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Amid boos, GOProud Same-sex couples plan Visit for news
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hearts and minds at next week, as marriage Congress; Sen. Lieberman
conservative conference. finally arrives in D.C. to sponsor repeal measure.
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Md. may recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Attorney general issues said they would likely make wedding others might raise legal grounds to
plans in the District in response to a contest that view.
opinion as D.C. couples favorable opinion from Gansler. In particular, he points to the 2007
The attorney general’s opinion ruling by the Maryland Court of
prepare to wed comes nine months after state Sen. Appeals upholding the state’s mar-
Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery riage law banning same-sex mar-
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. County), who is gay, asked Gansler riages from being performed in the to issue an official opinion on the state. In that 4-3 ruling denounced by
question of whether the state could LGBT activists, the court ruled that
Maryland Attorney General Douglas legally recognize same-sex mar- restricting marriage to a man and a
Gansler issued a long-awaited opinion riages from other jurisdictions. woman doesn’t discriminate against
Wednesday saying same-sex mar- “You have asked whether those same-sex couples or deny them rights
riages performed in other states or marriages may be recognized under under the state constitution. The court
countries most likely would have full state law,” Gansler said in his opinion, held that the ban on same-sex mar-
legal standing in the state. which is addressed to Madaleno. “The riage instead promotes the state’s
But in his 53-page legal opinion, answer to that question is clearly ‘yes.’” “interest” in traditional heterosexual
Gansler said the Maryland Court of Madaleno could not immediately marriage as a means of fostering pro-
Appeals would have the final say in the be reached for comment, but he told creation and protecting children.
matter should opponents of same-sex the Washington Post in a brief inter- But Gansler says in his opinion that
marriage choose to contest the legal view that changes in state policy the appeals court decision should not
standing of married same-sex couples could now result from a court ruling, be a key factor in determining whether
living in or visiting the state. legislation or administrative action, Maryland could recognize same-sex
Gansler’s opinion comes one though none of those is imminent. marriages from other jurisdictions. Photo courtesy of Maryland state government
week before a law allowing same-sex Gansler says in the opinion that “The Court of Appeals would start Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued this week an opinion stating
marriages to be performed in D.C. is while he believes the legal concept of from the general principle that a mar- that same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions most likely have full legal
expected to take effect March 3. state “public policy” favors recogni- standing in the state.
Same-sex couples in Maryland have tion of out-of-state gay marriages, Continues on page 15

Not just a Phase

Iconic D.C. lesbian bar bar for about 13 years, died.
Pam Porter, who tended bar at
celebrates 40 years the Phase from 1975 until about four
years ago, tries to pinpoint the date
this weekend  by whom she was dating at the time.
nationalagenda She met all her girlfriends at the
Sparks fly as Andrew Sullivan takes on By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO Phase and half of them worked there with her — Cheryl Gordon for 17
Maggie Gallagher at forum. Page 9 years, Ellie Seelow for four years,
Time is a blur of memories for the Keri Boyd for two-and-a-half years
Phase 1 “back-in-the-day” old school and PJ Felt for the last 12 years.
crew. It’s not senility or old age — Porter and her longtime gal pal Jean
these D.C. lesbians are only in their Homza, another former Phase
50s and early 60s. It’s just that employee, try to nail down the year.
events and dates blur together for “I know it was November,”
them like they do for everyone else. Homza says.
It’s Sunday night about 8:30. “I’m trying to think who I was with
Phase manager Angela Lombardi at the time,” Porter says with a giggle.
has gathered a few women whose “It must have been the early
histories are inextricably linked to the 2000s,” Homza says. “Because, well DC Agenda photo by Michael Key

socialagenda bar for interviews in anticipation of

this weekend’s 40th anniversary fes-
let’s see, she was here, what, 13 or
14 years? And she started in, what,
‘Girls, Jell-O, bikinis, kick-ass drink
specials, awesomeness — they all go
Part 3 of our wedding series looks at gay-friendly tivities. The subject nobody can man- about ‘84?” hand in hand,’ says Phase manager
honeymoon destinations. Page 20 age to agree on is when longtime Angela Lombardi.
manager Mary Knowles, who ran the Continues on page 22
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Couples plan courthouse visits to celebrate plete a series of requirements for a

D.C. marriage law house,” said Cathy Renna of Renna

referendum, including obtaining peti-
tion signatures from voters, by the
time Congress completes March 3 its
review of the same-sex marriage law.
Even if the appeals court were to
Three-day wait for Communications, an LGBT-oriented grant him a stay, many observers believe
license delays start public relations firm that’s coordinat-
ing plans for celebrating the start of
it would be impossible for Jackson to
complete the administrative require-
of weddings the marriage law. ments for a referendum by that date.
Under court rules, a $35 license Jackson is separately appealing a
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. application fee plus a $10 fee for a D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics Certificate of Marriage, must be paid decision denying his application for a
by cash or money order to enable voter initiative seeking to ban same-
Aisha Mills and her domestic part- couples to submit their applications. sex marriage in the city. Under the
ner, Danielle Moodie, plan to mark All this takes place in Room 4485 of city’s election law, Jackson and his
March 3, the day the District’s same- the Moultrie Superior Court Building backers have at least six months to
sex marriage law is scheduled to take at 500 Indiana Ave., N.W. complete the petition requirements
effect, by going to the courthouse to Other groups involved in the for an initiative and an unlimited time
apply for a marriage license. same-sex marriage equality effort in to challenge the city’s denial of his
Due to a mandatory three-busi- D.C. that were expected to partici- initiative request through the courts.
ness-day waiting period, jubilant pate in a celebration March 3 include The election board has on three
Photo courtesy of the couple
same-sex couples — some of whom the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance, occasions denied requests by Jackson
have been in relationships for more D.C. for Marriage, and D.C. Clergy Aisha Mills (left) and her partner Danielle Moodie plan to apply for a marriage and others for ballot measures seeking
than 20 years — won’t be able to United for Marriage Equality. license on March 3, the first day same-sex couples are expected to be able to do so. to overturn the same-sex marriage law.
marry until March 9 at the earliest. District resident Reggie Stanley The board has based its denials on
That’s when the D.C. Superior Court’s and partner Rocky Galloway “definite- first in line on March 3, and whoever review, which ends March 3. grounds that such measures would
Marriage Bureau completes the pro- ly” plan to be at the courthouse on the happens to have the first [wedding] cer- Holeman, in a ruling delivered from violate the D.C. Human Rights Act,
cessing of their marriage licenses. morning of March 3 to apply for a mar- emony on March 9,” he said, “it will be a the bench Feb. 19 and released in writ- which bans discrimination based on
But for Mills, president of the same- riage license, Stanley said. But Deacon deeply satisfying moment for those of us ing Monday, also said an underlying sexual orientation.
sex marriage advocacy group Campaign Maccubbin and longtime partner Jim who have worked to make it possible.” lawsuit filed by Jackson seeking to In addition to pushing for ballot
for All D.C. Families, March 3 neverthe- Bennett, owners of the recently closed Local same-sex marriage advo- force the city to hold a referendum on measures, same-sex marriage oppo-
less represents an historic day. Lambda Rising Bookstore, weren’t cates expressed a sigh of relief Feb. the marriage issue did not appear likely nents have called on Congress to
“The Campaign for All D.C. sure this week whether to join other 19 when a Superior Court judge to succeed on its merits. He noted the either overturn the marriage law or
Families has been working hard for same-sex couples at the courthouse denied a request by their opponents likelihood of the success of Jackson’s force the city to place the issue on the
some time to ensure that all residents that morning. for a court injunction to stop the same- lawsuit was a key factor in determining ballot through a referendum or initia-
of the District of Columbia have the “Jim and I haven’t had time to sit sex marriage law from taking effect. whether to grant an injunction. tive. Most political observers believe
opportunity to wed here, and we are down and actually work out how we The opponents, led by Bishop Harry Jackson and his attorneys appealed Congress won’t intervene on the mat-
excited that it will finally become a want to do this — whether we want to Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Holeman’s ruling Monday to the D.C. ter as long as Democrats are in control.
reality on March 3,” she said. be in that first wave or whether we Church in Beltsville, Md., said an injunc- Court of Appeals. Legal observers Capitol Hill insiders say all bets are
Mills’ group and other local LGBT just want to take our time and do it in tion was needed to give them more time believe the Appeals Court is likely to off if Republicans regain control of
organizations were still finalizing plans the old-fashioned way, so to speak,” to organize a voter referendum that uphold Holeman’s decision. Congress in the November election or
this week for a celebration linked to a Maccubbin said. could overturn the marriage law. “In my view, the appeals court has sometime after that. But large num-
possible joint appearance by same- But regardless of which couples Judge Brian Holeman denied the no more authority to stop a law passed bers of same-sex couples will have
sex couples at the courthouse on the are in the first wave — or which cou- injunction request on grounds that by the city and cleared by Congress married by the time a serious threat to
morning of the March 3 to fill out their ple is the first to wed in D.C. — Rick the court lacked legal authority to than the lower court,” said Mark Levine, the law surfaces in Congress.
applications for a marriage license. Rosendall of GLAA said the shared block a law approved by the local D.C. a local gay rights attorney. “Everyone will see that the sky
“We have at least a half-dozen moment will be special. government and cleared by Congress Under the city’s election law, hasn’t fallen,” said Michael Crawford,
couples expected at the court- “Whichever couples happen to be through its regular 30 legislative day Jackson and his backers must com- a same-sex marriage activist.

First openly gay candidate

seeks office in Howard County
Byron Macfarlane, 27, has become ly for the LGBT community,” he said.
the first openly gay candidate to run for Mary Marker, who hosted the
office in a partisan election in fundraiser, described Macfarlane as
Maryland’s Howard County. “a good Democrat” who “will be a
Previously elected to the Howard success no matter what he does.”
County Democratic Central Committee, Several prominent local politicians
Macfarlane is now running against were present to lend support. State Dels.
Republican Kay Hartleb for the register Guy Guzzone (D-Howard County),
of wills role. Hartleb is a six-term incum- Shane Pendergrass (D-Howard County)
bent in the position. and Frank Turner (D-Howard County).
On his campaign web site, Maryann Maher, a state House candi-
Macfarlane says his candidacy is an date, also attended the gathering. In
outgrowth of his passion for estate law. addition, representatives from the
“For many of us, regardless of our Columbia Democratic Club and local
Photo courtesy of
age or health, it is critical to have a gays were on hand to give Macfarlane a
valid will on file to protect our final wish- boost and some campaign cash. Byron Macfarlane is hoping to become
es, and simplify the estate process for Macfarlane, who co-founded the the first openly gay candidate to win a parti-
Photo by Joe Tresh our loved ones,” says the web site. successful Guerilla Gay Bar san election in Maryland’s Howard County.
At a fundraiser last week in Baltimore movement alongside Mark
Unity Fellowship Church aids Haiti quake relief Columbia, Macfarlane noted that Yost Jr., is a graduate of the From 2004 to 2006, Macfarlane
Rev. Dyan Abena McCray, the lesbian pastor of Unity Fellowship Church in LGBT Marylanders are particularly University of Baltimore School of served as legislative director to for-
Northwest D.C., led a church concert and fundraiser Feb. 20 to benefit victims of vulnerable in estate adjudication. Law. He’s worked for several law- mer Del. Peter Franchot, who’s now
the Haiti earthquake. The event drew about 60 people and raised $7,532, includ- “I want to be an advocate and to makers at the county, state and fed- Maryland’s comptroller.
ing a $2,500 donation from members of Faith Temple Church, McCray said. work with the state legislature to eral levels, including former U.S. STEVE CHARING/
improve the estate process, especial- Sen. Edward Kennedy. BALTIMORE OUTLOUD
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Judge finds probable
Catania joins Equality Maryland rally cause in D.C. murder case
Baltimore OUTLoud A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled probable cause exists that
William Wren allegedly shot and killed gay Maryland resident Gordon
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Following Rivers last month inside Rivers’ car while it was parked in Southeast
back-to-back blizzards earlier in the Washington.
month, Equality Maryland held its But neither Wren’s lawyer nor the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting
rescheduled Lobby Day at the state’s the case disclosed during a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 how Wren, 17,
capital on Feb. 22. and Rivers, 47, met and whether the murder was linked to Wren’s sexu-
Several hundred supporters gathered al orientation.
at an indoor rally in St. Anne’s Parish in A police affidavit says Wren told homicide detectives on the day
Annapolis prior to meeting with lawmak- he voluntarily surrendered for arrest that he and Rivers knew each
ers from around the state to discuss key other prior to the Jan. 10 shooting, which took place in front of 2641
LGBT-related legislative priorities. Naylor Rd., S.E. According to the affidavit, he told detectives he
The new indoor venue for the invited Rivers by phone to meet him that day with the intent of set-
rally, which historically had taken ting him up for a robbery.
place in Lawyers’ Mall outside the The affidavit says Wren claimed Rivers pulled a gun on him after real-
State House, protected participants izing Wren planned to rob him, and the gun went off during a struggle
from the chilly rain that fell through- between the two inside Rivers’ parked car. Police dispute that account.
out the day and evening. They say in the affidavit that a witness overheard Wren plan the robbery
“While there is still much work to be with another person and saw Wren enter Rivers’ car while in possession
done to create true and lasting equali- of a gun. The gun that Wren allegedly brought into the car matched the
ty throughout the Free State, we have caliber of bullets retrieved from Rivers’ body, according to the affidavit.
made significant progress in recent Judge Herbert Dixon, after finding probable cause that Wren alleged-
years,” said Morgan Meneses-Sheets, ly committed first degree felony murder while armed, ordered him held
Equality Maryland’s executive director. without bond and sent the case to a grand jury for further action. He
“We are confident that we will continue scheduled a status hearing for June 3.
to gain ground in 2010.” Wren’s attorney, Spencer Hecht, asked Dixon to release Wren into
Several others spoke at the brief the custody of his family while he awaits grand jury action and a possi-
rally, including David Catania, a mem- ble trial. He noted that Wren’s fiancé and mother were in the courtroom.
ber of the D.C. City Council who was He said Wren and his fiancé had two children, one of whom was born
the lead sponsor of the marriage equal- one day before Wren’s arrest in the case. According to Hecht, Wren has
ity bill that will go into effect March 3. no prior criminal record.
DC Agenda file photo by Michael Key
“The fight for marriage equality is Dixon said the facts surrounding the case prevented him from
about providing couples with basic D.C. City Council member David Catania spoke at an Equality Maryland rally in releasing Wren.
legal rights like health insurance and Annapolis this week as part of the group’s annual lobby day activities. LOU CHIBBARO JR.
the critical right to visit one another in
the hospital,” he said. “It is about ensur- the National Center for Transgender request was made by Sen. Rich
ing the children who are being raised by
loving, committed same-sex parents
Equality, also spoke at the rally. She
encouraged supporters to keep up the
Madeleno (D-Montgomery).
Earlier in the month, the House Two gay men join D.C.
have the same safeguards as children
being raised by opposite-sex parents.”
fight for Maryland’s Gender Identity
Anti-Discrimination Act.
Judiciary Committee rejected a bill
that would have prevented Maryland Republican Committee
Equality Maryland is focused on the An opinion from Maryland Attorney from recognizing those marriages. Local gay Republican activists Mike Hubbard and Tom Weirich were
Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage General Douglas Gansler on whether State Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne chosen as members of the D.C. Republican Committee last month,
Protection Act. For the past several years Maryland law should recognize the Arundel County) has since intro- bringing the total number of gays and lesbians on the 99-member panel
the bill failed to make it out of the Senate valid marriages of same-sex couples duced a constitutional amendment to at least 20, said spokesperson Paul Craney.
Judicial Proceedings Committee. officiated in other jurisdictions remains that would prohibit any legal recogni- Among the gays on the committee is Chairman Robert Kabel, who
Mara Keisling, executive director of unreleased nine months after a tion of same-sex couples. previously served as president of Log Cabin Republicans, a national
LGBT partisan group.
Weirich is vice president of membership and corporate relations for
Catholic Charities ends city adoption contract  the American Council on Renewable Energy, a national advocacy group
for integrating renewable energy sources into the U.S. economy.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. not know whether the existing rules including homeless shelters, as a Hubbard, who has worked locally as a paralegal, is active in local and required foster care and adoption pro- result of the same-sex marriage law. national GOP activities and is a member of Log Cabin Republicans of D.C.
grams operated by Catholic Charities to Officials said their main concern was Weirich said he is a member of both Log Cabin Republicans and
Catholic Charities, the charitable place children with same-sex couples. the new law would require Catholic GOProud, a new LGBT conservative group formed by former Log Cabin
arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of A spokesperson for the D.C. Child Charities to provide health insurance members who believed Log Cabin wasn’t conservative enough on non-
Washington, announced last week & Family Services Agency, which benefits to their employees’ same-sex gay issues.
that it has ended its city contract to oversees city foster care and adop- married spouses, which would be LOU CHIBBARO JR.
provide foster care and adoption serv- tion programs, could not immediately contrary to their religious teachings
ices for D.C. residents, saying it could be reached. against same-sex marriage.
not comply with rules requiring that it
place children with same-sex couples.
According to the archdiocesan
statement, as of Feb. 1, Catholic
D.C. City Council members David
Catania (I-At Large) and Phil Mendelson GLAA to honor activists,
“Although Catholic Charities has
an 80-year legacy of high quality serv-
Charities transferred its foster care
and public adoption program in D.C.
(D-At Large), who shepherded the
same-sex marriage bill through the City community leaders
ice to the vulnerable in our nation’s to the National Center for Children & Council, have urged Catholic Charities Eleven individuals and one organization are being recognized with
capital, the D.C. government informed Families, a private charitable group to adopt an employee benefits arrange- Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance Distinguished Service Awards.
Catholic Charities that the agency that has long provided social servic- ment used by other Catholic organiza- The recipients, announced last week in advance of the April 20 award
would be ineligible to serve as a foster es in the District and Maryland. tions that avoids the need to recognize presentation, include DC Agenda senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr.
care provider due to the impending “With a priority on ensuring conti- same-sex relationships. GLAA describes Chibbaro as “the standard-bearer for gay-focused jour-
D.C. same-sex marriage law,” the nuity of care for the foster families The arrangement, which is used nalism” in D.C. who has spent more than 30 years “chasing down leads to
group said in a statement posted on its and children, Catholic Charities by Georgetown University, provides get to the bottom of all manner of stories related to the LGBT community.”
web site Feb. 17. “This is the only pro- worked closely with D.C.’s Child & health insurance benefits to another Eight awards recognize the contributions local activists, businessmen
gram Catholic Charities anticipates will Family Services Agency to seam- person designated by the employee and clergy made toward passing the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage
be impacted by the law.” lessly transition the program to the as a family member or cohabitating Equality Amendment Act of 2009. Among those so honored are Michael
The city’s same-sex marriage law NCCF,” says the statement. “This individual without the designation as Crawford, Rev. Monique Ellison, Brian Flowers, Mark Levine, Nick
is expected to take effect on March 3 transition includes seven staff, 43 a spouse. McCoy, Brian Moore and Sultan Shakir. D.C. Clergy United for Marriage
upon its completion of a congres- children and their biological families, When asked by the Washington Equality, co-chaired by pastors Dennis Wiley, Christine Wiley and Rob
sional review. as well as 35 foster families.” Post if Catholic Charities was consid- Hardies, also won recognition.
Existing city laws allow individual Officials with the archdiocese ering such an arrangement or anoth- Additionally honored during the April event will be Joan Biren, a doc-
gays and lesbians as well as same-sex expressed concern last year that the er means of offering employee bene- umentary artist who has focused on LGBT people and issues; Sean
couples to adopt children and partici- Catholic organization might have to fits without characterizing recipients Bugg, co-publisher of Metro Weekly; and David Mariner, executive direc-
pate in city-run foster care programs. withdraw from as many as 20 city con- as married same-sex couples, the tor of the D.C. Center.
Erik Salmi, a spokesperson for the tracts through which it provides social organization’s president, Edward JOSHUA LYNSEN
Archdiocese of Washington, said he did services to hundreds of local people, Orzechowski replied, “both.”
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s executive order barring bias against state workers on the basis of several
traits, such as race and religion, did not mention sexual orientation.

McDonnell workplace order

lacks gay protections
assume” that McDonnell didn’t include gays in
Senate passes bill his order because “it’s a sincere belief” that
to remedy omission such protections are unconstitutional.
But Lampo said if McDonnell is committed
By CHRIS JOHNSON to non-discrimination against gays, as he stat- ed during his campaign, the governor should
push for legislation that would provide protec-
Virginia LGBT rights supporters are hoping tions in lieu of administrative action.
pending legislation will address a hole in the “[Senate Bill] 66 was passed by the Senate
recent workplace protections order issued by and has come over to the House, and will be
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell — although voted on in the House at some point of the next
they aren’t optimistic about the bill’s prospects. week or two,” he said. “So what we want him to
On Feb. 5, McDonnell issued an executive do is either to endorse that bill or say that he’ll
order barring bias against state workers on the sign it if comes before him.”
basis of “race, sex, color, national origin, reli- Terry Mansberger, president of the Virginia
gion, age, political affiliation, or against other- Partisans, a LGBT Democratic group, also said
wise qualified persons with disabilities.” The McDonnell’s failure to include the protections
order also protects veterans. as part of his order means the governor should
But one glaring omission from the order is push for passage of legislation.
sexual orientation. Former Democratic Govs. “If you won’t put it in there because you
Mark Warner and Tim Kaine included protec- believe it should be in the code, well then, step
tions for gays as part of similar executive up and make it part of Virginia law like most of
orders they issued during their tenures in the the other states have done and bring Virginia
governor’s mansion. into modern times,” Mansberger said.
McDonnell’s office didn’t immediately respond The legislation passed earlier this month by
to a request for comment on why protections for the Virginia Senate and sponsored by Sen. A.
gay workers were omitted from the order. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) is pending in
The lack of protections based on sexual the House. A similar version of the legislation
orientation in McDonnell’s order didn’t come introduced by Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria),
as a surprise to many gay Virginians. During the only openly gay lawmaker in the Virginia
his campaign, McDonnell said he wouldn’t General Assembly, was killed earlier this
renew the protections because he believed month in subcommittee.
they were unconstitutional. He cited the Although the bill passed in the Democratic-
Virginia General Assembly’s failure to pass controlled Senate, Ebbin said he’s not opti-
legislation that would have made the protec- mistic about the bill’s chances in the
tions permanent as part of his rationale for Republican-controlled House.
the omission. “It’s a great challenge since my version has
McDonnell said during his campaign that he failed, but never say never,” he said. “I’m not
doesn’t believe the government should dis- optimistic that it’ll pass, but the fact it’s passed
criminate on the basis of sexual orientation, the full Senate is notable.”
but he never specified how he would protect Ebbin said he envisions passage of the leg-
gay state workers from such bias. islation as a multi-year effort and that advo-
David Lampo, vice president of the Virginia cates need to press ahead toward the goal
Log Cabin Republicans, said “we can only despite setbacks to succeed.
february 26, 2010 • 9


Sullivan, Gallagher trade barbs on marriage at forum

“Somewhere between 55 to 60 Conservatism and Conservative partnerships as relationship recogni-
Disagreement over percent — even if they support gay Politics?” — was whether gays belong in tion for same-sex couples.
whether gays have a rights — think this marriage thing is
something else, gay marriage is not
the conservative movement, particularly
if they’re concerned about the advance-
“Gay people are not the property of
the left, or of any party,” he said. “They
place in conservatism right,” she said. ment of LGBT rights. will vote for the political party which
Gallagher also complained that Nick Herbert, a gay member of best sits with their views, so long as
By CHRIS JOHNSON those who believe marriage should British Parliament and the country’s that party does not make itself taboo.” only be between one man and one Conservative Party, said his party But Gallagher expressed skepti-
woman are accused of bigotry. has made considerable headway in cism about whether gays could be
A forum intended to address whether “People are waking up in a America reaching out to LGBT people, even involved in the American conserva-
LGBT people have a place in the con- where suddenly their deepest core going so far as to apologize for the tive movement if they’re seeking new
servative movement quickly turned into moral convictions — they’re being told party’s past hostility toward them. laws that would require religious peo-
a debate on the validity of same-sex are immoral and should be the legal Herbert said the Conservative ple to change their views.
marriage as a conservative value. equivalent of racism,” she said. “It’s pret- Party has adopted acceptance of Gallagher also said she didn’t think
Gay blogger Andrew Sullivan and ty striking and people are pretty scared.” gays because of the tenet of democ- the British model for conservatism
Maggie Gallagher, president of the Arguing that not all gays are in sup- racy that all people are created equal. would fit well in the United States and
National Organization for Marriage, port of same-sex marriage, Gallagher “Conservatives should always that she didn’t know many American
presented opposing arguments said she knows openly gay people believe that everyone should have an conservatives who would like their
Wednesday during a Cato Institute who’ve worked for NOM and believe equal chance in life, regardless of any movement to be more like the move-
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
forum in Washington, D.C. that same-sex couples shouldn’t have other factors, and that they should not ment in the United Kingdom.
Sullivan said he’s touted same- Maggie Gallagher, president of the marriage rights. When pressed by be discriminated against,” he said. “With all due respect, I’m not here
sex marriage as a conservative value National Organization for Marriage, Sullivan to name those individuals — Herbert said a successful political to say what a British conservative
since the publication of his 1995 said during a Cato Institute forum arguing they couldn’t be outed if they’re party should be open to everyone and should believe, but it seems to me that
book “Virtually Normal,” and noted that ‘55 to 60 percent’ of people think openly gay — Gallagher declined. reflect the country it aspires to govern. America remains a unique place for
that he remains “in favor of marriage that ‘gay marriage is not right.’ Also in her argument against He noted that if the Conservative Party the protection of liberty, or classical
rights rather than civil partnerships.” same-sex marriage, Gallagher cited secures a majority in the House of liberalism, which I share,” she said.
“I believe that gay people are ured out we were gay and we knew the Catholic Church’s recent decision Commons by just one seat in the Sullivan maintained that gays in
members, integral members, of our that could never happen to us,” he said. to close its foster services in D.C. now upcoming election, the party would like- America can identify as conservatives
families, and we deserve not to be “The psychic wound and pain that it that marriage rights for gay couples ly have more openly gay ministers serv- and asserted that the Republican Party
cast out or segregated from them as inflicts — and still inflicts everyday on will soon be available in the District. ing in government than the Labor Party. doesn’t embrace true conservatism.
we grow old,” he said. our children — destroys the psyche, In response, Sullivan noted that Herbert said although he’s a con- “I do not see the connection
When gays realize their sexual warps the soul, destroys the soul.” divorce has always been available in servative, he supports hate crimes between being gay and whether you
orientation, Sullivan said, they suffer But Gallagher rejected the notion D.C., and the Catholic Church had run legislation in his country and he are in favor of the Iraq war,” he said.
considerable psychological pain that same-sex marriage could be a foster agency even though divorce rejects legislation that would prohibit “I simply do not see a connection
when they subsequently realize they considered a conservative value, cit- runs contrary to Catholic beliefs. same-sex couples from adopting. He between being gay and whether you
won’t be able to marry. ing majority opposition to gay nup- But the primary focus of the forum — also noted that Conservative Party believe in a carbon tax rather than
“We were told as kids when we fig- tials in national polling. titled “Is There a Place for Gay People in leader David Cameron endorsed civil cap-and-trade.”
10 • february 26, 2010


Gay group works to change hearts, minds at CPAC

aged people to “keep our military are you guys about then?”
Amid the boos, GOProud clean” and “oppose the homosexual Fortin explained GOProud’s mission
finds support from agenda for the military.”
“Homosexual vice represents the
of advocating for items on the conser-
vative agenda while simultaneously
young conservatives opposite of this military honor,” says the advancing some LGBT causes, such
document. “It violates natural law, epito- as repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
By CHRIS JOHNSON mizes the unleashing of man’s unruly In response, the woman said she passions, undermines self-discipline had concerns about how gays serv-
and has [been] defined as ‘intrinsically ing openly would contribute to mili-
GOProud’s booth at last week’s evil’ by the Magisterium of the Catholic tary readiness. She also wanted to
Conservative Political Action Con- Church on numerous occasions.” know what arrangements could be
ference was, like most others at the At CPAC, GOProud was queer. made for straight service members
event, a simple setup. And while some were OK with it, oth- who are uncomfortable being in
At the back of the booth was a ers were not. close quarters with gays.
cardboard wall with the group’s name Fortin made an effort to allay her
repeated in red, white and blue let- concerns by saying that repealing
tering. On a table were clipboards
‘What are you the law would simply allow gay
with sign up sheets, a roll of “Draft guys about?’ troops already in the military to serve
Cheney 2012” stickers and a hand- DC Agenda photo by Michael Key Tension at GOProud’s booth openly without being expelled from
out describing the group’s mission. mounted at one point when a woman the armed services.
“GOProud represents gay conser- Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, speaks during the with a determined look on her face The exchange was among the most
vatives and their allies,” it says. Conservative Political Action Conference. His group and its message drew mixed stopped at the booth and announced contentious moments at GOProud’s
“GOProud is committed to a tradi- reactions during the D.C. event. she needed to air some concerns. booth. Others who approached either
tional conservative agenda that Jon Fortin, a gay former Republican voiced support for their inclusion at
emphasizes limited government, like that,” he said. “That would have debate with Barack Obama?” he administration official who helped CPAC, asked questions about the
individual liberty, free markets and a brought more people over.” said. “I’d pay money to see that!” GOProud at CPAC, became notice- group’s agenda, or expressed their lack
confident foreign policy.” Still, the “Draft Cheney” stickers It was a tough crowd for ably tense as a nearby reporter of interest or opposition by simply mov-
The setup, in hindsight, might have caused at least some passers by to GOProud. As LaSalvia and Barron grabbed his notebook. ing to the next booth.
been too simple. Jimmy LaSalvia, the stop. The problem? Most people in the greeted convention attendees and “I just want to tell you guys that I That nothing more contentious
group’s executive director, at one point CPAC exhibition hall were unaware of explained the organization’s outlook believe gambling does harm to fami- occurred at the gay group’s booth
looked longingly at a neighboring booth GOProud’s mission as a gay group. to those who were interested, they lies,” she said. “It creates financial could be taken as evidence that the
for the Citizens in Charge Foundation, a Asked by one attendee whether found themselves having to navigate ruin and drives families apart.” conservative movement is shifting
group dedicated to instituting the refer- Cheney would really run in 2012, Chris a sometimes-hostile environment. Fortin quickly noted that the Poker toward greater acceptance — or at
endum process in each state. The motif Barron, GOProud’s board chair, Brochures handed out by the Players Alliance, is actually next to least greater tolerance — of gays.
for the booth included beach toys and responded enthusiastically. American Society for the Defense of GOProud, opposite the Citizens in Young conservatives, the largest
fishing nets with dollar bills. “I don’t know, but can you imagine Tradition, Family & Property, ostensi- Charge Foundation.
“We should have had a gimmick a better person to send off in a bly a Catholic organization, encour- “Oh,” the woman said. “Well what Continues on page 12

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202.332.8477 on the issue. marriage amendment was on the ballot in the Remarks of two CPAC speakers and the state of Ohio, which turned out to be the cru-
accompanying audience reaction seem to best cial state in that election,” she said. “So that
3000 Connecticut Ave., NW symbolize the state of gay inclusion among con- has been very good for Republican victory.”
servatives. Alexander McCorbin, a member of LaSalvia said after Schlafly’s speech that
Students for Liberty, praised CPAC in his speech Bush’s victory could be attributed to any num-
Cognitive-Behavioral for allowing GOProud to participate in the confer- ber of different factors.

Therapy ence.
“In the name of freedom, I would like to also
But the venom found on stage was lacking
among those who visited GOProud’s booth in
Results-Oriented ▼ Affordable thank the American Conservative Union for wel- the exhibition hall. Brett Dinkins, a 19-year-old
coming GOProud as a co-sponsor of this event,” he student from the University of Missouri, signed
Larry Cohen, LICSW said. “Not because of any politics, but because of up to join GOProud’s list while sporting a gold-
22 years serving the glbt community the message that it sends: If what you truly care en “Blunt” pin on his lapel indicating his sup-
202-244-0903 about is freedom, limited government, and pros- port for Republican candidate Roy Blunt in perity, then this symbol is a step in the right direc- Missouri’s upcoming U.S. Senate race.
See website for NPR story on my work tion, and look to the student movement for support!” Dinkins said he wanted to sign the list to
The audience received McCorbin’s words with show how the conservative movement is “just
a mixture of boos and applause. But what caused getting away from the traditional, close-minded
Individuals u Couples u Sex
more controversy took place a few moments later thoughts and moving forward to the age that
Helping People when Ryan Sorba, co-founder of California Young
Americans for Freedom, took the stage.
we’re definitely in now.”
“They probably get a lot of heat from people
Grow Stronger “I want to condemn CPAC for bringing sometimes, so it’s good that they’re actually
in Rough Times GOProud to this event!” he shouted, drawing more out here at the biggest conservative gathering
boos than McCorbin received, but still some doing it,” he said.
Michael Radkowsky, Psy.D. applause. Sorba continued his tirade against gays At one point, a representative from the
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Sidney W. Binks III, Ph.D. act is reproduction. Do you understand that?” though, and soon returned to his booth.
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Questions surround Lieberman’s ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal bill

Nelson (D-NE) and Jim Webb (D-VA). involving the Defense Department of Independence and weakens our
HRC claims credit for Securing a minimum of two of these five Authorization bill.” defenses by denying our military the
securing Conn. senator Democrats is essential. Nelson, Bayh and
Webb are the three best prospects.”
Kevin Nix, spokesperson for Service-
members Legal Defense Network,
service of a large group of Americans
who can help our cause,” he said.
as sponsor; details of The memo also says that convinc- said that HRC was not alone in pur- News of Lieberman’s bill was first
ing House members from New Jersey suing Lieberman as lead sponsor of reported by Jamie Kirchick in the New
measure remain unclear and Texas to sign on in support will be repeal legislation and noted that his York Daily News. Several important
crucial for House passage of the bill. organization has worked with the details about Lieberman’s upcoming
By CHRIS JOHNSON Last month, a group of LGBT advo- senator for some time. legislation weren’t immediately revealed cates held a secret strategy meeting “We’ve been working with this week, though, such as whether
related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A Lieberman for, I think, years — just any Republican senators have signed
The announcement that Sen. source who attended the meeting, like HRC has been, as well,” he said. on as co-sponsors. It’s also unknown
Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) would speaking to DC Agenda on condition of Nix said despite the imminent whether the legislation will call for the
introduce “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal anonymity, questioned why HRC pur- introduction of a standalone “Don’t same timeline for repeal provided in
legislation next week in the U.S. sued the Lieberman-led path for repeal Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill, advance- the House legislation sponsored by
Senate was hailed by many oppo- DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
when the consensus among many lob- ment of the effort as part of the Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.).
nents of the law as an important step byists is that including repeal as part of upcoming defense authorization bill Servicemembers United, a gay
toward undoing the nation’s ban on Sen. Joseph Lieberman announced the fiscal year 2011 defense authoriza- is “absolutely” the best way to go. veterans group, is calling for a longer
service by open gays and lesbians. that he plans to introduce a bill to tion bill is the best route. “Obviously, it’s historic,” he said. “We implementation time that would allow
But some are questioning the wis- repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ “As for Lieberman, I would just say welcome all of this stuff with 18 months for the Pentagon to first
dom of Lieberman introducing a I applaud that he did it because there Lieberman, and introducing a stand- complete its expected yearlong study
standalone bill when “Don’t Ask, The HRC memo also addresses has not been a bill in the Senate and alone bill is hugely significant, but if of implementing repeal.
Don’t Tell” repeal can be accom- the strategy of winning repeal via the now we can start asking people to sign we’re going to get legislative repeal this Lane Hudson, a D.C.-based gay
plished through other methods. defense authorization bill and notes on and figure out where people are, year, then the repeal language needs to activist, said the “devil will be in the
According to an internal memo particular concern about where mem- but I’m not sure that it’s not just a diver- be in the authorization bill, and we’ll be details” for Lieberman’s bill and that
obtained by DC Agenda, the Human bers of the Senate Armed Services sion tactic to show that HRC’s done working with [Senate Armed Services he’s hoping the senator incorpo-
Rights Campaign is taking credit for Committee stand on the issue. something,” the activist said. Committee] Chairman [Carl] Levin to rates the timeline advocated by
landing Lieberman as the champion “Including [repeal] in the base In a statement, Allison Herwitt, HRC’s make sure the votes are there.” Servicemembers United.
for repeal in the Senate. [Department of Defense] authorization bill legislative director, said her organization In a statement, Lieberman said he’d “As long as Lieberman is going to
“Additionally, working with the White will require a vote in the Senate Armed has been working with Lieberman for proudly sponsor “the important effort to introduce viable legislation, I think
House and Senate leadership, HRC Services Committee,” says the memo. months about introducing standalone enable patriotic gay Americans to defend he’s an excellent person to be the
has secured Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID- “Only one Republican on the committee, legislation because “it’s an important our national security and our founding chief sponsor,” Hudson said. “He’s
CT) as the Senate lead sponsor — Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), is likely to educational and organizing tool.” values of freedom and opportunity.” got a great relationship with the Blue
someone who not only sits on the support repeal. In addition, a number of “It helps constituents lobby their “To exclude one group of Dogs in the Senate caucus, and he’s
Armed Services Committee, but also key Democrats do not currently support senators to co-sponsor and publicly Americans from serving in the armed probably the best Democrat to keep
brings a centrist approach and net to repeal: Sens. Robert Byrd (D-WV), Bill support repeal,” she said. “Introduction forces is contrary to our fundamental [Republican U.S. Sen.] John McCain
this issue,” says the memo. Nelson (D-FL), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Ben of a bill in no way precludes strategy principles as outlined in the Declaration from fiercely opposing repeal.”

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Gay marriage foe moves to impeach Md. attorney general

Continued from page 1 “Maryland’s typical practice, like all states burdensome patchwork of unequal laws same- back same-sex marriage recognition.
historically, is to honor marriages rather than sex couples face across the country,” said Joe Maryland Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel
riage that is valid in the place of celebration destabilize them,” Wolfson said. “The Solmonese, president of the Human Rights County), meanwhile, is “definitely” moving ahead
remains valid in Maryland,” he said in his opin- Maryland Attorney General is concluding, Campaign. “With every step that is taken in the with plans to file impeachment papers against
ion. “There are exceptions to that rule if the par- looking at Maryland law, that there is no rea- progress toward full equality, it becomes more Gansler for his same-sex marriage recognition opin-
ticular marriage is contrary to a strong state pub- son for a gay exception to that tradition and and more obvious that separate is not equal and ion, according to spokesperson Louisa Baucom.
lic policy. A statute that limits marriage in common sense practice.” marriage by any other name is not marriage.” “His position about the opinion is that Attorney
Maryland to opposite-sex couples could be said While praising Gansler’s opinion as an The action by Gansler on Wednesday also General Gansler had no right to issue the opinion,
to embody a policy against same-sex marriage.” important development for same-sex marriage comes less than a month after the Maryland regardless of what the opinion is — that his con-
However, Gansler noted that the Court of equality, some LGBT organizations said it House Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to defeat stitutional limitations prohibit that,” Baucom said.
Appeals has not prevented the state from rec- focuses attention on the need for all states to a bill that would have banned same-sex mar- “He will be drawing up letters of impeach-
ognizing various types of marriages performed adopt same-sex marriage laws. riage in the state. The measure was introduced ment against Attorney General Gansler,” she
in other states that are not allowed to be per- “Today’s opinion by the Maryland Attorney by Del. Emmett Burns (D-Baltimore County), said, adding that the charges would be based
formed in Maryland under the state’s marriage General only continues to further highlight the who said he anticipated Gansler’s opinion would on “violation of his oath of office.”
law. Among them are common law marriages,
which are recognized in many other states. The
Court of Appeals also upheld a Rhode Island
marriage between an uncle and a niece, even
though the Maryland marriage law prohibits S TA R R I N G B R O A D WAY ’ S
such a marriage, Gansler says in his opinion.
“While the matter is not free from all doubt, in
our view, the court is likely to respect the law of
other states and recognize a same-sex marriage
contracted validly in another jurisdiction,” he says.
“In light of Maryland’s developing public policy
concerning intimate same-sex relationships, the
court would not readily invoke the public policy
exception to the usual rule of recognition.”
In response to a second question raised by
Madaleno, Gansler says in his opinion that
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley does not have
authority to issue an executive order recognizing
same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.
In his May 19, 2009, letter to Gansler request-
ing the same-sex marriage recognition opinion,
Madaleno pointed out that New York Gov. David
Paterson issued such an order, clearing the way
for New York to recognize out-of-state same-sex
marriages, even though the legislature had not
approved a same-sex marriage bill.
“An executive order of the governor must be
consistent with existing Maryland law, as enact-
ed by the General Assembly and construed by
the courts,” Gansler says.
LGBT rights groups hailed Gansler’s opinion
as an important breakthrough for the marriage
equality movement.
“Today is a day to celebrate,” said Morgan
Meneses-Sheets, executive director of Equality
Maryland, a state LGBT advocacy group.
“Equality Maryland applauds a favorable opin-
ion released by the Office of Attorney General
Doug Gansler that states that the marriages of
same-gender couples legalized in other jurisdic-

tions have standing to be honored here at home.”

But Rick Bowers, director of Christian
Impact Alliance, a Maryland group opposed to
same-sex marriage, said Gansler acted without
legal authority to issue such a ruling.
“The governing body over a decision like
this should be the General Assembly or the
people of the state of Maryland through a vote
by referendum,” Bowers said.
Gay rights groups, however, disputed
Bowers assessment, saying Gansler has
authority to issue such an opinion.
Lambda Legal, a national LGBT group,
praised Gansler’s opinion for “saying that
recognition of out-of-state marriages of same-
sex couples is consistent with Maryland law.”
Susan Sommer, director of the group’s
APRIL 13 – MAY 9
Constitutional Litigation program, said the Gansler
opinion “should bring some peace of mind to mar-
ried same-sex couples and their families in t
Maryland as this state aligns itself with New York,
making clear that there is no gay exception to (30614 03.03&

long-standing marriage recognition law.”
Evan Wolfson, executive director of the National Theatre Box Office opens March 15
national same-sex marriage advocacy group
Freedom to Marry, said he was confident that
the Maryland Court of Appeals would uphold
Gansler’s assessment that valid same-sex mar-
riages from other jurisdictions have full legal 1&//4:-7"/*""7& /8
standing in Maryland.
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Pressure for repeal is also building in eral marriage amendment. But they hostile the audience became. There’s Editor
dialogue has begun the courts thanks to Log Cabin were the exception and not the norm. an old political axiom about speech KEVIN NAFF ext. 8088
Republicans vs. The United States of The event took a very libertarian making: know your audience. News & Multimedia Editor
By ROBERT TURNER America, a direct challenge to the law and direction this year. Most assuredly, this is As been reported on these pages, JOSHUA LYNSEN
the only contemporary legal challenge to due to the rise of the “tea party” move- GOProud was one of many co-spon- ext. 8086
It has certainly been quite a succeed at the district court level. ment. Now, before the tea bagging jokes sors of the conference. Ironically, they JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
month for gay Republicans. Last week, the Cato Institute, a lib- begin, it is important to note that accord- had a booth that was two tables down ext. 8081
Earlier this month, there was a ertarian think tank hosted a policy ing to recent polling, roughly 11 percent from the National Organization for Sr. News Reporter
Senate hearing on repealing “Don’t forum on gays and conservative poli- of Americans say they “have actively sup- Marriage booth. CNN got a shot of the ext. 8079
Ask, Don’t Tell,” a Clinton-era law that tics. Among the guests on the dais ported the tea party movement,” while two groups shaking hands and sug- News Reporter
forbids gay and lesbian service mem- were Andrew Sullivan and Maggie another 24 percent of the public general- gesting a beer summit. But I wouldn’t CHRIS JOHNSON ext. 8083
bers from serving openly in the armed Gallagher, of the National Organization ly favors the tea party movement. hold my breath on that one. Just the Staff Photographer
forces. While most of the Republican for Marriage. Although there were plen- The CPAC straw poll told a similar very next day, angry because NOM MICHAEL KEY
senators on the committee oppose ty of fireworks on display, the question libertarian tale. When asked which couldn’t deliver a message personally,
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Former Vice President Dick The very next day, the Conservative is to promote traditional values by pro- day threatening to “Dede Scozzafava” WEB
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Marriage is either an anachro- calls Felipe in her new book, just pub- But what does the book have to “we’re entering the era of ‘wifeless’ The appearance of names or pictorial repre-
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friday, feb. 26 $20 at the door. A costume prize will
ADVENTURING OUTDOORS GROUP, be awarded. Contact justinl@wash-
a gay social group, hikes the southern or 202-777-3253 for
portion of Antietam Battlefield near more information.
Sharpsburg, Md., today. The hike is an Variety show CRACK is back tonight
easy and scenic six mile hike that’s with a new show called “Once Upon a
mostly level. The group will carpool Time” at Town from 9 p.m. to midnight.
from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Crack hosts Shea Van Horn, Chris
Station departing at 9 a.m. Bring bev- Farris and Karl Jones will perform.
erages, lunch, boots and about $15 Cover is $10. Show starts at 10.
for admission, transportation and trip Attendees are encouraged to dress in
fees. Contact Craig at 202-462-0535 fairy tale- or nursery rhyme-inspired
or for costumes to receive a $2 discount.
more information. Town is at 2009 8th Street N.W.
festivities continue with a “Miss Phase unteer group, volunteers today at Food
1 Pageant” tonight at the bar from 7 to & Friends. The group also volunteers
10:30 p.m. which features a $200 cash at Human Rights Campaign, the Photo courtesy of the artist
prize. Lesbian history through the ’70s, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
’80s, ’90s and ’00s will be honored and more this week. Visit burgudny- ‘KALIEDISCOPED’ by Nils Westergard will be featured at a massive contemporary art exhibition called ‘G-40: the Summit,’
with photos, videos and music from for more information. opening Wednesday.
each era tonight and Saturday. Visit for more information. sunday, feb. 28
WOMEN IN THEIR TWENTIES Members of PHATGIRLCHIC, a local ’70s fashions such as leisure suits, leaders to join them to share informa-
meets at the D.C. Center tonight at 8. black lesbian web site, meet tonight bellbottoms and platform shoes. An tion about HIV and AIDS in D.C. To find A massive contemporary art exhibition
The group is a social discussion for a jazz jam session at the HR-57 underwear and silent auction will be out more about this event or RSVP, e- called “G-40: THE SUMMIT” opens
group for lesbian, bi and trans D.C.- Center for the Preservation of Jazz held as well as a raffle and bake sale. mail to today featuring about 500 artists from
area women. The Center is located Blues at 7:30 p.m. at 1610 14th Proceeds go to charity. Ziegfeld’s is at WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE around the world. It’s presented by D.C.
at 1810 14th Street, N.W. Street, N.W. Cover is $8. Visit phat- 1824 Half Street, S.W. Contact Kelly LOVES METH, a discussion group for gallery Art Whino, housed in an office
THE WINTER WHITE PARTY is for more information. Garrett at or those affected by crystal meth, is tonight building located at 223 23rd Street in
tonight at Apex. Those wearing all Metropolitan Community Church of 202-462-3994 for more information. at from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center, Arlington, Va., and runs through the end
white get in free, otherwise cover is Washington, D.C.’s largest mostly gay located at 1810 14th Street, N.W. Gay of March. It’s conceived as an interpreta-
$6. Drinks are $2 from 9 to 11 and church, has its annual BLACK monday, march 1 psychotherapist Mike Giordano will facil- tion of the G-20 political summit that fea-
open bar is from 11 to midnight. DJ HISTORY MONTH CONCERT today A YOUTH SUPPORT GROUP FOR itate the discussion. Visit tures “New Brow” contemporary artists.
Yiannis spins. A white balloon drop dubbed “Feel Like Goin’ On!” A soul food GAY, LESBIAN AND BI TEENS meets for more information. Visits to the gallery are free. Visit art-
happens at 1 a.m. Apex is at 1415 potluck luncheon will be held following today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the GW Bi singer/songwriter ANI DiFRANCO for more information.
22nd Street, N.W. Visit the church’s 11 a.m. concert. E-mail Center Clinic located at 1922 F Street plays the 9:30 club tonight. Doors open at
for more information. Juanita Wright at N.W., suite 103. Fees for therapy and 7. Tickets are $40. Lesbian singer/song- thursday, march 4
A futuristic dance party called or call the church office (202-638-7373) the group are on a sliding scale. writer Erin McKeown opens. Visit OUT FOR BUSINESS, a new group of
“BACKDOOR TO THE FUTURE,” to inform them of what you plan to bring. Metropolitan Community Church of for more information or tickets. LGBT business professionals and grad
which is designed to be a gay-inclu- Monetary donations can be made in lieu Washington, the District’s largest D.C.’S HIV WORKING GROUP students, has its launch party tonight
sive mix of “all kinds of communities,” of food. The mostly LGBT choir, under mostly gay church, has an HIV-POSI- assembles safer sex kits with its “pack- upstairs at MOVA (formerly Halo) at
is tonight at the 9:30 club Backbar the direction of lesbian minister Shirli TIVE SUPPORT GROUP FOR PEO- ing parties” every Tuesday at EFN 1435 P Street, N.W. from 6 to 9 p.m. No
from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Cover is $5. Hughes, performs at 3 p.m. Visit PLE OF FAITH every Monday at the Lounge. Those who volunteer their cover. Drink specials are $3. Proceeds
21 and up. for more information. church. For more information, contact time get drink discounts. The events benefit D.C. Center’s safe sex tool kit
A new gay-helmed group called the Matt Senger at 202-546-2159 or e- are held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Motley campaign. RSVP to
saturday, feb. 27 NATIONAL MASTER CHORALE mail him at Bar, located above EFN, which is at
Dance party SHIFT, an indie pop performs its first concert at 7 p.m. MCC-DC is located at 474 Ridge 1318 9th Street, N.W. Visit fighthivin- friday, march 5
electro dance event, is tonight from “Winter Into Spring” will be performed Street, N.W. Visit for more for more information. RAW, a gay alt-disco dance party, is
10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Cobalt, located at at the National Presbyterian Church, information about the church. Cobalt has “FLASHBACK,” a retro tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Green
1639 R Street, N.W. The party is cel- located at 4101 Nebraska Ave., N.W. Freddie’s Beach Bar, located at 555 night, every Tuesday at 10 p.m. Rail Lantern, located at 1335 Green Court,
ebrating its one-year anniversary. Works by Francis Poulenc, Aaron S. 23rd Street in Crystal City, Va., has vodka drinks are free from 10 to 11 p.m. N.W., just off Thomas Circle.
Visit for more information. Copland, Morten Lauridsen and oth- DISCO TRIVIA every Monday at 8 p.m. Cobalt, a gay bar and dance club, is at Admission is free before 11 p.m. and
GAY & LESBIAN OUTREACH AND ers will be performed. A pre-concert the corner of 17th and R streets, N.W. $3 after. Visit Raw is the
ENGAGEMENT (GLOE) has its third lecture by Lauridsen will be held at 6 p.m. tuesday, march 2 first Friday of each month.
annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Tickets are $20 and $30 ($10 for stu- A luncheon prayer event for the wednesday, march 3 D.C. FRONT RUNNERS, the city’s gay
Party tonight at the Washington D.C. dents). Visit NATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR D.C. ICEBREAKERS, a gay ice skating running group, has its monthly happy
Jewish Community Center at 16th for more information. Purchase tick- THE HEALING OF AIDS is today at group, skates tonight at 7:45 p.m. at hour today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at
and Q streets, N.W. at 9 p.m. ets at 202-596-8934. 12:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center, the Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Visit dci- Green Lantern. Visit
Attendees are encouraged to wear Addison Road and the Academy of District’s LGBT community center, for more information. for more about the group.
costumes. Those who do have open Washington presents an event called located at 1810 14th Street, N.W. Unity LADIES FIRST NIGHT is tonight and
bar access all night. D.C. Cowboys “DISCO BALL” today at 2 p.m. at Fellowship’s Rev. Abena McCray and every Wednesday at Fab Lounge, Send calendar listings two
and trans comedian Riki Wilchins will Ziegfeld’s/Secrets. A drag show starts MCC-DC’s Rev. Dwayne Johnson, located at 1805 Connecticut Ave., weeks prior to your event to
perform. Tickets are $18 in advance; at 3. Attendees are encouraged to don both gay, are inviting faith community N.W. For more information, visit

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phase celebrates 40th anniversary this weekend
Continued from page 1
Phase 1
They pause and just stare at each 525 8th St., S.E.
other for a second while the memory
wheels keep turning.
“No, that doesn’t make sense,” MISS PHASE 1 PAGEANT
Homza finally concludes, the memory Friday, Feb. 26, 8-10:30 p.m.
of some other life event suddenly
throwing her chronology into a tailspin. CELEBRATION OF THE DECADES
“She just didn’t come in one day, Feb. 26-27, all night
which was very unlike her,” Porter says
of Knowles, who had died in her sleep
of heart disease. “She was always in built the first Phase web site and started
here early, cleaning, getting ready.” signature Phase events — Phase Fest,
Knowles’ sudden death was a a large queer music festival that hap-
shock to all who knew her. Porter pens every September, and Jell-O
says Knowles was “just amazing.” wrestling, which is the second
“Mary really tried to bring energy Wednesday of every month.
and events in here,” Homza says. “People love it,” Lombardi says.
“Over the years the energy ebbed and “Girls, Jell-O, bikinis, kick-ass drink
flowed. Lesbians aren’t very loyal.” specials, awesomeness — they all
Some must be. The bar has oper- go hand in hand.”
ated for 40 years, a milestone being “A lot of where it is today is
celebrated this weekend with a bevy because of Angela and all the crazy
of activities (see for shit she does,” Homza says.
details). Homza insists it’s because Carroll pretty much lets her do
owners Allen Carroll and the late whatever she wants.
Chris Jansen were committed to “She really breathed a lot of new
keeping it going. life into it,” he says.
“They’re the ones who kept this A more low-key staple of the bar is
bar open and I really mean that,” Senait, an African-born lesbian who
Homza says. “They’ve just been ded- declines to give her last name. She’s
icated to the women.” been in Washington 11 years and stum-
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
So why and how did two gay men bled on the Phase six years ago. She has
happen to open a lesbian bar in 1970? From left are longtime Phase current and former employees: SENAIT, current barback; PAM PORTER, former bartender; a day job but spends her evenings here.
Carroll and Jansen, veterans of the ANGELA LOMBARDI, current manager; and JEAN HOMZA, former door guard. “I used to hang out here and I was
Marines and Air Force respectively, here, like, every night so they said,
had been dating a few years and ‘Hey, you wanna work here?’ I said,
worked at adjacent bars on 8th Street, chuckle. “They get a lover and they dis- cheap and it’s a chill environment. Our he says. “When we first opened, if you ‘Why not?’ I’m a workaholic. I wouldn’t
S.E., a D.C. gayborhood before Dupont appear for three or four years. And then little 10-by-10 dance floor gets a lot of had a butch girlfriend, you didn’t bother know what to do with my free time.”
Circle was gentrified. Carroll was at they come back when they break up. I action. You can see the handprints on with her girlfriend and they took it very Carroll says it’s people like them
Joanna’s, a lesbian bar. Its brother bar know it before they even say it. I know the mirror at the end of the night.” seriously when they were involved. No who make Phase what it is.
was Johnny’s, where Jansen worked. they broke up with their girlfriend.” Part of the appeal, Lombardi one could even talk to them. That’s the “Senait is a loyal and good per-
They were owned by the same person Lombardi says the trend continues says, is that Phase doesn’t try to be way women were back then. … Then in son,” he says. “So much more than
but Joanna’s was closing so Carroll though she’s worked hard to alter it. something it’s not. the late ’80s and ’90s, you couldn’t tell an employee.”
and Jansen sensed a need. Carroll “Lesbians definitely fall into the “At the end of the day we’re kind of who was butch and who was femme. The long-time employees have
says the Phase is the oldest continual- trap of sitting at home,” she says. a dive bar,” she says. “You wanna go But I guess it’s no different than with the equally high regard for Carroll and
ly operating lesbian bar in the country. “Gay boys like to party. Of course out and have a super fancy, I mean try men. Like at the men’s bars, if you have remember Jansen fondly.
Carroll and Jansen had always there are always exceptions to the to order a drink with fresh muddled fruit a real queeny queen, you just knew that “Alan was the serious business-
had lots of lesbian friends — many rule. Still, the fact is women make at Phase 1 — it’s not gonna happen. was a bottom. It’s all the same. And let minded one,” Porter says. “Chris cared
from Joanna’s — so it didn’t feel a less money. I know so many people. So if you wanna go out and have your me tell you, the girls were just as about the business and wanted it to
stretch to open a women’s bar. They ‘Oh, I live in Columbia Heights and fancy drink, if you want a capriana or promiscuous as the guys.” succeed, but he wanted to have fun.
eventually opened the Other Side, a work for a non-profit.’ Yeah. We make whatever people drink nowadays, you Porter’s ex, Cheryl Gordon, was dat- His favorite phrase was, ‘Who has
larger lesbian venue that was more a less money. Lesbians like to stay wanna go to a fancy bar and pay $14 a ing Linda Brown when Porter arrived at more fun than people?’ If he said it
club than a bar, which eventually mor- home with their girl. It’s part of why drink, that’s not us. Here you get a Phase. Everyone who was around in once he said it a million times a night.”
phed into the male-focused drag/strip we have so many events and try to three dollar PBR pounder.” the early years remembers Brown, who They were together as domestic
club Ziegfeld’s/Secrets in the mid- really mix it up. We’re trying.” Porter says the bar is so different saw Phase through the ’70s, fondly. partners for 16 years but broke up in
’80s. It eventually closed when the That’s not to say that the Phase now she doubts younger lesbians “She was absolutely beautiful and 1988 and remained business part-
Nationals stadium was built but hasn’t changed. It has. Drastically. could fully fathom what it used to be hard ass,” Porter says. “She would ners and best friends.
reopened a year ago on Half Street. When Homza looks around the room, like. She says the late Linda Brown, take off her stiletto and pop you in the “It was tumultuous,” Porter says.
Phase 1, though, has been the she can’t help but notice how different the bar’s glam first manager, was head if you needed it. Just a wonder- “On and off, but they always held the
constant. It’s still at its original loca- it looks since Lombardi took over. something of an 8th Street legend. ful person.” businesses together and were com-
tion. Carroll says there have been ups “It’s changed a lot but in the same “Back then it was butches and Carroll calls her “the greatest per- plete best friends. Nothing could have
and downs over the years but he and way, it’s the same,” she says. “I mean femmes, very territorial,” Porter says. son.” He agrees those years were ever stopped that. … They’re both
Jansen never thought of closing it. when I first came here it had shag car- “You had Linda Brown, with her high “just different.” wonderful people in different ways.”
It made sense, for instance, to pet up the wall … so physically it’s blonde French curls, she drove a “We used to all party together,” he Carroll says they eventually
transform the Other Side into changed. We went through a lot of looks pink Lincoln and her rival Margaret says. “We’d have fun and go to the became like brothers. Jansen bought
Ziegfeld’s because several D.C. bars because of Chris, he was a very, uh, the Majors drove a white Cadillac. And beach. We’d be at my house at the a second home in Thailand and start-
by that time had started lesbian pink flamingo of the pair. He had pink they each had their entourages. All pool. It was like a big family and it’s ed spending half his time there. He
nights and had stolen some of Side’s and white tile in here at one point, like a women dressed in men’s clothes. It just not like that anymore. Everybody died of heart disease in 2007.
thunder. The Phase, though, “always candy store. So this is much different.” was just a totally different world. … loved [Brown].” What would Jansen think of
felt like home base,” Carroll says. The decor now is mostly red and They were rivals. Rivals because of The late David Easterday, who even- Phase’s milestone?
“We had hard times and good black. A pair of giant silver pumps sits the bar, rivals for women, everything. tually succumbed to AIDS, Pat Sullivan Carroll, who says he misses
times, but it felt like home,” he says. above the bar, the one nod to femi- Always dressed to the nines. There and Sue Ross each managed the bar a Jansen immensely and thinks of him
“We always held on. They always ninity in an otherwise leather-and- was lots of violence. If there wasn’t a few years before Knowles came along. daily, says Jansen would be “tickled
come in and always say, ‘We know to punk aesthetic. Lombardi calls the 10 fight or beer bottles thrown, the night After Knowles died, Keri Boyd, Dale to death” and “very proud.”
come back here.’ It’s a good feeling.” staff members “the coolest group of really wasn’t considered a success. Childress and Porter co-managed the Homza says they should be
Phase 1’s popularity has a lot to do queer girls working ever.” She says it And I threw with the best of them. I bar. Lombardi came along five years praised for their commitment to D.C.
with lesbian life cycles, long timers say. runs like a well-oiled machine. loved a good fight. As long as I had a ago and picked up a few bartending lesbian nightlife and culture.
It’s common, they all say, for lesbians to “We rarely get a whammy card,” beer bottle or a cue stick, I was good shifts to help a friend. Sarah Brasher “I think it’s important to have a place
be regulars for a few years, disappear, Lombardi says. “Patrons are the same to go. We had lots of fights in here.” was managing then but was just doing it to call your own instead of depending
then come back years later. and know what to expect. There’s fun Carroll sees signs of that era in to help out and didn’t feel it was her call- on the kindness of the Helix or, you
“Let me tell you how the women dance music and the occasional ran- today’s younger lesbians. ing. Lombardi sensed major potential know, a men’s bar, or Apex, or whatev-
work,” Carroll says with a knowing dom indie song. Drink prices are “Girls have changed over the years,” and brought the bar into the ’00s. She er,” she says. “This is your bar.”
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dcagenda lgbt nightlife guide
washington, dc The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date
to the 1960s. Features billiards, regular
1836 18th St., NW
30 DEGREES tournaments and other special events. Washington, DC 20009
1639 R St., NW Located near the convention center, two 202-483-1483
Washington, DC 20009 blocks north of Gallery Place Metro. Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant
202-462-6569 popular with both men and women. DELTA ELITE
In Dupont Circle area; popular with men 3734 10th St. NE MIXTAPE
but check schedule for other events. Washington, DC 20017 Different locations
1409 14th St., NW Longtime bar popular with African- Alternative dance party for queer men and
Washington, DC 20005 American men in Brookland neighbor- women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie
202-265-3055 hood; hosts regular ladies night. Check rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check
Logan Circle area restaurant and bar web site for special events. web site for 2010 schedule of events.
(Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the
theater crowd and featuring open-mike DIK BAR MOVA
nights, karaoke and other special events. 1637 17th St., NW 1435 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20005
ACADEMY OF 202-328-0100 202-797-9730
WASHINGTON In Dupont Circle area, above Dupont Trendy Logan Circle bar and lounge
Longtime organizers of drag events in the Italian Kitchen. popular with men features regular happy
city; most events held at Ziegfeld’s. See hour and other specials. Formerly known
web site for full list of upcoming events. DUPLEX DINER as Halo, MOVA re-launched in early
2004 18th St., NW 2010 as a environmentally friendly bar
ANNIE’S Washington, DC 20009 with an emphasis on community service.
1609 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-265-9599 NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR Motley Bar Photo by Joe Tresh
202-232-0395 Popular restaurant and bar in the Adams 900 U St., NW
In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime Morgan area; happy hour specials and Washington, DC 20001
restaurant and steakhouse with recently many other special events. See web site 202-332-6355
renovated Upstairs Lounge. for updated schedule. crowd, though welcoming to women


Sports bar featuring poker events, drag
bingo, trivia contests and other specials.
baltimore and straight patrons.

1415 22nd St., NW 1318 9th St., NW Popular bar with massive outdoor deck 1722 LEON’S/
Washington, DC 20037 Washington, DC 20001 and plenty of TVs for watching sports. 1722 N. Charles St. TYSON PLACE
202-296-0505 202-341-8281 • 202-642-4537 Baltimore, MD 21201 870 Park Ave. • OMEGA Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts Baltimore, MD 21201
In Dupont Circle area; popular with men, but 2122 P St., NW a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly. 410-539-4993
check schedule regularly for other events. Funky, edgy neighborhood lounge in Washington, DC 20036
Logan Circle with special events galore. 202-223-4917 BALTIMORE EAGLE In business for more than 50 years,
BACHELOR’S MILL Popular with men and women; features 2002 N. Charles St. Leon’s is the oldest gay bar in Baltimore
1104 8th St., SE dancing, videos. Check web site for Dupont Circle area bar and club popular Baltimore, MD 21218 and among the oldest in the country.
Washington, DC 20003 event schedule. with men featuring dancing, drag and 410-82-EAGLE Friendly bar with jukebox gets especial-
202-544-1931 other special events. Longtime Levi/leather bar not far from ly busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place
Longtime bar popular with African- FAB LOUNGE Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, bil- is a restaurant bar located behind
American men in Capitol Hill area. 1805 Connecticut Ave., NW PHASE 1 liards, outdoor patio, videos and a full Leon’s with a separate entrance.
Washington, DC 20009 525 8th St., SE store for your leather needs. Mostly
BANANA CAFÉ 202-797-1122 Washington, DC 20003 men, but welcoming to women. PORT IN A STORM
500 8th St., SE 4330 E. Lombard St.
Washington, DC 20003 In Dupont Circle area; popular with men CLUB PHOENIX Baltimore, MD 21224
202-543-5906 but hosts regular women’s events. The Phase opened in 1970 and remains 1 W. Biddle St. 410-534-0014 a popular lesbian bar and club. Features Baltimore, MD 21201 Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets
Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and FIREPLACE regular special events, including Jell-O 410-837-3906 especially popular when the Ravens
bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men 2161 P St., NW wrestling, 80s theme nights and more. Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar play. Features billiards, music and more.
and women. Features Cuban, Mexican Washington, DC 20037 Check web site for details. attracts men and women; friendly service.
and Puerto Rican cuisine. 202-293-1293 QUEST
In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar REMINGTONS DRINKERY 3607 Fleet St.
BLOWOFF popular with men. 639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 205 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21224
815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20003 Baltimore, MD 21201 410-563-2617
Washington, DC 20001 GREEN LANTERN 202-543-3113 410-225-3100 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown 1335 Green Court, NW Another of Baltimore’s friendly neighbor- area is popular with men and women
Created by musicians Bob Mould and Washington, DC 20005 hood bars in Mount Vernon featuring bil- and offers billiards.
Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol liards, jukebox and welcoming service.
dance event popular with men. Events are Hill neighborhood with more than 6,000 SAPPHOS
held in clubs around the country; D.C.’s Friendly bar for men hosts regular happy square feet of space for dancing and billiards. GALLERY 1001 N. Charles St.
Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club in hours and special events, including One half block west of Eastern Market Metro. 1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201
the popular U Street corridor. karaoke and shirtless drink special Baltimore, MD 21201 410-752-7133
nights. Check web site for details. TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE 410-539-6965
B.O.I. PRODUCTIONS McPherson Square Metro. 2009 8th St., NW Longtime bar and restaurant popular Part of the Grand Central complex, Washington, DC 20001 with African-American clientele. Sappho’s attracts a lesbian crowd and
Organizes regular women’s events around JACK’S 202-234-TOWN offers comfy couches, outdoor patio
town. Check web site for updated information. 1527 17th St., NW GRAND CENTRAL and more in its second floor location.
Washington, DC 20036 Dance club and bar popular with men 1001 N. Charles St.
1639 R St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Dupont Circle area restaurant popular
and women, features regular drag per-
formances. U Street Metro.
Baltimore, MD 21201
northern va
202-462-6569 with men and women. ULTRABAR Large entertainment complex featuring FREDDIE’S BEACH BAR 911 F St., NW friendly pub, lesbian bar Sappho’s upstairs 555 23rd St. South
In Dupont Circle area; part of complex JR.’S Washington, DC 20004 and a dance club on the first floor. Arlington, VA 22202
of LGBT businesses at this address, 1519 17th St., NW 703-685-0555
including Level One restaurant on street Washington, DC 20036 HIPPO Freddie Lutz’s Virginia establishment
level and 30 Degrees bar. 202-328-0090 Large dance club with gay-friendly 1 W. Eager St. includes a restaurant and friendly bar, events and vibe located downtown near Baltimore, MD 21201 regular specials and is popular with
CREW CLUB Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area Metro Center. 410-547-0069 men and women. Crystal City Metro.
1321 14th St., NW bar popular with men; videos, regular
Washington, DC 20005
special events.

1824 Half St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
Large club popular with men and
women featuring billiards, top
DJs/dancing, karaoke, videos and
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DC EAGLE Every night is ladies night at Lace; fea- es, large dance floor and many regular 225 W. Read St.
639 New York Ave., NW tures regular special events for women special events, contests and more. Large Baltimore, MD 21201 Restaurant and bar is popular with gay
Washington, DC 20001 in Brookland neighborhood. Check web parking lot available; located in 410-225-0188 and lesbian sports fans and is known
202-347-6025 site for details on happy hour specials. Buzzard’s Point warehouse district. Piano bar attracts a mostly male for its superb burgers.
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