheduled tax cuts.
Pity the politicians who return to voters
having reneged on the recently approved
reforms introducing more low- and mid-
dle-class tax structure progressivity, rate
reductions for seniors, and a mere modi-
cum of much-needed tax relief for both
residents and businesses. These long-
overdue yet modest measures, to be
phased in over ve years, are disingenu-
ously predicated on su cient surplus
revenue to make good on them.
More than a pledge to the populace,
these reforms are critical to expanding the
local economy. An uncompetitive business
environment, extraordinarily elevated tax
rates and serially burgeoning government
spending provide no solution.
Political candidates currently mak-
ing grandiose promises they cant keep
face far more humble tenures they
loathe to admit.
Falling revenues will force city to cut spending
MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur
and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.
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making grandiose promises they
cant keep face far more
humble tenures they loathe to admit.
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Gay clergy pioneer recalls life,
groundbreaking 1960 book
By KEITH LORIA
While names like Harry Hay, Frank Kameny and Larry Kramer are well
known for their eorts in championing rights for the LGBT community,
one name that is often absent from discussions of the most important
gay pioneers yet equally deserving is Rev. Robert Wood.
Today, the 91-year-old Wood lives a fairly quiet existence in a
retirement community in New Hampshire, although he does get
called on to perform many same-sex marriages. More than 50
years ago, Wood spoke out for gay rights both in a controversial
book and by ghting for the cause at demonstrations.
It was in 1960 that Wood wrote Christ and the Homosexual,
the rst book in which an author was brave enough to use his real
name on the subject. It was groundbreaking in its poignant critique
of the church and in its description, support and a rmation of the
gay community.
I had been trying since college to nd something to guide
me as a young gay man trying to nd his way though his sexual
orientation and there was nothing, Wood says during a recent
phone interview with the Blade. You would nd a sentence here
and there, but nothing complete or helpful in any publication.
Also, while I was in the military, I had the occasion to go by the
barracks holding the men who were going to be court marshaled,
and I saw three young men with a Q painted on the back of them,
and that made me very angry and afraid, he says. As a private, I
knew there wasnt anything I could do except promise myself that
someday I would do something about it. That was another reason
for writing the book.
When the book was published, Wood was working as a pastor
at a church in Spring Valley, N.Y., and had been there for six years.
He gave copies to the leaders of the church beforehand so there
would be no surprises.
Everything was out in the open and they were supportive. My
congregation knew me very well, he says. In my book, I called for
acceptance of same-sex marriages I was one of the rst to do so. It
could have blown up at any time but I was very fortunate that is didnt.
Wood lived openly with his life partner, Hugh Coulter, for 27
years (Coulter died in 1989) and credits him with helping him be
brave in his eorts. The two were even at the rst-ever picket line
for gay rights, protesting outside the Civil Service Building in 1965
when it was revealed that the head of the Civil Service Department
wouldnt hire homosexuals.
Next June will be the 50th anniversary of the historic occasion
and Wood was invited by the Equality Forum to take part in a
celebration in Philadelphia to mark the eorts of the 25 brave men
and women from that picket line.
Wood was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and always knew he was
gay. He went to the University of Pennsylvania in 1941 and at the
time, the U.S. was about to embark on World War II.
I enlisted in the Army because they had a program where if
you did, you could stay in college until they needed you and it was
after the rst half of my sophomore year when they decided they
couldnt win the war without me, he says. In January of 1943, I
went to Texas for training and ended up in North Africa, with the
36th Infantry, among the groups that captured Naples.
In December of 43, Wood was wounded in battle and it took
him nearly two years to recover. He was awarded a Purple Heart,
two Battle Stars, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star and
was honorably discharged. With the help of the G.I. Bill, Wood
graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Oberlin
School of Theology.
In 1951, Wood was ordained in the Congregational Christian
denomination in Vermont and served on the Board for Homeland
Ministries for the United Church of Christ and on the World
Ministries Board.
Its been more than 50 years since Christ and the Homosexual
was published and while Wood is pleased to see so much progress
has been made, he says he cant believe being gay is still such an
issue in some places.
What I would like to see is for people to stop using the word
straight as the opposite of gay because [that implies] gay is
crooked, and I think it should be gay or non-gay, he says. There
are still some states that need to make some changes and its
slowly coming along and hopefully it will continue to change in the
right direction.
Wood says he has seen a rise of universities oering academic
courses on gay history and hes sometimes contacted by the
professors, but that hes not that impressed with many of them.
I dont think a lot of them have a deep understanding of gay
history. Some insist gay rights began in Stonewall, but thats not
true, it began in 1951 with Donald Webster Corys book (The
Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach) and Harry Hay
nine years before, Wood says. One professor didnt know what
AIDS stood for. Im concerned about this younger generation who
didnt live through the early days and never had the feeling of
being oppressed and discriminated against. I dont think they can
get that feel from these classes.
What Wood would like to see is a monument for the thousands
of men and women who died in the closet and werent allowed to
live as their God-given selves.
There are thousands of people who lived unfullled lives because
of fear, he says. Those are the people that should be remembered.
Wood retired from the ministry after serving 35 years. In 2001,
the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania honored
him as a gay pioneer and his historical archives are curated by the
Congregational Library in Boston.
How long have you been out and who was
the hardest person to tell?
I came out my freshman year of college
when I was 18, so 14 years now. The hardest
person to come out to was my brother. He
works in a church and is very religious. I
expected him to react badly, but I could not
have been more wrong. He was accepting
and positive. In hindsight, I wish I had
not waited as long as I did to tell him, but
everything happens in its own time.
Whos your LGBT hero?
In college, I had a professor who
had a big impact on me, Dr. Illig. She is a
sociology professor at Salisbury University.
She taught me a great deal about pride and
politics. Dr. Illig also acted as a surrogate
mom for those students who were away
at college, providing support, advice and a
shoulder.
Whats Washingtons best nightspot, past
or present?
If I go out, I dont usually gravitate to LGBT
nightspots. I always enjoyed Nellies. I liked
the laid back atmosphere.
Describe your dream wedding.
Casual. If I could wear jeans and T-shirt
to my wedding, that would be the best. I
never had an ideal wedding. As long as I am
surrounded by friends and family and I am
marrying someone that I love and care about,
then I could care less about the color scheme
or location.
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about?
Special education and services for people
with special needs. I worked in special
education in dierent capacities for 10 years.
It is something that I am very passionate
about.
What historical outcome would you
change?
The election of 2000. I think our country
would be in a very dierent place if Al Gore
(or Ralph Nader for that matter) would have
become president.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
I remember watching the Michael Jackson
concert live from Budapest on TV with a
bunch of friends. We all moonwalked and
danced and sang along.
On what do you insist?
That people be kind. There is no need for
rudeness, bitterness or disrespect. I might
not always agree with people or their point of
view, but I try to always be kind.
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?
It was I love Mellie Grant! I had just
watched the new episode of Scandal. I love
her.
If your life were a book, what would the
title be?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Because that would be much more exciting.

If science discovered a way to change


sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would not change my sexuality. I love
who I am. I am proud of who I am. Sexual
orientation is not something that needs to be
changed.
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world?
I think there is a higher power of some
sort. Im not sure what it is or called. I think
we are all cosmically connected. Wow, I didnt
know that 20 questions would get so deep.
Whats your advice for LGBT movement
leaders?
Make bold choices. Think globally, but
act locally. Also, dont forget the B and T
members of our community.
What would you walk across hot coals
for?
My parents. My boyfriend. My cat. A large
cheese pizza.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
The idea of straight acting. Lets just act
however we want to act without a stigma as
to what behaviors are straight and those
that are gay. I would hate to see what
someone considers gay acting.
Whats your favorite LGBT movie?
It would be a toss-up. Love! Valour!
Compassion!, because I think its beautiful
depiction of friendship and an adaptation of
one of my favorite plays by Terrance McNally.
The other would be But Im a Cheerleader
because its campy and fun.
Whats the most overrated social custom?
Saying yes instead of yeah. My students
would always correct themselves when they
said yeah or yep because some teacher
somewhere told them they had to say yes.
Also, raising your hand to speak.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
One of my nieces said I was the best uncle
ever. Ill take that.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


How to budget my money wisely. And that
blonde frosted tips are not hot.
Why Washington?
Because Seattle is too rainy. I love D.C.
I always discover something new and
interesting about this city. Also, as a theater
artist, it is the best theater town, hands down.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
The founding of the D.C. Queer Theatre Festival three years ago came
about when Matt Ripa and some fellow theater lovers started talking about
the need for outlets for LGBT-themed theater and new works.
Conceived as an all-volunteer organization, its founders decided from the
start that all ticket sale proceeds would go to the DC Center, which at the time
was hoping to expand its arts oerings as well. Now its part of the Centers
bevy of arts oerings, which also includes the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair, the
Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Summit and Reel A rmations, a lm series.
Theater is just what I love to do and Ive always been interested in nding
new ways to bring awareness to certain issues in a non-threatening way,
says Ripa, a 32-year-old Frederick, Md., native. Sometimes we get bogged
down with donate to this, donate to that and everywhere you turn theres a
sob story please give us money. But this is a fun night and were very
clear about where your ticket money goes.
This years event is a one-night-only staged reading of local playwright Bob
Bartletts work Kuchu Uganda, set in 2009 just before the Uganda legislature
passed a bill making homosexuality punishable by death and how the violence
of homophobia destroys two households. It will be performed Saturday night
at 8 p.m. at the Anacostia Playhouse (2020 Shannon Pl., S.E.). Tickets are $20
and can be purchased either at the door or online at thedccenter.org.
Ripa worked in special ed for several years but recently joined the sta of
his alma mater Catholic University in its drama department.
He and his partner, John, live in Rockville with their dog, Smiley, and cat,
Brecht. Ripa enjoys playing guitar, learning the banjo, cooking, directing,
reading and crossword puzzles in his free time.
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Richard Greenbergs Take Me Out
is often called the gay baseball play.
And while it does hit those bases (gay
playwright, gay protagonist, naked guys
onstage), its unsparingly universal too.
After baseball superstar Darren
Lemming (Jaysen Wright) unexpectedly
holds a press conference to let the world
know hes gay, he mistakenly believes
therell be no blowback. After all, bad
things dont happen to a young, rich and
admired centerelder. Or so he thinks. In
time, his announcement sets o a string
of disastrous events, none of which hed
ever imagined.
Now playing at 1st Stage in Tysons, the
winner of the 2003 Tony Award for best
play unfolds in ashback. Quickly we learn
that following Lemmings admission, the
young biracial players game remains
good, but his team, the world champion
New York Empires, begin losing. To help
x things, they bring up an incredibly
laconic pitching star from the AA league,
Shane Mungitt (an excellent Ryan Kincaid).
When Mungitt nally begins to talk, the
Empires learn their latest phenom is in
fact a confused redneck with a horric
backstory. Things go from bad to worse.
The stalwart Sun King Davis plays
aable and articulate team veteran Kippy
Sunderstrom who tries to smooth out
the ensuing situation. Unfortunately his
good intentions dont help. Devyn Tinker
is appropriately priggish as Lemmings
judgmental pal Davy Battle, a star player
on an opposing team who gures
prominently in the plots most tragic point.
The team also includes (among others)
intense and lonely Japanese pitcher
Takeshi Kawabata (graceful Jacob Yeh),
and an amusingly green catcher Tim
Torre (Jason Chenier).
Into this jock mix, is thrown Mason
Marzac, Lemmings new nebbishy gay
business manager played with absolute
relish by Adam Downs. While the nerdy
numbers cruncher and his removed,
cool client couldnt be more dierent,
they share one thing in common. Both
are isolated from the gay community
Marzac because he is socially awkward
and not the Chelsea ideal. And Lemming
because he just doesnt know people.
Wright nails Lemmings arrogance,
detachment and quiet turmoil.
With Lemming as his new client,
Marzac becomes besotted with baseball,
unabashedly rhapsodizing about the
physical and philosophical joys of the
sport. Finally he feels hes a part of
something. Its Marzac who strives to
quell Lemmings growing disenchantment
with the game.
Skilled director Doug Wilder has
assembled an excellent design team.
Ruthmarie Tenorio has created a diamond-
shaped stage thats equally convincing
as a clean-lined clubhouse with working
showers or a professional playing eld.
Jane Chan provides stadium-like lighting.
And even before the show begins, Neil
McFadden creates a ballpark ambience,
providing the rumble and roar of the crowd.
On Broadway and at D.C.s Studio
Theatre in 2005, much was made of the
plays onstage nudity. But here, at a strip
mall in suburban Virginia, the actors bare
bodies are no big deal. It just seems what
youd see in a locker room.
At times, playwright Greenbergs
script feels as if it might slide into clich,
but then it quickly moves back to the
unpredictable. None of his characters are
all good or bad. There are no martyrs,
heroes or absolute devils. Take Me Out
is a paean to the game. But its also about
trust and community. And like life, its
incredibly funny, often unnerving and
sometimes tragic.
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Comedian shares laughs and bites
Lesbian comedian Tig Notaro will appear at Breast Cancer Bites, a charity
brunch, at the Source by Wolfgang Puck (575 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) Saturday
from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Breakfast Bites, part of comedy festival Bentzen Ball, will feature a cooking
class by the Sources Executive Chef Scott Drewno. Notaro, who has battled
breast cancer herself, will be joined by comedian Jena Friedman. Notaro has
appeared on The Sarah Silverman Program and also curated Bentzen Ball.
Tickets are $75. Call 202-637-6100 for reservations. For more details, visit
brightestyoungthings.com/bentzen-ball.
U.K. gay movie gets D.C. sneak peek
Pride at Work presents an advanced screening of Pride at Landmarks E
Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Pride tells the true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists in London who
try to raise money to support the families of the national Union of Mineworkers
on strike. The lm opens in D.C. on Oct. 10.
Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, visit a.
salsalabs.com.
D.C. gets taste of
South Asian dance
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh
Dance Company hosts its 11th annual
Fall Festival of South Asian Arts at
University of the District of Columbia
(4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight and
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tonight Malavika Sarukkai will give a
short Bharata Natyam performance and a
screening of the dance documentary The
Unseen Sequence. The director of the
lm, Sumantra Ghosal will be there for
the screening. Saturday Shijith Nambiar
and Dancers will perform. The company
is gay-managed and has gay dancers.
Tickets for both shows range from
$27.50-57.50. For more information, visit
dakshina.org.
Velocity Dance Festival
kicks o next week
Washington Performing Arts and
Shakespeare Theatre Company present
Velocity Dance Festival at Sidney Harman
Hall (610 F St., N.W.) starting Thursday
through Oct. 11.
The dance festival begins Thursday
at 6:30 p.m. with the Ramp! Series
featuring Katie Sopoci Drake, Bowen
McCauley Dance and more. Other dance
companies will perform throughout the
weekend including the Washington Ballet.
Tickets are $18. For more details, visit
washingtonperformingarts.org.
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By KRISTEN HARTKE
If youre in the market for a wedding
cake, the Chefs for Equality fundraiser
recently held by the Human Rights
Campaign was the place to be, as pastry
chefs from across the D.C. region created
multi-tiered colorful confections to
celebrate marriage equality.
While several of the cakes on display
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unique wedding cakes that any happy
couple would want to share with their
guests. The focus of the event was on
Virginia, since HRC is targeting that state
to pass marriage equality legislation,
imbuing the cakes with real local avor,
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Padua Player, executive pastry chef of
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Networks Sweet Genius, veered away
from a literal Virginia-themed dessert when
crafting a chic six-tiered cake for Susan
Gage Caterers covered in gold fondant with
a hand-applied abstract pattern.
This was my third year making a
cake for this event and I wanted to do
something dierent, a little more avant
garde, couture and high-end, Player
says. Youre denitely not going to see
that cake at your friends wedding.
Just about to open her new bakery
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was similarly inspired to take a dierent
approach with her menswear-inspired
four-tiered cake with a pinstripe fondant
and dozens of handmade buttons
scattered artfully across the cake.
We decided to come up with a ctitious
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us add personality to the cake, Tomason
says. Our happy ctitious twosome were
a couple of gentlemen from Virginia who
were very much into food, cigars and mens
fashion. The subtle shimmer of the buttons
added a bit of drama and celebration to the
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both as individuals and as a duo, with
Tomason noting, Your cake is one of the
last impressions you get to make on your
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thinking about their guests by addressing
any food allergies and then allow each
layer to have a distinct avor that tells a
story about the couple, being sure that the
avors complement each other, such as
citrus and berry, or chocolate and almond.
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with chocolate, can be tough to pair with
other avors.
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memorable and timeless, regardless of
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possible.
You may want to consider a cake that
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pairing tropical and European avors, or
decorations that reect a favorite vacation
spot or shared hobbies. Player has even
made a wedding cake once that was an
exact replica of the wedding cake of the
parents of one member of the couple.
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Featuring the citysbest-known ensembles, undiscovered gems, andeveryone
in between, the VelocityDC Dance Festivalhas become one of the highlights of
Washingtonsdance season, returning for its sixth season with abroad range
of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop,tap to amenco.
ART ON TAP
OCT 3. THE ART LEAGUE. THE ART LEAGUE GALLERY.
703- 683- 1780. THEARTLEAGUE. ORG.
Sample the creative combinations of craft-beer and restaurant tastings paired
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Closing on Sunday, this exhibition brings together some 70 works in a variety
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Cassatt from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when they were most
closely allied.
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With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhrys Pulitzer Prize-winning play
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28 OCTOBER 03, 2014 THE GUI DE TO ARTS & CULTURE
THEATRE
Evita. Thru Oct 19. Shear Madness.
year-long. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Aquila Theatre: Wuthering Heights.
Oct 5. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Elmer Gantry. Oct 7-Nov 9.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.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.
Cem Yilmaz. Oct 7. Nick Swardson.
Oct 8. Warner Theatre. 202-397-7328.
warnertheatredc.com.
The Spencers Theatre of Illusion.
Oct 4-Oct 5. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
Swing Time The Musical!. Thru Nov
30. Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial.
swingtimethemusical.com.
Yentl. Thru Oct 5. Theater J.
800-494-8497. theaterj.org.
Three Decembers. Thru Oct 4.
UrbanArias. Artisphere. 888-841-2787.
urbanarias.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.
Bug. Oct 3-Oct 18. Dominion Stage.
Gunston. 571-377-4697.
dominionstage.org.
Edgar Allan Poes Nevermore.
Thru Oct 12. Workhouse Arts Center.
703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Thru Nov 2. Synetic Theater.
866-811-4111. synetictheater.org.
DANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Oct 3. GMU
Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468.
cfa.gmu.edu.
Hind Benalis Fleur de Orange. Oct 4.
Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.
MUSI C
AIR Alumni: Victoria Vox. Oct 8.
Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
Oct 8. Rajna Swaminathan and RAJAS.
Oct 9. Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
NSO: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul
Jacobs, organ with Tamara Wilson,
Twyla Robinson, and Paul Appleby.
Thru Oct 4. David Zinman, conductor:
Angela Hewitt, piano. Oct 9-Oct 11.
NSO. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra.
Oct 3. GW Lisner Auditorium.
202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu.
Ray Chen, violin. Oct 9. WPA.
Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir.
Oct 4. GMU Center for the Arts.
888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.
Toumani Diabat & Sidiki Diabat.
Oct 3. Artisphere. 877-241-2787.
artisphere.com.
MUSEUMS
Kreeger Museum. Emilie Brzezinski: The
Lure of the Forest. Thru Dec 27. John L.
Dreyfuss Inventions. Thru Apr 1.
202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
National Gallery of Art. Degas/Cassatt.
Thru Oct 5. Andrew Wyeth: Looking
Out, Looking In. Thru Nov 30. Modern
American Prints and Drawings from the
Kainen Collection. Thru Feb 1.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Chasing Rivers:
From the Colorado to the Ganges.
Oct 8. Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the
Cretaceous. Thru Apr 12.
202-857-7000. nglive.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.
GALLERI ES
Strathmore. Grace Hartigan: 1922-
2008 & Heritage India: Works by Anujan
Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar.
Thru Nov 9. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
BlackRock. Pop: Everlasting paintings by
Cory Oberndorfer. Thru Oct 3.
301-528-2260. blackrockcenter.org.
WPA at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Hothouse
Video: Saya Woolfalk. Thru Nov 14.
202-488-7500. wpadc.org.
Flashpoint Gallery: CulturalDC. Emily
Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar.
Thru Oct 11. 202-315-1305.
culturaldc.org.
Gallery plan b. New Paintings by Sheep
Jones. Thru Oct 12. 202-234-2711.
galleryplanb.com.
Goethe-Institut. ApocalyptiCAT. Thru
Oct 10. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
JCC Greater Washington. Voices of the
Vigil. Thru Oct 19. 301-881-0100.
jccgw.org.
Joan Hisaoka Gallery. Divergence. Thru
Oct 25. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
Neptune Fine Art. Raya Bodnarchuk:
Bronze Sculpture. Thru Oct 4.
202-338-0353. neptuneneart.com.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall.
Electronic Aesthetics. Thru Oct 5.
703-845-6156. nvcc.edu.
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TODAY
Touchstone Gallery (901 New York
Ave., N.W.) holds an opening reception
for Neardistance by Gale Wallar and
Raw and Pure by Georgia Nassikas
tonight from 6-8:30 p.m. Neardistance
is an exhibit that showcases paintings,
prints and drawings of mythical and real
landscapes. Raw and Pure showcases
painting made with bee wax, carbon,
graphite and more. Both exhibits run
through Oct. 30. For more information,
visit touchstonegallery.com.
Urbanarias presents a nal weekend
showing of the gay-themed opera Three
Decembers at Artisphere (1101 Wilson
Blvd., Arlington, Va.) tonight and Saturday
at 8 p.m. Three Decembers follows a
Broadway star and her adult son and
daughter through three decades of their
lives. The show stars Janice Hall, Emily
Pulley and Michael Mayes. Tickets are $28.
For more details, visit urbanarias.org.
Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode
Island Ave., N.W.) holds a screening of
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
tonight from 7-9 p.m. The documentary
revisits the life and murder of Matthew
Shepard. Admission is free. For more
details, visit action.hrc.org.
The Cheesecakes, an all-queer
burlesque troop, presents Best of
Burlesqueer: Dead Disco! at Black Cat
(1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m.
The show is a tribute to deceased music
stars. Performers include Diva Darling,
Cherie Sweetbottom, Pussy Noir, Dainty
Dandridge and Glam Gamz. Tickets are
$12 in advance and $15 at the door. For
more information, visit blackcatdc.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 4
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at
the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington
Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.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.
Rumba Latina presents LGBT Disney
at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.E.) tonight from 10
p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Willie and DJ Milko will spin
tracks. Drink specials include $5 Corona,
$6 Jose Cuervo shots, $5 Long Island iced
teas and more. For more information,
visit cobaltdc.com.
Local drag performer Peaches has a
show at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at
10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and
$12 after 11 p.m. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Admission is limited to guests 21 and over.
For more details, visit towndc.com.
Code Redux hosts a location closing
party at the Crucible (16 M St., N.E.)
tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. This will be
the last event held at the Crucible before
it closes its current location. DJ Jake Marx
and DJ David Merrill will spin tracks.
Fetish dress code required. For more
information, visit the-crucible.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 5

Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.)
hosts Sparkle, a queer open mic night,
in the Langston room from 8-10 p.m.
The night is hosted by Regie Cabico and
Danielle Evennou and features queer-
friendly readings from LGBT poets. Cover
is $5 and can be purchased online or at
the restaurant staring at 10 a.m. There
is a limit of four tickets per person. For
more details, visit busboysandpoets.com.
Tagg presents Ladies Tea at Hanks
Oyster Bar (1624 Q St., N.W.) from 3-5:30
p.m. today. Select beer, wine and rail drinks
will be $5. Oysters and raw bar will also
be available. There is no cover. For more
information, visit taggmagazine.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, OCT. 6
The D.C. Center (1318 U 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.
The Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
hosts happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. today.
All drinks are half price. Enjoy pool, video
games, and cards. Admission is free. For
more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
TUESDAY, OCT. 7
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party from
7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts free and
condential HIV testing today from 3-5
p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8
The Lambda Bridge Club hosts duplicate
bridge at the Dignity Center (721 8th St.,
S.E.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. No reservations
needed and new comers welcome. If you
need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Hillwood Museum (4155 Linnean Ave.,
N.W.) has the opening of the Russian
Sacred Arts Gallery this evening from 5:30-
8 p.m. Dr. Scott Ruby will give a lecture
on the history of the Eastern Orthodox
Church and Russia, religion in the
Soviet Union and how icons are used in
churches and homes. Before the lecture,
preview the gallery, which includes
icons, vestments and liturgical vessels.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $7 for
students and free for Hillwood members
and volunteers. For more details, visit
hillwoodmusuem.org.
The National Archives Museum (700
Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) presents
Courtroom Drama: Covering the
Supreme Court, a panel discussion, in
McGowan Theater tonight at 7 p.m. The
discussion will focus on what its like to
cover the news from the Supreme Court.
Panelists include Garrett Epps, Marcia
Coyle and Jess Bravin. After the discussion,
there will be book signings. For more
information, visit archives.gov/museum.
Rainbow Response, an LGBT intimate
partner violence prevention group, meets
in the third oor conference room at
National City Christian Church (5 Thomas
Circle N.W.) today from 6-7 p.m. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 9
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers for Food and
Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) tonight from
6-8 p.m. Volunteers will chop vegetables
and pack groceries. To volunteer, email
jonathan@burgundycrescent.org. For
more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Rude Boi Entertainment hosts
Tempted 2 Touch, a ladies dance
party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida
Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink
specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night.
No cover charge. Admission limited to
guests 21 and over. For more details, visit
rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.
MARIAH COOPER
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Neardistance, a work by Gale Wallar on
display now at Touchstone Gallery.
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Until she was in kindergarten, Daisy
Hernndezs entire world sat in Union
City, N.J. Her parents, her Cuban father
and Colombian mother, spoke only
Spanish at home, although Hernndez
learned a smattering of English here and
there and more once she was sent to
Catholic school.
English always held a certain fascination
for her but Hernndezs three tas
insisted she keep up with her Spanish,
which she resented. There were words
that didnt translate easily from English
to her parents language, so there were
things she couldnt share with her elders.
To make that leap to leave for another
language hurts.
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told her father that she wanted to be a
writer, he told her shed gone crazy. Still,
Hernndez pursued her dream, maybe
because storytelling was in her blood.
Her Mami loved sharing tales of her own
immigration from Colombia, how shed
heard that money grew on trees but,
instead of nding cash on the ground like
leaves, shed had to nd a factory job.
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female household gave Hernndez
a map of life and relationships. She
learned about men and whom to marry,
disappointing her Mami and tas with
her rst Colombian boyfriend. American
boys, they told her, were better because
anything made in America works but, at
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about sex. So did a feminist body-awareness
class she took early in her college career,
which was where she suddenly understood
a long-held feeling that, once articulated,
would hurt her mother and cause a rift with
her favorite auntie.
I love kissing boys, Hernndez says,
but a girl I could kiss a girl.
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roots, and of assimilation and claiming
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were. These tales are sprinkled, essay
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discovery that I couldnt get enough of.
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Hernndez takes, speaking her truth,
rmly, no arguments.
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with quiet humor and familial devotion to
make this a dont-miss for memoir fans.
And if thats you, then have A Cup of Water
Under My Bed. Youll like whats inside.
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When working with a buyer or seller
for the frst time that isnt quite sure
what they are looking for, one of their
frst questions is simply, Whats popu-
lar today? This question, while simple, is
much more complex as trends constantly
evolve year to year. This year, though not
quite over, has shown us a clear picture of
home trends. From open plans to a new
palette of colors, 2014 provided us with
trends we saw coming as well as some we
didnt quite see.
First, new construction, as well as
large-scale renovations, prioritize large,
open foor plans. Open plans allow for
much more diversifcation of space, from
mixed-use living areas to fexible dining
layouts. One major advantage to open
foor plans is defnitely the focus on inter-
actions. With large open spaces, a home
feels much more interactive than a layout
that silos the home into compartments.
For the future, you can defnitely count on
open foor plans to stick around.
Now, lets move toward colors. As a rule
of thumb for 2014, gray is the new beige.
Whereas beige has been much more of
a go-to base color for the past several
years, several shades of gray are now top-
ping the must have list for primary wall
color for living spaces. However, vibrant
accents to these grays are now more im-
portant than ever. In particular, accents
of purple, royal blue, magenta, and other
vivid colors are common to give a feel
of modern luxury. In the private areas,
warm colors such as caramel and cinna-
mon are popular now for a warm feeling.
With beige reining supreme for some
years, I think it is safe to say that change
is a good thing for now.
In the bathroom, 2014 was about hon-
esty. That is, most of us rarely use the
bathtub. And thus, 2014s construction
and renovation was all about removing
the tub and installing large luxurious
showers complete with benches and
multi-head systems. Moreover, lets not
forget the tile fnishes, and 2014 has given
us so much to choose from with recycled
glass, stone tile, and pebble tile popular
throughout the year.
One of the most noticeable changes to
fnishes the past year has been the con-
tinued increase in the quality of kitchen
appliances. In D.C., almost every new con-
struction project provides the buyer with
high-end appliances. With stainless steel
the reining preference, the price for new
appliances will no longer break the bud-
get as in the past. As the market contin-
ues to evolve, expect high-end appliances
to stick around due to the cheaper costs
of production and demand for luxury ap-
pliances.
Finally, one fnal lesson from 2014 is a
step back from industrial to contempo-
rary. Taste-specifc and modern develop-
ments are no longer on the rise; instead,
buyers are looking for classic design with
all the modern fxings. This jump back will
certainly continue through 2015.
And so, how does all of this add up? In
terms of selling your property, it is impor-
tant to update your home to the current
trends if at all possible. Sure, creating a
more open foor plan may be difcult in
a home with a much more traditional lay-
out, but a new coat of paint that keeps up
with the times is an easy fx when prepar-
ing your home for sale.
For the buyers just now entering the
market, it is important to understand
trends in real estate as they will paint a
much better picture for expectations
when touring properties. Regardless,
trends will continue to evolve. Will chang-
es will 2015 bring?
REALESTATE
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TIM SAVOY is a real estate agent with Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage, Dupont Circle.
Reach him at 202-400-0534 or timothy.savoy@
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FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM Representing
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P.A. www.SP-Law. com.
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703-920-8665. Application &
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month, agentpotter@yahoo.com.
RENT / DC
BLOOMINGDALE 2BR ENGLISH
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neighborhood w/ plenty of restaurants.
202-638-1830.
MT. PLEASANT QUIET duplex.Fully
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or fully furnished. By appointment.
$4200 . luij@me.com, 202.907.4086.
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SALE / MD
BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC FARM 78 acres
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WDC. Results Brokerage Services, Jack
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$267.900
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