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Locals like Tia Terchila Rep. Eric Massa's Gov. Bob McDonnell,
prep for a prom night sudden resignation Va. college students
do-over at 4th annual raises questions about react to att'y general’s
Capital Queer Prom. his sexual orientation. recent anti-gay attack.
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‘Today was like a dream for me’

D.C. couples, politicians before a barrage of clicking cameras.
“Today was like a dream for me,”
celebrate arrival of Young said after the ceremony. “I always
felt like it would come true. But it’s here
same-sex marriage now, and it’s really real, we want to thank
everyone who made this possible.”
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Next to exchange their wedding vows at the ceremony were Reginald
Stanley and Rocky Galloway, both 50.
Under the watchful eye of nearly As Rev. Sylvia Sumter performed the
two-dozen television cameras and wedding, the couples’ two 16-month-
news photographers, three same-sex old daughters watched with interest as
couples exchanged wedding vows they were held in the arms of two adult
Tuesday morning before about 150 family members just a few feet away.
guests at a ceremony held less than The last of the three couples to
a mile from the White House. marry during the HRC ceremony
The weddings, held at the Human were Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and
Rights Campaign headquarters, Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes, mem-
were among the first to take place bers of the Metropolitan Community
after the city’s same-sex marriage Church of Washington, which has a
law took effect last week. mostly gay congregation. Rev. DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
D.C. residents Angelisa Young, 47, Dwayne Johnson, pastor of the
and Sinjoyla Townsend, 41, who have church, performed the marriage. Rev. Elder Darlene Garner (left) and Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes were married Tuesday at the Human Rights
been a couple for 12 years, were the Campaign headquarters by Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of Metropolitan Community Churches, Washington.
first to say “I do” after exchanging rings Continues on page 14

Wone hearing to address S&M

Defense team says Visit for updates
devices have no on today's Wone hearing.
relevance to case The three have been indicted on
charges of obstruction of justice, conspir-
politicalagenda By LOU CHIBBARO JR. acy to obstruct justice, and evidence tam-
Joe Novotny enjoying role as openly gay 'voice' of pering in connection with Wone’s August
2006 stabbing death inside their house
the U.S. House of Representatives. Page 10 A prosecutors’ request to introduce near Dupont Circle. Authorities have yet
evidence that police found a collection to charge anyone with the murder.
of S&M devices in the home of three The men have pleaded not guilty to
gay men implicated in the 2006 murder the charges and have said an unknown
of Washington attorney Robert Wone intruder killed Wone after entering their
was expected to be debated Friday dur- home through a rear door while they
ing a D.C. Superior Court hearing. slept in their respective bedrooms.
The hearing follows a prosecu- According to the prosecutors’ filing
tors’ February court filing seeking last month, the new evidence includes
permission to submit evidence at a collection of sex toys and S&M
Photo courtesy of Radio Free Asia
trial alleging that defendants Joseph books and manuals seized from the
Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan defendants’ home. Some of the Washington attorney Robert Wone
socialagenda Ward engaged in “conduct” not iden-
tified in the charges pending against
devices are used to tie and restrain
someone engaged in S&M activity
was killed in August 2006. Three gay
men face charges in connection with
Nicholas Rodriguez, gay star of Arena’s ‘Piazza,’ them that could further link them to while other devices seized are used to the case, but authorities have yet to
headed to big screen in ‘Sex and the City 2.’ Page 28 the murder. The trial is scheduled to charge anyone with the murder.
begin May 10. Continues on page 6
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Uncertainty remains after Md. marriage opiniondon’t think it’s necessary for them to been recognized in Maryland courts. and making funeral decisions. Gansler’s opinion was constitutionally
Attorney general’s do the right thing.” “That would be one of the really Jana Singer, a University of valid and the attorney general could not
finding brings more Family law contains several rights
and administrative advantages
interesting questions,” she said. “If
the second parent hasn’t adopted the
Maryland law school professor, said
the attorney general’s opinion was
be removed from office for issuing it.
Friedman wrote to House Speaker
questions than answers reserved for married couples and child, [would] the court give legal legally sound and would be treated Michael Busch this week regarding the
designed to protect families in the guardianship or legal authority to the with greater weight than an ordinary powers of attorney general after state
By HARLEY DENNETT event of divorce. If the courts choose non-biological parent? That’s a “friend of the court” brief. Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel
Special to DC Agenda to recognize Gansler’s opinion, remaining question that isn’t as clear She said that one case could be County) threatened impeachment pro-
same-sex married couples would under the family law statute. all that is required to clarify the issue, ceedings against Gansler.
Even the experts are uncertain have access to family breakdown “I would suspect that in the law in or it could take many cases in differ- The American Civil Liberties
how Maryland courts will now treat services, child support, alimony and the state where the couple was mar- ent areas of law. Union of Maryland is standing in
legally married same-sex couples. division of marital property. ried, both parents would be seen as “If they decide to be narrower, they support of Gansler’s opinion saying
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) promised Other safety-net statutes that are the child’s parent. If that’s the case, could say within this particular statute, the state should recognize out-of-
state agencies would comply with currently available to same-sex fami- then Maryland would honor that. But Maryland law extends recognition in state same-sex marriages due to
Attorney General Doug Gansler’s lies but made easier with legal mar- the courts have chosen not to follow this context,” Singer said. “It’s more the doctrine of comity, in which con-
finding two weeks ago that Maryland riage recognition include child-in-need the de facto parent doctrine, so there likely that we’ll get a broader opinion tracts are valid anywhere in the
may legally recognize out-of-state and civil protection orders in the event are certainly areas of law that the where they say recognition applies United States if they are valid in the
same-sex marriages. of neglect or domestic violence. court has taken pretty strident stand widely to Maryland law statutes.” state they were created.
But circuit courts that handle fam- But it gets more complex during on with regard to same-sex couples Equality Maryland’s study of state “Unless and until something con-
ily violence protection orders and the creation of a family. Stepchild raising children already.” law found 425 statutes that utilize mar- trary is said, same-sex families should
divorce cases are not bound by adoption would be significantly Other areas of law where courts ital status of familial relationship as a consider themselves married in the
O’Malley’s directive and must consid- streamlined for married same-sex extend benefits to married couples, basis for granting a right, privilege or state of Maryland and expect to be
er the opinion on its own merits, couples, Babb said, but not all mar- such as the establishment of trusts, restriction. Such restrictions, where a treated as such,” said David Rocah,
according to several legal experts riage certificates are equal. wrongful death suits, presumptive spouse has fewer rights than an indi- staff attorney for ACLU of Maryland.
who spoke with DC Agenda. “Although Maryland currently claims on estates, mutual debt respon- vidual, include conflict of interest prohi- “But it will take some time for it to be
“It’s certainly their prerogative authorizes second-parent adoption, sibility and spousal legal immunities, bitions on areas like awarding of con- clear what rights are extended to them.
whether to follow that. I would like to it would be very clear — assuming also are dependent on whether courts tracts to family members, corporate All of the things couples did to protect
think the courts would accept the the judges follow the attorney gener- accept Gansler’s opinion. directorship limitations and exemptions their families, they should continue to
opinion, but we don’t know,” said al’s opinion,” she said. A further set of rights for married from first right of purchase. do, in addition to expecting to be treat-
Barbara Babb, director of the But children who have not been for- couples required of third parties are Dan Friedman, Gansler’s counsel ed like the married couples they are.”
University of Baltimore’s Center for mally adopted by their non-biological automatic in theory, but may ultimately and a former University of Maryland ACLU, Lambda Legal and Equality
Families, Children and the Courts. parent could be left in legal limbo, have to be decided by courts, such as professor of constitutional law, was Maryland have created an informa-
“Legislative direction would cer- Babb said, because presumptive par- extending health insurance benefits to unable to speak publicly on how the tional sheet on the issue and are pub-
tainly be a help to the courts, but I enting rights have not traditionally a spouse, the right to hospital visitation courts should rule, but said that lishing it online at

Virginia colleges mum on Cuccinelli letter ty, said some schools would defy the With most students away from
Student groups push request if they could, but they would campus on spring break, Kaye said
back against anti-gay face significant political pressure to
comply with the current administration.
campaigning on the issue has been
largely performed online, with a par-
attorney general Campus groups, meanwhile, have ticular focus on Facebook and e-
begun campaigns asking school mail. He wondered if the letter’s tim-
By HARLEY DENNETT administrators to ignore Cuccinelli’s ing was deliberate to avoid a more
Special to DC Agenda directive. University of Virginia’s robust student backlash.
Queer & Allied Activism group began For his part, Cuccinelli took to local
Public colleges and universities in by uploading to Facebook photos of airwaves this week to defend his
Virginia were considering their options the attorney general that were doc- advice to schools. He said his letter
this week after state Attorney General tored to poke fun at him. was consistent with opinions of the
Ken Cuccinelli declared their policies bar- Inspired by the grammatically incor- state’s previous five attorneys general,
ring discrimination against gays illegal. rect lolcatz pictures, some photos of which included three Democrats.
Many student and LGBT groups Cuccinelli included the words “In ur AG But on his Twitter profile,
mobilized against Cuccinelli’s letter office … hatin’ on ur gays” and “Gays? Cuccinelli was less cautious: “Still
March 4 to 40 school presidents, which We don’t have them in my state.” much sound and fury about simply
says the institutions cannot treat sexu- One group on Facebook that stood stating what the law is now and has
al orientation, gender identity and gen- against Cuccinelli’s letter, “We Don’t been pretty much forever in Virginia
der expression as protected classes in Want Discrimination in Our State … but on a touchy subject.”
non-discrimination policies. But the Universities and Colleges,” gathered Fears that the Republican would
schools largely reserved comment. more than 4,000 members within days. use his office to advance a socially
Photo courtesy of McDonnell’s office
Only one major institution, Virginia Seth Kaye, a second year engi- conservative agenda, rather than
Commonwealth University, released One week after Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli declared college policies neering student at UVA and member merely advise on law, were expressed
before DC Agenda deadline any official barring discrimination against gays illegal, a spokesperson for Gov. Bob McDonnell coordinator of Queer & Allied as early as his campaign launch,
statement, but it said only that students, said the governor expects ‘no Virginia college or university, or any other state agency, Activism, said he felt hurt by the including from vocal members of the
faculty and staff would be consulted. will engage in discrimination of any kind.’ attorney general’s attack and wanted Log Cabin Republicans of Virginia.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) seemed to to know why anyone thought it was “Just as we feared, Mr. Cuccinelli
offer the schools a small reprieve earlier Virginia college or university, or any who wrote the thesis from 20 years acceptable to go after LGBT people. is becoming an embarrassment to
this week. A spokesperson affirmed the other state agency, will engage in ago,” Blair said, referring to past writ- “I don’t understand how that can the entire state with his extreme
governor’s view that only the General discrimination of any kind.” ings where the governor opposed gay pass a rational basis test,” Kaye said. views on this issue,” said David
Assembly can extend anti-discrimina- Equality Virginia CEO Jon Blair rights. “I think if he fails to act on this, “It seems totally biased.” Lampo, vice president of the Log
tion protections to a new class, a view called on McDonnell to prove his he’s proven exactly which one he is.” UVA was making significant Cabin Republican Club of Virginia.
consistent with Cuccinelli’s advice. stance against discrimination by ask- On Tuesday, the state House voted improvements toward offering services “We call on Virginia’s state colleges
But the spokesperson, Tucker ing the General Assembly to send down a motion to force a vote on the to LGBT students, Kaye said, including and universities to resist this outra-
Martin, noted executive branch him a bill adding sexual orientation to bill that would have added sexual ori- starting a queer studies minor program geous demand and to continue their
appointments to school boards the state’s policy. entation to the state’s non-discrimina- and a new gay fraternity. policies of hiring and firing on the basis
would not focus on this issue. “Attorney General Cuccinelli’s letter tion laws. The measure failed 55-42. “I hope the universities all come of merit rather than sexual orientation,
“The governor will appoint board was Gov. McDonnell’s opportunity to The bill previously passed the state together and say we’re not going to fol- and we call on Gov. McDonnell to end
members based solely on their abili- prove whether he was the Robert Senate, but did not make it out of sub- low this order,” he said. “Hopefully, if this legal limbo for gay and lesbian
ty and on their strong commitment to McDonnell who said through his entire committee in the House. the state sues them, it turns out in our state employees by supporting a bill to
educational excellence in Virginia. campaign that he opposed discrimina- One university’s diversity coordina- favor and maybe [we] even get sexual outlaw employment discrimination on
The governor expects that no tion or he was the Robert McDonnell tor, who spoke on condition of anonymi- orientation as a protected class.” the basis of sexual orientation.”
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D.C. schools get incomplete score on LGBT youth survey

Low response rate Mariner said that identifying LGBT
participants in the survey enables the
return of the survey questionnaires
means the data cannot be “weighted,”
means data not community to assess the problems precluding it from being compared
LGBT youth face and develop ways to against data from other cities and
fully representative address those problems. states. He noted that the data can still
Among the core topics included in be used for some purposes.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. the survey questionnaire that seek to “We’re still going to be reporting it identify “health-risk behaviors among as un-weighted data,” he said. “It does-
youth” are: unintentional injuries and n’t mean we won’t be able to use the
A survey of risky behavior by D.C. violence, tobacco use, alcohol and data to make the case for grant fund-
youth, including LGBT youth, was so other drug use, sexual behavior, ing. It just means you won’t be able to
flawed that its data cannot be weighted, unhealthy dietary behavior and men- compare it to other states and districts.”
hindering local groups as they work to tal health issues. But Hunter said that un-weighted
help gay students and fight HIV. Mariner and Tenner said the lack of data only “provides a snapshot of
Leaders of two groups that provide sufficient data from D.C. students in what’s going on among the students
services to LGBT youth told a D.C. City the 2009 survey creates a four-year that were surveyed.”
Council hearing March 5 that the Office gap in assessing the needs of local She said the data cannot be used to
of the State Superintendent of LGBT youth because the results of the extrapolate the behavior of the entire
Education, known as OSSE, failed to next survey, set for 2011, won’t be student population. Only “weighted
ensure a required 60 percent response processed and released until 2012. data,” which is obtained from a
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
rate for the survey among city middle Chad Colby, an OSSE spokesper- response rate of 60 percent or greater,
and high school students. Adam Tenner, executive director of Metro Teen AIDS, said the survey's low response son, said that although the office is in can be used to assess the behavior of
That failure, the group leaders said, rate would adversely impact his group's ability to assess the needs of LGBT youth. charge of coordinating the youth sur- the larger population group, she said.
led federal officials to declare D.C. data vey, it is administered by the city’s pub- Tenner said CDC officials told him
for the biennial Youth Risk Behavior to understand the scope of problems tion of local community groups, lic school system. Colby did not know the D.C. survey response rate was 36
Surveillance Survey nothing more than facing youth living in D.C.” including LGBT organizations, D.C. why school officials didn’t arrange for percent for high school students and
a snapshot of student behavior rather A spokesperson for the U.S. Centers school officials agreed to add a more students to take the survey. A 54 percent for middle school students.
than an indicator of trends. for Disease Control & Prevention, question to the 2007 survey that school spokesperson could not be “Many of us use the Youth Risk
Andrew Barnett, executive direc- which created and funds the survey, gave student respondents an oppor- immediately reached for comment. Behavior Survey for our programs
tor of the Sexual Minority Youth said the CDC conducts a national ver- tunity to disclose whether they were Colby noted that the survey was “in and our grants,” Tenner said in an e-
Assistance League, and Adam sion of the survey by sampling about gay, lesbian or bisexual. the field” before OSSE’s new director, mail to local activists. “From a city-
Tenner, executive director of Metro 15,000 high school students in schools In response to a recommendation Kerri Briggs, was appointed to her wide perspective, many of us were
Teen AIDS, said the loss would throughout the country. of the same coalition, OSSE agreed post as the city’s State Superintendent excited to use YRBS data to objec-
adversely impact their groups’ ability Karen Hunter, the spokesperson, to add another question for the 2009 of Education last year. tively measure the city’s effort to
to assess the needs of LGBT youth. said the CDC also arranges for states, survey enabling respondents to dis- A fact sheet he released about improve the health of its youth and to
“This gap in data presents a counties and cities to conduct their own close whether they are transgender. OSSE’s views on the survey also highlight the challenges that remain.”
tremendous loss to SMYAL and the version of the survey using a set of The LGBT questions are expected to says that the survey is not legally He called on OSSE to present a
LGBTQ youth of D.C.,” Barnett told “core” questions established by the be part of all future surveys. mandated. “Therefore, school dis- written plan on how the agency will
Council Chair Vincent Gray (D-At CDC as well as additional questions “This was incredibly important,” tricts are not legally required to com- ensure that the 2011 survey is prop-
Large), who presided over the hear- deemed important by local jurisdictions. said David Mariner, executive director plete the survey,” says the fact sheet. erly implemented “with adequate stu-
ing. “We rely on the [survey results] At the recommendation of a coali- of the D.C. LGBT Community Center. Colby said the lack of a 60 percent dent and school participation.”

Defendants in Wone case seek separate trials

Continued from page 1 Among the items seized from the Investigators said Wone, 32, who lacked evidence to charge anyone with using a key that Joseph Price had given
Swann Street home of the three was a college friend of Price, spent the murder itself. But for the first time, Michael Price sometime earlier. At the
administer an electric shock to a per- men, according to the prosecutors fil- the night at the men’s home after they say that they believe “the killer is time, police said they had no evidence
son’s genitals, the prosecutors say. ing, are “floggers,” “assorted dildos,” working late in his downtown office. someone known to and being protect- to link the burglary to the murder.
While noting that these devices are “scrotal harness with weight attach- Wone was married to a woman and ed by” Price, Zaborsky and Ward. In their court filing last month, prose-
not illegal and their use does not con- ments,” and devices designed to lived in Oakton, Va. Family members “Given the sophistication and suc- cutors say they found that Michael Price
stitute a crime, prosecutors say in the administer an electric shock to vari- have said he was straight. cess of the defendants’ cover-up of had been enrolled in a course at
court filing that “said evidence clearly ous parts of someone’s body, includ- Price and Zaborsky, who are the murder of Robert Wone, the evi- Montgomery College, studying to be a
passes” federal rules of evidence “as ing the penis and anal area. domestic partners, and Ward told dence obtained to date does not yet phlebotomist from June through August
its probative value is exceedingly high The 39-page defense filing, among police an intruder killed Wone after establish beyond a reasonable doubt of 2006. A phlebotomist is trained to
and the prejudicial effect is quite low.” other things, disputes an assertion by entering the home while they were who actually killed Robert Wone,” draw blood from patients at hospitals or
Police have said Wone was prosecutors’ that an autopsy finding asleep in their respective bedrooms. says the court filing. other medical facilities through the use
restrained, immobilized with a paralytic traces of Wone’s own semen inside Police and prosecutors dispute that “Although the government investi- of special hypodermic needles.
drug, sexually assaulted and then his rectum and on his genitals is evi- claim, saying there’s no evidence of a gation into the murder continues, there “Course attendance records reflect
stabbed to death, most likely in a guest dence that he was sexually assaulted break-in. They point to an autopsy is ample admissible evidence demon- that Michael Price attended each and
bedroom in the upscale townhouse before being murdered. Defense showing Wone suffered from three strating the killer is someone known to every scheduled class beginning on
where the three men lived at the time. attorneys say in their filing that they “clean,” surgical-like stab wounds, with the defendants, and not, as the defen- June 7, 2006, and running through
Legal observers say the request to will present testimony at trial by no signs of struggle. They also have dants told the police, an unknown, July 31, 2006,” the government filing
use the S&M devices as evidence at expert witnesses showing that the said the autopsy indicates the wounds unseen, unheard, phantom intruder says. “However, those same records
trial suggests that prosecutors might traces of Wone’s semen on his body could only have been inflicted if Wone who entered without force, took noth- reflect that the first time he missed
use it to develop a possible motive for did not contain any sperm cells. was immobilized by a drug. ing from the home, went to the farthest class was on Aug. 2, 2006, the night
the murder that the defense claims is The lack of sperm cells indicates But the defense team says in its reaches of the second floor of the Robert Wone was killed.”
lacking in the government’s case. that the semen found on the body court filings that the autopsy and home, stabbed Robert Wone (while The filing adds in a footnote, “It should
But in a separate court filing in was due to a normal discharge of chemical tests of the body have not Robert Wone lay immobile), and then be noted that Michael Price’s partner,
February, defense attorneys accuse pros- various bodily fluids including urine found any traces of a paralytic drug, fled without a sound and without tak- Louis Hinton, provided an alibi for
ecutors of seeking to use the S&M and seminal fluids that occurs when and it disputes the government’s claim ing any item from the home or disturb- Michael Price at the time of the murder.”
devices, which the defense labels “erotic men die and internal muscles relax, that such drugs quickly dissipate with- ing anything therein,” it says. In a related development, defense
accessories,” as sensational and inflam- the defense filing says. in the body and can’t be found by The government’s filing also for the attorneys last week filed motions
matory “evidence” that has no relevance to “There were no obvious, external chemical tests. The defense filing does first time suggests that Joseph Price’s asking that the case against Joseph
the case and that would prejudice the jury. signs of sexual assault, restraint or not address the issue of the “clean” brother, Michael Price, could be a person Price, Zaborsky and Ward be “sev-
“Here there is no evidence that electro-torture,” says the defense fil- stab wounds that prosecutors say of interest linked to the Wone murder. ered” so that each one would have a
Wone was restrained in any fashion ing. “Indeed, the government itself could only happen if a person is immo- In October 2006, two months after separate trial.
and absolutely no evidence that any did not claim that Wone was sexually bilized by an anesthesia-type drug. the murder, D.C. police arrested Michael These and the filings by prosecu-
one of the erotic accessories was assaulted until after the FBI tested Killer ‘known to’ men? Price and an accomplice on a charge of tors seeking to introduce the S&M-
used on Wone for any purpose, never the forensic swabs [of Wone’s genital In their Feb. 5 court filing, which was burglarizing the Swann Street home related evidence were expected to
mind in connection with his death,” and anal areas] more than two years made public Feb. 15, prosecutors reit- where the murder took place, saying be debated at Friday’s court status
defense attorneys say in their filing. after Wone’s death,” it says. erate earlier statements that they they entered the then vacant home hearing before Judge Lynn Leibovitz.
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Photo courtesy of Massa for Congress

Former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, shown here in an undated campaign photo, resigned from Congress
amid reports that he’s under investigation for allegedly groping male staffers.

Massa denies reports that he

sexually groped male staffers
Want a subscription to Former congressman “There had been a rumor, but just that, no formal
notification to our office that anything — a one,
dcagenda? allegedly exhibited two, three person removed rumor that had been
reported to Mr. Hoyer’s office that had been
‘a pattern of behavior’ reported to my staff, which they didn’t report to
Contact me, because, you know what? This is rumor city.
By CHRIS JOHNSON Every single day there are rumors. I have a job to
Robbie Barnett at do and not to be the receiver of rumors.”
LaSalvia compared the Massa situation to A New York lawmaker who resigned from the outing of former Republican lawmaker Mark
Congress has been under investigation for Foley in 2006. The revelation of Foley’s behavior
allegedly groping male staffers, according to a in that election year symbolized the sense at the
media report, raising questions about his sex- time that Republicans were out of control.
ual orientation. “Certainly there are allegations of inappro-
Allegations that former Democratic Rep. priate conduct with junior staffers and interns,”
Eric Massa, who resigned Tuesday, had sexu- LaSalvia said. “That’s similar to what hap-
ally harassed a male staffer emerged last pened in 2006.”
week, and the Washington Post reported this But Lane Hudson, a gay D.C. activist known
week that the House ethics committee has for his role in outing Foley, said the Massa sit-
been investigating the first-term congressman uation doesn’t compare with the outing of the
for allegedly groping multiple men on his staff. GOP lawmaker. He commended Democratic
One source told the Post that the allegations leadership for taking action.
surrounding the former lawmaker, whom DC “Anyone who compares Eric Massa to Mark
Agenda couldn’t immediately reach for comment, Foley is trying to further their own personal or
have continued for at least one year and involve political agenda,” Hudson said. “Even if all of
“a pattern of behavior and physical harassment.” the allegations thus far are true, it is still no
Last week, the House ethics committee comparison. Democratic leadership did the
acknowledged it was pursuing an investigation proper thing, which was to refer it to the Ethics
of Massa, although the focus of their efforts Committee for investigation. That’s a far cry
weren’t made public. The committee didn’t from Republican leadership covering up
respond to multiple requests from DC Agenda Foley’s indiscretions for years.”
to comment on the investigation. What kind of impact this news will have on
According to the Post, Massa’s former the November elections remains to be seen.
deputy chief of staff, Ron Hikel, provided the LaSalvia said the potential impact of the alle-
information about the staffers’ allegations to gations would become more apparent as more
the House ethics committee three weeks ago. information is revealed.
Hikel had earlier consulted House Majority “The culture of corruption, I guess, is a
Leader Steny Hoyer’s office about the com- cliché term that we hear about in Washington,
plaints, the Post reported, and was urged to and this is certainly an abuse of power by a
report the allegations to the committee. Democrat,” he said. “There will be implications
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of at the ballot box. Whether that spreads beyond
GOProud, a gay conservative group, said the his district in New York is yet to be determined.”
Post’s reporting that the allegations go back at But Hudson discounted the impact this
least one year raises questions about how long investigation would have on the November
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic elections and said Democrats would find elec-
leadership knew about this behavior without toral victory if they enacted their campaign
taking any action. promises from 2008.
“We all know that there are very few secrets on “If the Democratic majority is worried about
Capitol Hill,” he said. “If this inappropriate behavior the November elections, then they are best
was going on for that long, then other members served by focusing on passing the agenda they
and the leadership surely knew about it.” were elected on,” he said.
But in a recent press conference, Pelosi In a Sunday interview on a New York radio
said she was first notified by her staff about the station, Massa characterized his perception of
allegations surrounding Massa on March 3, the alleged sexual harassment and why he
according to a transcript of her remarks. thinks the ethics committee is investigating him.
“I asked my staff, I said, have there been any
rumors about any of this before?” she said. Continues on page 20
march 12, 2010 • 9


Lieberman unveils ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal bill in Senate

Gives Pentagon more Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network, said the Senate bill is identi-
were forced to choose between two
or three roles when they were in the
The lawmakers also said that if they
can’t find the votes this year to overturn
time to implement change cal to House legislation, sponsored by service: working as a cook, or dig- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” they would instead
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), except ging ditches or driving trucks,” Burris try to enact a moratorium on discharges.
than House version the Senate bill gives the Pentagon a said. “That memory is especially During the markup for the defense
longer time for implementation. crisp as I stand here today to bring authorization bill in May, Lieberman
By CHRIS JOHNSON “This bill reflects the fact that the mili- an end to this discriminatory policy.” said the committee would try for a tary wants some time to do the best tran- Gillibrand criticized “Don’t Ask, Don’t vote in the Senate Armed Services
sition possible to open service,” Nix said. Tell” for what she said was its extreme- Committee first on repeal, and if that’s
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) The Senate bill has 11 co-spon- ly harmful impact on the U.S. military. unsuccessful, committee members
introduced a bill last week to repeal “Don’t sors. Many appeared at the press con- “This policy is one of the most corro- would pursue a moratorium.
Ask, Don’t Tell,” all the while acknowledg- ference with Lieberman, including sive, destructive policies to the strength “We’re going to try for a full repeal,”
ing Congress may have to settle with a Senate Armed Services Committee of our armed services, to our military Lieberman said. “If the votes aren’t
moratorium as legislative action this year Chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Sen. Mark readiness, to our national security and there in committee or on the floor, a
as opposed to outright repeal. Udall (D-Colo.), Sen. Roland Burris (D- to the morale of our troops,” she said. moratorium, I think, is a good interim
Lieberman touted the legislation — Ill.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gillibrand said “Don’t Ask, Don’t step and I’ll certainly be open to it.”
the first Senate bill introduced to repeal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Tell” was particularly detrimental to But Nix said his organization is
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — during a press Levin said he’s opposed “Don’t women in the armed services. still pushing for outright repeal this
conference March 3 on Capitol Hill. Ask, Don’t Tell” since before it was She said women represent 17 year as opposed to a moratorium.
“This legislation will repeal the enacted into law in 1993. percent of the armed services, but “I think it’s premature to talk about
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
current policy of discrimination based “It diminishes our readiness, it more than one-third of those the moratorium because we have, as
on sexual orientation in America’s Despite an initial lack of GOP sup- diminishes our strength, it denies us, expelled, including more than one- the chairman said, until May to really
armed forces and offer in its place a port for his bill to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, robs us of the men and women to the half in the Army, are female. focus on full repeal, so let’s try to do
policy of equal opportunity to serve Don’t Tell,’ U.S. Sen. Joseph defense of our country,” he said. Absent among the co-sponsors is that first,” Nix said.
and defend our country,” he said. Lieberman said he anticipates To follow up on the hearing that any Republican senator. Despite this In a statement, Joe Solmonese,
The Military Readiness Enhancement Republican backing for the legislation took place last month, Levin said he’ll initial lack of GOP support, Lieberman president of the Human Rights
Act of 2010 would repeal the 1993 as it moves forward. hold another hearing on gays in the said he anticipates Republican support Campaign, heralded the introduction
law barring gay, lesbian and bisexual military March 18 with an outside for the legislation as it moves forward. of Lieberman’s bill as “continuing the
people from open service in the U.S. 270 days after the bill is enacted. panel of experts. “I believe we’re going to have momentum to repeal ‘Don’t Ask,
military and put a non-discrimination Additionally, the bill would require Burris, who’s black, called the some Republican support in this,” he Don’t Tell’ this year.”
policy in its place. Gates to issue regulations to enact the introduction of the legislation a “very said. “There’s a core group that is “His introduction of the Military
To accomplish repeal, the bill would bill within 60 days of receipt of the personal issue of basic fairness,” openly — that is actively concerned.” Readiness Enhancement Act of
require the Pentagon working group working group’s report, and it requires recalling how his family members While touting the standalone leg- 2010 is a bold, patriotic move that will
considering “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the secretary of each military depart- were once only allowed restricted islation, Lieberman and Levin said long be remembered as key to
submit recommendations on how to ment to revise regulations as needed roles in the U.S. military. the defense authorization bill would removing the stain of the discrimina-
best repeal the law to Defense no later than 60 days after that. “For all their skills, all their talents, be the most likely legislative vehicle tory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law from
Secretary Robert Gates no later than Kevin Nix, spokesperson for the their intelligence and their valor, they to advance repeal. the U.S. code,” he said.
10 • march 12, 2010


Gay man is official ‘voice’ of U.S. House Lorraine Miller, the House clerk and about who I am and it’s always been
Novotny ‘tremendously chamber’s official record keeper. met with understanding and respect.”
proud’ of role as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
appointed Novotny to his role in
But one challenge Novotny has
encountered in his new role is need-
reading clerk December, and he’s served in the posi- ing to recognize all 435 House mem-
tion for six weeks. No newcomer to bers immediately.
By CHRIS JOHNSON Capitol Hill, Novotny was a congres- “Basically you have to learn every sional page when he was 16. For 15 single person by name and by sight,”
years, he was a staffer for the House he said. “If somebody’s coming up and
It’s part of making history. Education & Labor Committee, most you’re at the podium, you’re responsi-
That’s part of the reason Joe recently as chief clerk for the panel. ble for announcing who that member
Novotny enjoys his role as reading Now as someone who sits on the is as they’re voting at the end of the
clerk for the U.S. House. podium with the speaker or speaker vote or announce their changes.”
Just last week, he had the distinc- pro-tempe as lawmakers debate Since his years at George
tion of reading to House members DC Agenda photo by Michael Key bills, Novotny is one of the more visi- Washington University, where he stud-
Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) mes- Joe Novotny, the first openly gay U.S. House reading clerk, reads bills, resolutions ble figures in the House. ied political communications, Novotny
sage announcing his intent to resign and messages from the president to Congress. In a statement, Pelosi highlighted the said he’s had an affinity for politics.
as chair of the Ways & Means importance of Novotny’s job and his “I’ve always been fascinated by pol-
Committee. That message, issued by person to work as a clerk in the U.S. legislative measures before the cham- qualifications for taking on the position. itics,” he said. “I think that people lose
Novotny, went through the media to House. Charged with reading mes- ber are clearly articulated to lawmakers “As reading clerk, Joe will be the voice sight of the fact that politics is not just
reach people across the country. sages to lawmakers and having his per- and the public. He also tracks changes of the House of Representatives and will about policy, it’s about relationships.”
Other milestones in which Novotny formance broadcast across the world to bills made on the House floor. play an integral role in the daily operations Novotny said people “use politics
may soon take part could include the on C-SPAN, Novotny is one of the most “As House reading clerk, you’re of Congress,” she said. “Joe brings his every day in our lives” in relationships
passage of health care reform — or visible figures in House proceedings. responsible for reading all the bills experience and professionalism from the with colleagues, loved ones and friends.
the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “I’m tremendously proud,” he said. “I and resolutions that come up Education & Labor Committee, and we “So, I guess I’m fascinated by
“You just feel the energy when feel like it’s an opportunity to represent throughout the day — and so there are grateful for his service.” relationships that people have and
you walk out on the House floor,” the community. When you think about are all these other letters that come Novotny said his sexual orienta- how everybody uses politics in form
Novotny told DC Agenda. “If there’s a the diversity in this House now — and and messages from the president, tion hasn’t made his job any more or another,” he said.
vote, or even just a heated debate, if the fact that we have the first woman and so you are responsible essen- difficult or impaired relationships with It’s that fascination with politics that
something’s happening — the feeling speaker and we have the first African- tially for reading and representing his colleagues. led him to take a position as staffer on
that you get from that room is proba- American clerk of the House — this is these people,” Novotny said. “I’ve been very, very lucky that the House Education & Labor
bly unlike anything everywhere else sort of a Congress of firsts, so to be a Novotny is one of two reading throughout my career on the Hill, I’ve Committee under the supervision of
that you could really describe.” part of that is a tremendous honor.” clerks for the House. The other read- always been met with people who Chairman George Miller. Novotny said
And yet, Novotny is making history As reading clerk for the House, ing clerk, Susan Cole, was appointed have looked at me pretty much just at leaving his old job to become reading
simply by holding the job. The 34-year- Novotny is charged with reading mes- by Republican leadership. Novotny face value, and it’s never been an clerk was “bittersweet” because Miller
old Chicago native is the first openly gay sages to House members and ensuring and Cole are under the jurisdiction of issue,” he said. “I’ve always been open is “such a great boss.”
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• Traumas • Family Issues “One of the worst things that you can hear when you are lobbying is that ‘no one in my dis-
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Fenty joins couples to celebrate same-sex marriages

Continued from page 1 formed by Judge Brook Hedge. Tuesday was the first day same-sex six of you, but…it is also great step for- Kameny, who is credited with found-
At the same time, D.C. residents marriages could be performed. ward for equality in general, for our ing the city’s LGBT rights movement.
“Today, the love you have is rec- Robb Hawthorne, 24, and James Among those attending the cere- great city…and for our great country.” “This represents a major victory,
ognized by the District of Columbia,” Betz, 23, were married on a plaza mony at the HRC building were D.C. Catania, who called the cere- one that has been in the making for
Johnson said. “I now declare you outside the courthouse by Rev. Council members David Catania (I-At monies “incredibly moving,” drew 35 to 40 years, although back then
legally married.” Bonnie Berger. Hawthorne and Betz, Large), who wrote and took the lead nods of approval when he compared we never remotely thought it would
HRC Vice President David Smith who met while they were students at role in advancing the same-sex mar- them in at least one respect to most really come to pass,” Kameny said.
said the building’s first-floor meeting George Washington University, both riage bill, and Jim Graham (D-Ward other weddings. “And hopefully it sets the tone for
hall, known as the Equality Forum, work at the university’s affiliated clin- 1), a long-time supporter of same-sex “Council member Graham said other victories. This is not the last
has been host to numerous same- ic, Medical Faculty Associates. marriage rights. Both are gay. we all cry at weddings and that was that we need. There are others that
sex commitment ceremonies in the Hawthorne said the two met Berger The two were joined after the cer- especially true today,” Catania said. are in the making, and we’re going to
past and the group was delighted to through her role as a chaplain at emony by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, “This is one of the most profoundly have to continue working on those
provide its facility for some of the first George Washington University Hospital. who stood alongside the newly mar- rewarding experiences I’ve ever had and hopefully with equal success in
same-sex marriages in the District. “We arrived at the courthouse at ried couples to congratulate them the privilege of being a part of.” the very near future.”
But while the three weddings at 3:30 in the morning to get in line,” and talk to reporters. Fenty signed Catania and Graham said they The ceremonies at the HRC build-
the HRC building drew most of the Hawthorne said, noting that the cou- the marriage bill shortly after the City never thought they would see same- ing were sponsored by the Campaign
media spotlight, two other same-sex ple wanted to be among the first to Council passed it 11-2 in December. sex marriage happen in their lifetime. for All D.C. Families and D.C. Clergy
weddings Tuesday morning held at pick up their marriage licenses. “It’s tough to represent a city,” he “There’s been no event in my life United for Marriage Equality, two
the D.C. Superior Court building are The city’s existing marriage law told the couples. “It’s tough to represent that has been more uplifting, more groups that were part of a coalition of
believed to have been the first such requires a waiting period of three busi- a community, and it’s also tough to rep- positive, more affirming than these gay and straight organizations that
marriages to take place under the ness days between the time people resent a nation. But the six of you today three marriages this morning,” lobbied for the same-sex marriage bill.
city’s Religious Freedom & Marriage apply for a marriage license and the do that. Whether you realize it or not, Graham said, “because it says so Rick Imirowicz, 43, and Terrance
Equality Amendment Act. time it is issued by the court. More whether you like it or not, you represent much about human dignity, about valu- Heath, 41, both District residents and
District residents Jeremy Moon, 31, than 200 same-sex couples applied what this entire country is about.” ing each other or who they are and a couple for 10 years, were married
and Bryan Legaspi, 30, both of whom for marriage licenses beginning Fenty added, “As mayor of the nothing less — nothing short of that.” Tuesday afternoon at All Souls
work in the Obama administration, wed March 3, when the same-sex mar- District of Columbia, I cannot be more Also attending the ceremony and Unitarian Church in Northwest D.C.
shortly after the court opened at 8:30 riage law took effect, through March 5, excited or proud to be here. I think this participating in the press conference Rev. Robert Hardies, pastor of the
a.m. in a courtroom ceremony per- according to a court spokesperson. is not only a great step forward for all was veteran D.C. gay activist Frank church, performed the ceremony.
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Pentagon officials outline scope for ‘Don’t Ask’ study

Defense Network, said the hearing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year.
Review due Dec. 1 was “largely process driven,” but it “I’m not here to oppose or support
to focus on military affirmed that there’s still an opportu-
nity for repeal to happen this year.
any congressional action,” he said.
“We’re here to do an exhaustive,
readiness, unit cohesion “Clearly Congressman Patrick Murphy thorough, comprehensive review of
and other members of the subcommittee the impact of repeal of the policy.”
By CHRIS JOHNSON underscored to [Defense Department] Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), ranking General Counsel Johnson and Gen. Ham Republican on the subcommittee, said
that repeal can get done this year as the he maintained some reservations
Officials leading the Pentagon study working group does its job,” he said. regarding the study given its scope.
examining “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” out- A number of lawmakers at the Wilson said he wants the working
lined for lawmakers the general scope hearing asked whether Congress group to examine whether “Don’t
of their work last week, but offered lim- should take legislative action against Ask, Don’t Tell” as it stands under-
ited details and were tight-lipped on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the mines readiness and whether repeal
their personal views of the law. working group’s study is complete. would contribute to military effective-
Both co-chairs of the Pentagon work- Murphy, a Pennsylvania Democrat ness “in measureable ways.”
ing group testified before the House DC Agenda photo by Michael Key who’s sponsoring the House repeal bill, “If the study does not address
Armed Services personnel subcommit- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and others are consid- said if lawmakers were to pass repeal these issues, then its overall credibil-
tee March 3. Jeh Johnson, general ering placing a moratorium on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharges. as part of the upcoming defense ity and usefulness for the congres-
counsel for the Defense Department, authorization bill, it would likely not be sional decision-making process will
and Gen. Carter Ham, commanding at the Pentagon, due for completion Dec. within the Department of Defense, signed until October, which he said be significantly undermined,” he said.
general of U.S. Army Europe, discussed 1, would identify the effects of repeal on active reserve and guard,” Ham said. would give the Pentagon time to review Questioning the need for repealing
how their work would build on President military readiness, unit cohesion, recruit- Ham said he anticipates outreach the process for implementation. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Wilson said
Obama’s call to end the 1993 law bar- ing, retention and military families. through “social media” so that infor- But Johnson said he wasn’t inclined 8,300 service members were dis-
ring gays, lesbians and bisexuals from Johnson and Ham also noted that mation can be gathered from the to endorse legislative action on “Don’t charged under the law from fiscal years
serving openly in the U.S. military. the working group has been broken widest possible pool. Ask, Don’t Tell” before the working group 1999 and 2008. The lawmaker said this
The hearing marked the first time down into four teams: a survey team; “A wide variety of individuals — had a chance to complete its study. number was infinitesimally small given
the House heard testimony on gays a legislative, regulatory and legal both within the Department of Defense “The secretary of defense believes that the military separated about 1.9
in the military since a similar commit- team; a policy development team; and without — who will have views on that we should go about repeal in a million people during that time.
tee hearing took place in 2008. and an education and training team. this matter will have an opportunity for careful methodical way, and first study “That’s about 800 people dis-
Also present was Clifford Stanley, Ham said the working group intends their voice to be heard,” he said. … all of the impacts of repeal on the charged per year, and unless you con-
undersecretary of defense for per- to gather information with “wide out- Still, the witnesses said the work- current policy,” Johnson said. “I would tradict me, it’s not a significant loss
sonnel and readiness. He would reach to get a wide variety of views.” ing group is in its early stages and think that the Congress would like to from an overall [Defense Department]
oversee the implementation of repeal “That survey must be enriched by there was little information to share hear from us first before undertaking manpower perspective,” Wilson said.
at the Pentagon should Congress personal contact — focus groups, if you at this point. to consider repeal.”
overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” will — some of them specifically target- Aubrey Sarvis, executive director Still, Johnson said he wouldn’t advise Story continues at
Witnesses said the study underway ed to specialized groups and families of the Servicemembers Legal Congress what action they should take

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Service chiefs’ opposition could

impair ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal effort
Air Force head says Congress
should not ‘perturb the force’

As the defense budget hearings on Capitol

Hill came to a close, the service chiefs’ oppo-
sition to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before
the Pentagon study is complete — as well as
the effect their views could have on lawmakers
— has become clear.
Discussion of the service chiefs’ positions
peaked March 4 during a Senate Armed Services
Committee hearing on the Air Force budget. Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told
lawmakers he backed the study of “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” underway in the Pentagon, but not leg-
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
islative action at this time to change the law.

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Schwartz said repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Sen. Roland Burris said former Joint Chiefs of
Tell” shouldn’t undermine the effectiveness of Staff Chair Colin Powell ‘probably never’ would
the armed forces and cautioned lawmakers have achieved that rank ‘if we had started study-
against taking legislative action now. ing’ whether blacks should be allowed to serve.
“This is not the time to perturb the force that
is stretched by combat operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan and important missions elsewhere
without due deliberation,” he said.
“We’ve had an African
Schwartz also expressed concern regard- American who’s chairman of
ing “inadequate current scholarship on this
issue” and “insufficient current survey data on the Joint Chiefs ... under this
our airmen and their families.” He also said he program, if we had started
wants to make sure Air Force standards con-
tinue to apply to airmen in the event of “Don’t studying and waiting, Colin
Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. Powell … probably never
“[Defense] Secretary [Robert] Gates’ effort
to carefully evaluate and study this issue is would’ve made it.”
obviously essential to our getting to the right
spot on this,” Schwartz said. Senate, seized on Schwartz’s remarks as evi-
The Air Force chief’s comments mean the dence that military leaders don’t want
chiefs for all four services are urging Congress Congress to change the law.
to refrain from legislative action at this time on “This idea out there that’s being pushed that
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Army Chief of Staff Gen. the service chiefs somehow support — [are]
George Casey, Chief of Naval Operations supporting a campaign promise made by the
Adm. Gary Roughead and Marine Corps president of the United States is obviously not
Commandant Gen. James Conway voiced true,” McCain said.
their opposition in previous testimony. Asked by McCain whether passing a mora-
Standing in contrast to their remarks is tes- torium “would be foolish,” Schwartz replied, “I
timony given last month by Chairman of the think, sir, that any interim change” would not be
Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, who appropriate.
said he personally believes gays should be McCain said he wanted to “congratulate”
allowed to serve openly in the military. the service chiefs for coming out in opposition
The service chiefs’ views also are contrary to both repeal and a moratorium at this time.
to the position of Air Force Secretary Michael “Clearly, a moratorium would be a change in the
Donley, who endorsed both the review and policy — just a backdoor way of doing it,” he said.
repeal during last week’s hearing. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), the spon-
Donley said he supports the review current- sor of repeal legislation in the Senate, attempt-
ly underway at the Pentagon. Noting he was ed to allay Schwartz’s concerns by saying the
involved in the Defense Department when Air Force standard of conduct would remain
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was instituted in 1993, even if “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” were overturned.
Donley said the process put forward by Gates “There must be an understanding that …
“has put us in a much better situation than we standards of conduct of Air Force members,
were in 1993.” and that of members of other services, cannot
Pressed further by Senate Armed Services be altered in any way if ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is
Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on repealed,” he said. “We would be eliminating
whether he supports repeal at this time, one policy, but then everybody in the military
Donley replied, “I do.” has to live by those standards.”
Despite these views, the service chiefs’ Lieberman asked Schwartz whether he
viewpoints could influence lawmakers who cur- believes that service members should be dis-
rently are on the fence on voting for either full charged solely because of their sexual orientation.
repeal or a legislative moratorium. “Sir, I have to tell you that the answer to that
After the hearing, Senate Armed Services question is more complex than ‘yes’ and ‘no,’”
Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told Schwartz said. “It is dependent on the conse-
DC Agenda he believes the service chiefs’ oppo- quences given a change a policy.”
sition would drive how lawmakers would vote on Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) urged Schwartz
either legislative item, but couldn’t say how much. to recall the discrimination that blacks and
“I think it will have some impact,” he said. “I women once faced in the military.
can’t gauge the amount.” “We’ve had an African American who’s
And opponents of repeal are emphasizing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Burris
the service chiefs’ position in their attempt to said. “Now, under this program, if we had start-
keep “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place. ed studying and waiting, Colin Powell … prob-
During the hearing, Sen. John McCain (R- ably never would’ve made it because of the
Ariz.), a leading opponent of repeal in the delays and the understanding.”
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New study finds high HIV, syphilis rates in gay, bi men

determining the rates of disease for strategies for prevention efforts tar-
HIV infection rate men who have sex with men. geting gay and bi men.
44 times greater The analysis defines the estimat-
ed MSM population as the proportion
Rebecca Haag, executive director
of the AIDS Institute, a national advo-
among the group of men who reported engaging in cacy group, said she views the new
same-sex behavior within the past analysis as an example of a more
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. five years. aggressive approach by the Obama “Based on an analysis of national- administration in focusing on the AIDS
ly representative surveys, CDC esti- epidemic’s impact on gay and bi men.
A new analysis released Wednesday mated that MSM comprise 2.0 per- “For nearly eight years before
by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control cent (range: 1.4-2.7 percent) of the this, we did not see an aggressive
& Prevention shows that the rate of overall U.S. population aged 13 and approach in this area under the pre-
new HIV infections among men who older, or 4 percent of the U.S. male vious administration,” Haag said. “So
have sex with men, also referred to as population (range 2.8-5.3 percent),” I see this as very good news.”
MSM, is more than 44 times greater says the summary statement. Haag said AIDS Action and other
than that of other men and 40 times It says the analysis found that the AIDS advocacy organizations are
greater than that of women. range of new HIV diagnoses per looking forward to the Obama admin-
The study also shows that the 100,000 MSM was 522 to 989. By com- istration’s release this spring of a
rate of primary and secondary parison, newly diagnosed HIV cases detailed national HIV strategic plan,
syphilis among MSM is more than 46 came to just 12 per 100,000 for other which, among other things, is expect-
times that of other men and more men and 13 per 100,000 for women. ed to highlight improved prevention
than 71 times that of women. For syphilis, the range of newly programs targeting MSM.
“While the heavy toll of HIV and diagnosed cases for MSM was 91 to Gary Gates, a nationally recog-
syphilis among gay and bisexual men 173 cases per 100,000 compared to nized expert in LGBT population
has been long recognized, this analy- 2 per 100,000 for other men and 1 trends with the Williams Institute, an
sis shows just how stark the health per 100,000 for women. arm of the UCLA School of Law, said
disparities are between this and other “This analysis gives us a clearer the CDC’s 4 percent estimate of the
populations,” said Kevin Fenton, a picture of the continued alarming dis- number of MSM within the U.S. male
physician and director of the CDC’s parities in HIV and syphilis rates that population is consistent with other
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral gay, bisexual and other men who have national population surveys.
Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted sex with men experience compared to He said the CDC’s 2 percent esti-
Diseases & Tuberculosis Prevention. other men and women,” said Rich mate of MSM within the overall U.S.
“It is clear that we will not be able Wolitski, deputy director for behavioral population appears slightly lower
to stop the U.S. HIV epidemic until and social sciences at the CDC’s than the findings in other studies.
every affected community, along with Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Gates noted, however, that other
health officials nationwide, prioritize “These data tell us that health studies have also shown that the per-
the needs of gay and bisexual men departments and community-based centage of MSM in major U.S. urban cen-
with HIV prevention efforts.” organizations, that leaders in the gay ters is far higher than the national figure.
The CDC released the new data community and that leaders in Michael Kharfen, spokesperson
analysis at the 2010 National Sexually African American and Latino commu- for the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration,
Transmitted Disease Prevention nities, as well, all need to recognize said a CDC study of U.S. cities pub-
Conference, which occurred this week the severe impact that the epidemic lished in a medical journal last year
in Atlanta. is continuing to have on the lives of showed that MSM comprised 17 per-
Photo courtesy of CDC
In a statement summarizing the gay and bisexual men in the United cent of D.C.’s male population.
findings of the analysis, the CDC said States,” Wolitski told DC Agenda. He said a D.C. Department of Kevin Fenton of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said a new
its researchers developed an estimate He said the CDC continues to Health study of HIV trends among study shows stark health disparities between gay and bisexual men and other
of the size of the U.S. gay and bisexu- fund local and state HIV prevention MSM in D.C. is expected to be populations.
al male population for the purpose of programs and is developing new released within the next week or two.

Massa denies sexually groping male staffers

Continued from page 8 “On Wednesday, he announced ally groped anyone, Massa replied,
he would not seek reelection “No, no, no.”
According to Roll Call, Massa because of a health problem that he “It doesn’t make any difference
said he believes the ethics inquiry is said was a recurrence of cancer; on what my intentions were, it’s how it’s
based on comments he made dur- Thursday, he said he wasn’t running perceived by the individual who
ing a wedding for one of his staffers. because … of his use of salty lan- receives that action,” Massa said.
The newspaper’s account noted that guage; on Friday, he seemed to “I’m telling you I was wrong. I was
Massa attended the event with take some responsibility for his wrong. ... My behavior was wrong. I
about 250 people, and made actions at a different event,” Gibbs should have never allowed myself to
remarks after he danced with a said. “I don’t know why I would give be as familiar with my staff as I was.”
bridesmaid and sat down at a table any weight to what he said on the Massa’s remarks and the informa-
with several of his staffers. fourth day any more than I would on tion reported by the Washington Post
“One of them looked at me and as the previous three days.” raise the question of whether Massa,
they would do after — I don’t know, In an appearance Tuesday on who’s married to a woman and has
15 gin and tonics, and goodness only conservative commentator Glenn children, is gay or bisexual.
knows how many bottles of cham- Beck’s Fox News program, Massa Mike Rogers, a D.C.-based blog-
pagne — a staff member made an Photo courtesy of Massa for Congress acknowledged he had touched a ger known for outing gay politicians,
intonation to me that maybe I should male staffer, but described it as said he has no information on
be chasing after the bridesmaid and Former Rep. Eric Massa, shown here in a campaign photo, resigned this week. “tickling” and said it wasn’t sexual Massa’s sexual orientation.
his points were clear and his words Asked whether he sexually groped male staffers, Massa replied, 'No, no, no.' behavior. The former lawmaker “He was — when I met him in
were far more colorful than that,” recalled tickling the staffer at a Chicago at [Netroots Nation] — very
Massa was quoted as saying. “And I for me to be there.” of his vote against the House health birthday party. pro-gay,” Rogers said. “Running in a
grabbed the staff member sitting next During the interview, Massa report- care legislation last year. “Now they’re saying I groped a fairly conservative district, he sup-
to me and said, ‘Well, what I really edly added the staff member to whom But Democratic leadership has male staffer,” Massa said. “Yeah, I did. ports axing [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’]”
ought to be doing is fracking you.’” he made the comments never said he disputed that notion. In a press con- Not only did I grope him, I tickled him Massa last year voted for the hate
Massa said he then “tossled the felt uncomfortable. The former law- ference Tuesday, White House until he couldn’t breathe and four guys crimes bill. He was also a co-sponsor
guy’s hair” and left for his room maker also suggested the real pur- Press Secretary Robert Gibbs jumped on top of me. It was my 50th of the Employment Non-Discrimination
because he thought “the party was pose of the inquiry was to remove him called Massa’s accusation “silly and birthday and it was kill the old guy.” Act and the Military Readiness
getting to a point where it wasn’t right from the health care debate because ridiculous.” But when asked whether he sexu- Enhancement Act.
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With thanks for D.C. marriage equality

Today we celebrate, Davis and Rick Rosendall, working
with the support of the Gertrude Stein
Council members Phil Mendelson and
David Catania who worked together to
equality these past 17 years would
have backfired and a Republican-
tomorrow the struggle Democratic Club’s Kurt Vorndran, create today’s bill or Council Chair controlled Congress, with support of
Bradley Lewis, and Mario Acosta and Vincent Gray for his stewardship or Blue Dog Democrats, would have
for equality continues the support of the D.C. Coalition’s Mayor Adrian Fenty for his signature. imposed a forever binding Defense of
Carlene Cheatam, Phillip Pannell and Or the nearly 300 people who came to Marriage Act upon the District. In
By DAVID MEADOWS Sterling Washington to agree with the testify at the longest Council hearing hindsight, I am glad we waited.
strategic decision to incrementally ever held in the District of Columbia. What I can say is that when
It seems like yesterday, when in bring these rights. I wish I could say it was because Osama bin Laden unleashed his
May 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court I wish I could say it was the of the thousands upon thousands of hate upon our nation’s shores, our
ruled that existing marriage laws dis- Foundation for All DC Families’ Peter D.C. LGBT voters and our straight President George W. Bush used the
criminated against gays and lesbians, Rosenstein, Cornelius Baker, Andy allies who helped elect these pro- attack to declare war against Iraq.
a ruling our D.C. Board of Elections & Litsky and Steve Gorman, who quiet- gressive politicians. This initially popular war gradually
Ethics has repeatedly rendered late- ly raised the funds to conduct a poll I wish I could say it was because lost favor with the American public
ly. Coincidentally, it was about this on the issue five years ago. Or the of the commitment from new leaders and opened the door for a young
same time that I started to test my sea late Wanda Alston, who organized like Jeffrey Richardson, Chris Dyer, senator named Barack Obama.
legs in the arena of LGBT politics and the community to defeat a proposed David Mariner, Brian Watson, Paquita I can say thank you President DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
I remember many residents at the ballot referendum back in 2004. I will Wiggins and Tim Mahoney or D.C. for Obama for your unifying message of
time starting to clamor for such rights always fondly remember Wanda’s Marriage’s Michael Crawford, Lane change and hope that not only pro- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
here in the District of Columbia, which passion at that first meeting in the Hudson, Hilary Treat, Donald pelled you into office but helped to cre-
has always been at the forefront of the 16th Street church basement. Hitchcock, Rev. Christine Wiley, Rev. ate the unprecedented “super majority” guarding against potential congression-
gay rights movement. I wish I could say it was because Rainey Cheeks, Rev. Monique Ellison in Congress for the Democratic Party. al intervention that at any time could
Of course, there were such calls of our LGBT business owners like and Nick McCoy who educated our I can say I’m thankful for the conver- overturn D.C. marriage equality or any
for same-sex marriage years before Deacon Maccubbin, Eric Little, Ed residents and faith communities. gence of these events, and within this other progressive legislation passed in
a young and powerful group called Bailey, Babak Movahedi, David I wish I could say it was because two-year window, that enabled the lead- the District of Columbia.
the Human Rights Campaign helped Franco, Eric Hirschfield and David of the men, women and couples who ership of our community and the District We must not let a new Congress
to make this a nationwide issue. I Lewis who generously offered their simply have had the courage to government to work with Del. Eleanor negate this historic law!
wish I could say that these efforts are venues and financial backing. come out to their friends, families Holmes Norton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I ask you to join me in sending a big
what have brought us to this day in I wish I could say it was the local and workplaces in their daily lives — Sen. Harry Reid and many congres- thank you to our District and congres-
which same-sex couples can legally Democratic Party, the Statehood Green an individual act that means more sional staffers — gay and straight alike sional leaders and many other com-
register for marriage licenses in the Party, the leadership of the local than all those listed above. — to offset congressional intervention. munity advocates whose names I have
District of Columbia. Republican Party or the numerous I can’t say these things because, This is why it is more important than not mentioned and I encourage you to
I wish I could say that Harry Hay, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions unfortunately, the residents of the ever for us to continue to advocate for continue to speak out for equality.
Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny and and neighborhood associations District of Columbia are beholden to D.C. voting rights and statehood. We Today we celebrate! Tomorrow we
others laid the foundations for such a that endorsed and lobbied for mar- the will of Congress. If the D.C. gov- need a full voting member in the continue the struggle.
possibility. riage equality. ernment had true legislative autono- Congress of the United States. We
I wish I could say that it was the tire- I wish I could say it was the product my, marriage equality would have need Eleanor Holmes Norton to serve David Meadows is former presi-
less advocacy of Gay & Lesbian of former D.C. Council Chair Arrington become law in this progressive city as a full voting member who can devote dent of the Gertrude Stein Democratic
Activists Alliance's Bob Summersgill, Dixon, who first proposed such legis- years ago. I strongly believe that any her talents to legislative pursuits and Club and a member of the D.C.
Craig Howell, Barrett Brick, Kevin lation more than 30 years ago or earlier attempt to enact full marriage not have to serve in the role of sentry Democratic State Committee.

The following comments were about would not end until AFTER Washington Blade.” I wish you much Since I am not a lawyer nor partic- including Catholics, have no qualms
posted to our web site. Visit dcagen- midterm elections, which, unless the success. — Iver K. Nielsen ularly well versed in the law, I have to whatsoever about falsifying state- to join the conversation. whole world is wrong, means there ask for some help. If a man and ments about homosexual persons,
wouldn’t be enough [votes] in Congrats indeed: those 40 years of woman get married in Massachusetts, despite the cascade of deleterious
Re: “Three gay nominees among Congress open to repeal to make it original photo images are not found in or the Netherlands or Spain, I believe effects like violence and bloodshed. To
the 27 confirmed by U.S. Senate” happen, study or no study. It’s time to any other local archives! It would have that the state of Maryland and all pick up on something another com-
(news story by Chris Johnson) admit Gates played us, regardless of been a shame to have them dis- other states and the District recognize menter said, “they” try to explain how
I’m glad to hear these low-level whether or not it was on Obama’s pensed or thrown away by the court or those marriages as valid. If two men the Bible is literally true except what
appointees finally got their votes in instructions. — Michael any other buyer. — Paul K. Williams or two women marry in a jurisdiction they cherry pick. Our level of tolerance
the Senate, but I really want to see that recognizes such marriages, what for ideological sewage disguised as
Obama appoint an openly gay per- “Played” is right. Gibbs admits to What a great victory for you and legal basis is there for a state to religious belief is inexcusable. I am
son as a cabinet secretary or some the playwriting required of all political the LGBT community! The archives refuse recognition? — Jerry way past caring about their accept-
appointments to the federal judici- theatre when he says, “…we have are priceless in documenting our his- ance, but their tolerance under the
ary. An LGBT member of the cabinet talked to many about the process for tory. — Greg Alexander The LGBT community in Maryland law, I demand. — H. (Bart) Vincelette
or federal judiciary tends to catch this. We have talked to them prior to really needs to run candidates against
people’s attention; whereas a few making some of these announce- Re: “Last hurdle removed to the anti-gay Democrats who sit on key Re: "Conservative Calif. state sen-
appointments to minor positions ments and prior to some of this testi- start of D.C. same-sex marriages” committees and replace them with pro- ator comes out as gay in radio inter-
within the administration doesn’t get mony.” They’ve formulated the play- (news story by Lou Chibbaro Jr.) LGBT Democrats. The Republicans view" (news story by Chris Johnson)
a great deal of attention and accom- book of our lives, and again, it says Excellent! When will this hate mon- (like Del. Dwyer) are almost always I am happy for him that he came
plishes very little for the LGBT com- “WHEN IT COMES TO BASIC gering preacher from Maryland, (the against us, but really, it’s a handful of “out”, but isn’t it hyprcritical that he
munity. I am still waiting for HUMAN RIGHTS IN AMERICA, WE obnoxious Bishop Jackson) buzz off and homophobic Democrats on these com- fought against us for so long and now
Congress to pass the Domestic WILL DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO – let the people of Washington, D.C., mittees that are keeping Maryland all of a sudden we find out he was a
Partnership Benefits & Obligations BUTT OUT.” So, HRC, are you help- decide to do the right thing and allow from recognizing and allowing same- closet case, I think he owes the gay
Act and the Employment Non- ing write the playbook? Or getting same-sex marriage. In fact, I think it’s sex marriage. — Tim community a heartfelt apology. — BJ
Discrimination Act, both of which played by the players? I’m sick of the time for the Maryland General Assembly
would bring significant benefits to playing. What a cesspool Washington to get moving on passing same-sex Re: “Sullivan, Gallagher trade Re: "Filibuster threat makes
the LGBT Community. — Tim is. — Peter the Saint marriage in Maryland. — Tim barbs on marriage at forum” (news ENDA unlikely in 2010" (news story
story by Chris Johnson) by Lou Chibbaro Jr.)
Re: “Gibbs: ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal Re: “Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Re: “Md. may recognize out-of- I grew up Catholic, although I’m no So let me try to understand this
off to ‘strong start’” (news story by Inc. purchases Washington Blade state gay marriages” (news story longer involved in religion. I have no stupidity – people who are transgen-
Chris Johnson) assets” (news story, staff reports) by Lou Chibbaro Jr.) great opposition to the church despite der should not be given the opportuni-
Peculiar, isn’t it, how Gibbs, yet Congratulations. I’m very proud Hey, does this mean that Harry its numerous errors and have only ty to work because some str8s don’t
again, did not answer the question that that your team pulled together and Jackson will go home to Maryland warm memories of church life and want to go to the bathroom with them?
was asked, which included words kept this vital newspaper alive. You and re-register to vote there so he being an altar boy back in the days of I suppose in some heteroidiotic way
solely referencing repealing “RIGHT have quickly developed a successful can oppose this? He won’t even have the old Latin Mass. But we were this would make sense in heterosu-
NOW”… and that the “process for new brand with “DC Agenda.” to rent an apartment or buy a condo taught to tell the truth at all times. In premacy land, but in the real world
evaluating, studying and ULTIMATELY Nonetheless, your team deserves to pretend he lives there, as he’s other words not to tell lies to suit a everyone has the right to earn a living
repealing” DADT Gibbs is crowing the legacy that is embodied in “The doing now in the District. — John B. purpose. Conservative Christians, without fear. — PlanetSpinz
24 • march 12, 2010

friday, march 12 gender and other interested women in in the mid-Atlantic, features 40+
“IT’S BRITNEY BITCH” features Britney the D.C. area. The group is led by sev- bands, including the Roots and Train.
look-a-likes, karaoke, trivia, music and eral facilitators on a rotational basis. Held at RFK Stadium, 2400 E.
more at Town, 2009 8th St., N.W., 202- New participants are always welcome. Capital St. (Stadium-Armory Metro).
234-TOWN or Doors open The discussion is followed by dinner at Gates open at 11:30 a.m.; tickets start
at 10 p.m., drag show at 10:30 p.m.; 18+. a nearby restaurant. at $24.99. Call 877-77-CLICK or visit
Cover is $5 from 10-11 p.m. and $10 after
for those 21+ and $10 all night for 18-20. saturday, march 13 THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS take
Visit Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W., for MIXTAPE at EFN Lounge/Motley on the Orlando Magic, 7 p.m. at
CALIENTE GRANDE! Expect the Bar, 1318 9th St., N.W., from 10 p.m. Verizon Center. Tickets start at $10.
hottest Latin music from DJ Michael to 3 a.m. MIXTAPE is an alterna-gay- Visit for information.
Brandon with doors opening at 9 disco-electro-pop-indie dance party for WOMEN ARTISTS/WOMEN HEALING
p.m. 18 to get in and 21 to drink. queers, gays, lesbians, trans, queens, II: “HEALING POWER OF MYTH,
The second Friday of each month at the kings, boys, girls, and every combina- RITUAL & CELEBRATION,” features
Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court, tion thereof. 21 and over; $5 cover. mostly women artists, writers and
N.W., offers “JACOB’S LADDER,” The second Saturday of each month healers for workshops in dance/
music of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. Sean Morris presents “FLY” at Mova, movement, storytelling and more.
The DJs for the evening will be T&T 1435 P St., N.W. Expect music from Free, open to the public, 12:30 p.m.,
Music Factory (DJ tim & DJ Timothy 1990 through 1999, with your favorites 1420 Columbia Rd., N.W. Visit wom-
Mykael make up this electrifying from the decade that brought us grunge. or call
team). Two DJs playing 90 minutes Tracks from Nirvana, Soundgarden, 202-332-4200 x1041 for information.
each. All you can drink Smirnoff Stone Temple Pilots and, of course, your
Vodka flavors buffet for $15; $5 cover. favorite divas in their prime like Whitney sunday, march 14
GAY DISTRICT is a weekly, non-church Houston, Madonna and even Amy “TURNER TO CEZANNE: MASTER-
affiliated discussion and social group for Grant! 99 cent shot special from 10-11 PIECES FROM THE DAVIES
GBTQ men between 18 and 35. The p.m.; no cover, 21 and up. COLLECTION” continues at the
group meets from 8:30-10:30 p.m at St. Black Cat, 1811 14th St., N.W., 202- Corcoran Gallery, 17th Street and
Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 667-4490, hosts its long-running New York Avenue, N.W. Tickets are
Photo courtesy of Spears
Connecticut Ave., N.W. For more infor- MOUSETRAP, a Brit-pop dance night, $10; $8 for students. And if you can’t
mation, e-mail on the main stage beginning at 9:30 get enough Cezanne, don’t miss the Celebrate all things BRITNEY SPEARS at Town on Friday night.
WOMEN IN THEIR TWENTIES will p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission. BMA’s “CEZANNE AND AMERICAN
meet at the DC Center, 1810 14th St. Visit for information. MODERNISM” now through May 23, BURGUNDY CRESCENT, a gay vol- for information.
N.W., at 8 p.m. WiTT is a social discus- NATIONAL SHAMROCKFEST, billed 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, 443- unteer organization, volunteers today PACKING PARTY at EFN Lounge/
sion group for lesbian, bisexual, trans- as the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival 573-1700, Tickets are $15. for D.C. Central Kitchen. To partici- Motley Bar, 1318 9th St., N.W., from
pate, visit 7-8 p.m. Volunteers will be assem-
Check out Cobalt, 1639 R St. N.W., bling safer sex kits and enjoying drink
for X and party the winter blues away specials, 7-10:30 p.m.
by welcoming daylight savings time.
This Month: DJ Glanson (NYC) with wednesday, march 17
opening Set by DJ Pete Glow. THE TOM DAVARON SOCIAL
Dancers, live drag performance by BRIDGE CLUB will meet at 7:30
Isis Deverreoux; 21 and up, $7 p.m. at the Dignity Center, 721 8th
cover ($5 from 10-11 p.m.). St., S.E. No partner needed. Visit; click “Social
monday, march 15 Bridge in Washington, D.C.”
Acclaimed singer JOHN HIATT per-
forms at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. thursday, march 18
Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., 7:30 p.m. “American Idol” favorite DAUGHTRY
Visit for tickets or call performs at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W.
the Birchmere at 703-549-7500. Baltimore St., Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. For
Jacob Nathaniel Pring and Alphonso info or tickets, call the box office at
Wilson present the premiere of 410-347-2010 or
“INDIGO” at Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U ALPHA DRUGS invites you to attend
St., N.W. Local DJ and producer A- its Survival Forum VII, a lecture on
Ron.The.DJ ( will new therapies for Hepatitis C and
conjure the atmosphere for the inau- HIV/AIDS, finding the strongest possi-
gural Indigo. Doors open at 9 p.m. ble regimen with the fewest side
effects, at 6:30 p.m., Hotel Palomar
tuesday, march 16 in the Phillips Ballroom, 2121 P St.,
“THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA” con- N.W. Registration will begin at 6:30,
tinues at Arena Stage in Crystal City, and the lecture and dinner will start at
1800 South Bell St., Arlington, Va. 7 p.m. To RSVP, or for more informa-
If you love Cezanne, there are two blockbuster exhibits to check out, one at the Corcoran and another at the BMA. (Crystal City Metro). Show at 7:30 tion, contact
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socialagenda: wedding bells ring in d.c.

Photos by Joe Tresh

Three couples wed at Human Rights Campaign headquarters on Tuesday morning, the first day legal same-sex wedding ceremonies could be held. Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa
Young (top left) a Ward 8 couple of 12 years, were wed by Rev. David K. North, pastor of Holy Redeemer of Metropolitan Community Churches, College Park, Md. Rev. Elder Darlene
Garner and Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes (far right) were married by Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of Metropolitan Community Churches, Washington, D.C. And Reginald Stanley and
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a prom-inent affair
of similar events for gays on college A new dimension this year is Queer
Queer dance helps campuses and realized she could Prom’s Casino Royale theme. Metro
gays replace high adapt it to a broader forum.
She was right. She started in 2005
Casinos is bringing gambling para-
phernalia to the party and attendees
school injustices with with a women’s only event. It sold out can play poker, blackjack, roulette and
with about 200 people boarding the craps. Fake money and chips will be
fun memories  Spirit of Washington on the waterfront. used to play and each ticket comes
The next year she opened it up to men with $500 worth of chips. Additional
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO and it grew to nearly 300. The real chips can be purchased reasonably for
marker of success, though, she says, real money — it’s meant to be more fun
Ebone Bell did the whole prom is the money that’s raised each year for than high stakes and Bell says prom
thing in 1999 when she was an 18- local LGBT non-profits. The Women’s goers who don’t know the games can Photo by Penny Hoelting; courtesy of Bell
year-old senior at Sherwood High Collective, Wanda’s Will and One in learn at the event.
School in Olney, Md. But she wasn’t Ten were the recipients the first three “I just thought it sounded like Queer Prom founder EBONE BELL (left) at last year’s prom with her girlfriend,
out yet and went with a guy to con- years. This year it’s the Wanda Alston something unique and different that ANGELL GARRIGAN.
form to societal expectations and the House, D.C.’s transitional home for hadn’t been done before in the LGBT
whole evening just felt off. homeless LGBT youth, managed by community,” she says. 1998, was out in high school but still “I had never been to my prom,” she
“I was going through the motions,” Transgender Health Empowerment. And though drinking and gam- sorting through identity issues and says. “I just thought, ‘OK, whatever,’ and
the 28-year-old lesbian says. “I had the “We look for groups that don’t get bling are antithetical to high school didn’t feel comfortable going to prom I got over that, but when my friends told
whole long hair, nails, long dress, make- as much funding or promotional help prom, Bell does have more tradition- with a girl so she stayed home. me about Queer Prom, I thought, ‘Oh,
up and everything. And I’d even say I as some of the bigger non-profits,” al elements planned. A prom court “I had a girlfriend but I didn’t know that sounds fun. Why not?’”
had a good time because I was with my Bell says. “The Wanda Alston House and king and queen — who could be how to properly identify myself back She went last year with a friend and
friends. But I didn’t have that monumen- lost some funding last year and it’s a of either gender in either category — then at prom. I was nervous. I didn’t says it was an incredible evening.
tal rite of passage that it’s supposed to shame, it really is. It’s the only place will be named again this year. want to wear a dress or a suit. I didn’t “I had an awesome time,” she says.
be. I was obviously battling something like it in this area so we really want to Tia Terchila, a local activist and drag know who I was. If I was a girl, if I was “I don’t think I would have had that much
and I guess I kind of knew then.” do our part to help it as much as pos- king who performs as Rusty Nutz, was a boy, if it mattered. Why I think prom is fun at my high school prom. I wasn’t
Nobody can go back in time, of sible. Even if you don’t go to prom, named prom king last year, in part for cool now, for those of us who didn’t get really interested in it and I couldn’t see
course, but local LGBT people can find please go online and make a dona- her extensive volunteer efforts. She to experience prom in the open way we what everybody was so excited about.”
prom nightmare redemption in tion to the Wanda Alston House.” says the honor meant more than it wanted to, we can dress how we want Last year Steggemann wore a
Saturday’s fourth annual Capital Queer Proceeds come from sponsors and might appear to on the surface. to dress and not be judged. It’s fun black and blue pinstripe suit with a
Prom, which runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. ticket sales but mostly from a silent “It totally had a deeper meaning,” without the pressure of high school.” white dress shirt and rainbow tie. She
at the Almas Temple (1315 K St., N.W.). auction. Queer Prom has raised about Terchila says. “It really made my Liz Steggemann, an Alexandria, has another suit chosen for this year.
Tickets are $50 per individual through $2,000 for each of its charities in pre- entire year. It was really special and Va., lesbian, also skipped her high Bell says the event is formal but
today ( vious years, a figure Bell hopes to made me feel good and made me school prom. She heard about Queer attendees don’t have to feel any
Bell, a local party and events promoter, exceed this year. Miller Lite is the want to keep helping others.” Prom last year through some of her pressure to spend a lot of money.
got the idea watching a teen movie with event’s sole corporate sponsor but Terchila, who graduated from friends at Burgundy Crescent “It’s a gay prom so I expect all kinds
a de rigueur prom scene. She’d heard many locals have made donations. Albuquerque’s Cibola High School in Volunteers and offered to help. of creativity,” Bell says.


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gay actor reflects on a booming career
full palette of colors,” says Rodriguez,
Star of Arena’s ‘Piazza’ 31. “The show’s soaring, deceptively ‘The Light in the Piazza’
headed to big screen uncomplicated score taps my operat-
ic training and musical theatre expe-
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not an easy part.”
Out actor Nicholas Rodriguez can’t Penned by gay playwright Craig career, it requires rigid discipline —
shake the bad memory of a gay bash- Lucas, “The Light in the Piazza” is it’s a tough life,” says Rodriguez.
ing that ended with a trashcan full of based on Elizabeth Spencer’s novel. “Early on I envisioned a career that
garbage being poured over his head. The show premiered to acclaim at New included musical theater.”
Fortunately, the hate crime wasn’t real, York’s Lincoln Center in 2005. At the He saw correctly. Shortly after arriv-
but rather a dramatization on ABC’s time, Rodriguez was considered for the ing in New York City, affable Rodriguez
daytime drama “One Life to Live.” While coveted Fabrizio role but didn’t get the with his good looks and golden throat
Rodriguez describes playing earnest part. So, when the opportunity came up began to get cast. In addition to origi-
but sexy activist Nick Chavez, the third for him to be part of the Arena Stage nating the role of Tarzan on Broadway,
man in a tumultuous gay love triangle, production, Rodriguez jumped at the he has appeared off-Broadway in “The
as an intense but positive experience, chance: “Working with Molly [Smith, the Toxic Avenger,” “Almost Heaven,” and
the Broadway hunk is happy to return show’s director and Arena’s artistic “Bajour” and toured in “Jesus Christ
to his musical roots for now. director] has been great,” says Superstar” (Jesus), “Evita” (Che), and
Through mid-April, Rodriguez is at Rodriguez. “Arena possesses both “Hair” (Claude). This summer, he can
D.C.’s Arena Stage playing Fabrizio, the artistic integrity and equally important — be seen in the film “Sex and the City 2,”
handsome Italian lover in Adam Guettel’s resources. I worked with both an Italian about which he’s unfortunately been
gorgeous musical “The Light in the instructor and a dialect coach [because sworn to secrecy and would not Photo courtesy of Arena Stage
Piazza.” The Tony-winning work follows Fabrizio and his family speak in Italian], divulge any details.
the experiences of American matron allowing me to get the accent right and “Being out professionally is very Out actor Nicholas Rodriguez plays Fabrizio in ‘THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA,’
Margaret Johnson (Hollis Resnick) and concentrate on my performance.” freeing,” shares Rodriquez who lives now featured at Arena Stage.
her daughter, Clara (Margaret Anne A native Texan, Rodriguez holds in New York City with his partner of
Florence) as they tour Italy in the early both undergraduate and graduate seven years. “You no longer have that ly as a positive force in the gay com- Rodriguez doesn’t have any immedi-
1950s. When Clara and Fabrizio fall in degrees in vocal performance from nagging worry about slipping up or munity, especially gay youth.” ate plans. He may take a breather at
love, Margaret is torn over whether or not the University of Texas at blowing your straight cover in some At home in New York, he’s volun- his getaway in the Catskills, but
to reveal her daughter’s well kept secret Austin. Though educated in classical way. Instead, you can simply be your teered at the Harvey Milk High mostly he likes to work. “With every
that might surely end the young lovers’ voice, he knew that his professional authentic self and put all that energy School, and while in D.C., hopes to new part,” he says, “comes an adven-
happiness, as well as her own. path would lead elsewhere. “I into the work and your life in general. do some work with gay youth. ture and a lesson. I never, ever dread
“Playing Fabrizio, I get to use my absolutely love opera, but as a What’s more I’m able to serve open- After the Arena production, starting my next job.”

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losing the oscar, teaching a lesson
Corporation, Ellsberg was an MIT- The film chronicles one man’s
Pentagon Papers doc is trained specialist in decision-making. political and spiritual odyssey and
a profile in courage The documents known as the Pentagon
Papers comprised 7,000 pages of high-
reveals what great risks Ellsberg
took at the time. Now 78 but decades
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN ly classified documents dating from later still boyishly slender and hand-
Special to DC Agenda 1945 to 1967 and was completed in some as a silver fox, he stood before
1969 when Nixon had meanwhile suc- the audience at a recent special
Daniel Ellsberg — the man who ceeded Johnson in the White House. screening of the film in D.C. with film-
brought the Pentagon Papers to light As he read through the documents, maker Rick Goldsmith and former
in 1971, those secret U.S. govern- Ellsberg became convinced that it was a U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, who also
ment documents detailing the path of virtual mother lode of proof that the U.S. risked prison to make the docu-
deception leading to the war in government had used systematic ments public at a congressional
Vietnam — is today the darling of a deception about our purposes in hearing, after Ellsberg passed him a
feature-length film that was nominat- Indochina since the 1940s when we first set of the documents in a secret ren-
ed for the Best Documentary Oscar aided the French into trying to retrieve dezvous one night in front of the
(it lost to “The Cove”). their colonial power there against the Mayflower Hotel.
Photo courtesy of
The film is playing at the Cinema popular nationalist forces of Vietnamese After the screening, Gravel mod-
Arts Theatre in Fairfax as well as in ‘THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA’ lost the Oscar this week, but seeking an end to the French empire erated an audience Q&A with
downtown D.C. at the Landmark E holds important lessons related to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. there, and then, after the French defeat, Ellsberg and Goldsmith, and asked
Street Cinema on 11th St., N.W. the U.S. tried to manipulate a puppet Ellsberg about the differences
Ellsberg is the onetime Cold Warrior began to publish the secret history of derring-do and an audacious bid for regime in the south of the country. And between the anti-war movement dur-
and Marine platoon leader in Vietnam, how the Kennedy and Johnson admin- redemption as Ellsberg sought to the rest, as they say, is history — deeply ing the Vietnam conflict and today.
who as a young soldier brandished an istrations had misled the American change the course of history by setting tragic history for hundreds of thousands Ellsberg replied that one difference is
automatic weapon in combat and later people as we stepped — almost the dominos falling to bring that awful of those killed and maimed. that today “grownups, if we can use
a doctorate in political science from sleepwalking — “waist deep into the war to an end and in the eventual course So Ellsberg then faced the ulti- that term, are not filling the role that
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. big muddy” of the Vietnam civil war. of things also to help topple Nixon him- mate uncertainty — whether to risk they did in the 1960s and 1970s.”
Ellsberg was famously dubbed by “The Most Dangerous Man in self, for the origins of Nixon’s Watergate everything, throw away his career, Noting that he had taken “an action
President Nixon’s national security America: Daniel Ellsberg and the “high crimes and misdemeanors” were incur possible imprisonment — all in at some risk” in leaking the Pentagon
adviser Henry Kissinger as “the most Pentagon Papers” is a remarkably dra- planted in the efforts to uproot the the uncertain hope that he could papers, he pointed out that “without
dangerous man in America,” when he matic, fast-paced drumbeat of a feature- whistleblower Ellsberg and others on the make a difference, so he rolled the that, the war would have gone on.”
and Nixon feared that Ellsberg was length documentary film that is must- White House “enemies list.” dice, copied the documents and then
ready to make public Nixon administra- viewing for anyone who wants to under- It all began in the bureaucratic bow- began an odyssey to bring them to For more information on the
tion papers about deception and chi- stand how we got into — and then final- els of the Pentagon when then Defense public attention. In so doing, he would film, go to www.mostdangerous-
canery over the Vietnam War. ly out of — a mistaken war in a remote Secretary Robert S. McNamara in 1967 also change his life and his footsteps For a videotape of the
Ellsberg went underground in corner of the globe. Sound at all familiar? authorized a top-secret history of U.S. would lead him to a lifetime of resist- Ellsberg-Gravel-Goldsmith dis-
1971, on the run while he feared arrest The film is a gripping montage of decision-making in Indochina. As a ing U.S. militarism up to and including cussion, go to www.afterdown-
in the days before the New York Times high political drama complete with secret strategic analyst with the RAND the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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delve into a mature love story
is no fool for love, he can be just a tad naked abandon. So rest assured that
Gay author explores needy, and I’m not like that, oh no no no!” the novel is replete with happy end-
race, sex and related Wyatt points out that Wes “enjoys
ings, even if the ultimate happy ending
remains in doubt until the very end —
issues in new book “I also enjoy power,” Evans says, will they wed or will the green-eyed
“but I don’t enjoy it probably as much devil drive them apart?
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN as Wes does, in other words I’m a soft- Wes is stalked by a crime-lord
Special to DC Agenda er version of him.” In person, however, eager to exploit suspicions Wes and
“soft” is the very last adjective that ‘Tonio have about their mutual fideli-
In a truly distinctive genre of LGBT would come to mind, for Evans is pow- ty. For issues of monogamy and also
literature — dubbed here “the stroke erfully gym-built with a cocoa com- partner abuse are just as central to
love story” — the blow-by-blow plexion and gleaming pate and laugh- this tale as are real-life credible ten-
steamy sex doesn’t begin until page ing eyes exuding sensuality and com- sions within the LGBT community, as
115. And by then it will blow the white- mand, from years spent on the stand- seen in the relationship between
walls off your tires. That’s the welcome up comic circuit — a career he plans Wes and ‘Tonio in veiled disquiet and
character of the new novel, “Nothing to reactivate later this year. even sometimes outright hostility
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Can Tear Us Apart” by gay African- In addition, Evans has had a long between Latino brown and African-
American writer Wyatt O’Brian Evans, Local gay author WYATT O’BRIAN EVANS will read from his new book March 20 career as a journalist. He holds two American black in what Evans calls
a native Washingtonian. at the DC Center. bachelor’s degrees from George “racism” pure and simple.
Spoiler alert! This is not a Harlequin Washington University — in journalism “We’re not in a post-racial society,”
romance of the sort where the lovers of color,” real men, facing challenges in Wes, some of me is not, but the core and in political science — after gradu- he says, adding, “I have white friends,
court and spark and sulk and simmer the relationship as they are caught up of me is,” says Evans. ating from D.C.’s McKinley Tech High I have black friends and Latino friends
but then the action suddenly ceases in the undertow and cross-currents of a “Wes is like me in that he has core School. His career in journalism really and I’ve been screwed by them all.”
when the tight, straining bodice is final- powerful romance, their lives etched values,” pointedly including a belief in began in boyhood when, he recalls, “I The ultimate purpose of the ideology
ly torn away from the heaving bosom, sharply in an intensely erotic love story, God and Jesus Christ, true also for created my own comic book company, of white supremacy, Evans says, is “to
or the sleek six-pack abs. not as mere erogenous images. Evans, who puts it bluntly about his and I would write dialogue, draw and prevent white genetic annihilation on
Read this novel, yes by all means, Get to know them also on Saturday, own life: “I wouldn’t be here today color the panels. … I love to write, and Earth, a planet on which the overwhelm-
for its steamy sex scenes, for they truly March 20 when the author — now a without a strong belief in God and journalism has always fascinated me.” ing majority of people are classified as
sizzle with sexy-cool and super-hot, resident of Silver Spring, Md. — brings Jesus Christ,” adding, “I’m very spiri- The novel is a fascinating blend of non-white by white-skinned people.”
get-it-on, hard-core action. But first, them fully alive as they were formed in tual — I pray several times a day.” mature love story, dogged by the real- Evans’ book reading takes place 6-9
also get to know the two lead gay char- his imagination when he gives a book “Wes is like me, very loyal, some- life challenges of worry over being p.m., March 20 at the DC Center, 1810
acters: fabulously wealthy black enter- reading at the DC Center. times to a fault, and he is affectionate — cheated on, and also questions of 14th St., N.W., and copies of ‘Nothing
tainment mogul and stand-up comic In an interview exclusive to DC manly affectionate — and not afraid to vying for who’s on top (literally), as Can Drive Us Apart’ can be purchased
Wes Kelly, and his lover Antonio Rios, Agenda, Evans acknowledged how show it,” says Evans. “I want to blow well as a seductively sexy and slam- then at a $20 special discount price.
also his fabulously muscled bodyguard. much his protagonist Wes embodies away all the stereotypes in this novel.” bam account of nights and days spent Copies can also be obtained for $24.95
Get to know them first, in other words, his own identity but also that he is no But the author believes he is unlike his in the proverbial sack, when all inhibi- at or directly from
as real, three-dimensional, “manly men carbon-copy cutout. “Some of me is creation in key respects, for while “Wes tions are cast aside in a tangle of

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1836 18th St., NW
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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 women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie
202-265-3055 neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check
Logan Circle area restaurant and bar Check 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 Trendy Logan Circle bar and lounge
Longtime organizers of drag events in the Dupont 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
1609 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Washington, DC 20009
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Phase 1
202-232-0395 Popular restaurant and bar in the 900 U St., NW DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime Adams Morgan area; happy hour Washington, DC 20001
restaurant and steakhouse with recently specials and many other special events. 202-332-6355
renovated Upstairs Lounge. See web site 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 especially
202-544-1931 other special events. Longtime Levi/leather bar not far busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place is a
Longtime bar popular with African- FAB LOUNGE from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, restaurant bar located behind Leon’s
American men in Capitol Hill area. 1805 Connecticut Ave., NW PHASE 1 billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a with a separate entrance.
Washington, DC 20009 525 8th St., SE full store for your leather needs.
BANANA CAFÉ 202-797-1122 Washington, DC 20003 Mostly men, but welcoming to women. PORT IN A STORM
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Washington, DC 20003 In Dupont Circle area; popular with men CLUB PHOENIX Baltimore, MD 21224
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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 and offers billiards.
Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol billiards, 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 hours and special events, including One half block west of Eastern Market Metro. 1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201
in 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
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Baltimore, MD 21201
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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
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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
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1824 Half St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
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DC EAGLE Every night is ladies night at Lace; large dance floor and many regular 225 W. Read St.
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Washington, DC 20001 in Brookland neighborhood. Check web Large parking lot available; located in 410-225-0188 and lesbian sports fans and is known
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