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plan Sunday protest
at White House
By CHRIS JOHNSON
U.S. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) is planning to hold a
vote this year on repeal of “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell,” according to her office.
“It is the Speaker’s intention that
a vote will be taken this year
on [‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’] in the
House,” Drew Hammill, a Pelosi
spokesperson, told the Washington
Blade in a statement this week.
The announcement is welcome
news for repeal advocates because
Pelosi has yet to send legislation to
the floor that lacked sufficient sup-
port for passage.
Michael Cole, a Human Rights
Campaign spokesperson, praised
Pelosi for planning the vote.
“As we’ve been saying for a
long time now, the time to repeal
the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is
this year, and it’s a positive sign
to hear congressional leaders
affirm that,” Cole said.
Still, he noted that further
work is necessary to make
“We need pressure on the
Congress, we need pressure on
the White House, we need pres-
sure across the board, and as we
get into this critical period, signs
like that are promising,” he said.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive
director of the Servicemembers
Legal Defense Network, said he
learned last week in a meeting
with House Majority Leader
Steny Hoyer that the House was
planning the vote.
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Aisha Mills, president of the
Campaign for All D.C. Families, said
LGBT activists cannot ‘rest on our
laurels’ despite recent successes.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
activists say ‘we have
not overcome yet’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
When the weddings for same-
sex couples began in the District of
Columbia on March 9, many in the
community hailed the occasion as
the capstone of the city’s decades-
old LGBT rights movement.
The District government’s enact-
ment of a same-sex marriage law
in December and Congress’s deci-
sion not to stop it follows a long list
of existing city laws and policies
that protect LGBT people from dis-
crimination, some of which were
approved more than 30 years ago.
With this as a backdrop, some
in the community wondered
whether the same-sex marriage
law marked the completion of the
LGBT rights movement within the
city, enabling activists to move on
to other causes and endeavors.
But an informal Washington
Blade survey of local LGBT
activists conducted over the past
two weeks shows that virtually all
those contacted believe a wide
range of LGBT-related problems
and concerns remain on the agen-
da of local advocacy groups.
D.C. has marriage,
so now what?
Pelosi wants ‘Don’t Ask’ vote this year
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to hold a House vote this year on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
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To our readers:
With this issue, we reclaim and re-launch the Washington Blade, your
LGBTQ newspaper of record for more than 40 years. (See related
story on page 4.) But the DC Agenda remains part of our identity; the
Blade is back, and tucked inside, is the Agenda, our new local A&E
guide. Thank you to all of our readers, advertisers and those in the
community who have supported us during the last 23 weeks. We are
grateful for the overwhelming support we continue to receive. We
pledge to continue the Blade’s long traditions of community service
and award-winning journalism.
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april 30, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 3
The Washington Blade, the 40-year-
old publication that served as the LGBT
community’s newspaper of record, has
returned to newsstands after its former
parent company filed for bankruptcy and
closed the paper in November.
Since the newspaper’s closing, former
Blade staff members had produced a new
print and online publication under the
name DC Agenda, which is owned by
Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. The
new company was founded by publisher
Lynne Brown, editor Kevin Naff, sales
executive Brian Pitts and other former
Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia has no
connection with Window Media, LLC, the
Blade’s former parent company that shut-
tered the newspaper and several other
LGBT publications it owned at the time of
its bankruptcy filing in November.
DC Agenda recently acquired all assets
of the Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBT
newspaper, from a federal bankruptcy
court in Atlanta. The purchase included the
Blade name, all trademarks and copyrights
and the entire 40-year archive.
The Washington Blade was founded in
1969 as a one-sheet newsletter distributed
in D.C.’s gay bars before evolving into an
award-winning newspaper and web site with
a national and international readership.
“For more than 40 years the
Washington Blade’s commitment to
excellence in journalism made it a week-
ly ‘must read’ for the LGBTQ community
locally and even worldwide,” Naff said.
“This is the tradition we have tried to emu-
late with DC Agenda. We are thrilled that
the Washington Blade is once again
“There are benefits to the brand recog-
nition of a publication that was highly
trusted and respected for 40 years,” said
Brown, a Blade employee for 23 years.
“The power, effectiveness and
strength of the Washington Blade came
from the spirit and intensity of those
who wrote the stories and worked with
the local community,” she said. “We now
have the opportunity to both restore and
refresh a powerful, venerable news
gathering institution and to make the
treasure trove of our vibrant gay rights
and liberation movement history acces-
sible to the public.
“It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Naff and Brown said the decision to
return to the Washington Blade name fol-
lowed a survey of readers, which showed
a solid majority in favor of restoring the
Naff said the new company is working
to restore online access to the paper’s
electronic archive as soon as possible.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
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LGBT activists absent from
Gray campaign kickoff
Similar to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s opening campaign event earlier this
month, nearly all of the city’s well-known LGBT activists stayed away from City
Council Chairman Vincent Gray’s mayoral campaign kickoff event.
Activists following city politics are speculating that many LGBT city residents
are taking a wait-and-see posture on the mayor’s race and are not ready to take
sides. Fenty and Gray both have strong records on LGBT issues. Fenty signed the
city’s same-sex marriage law in December, and Gray was a strong advocate for
the measure in his role as Council chairman.
Although he did not mention Fenty by name during the April 24 campaign kick-
off, Gray leveled strong criticism of the mayor’s leadership style, saying the
mayor’s office has alienated many city residents in his efforts to push through
reforms for the city’s public schools and other programs.
Gray said he supports school reform but promised to work more closely with
teachers, parents and principals.
Also similar to the mayor’s opening campaign event, Gray did not mention
LGBT issues. He chided Fenty for being a divisive force in the city, but did not
mention that both he and Fenty received an equal amount of criticism from some
of the city’s ministers and socially conservative residents for allegedly dividing the
city through their support of same-sex marriage.
Gray told reporters after his kickoff speech before a large audience at the Historical
Society of Washington that he decided to limit the topics covered in his address to broad
themes dealing with his plans to unite the city. He said he would address a wide range of
other issues, including same-sex marriage, in future campaign appearances and events.
Among the few gay Democratic activists attending the kickoff were Paul Kuntzler, co-
founder of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group;
and Stein member Christopher Fitzgerald. The club’s current officers were not present.
Stein President Jeffrey Richardson has said the club’s rules require the officers to remain
neutral until the club makes an official endorsement of a mayoral candidate.
Other out gays attending the event were Ronald Collins, the City Council’s deputy
secretary; and Christopher Murray, the clerk of the Council’s Committee of the Whole,
which Gray chairs. Also attending was gay activist Kenneth Borden and D.C. Nightlife
Association Executive Director Skip Coburn, whose group represents gay and
straight bars and nightclubs in matters before the city. Coburn said he attended as an
observer and hasn’t made up his mind on which candidate to support.
David Meadows, a former Stein Club president and member of the D.C. Democratic
State Committee, said he also attended as an observer and is neutral in the mayor’s race.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi and
five LGBT military veterans were
released from jail April 21, one
day after U.S. Park Police offi-
cers arrested them for handcuff-
ing themselves to the White
House fence in a protest against
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Choi and Army veteran Capt.
Jim Pietrangelo, who was among
the people arrested at this week’s
protest, were arrested in a similar
White House action on March 18.
Similar to the earlier protest, each
of the six arrested April 20 at the
White House fence were charged
with a single misdemeanor count of
refusing to obey a police order to
leave the area of the fence.
At an arraignment April 21,
D.C. Superior Court Judge
Richard Ringell combined the
two White House arrest cases for
Choi and Pietrangelo and set a
trial date for July 14 after the two
pleaded not guilty. The men
rejected an offer by prosecutors
to pay a $100 fine in exchange
for ending the case in a process
known as post and forfeit.
The other four protesters
accepted the post-and-forfeit offer
and agreed to a condition request-
ed by the D.C. Attorney General’s
office, which prosecutes misde-
meanor cases, that they stay away
from the streets surrounding the
White House until they pay the
$100 fine. Ringell gave them one
month to pay the fine.
The four who accepted the
offer were Navy Petty Officers
Larry Whitt and Autumn
Sandeen, Air Force Cadet Mara
Boyd, and Marine Corps
Corporal Evelyn Thomas.
Attorneys representing Choi and
Pietrangelo contested the White
House “stay-away” order as a con-
dition for their clients’ release, say-
ing such a condition violates their
First Amendment rights to
approach the White House to
express their opinions. But Ringell
ruled against a motion by the attor-
neys to void the stay-away order.
The charges pending against
the six arrested protesters do not
carry a penalty of incarceration
in jail. But Ringell told the four
who accepted the post and forfeit
plea that they could face jail time
if they fail to pay the fine and
don’t show up for a court date he
set as an alternative route to
allow them seek a trial.
He told Choi and Pietrangelo
that they, too, could face jail time
for contempt of court if they fail to
show up for trial.
Robin McGehee, co-chair of the
LGBT protest group GetEqual.org,
which coordinated the White
House arrest actions, said the
group plans more civil disobedi-
ence actions in the coming weeks,
both in Washington and elsewhere.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
returns to print
White House protesters released from jail
U.S. Army Lt. DAN CHOI and five other LGBT military veterans were released from jail last week after hand-
cuffing themselves to the White House fence.
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
april 30, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 5
now offer benefits
to same-sex partners
By CHRIS JOHNSON
A bill enabling Virginia compa-
nies to offer life insurance benefits
to the same-sex partners of
employees became law earlier this
month after Virginia Gov. Bob
McDonnell (R) signed the measure.
The new law, approved by
both chambers of the Virginia
General Assembly with unani-
mous votes, was enacted after
McDonnell signed it April 7.
Stacey Johnson, a McDonnell
spokesperson, said the governor
signed the bill into law because it
passed with broad bipartisan sup-
port in the House and Senate.
“In addition, it will have no fiscal
impact on Virginia’s taxpayers,” she
said. “The governor believes a
decision about who an employer
can extend life insurance coverage
to should be made by the group
policy holder and the insurer.”
Previously, state law permitted
Virginia residents to take out group
life insurance coverage only for a
legal spouse or a child under age
25. But the new statute, which
takes effect July 1, broadens that
group of people to include anyone
with whom a Virginia resident has
a substantial and economic inter-
est, including a same-sex partner.
Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria),
chief co-patron of the legislation
and the only openly gay member
of the Virginia General Assembly,
said he was pleased the bill finally
passed after it was first introduced
three years ago.
“It’s exciting that after three
years of work, GLBT people will
be able to make their partners
their beneficiaries,” Ebbin said.
“It’s long overdue, but it’s a step
Jon Blair, CEO of Equality
Virginia, said he wasn’t surprised
that McDonnell signed the bill
when it came to his desk.
“This is pretty much no-brainer
stuff,” he said. “Really, the only sur-
prise is that it didn’t pass earlier.”
David Lampo, vice president of
the Virginia Log Cabin Republicans,
attributed the success of the bill this
year to its Republican chief patron,
Del. Tom Rust (R-Fairfax).
“Having a Republican patron
made a very big difference, but we
all owe Del. Adam Ebbin a debt for
first proposing this bill,” Lampo said.
Ebbin first introduced the bill
in the Virginia House in 2008.
The legislation failed to pass that
year and again in 2009 before it
became law this year.
Ebbin said he believes the bill
succeeded this year because the
insurance lobby worked hard to
support it and the Virginia Family
Foundation didn’t obstruct its pas-
sage. He noted that a technical
change in wording that didn’t sub-
stantively change the legislation
also contributed to the bill’s success.
Previous versions of the bill
allowed Virginia residents to desig-
nate someone from “any other
class of persons” they wanted as a
life insurance beneficiary, while the
enacted version changes this lan-
guage to “any other person” with
whom the insured group member
has an insurable interest.
The legislation notably failed
in the two previous sessions
when there were a greater num-
ber of Democratic lawmakers in
the General Assembly and a
Democratic governor. It passed
during the administration of a
Republican governor who’s not
considered gay friendly.
Upon taking office, McDonnell
renewed an executive order pro-
tecting certain classes of people
from discrimination in the public
workforce, although he left out sex-
ual orientation as one such class.
He later issued a directive saying
the state shouldn’t discriminate
against LGBT people, although this
action doesn’t have the same teeth
as an executive order.
Ebbin said he believes
McDonnell allowed the bill to
become law because he didn’t
want to oppose legislation that
provides for wider life insurance
and because no controversy sur-
rounded the bill as it progressed
to the governor’s desk.
“So, I suspect that there wasn’t
consideration for him to oppose a
bill that passed nearly unanimous-
ly,” Ebbin said. “There’s the poten-
tial for the bill to be overridden and
I’m sure he didn’t want any more
controversy — considering the
other controversies that he’s had in
his first legislative session.”
Kelly Young, an Arlington, Va.,
resident who married his spouse
Bill Reinsmith in Vermont earlier
this month, encouraged Ebbin to
introduce the legislation in 2008 so
that he could provide life insurance
to his partner through his company.
Although the issue is now moot
for Young and Reinsmith because
Young is self-employed and
Reinsmith’s company offer doesn’t
life insurance benefits, Young said
the passage of the legislation
moves Virginia forward.
“It is still important, both eco-
nomically and morally,” Young
said. “It’s a small step forward for
LGBT equality in a state that
doesn’t offer LGBT residents
much in the way of equality and
lately has sent some weird sig-
nals on LGBT issues.”
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Evidence fight continues
as Wone trial nears
The judge presiding over the upcoming obstruction of justice
trial for three gay men implicated in the 2006 murder of D.C. attor-
ney Robert Wone will issue a final decision next week on wit-
nesses and evidence admissible in the trial, including evidence
about the sexual proclivities of the three defendants.
During an April 23 status hearing, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn
Leibovitz set a final pre-trial status hearing for May 5, at which time
she promised to rule, among
other things, on whether
the government can submit
evidence showing the defen-
dants used sex toys, including
restraints, at their home.
Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky
and Dylan Ward are charged with
obstruction of justice, conspiracy
to obstruct justice and evidence
tampering in connection with the
stabbing death of Wone inside
the Dupont Circle area house
where the three defendants lived
in August 2006.
Prosecutors have pointed
to an autopsy report saying
Wone appeared to have been “immobilized” when he was
stabbed three times in a guest bedroom at the house. They have
since backed away from an earlier theory that Wone was immo-
bilized from a paralytic drug, suggesting they may argue at trial
that he was restrained before being stabbed.
The defense has filed motions asking Leibovitz to bar the gov-
ernment from submitting evidence or witnesses showing that the
crime scene was “cleaned” of blood stains; that Wone was sexual-
ly assaulted or immobilized by a drug; and that Wone may have
been bound by “restraints.” Another defense motion calls for barring
the government from submitting evidence about the sex lives of the
three gay men, including any S&M-related sexual activities.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they may file a motion seeking
to bar the defense from calling as a witness a cardiologist who’s
expected to testify that a single stab wound to the heart could
immobilize a person. The defense was expected to use the wit-
ness to counter the autopsy finding of no signs of a struggle or
movement by Wone when he was stabbed.
Authorities have yet to charge anyone with the murder itself.
The trial is scheduled to begin May 10.
The men have pleaded not guilty and say they believe an
intruder killed Wone after entering the house while they were
asleep. Wone, a friend of the men, was spending the night at
their house after working late at his nearby office. Wone was
married to a woman, and his family says he was straight.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Earline Budd honored
for trans advocacy work
Veteran D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd has been
named the 2010 recipient of the International Foundation for
Gender Education’s Trinity Award, which recognizes outstanding
work on behalf of the transgender community.
“The Trinity Award honors our heroes: living transgender per-
sons who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and
love in service to the transgender community,” says a letter
announcing Budd’s selection for the award.
“I know of no one more deserving of this recognition,” Denise
Leclair, a Foundation official, told Budd in the letter.
Budd received the award at the organization’s annual conference
April 23 at the Alexandria Mark Center Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Va.
“I am always pleased at doing something that will continue to
put the District of Columbia out front,” Budd said in an e-mail to
LGBT activists. “This award tells me that with your continued
support I am doing something right. I really appreciate each of
you being in some way a part of my life and say thank you.”
LOU CHIBBARO JR.
Pro-gay life insurance bill
becomes law in Virginia
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law a bill that benefits
Photo courtesy of McDonnell’s office
Robert Wone was stabbed to
death in August 2006.
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lying about bisexuality
PHILADELPHIA — A lawmaker seeking re-election to the Pennsylvania House
reportedly said during a recent fundraiser that her opponent in a Democratic primary
is lying about being bisexual to pander to LGBT voters.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, state Rep. Babette Josephs told attendees
at a Philadelphia fundraiser April 15 that her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, is lying
“about a whole bunch of stuff, including his sexuality.”
“I outed him as a straight person,” Josephs was quoted as saying. “Now he goes
around telling people, quote, ‘I swing both ways.’ That’s quite a respectful way to talk
about sexuality. This guy’s a gem.”
In response, Kravitz said he’s sexually attracted to men and women and found
Josephs’ remarks offensive, according to the Inquirer.
“That kind of taunting is going to make it more difficult for closeted members of the
LGBT community to be comfortable with themselves,” Kravitz said. “It’s damaging.”
Josephs also reportedly called Kravitz a “trust-fund baby” who had no discernible
job history and was running for a seat because he was bored.
Known as a supporter of LGBT people, Josephs is endorsed by the Liberty City
Democrats, an LGBT group in Philadelphia, and has worked to block passage of a
constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and to add sexual orientation to
the state’s hate-crimes statute, according to the Inquirer.
443 troops discharged
last year under ‘Don’t Ask’
WASHINGTON — Data made public last week brings the total reported number of
service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in fiscal year 2009 to 443,
according to Servicemembers United.
The figure became known April 22 by combining the discharge numbers from the
Defense Department, 428, with the discharge numbers for the Department of
Homeland Security for the Coast Guard, 15.
The new numbers bring the total number of discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
since its inception in 1993 to 13,425.
Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, said the numbers
continue the trend of record annual lows for discharged service members under “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” as commanders “continue to ignore this law that is clearly outdated and
which impairs their unit readiness.”
“But this new number still means that 443 lives were unnecessarily turned upside
down in 2009, 443 careers were unfairly terminated, and military units unexpectedly
lost a valuable asset 443 times last year as two wars raged,” Nicholson said.
According to Servicemembers United, the actual number of discharges is probably
higher because the reported numbers don’t reflect service members expelled from the
Reserve or the National Guard.
“The Reserves and the National Guard have been especially active since Sept. 11,
2001, and their numbers have swelled, so it is highly probably that the discharge num-
bers from these two additional activities are significant,” Nicholson said.
Locals protest anti-gay Uganda bill
Several local religious leaders spearheaded a vigil Tuesday in D.C. to support
LGBT people in Uganda. Lawmakers in the African nation are considering an anti-
gay bill that could make homosexuality punishable by imprisonment or death.
About 20 people attended the vigil at National City Christian Church.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
All but one of the Democratic
senators from North Dakota, South
Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia
who are uncommitted on the
Act appear to be leaning toward
voting for the bill, according to
The six Democratic senators from
the four states are among 16 uncom-
mitted Senate Democrats that LGBT
lobbyists say will play a pivotal role in
determining whether ENDA will be
enacted into law this year.
“I’m fairly confident our sena-
tors will vote for it,” said Joshua
Boschee, a member of the North
Dakota Human Rights Coalition,
which advocates on behalf of
gay and non-gay issues.
Boschee was referring to North
Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad and
Byron Dorgan, who are both
Democrats. The two, along with
Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Mark
Warner (D-Va.) and John
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are said to be
good candidates to vote for ENDA.
Activists from West Virginia,
however, are less certain about
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who
has declined to say how he will
vote on the bill.
If passed, ENDA would ban job
discrimination based on sexual ori-
entation and gender identity in
most employment situations. It
does not apply to businesses with
fewer than 15 employees, religious
organizations and the military.
The Human Rights Campaign,
which is coordinating formal lob-
bying efforts for the bill, has said
at least 53 senators were expect-
ed to vote for ENDA. But the
group’s deputy legislative director,
David Stacey, said it’s uncertain
whether 60 senators can be lined
up to defeat a filibuster, which
Republican opponents were
expected invoke to kill the bill.
As of two weeks ago, HRC
and ENDA supporters in the
House of Representatives pre-
dicted the bill would reach the
House floor this spring. But last
week, gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis
(D-Colo.), a strong ENDA sup-
porter, told LGBT activists he
was uncertain when the bill
would come up for a House vote.
Polis made his comments to
protesters with the group GetEqual,
who on April 15 interrupted a hear-
ing held by the House Committee
on Education & Labor, which has
jurisdiction over ENDA.
The protesters boisterously
called on Rep. George Miller, the
committee’s chair, to hold an “imme-
diate” committee vote to send ENDA
to the House floor. Polis, a member
of the committee, motioned for the
protesters to follow him outside the
hearing room, where he said he
would talk to them about ENDA.
According to Polis, whose
remarks were recorded on
GetEqual cameras, ENDA support-
ers in the House want to ensure
there are enough votes to kill any
Republican-sponsored motion to
recommit ENDA to committee. The
video’s audio quality of the video is
poor, and not all of Polis’s remarks
to the protesters could be heard.
“The congressman was saying
that [House Democratic] leader-
ship needs to make sure they
have the votes lined up to fight off
any motion to recommit, not that
they don’t have the votes to pass
the bill,” said Lara Cottingham,
Polis’s press spokesperson. “He is
confident that we will get to a floor
vote, but wants to make sure it is
done in the right way.”
One possible motion to recom-
mit the bill to committee could force
the House to hold a recorded up-
or-down vote on whether the trans-
gender provision should stay in the
bill, a vote that some House mem-
bers fear could hurt them at the
polls in the upcoming congression-
al elections, according to some
Capitol Hill observers.
Gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-
Mass.), ENDA’s lead sponsor in the
House, told the Washington Blade
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Dem senators from Dakotas, Virginias leaning ‘yes’ on ENDA
A gay lawmaker in Virginia said he has ‘every confidence’ that U.S. Sen.
Mark Warner ‘will do the right thing and support’ the Employment Non-
Photo courtesy Warner’s office
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gay ‘cure’ law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California
Assembly this week voted unanimously to
repeal a law enacted in 1950 that labeled gays
as sexual deviants and demanded that studies
be conducted to probe supposed ties between
homosexuality and crime rates, as well as to
find “cures” for being gay.
The Assembly voted 62-0 for repeal,
according to the Associated Press; the
measure now proceeds to the Senate.
Tom Ammiano, a Democratic San Francisco
assemblyman and LGBT rights supporter, said,
“It’s time to get this phony cure off the books.”
The antiquated law was created follow-
ing a string of sex crimes in the Long Beach
area in the 1950s. One case involved the
murder of a 6-year-old girl. At the time, gays
took the blame for the crimes.
Democratic Assembly member Bonnie
Lowenthal of Long Beach, originally pro-
posed an outright repeal, but some law-
makers wanted to retain language urging
research into the causes of sex crimes
against children, the AP reported.
“The result will be the law as it should
have been written 60 years ago, but now
we’re setting it right,” Lowenthal said.
“Sexual orientation is not a matter of choice any more than one’s height, and nei-
ther can be changed,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of the statewide LGBT rights
group Equality California.
China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
SHANGHAI — China announced this week that it has lifted a 24-year-old ban on
HIV-positive visitors to the country, just days before thousands of international travel-
ers are to begin arriving for Shanghai’s world expo, according to the New York Times.
The government also lifted a ban on travel to China by people with leprosy.
The move alters a 1986 law governing quarantines and a 1989 law regulating entry
by foreigners, removing the ban related to HIV-positive people, China’s State Council,
The council approved the changes April 19 and Premier Wen Jiabao signed
decrees putting them into effect on April 24, according to the Times report.
Chinese law now bans only those with infectious tuberculosis, serious mental dis-
orders and “infectious diseases which could possibly greatly harm the public health.”
China has temporarily lifted the ban on H.I.V.-positive travelers for major events in
the past, but the revision of laws indicates that the change will be permanent, accord-
ing to the Times. China Daily quoted a spokesperson for the health ministry, Mao
Qun’an, as saying that the ministry had been working to permanently remove the pro-
hibition since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The United States only recently lifted its own 22-year ban on HIV-positive visitors.
President Bush initiated repeal of the ban, which was finalized under President
Obama’s administration in January. Obama had promised LGBT rights activists that he
would expedite lifting the ban.
Chicago clinic faces federal investigation
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for allegations it mishandled federal funds associated with a decades-long AIDS study,
the Chicago Tribune reported.
The investigation by the National Institutes of Health involves research grant fund-
ing tied to the Multi Center AIDS Cohort Study, or MACS, an ongoing study of HIV-
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“We recognize that the last few weeks have been wrought with questions and con-
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ment published by the Tribune. “We want to ensure the community that the integrity of
the research surrounding the MACS or any other study at Howard Brown has not been
questioned. Our staff stands ready to provide the highest quality of research and the
standard of care that our community expects and deserves.”
In a press release, the center says it is cooperating with the investigation and has
launched an independent audit of all federal grants. In the statement, the board said it
has “no reason to believe that any funds were misappropriated for personal gain or
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“I’m delighted that [Pelosi]
reaffirmed to hold the vote this
year,” he said.
Sarvis said the planned vote
is helpful because it “under-
scores to the White House the
seriousness of purpose” and the
importance of moving key votes
in the House and Senate during
“The hour for the president as
well as for the leadership to
become engaged is now,” he said.
“The reality is — particularly in the
Senate Armed Services
Committee — we are still short of
some critical votes. We don’t have
the votes today. We’re on the brink
of getting them, and we need help
from leadership on the Hill and
from the president himself.”
As plans for the House vote
emerged, pressure continued to
build on President Obama to
make a greater effort to repeal
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year.
Activists were planning a White
House protest Sunday to draw
more attention to the issue.
Heading the event are the
grassroots groups Queer Rising
and GetEqual. The latter organiza-
tion was responsible for civil dis-
obedience protests in recent
months, including arrests on two
occasions of LGBT former service
members who chained themselves
to the White House gates in protest
of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Alan Bounville, a member of
Queer Rising and East Coast
organizer for GetEqual, said the
focus of Sunday’s protest would
be to press Obama to send to
Congress language repealing
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as part of
his budget recommendations for
the defense authorization bill.
“We want the president to
transmit to the Senate Armed
Services Committee the lan-
guage that’s put into the
[Department of Defense] budget
to repeal this ridiculous law
immediately,” he said. “We want
that to happen right now; we
want him to do that this moment.”
Activists are urging Obama to
send such language to Congress
soon because the defense commit-
tees are expected to hold markups
next month for defense authoriza-
tion legislation. The Senate Armed
Services Committee, which advo-
cates have been pushing to take
up the issue of “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” is scheduled to hold its
markup on May 26.
“So [the protest is] really just
part of the growing swell of grass-
roots pressure that’s being placed
on the president to take leadership
on this issue because we know this
window is closing for this to happen
this year,” Bounville said.
The protest is set to take place
Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at
Lafayette Park. Bounville noted
that the number of people who
participate could be in the hun-
dreds or more. Organizers are still
working on the messaging for the
protest, Bounville said, including
what he called a “visual compo-
nent” that “may or may not happen
that would also provide a stark
visual image at the actual rally.”
The list of speakers planning to
take part in the protest is still
being finalized, but Bounville said
among those taking part would be
U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq
war veteran who was among
those who chained himself to the
White House fence in protest of
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“There’s a list of speakers that
are taking the stage and just
really sharing their stories,
repeating this demand over and
over and over,” Bounville said.
“We’ll be doing a lot of chanting
and just really connecting the
people not just to this issue, but
also to the fact we’re really fight-
ing for full federal equality.”
Bounville was non-committal
about whether civil disobedience
would be a component of
Sunday’s protest. He said he had
“no idea” whether anyone would
break the law at the event.
“I have no idea and usually
those types of things would be
kept under wraps anyway,” he
said. “So that’s definitely some-
thing we wouldn’t know until
we’re actually out there.”
But at least one lawmaker was
skeptical about the impact of the
Sunday protest. Gay Rep. Barney
Frank (D-Mass.), when asked about
the effectiveness of the White
House protest, replied, “You think
President Obama is going to cave
because people are demonstrating
in front of the White House? No.”
“If presidents were going to
change because people demon-
strate, then what happens when
people demonstrate in the oppo-
site direction?” he said. “Do you
count the number of demonstra-
tors? I continue to be frustrated
by people trying to take the easy
way out — the way that gives
them an emotional release —
instead of calling senators and
Frank said he was willing to
bet most of those participating in
the protest have not lobbied their
lawmakers “in a significant way.”
“By which, I mean, call them
and getting other people to call
them,” he said.
In response, Bounville said
Frank and others shouldn’t dispar-
age acts of civil disobedience
because people are putting them-
selves on the line for these efforts.
“That’s disgusting,” he said.
“When they say things that really
condemn non-violent direct action,
they’re completely out of touch, not
just with this movement, but with
the social movement in general.”
Bounville said he didn’t think
“letter writing and phone calling
and $2,500 a plate dinners” have
influenced lawmakers to move
toward repeal, and what’s work-
ing “is the groundswell of grass-
“So if there were any civil disobe-
dience at this rally, if it’s well execut-
ed, I think that would be a wonderful
thing for the movement,” he said.
While skeptical about the impact
of Sunday’s protest, Frank said the
White House isn’t being “supportive
the way they should be” in moving
forward with repeal this year.
Still, Frank said the recent regula-
tory changes limiting third-party out-
ings and raising the rank of officers
conducting and initiating reviews
“made a tremendous difference.”
“I give them a lot of credit for
moving as they did, but I can’t
give them full credit and I’m dis-
appointed,” he said.
Bounville is also urging
national LGBT organizations to
take part in the Sunday protest
and said a lack of participation
would mean those groups aren’t
serious about the urgency of
repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“If these organizations really
feel a sense of urgency of these
issues, they will support rallies like
this that the community is plan-
ning,” he said. “It’s a rally that has
competent speakers eloquently
speaking on this issue, and if
they’re not going to support that,
then they’re really not supporting
the movement, period.”
Bounville said SLDN and the
National Gay & Lesbian Task
Force would be among the
organizations “looking at what
they can do right now to help
promote this event,” but the situ-
ation with HRC is different.
“HRC has been to this point
unresponsive, which is interesting
because the other organizations
have responded,” he said Monday.
“Joe Solmonese and HRC have
not responded, which is not sur-
prising. He’s forcing HRC to
become irrelevant very fast.”
Cole denied that HRC hadn’t
responded to the organizers’
request to participate. He said HRC
started talks Monday about getting
Jarrod Chlapowksi, HRC’s military
consultant, involved in the event.
“He is interested in doing so
and HRC is interested in having
him appear,” Cole said. “Right
now, Jarrod is in direct communi-
cation with the event organizers
to work out the details and find
out more about the event, but we
look forward to his participation.”
Sarvis said SLDN is supportive
of the protest, but was waiting to
hear more details. He said he had
a meeting scheduled April 23 with
Kip Williams, a co-chair of
GetEqual, but the discussion didn’t
take place because Williams left
town before the scheduled time.
“We’re having conversations
about what it’s going to look like
and who’s participating and
what’s the scope of the protest,”
Sarvis said. “But, yes, it’s certain-
ly something that we’re going to
be supporting … and we’ll be
helping to get out information on
it and other means.”
Noting Obama called for “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal as part of
his State of the Union address,
Sarvis said the challenge before
repeal advocates is ensuring the
president is following through and
engaged with Congress to elimi-
nate the statute this year.
“Clearly, if he gets on the phone
and asks for votes in the two com-
mittees, that’s going to make a dif-
ference,” Sarvis said. “He’s working
the phones on financial services
reform. He did that on health care.
We need that same kind of engage-
ment in repealing that statute.”
Sarvis said protests such as
the one occurring Sunday are
effective in influencing President
Obama to move forward with
repeal this year, but noted that
there are different approaches to
petitioning the president.
“We have clients who are send-
ing letters to the president this
week individually; we’re up on
Capitol Hill face-to-face with mem-
bers and their staffs,” Sarvis said.
“There’s a place for others to do
their thing, whether it’s at the
White House or Lafayette Park.”
Recalling a similar protest
before the White House that
SLDN organized in June to mark
the then-265 service members
who were discharged during
Obama’s term, Sarvis said his
organization has taken part in
grassroots activism before.
“Petitioning the president at
the White House is not a new
thing for SLDN,” Sarvis said.
“That’s something that SLDN
organized almost 11 months ago,
so obviously I think it’s helpful.”
In addition to the White House
protest, Bounville noted that
activists were planning actions tar-
geting members of Congress
regarding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He
said his organization sent fliers to
senators with differing positions on
the issue — Senate Armed
Services Committee Chairman Carl
Levin (D-Mich.), ranking Republican
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) — with the
message, “You’re next!”
Accordingly, five activists held a
sit-in protest Monday at McCain’s
district office in Phoenix, Ariz., to
protest the senator’s opposition to
repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The
fallout of the protest wasn’t immedi-
ately clear and McCain’s office didn’t
respond to a request for comment.
“From a non-violent direct
action standpoint, yeah, we have
reached out to those targets,”
Still, Bounville said the No. 1
focal point for the upcoming
protest is Obama because he’s
failed to follow through on his
promise to be a “fierce advo-
cate” for the LGBT community.
“I’m going to continue to pres-
sure him,” Bounville said. “I’m
going to continue to exhaust
myself because I’m not exhausted
on this. He will continue to lose
political capital at an accelerated
rate, probably faster than he would
have if we weren’t engaged at this
end of the movement.”
14 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
‘Don’t Ask’ protest set for Sunday at White House
One activist planning a Sunday protest outside the White House on ‘Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell’ said President Obama has failed to follow through on his
promise to be a ‘fierce advocate’ for the LGBT community.
Photo courtesy of DNC
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Contenders in R.I.,
Calif. doing well,
By CHRIS JOHNSON
Non-incumbent gay candidates
running for Congress are general-
ly doing a good job of raising
money, according to the reported
receipts the Federal Election
Commission made public after the
first quarter of this year.
For the first quarter of 2010,
David Cicilline, the gay Democratic
mayor of Providence, R.I., has had
marked success in fundraising to
support his congressional bid. After
announcing his candidacy to repre-
sent Rhode Island’s 1st congres-
sional district earlier this year,
Cicilline has raked in $725,078 for
his war chest.
Comparatively, Bill Lynch, a
former Rhode Island Democratic
Party chair who’s challenging
Cicilline for the party nomination,
has raised $230,485. John
Loughlin, a Republican candi-
date, has raised $333,763.
Sean Theriault, a gay govern-
ment professor at the University
of Texas, Austin, said Cicilline
“looks to be in great shape”
heading into the election.
“I would be surprised if he
isn’t welcomed into the [LGBT
Equality] Caucus after the
November elections,” he said.
Denis Dison, spokesperson for
the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,
said the amount of money Cicilline
has raised is “hugely significant.”
“This is an open seat and part of
the calculus about who’s going to
be considered a frontrunner is the
ability to fundraise,” Dison said.
For cash on hand, or the amount
of money remaining after expendi-
tures in the race, the margin between
Cicilline and his Republican oppo-
nent is even more pronounced: the
Providence mayor has $713,346;
Loughlin has $187,537.
“That’s a sign to other donors
and to the political establishment
that Mayor Cicilline is prepared
to fight and win this,” Dison said.
Notable donations to Cicilline’s
campaign include $2,400 from the
Victory Fund as well as $1,000
from gay lawmaker Rep. Jared
Polis’ (D-Colo.) political action
The Human Rights Campaign,
which has endorsed Cicilline, also
contributed to the campaign.
Michael Cole, an HRC spokesper-
son, said his organization has
made $6,000 in direct contribu-
tions to the campaign.
“Additionally, we are likely to
contribute the full $10,000 allowed
by law through a combination of
direct and in-kind contributions by
the election,” Cole said.
Cicilline’s campaign didn’t
respond to a request for com-
ment on his fundraising numbers.
In the race for California’s
45th congressional district, the
gay Democrat running for office
has also amassed a sizeable
war chest, although not as much
as the Republican incumbent
he’s trying to oust.
Steve Pougnet, the mayor of
Palm Springs, Calif., has raised
$867,614 in his bid to unseat Rep.
Mary Bono Mack (R), who’s raised
$1,330,183 to hold on to her seat.
Notable donors to Pougnet
include the Victory Fund, which gave
$2,400 to his campaign, and Polis,
whose PAC contributed $2,000.
Jordan Marks, Pougnet’s cam-
paign manager, said he thinks the
fundraising numbers place the
candidate in a “great position.”
In the first quarter of 2010, Marks
said Pougnet raised about the same
amount that Bono Mack raised for
her campaign, even though she’s
an incumbent. Marks noted that
Pougnet raised $304,000 and Bono
Mack raised around $320,000 in
that time period.
“This quarter is, by far, our best
quarter so far,” Marks said. “This
quarter proved that for certain we
16 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
Gay congressional candidates raking in cash
David Cicilline, the gay Democratic mayor of Providence, R.I., is running
for Congress and has raked in $725,078 for his war chest.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Continues on page 20
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about the bill’s overall prospects in
the House. But he repeated con-
cerns he raised earlier in the month
that not enough people in the LGBT
community are being aggressive
enough in lobbying their representa-
tives to vote for the bill.
He said too many people in the
gay community “want to play prog-
nosticator and not do the lobbying.”
“We are in a fight,” Frank said.
“The [House] leadership is com-
mitted. We have a large number
of votes. What we need are peo-
ple to call their representatives
and tell them to vote for this and
then call their senators.”
He said the decision by protest-
ers to disrupt Miller’s committee
hearing “was about as unhelpful as
could be,” and described the protest-
ers as “people with Tea Party envy.”
Frank also said two weeks ago
that he favors holding a House
vote on ENDA even if it’s uncer-
tain the bill would pass or support-
ers could beat back a harmful
motion to recommit. He noted that
it’s important for the LGBT com-
munity to have such a vote.
But an aide to the House
Democratic leadership, who
spoke on condition of anonymity,
said this week that an ENDA
vote would not be held if there
aren’t enough votes to pass it.
“We’re not going to bring it up
if it will fail,” said the aide. “That
would be harmful to the bill’s
prospects in the future.”
But Mara Keisling, executive
director of the National Center
for Transgender Equality and an
active lobbyist for ENDA, said
she agrees with Frank that a
House vote on ENDA should be
held regardless of whether its
passage is absolutely certain.
“We are so close, and we’re
certainly over the top on the over-
all bill,” she said. “Whatever bill
goes to the House floor will pass.
So it’s a question of how close we
are to assurances on hypothetical
motions to recommit.
“All of them at this point are entire-
ly hypothetical. And there’s no way to
be absolutely positive because the
motion to recommit could be some-
thing we didn’t anticipate,” Keisling
said. “It could be something that is
not a big deal to us.”
Keisling noted, however, that
if there is an attempt to delete
the transgender provision from
the bill, she’s optimistic that the
bill’s supporters will have the
votes to defeat such a motion.
She said that for other bills,
Democratic leaders have some-
times pulled the bill off the House
floor if it appears they don’t have
the votes to kill a damaging motion
to recommit and that the motion to
recommit is deemed unacceptable.
She noted that would happen in
the unlikely development that
ENDA supporters don’t have the
votes to defeat a motion to recom-
mit that’s deemed unacceptable.
Amid the House uncertainty,
activists are increasingly hopeful for
the bill’s prospects in the Senate.
Boschee of North Dakota
noted that the North Dakota
Senate recently passed a state
version of ENDA that includes a
transgender protection provision.
Although the state’s House of
Representatives defeated the
bill, Boschee said its approval in
the state Senate has generated
new energy among LGBT advo-
cates in the state, prompting
greater support for the version of
ENDA pending in Congress.
“We are asking state senators
who voted for the state bill to
lobby our congressional delega-
tion” on ENDA, Boschee said.
And Karen Mudd, an official
with Equality South Dakota, a
statewide LGBT advocacy group,
said the group is optimistic that
Johnson will vote for ENDA, even
though he’s declined to sign on as
a co-sponsor of the bill.
“Sen. Johnson’s staff has been
very receptive to our requests that he
support ENDA,” Mudd said. “He has
a policy in his Senate office of non-
discrimination based on sexual ori-
entation. We’re asking him to expand
that to include gender identity.”
In Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb, a
Democrat, signed on as an
ENDA co-sponsor earlier this
year. Warner, his Democratic col-
league in the Senate, has so far
declined to co-sponsor the bill.
But LGBT activists say Warner
has expressed general support
for a federal non-discrimination
bill covering gays, and they are
hopeful that Warner will vote for
a trans-inclusive ENDA this year.
“I’ve known Sen. Warner for a
dozen years,” said Jay Fissette, the
openly gay chair of the Arlington
County Board. “I have every confi-
dence that he will do the right thing
and support ENDA.”
Stephen Skinner, president of
the board for the state LGBT group
Fairness West Virginia, said his
group has been actively lobbying
Byrd and Rockefeller on ENDA.
“I am very hopeful that Sen.
Rockefeller will vote for it and will
soon become a co-sponsor,” said
Skinner. “I’m also hopeful that Sen.
Byrd will do the right thing on ENDA.”
Some Capitol Hill observers
think his long record of leaning
toward conservative views on social
issues might prompt him to vote
against the bill or to abstain from
voting on ENDA. He was absent
from the vote last year on a hate
crimes bill that included protections
for gay and transgender people.
But one source familiar with
Byrd, who spoke on condition of
not being identified, speculated
that Byrd might vote to defeat an
ENDA filibuster, even if he votes
against the bill itself. A vote against
a filibuster would, in effect, be a
vote for the bill since ENDA sup-
porters believe they have more
than the 50 votes needed to pass
the bill in an up-or-down vote.
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need to run a really credible cam-
paign, talk about the differences
between us and our opponent, and
really give the voters an opportuni-
ty to make a clear choice.”
Based on the fundraising
numbers, Theriault said Pougnet
would “be in the hunt” to claim
Bono Mack’s seat. But given the
challenges that Democrats are
expected to face in this year’s
election, Theriault wasn’t opti-
mistic about Pougnet’s chances.
“If this were 2006 or 2008,
Congresswoman Bono [Mack]
would be in serious trouble,” Theriault
said. “I suspect that the political winds
may save her this time.”
Support for Pougnet among
LGBT groups isn’t universal. The
Log Cabin Republicans is backing
Bono Mack in the race and last year
contributed $1,500 to her campaign.
Charles Moran, a Log Cabin
spokesperson, said his organiza-
tion is supporting Bono Mack
because the Republican lawmaker
voted with the LGBT community
when her support was needed.
Bono Mack twice voted against the
Federal Marriage Amendment and
voted in favor of hate crimes legis-
lation and the Employment Non-
“We’ve got longstanding rela-
tionships with Mary Bono Mack
and she’s backed [us] up on a lot of
different issues when we’ve need-
ed it,” he said. “We’re proud and
have no problem supporting Mary
in this race. It was a no-brainer.”
Still, Bono Mack has been criti-
cized for not taking a position on
California’s Proposition 8 when it
came before state lawmakers and
for refraining from endorsing
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
Noting that Bono Mack
amassed more than $1 million in
campaign funds, Moran said the
lawmaker is “doing well” and that
she’s among the best people in
the country working to raise
money for her campaign.
“It doesn’t really surprise me
that her numbers came out so
strongly in the fundraising world,”
Moran said he expects to see
another contribution from Log
Cabin to Bono Mack as the gen-
eral election approaches —
although he’s unsure of the
amount — and that members of
Log Cabin are making individual
contributions to her campaign.
HRC hasn’t made an endorse-
ment in the race for California’s
45th congressional district.
Another gay Democrat is run-
ning to represent New Jersey’s 7th
congressional district in the
upcoming election. Ed Potosnak, a
former schoolteacher and staffer
for Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), is
attempting to oust Rep. Leonard
Lance (R-N.J.) from his seat.
The first quarter filings reveal
that Potosnak has raised $81,007,
while Lance has received $772,440
in fundraising. The difference
between the two candidates is less
pronounced for cash on hand:
Potosnak has $64,397 and Lance
Potosnak said he’s “extremely
energized and proud” of the sup-
port his campaign has received.
“I project a strong showing in
the second quarter to advance
our positive message,” Potosnak
said. “I’m pretty confident that
with additional support from our
community, we can and we will
make up for that difference.”
Noting that he’s unopposed in
his Democratic primary, Potosnak
said Lance has several chal-
lengers in his Republican primary
that would “likely deplete his cam-
paign funds” as Lance progresses
toward the general election.
The Victory Fund hasn’t made
a decision to endorse Potosnak.
Dison said he couldn’t comment
on the candidate’s fundraising
numbers because his organization
hasn’t made an endorsement.
Theriault said Potosnak’s
numbers don’t bode well for his
“In today’s political climate, a
Democratic challenger needs at
least $500,000 to be even a legit-
imate candidate against a
Republican incumbent,” Theriault
said. “Mr. Potosnak is about six
times short that amount.”
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raised $867,614 in his bid for Congress.
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would boost tracking
of int’l violence
By CHRIS JOHNSON
The U.S. Senate Foreign
Relations Committee on Tuesday
adopted an amendment to help
address LGBT inequality abroad
as part of major State Department
The amendment, sponsored
by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-
Wisc.), was attached to the fiscal
year 2010-11 foreign affairs
authorization bill. Sen. Kirsten
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was a co-
sponsor of the measure.
Mark Bromley, chair of the
Council for Global Equality, said
the measure passed, 12-7,
with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
joining 11 Democrats voting in
favor of the amendment.
The language urges the State
Department to task more officers
in the Human Rights Bureau to
track violence overseas related
to sexual orientation and laws
Additionally, the provision calls
on U.S. embassies to work to reform
or repeal laws overseas criminaliz-
ing homosexuality and directs the
State Department to strengthen its
annual human rights report with
regard to reporting on abuses
against LGBT people.
In a statement, Feingold said
the amendment “will help counter
efforts around the world” that
restrict the rights of LGBT people.
Adoption of the amendment
comes on the heels of Senate
approval earlier this month of a
resolution condemning an anti-gay
bill in the Uganda parliament that
would, among other things, insti-
tute the death penalty in some
cases for homosexual acts and
require citizens to report LGBT
people to the police.
Feingold said in remarks to the
committee that the Uganda legisla-
tion “is just one example” of actions
taken abroad aimed at restricting
the rights of LGBT people.
“Members of the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgendered
community face increasing levels
of persecution and violence in
Iran and Iraq, criminalization
laws remain in effect in many
other countries, and homosexu-
ality is punishable by death in
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and
Nigeria,” Feingold said.
At Blade deadline, the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee was
still considering amendments to
the foreign affairs legislation and
had yet to report the bill to the floor.
Bromley said the adoption of the
amendment “is useful” because the
State Department “has already, on
its own accord, implemented most
of these provisions.”
“This is really a recognition of
the Senate and by Congress of
the good work that the State
Department is already doing and
affirming that this work should
continue to go forward,” he said.
Last year, the House passed
its version of the foreign affairs
authorization bill with language
substantively identical to the
LGBT provisions in the current
Senate bill. The Senate commit-
tee’s adoption of the amendment
puts the two bills in accord as
the legislation makes its way to
President Obama’s desk.
Bromley said the amendment
mandates the LGBT provisions,
while allowing the State
Department considerable discre-
tion in implementation.
“That is an important policy
mandate and there is no discretion
provided to the department,
although the secretary has already
clearly demonstrated her commit-
ment to this work,” he said.
Should the legislation reach
Obama, it would be an achieve-
ment not often made by Congress.
Bromley said the last time
Congress passed a foreign affairs
authorization bill was in 2002.
22 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
Senate moves to address LGBT inequality abroad
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold sponsored a measure that urges the State
Department to better track violence overseas related to sexual orientation
and laws criminalizing homosexuality, among other steps.
Photo courtesy of Feingold’s office
april 30, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 23
By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN
Special from Georgia Voice
Two possible replacements for retiring U.S.
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
could draw fire from conservative organiza-
tions for their stands on LGBT issues.
President Obama’s short list of potential
nominees holds fewer than 10 names,
according to reports. The list is said to include
former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
Leah Sears and U.S. Solicitor General Elena
Kagan, along with Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano and D.C. Court of
Appeals Judge Merrick Garland.
Sears was known for her strong stands
on gay issues during her tenure on the
Georgia Supreme Court, from which she
retired in June 2009. Her legal opinions,
including voting with the majority to overturn
Georgia’s sodomy law and her opposition to
the process by which Georgia’s Constitution
was amended to ban same-sex marriage,
made her the target of conservatives who
tried unsuccessfully to unseat her.
Kagan’s opposition to the military’s
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays, les-
bians and bisexuals serving openly was a
key issue for opponents when she was
confirmed to the Obama administration
post last year, and would likely surface
again should she be nominated to the high
court, the Wall Street Journal reported.
As dean of the Harvard Law School, in
2005, Kagan joined an amicus brief that
argued that law schools such as Harvard
should be able to bar military recruiters,
because the military does not follow the
gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy the
schools required of private employers who
wished to recruit on their campuses.
In an e-mail to law school students and
faculty at the time, Kagan described “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” as “a profound wrong — a
moral injustice of the first order,” according
to the Wall Street Journal.
During the confirmation process for
Kagan to become attorney general, Sen.
John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked her in writ-
ing if she believed the U.S. Constitution
guaranteed gay couples the right to marry.
“There is no federal constitutional
right to same-sex marriage,” Kagan said,
according to the Wall Street Journal.
Last year, the Christian Coalition of
America called Kagan “dangerous to
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Kagan, Sears too
for Supreme Court?
Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice
Photo courtesy of Sears
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done,” said veteran D.C. gay and
Ward 8 community activist Phil
Pannell. “We have not overcome yet.”
Pannell and others involved
with local LGBT organizations
pointed to alarmingly high rates
of HIV infection among D.C. men
who have sex with men, the city’s
unwelcome status of having the
nation’s highest rate of reported
anti-LGBT hate crimes, and its
distinction of being one of the
few major U.S. cities that fails to
provide ongoing city funds for its
LGBT community center.
The same contingent of
activists expressed caution that
the fight for same-sex marriage in
the city is not yet over. They noted
that a lawsuit seeking to force the
city to hold a voter initiative calling
for repealing the law is scheduled
to come up for a hearing May 4
before the D.C. Court of Appeals.
City attorneys, who have
already won several earlier court
challenges to the marriage law,
say they are optimistic the city will
ultimately win its case in defend-
ing a provision of its initiative and
referendum law that bans ballot
measures seeking to take away
rights from minority groups.
That law, which gay activists
persuaded the City Council to
pass in the late 1970s, has so far
spared the city a divisive ballot
fight over gay marriage that has
rocked other states, including
California and Maine.
“We still have to stay vigilant
and make sure we are actively
monitoring what will come down
through the courts,” said Aisha
Mills, president of the Campaign
for All D.C. Families, one of the
lead groups that lobbied for the
city’s same-sex marriage law.
“And we also know that
Congress still has an opportunity
to get involved and intervene in
D.C. in a number of ways,” she
said, pointing to Congress’s
authority to overturn a D.C. law
at any time, including through its
process of approving the city’s
annual appropriations bill.
“We are not going to be able to
rest on our laurels and be safe and
secure in having marriage at least,
I would say, for another year or two
or even longer,” she said.
Veteran D.C. gay activist Bob
Summersgill, who is credited with
mapping the strategy for passing a
same-sex marriage law, said he,
too, is hopeful that a ballot meas-
ure seeking to repeal the law will
be defeated in court. However, he
noted that Congress could always
exert its authority to force the city to
put the issue before the voters.
“The Democrats will not hold
both houses [of Congress] forever,
and it is unlikely that any
Republicans will back marriage
equality in D.C. if they gain a
majority,” Summersgill said. “The
longer that they are put off, the
safer we are, but we must be pre-
pared to fight a ballot initiative.”
On other matters, Summersgill
and Rick Rosendall, vice presi-
dent of the Gay & Lesbian
Activists Alliance, point to GLAA’s
21-page 2008 LGBT Agenda, or
policy paper for D.C., which
describes a wide range of issues
that the group believes are related
to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-
gender city residents.
Rosendall said the group is
updating the Agenda document
in time to present it to candidates
running in this year’s mayoral
and City Council races.
“Marriage equality is only part
of one of six sections in our poli-
cy paper,” Rosendall said.
In addition to addressing LGBT
families, Rosendall said the docu-
ment lists LGBT-related concerns
over public safety, including the
Police and Fire and Emergency
Medical Services Departments and
the Department of Corrections; pub-
lic health, including AIDS; human
and civil rights; education and youth;
and consumer and business issues.
“Even if we achieve equality on
paper — and we have a long way
to go in some of these areas —
continued vigilance is required to
ensure that good policies are put
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Activists cite fighting AIDS, hate crimes as priorities
David Mariner, executive director of the D.C. LGBT Community Center,
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into practice,” he said.
Among the specific issues
addressed in the document are
bullying of LGBT youth in the city’s
public schools “while adult authori-
ty figures often look the other way,”
lack of social services for trans-
gender residents, and a local
health care system that doesn’t
sufficiently serve lesbians.
The GLAA Agenda document
is available online at the organi-
zation’s web site, glaa.org.
Lesbian Democratic activist
Barbara Helmick cited a litany of
issues similar to those raised in
the GLLA Agenda document, but
said that local activists should go
a step further by joining others in
the community to push for
changes in federal law.
Of particular concern to same-
sex married couples, she said, is
the existing federal law barring
them from obtaining Social Security
spousal benefits given to straight
“I think with our unique seat right
here with the federal government
down the street, the local community
becoming active in that campaign
would have enormous benefits for
many of our married couples here in
the city as well as married couples
throughout the country,” she said.
David Mariner, executive direc-
tor of the D.C. LGBT Community
Center, said many of the LGBT-
related social services programs
that groups like GLAA seek to
improve are performed in other
cities by LGBT community centers.
Pointing to a call by activists in
Philadelphia for “brick and mortar”
projects and programs for LGBT
youth, seniors and other vulnerable
populations, Mariner said the D.C.
LGBT Center has the ability to
house or operate such programs if
the city helps fund the center.
“We are the only major U.S. city
that doesn’t have a permanent build-
ing for our local LGBT Community
Center,” Mariner said. “In our short
time at 1810 14th St., N.W., we’ve
seen what is possible when we have
an appropriate facility. Unfortunately,
we will have to leave this facility, pos-
sibly as soon as this summer, and
our future is uncertain.”
Mariner was referring to a
lease the Center has for a building
formerly used by the Whitman-
Walker Clinic. The building is
owned by a real estate develop-
ment company that plans to
demolish it to build a new condo-
minium and office complex. The
Washington Blade offices also are
located in the building.
Brian Watson, director of pro-
grams for the non-profit social
services group Transgender
Health Empowerment, and long-
time transgender activist Earline
Budd, an outreach worker for the
group, both said the community’s
work in addressing transgender
issues is far from complete.
The two pointed to the organi-
zation’s Wanda Alston House for
LGBT youth, which provides tem-
porary housing and social services
to gay and trans youth. Due to city
budget cuts, the Alston House lost
a sizable portion of its city funding,
requiring THE to reduce services
to the youth staying at the house.
“Homelessness in our commu-
nity is mostly invisible,” Budd said.
“One of my priorities for our move-
ment is to find out how we can
reach the social and economically
disadvantaged in our community.”
Gay Democratic activist Peter
Rosenstein said an important
part of the community’s continu-
ing agenda should be making
sure the mayor and city agencies
properly implement LGBT-relat-
ed laws and policies already on
the books. He noted that agen-
cies such as the public school
system haven’t been aggressive
enough in carrying out anti-bully-
ing polices, for example.
“We may also need to legislate
action” requiring the agencies to bet-
ter carry out such programs, he said.
Carlene Cheatam, a same-sex
marriage advocate and longtime
member of the D.C. Coalition of
Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &
Transgender Men & Women
before recently stepping aside
from the group, called for a funda-
mental change in the LGBT move-
ment’s approach on the local level.
Instead of working mostly
within specific LGBT groups that
limit their work to LGBT-specific
issues, Cheatam said activists
should become fully involved in
their local communities and inte-
grate LGBT advocacy into the
“I have always thought that the
community does it wrong,” she said.
“I feel the community does it sepa-
rate from other issues and the
broader community. … You can’t
just go to the straight community
and say let’s talk about LGBT.”
She said a small number of
LGBT people who are involved in
their local communities work on
broader, non-LGBT issues as
well as LGBT issues.
“But as an agenda, the com-
munity does not get involved in
something that’s not LGBT,” she
said. “And yet we expect our
allies to support us. … And so
what I want is for the LGBT com-
munity to become part of the
broader community and partici-
pate, support other people, other
communities to establish allies.”
Cheatam also said that LGBT
people who take a low profile in
their involvement in the broader
community should be fully out
and self identified as LGBT.
“This also helps other people
who are in the closet to see LGBT
[people] who are visible, who are
cleaning up neighborhood alleys
with the gay T-shirt on. You can
see that from your window and
say, ‘Wow, they’re able to be out
and in the neighborhood.’
“That’s my wish for the com-
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HRC president Joe Solmonese
took it on the last week at a panel
discussion among LGBT move-
ment leaders moderated by Sirius
XM radio’s Michelangelo Signorile
In the studio with Signorile
were Rea Carey from National
Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Mara
Keisling from National Center for
Transgender Equality, Aubrey
Sarvis from Servicemembers
Legal Defense Network, blogger
Pam Spaulding and former
Clinton administration official
Richard Socarides. Solmonese
joined by phone from London,
where he was stranded by the
Icelandic volcano ash cloud.
No one on the panel asked
Solmonese the question that
many audience members were
buzzing about: Why was he in
London during this critical period
for securing the final votes to
repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?
Was the Senate Armed Services
Committee holding a British
retreat that we don’t know about?
Turns out he went to London to
meet with movement leaders
there and attend the Stonewall
dinner — at a donor’s expense.
There were plenty of barbs sent
Solmonese’s way, including a
pointed question from Get Equal’s
Robin McGehee, who asked if
Solmonese and HRC’s David
Smith would resign if key LGBT leg-
islative priorities are not achieved
this year. Solmonese responded
that his continued employment is
up to the HRC board.
Asked by DC Agenda’s Chris
Johnson if he regretted the regret-
table “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rally
last month featuring Kathy Griffin,
Solmonese said that Griffin
approached HRC with the idea
and the organization felt it was bet-
ter to be a part of it than not.
Another kerfuffle erupted when
Sarvis said he was excluded from
a key White House meeting related
to “Don’t Ask” repeal. Several HRC
staffers reportedly attended the
meeting; it appears that Sarvis
wasn’t invited because he had
publicly criticized the administra-
tion’s handling of the issue.
Americablog’s John Aravosis, who
was in the audience, angrily
denounced Sarvis’ exclusion from
the meeting during the radio event.
You can’t fault HRC for having
White House access, but exclud-
ing experts from key meetings
smacks of either petty turf wars or
appeasement and pandering to an
administration looking to retaliate
against its critics. HRC shouldn’t
have played along and instead
insisted on bringing Sarvis.
There were several questions
related to how closely the LGBT
movement’s many groups work
together. Spaulding noted that
she routinely receives multiple
press releases on the same
issue from a slew of organiza-
tions parroting the same mes-
sage, something I can attest
happens with regularity. The
assembled leaders assured the
audience that they do, in fact,
work closely together. For a
moment it seemed they would
join hands and sing “Kumbaya.”
But they all missed the obvi-
ous point that the movement has
too many organizations, leaders
and egos chasing the same lim-
ited pool of donors. The LGBT
movement is in desperate need
of consolidation, something I’ve
advocated for several years.
Unfortunately, it’s an idea that is
anathema to those in power.
As for Solmonese, he and his
organization often sound out of
touch with the average LGBT citi-
zen. There is a palpable and grow-
ing anger with President Obama
and the Democrats in Congress
and HRC would be wise to recog-
nize it and respond appropriately.
Solmonese, for example, should
have apologized for the Griffin rally
— it was a sorry exercise in star-
fuckery that had no place in the
serious debate over “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell,” a law that has
destroyed the careers of 13,000
brave American service members.
We have listened to the many
promises made by Democrats since
2006, supported them with money
and votes and waited patiently for
Obama to tackle the economy,
health care and other priorities
before getting around to LGBT con-
cerns. But time is running out. The
Democrats will lose seats in both
houses come November, giving
them a handy excuse to avoid
LGBT issues until after the 2012
elections. And if the Republicans
manage to retake the House, as
some are predicting, then we’re
really out in the cold again.
There’s still time to repeal
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and to
pass the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act this year, but
both will require public support
from Obama and his behind-the-
scenes lobbying of reluctant
moderate Democrats. Obama
needs to be on the phone with
Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.), Robert
Byrd (D-W.Va.) and other
uncommitted Democrats in the
coming days and weeks, pres-
suring them to act now.
It’s true that the Obama admin-
istration has advanced LGBT
equality via various rule changes
and executive orders, including the
recent letter sent to HHS endors-
ing hospital visitation rights for
LGBT couples. It’s also true that
HRC doesn’t get the credit it
deserves for pushing behind the
scenes for those changes.
But with wide Democratic
majorities in both houses of
Congress and a supportive
Democratic president, the bar was
set much higher. If ENDA dies, as
many are predicting, and “Don’t
Ask” repeal is delayed by endless
studies there will be a reckoning in
the movement in 2011. We
haven’t heard a peep about
repealing the Defense of Marriage
Act, something Obama repeated-
ly and emphatically promised to
do during his campaign. The
Uniting American Families Act
and other high-profile legislative
priorities remain in limbo.
Meanwhile, too many of our
so-called “activists” are too con-
cerned with currying favor, pre-
serving access and pursuing
administration jobs to stand up to
a president and a party that take
LGBT support for granted. The
LGBT movement is nearing a
crossroads. The strategy of align-
ing closely with the Democratic
Party must pay off in the next few
new leadership and
new strategies will
need to emerge
Re: “Rematch in Maryland”
(editorial by Kevin Naff, April 16)
Gov. Martin O’Malley deserves
support from Maryland’s LGBT
As we approach the gubernatorial
election of 2010, I believe the LGBT
community needs to assess the
progress that has been made during
O’Malley’s term as governor and sup-
port him for his re-election bid:
O’Malley signed domestic part-
ner bills into law in 2008 and
2009. Without these bills, LGBT
Marylanders would be without
important relationship protections.
Also, a bill specifically protecting
LGBT students was signed into
law by O’Malley in 2008.
Maryland state employees
were provided with domestic
partner Benefits in FY 2010 by
regulatory changes implemented
by the O’Malley administration.
In addition, O’Malley has directed
Maryland state agencies to respect
and implement Attorney General
Doug Gansler’s recent opinion that
state law should recognizing out-of-
state same-sex marriages.
I ask LGBT Marylanders to review
the advances made under Gov.
O’Malley’s administration and sup-
port his bid for re-election in 2010. —
Judd Vickers, Cambridge, Md.
Re: “’Precious’ deserves
praise from LGBT groups” (op-
ed by Julie Enszer, April 16)
It was with hesitation that I
went with my husband to see the
movie “Precious.” My hesitation,
based on reviews and synopses
that I read, was my belief that the
film would be too depressing and
negative. The only reason I
agreed to see it is that my hus-
band wanted to see it and since I
love my husband I went along.
I disagree with Enszer’s conclu-
sion that “racism, pure and simple”
is the reason that those associated
with “Precious” are not recognized
by our national LGBT organizations.
Personally I don’t have such a defin-
itive conclusion for this lack of
recognition but I leave open the pos-
sibility that racism may be a factor.
However, I do believe that your
conclusion in and of itself is just too
“pure and simple” and that the real
reason for this lack of recognition is
much more nuanced, with perhaps
one factor being the criticism that
“Precious” received from some
quarters that the film was racist
due to its very limited and negative
portrayal of African-American
life. That type of criticism may just
make “Precious” too hot to handle
for some LGBT organizations.
Overall I enjoyed the film “Precious,”
if you can use the word “enjoy” for such
a disturbing piece, and recommend
that people make the effort to see it.
Perhaps then they can draw their own
conclusions regarding the lack of
national LGBT group recognition of
this film and its associates. — Charles
Gravitz, Silver Spring, Md.
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Reach him at
Summer means the
beach, flip-flops — and
an end to fundraisers
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
I am ready for summer to
begin. From the time I finished my
short three-year teaching career, I
have viewed summer as begin-
ning on Memorial Day and lasting
until Labor Day. Like many others
in D.C., I often complain about the
hot, humid summers but this year
we all got to complain about the
long, cold, snowy winter.
It seemed we went from snow
on the ground for much of March to
80-degree temperatures by Easter
Sunday. It was great seeing the kids
participating in the White House
Easter Egg Roll wearing shorts and
T-shirts instead of the down jackets
they had to wear last year.
But one of the main reasons
that many of us in the LGBT
community look forward to sum-
mer is the end of the formal D.C.
fundraising season. The very
short season that we have here
in D.C. known as spring brings
literally dozens of invitations
each week to fundraising events.
They seem to multiply like rab-
bits year to year. If your bank
account allows, you could be out
every night of the week to one or
more fundraisers ranging in cost
from $25 to thousands for feder-
al political candidates and non-
profits. Between the politicians
and all the organizations asking
for donations it seems that pro-
fessional fundraisers believe the
LGBT community in Washington,
D.C., is made of money.
Today we don’t print many invi-
tations anymore. You are invited to
part with your money by e-mail,
evite or on Facebook. Facebook
has made inviting people to an
event so easy. Just one click and
thousands of people get your
event announcement. Then Tweet
about it and, if you’re Ashton
Kutcher, millions more can get it.
Every LGBT candidate from
around the nation has a friend in
D.C. that is raising money for them.
I know how important it is but there
are times I think it would be nice to
live somewhere like Akron so I
wouldn’t have to hear about all this.
I know who is running in San
Antonio and San Diego but am
sure they don’t have the slightest
idea who is running here in D.C.
They often see us only as the pot
of gold at the end of their rainbow.
I know the importance of giving
money to candidates from across
the nation and I follow the Victory
Fund endorsement list to see who
has a chance to win. Springtime in
D.C. brings invites from SLDN,
Whitman-Walker Clinic, Victory
Fund and the Capital Area Gay &
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,
to mention just a few. Then there
are our own LGBT candidates run-
ning for office who want and need
our support. David Catania run-
ning as an independent for D.C.
Council; Jim Graham and Clark
Ray running as Democrats for the
Council; and Dana Beyer running
for the Maryland Legislature. This
year we even have a few gays of
the Republican persuasion run-
ning for D.C. Council. And then
there are some local and national
straight candidates who will have
an impact on our lives who need
our money. Those of us in the
LGBT community must have an
aura that suggests we all have
money trees growing in our living
rooms or gardens.
Over the years I have been as
guilty as anyone when it comes to
sending out invites to fundraisers
and asking people for money.
Between the political candidates I
support, my ARTS in ACTION
events, and other organizations it
got to the point that some friends,
when I reached them on the
phone, would simply ask, “who or
what now, and how much?”
So now I have begun to limit the
invitations I send out to events for
organizations and candidates that
are based in D.C. and serve peo-
ple here. While I will continue to
lend my name to invites for a
national candidate or to someone
running for office from another
state or city if people feel it is use-
ful, I will focus on helping organi-
zations like SMYAL, MetroTeen
AIDS, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and
Us Helping Us, among others, and
local candidates like Catania,
Beyer and Ray who will have a
direct impact on the lives of people
living here in D.C. That will have to
suffice until I win the lottery.
So I look forward to Memorial
Day and moving into summer. Then
like so many other Washingtonians,
and members of the LGBT
community in Baltimore and
Philadelphia, I will start spending
my weekends in Rehoboth Beach
where I can at least wear shorts
and sandals to the
ers. But more
on Rehoboth in
Spring is an expensive season in D.C.
‘The Bridge’ ignores
president’s ties to
By CHARLES FRANCIS
The bridge in David Remnick’s
biography of Barack Obama, “The
Bridge” ( Knopf, 2010) is the
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a
holy site for the Civil Rights
Movement. Here, Rep. John Lewis,
Martin Luther King, Jr. and brave
marchers were gassed and beaten
by Alabama troopers, decades later
revisited by Barack Obama.
No significant strand in
Obama’s rise to the presidency
is omitted from this nearly 600-
page book, except one. “The
Bridge” has been thoroughly de-
gayed. In another decade, with
another presidency, this might be
a typical criticism. With this pres-
idency, it is a lapse.
There is no mention of the
role gays, their votes or their
money played in the campaign.
David Geffen? He is cited in
passing, no mention that he is
gay or was among the first “early
money” Obama supporters.
There is no mention of a gay
issue in the presidential cam-
paign such as “Don’t Ask Don’t
Tell,” now at a roiling boil. There
is no mention of the Matthew
Shepard Act signed into law by
President Obama in 2009.
Remnick does report Alan Keyes
slimed Mary Cheney in 2004.
“The Bridge” does not cover
President Obama’s historic dec-
laration in 2008 that he would be
a “fierce advocate” for gay and
lesbian Americans. The book
examines the heated South
Carolina primary contest
between candidate Obama and
Hillary Clinton. There is no refer-
ence to “ex-gay” Rev. Donnie
McClurkin’s role in South
Carolina Obama events. Obama
said, “I strongly believe that
African Americans and the LGBT
community must stand together
in the fight for equal rights.”
Sounds like a bridge to me.
“The Bridge” omits the uproar
caused by Rick Warren’s selection
for the inaugural invocation.
Remnick writes, “For the inaugural
ceremony, Obama had invited
Rick Warren to give the invocation,
a gesture to mainstream evangeli-
cals, but surely the most moving
performance on the podium,
besides Obama’s own somber
address, was the final benedic-
tion.” How do you not mention the
controversy about this selection,
given Warren’s support for
Proposition 8 in California?
Lawrence Goldyn, a professor
of Obama’s at Occidental
College in 1979 is discussed as
openly gay and an early influ-
ence. This calls to mind Bill
Clinton’s autobiography, a de-
gayed classic, in which Clinton
mentions an openly gay friend at
Oxford in the 1960s but some-
how fails to mention David
Mixner, a key player in his rise to
the presidency. Steve Hildebrand,
the gay deputy national cam-
paign director for the Obama
campaign, is mentioned several
times, but never identified as gay
or a bridge to a vast gay commu-
nity in historic transition.
“The Bridge” cites James
Baldwin 10 times, even in the
frontispiece, without mentioning
Baldwin as a black and gay voice
in the civil rights movement. It
was a cruel time: according to
Gore Vidal, President Kennedy
joked about Baldwin as “Martin
“The Bridge” is a first draft of
history that writes gays out. In
the past, this has been accepted.
Today, perceptive readers ask,
“Why the omission?”
There are lots of spirits
associated with Selma. One is
Bayard Rustin’s. Rustin was an
openly gay founding strategist
of the civil rights movement. It
was Rustin who studied in
India Ghandi’s non-violence. It
was Rustin who counseled
King before the march across
the Pettus Bridge: “There is
only one answer, the people
who believe in non-violence
are not now going to retreat.”
Years later, in 1986, it was
Rustin who spoke to students
about the direct line from
Montgomery to Stonewall.
Bayard Rustin could make
that connection. James Baldwin
lived that connection. In
remarks, Barack Obama has
made the connection, too, and
that is maddening for a lot of
people who supported him. But
“bridge?” It is
not there for
Obama biography de-gayed by author
april 30, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 33
The very short season that we have
here in D.C. known as spring brings
literally dozens of invitations each
week to fundraising events.
‘The Bridge’ is a first draft of history
that writes gays out. In the past, this
has been accepted. Today, perceptive
readers ask, ‘Why the omission?’
Charles Francis is the
founder of the Kameny
Reach him at
Peter Rosenstein is
a D.C.-based LGBT
rights and Democratic
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Local LGBT students benefit from
Point Foundation scholarships
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO
Anyone struggling with an inferiority complex would
do him- or herself a favor by staying away from the
local Point Scholars, recipients of Point Foundation
scholarship money for LGBT young people. They’re a
group of staggering overachievers who’ve accom-
plished a lot for their age, often in the face of adversity.
India native Harjant Gill, 28, is working on a Ph.D.
at American University studying anthropology,
migration and gender. He’s gay and also a filmmak-
er who’s made a handful of shorts and documen-
taries that explore issues like cultural identity, homo-
phobia, alienation, AIDS and more.
Lesbian Kelsey Phipps spent six years working for
the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as a policy adviser but
quit to go to law school at Georgetown University.
And Los Angeles native Joe Goldman, a junior
political communication major at George Washington
University, got involved in Israeli and global warming
issues at age 12 before taking up LGBT rights causes
shortly after he came out at 14. Since then he’s
interned for Equality California, the California League
of Conservation Voters, for several elected officials in
his home state and on the presidential campaigns of
Hillary Clinton and later Barack Obama.
All three and a handful of others in the D.C. area
have benefitted from Point Foundation scholarship
money and opportunities for mentoring from the
Foundation, started in 2001 by partners Carl
Strickland and Bruce Lindstrom, the latter a gay
entrepreneurial success (he co-founded what
became Costco) who’d been exiled from his evan-
gelical family upon coming out.
There are 67 current scholars and 75 alumni. This
year’s crop of about 38 new scholars, to be announced
in June, will have been selected from more than 4,000
applicants. The Foundation, which has 10 full-time
staffers, operates with a $3 million-plus endowment
supplied from a bounty of corporate sponsors, individ-
ual gifts, bequests, benefits and fundraisers. That’s up
substantially from the initial 2004 endowment of
$100,000. Most scholars are in the program multiple
years. The average scholar receives about $9,300 per
year for tuition, books and living expenses.
“It’s really about giving them the support they
need to be successful,” says Vince Garcia, Point’s
scholar relations and selections program director.
“It’s about helping them move beyond whatever
forms of marginalization they’ve encountered.”
That varies, of course, from scholar to scholar.
For Gill, who came out at 15, just a year after mov-
ing to the U.S. with his family, it was a rough start.
“My family told me I was financially cut off if I moved
out and I knew I couldn’t live there so there
was this constant back and forth about
my sexuality,” he says. “And their
unwillingness to even discuss the
topic. High school was very bad.
I never went to class because I
was worried about getting
beaten up, so as a result, my
GPA was very bad.”
Phipps came out at 16
and had a girlfriend her
senior year of high school
in Washington state.
She’s reluctant to say
how bad it was initially
because she’s at a
point now where her
parents have come a
long way and have
even invited her pres-
ent girlfriend to their
house for holidays.
“They really are coming
along and trying to have a
relationship,” she says.
“Before my mom would just
hang up if anybody except
me answered the phone.”
Goldman says he’s
one of the lucky ones.
His parents were sup-
portive. So why does he
need the aid?
“I’ve been marginal-
ized by our laws just like
all of us have,” he says.
Continues on page 50
Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth was in
town for last week’s Whitman-Walker
Clinic fundraiser. Photos, PAGE 52
HARJANT GILL, 28, is one of the Point Foundation's
D.C.-area scholarship recipients.
40 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
How long have you been out and
who was the hardest person to tell?
I was outed at age 13 by a mental health
professional. Hard is an understatement
when it comes to that scenario.
Who’s your gay hero?
The nameless face in Unknown, USA
who will never make a headline or
receive a single check but fights for
equality and claims their truth everyday.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot,
past or present?
Lace, where every night is ladies’ night.
Describe your dream wedding.
My dream wedding celebrates a mar-
riage that isn’t held under this incre-
mentalist, state-by-state approach to
What non-gay issue are you
most passionate about?
The gentrification of the United States,
particularly Washington, D.C.
What historical outcome
would you change?
Can Michael Jackson get a do over?
What’s been the most memorable
pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The first time I saw Sylvester James.
He made me feel, mighty real!
On what do you insist?
I insist on having a role in the revolu-
tion and you should too!
What was your last Facebook
post or Tweet?
You’d have to follow or friend me to find
out. I’m like Victoria — I have secrets!
If your life were a book,
what would the title be?
“Not So Simple: A Memoir by
If science discovered a way to change
sexual orientation, what would you do?
I’d suspect foul play.
What do you believe in
beyond the physical world?
Depends on what day you ask me!
What’s your advice for
LGBT movement leaders?
We must stop trying to speak for everyone
and provide all-inclusive environments for
everyone to speak for themselves. We
seek empathy for our oppression but we
are often times the oppressors.
What would you walk across
hot coals for?
Full federal equality!
What gay stereotype
annoys you most?
That gays conspire against heterosex-
uality. The only thing a straight woman
can do for me is point me in the direc-
tion of the nearest employed, mentally
sane, educated, lesbian (or help me
fight for full federal equality).
What’s your favorite gay movie?
What’s the most overrated
Apologies. Very few are sincere.
What trophy or prize
do you most covet?
I still have the report card where I was
skipped from first to third grade. Does
that make me a nerd?
What do you wish
you’d known at 18?
Not to take life too seriously because
I’ll never make it out alive anyway.
Because I am one of the two born and
raised Washingtonians left. But on a seri-
ous note, wherever I travel I return more
and more in love with my hometown.
Editor’s note: “Queery: 20 Gay
Questions” was a popular Washington
Blade “getting to know you” feature since
the section formerly known as “Out in
DC” launched in February 2007. Now
that the paper is returning to its former
name, we’ve revived Queery and
tweaked it with a few new questions.
Aiyi’nah Ford had always been interest-
ed in LGBT rights but her sense of duty and
activism spiked last year when she and her
girlfriend at the time, Torian Brown, were
kicked out of Silver Spring’s Tastee Diner
after embracing. The 25-year-old lesbian
and native Washingtonian was incredulous
and says the event was a wake-up call.
“The liberation goes beyond ‘Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell,’ DOMA, ENDA,” she says. “We
have black gay youth who don’t have a
place to live. I’m just not satisfied with our
percentages. There are those of us who are
pushing our plight but so many in the local
black [LGBT] scene are invisible. I’ll be at a
social event and they’re always there, but
when it comes to leadership, it’s the same
four or five people. We see ourselves on TV
now, so we become comfortable but there
are still instances of injustice happening all
the time and we see from the lack of con-
sequence that the justice system doesn’t
see this as a problem at all.”
Ford’s activism manifests itself in multi-
ple ways — she’s in several of the local
activist groups but also gives socially con-
scious poetry readings at open mic nights
and co-hosts a radio talk show online
(www.blogtalkradio.com/listen-up) as her
alter ego “SimplyNay,” a name she also
uses during her poetry readings. Her les-
bianism and activism have largely alienat-
ed her from her family but she has a sup-
port system of about five close friends she
relies on. By day, Ford works in internation-
al finance but she says LGBT activism is
her passion. She loves reading and giving
dramatic monologues in her spare time.
She also likes to hang out at Washington’s
lesbian nightclubs, Lace and Phase One.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
QUEERY: 20 Questions for Aiyi’nah Ford
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OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE DC CENTER,
1810 14th St. N.W., at 8 p.m. for a night of
queer spoken word and poetry. Everyone
is welcome and encouraged to come pre-
pared to share your work. This event is
free and open to the public.
EQUALITY FORUM arrives in Philadelphia
this weekend with a packed schedule of
panel discussions on the LGBT movement,
parties and more. Visit equalityforum.org for
a full schedule of events. Blade editor Kevin
Naff joins Obama administration officials
and GLAAD’s Jarrett Barrios for a Saturday
panel on the White House at 1 p.m.
BYT PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN
II: A COSMIC DISCO JOURNEY with DJ
Shea Van Horn (Mixtape), DJ Cale (BYT)
at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St N.W.,
starting at 9:30 p.m.
saturday, may 1
YOUTH PRIDE, rescheduled from last
weekend, takes place in the P Street
Beach area (23rd & P streets) from
noon-5 p.m. featuring a diverse lineup of
musicians, speakers and other perform-
ers. The Infatuation dance at Fly Lounge
follows from 5-9:30 p.m. Visit youthprid-
edc.org for more information.
JAM is returning to Mova Lounge with a
very special session, Cherry Jam, to ben-
efit The Cherry Fund. Drink specials,
prizes and music by DJ Gemz. No cover
but donations accepted for The Cherry
Fund. The Jam begins at 9 p.m. at Mova
Lounge, 1435 P St. N.W.
CODE, returns to Motley Bar above EFN
Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., for its monthly
installment. Gear, rubber, skin, uniform or
leather dress code will be strictly enforced.
Music provided by DJ Shea Van Horn.
Admission is $10. Code is an 18+ event.
There will be an open bar from 9-10 p.m.
WHO’S BAD, “the world’s greatest
Michael Jackson tribute band,” per-
forms at 9 p.m. at Ram’s Head Live, 20
Market Place at Power Plant Live in down-
town Baltimore. Tickets are $16.50; call
sunday, may 2
MAMMA MIA FLASH MOB WITH
BOWEN McCAULEY DANCE AND THE
DC COWBOYS DANCE COMPANY. Join
the DC Cowboys for a dance “flash mob”
of Mamma Mia. All you have to do is learn
the steps to the Mamma Mia choreogra-
phy via online tutorials. The public is invit-
ed to take part in these flash mob dances
that will be performed live. 1 p.m. at
Dupont Circle and a second flash mob 3
p.m. at Ballston Common Mall, 4328
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Online tutorial
of Mamma Mia can be found here on You
MARK KNOPFLER brings his “Get Lucky”
tour to Warner Theatre, 13th Street between
E&F streets, N.W., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
range $75.50-105.50; call 202-783-4000.
monday, may 3
Country-Western dance lessons at
Remingtons, 639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
(half block west of Eastern Market Metro)
from 8:30-9:30 p.m., $5 per person, per
lesson (dance class participants should
wear boots or shoes with leather soles).
tuesday, may 4
Volunteers will be assembling safer sex
kits and enjoying great drink specials at
Motley, 7-10:30 p.m. Motley is the
upstairs bar at EFN Lounge, located at
1318 9th St., N.W.
DRAG BINGO at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900
U St., N.W., hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee,
every Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Free to play.
SIA performs at the 9:30 club, 815 V St.,
N.W., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; visit
9:30club.com for information.
wednesday, may 5
THE TOM DAVARON SOCIAL BRIDGE
CLUB will meet at 7:30 p.m., at the
Dignity Center, 721 8th St., S.E. (across
from Marine Barracks) for social bridge. No
partner needed. Visit lambdabridge.com.
Each Wednesday at the Green Lantern is
POZ WEDNESDAY. Starting at 8 p.m.,
POZ mixers provide a supportive atmos-
phere for those who are HIV positive and
those who want to help eradicate the stig-
ma surrounding HIV. The Green Lantern
is located at 1335 Green Ct., N.W.
GENERAL PROGRAM WEDNESDAYS
7-8:30 p.m. at the Vajroyogini Buddhist
Center,1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W., 2nd
floor, $12. How can we learn to love with-
out pain? Through these teachings, we will
learn to enjoy our relationships and in turn
benefit others. For more information visit
meditation-dc.org, call 202-986-2257 or e-
thursday, may 6
THE POINT FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL
WASHINGTON, D.C., RECEPTION is
held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Human
Rights Campaign’s Equality Center,
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. Tickets are
$75. See related story on page 33.
JOHNNY BLAZES performs live at the DC
Center. Johnny Blazes’ show is an evening-
length performance that blends cabaret arts
with theater to create a semi-narrative series
of vignettes. The performance will begin at 8
p.m. in the DC Center Activity Room, 1810
14th St. N.W. Tickets $10 now or $15 at the
door. Light refreshments will be served. Visit
thedccenter.org for more information.
FINAL CAPITAL PRIDE GENERAL MEET-
INGwill be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteer
sign-up, mixer and raffle. The meeting will be
held at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St., N.W.,
near Farragut North and McPherson Square
Metro stations. That evening, the full schedule
of events and the headlining act for Capital
Pride’s 35th anniversary celebration, “You Ain’t
Seen Nothing Yet!” will be announced.
Volunteers interested in being a part of Capital
Pride’s 35th anniversary celebration are
encouraged to attend. Visit capitalpride.org or
call 202-719-5304 for information.
42 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
YOUTH PRIDE was rained out last weekend, but is rescheduled for Saturday from
noon-5 p.m. at 23rd & P streets, N.W.
Photo courtesy of youthpridedc.org
SIA performs at the 9:30 club next week.
Photo couresy of siamusic.net
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By PATRICK FOLLIARD
While Shakespeare’s plays were
often penned and performed for
England’s elite, they were also
intended for the masses. The bard’s
more common contemporaries
understood and appreciated his
work, regularly flocking to the Globe
Theatre to catch his latest tragic
romance or suspenseful gore fest.
How fitting then that the
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
(STC) spring offering “The Liar”—
David Ives’ ridiculously (in the
good way) rhyming adaptation of
Pierre Corneille’s 17th century
comedy — is so fabulously fun
and accessible. With Ives’ jokes
and Michael Kahn’s unswerving
direction, the production is indeed
a crowd pleaser.
The quick-paced romp’s title fib-
ber, Dorante (Christian Conn),
arrives in Paris armed with some
introductions, a bit of dash, and a
whole lotta imagination. Passing
himself off as a war hero (when, in
fact, Dorante like his creator
Corneille is a lawyer from the
provinces), he hires likable wise-guy
Cliton (Adam Green) as his valet
and sets straight away to wooing the
city of light’s lovelier ladies — name-
ly fair Clarice (Erin Partin) whom he
mistakes for her sidekick Lucrece
(Miriam Silverman), leading to all
sorts of farcical confusion.
As Dorante, Conn is convinc-
ingly pathological — he lies speed-
ily and with relish. And while many
of his untruths are harmless, a few
do land him in some very sticky sit-
uations; but alas, he’s not both-
ered, after all, this world class pre-
varicator’s credo is “The unimag-
ined life is not worth living.”
And Ives’ pun and anachro-
nism-filled script written entirely in
verse only adds to the madness.
For instance, Cliton gives Dorante
the goods on Lucrece’s father
“Perander. Rich as God. A Tuscan
villa. Ski place in Gstaad.”
Per usual, STC regular Aubrey
Deeker is excellent as Philiste, a
level-headed gentleman who, like
the audience, isn’t fooled by
Dorante for a moment. Deeker
eases comfortably into Ives’
sometimes dizzying verse and
plays with the language. Similarly,
Colleen Delaney is terrific as a
pair of identical — but very differ-
ent — twin servants, Isabelle and
Sabine; and David Sabin fares
well as the liar’s clueless father.
Staged by STC’s gay artistic
director Michael Kahn, “The Liar” is a
tight, fun-loving production with a
very fine, on point cast. Designer
Alexander Dodge has wittily set the
Parisian scene with an outsized blue
and white sign (Place Royal) and
enormous topiary poodle. Murrell
Horton’s grand period togs succeed
in flattering corseted ladies and
booted swashbucklers (although the
closest thing to a sword fight is an
amusingly staged duel between
Dorante and his handsome foil
Alcippe, played by Tony Roach.
It’s tempting to term “The Liar” as
fun spring fluff, but the great labor
that obviously went into updating the
classical source material demands
otherwise. In the program, Ives
describes his gargantuan task as a
“translaptation, i.e., a translation with
heavy dose of adaptation.” He adds
that he writes what “Corneille would
have written today but in English.” In
addition, the comedy expresses
some keenly perceived views on
the world — past and present.
But mostly, “The Liar” is a good
time. And while you won’t find STC’s
staid audiences picnicking in the
stalls or razzing the actors like the
rowdy patrons at Shakespeare’s
Globe, they’re definitely enjoying
themselves just the same.
44 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
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of the best
–The New York Times
BY DAVID MAMET. DIRECTED BY JOY ZINOMAN. OPENS MAY 5.
THE STUDIO THEATRE 14TH & P NW 202.332.3300 www.studiotheatre.org
friday, april 30
THE GRADUATE. The Keegan Theatre at
Church Street Theatre. 703-892-0202.
saturday, may 1
SUSHAMA PARIKH. Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com.
wednesday, may 5
AMERICAN BUFFALO. The Studio
Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.
Round House Theatre Bethesda.
MIKVEH. Theater J at Washington DC
Jewish Community Center. 800-494-
thursday, may 6
TERESA OAXACA - CLASSICAL
REALISM: NEW WORKS. The Art
League. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org.
RIFAR EL CORAZÓN / HEARTSTRINGS.
Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center.
sunday, may 2
GILGAMESH. UM Department of Theatre at
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 301-
THE ROBERT AND JANE MEYERHOFF
COLLECTION: SELECTED WORKS.
National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
monday, may 3
PAPER DOLLS by Fierce Sonia.
The Art League. theartleague.org.
through may 1
HANS GRAF, conductor / Jean-Yves
Thibaudet, piano, plays Connesson &
Ravel. National Symphony Orchestra at The
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
saturday, may 1
23RD ANNUAL EVENING OF COMEDY.
The Barns at Wolf Trap. 703-938-2404.
DANCE FUSION JAZZ PROJECT & STEP
AHEAD. Joy of Motion Dance Center at The
Jack Guidone Theater - JOMDC Friendship
Heights. 202-362-3042. joyofmotion.org.
GLORIA. National Philharmonic at Strathmore.
SWING INTO SPRING. Atlas Performing
Arts Center. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org.
ANNUAL ‘POPS’ CONCERT. UM School of
Music at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
monday, may 3
MONDAYS IN THE MANSION: THE ART
OF THE SHADOW PUPPET. Strathmore.
STRANGE LOVE: FAMILIAR SONGS OF
BIZARRE ENTANGLEMENTS by Will
Gartshore. Round House Theatre Silver
Spring. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.
VAUD RATS - An Original Ukulele Operetta.
Reston Community Center, CenterStage.
tuesday, may 4
IN THE EMPIRE OF ICE. National
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wednesday, may 5
A COME TO CHEESES MOMENT: WINE VS.
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Hall Regional Center. 301-203-6070.
FREDERIC CHOPIN FESTIVAL: OPENING
RECITAL. The Kreeger Museum. 202-338-3552.
ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY, tenor. Vocal
Arts Society at The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts. 202-467-4600.
thursday, may 6
ARTS BIZ BALL. Cultural Alliance of
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Theatre Company. 202-393-2161 x14.
THE KLEZMATICS. STRATHMORE.
saturday, may 1
FILM SERIES: CATALUNYA: POETRY OF
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National Gallery of Art. nga.gov.
FILM SERIES: STILL VOICES, INNER
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MONTPELIER FESTIVAL OF HERBS,
TEA AND THE ARTS. Montpelier Arts
Center. 301-377-7800. pgparks.com.
OPENING RECEPTION: URBAN DECAY, A
CARNIVAL OF CUSTOM VINYL AND
LOWBROW ART EXHIBITION. Workhouse
Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.
tuesday, may 4
ART SONG DISCOVERY: JENNIFER
EDWARDS, AUNDI MARIE MOORE. Vocal
Arts Society at The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts. vocalartssociety.org.
thursday, may 6
CHAMBER PROGRAM. Friday Morning
Music Club at Strathmore. fmmc.org.
sunday, may 9
FRAMING THE WEST: THE SURVEY
PHOTOGRAPHS OF TIMOTHY H.
O’SULLIVAN. Smithsonian American Art
through may 16
INSIDE / OUTSIDE. Gallery plan b. 202-
through may 22
PEPA LEON. Reyes + Davis
Independent Exhibitions. 202-255-5050.
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THE GUIDE TO ARTS & CULTURE
HOT HITS AND HIDDEN JEWELS
DANCE IS THE ANSWER
Through May 2
Dance/Metro DC celebrates Dance
is the Answer 2010 with over 275
dance classes, workshops, lec-
tures, open rehearsals, performanc-
es and special events combusting
throughout the metro region, many
of which are free!
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Washington National Opera at
The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts
Through May 7
The Figaro story continues in what is often consid-
ered Mozart’s most perfect opera. After his marriage
to Rosina—now the Countess Almaviva—the
Count’s palace is filled with a tangled web of love
affairs. The pageboy Cherubino courts the Countess
while the Count pursues the maidservant Susanna,
who is betrothed to the wily Figaro.
Synetic Theater at Rosslyn Spectrum
Through May 22
Guest director Derek Goldman presents his wildly
imaginative adaptation of Franz Kafka’s classic tale.
Plunging into the writer’s psyche and his response to
“the Jewish Problem,” Kafka’s Metamorphosis
explores one man’s descent into madness. Along with
an innovative sound experience, Goldman’s staging
brings startling new life to this grotesque classic.
DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES
Arena Stage at Lincoln Theatre
Through May 30
The Duke comes home to the Lincoln with
Sophisticated Ladies, an award-winning musical
revue starring Broadway legend Maurice Hines. With
one show-stopping number after another, this stylish
and brassy retrospective travels through a history of
American song and dance, from Charleston to swing
to virtuosic tap dancing.
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concept may still be new to some,
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severely lacking and risks postural
imbalances, injuries and pain.
The core is the foundation and
the center of support for the entire
body. Most people historically
thought the core was only com-
prised of the abdominals. But the
core encompasses the entire
abdominal wall, the obliques — or
sides of your abs — the lower
back, hip flexors and pelvic region.
Think of the core as the “girdle”
of your body. The core includes the
center of your body and provides
stability, balance and agility. A
strong core allows the body to
move as a fluid functional unit and
leads to greater strength through-
out the body including the extremi-
ties. A strong core maintains
appropriate posture and reduces
strain on the lower back and joints.
By contrast, a weak core is
much like a three-legged table: It
will ultimately fall over. Without the
solid foundation of a sturdy core,
imbalances, mechanical idiosyn-
crasies and distortions throughout
the entire body will occur. A weak
core can wreak havoc on the body,
leading to problems from poor pos-
ture to lower back and hip issues to
a distorted gait. Moreover, the
entire spine can be affected
because several muscles that sup-
port the spine are compromised.
Those muscles have become too
weak and deconditioned to sustain
holding up and stabilizing the body.
Core Conditioning dictates per-
forming a series of exercises that
engage, stimulate and strengthen
the core. CC exercises are multi-
muscular and involve multiple plains
of motion. They are more elaborate
and encompassing than isolated
movements and should be per-
formed after a thorough warm-up.
Keep in mind CC should integrate
all the major core muscles.
Functional Training involves
performing exercises and move-
ments that are most conducive to
everyday movement patterns. FT
refers to useable strength —
strength used to function every
day and perform what is referred to
as ADL or Activities of Daily Living.
FT, like CC involves multiple mus-
cles and muscle groups, often
times integrating many muscle
groups into one exercise or com-
pound exercises at a time.
Functional training cannot be
incorporated into an exercise pro-
gram without first establishing a
strong core through core condi-
tioning. They go hand-in-hand and
without core strength and stability,
the rest of the body will crumble
and any form of functional training
will not be possible.
It is important to acknowledge
also that without a strong core, you
cannot begin to do isolated move-
ments. If your goal is to develop big-
ger, more defined individual mus-
cles, then you cannot achieve this
without first building a strong founda-
tion that will stabilize your body when
performing isolated movements.
You need the strength of your
abs, lower back, hip flexors and
pelvis to sling and propel heavy
Where to begin? First and fore-
most CC and FT should be per-
formed after a full body warm-up,
never a cold body. Generally speak-
ing, the warm-up should be a much
less strenuous mirror image of the
actual workout. You should perform
full body movements that focus on
all your major muscle groups with-
out weights and certainly not on the
limited movement of a machine or
isolated muscular movements.
Start your routine with a light
cardiovascular warm-up of 5-10
minutes to bring up the body’s core
temperature. Follow this up with 5-
10 minutes of light calisthenics and
CC and FT have been around
for longer than you think. Yoga and
Pilates are classic core exercise
modalities. Also, functional training
equipment such as balance boards
and stability balls have become the
norm and are available in most up-
to-date fitness centers.
I have survived and prevailed
over two back surgeries and now
am healthy with a relatively strong
core. I believe a significant contribu-
tion to my back issues came from
weaknesses in my core and in mus-
cular imbalances. And while I
thought I had a strong core, there
was room for improvement, as there
always is. To date, whenever I wake
up with a sore back or suffer from
skeletal and muscular aches and
pains, I know it’s attributable to
imbalances in the strength of my
core and supporting muscles.
Add core conditioning and func-
tional training to your exercise reper-
toire and you will be on your way to
a solid body, greater overall fitness
and a reduced risk of injury. With
solid core and functional strength
you will be stronger,
faster, better balanced
and far more stable.
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Kevin M. Norris is a
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for DC Agenda and owner
of Mind Your Own Body,
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Reach him at
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By TYRONE FORD
Special to Washington Blade
Mystique Summers Madison
from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” whose
real name is Donté Sims, compet-
ed for top queen in season two of
the Logo reality series but was
eliminated in the third episode.
This self-proclaimed “pageant
queen” from Bedford, Texas
wants you to know that big girls
can do everything skinny girls can
and she recently made a stop in
Washington, D.C. to prove it. A
curvaceous beauty, Mystique
Summers Madison brought her
own brand of “charisma, unique-
ness, nerve and talent” and left an
impression on many of the view-
ers that the most important part of
being a performer is to stay true
to one’s self. The Washington
Blade talked to Mystique about
RuPaul’s show, her competitors
and how it feels to represent “big
Washington Blade: How did
Donté Sims, aka Mystique
Summers Madison, land a spot
on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”?
Mystique: I had been doing
drag for five years and there was a
casting call in Dallas for the first
season but I decided to wait and
see what the show was all about.
Then, when there was a casting
call for the second season, I went
for it and submitted my paperwork
and video and they got back to me
about two months later.
Blade: Two months is a long
time to wait, what was the next
step in the process?
Mystique: Well ... all applicants
need to have a psychological eval-
uation before they would cast you.
Blade: What exactly was
involved with that? What did they
ask you to get evaluated for?
Mystique: [Laughs] Well, I had
to sit down with a psychologist and
I guess I got the seal of approval.
Although, [laughs] I still don’t under-
stand how I managed to get it.
Blade: What was it like meet-
ing the other contestants for the
Mystique: I’m used to Texas
pageant drag, which is more
makeup and costumes. When I
met the rest of the contestants it
was more female realness.
Blade: You were eliminated in
this season’s third episode, los-
ing to Raven when you had to
“Lip sync for your life” to “I Hear
You Knockin’” by Wynonna Judd.
How do you feel you handled the
Mystique: After the lip sync,
RuPaul needed to think about
the decision so she was gone for
about 20 minutes and then came
back and I was the one to go.
Honestly, it was [like] a big sigh
of relief because I was able to
get back to real life and commu-
nicating with the real world.
Blade: Things got pretty heat-
ed with a few of the contestants
prior to your elimination. At one
point it looked like the wigs were
going to come off and punches
thrown. Let’s talk for a minute
about your “I’m from Chicago!”
interaction with fellow contestant
Morgan McMichaels, as seen via
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.”
Was it as confrontational as the
cameras made it appear?
Mystique: It was actually worse
than the viewers saw! The camera
crews missed a lot of it when it was
happening but at this point I don’t
have any issues about it.
Blade: After your elimination,
who were you pulling for to win?
Mystique: Well the person I
wanted to win was already elimi-
nated — Pandora Boxx. I really feel
Pandora should have stayed but
you never really know what the
judges were looking for or wanted.
Blade: Casting calls have
begun for the third season and it
looks like several of D.C.’s drag per-
formers are submitting tapes. What
is your advice to applicants?
Mystique: The best advice I
can give would be to stay true to
yourself. Go on the show as “you”
and leave the same way because
you shouldn’t change who you are
to try and win a competition.
Blade: The first season of
“Drag Race” didn’t include the
show. Do you feel this was a
good addition to your season?
Mystique: I think they came
up with the idea of “Untucked” to
show how catty things behind the
scenes really were. I know it was
brought on for my season but I
don’t know if it will be brought on
for the next one. They cast such
strong personalities this season
so they kind of knew there would
be drama and wanted to catch it
on film because they knew it
would bring in the viewers.
Blade: There is going to be anoth-
er spin off show called “RuPaul’s
Drag U.” Will you be involved?
Mystique: No, the performers
from my season on “Drag U” will
be JuJu, Pandora, Raven and
Blade: Bebe Zahara Benet
won the first season yet other
performers such as Ongina
and Shannel seemed to get
more attention. Why do you
feel that is?
Mystique: Well the winner
really is under lock and key and
has to do what the show says.
It’s almost better not to win
because then you can travel
and get booked and just do
your own thing.
Blade: How much of what the
audience saw was spin created
by the producers?
Mystique: There is a lot of
editing of course. It’s sometimes
two or three days of footage con-
densed down to one hour. So
when it was edited, the storylines
can be skewed to make the story
Blade: How much do the con-
testants actually interact with
Mystique: The amount of
interaction the viewers see on TV
is about how much we actually
interacted with Ru.
Blade: You said on the show
that you represented all the “big
girls” out there. Do you feel there
is a stigma attached to the full-
figured drag performers?
Mystique: Well, I went on the
show just as myself and I was
classified as representing the
“big girls” because I said it once
and it just caught on. I received a
lot of e-mails and Facebook
messages from different people
thanking me for showing that the
big girls can be sexy and that it
took a lot of courage to compete
against the skinny girls. If I’m
helping other people out there
then I think that’s great.
56 washingtonblade.com • april 30, 2010
MYSTIQUE SUMMERS MADISON competed on season two of
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’
Photo courtesy of Mystique
The skinny on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
april 30, 2010 • washingtonblade.com 57
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55 Fairhaven Road
Located just south of
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