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International outcry as gay designer
calls IVF babies ‘synthetic’
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Elton John is among those leading a boycott of gay fashion designers
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s label over their controversial
comments about children conceived through in vitro fertilization.
“You are born and you have a father and a mother, or at least it
should be so,” said Dolce during an interview that Panorama, an Italian
website, featured in its March 12 issue. “You cannot convince me of what
I call children of chemistry, and synthetic children: Wombs for rent, seeds
selected from a catalog.”
“Then go on to explain to these children who is the mother,” he added.

DOMENICO DOLCE and STEFANO GABBANA are under fire after Dolce attacked gay parents and
called their children ‘synthetic.’

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Former congressman revisits
LGBT battles in new memoir
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com 
In a memoir released this week, former U.S. Rep.
Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells how he was completely
comfortable in 2004 when Democratic presidential
nominee John Kerry announced he opposed same-sex
marriage.
With public opinion strongly against marriage
equality at that time, Frank writes, Kerry’s support for
gay marriage would have made President George W.
Bush’s re-election more likely “while doing nothing for
us substantively.”
Frank also says in his new book that he urged

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Kerry not to elaborate on what some LGBT critics
considered his convoluted rationale for opposing gay
marriage while saying he “respected” a decision by the
Massachusetts Supreme Court declaring same-sex
marriage legal under the state’s constitution.
“Exasperated, Kerry pointed out that if all he did
was state his opposition, LGBT people would think
he had taken his stand on purely political grounds,”
Frank writes. “That, I told him, was exactly what I
hoped they would think: Here was a potential ally who
wasn’t yet ready to join us, but he had no fundamental
intellectual or philosophical objection to doing so later
when the political climate had improved.”
The account of Frank’s 2004 advice for Kerry
is just one of many examples of the gay former
congressman’s longstanding belief that political

Former Rep. BARNEY FRANK reflects on ENDA, ‘Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell’ and more in his new book.

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GAY FAMILY

‘GLEE’ FINALE

Illinois Republican, long
subject of gay rumors,
resigns from Congress.

Our special section
offers a camp guide,
fostering info and more.

A chat with Jane Lynch,
who reflects on hit show
and new cabaret tour.

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CFSA is recognized nationally for its leading support of LGBT foster parents in the District. Placing children and teens in safe and nurturing environments
within their home communities is our highest priority, and we find great foster parents come from all walks of life.
The LGBT community plays an active role in fostering children and teens in the District and strengthening our city’s families. In 2014, LGBT families accounted
for about 12% of foster care placements in the District.

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CFSA provides support services for all of our foster parents. From medical care, clothing, and school supplies to short term care for the children you foster if you
need to take a break, the agency will help you care for our city’s youth. CFSA also provides you the opportunity to join a network of fellow current and past foster
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It is only with the help of community members like you that we can provide District children and teens in need with the safe, temporary homes that will sustain
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Popular Rehoboth drag
queen Cashetta dies
Scott Weston, a popular drag
entertainer who performed as
Cashetta at the Blue Moon in
Rehoboth Beach, Del., and elsewhere,
died March 16. He was 44. He died in
Mexico while sleeping, according to
friends. The cause of death was not
immediately known. 
Weston told CAMP Rehoboth he
started doing drag in the late 1980s
with friends. He cited Lady Bunny, Joey
Scott Weston performed as CASHETTA
Arias and others as early inspirations.
and was beloved in Rehoboth.
Cashetta was also a singer and
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magician and made appearances
on “Today,” “Conan O’Brien,” on the
LOGO network with Margaret Cho and elsewhere. 
Weston was originally from New Jersey and as Cashetta, often joked of “being
a Jersey girl.” Having lived and worked in New York and Florida at various times,
Cashetta was also a regular in Provincetown, Mass. Weston moved to Rehoboth
Beach three years ago and became a regular at the Blue Moon.
“She said she found her home at the Blue Moon,” said Kevin Buice, who
performs as Mona Lotts. “He didn’t have any biological family to speak of, so he
thought of us as his family.”
No funeral information was immediately available. 
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO

James Olson dies at 81
James Olson died March 10 from
sepsis resulting from a gall bladder
infection according to his family.
Olson was born May 3, 1933
in Curwensville, Pa., and came to
Washington in the 1950s according to
Jerry Goldberg, his partner of nearly
50 years. He served two years in the
U.S. Navy and spent a year in Greece
on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Olson earned a bachelor’s degree
in French from Penn State and a
master’s from Middlebury College
in Vermont. He taught French in
Montgomery County high schools
for several years until he decided to
attend dental school. He received his
DDS from the University of Maryland,
Baltimore Campus in 1973 and
subsequently had an office on I Street
JAMES OLSEN
and later on Connecticut Avenue.
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He was one of the first to put his
professional card in the Blade. Olson
retired in 2000. He also had a degree in mortuary science. 
Olson and Goldberg traveled extensively including two safaris, South and East
Africa, Southeast Asia, a Black Sea cruise, Russia and the Baltics, and many visits
to France.
Olson loved opera and could recognize voices instantly. He and Goldberg were
long-time subscribers to the Washington National Opera and also frequently
attended the Met in New York.
In addition to his partner, he is survived by his sister, Marlene Haversack, his
niece Jamie Wilson, and his nephews Steven and Eric Haversack.
Memorial-related inquiries may be addressed to Goldberg at 202-966-4589. 
JOEY DiGUGLIELMO

LO CA L N E W S

Catania returns to law firm
 
Former D.C. Council member David
Catania (I-At-Large), who lost his race
in November to become the city’s
first openly gay mayor, has joined the
Washington office of the international
law firm Greenberg Traurig.
A spokesperson for the firm said
Catania began work on Monday as a
shareholder, or partner, with the firm
DAVID CATANIA has joined the international
law firm Greenberg Traurig.
and will focus his practice on health care,
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finance and revenue and governmental
operations.
Catania served as an “of counsel”
attorney for the firm in 2013 while also serving as a Council member.
“Greenberg Traurig is committed to growing locally, nationally, and internationally,
and that is why we’re so pleased to welcome David Catania back to our Washington, D.C.
office,” said Laura Klaus, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s D.C. office.
“Having worked for the betterment of the District and its business community, David
has had his finger on the pulse of health care issues of critical concern,” Klaus said.
Catania has been credited with waging one of the first truly competitive general
election campaigns for D.C. mayor as a non-Democrat in a city with an overwhelmingly
Democratic electorate. But despite predictions by some political pundits that the city’s
Democratic dominated electoral dynamic was about to change, Catania lost to fellow
Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) by a margin of 54 percent to 35 percent.
Former Council member Carol Schwartz, who also ran as an independent, finished a
distant third with 7 percent of the vote.
During his 17-year tenure on the D.C. Council, Catania served at various times as
chair of the Council’s Committees on Education, Health, Public Services, and Local and
Regional Affairs.
Since his Council seat was also up for election last November Catania had to give up
the seat to run for mayor. His term on the Council ended Jan. 1.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

Bowser-backed candidate trails in GLAA ratings
A candidate endorsed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to fill the Ward 4 City Council seat
she vacated in January finished in third place with a +5.5 rating on LGBT issues by the
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.
GLAA released its ratings last week for 25 candidates competing in an April 28 special
election for the Ward 4 Council seat as well as the Ward 8 seat, which became vacant
when Council member and former mayor Marion Barry died last November.
Barry’s son, Marion Christopher Barry, who is among 13 candidates running for the
Ward 8 seat, came in second place in the GLAA ratings, with a score of +4.5.
GLAA rates candidates on a scale of -10, the lowest possible score, to +10, the highest
possible rating.
The Bowser endorsed candidate, Brandon Todd, a Democrat, “turned in a solid
questionnaire but showed little by way of a record on LGBT issues,” GLAA said in a
statement accompanying its ratings.
The group said Marion Christopher Barry agrees with GLAA on all of the issues raised
in the candidate questionnaire that it uses to assign a rating but he also “has a limited
record on LGBT issues.”
Democratic candidate Sheila Bunn, who served as deputy chief of staff to former
Mayor Vincent Gray and chief of staff to D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes
Norton, came in first place in GLAA’s Ward 8 ratings, with a score of +9.
In the Ward 4 race, GLAA awarded its highest rating to Democrat Dwayne Toliver, who
received a +7 score. The group said Toliver returned a “strong” questionnaire and has a
good record of support on LGBT issues.
In the Ward 8 race, longtime D.C. voting rights advocate Eugene Kinlow, who has been
an ally of the LGBT community, came in fifth place with a +3.5 rating, a development
that will likely surprise LGBT activists who have worked with Kinlow on statehood and
voting rights issues.
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hearing on the D.C. legislation said they dispute claims that the therapy is harmful.
But others that testified, including a gay man who said he was pressured into
undergoing the therapy by his parents, said the therapy failed to change their sexual
orientation and caused them to suffer emotional trauma.
Several conservative groups that oppose LGBT rights called on Congress to block
the D.C. bill under a provision of the city’s Home Rule Charter that requires all D.C.
legislation enacted by the Council and signed by the mayor to undergo a 30 legislative
day review by Congress. In the case of the conversion therapy measure, no member of
Congress came forward to introduce a required resolution of disapproval for the bill.
No such amendment has been introduced so far to block the conversion therapy
measure.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

ALBERTO VEGA claims he was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Willard Hotel.
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LGBT contingent marches
in St. Patrick’s Parade
About 30 people marched in an  LGBT contingent at the 44th annual St.
Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington this week. The contingent was organized
by the DC Center. Although LGBT people have individually participated in the
parade before, this marks the first year that a full LGBT contingent marched in
D.C.’s parade.
MICHAEL KEY

D.C. bill banning conversion therapy becomes law
A bill passed unanimously by the D.C. Council in December that bans mental health
professionals licensed by the city from performing so-called conversion therapy on
minors became law on March 11 after clearing its required review by Congress.
The Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2014 imposes
fines and other penalties for licensed therapists and other licensed mental health
practitioners who attempt to change the sexual orientation of people under the age of
18 from gay to straight.
The measure’s clearance by Congress makes D.C. the third jurisdiction in the nation,
after California and New Jersey, to ban the therapy for minors.
On Dec. 23, the day former Mayor Vincent Gray signed the bill, the New York-based
group Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network praised D.C. for joining California
and New Jersey in taking what it called needed action to protect LGBT youth from
harmful forms of therapy.
“These actions will protect young people from a practice that studies conducted by
major mental health organizations and personal testimony from youth have shown can
create dangerous and even life-threatening effects, including depression, decreased
self-esteem, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior,” said GLSEN Executive Director
Eliza Byard.
Byard noted that conversion therapy is strongly opposed by all mainstream medical
and mental organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American
Psychological Association.
Opponents of legislation banning conversion therapy for minors have argued that
it discriminates against youth who want to change their sexual orientation and who
willingly choose to undergo the therapy. Several opponents who testified at a public

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D.C. upholds bias complaint against Willard Hotel
The D.C. Office of Human Rights on Wednesday denied a request by the Willard
InterContinental Hotel that it reverse an earlier finding of probable cause that the hotel
illegally forced a gay assistant chef out of his job.
In a Dec. 17 finding of probable cause, the OHR said D.C. resident Alberto Vega, 43,
established a “prima facie case” in a complaint that he was subjected to a hostile work
environment at the Willard because of his sexual orientation and was “constructively
discharged” from his job in August 2013.
The December finding says the hotel’s alleged actions against Vega violated the D.C.
Human Rights Act, which, among other things, bans employment discrimination based
on sexual orientation.
The Willard is considered one of the most prestigious hotels in Washington and has
a history that dates back to when Abraham Lincoln stayed there prior to being sworn in
as president in 1861.
An attorney representing the Willard responded in January by filing a motion for
reconsideration, contesting the probable cause finding on technical grounds.
In a three-page ruling issued on March 11, OHR Director Monica Palacio said the
Willard failed to meet the criteria required under law to obtain a reversal of a probable
cause finding.
Palacio said in her ruling that the criteria include discovery of new evidence not
available during OHR’s initial investigation of a complaint, proof of misstatement of
facts in the complaint, or the “misapplication of the law” in its finding of probable cause.
“The OHR affirms its finding on all claims,” Palacio said in her ruling.
Under OHR procedures, the Willard has 10 days from the time of the March 11 ruling
to decide whether to enter into conciliation negotiations with Vega to reach a possible
settlement in the case. Vega’s attorney, Brian Markovitz, has said Vega is open to
entering discussions for a possible settlement.
If the Willard declines to enter conciliation discussions within the 10-day deadline, the
case is automatically sent to the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, which is authorized to
conduct a trial-like public hearing that includes testimony by witnesses. Under the Human
Rights Act, the commission is empowered to make a final ruling on whether discrimination
occurred and what, if any, penalty should be imposed on the party accused of discrimination.
Eric Janson, the attorney representing the Willard, didn’t respond to a phone call and
email from the Washington Blade this week seeking comment on the OHR ruling and
asking whether the Willard would consider the conciliation option.
In its 15-page finding of probable cause, OHR said its investigation into Vega’s
complaint found that he was “harassed on a frequent, nearly daily basis by multiple
members of the kitchen staff. The [anti-gay] jokes were offensive, and supervising chefs
laughed about them, compounding the impact of the ridicule.”
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‘I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,’ said STACIE LAUGHTON.

Former N.H. trans official threatens hospital

NASHUA, N.H. — The first openly transgender person elected to a state
legislature in the country faces a felony charge for making a bomb threat against
a New Hampshire hospital.
The Union Leader reported that Stacie Laughton faces a charge of falsely
reporting an explosive device in connection with the incident at Southern New
Hampshire Medical Center on Feb. 27.
The newspaper reported that police charged Laughton after leaving a Vermont
hospital where she was receiving treatment for bipolar disorder.
“I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,” Laughton told the Union Leader, adding she is
remorseful for her actions. “It was totally out of character for me.”
Voters in 2012 elected Laughton, a then-member of the Nashua Board of
Aldermen, to represent portions of the Gate City in the New Hampshire House
of Representatives. She later ended her bid to sit in the chamber after previous
arrests for credit card and identity fraud became public.

Trans advocate to co-chair N.Y. group
NEW YORK — A New York LGBT advocacy group on March 16 announced it
has named a prominent transgender rights activist as co-chair of its foundation’s
board of directors.
Melissa Sklarz will serve as co-chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda
Foundation Board of Directors alongside Norman C. Simon, a New York City
lawyer.
Empire State Pride Agenda in a press release noted that Sklarz in 1999 became
the first trans person elected to office within the New York Democratic Party.
Sklarz was a New York delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention
in Boston. She was also president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York
City from 2012-2014.
“I am thrilled and humbled to be elected to serve as Co-Chair of the Pride
Agenda Foundation Board,” said Sklarz in a statement. “I look forward to using
my years of experience to help New York’s LGBT communities and people
achieve equality and justice, and to help create new opportunities for us all.”
Nathan M. Schaefer, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda,
applauded Sklarz.
“Given her significant experience and indelible reputation as a civil rights
leader, Melissa already has been instrumental in our work to protect transgender
New Yorkers,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with her in
her new leadership role.”

Prominent Boston bisexual advocate killed
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A bisexual advocate was killed on March 12 as she rode
her bicycle on a street.
The Boston Globe reported that a dump truck struck and killed Marcia Diehl,
65, as she rode her bicycle along Putnam Avenue in Cambridge after leaving a
nearby Whole Foods Market.
Diehl co-founded the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. The Boston Globe
reported the well-known singer and songwriter was also a volunteer at a local
LGBT theater company to which she donated money.
“The Boston bisexual community is saddened at the news of the loss of one
of our long-time members,” said the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network in a
statement posted to its Tumblr page. “She will be greatly missed within our
community, and we are thankful for the humor, creativity, and compassion she
shared with us for many years.”

NATIONAL NEWS

Presbyterian Church
backs same-sex
marriage
New position slated to
become official in June
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Presbyterian Church (USA) late
Tuesday voted to change language in its
constitution to accept same-sex marriage,
bringing a major Christian denomination
in support of gay nuptials.
According to a statement on the
church’s website, the Office of the
General Assembly was still awaiting an
official tally Tuesday night, but Palisades
Presbytery became the 86th presbytery
to approve the language, giving it the
majority support among the church’s 171
presbyteries.
The new language in the “Book of
Order” doesn’t explicitly endorse samesex marriage, but changes the description
of marriage from a union “between a
woman and a man” to being between
“two people, traditionally a man and a
woman.”
The presbyteries within the church
have been voting on this change since
last summer, when its 221st General
Assembly approved the language, known
as Amendment 14-F. It required support
from a majority of church units to become
part of the constitution.
The change is set to take effect on
June 21, which is one year after the
adjournment of last summer’s assembly,
according to the church.
Clergy in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
were already able to perform samesex marriage ceremonies at their own
discretion in states where such marriages
are legal as a result of an approved an
“authoritative interpretation” approved
by the General Assembly last year. But
that change, which went into effect last
June, doesn’t require ministers to officiate
same-sex weddings.
The Presbyterian Church (USA), which
boasts 1.7 million members and is the
largest body of Presbyterians in the

country, has struggled with the issue
of same-sex marriage for some time.
According to the Associated Press, the
church’s General Assembly rejected a
proposal in 2012 to redefine marriage as
a union between “two people.”
Other Christian denominations in the
U.S. that support same-sex marriage
include the Episcopal Church and the
United Church of Christ, which sued
North Carolina to allow it to conduct
same-sex marriages. Religions that
continue to oppose same-sex marriage
are the Catholic Church and the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also
known as the Mormon Church.
“Finally, the church in its constitutional
documents fully recognizes that the love
of gays and lesbian couples is worth
celebrating in the faith community,” said
Rev. Brian D. Ellison, executive director of
the Covenant Network of Presbyterians,
which advocates gay inclusion in the
church, in an interview with the New York
Times. “There is still disagreement, and I
don’t mean to minimize that, but I think
we are learning that we can disagree and
still be church together.”
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom
to Marry, said the change is reflective of
the growing support of marriage equality
throughout the country.
“This is yet another powerful
mainstream affirmation of America’s
movement to embrace the freedom to
marry as a reflection of the morality of
treating everyone as we all would want to
be treated,” said Wolfson.
The move was met with some
criticism from conservatives in the
church. Paul Detterman, national
director of The Fellowship Community,
a group of conservatives who have
stayed in the church, told the New
York Times, “Our objection to the
passage of the marriage amendment
is in no way, shape or form anti-gay. It
is in no way intended as anything but
concern that the church is capitulating
to the culture and is misrepresenting
the message of Scripture.”

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Rep. AARON SCHOCK’s resignation takes effect March 31.

Aaron shocks, resigns from Congress
Embattled U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) on Tuesday announced his resignation
from Congress.
The Illinois Republican indicated in a statement that he would step down less
than a day after Politico reported he submitted a mileage reimbursement for
roughly 170,000 miles on his Chevrolet Tahoe when public records indicate it
only had about 80,000 miles on the odometer when he sold it last year.
This report is the latest in a series of questions that have been raised about Schock’s
spending that include the hiring of a personal photographer and redecorating his
office in a way that was apparently inspired by the PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”
“[T]he constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great
distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th
District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for
myself,” said Schock in a statement that announced his resignation that takes
effect on March 31, according to Politico. “I have always sought to do what’s best
for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”
Schock, 33, has represented Illinois’ 18th Congressional District that includes
the city of Peoria since 2009.
The Illinois Republican over the years has faced persistent questions about his
sexual orientation. At least one national LGBT rights group reached out to him to
offer help and advice on coming out, an offer he spurned.
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Equality Calif. endorses Hillary early
A major LGBT group on Monday announced it has endorsed Hillary Clinton in her likely
bid for the White House in 2016, even though she hasn’t yet declared her candidacy.
Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, declared the group’s support in a
statement, making the organization the first LGBT group to formally back Clinton.
“We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to
help her win,” Zbur said. “We’re enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the
best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality
California is ready for Hillary!”
A two-page fact sheet from the organization ticks off a dozen of Clinton’s pro-LGBT
accomplishments.
As a U.S. senator, Clinton is credited with  voting twice against a Federal Marriage
Amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage and for voting in favor of HIV
funding as well as hate crimes protection legislation.
During her tenure as secretary of state, Clinton is credited with making LGBT rights a
priority for U.S. foreign policy, implementing policies at the State Department on behalf
of LGBT Foreign Service officers and leading efforts to pass a United Nations resolution
on LGBT rights. Also noted by Equality California is a high-profile 2011 speech she
delivered in Geneva, Switzerland, in favor of international LGBT rights.
“While serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made her support for the LGBT
community abundantly clear when she said ‘gay rights are human rights, and human
rights are gay rights,’” Zbur said. “Although she has yet to formally announce her
candidacy, we unequivocally believe that she is not only the most qualified candidate,
but also the best candidate to advance LGBT rights.”
Not mentioned  in the fact sheet is Clinton’s decision to withhold endorsement of
marriage equality until March 2013. The timing of that endorsement made her one of
the last top Democrats to come out in favor of same-sex nuptials.
During an interview last year on NPR, she bristled at the suggestion that she couldn’t

Equality California has endorsed HILLARY CLINTON for president.
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speak out sooner for political reasons.
In the interview, Clinton also talked about supporting state efforts to advance
marriage equality, despite pending litigation that seeks to make it legal across the
nation, and said enacting the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act had value because it
prevented Congress from passing a more restrictive measure against gay people.
According to the news statement, Equality California is set to initiate a campaign
aimed at building a diverse coalition of support for Clinton among its members across
the state and country.
Clinton has offered no public commitment that she’ll pursue a bid for the White
House in 2016, although she’s participated in public events that give the appearance
she’s planning a run.
On the heels of a controversy revealing that she used her personal email address
when writing correspondence as secretary of state, Clinton is expected to formally
announce her candidacy in the next month, according to a recent report in the New
York Times.
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State Dept. dodges question on Egypt’s LGBT record
A State Department spokesperson on Monday declined to say whether Secretary of
State John Kerry specifically discussed Egypt’s LGBT rights record while attending an
economic development conference in the country.
Jen Psaki said in response to the Washington Blade’s question during the State
Department’s daily press briefing that Kerry “obviously…raises human rights — it’s all
— at every opportunity.”
She did not say whether Kerry during his meetings with Egyptian President Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi and other officials during the Egypt Economic Development Conference
raised the cases of the 26 men who were charged with “debauchery” in December after
police raided a Cairo bathhouse and the reported detention of seven “transsexuals” last
month.
“I can certainly check on the specificity of the recent reports that you mentioned,
whether those were raised in the meeting,” Psaki told the Blade.
A State Department spokesperson on Tuesday told the Blade the agency is “closely
tracking developments in Egypt, including recent arrests of LGBT individuals.”
“We condemn any violence or discrimination against individuals based on their
perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” said the spokesperson. “The United
States places great importance on the protection and promotion of the human rights
and fundamental freedoms of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
persons around the world.”
Psaki during the press briefing noted that Kerry on March 14 held a press conference
in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh where the conference took place.
Kerry told reporters he had a “very candid and constructive conversation” with elSisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry about improving their country’s
“business climate.”
“We also discussed the importance of respect for human rights and for Egypt’s
security and stability, including a free press, a free speech and assembly, and due
process under the law,” said Kerry. “There is no question that Egypt is stronger when all
of its citizens have a say and a stake in its future, and that includes a strong and active
and independent civil society.”
Kerry during his speech at the conference’s opening plenary on March 13 made a
broad reference to human rights.
“The protection of individual rights and impartial administration of justice helps create
the conditions for lasting investment and growth that benefits all Egyptians,” he said.
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Baptist minister seeks to inspire
with lawsuit before Supreme Court
Ky. couple part of case that
could bring nationwide
right to marriage
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Like many Baptist ministers, Maurice
Blanchard’s typical Sunday consists of
going to church to teach Bible study and
take part in his faith’s rite of foot washing
of parishioners.
But Blanchard is unique  among other
members of his faith because in addition
to his commitment to spreading the word
of God, he’s also committed to a samesex partner with whom he’s participating
in litigation before the U.S. Supreme
Court seeking the right to marry.
In an interview the couple gave to the
Washington Blade on Saturday, Blanchard,
37, said he couldn’t give a simple answer
to  how he reconciles his faith with his
sexual orientation because it depends on
who’s in the conversation with him.
“For me, personally, I have personally
reconciled that years ago, meaning the
fact that I was created a homosexual by
God is completely understandable to
me,” Blanchard said. “It’s not contrary
to scripture. To those who see it as
contrary to scripture, I first want to
enter into dialogue with them about
who homosexuals really are. This is
not a choice. This is not a lifestyle, in
quotations, this is part of who are, who
we were created to be.”
Blanchard is seeking the right to marry
Dominique James, who’s 30 and works
for a telecommunications company as a
supervisor in a call center as he pursues
an advanced degree in psychology.
The couple, who live in Louisville, have
been together for 11 years and had a
commitment ceremony nine years ago
officiated by Blanchard’s father, also an
ordained minister in the Baptist Church.
Although the couple has the option of
getting married in a nearby state with
marriage equality, like West Virginia, and
returning home later, James said that
idea isn’t acceptable.
“We didn’t want to have to travel
elsewhere because this is where we live,
this is where we’re building our lives,”
James said. “This is where we’ve established
ourselves. It just didn’t feel right to have to
go elsewhere to have that recognized just
to come back to Kentucky and have it not
recognized again. Because even if we did
go elsewhere and get married, as soon
as we stepped foot back into Kentucky, it

would no longer be recognized.”
Blanchard drew on the example of
Martin Luther King, Jr., who stayed in
his home state of Alabama in the Deep
South as he led efforts in the civil rights
movement of the 1960s.
“Like Dr. King, when there were issues
of segregation in the South, Dr. King
didn’t relocate to New York, and then
come down and work every nine months,”
Blanchard said. “He stayed in the place
that was his home, and this is our home,
and so, we stay here because we love it
enough to change it for the better.”
In January 2013, the couple sought to
obtain a marriage license at the Jefferson
County Clerk’s Office in Louisville,
Kentucky. Although they had the requisite
identification and filing fees, the office
denied the license to the couple. After a
peaceful pray-in, the couple was arrested
on trespassing charges.
In addition to dignity of marriage,
James said the couple seeks access to
the institution because of numerous
hardships he and his partner face as a
result of being unable to wed in Kentucky.
“Married couples are able to, should
they want to adopt, foster kids, are
able to jointly do that. Whereas, samesex couples, they’re denied that right
in Kentucky,” James said. “We’re denied
the right of next of kin; should one of
us be put up in the hospital, the other
one has no right at all to visit them as
a family member or to make medical
decisions should they need do. As well as
inheritance, should something happen to
one of us, our property, our home that we
purchased together, the other one would
have no right to automatically inherit that.”
Represented by the Louisville-based
law firm Clay, Daniel, Walton, Adams, PLC,
and Fauver Law Office, the couple sued
in federal court for the right to obtain a
marriage license. The district court ruled
in their favor, but the U.S. Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals reversed the decision
along with a similar ruling in Michigan,
Ohio and Tennessee, prompting the
couple to file a petition before the
Supreme Court.
In January, the court agreed to hear the
litigation along with the other Sixth Circuit
cases and is expected to deliver a nationwide
ruling on marriage by the end of June.
Upon the filing, Blanchard said he
didn’t envision the case being a potential
vehicle for a decision that could affect the
entire nation.
“I thought perhaps we would finish it
in Kentucky,” Blanchard said. “I did not
expect our governor to appeal it, and
then when it went on to appellate court

MAURICE BLANCHARD (left) and DOMINIQUE JAMES are plaintiffs in the Kentucky marriage case.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BLANCHARD

in Cincinnati, I thought maybe, just maybe
— I couldn’t understand how they could
rule against us, but they did — and now, of
course, it went up to the Supreme Court.
But when we began, I speak for myself, I
had no inkling it would get this far.”
Blanchard and James are plaintiffs in
Love v. Beshear, the case seeking the
right to marry in Kentucky, which was
consolidated at the district court level
with Bourke v. Beshear, the case seeking
recognition of out-of-state same-sex
marriages in Kentucky.
James said the lawsuit — and their
demonstration in the Louisville clerk’s
office — wasn’t intended for them, but
same-sex couples across the country
facing similar hardships.
“We just felt that we needed to act, and
we did that,” James said. “And personally,
I wanted also to inspire others to stand
up for their rights not knowing that later
on in the year in July, the Bourke case
would be filed. And then, here at the very
end, over two years later, we would also
be partaking in the final piece that’s going
to be deciding this for the entire country.
Asked whether the couple plans to
come to D.C. for the oral arguments in
the case on April 28, Blanchard replied,
“You better believe it. We’re very excited.”
“We’re just so amazed,” Blanchard added.
“For us, this is God. There’s no way we, our
attorneys, our fellow plaintiffs could have
done this without God’s work getting the
case before the Supreme Court.”
The two aren’t strangers to activist work.
They volunteer for the Kentucky statewide
LGBT group known as the Fairness
Campaign, where Blanchard has served on

the board for six years. Additionally, they’ve
led different seminars on LGBT inclusion in
the Baptist Church.
Blanchard said he’s been in “plenty” of
disagreements with members of his own
faith on LGBT rights and received death
threats upon his ordination as a Baptist
minister in 2012, but things are changing.
“I will say there is a growing number of
progressive Baptists who are very willing
to enter into these conversations and be
advocates for LGBT rights,” Blanchard
said. “It’s not like it used to be, although
the press continues to fill that angle.
There are so many more people in the
evangelical world that are supporting
LGBTQ rights.”
Asked whether he could see the Baptist
faith embracing LGBT rights and same-sex
marriage, Blanchard it’s hard to make a
generalized rule about the denomination.
“You got to realize there are multiple
divisions of Baptists,” Blanchard said.
“The Southern Baptists, which I grew
up in and am no longer a member, I
don’t think they’ll ever get to that place.
Their  ultra-conservative shift is going
further and further right. Now, the
Cooperative Baptists, which I’m a part
of, I can certainly see them making that
statement in support of LGBTQ rights,
including marriage.”
Although he’s bracing himself for a
backlash, Blanchard said a nationwide
ruling in favor of marriage equality would
have an impact not only on him, but
individuals in the states where he grew up
that have been hostile toward gay people.
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HRC won’t accept fed’l anti-bias bill with broad exemption
Top staffer says measure
must have limited carve-out
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The nation’s largest LGBT group in
years past has supported federal LGBT
non-discrimination
protections
with
a religious carve-out broader than
language found in existing civil rights law,
but a top staffer for the group announced
this week that is no longer the case.
Sarah Warbelow, legal director for
the Human Rights Campaign, made the
remarks during a panel discussion at the
Brookings Institute on the recently passed
LGBT non-discrimination law in Utah. The
event was titled, “Gays, Mormons, and the
Constitution: Are there win-win answers
for LGBT rights and religious conscience?”
Warbelow said HRC wants an upcoming
comprehensive non-discrimination bill in
Congress to have a religious exemption
“treating LGBT people the same as we
treat all other protected classes” under
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“There are existing carve-outs for religion
in Title VII,” Warbelow said. “In addition, the
Supreme Court has issued a number of
decisions regarding ministerial employees,
and for those who are not familiar
with employment case law, ministerial
employees don’t just include the priest or
the minister, that has been interpreted
fairly largely to include professors, lay
teachers, cemetery workers, so it is a very
expansive view of a minister.”
An upcoming bill affording nondiscrimination protections on the basis
of sexual orientation and gender identity
in areas of employment, housing, federal
programs, credit, education and public
accommodation is planned for introduction
this spring by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
Warbelow said the bill introduction will
be at a time “when it is ripe to begin a new
conversation,” and although no language for
the bill yet exists, the concept is out there.
Asked by the Washington Blade to
clarify whether those remarks mean
the Human Rights Campaign would
find unacceptable a bill with a religious
exemption broader than existing civil
rights law at the federal level, Warbelow
affirmed that is the case, saying, “Yes.
LGBT people should be treated the same
as all other protected classes.”
“We are certainly open to have
conversations about potentially codifying
existing Supreme Court law because it
applies to all protected classes, but, you
know, look, the Human Rights Campaign
and most other LGBT organizations never
liked the religious exemption that was
in the Employment Non-Discrimination

HRC’s SARAH WARBELOW (third from left) spoke at a panel at the Brookings Institute.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Act,” Warbelow continued when asked if
her organization would oppose a bill with
such a carve-out.
Warbelow’s words stand in contrast
to HRC’s continued support for a version
of ENDA the Senate passed in 2013
that contained a religious exemption
broader than what exists for other groups
under Title VII and would allow religious
organizations to discriminate against
LGBT people in non-ministerial positions.
HRC was one of the few LGBT groups to
continue to back that version of ENDA,
even after others, like the National LGBTQ
Task Force and the American Civil Liberties
Union, dropped support for the bill.
The clarity that Warbelow provided
on her organization’s position on the
comprehensive bill’s religious exemption
also differs  from what HRC President
Chad Griffin said last year when Merkley
announced plans to introduce the bill.
During an event at the Center for American
Progress, Griffin said his organization
wants to see a religious exemption along
the lines of Title VII, but dodged in response
to the Washington Blade’s questions on
whether HRC would support a bill with a
broader religious carve-out.
Addressing HRC’s previous support
for ENDA despite its broad religious
exemption, Warbelow explained the
legislation had value in years past because
LGBT people were in a different situation.
“It was something that groups decided
to do over 20 years ago when what
equality looked like for LGBT people was
very different, what our lives looked like
was different,” Warbelow said. “The LGBT
community is in a very different position
today; we don’t want to have protections
that other groups do not have. We’re not
looking for special treatment, but we do
want to make sure that the LGBT community
is on an equal footing with everyone else.”
Asked by panel moderator Jonathan
Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings
Institute whether the comprehensive bill
would be dead-on-arrival in the Republican
Congress, Warbelow said “it’s not going to
happen this year, it’s not going to happen
next year,” but increasingly positive

attitudes toward LGBT people are good for
prospects of the bill.
Nathan Diament, another panel
member and executive director of
the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center,
questioned
why
LGBT
advocates

don’t  simply seek to amend Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include
sexual orientation and gender identity to
achieve protections.
“The advantage of doing that, it seems to
me, is by doing it that way, you don’t have
to write a whole new section about religious
accommodations, exemptions, and so on
and so forth because it’s all baked into the
cake already,” Diament said.
Warbelow’s vision for the religious
exemption
in
the
upcoming
comprehensive bill comes amid criticism
of  the organization for endorsing the
Utah non-discrimination law, which has a
religious exemption along the lines of the
old version of ENDA and would continue
to allow anti-LGBT discrimination in
public accommodations. It should be
noted the new Utah law is consistent with
non-discrimination protections for other
groups under state law.

Philly to mark 50 years since
landmark gay rights protests
Organizers of a series of events that will commemorate the 50th anniversary
of a landmark gay rights protest in Philadelphia announced this week they will
honor Edith Windsor and Judy Shepard.
Windsor — a New York widow who successfully challenged the Defense of
Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 — and Shepard — whose
gay son, Matthew, died in 1998 after two men brutally beat him before tying
him to a fence outside Laramie, Wyo., will receive awards during a ceremony at
Independence Hall on July 4.
“I am thrilled and grateful to be receiving the ‘International Hero’ award at this
upcoming glorious 50th anniversary,” said Windsor in a statement.
Judy Shepard in a statement noted she and her husband have traveled to
Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and other countries since
her son’s death to “build understanding and support for equality in some very
rapidly changing societies.”
“As the world grows ever smaller and more connected we are honored to be
recognized for being a part of helping make the LGBT community better understood
and more connected with communities around the world,“ said Shepard.
The series of events will commemorate the first of a series of “annual
reminders” that took place outside Independence Hall on July 4, 1965.
Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings are among the 40 advocates who took
part in the first protest. That number grew to 150 people on July 4, 1969, less
than a week after the Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Village.
The last “annual reminder” protest took place in 1970 when advocates
marched from Greenwich Village to Central Park to commemorate the first
anniversary of Stonewall. This event was the first LGBT Pride march to ever take
place in the U.S.
Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin, who chairs the committee
that is planning the events around the 50th anniversary of the “annual reminder”
protests, in a statement applauded Windsor and Shepard for their contributions
to the LGBT rights movement.
“There are very few more deserving recipients we could honor as International
Heroes, especially in this 50th anniversary year,” said Lazin. “Their courage and
commitment to our community is immeasurable, their impact historic and we
are thrilled they will be joining us to commemorate and celebrate the 50th
anniversary.”
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“Would she agree to be the daughter
of chemistry? Procreation must be an
act of love; now even psychiatrists are
prepared to deal with the effects of these
experiments.”
Gabbana told Panorama that he and
Dolce “understand that the family is not
a fad.”
“It is a sense of the supernatural,” said
Gabbana.
In another interview broadcast by
CNN on Wednesday, the two declined
to retract the statements and said these
were their “private” views.
John, whose two children with his
husband, David Furnish, were conceived
through in vitro fertilization, blasted the
gay Italian designers on his Instagram
account.
“How dare you refer to my beautiful

children as ‘synthetic,’” wrote John, using
the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana.
“And shame on you for wagging your
judgmental little fingers at IVF — a
miracle that has allowed legions of loving
people, both straight and gay, to fulfill
their dream of having children. Your
archaic thinking is out of step with the
times, just like your fashions. I shall never
wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”
Gay singer Ricky Martin, whose twin
boys were born to a surrogate mother,
used the same hashtag in a tweet that
criticized Dolce and Gabbana. Retired
tennis player Martina Navratilova in a
separate tweet said her “D&G shirts are
going in the bin — don’t want anyone to
wear them.”
Imma Battaglia of the Gay Project,
an Italian LGBT advocacy group, also
supports calls to boycott Dolce&Gabbana.
She noted to the Washington Blade on

Monday the men were once a couple and
they publicly promoted their relationship.
“It appears to have been very
convenient for D&G to show off their
gay couple when it was something new
to build part of their career upon,” said
Battaglia. “Today, making statements in
sharp contrast towards a world that’s
been fighting against discrimination for
years, especially Italy, where there is no
protection for our families and for the
children with homosexual parents, is
quite serious.”
“No apology will ever be enough,”
she added. “We shall just boycott them
forever.”
Yuri Guaiana of Certi Diritti, a group
that advocates for marriage rights for
same-sex couples in Italy, in a statement
he released on Monday also backed calls
to boycott Dolce&Gabbana.
Guaiana noted to the Blade the

editorial director of the label’s magazine
has resigned because of the controversy.
“Their attack on IVF, surrogacy and
the progress of science as a way of
enhancing the individual freedom of all is
despicable,” he said.
The
Associated
Press
reported
that Dolce and Gabbana appeared to
backtrack from their comments.
“It was never our intention to judge
other people’s choices,” said Gabbana in
a statement, according to the AP. “We do
believe in freedom and love.”
The AP reported that Dolce said his
statements on the family stem from his
experience growing up in a traditional
family in Sicily “made up of a mother, a
father and children.”
“I am very well aware of the fact that
there are other types of families,” said
Dolce, according to AP. “And they are as
legitimate as the one I’ve known.”

Frank memoir gives inside account of LGBT battles
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 01

pragmatism
and
an
incremental
approach to legislation are the best
means to achieve the unabashed liberal
and progressive policies he supports.
That and his journey from being a
closeted gay politician to becoming one
of the nation’s most prominent openly
gay elected officials and LGBT rights
advocates are among the central themes
of his 353-page memoir, “Frank: A Life In
Politics From the Great Society To SameSex Marriage.”
Frank, 74, tells how his views on
political tactics sometimes differed from
those of LGBT advocates, especially in
the effort in 1993, during President Bill
Clinton’s first year in office, to end the
ban on gays in the military and the 2007
campaign to pass the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, or ENDA.
On the gays-in-the-military fight, Frank
said he and his congressional allies
became dismayed in 1993 over what they
considered a feeble response by LGBT
rights organizations to an inflammatory
campaign by opponents claiming
lifting the ban would force straight
soldiers to take showers with gays and
share sleeping quarters with them in
submarines and barracks.
Then-U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.)
held a series of Senate hearings in
which generals and enlisted members
of all branches of the military testified
that allowing gays to serve would be
devastating to troop morale.
With Nunn’s hearings generating
widespread media coverage and Gen.
Colin Powell, a highly regarded military

leader, coming out against lifting the ban,
members of Congress were receiving
a flood of letters and phone calls from
irate constituents opposing allowing gays
to serve. At the same time, lawmakers
were receiving very little mail and calls
from constituents who supported lifting
the ban, Frank says in his book.
Meanwhile, in a development not
widely known, Frank writes that he was
further dismayed when the Campaign
For Military Service, an ad hoc group
formed by LGBT advocates to lead the
campaign to lift the ban on gays in the
military, urged him to ask pro-gay Rep.
Ron Dellums (D-Calif.) to cancel a hearing
he planned to hold to highlight support
for lifting the ban that would counteract
the hearings held by Nunn.
“The leaders of this group, David
Mixner and Tom Stoddard, were talented
men with impressive track records,”
Frank writes. “I admired their past work,
but I differed sharply with their strategy
in this case.”
Added Frank, “As one of the leading
authorities in the House on the needs of
the armed services, Dellums was ideally
positioned to offset both the damage
Powell had done as well as Nunn’s efforts.
But when I objected to asking Dellums to
cancel his hearing, Stoddard explained that
his group had a carefully planned strategy
in which a House hearing had no place.”
Frank writes that he conveyed that
message to Dellums, who reluctantly
cancelled the hearing.
“I soon came to regret this decision as
much as any I have made in my career,”
Frank writes. “I resolved that I would
never again let myself be intimidated

by the demands of movement solidarity
when I thought them to be unwise.”
Stoddard died of AIDS a few years later.
Mixner couldn’t immediately be reached
by the Blade this week for comment on
Frank’s criticism of his handling of the
gays in the military matter.
Frank writes in his memoir that it soon
became clear to both supporters and
opponents of lifting the ban that Congress
would take immediate steps to block
Clinton from taking executive action to
end the military ban on gays, most likely
through an amendment attached to the
pending Family and Medical Leave Act,
a bill strongly favored by women’s rights
groups and Clinton.  
Congressional opponents later backed
down from pushing such an amendment
only after Clinton agreed to their demand
to postpone issuing an executive order
lifting the ban. In the ensuing months,
after negotiations with military officials,
Clinton introduced his infamous “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” proposal that Congress
later passed.
Frank reports in his book that he held
firm in his disagreement with some LGBT
advocates in 2007 on the best strategy
for passing ENDA at that time. He notes
that he initially agreed that a transgender
rights provision should be included in
the bill, which earlier called for banning
job discrimination based only on sexual
orientation.
However, after conferring with thenHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a
strong supporter of LGBT rights, the two
— along with other Democratic House
members — concluded that there wasn’t
enough support in the House to pass a

transgender inclusive version of the bill
at that time, Frank writes.
As has been widely reported in
the LGBT and mainstream media,
transgender activists joined many gay
rights advocates in denouncing Frank
and Pelosi for removing the trans
provision in the bill and bringing to the
House floor a “gay-only” version. That
version passed by a vote of 235 to 184,
with 200 Democrats and 35 Republicans
voting for it.
The bill later died in the Senate after
supportive senators determined they
could not muster the 60 votes needed to
end a filibuster that opponents promised
to wage.
“We knew that would happen,” Frank
writes. “Even so, we wanted to establish
that there was majority support for the
bill, with an eye toward passing it when
we had a Democrat in the White House as
well as a Democratic House and Senate.”
He writes, among other things, that he
responded to attacks that he and Pelosi
betrayed the transgender community
by arguing that trans activists had
not done the needed lobbying to
educate members of Congress on
the transgender community and the
discrimination they faced.
In keeping with his theme of
incrementalism, Frank says he argued
that the black civil rights movement
adopted a similar approach to passing
civil rights bills that initially did not
cover all forms of discrimination based
on the political support they had at any
given time.

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Brother, Help Thyself (BHT), a community-based organization that provides
financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBT and
HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington region, will hold a pair of
local town hall meetings. One meeting will be held in Baltimore on April 1 from
7:30-9 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor. The other will be held in Washington
on April 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center, 2000 14th St., N.W.
These town halls will be the first step in sharing ideas, exploring under-served
needs and giving resource/service providers an insight to the immediate needs
and concerns of the community. The information gathering/sharing will help to
inform BHT’s 2015 grant cycle and will be the first step in developing an online
directory of the many LGBT-focused non-profits in the D.C./Baltimore metro
areas with an eye toward enabling community members to access the services
and organizations that they need.
Dr. Patrick Chaulk, chair of the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, will be the
guest speaker at the Baltimore town hall. In D.C., Sheila Alexander-Reid, director
of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, was invited to be the guest speaker.
“While we could certainly proceed from year to year with our traditional
method of planning for our grant process, reaching out to everyone in our
community to find out from them what they think are the critical needs facing
service providers and their clients, seems like a far better way of proceeding,”
Jim Slattery, president of BHT told the Blade.
For more information, visit brotherhelpthyself.net.

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For the second year in a row, students in Anne Arundel County will host a
conference to encourage more high school students to get involved with LGBT
issues and inspire a sense of community in their schools. The conference, which
will take place Saturday at Arundel Senior High School, is titled, “We-dentity:
LGBTQ+ Youth and Ally Conference for Empowerment through Personal Growth
and Community” to underscore the need to work together to build a better
tomorrow.
“I am hoping that from this conference, students from different schools will
be able to build relationships and support systems because that is extremely
important in any community,” Kaaliyah McDowell, 16, one of the lead organizers
of the conference and a Crofton, Md. resident, told the Blade.
Among the topics to be discussed in breakout sessions will be: Sexual Health
and Safe Dating; Accepting Your Child (for guardians); Coming Out at Home and
in School; How to expand an existing GSA club or start a new one; In honor of
Leelah Alcorn, Trans Perspective; Does racism and prejudice exist in the LGBTQ
community?; A discussion for allies on how to advocate for those in the LGBTQ
community; and A discussion of problems now and then from LGBTQ elders.
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UK postpones HPV vaccine for males
LONDON — A plan to start a vaccination program to prevent gay and bi men
from getting anal cancer has been delayed by UK health officials, Gay Star News
reports. Cost was cited as the reason.
All girls ages 12-13 get the vaccines, which prevent them from getting HPV,
genital warts and cervical cancer. It was considered to extend the program to
boys of the same age, but the decision has been put on hold, the Gay Star News
reports.
In the mean time, the UK Committee on Vaccination and Immunization was
expected to at least approve giving the vaccines for men who have sex with men.
Clinicians say the rates of HPV and the cancers it causes in gay and bi men are
the same as the rates in women before they started the nationwide vaccination
program, the article notes. 
That, campaigners argue, makes this a clear gay health inequality, the article
said. 
Minutes released by the committee this week say feedback that more people
should be vaccinated would push up the price of the vaccines. They said it might
be cheaper to let gay men get anal cancer and then treat it, rather than prevent
it. They say fewer would die than previously thought, the Gay Star News reports. 
Their decision to gather more data on the vaccination’s cost-effectiveness
pushes an eventual decision to the end of 2015, after the general election. UK
figures from 2011 show 47,500 men get genital warts each year, and 2,000
contract anal, oral or penile cancers as a result, the article said.

LGBT youth issues addressed in Mass. report
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth released a 70-page report on
Tuesday recommending policy changes at state agencies that touch on topics
ranging from facilitating access to photo identification cards for homeless LGBT
youth to incorporating LGBT-related topics into school curricula, the Republican
reports. 
“We continue to work with state agencies, meet with them all year long to make
these things happen,” said Julian Dormitzer, chairwoman of the commission.
The commission’s report makes policy recommendations for multiple state
agencies. Among them: advising state agencies to routinely collect data on
gender identity and sexual orientation to identify areas where LGBT youth
are interacting with state agencies; having dedicated staff identifying and
strengthening resources for LGBT youth; developing best practices for working
with LGBT youth and providing them to agencies and individuals that work with
youth; and expanding agency non-discrimination policies to include gender
identity, the Republican article said. 
Specific recommendations include things like designing a funding stream
dedicated to services for homeless LGBT youth, training teachers and school
staff on issues related to gender identity and risks facing LGBT youth, identifying
foster families appropriate for LGBT youth, prioritizing programs on substance
abuse prevention and tobacco cessation that target LGBT youth and others.
One piece of legislation that the commission considers a priority is a bill that
would add gender identity to the state’s public accommodation law. The bill is
currently pending before a legislative committee, the Republican reports.

Gay safer sex app proposed
WASHINGTON — The National Institute of Mental Health awarded $238,500
grant to Rhode Island Hospital for the creation of a video game app that would
encourage condom use and healthy sex habits for gay men, the Daily Caller
reports. 
The Institute hopes the game will motivate users to be healthier by seeing the
positive consequences of a playable character when he makes healthy choices.
The hope also is that the user will build confidence and motivation when it
comes to condom use.
“While gaming, participants will experience absorbing action-oriented
adventures that increase information about their health (e.g. knowledge about
[Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis] treatment and HIV), improve motivation (e.g. actionfigures experience health benefits of adherence), and build skills (e.g. utilize
clinicians as partners, condom self efficacy),” according to the abstract. 
The game, which would be played as an iPhone app, is targeted at reducing
the spread of HIV. An electronic pill box that tracks whether pills are taken will
be wirelessly connected to the game, influencing your performance in the game
based on if medication is taken, the Daily Caller reports. 

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What happened to the
Washington Post?
Katherine Graham would
turn in her grave over
conservative editorials

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.

Since October 1978, when I moved to
Washington, D.C., the Washington Post
has been delivered to my door each morning. For nearly all those years, my day has
begun on a positive note as I read the paper while sipping my first cup of coffee.
In recent years, that enjoyment has
changed. There seems to be much less
depth and value in the paper, which I
now finish before the coffee. One major
change is that the Post is much less a reliably liberal-leaning newspaper. You can
never be sure what position the editorial
board will take on any issue or even what

issues they will deem important. That has
been a problem with the paper for a number of years.
In 2010, I wrote, “The past couple of
years, editorials on local issues and candidates are more like sledgehammers than
reasoned opinions. They read like the
personal biases of the writers and treat
readers as if they don’t have the ability
to think on their own. Even pictures and
headlines, which I am told are not controlled by the editorial board, often appear to be used to browbeat readers. The
Post still has many excellent reporters
but even they at times have admitted to
being a little embarrassed by their editors. I lost count of the number of editorials the Post has written in favor of school
vouchers. Never with a new idea but simply the sledgehammer approach; guess
the thought process of the editorial board
is if they say it often enough these idiots
reading the paper will finally get it.”
So this change in editorial policy isn’t
new and the Post still has some great reporters. But the last two weeks are indicative of a major change in focus for a paper
once reflective of the views of what were
their major readership — the very liberal
communities of the District of Columbia
and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
E DIT OR IA L C A R T OON

There have been three editorials —
March 4, 9, and 10 — slamming Hillary
Clinton for what most now agree is only
a “scandal” because it has Clinton’s name
attached to it. Other politicians and highlevel government officials have done what
she did without all the brouhaha. During this same period of time there have
been no editorials denouncing in strong
terms what 47 Republican senators did
when writing directly to the leadership
in Iran undercutting the president’s foreign policy initiatives. The closest was an
editorial on March 10 titled, “Republicans
fumble their chance to focus attention
on the Iran deal.” There were two editorials during this same period attacking the
president. The first appeared on March 3
taking him to task for a lack of response
to Netanyahu and a second on March 12
attacking his foreign policy in Iran. These
editorials could be confused with those in
the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s best
reliably conservative newspaper.
With regard to the Hillary Clinton email
issue, at the same time the editorials appeared there were multiple stories and
columnists in the paper, on one day there
were four, that joined in the Clinton bashing. Apparently the Post couldn’t find one
columnist taking the position we now
know to be true, which is what Clinton did
was legal and has not caused harm to the
United States in any way.
Multiple polls done by Gallup, NBC/WSJ
and others have shown the public hasn’t
changed its views about Clinton because
of the email issue and, in fact, her standing among Democrats is higher than ever.
While early polling isn’t always indicative
of final results, Clinton now beats every
possible Republican candidate and her
positive vs. negative rating is better than
any Democrat or potential Republican
candidate. You wouldn’t know that reading the Washington Post.
If she could read her beloved newspaper in the last few years, Katherine Graham would be turning over in her grave.
Based on the current editorial policy it’s
not inconceivable that we’ll see the Washington Post morph into the New York
Post. If you believe that isn’t possible just
ask some older New Yorkers who remember fondly when that was a great newspaper under publisher Dorothy Schiff before it eventually landed in the hands of
Rupert Murdoch. We can only hope that
new owner Jeff Bezos doesn’t intend to
turn the Post into an “Amazon” with an
editorial policy of “let’s have something
for everyone.”

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Thank you Rev. Boyd for running with us
Riffs to God on everything from
racism to traffic spoke to many

KATHI WOLFE is a writer, poet and regular
contributor to the Blade. She can be reached
through this publication.

During a recent doctor’s visit, anxious
at what the news would be, I prayed.
“WTF?” I asked the God who I often am
ticked off at or don’t believe in, “Why is
this happening to me?”
The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal
priest, author and gay and civil rights
advocate, who died at 91 in Los Angeles
on Feb. 27, would have understood my
profane prayer. Boyd, one of the first
clergypersons to come out as gay, championed the lonely, the underdog, the
pissed-off-at-God — everyone praying in

un-churchy language in places from bars
to highways. In his writing and ministry,
he brought prayer and social justice advocacy away from stained glass platitudes
and hypocrisy into soulful prose poetry
and the streets. Boyd is survived by his
husband, the author and therapist Mark
Thompson.
Boyd, who blogged for the Huffington Post until nearly the end of his life,
wrote more than two-dozen books,
from his 1969 memoir “As I Live and
Breathe” to his 1978 work on coming
out as a priest “Take Off The Masks.”
His bestselling 1965 collection of
prayers “Are You Running With Me,
Jesus?” became a spiritual classic and
secular, cultural phenomenon. Boyd’s
jazz-like riffs to God on everything from
loneliness to racism to traffic jams
spoke to believers and non-believers,
who decried injustice and hungered for
meaning in their lives. “It’s bumper to
bumper, and the traffic is stalled,” one
prayer in the book begins, “I don’t feel
like being loving or patient.”
“These are some feelings...I wish I could
share...with another of your prophets,”

wrote Boyd, one of the first white religious leaders to join the Freedom Riders
in the South in 1961, in a prayer on racial
justice. “I saw and heard you the week before you died. You were as exasperating
as ever to everything in me that wanted
to be complacent.”
Boyd knew that many of us aren’t comfortable with the language of prayer.
In “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?,”
he wrote of Daniel, an intellectual, who
stood, not knowing how to pray, by the
grave of his son who’d been killed in a car
accident. “Slowly, it dawns on him that he
is praying by being there,” Boyd said.
Half a century ago, before hardly anyone spoke of being queer as anything
other than a sin or psychiatric illness,
Boyd wrote in this classic of spiritual writing, “This is a gay bar, Jesus, quite a few
of the men here belong to the church
as well as to this bar. Won’t you be with
them, too?”
Most “inspirational” writing is as original as Velveeta and just as appealing.
Perhaps, because his language wasn’t
“devotional,” Boyd became a phenomenon — appearing on the “Tonight Show”

and performing his “prayer poems” with
guitarist Charlie Byrd at the Newport Jazz
Festival and at the hungry I nightclub in
San Francisco with Dick Gregory. (He
gave his $1,000 weekly paycheck to a civil
rights group.)
Yet, Boyd, born to a wealthy New York
family that lost its fortune in the Great
Depression, didn’t originally intend to
enter the ministry. He was a Hollywood
TV and film producer and believing that
his life lacked meaning, he was ordained
in 1955. Boyd earned a bachelor’s from
the Church Divinity School of the Pacific
in Berkeley, Calif. in 1954 and a master’s
degree from Union Theological Seminary
in New York in 1956.
Boyd didn’t languish in 1960s nostalgia. He was one of the leaders of one of
the first masses for people with AIDS in
1984, and he helped to start a University
of Southern California gay archive. “Is this
asking too much?” he wrote in a 2014
Huffington Post column urging Pope
Francis to chat with him about religious
prejudice against LGBT people.
Thank you for running with us, Malcolm. R.I.P.

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Perfume Genius excels at telling the truth

Gay musician expresses the fear
that comes with being yourself

JUSTIN PELIGRI is a student at George
Washington University.

Gay people don’t often sing about their
personal lives.
For decades, Elton John carried on
with feathered costumes and rose-tinted
glasses while insisting he wants “Little
Jeannie” to be his lover.
Ricky Martin, widely perceived to be
gay even prior to his high-profile coming
out in 2010 largely stuck to sham heterosexual references. (Think “She Bangs,” or
“She’s All I Ever Had.”)
It’s not that gay people are strangers
to the pop culture scene. In many ways,
music is dominated by queer artists. But
often, they choose to keep quiet.
Mike Hadreas — a modern exception
to this rule — has a different approach.

Hadreas, known by his stage name Perfume Genius, is slight, unassuming — shy,
even. He speaks softly and paces around
the stage nervously between numbers.
His humility doesn’t fade when he begins to sing. In fact, there’s something
tentative about his performance style: At
his performance scheduled at The Black
Cat this past Tuesday night, fans anticipate him singing just above a whisper, his
fingers hovering over piano keys or tightly
gripping a microphone, as if he’s exploring each syllable of each song for the very
first time.
Herein lies the genius that makes listening to Perfume’s music so appealing:
His style might be humble, but his words
are bold.
“Don’t you know your queen?” Hadreas
begins the anthemic “Queen,” his popular
single, branded the “gay anthem of the
year” by Slate.
“Whipped, heaving. Flower bloom at
my feet,” he continues, juxtaposing pain
with campy hubris. Then, a sarcastic retort, a nod to long-held stereotypes about
feminine, potentially disease-ridden gay
men: “No family is safe when I sashay.”
By and large, his lyrics are overtly political, revealing a tinge of anger, but mostly,
pride.

“Don’t you know your queen?” he demands of the audience, as if to say: Why
aren’t you bowing down to me? Don’t you
notice how regal I am?
Performed on stage in slight heels and
lipstick, these words might have a sexual
subtext, or they might not. Mostly, they’re
evocative of Hadreas’ passion for pushing the envelope: Society should not only
tolerate his overt gender-bending aura
– society should relish it. So far, unfortunately, they’re doing neither of those.
“Queen” is Hadreas’ most famous song,
in part because the official video, featuring Hadreas looking into a bathroom mirror, his gaze being met alternatively by his
own reflection and that of a drag queen
smoking a cigarette, was released a few
months before his third album, “Too
Bright,” dropped in September.
But other songs are just as provocative and make for a concert well worth
the $15 charge. Take, for example, “Fool,”
which starts with an upbeat rhythm accompanied by snaps every fourth beat
and culminating with a drawn-out series
of echoing shrieking sounds, simultaneously invoking as much heartbreak as it
does ecstasy.
Or, my favorite, “Hood,” from his 2012
album, “Put Your Back N 2 It.”

“You would never call me baby,” he
sings while seated at a keyboard. “If you
knew me truly.”
Here, his reference to a life before a
now-substantial music career — rife with
drinking, drugs and rehab — comes alive
through honest lyrics and deliberately
tentative vocals. “But I waited so long for
your love. I am scared baby that I can’t
keep it up for long.”
These lyrics don’t explicitly reference
his gay identity. But check out the music video, which features a body builderesque man combing Hadreas’ hair and
applying lipstick to his lips and it’ll become more obvious.
Telling the truth — the whole, entire
truth — is what Perfume Genius does
better than any other gay artist out there,
past or present. His musical canon isn’t
about the glamorous high life that often
comes with being a young, good-looking
singer-songwriter. Rather, his songs open
our ears to the desolation and fear that
comes with being oneself, purely and
freely.
The raw acknowledgement that life as
a flamboyant gay man who wears red nail
polish is horrifyingly dangerous, even in
2015 — that rare expression of weakness
— is this performer’s greatest strength.

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Gay Iraq war vet: From homeless to activist
Perez overcame PTSD and the
streets to land job at DC Center

LATEEFAH WILLIAMS’ biweekly column ‘Life
in the Intersection’ focuses on the intersection
of race, gender and sexual orientation. Reach
her at lateefah_williams@msn.com or @
lateefah4DC.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three of a four-part
series on LGBT homelessness. View previous
installments at washingtonblade.com.

Eric Perez, 27, has lived in D.C. for the
past six years. Despite risking his life
protecting our country in Iraq, by 2010,
he found himself sleeping in alleys in
the city. Eric joined the U.S. Army at
age 19. By 20, the Bronx native and
first generation American was serving a
13-month tour in Iraq as a military police officer. Eric served during the time
that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which prohibited gays and lesbians from openly
serving in the military, was law. Thus,
there were no formal protections for
LGBT service members.
“I was attacked by one of my NCO’s
[noncommissioned officers] and when I
followed up with my company, they didn’t
do anything about it,” Perez said. “During
my tour in Iraq, I was seeing a therapist
because of my issues with early onset
PTSD.” His therapist knew that he was gay
and was supportive. “The clinical staff is
much more progressive than other job
classifications in the military. They kept
it hidden from my unit. I was out to my
therapist and out to my platoon. My platoon was supportive, but the rest of the
company wasn’t.”
“Once I got back to the U.S., I decided
to cut all ties to the military. I had a hard
time adjusting. My parents didn’t understand PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] and they were getting divorced, so I
didn’t have much support. My mom and
I get along well, but she is an immigrant
from El Salvador, so she doesn’t understand mental health concerns, especially
in an LGBT person.”
Perez and his sister decided to move
to D.C. Upon arriving, he obtained a
position in the restaurant industry. He
worked a variety of positions, including
as a bartender, host, server and dishwasher.
“Making minimum wage and depending on tips is not as reliable as one would

ERIC PEREZ, pictured with his God-sister, spent a year and a half on the streets of Washington.

He would ‘go behind some of the stores closed
in Dupont Circle and try to get some sleep’
or ‘find a random hookup at a bar.’
hope,” he said. He started drinking heavily to cope with his PTSD issues. There
were four people staying in a one-bedroom apartment. His sister “eventually
got exhausted from my heavy drinking
and being a little depressed, so she said
she couldn’t keep helping me,” Perez said.
He did not make enough money
working in the restaurant industry to afford an apartment, so after moving out
of the one-bedroom apartment, Perez
slept on the streets. “I would go into an
alleyway and sleep there.” Other times,
he would “go behind some of the stores
closed in Dupont Circle and try to get
some sleep” or “find a random hookup
at a bar. When I could afford it, I would
get a cheap motel. I was in Iraq, so I
knew how to survive.”
Eric continued to work the entire year
and a half that he was homeless. He did
not tell people about his living situation.
“Bartenders would ask because I would
stay a period on their couch. People kind
of knew. It’s never something I would
share with people. I did create relationships with guys just to make sure I had a
place to sleep.”
At times, he would stay with his un-

cle. There were six people staying in
a two-bedroom unit and it was full of
bedbugs. When I slept upstairs, I would
show up to work covered in bites. I
would cover myself in [rubbing] alcohol and pretend nothing happened.”
He decided he was better off staying in
the basement. “I slept on a chair and
covered myself in plastic.”
While staying at his uncle’s place, Perez
met a friend of his uncle’s, who was also
staying there. The two of them moved to
a one-bedroom apartment in Fort Totten.
He paid $200 a month for his portion of
the rent. He worked multiple jobs and he
and his roommate were eventually able
to get a two-bedroom apartment in the
Georgia Avenue/Petworth area.
After moving to Petworth, Eric met and
began dating his boyfriend Scott, who he
has now been with for more than two
years. Eric and Scott now live in Brightwood Park. “My boyfriend made me realize that my military experience was valuable. He pushed me and I started getting
benefits from Whitman-Walker. I started
picking myself up more. I began working
on my resume, speaking out and getting
more involved in the community. That is

something that I think all veterans should
do.”
Perez started looking for new employment through the D.C. Department
of Employment Services and through
online resources. After sending out numerous resumes, he “found a job on
Craigslist that described everything I’ve
been through.” He applied for the position at Helping Our Brothers and Sisters
(HOBS), which provides direct service
and financial assistance to LGBT veterans, service members and those suffering from PTSD. The executive director
reached out to him, interviewed him
and hired him as an executive assistant.
He also “did a lot of direct service work”
for HOBS.
HOBS ran out of funding for his position, so he began working at the DC Center for the LGBT Community in May 2014.
In his current position with the DC Center,
Perez coordinates services for LGBT veterans and the LGBT Latino Task Force.
“I only make $625 every two weeks, but
I’m doing something that I’m very passionate about and that causes me to be
very immersed in the job and in the community.”
His position, which is funded through
an AmeriCorps grant, ends this May. He
will then continue to work with the DC
Center part-time through another grant
from Brother Help Thyself and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs. He was recently elected as an officer with the Latino
GLBT History Project.

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DC Families for DC Kids

GAY FAMILIES ISSUE
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Temporary home, permanent love
By MARIAH COOPER
Uno night isn’t just a game for
Gracie Brown and her family. It’s
an all out war filled with food and
laughter that the family looks forward
to enjoying. A neighbor who knocked
to see what all the ruckus was about
was even invited in to join the fun.
“It’s serious,” Brown says. “We
keep score and it’s hardcore. If
somebody loses, they have to eat.
That’s our bond, all three of us.”
Brown’s family is a little different
than most. It includes her 13-year old
foster daughter and her partner of one
year. Brown’s three adult sons also
stop by for Uno nights occasionally. It’s
the kind of family she had been waiting
eagerly to have.
Brown, a crossing guard for the
District of Columbia Public Schools,
decided to become a licensed foster
parent through Child and Family Services
Agency (CFSA) in 2013. She had plans
to foster a younger child, but after CFSA
needed immediate placements for a
teenager last November, Brown decided
to fulfill the role.
The child became her first
child. Brown believes that fostering
a teenager works best for her. She
enjoys it and thinks it’s easier to
handle than a younger child who
requires more attention.
“For one, I don’t have to worry
about a babysitter,” Brown says. “We
can do a lot of things together. I’m
now allowing her to catch the bus
home. They can understand me and I
can understand them.”
Things weren’t easy right from the
start. Brown had to spend some time
coaxing her foster daughter out of her
shell. Brown admits that the child was
very quiet at first and Brown had to
do some detective work to figure out
how to get the child to open up and
connect with her.
Brown found the answer through
connecting with her foster daughter’s
television shows.
“She would say maybe two
words, ‘Yes ma’am.’ Nothing else.
The third day I said how am I going
to get through to her? So I started
talking about what she liked on TV,”
Brown says. “So I said I like that too.

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GRACIE BROWN says she came out to her foster daughter within a few days.

I didn’t, but I didn’t know what else
to say. Then maybe after seven days
she started talking, she was just so
excited. And we build and build.”
Brown’s efforts to reach out to
her foster daughter didn’t end there.
Although the child is a model student,
an eighth grader on the 11th grade
level, there was still the shyness factor
that Brown hoped to overcome.
She found her answer when
she discovered her foster daughter
wanted to be an actress when she
got older. Brown decided it would
be the perfect idea for them to take
acting classes together.
Brown enrolled them in a class
at the Shakespeare Theatre. The
adults and children have classes
separately and at the end they do a
play together. They even practice role
playing at home.
A typical day for the two begins
with getting her foster daughter up
for school and occasionally having
her make breakfast for herself. When

she drops her foster daughter off
for school, they hug and tell each
other they love one another. While
her foster daughter is at school
she sometimes texts to let Brown
know how her day is going. Then
afterwards, Brown picks her up and
they tell each other about their days
and make dinner together.
Brown’s other challenge was
disclosing she was a lesbian to her
foster daughter. She had introduced
her partner to her foster daughter
but would only refer to her as a “my
friend.” Brown refused to keep it a
secret from her for long and decided
after about three days to bring it up.
She put on a children’s DVD that
discussed the issue and waited for
her foster daughter’s reaction.
“I was like, ‘What do you think
about parenting and lesbians and
gays?’ She said, ‘Oh they talk about it
at school all the time.’ She said, ‘You
are?’ ‘I said, ‘Yes I am, do you have
a problem with that? Does that make

you uncomfortable?,’” Brown says.
Brown’s foster daughter’s reply
made her feel much more at ease.
“She said, ‘No, you’re beautiful
and you make me feel so at home.’
She said, ‘Is Miss so-and-so who
you …?’ I said, ‘Yeah,’ and she said,
‘Oh that’s really neat.’ She’s pretty
comfortable.”
Her foster daughter even made
a poster for school about “people
are who they are for a reason” after
learning about Brown’s sexuality.
Brown’s partner, who has raised five
children including girls, also helps
Brown with her foster daughter.
Brown acknowledges she needs
the help sometimes because her
experience of raising boys is different
than raising a girl.
The three of them spend time
together going to the movies, most
recently going to see “Selma,” going
out to eat and even making jewelry.
Besides their infamous Uno night,
they also have pizza nights where
they make their own pizzas and
Brown teaches her foster daughter
how to make it on her own.
CFSA looks out for homes like
this that can provide a stable and
loving environment for foster kids in
need. In fact, according to CFSA,
LGBT families make up about 12
percent of foster care placements in
the District.
“We find great parents in
every walk of life,” Regina Lawson,
supervisory social worker in
CFSA’s Foster and Adoptive Parent
Recruitment Unit. “The number
of LGBT foster homes in D.C. is
growing and we greatly value these
relationships.”
Brown’s experience has been so
positive that she has plans to foster
more children in the future. She also
wants others to know how important
LGBT foster care placement families
are for the community.
“You can’t judge a book by its
cover. We have a lot of love to give
and share and commitment. If we’re
given a chance we can show through
the caring of our child that we just
want a kid in our life and we can give
them the happiest home ever if given
the chance to.”

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A campin’ we will go …
Region offers range of
LGBT-welcoming summer
kids’ programs
By MARIAH COOPER
As the weather gets warmer, summer
camps are already preparing for registering
campers for their programs. Local camps
are offering a wide range of programs
from cooking and theater to sports and
personal finance to satisfy any child’s
interests and needs.
Beauvoir School (3500 Woodley
Rd., N.W.) offers summer camp for children
ages 3-10. Programs are organized
by grade level. Rising pre-kindergarten
students are Fireflies, rising kindergarten
Blue Jays, rising first and second graders
Box Turtles and rising third through fifth
graders Brown Bears. Programs include
cooking, gymnastics, swimming and
Future Millionaires Bootcamp, a program
that teaches personal finance, budgeting
and how credit cards work. There is also a
“Make Your Own Camp” option to combine
various programs. There is also before
and after camp care available. Prices vary
depending on half or full day programs and
session dates. For a list of sessions and
prices, visit summer.beauvoirschool.org.
Studio Theatre (1501 14th St.,
N.W.) has an acting conservatory for
young actors ages 12-17. Its summer
program is an all-day immersion. Morning
classes focus on movement, voice and
improvisation. Afternoon classes include
monologues and scene study from
contemporary and classical literature.
There are two sessions with a final scene
performance at the end of each session.
Classes are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.3 p.m. Cost is $865 for the first session
and $925 for the second session. For
more information, visit studiotheatre.org./
acting-conservatory/young-actors.
The YMCA in D.C. offers wide
range of camp programs for children
of all ages. Art, aquatic, dance, sports,
technology, cooking, theater and more
are available. There are also specialty
programs including beauty school, creative
writing and gardening. YMCA also offers
a day and overnight camp, Camp Letts
(4003 Camp Letts Rd., Edgewater, Md.),
for a more traditional camp experience.
Kayaking, horseback riding and other
activities are offered. For more details
on specific programs and pricing visit

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D.C. kids can study art, swimming, dance, sports, technology, cooking, theater and more
at the YMCA summer camp program.

ymcadc.org and campletts.org.
DAR Museum (1776 D., N.W.)
offers two history-focused five-day
camps this summer. The first is Time
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program teaches about figures of different
cultures and genders who had roles
during the American Revolution but are
lesser known such as Native Americans,
African Americans and European men
and women who were poets, spies and
more. Campers can be a spy for a day
and compose poems with quill and ink as
well as take trips to local museums. The
second program, From Fiber to Fabric, is
for children ages 11-14. It teaches about
textiles from raw materials to the final
product and teaches sewing among other
skills. For more information, visit dar.org.
Circle Yoga (3838 Northampton St.,
N.W.) has Budding Yogis Summer Camp
for children. The camp includes mindful
yoga and movement, crafts and creative
arts, play at the park, group games,
camp songs, relaxation and journaling.
Campers ages 4-7 have a half-day camp
from 9 a.m.-noon for $250 per week. Full
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9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is $365 per week. For
more details, visit circleyoga.com.
TIC Summer Camp has locations
across the District, Maryland and Virginia
area. Its programs focus on science
and technology for children ages 7-15.
Technology programs include robotics,
filmmaking, digital arts, programming and

more. There are also sports programs
available such as basketball, gymnastics,
volleyball, soccer and more. Each
session is $825 with four sessions at
each location. For more information, visit
ticcamp.com.
Adventure Theatre has a summer
musical theater camp for grades one to
six at its Glen Echo, Md., location and
one for grades six-12 at its Rockville, Md.
location. Campers have daily rehearsals in
dancing, singing and acting using props and
costumes. At the end of the program, there
will be a performance for family and friends.
Grades six-12 can choose from three
courses of study in contemporary, Broadway
revivals and Golden Age/MGM. Grades oneto-six sessions are $800 and grades six-12
sessions are $1,200. For more information,
visit adventurestheatre-mtc.org.
Silver Stars Gymnastics has a
Silver Spring (2701 Pittman Dr.) location
and a Bowie (14201 Woodcliff Ct.)
location. They offer programs for children
ages 3 and a half-4, 5-7 and 8-15. There
are full-day programs from 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. and half-day programs from
9 a.m.- noon. There are also extended
morning programs from 8-8:30 a.m. and
extended evenings from 4:30-6 p.m. The
programs teach campers gymnastics
basics such as cartwheels, jumps, tucks,
twists and flips. Tuition ranges from $240305 with extended sessions adding an
additional $25-65. For more details, visit
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The Lowell School (1640 Kalmia
Rd., N.W.) has summer programs
for children rising preschool, rising
kindergarten, rising first and second
grade, rising third-sixth grade and rising
seventh through ninth grade. Younger
campers can enjoy programs designed
around self discovery and building social
skills both outdoors and indoors. Older
campers can explore the local city with
the “Amazing Race” Game and also
other areas with the Get Out! Trips Camp.
There are both full-length camp sessions
and mini camps. For a full list of sessions
and prices, visit lowellschool.org.
Girls Rock! D.C. Camp, an
LGBT-run and welcoming camp
for budding girl musicians, hasn’t
announced its 2015 dates but typically
offers July sessions in Washington. Visit
girlsrockdc.org for more information.
Georgetown Day School (4530
MacArthur Blvd., N.W.) offers summer
camp programs that range from traditional
day camp activities to specialty programs
such as performing arts, computer
programming, science and more. Camps
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Soon Burgess Dance Company Summer
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Lynch on her cabaret
tour, ‘Glee’ finale and
upcoming projects
By KEITH LORIA
Tonight marks the end of “Glee,” a show
that in its six-year run became a cultural
phenomenon and made Jane Lynch a
household name.
Not that Lynch wasn’t already doing
well in show biz. After all, she was part
of Christopher Guest’s regular troupe
in movies such as “Best in Show” and “A
Mighty Wind,” had memorable roles in
movies such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”
and was a regular on the first season
of the cult favorite “Party Down”; but it
was “Glee’s” breakout character of the
conniving, tough, stop-at-nothing-tosucceed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester
that catapulted her to stardom. 
Even though she shot the finale a couple
weeks ago, Lynch says the realty of the
show ending hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“It’s unreal. I’ve had hiatuses off and
been away from it at times, but it hasn’t
really hit me yet that this is the end,”
Lynch says. “What did hit me was the
last three days of shooting were a lot
of waterworks for everybody, and we
were laughing hilariously, it was such an
emotional high.”
Lynch hasn’t had much time to think
about it. Following a critically acclaimed
run as Miss Hannigan in Broadway’s
“Annie” revival, the actress created a
cabaret show, “See Jane Sing,” and is
currently on tour across the country. She
plays the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on
March 24 and 25. 
“It grew out of something I did at 54
Below, a supper club in New York, which
offered me four nights for my cabaret
show, even though I didn’t have a cabaret
show at the time,” she says. “I work best
under the gun, so I put a cabaret show
together and I loved doing it so much and
it went over quite well, I wanted to take it
on the road.”

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The show features Lynch accompanied
by a five-piece band and combines her
musical chops and comedic wit and charm.
Joining her is Kate Flannery, known widely
as Meredith from “The Office.” 
“I’m kind of used to being a supportive
player, that’s what I do, so I appreciate
and am in awe of what she does, because
I come from that point of view. She’s
basically my foil and sidekick and it’s
perfect,” Lynch says. “She and I have
known each other for decades and we
have been weaving in and out of each
other’s lives since about 1989.”
When first putting together a cabaret
show, Lynch picked music she loved and
counted on advice from friends who told her
that a “theme would emerge automatically.”
“I started trusting that and pitched
my songs, and no theme emerged,” she
says. “I even say in the show, ‘Join me
in a musical journey of songs that have
very little to do with one another.’ We do
a variety of songs of different musical
styles, everything from jazzy tunes that
I love so much to some Folksmen songs
from Christopher Guest and Harry
Shearer, which are always witty and
beautifully arranged.”
The concert will also include original
tunes and songs people will recognize
from old standards and stuff she used to
sing with her family around the kitchen
table. Expect songs like “If Wishes Were
Rainbows,” “Mr. Monotony” and “Far
From the Home I Love.”
“It’s an hour that’s fast and funny and I
do what I hope is some hilarious patter,
and you won’t believe that the time has
gone by, at least we don’t,” Lynch says. “I
love the intimacy of the show, and slipping
in a joke here and there. I love bringing
it down and talking to the people, which
adds to the intimacy.”
Once the tour is over, Lynch won’t
be idle for long. She’ll be back to work
as host of NBC’s popular game show,
“Hollywood Game Night,” and she’s set to
star in a pilot for CBS called “Angel from
Hell,” playing the titular title character,
who may or may not be an angel sent
down to offer advice.

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JANE LYNCH says the reality of ‘Glee’s’ finale hasn’t fully sunk in.

“She could be an angel or she may just
be crazy and that intrigues me,” Lynch
says. “The writing is great and there are so
many possibilities with this person. One of
the premises of the show is that there is a
force in the universe that wants us all to be
happy, and around the laughs, that’s going
to be the undercurrent of the show.”
As for her life away from performing,
Lynch’s love life has been well
documented, including a four-year
marriage to psychologist Lara Embry that
ended in divorce last year. Though not
keen to discuss it, Lynch isn’t hesitant to
be a voice for LGBT rights. 
“One of the things about speaking your

mind, which I never sat out to do, I just don’t
hide, is that I rarely think about things like
how I am affecting so many people with
what I say,” she says. “If I started thinking
about that, I would have to start censoring
what I say, and I don’t ever want to speak in
sound bites. I love it and I do it as honestly
and faithfully as I can.”
‘SEE JANE SING!
— AN EVENING WITH JANE LYNCH’
Tuesday-Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
The Birchmere
3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA
$89.50
birchmere.com

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JOHN QUATTLEBAUM
How long have you been out and who was
the hardest person to tell? 
I first came out to my best friend from
college shortly after we graduated. The
hardest person I came out to was my mother.
However she is now one of my biggest
advocates so it was well worth the effort.

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By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) holds
its seventh annual “Mega Networking Event” Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.).
Billed as the D.C. area’s largest LGBT professional networking and social
event, thousands — yes, thousands — come out each year to mix, mingle,
make contacts, recruit, network and more. It’s free. Details at caglcc.org. 
“The evening offers something for everyone in a fun environment,” says John
Quattlebaum, CAGLCC board chair. “It’s a great opportunity to connect and
network with the many professionals and business owners who will be there.”
Quattlebaum, a 46-year-old Greenville, S.C., native, who’s been in the D.C.
region for 23 years, came to CAGLCC five years ago through work colleagues.
Following the departure of former director Mark Guenther, Quattlebaum says
the chamber is planning to start a search for a new director later this year.
For now, the day-to-day operations are being handled by board members
and volunteers. The board also plans to hire a staff person for administrative
work “in the near future,” Quattlebaum says. 
Quattlebaum works as a wealth planning strategist with Wells Fargo. He’s
married to Jay Sitlani. They live in the U Street area with Lulu and Boo, a dog
and cat respectively. Quattlebaum enjoys travel, gardening and volunteering
in his free time. 

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Who’s your LGBT hero? 
While there are many LGBT figures who
have and continue to inspire me, people
become heroes in our minds when we are
really in need of them. When I was coming
out in the 1990s, the people who inspired
me most were Pedro Zamora, Madonna and
Elizabeth Birch. And they continue to inspire
me today.
  
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past
or present?  
Bent on U Street in the mid-‘90s. It was
unpretentious and played the best retro
dance music. Plus, I loved that it attracted
people from almost every demographic.
Describe your dream wedding.  
I am not big on ceremony. My husband
and I were married by the justice of the peace
on a weekday over lunch.   
 
What non-LGBT issue are you most
passionate about? 
I am inspired by clean energy initiatives
and I hope that at some point in my life I can
devote some time to them.  
 
What historical outcome would you
change?  
Bush v. Gore (2000). 
 
What’s been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?  
The launch of MTV. Hey, I grew up in the
‘80s.
 
On what do you insist?  
No cilantro in my food. It’s the Devil’s herb.
 
What was your last Facebook post or
Tweet?  
Most of my posts lately are related to the
Chamber. My last non-Chamber post was: “I
have season tickets [to D.C. United] and will
never be able to use them all. If anyone wants
to go to a game, private message me.”
 

If your life were a book, what would the
title be?  
“Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official
Southern Ladies’ Guide To Hosting The
Perfect Funeral.” It is actually a real book.
 
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?  
I like being gay. I’d pass.
 
What do you believe in beyond the
physical world? 
Dog is good.
 
What’s your advice for LGBT movement
leaders?  
Make those who came before you proud.
 
What would you walk across hot coals
for? 
To bring back my childhood friend, Jinks,
who died of cancer five years ago. In fact, I
would walk back in forth if it were possible.
 
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most? 
There are LGBT stereotypes? 
 
What’s your favorite LGBT movie? 
“Beautiful Thing” (1995). As with my
heroes, this movie really resonated with me
at a time when I was struggling with coming
out to my family. For a young man who didn’t
know how his family and friends would react
to his being gay, the story filled me with hope.
Plus it has a great soundtrack of songs from
the Mamas and the Papas.
 
What’s the most overrated social custom? 
Not wearing white after Labor Day
 
What trophy or prize do you most covet? 
Of the awards I have won, the funniest was
my high school’s music award for when I was
a member the school’s handbell choir. 
 
What do you wish you’d known at 18?  
To invest my weekly allowance in Apple
stock.
Why Washington?  
I didn’t have a job lined up after college
but didn’t want to move back home. A few
childhood friends were living in D.C. and
encouraged me to come live with them until I
found a job. Within my first two weeks here, I
found a job and fell in love. The rest is history.

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THEATER

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AUBRI O’CONNOR, left, and KAREN LANGE in ‘A Bright Room Called Day.’

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venue and a play that takes place in one
room. The series’ goal is to create an up-close
and authentic experience for actors and
audiences alike.
With gay playwright Tony Kushner’s early
work “A Bright Room Called Day” currently
playing at Caos on F, a smallish gallery space,
Nu Sass has achieved both aims.
Initially the D.C.-based, female-driven
company considered doing Edward Albee’s
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It seemed
ideal — a booze-fueled night of psychological
games that takes place in a middle-aged
couple’s cluttered living room. Their intriguing
idea, explains Nu Sass’ co-producer and actor
Aubri O’Connor, was to change the play’s sexy
young professor Nick to a female.
“But we couldn’t get the rights for that idea,”
she says. “So we went with another favorite.”
Set in 1930s Germany during the fall of the
Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party,
“Bright Room” recounts a devastating time for
progressive thinkers and artists. Though filled
with lots of big ideas and history, Kushner
focuses on a small but dynamic group of
liberal friends whose lives fall apart as their
country turns against them and throws them
out. The action unfolds in left-leaning actress
Agnes Eggling’s Berlin apartment.
Intermittently the play shifts to Zillah, an
American Jew in 1980s New York. She looks
back on the rise of Hitler comparing it to the
Reagan administration. She warns about
history repeating itself.
Kushner wrote “Bright Room” during the
AIDS crisis in the ‘80s, before he wrote his
Pulitzer Prize-winning magnum opus “Angels
in America,” explains Angela Pirko, the show’s
bisexual director. In fact, the playwright
describes this early work as immature. Still,
Pirko adds, “It’s a beautiful play filled poetic
language, emotion and universal themes. I
think it’s quintessentially Kushner.”
“I’m so attracted to Agnes, the play’s central
character played by Karen Lange. She’s a
non-stereotypical female role. Unabashedly
sexual, compassionate and complex — a
complicatedly motivated woman who makes
some decisions to protect herself,” says Pirko,
27. “She’s very human. Her fears are portrayed

in a compassionate light.”
By play’s end, Agnes’s friends which
include Baz (Erik Harrison), a self-described
“homosexual Sunday anarchist with a gun in
his pocket” and Annabella Gotchling (Aubri
O’Connor), a communist graphic designer, are
gone. She’s surrounded by ghosts.
Also, Pirko and O’Connor are struck by the
issues of oppression addressed in the play
and how they are still weighing us down 30
years after “Bright Room” premiered. Civil
rights, social injustice and freedom speech are
not new issues.
Pirko first joined forces with Nu Sass last
summer when she directed the company’s
popular Capital Fringe comedic entry “Stone
Tape Party.” Now she is a co-producer and
resident director at Nu Sass. “With our dream
project the Small Batch Series, we’re taking
the company from being predominantly
festival focused and more to the indie
theater scene. Using intimate nontraditional
venues can be challenging for the design
team but the payoff is worth it. At Caos, our
10-person cast is playing to a 20-person
audience who are never more than five feet
from the whatever is happening on stage.
It’s incredible.”
Nu Sass was born of a chance encounter.
O’Connor and Nu Sass cofounder Emily Todd
met in the summer of 2008 at Artomatic
where they immediately fell into a discussion
about the challenges facing women in theater.
“We were fed up with the roles women could
or couldn’t embody. I’d been getting good
feedback from auditions but told I wasn’t
right. In other words because I’m six feet
tall I’m difficult to cast,” says O’Connor, 32.
“Seventy five percent of actors are women
and 75 percent of the roles are for men. That
disparity is frustrating and a lot of women
artists struggling. So we decided to do what
we could and created a gender-blind, femaledriven company.” They named it Nu (Chinese
for woman) Sass (for sassy).
“We’re not about excluding men from the
company,” adds O’Connor. “A lot of men
advocate for women. And women don’t
exist in a vacuum outside of men. We’re
just trying to revitalize the focus on women
artists in theater.”
‘A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY’
Through April 5
Nu Sass Productions
Caos on F
923 F St., NW
$20
Nusass.com

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PHOTO BY ZACHARY Z. HANDLER

From left: SEAN KELLY, HEATHER PEACOCK, DAVE LASALLE, JULIE HERBER, SARAH LYNN TAYLOR
and SUSAN PORTER.

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Iron Crow stages powerful play
about LGBT rights, religion
By STEVE CHARING
In its recent works, Iron Crow Theatre,
Baltimore’s queer theater company, has delved
into the subject of death from different angles.
From the Jeffrey Dahmer murders in Joseph
W. Ritsch’s “Apartment 213,” to suicide in Sarah
Kane’s “4.48 Psychosis,” death and its impact
on others have been explored with a degree of
creative artistry that is open to interpretation.
With the world premiere of “The Revelation
of Bobby Pritchard” written by Baltimore
playwright Rich Espey now playing at The
Theatre Project, audiences are given another
view of death, and in this case two deaths.
The intense one-act play that brings to the
forefront the struggle for LGBT acceptance
in a Southern town called Boiling Springs
with its religious dominance forms the
backdrop of a splendid performance by
the six-person cast under the deft hand of
director Steven J. Satta.
Espey’s play relies heavily on flashbacks to
40 years ago that alternate with the present
and the use of symbolism, which is laced
throughout. Most cast members are called
upon to play dual roles reflecting the different
time periods, and they do so expertly. To
underscore the connections the characters
have with religion, the majority perform
church hymns during several points in the
play and do so melodiously demonstrating
their vocal skills.
Mollie Singer’s simple but imaginative
set consisting of several church windows
surrounded by light-colored walls and two
pews amplify the religious themes inherent
in the plot. The continuous projections
by Travis Levasseur on the windows and
the rear wall of the stage depicting clouds,
a flowing river, a bullet traveling in slow
motion, and even snowfall add to the
visual experience. Chris Flint, the lighting
designer, does a wonderful job in dimming
and brightening the lights to correspond
with the past and the present scenes and to
illuminate the dramatic exchanges.

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The story centers on Martha, whose
name eventually became Marta, played
strongly by Julie Herber who has recurring
dreams about Bobby Pritchard — a gay man
whose death 40 years ago was never solved.
Through her dreams about Bobby and what
her recollections were of his death, Marta
is compelled to visit rural Boiling Springs to
reveal the truth.
She brings her wife Cyn (played wonderfully
by Susan Porter) to exchange their vows in the
church in which she grew up. On their visit, she
encounters her brother Hank (Dave LaSalle)
who is grappling with his own son’s sexual
orientation. Pos, a name the son changed
from Oren, is a high school baseball star and
is played well by Sean Kelly.
LaSalle also plays Clem, Hank’s father
during the flashbacks, and his intensely
powerful performance for both characters
added mightily to the play. In perhaps the
most dramatic scene, Clem demands that
Bobby (Sean Kelly) repent for his sins, but the
young man refuses, leading Bobby Pritchard
to his mysterious and premature death.
Heather Peacock turns in a solid
performance as Mary Charles who is Kathy’s
daughter and as young Martha who was
willing to set up a faux relationship with Bobby
to cover up their sexual orientation. Rounding
out the cast is Sarah Lynn Taylor who ably plays
Kathy, a girlfriend of Hank’s in the present, and
also Martha’s mother in the past.
Both Mary Charles, who is gender-queer,
and Pos were placed in a reparative therapy
facility that was named for none other than
Bobby Pritchard.
The character development, acting,
staging, direction and technical elements
are all in sync to deliver a powerful message
about LGBT rights and the tension with
religion. “The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard”
is among the best of Iron Crow’s productions
in its four-year tenure.
‘THE REVELATION OF BOBBY PRITCHARD’
Through March 28
The Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St., Baltimore
443-637-CROW
ironcrowtheatre.org

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premiere performance.

Mar. 20 & 21
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Plus, more dance, music, theater,
literature panels, forums,
installations, and culinary offerings.

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix is curated by
Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming

Tickets on sale now!

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Randi, a world-renowned magician who came out at age 81, opens at Landmark
E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) today.
Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics and even turned his partner
of 25 years, artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos, “all to prove a
point,” as its promotional material states.
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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance
Company performs “Picasso Dances,” a
sold-out show, at the Kreeger Museum
on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
“Picasso Dances” is a collaboration
between Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance
Company and the Embassy of Spain.
The performance will be followed by a
reception at the Residence of the Spanish
Ambassador. The show is sold out but
there is a wait list. To be placed on the list,
call 202-337-3050, ext. 10.
For more details, visit kreegermuseum.org.

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D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts its Mr. D.C. Eagle 2015 contest at its
new location Saturday from 10 p.m.- midnight.
The BLUF: D.C. happy hour begins at 6 p.m. The Mr. D.C. Eagle contest is at 10
p.m. with the contest going until midnight. At midnight, Mr. D.C. Eagle 2015 will
be crowned. Previous Mr. D.C. Eagle winners will also be at the contest.
For more information, visit dceagle.com.

Human Rights Campaign (640 Rhode
Island Ave., N.W.) hosts screenings of two
LGBT-themed films this week.
“Appropriate Behavior,” presented by
Reel Affirmations, screens tonight with
showings at 7 and 9:15 p.m. The film tells
the story of a bisexual Persian woman,
played by Desiree Akhavan from “Girls,”
who fights to get back together with her
ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn. There will be a
“chef’s tasting” by Tasteful Creations from
Chef B after the 7 p.m. screening. General
admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets
are $25 and include one complimentary
cocktail or drink, one popcorn and VIP
seating and recognition. For details, visit
reelaffirmations.org.
“Families are Forever,” a documentary
that follows a Mormon family with a
young gay son, will be screened on
Tuesday at 4 p.m. Producer Dr. Caitlin
Ryan and the mother and father of the
son, Wendy and Thomas Montgomery,
will also have a panel to answer audience
questions about the film and their
experience as parents to a gay Mormon
teenager. Admission is free. For details,
visit familyproject.sfsu.edu.

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M A R C H 20, 2015 • 37

PHOTO BY DAN SWARTZ

Several local brews are in the running at the beer bracket party at City Tap House.

Beer brackets, fruity ‘cellos
among March offerings
By KRISTEN HARTKE
Spring is finally in the air and for some
people, it’s all about filling out those March
Madness brackets and gathering together
around the soft glow of a flat-screen
television, screaming for the old alma
mater while downing a beer or three.
The NCAA tournament is credited with
contributing to a 19 percent increase in
pizza orders, and, interestingly, a nine
percent rise in dessert orders from fans
after their team loses (chocolate fixes
everything, right?), while beer production
is boosted by about 3 million barrels
just during the month of March. All that
cheering (or crying) makes us thirsty.
However, if you’re not a college
basketball fan, don’t despair, because
there’s still a way to survive being dragged
out to the bar with your friends and have
your own fun with brackets. Arcuri (2400
Wisconsin Ave., N.W.), an Italian restaurant
in Glover Park, is giving a truly handcrafted
spin to tournament watching by hosting
its own Final Four ‘Cello Bracket Challenge,
which has nothing to do with musical
instruments but everything to do with
variations of its housemade limoncello.
This Italian sipping liqueur is traditionally
made by combining grain alcohol with
sugar and lemons, but ‘cellos can be made
with every variety of fruit.
On March 19-20, Arcuri diners can fill
out their own ‘cello brackets, ranking
four pre-selected contenders: Blood
Orange, Strawberry, Bergamot and V
Cello, a blend of anise, mint, jalapenos
and lemon which Arcuri partner Bryce
Gerlach says “transitions from lemon and
heat up front to that cooling minty licorice
finish.” Choosing the Final Four was no
easy trick, as Arcuri boasts some 40
different housemade ‘cellos. “The ‘cellos
that we are featuring are some of our
most popular flavors,” says Arcuri partner
Bryce Gerlach. “There were a few that
we considered using but passed on —
quince, kumquat and ginger/pineapple.” 

Patrons can sample all four ‘cellos in a
flight in order to make informed bracket
selections, then the ‘cello champion will
be announced at the NCAA National
Championship game on April 6, with $1
shots available all evening. Gerlach’s
pick? “I think it will come down to the
blood orange and strawberry with  the
Straw’cello taking the title,” he says.  “It’s
sweet, strong and fresh.”
If sweet liqueurs are not quite your thing,
then you can trek to City Tap House (901 9th
St., N.W.) near Gallery Place or the Drafting
Table on 14th Street for some competitive
beer brackets. March Madness is said to
cost employers up to $1.9 billion because
of unproductive workers, so you may as
well take off the afternoon of March 19 and
settle in at City Tap House as its staff kicks
off round one of their beer bracket party
with a bracket of 16 pre-selected beers at
$5 each. The eight beers that sell the most
pints by 5 p.m. will move immediately
onto the second round from 5-8 p.m. that
evening, and the rounds will continue
through to the final round starting at noon
on March 20, when the two remaining beers
will battle it out head-to-head, as it were, to
determine a champion that will be poured at
a discounted price through April 6.
The City Tap House bracket features
several local favorites, including Flying
Dog Brewery’s Supertramp, Atlas Brew
Works’ Rowdy, Devil’s Backbone’s Vienna
Lager and D.C. Brau’s El Hefe Speaks, so
it’s not inconceivable that a D.C.-area
brew could go all the way.
“I think all the local beers in the bracket
have a chance to win it all, as they’re all
great drafts from accomplished brewers,”
says Dave Donaldson, beverage director
of City Tap House. “D.C. supports local,
and I’d be surprised if that didn’t show up
in the results.” To add a little excitement
to the bracket challenge, the person with
the winning beer bracket on March 20 will
receive a complimentary happy hour at
City Tap House for 10 friends.
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DC and writes about cocktails at goodbooze.
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March 27 & 28 | Concert Hall
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ARTS & CULTURE

HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS
F RO M CULTURECAP I TAL. CO M Y O U R LI N K TO T H E A R T S IN M ET R O D . C .

KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS
MAR 26. HOWARD THEATRE.
202-803-2899. THEHOWARDTHEATRE.COM.

Kid Creole and the Coconuts defy description and transcend musical and
fashion trends. On stage and on recordings they are unmatched in their
energy, originality and musical hipness.

G-D’S HONEST TRUTH
MAR 25-APR 19. THEATER J.
800-494-8497. THEATERJ.ORG.

Roberta and Larry have the opportunity to help rescue a Holocaust Torah; they
know they have to bring it to Temple Beth David. Partially inspired by the true
story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones.”

VIRGINIA OPERA: LA TRAVIATA
MAR 21-MAR 22. GMU CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
888-945-2468. CFA.GMU.EDU.

One of the most dearly loved operas, Verdi’s tale of the desirable and fragile
courtesan is a heartrending classic. This tragic love story is brought to life through
the glorious voices of Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

CULTURE CLUSTER
THRU MAR 28. ZENITH GALLERY.
202-783-2963. ZENITHGALLERY.COM.

In honor of Zenith Gallery’s 37th anniversary, a distinguished and eclectic crew
of some of Zenith’s favorite artists, and a dollop of new artists, present works in
a wide array of materials.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HOWARD THEATRE

THEATRE
IBERIAN SUITE: Ode Marítima
(‘Maritime Ode’) (Portugal) with Diogo
Infante & João Gil. Mar 20-Mar 21.
Ron Lalá Theater Company (Spain):
Somewhere in Quixote. Mar 21-Mar 22.
Shear Madness. Ongoing.
Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
Kid Victory. Thru Mar 22. Soon. Thru
Apr 26. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Grounded. Thru Mar 22. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Laugh. Thru Apr 19. Studio Theatre.
202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
Sunset Boulevard. Thru Mar 21. Reston
Community Players. CenterStage.
703-476-4500. restonplayers.org.
Bob’s Burgers Live. Mar 25.
Warner Theatre. 202-783-4000.
warnertheatredc.com.
Lean & Hungry: Othello. Mar 22.
Artisphere. 888-841-2787.
artisphere.com.
Swing Time - The Musical. Thru Jun
27. Navy Memorial. 202-737-2300.
swingtimethemusical.com.
One Destiny. Mar 23-May 16. Freedom’s
Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil
War. Thru May 20. Ford’s Theatre.
800-982-2787. fords.org.

DANCE
IBERIAN SUITE: Piazzología
(Argentina): El Mundo de Piazzolla
su Vida y su Obra. Mar 20-Mar 21.
American Ballet Theatre. Mar 24-Mar
29. Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
zoe | juniper (from Seattle). Mar 21Mar 22. Dance Place. 202-269-1600.
danceplace.org.

MUSIC
Frédéric Yonnet. Mar 20. Vinicius
Cantuária Sings Jobim. Mar 25. Mipso.
Mar 26. AMP by Strathmore.
301-581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com.
66th American Music Festival:
Personal Visions: Third Coast
Percussion. Mar 22. National Gallery of
Art. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov.
Stars of Tomorrow: The DomingoCafritz Young Artists in Concert. Mar
20. The Flying Dutchman. Thru Mar
21. WNO. Orquestra Jovem do Estado
with Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
(Brazil/U.S.). Mar 22. Fortas Chamber
Music Concerts: Sharon Isbin, guitar
and Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
(U.S.). Mar 24. Christoph Eschenbach,
conductor: Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
Thru Mar 21. NSO. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
Brooklyn Rider. Mar 21. WPA. Sixth
& I Historic Synagogue. 202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Raul Romero de Los Nosequien y
Los Nosecuantos. Mar 20. Familiar

Faces. Mar 21. Maysa. Mar 21. Y’Anna
Crawley. Mar 22. Title Fight & La
Dispute. Mar 25. Harlem Gospel Choir.
Thru Mar 29. Howard Theatre.
202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.
Enter The Haggis. Mar 20. Karla Bonoff.
Mar 25. Wolf Trap. 877-965-3872.
wolftrap.org.
Virginia Grand Military Band. Thru May
23. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall.
703-845-6156. schlesingercenter.com.
Johansen International Strings
Competition. Thru Mar 21. Chamber
Music Recital. Thru May 15. FMMC.
Calvary Baptist Church. 202-333-2075.
fmmc.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Piero di
Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in
Renaissance Florence. Thru May 3.
Focus on the Corcoran: Works on
Paper & American Masterworks from
the Corcoran. Thru May 3. Peter Paul
Rubens: The Three Magi Reunited. Thru
Jul 5. 202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Kennedy Center. IBERIAN SUITE: Picasso
Ceramist and the Mediterranean.
Thru Mar 22. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
Kreeger Museum. Flemish
Expressionism: A Modernist Vision.
Thru May 15. 202-337-3050.
kreegermuseum.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.
Thru Apr 12. Doris Lee: American Painter
and Illustrator. Thru May 8.
202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
National Geographic. Spinosaurus: Lost
Giant of the Cretaceous. Thru Apr 12.
202-857-7000. nglive.org.
Ford’s Theatre. Silent Witnesses:
Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination.
Mar 23-May 25. 202-347-4833. fords.org.

GALLERIES
Strathmore. If the Shoe Fits. Thru May
31. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
DCCAH. Visual Arts Exhibition featuring
grantees of 2015 Artist Fellowship
Program. Thru Mar 27. 202-724-5613.
dcarts.dc.gov.
The Art League Gallery. Claudia Cappelle:
Reconstructing the Landscape. Thru Apr 6.
703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
BlackRock. Striations: Donna Radner
and B.D. Richardson. Thru Mar 28.
301-528-2260. blackrockcenter.org.
District Architecture Center. Cover
Stories: ArchitectureDC Magazine, 2003 –
2014. Thru Apr 4. 202-347-9403.
aiadac.com.
Goethe-Institut. Gute Aussichten: New
German Photography 2014/2015. Thru
May 1. 202-289-1200. goethe.de.
Robert Brown Gallery. Thirty years of
Discoveries: Painting, Calligraphy and
Ceramics by Stephen Addiss. Thru Apr
18. 202-338-0353.
robertbrowngallery.com.

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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specific events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24
Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
offers all drinks half price tonight until 2
a.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards.
Admission is free. Must be 21 and over.
For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a
rap group, a support group for LGBT
youth, today from 5-6:30 p.m. For more
information, visit smyal.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, an LGBTfocused meeting, will meet at St.
George’s Episcopal Church (915 Oakland
Ave., Arlington, Va.) tonight at 7 p.m.
Newcomers welcome. For details, call 703
521 1999 or 703 307 9517.

TODAY
Ziegfeld’s/Secrets (1824 Half St.,
S.W.) hosts a bear dance party tonight
from 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. There will be naked
bear dancers, a free buffet and drink
specials. DJ Jeffrey Eletto will play music
for the evening. There is no cover charge
between 8-10 p.m. For more information,
visit secretsdc.com.
Gay District, a facilitated group
discussion
focused
on
building
understanding of gay culture and
personal identity for men ages 18 through
35, will be at the D.C. Center (2000 14th
St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. For
details, visit thedccenter.org.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks
are half price. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.
The Eagle Wings Auction is tonight at
10 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning
Road, N.E.) where visitors can bid on
donated leather items. Proceeds will
benefit SMYAL and SAGE. Details on
Facebook under “Eagle Wings Auction.”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers today for the
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
at the Potomac Yards PetSmart (3351
Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria, Va.) from
12:15-3:30 p.m. today. You will be paired
with a dog on a leash to walk around and
play with. Wear casual clothes. For more
information, visit burgundycrescent.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.)
hosts Bears Can Dance: the Bunny Bears
Return tonight from 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. This
bear dance party will provide bunny ears.
DJ Jeffrey Eletto will spin tracks for the
night. For details, visit greenlanterndc.com.
The Ladies of Lure present Bare:
Military Appreciation Night at Cobalt
(1639 R St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.- 3 a.m. DJ
Rosie and DJ Keenan Orr will play music
for the night. There will be beer pong and
flip cup. Admission is $7 before midnight
and $10 after. Guests with a valid military
id will receive free entry. For details, visit
facebook.com/lurewdc.
Jason Edward Tucker opens his exhibit
“Code,” curated by Robert Yi, at Gallery 252
in Katzen Art Center (4400 Massachusetts
Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. The
exhibit will focus on gay semiotics and
language. Tucker’s previous works have
focused on gay history, etymology and
family lineage. For more information, visit
american.edu/cas/katzen.
Mrs. Kasha Davis from the current
season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will
perform at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight. Doors open at 10 p.m. for the

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A work from Jason Edward Tucker’s ‘Code’ exhibit, on display at Gallery 252 in the Katzen Art Center.

general public. The drag show starts
at 10:30. Cover is $10 from 10-11 p.m.
and $12 after 11 p.m. There will also be
a meet-and-greet event with entry at 9
p.m. Tickets for the meet and greet are
$20 and include a meeting, photos and
a premium seat. To purchase meet and
greet tickets, visit flavorus.com. For more
information, visit towndc.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Temple Emanuel (10101 Connecticut
Ave.,
Kensington
Md.,)
presents
“Washington Revels Jubilee Voices,”
an African-American historical concert,
today from 4-5:30 p.m. The show is a
mixture of folk songs and spirituals and
songs of struggles and freedom with code
songs, stories, Underground Railroad lore
and more. There is a minimum donation
of $15 per adult or $40 per family that will
be billed or collected at the door. Concert
proceeds benefit projects in education,
food and water in Kenya, Tanzania and
Uganda. To RSVP, call 301-942-2000
or
email
rsvp@templeemanuelmd.
org. For more information, visit
templeemanuelmd.org.
Chick Chat, a lesbian 50-and-over
singles group, meets at the Walters

Art Museum (600 North Charles St.,
Baltimore) today at 2 p.m. They will meet
inside the main entrance near Centre
and Cathedral streets. Someone will be
holding a large “Chick Chat” sign.
Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with one
show at 10:30 a.m. and another show
at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit
nelliessportsbar.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 23
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coffee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit
thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that affect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center
(721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No
reservations required and new comers
welcome. If you need a partner, call 703407-6540.
The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC)
hosts its seventh annual LGBT Mega
Networking, Recruiting and Social
Event is at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come network
with other LGBT professionals to make
connections and recruit new employees.
Admission is free but registration is
required. For more information and to
register, visit caglcc.org.
Gay and Lesbian International
(GLINT) hosts its March happy hour on
the roof of the Brixton (901 U St., N.W.)
this evening from 6-8 p.m. GLINT is a
group dedicated to connecting LGBT
people working in embassies across the
District area. Partners and friends of
members of GLINT are also welcome to
attend. For more details, visit facebook.
com/glintdc.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Gays
and
Lesbians
Opposing
Violence (GLOV) hold a meeting at the
D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight
from 7-8:30 p.m. GLOV works to reduce
violence against LGBT individuals through
community outreach, education and
assisting members of anti-LGBT violence.
For more details, visit thedccenter.org.
OutWrite is hosting a Queer Fiction
class at the Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh
St., Bethesda, Md) from 6-8 p.m. The class
helps LGBT writers and allies improve
writing poetry and fiction through critique
and also read queer poetry and fiction.
Sinta Jimenz will lead the workshop. Class
fee is $135. For details, visit writer.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Women’s
Leadership Institute, a group for LBT
women and their straight allies ages 13-21
to discuss female sexuality, relationships
and women’s rights today from 5-7 p.m.
For more information, visit smyal.org.

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For drivers looking to spice up their daily
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$30,000
MPG: 18 CITY/29 HIGHWAY
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From bankruptcy to boom times, Chrysler
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competitors will cost thousands more.
LEXUS IS 350 AWD
$43,000
MPG: 19 CITY/28 HIGHWAY
0-TO-60 MPH: 5.5 SECONDS
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NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 SL
$30,000
MPG: 27 CITY/38 HIGHWAY
0-TO-60 MPH: 7.8 SECONDS
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and Bose stereo. And the app system, which
works with various smartphones, can be
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