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Gay Men's Chorus Sunday's rally for Invisible no more:
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version of the iconic the National Mall to 20 years of fighting for
'Grease' this weekend. include LGBT contingent. LBT visibility in health care.
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Weddings continue, despite congressional scare


D.C. courthouse flooded for the D.C. Superior Court, which oper-
ates the Marriage Bureau, an unprece-
with requests for dented number of people applying for
marriage licenses are requesting to be
marriage licenses married in civil ceremonies offered free
of charge at the courthouse.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. “We have probably close to 400
lchibbaro@dcagenda.com weddings requested,” said spokesper-
son Leah Gurowitz. “Between two-thirds
U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and three-quarters [of couples applying
has backed off pushing an amend- for marriage licenses] are requesting a
ment aimed at overturning D.C.’s wedding at the Marriage Bureau.
same-sex marriage law — most like- “So we’re getting them scheduled.
ly because his Republican colleagues We’re calling everybody and we’re
joined Senate Democrats in opposing trying to just use our space and our
his plan to attach it to an aviation bill, time as advantageously as possible.”
according to Capitol Hill insiders. Gurowitz acknowledged that late
The amendment, which Bennett last week, the Marriage Bureau’s
filed with the Senate clerk March 11, phone answering system became
would have prohibited D.C. from issuing overloaded, and some callers
marriage licenses to same-sex couples received messages that the voice-
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
until the city allows voters to decide the mail boxes were full and incoming
issue through a referendum or initiative. messages could not be left. Same-sex marriages, including the March 14 union of Will Knicely (left) and Bob Whitman, continued this week in D.C.
Bennett’s unsuccessful attempt to “It’s taking some time — a day or despite efforts from one U.S. senator to stop the ceremonies.
advance the amendment came as two — to return calls,” she said. “But we
nearly 700 couples have applied for a are returning all the calls and getting unanimous consent to an approved list n’t include his amendment, preventing “I doubt that he just voluntarily with-
marriage license at the city’s Marriage the weddings set as soon as possible.” of amendments for a Federal Aviation him from bringing it up at this time. drew his amendment,” said Daniel
Bureau since the same-sex marriage Although Bennett filed his D.C. mar- Administration authorization bill, the Bennett’s office did not return calls Penchina, a lobbyist with the Raben
law took effect March 3. Most of those riage amendment last week, he did not measure to which Benefit intended to seeking to determine why he did not offer Group, a political consulting firm that
couples have been same-sex couples. formally introduce it before Senate attach his amendment. the amendment before the list restricting
And according to a spokesperson Democrats and Republicans agreed by The bipartisan-approved list does- new amendments was approved. Continues on page 16

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Mautner Project celebrates 20th year


Health group credited bians in her situation would not have forming it from a local group to a
someone with them,” Hester recalled national organization.
with advancing lesbian in a 2008 essay. “They would be Last year, the group weighed in
going through this all alone. And she on a controversy over when women
care, visibility had an idea of how to deal with that.” should begin undergoing mammo-
Before becoming ill, Mautner was gram tests for breast cancer. The
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. an attorney with the U.S. Department controversy was triggered by a U.S.
lchibbaro@dcagenda.com of Labor and a keen observer of the government medical task force,
LGBT rights and AIDS advocacy which issued recommendations sug-
The Mautner Project, the D.C.- movements, including programs by gesting that mammograms may not
based national lesbian health organ- AIDS groups to assign volunteer be beneficial for women between the
ization, is celebrating its 20th “buddies” to assist gay men with ages of 40 and 50.
anniversary Saturday with 800 peo- AIDS-related illnesses, Hester said. Among other things, the task force
ple gathered for a gala fundraising “She wanted an organization that pointed to data showing there was a
dinner and dance party at the Omni would provide support for lesbians statistically insignificant difference in
Shoreham Hotel. who didn’t have the support she the lives saved of women who under-
The group’s founder, Susan Hester, had,” Hester said. went mammograms in their 40s and
and its executive director, Leslie Calman, who began her tenure as those who did not. The task force con-
Calman, say the festive occasion executive director two years ago, said cluded that the very small difference
marks the success of an organization the early vision of both Mary-Helen in the number of breast cancer cases
that bears the name of a woman whose Mautner and Hester evolved into a detected in women taking the test in
forward-thinking ideas and untimely nationally acclaimed health services their 40s did not justify the expense,
death in 1989 became the inspiration and advocacy organization that, among subsequent biopsies and “anxieties”
for its mission and programs. other things, educates health care pro- the tests generated.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
“Before she died of cancer at the fessionals on the needs of lesbian, In an open letter to the community,
age of 44, Mary-Helen Mautner asked bisexual and transgender women. Leslie Calman, the Mautner Project’s executive director, said the organization Calman and D.C. physician Linda
her partner Susan Hester to create an The organization’s programs ‘introduced the rest of the country, including health care providers and government Spooner, chair of the Mautner
organization to help other lesbians include providing direct services and policy makers, to the vision of a lesbian health agenda.’ Project’s board of directors, sided with
and their loved ones meet the chal- support for lesbian, bisexual and trans- the American Cancer Society, which
lenges of life-threatening illnesses,” gender women with cancer and other ing health care providers and gov- Calman said Mautner Project cur- urged women between 40 and 50 to
says the group’s web site. “Susan life-threatening illnesses; and offering ernment policy makers, to the vision rently has a staff of six full-time and ignore the task force recommendation
promised to make Mary-Helen’s support groups for cancer clients, care- of a lesbian health agenda,” Hester two part-time employees and an and take yearly mammograms.
dream a reality — and the Mautner givers and others grieving over a loss. told DC Agenda. annual budget of about $900,000. In “Mammography is a diagnostic
Project is a result of that promise.” It also educates the lesbian, bi and “But 20 years later — despite the keeping with its tradition of volunteer tool, not a cure, and we need a cure,”
With Hester serving as executive trans communities about preventive remarkable exposure of lesbians and help, the group has 60 volunteers Spooner and Calman said in their let-
director for the first six years, health practices and nutrition and gays — there are still more lesbians who help carry out its programs. ter. “But for the task of early and time-
Mautner Project embarked on a mis- offers smoking cessation programs and gay men who are not out to their “We’re still small and scrappy,” ly detection, mammograms, in con-
sion to fulfill a vision that Hester says and programs to address obesity. health care providers than the num- she said. junction with clinical breast exams,
her partner sketched out on a single “The most remarkable thing to me ber who live free and open lives,” she Hester and Calman credited for- are our best tool.”
piece of paper while in the hospital about the Mautner Project is that les- said. “There are more health care mer executive director Kathleen They added that the task force’s sug-
shortly before her death. bians came together — created a providers who blush or blanch at the DeBold, who headed the organiza- gestion that avoiding mammograms
“She told me that during a bone vibrant organization — and intro- idea of working with lesbians than tion from 2000 to 2007, with expand- would spare women anxiety “strikes
scan she realized how many les- duced the rest of the country, includ- there are who welcome us.” ing its budget and programs, trans- us as patronizing and dangerous.”

Va. guv addresses anti-gay bias in directive


Development hailed as said. “Independent agencies and
state supported colleges and univer-
done, Blair urged McDonnell and state
lawmakers to work with Equality
‘positive step,’ but stronger sities should likewise adopt a similar Virginia to codify workplace protec-
standard of conduct.” tions for all LGBT state employees. He
protections sought In a statement, Human Rights also called for legislation protecting
Campaign President Joe Solmonese Virginians from discrimination based
By HARLEY DENNETT said McDonnell’s directive was a on sexual orientation and gender iden-
Special to DC Agenda step in the right direction, but noted tity in the areas of employment, hous-
that it’s insufficient to fully protect gay ing and public accommodations.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has state employees. “Equality Virginia sincerely hopes
issued an executive directive saying “No one should be fooled by the that the attorney general agrees that
that discrimination based on sexual governor’s directive,” he said. “While the governor’s action today is within
orientation in state employment “will it is a positive step to acknowledge his authority and that he will defend
not be tolerated.” that employment discrimination is a the governor’s enforcement of
The directive, which is different from challenge faced by LGBT Virginians, Executive Directive #1.”
an executive order in that it cannot be public employees remain vulnerable David Lampo, vice president of
similarly enforced, comes after state Photo courtesy of McDonnell’s office without an inclusive executive order the Log Cabin Republican Club of
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli or law passed by the legislature.” Virginia, also praised the governor’s
advised Virginia colleges and universi- A new executive directive from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says discrimination Equality Virginia CEO Jon Blair intervention and called for the direc-
ties to strike any policies that bar dis- based on sexual orientation in state employment decisions ‘will not be tolerated,’ also called the directive a “major pos- tive to be codified in law.
crimination based on sexual orienta- but it’s unclear how much weight the directive carries. itive step forward,” but expressed “This is certainly a step in the right
tion. It also comes after the Republican concern that it was silent on discrim- direction and certainly puts some
governor failed to renew his predeces- of the United States Constitution.” students based on sexual orientation. ination based on gender identity. meat on the bones of his stated policy
sor’s executive order barring discrimi- The directive issued March 10 Martin Kent, the governor’s chief “Equality Virginia applauds his of employment non-discrimination,”
nation based on sexual orientation in appeared to countermand — at least in of staff, explained the shift in a mes- implementation of a ‘standard of con- Lampo said. “[Codifying this directive]
all state employment decisions. part — Cuccinelli’s advice to state uni- sage to state employees. duct’ that recognizes that discrimina- is the only fair and just outcome to this
“Employment discrimination of any versities and colleges. But it was not “While the separation of powers tion based on sexual orientation is controversy, and it would end once
kind will not be tolerated by this immediately clear whether McDonnell’s doctrine precludes the governor from unconstitutional and establishes a and for all the attorney general’s dis-
administration,” says the directive. directive would legally trump Cuccinelli’s changing the Virginia Human Rights strict prohibition against such dis- graceful attempts to intimidate state
“Discrimination based on factors such as advice on the matter. Act via executive order, he wants to crimination in the state workforce,” colleges and universities into dropping
one’s sexual orientation or parental sta- McDonnell’s directive was silent on be clear that discrimination in state Blair said in a statement. their entirely justified employment non-
tus violates the Equal Protection Clause the matter of discrimination against employment will not be tolerated,” he Saying that more work needs to be discrimination policies.”
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localagenda

Sexual assault may be dropped


in Robert Wone murder case
But expert says it a lengthy criminal complaint filed at the
time police brought criminal charges
‘doesn’t look good’ against the three men for obstruction of
justice and evidence tampering.
for 3 gay defendants The complaint cited an autopsy
finding showing that Wone suffered
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. three surgical-like, “clean” stab
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
lchibbaro@dcagenda.com wounds in the chest and abdomen
that could only have occurred if he This house in Dupont Circle, once occupied by the ‘Real World D.C.’ cast, is
The lead prosecutor in the Robert were lying completely still. The com- the new home of an HIV non-profit group.
Wone murder case startled court- plaint, and subsequent arguments by
room spectators last week when he prosecutors, claimed that a person
said the government would likely being stabbed would be expected to
drop its theory that Wone was immo-
bilized by a paralytic drug and sexu-
ally assaulted before being stabbed
recoil in pain or move in a defensive
way, causing the wounds to be
jagged or distorted.
HIV org moves into
to death in the Dupont Circle home
of three gay men.
The disclosure by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Glenn Kirschner at a D.C. Photo courtesy of Radio Free Asia
Prosecutors said a paralytic drug
must have been administered to
Wone to render him immobile, but
they acknowledged that the autopsy
‘Real World’ house
One of the nation’s largest HIV non-profit organizations is taking over
Superior Court hearing March 12 Robert Wone was killed in August and subsequent chemical tests the Dupont Circle home used for filming MTV’s “Real World D.C.”
drew visible sighs of relief from 2006, but no one has been charged could not find traces of such a drug in HealthHIV is leasing the property at 2000 S St., N.W. and will use it to house
defendants Joseph Price, Victor with the murder. A trial for three gay Wone’s body. They argued that the its 20-person staff, which works to advance effective prevention, care and sup-
Zaborsky and Dylan Ward. Price men arrested on obstruction of justice type of anesthesia-like drug in ques- port for people living with HIV/AIDS or who are at risk of contracting the disease.
gave a thumbs-up signal to his attor- charges in connection with the case is tion usually dissipates quickly and “It is a highly recognizable location that allows us to raise public
ney, Bernard Grimm. scheduled to begin May 10. cannot be detected in tests. awareness of HIV in Washington and nationwide,” Brian Hujdich,
“This appears to be a major victo- But defense attorneys say in their HealthHIV’s executive director, said in a statement.
ry for the defense,” said D.C. attor- surrounding their evidence and the- own court filings that they would “As a non-profit, our move made sense since we have a favorable
ney Dale Sanders, who practices ories in the case, saying the govern- present expert witnesses to show lease which allows us to repurpose materials from the ‘Real World D.C.’
criminal law in the District. ment has complied with all “discov- that such drugs are detectable in and use the space as not only an office, but as a community center and
Sanders said that by withdrawing its ery” requirements for informing the tests, and the government’s inability a modest studio for taping web-based trainings.”
earlier contention that Wone was sex- defense of its evidence. to detect such a drug shows it was An estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, according to
ually assaulted and drugged, prosecu- Last week’s hearing followed a court never administered. the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. That number includes 15,120
tors would make it easier for the motion filed by prosecutors in February According to prosecutors, the people in D.C. — a total that represents 3 percent of the city’s population.
defense to promote their own con- seeking permission to introduce evi- sexual assault theory was based on JOSHUA LYNSEN
tention that an unidentified intruder dence at trial that Price, Zaborsky and another finding in the autopsy that
killed Wone after entering the home of Ward engaged in possible criminal con- traces of Wone’s semen were found
the three gay men through a rear door.
The men have been indicted on
duct not identified in the charges pend-
ing against them. Some of the alleged
inside his rectum. The defense later
argued that its own experts would Arrest made in trans bias assaults
charges of obstruction of justice, conduct cited in the court filing per- show that the semen had no sperm The D.C. police department’s Gay & Lesbian and Latino liaison units
conspiracy to obstruct justice and tained to the use of S&M-related cells, indicating it was secreted nat- joined forces last week to assist in the arrest of a male suspect who
evidence tampering in connection restraining devices as well as devices urally by the body after Wone died, reportedly used a metal pipe to assault two Latino transgender people,
with the August 2006 murder. used to administer electrical shocks to as muscles relax during the post according to Sgt. Carlos Mejia, who heads both units.
Authorities have yet to charge any- a person’s genitals. mortem processes. “The investigation further revealed that the suspect attacked the com-
one with the murder itself. The trial is “Are you planning to tell the jury that Sanders said that although the plainants because of their gender identity,” Mejia said in a statement. “One of
scheduled to begin May 10. he was sexually assaulted, restrained,” apparent decision by prosecutors to the [victims] sustained injuries from the attack and received medical treatment.”
Kirschner told D.C. Superior Court that sex toys were used on him and he put aside their earlier sexual assault He said the suspect, who was not identified in the statement, was
Judge Lynn Leibovitz that prosecutors was injected with something? Leibovitz and paralytic drug theory is a blow to arrested on the scene and charged with bias-related assault with a dan-
were still considering introducing other asked Kirschner. the prosecutors’ case, other evi- gerous weapon, an offense considered a hate crime under city law. The
evidence at trial considered highly “We’re moving away from the sexu- dence obtained against the three alleged incident occurred March 13 near 14th and Shepherd streets, N.W.
controversial: a collection of S&M sex al assault proof,” Kirschner replied. But men remains significant and strong. Mejia did not disclose in his statement whether the transgender vic-
toys seized by police from Ward’s he said prosecutors still planned to He noted, among other things, tims were male or female.
bedroom, which prosecutors have offer some evidence that “restraints” that investigators found traces of LOU CHIBBARO JR.
said was located across the hall from were found in Ward’s bedroom. blood in the lint trap of the men’s
where Wone was found stabbed in a In response to another assertion clothes dryer and in a drain outside
second-floor guest bedroom.
Wone, a prominent Washington
made by prosecutors in their February
court filing — that “the killer is someone
the house; findings by evidence tech-
nicians that someone cleaned the Equality Md. names field organizer
attorney, was friends with the three known to and being protected” by crime scene by attempting to wipe Equality Maryland announced March 15 the appointment of Owen
men and spending the night at their Price, Zaborsky and Ward — Leibovitz blood spattered near the body; Smith as its new field organizer for transgender equality issues.
home after working late in his down- asked Kirschner, ” Do you plan to say and that the bloody kitchen knife that A resident of Baltimore, Smith comes to Equality Maryland with experi-
town office, the men and members of one or all of these men killed Wone?” the men said they found near Wone’s ence in both teaching and advocating on behalf of the transgender commu-
Wone’s family have said. Wone was “Not directly,” Kirschner replied. body bore fibers from a towel, indicat- nity. He will work with the Equality Maryland staff to develop programming
married to a woman, and his family He said prosecutors also plan to ing to evidence experts that Wone’s and policy efforts to meet the needs of Maryland’s transgender community.
members said he was straight. present evidence from the autopsy blood was wiped onto knife blade by “Owen has been involved in transgender activism and gender justice work in
Leibovitz said she had yet to see of needle marks on Wone’s body, someone, with another knife likely Maryland for many years,” said Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Equality Maryland’s
sufficient evidence presented by pros- including marks he noted the govern- used to kill Wone. executive director. “We are confident that Owen will be a valuable asset in our
ecutors to justify the introduction of the ment’s medical experts would show Authorities also have said Wone work to ensure that all Marylanders are treated equally under the law.”
“devices” at trial. She noted that were not made by emergency med- appeared to have been dead a signifi- Among the tasks Smith is slated to help with are coordinating grass-
defense attorneys presented argu- ical technicians who arrived at the cant period of time before Zaborsky roots efforts in Annapolis, developing a speaker’s bureau and continuing
ments as to why such evidence was scene and tried to revive Wone. called 911 to report a stabbing; and res- coalition work within the areas of homelessness and poverty work.
not relevant to the case and how it Kirschner disclosed at the hearing cue workers reported finding very little “I am passionate about celebrating and sustaining gender justice and
would be prejudicial to the jury. that he had submitted a letter to the blood on Wone’s chest and body, indi- equality,” Smith said. “I am also interested in examining the intersection
She directed prosecutors to file a defense earlier in the day, which he cating that someone cleaned the body of gender, race and sexual orientation to make connections within all
motion before April 2 explaining their also filed with the court, saying that the before police and rescue workers were social justice communities.”
rationale for introducing such evi- government obtained new information called, according to the police affidavit. Smith comes to Equality Maryland with advocacy experience. He has
dence and said she would rule on its from medical experts that appeared to “They won this battle, but the war testified in the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate regard-
admissibility at that time. raise doubts over whether Wone had doesn’t look good for them,” Sanders ing discrimination based on gender identity, and was part of efforts that halt-
Leibovitz denied a motion by the been sexually assaulted or immobi- said. “You can’t lose track of the big ed a planned change regarding gender markers on state driver’s licenses.
defense asking the court to order lized by a paralytic drug. picture, which doesn’t look good for STEVE CHARING/BALTIMORE OUTLoud
prosecutors to release more details Authorities first raised that theory in these guys.”
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weddingdirectory D.C. sees decline in AIDS


cases, deaths: report 
But total number with HIV tors are headed in the right direction.”
D.C. City Council member David Catania,
WA S H I N GTO N , D.C .H O U S TO NN E W YO R K
rises by nearly 10 percent who chairs the Council’s Committee on Health,
echoed Fenty’s assessment of the report.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. “There is a lot of good news in this report,”
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  !'$##]T¿QS lchibbaro@dcagenda.com he said. “But we continue to labor under the
  !'$!! TOf highest rates of HIV in the country.”
The number of diagnoses of full-blown Catania and Fenty noted that the good
AIDS cases in the District of Columbia news, among other things, is the city doubled
declined by 33 percent from 2004 to 2008, and the number of people enrolled in its free
the number of city residents dying from AIDS HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral drug program, leading
dropped by 30 percent during the same period, to a significant drop in the number of AIDS
according to the city’s 2009 report on deaths.
HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The report’s findings on the breakdown of
But the report also says that the total num- HIV diagnoses by race and gender show
ber of people living with HIV/AIDS in the city trends similar to those found in the reports for
increased by 9.2 percent between December the previous two years:
2007 and December 2008, the most recent • among the city’s overall population, 4.6
period for which data is available. percent of blacks, 2.1 percent of Latinos, and
And similar to past findings, the report 1.5 percent of whites are living with HIV/AIDS;
shows that men who have sex with men, • among the city’s black males, 7.1 percent
referred to as MSM, account for the leading have HIV/AIDS;
mode of transmission of HIV, accounting for • among people living with HIV/AIDS, 72 per-
37.3 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS. cent are men, 75.6 percent are black men, and
People who contracted the disease through 71.3 percent are currently over the age of 40;
Want a subscription to heterosexual contact comprise 27 percent of • men who have sex with men account for
“living” cases, and people who contracted 37.3 percent of all living HIV/AIDS cases;
dcagenda? HIV/AIDS through injection drug use make up
17.4 percent of the cases, says the report.
• heterosexual transmission makes up 27
percent of the living cases;
During a news conference Wednesday • injection drug use accounts for the mode of
Contact where Mayor Adrian Fenty and city health offi- transmission in 17.4 percent of the living cases;
Robbie Barnett at cials released the report, the new data was
framed as encouraging and an indication that
• the leading mode of transmission for new
HIV/AIDS cases in D.C. is heterosexual con-
rbarnett@dcagenda.com the city’s aggressive HIV testing and treatment tact (30.6 percent), men who have sex with
policies are paying off. men (29.1 percent), and injection drug users
Dr. Shannon Hader, director of the D.C. (21.4 percent).
HIV/AIDS Administration, said the increase in Among those speaking at the news confer-
newly diagnosed HIV infections, by just over 9 ence, in addition to Fenty, Catania, and Hader,
percent, was expected due to the city’s were Dr. Pierre Vigilance, director of the D.C.
expanded and highly publicized effort to Department of Health, and Don Blanchon,
encourage people to get tested. executive director of the Whitman-Walker
“This shows work over the past couple of Clinic, which hosted the news conference out-
years is paying off,” Fenty said. “Lots of indica- side its Max Robinson Center in Anacostia.

DC Agenda photo by Michael Key

Trans lobby day


Citizen lobbyists from across the country descended on Capitol Hill this week to encourage law-
makers to pass a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Participants in the
National Center for Transgender Equality's lobby day met with House members and senators
Tuesday to emphasize the importance of passing ENDA with transgender provisions.
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nationalagenda

LGBT contingent to join weekend immigration rally


Activists seek to include of two friends who were torn apart.
Joe and Steve, former D.C. resi-
“We’re focused on a more complex
conversation on immigration reform,”
same-sex bi-national dents, lived in the District for 10 he said. “We also understand that
years together until Joe was laid off there are a lot of LGBTs who would
couples in reform from his position as a structural engi- benefit from immigration reform under
neer in 2009. Joe and Steve asked to this bill without the Uniting American
By CHRIS JOHNSON be identified only by their first names. Families Act included.”
cjohnson@dcagenda.com Because of the nature of his visa, Garcia said passage of immigration
Joe was able to stay in the United reform would allow LGBT immigrants —
Proponents of comprehensive States for only six months after he even without the passage of UAFA — to
immigration reform legislation are lost his job. The couple is now sepa- remain in the U.S. if they don’t have a
planning to rally this weekend in sup- rated, but planning a move to partner to sponsor them for residency.
port of the bill — and drum up sup- Canada so they can stay together. “We have people who have come
port for a proposed component that Larson, who’s straight, said she’s out as gay, lesbian and bisexual who
would help same-sex couples. taking part in the rally — after having are also coming out as undocument-
Tens of thousands of demonstrators participated in a LGBT rally for immigra- ed,” he said. “Some of those stories
— perhaps even up to 100,000 — are tion reform in October — because she relate to both experiences — what
expected to gather Sunday at 2 p.m. on thinks the situation is “totally ludicrous.” it’s like to come out as LGBT, what
the National Mall to call for passing Photo by Emmanuel Garcia; courtesy of Homofrecuencia “It’s incumbent upon us to keep it’s like to come out in a society that
immigration reform this year. Reform The people behind Homofrecuencia, the only Spanish language LGBT radio show in the issue in front of people,” she said. doesn’t accept that doesn’t want to
Immigration for America, a coalition of the United States, are bringing about 100 LGBT people to participate in Sunday’s rally “We’ll continue to keep the issue in give a certain group rights because
immigration reform organizations, is in support of comprehensive immigration reform. front of Congress and our represen- they don’t feel they deserve them.”
staging the event. tatives and the public at large. To me,
Within this larger protest, a contin- ger of separation. Standalone legisla- reminder” to Congress and the Obama it’s really one of the last civil rights Optimism for reform
gent of about 200 protesters is set to tion in Congress known as the Uniting administration on keeping their pledge to issues of the 21st century.” As advocates come to rally on the
advocate for LGBT inclusion in immigra- American Families Act would allow tackle immigration reform in 2010. Also participating in the rally is National Mall, Sens. Chuck Schumer
tion reform, and in particular, a provision LGBT people to sponsor their partners “In fact, I would say that it has Emmanuel Garcia, the Chicago- (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-
to help same-sex bi-national couples. for permanent residency. already been effective,” Ralls said. based host of “Homofrecuencia,” the S.C.) are developing comprehensive
Because same-sex couples don’t Advocates of UAFA are trying to “The president last week called key only Spanish language LGBT radio immigration reform legislation in the
have federal marriage rights that are include the legislation as a provision senators to the White House and show in the United States. He’s bring- U.S. Senate. Earlier this month, both
available to straight couples, LGBT in comprehensive reform — and are began holding meetings about how to ing about 100 LGBT people on a bus senators met with Obama at the
people in same-sex relationships with taking part in the rally to ensure their address this issue, and I have no to participate in the D.C. protest. White House to discuss moving for-
a foreign national cannot marry their presence is visible within the larger doubt that the march on the Mall For Garcia, who’s gay, participating in ward with the legislation.
partner to allow them to stay in the U.S. immigration movement. helped to spur those meetings along.” the march is not just about drawing But whether these senators will
Under current immigration law, an Steve Ralls, spokesperson for Among those participating in the rally attention to UAFA, but showing that include UAFA in their legislation is
estimated 36,000 same-sex bi-nation- Immigration Equality, a group advocating is Laurie Larson, a 56-year-old Arlington, LGBT immigrants are among those who
al couples are kept apart or are in dan- for UAFA, said the rally will be “a visible Va., resident, who’s marching on behalf are part of the immigration movement. Continues on page 22
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‘Don’t Ask’ could get


‘more humane’ guidelines
Anonymous outings of
personnel may be barred
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@dcagenda.com

Service members threatened with dis-


charge under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may soon
be able to breathe easier after Pentagon
lawyers complete their assessment on finding
a “more humane” way to implement the law.
The assessment, due for completion this
week, is taking place because Defense
Secretary Robert Gates tasked the Pentagon’s
Office of the General Counsel with reviewing
the regulations for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to see
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
if the Department of Defense could implement
the law in a fairer manner. Defense Secretary Robert Gates tasked the
After asking last year for a preliminary Pentagon’s Office of the General Counsel to review
assessment for what he called a potentially the regulations for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to see if the
“more humane” policy, Gates announced Department of Defense could implement the law in
before the Senate Armed Services Committee a fair manner. That report was due this week.
on Feb. 2 the review would be complete in 45
days. Earlier this month, Jeh Johnson, the of behavior being discovered.”
Pentagon’s top lawyer, said during congres- Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a
sional testimony the assessment would be fin- think-tank on gays in the military at the University
ished on or around March 19. of California, Santa Barbara, said if such changes
But what these final changes will entail is are enacted, it would eliminate important prob-
unknown because information about them isn’t lems, but still wouldn’t address other issues.
public. The Defense Department didn’t “One is you’re not going to be able to eliminate
respond to DC Agenda’s request to comment all discharges,” he said. “Two, as long as the law
on the new regulations. is on the books, you’ll still have the sword hang-
Also unknown is the timing for when the ing over gay people’s heads, and it’s that sword
Pentagon will unveil these changes, as well as that makes it difficult for them to do their job.”
how long it would take for Gates to implement Belkin said new regulations also won’t
them once he receives the recommendations. change how “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” damages
Repeal advocates say they’re unsure what the military “symbolically and reputationally”
Pentagon lawyers will ultimately produce, but simply by being on the books.
have issued recommendations for changing During the Feb. 2 hearing, Gates said as
the application of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” under part of these changes the Pentagon would
the current statute. “devise new rules and procedures” in light of
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the the 2008 Ninth Court of Appeals ruling in Witt
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said v. Air Force, which challenged the constitution-
his organization provided the Defense ality of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Department in July with a list of possible The decision, which was construed to only
changes that could be made. apply to the plaintiff, determined the Pentagon
Among the changes are mandating evi- needed to prove lesbian Maj. Margaret Witt’s
dence when a possible violation of “Don’t Ask, sexual orientation was a detriment to unit cohe-
Don’t Tell” comes from a fellow service mem- sion in order to discharge her from the Air Force.
ber and not a civilian; eliminating anonymous Applying the heightened Witt standard on a
tips as the basis for the start of an inquiry; and national basis was one of SLDN’s recommen-
requiring that alleged homosexual conduct on dations for a change under current law. Sarvis
which any discharge is based occurs after a said such an application would help the
service member joined the armed forces. Defense Department “create uniformity” in all
“And actually, Secretary Gates and Adm. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharge cases.
Mullen referred to all six of those at the Feb. 2 But Belkin said he doesn’t think the Pentagon
hearing, but we don’t have any concrete intelli- would apply the Witt standard on a national basis
gence as to what Mr. Johnson may or may not because it would be too big of a change.
be recommending to the secretary,” Sarvis said. “I would doubt that the Defense Department
During that testimony, Gates raised some would take a judicial ruling that applies to one
possibilities as to what the changes could circuit and use regulation to expand its scope
entail. He said the Pentagon could raise the to the whole military,” he said. “I think that’s too
level of the officer who initiates or conducts big of a step for a regulatory tweak.”
inquiries, as well as what constitutes a credible Whatever changes the Pentagon makes,
source to start an investigation. advocates maintain legislative repeal of “Don’t
Gates also told lawmakers the Defense Ask, Don’t Tell” is the only way to properly
Department can “reduce the instances” in address the law.
which a service member is outed by a third If the Pentagon implements the changes
party under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” SLDN recommended, Sarvis said it would “go
Alex Nicholson, executive director of a long ways,” but “wouldn’t diminish the need
Servicemembers United, said the actual benefit for Congress to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
to gay soldiers of eliminating third-party outings Sarvis said legislative repeal is particularly
is unknown because reliable information on why needed so any conservative administration fol-
service members are expelled isn’t available. lowing President Obama couldn’t reverse the
“Anybody can sort of venture to guess based changes made under the existing statute.
on their experience and anecdotal evidence,” he “The next secretary and a new administra-
said. “But it’s really hard to do that with authority tion could come along and make revisions that
or credibility because we don’t have any statis- he or she may feel they have authority for
tics on how many discharges are the result of under the current statute,” he said. “That’s why
self-initiated outings, how many are the result of I go back to changes to the regulations are not
third-party outings and how many are the result a substitute for repealing the statute.”
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well into 2011 — to look at how to er a change.”
Petraeus suggests transition while Congress moves to “I believe the time has come to con-
outcome ‘could go end the law in 2010,” Nix said.
Nathaniel Frank, author of
sider a change to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’
but I think it should be done in a thought-
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for the Palm Center, a think-tank on “And that should include the conduct of
By CHRIS JOHNSON gays in the military at the University the review that Secretary Gates had
cjohnson@dcagenda.com of California, Santa Barbara, said the directed that would consider the views
problem with the working group is of the force by changing the policy.”
As the top U.S. commander oversee- that it could succumb to what he Petraeus initially asked for eight
ing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan called “political expediency.” minutes to give a statement on “Don’t
expressed support Tuesday for recon- Frank said “mounds of research” Ask, Don’t Tell” in response to a
sidering “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he have already answered questions question from Sen. John McCain (R-
noted the Pentagon study currently about the impact on open service in Ariz.), but Levin denied him that
underway could offer a positive or neg- the military. If the group does its job opportunity, saying giving the gener-
ative take on open service. DC Agenda photo by Michael Key well, Frank noted, the findings will be al eight minutes would violate the
Following his initial remarks on Gen. David Petraeus told Congress that a Pentagon review of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t consistent with this research and dis- rules by going over the time McCain
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Gen. David Tell’ could offer a positive or negative take on open service. cover “there will be no negative impact was allotted for questioning.
Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central or that any impact will be negligible Levin said another senator could
Command, made the remarks to the have a positive or negative — and this change, but how we best prepare and manageable.” devote their entire question-and-
Senate Armed Services Committee that’s what he confirmed here.” for it,” he said. “We received our orders “But if the group falls prey to polit- answer time for Petraeus so he could
on the possible outcome of the study. Petraeus didn’t talk to reporters from the commander-in-chief and we ical pressure to exaggerate the risks offer his longer statement, although
Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) after the hearing. are moving out accordingly.” to readiness, that will be used by no committee panel volunteered their
asked Petraeus to confirm he said If the parameters of the study are The nature of the study as described obstructionists to derail reform in time. At the end of the hearing, Levin
earlier in Levin’s office that the study to determine whether repeal would by Petraeus and Levin also raises ques- Congress, and ultimately full repeal said he would welcome the longer
could show repeal’s “likely effects have a positive or negative impact — tions about why President Obama, who is up to Congress,” Frank said. statement from Petraeus if he want-
could go in either direction.” as opposed to examining the best way campaigned on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Although the study was outlined as a ed to submit it as part of the record.
“I believe you told me — either to implement repeal — it would be Don’t Tell,” would authorize a review that way to implement repeal, Frank said In response to Petraeus’ remarks,
negative or positive, the study could inconsistent with how Defense could complicate repeal efforts. what Gates actually put in place was a Nix said SLDN is awaiting the gener-
show,” Levin said. Secretary Robert Gates outlined the But Kevin Nix, spokesperson for “political process,” and Obama’s willing- al’s eight-minute answer before
Petraeus affirmed that he made review in congressional testimony last the Servicemembers Legal Defense ness to set it up “does raise concerns weighing in on Petraeus’ position.
those remarks, saying, “It could. It month. At the time, Gates said the Network, said he’s “confident” the about a repeat of the failures of 1993.” “We agree that open service is
could. Yes, sir.” study would focus on implementing working group will follow the directive Whatever the focus of the study, more than a sound byte,” Nix said.
Asked by DC Agenda to clarify repeal and not whether it would be outlined by Gates “to figure out how Petraeus backed the review Tuesday “The bottom line is our service mem-
this view of the study, Levin replied, beneficial or harmful to the military. best to implement open service.” during the hearing as the best way to bers are professionals and they know
“Yeah, in terms like the impact on “The question before us is not “The Senate repeal bill gives the approach “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” while how to bring about the change to
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New bill would bar housing bias against gay, trans people
Measure seeks to amend identity are perfectly legal in many
areas, and people are regularly denied
made aware by other means, there is
potential for outright hostility, property
Fair Housing Act of 1968 a place to live simply because of that damage and even physical violence.
status,” Nadler said at the hearing. “Studies show that in renting
By LOU CHIBBARO JR. He noted that Rep. John Conyers apartments, when callers described
lchibbaro@dcagenda.com (D-Mich.), chair of the House themselves as gay or lesbian, apart-
Judiciary Committee, joined him in ments are more likely to be
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introducing the Fair & Inclusive described as unavailable.”
has introduced a bill that would Housing Rights Act, which Nadler Nadler’s bill comes at a time when
amend the landmark Fair Housing said would ban housing-related dis- Capitol Hill insiders expect the
Act of 1968 to include a ban on hous- crimination against gay, lesbian, House to soon vote on the
ing discrimination based on sexual bisexual and transgender people. Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
orientation and gender identity. The three-page bill is focused sole- which would bar employment dis-
Nadler introduced the measure, ly on expanding the Fair Housing Act crimination on the basis of sexual ori-
the Fair & Inclusive Housing Rights to include protections based on sexual entation and gender identity.
Act of 2010, March 11 shortly before orientation and gender identity. Insiders, including LGBT activists,
he held a hearing to discuss possible “We’re very pleased that he intro- say ENDA has a good chance of
changes for the Fair Housing Act. duced this today and, with our testi- clearing the House but its prospects
“Housing discrimination remains a mony and the support of others, we in the Senate are less certain.
persistent problem in our country,” he hope it gains momentum,” Carey said Other people who testified at the
said in opening remarks at the hear- after the hearing. “There are a num- hearing said they supported adding
ing before the House Judiciary ber of members of Congress who will sexual orientation and gender identity
Subcommittee on the Constitution, be quite supportive of this.” protections to the Fair Housing Act,
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, which he In her testimony, Carey cited pre- and also called for better enforcement
chairs. “While we would like to think liminary findings of a Task Force sur- of the act’s existing protections.
that housing discrimination is an arti- vey on transgender discrimination The other witnesses included
fact of the past, we know it is not.” showing that 11 percent of transgen- Shanna Smith, president of the
Nadler and several witnesses der respondents reported being National Fair Housing Alliance;
who testified at the hearing, includ- DC Agenda photo by Michael Key evicted and 19 percent reported Barbara Arnwine, executive director of
ing Rea Carey, executive director of Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said she becoming homeless due to incidents the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
the National Gay & Lesbian Task hopes the Fair & Inclusive Housing Rights Act ‘gains momentum.’ of discrimination. Under Law; Kenneth Marcus, visiting
Force, praised the Fair Housing Act “For us, the pursuit of the American professor of Baruch College School of
for making important progress in ination in the sale, rental and financ- der. In 1988, it added protections dream, including home ownership, is a Public Affairs; John Relman, founder
fighting housing-related discrimina- ing of housing on the basis of race, based on a person’s disability and risky proposition,” she said. “When our and director of Relman & Dane; and
tion against other minorities. color, religion and national origin. family status. sexual orientation or gender identity is Okianer Christian Dark, an associate
The act, signed by President Congress amended the law in 1974 “Discrimination [in housing] on the known, either because we offer it will- dean and professor of law at the
Lyndon Johnson, prohibited discrim- to include protections based on gen- basis of sexual orientation and gender ingly or a landlord, Realtor or lender is Howard University School of Law.

Marriage could become issue in D.C. mayor’s race


Continued from page 1 being pushed by Senate Democratic about is the D.C. appropriations bill,” he “I called Alexander’s campaign Donahue Peebles, has vowed to
leaders and is considered essential said, which usually comes up before office, and we spoke,” Keller told DC spend $5 million of his own money
works with LGBT rights groups. for continued operation of U.S. avia- Congress in late summer or fall. Agenda. “He told me he opposes gay should he enter the mayoral race,
“My guess is they were trying to tion related programs, including the Summersgill noted that while marriage on religious grounds, but making him a potentially serious con-
put together a package of amend- nation’s air traffic control system. many lawmakers object to attaching he said he is not directly associated tender. A Peebles spokesperson did
ments that could be considered and Both the amendment and a D.C. gay marriage amendment to with the NOM.” not immediately return a DC Agenda
they agreed that his would not be Bennett’s free-standing bill say, an aviation measure or other unre- NOM executive director Brian call seeking to learn Peebles’ posi-
part of it,” Penchina said. “And some- “Notwithstanding any other provision lated bills, they would likely go Brown did not immediately return DC tion on same-sex marriage.
one in his party leadership called and of law, including the District of along with attaching such an Agenda’s call on the matter. Local Some reports have surfaced that
said, ‘Why don’t you save this for Columbia Human Rights Act, the amendment to the city’s annual same-sex marriage opponents have he supports same-sex marriage but
another day?’ That’s me speculating, government of the District of appropriations bill, which specifical- vowed to work to defeat Fenty, who also favors a referendum or initiative to
but that’s probably what happened.” Columbia shall not issue a marriage ly addresses D.C. issues. signed the same-sex marriage bill, allow voters to decide the issue, but
Max Gleishman, press secretary license to any couple of the same “It will be germane on that bill,” he and 11 of the 13-member City the reports could not be confirmed.
for Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the sex until the people of the District of said. Council who voted for the bill when it As developments surrounding the
Senate’s majority whip, said Senate Columbia have the opportunity to But as Bennett backed down on passed in December. D.C. marriage law continue to unfold,
Republicans clearly supported a hold a referendum or initiative on the his marriage amendment, the But political observers say no many activists have said the joy
consent agreement that did not question of whether the District of National Organization for Marriage, serious candidates opposing gay experienced by the dozens of same-
include the Bennett amendment. Columbia should issue same-sex which campaigns against same-sex marriage have surfaced so far to run sex couples who have married or
“So I’m not sure why it wasn’t marriage licenses.” marriage laws throughout the coun- against Fenty. And just a few people, obtained marriage licenses so far
offered,” Gleischman said. “But it was Paul Strauss, who lobbies the try, appeared to inject the gay mar- whose chances are viewed as ques- has overshadowed the controversial
not. And so therefore we’ve locked in, U.S. Senate as an informal shadow riage issue into the city’s upcoming tionable, have emerged to run aspects of the law.
through a consent agreement, a senator on D.C.-related issues, said mayoral election campaign. against Council members who voted Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of
finite list of amendments. And that’s unconfirmed reports that Bennett Several local activists reported for the marriage measure. the Metropolitan Community Church
not one of the ones on the list.” was planning to introduce an amend- being contacted by an automated Alexander, who announced his of Washington, which has a mostly
Bennett’s proposed amendment, ment to block the city’s same-sex telephone poll on the D.C. gay mar- candidacy in September, has raised gay congregation, said the church’s
which was published in the March 11 marriage law surfaced last week on riage law that identified NOM as its less than $4,000 for his mayoral first same-sex wedding held March
Congressional Record, is identical to Capitol Hill. sponsor. The activists said a record- campaign, according to records filed 14 had a profound impact on the
a freestanding bill that he and seven “It could potentially force an up or ed message stated that Mayor with the D.C. Office of Campaign more than 250 people in attendance.
other Republicans introduced Feb. 2. down vote on gay marriage,” Strauss Adrian Fenty supports “gay mar- Finance. Records from the office Will Knicely and Bob Whitman,
The bill’s stated purpose is “to pro- said. “This is certainly something that riage” and at least one of his lesser- also show that Fenty has raised who have been together for more
tect the democratic process and the Democrats and at least some known opponents in the 2010 may- more than $3 million for his re-elec- than 10 years and are MCC mem-
right of the people of the District of Republicans want to avoid.” oral race, former D.C. television news tion campaign. bers, exchanged wedding vows as
Columbia to define marriage.” D.C. gay activist Bob Summersgill, reporter Leo Alexander, opposes it. D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray the church’s highly acclaimed chorus
According to the Congressional who has coordinated local efforts to D.C. resident Kevin Keller, who (D-At Large), who has said he is con- sang “Oh Happy Day,” said Johnson,
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Adoption bill aims to protect LGBT parents, kids


criminate in adoption on the basis of
States that discriminate sexual orientation and gender identity.
against gays would During the panel discussion
intended to highlight the bill, Stark
be fiscally penalized said discrimination shouldn’t take
place in states that have statutes
By CHRIS JOHNSON prohibiting LGBT people from adopt-
cjohnson@dcagenda.com ing or where discrimination takes
place without guidance from the law.
A congressional panel discussion “Standards in adoption and foster
on LGBT adoption was interrupted care should only reflect the child’s best
by a tearful moment last week when interest, nothing else,” Stark said. “Too
a gay foster parent described how many children need a loving home and
state officials in Florida were threat- we just should not close any doors.”
ening to take away his two children. On March 8, Stark reintroduced
Martin Gill of Miami and his partner the Every Child Deserves a Family
are seeking to adopt two young broth- Act after introducing the bill last year.
ers — referred to as John and James The new legislation makes technical
Doe in court papers — for whom changes and is intended to ensure
they’ve cared for six years. Because a that children won’t face discrimina-
1977 Florida statute prohibits gays DC Agenda photo by Michael Key tion on the basis of their own sexual
from adopting, Gill has filed a lawsuit orientation and gender identity as
against the state in an attempt to over- Martin Gill of Miami and his partner are challenging a 33-year-old Florida state law prohibiting gays from adopting so that the they’re placed into homes.
turn the law and adopt the two children. two can adopt two young brothers for whom they’ve cared for six years. The original legislation has 14 co-
After showing slides of his children sponsors that are expected to carry to
decorating a Christmas tree and Holding back tears, Gill said the public at any time. The American Civil ed,” he said. “What is ironic under the the new legislation, H.R. 4806.
dressed as Batman for Halloween, Gill judge pressed further on whether Liberties Union, which has filed the current law is that how in the state of Proponents are also working on a
recalled that during an intermediary some other kind of permanent lawsuit, is expecting the case to con- Florida, they would fulfill the goal of Senate companion bill that could be
court hearing the state attorney “made guardianship could be available, but tinue to the Florida Supreme Court. permanency for these two young introduced before lawmakers break for
it all too clear” that he couldn’t remain the response from the counsel was, Knowing that at age 4 the older child children by splitting them up.” recess this month.
the caregiver should the lawsuit fail. “No, I don’t think it is.” had to care for the younger one because To address the situation and others Jennifer Chrisler, executive direc-
“They answered that if the court “To that, there was an audible they had no parents, Gill said his biggest like it, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has tor of the Family Equality Council,
allows the ban to stand, the state would gasp in the court room,” he said. “I felt fear is that the state would send the two introduced the Every Child Deserves a said passing the legislation would
immediately get a court order to remove my own heart drop.” children to separate homes. Family Act. The bill would restrict feder- enable thousands of children in fos-
these kids from our home, and they would The intermediary court consider- “The lives of these two young al funds for states — including Florida
be made available for adoption,” Gill said. ing the case could make its decision boys would be completely devastat- — that have laws or practices that dis- Continues on page 20
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Congress hears from LGBT


foster parents, children
Continued from page 18

ter care to find families.


Chrisler said a half million children are living
in foster care throughout the U.S. and 120,000
of them are available for adoption. But each
year, she noted, around 25,000 children “age
out” of the system without finding parents.
“And yet, while there is a shortage of quali-
fied foster and adoptive parents for these chil-
dren in need, some states categorically
exclude thousands of prospective parents sim-
ply because of their sexual orientation, gender
identity or marital status,” she said.
Florida is the only state that has a statute
explicitly prohibiting adoption by gays and les-
bians. Other states, including Utah and
Arkansas, have laws prohibiting unmarried
couples from adopting or fostering children.
But Chrisler said the majority of states have
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
no laws to speak to whether LGBT people can
adopt, which can leave children in foster care Charlotte Patterson, a lesbian psychology pro-
“vulnerable to the individual biases of agen- fessor at the University of Virginia who special-
cies, case workers and judges.” izes in LGBT families, said children ‘do well in
As the Every Child Deserves a Family Act lesbian and gay parented homes as compared
builds support, litigation to address the situations to demographically similar homes parented by
in certain states is proceeding. Leslie Cooper, an heterosexual adults.’
ACLU senior staff attorney, said in addition to the
Florida case, another ACLU lawsuit is pending in children and those wanting to adopt.
Arkansas to overturn the law preventing unmar- A common misconception, Gates said, is
ried cohabitating couples from adopting. that it’s mostly LGBT people who are white that
But Cooper said lawsuits aren’t “the way to want to raise children, as opposed to LGBT
fully resolve this issue,” noting the cost of cases people who belong to racial minority groups.
and the difficulty of litigation in states without “All the data that we know about parenting
specific statutes barring LGBT adoption. by LGBT people and same-sex couples shows
“Litigation can be extremely effective and that, in fact, child-rearing is much more com-
chip away at this problem, and hopefully in mon in people of color,” he said. “So particular-
some states, resolve the issue,” she said. “But ly African Americans and Latinos and Latinas,
they aren’t the answer and can’t solve this they’re twice as likely as their white counter-
problem in any stretch. A more global solution parts to say that they’ve raised a child.”
like this bill is what we need.” Regarding the full population, Gates said
Two panelists during the discussion pre- about one million LGBT people in the United
sented research showing that the sexual orien- States are raising around two million children.
tation of parents has no impact on their chil- The numbers are different when looking just
dren and many LGBT people would consider at same-sex couples. Based on U.S. Census
adoption if it were available to them. data, Gates said about 112,000 same-sex cou-
Charlotte Patterson, a lesbian psychology ples throughout the United States are raising
professor at the University of Virginia who spe- around 250,000 children.
cializes in LGBT families, said 36 percent of les- But Gates also said the data show more same-
bians are mothers, 16 percent of gay men are sex couples raise children in states other than
fathers and 40 to 50 percent of gays and lesbians where LGBT people tend to live — often West or
say they would consider becoming parents. East Coast states with more gay-friendly laws.
“Children really do well in lesbian and gay “What that also tells you is that same-sex cou-
parented homes as compared to demographi- ples are raising kids in states that have some of
cally similar homes parented by heterosexual the most restrictive and challenging legal environ-
adults,” she said. ments for gay and lesbian people raising children,”
Patterson said growing up in LGBT house- Gates said. “Many of the states with relatively high
holds has no influence on children’s relation- fractions of same-sex couples raising kids are
ships with their parents, siblings and peers, nor very both politically and socially conservative.”
does it affect their gender development, such Also speaking at the panel was Nakea
as whether they want to play with traditionally Paige, an 18-year-old high school student in
male or female toys. D.C. who grew up in the foster care system.
“The consensus here is extraordinarily clear,” Although she’s bound this fall for Michigan
she said. “Kids are well adjusted. There’s really State University to study biochemical engi-
no need to justify any kind of discrimination.” neering, Paige said her childhood was difficult
Following the discussion, Patterson told DC because she never found a permanent home.
Agenda studies often touted by social conser- “I’ve been in one group home and three fos-
vatives claiming that biological parents are bet- ter homes within three years, and having lived
ter than same-sex couples at raising children in three different places in three years has
are misleading. been a very scary experience,” she said.
“In general, what they’re referring to is Paige said one foster mother wouldn’t allow
research about kids growing up with single het- her to stay because she wasn’t receiving the full
erosexual parents and kids growing up with amount of compensation she thought she would
heterosexual couples,” she said. “In those stud- receive. The foster mother had given a 30-day
ies, there are usually no openly gay or lesbian notice to leave, but Paige said she didn’t know
people, but the results of the studies are often about the notice until it was time for her to go.
used to make inferences about what kids in Following the panel discussion, Paige told
gay and lesbian parented families would do. DC Agenda she wouldn’t have minded living
That’s a mistake, of course.” with LGBT parents.
Gary Gates, a research fellow at the Williams “It wouldn’t have bothered me, basically
Institute, a think-tank on sexual orientation at the because it’s a family,” she said. “As long as I
University of California, Los Angeles, had similar have somebody there to love me as a child,
data on the number of gays and lesbians with and them as a parent, then I’m fine with it.”
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UAFA has 'a very good shot' in immigration reform


Continued from page 9 Schumer has “remained steadfast in “will not be a make-or-break situation.” committed to comprehensive reform calling for comprehensive reform,
his desire to introduce the legislation Another uncertainly is the degree — and it just seems logical to me that hasn’t stated a position on including
unknown. Neither Schumer nor just as soon as we can.” to which the White House would sup- the two go well together,” Ralls said. UAFA in a larger bill. The organiza-
Graham’s office responded to DC Asked whether enough time port passing UAFA as part of com- “If we’re going to have a comprehen- tion didn’t respond to DC Agenda’s
Agenda’s requests to comment on remains this year for Congress to take prehensive reform, particularly if sive bill, it should be truly compre- request to comment on its position.
the inclusion of UAFA in their bill. on immigration reform, Ralls replied, administration officials believe hensive and include lesbian and gay Still, other groups supporting
Still, Ralls said he’s “optimistic” “The short answer is I hope so.” including the provision would compli- immigrants, too.” immigration reform have come out in
that the comprehensive legislation “I know that Sen. Schumer is work- cate passage of the larger bill. But opposition from the Catholic favor of including UAFA in compre-
will include a provision for bi-national ing very hard to build the coalitions in The White House has expressed Church — a strong voice for the hensive reform. The Fair Immigration
same-sex couples. the Senate and to bring people togeth- support for both UAFA and compre- Hispanic community seeking immi- Movement, a project with the Center
Ralls said Schumer noted during er to make that happen,” he said. hensive immigration reform as individ- gration reform — could be an obsta- for Community Change, endorsed
congressional testimony last year Despite advocates’ push for includ- ual items, but hasn’t endorsed passing cle. Last year, the U.S. Conference of inclusion of UAFA earlier this month.
that he thought it was appropriate for ing a provision for UAFA as part of them together as one larger package. Catholic Bishops came out against Marissa Graciosa, director of
immigration reform to include a comprehensive immigration reform, a In response to a query on UAFA and said they couldn’t support FIRM, said in a statement that her
UAFA-like provision. Ralls also noted number of uncertainties and obstacles whether Obama would support pass- immigration reform if a provision for project supports the inclusion of
that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair are in the way. One issue is whether ing UAFA this year as part of immi- LGBT couples were included in the UAFA to keep couples together.
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham, who has a conservative vot- gration reform, Shin Inouye, a White larger legislation. “There is power in our diversity,
is the sponsor for the standalone ver- ing record, would be open to including House spokesperson, said in a state- Ralls said the Conference of Catholic but we must honor that diversity,” she
sion of UAFA in the Senate. UAFA. The Human Rights Campaign ment the president’s “commitment to Bishops is “a sole minority voice,” though, said. “And it starts with keeping all
“Our hope and expectation is that gave him a score of 0 out of 100 on its fixing our broken immigration system among religious groups that have stated families from all backgrounds togeth-
with two champions as strong and influ- most recent congressional scorecard. remains unwavering, and he contin- positions on the legislation. He said er. This is why we support the Uniting
ential as that, that we have a very good But Ralls said he hopes Republicans ues to hope for bipartisan leadership Methodists, Episcopalians, Unitarians American Families Act.”
shot of being included,” Ralls said. such as Graham would allow for the on legislation.” and Jewish groups are among the reli- Ralls said Immigration Equality is an
It’s also unclear when Schumer inclusion of UAFA in the comprehensive “He has told members of both gious organizations supporting UAFA. active member for Reform Immigration
and Graham will make their bill pub- reform because such a provision would parties that if they can fashion a plan, “The list of faith groups who are for America and is working to bring
lic — and when they do, if enough strengthen families in the U.S. he is eager to work with them to get committed to immigration reform that organizations within that umbrella
time remains in the legislative calen- “Republican lawmakers are going it done and he has assigned includes lesbian and gay families is group in favor of UAFA inclusion.
dar to pass immigration reform this to take a strong stand in favor of fam- Secretary [of Homeland Security very long and diverse,” Ralls said. “At In addition to FIRM, Ralls said the
year. With limited time remaining ily unification as a priority in the com- Janet] Napolitano to work with stake- the end of the day, people of faith Mexican American Legal Defense &
before lawmakers break to campaign prehensive bill,” Ralls said. “Lesbian holders on that effort,” Inouye said. should support keeping children with Educational Fund has noted the
for mid-term elections, other major and gay families are a natural fit for Ralls said he thinks it would be parents and families together and, in importance of including same-sex
issues such as financial reform and family unification issues.” “logical” for the White House to my view, it is the Christian thing to do.” couples in immigration reform.
climate change legislation could take Ralls added that if Schumer and endorse UAFA as part of comprehen- Also lacking among the advocacy “So there are organizations within
precedence over immigration. Graham can work together to create a sive reform if the administration favors groups is unanimity in favor of includ- the immigration movement — both
Ralls said he hopes the senators bill that boasts bipartisan support for passage of both legislative items. ing UAFA as part of the larger bill. faith groups and immigrant groups
will introduce their legislation some- other issues — such as creating a path “My belief is that they would like to Reform Immigration for America, that have been very vocal in their
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JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
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1960s and 70s. Lesbians worked tire- would put lesbians at the center of the stress of stigma with cigarettes — ment, Mautner Project has led in the LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lessly for the rights of all women, the story. Soon after, her partner we smoke more than heterosexual struggle for LBT visibility, and joined lchibbaro@dcagenda.com ext. 8079
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at the forefront of lesbians’ needs. But Mautner Project for Lesbians with community norms that say these count us in census findings and in Staff Photographer
MICHAEL KEY
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‘ ’
The need for unbiased journalism
You can get news source. Then there are the online
sources: Daily I read four blogs, eight
in 140 characters, topical web sites and Kerry Eleveld of ‘When you go get your news —
Advocate.com.
but not an education You might say that I do this
because I work for so many journal-
whether it’s from Twitter or The New
By MICHAEL TUNE ists at the National Lesbian & Gay
Journalists Association. That’s one
York Times, Facebook or Fox News
My father is a minister. He got his
master’s degree in New Testament
very good reason, yes. But I person-
ally came to this organization not — listen for the truth.’
studies — not so that he could learn because of a passion for news, but
about the Bible, but so that he could because of a passion for facts. time a few short years later while in The Daily Show once mocked
learn how to decipher it for himself. Whenever I speak, in private or in college when Michael came to visit. The New York Times for printing the
Our house was covered with books, public, I don’t like to be wrong. I like He even told of an experience, as news the day after it happened —
and his office is now one of the nicest to have a base knowledge of what’s an adult, that he shared with making a business out of what is by
private libraries of Christian and bib- going on with a variety of topics. I Michael and their children. He knew definition old news. As funny as the
lical studies I’ve ever seen. want to know who to go to for knowl- Michael for years, and it was a segment was, I hoped that the audi-
Growing up in that house, we edge, and who to trust. And I require source worth reading. ence picked up on what it missed.
learned several things, chief among several sources to do it. It’s our goal at NLGJA, among The fact is, all news is old news, DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
them was to listen very carefully to The constant research pays off. many, to keep unbiased journalism since we can’t predict the future.
what was being said, to pay atten- For example, when Michael Jackson strong. When you go get your news — Quality journalism can take experi- NLGJA will celebrate its 20th anniver-
tion to who said it, and to use rea- died, everyone who ever met any- whether it’s from Twitter or The New ence, solid judgment, and beat sary with a New York benefit on March
son, based on fact and personal one ever connected to him wanted York Times, Facebook or Fox News — knowledge to make a story great. 25 hosted by the Today Show’s Kathie
experience, to make a decision. to have their 15 minutes. I’d see listen for the truth. Find out who’s talk- And it takes time — whether online, Lee Gifford (left) and Hoda Kotb. For
Indecisiveness wasn’t tolerated. opinions on Jackson from his former ing, listen for their opinion. Are they on television or in the newspaper, to information and tickets, visit nlgja.org.
Today I read three newspapers bodyguard’s cousin’s pizza-delivery validating an opinion you already had, listen to a witness’s story, to find the
daily. I typically watch two nightly guy. Should I care what this guy has or teaching you something you didn’t right knowledgeable sources and to depth, unbiased reporting that gives
news broadcasts and one morning to say? No. I hunted for quality, and know? Can you make the other side’s put a quality piece of information out me an education.
news broadcast. I read several mag- the best thing I read on Michael argument for them? If not, do you to the public without jeopardizing the
azines, and my household doesn’t let Jackson was by a man whose fami- know enough? If you’re not paying integrity of the piece. Michael Tune is managing direc-
a Friday pass without grabbing a ly had spent time with Jackson at attention, you’re letting others tell you I find that a headline or 140 char- tor of the National Lesbian & Gay
copy of Metro Weekly and DC Neverland when the man was still a what to believe and how to think. acters can give me the news — even Journalists Association, which this
Agenda. I also get the Philadelphia kid. He told of his own time as a You’ve given your brain over to the quality news, when I’ve picked the year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Gay News each week, an excellent teenager at the ranch. He told of his whims of a news-source owner. right source. But it’s a journalist’s in- Reach him via nlgja.org.
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friday, march 19 HIV/AIDS charity organizations. by the Ladies of LURe at Cobalt,
GAY DISTRICT meets at St. “GREASE,” the Gay Men’s Chorus of 1639 R St., N.W. Fundraising event
Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Washington presents a fully staged, benefiting Servicemembers Legal
1820 Connecticut Ave., N.W., from all-male production of the Broadway Defense Network, a non-partisan,
8:30-10:30 p.m. Gay District is a musical at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st non-profit, legal services organiza-
weekly, non-church affiliated discus- St., N.W. (See full story on page 28) tion dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask,
sion and social group for GBTQ men Don’t Tell.” Come dressed in camo,
between 18 and 35. For more infor- saturday, march 20 war paint or just come out to show
mation, e-mail gd@gaydistrict.org. Volunteer opportunity, 9 a.m.-noon, at support. Doors at 10 p.m. (free
Friday night EREV SHABBAT the CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK, admission with ticket from the SLDN
SERVICES are held 8:30-10 p.m. at the 645 Taylor St., N.E. Volunteers will go National Dinner); 21 and up with ID.
Washington, D.C. Jewish Community through orientation, watch a short film For more information visit sldn.org.
Center, 1529 16th St. Services are fol- then work will most likely involve sort- MISSTALLICA, an all-girl tribute to
lowed by a social event. Please use the ing and packaging donated food. Metallica, plays the 9:30 club, 815 V
Q Street entrance. TEAM DC FASHION SHOW at Town St., N.W. Doors at 8 p.m. For tickets,
ST. PATRICK’S HANGOVER BEAR Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., N.W., 8 call 877-435-9849 or visit 930.com.
PARTY at Motley Bar above EFN p.m.-3 a.m. $10 cover benefits Team Oscar winning actress MO’NIQUE per-
Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., 6 p.m.-3 DC college scholoarship. Models will forms standup at DAR Constitution Hall,
a.m. with host Tim Woody and DJ have four clothing changes represent- 18th & C streets, N.W., 8 p.m. Tickets start
Jim Gade. There will be prizes, green ing club wear, swimsuit, underwear at $39.50; visit ticketmaster.com.
beer and more. and leather/sports/fetish. The model Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
EXCURSION AT FLY LOUNGE: with the highest score wins $500, a shows off his biceps and his singing
THE CHERRY FUND marks National professional photo shoot with Robert voice as O’MALLEY’S MARCH
Women’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Mercer photography and becomes an plays the Recher Theatre, 512 York
with a happy hour to benefit the automatic finalist to be considered for Rd., Towson, MD. Show is at 8 p.m.;
Women’s Collective and their work. the 2011 Ripped Genes calendar. tickets $20. For information, call 410-
From 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1802 Jefferson SERVICEMEMBERS LEGAL DEFENSE 337-7178 or visit rechertheatre.com.
Place, N.W. Tickets are $10 with NETWORK holds its annual national
comp admission for Fresh members dinner featuring Rep. Patrick sunday, march 21 Photo courtesy of Showtime
and Cherry pass holders. Murphy (D-Pa.) at the National Gay favorite “HAIRSPRAY” is per- The Human Rights Campaign sponsors a party celebrating the season two
BRODEO: A DC COWBOYS EVENT, Building Museum, 401 F St., N.W. formed at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in premiere of Showtime’s hit comedy ‘NURSE JACKIE’ on Sunday night.
10 p.m.-1 a.m. at Remingtons, 639 Tickets start at $250; reception at Columbia, Route 29 & Little
Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. Proceeds 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:45 p.m. Patuxent Parkway, 10:30 a.m. and
benefit the DC Cowboys on their mis- Visit sldn.org for information. again at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $46; NURSE JACKIE SEASON TWO wednesday, march 24
sion to provide free entertainment for BARE-MILITARY STYLE, presented call 301-596-6161. PREMIERE PARTY at Public Bar, HOLLABACK TRANSGENDER
1214 B 18th St., N.W. Join HRC and SUPPORT GROUP meets from 6:30-
Showtime for a screening of the 8 p.m. in the DC Center activity room.
Nurse Jackie season one finale and Hollaback is a program of the DC
the season two premiere, followed by Community AIDS Network and meets
an after party. Buy tickets at on the second and fourth Wednesday
hrc.org/nursejackiedc. General of each month. The DC Center is locat-
admission, $10 suggested donation; ed at 1810 14th St., N.W., convenient
VIP tickets, $75 (includes two drink to the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop.
tickets and private VIP viewing area) SECRETS MONTHLY AMATEUR
DANCER CONTEST NIGHT at the
monday, march 22 Ziegfeld’s/Secrets entertainment
WHITMAN-WALKER CLINIC SUB- complex, 1824 Half Street, S.W.,
STANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUP from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Participant sign-
at the Max Robinson Center, 2301 up starts at 10 p.m., contest begins
MLK Ave., SE, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 11 p.m. First prize is $300 cash;
MARC MARON, well-known comedic hosted by Destiny B. Childs with
performer who has appeared on music by DJ tim-e.
HBO, David Letterman and Comedy
Central, hits the main stage at Black thursday, march 25
Cat, 1811 14th St., N.W., 8 p.m. CAREER DEVELOPMENT AT THE
Tickets are $20, call 202-667-4490 or DC CENTER, 1810 14th St. N.W.,
visit blackcatdc.com. 4:30–6:30 p.m., brings trained volun-
teer human resource professionals
tuesday, march 23 to offer support with job searches,
Photo courtesy of Patrick Murphy’s office
PACKING PARTY at EFN interviews skills, resume writing and
Lounge/Motley Bar, 1318 9th St., individual career goal counseling.
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, sponsor of a bill to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ is the keynote speaker at Servicemembers N.W., from 7-8 p.m. Volunteers will For more information, contact the
Legal Defense Network’s annual national dinner on Saturday night. assemble safer sex kits and enjoy Center at 202-682-2245 or careerde-
drink specials. velopmentthedccenter.org.
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‘grease’ is the one that we want


Gay Men’s Chorus puts Committee. During Sunday’s rehears-
al, Cory was wearing an anti-Prop 8 T- ‘Grease’
gay twist on iconic show shirt emblazoned with the slogan Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
“Legalize Gay.” Runs March 19-21
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN And uptight “good girl” Sandy George Washington University’s
Special to DC Agenda Ollson is played adorably by a some- Lisner Auditorium.
what credibly virginal but total heart- For tickets, call 202-293-1548
The musical you know and (be throb Steve Sarno, who in his day job or visit gmcw.org
honest now) even love is almost here is a staff attorney for the U.S.
— only gayer. Environmental Protection Agency. worth of cheap come-hither.
The performance of the new-and- When they embrace, the sexual Act two storms on stage with an
improved “Grease” will wow you into chemistry crackles with double- ensemble dancing “shake it at the
whistling show-stopping songbook entendre desire, and it’s their unlike- high school rock” and then Sandy
standards like “You’re the One That I ly courtship — at the beginning of sings “it’s raining on prom night, it’s
Want” and “Summer Nights,” but this their senior year at Rydell High, fol- raining tears from my eyes.” But the
time the show is performed with an lowing a whirlwind summer romance likely show-stopper will come when
all-male cast by the Gay Men’s that Danny hopes to set aside while longtime GMCW audience favorite
Chorus of Washington. Gay subtext, Sandy meanwhile still pines for more Peter Fox will appear as Teen
Photo courtesy of GMCW
in other words, here we come! — that triggers the showdown Angel, that “teenage n’er do well,”
It runs only this weekend, March 19- between the sexes (so to speak) and ‘GREASE’ is performed with an all-male cast by the Gay Men’s Chorus of while the chorus boys dance
21, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and tweaks all the twists and turns until Washington. around him like sugar plum fairies
Sunday at 3 p.m., at Lisner Auditorium. (sigh) the inevitable happy ending. amped to the camp.
It’s the iconic 1978 musical star- In the capable hands of director explanation of how she got her nick- details from Danny — “tell me more, Most of the guys in the cast grew
ring the young John Travolta and John Moran, every possible double- name, one of the bad boys calls out tell me more, did you get very their hair long so they could grease it
Olivia Newton-John in the classic entendre is milked for its fullest “sure you did!” And other one-liners far?” — while Danny tries to appear back. But all you have to do is find a
tale of good girl meets bad boy — it’s homoerotic meaning and nostalgic dot the script, like when one of the studly, declaring “summer fling don’t date and then get your nostalgia on.
just that all parts are now played, and doo-wop high-jinks and songs that Rydell students talks about meatless mean a thing” to maintain his cool Watch the hula hoops whirl. Watch
to the hilt, by males. flow into a stage-full of chorus boys Fridays in the lunchroom, exclaim- image while secretly wanting to the dancers doo wop — yes, there’s
This time, Danny Zuko — the way- whose moves will turn Lisner into a ing, “I can eat everything, that’s one rekindle his romance with Sandy, an Italian back-story with these lov-
too-cool-for-school greaser — is sizzling salute to same-sex sensuali- of the great things about being who is meanwhile put off by his able grease-balls.
played by boyishly handsome Cory ty, such as during the “mooning” Lutheran.” Right now, as an ex- testosterone-fueled appearance of In other words, this show makes you
Claussen, light on his feet in the dance song, when Roger and Jan also Lutheran, I’m still trying to recall playing the field. an offer you can’t refuse, so just plan on
numbers and sweetly swaggering channel the love that dares not speak exactly what the other ones were. So the story itself doesn’t change having “fun fun fun” in these not so
through the songs, easily impersonat- its name in a song that ends “there’s So we hear Danny and Sandy at all, and it’s wall-to-wall eye candy in innocent days when carefree “summer
ing a high school “hunk a hunk of burn- a moon out tonight!” croon their sweet duet about “sum- a tasty sampler of bon bons. Frenchy love” seems a million miles away. Skip
ing love,” while in real life serving on And the jokes abound. So when mer days drifting away to night,” is still the sexpot whose heart of gold this one and kick yourself when your
the staff of the Senate Agriculture bad-girl Frenchy gives an innocent while the boys are ager to coax glitters with at least a couple of karats friends tell you what you’ve missed.

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Foggy Bottom Market Oklahoma Avenue and Benning
Adams Morgan Farmers Market I Street between New Hampshire Road, N.E.
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301-587-2248 May-October 202-388-5388
May-December Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May-December: Tuesdays, Thursdays,
Ave., 410-685-5086. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. & Saturdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
D.C. is home to rich APRIL 8-11: CAMP Rehoboth Georgetown Market in Rose Park January-April: Thursdays &
array of spring events, Women’s Fest, multiple locations in
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26th & O Street, N.W.
202-333-4946
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farmers markets hoboth.com for details. Broad Branch and Northampton April-October Penn Quarter Freshfarm Market
APRIL 22: Sixth & I Historic streets, N.W. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. North end of Eighth Street, N.W.
Compiled by TYRONE FORD Synagogue presents “An Evening with 304-229-7222 (between D & E streets)
Kevin Smith,” director of popular films May-November H Street Market 202-362-8889
In addition to the exhibits, films, “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy.” 600 I St., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 625 H St., N.E. May-October
books and other cultural happenings N.W., 202-408-3100, sixthandi.org. May-November Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.
profiled in this issue, there are many APRIL 25: Gospel Across America, Columbia Heights Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
more events coming this spring to D.C. a weeklong tribute to gospel, comes to Community Marketplace U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farmers
Below are some of the highlights, includ- the Kennedy Center for the Performing 14th & Irving streets, N.W. Historic Brookland Farmers Market Market
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ter.org, 202-467-460. May-October 202-526-4848 12th Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
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and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to the led by teachers from the DC Yoga June-October: Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. June-October
Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Week studios, SW corner of 15th Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
VA, 703-993-3000, patriotcenter.com. Street and Constitution, 1-5 p.m. 1500 block of 20th St., NW Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
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Cherry Blossom Festival will be held rivalry as the Baltimore Orioles come to Avenue 202-234-0559 Old Congress Heights School
between March 27 and April 11. This town to face the Washington Nationals. (in the Riggs Bank parking lot) May-December Martin Luther King, Jr. and
year’s festival marks the 98th celebration MAY 22-23: WalkingTown D.C. 202-362-8889 Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Alabama Avenues, S.E.
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dram, drag and drang


the Washington-area premiere of mysterious and dangerous intruder
McNally, Fierstein, “[title of show]” (April 6 through June and goes to the heart of the brutal
Lypsinka to light up 27), a musical by then-struggling writ-
ers about struggling writers writing a
dictatorship’s mechanisms for con-
trol: terror, seduction and security.“
spring theatrical season musical. Written and composed by a On Mondays throughout May at
pair of gay southerners, Hunter Bell Church Street Theatre, Factory 449
By PATRICK FOLLIARD (book) and Jeff Bowen (music and (www.factory449.com) inaugurates its
lyrics), the wittily titled work is directed annual play reading series, “Factory
With spring comes a deluge of by Matthew Gardiner and features a Made.” The plays — all of which are
promising new productions, many of young cast including two talented under consideration for full produc-
special interest to LGBT theater- Helen Hayes Award-winning actors tions in the company’s upcoming sea-
goers. Here’s a sampling. Erin Driscoll and Jenna Sokolowski. sons — include “In the Flesh,” (May
Gay playwright Terrence McNally is a Also in April, Ganymede Arts’ 3) a prison-set nightmare adapted
lifelong opera devotee who has lovingly Jeffrey Johnson plans to slip into a from a short story by gay horror writer
infused opera themes, characters, lore dress and heels on at least three and filmmaker Clive Barker; and “Wig
and trivia into some of his best plays. In separate occasions. First on April 15, Out!” (May 24), a dramatic foray into
honor of the multiple Tony Award-win- he’s scheduled to unleash his pink- the compelling and fiercely competi-
ning playwright’s passion, the Kennedy haired alter ego Galactica for a free tive subculture of drag balls penned
Center (www.kennedy-center.org) pres- evening of song and sweets at by gay playwright Tarrell Alvin
ents “Terrence McNally’s Nights at ACKC, the cocoa bar café on 14th McCraney (“In the Red and Brown
the Opera,” a five-week celebration fea- Street. Next, Johnson reprises his Water,” “The Brothers Size”).
turing three of the playwright’s most portrayal of Jackie O’s kookiest At the Studio Theatre (www.studio-
opera-centric works, through April 18. cousin in “Edie Beale Live at Reno theatre.org), John Epperson’s now-
The mini-festival kicks off with Sweeney” for two nights (April 29- legendary drag creation Lypsinka
McNally’s new backstage drama, 30) at Cobalt before taking the act to takes on James Kirkwood’s campy
“Golden Age” (through April 4). Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. saga of two aging divas desperate to
According to press notes, “Golden Ganymede (www.ganymedearts.org) revive their fading careers in
Age” takes place backstage at the is also mounting a production of “Lypsinka in Legends!” (June 16
Théâtre-Italien in Paris on the evening “Naked Boys Singing” (May 7 through July 4). With her unique blend
of Jan. 24, 1835. The occasion is the through June 13) at the very intimate of artistry and postmodern genius, the
premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “I Playbill Café. The title says it all. This undisputed queen of sync will no
Puritani.” Assembled are the compos- lighthearted revue whose casting is doubt breathe new life into Kirkwood’s
er and his faithful friend, Francesco definitely crucial to its success features rickety vehicle. First performed by
Florimo, and the four singers for undressed men and a score that Mary Martin and Carol Channing in
whom the opera was expressly com- includes numbers like “Muscle the mid-’80s, “Legends” was revived
posed known the world over as the Photo by Mark Garvin; courtesy of the Kennedy Center Addiction” and “Perky Little Porn Star.” three years ago with Joan Collins and
Puritani Quartet. Bellini’s rivalry with The Shakespeare Theatre former “Dynasty” co-star Linda Evans
his fellow Italian composer, Gaetano Marc Kudisch (left) as Antonio Tamburini, with Jeffrey Carlson as Vincenzo Company’s (www.shakespearethe- in a multi-city tour that included D.C.
Donizetti, for French favor was at its Bellini in Terrence McNally’s ‘GOLDEN AGE,’ which runs through April 4 at the atre.org) gay artistic director Michael Be sure to catch “Clybourne Park”
height. This opera was to cement his Kennedy Center. Kahn is staging playwright David Ives’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
supremacy. It was to be his last. The adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic (woollymammoth.net) through April 11.
production features Broadway’s Marc Mary Beth Lacey and Mama Rose on Jews?” at Theatre J (www.washing- French farce “The Liar” (April 6 The play is a powerful take on race
Kudisch and out actor Jeffery Carlson Broadway, seems an improbable tondcjcc.org). In his engaging one- through May 23), and the company is and gentrification in 1950s Chicago.
as Bellini. A talented stage veteran, choice to assay the imperious diva. man show, Josh Kornbluth explores also presenting George Bernhard And when that wraps, “Gruesome
Carlson is also known for his role as But considering both ladies’ known his relationship to gay artist Andy Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” Playground Injuries” debuts May 17
transgender Zarf/Zoe on the daytime flair for the dramatic, it just might be a Warhol’s controversial portraits of 10 (June 8 through July 11), an amusing and runs through June 13. It’s the story
soap “All My Children.” case of perfect casting. world famous Jews including lesbian look at social problems of his day star- of the relationship between two boys
Next up is McNally’s “The Lisbon Gayer theatergoers with deep writer Gertrude Stein. Coming up in ring “Designing Women’s” Dixie Carter who meet at age 8 in the nurse’s office
Traviata” (March 20 through April 11) pockets might like the Kennedy May at Theatre J, out actor Sarah as the title character, an aging hooker. and then grow up, enduring heartache
— a tragicomedy about opera obses- Center’s Spring Gala (May 2) in honor Marshall takes the plunge in Theatre Gay director/actor Jay Hardee is and raising the question of how far one
sion featuring longtime gay best of the center’s founding chairman J’s production “Mikveh” (May 5 staging Washington Shakespeare friend can go in helping another.
friends and opera buffs played by cel- Roger L. Stevens, co-hosted by Liza through June 5). With an all-female Company’s production of “Every And if you’re in the mood for a bit
ebrated out actors Malcolm Gets and Minnelli and gravelly-voiced gay actor cast, Hadar Galron’s play takes audi- Young Woman’s Desire” (May 20 of musical comedy fused with politi-
John Glover. The McNally salute clos- Harvey Fierstein who will already be ences inside the secretive world of through June 20) at the funky Clark cal satire, check out “Dancing with
es with Tyne Daly as Maria Callas in in town performing Tevye the milkman the ritual bath practiced by Orthodox Street Playhouse in Arlington. The the Czars” from Hexagon 2010
“Master Class” (March 25 to April 18), in “Fiddler on the Roof” (April 13 to Jewish women and explores the fem- company describes the show as “a (hexagon.org), a charitable non-prof-
the terrific Tony-award winning play May 19) at the National Theatre inist consciousness and evolving role darkly comic psychological thriller it staging this show through April 10
concerning la Callas and the classes (www.nationaltheatre.org). of women in contemporary Israel. first produced in Santiago in the final at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring
she taught at Julliard. Daly, who gar- Through March 21, you can still In April, Signature Theatre years of Pinochet’s authoritarian rule, Performing Arts Center (7995
nered awards for playing TV detective catch “Andy Warhol: Good for the (www.signature-theatre.org) presents [it’s] about a woman’s struggle with a Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).
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SPRINGGUIDE audioagenda: the indies

let the music play


Old favorites, new First single and video “Jump In The
Air (Stay There)” features Lil’ Wayne.
Butler, ex-guitarist of Suede, pro-
duced her album. First track and
hopefuls highlight Last year, gay Sigur Ros frontman video, “Do Wah Doo,” sees Nash
Jónsi released with his partner Alex delivering “girl band” pop.
spring’s indie scene Somers “Riceboy Sleeps.” On April 6, After a four-year hiatus, Sweden’s
he will release a solo effort, “Go.” It The Radio Dept. releases their third
By ROB BOEGER features acoustic and string arrange- album, “Clinging to a Scheme,” on
rboeger@dcagenda.com ments by Nico Muhly who has previ- April 20. File this one under ethereal
ously worked with Björk and Anthony dream pop for those lazy Sunday
Electropop group Goldfrapp fol- and the Johnsons. afternoons.
lows up their last critically acclaimed For those seeking something with New York-based electronic duo,
release, “Seventh Tree,” with their a bit more R&B/soul feel, Sharon The Golden Filter, release their
fifth studio album, “Head First,” on Jones and the Dap Kings release debut album Voluspa on April 26. First
March 23. Alison Goldfrapp and Will their fourth studio album, “I Learned track, “Hide Me,” sounds like a cross
Gregory have modified their sound the Hard Way,” on April 6. Throughout between Goldfrapp and Dot Allison.
over their career from electronic bal- their previous releases, they have The New Pornographers head
ladry to electropop dancebeats. This continued their sound fronted by back into the indie scene with their
release wouldn’t be out of place in Sharon Jones, who has a vocal fifth release, “Together,” on May 4.
the ’80s with its retro sound and range that is reminiscent of early The album features appearances by
visual images evoking Xanadu-era Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Zach Condon of Beirut and Annie
Olivia Newton John. MGMT return with their follow up to Clark of St. Vincent.
Five-piece Norwegian band 2007’s critically acclaimed “Oracular Swedish duo Club 8 will release
Serena-Maneesh are back March Spectacular” with “Congratulations” their seventh album, “The People’s
23 with a new release, “S-M: Abyss in on March 16. The new release will be Record,” on May 12. First track
B Minor.” The band has been com- a complete piece rather than contain- “Western Hospitality” shows influences
pared to My Bloody Valentine with ing individual singles as on their first from Bow Wow Wow of the ’80s.
their use of guitar distortion effects album. First released track “Flash On May 18, ex-Everything But
that create their noise pop sound. Delerium” has them sounding less the Girl’s Tracey Thorn comes out
Glam rock-disco favorites poppy than before. with a follow up to 2007’s “Out of
Scissor Sisters return with their first Electronic group Javelin recreate the Woods,” which saw her once
album in four years, “Hurrah! A Year the digital sounds of the ’80s on their again drifting into the electro-pop
of Ta-Dah.” Singer Jake Shears said new album, “No Mas.” Expect the arena. If first single, “Oh, the
in promotional materials that this unexpected as they deliver their new Divorces!” is an indicator of what’s
release will sound more “masculine.” release on April 20. to come, this could be a less dance-
He also said he will be singing with a Gay indie singer-songwriter driven affair given its violins and
“deeper” voice as he would not be Rufus Wainwright returns on April piano accompaniment.
relying as much on the falsetto heard 20 with his sixth studio album, “All San Francisco band Ariel Pink’s Photos courtesy of artists’ labels
in previous albums. The album is due Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu.” Haunted Graffiti will be releasing
out later this month. This release is mostly produced by their new album, “Before Today,” in late This spring sees releases by TOM GOSS, JONSI and GOLDFRAPP.
Erykah Badu follows up 2008’s Wainwright. Of the 12 songs, three spring. They have already released
“New Amerykah Part One (4th World include adaptations of William their first single off the album, “Round released an ep called “Politics of Love,” Goss will be playing songs from the CD
War)” with “New Amerykah Part Two Shakespeare’s sonnets. and Round,” which has them sounding which is available on his web site, tom- at the DC Center on April 1 at 8 p.m.
(Return of the Ankh)” on March 30. Singer and songwriter Kate Nash more produced while retaining a gossmusic.com/PoliticsOfLove. The EP
Expect Badu to tap into her feelings debuts her next album, “My Best unique and eclectic sound. explores his emotions about recent Submit a tip about the local music
about romance and relationships. Friend is You,” on April 20. Bernard Local musician Tom Goss recently events surrounding marriage equality. scene to rboeger@dcagenda.com.

SPRINGGUIDE audioagenda: the divas

divas on deck
Madonna, Janet, with her tenth studio album,
“Fearless Love,” on April 27.
Melissa and Toni return Etheridge has said this will be even
more rock oriented than her past
for new season efforts. The radio-friendly lead single,
which is the title track, shows poten-
By ROBBIE BARNETT tial of becoming a well deserved hit.
rbarnett@dcagenda.com On April 20 comes the long-
awaited release of “Judy Garland &
After a string of unsuccessful Liza Minnelli: Live at the Palladium.”
albums, R&B princess Monica Recorded live on Nov. 8, 1964,
releases “Still Standing” on March 23 before a standing room only house at
with a hot list of producers like Ne-Yo, London’s Palladium Theater and
Missy Elliot and Jermaine Dupri. boasting 25 tracks, this is sure to be
Let’s hope she can bring it back to a must-have for fans of this iconic
her “The Boy Is Mine” heyday. mother-daughter pair.
Coming April 6 is the highly antici- After a five-year absence, Toni
pated release of Madonna’s “Sticky & Braxton makes a return to the music
Sweet Tour,” which was the most suc- scene on May 4 with “Pulse.” Braxton
Photos courtesy of artists’ official web sites
cessful tour of all time by a solo artist. chose to collaborate with an impressive
The footage used for this release was list of producers and songwriters, JANET JACKSON’S new single, ‘Nothing,’ is expected to drop within days. MADONNA’S next release hits April 6.
filmed over four days from her shows in including Frank E (Madonna, Flo Rida),
Buenos Aires. It will be available in a Steve Mac (Leona Lewis), Lucas Secon Houston, Barbra Streisand, Celine upcoming 2010 releases by these Katy Perry. Jackson’s new single,
CD/DVD and Blu-Ray format. (Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls), Dion). It certainly sounds like she is artists, which currently have no set “Nothing,” from the soundtrack of Tyler
Lesbian rocker and breast cancer Dapo Torimiro (David Archuletta, pulling out all the stops. release dates: Christina Aguilera, Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married, Too?” is
survivor Melissa Etheridge is out Brandy), and David Foster (Whitney Be on the lookout for other notable Blondie, Janet Jackson, Kelis and expected to be released within days.
march 19, 2010 • dcagenda.com 35
SPRINGGUIDE concertagenda
music makes us come together D O N ’ T M I S S A S I N G L E M O M E N T !
Requiem -March 26, Concert Hall
A look at upcoming

Reasons to Be Pretty
Vocal Arts Society: America Sings Festival
Showcase -April 10, Concert Hall
D.C.-area concerts Marietta Simpson -April 21, Concert Hall
Gospel Across America Special -April 24, Concert Hall
Compiled by TYRONE FORD Escher Quartet -April 26, Concert Hall
Barbara Cookís Broadway Spotlight: Laura Benanti -
D.C. is always home to more concerts than April 30, Terrace
Vocal Arts Society: Christine Brewer and Craig
you could possibly write about. Here are some Rutenberg -May 7, Concert Hall by Neil LaBute. Directed by David Muse. Opening March 24.
of the season’s highlights. Visit dcagenda.com Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida -May 9, Concert Hall
for a more complete list. Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival -May 20-

American Buffalo
May 22, Terrace
BARNS AT WOLF TRAP For more information: 202-467-4600 or
1645 Trap Rd. kennedy-center.org
Vienna, Va. 22182
Spring highlights: LISNER AUDITORIUM
Antares -March 19 730 21st St., N.W.
Jeri Sager - March 20 Washington, D.C. 20052
Spring highlights:
HAPA -March 23-24
Bastianello & Lucrezia -March 26 Grease: The Gay Men’s Chourus of Washington
by David Mamet. Directed by Joy Zinoman.
John Eaton -March 27 presents a fully staged, all-male production of thie
Shemekia Copeland -March 28 Broadway musical -March 19 thru March 21 Starring Edward Gero. Opening May 5.
Richard Marx and Matt Scannell -April 6 Angelique Kidjo -March 27
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet -April 9 Caetano Veloso -April 10
Julie Murphy Wells -April 10 Rokia Traore -April 11

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Luke Brindley -April 22 Time Machine -Mashina Vremeni - April 13
Lucy Kaplansky -April 23 Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of
The Bobs -April 28 Virginia -April 16
Bonnie Rideout -April 30 Joe Bonamassa -April 23
For more information: 703-255-1900 or wolf-trap.org Baaba Maal -April 29
The Fab Faux -May 22
BLACK CAT For more information: 202-994-6800 or lisner.org
1811 14th St. N.W.
Washington D.C. 20009 MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE
Spring highlights: 5301 Tuckerman Lane
Fruit Bats, Blue Giant, The Singleman Affair -March 20 North Bethesda, MD 20852
Right Round featuring DJ lilíe -March 20 Spring highlights:
Jukebox The Ghost, Tally Hall, Skybox -March 25 The Celtic Tenors -March 12
The Saturday Night Dance Party -March 27 Ari Allal -March 24
The Smith Westerns, So Cow, The Cheniers -April 1 Naomi Kudo -March 25
HomoSonic -April 4 US Royalty with DJ Will Eastman -March 26
Tim Barry, Red Clay River -April 5 Tom Wopat -March 28
Exit Clov, Gringo Star -April 8 David Garrett -March 31
High on Fire, Priestess, Black Cobra, Bison B.C. -April 11 E.M. Spencer -April 2
Freddie T & The People, Brandon Bulter -April 12 Sezen Aksu -April 4
Ugly Purple Sweater, La Strada, Lucia Lucia -April 20 Gato & the Palenke Music Co. -April 9
Bitch -April 29 George Winston, A Solo Piano Concert -April 9
Echo & The Bunnymen -April 30 Romeo and Julia Koren -April 13
For more information: 202-667-4490 or blackcatdc.com Songs of the Earth: Celebrating the 40th
Anniversary of Earth Day -April 23

Lypsinka
DAR CONSTITUTION HALL Patti LuPone presents ìThe Gypsy in my Soulî for

The Studio Theatre


1776 D St., N.W. Strathmoreís 2010 Spring Gala -April 24
Washington D.C. 20006 Nancy Wilson -May 7
Spring highlights: An Evening with Rosanne Cash and Mark O’Connor
Fresh Fest with Salt-N-Pepa -March 20 -May 8
The Moody Blues -March 26 For more information: 301-581-5100 or
Vampire Weekend -April 3 strathmore.org

in LEGENDS!
Phoenix -April 26
For more information: 202-628-1776 or dar.org/conthall THE BIRCHMERE
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
DC9 Alexandria, VA 22305
1940 Ninth St. N.W. Spring highlights:
Washington D.C. 20009 Average White Band -March 19-20
Spring highlights: David Wilcox & Patty Larkin -March 21
Bonjour, Ganesh! -March 20 Jonathan Butler -March 23 by James Kirkwood. Edited by John Epperson.
Barefoot Truth -March 21 Carrie Newcomer & Peter Mayer -March 25
My Disco -March 23 Jonatha Brooke & Lori McKenna -March 26
Miles Kurosky of Beulah -March 24 Ashford & Simpson -March 27 Directed by Kirk Jackson. Opening June 16.
Natalia Clavier -March 27 Joan Osborne -April 8
A Sunny Day In Glasgow -March 28 Christopher Cross -April 9

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today the moon, tomorrow the sun -March 29 Michael McDonald -April 15
The Points -April 22 Angie Stone -April 18
Nouveau Riche -April 24 Swing Out Sister -April 19
Captured! By Robots -May 4 The English Beat -May 3
Eluvium -May 17 Kathy Mattea -May 6
For more information: 202-483-5000 or dcnine.com Shawn Colvin -May 7
Sweet Honey in the Rock -May 21-22
DC CENTER Toad the Wet Sprocket -May 27-28 by Dan LeFranc. Directed by Serge Seiden.
1810 14th St. N.W. For more information: 703-549-7500 or
birchmere.com
Washington, D.C. 20009
Tom Goss Live: Launching his new Marriage
Opening April 14.
Equality EP Politics of Love -April 1 9:30 CLUB
815 V St., N.W.

Passing Strange
For more information: 202-682-2245 or thedccenter.org
Washington, D.C. 20001
GMU CENTER FOR THE ARTS Spring highlights:
4373 Mason Pond Dr. Anvil w/Misstallica -March 20
Fairfax, VA 22030 Wiz Khalifa -March 28
Spring highlights: King Sunny Ade -April 7
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with Lang Ted Leo and the Pharmacists -April 8
US Air Guitar -April 10
Lang -April 3
GMU Percussion Ensemble Concert -April 6 George Clinton and PFunk -April 12 by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.
GMU Chamber Orchestra -April 13 Badfish -April 14
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields -April 23-25 Jedi Mind Tricks -April 17 Directed by Keith Alan Baker. Opening July 14.
GMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Spring Kidz In The Hall -April 18
Concert -April 27 The Disco Biscuits -April 20
Flutopia Flute Choir -May 4 Rock Bottom Remainders -April 21
For more information: 888-945-2468 or gmu.edu/cfa

KENNEDY CENTER
Jakob Dylan -April 23
AP Tour: Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, The Cab,
Every Avenue, The Summer Set -April 25
www.studiotheatre.org 202.332.3300
2700 F St. N.W. Ozomatli -April 28
Sia -May 4
1501 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Washington, D.C. 20566
Spring highlights: Corinne Bailey Rae -May 13
The Washington Chorus performs Mozartís For more information: 202-265-0930 or 930.com
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SPRINGGUIDE filmagenda
long-delayed ‘Phillip Morris’ to debut
Carrey-McGregor love acceptance and love,” features several
tender moments between the stars.
• “And Then Came Lola” — A time-
bending lesbian romp with an irreverent
story among season’s Consolidated Pictures Group will nod to the popular art-house classic “Run,
release the film in limited release in Lola, Run,” a talented photographer Lola
few gay options U.S. theaters April 30. It’s done decent (Ashleigh Sumner) is on the verge of suc-
box office in Russia and France where cess in both love and career but could
By JOEY DIGUGLIELMO it was released earlier this year. lose it all if she doesn’t make it to a cru-
• “Sex and the City 2” — The fab cial meeting on time. Characteristically,
Gay-themed films remain anom- four — Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte she’s late. She races through the streets
alies at multiplexes but LGBT options and Miranda — return in this second of San Francisco to meet up with her
abound for those willing to go beyond cinematic follow-up to the hit TV girlfriend Casey (Jill Bennett). The film
the beaten path, especially in DVD land show. Opens May 28. drew raves on the gay film circuit last
Image courtesy of Consolidated Pictures Group
where a bounty of winners — several of year. It comes to DVD May 18.
which were screened at last year’s Reel coming soon to dvd: • “Greek Pete” — The title charac- Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in the long-delayed ‘I LOVE YOU PHILLIP
Affirmations D.C. gay film festival — will • “Prodigal Sons” — With a short ter is a popular male escort whom we MORRIS,’ which is finally hitting U.S. theaters in April.
soon be available to watch at home. run at D.C.’s Landmark E Street Cinema meet when he arrives in London hop-
that wrapped last week and a screening ing to establish himself with a nice flat, story of Raquela, a Filipino trans gay-inclusive drama about budding sexu-
coming soon to theaters: at last year’s Reel Affirmations film festi- decent laptop and good promotional prostitute, who dreams of escaping ality. It comes to DVD April 6.
• “I Love You Phillip Morris” — val, this gay- and trans-themed docu- photos. The process, in which Pete her lifestyle and moving to Paris. She • “Boycrazy” — A collection of
This long-delayed (it was screened at mentary has made the rounds but if you uses guys working in the sex industry turns to Internet porn to make her gay shorts including “Fairies,” which
Sundance in early 2009 and has been haven’t seen it, plan to Netflix it after its to establish himself, blurs the boundary wishes come true but things take an inspired gay-themed fantasy “Were
in limbo ever since) dramedy stars Jim May 18 DVD release date. It’s a won- between fiction and documentary and unexpected turn when she becomes the World Mine,” “Teddy,” a wistful
Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay derfully unpredictable family drama promises authentic and intimate a star. It comes to DVD April 20. story of a man trying to win back his
men who fall in love in prison. about three brothers. One’s gay, one is insights into the lives of male escorts. It • “The Big Gay Musical” — Another old boyfriend, “The Back Room,” in
Distributors admitted they were wary mentally ill and the other — the film- comes to DVD May 4. Reel Affirmations vet, this tells the story which two art lovers find unexpected
because of a lengthy and intense sex maker Kimberly Reed — transitioned to • “College Boys Live” — Another of Paul and Eddie, who have just begun romance, and “Frequent Traveler,”
scene between the two stars early in the opposite sex. Reed returns to the Reel Affirmations-screened flick, this previews for their Off-Broadway musical about a man with a crush on an air-
the film. Lewis Tice, director of publicity rural mid-West for her high school follows three guys in suburban Florida “Adam and Steve Just the Way God port guard. It comes to DVD April 6.
and marketing at TLA Releasing, said reunion but that’s only the beginning. who start CollegeBoysLive.com, a site Made ‘Em.” Their lives oddly mirror the • “Focus/Refocus: When Porn
“The depiction of the sexual activity was • “Sometimes in Life” — Jill, a on which their lives are aired round the characters they’re playing in the show as Kills” — Joe (Cole Streets) is a porn-
far more than I’ve ever seen in a main- young fashion designer, finds herself clock from their house, rigged with 32 cam- they go through an endless series of obsessed 20-something who loves to
stream film with a mainstream celebri- feeling insecure about her relation- eras that film their every move.They say it’s mishaps including tap-dancing angels, a film his hot boyfriend Eddie (David
ty” and admitted it had turned off poten- ship with her flirtatious girlfriend and a statement that gays are like everyone retelling of Genesis, televangelists, “ex- Taylor) having sex. Joe receives pri-
tial distributors. No word on how much her budding fashion career. The else. Their neighbors insist it’s a porno- gay” camp, coming out, Manhunt and vate home video clips of his favorite
of the scene remains — the film was re- straight life beckons unexpectedly graphic whorehouse and sue to have them more. It comes to DVD April 6. gay porn star Dario (Steve Cruz).
edited after Sundance — but the movie, when she meets Rob, a 30-some- evicted. It comes to DVD May 4. • “The Awakening of Spring” — Things take an ugly turn when guys in
described by Carrey as “a movie about thing slacker who’s soul searching • “The Amazing Truth About This 2008 drama is a non-musical version the video start turning up dead. It
humanity” and “the lengths we go to for following his father’s death. May 18. Queen Raquela” — The subtitled of the Broadway hit “Spring Awakening,” a comes to DVD March 30.

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SPRINGGUIDE literaryagenda

passion on the page


LGBT books galore slated and Rhetorics of Materiality” (Columbia
University Press) by Gayle Salamon
she wants and Kate, a commercial
artist who has brains and talent and
• “Are We Thinking Straight?:
the Politics of Straightness in a
for spring release  explores issues of transgender embodi- a secret crush on Laura. March 15. Lesbian and Gay Social Movement
ment through phenomenology, psycho- • “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Organization” (Routledge) by Daniel
By JOEY DIGUGLIELMO analysis and queer theory. March 15. Transgender and Questioning Teen Cortese explores how the Straight
• “The Meaning of Gay: Interaction, Literature: a Guide to Reading and Gay Alliance strategically used a
Dozens and dozens of LGBT Publicity and Community Among Interests” (Libraries Unlimited) by straight identity as a social movement
books — oceans more than any indi- Homosexual Men in 1960s San Carlisle Webber is, as the title sug- tool. April 3.
vidual could possibly get to — are Francisco” (Lexington Books) by J. Todd gests, a guide to outstanding books for • “Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Photo courtesy of
slated for spring. A few are available Ormsbee traces the conflicts among San LGBT teens that includes fiction, non- Right Tells Us to Deny Gay, Lesbian Central Recovery Press
now. Among the highlights: Francisco’s gay men with the dominant fiction, poetry, graphic novels and and Transgender Equality” (Alyson
• “Lesbian Love” (Amazon Digital), society describing the broad range of more. March 30. Books) by Mel White is the paperback Author AMIE MILLER
an anthology of lesbian erotica by meanings they came to ascribe to gays • “Hot Stuff: Disco and the debut of White’s seminal book in which
authors Elizabeth Coldwell, Beverly between 1962 and 1972. March 16. Remaking of American Culture” the gay author documents the 30-year Recovery from Religious Abuse”
Langland, Sommer Marsden and oth- • Look for local gay author Garrett (W.W. Norton & Co.) by Alice Echols war fundamentalist Christians have (Findhorn Press) by Jallen Rix, is a
ers. Edited by Miranda Forbes. March 5. Peck May 15 at the Gaithersburg Book explores how disco played a major waged against gays. April 1. first-hand account of the author’s
• “Microagressions in Everyday Festival where he’ll speak about his role in broadening the social realms • “The Songs of Hollywood” experience attending a Southern
Life: Race, Gender and Sexual book “The Prohibition Hangover: for blacks, feminists and gays and (Oxford University Press) by Philip Baptist “ex-gay” ministry camp in his
Orientation” (Wiley) by Derald Wing Alcohol in America from Demon gave new spaces for gay men to mix Furia and Laurie Patterson is a youth and how it confused him and
Sue is an exploration of subtle, often Rum to Cult Cabernet” (www.prohibi- in large crowds. March 29. photo-packed exploration of the use ravaged his self-esteem. May 1.
unintentional biases in everyday life tionhangover.com), released last year. • “How to Be a Movie Star: of song in film both in musicals and • “The Harvey Milk Interviews: In
and the impact they have on mem- • “The A to Z of Lesbian Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood” dramas. April 7. His Own Words” (Vince Emery
bers of traditionally disadvantaged Literature” (Scarecrow Press) by (Mariner Books), gay author William • “Left in His Closet” (Tate Productions) by Harvey Milk contains
groups. March 8. Meredith Miller traces the history of Mann’s bio of La Liz, comes out in Publishing) by Mary Krome explores the texts of nearly 40 interviews the late
• “Sinning in the Rain” (Melrose lesbian lit through hundreds of cross- paperback April 1. the lives of straight women whose hus- gay iconoclast did for newspapers, radio
Books) by Nick Heddle is a novel set in referenced dictionary entries on • “Watch Us!” (Bruno Gmunder) bands left them for other men. April 13. and television in which he describes his
the late ’20s about a young gay gopher important writers such as Sappho, by Jacob Mott is a gay erotica car- • “The Essential Gay Mystics” life, struggles, strategies and dreams.
at a major Hollywood movie studio who Colette, Mary Wollstonecraft and oth- toon book featuring a mix of (Harper San Francisco), an antholo- Included are transcripts of three famous
develops a new technique to ease the ers who are less known. March 16. American bubblegum and Japanese gy compiled by Andrew Harvey, fea- political debates Milk conducted with
transition to talkies but has Nazis and a • “Letting Go” (Bella Books) by Manga styles. April. tures selections from 60 gay and les- John Briggs and a DVD of a feature-
sinister gossip columnist on his heels. Ann O’Leary is a novel about Laura, •“Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres” bian writers who explore his theory length documentary showing previously
Gene and his handsome boyfriend a 39-year-old uber-successful les- (Bluewater Productions) by Sandra that notions of sin and sex don’t have unseen TV interviews. May 1.
Jamie battle opposition from many bian with her own advertising agency Ruckdeschel is a quickie bio (just 32 to be reconciled for gays and that gay
directions. March 8. who is targeted by Kelly, a barhop- pages) on America’s most famous sex is innately spiritual. April 30. Story continues at
• “Assuming a Body: Transgender ping charmer used to gettingPage what 1 lesbian superstar. March 31. • “Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and dcagenda.com.

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a feast for the senses


Local galleries, of 78-year-old, Barcelona-born Javier Also opening on April 10 and clos-
Cabada. Painting since he was 17, ing in July is a new multi-projection
museums packed with Cabada emigrated to the U.S. long ago video installation, “American Falls,” by
and lives today in Arlington but keeps the experimental filmmaker Phil
memorable exhibits his studio just over the shop of the Solomon, inspired by the Corcoran’s
gallery. Check out his impassioned use well-known masterpiece “Niagara” by
By DAVID J. HOFFMAN of color in his expressionist abstractions painter Frederic Edwin Church and
Special to DC Agenda and also in his series of acrylic paintings also by D.C.’s monumental memorials.
of the great composers, including
How to cull just a baker’s dozen Beethoven and Chopin. FREER GALLERY OF ART
— 13 in all — of the best of D.C.-area and ARTHUR M. SACKLER
fine arts offerings may be a fool’s CORCORAN GALLERY
errand because of the literal over- GALLERY OF ART Jefferson Drive and 12th St., S.W.
flowing cornucopia of painting and 500 17th St., N.W. 202-633-1000
sculpture and photography and 202-639-1700 asia.si.edu
video, an array of so many dishes on corcoran.org These twin Smithsonian-managed
the groaning banquet table of the Do not miss a first-time-ever U.S. and adjacent museums are centers of
nearby galleries and museums. exhibit of 53 works, most never seen South and East Asian art and culture. Be
But fools rush in anyway. And a feast before on this side of the Atlantic, col- sure to see the eye-opening abstract
for the senses awaits the art lover this lected by two remarkable and well-to-do moonlit landscapes or “nocturnes” by ori-
spring, from the baroque excesses of sisters born in Wales more than 100 entalist James McNeill Whistler. These
17th century Spanish sacred images of years ago, Margaret and Gwendoline 15 works of “The Texture of Night” will be
Photo courtesy of Gallery Plan B
the passion of Christ, to a stunning dis- Davies. The show, “Turner to Cezanne: on view at the Freer through June 30.
play of Georgia O’Keefe abstractions, to Masterpieces from the Davies At the Sackler, meanwhile, are two Gordon Binder’s ‘SATURDAY: COFFEE AND THE PAPER OUT’
the feminist aesthetic of contemporary Collection, National Museum of Wales” remarkable exhibitions exploring the
Turkish artists confronting the gaze of is a must-see roundup of a collection sacred arts of Tibetan Buddhism. The Beginning May 15 through the end HIRSHHORN MUSEUM &
male gender-privilege, to “the boys of that at one point was the largest holding first, “The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice of January, the Sackler will host “Gods SCULPTURE GARDEN
Washington” — the beefcake of the P of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist S. Kandell Collection,” an extraordinary of Angkor: Bronzes from the National National Mall
Street beach and environs brought to paintings in Britain. The works are Tibetan Buddhist shrine room, filled Museum of Cambodia,” 36 exceptional 202-633-1000
pigment and canvas and captured in the ordered chronologically by when they with bronze sculptures, scroll paintings works of religious sculpture and cast- hirshhorn.si.edu
camera’s aperture. were purchased and show the changes and textile banners, acknowledged by ing, some only recently unearthed, dat- “Joseph Albers: Innovation and
Someone once wrote that “something in taste moving from picturesque realism devotees as a sacred space, are on ing from the ancient time of third centu- Inspiration.” Be sure and see this
for everyone is not enough.” But for the art to more modernist styles such as Van public display for the first time. ry BCE to the 14th century CE. show, which closes on April 11, for a
lover seeking insight from what the eye Gogh’s dramatic “Rain-Auvers,” this rain- The second is “Lama, Patron, great survey of this Bauhaus mod-
can see, there is surely something for drenched village scene among the sis- Artist: The Great Situ Panchen,” sculp- GALLERY PLAN B ernist grand master notable for his
everyone in our very likely idiosyncratic list ters’ final purchases and completed only tures and paintings from the 18th-cen- 1530 14th St., N.W. use of color and for painting squares
of the top 13, organized here in a purely a few weeks before the artist killed him- tury artist and founder of the Palpung 202-234-2711 within squares. At first controversial,
arbitrary fashion — alphabetically. self. The show runs through April 25. Monastery. Beginning on Sunday, galleryplanb.com when he fled Nazi Germany in the
Coming to the Corcoran on April March 14, the sacred art of making a Owned by painter Paula Amt and 1930s and took refuge at the experi-
AARON GALLERY 10 through July 18 is a retrospective sand mandala has been on exhibit in managed by David Kalamar, this mental Black Mountain College, crit-
1717 Connecticut Ave., N.W. of all aspects of the pioneering pho- the Sackler pavilion as monks work gallery is perfect for shows like its ics scoffed at his paintings as merely
202-234-3311 tography of “Eadweard Muybridge in a together to execute the intricate yet newest, the just opened “Persona decorative. Now we know better. See
aarongallerydc.com Time of Change” showing all aspects geometrically balanced composition Grata,” running through April 11 and for yourself how his use of color
Gallery owner Annette Aaron carries of his art from his studies of animal for meditation. The work continues featuring an array of shirtless and changes can affect your own mood.
on her parents’ tradition at this intimate and human locomotion — with many daily through Saturday, March 20, and sometimes nude males in pigment “Directions: John Gerrard,” through
shop just north of Dupont Circle, which male nudes — to innovative land- the dissolution ceremony takes place and photos, among them paintings May 31, discover how this Irish artist
continues to show the remarkable work scapes and documentary subjects. starting at noon Sunday, March 21. and drawings by gay artist and Dupont uses customized 3-D gaming software,
Circle resident Gordon Binder. taking 360-degree photographs of farm
On the near horizon for Gallery Plan B scenes and oil fields and then uses his
will be the exhibit “Inside/Outside,” begin- computer to simulate cinematic move-
ning April 14 through May 16, of several ment around these landscapes as he
gay artists including Brazilian-born and re-imagines landscape scenery, espe-
Shaw-resident Aster da Fonseca whose cially from America’s Dust Bowl peri-
acrylic paintings show exceptionally vivid od. A technological tour-de-force!
colors both in his abstractions and in his “Yves Klein: With the Void, Full
more figurative work. His work can also Powers.” This show should be a knock-
be seen by appointment at his studio, out when it opens May 20 (through
Studio 14, 1327 14th St., N.W. Sept. 12). It will survey the work of per-
haps the most radical and innovative
HILLWOOD ESTATE, mid-20th century European artist,
MUSEUM & GARDENS whose untimely death at 34 came at
4155 Linnean Ave., N.W. the height of his powers as a pioneer of
202-686-8500 monochromatic abstraction — such as
hillwoodmuseum.org large canvases vacant except for fields
This is the museum “where Fabulous of blue or gold; conceptualism — emp-
lives.” The first U.S. exhibition — “Sevres tying instead of filling a gallery; and
Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation performance art — such as using pig-
in Porcelain, 1750-2000” — presents ment in public to paint the bodies of
through May 30 the earliest Sevres naked women. And take note of the
porcelain pieces alongside contempo- special blue paint he invented to glow.
rary works of the 20th and 21st centuries
and shows how innovation has led to JEWISH COMMUNITY
Servres’ pre-eminence as a porcelain CENTER
factory. The final evening in a four-part Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery
lecture series led by curator Liana 1529 16th St., N.W.
Paredes takes place 6:30-8 p.m. on 202-518-9400
March 24, with a focus on modern and washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-
contemporary ceramic presented by arts/gallery
Douglas Burton, owner of Apartment “Andy Warhol — Ten Portraits of Jews
Photo courtesy of javiercabada.com Zero. To register, call 202-686-5807 or go of the 20th century: In Retrospect.” The
Javier Cabada’s ‘2 DANCERS’ online. The cost is $15 ($10 for Hillwood
members and college students). Continues on page 39
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SPRINGGUIDE visual artsagenda
Continued from page 38

JCC is re-staging this show, first presented 30 years


ago amid considerable controversy, by this iconic
gay artist and pop-culture impressario. The show
consists simply of 10 silkscreen images of such fig-
ures as Einstein and Freud and Buber — and the
HEXAGON 2010
WASHINGTON’S ONLY ORIGINAL POLITICAL SATIRICAL MUSICAL COMEDY REVUE
Marx Brothers! On April 7 at 7 p.m., Richard Meyer,
author of the catalogue “Warhol’s Jews reconsid-
ered,” will discuss the history of the show and its
controversies ($12/$9 members).
Also plan to see a Theatre J companion piece,
“Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered” —
DA N C I NG
the world premiere of a one-man comedy starring WITH THE
as well as written and directed by D.C. favorite
Josh Kornbluth, playing at the JCC’s Goldman
Theatre through March 21.
CZARS
LONG VIEW GALLERY
1234 Ninth St., N.W.
202-232-4788
longviewgallery.com
Check out the contest winners of the DCIST
Exposed photography show, but move quickly, as it
closes on March 21. Otherwise, take in the current
exhibit, “Til Death Do Us Part,” featuring paintings
by Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow. Also marvel at the
spacious backdrop to this newly relocated gallery,
managed by gay director Drew Porterfield. The Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Art
space makes an excellent venue for private events. Attributed to Juan Martínez Montañés,
‘IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (LA PURISMA)’
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
East Building cans — into objects of artistic beauty and won-
Third Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. der. Expect the unexpected here, including his
202-737-4215 reflections on how Indian images can be
nga.gov reduced to commodities. It closes Aug. 8.
Whether or not you are religious, you owe it to “InDivisible: African-American Lives in the
your aesthetic sense not to miss seeing the mar- Americas” is thought-provoking about cross-cul-
vels of “The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting tural issues, depicted in a 20-panel banner, rais-
and Sculpture, 1600-1700,” a true landmark collec- ing questions about how folk of blended heritage
tion of paintings and polychrome painted and gild- come to terms with identity. It runs through May.
ed wooden sculptures, cross-over media depicting
the passion of Christ and the devotion of Mary. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF
Get ready for high Baroque intensity and WOMEN IN THE ARTS
drama that will pierce your soul and kindle your 1250 New York Ave., N.W.
loins like St. Sebastian. This outstanding show 202-783-5000
runs through May 31. nmwa.org
Then return to a far more astringent aesthetic Put a check mark here, to see this striking
with “Editions With Additions: Jasper Johns’ Working exhibit “A Dream...but not Yours: Contemporary
Proofs,” more than 40 proofs for his lithographs, Art from Turkey,” featuring 11 female artists from
etchings and screenprints that the artist would Turkey who create subversive art in response to
expand with a range of media including paint, pas- outlined, often constraining, Muslim gender
tel and ink. Through April 4. Also plan to see select- roles, and who propose new ways of managing
ed works from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff “the dreams they are supposed to live and those
Collection, illuminated in 10 themes including that they want to live.” The 24 works of photogra-
scrape, dip and gesture — through May 2. phy, video, paintings, textiles and installations
straddle tradition and modernity and challenge
To benefit:
NATIONAL MUSEUM pre-packaged life-paths, asking “whose dream is
OF AFRICAN ART
950 Independence Ave., S.W.
this?” The show closes May 16.
Take special note of the moving images in 55th
202-633-4600
africa.si.edu
Inci Eviner’s “Harem” (2009). You have seldom
seen anything quite like this moving picture.
›‡ƒ”
Children of all ages, and that means every- But don’t visit this gem of a museum with-
body, will swoon with delight to see “Artful out also seeing its permanent collection,
Animals,” a playful exhibit of all the ways that including a breathtaking colorful self-portrait of
African artists have depicted the animal world, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her 1937 “Self-
from spiders and snakes through large biting ani- Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky.”
mals, the beasts with open jaws and sharp teeth
appearing as mask designed to protect villages PHILLIPS COLLECTION
from harm or for use in tribal initiation ceremonies.
Also be sure to see the oil-on-paper painting of two
crocodiles protecting their eggs by Kaballa, a
1600 21st St., N.W.
202-387-2151
phillipscollection.org
March 19-April 10, 2010
member of a central African modernist art move-
ment and the mid-20th century wooden couching-
It is the exhibit of a lifetime for Georgia
O’Keefe fans — to learn that this truly iconic
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center
monkey figure, holding a bowl for sacrifices, a work
associated with trance divination cults of the Baule
American artist (1887-1986), famous for her
paintings of flowers, animal bones and stark
7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
culture of Cote d’Ivoire. It closes July 25. New Mexican cliffs, is also notable for the rad-
“African Vision,” highlights from the Walt ical abstract art she made throughout her

Information & Tickets:


Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, now in career. This exhibit showcases more than 100
the permanent collection, is also must-see! paintings, drawings, watercolors and sculpture
dating from 1915 to the late 1970s. See this
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF American legend in a whole new light.
THE AMERICAN INDIAN
National Mall
202-633-1000
On March 27 at 1 p.m. you can also see the
award-winning documentary film titled simply
“Georgia O’Keefe,” and meet the director Perry
Phone 202-333-SHOW [7469] or
nmai.si.edu
“Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort.” This major
survey of the Canadian-born artist showcases
his playful sense of ways to transform familiar
Miller Adato (part of the Environmental Film
Festival). The Phillips Collection is also offering
a host of collateral events — talks, gallery dis-
cussions, and music/videos — around this
www.hexagon.org
and banal objects — like soccer balls and trash- exhibit, which closes on May 9.
40 dcagenda.com • march 19, 2010

dcagenda lgbt nightlife guide


dceagle.com
washington, dc The popular Levi/leather bar’s origins date
to the 1960s. Features billiards, regular
LARRY’S LOUNGE
1836 18th St., NW
30 DEGREES tournaments and other special events. Washington, DC 20009
1639 R St., NW Located near the convention center, two 202-483-1483
Washington, DC 20009 blocks north of Gallery Place Metro. Dupont Circle area bar and restaurant
202-462-6569 popular with both men and women.
cobaltdc.com DELTA ELITE
In Dupont Circle area; popular with men 3734 10th St. NE MIXTAPE
but check schedule for other events. Washington, DC 20017 Different locations
202-546-5979 mixtapedc.com
1409 PLAYBILL CAFÉ thedeltaelite.com twitter.com/MIXTAPEdc
1409 14th St., NW Longtime bar popular with African- Alternative dance party for queer men and
Washington, DC 20005 American men in Brookland women featuring electro, alt-pop, indie
202-265-3055 neighborhood; hosts regular ladies night. rock, house, disco and New Wave. Check
Logan Circle area restaurant and bar Check web site for special events. web site for 2010 schedule of events.
(Dupont Circle Metro) popular with the
theater crowd and featuring open-mike DIK BAR MOVA
nights, karaoke and other special events. 1637 17th St., NW 1435 P St., NW
Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20005
ACADEMY OF 202-328-0100 202-797-9730
WASHINGTON dupontitaliankitchen.com halodc.com
thewashingtonacademy.com In Dupont Circle area, above Trendy Logan Circle bar and lounge
Longtime organizers of drag events in the Dupont Italian Kitchen. popular with men features regular happy
city; most events held at Ziegfeld’s. See hour and other specials. Formerly known
web site for full list of upcoming events. DUPLEX DINER as Halo, MOVA re-launched in early
2004 18th St., NW 2010 as a environmentally friendly bar
ANNIE’S
1609 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Washington, DC 20009
202-265-9599
duplexdiner.com
with an emphasis on community service.

NELLIE’S SPORTS BAR


Blowoff @ 9:30 club
202-232-0395 Popular restaurant and bar in the 900 U St., NW Photo by Joe Tresh
In Dupont Circle area; popular longtime Adams Morgan area; happy hour Washington, DC 20001
restaurant and steakhouse with recently specials and many other special events. 202-332-6355
renovated Upstairs Lounge. See web site for updated schedule. nelliessportsbar.com crowd, though welcoming to women

APEX EFN LOUNGE/MOTLEY BAR


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

1415 22nd St., NW 1318 9th St., NW Popular bar with massive outdoor deck 1722 LEON’S/
Washington, DC 20037 Washington, DC 20001 and plenty of TVs for watching sports. 1722 N. Charles St. TYSON PLACE
202-296-0505 202-341-8281 • 202-642-4537 Baltimore, MD 21201 870 Park Ave.
apex-dc.com efnlounge.com • motleybar.com OMEGA Multi-level after-hours dance club attracts Baltimore, MD 21201
In Dupont Circle area; popular with men, but twitter.com/EFN_Lounge 2122 P St., NW a mixed crowd but remains gay-friendly. 410-539-4993
check schedule regularly for other events. Funky, edgy neighborhood lounge in Washington, DC 20036 leonsbaltimore.tripod.com
Logan Circle with special events galore. 202-223-4917 BALTIMORE EAGLE In business for more than 50 years,
BACHELOR’S MILL Popular with men and women; features omegadc.com 2002 N. Charles St. Leon’s is the oldest gay bar in Baltimore
1104 8th St., SE dancing, videos. Check web site for Dupont Circle area bar and club popular Baltimore, MD 21218 and among the oldest in the country.
Washington, DC 20003 event schedule. with men featuring dancing, drag and 410-82-EAGLE Friendly bar with jukebox gets especially
202-544-1931 other special events. Longtime Levi/leather bar not far busy on Sunday nights. Tyson Place is a
Longtime bar popular with African- FAB LOUNGE from Mount Vernon offers friendly bar, restaurant bar located behind Leon’s
American men in Capitol Hill area. 1805 Connecticut Ave., NW PHASE 1 billiards, outdoor patio, videos and a with a separate entrance.
Washington, DC 20009 525 8th St., SE full store for your leather needs.
BANANA CAFÉ 202-797-1122 Washington, DC 20003 Mostly men, but welcoming to women. PORT IN A STORM
500 8th St., SE thefablounge.com phase1dc.com 4330 E. Lombard St.
Washington, DC 20003 In Dupont Circle area; popular with men twitter.com/phase1dc CLUB PHOENIX Baltimore, MD 21224
202-543-5906 but hosts regular women’s events. The Phase opened in 1970 and remains 1 W. Biddle St. 410-534-0014
bananacafedc.com a popular lesbian bar and club. Features Baltimore, MD 21201 Friendly neighborhood lesbian bar gets
Popular Capitol Hill area restaurant and FIREPLACE regular special events, including Jell-O 410-837-3906 especially popular when the Ravens
bar (Eastern Market Metro) for both men 2161 P St., NW wrestling, 80s theme nights and more. Mount Vernon-area downstairs bar play. Features billiards, music and more.
and women. Features Cuban, Mexican Washington, DC 20037 Check web site for details. attracts men and women; friendly service.
and Puerto Rican cuisine. 202-293-1293 QUEST
In Dupont Circle area; neighborhood bar REMINGTONS DRINKERY 3607 Fleet St.
BLOWOFF popular with men. 639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 205 W. Read St. Baltimore, MD 21224
815 V St., NW Washington, DC 20003 Baltimore, MD 21201 410-563-2617
Washington, DC 20001 GREEN LANTERN 202-543-3113 410-225-3100 Neighborhood bar in Highlandtown
blowoff.us 1335 Green Court, NW remingtonswdc.com Another of Baltimore’s friendly neighbor- area is popular with men and women
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Richard Morel, Blowoff is an occasional greenlanterndc.com Popular country/Western nightclub in Capitol billiards, jukebox and welcoming service.
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Blowoff parties are held at the 9:30 club hours and special events, including One half block west of Eastern Market Metro. 1735 Maryland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201
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nights. Check web site for details. TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE 410-539-6965 centralstationpub.com
B.O.I. PRODUCTIONS McPherson Square Metro. 2009 8th St., NW Longtime bar and restaurant popular Part of the Grand Central complex,
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town. Check web site for updated information. 1527 17th St., NW towndc.com GRAND CENTRAL and more in its second floor location.
Washington, DC 20036 Dance club and bar popular with men 1001 N. Charles St.
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Washington, DC 20009
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Dupont Circle area restaurant popular
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of LGBT businesses at this address, 1519 17th St., NW ultrabardc.com 703-685-0555
including Level One restaurant on Washington, DC 20036 twitter.com/UltraBar HIPPO Freddie Lutz’s Virginia establishment
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CREW CLUB Longtime friendly Dupont Circle area Metro Center. 410-547-0069 men and women. Crystal City Metro.
1321 14th St., NW bar popular with men; videos, regular clubhippo.com
ZIEGFELD’S/SECRETS
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Dupont Circle
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
JOHN LUMSDEN STANTON SCHNEPP COLDWELL BANKER DUPONT 703-362-3747
202-288-3185 202-997-5192 TWoody@cbmove.com
JBLUMSDEN@AOL.COM WWW.STANTONSCHNEPP.COM 202-387-6180

NEW LISTING OPEN SUN, 1-4 PM


SOLD
910 M Street, unit 602
CAPITOL HILL
29 7th Street NE
$569,990
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $389,999 BALLSTON Picture perfect front porch capitol charmer! Prime LOCATION
Take advantage of the $8000 Income Tax 880 Pollard Street #225 on coveted, quiet, tree lined 7th St NE @ A St NE. OPEN LR-
1423 Clifton St. NW #1 $425,000 With Garage Parking DR W/fireplace, built-ins, exposed brick walls, and glowing
* One Bedroom + Den Credit before it is gone. If you are interested $485,000 wide width original hardwood floors. Sunny MBR/ NEW
* Over 1,200 Sq. Ft. in buying or selling your current home, give • 2 Bedrooms BATH/updated gourmet Kit w/granite and SS. Secluded
* Jenn-Air Kitchen me a call!! Contracts must be • 2 Bathrooms garden W/ New Deck! Nice ambience in Historic district.
* Fireplace • 2 Metros Closeby Walk to METRO, restaurants, shops, and
* Private Patio signed before April 30, 2010! • Too Good to Miss! all the Hill has to offer. IT IS A WINNER !!

STANTON SCHNEPP MICHAEL MARRIOTT STANTON SCHNEPP COLDWELL BANKER DUPONT


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