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Gay candidate asks
voters to look at record,
not party label
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
EDITORS NOTE: This is the second of a three-
part series proling the leading candidates
for mayor. Last weeks interview with Carol
Schwartz is available at washingtonblade.com.
Next week: Muriel Bowser.
If he should emerge as the winner in
the Nov. 4 mayoral election, D.C. Council
member David Catania (I-At-Large) would
become the rst non-Democrat, the rst
white person, and the rst out gay to
become mayor of the nations capital
since the start of the citys home rule
government in 1974.
Most political observers agree that
those are three big hurdles to overcome,
and many believe Catanias status as a
non-Democrat may be the most di cult
of the three.
But Catania, 46, and his supporters
both gay and straight argue that a
careful assessment of his 17-year record
on the City Council would convince voters
that he is the most progressive of the
three main candidates in the race and
a proven good-government advocate
whos most qualied for the job of mayor.
Im the only one in the race with a
progressive record of substance, Catania
said in an interview with the Washington
Blade earlier this month.
And I think that progressive record
resonates across all demographics in our
city, he said. Ive won ve races citywide.
Ive made friends in every corner of the
city. And I have delivered for every corner
of the city.
Added Catania, And when people go
into the voting booths they are asking
themselves do they want a mayor who
can deliver and who has delivered and
who knows where he or she is going to
take the city. Do they want values or do
they want labels?
Some believe Catania faces another
hurdle of overcoming his status as a
former Republican in the eyes of at least
some D.C. voters. Catania rst won his seat
on the Council in 1997 as a Republican.
He switched from being a Republican to
an independent in 2004 when President
George W. Bush announced his support
for a constitutional amendment to ban
same-sex marriage.
Catania again points to his record,
dismissing as ridiculous any notion that
he would be inuenced by the rightward
drifting GOP he says he abandoned for
reasons beyond Bushs opposition to
marriage equality.
He said his Republican roots stem,
among other things, from his childhood
upbringing in his mothers hometown of
Osawatomie, Kan., a town in which the
abolitionist movement with close ties
to the then edgling Republican Party
took hold shortly before the start of the
Civil War. Catania notes that the towns
leaders advocated for Kansas to become
a free rather than a slave state.
Hes most proud, he said, of his role as
author and lead advocate for the citys
marriage equality law that the Council
passed in 2009 and enabled same-sex
couples to begin marrying in D.C. in early
2010. He says hes also proud to have
authored a transgender rights measure
that requires the city to issue a new birth
certicate for people who transition from
one gender to another.
Other city measures he authored
and played a key role in shepherding
through the Council include the citys
medical marijuana law and the smoke
free law banning smoking in most places
of employment, including bars and
restaurants. During his 10-year stint as
chair of the Councils health committee,
Catania is credited with pushing through
major reforms in the citys AIDS related
programs, boosting the citys program
for providing medical insurance for
low-income residents and children, and
preventing United Medical Center, the
citys only hospital serving residents east
of the Anacostia River, from closing due
to nancial problems.
Catanias two main rivals in the
mayors race Council member Muriel
Bowser (D-Ward 4), the frontrunner in
the race according to latest polls, and
former Council member Carol Schwartz,
a Republican turned independent,
argue that their own records and
accomplishments make them the best
suited to be mayor.
Bowser has said she is reaching out
to all voters, even though her campaign
emphasizes shes the Democratic candidate
whos been endorsed by President Obama.
With more than 76 percent of the citys
voters registered as Democrats, most
political observers consider Bowser to have
a signicant advantage.
Catania supporters, including his large
cadre of Democratic supporters such as
former Council member Sharon Ambrose
(D-Ward 6), point to what they say are
strong signs of voter dissatisfaction with
the status quo of D.C. politics.
The indictment of three City Council
members in recent years on corruption-
related charges and the investigation
of Mayor Vincent Gray for the illegal
shadow campaign linked to his 2010
election have changed the way voters
view their elected o cials and candidates,
many political pundits have said.
Catania backers, noting that two of the
three indicted Council members were
Democrats and the other had strong ties
to the Democratic Party, have said voters
are ready to break from the past trend of
electing only Democrats as mayor.
Im clearly the anti-establishment
candidate, he said. In this city we have a
machine and I dont want to be a part of
that machineI want to see things that
arent right and I want to make them right.
Catania has been endorsed by a number
of organizations his supporters consider
to be progressive, including the Sierra
Club and the Gay and Lesbian Victory
Fund. He received a +10 rating from the
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the
groups highest possible score.
The Blade interviewed Catania for this
story on Oct. 6, the day the U.S. Supreme
Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage
to become legal in several new states.
Washington Blade: Theres breaking
news this morning from the Supreme
Court, which refused to take on the same-
sex marriage cases from several states,
including Virginia. It appears that same-
sex marriages can begin in Virginia as
soon as today. What is the signicance of
that as you see it?
David Catania: Its breathtaking the
scope and pace of change with respect
to marriage equality today. Im reminded
that on this day ve years ago on Oct. 6
of 2009 is when I introduced the marriage
equality legislation in the Council. So weve
come a long way in ve years. Its a pleasant
coincidence that the Supreme Court would
deny cert for these many circuits on the
subject of marriage equality on the same
day that marks the introduction of marriage
here. Weve come a long way.
Blade: How do you see D.C. tting into
all of this?
Catania: Whats interesting is that in
2014 a lot of people kind of jumped on
the marriage bandwagon. But I remember
laying the foundation for this work in 2008,
when many of the individuals who have
been involved in advancing LGBT rights
in the city were not sold on the timing of
my introduction and the strategy that we
took. But I took a very purposeful strategy
starting in November of 2008 that ultimately
culminated in the introduction in October of
2009. It was a very deliberate, very focused
eort to get people, to get the community
galvanized, to get the community on board
with the notion of inevitability to bring the
various leaders in the community together,
to bring the religious community together
with the LGBT community.
We got very lucky. A whole series of
events made it possible for us to go forward.
I want to say that I think often about Frank
Kameny. And its a name I hope we dont
forget. And I think of him in particular
as the father of the movement here in
so many ways. Now there have been so
many others. I dont want to suggest him
at the exclusion of others. But as far as me
personally, Frank Kameny played a big role
in my thinking toward how we were going
to capture our equality.

Blade: With that as a backdrop, why


are you running for mayor?
Catania: Well, for the last 17 years Ive
gotten up every day with an incredible
sense of urgency, and Ive run toward
the citys problems. And Im running
for mayor for the same reason I ran for
Council in 1997. I see a city that can do
better. And I see things that arent right
and I want to make them right.
Thats what Ive spent my career doing.
And globally its a city that has strong
enduring fundamental strengths. But we
havent really lived our values. Our values
our common values as a city where
after 17 years having been in every corner
of the city I can tell you as a city we have
common values that are deeply American
values. We believe in opportunity. We
believe in fairness. We believe in playing
by the rules. And yet our government
very often falls short of those values. I
think we need a government that is as
good as we are, as good as our values.
And thats why Im running.
Im the only one in the race that candidly
has a record of delivering for people.
So my principle opponent is trying to
encourage people to be for her because
of her party label. And its hard to see any
evidence that she advanced the ball on
behalf of the people in our city.
CONTINUES AT WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
04 OCTOBER 24, 2014 LOCAL NEWS
Catania: Im best qualied to be mayor
I see a city that can do better, said mayoral
candidate DAVID CATANIA. And I see things
that arent right and I want to make them
right.
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WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM OCTOBER 24, 2014 05
Survey nds undecided
voters breaking for
Dem nominee
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
A new poll commissioned by the
business advocacy group Economic
Growth DC shows D.C. Council member
Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) leading her
main rival, Council member David Catania
(I-At-Large), by a margin of 45 percent
to 33 percent, with independent Carol
Schwartz at 12 percent.
In a dramatic change from a similar
poll commissioned by Economic Growth
DC released on Oct. 1, the number of
respondents saying they were undecided
dropped from 27 percent to just 7 percent
in the latest poll.
The earlier poll showed Bowser leading
Catania by an 8-point margin. Theres a
margin of error in the latest poll of plus or
minus 3.5 percent.
The latest poll was conducted for
Economic Growth DC by Greenberg
Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic
polling rm. The earlier poll was conducted
by the Arlington, Va., rm Poll LLC.
The latest poll was released on the
same day that Catania held a news
conference and rally outside the o ces of
the citys Board of Elections to showcase
his support from prominent Democratic
voters and community leaders.
Among those turning out for the
gathering were several prominent gay
Democrats, including Ward 6 Advisory
Neighborhood Commissioner Andy
Litsky and Ward 3 ANC commissioner
and former Gay and Lesbian Activists
Alliance President Bob Summersgill. Gay
Democratic activists Lane Hudson and
John Klenert, who joined the Catania
campaign as volunteers earlier this year,
also attended the gathering.
Catania said he was condent a
growing number of Democratic voters
would recognize his long record of
accomplishments on the City Council and
view him as being both the progressive
and anti-establishment candidate needed
to lead the city. The Catania campaign has
said its own internal polling has shown
him continuing to narrow Bowsers lead.
But o cials associated with the latest
poll said its ndings indicate longstanding
D.C. voting trends favoring Democratic
mayoral candidates appear to be emerging
with Election Day less than two weeks away.
It seems that Democrats who may
have been on the fence have come
home to Council member Bowser, said
Dave Oberting, Economic Growth DCs
executive director.
Bowsers advantage is built upon the
strength of her support among African-
American voters, who comprise a slight
plurality of the electorate, a statement
released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner says.
The poll, which sampled 800 likely
voters through landlines and cell phones
between Oct. 16 and 19, found that
Bowser led Catania among African-
American respondents by a margin of
57 percent to 19 percent, with Schwartz
receiving 14 percent of the African-
American sample.
Catania led Bowser among white voters
by a margin of 51 percent to 32 percent, with
Schwartz receiving 9 percent of the sample
of white voters, according to the poll.
The poll shows that Bowser came out
ahead of Catania with women voters by a
margin of 45 percent to 32 percent, with
Schwartz receiving 13 percent of female
voters. Bowser was ahead of Catania by a
similar margin with male voters, receiving
46 percent of the male vote compared to
35 percent for Catania. Schwartz received
10 percent of the male vote.
Though Bowser holds a solid lead,
there is an element of uidity left in the
race, the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
statement says. One-in-ve voters in this
electorate are weak Bowser supporters,
and another 7 percent remain undecided.
The statement also points out that on
specic issues, Bowsers lead over Catania
is considerably less than 12 percent and
on a few issues, she trails Catania.
The poll found that when asked which
candidate represents a change from
the current administration, Catania
was ahead of Bowser by a margin of 40
percent to 28 percent, with Schwartz
receiving 13 percent.
Catania also beat Bowser on the
question of who would work with the
business community to grow and create
jobs, with 38 percent saying Catania
would do those things compared to
31 percent for Bowser. Twelve percent
picked Schwartz on that question.
However, on the question of who would
improve public schools, Bowser came in
ahead of Catania by a slight margin of 34
percent to 33 percent, despite Catanias
outspoken support for improving the
citys schools in his role as chair of the
Councils education committee.
Bowser and Catania had nearly
identical favorability ratings, according
to the polls ndings. Bowser had a 48-
27 favorable versus unfavorable ratio.
Catania had a 46-23 ratio of being viewed
favorably versus unfavorably.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
06 OCTOBER 24, 2014 LOCAL NEWS
D.C. mayoral candidate MURIEL BOWSER
holds a comfortable lead over her opponents
less than two weeks from the election,
according to a new poll.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Catanias sexual orientation surfaces in mayoral debate
An open discussion of D.C. Council member and mayoral contender David Catanias status as a gay man surfaced for the
rst time in a mayoral debate last week that aired on Sunday.
Washington Post columnist Colbert King, who served as co-moderator with WRCs Tom Sherwood, asked Council member
Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) whether she would reject the support of a voter who told the Post last month that she could not vote
for Catania because he sleeps with men and that is against her religious beliefs.
There are a lot of reasons not to vote for my colleague, Mr. Catania, Bowser said. And none of them have to do with his
sexual orientation.
When pressed further by King about whether she would want the vote of 75-year-old Hester Campbell, the North Michigan
Park resident who told the Post she couldnt vote for Catania because hes gay, Bowser said, I reject that notion that people
should be judged on their sexual orientation any dierently I would want Ms. Campbell to think dierently.
Catania, whos running as an independent, said he tells voters such as Campbell that he believes he can represent them.
I have had those encounters in my 17 years on the Council, and I would tell her the same thing I have mentioned to others,
the Post quoted Catania as saying. We are all children of God. It is not up to us to judge each other.
Schwartz said Catanias sexual orientation should be o limits in the campaign.
If youre going to be that intolerant of people I dont want your vote, Schwartz said.
In expanding on his thought on the question, Catania pointed to D.C.s long history of equality for all people, including the
interracial couple whose challenge of Virginias ban on interracial marriage let to a Supreme Court decision overturning that ban.
When Richard and Mildred Loving decided to get married when they couldnt get married in the state of Virginia they came
to the District of Columbia, said Catania. And we were a place that was welcoming for equality. So it is part of our tradition
of equality.
Catania added, Now I have some enlightened self-interest because I hope to one day marry Bill. But in the meantime Im
very proud of our city and Im proud of the eorts were making toward equality.
He was referring to his partner, Bill Enright.
Bowser also expanded on her response to Kings question.
What I have done, Colby, is in my tenure in Ward 4 Ive been a leader, she said. Ive stepped up when it has made a
dierence to speak up on what is right. Not everybody in my ward agreed with my vote on marriage equality. I reject that notion
that people should be judged on their sexual orientation any dierently.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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Anti-propaganda
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By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
O cials at the Kyrgyz Embassy in D.C.
last week met with a group of LGBT rights
advocates to discuss a proposal that
would ban so-called gay propaganda in
the Central Asian country.
Aibek Omokeev and Zamira
Tohtohodjaeva met with Viachaslau
Bortnik of Amnesty International; Ellen
Sturtz of Center Global at the D.C. Center;
Ashley Fowler of the Human Rights
Campaign and Gleb Latnik, a gay Russian
man who plans to seek asylum in the U.S.,
inside the Kyrgyz Embassy in Northwest
Washington for nearly an hour.
The advocates along with a handful of
others were standing on the sidewalk in
front of the building on Massachusetts
Avenue, N.W., before the impromptu
meeting with rainbow ags, banners
and signs in English and Russian that
expressed opposition to the measure.
Omokeev walked outside and greeted the
protesters before inviting Bortnik, Latnik,
Sturtz and Fowler inside the embassy to
meet with him and Tohtohodjaeva.
Omokeev also allowed the Washington
Blade to attend the meeting.
We came to express our concern, said
Bortnik at the beginning of the meeting.
The meeting took place a day after Kyrgyz
lawmakers by a 79-7 vote margin approved
the propaganda bill on its rst reading.
Those convicted under the proposed
law, which is similar to a 2013 Russian law
that bans the promotion of so-called gay
propaganda to minors, would face either a
ne of up to $100 or a year in jail for what
Labrys, a Kyrgyz LGBT advocacy group,
describes as committing actions aimed
at creating a positive attitude towards
non-traditional sexual relations by using
the media and the Internet. People found
guilty of actions aimed at creating a
positive attitude towards non-traditional
sexual relations among minors would
face a $115 ne or up to a year in jail.
Kyrgyz parliamentarians must approve
the propaganda measure two more times
before it goes to President Almazbek
Atambayev for his signature.
I hope the Parliament wont pass this
law and the president wont sign it into
law, said Latnik, speaking in Russian as
Bortnik interpreted.
Bortnik said he and other advocates are
worried that rates of anti-LGBT violence
will increase as they say it has in Russia if
Atambayev signs the propaganda bill.
We believe that LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan
are also citizens, said Bortnik. They have all
the rights that other citizens have and they
shouldnt be discriminated (against.)
Omokeev noted Wednesdays vote is
just the rst step.
He cited a Russian Wikipedia entry that
claimed eight U.S. states have laws which
prohibited LGBT propaganda. Omokeev
said the same post also noted some states
also ban positive references to same-sex
sexual relations and homosexuality in
their school curriculua.
The advocates pressed Omokeev on
these claims.
Sturtz suggested Omokeev was actually
talking about state laws she contends
allow discrimination against LGBT
people, as opposed to Ugandas Anti-
Homosexuality Act and other draconian
statutes around the world that specically
target gays and lesbians.
Its very dierent than the proposed
law in Uganda or in Nigeria or in
Cameroon and other places around the
globe and whats happening in Russia,
said Sturtz. Im not sure how propaganda
translates into what laws youre imaging.
I can be red for being a lesbian or not
hired for being a lesbian. I can be refused
a restaurant meal or a hotel room.
Walk to End HIV set for Saturday
As many as 7,000 people, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, are expected to
descend on Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. early Saturday morning for the
28th Annual Walk to End HIV.
The event, formerly known as AIDS Walk Washington, is produced by and
serves as a benet for Whitman-Walker Health and several of its community
partners. Since the 1980s Whitman-Walker has provided HIV-related care and
prevention programs along with other health services for the LGBT community
and the broader D.C. community.
Whitman-Walker Health announced in June that AIDS Walk Washington
would become the rst AIDS walk in the country to take the word AIDS out of
its name, according to a statement issued by Whitman-Walker. This was done
to reect the dramatic shift thats been seen in the HIV epidemic over the past
three decades from a disease that led to rapid decline and almost certain
death to a chronic, manageable condition.
This years event includes both a walk and a run, with each traveling the same
5 kilometer route along sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. and around part
of the National Mall along Independence Avenue, S.W. The walk and runwere
tobegin and end at Freedom Plaza.
Same-day registration and other activities, including an uplifting program of
music, speakers and warm-up exercises,were set to beginat 7 a.m. at Freedom
Plaza, which is located at 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., the
Whitman-Walker statement says.
The 5k timed runwas scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. The walk was scheduled
to kick o at 9:20 a.m. A post-walk celebration, including performances and
awards, was scheduled to begin in Freedom Plaza at 10 a.m.
Entertainment was to include performances by the Gay Mens Chorus of
Washington, Shi-Queeta Lee and Drag City, and Kaution Dance Kru. Mayor Gray
was scheduled to speak at the gathering, which was to be hosted by NBC4 TV
anchors Aaron Gilchrist and Eun Yang.
Further details of the event can be found at walktoendhiv.org.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
From left, GLEB LATNIK and VIACHASLAU
BORTNIK protest Kyrgyzstans gay
propaganda bill outside the countrys
embassy in Northwest D.C. on Oct. 16.
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Locals talk with Kyrgyz
of cials about anti-gay bill
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Carter appointee bucks
trend of pro-gay rulings
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
A federal judge on Tuesday bucked the
recent trend of pro-gay marriage court
rulings and upheld Puerto Ricos ban on
gay nuptials.
In a 21-page decision, U.S. District Judge
Juan Perez-Gimenez, a Carter appointee,
ruled 40-year-old precedent from the U.S.
Supreme Court dictates that courts must
uphold laws against same-sex marriage.
Because no right to same-gender
marriage emanates from the Constitution,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
should not be compelled to recognize
such unions, Perez-Gimenez writes.
Instead, Puerto Rico, acting through its
legislature, remains free to shape its own
marriage policy. In a system of limited
constitutional self-government such as
ours, this is the prudent outcome. The
people and their elected representatives
should debate the wisdom of redening
marriage. Judges should not.
Same-sex marriage is illegal in Puerto
Rico as a result of a law signed by then-
Gov. Pedro Rossell in 1999 dening
marriage as a civil contract whereby a
man and a woman mutually agree to
become husband and wife.
Perez-Gimenez points to Baker v.
Nelson, a 1972 case seeking marriage
equality that the Supreme Court refused
to hear for want of federal question, as
precedent for upholding Puerto Ricos
marriage ban.
The multitude of other judges whove
struck down bans on same-sex marriage
have pointed to more recent decisions,
such as the ruling against the Defense
of Marriage Act, as reason to believe
precedent has changed since that time.
But Perez-Gimenez writes these
decisions arent su cient to imply that
Baker is no longer binding authority.
Criticizing other courts that have
struck down bans on same-sex
marriage, Perez-Gimenez says marriage
should be restricted to one man, one
woman because that denition is the
fundamental unit of the political order.
At one point, the judge invokes incest as
a possible outcome if decisions against
these laws continue.
A clear majority of courts have struck
down statutes that a rm opposite-
gender marriage only, Perez-Gimenez
writes. In their ingenuity and imagination
they have constructed a seemingly
comprehensive legal structure for this
new form of marriage. And yet what is
lacking and unaccounted for remains:
are laws barring polygamy, or, say the
marriage of fathers and daughters, now
of doubtful validity?
The lawsuit was led by Lambda Legal
on behalf of three same-gender couples
who live in Puerto Rico seek recognition of
their marriages from another jurisdiction;
two same-gender couples who seek the
right to marry in Puerto Rico; and Puerto
Rico Para Todos, a LGBT group in the
Commonwealth.
Puerto Rico lies within the jurisdiction
of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Should the plaintis decide to appeal
the decision, thats the court that would
consider the case. Although the appeals
court hasnt considered a marriage
lawsuit since the Supreme Courts
decision against the Defense of Marriage
Act last year, it determined that DOMA
was unconstitutional based on a low
standard of rational basis review.
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, sta attorney
for Lambda Legal, told the Washington
Blade his organization will of course
appeal the ruling to the First Circuit,
saying the decision dees logic.
The courts ruling directly conicts
with the wave of recent decisions nding
these marriage bans unconstitutional and
perpetuates the discrimination and harm
done to same-sex Puerto Rican couples
and their families, Gonzalez-Pagan said.
Michael K. Lavers
contributed to this report.
HRC endorses PrEP to reduce HIV
WASHINGTON The
Human Rights Campaign
has o cially endorsed pre-
exposure prophylaxis as a
means to prevent the spread
of HIV.
An HRC policy paper
released on Oct. 19 said
the organization specically
backs the use of Truvada,
a combination of two
antiretrovirals that Gilead
manufactures. It is the only drug currently approved for PrEP.
HRC explicitly endorses the use of Truvada for PrEP as a key aspect of a
comprehensive preventive care regimen, reads the policy paper. We believe
that PrEP is a critically important tool that must be part of any and all eorts to
end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes PrEP can reduce the
risk of infection among at-risk populations by up to 92 percent.
HRC in its policy paper acknowledged PrEP remains a controversial issue
among some HIV/AIDS service providers and advocates.
We recognize there is still ongoing debate about PrEP, and that there are
those out there who will disagree with our stance, says HRC. However, HRC
does not believe this is reason enough to justify denying people the opportunity
to make an informed decision about PrEP with a knowledgeable healthcare
provider. Nor does it justify stigmatizing those who may ultimately decide to
use PrEP.
Truvada costs an average of $1,300 a month without any sort of insurance
coverage or access to payment assistance programs.
Philadelphia LGBT liaison dies
PHILADELPHIA Gloria Casarez, the rst director of Philadelphias O ce of
LGBT Aairs, died last weekend. She was 42.
The Philadelphia Gay News reported that Casarez died after a long battle with
breast cancer.
She was a clear, strong voice to the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia
and across America, said Mayor Michael Nutter in an Oct. 19 statement that
announced Casarezs passing.
Casarez, a native Philadelphian, was the coordinator of the LGBT Center at
the University of Pennsylvania and the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian
Latino AIDS Education Initiative before joining the Nutter administration in 2008
when he created the citys O ce of LGBT Aairs.
Nutter on Oct. 20 lowered the rainbow ag at Philadelphia City Hall to half-
mast in honor of Casarez as local LGBT advocates looked on.
Casarez is survived by her wife, Tricia Drissel, and her mother.
Mich. LGBT group receives $3 million donation
DETROIT Michigans only statewide LGBT advocacy group on Oct. 21
announced it had received the largest donation in the organizations history.
Equality Michigan said in a press release it had received $3 million from the
estate of Henry Messer. More than $1 million will go directly to the organization,
while the additional money was donated to the Community Foundation for
Southeast Michigan that contains Equality Michigans endowment.
Messer, a brain surgeon who was discharged from the U.S. Air Force during
World War II because he was gay, co-founded the Triangle Foundation in 1991.
The organization merged with Michigan Equality in 2010 and became Equality
Michigan.
Henry was a visionary but he was also a mentor and guardian to everyone
who has worked for Equality Michigan, said Equality Michigan Executive Director
Emily Dievendorf. Our work today would not have been possible without
Henrys compassion, generosity, and passion for our mission and communities
which we serve.
Messer passed away in his suburban Detroit home in February with his
partner of 63 years, Carl House, by his side. He was 86.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a
lawsuit challenging Puerto Ricos same-sex
marriage ban that a lesbian couple led
earlier this year.
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issue among some HIV/AIDS service providers.
Judge upholds Puerto
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change, while GOP
candidates cling to opposition
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
With support for LGBT rights and same-
sex marriage on the rise, much has been
said about the way in which Democrats
have turned the issue to their advantage
against Republican opponents in the mid-
term elections.
But given the projected losses for
Democrats on Nov. 4, campaigning on
these issues apparently isnt enough to save
incumbent candidates in close races. On
Wednesday, the Senate forecast tool on The
Hu ngton Post website gave a 66 percent
chance of Republicans picking up the six
seats needed to win control of the Senate.
In the case of the U.S. Senate race
in Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Courts
decision to refuse to hear an appellate
decision against Virginias marriage ban
which eectively legalized marriage
equality in the state appears to have
played to the advantage of incumbent
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).
Upon the news that the Supreme
Court wouldnt hear the case, Warner,
who had previously touted the economic
benets of same-sex marriage during an
appearance at Northern Virginia Pride,
issued a statement praising the decision.
Allowing people to marry who they
love is the fundamentally right thing
to do, and it strengthens our families
and communities, Warner said. This
is a remarkable and memorable day in
Virginias march toward equality.
Two days later in a debate, Warners
opponent Ed Gillespie, was put on the
defensive, saying he accepts the courts
decision even though he continues to
oppose gay nuptials. As former chair
of the Republican National Committee,
Gillespiepushed for a U.S. constitutional
amendment banning same-sex marriage
throughout the country.
The court has ruled on this, Gillespie
reportedly said. It is the law in Virginia
today, and as I do not believe that a
federal law is the proper approach,
then of course I accept the decision by
the Supreme Court not to take up this
decision of the circuit court.
This race is one of the few in which
an incumbent Democrat is sitting pretty
ahead of Election Day. According to
a University of Mary Washington poll
published earlier this month, Warner
is leading Gillespie by 10 points among
likely Virginia voters.
In Colorado, incumbent Sen. Mark
Udall (D-Colo.) isnt faring as well, even
though the Colorado Democrat praised
the arrivalof marriage equality inhis state
and has a strong record on LGBT rights.
When the Supreme Court refused to review
court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage
in Utah and Oklahoma eectivelybringing
marriage equality to Colorado Udall issued
a statement commending the decision as a
win for the state.
We are a stronger, better state when all
couples are able to publically a rm their
shared commitment and responsibilities
to one another through marriage, Udall
said. The U.S. Supreme Courts move to
let the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court
of Appeals decision in favor of marriage
equality stand is a win for all Coloradans.
Meanwhile, his opponent, U.S. Senate
candidate and Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.),
said in a statement to FOX31 Denver the
issue belongs to the courts and we must
honor their legal decisions, but sought to
avoid social issues in his campaign.
While others might seek to divide
Coloradans, I will not do that, Gardner
was quoted as saying. Coloradans are
tired of politicians who spend all their
time on partisan hot-button issues that
divide our state. We need leaders who
are focused on bringing people together
on the economic issues that we all agree
on. Our nation is in real economic trouble
and thats what my campaign is all about.
In that state, the divergence between
the Democratic and Republican candidates
on the marriage issue doesnt seem to be
playing as favorably to the Democratic
candidate. A Public Policy Polling poll
published Tuesday gave Gardner a 46-43
lead in his bid to unseat Udall.
In North Carolina, the situation is
somewhat reversed as the Republican
candidate is taking a more active
approach over the court decision in
favor of marriage equality, although the
Democrat continues to speak out.
Just before a court ruled for marriage
equality in North Carolina, U.S. Senate
candidate and House Speaker Thom
Tillis sought to defend along with Senate
President Pro Tempore Phil Berger the
state ban on same-sex marriage in court.
When they were denied the ability to
intervene and U.S. District Judge Max
Coburn struck down the law, Tillis and
Berger sought to appeal to the U.S.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite
existing precedent in that circuit in favor
of marriage equality.
I feel it is my responsibility, after 60
percent of the people voted that into law,
to defend the laws of the state, Tillissaid
at a debate last week, denouncing liberal
activist judges and vowing to go back to
the Supreme Court.
Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan,
who came out for same-sex marriage last
year, issued no statements regarding
the decision on either her U.S. Senate
or campaign website, although she
did reiterate her support for same-sex
marriage in a recent debate and criticized
Tillis for spending taxpayer dollars to
defend the ban.
Although Tillis has claimed momentum
in the race, the situationhas thus far not
detracted from Hagans lead in the polls.
A SurveyUSA poll of likely North Carolina
voters published on Tuesday found
that Hagan remains in the lead with 46
percent support, compared to 43 percent
support forTillis.
But in Kansas, where the U.S. Tenth
Circuit Court of Appeals decision against
marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma
has created precedent to rule against
the states marriage ban, the Republican
incumbent is eager to defend the law
ahead of the mid-term election.
According to the Associated Press, the
campaign of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
sent a mailing last week to 300,000
voters, criticizing independent candidate
Greg Orman, who has said government
shouldnt prohibit same-sex marriage.
Orman has been endorsed by the
LGBTgroup Equality Kansas.
This closely watched race has
unexpectedlybecome among the closest
in the country. A Monmouth University
poll published on Monday found the race
is in a dead heat. Roberts enjoys support
from 46 percent of voters, while Orman is
supported by another 46 percent.
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Transgender troops
from across globe
speak out at D.C. forum
By CHRIS JOHNSON
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Three years after the end of Dont Ask,
Dont Tell enabled openly gay people
to serve in the U.S. military, a renewed
push is underway to allow transgender
Americans to serve openly in the
armed forces and the challenges and
opportunities in making progress are
remarkably similar.
On Monday, the American Civil
Liberties Union and the Palm Center, a
San Francisco-based think-tank on sexual
minorities in the military, hosted a day-
long conference at the ACLU o ces in
D.C. featuring policy experts on LGBT-
inclusive militaries as well astransgender
service members from around the globe.
Their stories were intended to highlight
the continued ban keeping transgender
people from serving openly in the U.S.
armed forces. Even though Dont Ask,
Dont Tell is repealed, transgender
people are still barred from military
service under medical regulation.
Similar to the struggle against
Dont Ask, Dont Tell, the success of
foreign militaries that have integrated
transgender people into their ranks
is serving as a potential model for the
United States. And also like the early days
during the ght against the militarys gay
ban, fears about shared access to shower
facilities, in addition to a perceived
reluctance from senior leaders to move
forward, are blocking the way.
At the conference, representatives
who hail from foreign militaries
talked about the integration of openly
transgender people into their armed
forces. Even though instances of
harassment or objections to the service
were acknowledged, the general sense
was that militaries were able to allow
transgender people to serve without
impeding operations.
Maj. Alexandra Larsson, the rst person
to transition and serve in the Swedish
Armed Forces, beamed with pride
about being able to deliver a 60-minute
presentation before Swedish intelligence,
saying she has the best job in the world.
Based on her experience, Larsson told
the Washington Blade the best argument
for lifting the ban in the United States is
the realization that transgender people
already serve in the U.S. armed forces.
In order to create an even more
eective force, the best way, I think, is
to make them available to be who they
are and perform and to contribute to
the U.S. armed forces as a professional
individual, Larsson said.
Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Lassaline, who reviews
social policy for Canadian Forces in the
Directorate of Human Rights & Diversity,
emphasized that training, training,
training is responsible for creating an
environment favorable to transgender
inclusion in the military.
Some countries such as the United
Kingdom and Sweden never had outright
bans on transgender people serving
(the ban repealed 15 years ago in Britain
aected only gay people). Instead, those
countries experienced greater inclusion
through the adoption of nationwide non-
discrimination laws and policies.
Squadron Leader Sarah Maskell, who
promotes equality and diversity in the
British Royal Air Force, told the Blade the
openness withrespect to transgender
service helps creates a more combat
eective force for the United Kingdom.
They put their personal perspectives
in their diversity of thinking, so you
dont just get a standard vanilla-avor of
decision-making, Maskell said. You get
people bringing their cultural specics,
you get people bringing their relationship
views. You get the whole person; they
bring their whole selves to work. Theres
no double life.
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies,
which is based in The Netherlands,
distributed at the conference its 2013
report commissioned by the Dutch
Military of Defense on the LGBT-
inclusivenesss of militaries across the
globe. The United States ranked No. 40
out of 103.
Landon Wilson, a sailor who was
booted from the U.S. Navy earlier this
year for being transgender, told the
Blade foreign militaries with successful
transgender policies are a good example
for the United States.
Were hearing a lot of stories from
foreign militaries who our are big
allies, Wilson said. So, these are the
countries that we serve beside, that we
go to war with. And to know that theyre
implementing policies that have been in
place for 15 years, we need to catch up to
that, and it shows that its possible.
An estimated 15,500 transgender
people are serving in silence in the U.S.
military because of the policy that bars
them from being open about their gender
identity, according to a May report from
the Williams Institute at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
The stories that some of these U.S.
service members told at the forum were
dierent than the experiences of their
overseas counterparts.
Capt. Jacob Eleazer, a transgender
member of the Kentucky National Guard,
said hes in a state of limbo regarding
his status in the military.
After he came out as trans four years
ago, a request for resignation was led
on his behalf. Eleazer said he was sent to
medical evaluation, where he was asked if
he was sexually assaulted as a child under
the suggestion that, despite established
medical opinion to the contrary, thatmay
have caused him to be transgender.
Eleazers potential resignationwas later
rescinded on behalf of his commanding
o cer, whomEleazer said put her career
in jeopardy by sticking her neck out for
him. Despite these di culties, Eleazer
said he wants to continue military service.
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Transgender service members discuss their experiences in the military at an ACLU, Palm
Center forum.
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President takes evolution
in support of gay nuptials
a step further
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama made headlines in
2012 when he announced he completed
his 18-month evolution and now supports
same-sex marriage, but in an article
published Monday he took that evolution
a step further.
In an interview with The New Yorkers
Jerey Toobin, Obama said he now
believes the U.S. Constitution aords
same-sex couples the right to marry in
every state throughout the country.
Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection
Clause does guarantee same-sex
marriage in all fty states, Obama was
quoted as saying.
Obama madethe comments just after
the U.S. Supreme Court declined to
review lower court decisions in favor of
marriage equality and additional judges
continue to strike down bans on same-
sex marriage.
In an interview focused on his impact
on the federal judiciary, Obama also was
quoted as praising justices for declining
to hear the cases, reportedly identifying it
as the best decision from the court during
his tenure as president.
In some ways, the decision that was
just handed down to not do anything
about what states are doing on same-
sex marriage may end up being as
consequential from my perspective, a
positive senseas anything thats been
done, Obama said. Because I think it
really signals that although the Court was
not quite ready it didnt have su cient
votes to follow Loving v. Virginia and go
ahead and indicate an equal-protection
right across the board it was a
consequential and powerful signal of the
changes that have taken place in society
and that the law is having to catch up.
Shannon Minter, legal director for the
National Center for Lesbian Rights, said
he expects Obamas words to have an
impact both on ongoing litigation and the
public arena.
We are delighted by the presidents
statement, Minter said. Having the
president of the United States recognize
and a rm that same-sex couples have
a right to equal treatment under state
marriage laws is meaningful, both with
courts and the public.
The view that the Constitution
guarantees same-sex marriage in every
state takes Obamas position on marriage
further than he or his administration has
ever previously articulated.
In his 2012 interview with ABC News
Robin Roberts, Obama said he personally
supports same-sex marriage, but said
ultimately he believes the issue should
be left to the states and was hesitant to
federalize the issue.
During his second inaugural address in
2013, Obama appeared to go a step further
and support thefederal case for same-sex
marriage, saying the American journey isnt
over until our gay brothers and sisters are
treated like anyone else under the law.
But the next day, then-White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney seemed to backtrack
and said Obama continues to believe
marriage is a state issue.
Following pressure from LGBT
advocates, Obamas position was
advanced in a legal document when the
Justice Department led a brief before the
U.S. Supreme Court against Californias
Proposition 8 that stated the gay nuptials
deserved federal protections under the
U.S Constitution. In an interview with ABC
News George Stephanopoulos, Obama
said he couldnt imagine an instance in
which courts should determine a ban on
same-sex marriage is constitutional.
But at the same time, the Obama
administration endorsed in the document
what was then known as the eight-state
solution, which would advance marriage
equality in states with civil unions or
domestic partnerships.
Asked by Chief Justice John Roberts
during arguments on Prop 8 if the
Obama administration wanted a ruling or
marriage equality throughout the whole
country, U.S. Solicitor General Donald
Verrili, much to the chagrin of some LGBT
advocates, replied, [W]e are not taking
the position that it is required throughout
the country. We think that that ought to
be left open for a future adjudication in
other states that dont have the situation
California has.
Prior to the U.S. Supreme Courts
decision to refuse to hear subsequent
cases seeking same-sex marriage, U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder pledged
to le a brief in support of same-sex
marriage when litigation returned to
the court. It remains to be seen and
perhaps now it will never been known
whether the Obama administration
would have advocated for a ruling in
favor of same-sex marriage throughout
the country or something more limited.
Jon Davidson, legal director of Lambda
Legal, said the support for marriage
equality that Obama articulated is a
helpful and powerful statement that
reects his ongoing evolution.
President Obama is not just our chief
executive o cer; he was a constitutional
law professor and his views, which I
certainly believe are correct, are in accord
with the nearly unanimous views of the
judiciary since the Supreme Court struck
down the core of the federal Defense of
Marriage Act, Davidsonsaid.
Moreover, Davidson predicted that
Obamas view on the constitutional
guarantees of marriage equality would
soon become a reality.
The mountain of decisions since
Windsor have all decided these issues
based on principles applicable to all 50
states, not just the cases before them, and
I believe it wont be long before President
Obamas words reect our history rather
than our future, Davidson said.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA said the U.S.
Constitution guarantees marriage equality in
all 50 states.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Obama sees right to marriage in all 50 states
Kaplan representing plaintifs in Miss. lawsuit
The lawyer who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act
before the U.S. Supreme Court is now representing two lesbian couples in a
federal lawsuit against Mississippis gay nuptials ban led on Monday.
Roberta Kaplan is the lead counsel in the case brought by Rebecca Bickett and
Andrea Sanders of Harrison County and Jocelynn Pritchett and Carla Webb of
Jackson who are seeking marriage rights. The Campaign for Southern Equality, a
North Carolina-based advocacy group, is also a plainti in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was led in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Mississippi.
Bickett and Sanders, who live along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, have been
together for 10 years and are raising twin boys.
The two women rst lived together in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed
their families homes. The lawsuit notes their rst home together was a trailer
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bickett and Sanders tried to apply for a marriage license in Hinds County in
March, but o cials denied their request.
Pritchett and Webb have been together for 11 years and are raising their
6-year-old daughter Grace and their 2-year-old son Ethan.
The two women married in Maine last year, but Mississippi does not recognize
their marriage.
These constitutional provisions and statutes deny gay couples and their
families the dignity enjoyed by other Mississippians, reads the lawsuit. They
also deny gay couples a huge number of signicant and concrete rights, benets
and duties that automatically come with marriage.
Pritchett told the Washington Blade this week during a telephone interview
that a fertility clinic in Mississippi would not treat her because she and Webb
were not a straight married couple. Pritchett said another doctor also refused.
We ended up having to go out of state to get pregnant, she told the Blade.
It was really hard and really, really expensive because we had to miss a lot of
work.
Gov. Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood and Hinds County Circuit Clerk
Barbara Dunn are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Hoods o ce did not immediately return the Blades request for comment.
Mississippi voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional
amendment that not only denes marriage as between a man and a woman but
prohibits the recognition of gay nuptials legally performed in other jurisdictions.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM OCTOBER 24, 2014 19
Hundreds to attend LGBT
rights confab in Mexico
EDITORS NOTE: The Blade will have a reporter in Mexico City covering next weeks conference.
Visit washingtonblade.com for updates.
Nearly 400 advocates from around the world are expected to attend a global LGBT
rights conference next week in Mexico City.
Dennis and Judy Shepard are among those scheduled to speak at the International
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference that
will take place in the Mexican capital from Oct. 27-31. Ty Cobb of the Human Rights
Campaign, Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, Urooj Arshad and Ariel Cerrud of the
Washington-based International Youth Health and Rights and advocates from Cuba, the
Netherlands, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and dozens of other countries are also expected
to attend.
We are happy that delegates to the conference come from government, academia,
inter-governmental and activist organizations, ILGA Co-Secretary General Gloria
Careaga Prez told the Washington Blade.
The Shepards who have traveled to Jamaica, Poland and other countries in recent
years on State Department-sponsored trips are scheduled to take part in a panel on
families during the ILGA conference with advocates from the U.S., Brazil and India. They
also plan to meet with LGBT children and their parents through the U.S. Embassy while
in Mexico City.
Dennis and I are excited to be able to meet so many amazing activists from ILGA
next week, Judy Shepard told the Washington Blade in a statement. Were very much
looking forward to learning from the other participants.
Davis Mac-Iyalla, a gay Nigerian advocate who sought asylum in the U.K. in 2008, had
a similar sentiment.
I hope to learn from others attending the conference across the world [about] how
they are leading human rights issues in their locality, he told the Blade. [I] will share
those experiences with my Nigeria brothers and sisters in the movement.
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of Equal Ground, a Sri Lankan LGBT
advocacy group, said the conference is a unique opportunity to network with fellow
activists to ensure there is a constant exchange of ideas and ideals which lead to
furthering the LGBTI global movement and making positive changes for LGBTI persons
all over the world.
Anne Lim, founding director of Galang Philippines, an advocacy group that seeks to
reduce poverty among LGBT people in her country, added the gathering is a chance to
highlight economic disparities as they relate to discrimination.
Participating in ILGA processes is rst and foremost an opportunity for knowledge
sharing with colleagues working on SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and
expression) rights, she told the Blade.
More than 1,000 LGBT organizations throughout the world are members of ILGA.
ILGAs annual European conference took place earlier this month in Latvia.
Cuba in May hosted an ILGA gathering amid controversy the organizers did not invite
independent LGBT rights advocates from the Communist nation. Mariela Castro Espn,
daughter of Cuban President Ral Castro who directs the countrys National Center for
Sexual Education, was president of the local committee that organized the conference.
Next weeks conference will take place as Mexican LGBT rights advocates continue to
make strides on marriage rights for same-sex couples and other issues.
Gays and lesbians have been able to legally marry in Mexico City since 2010.
Catholic bishops backtrack
on gay progress
Catholic bishops last week released the nal version of a draft document from their
meeting on the family that backtracks from previous statements signaling a more
moderate tone toward gays and lesbians.
An Italian version of the document posted to the Vatican Press O ces website says
same-sex unions are not remotely analogous to Gods plan for marriage and the family.
It also criticizes international pressure to support marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
The document says those with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with
respect and sensitivity and should not face unjust discrimination.
An English summary of the document simply contains a reference to the light of a
wedding story that shines out brightly, warming bodies and souls.
The love of man and woman teaches us that each needs the other in order to be truly
self, it reads. Each remains dierent from the other that opens self and is revealed in
the reciprocal gift.
The meeting or synod on the family began at the Vatican on Oct. 5.
A summary of the draft document the Vatican Press O ce posted to its website on
Oct. 13 stated, homosexuals have gifts and qualities to oer the Christian community.
It reiterated the churchs opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples, but
acknowledged gay relationships can prove positive.
LGBT Catholics and advocates largely welcomed this draft document, but conservatives
within the church blasted it.
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Gadecki described the draft document to the Associated
Press as unacceptable. John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said those
controlling the synod have betrayed Catholic parents.
The Vatican on Oct. 14 said the draft is a working document, which summarizes the
interventions and debates of the rst week of the synod. A summary of the meeting the
Vatican Press O ce posted to its website three days later made a similar point.
This is a working document that does not express a univocal opinion shared by all
the Synod fathers, it reads.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
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JUDY SHEPARD and her husband are among those scheduled to speak at a global LGBT rights
conference that will take place next week in Mexico City.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
POPE FRANCISs eorts to modernize the Catholic Church are running into opposition.
PHOTO BY AGENCIA BRASIL
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Another gay murder
victim in Baltimore
Less than three weeks after Tamala
Harris was charged in connection with
the stabbing death of her girlfriend
Tekeya Amanda Johnson in the 6000
block of Amberwood Road in Northeast
Baltimore, another murder involving a
gay couple allegedly occurred on Oct. 11.
Andre Nicholas, 28, who performed a
variety of handyman jobs at Club Bunns,
was found dead in the basement of his
boyfriends mothers home at the 2500 block
of Garrett Ave. Nicholas boyfriend of about
a year and a half, Jermaine Jackson, also 28,
was arrested and charged in the homicide.
According to police charging
documents, Jacksons mother told police
that the suspect was in the basement of
her house with a male friend when she
left the dwelling in the morning. She
reported that she returned home around
6 p.m. to cook dinner when her son came
up from his room in the basement telling
her there was a dead body in his bed.
Jackson then told his mother to get
important papers together because they
needed to leave the house. When she asked
what happened, Jackson told his mother,
he choked and stabbed Nicholas because
the victim wanted him to do something
he didnt want to do, police wrote in the
documents. What that alleged request
entailed has not yet been identied.
The mother walked partway down the
steps and saw what she believed was a
body wrapped in plastic on Jacksons
bed. She then called police and the re
department. Upon arriving at the scene,
police discovered a male wrapped in a
sheet and plastic suering from apparent
stab wounds. Nicholas was pronounced
dead at the scene.
A photo of the corpse was posted on
Jacksons Facebook page then removed
following protests from the victims
friends. Police are reportedly investigating
how the photo was posted during the
time Jackson was in custody.
Mark McLaurin, a close friend of Nicholas
who knew the couple well, told the Blade
that Nicholas frequently spent the night
at Jacksons mothers home. Andre was
always the much bigger personality, and
Jermaine was more quiet and laid back
but not at all stando sh, almost shy but
aable and approachable. Its impossible
to know what happened that day but I
never would have guessed in a million
years that Jermaine would kill Andre.
McLaurin, a D.C. resident and political
director for the Service Employees
International Union Local 500 added,
Our community has lost so many, but
this one is particularly hard.
Court documents indicate Jackson was
charged with Murder in the First Degree,
Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the
First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree,
Possession of a Dangerous Weapon
with Intent to Injure and Possession of a
Concealed Dangerous Weapon.
A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 18
in District Court at 1400 E. North Ave. in
Baltimore.
Screenings for
Gen Silent on tap
The LGBT Older Adults Task Force of
Howard County and PFLAG Howard County
will host SAGE Metro DC in a free showing
of documentary lm, Gen Silent. The
lm highlights how LGBT older people fear
discrimination by caregivers or bullying by
other seniors forcing many to simply go
back into the closet. A discussion led by
Dr. Imani Woody, chair of SAGE Metro DC
follows the lm.
The rst screening tales place on Nov. 8
from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Owen Brown
Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way
in Columbia. The second occurs Nov. 20
from 6-8 p.m. at the Bain Senior Center,
5470 Ruth Keaton Way in Columbia.
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charged in the homicide of his boyfriend.
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Marriage means health care changes in N.C.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Major employers in North Carolina are expanding health care
coverage to same-sex spouses now that marriage is legal there for gay couples, the
Charlotte Observer reports.
Although some big employers such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo have
oered such benets for years, other employers, such as local school districts, are just
expanding the coverage, the Observer reports.
The North Carolina health plan for state employees and teachers, which covers
677,639 members, issued a notice saying spouses of plan members are now eligible for
health coverage, the Observer reports.
With 18,143 employees, CMS is one of the Charlotte areas biggest employers.
Spouses would be eligible for coverage as of Nov. 1, and employees would have to
present a marriage certicate.
CMS spokeswoman Renee McCoy said she didnt know how many employees would
take advantage of the change.
Some religious institutions arent moving so fast.
The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has not discussed any change to its employee
benets policies, spokesman David Hains said, noting that the court ruling came faster
than most expected, the Observer reports.
Diocese employees, he said, sign an agreement that they will not do anything
contradictory to the teaching of the Catholic Church. That includes same-sex marriage,
which the church teaches violates the natural prescription of God.
The diocese employs 2,000 people at 93 parishes and 18 schools across the western
half of North Carolina, Hains told the Charlotte Observer.
When we communicate something, we will communicate to employees rst, Hains
said, adding that theres no established timeline for a decision.
At Belmont Abbey College in Gaston County, spokesman Rolando Rivas said the
Catholic college has not yet discussed the issue internally.
Last week, the University of Notre Dame and Saint Marys College, both Catholic
colleges in Indiana, said they would extend employee benets to spouses in same-sex
marriages, the article said.
Health care agencies ranked in new report
CHICAGO The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its annual Healthcare
Equality Index with some signicant changes from last year.
For example, the Health and Aging Program team proactively researched hospitals
that chose not to participate, numbering 640 facilities.
Another new feature of this years Index is a Google Maps lookup feature that allows
users to search for rated facilities based on their location, making it easier for people to
nd LGBT-inclusive care more quickly and easily.
Hospitals were evaluated on the basis of patient non-discrimination policies, visitation
policies, employment non-discrimination policies and training in LGBT patient-centered
care, the Times reports.
Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families
for the better each and every day, said HRC President Chad Gri n in a statement.
The index evaluated 1,507 health care facilities nationwide. Visit hrc.org/hei for the full report.
Study nds GSAs help reduce harassment in schools
PASADENA, Calif. Harassment and physical assaults targeting LGBT students have
been decreasing in the last six years according to a new study from the Gay, Lesbian &
Straight Education Network (GLSEN), reported on by the Pasadena Star News.
The agency cited the increased presence of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools and
more inclusive curricular resources.
Every two years since 1999, GLSEN has released a National School Climate Survey.
The 2013 report sampled 7,898 students between 13 and 21 years old. Some 2,770
school districts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were represented.
GLSEN looked at discriminatory school policies and practices to identify systemic problems.
About 28 percent of LGBT students reported being disciplined for public displays of
aection even though their straight peers got away with doing the same thing, according
to the survey. Some 42 percent of transgender students werent allowed to use their
preferred name, and nearly 18 percent of pupils were forbidden from discussing or
writing about LGBT topics in school assignments, the Pasadena Star News article notes.
Students who said they felt victimized because of a hostile school climate were twice
as likely to say they theyre done with school after high school.
An inclusive curriculum and resources would help LGBT students succeed
academically, the study reported. Kids benet from having LGBT examples in their
health or sexual education classes, Palmer told the Star news. History class could have
LGBT historic gures or important dates in LGBT history, he said.
Some schools blocked LGBT-related websites. About 45 percent of students with Internet
access at their school said they couldnt get to any LGBT-related information online, the article said.
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Conservative bishops win
the day in major about-face
As a non-Catholic following news from
the Vatican last week it was surprising to
realize that the Pope isnt always infal-
lible. For about 24 hours it seemed like
the Catholic Church was going to take a
giant leap into the 21st century. But then
reality took hold. In a major turnaround,
conservative bishops won the day and
gave what some would consider a sting-
ing rebuke to the Pope.
The pope had called a meeting titled
the Synod on the Family. It was a two-
week meeting in Rome intended to launch
a year of discussion on major issues of
the church related to families. Accord-
ing to the Washington Post, the meeting
convened to help the Catholic Church
improve its outreach to diverse modern
families ended Saturday with a summary
paper that removed earlier, revolutionary
language that cited the value of same-sex
and divorced families.
The Post reported that the document
rst released as a mid-meeting draft
written by a small group of bishops ap-
pointed by the pope, including Washing-
ton Archbishop Donald Wuerl, contained
the words, that the Church must turn
respectfully to couples such as those
who live together unmarried or are of the
same-gender and appreciate the positive
values those unions may have. Those
few words apparently sparked a revolt by
more conservative bishops who won the
day and had them removed from the nal
report of the Synod. It was also reported
that while initially one of the documents
of the Synod had used the word welcom-
ing when referring to homosexuals and
the church, it was changed to providing
for homosexuals.
Then according to Reuters, after the
nal report of the Synod was released the
Pope gave a sermon to 70,000 faithful in
St. Peters Square and he sounded deant
when he said, God is not afraid of new
things. That is why he is continuously sur-
prising us, opening our hearts and guid-
ing us in unexpected ways.
As someone who isnt a member of the
church it has been interesting to watch
as this pope moves to bring together his
supporters and take more control of the
churchs hierarchy. We can all only hope
he will be granted enough years to move
it forward in meaningful ways. The Cath-
olic Church is a large and old institution
and like any big institution change doesnt
come easy, but it can come.
In some ways what happened in the
recent Synod is what happened in the
United Methodist Church in 2012. At that
time many members of the Washington/
Baltimore group of the church, led by
Foundry United Methodist Church in the
District of Columbia, went to the UMC
General Conference in Tampa excited
about resolutions they had managed to
pass to change the churchs Book of Disci-
pline on the issue of same-sex marriage.
They went with high hopes but came
up against a brick wall of conservative
church leaders who refused to budge on
the issue.
Many of us who have fought for the civ-
il and human rights of minorities, women
and the LGBT community, have under-
stood clearly that the progress we have
made is all about civil law. That alone has
been a long, hard ght. During that ght
we have been incredibly careful to make
the case that religious liberty is just that
the right to practice ones faith accord-
ing to the tenets of the faith. Our prog-
ress on marriage equality has been faster
because people have understood we are
changing only civil law. Some of the ghts
we are now still having on the Employ-
ment Non-Discrimination Act are partially
related to how to dierentiate where civil
law and our Constitution end and church
law begins. We are debating the impact of
civil law on the practice of religion.
As we gain our human and civil rights
under civil law, and we are in many ways
still far from securing those, we will be
working to have those rights inculcated
into the culture and accepted. Once
that happens I believe that there will be
more pressure on religious institutions
by their own members to also be more
accepting. Clearly that will take time. But
when those like Pope Francis are willing
to speak up and ght for universal ac-
ceptance of all people recognizing that
we have all been made in Gods image, I
know that time will come.
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Stinging rebuke for the pope
Pope Francis trying to drag
church into modern world
My parents werent religious and Im
not Catholic. Yet, the pope was at the
center of some of my most unforgettable
childhood memories. When I was 10, my
folks visited Rome. Seeing the pope was
a highlight of the trip for my Mom, who
was often ill. Pope John [the XXIII] gave
me a new life, she said, describing what
it meant to her to stand with many others
to receive the Pontis blessing.
In the early 1960s, the spirit of the
Second Vatican Council (a.k.a. Vatican II),
which Pope John XXIII convened to open
up the windows of the Catholic Church
to the modern world, was everywhere.
Its about time! I remember my Dad,
who was Jewish, saying when he heard
that Vatican II had declared that the Jews
hadnt killed Jesus Christ.
My ears pricked up recently when I
heard the news from an assembly of Ro-
man Catholic bishops convened by Pope
Francis. On Oct. 13, this Synod, made up
of 190 voting bishops and cardinals, is-
sued a preliminary report saying not only
that there are positive aspects of civil
unions and cohabitation, but that gays
and lesbians have gifts and qualities to
oer to the Christian community. While
conrming the teaching of the Catholic
Church on homosexuality and marriage,
the 12-page document even said that
some same-sex couples give each other
mutual aid to the point of sacrice and
precious support in the life of the part-
ners. The report also oered welcome to
divorced Catholics and to straight unmar-
ried couples who live together.
Given that the Catholic Church has long
taught that homosexuality is disordered
and that LGBT people are living in sin, to
many of us, the spirit of the preliminary
report echoed that of Vatican II. We knew
it wasnt a nal report and that change in
an institution such as the Catholic Church,
wouldnt be easy. But we dared to hope
that the churchs windows had begun to
be opened.
Not unexpectedly, conservatives at the
assembly objected to the preliminary re-
ports welcoming language toward gays
and lesbians and civilly married straight
couples. Backtracking, the nal report is-
sued at the Synods end on Oct. 18, said
that gays must be met with respect and
sensitivity, but nixed the talk of our gifts
to the Christian community.
This backtracking isnt good news, but it
doesnt mean all hope for LGBT people in
the Catholic Church is gone. As with poli-
tics, seeing how the sausage is made in
religion isnt pretty. Yet, at the opening of
the assembly, Pope Francis signaled that
he wanted the sausage making to be out
in the open. Speak clearly, Francis said,
No one must say, This cant be said.
Mary E. Hunt, a Catholic feminist theo-
logian and her partner are parents of a
child, who they adopted. Im not part of
a traditional family, Hunt said in a phone
interview with the Blade, Im part of what
the church considers to be a problem.
The bishops and cardinals at the Synod
are celibate, Hunt said. They dont make
the mature adult decisions that you make
when youre part of a family unit with
spouses and children, Hunt said.
Whats important in a tweeting uni-
verse is that the world got to see how
the report was crafted at the Synod, she
added. Lots of groups, such as New Ways
Ministry, and our group, lobbied the Syn-
od about the future of the church, said
Hunt, co-director of Womens Alliance for
Theology, Ethics and Ritual. No one can
say we didnt hear the experiences of lots
of people.
This report isnt the last word on these
matters. In October 2015, another Synod
will again take up these issues.
It would be naive not to realize that
change occurs slowly in the Catholic Church.
Yet, justice cant be set back forever.
Synod a setback, but hope not lost for gay Catholics
VI EWPOI NT
In the midterm elections
panic sweepstakes, the loser
is responsible governance
Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted
me to issue ads in the North Carolina Senate
race, I now know that for six years the poli-
cies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have
dominated Washington. Karl Roves Ameri-
can Crossroads, you see, is touting Republi-
can Thom Tillis.
For months the Democratic Congressio-
nal Campaign Committee has raised funds
with emails titled Devastating defeat and
All hope is lost. Happily, hope is revived if
I donate a mere $5, and its Triple-Matched!
One subject line sadly failed: This is a long
email. Please read the whole thing.
Last weekend I got an appeal from DCCC
signed by public-minded diva Barbra Strei-
sand, with lines like: The decit is rapidly
dropping and is just 2.8% of GDP the low-
est since 2007. At rst I doubted she had
such expertise, but then I remembered she
brought in her movie Yentl at only 11 per-
cent over budget.
Meanwhile, marriage equality is sweeping
the nation, while dejected opponents invoke
the End Times. When a U.S. District Court
ruling on Oct. 17 made Arizona the 31st
marriage equality state, Gov. Jan Brewer
slammed unelected federal judges for rob-
bing citizens of the right to make laws direct-
ly. I wonder if those who say this have ever
taken a civics class. The Constitution a rms
no right to make laws by ballot measure,
but it does guarantee equal protection. Why
should people expect a veto on their neigh-
bors marital decisions?
The real problem the right has with our
judiciary is that it interferes with their eorts
to stampede the public. A stampede helps
you enact your agenda as rapidly and with
as little scrutiny as possible. James Madison
worried that minorities could be tyrannized
by the majority as much as by a king. The
federal judiciary is part of the checks and
balances he and others designed to prevent
tyranny from below as well as above.
In this election, the Republican Party is
winning the sweepstakes for stampeding
voters to avoid examination of its record.
Panic and outrage are the best ways to pro-
voke a stampede. In the late 17th century,
an accusation of witchcraft could eliminate
a rival. In the early 20th century, the alleged
rape of a white woman could set o de-
struction of an entire black community with
nary a whisper of due process. Today, the
favored goblins are Islamist head-choppers
and sick Africans.
None of this could withstand critical in-
quiry, but politicians exploit our herd in-
stinct. A beloved Psalm, after all, portrays us
as sheep needing a shepherd. The faithful
are called a ock. Using the brains that God
gave us to think for ourselves is condemned
as vanity. One of the strongest social forces
is ostracism of anyone who rocks the boat.
We picture ourselves as a nation of rugged
frontiersmen, yet react to each new threat
like a victim in a horror movie.
It is as implausible that we are helpless
against ISIS attacks as it is that we are less
able to stop Ebola than Senegal. Republicans
are merely trading on our worst instincts to
win an election. The shortage of Proles in
Courage among Democrats notwithstand-
ing, if you are equally scornful of both major
parties then you may have missed patriotic
scenes like that of GOP senators faulting
public health failures while refusing to con-
rm a surgeon general.
Tea Partiers love to quote Jeerson, The
tree of liberty must be refreshed from time
to time with the blood of patriots and ty-
rants. Their bloody fantasies make especial-
ly relevant John Philpot Currans words from
1790: It is the common fate of the indolent
to see their rights become a prey to the ac-
tive. The condition upon which God hath
given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
As of Oct. 19, statistician Nate Silver
gave Republicans a 62 percent chance of
taking the Senate. Go prove him wrong,
but consider this: if the GOP wins, Mitch
McConnell will have to contend with the
ambitions of Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul
and Marco Rubio. Perhaps Log Cabin Re-
publicans can welcome him to the Major-
ity Leaders o ce with a two-year supply
of rainbow-colored antacids.
WASHI NGTONBLADE. COM
VI EWPOI NT OCTOBER 24, 2014 27
KATHI WOLFE is a writer, poet and regular
contributor to the Blade. She can be reached
through this publication.
Stampede to the exit
If the GOP wins [the Senate], Mitch McConnell
will have to contend with the ambitions of Sens.
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.
Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.
Seeking support in bid for
Council At-Large seat
By ROBERT WHITE
Days before Io ciallylaunched my cam-
paign for D.C. Council At-Large I got my rst
question on the trail.A man at a bar asked,
Where do you stand on gay marriage? I
wasrelieved to get sucha softballquestion
that would allow me to show o progres-
sive values, commitment to social justice
and legislative reasoning all at once.
But asIopened my mouth to voice my
strong support for the LGBTQ commu-
nity and the work I had done with Del.
Eleanor Holmes Norton on Capitol Hill to
protect D.C.s marriage equality law and
to remove the federal needle exchange
ban from the Districts budget in order to
reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, the mans
wife interrupted and exclaimed, This is
D.C. Everyones for gay marriage!
The woman was right. D.C. has
very progressive laws (and candidates).
But, like virtually everywhere else, westill
have a lot of work to do to support and
protect the LGBTQ community as we
work toward an era of full acceptance
and a rmation. Because we still face so-
cial discrimination against members of
the LGBTQ community in D.C., it is par-
ticularly important that we elect allies
with strong legislativeexperience to the
Council who will champion solutions to
these challenges.
As a candidate for one of two At-Large
seats up for grabs in the Nov. 4 elec-
tion, I look forward to joining the Coun-
cil to continue advocating for the LG-
BTQ community, with a special focus
on helping to protect its most vulner-
ablemembers, the elderly and the young.
I am hurt and angered any time I see dis-
crimination or cruelty. ButI am especially
distressed bytheinjustices and prejudices
faced byLGBTQseniorswhoface discrimi-
nation based on sexual orientation and
gender identity in nursing homes and as-
sisted-living communities at a time in their
lives when they aredefenselessand, often,
alone. I am equally troubled by the harms
done to our LGBTQ youth by families
whoforce them to become homelessand
bulliesthat drive them to depression and
suicide. Beyond the confusion, hurt and
frustration these types of discrimination
cause, I understand how they ripple into
more disparities, including mental and
physical health crises, prostitution, unem-
ployment and isolation. Addressing the
discrimination against our neighbors is a
social justice issue that requires compas-
sion and action from the Council.
Our elderly, who paved the way for the
progressive laws we now enjoy, and our
youth, who are brave enough to live open-
ly and honestly about their sexuality and
identities, deserve our support.These are
some of the most vulnerable members
of theLGBTQcommunity, and I will be a
consistent ally for them and for others on
the Council.
Yes, I support marriage equality, but
that is not enough.Nor is it enough to be
passionateabout these and other issues
facing our city without the experience to
resolve them.We need to elect members
of the Council who understand that there
still is discrimination against members of
theLGBTQcommunity and who are com-
mittedand equippedto address it.
With a vacant At-Large seat, it is partic-
ularly important that we elect a candidate
who is committed to being a leader in
resolving these disparities, and who has
the experience to get results. With years
of experience in D.C. public policy, a track
record of hard work and results on LG-
BTQand many other issues aecting our
city, and an unwavering commitment to
social justice, I believe that I am the best
candidate for one of your two At-Large
votes on Nov. 4.
A voice for D.C.s elders and our youth
A candidate who will give our
son the best opportunities
By CLARK RAY
My partner and I have lived in the District
of Columbia for more than 25 years. We
have invested here, built our careers here,
bought homes and enjoyed all of the ame-
nities that the District has to oer.
We have participated in the Districts
political process by voting for mayors,
Council members, school board repre-
sentatives, ANC members, etc. Each time
we cast our vote for a particular candi-
date or issue we did so because of per-
sonal preference. Sometimes we agreed
on candidates and issues and other times
we did not and in those instances that we
did not agree, we agreed to disagree
and moved on with our daily lives. In
some cases, a little friendly wager may
have been involved for instance I may
have to do the weekly laundry or if my
candidate or issue won he may have to
do the weekly grocery shopping.
Election 2014 is a new experience for
us. Since the last election for mayor in
the District of Columbia my partner and
I have become parents. We adopted an
energetic and enthusiastic boy from the
District who has lled our lives with hap-
piness and challenges all wrapped in one.
Along with the happiness and challenges
comes a great responsibility. It is up to us,
his parents, to ensure that he has all of
the skills, resources and tools needed to
become a responsible productive mem-
ber of the District of Columbia. No longer
are my partner and I casting votes as in-
dividuals based on personal preference
or individual likes or dislikes. For the rst
time our political decision will be based
on who WE feel is best prepared to en-
sure a better future for our family.
For mayor, we are going to vote for a
candidate we feel will give our son the
best chance to grow up with a great edu-
cation, live in a safe neighborhood, and
be able to buy a house, raise a family and
enjoy living in a diverse neighborhood in
the District and that candidate for us is
Muriel Bowser.
Before I go further, my partner and
I are lucky to live in a District where we
have great candidates who oer them-
selves for public o ce and this election is
no dierent. We respect those who may
support a dierent candidate than us and
ask for the same Democracy is a great
gift and having the right to exercise our
vote is priceless.
We support Muriel because we know
her, we trust her and we share in her
vision that she has for the future of the
District of Columbia. We subscribe to Mu-
riels vision that we are all dierent indi-
vidually but collectively share the values
of fairness, justice and hard work. We, as
parents, share Muriels belief that all chil-
dren in the District of Columbia deserve
the right to a quality education. We want
a world-class public education system
for our son. We share Muriels belief that
all residents of the District of Columbia
should have access to aordable housing
units. We want our son to have the op-
portunity to live in the District of Colum-
bia and to raise a family of his own a
shameless plug to for grandparency.
We share Muriels belief that good gov-
ernment is transparent government and
applaud her for the ethical reforms she
has brought through legislation to the Dis-
trict government. We want our son to live
in a District where its leaders are trustwor-
thy honest, fair and held accountable.
As my partner and I have shifted from
our personal wants and needs to those
of our family we are heartened that great
leaders such as former District of Columbia
Mayor Anthony Williams, who many credit,
including us, with engineering a renais-
sance in the District and President Barack
Obama have endorsed Muriel as the best
qualied candidate to lead the District of
Columbia moving forward. We do too!
Ilookforward to joining the Council tocontinue
advocating for theLGBTQcommunity, with
a special focus onhelping toprotectitsmost
vulnerablemembers, the elderly and the young.
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Why we support Muriel Bowser for mayor
CLARK RAY is a longtime District resident.
VI EWPOI NT
ROBERT WHITE is a candidate for D.C. Council
At-Large.
We, as parents, share Muriels belief that all
children in the District of Columbia deserve the
right to a quality education.
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By LATEEFAH WILLIAMS
People run for public o ce for a num-
ber of reasons. For me, its personal.
My family has rst-hand experience
with the impact that the legal system can
make in protecting vulnerable residents.
My grandmother, Ora Lee Williams, was a
single mother of seven when she decided
to ght back against a D.C. store that tar-
geted low-income residents with preda-
tory contracts in the landmark Williams v.
Walker-Thomas Furniture Company case.
In that case, my grandmother pur-
chased several items of furniture from
Walker Thomas Furniture Company to
furnish her apartment. She paid for the
items on time for years. When she missed
one payment, the furniture company re-
possessed all of the items, despite the
fact that she had paid enough over the
years to cover the cost of most of the in-
dividual items. With the help of pro-bono
attorneys, my grandmother fought back
against these predatory practices and
the case established a legal ruling against
unconscionable contracts, particularly
when the parties are of unequal bargain-
ing power.
My passion for using the government
and the legal system to address com-
munity needs was inspired by my grand-
mother and nurtured by my parents,
who both graduated from D.C. Public
Schools. My mother graduated from Bal-
lou High School in Southeast and my fa-
ther, who grew up in the Clay Terrace and
Kenilworth public housing communities,
graduated from Phelps Vocational High
School in Northeast. They worked ex-
tremely hard to put themselves through
Federal City College (now UDC) and spent
their entire careers in public service my
father retired from D.C. Public Schools
and my mother retired from the federal
government. I learned the importance
of public service and social justice at a
young age and my familys experiences
instilled in me a belief that public service
is a noble calling.
In running for Attorney General, I want
to ght on behalf of all of the Ora Lee Wil-
liams here in D.C. who are still struggling
to be heard.Thats why after my own jour-
ney took me from Oxon Hill High School
through Georgetown Law, I decided to
dedicate my career and civic activities to
public service. My diverse array of experi-
ence gives me a unique insight into the
legal issues the District faces. I have done
litigation work on behalf of working class
clients, advocated for labor interests, and
served as counsel to the Prince Georges
County State Senate Delegation. I also
spent a few years working on nonprot
tax law issues designed to clarify the IRS
rules on voter engagement so smaller
nonprots could understand the level of
political engagement that is permitted
under the law without having to incur the
expense of hiring legal counsel.
I am undeniably a grassroots activist.
In fact, Im so identied with my work on
behalf of LGBT rights, labor rights, and
other social justice issues, that many
people have erroneously assumed that I
do not have traditional legal experience.
I have been licensed to practice law for
11 years. I worked for a couple small law
rms as a full-time litigation associate
for several years. During that time, I rep-
resented dozens of working class clients
in court in a variety of matters, including
family law, insurance defense, and per-
sonal injury. At one of the rms, I had the
privilege to work under and learn how
to practice law in a manner that serves
the community from David C.Simmons,
who is now the chief administrative law
judge for the D.C. Commission of Human
Rights. Since then, I have represented
clients in court intermittently since tran-
sitioning from a litigation attorney to a
public policy and legislative attorney. I
am currently representing a client in an
employment law matter.
I have also done pro bono cases
for Whitman-Walker Clinic, represent-
ing HIV-positive immigrants and I have
served as a volunteer voter protection
eld attorney for the Lawyers Commit-
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Between my cases representing those
who cannot aord to have a voice in to-
days legal system, Ive spent my time
volunteering and advocating in the D.C.
grassroots community by holding leader-
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organizations. I previously served as the
president of the Gertrude Stein Demo-
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woman for the D.C. Young Democrats.
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for the Ward 5 Democrats, the legislative
committee chair for the D.C. Federation
of Democratic Women, and the 2nd Vice
President for the Metropolitan Womens
Democratic Club. I am also a board mem-
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which provides housing to homeless
LGBTQ youth. As a result of my commu-
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to build relationships across various D.C.
demographics and ght for issues that
impact all DC communities.
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ence serving diverse D.C. communities in
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Welcome to the
Washington Blades 13th
annual Best of Gay D.C.
readers poll.
Last year we had 71 categories.
This year, were up to 73. There
were about 4,500 nominations and
14,000 votes, a participation record.
Even if youve lived in Washington for
decades, the fun of this contest is that
theres always something new to discover,
from a tasty meal at Barcelona (if you can
nd a table!) to a show at Olney Theatre Center
to many other entertainment options.
The proles were written by Kevin Naf, Joey
DiGuglielmo, Lou Chibbaro Jr., Chris Johnson,
Patrick Folliard, Mariah Cooper and Santiago
Melli-Huber. Photography by Michael Key
except where noted.
The Blade staf congratulates each of this
years winners and nalists.
The LGBT community was divided in the citys hotly contested Democratic primary in
April when Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) nished ahead of Mayor Vincent
Gray to capture the Democratic Party nomination for mayor for the Nov. 4 general
election.
But virtually all of the citys prominent LGBT activists agree regardless of whom
they supported in the primary Mayor Grays record and accomplishments on LGBT
issues in his more than three-and-a-half years in o ce are unprecedented and even
historic in their breadth and scope.
For those of us working in the trenches, it is all too easy to focus on the latest ap
and forget that Vince is, by the evidence, the best mayor on LGBT issues our city has
ever had, said Rick Rosendall, president of the non-partisan Gay and Lesbian Activists
Alliance.
Rosendall made that comment when he presented Gray with GLAAs Distinguished
Service Award on April 30.
Grays LGBT-related initiatives and actions as mayor are so numerous that his
supporters lamented during the primary campaign that people were having a hard time
keeping track of them. Among the highlights:
He directed his O ce of GLBT Aairs to embark on a rst-of-its-kind LGBT cultural
competency or sensitivity training program that called for every D.C. government
employee to undergo such training to better familiarize them with LGBT-related issues
that could surface in their city agency.
He made numerous appointments of LGBT people to important city government
jobs and commissions, including the appointment of transgender advocates Earline
Budd and Alexandra Beninda to the D.C. Commission on Human Rights.
In response to concerns raised by transgender rights advocates, Gray directed the
citys Department of Employment Services to launch another rst a transgender
employment initiative called Project Empowerment that reaches out to transgender
residents in need of job training and related skills.
The O ce of Human Rights, in keeping with Grays interest in addressing
discrimination faced by the transgender community, put in place a public relations and
advertising campaign to promote respect and understanding for trans residents. Its
called the Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign.
In yet another rst for the city, Gray directed the citys Department of Insurance,
Securities and Banking to require that health insurance companies doing business in the
city, including companies providing health coverage for D.C. government employees,
cover medical treatment such as hormone therapy for transgender people transitioning
from one gender to the other.
Gray also initiated an LGBTQ Youth Task Force and Bullying Prevention Task Force
aimed, among other things, at curtailing bullying targeting LGBT youth. He convened
and presided over the rst city government sponsored LGBTQ Youth Summit.
He became the rst D.C. mayor to perform a City Hall wedding ceremony for a gay
male couple shortly after legislation approved by the City Council giving the mayor and
Council members authority to perform marriages took eect.
In an action that angered some of the citys conservative clergy, Gray disinvited
controversial gospel singer Donnie McClurkin as a performer in a city-sponsored concert
in August 2013 at the Martin Luther King Memorial. McClurkin, an outspoken ex-gay,
has denounced homosexuality as a sin and a sickness. Gray said he was unaware that
the citys Commission on the Arts and Humanities had invited McClurkin to perform and
directed the commission to cancel the invitation.
Prior to becoming mayor, Gray was an outspoken supporter of the citys marriage
equality law in his role as City Council Chair when the law came before Council for a
vote. (LC)
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Best Singer or Band
FRANKI E & BETTY
RUNNER- UP: WI CKED J EZABEL
Frankie & Betty are a queer acoustic rock duo comprised of Rachel Bauchman (vocals/
bass/guitar) and Jessie Strick (lead guitar). Since forming in 2011, theyve played
numerous events, including Roanoke Pride, Phasefest several times and more. They
have shows planned at Tree house Lounge on Monday night and the Rock and Roll
Hotel on Thursday. Look them up on Facebook to stay current. (JD)
Local Heroine
RUBY CORADO
RUNNER- UP: ASHLI ANA ROWE
Long-time LGBT advocate Ruby Corado is the visionary behind Casa Ruby, a local bilingual,
multicultural LGBT organization that works to create success life stories among LGBT,
gender queer and gender non-conforming residents in need. The recently wed Corado is
a former Capital Pride Hero and has received many accolades for her work. (JD)
Local Hero
SGT. MATTHEW MAHL
RUNNER- UP: ED BAI LEY
Sgt. Matthew Mahl, who oversees six o cers as part of the Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit
of the D.C. Metro Police Department, says its been a good year.
I dont want to say crime is up, but we have been busier, the 35-year-old Havana,
Ohio, native says. We have our hands in a lot of stu.
Mahl, a cop for 15 years and in Washington since 2001, joined the MPD in 2004 and
the GLLU in 2012, having spent his entire previous career on patrol duty. He was forced
out on the job during a 2007 incident in which his locker was vandalized but says thats
the only bad experience hes ever had on the force.
Although initially hesitant to join the GLLU, he says overall its been a great experience
and he enjoys helping his fellow o cers learn the sensitivities and needs of the LGBT
community. (JD)
Best Drag King
AVERY AUSTI N
RUNNER- UP: SEBASTI AN KATZ
Anna Wimpelberg works by day as an HIV researcher at Whitman-Walker Health but
her drag alter ego Avery Austin was born about 11 years ago when the 36-year-old New
Orleans native and lesbian saw a drag show in Boston, her then-home.
A veteran of various high school and college theater productions, she says she
recognized immediately that it was something I would love to do. She continued
during an eight-year stint in Austin, Texas, and joined the D.C. Kings when she came to
Washington about three years ago. She calls herself the theater nerd of the group and
guesses she performs with them at Phase 1 and occasional other venues about four or
ve times per year, often recreating songs shes seen on Glee!
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Best DJ
DJ ROSI E
RUNNER- UP: SHEA VAN HORN
DJ Rosie Hicks has been spinning for about 13 years and spins regularly at the Hippo in
her hometown Baltimore and also at LURe at Cobalt, Phase 1 and other area events in
addition to a day job teaching special education.
Known for a mix of hip-hop, R&B, pop and more, she says she just all-around loves
music. She also won this award in 2012.
I love making people happy out there, the Baltimore native says. The whole point
of coming out to a bar or club to hear a DJ is to let go of worries and cares and enjoy it.
Look her up on Facebook to stay current with her events. (JD)
Best Drag Queen
BA NAKA
RUNNER- UP: HEI DI GLUM
A ip-op of last years results when Glum won, BaNaka (Dustin Michael Schaad) is on
top again this year adding to her 2012, 2011 and 2010 prizes (a Blade record) in this
category.
BaNaka, who now does drag full-time and has positioned herself as the go-to gal
for everything from hosting local Feud and Drag Bingo nights to getting you ready (for
a fee of course!) for Miss Adams Morgan two weeks ago, she is widely known in the
community for her outspoken Facebook comments, elaborate Disney routines (her
Ursula is legendary) and consistent A-game delivery. And although it hasnt happened
yet, shes our best local hope for RuPauls Drag Race. (JD)
Best Burlesque Dancer
PRI VATE TAI LS
RUNNER- UP: GLAM GAMZ
Private Tails (aka Ashliana Rowe) has been performing burlesque since 2005 and has
drawn inuence from classic burlesque, hip-hop, Broadway and more for what she calls
the art of the tease.
As producer of Private Tease Productions, a monthly variety show she uses as an
outlet for young performers she mentors, she says she enjoys the creative process of
developing new numbers and looks forward to the opportunity to whip up a fresh new
performance.
Although she has several titles under her belt, this is a new category for Best Of and
shes the inaugural winner.
Her next performance is at Phase 1 on Halloween. Keep up with her on Facebook or
at privatetails.com. (JD)
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Best Realtor
MARK RUTSTEI N
RUNNER- UP: RAY GERNHART
Best Trans Advocate
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RUNNER- UP: RUBY CORADO
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DC ALLEN
RUNNER UP: RAY GERNHART
Businessman DC Allen has been credited with setting the pace for local gay-owned
businesses to support the broader LGBT community.
Allen along with his husband Ken Flick owns the Crew Club, a D.C. health club and
sauna that caters to gay men.
Last year Allen, 58, presented the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community with a
$25,000check to help the Center pay for renovation costs for its new space in the citys
Reeves Center municipal building at 14th and U streets, N.W.
We decided it was important for the center to be there for all of us in the community,
Allen says.
Since opening the Crew Club at 1321 14th St., N.W., in the early 1990s, Allen has
supported a number of local LGBT organizations and causes, including the Gay and
Lesbian Activists Alliance, which presented Allen with its Distinguished Service Award
in 1998.
Under Allens direction, the Crew Club has also supported Whitman-Walker Health
and Us Helping Us, two local community health organizations that provide services to
the LGBT community, including AIDS education and prevention services.
In addition to providing nancial support for the two groups, Allen has arranged for
sta members of the groups to provide HIV testing on the Crew Clubs premises. The
Crew Club also serves as a major distribution point for HIV prevention literature and
free condoms.
The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce recently named Allen
Business Leader of the Year. (LC)
Best Massage
CHE YOUNG
RUNNER- UP: EDDI E WEI NGART
Relax the stress away with a massage by Che Young. Young provides deep tissue,
Swedish, clinical and massage therapy. The Alexandra-based pro can be reached at 703-
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Best Personal Trainer
GERARD BURLEY
RUNNER- UP: BUCKY MI TCHELL
Gerard Burley shares tness tips via his biweekly column in the Blade. He also makes
appearances on Fox 5 and is known for his SweatDC tness party. Find him via Facebook
for regular updates and inspirational tness-related posts.
(Editors note: Bucky Mitchell also writes a biweekly column in the Blade.)
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Best TV Personality
CHUCK BELL, NBC4
RUNNER- UP: WENDY RI EGER
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Best Actor
MI CKEY DANI EL DAGUI SO
RUNNER- UP: WI LL GARTSHORE
Mickey Daniel DaGuiso grew up in the D.C. suburbs. He attended Bishop Ireton High
School in Alexandria, mostly for the music program, and graduated from the University
of Virginia where he majored in anthropology and philosophy.
Throughout school, he was involved in band (saxophone, piano) and chorus. It wasnt
until after college that DaGuiso started doing musicals. It began as sort of a whim, he
says, and then I was instantly hooked.
Among the local companies where hes worked, his favorites are Keegan Theatre (Man
of La Mancha and Rent) and Landless Theatre where he played Kebab in Perez Hilton
Saves the Universe and the lead in Spidermusical, a spoof of Broadways Spiderman,
and many other roles. He has also served as musical director and accompanist for
assorted Landless productions.
Keegan is such a friendly, supportive community yet the creativity and work involved
is just superior. Landless is the most enjoyable both on stage and backstage, e cient
and creative with time and space, with vision and little ego.
Currently DaGuiso is taking a year away from theater to travel the world. (He
responded to these interview questions via email from India where hes embarking on a
six-month walkabout.) While traveling hes trying his hand at playwriting.
Im keeping it very open-ended so just reading a lot, taking down inspiration whenever
it comes and doing a daily writing practice. I do plan on continuing with acting in D.C.
when I get back. But who knows what the future holds? Im like the wind. (PF)
Best Actress
MARYBETH WI SE
RUNNER- UP: HOLLY TWYFORD
MaryBeth Wise likens acting to a never-ending education. Currently shes taking a class
for experienced actors at Studio Theatre.
I feel that its a good way to ex my muscles when Im not working, she says. And
I get to do scenes that Ive always wanted to do by my favorite playwrights like Pinter,
Beckett and Chekhov.
Wise advises young actors to see as much theater as possible. The more you absorb,
the better o youll be. The more youll have available in experience and imagination.
After all, what else do we have?
Typically cast as women of substance, Wises more memorable roles include Anne
Sullivan in Olney Theatres The Miracle Worker, a New York psychiatrist in Studio
Theatres Frozen, a newly out lesbian in Body Awareness at Theater J, and most
recently the stalwart wife and mother married to Mitchell Hbert in Round Houses
How to Write a New Book for the Bible, a part that called for her to age from 40 to 80
on a dime.
Ostage, Wises partner is local actor Sarah Marshall. The talented pair got to know
each other while working on Woolly Mammoths production of Paula Vogels The
Mineola Twins in 2003. It was a great time, Wise says. And the show was a lot fun. I
played a man in the rst act and a woman in the second.
Wise grew up in Miami. She started acting while an undergraduate at Barry University.
Initially she came to Washington to attend Catholic University where she earned a
masters in acting.
The D.C. theater scene is one of the best in the country, Wise says. We have a
variety of theaters doing interesting, cutting-edge work. Our audiences can handle
thought-provoking theater. And the actors are supportive. Its great. (PF)
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Best Hill Stafer
KAT SKI LES
RUNNER- UP: KENNETH DOWLI NG
As Hill staers go, Kat Skiles has moved to the top. In July, she became digital director
and senior adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Its the Utah natives
second consecutive year winning this award. (CJ)
Best Straight Ally
LEI GH ANN HENDRI CKS
RUNNER- UP: BRETT J OHNSON
Leigh Ann Hendricks made a big change ve years ago to manage Level One (in
the basement of Cobalt) after 17 years just down the street at Annies Paramount
Steakhouse.
Managing a sta of about 35 90-95 percent of whom, she estimates, are LGBT
she says was a logical change and one she made with no hard feelings toward Annies.
Having grown up with a gay best friend, she says it simply never occurred to her to treat
gay people any dierently. She was also inspired by the example of Annies namesake,
the late Annie Kaylor, whom she worked with for years.
She was like our second mother, Hendricks says. Her attitude was, They either like
my gay friends or they dont like me, and thats been mine as well. (JD)
BestBartender
DUSTY MARTI NEZ ( NUMBER 9)
RUNNER- UP: ANGELA LOMBARDI ( PHASE 1)
Baltimore native Dusty Martinez has been in the food and beverage industry for a
decade and recently completed an in-house internship at the W Hotel. He recently
moved from serving customers at Number 9 to operating the new Town Patio, and he
is also the owner and director of D&D Cocktails, a private bartending company serving
the D.C. area.
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DENI S LARGERON
RUNNER- UP: AMY MARTI N
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RUNNER- UP CHRI STI AN LEZZI L
Steve Pena got into dancing through his husband, Brent Everett, with whom he also
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does everyFridaynight at Town when hes in Washington and monthly at Latin Night
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Its a way to have fun, stay in touch with friends and fans and meet future models for
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In the region for about a year and a half, Pena, in an e-mail from Amsterdam where
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HOLLY LANE, CAF AZAFRAN
RUNNER- UP: MATT URBAN, BLUE MOON
Holly Lane has lived in more places than most people have visited: Martinique, Greece,
Bahamas, Paris, Chicago, Switzerland, the list goes on.
Shes a native Washingtonian who trained in dance at the Washington School of Ballet
and later at a modern dance school in Bethesda. After school and a stint in Chicago
with her then-husband Lanes travels began in earnest. She left her husband and
moved to the Bahamas at age 23 to dance at the Paradise Island resort. A Club Med gig
led to more travel and nally a trip to Paris, where she auditioned for a dancing job and
stayed for 15 years.
It was nice to have a place to decorate, says Lane, sipping a coee on an unseasonably
warm October day in Rehoboth Beach, Del. I rented a furnished apartment and
gradually replaced everything with my own nds at the Paris ea markets.
After years of working as a professional dancer, it was in Paris at age 30 that Lane
discovered she could also sing. She landed a job in a musical production and then at
the Hollywood Savoy in the 80s, where the wait sta also served as the entertainment,
singing and dancing for customers during dinner.
It was a great place to learn, she says.
Despite the excitement and adventure of living and working abroad, Lane said a voice
kept telling her it was time to go home and so in 1995, she returned to D.C.
Im glad I did all the things I did when I did them, she says. I just found my passport
and realized I havent been abroad since 2007.
After the death of a boyfriend, Lane went to visit her parents at their home in
Rehoboth Beach, which theyve owned since 1977 and stayed. Shes lived full time in
the popular beach resort town since 2000 and spent about 10 years in a jazz band
performing around the state. Her parents, now 93, still live there. Lane says her father
sold the family home in D.C. through a real estate ad in the Washington Blade a few
years ago and relocated full-time to Rehoboth.
In summer of 2010, the owner of Caf Azafran was opening a new location in
Rehoboth and oered Lane a bartending job. Shes worked there since. You can nd
her tending bar Thursday-Sunday evenings but Thursday is the night when shes joined
by fellow Rehoboth entertainer John Flynn, who plays the keyboard while Lane sings
into her wireless headset while making drinks.
I enjoy multi-tasking, she says.
Caf Azafran attracts a mixed crowd and Lane treats customers like they are guests
in her home rather than patrons at a bar. She always nds room at the large granite
bar for another stool and makes sure to introduce newcomers to the rest of the crowd.
Lane, 62, is happily single and lives with her dog JuJuBee, a cheagle, a Chihuahua
and Beagle mix. In addition to her duties at Azafran, Lane sings at private parties and
functions. (KN)
Most Committed Activist
DAVI D MARI NER
RUNNER- UP: J OSH DEESE
In Washington since 1997, David Mariner, a Corning, N.Y., native, started volunteering
at the DC Center in 2008 and became its rst full-time executive director a year later.
Under his leadership, the once-edgling Center has begun to ourish and now has a
broad activity schedule and is a hub for LGBT-themed events such as the OutWrite LGBT
Book Festival, Reel A rmations and much more.
Working at the DC LGBT Center has been one of the most rewarding experiences
of my life, Mariner says. I am so proud of the work we do in the community and am
profoundly grateful to the sta and the many volunteers and supporters who make this
work possible. (JD)
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Best Amateur Athlete
MATT SI MEON
RUNNER- UP: EDDI E VALENTI NE
Matt Simeon, who currently plays for the Washington Generals, has been a member of
the D.C. Gay Flag Football League since 2010. Simeon was also named most valuable
player of the league for the 2014 spring season. (MC)
BestStylist
MI CHAEL HODGES
RUNNER- UP: BARRY SMYTHERS
Michael Hodges has been sharpening his techniques in the Washington area for 25
years and is the owner and master Stylist of Logan 14. With a keen eye for current
trends in mens hair cuts and womens styling, Michael and his team are making a
powerful impact in the Logan Circle area. (SMH)
Best Clergy
REV. DAVI D LETT
RUNNER- UP: REV. KI RSTEN BLOM- WESTBROOK
This is Father Letts second consecutive win in this category. He also won the best drag
queen prize as Lena Lett in 2001 and 2002. (JD)

Best Republican Advocate
TED OLSON
RUNNER- UP: SEN. SUSAN COLLI NS
One wouldnt expect that a solicitor general who served under George W. Bush would
be a supporter of same-sex marriage, but thats exactly what the LGBT community
found in Ted Olson. He was co-counsel in litigation that restored marriage equality to
California and dismantled Virginias ban on same-sex marriage. (CJ)
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Best First Responder
J USTI N MARKI EWI CZ
RUNNER- UP: KATE FI TZGERALD
O cer Justin Markiewicz has been serving as a part-time member of the Washington
Metropolitan Police Departments Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit since 2010.
Markiewicz hails from Delaware and came to the District to attend Catholic University.
In college Markiewicz learned about GLLU and became interested in the work they do.
Even though Im gay, I didnt have many contacts in the gay community, Markiewicz
says. I read about GLUU and wanted to join.
After graduation he attended the police academy and was assigned to the 6th District.
He went on to volunteer for GLUU and was asked to come back to work. Its an experience
he enjoys because he is helping people and giving back to the community.
My favorite part is being able to be a voice for people who are unwilling or unable to
speak up for themselves especially the transgender community in D.C., Markiewicz says.
People have been referred to me because they know that they can trust me.
Markiewicz credits GLUU for helping him understand his gay identity as well.
Coming to terms with my sexuality hasnt always been the smoothest road. Its helped
me to become a much more well-rounded person. (MC)
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Best Gay Politician
DAVI D CATANI A
RUNNER- UP: TAMMY BALDWI N
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BLUE MOON
RUNNER- UP: PURPLE PARROT
After more than 30 years of entertaining crowds of tourists and locals alike, the Blue
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serves up some of the best food in town, while the bar side is busy year round. From the
friendly bartenders Matt, Chandler, Rich and others to the lineup of entertainment,
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LADI ES OF TOWN
RUNNER- UP: D. C. KI NGS
The Ladies of Town perform cabaret style every Friday and Saturday night downstairs
at 10:30 p.m. and feature many of the most well-known and established drag queens in
the D.C. area. The cast is Lena Lett, Shi-Queeta-Lee, BaNaka, Tatianna and Epiphany B.
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DACHA BEER GARDEN
RUNNER- UP: STONEY S

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Best Live Music
9: 30 CLUB
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Best Mens Party
MI XTAPE
RUNNER- UP: BEAR HAPPY HOUR AT TOWN
Mixtape, which celebrated its sixth anniversary last month, wins this category again this
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Matt Bailer spin anything you can dance to has its third annual Mixtape Halloween
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Best Womens Party
PHASEFEST
RUNNER- UP: BARE BY LURE
Best Alt Party
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RUNNER- UP: THE LI ON KI NG ( KENNEDY CENTER)
Often described as Sesame Street meets Rent, Avenue Q is an angsty, coming-of-
age comedy set on a city block inhabited by slutty, shy, straight, gay, and monstrous
Muppet-like puppets, and the grown up child actor Gary Coleman imagined as building
super. Olneys terric take on the delightfully raunchy Tony Award-winning musical was
helmed by out artistic director Jason Loewith and featured a top notch cast including
Sam Ludwig, Rachel Zampelli, and Stephen Gregory Smith. (PF)
Best LGBT Sports Team
WASHI NGTON GENERALS
RUNNER- UP: D. C. FRONT RUNNERS
Washington Generals, part of the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, made it to the Gay Bowl
last year. They lost the championship but the team was welcomed back to this years
Gay Bowl. The team includes both straight and gay members. (MC)
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saints in addition to those Foundry members who have died in the
past year.
DECEMBER 14, 2014 (ADVENT MASS) - Foundrys choirs, soloists and
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yet for many, it is also a time of darkness, pain and grief. Intimate
and contemplative in design, people will get a chance just to be in
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DECEMBER 24, 2014 (CHRISTMAS EVE)
- 6:30 PM Family Service: There will be interactive storytelling and
glow stick for all the children.
- 8:00 PM Lessons, Carols & Candlelight Service: Celebrate with
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BestLGBT-Owned Business
EATWELL RESTAURANTS
RUNNER- UP: CI TY DOGS DAYCARE
EatWell is a restaurant management company committed to providing quality food and
exciting environments. The company owns and operates a private farm in La Plata, Md.,
that provides produce for the companys ve restaurants: Commissary, Grillsh, The
Heights, Logan Tavern and The Pig. (SMH)
Best Comedy Club
D. C. I MPROV
RUNNER- UP: ARLI NGTON CI NEMA & DRAFTHOUSE
Best Rehoboth Business
PURPLE PARROT
RUNNER- UP: BLUE MOON
Its not easy to sustain bar and restaurant success over more than 15 years, but
Purple Parrot owners Hugh Fuller and Troy Roberts have managed to do just that by
continually reinventing the space and improving on an already good thing. Last year
brought a smart renovation of the front bar. The newer Biergarten in back has grown
more popular over the past couple years, with standing-room-only crowds in summer.
In addition to the food and drinks, theres entertainment, including drag shows, karaoke
and performances during Jazz Fest Weekend and other special events. Jamie Romano
and the rest of the sta work hard to keep customers happy and coming back year-
round. (KN)
Best LGBT Social Group
STONEWALL SPORTS
RUNNER- UP: NOVA PRI DE
Stonewall Sports, an LGBT and ally sports organization, does more than just play. In
addition to its leagues, which include bocce and kickball, Stonewall Sports also gives to
charities like the DC Center and SMYAL. (MC)
BestPet Business
CI TY DOGS DAYCARE
RUNNER- UP: CI TY PAWS ANI MAL HOSPI TAL
Located between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, City Dogs Daycare provides
daycare, boarding, training, and grooming for all dogs over 10 lbs. Sta keep the dogs
in their care constantly engaged. Grooming services are new for City Dogs and began
earlier this month. (SMH)
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Best New Restaurant
BARCELONA
RUNNER- UP: ROSE S LUXURY
In the heart of the booming 14th Street N.W. corridor near Logan Circle is Barcelona,
an always-bustling spot that has one of the largest outdoor seating areas in the
neighborhood and a classy-yet-low-key vibe on the block between Q and R streets. Part
of a chain, the restaurant, under the direction of Executive Chef John Critchley, features
mostly tapas but has a few entrees as well. Many are Spanish-inspired (e.g. spiced beef
empanadas or potato tortilla) but not all. It opened October 2013. (JD)
Best Date Restaurant
FLORI ANA
RUNNER- UP: LE DI PLOMATE
Best Wine Bar
DI TO S BAR AT FLORI ANA
RUNNER- UP: CORK
The perfect date night is planned for you at Floriana. Authentic Italian food, like butternut
squash ravioli and lasagna, can transport any date from D.C. to Italy. Stop by Ditos Bar
for a drink to complete the romantic evening. All you have to do is show up. (MC)
Best Dessert
CURVY MAMA PI ES
RUNNER- UP: CAKE LOVE
Never grab a grocery store pie for the party again. Curvy Mama Pies online ordering
service can have your pies ready in 48 hours. Try old favorites like The Best Apple Pie
Ever and pumpkin pie or step outside the pie box and try Aztec Chocolate Chess or
Sweet Potato Bourbon. (MC)
Best Boozy Brunch
LEVEL ONE
RUNNER- UP: FREDDI E S BEACH BAR
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Sat 11-6 Sun 11-5
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Continental Preview
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Pastries Fruit Coffee/Tea Juice
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Best Chef
J AMI E LEEDS ( HANK S OYSTER BAR)
RUNNER- UP: J OSE ANDRES ( J ALEO, OYAMEL, ETC. )
Long-time out restaurateur Jamie Leeds adds another accolade to her long list. In
Washington since 2002, she opened the rst Hanks Oyster Bar in 2005 and now has
locations in Capitol Hill and Old Town Alexandria in addition to its Q Street location just
o 17th Street, N.W. If youre into oysters, competitor Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th,
is undeniably great, but Hanks always has a bounty of nirvana-inducing selections from
far-ung locales that are always mind-bogglingly fresh. D.C. oyster heaven doesnt get
any better than this. (JD)
Best Late Night Restaurant
AMSTERDAM FALAFEL
RUNNER- UP: ANNI E S PARAMOUNT STEAK HOUSE
Dont let your standards slip just because its after hours. Fresh falafels are made to
order here with 21 sauces and toppings to choose from. Customize the fries as well with
dressings and sauces like Dutch mayo or homemade peanut sauce. (MC)
Best Cofee Shop
SOHO TEA AND COFFEE
RUNNER- UP: THE COFFEE BAR
Ditch the Starbucks and try a specialty coee at Soho Tea and Coee. Drinks with fun
names like Hello Gorgeous Macchiato and Betty Boop, white or dark chocolate mixed
with coee, make this not your typical coee shop. (MC)
Best Rehoboth Restaurant
DOS LOCOS
RUNNER- UP: PURPLE PARROT
Whether youre looking to watch a game with friends at the bar while downing the
renowned margaritas or in need of a family-friendly place for dinner, the gay-owned
Dos Locos delivers. There are seasonal specials (dont miss the pumpkin margarita),
tequila tasting dinners, inventive entrees (we love the duck quesadilla) and unbeatable
specials (like the $20 pitchers of sangria on Saturdays). (KN)
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Barbies or is that dream house?
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Passionate is a strong word. I dont
think I do enough to back it up, but I do
care that my stepkids know diversity,
understand privilege and recognize
bullying when they see it.
What historical outcome would you
change?
Tough question. Lots. But maybe, in my
lifetime, 9-11 it aected so many people
and cemented a culture of fear.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
Ellen DeGeneres coming out on her TV
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On what do you insist?
An iron.
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Facebook post or Tweet?
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on Facebook. And I dont tweet, Twitter,
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dance at their wedding.
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physical world?
Love. No really, I do.
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leaders?
Stay (or get) educated and dont leave
anyone behind.
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for?
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Boys Dont Cry with Hilary Swank. Came
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The opportunity to try.
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The word transgender!
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I came here in 1986. Back then, it was the
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By KEVIN MAJOROS
The last three years have seen much
attention on the diversity training and
programs that are in place in professional
sports in the United States.
In 1993, the United States Tennis
Association began an initiative to focus
on minority participation in the tennis
community. By 2003, the initiative
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They have established ve targeted
guides to reach out to key minority
communities across the United States
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and the LGBT community.
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associations throughout the 17 established
geographical Association sections in the
United States with the goal that anyone
from anywhere should be able to compete
and play the sport of tennis.
This outreach program has been built
to attract and retain members in the
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ne, but you need the inclusion.
Back in 2010, the Gay and Lesbian
Tennis Alliance met with the Association
for the rst time to discuss how they could
both benet from collaborating together.
The Alliance is the international
governing body for the LGBT tennis
community and sponsors about 65
tournaments for its 10,000 members
throughout the world. Just last month,
the two governing bodies signed a
partnership agreement which will create
a formal link between the two entities.
The fact that a national governing body
such as the USTA has partnered with the
international GLTA speaks volumes about
their commitment to us, says Dan Merrithew,
Alliance commissioner/secretary.
The Association was established in
1881, has 700,000 members and invests
100 percent of its proceeds to promote
and develop the growth of tennis, from
the grassroots level to the professional
levels.
The only tennis organization the
Alliance has ever partnered with before
this agreement is the American Tennis
Association, which is the oldest African-
American sports organization in the
United States.
We dont normally sponsor or partner
with tennis organizations, says Abrams
of the Alliance. This partnership was a
mixture of a good business decision and
the right thing to do.
The partnership agreement will involve
tournament support, advertising, media
associations with tours, press releases,
logos, merchandise and more.
The Alliance hosts an annual tour
championship where the top eight
ranked players in each division (Open,
A, B, C, D singles and doubles) compete
for the respective world titles, becoming
essentially an LGBT Grand Slam of tennis.
The event rotates between two
consecutive years in North America
followed by one year in Europe. At the
championship in Palm Springs, CA from
Feb. 6-8, the event will be titled the GLTA
World Tour Championships sponsored
by the United States Tennis Association.
According to Merrithew, the partnership
is going to oer more exposure for LGBT
tennis clubs around the United States
and encourage more players to join.
Tennis is still very much a white
country club sport in the United States
and many people dont feel welcome in
the USTA leagues, Merrithew says. This
partnership sends a clear message to kids
that it is OK to be gay and play tennis.
Another area that will be addressed in the
outreach is the pockets of the U.S. where
there are no LGBT tennis clubs such as North
Dakota and South Dakota along with outreach
in other countries around the world.
The Alliance now has a tournament
and club in Cape Town, South Africa and
is in the process of developing clubs in
South America.
There is still one more thing that the
Alliance is hoping to achieve.
LGBT Day at the U.S. Open is something
that many of us have been thinking about
for a long time, Merrithew says.
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Spooky gay fun
There are tons of local gay Halloween
parties planned in the region. All events are for
Halloween night (Oct. 31). Here are a few:
D.C. Bear Crue hosts a Monster Bear Party
at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) from 6-11 p.m.
There will be a Halloween costume contest with
third prize winner receiving $25 in drink tickets
and a bottle of cheap vodka, second prize is $50
in drink tickets and a bottle of Smirno and rst
prize is $100 in drink tickets and a bottle of Grey
Goose. For more details, visit dcbearcrue.com.
Mixtape holds its third annual
Halloween bash at the Howard Theatre (620
T St., N.W.) from midnight-4 a.m. DJ Shea Van
Horn and DJ Matt Bailer will play a mix of indie,
dance and pop. Tickets are $10. For more
information, visit thehowardtheatre.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts
Not Another Drag Show: the 10th Edition
at 10 p.m. Performances will be by Sofonda
Coxxx, Gladys Kravitz, Surley Bossy and many
more. There will be a live auction, Halloween
costume contest and drink specials. There
is a suggested $5 donation at the door to
benet the Gay Mens Chorus of Washingtons
GenOUT youth outreach program. For details,
visit greenlanterndc.com.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts a Halloween
party Thrillher at 7:30 p.m. There will be a
costume contest at midnight with a $300
cash prize. DJ Lez Rage will play tracks and
there will be drink specials. For more details,
visit phase1dc.com.
Girl Code hosts #GirlCodeFridaze
Halloween Edition, a costume party, at Vita
Lounge (1318 9th St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.-3
a.m. Admission is $10 before midnight and
$15 after. Come in costume and admission
is $10 all night. For more information, visit
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Treats or Freaks, an LGBT ladies Halloween
party, is at Mad Momos (3605 14th St., N.W.)
from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere, Dj India and
DJ DeeDub will provide music. Come in costume
and tickets are $10 before 11:30 and $15 after,
without a costume tickets are $20 all night. There
will be four costume contests with cash prizes.
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Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts Madscience
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Belevedere drinks are $6 all night and there will
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For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) holds a
Halloween party at 10 p.m. hosted by
Peaches. There will be a costume contest
starting at 11 p.m. with a prize of $250 in cash
and a $250 Number Nine gift card. For more
details, visit numberninedc.com.
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hosts a Halloween costume party from 8 p.m.-
midnight. There will be a DJ, prizes, a chocolate
fountain, pumpkin decorating contest and a
treasure hunt. During the party guests will have
the opportunity to explore the 100 rooms in the
mansion. There is also a cash bar. Costume contest
categories include best couples costume, most
creative, scariest costume and more. Tickets are
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Being in a relationship doesnt
mean youre joined at the hip
HI MICHAEL,
My girlfriend is driving me nuts with
her insistence that we do practically
everything together.
We met eight months ago and at rst
things were great. Kate is funny and sexy
and seemed really independent, which I
like. But after we agreed to be exclusive
(mutual decision) a few months back,
she started pushing me to join her for
more and more things: dinner with her
friends, brunches, movies she wants to
see, trips out of town to visit old college
classmates.
Im not interested in everything she
loves. I dont like spending all of my free
time with her and her friends. I dont
even like some of her friends! Although
Im not a loner, sometimes I just want to
be by myself. And more than anything, I
dont like feeling Ive got a leash around
my neck for Kate to pull me in whatever
direction she wants. Its choking me.
If I bring this up to her, she says were
a couple and should be doing things
together. If I push, she gets a hurt face
like Im rejecting her and then I give in.
But then Im not happy, to put it mildly.
Agh! Am I crazy to want my own space
sometimes? Or does this mean Im not
relationship material?
MICHAEL REPLIES:
Youre not crazy. Wearing a choke collar
is a horrible way to be in a relationship.
But you let Kate put it on and its your job
to take it o.
Yes, you will disappoint her by saying
no, but thats life. None of us gets
everything we want. Kate doesnt get to
have a partner who always says yes. You
dont get to have a partner who will make
it easy for you to say no.
Its understandable that Kate would
have her expectations: our culture tells us
that two should become one. While that
might sound romantic, its impossible.
Two people always have dierent likes,
dislikes and viewpoints.
Heres an important PSA for everyone
reading this column: Youre going to
have a much better shot at a happy
relationship if you accept that your
partner is a separate individual.
Wallowing in disappointment isnt
going to make anything better. Guilting
your partner into doing what you want
is a bad move unless youre seeking
resentment and a sour relationship.
Focus instead on enjoying what you
actually do together.
Even if Kate keeps pressuring you to
go along with her, you dont have to cave
to her sad looks. Why not view these
situations as opportunities to develop
into a strong person who can survive
disappointing her girlfriend?
Im not saying that you should always
say no to Kate. I am saying that you
should start to pay attention to how you
react whenever youre faced with the
question of whether you would rather
disappoint your girlfriend or be resentful
and miserable.
Right now, youre automatically
choosing the latter. I propose you get o
autopilot and start wrestling with yourself
a bit more before answering. If you start
honoring your own wishes when they
are important to you, even if doing so is
scary, Im certain that youll enjoy yourself
more when you do spend time with
Kate. I also expect that youll get better
at establishing boundaries. I even think
its possible that Kate will get better at
tolerating your independence.
My hunch is that you have a major
people-pleasing groove in your brain.
If so, learning to keep calm when Kate
gets ticked off will bring the huge
benefit of helping you stop twisting
yourself into a pretzel to please
everyone in your life.
Its time to start guring out why it is
so important for you not to disappoint
others. That will make it easier for you
to start saying no when you really want
to. Good luck and keep in mind that the
more steady and resilient you are, the
better a relationship you will have.
MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed
psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.
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THEATRE
Little Dancer. Oct 25-Nov 30. Shear
Madness. Ongoing. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Jul ius Caesar. Oct 28-Dec 7. Folger
Theatre. 202-544-7077. folger.edu.
Signature Sisters. Thru Oct 25.
Elmer Gantry. Thru Nov 9. Sex With
Strangers. Thru Dec 7. Signature
Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-
theatre.org.
Driving Miss Daisy. Thru Oct 26. Fords
Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org.
The Wolfe Twins. Thru Nov 2. Studio
Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Rocky Horror Show. Thru Nov 1.
Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900.
workhousearts.org.
Comedy with Annabelle Gurwitch. Oct
25. JCCNV. 703-537-3000. jccnv.org.
Swing Time The Musical! Thru Nov
30. Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial.
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Visible Language. Thru Nov 16. Avant
Bard. Eastman Studio Theatre. 703-418-
4808. wscavantbard.org.
La Vida Breve. Thru Nov 1. In Series.
Source Theatre. 202-204-7763. inseries.org.
The Island of Dr. Moreau. Thru Nov
2. Synetic Theater. 866-811-4111.
synetictheater.org.
Rabbit Hole. Thru Sep 28. Peters Alley.
Theatre on the Run. 703-228-1850.
petersalley.com.
DANCE
Beijing Dance Theater: Wild Grass.
Thru Oct 25. Carmen De Lavallade: As
I Remember It. Oct 29-Oct 30. Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Paul Taylor II. Oct 24-Oct 25. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
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NSO Pops: Danny Elfmans Music
from the Films of Tim Burton/
John Mauceri, conductor. Thru Oct
25. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
First Aid Kit with Samantha Crain. Oct
25. GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
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From The Top: Live with Host
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GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-833-9800.
Schubert-Impromptus, Op. 90. Oct 26.
WPA. Baird Auditorium. 202-785-9727.
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Gladys Knight. Oct 25. Warner Theatre.
202-397-7328. warnertheatredc.com.
District5 Wind Quintet. Oct 24.
Cantare! Oct 25. Kronos Quartet.
Oct 25. Big Band Halloween Scream.
Oct 27. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Blues. Oct 24.
Artisphere. 877-241-2787. artisphere.com.
MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Andrew Wyeth:
Looking Out, Looking In. Thru Nov
30. Degass Little Dancer. Thru Jan 11.
Modern American Prints and Drawings
from the Kainen Collection. Thru Feb 1.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Geographic. Food: Our Global
Kitchen. Thru Feb 22. Spinosaurus: Lost
Giant of the Cretaceous. Thru Apr 12.
Monsters 3D & Sea Monsters 3D. Thru
Apr 1. National Geographic. 202-857-
7700. nglive.org.
National Archives. Making Their Mark:
Stories Through Signatures. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
The 5x5 Project: Soda_Jerk: After the
Rainbow. Thru Nov 2. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Kreeger Museum. Emilie Brzezinski: The
Lure of the Forest. Thru Dec 27. 202-337-
3050. kreegermuseum.org.
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Strathmore. Grace Hartigan: 19222008.
Thru Nov 9. Heritage India. Thru Nov 9.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Art NOW. Thru
Nov 3. Leslie Nolan. Thru Nov 3. 703-683-
1780. theartleague.org.
WPA at Capitol Skyline Hotel.
Hothouse Video: Saya Woolfalk. Thru
Nov 14. 202-488-7500. wpadc.org.
Neptune Fine Art. Out of Bounds. Thru
Dec 20. 202-338-0353. neptuneneart.com.
Goethe-Institut. The Wall in Our Heads:
An Exhibition of American Artists and Kai
Wiedenhfer. Oct 25-Dec 15. 202-289-
1200. goethe.de.
Gallery plan b. Man-made. Thru Nov 23.
202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com.
Joan Hisaoka Gallery. Divergence. Thru
Oct 25. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
AND MORE. . .
Lecture: Hollywood Burn. Oct 26. National
Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Codebreaker (Film Screening). Oct 27.
Founders Son: A Life of Abraham
Lincoln. Oct 30. National Archives. 202-
357-5000. archivesfoundation.org.
Howard Feinstein and Adele Levine.
Oct 26. The Writers Center.
301-654-8664. writer.org.
The Wall in Our Heads: A Second
Quarter. Oct 27. Goethe-Institut.
202-289-1200. goethe.de.
The 5x5 Project: Soda Jerk: Hollywood
Burn. Oct 26. DCCAH. National
Gallery of Art. 202-724-5613. dcarts.dc.gov.
Nelson Rockefeller An American
Original: With Biographer Richard
Norton Smith: Evening Lecture with
Book Signing. Oct 30. The Smithsonian
Associates. Ripley Center. 202-633-3030.
smithsonianassociates.org.
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Go Gay D.C. hosts an Equality Social
at Marrakech Restaurant (2147 P St.,
N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. There will be
a free door prize ra e and a cash bar.
Dress code is business casual. Meet on
the second oor atrium. For more details,
visit facebook.com/gogaydc.
The V D.C. hosts Glitther at Zebra Bar
(3423 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-
3 a.m. DJ Deedub will spin. Specials are
$3 PBRs, $5 Fireball shots and half-priced
pizza from 9-11 p.m. For more information,
visit facebook.com/thevdcevents.com.
Maracuyeah hosts TropiLove, a queer
Latin music showcase and dance party,
at Judys Bar and Restaurant (2212 14th St.,
N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Emerging
artists will perform their music that will
also double as a dance party. Cover is
$7. Guests must be 18 or older. For more
details, visit facebook.com/maracuyeahdc.
Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell
Ave., Arlington, Va.) holds a pride night
for Elmer Gantry tonight at 8 p.m. The
play tells the story of a broke salesman
who joins a religious tour troupe. There
is a post-show cocktail hour and hors
doeuvres reception. Tickets range from
$36.80-110.60. For more information,
visit signature-theatre.org.
The Utopia Film Festival is in
Greenbelt, Md., today through Sunday.
Several LGBT-themed lms will screen
including Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness,
a documentary about openly gay
bodybuilder Jim Morris; Fagbug Nation,
a lm that follows lesbian lmmaker
Erin Davies in her rainbow car across
the U.S.; and Families are Forever,
a story about Mormon parents who
discover their son is gay. Tickets are $5
at the door for an individual lm and
$20 for an all-weekend pass. Venues and
show times vary. For more details, visit
utopialmfestival.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 25
The Walk to End HIV is today starting
at 7 a.m. The walk begins and ends at
Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. and
13th St.). Registration is at 7 a.m. and a
program of music and speakers begins
at 8:15 a.m. The 5K timed run kicks o
at 9:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:20
a.m. The post-walk celebration is at 10
a.m. General walk registration is $25,
student and senior walk registration
is $15 and general timed registration
is $35. For more information, visit
aidswalkwashington.org.
Legendary singer Gladys Knight
performs at Warner Theatre (513 13th
St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range
from $80.25-116.50. For details, visit
warnertheatredc.com.
The Bach Sinfonia presents Late
Great Bach: Mass in B Minor at
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
(7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.)
tonight at 8 p.m. There will be a free pre-
concert discussion at 7:20 p.m. Tickets
are $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, $15
ages 15-university and free for 14 and
under. For details, visit bachsinfonia.org.
The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts
Gay/Bash Halloween Freak Show
tonight at 10 p.m. Drag performers include
Klitorika Browne, Summer Camp, Heidi
Glum and Rumor Millz. They will perform
at 11:45 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Cover is $5. For
more details, visit blackcatdc.com.
The Smithsonian Womens Committee
presents the 2014 Craft2Wear Show and
Sale of Wearable Art is at the National
Building Museum (401 F St., N.W.) today
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11
a.m.-5 p.m. Crafted jewelry, clothing and
accessories will be on display to view and
purchase. For more information, visit
craft2wear.smithsonian.org.
Lindy Promotions hosts Nightmare
on M Street, a roaming costume party,
in Dupont Circle and Chinatown tonight
from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. More than 35 bars in
the Dupont Circle and Chinatown area
will have specials including $2 Coors
Lights, $3 Blue Moons, $4 Bacardi drinks
and various food and shot specials.
At midnight there will be a costume
contest. For more details and pricing, visit
lindypromo.com.
Vishwas: the Male Spectrum, a
collection of tasteful male nudes in
striking color, is on display at Vitruvian
Gallery (734 7th St., S.E.) today from 2-5
p.m., and Nov. 7 from 7-9:30 p.m. and Nov.
22 from 2-5 p.m. Visit vitruviangallery.
com for more information.
Legendary lesbian singer/songwriter
Cris Williamson will perform with guest
Eric Anderson tonight at 8 p.m. at Bethesda
Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Williamsons
classic 70s material has been hailed as
groundbreaking feminist art. Tickets are
$35 and seating begins at 6 p.m. Visit
bethesdabluesjazz.com for details.
SUNDAY, OCT. 26
Lesbian singer Storm Large, from
the band Pink Martini, performs at the
Hamilton (600 14th St., N.W.) at 7:30
p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets
range from $20-$25. For details, visit
thehamiltondc.com.
Fashion Yards, a pop-up market, is at
the Yards (355 Water St., S.E.) today from
1-5 p.m. Fashion trucks and boutiques will
have a collection of clothing, accessories,
home dcor and more. There is also a
complimentary champagne lounge if you
RSVP at giltcity.com/dc. For more details,
visit theyardsdc.com.
MONDAY, OCT. 27
Dupont Circle Village hosts a Medicare
information session at the First Baptist
Church of the City of Washington (1328
16th St., N.W.) from 3:30-5 p.m. today.
Chris DeYoung, co-director of the Health
Insurance Counseling Project, will be
answering all Medicare questions. The talk
is free for Village members and $10 for
non-members. For reservations, call 202-
234-2567 or email lindajkh@mac.com.
Queer for Christ hosts a Halloween
happy hour at Dacha Beer Garden (1600
7th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. For
more information, visit facebook.com/qfdc.
TUESDAY, OCT. 28
Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion
group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.,
N.W..) at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is
for anyone who identies outside of the
gender binary as bigender, agender,
genderuid or any label outside of
cisgender. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Shaping Sound, a dance show that
combined jazz, modern and hip-hop
choreography, has a one-night show
at the France-Merrick Performing Arts
Center (12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore)
tonight at 8 p.m. Travis Wall, one of
the shows choreographers, performed
in the rst same-sex romantic dance
routine on So You Think You Can
Dance. Tickets range from $30-75. For
details, visit france-merrickpac.com.
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage continues
tonight at 8 p.m. at the Hippodrome
Theatre (12 N. Eutaw St.) and runs
through Sunday with performances
at 1 and 6:30 p.m. The show, which
recreates two episodes from the classic
50s series, starsThea Brooks as Lucy
and Euriamis Losada as Ricky. Tickets
range from $25-95. Tickets are available
at the box o ce, at Ticketmaster or at
broadwayacrossamerica.com/baltimore.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29
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 newcomers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-
407-6540.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free
and condential HIV testing from 3-5 p.m.
For more details, visit smyal.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 30
Contemporary artist Lee Wayne Mills
will have a solo exhibition beginning today
at MIXX (26 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth
Beach, Del.). Among his work will be a
survey of recent abstract works on paper
and canvas. The show runs into December.
Visit mixxrehoboth.com for details.
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The decision to sell your home comes
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anything better. Relationships were born
here and you can just visualize that time
when Aunt Irene came for Thanksgiving
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