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OCTOBER

02

2015

VOLUME 46

ISSUE 40

Boehner quits, but his replacement


could be worse on LGBT rights
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)s announcement
that is resigning was hailed by social conservatives and
LGBT advocates alike, although theres little indication
things would change dramatically with another
Republican in charge.
Boehner, whos served in the U.S. House since 1991
just before the Gingrich Revolution, said last week he
would resign as speaker and give up his House seat at the

Francis secretly presents rosaries


to anti-gay clerk: report

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end of October amid a stando in Congress threatening a


shutdown of the U.S. government over continued federal
funding ofPlanned Parenthood.
On the same day he announced his resignation,
Boehner said the House would vote on a continuing
resolution to keep the U.S. government open with funds
at the same level as last year, which means, for the time
being, Planned Parenthood would continue to receive
government money.
As speaker, Boehner has a dismal record on LGBT
rights, although there have been occasions when hes
broken with far-right Republicans on LGBT issues.
Boehner doesnt have a ranking in the Human Rights
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House Speaker JOHN BOEHNERannounced his


resignation last week.
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By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis held a secret meeting
with Pope Francis during his recent trip to the United
States, she and her attorney said late Tuesday.
Davis, a Kentucky clerk who was jailed for ve days
after being found in contempt of court for enforcing a
no marriage licenses policy after the Supreme Courts
ruling for same-sex marriage, reportedly met Francis
last Thursday at the Vatican Embassy in D.C.
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KIMDAVIS reportedly met with Pope Francis in D.C.

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HATE ATTACK

ON OFFENSE

LAST CALL

Trans woman stabbed


four times by suspect
near Verizon Center.

Obama takes on GOP


hopefuls during speech
to LGBT supporters.

Baltimores iconic Hippo


nightclub closes for good
this weekend after 43 years.

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Robert E. Barker dies at 69


Robert E. Barker, a retired deputy assistant
director of the U.S. Oce of Management
and Budget (OMB) and longtime volunteer
for the Washington Home and Community
Hospices, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the
Apostle, and the Whitman-Walker Clinic,
died Sept. 9 in the Intensive Care Unit of the
George Washington University Hospital. He
died of an infection that occurred following
August surgery. He was 69.
Barker was born to Samuel and Margaret
Barker on Sept. 24, 1945 in Pittsburgh. He
graduated from Peters Township High
School in 1963 and from Wheeling Jesuit
University in 1967. In his senior year at
Wheeling Jesuit, Barker was elected to Alpha
ROBERT E. BARKER
Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society,
for his excellence in academics, leadership
and commitment to the values represented by the Jesuit tradition. After a
time as a seminarian at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa.,
Barker joined the U.S. Army and after his tour was over in 1970, he moved to
Washington where he worked as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy Department.
Barker worked for OMB from 1973 until his retirement in 2000. In his last
two years at OMB, he was deputy assistant director for budget review and
concepts, responsible for the preparation of the presidents budget and for
tracking the presidents budget proposals through the congressional budget
process. Earlier, he served as a sta member, then deputy, and then chief of
the Budget Preparation Branch. In 1998, he received the prestigious Meritorious
Presidential Rank Award.
Barker was a committed volunteer who provided care and support for
terminally ill patients and their families. He began his volunteer work with
Whitman-Walker in 1984, during the height of the AIDS crisis, serving as a case
manager, team leader, and ultimately, a member of the board of directors.
Since 1997, he had been a volunteer at the Washington Home and Community
Hospices on Upton Street where, by the end of 2014, he had amassed a total of
3,635 volunteer hours. He received an award for excellence from the Community
Hospices in 2003.
Barker was also a volunteer assistant to the music ministry at the Cathedral of
St. Matthew the Apostle on Rhode Island Avenue, organizing a variety of concerts
and helping raise funds for completion of the church organ. He also served for
several years as a board member of the Webster House Condominium on P
Street N.W., where he lived.
Barker frequented 17th Street, N.W. and was a regular patron of Trio
Restaurant. He cared for Marjorie C. Margo MacGregor, a former Trio manager,
until her 2007 death.
Survivors include his brother, William Barker of Pittsburgh; and friends in
Washington and elsewhere. Two of his closest friends of more than 25 years,
Mary Wheeler and Robert (Dr. Bob) Williams, both of Washington, were
frequent companions.
A funeral Mass will he held on Monday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew the
Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.). In lieu of owers, memorial donations
in Barkers name may be made to the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Washington
Home and Community Hospices or to St. Matthew for the completion of its
organ. These groups may be found online.
JOEY DIGUGLIELMO

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highlight professional successes
The Washington Blade announced the impending launch of a new business
column titled Comings & Goings, which will highlight the accomplishments of
D.C.-area LGBT professionals.
Written by Blade contributor Peter Rosenstein, the column will debut in
mid-October. Rosenstein is asking Blade readers to email tips about their
professional achievements new jobs, promotions, board appointments, etc.
to comingsandgoings@washblade.com.
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Mendelson blocks gay nominee


for Zoning Commission
Council chair says
Franco has possible
conict of interest

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson
(D-At-Large) has surprised some LGBT
activists by placing an indenite hold on
Mayor Muriel Bowsers nomination of gay
businessman David Franco for a seat on
the D.C. Zoning Commission.
Mendelson told the Washington Blade
on Wednesday hes concerned that
Francos role as principal owner of a
real estate development rm raises the
perception that he would have a prodevelopment bias rather than neutral
stance on development related issues
before the commission.
David Franco is an active developer
with a development company that has
cases before the Zoning Commission,
Mendelson said. He or his company has
appeared before the Zoning Commission
several times over the last 24 months.
Thats the primary concern I have.
He said hes also concerned that Bowser
didnt follow a longstanding tradition of
past mayors who have routinely consulted
with stakeholders in zoning matters,
including citizens groups, before selecting
a nominee for the Zoning Commission.
That didnt happen with this or the last
two appointments, he said.
Bowser submitted Francos nomination
to the Council on May 20. The nomination
is pending before the Councils
Committee of the Whole, which is chaired
by Mendelson. All 13 Council members sit
on that committee.
We just want to say on the record that
Mr. Franco is a pillar of the community
and he deserves a hearing and a swift
vote so he can get to work on behalf
of the residents of D.C., said mayoral
spokesperson Christina Harper.
The mayor has condence in him,
Harper said. She has condence that if he
is granted a hearing it will be a quick vote.
But Mendelson made it clear that
neither a hearing nor a vote is likely to
happen. Asked if he plans to keep the
nomination on hold indenitely, he said,
Theres no hearing scheduled.
When asked if that means the
nomination is dead, he replied, Theres
no hearing scheduled.
Rick Rosendall, president of the D.C.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, and gay
Democratic activist Peter Rosenstein said
they were troubled by Mendelsons decision
not to hold a hearing on the nomination.

DAVID FRANCOs nomination for a seat on


the D.C. Zoning Commission is in limbo after
Phil Mendelson put a hold on it.
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If he has concerns, thats a reason why


he should hold a hearing, Rosendall said.
Isnt that a reason to hold a hearing and
air these things? Why keep it in his pocket?
Added Rosendall, Phil is a very good
friend of our community. He has done a
long, long list of things for us. But I just dont
understand why hes holding this up.
Rosenstein said Franco is a respected
gay businessman and native D.C.
resident whose views on zoning related
issues deserve to be heard. He said the
full committee and Council should have
the opportunity to vote up or down on
Francos nomination.
Mendelsons refusal to hold a hearing
can be equated to Republicans in Congress
not holding hearings on President
Obamas nominations, said Rosenstein.
Hearings are open and transparent ways
to get community input. Mendelson is
turning into Boss Mendelson and isnt the
same person I have always supported for
oce in the past.
Mendelson called that comparison a
bit of a stretch, adding, Thats also the
go-to argument when what one really
wants is a person to be conrmed.
Franco is co-founder and principal owner
of Level 2 Development, a real estate
development rm specializing in mixed use
projects in Washington, D.C., according to a
write-up on the rms website.
Biographical information about Franco
that the mayors oce submitted to the
Council in May says he co-founded a
number of other successful businesses
in D.C. between 1985 and 1993, including
the gay nightclub Tracks in Southeast D.C.
and the gay restaurant and bar Trumpets
on 17th Street, N.W. near Dupont Circle.
In 1993, Franco founded Universal
Gear, a mens retail clothing store chain
headquartered in D.C.
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Teen charged in stabbing of trans woman


Victim initially identied
as male in police report

Clinton campaign appoints


new LGBT liaison

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
An 18-year-old D.C. man was ordered
held in jail without bond on Monday for
allegedly stabbing a transgender woman
about 5:40 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, outside
a McDonalds restaurant at 601 F St., N.W.,
where the Verizon Center is located,
according to court charging documents.
A police arrest adavit led in D.C.
Superior Court says Larry Jeers, a resident
of the 2500 block of Pomeroy Rd., S.E., was
charged with assault with a dangerous
weapon after being arrested by a D.C.
police ocer who witnessed the incident.
D.C. police initially designated the
incident as an anti-transgender hate
crime, but prosecutors with the U.S.
Attorneys Oce did not include the hate
crime designation when they led the
assault-with-a-dangerous-weapon charge
in court on Monday.
William Miller, a spokesperson for the
U.S. Attorneys Oce, told the Washington
Blade that prosecutors often add a hate
crime designation at a later date in cases
like this one.
Transgender activists were relieved
that a D.C. police ocer who was in his
police cruiser at the time chased down
the attacker on foot and arrested him a
short distance from the scene.
Activists also expressed concern,
however, that an initial police report
identied the victim as a male, an action
that goes against reporting procedures
set by Police Chief Cathy Lanier that call
for identifying transgender people by the
gender with which they self-identify.
Police
spokesperson
Gwendolyn
Crump said the public version of the
report was changed to indicate the victim
is a female following an inquiry by the
Blade. Crump said the version of the
report not released to the public states
the victim is a transgender woman and
that police were investigating the incident
as a hate crime.
Transgender rights advocate Ruby
Corado, founder and executive director
of Casa Ruby, a D.C. LGBT community
services center with an outreach to the
trans community, said the victim told her
that Jeers stabbed her after yelling antitransgender and anti-gay names at her
and other trans women who were with
her at the McDonalds.
She has four stab wounds, Corado
said. We have her in a safe place at a
Casa Ruby facility.
Jason Terry of the D.C. Trans Coalition
said he learned from a police ocial that
the victim was stabbed three times in the

A trans woman was stabbed four times near


the Verizon Center on Saturday.
PHOTO BY CLIFF; COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA

lower back and once in the upper torso.


A separate police report says the victim,
whom Corado says is 23, was taken at
the time of the incident to a hospital
for treatment of injuries designated as
non-life-threatening. Corado said Ocer
Zunnobia Hakir of the police Gay and
Lesbian Liaison Unit drove the victim to a
location arranged for by Casa Ruby after
she was released from the hospital.
A Superior Court judge ordered Jeers
held without bond until at least Sept.
30, when he is scheduled to appear at a
preliminary hearing.
The police arrest adavit says the
victim ran into the street seconds after
Ocer T. Beirne, who was sitting in his
cruiser, witnessed her fall to the ground
while a suspect later identied as Jeers
had a knife in his hand and was making a
stabbing motion.
The adavit quotes the victim as
shouting, He stabbed me, he stabbed
me. It says Ocer Beirne made a U-turn
with his vehicle and followed Jeers after
observing Jeers eeing the scene.
Ocer Beirne noticed that Defendant
1 had blood on his hands, shirt, pants
and backpack, the adavit says. After
Defendant 1 was detained Ocer Beirne
began to walk back retracing Defendant
1s steps and observed a bloody steak
knife in the street about 20 to 30 feet
from where Defendant 1 was stopped,
the adavit says.
Jeers attorney, Brandi Harden, couldnt
immediately be reached for comment.
The stabbing of the trans woman was
one of at least seven violent incidents,
including robberies and assaults, that
took place in Northwest Washington
Friday and Saturday night shortly after
Pope Francis ended his D.C. visit.

Hillary Clinton LGBT campaign liaison DOMINIC LOWELL


PHOTO COURTESY OF HILLARY FOR AMERICA

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has appointed a new staer


to serve as LGBT liaison, the campaign announced Tuesday.
Dominic Lowell, whose ocial title will be director of LGBT outreach, joins
the campaign on Thursday after serving as director of strategic partnerships for
Rock the Vote where he coordinated progressive movement outreach.
According to a bio from the campaign, Lowell, 29, coordinated with more than 100
organizations to advance Rock the Votes pro-voting and pro-engagement mission.
Among the groups with whom he worked were youth and eld-based
organizations; state-based groups and coalitions; technology corporations; the
voting rights community; and election administrators. Before his tenure at Rock
the Vote, Lowell was vice president of investment services at Democracy Alliance.
Lowell, whos gay, is one of several members of the Clinton campaign who
identify as LGBT. Others include, but arent limited to, Campaign Manager Robby
Mook, Deputy Political Director Brynne Craig and National Finance Director
Dennis Cheng. A D.C. resident, Lowell plans soon to move to Brooklyn.
Upon news Lowell would join Hillary for America as LGBT liaison, Clintons
LGBT supporters praised him in statements provided by the campaign.
Philip Dufour, a gay advocate and former LGBT liaison to former Vice President
Al Gore, said Lowell has a deep understanding of the challenges the LGBTQ
community faces.
Working with him over the years, I am condent he will be an amazing asset
and tireless force for change as our community seeks full equality under the
law, Dufour added.
Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign,
also hailed both the Clinton campaign and Lowell.
More than ever before, the LGBT vote is a potent one not just in terms of
that critical edge that is required in close elections, but because LGBT people
are now a mature and experienced organizing force, Birch said. This is a critical
position for the Hillary Clinton campaign and they have lled it with a proven,
dynamic talent inDominic.
The Clinton campaign announced the Lowell appointment days before the
candidate is set to speak before the Human Rights Campaign board of directors
and supporters on Saturday, the same day as the organizations national dinner
in D.C. Vice President Joseph Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at the
annual dinner.
CHRIS JOHNSON

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NATIONAL NEWS

Supreme Court unlikely to hear LGBT cases in new term


Ex-gay therapy, Kim
Davis litigation moving
through system
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
During the upcoming term of the U.S.
Supreme Court, justices are likely to
follow their monumental ruling in favor
of same-sex marriage with barely a peep
on LGBT issues.
On Monday, the Supreme Court
met behind closed doors for the rst
conference of its term, which was set to
begin exactly one week later.
Jon Davidson, legal director for Lambda
Legal, said the Supreme Courts upcoming
term will likely be less consequential
in terms of LGBT issues following the
marriage ruling.
The popular wisdom is theyre not
going to rush in to decide more cases
right now, Davidson said. Theyve done
a lot in the last number of years and
unless they feel like theres something
that the lower courts are really getting
wrong, theyre not going to be looking for
other LGBT issues to tackle right away.
One petition before the Supreme Court
is another legal challenge to New Jerseys
ban on widely discredited ex-gay
conversion therapy for minors, which was
upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Third
Circuit Court of Appeals. The petition was
led by the conservative legal rm Liberty
Counsel on Aug. 10.
The Supreme Court has twice before
declined to review state bans on prohibiting
the practice of ex-gay therapy for minors.
Justices denied a certiorari petition for a
lawsuit challenging Californias ban, and
earlier this year denied a dierent request
to review the Third Circuits decision in the
New Jersey case.
Andrea Bowen, executive director
of the New Jersey-based Garden State
Equality, predicted the Supreme Court
would likely reject this second challenge
to her states conversion therapy ban.
Were highly condent that this will
be rejected, Bowen said. Weve seen
stunning statements from lower courts
arming repeatedly that conversion
therapy bans are constitutional, and we
believe that this is settled law.
But the decision on that petition may
well be the only word from the Supreme
Court on LGBT issues for its 2015-2016
term. Other cases aecting LGBT people
are too far down the pipeline for review by
the Supreme Court before the expected
nal day of its term in June 2016.
One such case is the continued litigation
against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who
has enforced a no licenses policy in her

oce after the Supreme Court decision in


favor of same-sex marriage. A district court
has already enjoined her from enforcing
that policy and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have
refused to stay that order, but technically
her lawsuit is ongoing
On Tuesday, the Liberty Counsel, which
is defending Davis, led a request before
the Sixth Circuit seeking to consolidate
her appeals before the appellate court.
Shes appealing (1) the order against
her itself, (2) the clarication it extends to
everyone as opposed to just the plainti
couples, (3) the district courts decision
that Davis cannot sue Gov. Steve Beshear
refusing to grant her an accommodation
under the states religious freedom law
because it should be handled in state
courts and (4) U.S. District Judge David
Bunnings decision to hold Davis in
contempt of court.
Also potentially on the way to Supreme
Court is a decision by the Colorado Civil
Rights Commission that Masterpiece
Cakeshop
in
Lakewood,
Colo.,
discriminated against a same-sex couple
for denying them a cake for their wedding.
In August, the Colorado Court of Appeals
upheld the commissions decision that
the bakery violated Colorados AntiDiscrimination Act, but the business
pledged to continue litigation all the way
to the Supreme Court.
But the case has yet to be reviewed
by the Colorado Supreme Court, which
would rst have to render a decision
before the bakerys lawyers could petition
the Supreme Court for review.
One lawsuit thats not overtly related to
the LGBT issues, but may have an impact
on LGBT people is Evenwel v. Abbott, a
case in which conservative groups are
promoting the idea the one-person,
one-vote principle allows states to use
registered voting population, not total
population, to apportion state legislative
districts. The Supreme Court already
agreed to review the case in May for its
upcoming term.
Davidson, whose organization has
led a friend-of-the-court brief before
the Supreme Court in the case, said the
litigations outcome would be important
to LGBT people.
What theyre trying to do is to move
power in the legislatures to the areas
of the states that have fewer young
people who arent eligible to vote, fewer
immigrants who arent eligible to vote,
fewer people who may be disqualied
with voter ID restrictions, by felony
disenfranchisement
restrictions,
Davidson said. But the whole result is an
attempt to move power out of the cities
and into more conservative areas of the
states, which would have very negative
impacts on whole ranges of people, but

BOBBY JINDAL was among the GOP presidential candidates who attacked LGBT rights
last week.
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Lagging in polls, GOP hopefuls


take aim at LGBT rights
Watching GOP presidential candidates speak at the Values Voter Summit, a
pattern emerged: The lower a candidate stands in the polls, the more vehemently
hell attack LGBT rights.
A number of Republican hopefuls appeared on stage Friday at the annual
conference for social conservatives in D.C., which is hosted by the anti-LGBT
Family Research Council.
But while top-tier candidates were largely quiet on LGBT issues, the further
down the contenders were in the polls, the more they had to say.
Front-runner Donald Trump had nothingto say about LGBT people and made
few references tosocial issues, basing much of his speech on his family Bible,
which he held up at the beginning and end of his remarks.
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, running a close second to Trump in
recent polls, also never explicitly addressed LGBT rights, although he accused
progressives of seeking to eliminate God from the public sphere. Carson was
silent on the issue despite his anti-LGBT reputation and decision to sign the
National Organization for Marriages pledge to oppose same-sex marriage.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former New York Gov. George Pataki and Ohio Gov. John
Kasich didnt appear at the Values Voter Summit.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whos risen in polls after his performance in the
second debate, spoke of LGBT rights in terms of protecting religious liberty,
which is considered code for conservatives to mean promoting anti-LGBT
discrimination.
In the year 2020, I want to be able to say that we have defended religious
liberty, Rubio said. That we have supported that we have worked to our
heart to support the right of our people not just to hold traditional views, but to
exercise them, to express them.
Amid eorts by the Obama administration to advance LGBT rights, Rubio
accused the administration ofattempting to redene family.
Its persecuted and now even prosecuted those who do not agree with the
new direction that those seek to take us, Rubio said.
Rubio also made a veiled dig at same-sex marriage, saying he had enjoyed
privilege because he was raised in a stable home by a mother and a father, a
man and a woman who were married.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reiterated the pledge he made during the rst
Republican presidential debate to instruct his administration to promote
religious liberty, saying it would be his priority after rescinding Obamas illegal
and unconstitutional actions and investigating Planned Parenthood.
The third thing I intend to do on the rst day in oce is instruct the Department
of Justice and the IRS and every other federal agency, that the persecution of
religious liberty ends today, Cruz said.
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Obama takes digs at GOP for anti-LGBT views


Says religious freedom
shouldnt enable
anti-LGBT discrimination
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
NEW YORK President Obama was
careful not to attackRepublicans by name
on Sunday night during an address before
the Democratic National Committees
LGBT gala, but it was clear what he thinks
of their views.
For example, Obama didnt mention
Democrat-turned-Republican
Rowan
County Clerk Kim Davis or any the 2016 GOP
presidential candidates, but his repudiation
of the invocation of religious liberty as an
excuse for anti-LGBT discrimination could
have easily applied to them.
Acknowledging that religious liberty is
cherished in the United States, Obama
noted, Religious freedom doesnt grant
us the freedom to deny our fellow
Americans their constitutional rights.
Obama delivered the 20-minute speech
at Gotham Hall on the same day he came
to New York City to attend a session at the
United Nations. According to the DNC,about
530 supporters attended and contributed
between $1,200 and $33,400 a person.
Reecting on the GOP presidential
candidates, Obama said they probably wont

PRESIDENT OBAMA criticizedthe GOP at this


weeks DNC LGBT gala.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

use marriage as a wedge issue like they did


in 2004, because the country has come
too far, but he took the hopefuls to task
for their responses thus far tothe Supreme
Courts decision in favor of gay nuptials.
One candidate, Obama noted without
identifying him, said the United States
should just disobey the Supreme Courts
order entirely. Thats the view of former
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Im sure he loves the Constitution,


except for Article III, Obama said. And
maybe the Equal Protection Amendment.
And 14th Amendment, generally.
One of the leading candidates, Obama said,
suggestedgoing to prison turns you gay. That
remark came fromformer neurosurgeon Ben
Carson before he apologized.
Another candidate, Obama said, boasts
that he introduced an amendment to end
nationwide marriage equality which
isnt even an accomplishment at all. That
could be either Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas),
who introduced such an amendment in the
current Congress, or former U.S. Sen. Rick
Santorum, who unsuccessfully led eorts on
the marriage amendment in 2004 and 2006.
Introducing Obama at the event was Jim
Obergefell, the lead plainti in litigation
that established the right of same-sex
couples to marry across the country.
Obergefell praised Obama for embracing
LGBT issues, including the Supreme Court
decision, bans on ex-gay conversion
therapy and transgender visibility.
But Obergefell joked one thing
remains: Obama, he said, cant
pronounce Obergefell correctly. During
remarks in June, at the White House Rose
Garden at the time of the Supreme Court
marriage decision, Obama tripped over
Obergefells name when it came up on
the TelePrompter.
We have both names last names
starting with O, so it should be easy,

right? Obergefell said, adding that in


truth he would support the president no
matter how he pronouncedObergefell.
Upon taking stage at the gala, Obama
sought to correct the record, enunciating
Obergefell before he proceeded with
the speech to the crowd.
Obama bragged about progress seen
over the course of six-and-a-half years in
his administration. Much of his talk was
focused on the success of Obamacare
enrolling 17 million people in health care as
well as economic growth. Without naming
2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt
Romney, Obama teased him for promising
to get the unemployment rate down to 6
percent by the end of next year, citing the
gure that its now at 5.1 percent.
The
president
also
rattled
o
accomplishments on LGBT issues, saying the
cynics were wrong that change wouldnt
happen. America is now a place where
marriage is equal, Obama said. Obama also
touted repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
Tonight, we live in an America where
Dont Ask, Dont Tell is something
that dont exist, Obama said, eliciting
loudapplause from the audience.
Among the high-prole attendees at the
gala were lesbian nance guru Suze Orman,
gay Star Trek actor George Takei, gay New
York City Council member Corey Johnson,
lesbian U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
and gay Democratic National Committee
treasurer Andrew Tobias.

DNC chair expects 2016 platform to include Equality Act


Wasserman Schultz
talks popes visit,
Boehners exit, Kim Davis
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
NEW
YORK

Following
the
introduction of comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination legislation in Congress,
Democratic National Committee Chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she
would expect the upcoming 2016
Democratic Party platform to include
support for the Equality Act.
I would expect so. I cant envision our
platform not including that, Wasserman
Schultz said speaking to LGBT reporters
during an LGBT gala for the DNC in New
York Citys Gotham Hall.
Wasserman Schultz addressed the
platform in the context of the DNC
recently approving a resolution in support
of the Supreme Courts ruling in favor
of nationwide marriage equality. Asked
about any upcoming resolution in favor

of the Equality Act, Wasserman Schultz


predicted one would be forthcoming.
Im condent that we have a resolution
standing up in support of the Equality Act,
Wasserman Schultz said. The rights of
the LGBT community are the central civil
rights issue of our time, and they are an
extremely important part of our party. I
would assume we take every opportunity
to draw a contrast with Republicans, and
to back up our brothers and sisters and
emphasize how important their rights are.
The DNC chair also said she 100 percent,
absolutely expects the Democratic Party
to oppose the Republican Party on the
invocation of religious liberty to enable
anti-LGBT discrimination, saying those
eorts are already underway.
The Equality Act, introduced by Rep.
David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in the House and
Sen. Je Merkley (D-Ore.), would add
sexual orientation and gender identity to
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair
Housing Act in addition to sex in other
categories of the code where it was
previously unstated.
Wasserman Schultz addressed the

legislation in a discussion with reporters


that included a range of topics, including
Pope Francis address to Congress,
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and House
Speaker John Boehners announcement
he would exit Congress.
On the popes speech, Wasserman Schultz
said the biggest takeaway was his emphasis
on dialogue rather than having a very blackand-white, stark contrast between dierent
sides on important issues.
We need dialogue on climate change,
we need dialogue on health care and on
immigration reform, Wasserman Schultz
said. He really has moved, I think, toward
the idea that we can nd common ground
on some of these incredibly important issues
that aect so many people rather than being
so dogmatic, and I think thats important.
Asked whether she thought the
popesexpressed concern about marriage
being called into question was intended
as a criticism of same-sex marriage,
Wasserman Schultz said she didnt take
it that way.
I thought his tonality was measured, and
I really heard in the popes remarks at that

point in his speech really an emphasis on


the support and the need for the strength
of the family, Wasserman Schultz said.
He did, obviously, make some passing
references to church doctrine, which of
course, you would expect, but I thought
it was done in a way that did what we he
felt he needed to do, but the focus on his
speech was certainly not that.
On recent news Davis would change
parties from Democrat to Republican
after gaining nationwide attention for
enforcing a no licenses policy after
the Supreme Court marriage decision,
Wasserman Schulz indicated the decision
was a good one.
She clearly hasnt been representing
the views of the Democratic Party,
Wasserman Schultz said. It would make
sense that thats where shes more
comfortable.
The DNC chair, who represents
Floridas 23rd congressional district in
Congress, said she wasnt surprised
by Boehners announcement that hed
give up his seat, saying, How much
abuse can one person take?

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Pope: Basis of marriage being called into question


Francis speaks to joint
session of Congress,
celebrates Mass in NYC
By CHRIS JOHNSON &
MICHAEL K. LAVERS
One day after promoting the idea of
a tolerant and inclusive society, Pope
Francis hinted at the Catholic Churchs
opposition to same-sex marriage, saying
the very basis of marriage is being called
into question.
The pope expressed his concern over
the state of marriage during his speech
on Thursday before a joint session of
Congress and months after the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex
marriage nationwide.
I cannot hide my concern for the family,
which is threatened, perhaps as never
before, from within and without, Francis
said. Fundamental relationships are
being called into question, as is the very
basis of marriage and the family. I can only
reiterate the importance and, above all,
the richness and the beauty of family life.
Francis never explicitly condemned
same-sex relationships in his remarks, but
that viewpoint would be consistent with the
Catholic Churchs opposition to marriage
equality. Even though Francis has taken a
more moderate tone on LGBT rights, he
has called same-sex marriage a destructive
pretension against the plan of God.
Francis comments on marriage were
but one part of a speech in which he
generally promoted inclusion and helping
the marginalized, invoking the Golden
Rule that calls for individuals to treat
others as they wish to be treated.
Let us help others to grow, as we would
like to be helped ourselves, Francis said.
In a word, if we want security, let us give
security; if we want life, let us give life;
if we want opportunities, let us provide
opportunities. The yardstick we use for
others will be the yardstick which time
will use for us.
Rea Carey, executive director of the
National LGBTQ Task Force, said the
pope should apply this same logic of
the Golden Rule to same-sex marriage
andreproductive rights.
We welcome Pope Francis advocacy
for the Golden Rule, which calls on
everyone to do unto others as you
would have them do unto you, Carey
said. But this doesnt seem to apply to
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
queer people and our families. Nor does
it apply to the millions who need vital
access to reproductive health services.
We urge Pope Francis to use his position
of immense power to create a truly
welcoming and arming church for all

Gay New York City Council members DANIEL


DROMM (left) and COREY JOHNSON attend
a Mass that Pope Francis celebrated at
Madison Square Garden on Sept. 25.

POPE FRANCIS addressed a joint session of Congress last week.

LGBTQ people and to treat our families


with dignity and equal respect.
In other portions of his speech, Francis
called for action on climate change,
income inequality as well as compassion
for immigrants and aid for the refugee
crisis in Europe. Francis received
signicant applause from the pro-life
majority in Congress when he issued a
call to protect and defend human life at
every stage of its development, but less
applause when he took that logic to call
for global abolition of the death penalty.
Francis spokeagainst fundamentalism
whether religious or of any other kind
in the context of violent extremism
throughout the world.
But there is another temptation
which we must especially guard against:
the simplistic reductionism which sees
only good or evil; or, if you will, the
righteous and sinners, Francis said. The
contemporary world, with its open wounds
which aect so many of our brothers and
sisters, demands that we confront every
form of polarization which would divide it
into these two camps. We know that in the
attempt to be freed of the enemy without,
we can be tempted to feed the enemy
within. To imitate the hatred and violence
of tyrants and murderers is the best way
to take their place. That is something
which you, as a people, reject.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom
to Marry, said he thought Francis words
on marriage were positive because the

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importance of family he stressed is the


basis of same-sex marriage.
I think the Popes declining to criticize
gay couples seeking the freedom to marry
and aiming to take part in and celebrate
our own family life, and his pointed refusal
to use right-wing buzzwords such as one
man-one woman is what really speaks
volumes here, Wolfson said. The very
basis of marriage and the family Pope
Francis speaks of is love and it is time
for our opponents to stop threatening
and ghting against the love we all, gay
and non-gay, aspire to and deserve.

lack an education, people without health


insurance, the homeless and elderly
can also go unnoticed in large cities, such
as New York.
These people stand at the edges of our
great avenues, in our streets, in deafening
anonymity, said Francis. They become
part of an urban landscape, which is
more and more taken for granted, in our
eyes, and especially in our hearts.
Gay comedian and journalist Mo Rocca
read a liturgy at the opening of the Mass.
Singers Jennifer Hudson and Gloria
Estefan were among those who also took
part in the gathering.
Gay New York City Council members
Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) and Corey
Johnson
(D-Manhattan)
attended
the Mass. They both wore buttons
from Dignity New York, a group that
advocates on behalf of LGBT Catholics,
with the slogan opening wide the doors
to Christ.
Francis in his homily did not mention
marriage rights for same-sex couples,
homosexuality and other LGBTspecific issues.
The ponti earlier on Friday during
his speech to the U.N. General Assembly
referred to ideological colonization
a phrase he has previously used to
apparently criticize eorts to allow gays
and lesbians to exchange vows and
anomalous models and lifestyles which
are alien to peoples identity and, in the
end, irresponsible.

Mass at MSG
After leaving D.C., Pope Francis on
Friday celebrated Mass at New Yorks
Madison Square Garden before more
than 20,000 people.
The ponti during his homily said living
in a big city is not always easy. He also
noted the multicultural context presents
many complex challenges.
Yet big cities are a reminder of the
hidden riches present in our world: In
the diversity of its cultures, traditions and
historical experiences, said Francis. In
the variety of its languages, costumes and
cuisine. Big cities bring together all the
dierent ways which we human beings
have discovered to express the meaning
of life, wherever we may be.
Francis also highlighted those who are
marginalized foreigners, children who

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his position as speaker, but he received
a rating of 0 during the time he was
minority leader. In the earlier days
before he was in leadership, Boehner, an
opponent of same-sex marriage, voted in
favor of U.S. constitutional amendments
that would have banned it throughout
the country.
Hilary Rosen, a D.C.-based Democratic
activist and lesbian, criticized Boehner
on LGBT rights and said she doesnt see
things improving after hes gone.
John Boehner has had personal
friends and sta members who are gay,
Rosen said. Yet he never once stuck his
neck out to help for fear of his reputation
in the caucus. I cant imagine there
will be any dierence for LGBT policy
until a broader group of Republican
Americans start demanding that their
party leadership stop kowtowing to the
right wing. It will happen eventually if the
community keeps pushing.
Rosen didnt respond to a follow-up
email asking her to identify Boehners
friends and staers who are gay.
One key issue that emergedduringhis
four-and-a-half years as House speaker
was the U.S. Houses prolonged and
ultimately unsuccessful defense in court
of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage
Act, which prohibited the federal
government from recognizing lawful
same-sex marriages.
After former U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder announced in February
2011 the Justice Department would no
longer defend DOMA in court, Boehner
convened a meeting of the ve-member
Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which
voted on a 3-2 party-line basis to take up
defense of the anti-gay law.
BLAG hired Paul Clement, a former U.S.
solicitor general under the George W.
Bush administration as lead attorney to
defend DOMA. By the time the litigation
ran its course all the way up to the U.S.
Supreme Court, where justices ruled
5-4 to strike down DOMA, the cost of
defending the law totaled an estimated
$2.3 million.
In January 2013, when the Washington
Blade asked Boehner whether he
supported the continued raising of the
cost cap to defend DOMA, which at the
time reached $3 million, hereplied, If the
Justice Department is not going to enforce
the law of the land, the Congress will.
At the same time BLAG was defending
DOMA in court, the House under Boehner
voted on at least three occasions to
approve amendments on the oor
rearming the anti-gay law. Just after the
Supreme Court agreed to review DOMA,
the House at the start of the 113th
Congress by a 228-196 vote approved

House Majority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY


(R-Calif.) is the leading candidate to replace
Speaker John Boehner.

governing rules making clear BLAG has


authority to speak for the House before
the Supreme Court.
But Boehners supporters say he
advanced at least one pro-LGBT measure.
In 2013, under pressure from Democrats
and womens rights advocates, Boehner
allowed a Senate-passed LGBT-inclusive
version of the Violence Against Women
Act to come to the oor, which passed by
a 286-138 vote.
It wasnt the rst time a Republicancontrolled chamber of Congress passed
LGBT-inclusive legislation. During the
109th Congress, the House passed an
LGBT-inclusive version of hate crimes
protections as part of a broader bill. But
reauthorization of the Violence Against
Women Act did mark the rst time a proLGBT bill passed under Boehner.
Speaking to LGBT reporters this week,
Democratic National Committee Chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz identied
VAWA as one thing Boehner achieved for
the LGBT community, saying, He deserves
credit for not continuing to block it.
In his later years as speaker, Boehners
views on LGBT issues became more
mixed. That was best exemplied byhis
decision to meet with the LGBT Equality
Caucus in early 2014, which was rst
reported by the Blade.
Not even President Obama has met
with the LGBT Equality Caucus, making
Boehners meeting with the openly LGB
members ofthe group a historic moment
for the LGBT movement.

But according to Rep. Mark Takano


(D-Calif.), who was present during the
closed-door meeting, Boehner took the
opportunity to say there was no way the
House would bring up the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act, which at the
time had passed the Senate under its
Democratic majority.
Boehner made his opposition to ENDA
clear when the Blade asked him during a
news conference shortly after the Senate
passed the bill whether he would bring it
up for a vote.
Listen, I understand people have
diering opinions on this issue, and I
respect those opinions, Boehner said.
But as someone whos worked in the
employment law area for all my years in
the State House and all my years here, I
see no basis or no need for this legislation.
Although Boehner continues to oppose
same-sex marriage, he made eorts to
stay out of litigation seeking marriage
rights for gay couples when it came to
the Supreme Court, unlike his actions
with DOMA.
Asked by the Blade in February during
a news conference whether House
Republicans would participate in the
litigation, Boehner indicated he expected his
caucus to accept the decision from justices.
I dont expect that were going to weigh
in on this, Boehner said. The court will
make its decision and thats why theyre
there, to be the highest court in the land.
When congressional Republicans made
public their friend-of-the-court brief
urging the Supreme Court to uphold state
bans on same-sex marriage, Boehners
signature wasnt among the six U.S.
senators and 51 U.S. House members who
signed it. (However, he later claried on
NBCs Meet the Press he thinks marriage
should be left to the states, not the courts,
and he would have signed the brief had it
been presented to him.)
After the Supreme Court ruled on
marriage, Boehner made no eort to
bring to the oor a measure to address
the ruling even though the Republican
caucus has its greatest majority since
the Truman administration. Hes been
non-committal on the First Amendment
Defense Act, religious freedom legislation
seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination,
although social conservatives have
clamored for a vote.
Gregory Angelo, executive director
of Log Cabin Republicans, commended
Boehner for his tenure as speaker,
saying he was saddled with managing an
ideologically fractured majority, but did
it well.
Additionally, both Boehner and
McCarthy gave tremendous support
to openly gay Republicans running
for Congress, Angelo said. This was
especially evident in the 2014 election cycle
where House Leadership campaigned

and fundraised for Carl DeMaio and


Richard Tisei and admonished House
Republicans like Randy Forbes who tried
to stop leadership from growing their
ranks with gay Republicans.
Angelo also credited Boehner with
helping Log Cabin navigate potential
allies in eorts to pass ENDA before
Democrats squashed it.
After LGBT groups dropped support
from ENDA last year over the breadth
of the legislations religious exemption,
its true Democrats sought to advance
a version of the bill with a narrower
carve-out, although Sen. Tammy Baldwin
(D-Wis.) supported the Senate-passed bill
and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) said it was better than nothing.
It remains to be seen wholl replace
Boehner as presiding ocer of the
U.S. House after his departure, but the
presumption is after the upcoming
election itll be the No. 2 lawmaker in
the Republican caucus: House Majority
Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
McCarthy has scored a 0 on the
Human Rights Campaigns most recent
congressional scorecard. McCarthy, an
opponent of same-sex marriage, began
his tenure in the U.S. House in 2007
too late for him to have voted on the
Federal Marriage Amendment in either
2004 or 2006.
But McCarthy was one of the three
members of BLAG who voted in favor
of the House defending DOMA in court.
The California Republican voted against
Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal and a version
of the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act in 2007.
If elected, social conservatives who feel
emboldened by Boehners resignation
are likely to press McCarthy for a vote on
the First Amendment Defense Act, while
at the same time LGBT rights supporters
decry the absence of movement on the
Equality Act. McCarthys oce didnt
respond to a request for comment on
whether hed be open to allowing either
of those measures to move forward.
Angelo declined to comment on
a prospective McCarthy speakership
because he said the leadership election
is still very uid, although Angelo
maintained both Boehner and McCarthy
always had an open door to Log Cabin.
David Stacy, government aairs director
for the Human Rights Campaign, said
McCarthy shares Boehners poor record
on LGBT issues, but added that supporting
LGBT rights is in the best interest of
whomever leads the U.S. House.
The next speaker comes to power in
an environment where super majorities
of the American people, and a majority
of Republicans, stand on the side of
equality, Stacy said. Time will tell, but I
hope the next speaker will begin to reect
this emerging national consensus.

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LGBT advocates to attend Honduras conference


Randy Berry, gay Peruvian
congressman to take part
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
EDITORS NOTE: Washington Blade
International News Editor Michael K. Lavers
will present a workshop on the media at the
Tegucigalpa conference on Oct. 3.

Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates from


across Latin America and the Caribbean are
expected to gather in Honduras this week
for a conference designed to spur further
participation in the political processes of
their respective countries.
Randy Berry, the special U.S. envoy to
promote global LGBT rights, is among
those who are scheduled to speak at the
gathering that will take place in the Central
American countrys capital of Tegucigalpa
from Oct. 2-3. Gay Peruvian Congressman
Carlos Bruce and Costa Rican Deputy
Minister of the Interior Carmen Muoz
are also expected to attend.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute
co-organized the conference alongside
Hivos International, a Dutch group
that promotes LGBT and other human
rights issues, and Caribe Armativo, a
Colombian advocacy organization. The
Association of Youth in Movement, which
advocates on behalf of LGBT Hondurans
and other marginalized groups in
the Central American country, also
sponsored the gathering.

Victory knows the importance of


having more LGBT people elected
around the world, Caryn Viverito of
the Victory Fund told the Washington
Blade on Tuesday. Were thrilled to help
our Honduras conference attendees
transform their parties and their
countries from within.
Andrea Ayala, executive director of
Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas por la
Diversidad, an LGBT advocacy group
from El Salvador known by the Spanish
acronym ESMULES, is among those who
are scheduled to attend the conference
in Tegucigalpa as panelists.
She told the Blade on Tuesday that this
gathering and others like it are necessary
to learn and share wisdom between the
dierent LGBTI activists who work in
support of LGBTI communities.
When LGBT people are public leaders,
it makes a tangible dierence in moving
equality forward, added Viverito. That is
true no matter where you are in the world.
A conference organized by Honduran
LGBT rights advocates that will focus on
how they can become more involved in
their countrys political process will take
place in Tegucigalpa on Thursday.
Nearly 200 LGBT Hondurans were
reported killed between a 2009 coup that
topped then-President Manuel Zelaya and
May 2014. These include Walter Trchez
and Erick Martnez, two prominent
advocates who were killed in Tegucigalpa
in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
Reports indicate that transgender

Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT People RANDY BERRY is among those who
will travel to Honduras this week for an LGBT rights conference.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

women in Honduras are particularly


susceptible to discrimination and
violence from the police, gang members
and other armed groups. The ongoing
violence has prompted many LGBT
Hondurans to seek refuge in Costa Rica
and other Central American countries.
The meeting is very important for us,
Indyra Mendoza, general coordinator of
Cattrachas, a Honduran LGBT advocacy
group, told the Blade on Tuesday.
Berry in a statement to the Blade
applauded Mendoza and other advocates
who work in the region.

I look forward to meeting with


civil society and political leaders from
across the region to discuss how we
can work together to advance human
rights for LGBTI persons and end
violence and discrimination based on
sexual orientation and gender identity
throughout the Western Hemisphere,
said Berry. There is much work that still
needs to be done, but the region oers
signicant expertise, best practices, and
lessons learned to advance measures
that protect LGBTI persons from violence
and discrimination.

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I was humbled to meet Pope Francis.


Of all people, why me? Davis said in a
statement. I never thought I would meet
the Pope. Who am I to have this rare
opportunity? I am just a County Clerk who
loves Jesus and desires with all my heart
to serve him. Pope Francis was kind,
genuinely caring, and very personable.
He even asked me to pray for him. Pope
Francis thanked me for my courage and
told me to stay strong.
Also reportedly at the meeting, where
Francis was said to have spoken in
English, was Davis husbandJoe Davis.
According to the Liberty Council, a
conservative legal rm representing
Davis, Francis told the clerk Thank you
for your courage. He reportedly held out
his hands and asked Davis, an Apostolic
Christian, to pray for him. Davis was
said to have held his hands and said, I
will. Please pray for me, and Francis
reportedly agreed to do so.

After the two embraced, the pope


presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a
rosary he personally blessed. According
to Liberty Counsel, Kim Davis parents
are Catholic and she intends to present
the rosaries to her parents. Kims mother
was clerk of court for Rowan County for
37 years until she retired last year.
Mat Staver, chair of Liberty Counsel, said
in a statement Davis has become a symbol
forChristians throughout the world facing
hardships because of their beliefs.
The challenges we face in America
regarding the sanctity of human life,
marriage, and religious freedom are the
same universal challenges Christians
face around the world, Staver said.
Religious freedom is a human right
that comes from God. These values are
shared in common by people of faith,
and the threats to religious freedom
are universal. Kim Davis has become
a symbol of this worldwide conict
between Christian faith and recent
cultural challenges regarding marriage.

According to the New York Times,


Staver said in a phone interview the
couple met with the pope for about 15
minutes. Staver asserted photographers
were present at the meeting and he
expects to receive pictures soon from the
Vatican proving the exchange took place.
Staver said Vatican ocials arranged
the meeting, not bishops or the U.S.
Conference of Catholic of Catholic Bishops,
the Times reported. Staver reportedly
would not identify the Vatican ocials.
When the Washington Blade contacted
the Vatican Embassy in the United States,
a receptionist who refused to divulge her
name said the embassy doesnt deny
the meeting took place, but declined
further comment.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
didnt respond to the Blades request
forcomment on the reported meeting.
Francis reportedly held the meeting
with Davis on the same day he delivered
a speech on the U.S. House oor before
a joint session of Congress andsaid the

very basis of marriage is being called into


question, although he didnt explicitly
mention same-sex marriage.
Davis was in D.C. at the same time as
the popes visit because she made an
appearance at the Values Voter Summit,
where she was honored with the Cost
of Discipleship award by the anti-LGBT
Family Research Council,
On his return ight to Rome after
visiting Philadelphia, Francis was asked
whether public ocials should be able
to deny marriage licenses to same-sex
couples out of religious objections. The
pope replied, If a person does not allow
others to be a conscientious objector, he
denies a right.
Although there was speculation the
pope may not have even been aware
of Davis in responding to the question,
Staver said in a statement theres no
doubt because of the meeting.
Not only did Pope Francis know of
Kim Davis, he personally met with her to
express his support, Staver said.

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Baltimore Black Pride kicks off Oct. 4

Its Bulb Time!

Quick and Easy Planting for Gorgeous Spring Color


Members of the Washington Daffodil Society will be here
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As part of Baltimore Black Prides


annual celebration from October
4-11, several workshops have
been scheduled. They include:
Sexual Safety, The Trans
Identity, LGBT Relationships
Today, and Knowing Your
Rights/Legal Law Lab.
The workshops will take
place on Oct. 10 from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel
Indigo, 24 West Franklin
St. in Baltimore.
We have some great
topics this year and great
speakers, Letoi Robinson,
who leads the Baltimore Black
Pride Planning Committee, told
the Blade. We really tried hard
this year to give our community a good
variety of activities and events.
The Grown and Sexy Annual Cultural Aair will take place later that evening
from 7 p.m. to midnight. Recording artist Gwendolyn Collins will be the guest
vocalist.
The event will be held at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural
Center, 847 N. Howard St. There will be a light buet, refreshments, live
entertainment, a guest speaker and dancing. The organizers say the attire is
fashion forward, dress to impress.
The Sunday festival will take place in Baltimores St. Marys Park (Paca Street
and Druid Hill Avenue) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other events include a drag brunch
(Oct. 4), a professional mixer (Oct. 5), a pop-up art show (Oct. 6), speed dating
(Oct. 7), the Pride kick-o reception and improv comedy show (Oct. 8), Black Out
Party (Oct. 9), a Daylight White Party (Oct. 10), and worship services (Oct. 11).
The theme for this years celebration is Bridging The Gap, Embracing our
Uniqueness. For more information, contact Bmoreblackpride@yahoo.com or
visit cbebaltimore.org.

SpeakFire! discussion series on tap


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Recognizing we live in a time of uprisings, police brutality and daily violence,


a panel series called the SpeakFire! seeks to explore and celebrate how the
black LGBTQ community in Baltimore denes and works toward freedom in our
everyday lives.
The rst installment of the SpeakFire! panel discussion series will take place
Oct. 6 between 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo, 24 West Franklin St. in Baltimore.
The topic for this panel is Dreaming Radical Resistance: Dening Liberation in
the Black LGBTQ Community.
These panels are a meditation and celebration on liberation in our
community, said Saida Agostini of the FreeState Justice Project, one of the
organizations partnering in the series.
For more information, email sagostini@freestatelegal.org or call 410-6255428

Frederick Center to hold annual meeting


The Frederick Center will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 17 at Grace UCC, 25
E. 2nd St., in Frederick. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.
The following topics will be addressed: Pride 2015 wrap-up, Pride 2016
planning, Youth Group and other youth services, Trans/GNC Community Group,
Peaceful Connections Group, HIV Test Kit Distribution Program, Membership
and Grants and Fundraising.
The meeting is free and open to the public. There is a nearby garage for a $2
at rate and metered parking is in eect.
TFC is a nonprot 501(c)(3) organization, formed in 2012 dedicated to support,
educate, link, organize and provide outreach to the LGBTQ community of central
Maryland. It currently operates out of various donated spaces.
For more information, visit thefrederickcenter.org.
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Jewish Museum of Maryland


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There are hundreds of free events offered


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puppet shows, walking tours and free admission
to museums.

Still crazy after all these years? Crazy about Paul


Simon, of course. Direct from the Rock and Roll Hall
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favorite singer-songwriters premieres right here in
Baltimore. The exhibit features original guitars, draft
lyrics, costumes, SNL video clips and a special
narration by Paul Simon himself.

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American Visionary Art Museum


Opens October 3, 2015

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H E A LT H N E W S

Whos the Boss actor shares HIV status

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I wanted to tell you this a long
time ago, but I wasnt ready. Im ready
now, Pintauro told Winfrey in an
episode of her Where Are They Now
show. Im HIV-positive, and I have
been for 12 years.
Why did he keep it to himself for
so long? Its just a big deal, you
know? he said in the interview. Its
not something that people are really
talking about right now.
Pintauro, whos gay, was outed by
the National Enquirer in 1997. He was
diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2003.
I was living in New York at the
time and completely clueless to the
idea that I was positive, he said in
the interview.I went in for a regular
checkup. It was just regular blood
work. You go in, and you sort of
waited two weeks on pins and needles
or at least I did, because I was just
terried of the idea of getting HIV.
He also talked about the fact that
Actor DANIEL PINTAURO told Oprah
Winfrey that hes HIV positive.
he was using crystal meth at the time
of the diagnosis.
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Pintauro lives in Las Vegas with his
husband, Wil Tabares, and works as a
restaurant manager. Heaspires to open a bed and breakfast with his husband
one day. Pintauro played Jonathan Bower on Whos the Boss?, the ABC hit
sitcom starring Tony Danza and Judith Light that ran from 1984-1992.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. Jersey City is expanding the health care it oers city workers
to include coverage for transgender medical care and related procedures,
including gender reassignmentsurgery, nj.com reports.
Mayor Steve Fulop made the announcement last week. City ocials say Jersey
City will be the rst large city in the state, and one of a few in the nation, to oer
such coverage.
Government has a responsibility to be a legitimizing force, to pull people in
the direction of what is right, especially on LGBT issues Fulop said in a statement
provided to the Jersey Journal. Were making sure that our transgender
neighbors get the care they need.
The city says expanding health care for transgender workers costsa fraction
ofone percent of the citys current healthcare costs, nj.com reports.

PrEP billboards raise concerns in Australia


VICTORIA, Australia Activists in Australia are urging gay men there to
abandon condoms in favor of PrEP though the therapy, which has shown to be
an eective prevention strategy against HIV, is not approved there yet for such
use, the Age reports.
Large posters in Melbourne feature a blue pill and the text: YOU CAN F***
RAW. PrEP WORKS. NO MORE HIV.
SEEITCLEARLY2020, a guerrilla activist group, is behind the campaign andsaid
it was aimingto promote the most powerful tool to combat HIV. The reality is
that HIV will continue to be transmitted by raw sex if we do not make PrEP fully
accessible to Australians, it said in a statement according to the Age article.
Gilead Sciences, which manufacturesTruvada, said it had nothing to do with
the posters.
Gilead supports Truvadafor PrEP as an important HIV prevention tool if used
as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy among certain high-risk
populations. However, until it is approved by the TGA, Gilead does not support
its o-label use in Australia, aspokeswomantold the Age.

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With wintertime just around the
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the weight with each set if you can successfully complete all six reps. As a result, you
are hitting chest, legs and shoulders in one day. The next day you would then do the
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Lifting the covers on Francis-mania


Popes views remain backward
when it comes to LGBT rights

PETER ROSENSTEIN is a D.C.-based LGBT rights


and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly
for the Blade.

Pope Francis got the reception in


America usually reserved for rock stars.
He speaks with charm and oozes love. He
talks of inclusion. But we must remember
that no matter how much love and charm
he exudes, he is still opposed to gay marriage, believing marriage is between one
man and one woman; hes against abortion at any time; and he leads an institution that believes women are not equal to
men and that has a major problem with
pedophilia among its leadership.
On his ight back to Rome he responded to a question about whether government ocials should be allowed to object to certain duties such as certifying
same-sex marriages. He responded, I
cant have in mind all the cases that can
exist about conscientious objection but
yes, I can say that conscientious objection
is a right that is a part of every human
right. It is a right. And if a person does not
allow others to be a conscientious objec-

tor, he denies a right. What he wasnt


asked is whether the conscientious objector should be willing to accept the consequences, be it jail or loss of their job.
Yet we shouldnt totally disregard the
love and charm. The pope demonstrates
that you can disagree but not stop talking or respecting each other. You get the
impression from some of the things the
pope said that he actually understands
the separation of church and state in the
United States.
Jaweed Kaleem wrote, Pope Francis
made his most concrete reference to gay
marriages that are now legal on American
soil when he spoke Sunday morning to
bishops gathered at St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary. He spoke of the unprecedented
changes having social, cultural and, unfortunately, now juridical eects on family
bonds. While not actually using the word
gay, which he has used before he told
bishops the solution to responding to a
society that no longer agrees with church
doctrine is not to rehash the churchs views,
but instead reach out to spread their faith
through friendship. Gratitude and appreciation should prevail over concerns and
complaints. The pope encouraged bishops to not give up on young people who
often dont hold the same values as the
church on family and marriage.
In addition to talking about gay marriage, the Pope met with victims of sexual
abuse and agreed to create a new Vatican
tribunal to prosecute bishops who failed
to protect their ock by covering up for

pedophile priests.
In his speech to Congress he highlighted the work of Dorothy Day, a radical
socialist who was a suragette and who
founded the Catholic Workers Party. Day
also had an abortion. He also spoke for
immigrants and said, Let us treat others
with the same passion and compassion
with which we want to be treated. Let
us seek for others the same possibilities
which we seek for ourselves.
I am a reform Jew and the God I believe
in is inclusive and welcomes all people. It
appears Pope Francis wants the Catholic
Church to be more welcoming to all people as well, even the ones who dont agree
with its teachings. He spoke out on making
annulments of marriages easier, and allowing women who have had abortions to
receive communion. I dont know if that is
satisfying to Catholics if divorce and abortion are still considered sins in the eyes
of his God. No major institution is easy to
change. No religion fully agrees with the
principle live and let live. Orthodox Jews
in my religion are as intolerant as anyone
of those who dont share their beliefs.
But I respect the eorts of Pope Francis, who is at least trying to sound more
inclusive. We can only hope Francis will live
long enough to have his views trickle down
to local parishes and appoint enough new
Cardinals so that the next pope wont be
inclined to move the church backwards.
Its a little like hoping none of the current
Republicans running for president is the
person to succeed Barack Obama.
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Fit to be tied: D.C.s regulatory reex targets trainers


What the ght over tness
certication reveals about
our local nanny state

MARK LEE is a long-time entrepreneur


and community business advocate. Follow
on Twitter: @MarkLeeDC. Reach him at
OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

Would D.C. benet by forcing Council


members to limit their activities to what
are ocially designated as part-time
jobs? The fact that the D.C. Council remains in session on a year-round basis might be causing more trouble than
theyre worth.
Local tness trainers probably think so.
Until Council member Jack Evans last
week introduced a bill garnering a majority of sponsors to repeal a measure unanimously approved last year to register and
regulate trainers, the District was poised
to become the nations rst in the country to do so. The D.C. Councils regulatory
reex to manipulate and manage anything that comes within its eld of vision

will likely, in this instance, be scuttled. It


took an organically organized outcry by
tness professionals, however, to make
that happen.
Anyone pondering why industry associations lobbying for self-preservation proliferate in this town need only cast a gaze
toward the politicians, and anonymous
agency personnel catering to their whims,
possessed with a big government instinct
to control commerce. Theres ample reason D.C. is widely considered one of the
worst unfriendly-to-business locations in
America.
As is often the case, the resulting regulatory rulemaking spawned by prior passage of the law was partly prompted by
a federal administration all too eager to
promulgate these types of nanny state
measures. The ostensible rationale for
the local edict was a provision in the national health insurance overhaul that will
allow corporate tax breaks and insurance
applicability for wellness programs.
However, the now-former head of the
buried-in-the-bowels-of-government
D.C. Board of Physical Therapy, recently informed by Mayor Bowser that
she would not be reappointed after 15
years, neglected to even mention such
justication when defending having
urged the Council to approve the law
and justifying the proposed regulations
she intended to forward for approval.

Instead, the model requirements setting o alarms around the country within the tness world were characterized
as necessary to regulate trainers similarly to hairdressers.
That assertion only begs the question
why hairdressers are also over-regulated
when national studies indicate the result
discourages personal entrepreneurship
and professional engagement often primarily aecting minorities and those with
skill levels recommending craft or service
work as ideal employment options. As
usual, the unintended consequences are
overwhelmingly negative.
All of this merely leads to corporatization of independent endeavors and small
business sectors through governmentsupported cronyism picking winners
and losers by breeding layers of quasiindependent industry overlords. In the
instance of regulating trainers in D.C., the
board tasked with writing the rules had
an inherent conict of interest favoring
the physical therapists currently under
their domain. They were additionally confronted with choosing a particular private
sector certication group with potential
bias against exercise disciplines such as
CrossFit, for example.
Perhaps more revealing, D.C. Council
member Mary Cheh confessed that she
and her colleagues didnt adequately
examine the legislation approved last

year. Cheh told local Loose Lips political reporter Will Sommer, The truth is we
never really focused on it. Presumably
the reexive instinct to regulate was sufcient.
This boils down to dual derelictions
in philosophy and judgment by government: All commercial activity requires
smothering by heavy-handed regulation
to protect infantilized consumers incapable of being competent marketplace actors and vetting service selections. If the
sharing economy has taught politicians
anything its that user evaluation is more
valuable and benecial than lurking and
lumbering bygone-era bureaucracies.
Perhaps District residents should be
spared politicians with too much time on
their hands and too much inclination to
legislate and regulate beyond reason or
even commonsense.
Only 10 states have genuinely full-time
legislatures. In the Washington region,
both Maryland and Virginia have lessthan-full-time legislators, paid less than
a full-time salary and commanding few
sta.
In fact, no state pays its legislators a
sum even approaching the Districts baseline salary of nearly $135,000, exceeded
among municipalities only by Los Angeles.
Maybe a little tightening of the legislative and regulatory belt would be just the
tness regimen D.C. needs.

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Million Man March 20 years later


Standing black, gay and
proud among our peers
By COURTNEY WILLIAMS
On Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, one million
black men gathered as a sign of unity and
reconciliation. Among them were several hundred black gay men, along with a
number of lesbians, who marched openly
as a contingent in the Million Man March
through the streets of downtown to the
National Mall.
Our pre-march rally started at the Carnegie Library (Now the City Museum) at 9th
and New York Avenue, N.W. We started
with about 150 marchers. There were rally speeches from such local and national
black gay leaders as Keith Boykins (National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership
Forum) and Ken Reeves, the openly gay
mayor of Cambridge, Mass. I marched
with my best friend Jerey Mason and his
straight brother, who attended with us as
a sign of support for his brother. Also in
attendance were black gay people from

around the country who came to the


March at their own expense to be part of
the historic event.
Earlier, we were not sure what would
happen if we marched.The speeches inspired us to go forward. We began our
march down 9th Street, Pennsylvania
Avenue and 7th Street into the Mall area.
We proudly displayed our poster board
signs and T-shirts Gay by God, I am a
man, As Proud as our blackness as well
as our gayness, Born this way, Proud
by choice, I support my gay brother.
We chanted, Were black! Were gay! We
wouldnt have it any other way.
A few passers-by hurriedly moved out
of the way, people driving theircarsalong
the adjoining streets honked their horns
in support and a number of pedestrians
stopped and stared. Sensing no negative
reaction and feeling safe, some of those
on the sidewalks jumped in and joined
our group. By the time we got to the Mall,
our group had more than doubled.
When we approached the Mall, we
made our way to the center of the gather-

ing. The mass of brothers opened like the


parting of the Red Sea to allow us to enter
among the many hundreds of thousands
already on the Mall.
Rev. Bishop Rainey Cheeks gathered us
into a circle to pray for the day and unity.
Some of those in the crowd not with our
group joined us in prayer. At the moment
of Rev. Cheeks prayer calling our ancestors
to help us to be unied in brotherhood, the
sun came out and shined so brightly.
What we wanted is for our peers to see
black gay men as an important part of the
community and that we are here to stay.
We wanted our black brothers and sisters
to see us believing in ourselves enough to
come out of the closet and be open about
who we are as black gay men and to respect us more. Im sure for many March
participants, this was the rst time they
had ever seen black single-gender-loving
men openly, visibly and unabashedly acknowledging themselves as a part of the
black community. What I will always treasure most is walking hand-in-hand in unity with my gay brothers: Donald, Bryan,

Keith, Barry, Russell, Tony, Carlton, Steve,


Phil, Jerey, Gary, Adrian, Derek, Bradley,
Rainey, Billy, Chris, Gregory, Dennis and
others.
For that moment in time, there was a
safe place for all black men to gather with
brotherly love for each other in peace
and unity. Much is still to be done in
our community to address violence, discrimination, homophobia and the other
forces of oppression and division aecting our community. That is why we need
to remember that day when we were not
strangers but brothers, when the social,
political, religious and economic groups
we identied with were forgotten as we
all hugged.
Justice or Else, a 20th anniversary observance of the Million Man March, open
to people of all races, ethnic backgrounds
and sexual preferences is slated for Saturday, Oct. 10 from 5 a.m.-7 p.m. on the
National Mall.
COURTNEY WILLIAMS is a longtime D.C.based LGBT rights activist.

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VIEWPOINT

LGBT community should call it quits


More than 30,000 of us die
each year of tobacco-related
diseases
By DAVID MARINER
More than a quarter of people in the
LGBT community engage in an activity that
has signicant negative consequences for
their health. It can cause debilitating diseases and lead to premature death. It is also
something that is preventable smoking.
Smoking causes more deaths in the
United States than HIV, illegal drug use
and alcohol use combined, and more
than 30,000 LGBT people die each year of
tobacco-related diseases.
Members of the LGBT community
smoke at rates 50 percent higher than the
general population. Some studies indicate
that LGBT adults are 1.5 to 2.5 times more
likely to smoke than heterosexual adults.
And, although most LGBT smokers say
that they know smoking is harmful to their

health, fewer have tried to quit (75 percent


versus 80 percent of all adults).

can make it more dicult to ght o infections, and people with HIV who smoke

Research has shown that one of the


best ways to quit smoking is with
the support of ones community.
It is understandable why the smoking
rates within the LGBT community are higher.
For some, the stress that comes with living
in places that may not be accepting can lead
them to smoke. At the same time, the big tobacco companies have marketed their products specically to our community, hoping
that slick campaigns entice young, and often
vulnerable, individuals to start smoking.
The problem is that some of the most
serious health conditions our community
has been battling for decades are made
that much worse with smoking.Smoking

have a higher risk of complications than


nonsmokers.
Quitting, while it may be hard, is not
impossible.
Research has shown that one of the
best ways to quit is with the support of
ones community. The people around you
can help keep you motivated and can
help you quit for good.
This is why the DC Center for the LGBT Community recently worked with dozens of other
organizations on a campaign to help people
in D.C. quit. The campaign, DC Calls It Quits,

took place the week of Sept. 21 and had the


support of more than 40 local organizations,
government agencies and health groups.
The goal of the week was to show
people that there are a variety of community resources available including help
lines, support meetings and therapies
that can make quitting easier.
Smoking cessation is an important
component of LGBT health and wellness. If you need help, join a local support group that specically focuses on
LGBT smoking cessation, try to quit with a
friend or partner do whatever it takes.
Residents can access free support to quit
smoking by calling 1-800-QUITNOW. D.C.
residents who call this number can get free
smoking cessation aids like nicotine gum or
patches. Combining nicotine replacement
therapy with such a program will double
your chances of quitting successfully.
DAVID MARINER is executive director of the
DC Center for the LGBT Community.

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27

Hippo owner CHUCK BOWERS (center, waving)


says goodbye to the clubs patrons last week.
PHOTO BY BOB FORD

Iconic Baltimore club


closes its doors
By STEVE CHARING
An enthusiastic throng amasses just prior
to the 9 p.m. opening of the Club Hippos
dance side for what is billed as The Grand
Finale Dance on Sept. 26. The rst dancers
hit the oor almost immediately and a half
hour later, the dance oor is crammed as
Rick Astleys Together Forever plays. At
12:40 a.m., Donna Summers Last Dance
mix plays to an ear-splitting roar from the
crowd with an hour still left to go.
DJ Farrell Maddox, who rst worked at the
Hippo in the mid-1980s and then returned
in 1997, says, I want the nal moment to

be energetic and exciting. That is how I want


people to remember the Hippo.
Maddox had myriad choices for the
nal song at closing but he settles on the
Weather Girls Its Raining Men following
a brief tribute to Hippo owner Charles E.
Chuck Bowers.
Describing Bowers as a good friend,
Maddox is touched and honored when he
chose him to deejay the grand nale event.
He saluted the venerable Hippos past with
eclectic music spanning ve decades. At its
conclusion, the patrons cheer and hug.
After 43 years as a focal point of
Baltimores LGBT community, a series of
last events that stretched out over the
Hippos nal days last bingo, last hiphop night, last womens night, last dance
party and last drag show lowered

the curtain on Baltimores largest and


most celebrated gay bar. These special
occasions on the dance side aorded
opportunities for people to bid their nal
farewells. The saloon and karaoke areas
will close on Saturday, Oct. 3.
To the dismay and disappointment of
many in the community, the building is
being leased to CVS Health as Bowers,
70, is retiring. On this night, the multigenerational patrons and the employees
reected
the
paradoxical
mood:
celebratory yet somber with many in
denial about the beloved clubs fate.
The Hippo, which opened on July 7,
1972, was founded by Kenny Elbert and
Don Endbinder and featured one of the
largest dance oors in the state, a saloon
and a video/karaoke bar. During discos

heyday, the Hippo ourished with packed


crowds dancing to the beats of vintage and
newer disco hits on its spacious, sunken,
rectangular oor with an overhead disco
ball, bathed in glimmering, colorful lights
and fog eects. Many of the disco divas
performed live throughout the 80s.
As musical tastes changed in succeeding
years, so did the music and the Hippos
deejays kept up. DJ Rosie Hicks, who
played the music on hip-hop night on
Thursdays, says, As a DJ at Club Hippo for
11-and-a-half years, I know rsthand that
losing this venue is an emotional blow to
many of us in the community. So many
memories have been made inside those
walls, and despite our gratitude to Chuck
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Q U E E RY : 2 0 Q U E ST I O N S F O R O SCA R CE V I LLE

WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

By JOEY DiGULIELMO
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For Oscar Cevilles latest role, he says part of the appeal was getting to play
a bad guy with mustache and all.
Ceville, a Panama native whos been in Washington for a decade, says
playing Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza in Arena Stages current production
Destiny of Desire has been rewarding.
Several things attracted me to this project, he says. The fact that it
was written by Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarias, the
amazing all-Latino cast, the great theater Arena Stage and the play itself.
Ceville says the piece is a telenovela-inspired play, a popular storytelling
form in Latin America.
It has been an amazing experience to bring this art form on stage and feel
the reaction of the audience immediately.
Destiny of Desire runs through Friday, Oct. 18 at Arenas Mead Center
for American Theater (1101 6th St., S.W.). The play opens on a stormy night
in Bellarica, Mexico when two baby girls are born, one into a life of privilege
and one in poverty. A former beauty queen swaps the two and the stage is set
for two outrageous misfortunes that grow into one destiny. Show times and
tickets at arenastage.org.
This is Cevilles Arena debut. Hes been in several productions at Gala
Hispanic Theatre and has also appeared at local theaters such as Synetic,
Scena, Constellation and more. Hes a company member of Factory 449. By
day he works as an environmental specialist at the Organization of American
States working on identifying challenges and opportunities for sustainable
development through the monitoring and evaluation of environmental
cooperation projects and programs.
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How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
Fifteen years. Myself.
Whos your LGBT hero?
Those who are the face and voice of
LGBT rights groups.

Whats Washingtons
best nightspot, past or present?
Any place where you can sit outside and
have food and drinks with friends. As far
as bars go, Im partial to JR.s. Its been
a big part of the LGBT community for
years and the sta is always friendly.

Describe your dream wedding.


Fun with a lot of dancing.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Environment

What historical outcome


would you change?
The invasion of Panama.

Whats been the most memorable pop


culture moment of your lifetime?
Will and Jacks kiss on Will & Grace.

On what do you insist?


Ros is making a comeback.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
Ive been sharing photos and reviews
of our show Destiny of Desire, a
heightened and passionate telenovelainspired comedy, it features intense
drama, subversive comedy, outrageous
plot-twists, passionate relationships,
with music and dance. The show runs
through Oct. 18th at Arena Stage.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
Esssso!

If science discovered a way


to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
People should make their own decisions.

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
Reincarnation

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Keep the movement going well
get there.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
My family, but also for a
Bacardi and Coke.

What LGBT stereotype


annoys you most?
That all we do is party.

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Time to Leave, Just a Question of Love
and Love Songs are three brilliant small
French movies. Also, the Canadian movie
C.R.A.Z.Y. and the German movie Free
Fall are great. Far from Heaven with
Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore is
another.

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
In D.C., waiting for a table.

What trophy or prize


do you most covet?
An Oscar for Oscar, but
Ill settle for a Helen Hayes.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


To drive

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THEATER

PHOTO BY COURTNEY KALBACKER; COURTESY OF URBANARIAS

LUIS ALEJANDRO OROZCO and ASHLEY CUTRIGHT in As One, a contemporary opera about the plight of a transgender woman.

Contemporary D.C. outt


explores trans experience
in new production
By PATRICK FOLLIARD
Dont like opera? UrbanArias may
change that. For ve years, the local
company has been making bus out of the
unconvinced with short, contemporary
and relevant operas.
I want to be a gateway to convert
people into fans, says UrbanArias out
founder Robert Wood. I want them to
know what is so compelling about the
human voice unamplied. What is stirring
about being in a black box theater so
close to the performers that you dont
only hear them you feel their voices
resonate in your own rib cage.
For many, length and language are
operas biggest turnos, Wood says. In
response, UrbanArias insists the works
it produces be short (dened loosely as
the length of a feature lm about 90
minutes) and they must be performed in
English. (Even with supertitles, people are
turned by foreign language, Wood says).
Their operas are less than 40 years old, and
relevant. The story must be compelling and
the music beautiful and accessible.
The companys current oering is
out composer Laura Kaminskys As
One, a timely chamber opera about
self discovery told through the journey
of Hannah, who is transgender. The
protagonist Hannah is sung in two
voices Hannah Before (baritone Luis
Alejandro Orozco) and Hannah After
(mezzo soprano Ashley Cutright). In 15
songs, the three-part narrative follows
Hannahs experiences from her youth in

a small town to her college years on the


West Coast, and nally to Norway.
Commissioned by American Opera
Projects, As One premiered last year
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Its
co-librettists are Mark Campbell and
Kimberly Reed, whose documentary
Prodigal Sons traces her own transition
from high school quarterback to woman
who makes lms.
Kaminsky initially reached out to
Reed to do video design only. But when
experienced librettist Campbell joined
the project, he invited Reed to also cowrite with him.
It actually wasnt such a big leap from
lmmaking, especially the way Mark
writes unadorned and truthful, Reed
says. Some of the lyrics began with a
grain of biographical truth but it was
important for us to leave my story behind
and ctionalize the libretto to make it
something universal. For instance, we
included violence against trans women.
Not my experience, but something that
needed to be told.
Campbell, who wrote the libretto for the
Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, says
collaborating with Reed was a smart decision.
I really didnt know if Id get the
transgender experience right. Im a
gay man but that doesnt mean Id
automatically
understand
Hannahs
story. Looking back I can see that I was
getting a lot wrong at rst. Kim added a
lot of realness to the story. I learned so
much working with her.
Campbell and Reed also made a dened
resolution to tell an accessible story.
Some people are terried of
contemporary opera, and because its
sometimes pretentious, they have every
right to be, Campbell says. We wanted
to tell a story to which people could relate.

Also, the music is tonal and rhythmic with


some beautiful vocal lines. A visible string
quartet plays o to the side.
And the team was adamant in not
presenting a 50s lm version of the
transgender experience. While Hannah
understands the seriousness of her
journey, she is not a tortured person. Her
experience isnt exclusively about pain.
She can make fun of herself.
Her journey isnt unlike all of ours,
Campbell says. We all have to give up
something of ourselves to move on. Hannahs
recognizing her authentic self is something
every queer person can understand.
In creating UrbanArias, Wood, a D.C.based music conductor who freelances
around the country, wanted to do something
fullling and meaningful close to home.
And he wanted it to be dierent. He felt
that interpreting what big regional houses
do but on a smaller scale would only invite
unfavorable comparisons. So far critics have
responded positively and funding from local
foundations has been good.
Wood concedes that among opera goers
there will always be traditionalists who only
want to see Puccini, Mozart and Verde.
But for those whove seen various
contemporary things along the way and
are curious to see a little more, he says.
We can serve it to them beautifully done
in a smaller portion.
Past seasons have featured gay
composer Rick Ian Gordons Orpheus
and Euridice, and Green Sneakers, and
the world premier of Gregory Spears
Pauls Case, based on a short story by
lesbian novelist Willa Cather about a
bored gay boy who steals money from his
industrialist father and runs away.
While he describes Kaminskys score
as beautiful and embracing opera, Wood
says past productions have had feet

planted rmly in a crossover genre like


blues-infused opera, and musical theater,
things purists in other opera houses
would shy away from.
Also, he says, UrbanArias casts well.
Ive spent the last 15 years conducting
around the country over, and Ive
made a lot of friends. This allows us
to have talented, known singers in our
productions. And we pay pretty well too.
In preparing to sing the part of Hannah
after, Cutright joined a transgender chat room.
I didnt have any close trans friends
and I wanted to get is right, she says.
The trans people I met were excited
and supportive and forthcoming with
experiences and perspectives.
In the early stages of rehearsal, Cutright
spent time grappling with her characters
physicality.
I wasnt sure how to move as Hannah.
Ive been cast in a lot of trousers roles
which means I play young teenage boys.
So Ive had to walk like a guy, whatever
that means. After some thought, I came to
Hannahs story is about somebody who is
forced to be who shes not. And they just
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Northern Virginia Pride is at Bull Run


Special Events Center (7700 Bull Rn.,
Centreville, Va.) on Saturday, Oct. 3 from
noon-9 p.m.
The festival includes performances
by Billy Win,, Tristan Schack, Goodnite
Neverlanda, Lady Taij, Manuex and more.
There will also be a late night dance party
with DJ Lemz playing music for the night.
Activities for family and kids include a
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JEREMY IRVINE as Danny, a ctional character, in Stonewall. The lm has drawn ire for many
creative decisions.

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Queer history reduced to


stale cliches in muddled lm
By BRIAN T. CARNEY
Sadly, for once the trailer got it right.
In Stonewall, Roland Emmerichs
disaster of a movie about the heavily
mythologized 1969 riots, it is indeed
the ctional white teen Danny Winters
(Jeremy Irvine) who saves the day and
throws the legendary rst brick.
And thats just one of the many
missteps in this mess of a movie that
opens Friday, Sept. 25 at the Landmark
Cinemas and AFI Silver.
The central problem with Stonewall
is the muddled screenplay. Credited to
openly gay TV and stage writer Jon Robin
Baitz (Brother & Sisters and Other
Desert Cities), its based on a detailed
outline by openly gay director Emmerich
(Independence Day, 2012 and The
Day After Tomorrow). Although the
scenario was inspired by his shock at
the contemporary plight of homeless
LGBT youth and his interest in the role
of street kids in the Stonewall riots,
Emmerichs framework relies on recycled
Hollywood plot devices instead of the
amazing stories of the heroic rioters who
converged on the Stonewall Inn and the
historic activists who later led New Yorks
rst Gay Pride Parade. Baitzs narrative is
clunky and poorly paced and the dialogue
is simply laughable, with groaners like
Dannys climactic line I cant love you. Im
too mad to love anyone right now.
Dannys story starts out in a small town
in Indiana. Hes on the football team
and has won a scholarship to Columbia
University, but his father (whos also the
football coach) is worried by his aloof
behavior and sensitive manners. Coach

Winters suspicions are well-founded.


Danny is caught having sex with Joe (Karl
Glusman), the teams quarterback, in
a lovers lane thats not quite secluded
enough. Danny is expelled from Indiana
and takes the bus to New York City.
Upon his arrival at Christopher Street,
Danny is befriended by Ray (the blazing
Jonny Beauchamp in a triumphant big
screen debut) and his rag-tag multicultural band of street kids who steal
and turn tricks to survive. Theyre a
colorful bunch, loosely inspired by actual
people, a queer band of 1960s Dickensian
outcasts complete with sad back stories,
snappy come-ons and a stylish genderbending sense of fashion.
Ray (scrawny, androgynous, Latin) of
course, burns with unrequited love for
the beefy blond Midwestern hunk. Danny,
however, loses his heart to Trevor (Jonathan
Rhys Myers), the timid, pale activist whose
political and sexual indelity ultimately
drives Danny to throw the brick that starts
the riots. Besides reinforcing the gender
stereotypes that the Stonewall rioters were
ghting against (men and women were
being arrested for wearing clothes that did
not conform to their assigned gender), this
trite triangle also underscores the confused
political sensibilities of the movie.
Throughout the lm, Ray and his
friends mock Trevor and his follow
activists. During the riot, Danny leads the
crowd in chanting Gay Power in direct
opposition to Trevor and his Mattachine
Society comrades who organize under
the banner Gay Is Good. Yet the movie
ends with shots of the entire cast joining
in the gay Pride parade which has been
organized by those despised activists,
and with titles that celebrate their hardwon political victories.
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YOUR LINK TO THE ARTS IN METRO D.C.

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Thru Oct 4. Folger Theatre.
202-544-7077. folger.edu.

Four actresses portray the resilient queen in this compelling, multilingual


drama, which uses Elizabeths own words to reveal her wit, courage, and
extraordinary love of her people. Part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival.

Edmar Castaneda
Oct 2. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time while skillfully drawing out


lush colors and dynamic spirit, Castanedas talent, versatility and charisma have
taken the harp out of the shadows and helped him become one of the most
original musicians in jazz today.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


Oct 6-Oct 25. Kennedy Center.
202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

Follow the inspiring true story of Carole Kings remarkable rise to stardom-from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Gon to
becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

After Hours At The Kreeger Museum


Oct 2. Kreeger Museum.
202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org.

An exclusive and delightful art and jazz soiree with Monet, Picasso, Renoir,
Czanne, and special test rides in the Tesla Model S oered by Tesla Motors.
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Get Out More!

THEATRE
Cake O. Thru Nov 22.
Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.
signature-theatre.org.
Chimerica. Thru Oct 18. Animal. Thru
Oct 25. Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
Women Laughing Alone With Salad.
Thru Oct 4. Woolly Mammoth.
202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net.
YERMA (Barren). Thru Oct 4. GALA
Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.
galatheatre.org.
Queens Girl in the World. Thru Oct 11.
Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
Kyle Dunnigan. Oct 7. Creative
Collab Tour feat. Matthew Espinosa,
Brandon Bowen & Chris Miles. Oct
6. Howard Theatre. 202-803-2899.
thehowardtheatre.com.
Ironbound. Round House Theatre.
240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.
Bad Dog. Thru Oct 25. Olney Theatre.
301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
Shear Madness. Ongoing.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Cool Cow Comedy: Lucas Bohn. Oct 3.
Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900.
workhousearts.org.
The Guard. Thru Oct 18. Fords Theatre.
800-982-2787. fords.org.

DANCE
Taurus Broadhurst Dance. Oct 2.
Clarice Smith at Joes Movement
Emporium. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
RebollarDance. Oct 3-Oct 4. Dance
Place. 202-269-1600. danceplace.org.

MUSIC
Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango.
Oct 4. National Gallery of Art.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
Christylez Bacon & Lily Neill. Oct 7.
Strathmore. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
Hamilton Leithauser. Oct 2. New
Orchestra of Washington. Oct 3. Blue
Highway. Oct 4. Michael Chapman and
Riley Walker. Oct 8. AMP. 301-581-5100.
ampbystrathmore.com.
WNO: Carmen. Thru Oct 3. NSO:
Ludovic Morlot, conductor: Miloa
Karadaglic, classical guitar. Oct 8-Oct
10. NSO: Donald Runnicles, conductor:
Olga Peretyatko, soprano. Thru Oct 3.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
kennedy-center.org.
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6. Oct 7.
GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800.
lisner.gwu.edu.
Ccile McLorin Salvant. Oct 3. WPA.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
202-785-9727.
washingtonperformingarts.org.
Virginia Opera: Orpheus in the
Underworld. Oct 3-Oct 4. GMU Center
for the Arts. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu.

Darius Jones and Emilie Lesbros: LE


BB DE BRIGITTE (Lost in Translation).
Oct 3. Atlas. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org.
Harlem Gospel Choir. Oct 4. Big Daddy
Kane & Rakim. Oct 8. Howard Theatre.
202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.
Shenson Chamber Music Concert:
Bella Hristova. Oct 7. Museum of
Women in the Arts. 202-783-5000.
nmwa.org.
Hot Sardines. Oct 3. KellyLee Evans.
Oct 4. BlackRock. 240-912-1058.
blackrockcenter.org.
ASO: The Fantastic. Oct 3. Rachel M.
Schlesinger Concert Hall. 703-548-0885.
schlesingercenter.com.
Wagners Rienzi A Concert Opera. Oct
3. National Philharmonic. Strathmore.
301-581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org.
An Evening with Pianist Helen Sung.
Oct 5. Arts Club of Washington.
202-331-7282. artsclubofwashington.org.
Marc-Andr Hamelin, piano. Oct
4. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
Saul Kaye in Concert. Oct 3. JCCNV.
703-537-3000. jccnv.org.
Aleksey Semeneneko, violin; Inna
Firsova, piano. Oct 6-Oct 7. The
Embassy Series. Embassy of Ukraine.
202-625-2361. embassyseries.org.

MUSEUMS
National Gallery of Art. Vermeers
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter from
the Rijksmuseum. Thru Dec 1. The Serial
Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.. Oct 4-Feb 7.
202-737-4215. nga.gov.
National Archives. Spirited
Republic. Thru Jan 10. 202-357-5000.
archivesfoundation.org.
Museum of Women in the Arts.
Vanessa Bells Hogarth Press Designs.
Thru Nov 13. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community
Museum. How the Civil War Changed
Washington. Thru Nov 15. 202-633-4820.
anacostia.si.edu.
National Geographic. Indiana Jones.
Thru Jan 3. 202-857-7000. nglive.org.
Sandy Spring Museum. Two for One.
301-774-0022. sandyspringmuseum.org.

GALLERIES
Strathmore. Women Chefs: Artists in
the Kitchen. Thru Nov 8. 301-581-5100.
strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Sheila
Harrington. Oct 8-Nov 1. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Oil
Paintings by Ann Schlesinger. Thru Nov
8. 703-845-6156. schlesingercenter.com.
Arts Club of Washington. October 2015
Art Exhibition. Oct 2-Oct 31.
202-331-7282. artsclubofwashington.org.
WPA at 1200 First St. NE. Lobby Project:
David Bellard. Thru Nov 27. wpadc.org.
District Architecture Center. Nature in
the Walkable City. Thru Oct 3.
202-347-9403. aiadac.com.

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Education to enlighten an ill-informed public.
Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.

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Gays prominent in
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It can sometimes be pretty tough to go


meatless here in the DMV.
Vegetarians
are
accustomed
to
cobbling together meals out of the side
dishes on restaurant menus (who doesnt
want a meal of mashed potatoes, sauted
spinach, and, uh, french fries?), and
vegans, well, they get the house salad.
Luckily, a few restaurants have stepped
up to the plate, like Equinox, which has been
experimenting with plant-based ne dining
for several years, including a wildly popular
vegan brunch, and 2941 Restaurant in
Falls Church just debuted its eight-course
vegetarian tasting menu; vegans across
the area are also breathlessly following the
Indigogo campaign to raise funding for a
new vegan diner concept, slated to open on
H St., N.E., by Sticky Fingers Bakery owner
Doron Petersen.
In the meantime, theres D.C. VegFest,
a day-long celebration of all things
meatless at Yards Park on Saturday,
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restaurants, especially, as Byers says, The
vegan versions of foods you would think
you could never have again, such as creamlled cannoli and fried chicken sliders.
But for some people, like this years
D.C. VegFest emcee, Jane Velez-Mitchell,
an animal rights activist and journalist,
the event is about much more than food.
Citing heart disease, climate change
and global hunger as issues all variously
connected to the meat industry, VelezMitchell says, Attending VegFest is the
most important thing anyone can do
because meat production is the most
destructive industry in our world today.
To take it a step further, she also sees
animal rights as an issue that should
resonate with the LGBT community.
As a lesbian and an animal activist, I
see tremendous commonalities between
the struggle for LGBTQ rights and the
struggle for animal rights, she says.
Until recent times, the grievances of gay
Americans were ignored or treated with
contempt by mainstream media, the
courts and society at large. We, in the gay
community, know what its like to have
our suering trivialized and mocked.
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D.C. VegFest 2015 takes place on Saturday,
Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Yards
Park, corner of N and 1st streets, S.E. The
dog-friendly event is free and open to the
public; the rst 1,000 attendees get a free
2015 commemorative D.C. VegFest tote bag
loaded with vegetarian-friendly products
and coupons. Highlights include a vegetarian
cooking demonstration by the owners of
Philadelphias renowned Vedge Restaurant;
presentations by Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary
and ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll; over
20 food vendors, including Vegan Treats,
Woodlands Vegan Bistro, Equinox Restaurant,
Vegetable Garden, Ape Man Foods, and
Better Batch Vegan Goodies; and a beer
garden sponsored by Busboys & Poets. More
information is available at dcvegfest.com.
KRISTEN HARTKE is a DC-based food writer
and editor; follow her kitchen adventures on
Twitter: @khartke.

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Funny, catty book explores


American tastes and trends

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER has been reading


since she was 3 years old.She lives in Wisconsin
with two dogs and 12,000 books. Reach her at
bookwormsez@yahoo.com.

Veronica Lake had her peek-a-boo.


Jackie O loved her pearls. Mary Quant
made a teeny-weeny mini, perfect for
the twiggy body of Twiggy. Kate Moss
was waish, Joan Collins pushed our
shoulders out to there and JLo and Nikki
push the envelope every chance they get.
So whats your style? Dress up, dress
down or, as Cintra Wilson says in her
new book Fear and Clothing, is fashion
dictated by where you live?
Oh, what to wear, what to wear?
Deciding, says Cintra Wilson, is a little
like portable feng-shui, right on your
body. Clothes cover, costume, decorate,
indicate personality, point at politics and
speak volumes to fashion watchers and
journalists like Wilson, a freelance fashion
critic for the New York Times whose work
and an absorbing curiosity take her
from runway to retail stores.
For this book, she traveled to places
around the U.S. both familiar and new to
her to report about style in various belts.
In San Francisco, The Macram Belt
where Wilson grew up, she notes that the
city is one of the few places where a
person really can create a fantasy avatar
and live in that costume full-time.
People come to San Francisco, she says,
to change the sex of their clothes, or to
change their sex altogether.
In The Beltway of Washington, D.C.,

she writes that conservatism in dress


for both men and women is almost
mandatory in power circles. In Utah (The
Chastity Belt), she attended a major,
star-lled lm festival, an experience that
clashed with observations of the women
from the Yearning for Zion ranch.
In The Frost Belt (Wyoming), she falls
in love with Western wear. In Miami (The
Sand Belt), she notices that naked equals
fashion-forward. She goes high-power
shopping in The Star Belt of Los Angeles,
high-hatted in The Bourbon Belt of
Kentucky, high-brow in The Futility Belt of
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Brooklyn, and notes markedly dierent
body types in The Butter Belt of Iowa.
No matter where you live, Wilson says,
your closet should be lled with things
that are an expression of who you really
are. Fashion should be a joyful and
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important way to empower yourself.
And those comments, made early on, are
interesting, although there are many instances
in this book where author Cintra Wilson seems
to ignore them. But more on that in a minute;
rst, I must say that Fear and Clothing is
funny laugh-out-loud funny sometimes, in
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Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

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Busboys and Poets celebrates its 10year anniversary at its Brookland location
(625 Monroe St., N.E.) tonight from 6:30
p.m.-midnight. Activists Alice Walker and
Angela Davis will be the special guests.
There will also be performances by DJ
Ayes Cold, DJ NativeSun and Chelsey
Green. Tickets are $75 for access to the
early reception at 6:30 p.m. as well as the
party. The reception will give guests the
chance to mingle with the nights special
guests while enjoying an open bar and
hors doeuvres. The main party is at 8 p.m.
and tickets are $45. There will be an open
bar, light hors doeuvres, drumming and
other entertainment. For more details,
visit busboysandpoets.com.
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(1318 U St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30
p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for LGBT
men between the ages of 18-35 in the D.C.
area. For more details, visit thedccenter.
org or gaydistrict.org.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.)
holds a transgender support group
meeting tonight at 7 p.m. The group is
open to all members of the transgender
community as well as their partners,
friends and allies to join in on a peer-

facilitated discussion. For more details,


visit thedccenter.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 3
Taste of Bethesda, a food and music
festival, is today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
in Woodmont Triangle featuring more
than 50 restaurants and ve stages of
entertainment. New restaurants Gusto
Italian Grill, Noodles and Company,
Urban Heights and Villain and Saint will
also be featured. Entertainment ranges
from bluegrass and reggae to indie-pop
and folk-pop. Admission is free. Tickets
will be sold on site to taste dierent
foods. Tickets are $5 for four tickets and a
serving costs one to four tickets. For more
details, visit bethesda.org.
D.C. Rawhides present Town and
Country at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight
at 6:45 p.m. Dance lessons will be for the
two-step, line dancing, waltz and west coast
swing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Open dance is
from 8-10:30 p.m. Cover is $5 and includes
the dance lesson and admission for a
night at Town. For more information, visit
facebook.com/dcrawhides.
Adult star Jake Bass will make an
appearance at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.)
tonight at 10 p.m. Cover is $12. The drag
show starts at 10:30 p.m. Select guests
will receive a Jake Bass eshlight. For
more details, visit towndc.com.
Violinist Taylor Davis performs at
Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave., E Vienna,
Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. Davis became
popular after her YouTube channel
Violintay received millions of hits. Doors
open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. There is

a full dinner and drink menu available. For


more information, visit jamminjava.com.
The sold-out Human Rights Campaign
National Dinner is at the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center (801 Mt
Vernon Pl., N.W.) tonight. The keynote
speaker will be Vice President Joe Biden.
There will also be musical performances
by A Great Big World, Carly Rae Jepsen
and Futuristic. For more details, visit
hrcnationaldinner.org.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4
Comedian and actress Monique brings
her stand-up charity show Beats of
Laughter to DAR Constitution Hall (1776
D St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m Tickets range
from $55-105. For more information, visit
dar.org/constitution-hall.
The Takoma Park Street Festival
is from Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be
about 200 vendors booths, 18 bands, 20
food vendors and childrens activities. The
Crawl, a bar crawl, will also take place with
attendees able to purchase a Takoma
beer mug for access to drink specials
at bars and restaurants in the area. For
more details, visit mainstreettakoma.org.

MONDAY, OCT. 5
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..)
hosts coee drop-in hours this morning
from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT
community. Older LGBT adults can
come and enjoy complimentary coee
and conversation with other community
members. For more information, visit

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)
tonight at 7 p.m. through Oct. 25. The
play chronicles Kings rise to fame. Her
hit songs such as I Feel the Earth Move,
One Fine Day and Youve Got a Friend
will also be performed. Tickets range
from $39-175. For more information, visit
kennedy-center.org.
Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney is
at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight and
Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Jerey
Johnson stars as Little Edie Beale of Grey
Gardens and recreates her cabaret act at
Reno Sweeney Nightclub in New York City
from 1978. Tickets are pay what you can
but there is a suggested donation of $10.
The upstairs bar will be open for attendees
before and after the show. For more
details, visit cobaltdc.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 7
Gay singer Stewart Lewis performs
an acoustic happy hour at the Sky Bar
at the Beacon Hotel (1615 Rhode Island
Ave., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. For more
information, visit stewartlewis.com.
Out poet (and Blade contributor) Kathi
Wolfe will read from her work at Pratt
Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore)
on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. along
with poets David Eberhardt and Gregg
Mosson. They will also have a Q&A panel
as well. Its free to attend.
Big Gay Book Group meets at 1155 F
St., N.W., suite 200 tonight at 7 p.m. to
discuss Ill Give You the Sun by Jandy
Nelson, a story about twins Jude and
Noah who were once close but stop
speaking to one another. For more
details, visit biggaybookgroup.com or
email biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com.
The Tom Davoren Social Bridge
Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.

THURSDAY, OCT. 8
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer
organization, volunteers for Food and
Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) tonight from
6-8 p.m. Volunteers will chop vegetables
and pack groceries. To volunteer, email
jonathan@burgundycrescent.org.
For
more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Womens
Leadership Institute, a group for LBT
women and their straight allies ages 13-21
to discuss female sexuality, relationships
and womens rights today from 5-7 p.m.
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for sharing it with us for so long, we will


all miss it terribly.
For some, the Hippo was a life changer.
Paul Hummel, the karaoke host from
2010 to 2012 as well as a customer, says,
It was the happiest job Ive ever had.
Its where I went when I rst came out.
Its where I learned to be comfortable
and proud to be me. Its where I met the
love of my life. If any one place sums up
my gay experience, it will always be the
Hippo. That place changed my life.
The clubs historic signicance was also
remembered.
The Hippo is the only bar in Baltimore
that gave space and support events as
varied as lesbian musical theater, drag
pageants, leather contests, fundraisers
for LGBT organizations, AIDS service
providers, Pride festivals and the
Baltimore Justice Campaigns civil rights
triumphs, says Louise Parker Kelley,
author of the recently released pictorial
chronicle LGBT Baltimore.
Indeed, Bowers, who bought the Hippo
in 1978 and the building itself in 2005,

donated sizable amounts of money to


LGBT non-prots, and he allowed other
organizations, such as Broadway Cares/
Equity Fights AIDS, to hold fundraising
events at the club. Early in the 1980s
when the AIDS crisis began, Bowers was
one of the rst in Baltimore to help raise
money to ght the disease.
Operating under the motto, Where
Everyone is Welcome, the Hippos
major draw was that of a social and
entertainment venue, which was enjoyed
by tens of thousands of people gay
and straight including fans of drag and
leather. Numerous contests and pageants
were held there; its closing elicits profound
sadness but fond memories.
Im very sad to see it closing and very
happy I wasnt born yesterday and had
missed the chance to experience being
part of an era that was great in Baltimore
City, says drag performer and comedian
Shawnna Alexander, who was Miss Hippo
2014 and performed on the Hippos stage
at various times for more than 20 years.
Paul Liller, a.k.a. Dimitria Blackwell,
Miss Hippo 2015, found the Hippo to be
an integral part of his lifes journey.

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eventually become not only a Miss Hippo,
but the last one ever, Liller says. As the
doors close, I feel like a part of me will
be left inside those walls. Fortunately, I
walk away with memories that will last a
lifetime and a love for a place I was lucky
enough to call home.
Members of the leather community
expressed gratitude for the many events
that took place at the Hippo but noted
the benets were enjoyed beyond that
community. By allowing the leather
community to hold events like Mr.
Maryland and the 12 Day of Christmas,
the Hippo had a hand in helping to raise
thousands of dollars for charity, says
Greg King, Mr. Maryland Leather 2015.
Chuck Bowers has left a legacy.
Nearby
businesses
and
even
competitors recognize the impact the
Hippo had as it was the primary destination
in Mount Vernons gayborhood. Don
Davis, owner of Grand Central, which is
located diagonally across from the Hippo,
acknowledges that he and Bowers may
have had their dierences over the years,
but says, We have always been there

with support of each other.


Davis praised the way Bowers ran the
club. Chuck has always operated a rstclass business and his heart has always
been there for everyone. He has had the
most loyal sta and customers; so many
who have been there since the beginning.
To honor Bowers and the Hippo, city
ocials recently named the intersection
of Charles and Eager Streets where the
Hippo is located, Chuck Bowers Way.
The closing of the Hippo is like the
closing of a spectacular Broadway show,
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake says to the Blade. The performers
take their last bow, the curtain comes
down, and the audience departs. Thanks
Chuck Bowers, sta members and
patrons for making this iconic venue such
a vibrant part of Baltimores rich history.
In reecting on those decades, Bowers
is gripped with emotion.
For 37 years this has been my home,
its been my family, he says. Now that the
Hippo is closing it has been an extremely
emotional time for me because of all the
friendships Ive made here over these
many years. I will miss this place.

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Be honest. How many times have you posted a photograph of your dinner on Facebook?
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I was expecting to hear tales of boeuf
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summer squash and sprinkled with diced
shitake mushrooms that had been sauted in Marsala wine, but instead I heard,
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intended purpose. So when did we decide
that the function of a kitchen is immaterial
as long as the room is a thing of beauty?
Our mothers (and to a lesser extent,
our fathers) were the chefs of our youth.
For them, a kitchen could be utilitarian
and still evoke warmth as family members gathered to prepare and partake of
a Sunday dinner or a holiday meal.
My rst memories are of our 1950s
kitchen, where colors bloomed. Ours was
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edges, a corner banquette and wallpaper
with little coee pots on it.
Other kitchens of that era featured expanses of yellow, green and aqua accented with black and white checkerboard linoleum oors. Greater portions of stainless
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painted one color and the doors and
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