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Senate conrms Fanning


to post after long delay
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com

Im honored by todays Senate conrmation and thrilled to return to lead the total Army team, said ERIC
FANNING.

After a delay of nearly eight months, the U.S. Senate


conrmed on Tuesday Eric Fanning as the rst-ever openly
gay Army secretary.
The chamber approved the nomination, announced by
President Obama in September, by voice vote with little
fanfare on the Senate oor.
Im honored by todays Senate conrmation and thrilled
to return to lead the total Army team, Fanning said in a
statement. I am looking forward to getting back to work
with [Army Chief of Sta] Gen. [Mark] Milley, and sincerely
appreciative of Patrick Murphys work as acting Secretary
over the past several months.
Never before has the U.S. Senate conrmed an openly
gay person as the civilian head of one of the military

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New priorities emerge


after long marriage focus
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
The Obama administration is taking monumental
strides in favor of transgender rights that may seem
unprecedented, but trans advocates have diering
takes on whether these developments represent a
change since the start of President Obamas tenure in

the White House.


The new initiatives, unveiled last week, began with
a lawsuit led by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
against North Carolinas House Bill 2, which prohibits
transgender people in the state from using public
restrooms in schools and government buildings
consistent with their gender identity. In widely praised
remarks announcing the lawsuit, Lynch compared
the law to Jim Crow laws, calling House Bill 2 statesponsored discrimination.
At the end of the week, the Departments of
Education and Justice issued joint guidance informing

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schools discrimination against transgender students,


including in bathroom use, constitutes a violation of
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which
could result in a loss of federal funds for the state.
Finally, the Department of Health & Human Services
announced it had made nal a rule prohibiting antitrans discrimination in health care and insurance.
The rule requires insuranceplans to cover transitionrelated medications, gender reassignment surgeries
and other treatments for transgender people if these
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WHAT IS GENVOYA?
GENVOYA is a 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to
treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older. It can either be used in
people who are starting HIV-1 treatment and have never taken
HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current
HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they
meet certain requirements. These include having an undetectable
viral load (less than 50 copies/mL) for 6 months or more on their
current HIV-1 treatment. GENVOYA combines 4 medicines into
1 pill taken once a day with food. GENVOYA is a complete HIV-1
treatment and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.
GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. To control HIV-1
infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must keep taking
GENVOYA. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions
about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always
practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual
contact with body uids. Never reuse or share needles or other
items that have body uids on them.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
What is the most important information I should know
about GENVOYA?
GENVOYA may cause serious side effects:
Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which
is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis
include feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble
breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold
(especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded,
and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat.
Serious liver problems. The liver may become large and fatty.
Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part
of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice), dark tea-colored urine,
light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for
several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain.
You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious
liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have
been taking GENVOYA for a long time. In some cases, lactic
acidosis and serious liver problems have led to death. Call your
healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of
these conditions.
Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. GENVOYA is not
approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and
stop taking GENVOYA, your HBV may suddenly get worse.
Do not stop taking GENVOYA without rst talking to your
healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.
Who should not take GENVOYA?
Do not take GENVOYA if you take:
Certain prescription medicines for other conditions.

W A SH I N G T O N BLA D E . CO M

It is important to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about


medicines that should not be taken with GENVOYA. Do not start a
new medicine without telling your healthcare provider.
The herbal supplement St. Johns wort.

Any other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection.

What are the other possible side effects of GENVOYA?


Serious side effects of GENVOYA may also include:

Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines.
Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger
and begin to ght infections. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any
new symptoms after you start taking GENVOYA.
Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider
should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. If you develop new
or worse kidney problems, they may tell you to stop taking GENVOYA.
Bone problems, such as bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead
to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones.
The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea. Tell your healthcare
provider if you have any side effects that bother you or dont go away.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking GENVOYA?

All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you
have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis
virus infection.
All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter
medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect
how GENVOYA works. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your
healthcare provider and pharmacist. Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe
to take GENVOYA with all of your other medicines.
If you take antacids. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after you
take GENVOYA.
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if
GENVOYA can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider
if you become pregnant while taking GENVOYA.
If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not
breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription
drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch,
or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see Important Facts about GENVOYA including important
warnings on the following page.

Ask your healthcare provider if GENVOYA is right for you,


and visit GENVOYA.com to learn more.

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IMPORTANT FACTS
This is only a brief summary of important information about GENVOYA and
does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition
and your treatment.

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MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GENVOYA

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF GENVOYA

Genvoya may cause serious side effects, including:

GENVOYA can cause serious side effects, including:

Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical

emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you
have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble
breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms
and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare
provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part
of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark tea-colored urine, light-colored bowel
movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or
stomach pain.

Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. GENVOYA is not approved to treat HBV.

If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking
GENVOYA. Do not stop taking GENVOYA without first talking to your healthcare provider,
as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female,
very overweight, or have been taking GENVOYA for a long time.

ABOUT GENVOYA

GENVOYA is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age

and older who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. GENVOYA can also be used
to replace current HIV-1 medicines for some people who have an undetectable viral
load (less than 50 copies/mL of virus in their blood), and have been on the same
HIV-1 medicines for at least 6 months and have never failed HIV-1 treatment, and
whose healthcare provider determines that they meet certain other requirements.

GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. Ask your healthcare provider about how
to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.

Do NOT take GENVOYA if you:

Take a medicine that contains: alfuzosin (Uroxatral), carbamazepine (Carbatrol,

Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol-XR, Teril), cisapride (Propulsid, Propulsid


Quicksolv), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergotamine (Cafergot,
Migergot, Ergostat, Medihaler Ergotamine, Wigraine, Wigrettes), lovastatin
(Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor), methylergonovine (Ergotrate, Methergine),
midazolam (when taken by mouth), phenobarbital (Luminal), phenytoin (Dilantin,
Phenytek), pimozide (Orap), rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Rimactane),
sildenafil when used for lung problems (Revatio), simvastatin (Simcor, Vytorin,
Zocor), or triazolam (Halcion).

Take the herbal supplement St. Johns wort.


Take any other HIV-1 medicines at the same time.

Those in the Most Important Information About GENVOYA section.


Changes in body fat.
Changes in your immune system.
New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure.
Bone problems.
The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea.
These are not all the possible side effects of GENVOYA. Tell your healthcare provider
right away if you have any new symptoms while taking GENVOYA.
Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before
and during treatment with GENVOYA.
BEFORE TAKING GENVOYA
Tell your healthcare provider if you:

Have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection.
Have any other medical condition.
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1
because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take:

Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be
taken with GENVOYA.

HOW TO TAKE GENVOYA

GENVOYA is a complete one pill, once a day HIV-1 medicine.


Take GENVOYA with food.
GET MORE INFORMATION

This is only a brief summary of important information about GENVOYA. Talk to your
healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more.

Go to GENVOYA.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5


If you need help paying for your medicine, visit GENVOYA.com for program information.
GENVOYA, the GENVOYA Logo, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies.
All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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Capital Pride announces


2016 award recipients
Cuban LGBT group honors Blade
CIENFUEGOS, Cuba The Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights on Wednesday
recognized the Washington Blade for its ongoing coverage of LGBT-specic issues on
the Communist island.
International News Editor Michael Lavers spoke on behalf of the Blade during a visit
to the organizations headquarters in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos.
The Blade is honored to receive this recognition from the Cuban Foundation for
LGBTI Rights, said Lavers. The Blade remains pleased to be able to share the stories of
Cuban LGBT rights advocates and their eorts with our readers.
Wed like to thank the LGBT people of Cuba for sharing their stories with us and the
Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights for this honor, said Blade editor Kevin Na. This
award is a reection of the Blades commitment to covering the plight of LGBT people
around the world.
Lavers is currently in Cuba to report on the countrys LGBT rights movement. He also
traveled to the island in May 2015.
STAFF REPORTS

7 gay candidates seek Clinton delegate seats


At least seven gay men are among the 60 candidates running to become delegates to
the Democratic National Convention pledged to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at
D.C.s Democratic presidential caucus on Saturday, May 21.
But a modest to strong showing by Democratic presidential contender Bernie
Sanders in D.C.s June 14 presidential primary could eliminate most if not all of the gay
candidates, who are competing in Saturdays caucus against 53 other would-be Clinton
delegates for just 13 delegate seats.
Under the D.C. Democratic Partys proportional voting system in presidential
primaries, the citys 13 elected delegates and one elected alternate delegate seats
are allocated to competing presidential candidates by the proportion of the vote they
receive in the primary.
No known LGBT people are among the 12 candidates running in the May 21 caucus
who are pledged to Sanders.
Clinton is considered the strong favorite to win the June 14 D.C. primary. But local
political observers say the citys historically progressive electorate makes it likely that
Sanders will receive a signicant percentage of the vote.
The known gay candidates running for Clinton delegate positions, according to a
list released by the D.C. Democratic Party, are gay Democratic activists John Fanning,
Richard Lum, David Meadows, Gregg Moreland, Peter Rosenstein, Mark Spengler and
James Brexley Wyatt. Moreland and Wyatt are partners.
All city residents who are registered Democrats are eligible to vote at the caucus,
which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 9-10:30 p.m. at the citys Walter
Washington Convention Center. Under Democratic Party rules, city residents can
register as a Democrat at the site of the caucus if they bring proof of residency.
Spengler is the former LGBT outreach director at the Democratic National Committee.
Rosenstein is a Blade columnist and Fanning is chair of the Logan Circle Advisory
Neighborhood Commission. Lum served as a member of the Platform Committee at
the 2012 Democratic Convention.
Many of the other candidates running for the Clinton delegate seats are longtime
community activists with signicant name recognition. Party activists have long said
that the key to winning delegate seats at the D.C. Democratic Caucus is to be able to
bring or attract large numbers of supporters to the caucus.
The Democratic Party has allocated a total of 45 delegates from D.C. to the Democratic
Convention in Philadelphia this summer. Most are automatic or super delegate seats
assigned to party leaders and elected ocials. Seven are selected by the D.C. Democratic
State Committee after the caucus.
Under a non-binding armative action goal established by the D.C. Democratic
Party, at least 5 out of the 45-member delegation should be members of the LGBT
community. In past presidential election years, the party has appointed LGBT people as
delegates to meet that goal.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

HIV/AIDS
activist
and
local
entertainment show host Rayceen
Pendarvis, journalist and former TV
news anchor Kathleen Matthews, and
veteran transgender rights advocate
Jeri Hughes are among those named
as 2016 recipients of the Capital Pride
Alliances annual LGBT rights awards.
The organizations Capital Pride
Heroes Award, the Engendered
Spirits recognition, and its Bill Miles
Award, named for the groups late
founding board member, draw
attention this year to eight individuals
that have distinguished themselves
as extraordinary advocates and allies
of the LGBT community, Capital Pride
ocials said in a statement.
The awards will be presented at
the Capital Pride Heroes Gala, which
takes place at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the
Carnegie Library, 901 K St., N.W.
The Capital Pride Alliance is
extraordinarily fortunate to have a
RAYCEEN PENDARVIS is among this
community with so many individuals,
years Capital Pride honorees.
leaders, and activists dedicated
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to ghting for and successfully
advancing LGBTA rights for all of us,
said Capital Pride board president Bernie Delia.
This year was a particularly dicult selection process, with so many
outstanding individuals from whom to choose, Delia said. We are truly grateful
and honored to announce and celebrate these individuals.
The Capital Pride Alliance, among other things, produces D.C.s annual Capital
Pride Parade and Street Festival.
The Capital Pride Heroes designation was given to these individuals, whose
backgrounds and accomplishments are taken from a Capital Pride pamphlet:
Bishop Allyson Abrams presiding bishop of the LGBT supportive Pneuma
Christian Fellowship, founder of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral and
social justice advocate.
Kathleen Matthews LGBT advocate, human rights activist, journalist, TV
news anchor, vice president for Global Communications at Marriott International
Corporation, and former Maryland congressional candidate.
Rayceen Pendarvis HIV/AIDS activist, host of The Ask Rayceen Show,
emcee of multiple D.C. Black Pride festivals and events, volunteer, equality
advocate, and gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
Peter Rosenstein LGBT rights activist, racial justice champion, CEO of
national healthcare and education related associations, member of multiple
nonprot boards, and co-coordinator of a group advocating for marriage
equality in D.C. He also serves as a Washington Blade columnist.
Engendered Spirits honorees recognized for having made signicant
contributions to the transgender community:
Julius Agers Two-spirited, transgender activist, volunteer for numerous
nonprot organizations and political campaigns, sta member at the D.C. Fire
and EMS Department.
Jeri Hughes Human rights advocate, volunteer, marriage equality and
Dont Ask, Dont Tell repeal activist, longtime advocate for banning employment
discrimination against transgender people, and LGBT rights activist.
Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service:
Chelsea Bland Labor union and LGBTQ rights activist, volunteer coproducer at Capital Pride for Volunteers, LGBT committee chair for the Oce
and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2, and freelance
photographer.
Michael Creason Volunteer sign language interpreter for Capital Pride
and multiple LGBT organizations, nationally certied sign language interpreter,
and producer at Capital Pride for Accessibility.
LOU CHIBBARO JR.

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Comings & Goings Probable cause found in


Honor for Corado; new post for Nosanchuk
By PETER ROSENSTEIN
The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us
at comingsandgoings@washblade.com.

Congratulations to Roosevelt University student Dan


Flave-Novak, for winning a prestigious fellowship. Dans
groundbreaking PsyD dissertation looks at body image
in the gay community. He will have the rare honor of
becoming one of only nine U.S. Veterans Administration
post-doctoral fellows to be trainedbeginning later this
year in helping veterans with LGBTQ mental health
issues, according to a press release.
Im very excited to be a part of this new initiative
DAN FLAVE-NOVAK
which will allow me to make a dierence in the lives of
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veterans who have recently begun to identify as LGBTQ
in the VA system, Flave-Novak said. I believe it will be a
great opportunity for me to have inuence and an impact
on how the VA system works with LGBTQ veterans now
and in the future. Dan will be spending his year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.
Flave-Novak has been a doctoral student since 2011
in Roosevelts nationally recognized PsyD program.
He trained in several psychology and counseling
MATT NOSANCHUK
departments, including Chicagos Howard Brown
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Center, one of the largest LGTBQ health organizations
in the nation. He worked for many years forOhio Rep.
Sherrod Brown in Washington, assisting in the ght to
repeal Dont Ask Dont Tell.
Congratulations also to Matt Nosanchuk who joined
the State Department as Senior Advisor in the Oce of
Religion and Global Aairs in the Oce of the Secretary.
Nosanchuk has served President Obama in several
positions prior to starting at the State Department. Most
RUBY CORADO
recently he was the Presidents Liaison to the American
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Jewish community in the Oce of Public Engagement
and also served as Director for Outreach on the National Security Council. During
the rst three years of the administration, Nosanchuk was Senior Counselor in the
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, where he was the point person on
LGBT issues and worked on challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act that led to the
Supreme Courts historic decision in United States v. Windsor.
Nosanchuk was born in Windsor, Canada, grew up in the Detroit area and
went to college and law school at Stanford. Since moving to Washington, he has
worked in the private, public, and non-prot sectors, including on Capitol Hill
on the House Judiciary Committee Minority Sta, and as Counsel for Sen. Bill
Nelson of Florida. In 2013, he received the American Bar Associations inaugural
Stonewall Award in recognition of his professional contributions to advancing
LGBT civil rights and the Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award for his
work on the Defense of Marriage Act litigation.
Congratulations also to Ruby Corado, who will be honored along with the
LGBTQ women of the Obama administration at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation
for Justice 2016 Fueling the Frontlines dinner.
Born in El Salvador, Corado ed to the United States at age 16 when the
Salvadoran Civil War erupted. She eventually moved to Washington, D.C. Selfidentifying as a D.C. Humanist-Transgender woman Corado has spent more
than 20 years advocating for the inclusion of transgender, genderqueer, and
gender non-conforming gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in mainstream society.
In 2004, she founded Casa Ruby in D.C. Last year, Corado told NPR, Most of the
people who come to Casa Ruby dont have a family that accepts them, or that loves
them for the most part. So we have a family here, and it is the concept of a chosen
family. Casa Ruby now has three homes, which include housing for homeless youth
and adults, food service, job training, and medical and employment advocates.

D.C. Starbucks bias case


Manager accused of
assault, shouting
anti-gay slurs
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.
lchibbaro@washblade.com
The D.C. Oce of Human Rights has
found probable cause that the Starbucks
coee shop at Dupont Circle discriminated
against a gay male couple based on their
sexual orientation and based on the
Hispanic race of one of the two men.
The action by the OHR, which
is considered a civil version of an
indictment, is based on a complaint
led by Michael Campbell, 31, and Angel
Rivera, 23, that Starbucks manager
Christian Lokossou subjected them to a
harrowing confrontation during their visit
to the Starbucks at Connecticut Avenue
and R Street, N.W. on May 18, 2014.
Separate complaints led by each of
the two men charge that Lokossou started
a verbal confrontation with Campbell
possibly after seeing him and Rivera kiss
one another as they placed their order
with another employee.
Minutes later, both complaints state,
Lokossou chased after them as they left
the store, shouting anti-gay slurs at them
before bumping into Campbell with his
shoulder and chest as startled customers
seated in an outdoor patio looked on.
You are fucking with the wrong one
and I will break your neck you little fag,
and I will break your spic boyfriends
neck as well, the two complaints quote
Lokossou as saying.
In a 15-page Letter of Determination of
probable cause in Campbells complaint,
OHR Director Monica Palacio says an OHR
investigation that included interviews with
several witnesses considered to be impartial
found that Campbell established a prima
facie case that discrimination occurred.
OHR nds probable cause to
believe that Respondent discriminated
against Complainant on the basis of
his sexual orientation on May 18, 2014
when Respondents Manager ordered
Complainant to leave the establishment,
called Complainant a faggot, and
threatened to harm him, the letter of
determination states.
OHR [also] nds probable cause
to believe that Respondent retaliated
against Complainant by banning him
from Respondents store after he led
a complaint with OHR alleging that
Respondent was discriminated on the

MICHAEL CAMPBELL and ANGEL RIVERA


accuse a Starbucks manager of anti-gay
harassment.
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basis of his sexual orientation on May 18,


2014, the letter states.
In a separate 10-page Letter of
Determination in Riveras complaint,
Palacios states, OHR nds probable cause
that Respondent discriminated against
Complainant on the basis of his race (Hispanic)
and sexual orientation (homosexual).
Palacios letter adds, The record,
including
disinterested
witness
statements, indicate that Respondents
manager called Complainant a spic and
a fag, while threatening Complainant
and his partner with physical violence,
which resulted in Complainant receiving
services in a markedly hostile manner
while he was patronizing Respondents
store on May 18, 2014.
At the time Campbell and Rivera
led their complaints, a Starbucks
spokesperson told the Washington Blade
the company was investigating the claims
made by the two gay men but it has a
longstanding policy of never commenting
on pending litigation.
But the spokesperson, Laurel Harper,
added, At Starbucks we want all of our
customers to have a positive experience.
We have zero tolerance for discrimination
and take this type of accusation seriously.
According to a summary of Starbucks
position on the case stated in Palacios nding
of probable cause, Campbell acted in a hostile
way toward Lokossou during a January 2011
incident in which Lokossou claims Campbell
shouted obscenities at him when he closed
the Starbucks store earlier than the normal
closing time due to a snowstorm.
With that as a backdrop, Starbucks
claims that Campbell was the aggressor
in the 2014 incident, Palacio states in her
probable cause nding.
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Santa Fes gay mayor advances progressive agenda


Gonzales enacted
gender-neutral
bathroom ordinance
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
Family is important to gay Santa Fe
Mayor Javier Gonzales.
He grew up in what he described to
the Washington Blade during a telephone
interview on May 11 as a traditional
family in which the idea of relationships
was men and women. Gonzales proudly
pointed out that he has two beautiful
daughters with his ex-wife, but he said
there was something missing.
I struggled, he said.
Gonzales in 2014 became the rst
openly gay person elected mayor of New
Mexicos capital city.
The New Mexico native, who is the rst
member of his family to graduate from
college, previously served two terms on
the Santa Fe County Commission. He was
also a member of the New Mexico State
and New Mexico Highlands Universities
Board of Regents.
Gonzales most recent position was vice

JAVIER GONZALES is the rst openly gay


person elected mayor of Santa Fe, N.M.
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president of corporate responsibility and


sustainability for Rosemont Realty, which
promotes energy ecient oce buildings.
To say its special doesnt give it an
adequate word or enough to say how
I feel about it, Gonzales told the Blade,
referring to his historic election. It was
really incredibly personal.
Gonzales noted his parents were
always very, very good about showing
respect and not talking ill of anyone who
was gay. He also told the Blade that two

of his cousins passed away from HIV.


Gonzales came out to his family
between 2010 and 2012, joking it was
a very long coming out process. His
partner, who has four children of his own,
also came out very late in life.
Gonzales didnt fully come out as gay
until he decided to run for mayor.
It wasnt until I made the decision to
run that I came out to the community and
to the state, he said.
One of the rst things that Gonzales
proposed upon taking oce was a
gender-neutral bathroom ordinance.
The measure has subsequently gone
into eect, but Gonzales conceded that
it sparked a backlash among some
Santa Fe residents. He noted he received
comments that included the ordinance
was able to pass because voters had
elected a gay mayor.
They were nasty, said Gonzales. They
were brutal.
Gonzales has also spoken extensively
about income inequality, child hunger
and climate change since taking oce.
He told the Blade that longer drought
cycles have had an adverse impact on the
forests that surround Santa Fe.
Theres a recipe for disaster when
drought cycles go on longer and you

have timber up in our watershed, said


Gonzales, referring to the increased risk
of wildres.
Gonzales spoke with the Blade two days
after the Justice Department led a federal
civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina
over House Bill 2 that bans transgender
people from using bathrooms consistent
with their gender identity and prohibits
municipalities from enacting LGBT-inclusive
nondiscrimination ordinances. The states
governor, Pat McCrory, earlier that day sued
the Justice Department over its deadline to
stop enforcing the controversial law.
As far as weve come as a country
when it comes to equality for gays and
lesbians, we are nowhere near when it
comes to the transgender community,
said Gonzales. I get it. I understand when
people dont know something they tend
to instantly move toward fear.
The Republican Party stokes that
fear by telling at out lies, he added. It
becomes very conicting for people.
Gonzales is up for re-election in 2018.
He told the Blade that he has not made
any decisions about whether to run for
another term. Gonzales added, however,
that he loves being mayor of my city.
Theres an enormous opportunity to
develop policy for all our citizens, he said.

White House defends review of trans military ban


Earnest says higher stakes
due to national security
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest defended on Monday the
ongoing review of the ban on transgender
military service, citing higher stakes
for implementing transgender access to
the armed forces as a result of national
security reasons.
Earnest made the remarks in response
to a question from the Washington Blade
on why the administration shouldnt apply
the same standards to the military for
transgender access that it has done for health
care, education and bathroom use through
milestone pro-trans initiatives last week.
I think that we have long acknowledged
even on LGBT issues that relevant to
the LGBT community that ensuring the
eective implementation of policies at
the Department of Defense has higher
stakes than it may in other government
agencies, Earnest said. Were talking
about our basic national security.
Earnest recalled Defense Secretary Ashton
Carter has declared support for allowing

capable people to serve in the military


regardless of transgender status and
President Obama has echoed that sentiment
through the White House.
But
smooth
and
eective
implementation of this policy is not
insignicant, Earnest said. And what
Secretary Carter and the other services
are conscientiously moving forward to do
is to gure out the best way to settle on a
policy and implement it eectively and as
expeditiously as possible, and thats what
they continued to work on.
The Pentagon review of the 1980s-era ban
on transgender military service, ordered by
Carter in July, has apparently stalled out,
leading to frustration among transgender
advocates. Last week, Carter said at the
Air Force Academy the implementation of
trans service is complicated, although the
goal to allow openly transgender troops to
serve remains in place.
The Washington Post over the weekend
reported the delay in implementing
openly trans service is the result of
disagreements among ocials. Among
the reported issues is how long the
Pentagon should require transgender
people to wait after transitioning their sex
before being allowed to join the military.
Acting Pentagon personnel chief

Defense Secretary ASHTON CARTER has


declared supportforallowing capable
people to serve in the military regardless of
transgender status.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

Peter Levine is quoted in the article as


estimating it will take months, but not
a large number of months to address
remaining details for implementing
openly trans service.
In defense of the joint guidance from
the Departments of Education and Justice
last week assuring transgender students
access to restrooms in schools, Earnest
said Obama was regularly updated on
the process of creating the document.
Earnest said he wouldnt go into details

about conversations Obama has with


Carter, but added on the trans military
ban its fair for you to assume that in
those conversations the president is kept
appraised, as necessary, of the progress
of this review.
Asked if Obama would call on Carter to
move forward with the completion of the
trans military review during an upcoming
meeting scheduled Monday at the White
House, Earnest gave a categorical no.
Again, Im not going to walk through
the agenda for their meeting, but the
president continues to have condence
that the Department of Defense is
handling this review as conscientiously as
they should, Earnest added.
Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesperson,
said the working group Secretary Carter
set up to examine transgender military
service continues to meet and deliberate.
This is a very complicated issue
with health care, individual and Service
readiness, and cost implications, Pahon
said. All must be taken into account
before a nal decision is made.
Pahon said when the working
group completes the review, policy
recommendations will be staed within
the Pentagon and presented to the
defense secretary for a decision.

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White House objects to anti-LGBT defense bill


Earnest calls eort
undermining Obamas
EO perverse
By CHRIS JOHNSON
cjohnson@washblade.com
Ahead of an expected vote in the
U.S. House on major defense spending
legislation, the White House is making
clear it strongly objects to a provision in
the bill that would undermine President
Obamas executive order against antiLGBT workplace discrimination among
federal contractors.
The White House Oce of Management
& Budget unveiled this week its Statement
of Administration Policy, a formal document
outlining the administrations position on
legislation pending before Congress, on the
scal year 2017 defense authorization bill,
which could come to a vote on the House
oor as soon as Wednesday. The 17-page
document signals President Obama would
veto the bill.
The
administration
objects
to
numerous provisions in the $583 billion
package, including an amendment
inserted by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)
last month during committee markup
that would undercut Obamas executive
order against anti-LGBT discrimination.

White House Press Secretary JOSH EARNEST


conveyed opposition to the anti-LGBT
amendment in the House defense bill.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

The bill also continues unwarranted


restrictions regarding detainees at
Guantanamo Bay, would prevent the
United States from fullling its obligations
under a treaty, and includes non-germane
policy riders, such as those undermining
the Endangered Species Act as well
as public land management statutes,
and those that would make it easier
to discriminate on the basis of sexual
orientation, which have nothing to do with
national defense, the statement says.
Under a heading titled, Exemptions
to Civil Rights Laws, the statement
elaborates on the White House opposition
to the provision, known as Section 1094,
and says the administration strongly
objects to it.

This Administration is committed


to
promoting
equal
employment
opportunities for all Americans regardless
of who they are or who they love while at
the same time preserving longstanding
safeguards in the law for religious
liberty, including the religious exemption
codied in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, the statement says. In authorizing
certain Federal awardees to discriminate
in Government-funded jobs, section 1094
represents a step in the wrong direction
for our country that will keep qualied
American workers from being able to hold
jobs funded by the American people.
Under questioning from Washington
Blade on Tuesday, White House Press
Secretary Josh Earnest declined to say
explicitly whether Obama would veto the
defense authorization bill over the antiLGBT language alone, but hintedthat was
the case, calling the provision seeking to
enable discrimination perverse.
The president has on a number of
occasions protected his ability to use that
executive authority in his negotiations
with Congress because we know that
there are some in Congress, who for
reasons that seem rather perverse to me,
believe that the president shouldnt be
taking actions to prevent discrimination,
Earnest said.
Earnest said predicting whether
Congress will ultimately remove the

provision before sending the bill to


Obamas desk is dicult, but added the
onus is on the Republican-controlled
Congress to take that action.
After all, this is their responsibility,
right?
Earnest
said.
Republicans
have a strong majority in the House
of Representatives. Republicans have
a strong majority in the United States
Senate. So, ultimately, its Republicans who
need to carry the weight of guring out
how to ensure that our national security
professionals, and our men and women
in uniform have the authority and funding
that they need to protect the country.
The amendment would require the
federal government when contracting
with religious organizations to aord
them exemptions consistent with the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act. Since neither of those laws
prohibit anti-LGBT bias, the amendment
would enable religious organizations
doing business with the U.S. government
to discriminate on the basis of sexual
orientation or gender identity.
Because the measure would have
the force of law, it would overrule the
executive order signed by President
Obama in 2014 prohibiting contractors
doing more than $10,000 a year in
business with the U.S. government from
engaging in anti-LGBT discrimination
against employees.

Victory Fund honors LGBT lawmakers at brunch


Seat at table called
important force against
anti-LGBT laws

By LOU CHIBBARO JR.


lchibbaro@washblade.com
Leaders of the Gay & Lesbian Victory
Fund told several hundred people
gathered in Washington for the groups
National Champagne Brunch on May 15
that electing openly LGBT candidates to
public oce is an important means of
stopping dozens of anti-LGBT bills pending
in state legislatures across the country.
The annual brunch, which serves as a
fundraiser, marked the 25th anniversary
of the founding of the Victory Fund.
Ocials noted that the group was created
to advance the cause of LGBT equality by
recruiting, training and raising money to
help elect LGBT people to public oce on
the local, state and national levels.
Aisha Moodie-Mills, who was named
president and CEO of the Victory Fund a
little over a year ago, told the gathering
at the Omni Shoreham Hotel that she had

hoped this years brunch would continue


the celebration of the Supreme Courts
decision last June legalizing same-sex
marriage throughout the country.
So here we are, on the eve of celebrating
the year anniversary of marriage equality
next month, Moodie-Mills said. But are
we partying like we thought wed be? she
asked. No the LGBT movement isnt
giving high ves right now.
Added Moodie-Mills, Because, as
we say where Im from in Jersey, we are
literally guarding our grills and knuckling
up to ght o the 200 anti-LGBT bills that
are being introduced in states all around
the country.
She noted that most of the so-called
bathroom bills introduced in state
legislatures this year are targeting
transgender people in what she called
hate-lled attacks designed to derail
the basic rights we just secured less
than a year ago, as well as attempts to
dehumanize transgender people in some
of the most ridiculous ways possible.
Moodie-Mills and other speakers at
the Victory Fund event noted that states
where openly LGBT people have been

elected to their respective legislatures


are less likely to pass anti-LGBT laws,
including the so-called bathroom
measures requiring trans people to
use public bathrooms that match their
gender at birth.
We will achieve victory for all by
electing people in the pockets of this
country where equality has been slow to
arrive regions like the South, the Rust
Belt and the Midwest, said Moodie-Mills.
And we wont declare victory until LGBT
people are fully represented in every run
of our government from the school
board, to the statehouse, to one day even
the White House.
There are currently more than 450
out and proud LGBT elected ocials
in oces ranging from city and town
councils, state legislatures, the U.S. House
of Representatives and one U.S. Senator
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), according to
information released by the Victory Fund.
Baldwin, who spoke to the May 15
brunch through a video recording, said
she was hopeful that many more out
LGBT candidates would win election to
public oce this year.

So far this year, the group has endorsed


about 65 out LGBT candidates, including
one Jim Gray of Kentucky whos
running for the U.S. Senate, and another
four running for U.S. House seats.
Victory Fund ocials note that there
are currently ve openly gay members of
the U.S. House and one bisexual woman,
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), one of the
gay House members, drew loud cheers
when he told the Victory Fund brunch
gathering on Sunday that if just one more
LGBT person wins election to the House
in November we will be the gayest
Congress in history that we know of.
Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to
President Obama, wasnt on the ocial
list of speakers at the event. She drew
loud applause when she was introduced
and walked to the podium.
Citing what she called Obamas strong
record of support for LGBT rights during
his nearly eight years in oce, Jarrett said
she was especially proud of the presidents
directive requiring states to comply with
court rulings holding that anti-transgender
discrimination violates existing federal law.

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Cuba marks global day against homophobia


Mariela Castro
marches with
supporters in Matanzas
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS
mlavers@washblade.com
EDITORS NOTE: Blade reporter Michael
Lavers is in Cuba all week covering events
related to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. For more stories
and photos, visit washingtonblade.com.

MATANZAS, Cuba Hundreds of


people on Tuesday took part in a march
in the Cuban city of Matanzas that
commemorated the International Day
Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban
President Ral Castro who directs the
countrys National Center for Sexual
Education, and Wilfredo Labiosa, an
American LGBT rights advocate who
lives in Puerto Rico, were among those
who took part in the march that began
near Matanzas waterfront and ended in
Parque de la Libertad in the center of the
city. Tico Almeida, the Cuban American
president of Freedom to Work who has
family in Matanzas, also participated with
some of his relatives.
March participants carried large Cuban
and rainbow ags, banners in support
of Mariela Castro and handwritten signs
in support of LGBT-specic issues and
against the U.S. embargo against Cuba as
they slowly made their way to Parque de
la Libertad. They also chanted socialism
yes, homophobia no and other slogans
that included down with homophobia
and down with transphobia.
Mariela Castro said to those who gathered
in Parque de la Libertad after the march that
all forms of discrimination against exploited
human beings are the same.
She highlighted eorts to combat
homophobia and transphobia on the
Communist island before leading the
crowd in a chant of long live the (Cuban)
revolution. Mariela Castro was holding a
sign that read, I am included! No to the
U.S. embargo! as she spoke.
Many of those who took part in the
march were also holding the same signs
against the U.S. embargo.
Frank Zamora, a 40-year-old gay man
from Matanzas, carried a hand-written
poster that read revolution and socialism is
diversity while holding a small rainbow ag.
He told the Washington Blade before the
march began that it was important for him
to take part to demonstrate to those people
who dont accept social diversity for one
reason or another that we are all the same.
We have the same rights, said Zamora.
The Cuban constitution pertains to all of us.
Yusleidy, who did not provide the Blade

A march to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia took place in Matanzas, Cuba, on May 17.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

with her last name, described the march


as beautiful and historic as it passed
by her apartment building. She watched
it from her balcony with her aunt, her
cousins young son and a baby.
It is very important, Yusleidy told the
Blade. This event shows that the Cuban
people are very united.
Tuesdays march was among the
hundreds of events around the world
that marked the International Day
Against Homophobia and Transphobia,
which commemorates the World Health
Organizations decision to declassify
homosexuality as a mental disorder. Trans
actress Candis Cayne was among those who
took part in an International Day Against
Homophobia and Transphobia march on
Saturday in Havana that the National Center
for Sexual Education organized.
Mariela Castros uncle, Fidel Castro,
sent thousands of gay men and others
deemed unt for military service to labor
camps known as Military Units to Aid
Production in the years after the 1959
revolution. The Communist countrys
government also forcibly quarantined
people living with HIV/AIDS in state-run
sanitaria until 1993.
Cuba decriminalized consensual samesex sexual relations in 1979. Fidel Castro
more than three decades later apologized
for sending gay men to labor camps
which were known by the Spanish
acronym UMAP during an interview
with a Mexican newspaper.
Mariela Castros supporters credit her
with championing LGBT-specic issues in

JHONNY SANTOM, the rst trans Cuban to legally change gender, takes part in events
in Matanzas, Cuba, that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and
Transphobia.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS

the country.
Mariela Castro, who is a member of the
Cuban Parliament, voted against a gayinclusive workplace discrimination bill in
2013 because it did not include gender
identity. She has also publicly spoken in
support of nuptials for gays and lesbians,
although the Cuban constitution still denes
marriage as between a man and a woman.
She has demonstrated to the whole
world that Cuban society is changing,
Zamora told the Blade.
Jhonny Santop in 2011 became the
rst trans person to legally change their
gender in Cuba. He told the Blade after
the march that Mariela Castro and the
National Center for Sexual Education,
which is known by the Spanish acronym
CENESEX, allowed him to receive free
sex-reassignment surgery through the
countrys national health care system.

This is very important because I did


not have any resources, I did not have a
way to do it, said Santop.
Independent Cuban LGBT rights
advocates have questioned this policy,
noting only a few dozen people have been
able to receive sex-reassignment surgeries
since they became available in 2008.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.),
a Cuban-born Florida Republican with a
trans son, is among Mariela Castros most
prominent and vocal critics. Independent
Cuban LGBT rights advocates have also
criticized Mariela Castro over a host of
issues that include her lack of response
to a petition campaign in support of
marriage rights for same-sex couples on
the Communist island.
Mariela Castro made no mention of
the marriage campaign during Tuesdays
march or in her remarks afterwards.

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Fanning conrmed as rst openly gay Army secretary

Sen. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz.) praised Eric Fanning as eminently qualied to lead the Army.

Matthew Thorn, executive director of


the LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN,
said the Senate conrmation of Fanning
was long overdue because the nominee
was more than qualied to become Army
secretary.
Erics sexual orientation has absolutely
no bearing on his ability to do this job;
nor was it the reason for his nomination,
Thorn said. But this milestone of having
an openly gay individual in this highlevel position within the Department of
Defense will help to continue to set a tone
of understanding and respect for the

LGBT community throughout the armed


services.
Thorn said the Fanning conrmation is
not the last stand for the LGBT military
community, but a signicant milestone
because it represents progress for LGBT
people.
As we approach the fth anniversary
of the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell,
Secretary Fanning now becomes the
highest-ranking LGBT ocial in the
administration, Thorn said. That is a
testament to President Obama and this
administrations priorities and vision.

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services. Fanning has under the Obama


administration served on the civilian
side of each of the military services at
the Pentagon and was chief of sta to
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
LGBT advocates have said the
conrmation makes Fanning the highestranking openly gay person in the U.S.
government. Other appointees who may
hold claim to that distinction are Fred
Hochberg, chair of the U.S. Export-Import
Bank, or U.S. Chief Technology Ocer
Megan Smith.
Prior to the vote, Sen. Pat Roberts
(R-Kansas) had held up the conrmation
by placing a hold on the nominee. The
lawmaker, who has a long anti-LGBT
voting record in the Senate, said he
based his hold on Obamas plan to close
the detention facility at Guantanamo
Bay, citing concern detainees would be
relocated to Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas.
In a statement on his website, Roberts
said he lifted his hold on the nomination
based on assurances he received from
the Obama administration and Congress,
and insisted his action wasnt based on
Fannings character.
I look forward to voting for Mr.
Fanning who has always had my support
for this position, Roberts said. My hold
was never about his courage, character
or capability, but rather about our
nations security if the detainees were
moved to Ft. Leavenworth. I believe Eric
Fanning will be a tremendous leader for
the Army, including those who serve at Ft.
Leavenworth and Ft. Riley in my state.
Roberts said he received assurances
from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert
Work on May 10 Obama wont send
detainees to Ft. Leavenworth, although
the plan to close the detention facility
remains in place.
I take Deputy Secretary Work at his
word, Roberts said. He understands the
signicant and costly changes that would
need to be made at Ft. Leavenworth
to change the posts mission. He

understands the myriad of challenges that


Ft. Leavenworth poses after reviewing
earlier analyses. Most importantly, he
understands the legal restrictions on
funding to move the detainees to Ft.
Leavenworth by January 20, 2017.
Roberts also cited in pending major
defense spending legislation language
prohibiting the closure of Guantanamo
Bay without a plan approved by Congress.
Looking at the task before the
administration,
it
is
increasingly
improbable that they can jeopardize
our national security by bringing highvalue terrorists and their associated
risks to an American community like Ft.
Leavenworth, Kansas, Roberts said.
A similar situation regarding Obamas
choice of Army secretary has occurred
before. In 2009, Roberts and then-U.S.
Sam Brownback placed a hold on the
nomination of John McHugh for Army
secretary over concerns about closing
Guantanamo Bay. The White House gave
assurances it wouldnt relocate terrorist
detainees to Ft. Leavenworth and the
senators lifted their hold, allowing the
Senate to conrm McHugh.
Among those pushing for Senate
conrmation of Fanning was Senate
Armed Services Committee Chair John
McCain (R-Ariz.), who sought to initiate
a vote on the nomination last month,
but was blocked by Roberts. On the
Senate oor, Roberts indicated the 2009
assurances are no longer satisfactory,
citing concerns about having no statute
of limitations.
A source familiar with the Fanning
nomination said McCain sought to
compel Roberts to lift his hold on the
Fanning nomination, which led to his vote
for conrmation.
McCain also initially objected to moving
forward with the Fanning nomination,
citing concerns the nominees role as
acting Army secretary contravened the
Vacancies Act. After Fanning stepped
aside from the position, McCain allowed
a committee hearing and vote on the
nomination to take place.

Clinton calls for end to


HIV/AIDS once and for all
Democratic
presidential
candidate
Hillary Clinton called for an end to the HIV/
AIDS epidemic once and for all in remarks
before a meeting with a group of HIV/AIDS
activists last week.
According to the Clinton campaign,
the candidate met with a diverse group
representing more than 70 leaders and
organizations in the HIV/AIDS community
at the Hillary for America headquarters in
Brooklyn, N.Y. Among the discussion topics
HILLARY CLINTON called for an end
were tackling the epidemic in the U.S. and
to the HIV/AIDS epidemic last week.
globally, ghting discrimination against
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HIV/AIDS and working together with HIV
and AIDS experts and advocates to achieve
an AIDS-free generation.
In public remarks before the meeting took place, Clinton called for additional
resources to confront HIV/AIDS both within the United States and overseas.
We do have the tools to end this epidemic once and for all, but we need
to rededicate ourselves to ghting HIV and AIDS, and leaving no one behind,
Clinton said. That means continuing to increase research and expanding the
use of medications like PrEP. It means capping out-of-pockets expenses and
drug costs, and building on President Obamas National HIV and AIDS Strategy
to increase the number of people on HIV treatment worldwide.
Clinton also called for the reform of state HIV criminalization laws, which
continue in various forms to criminalize perceived exposure to HIV in 32 states
regardless of the actual risk of transmission.
Activists said in a statement 20 representatives took part in the meeting and
presented Clinton a policy document that, among other recommendations,
seeksto increase U.S. funding in the global AIDS response by $2 billion by 2020.
According to activists, that would double the number of people on treatment
directly supported by the United States to more than30 million people by 2020.
According to the statement from HIV/AIDS activists, Clinton didnt commit to
this target, but agreed to make public treatment and funding targets for the
global AIDS program.Activists have asked the candidateto release these targets
within 30 days.
Hilary McQuie, who attended the meeting as director of U.S. policy and
grassroots mobilization for the HIV/AIDS group Health GAP, saidthe next president
must increase the momentum in the global AIDS eort by increasing funding.
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conditions.
The trans focus of these initiatives
stands in contrast to more gaycentric progress earlier in the Obama
administration, such as eorts to repeal
Dont Ask, Dont Tell and ensure
marriage rights for same-sex couples
nationwide. Support for trans rights was
often done in the context of initiatives
in favor of LGBT community writ-large,
such as Obamas support at the start of
his administration for a trans-inclusive
Employment Non-Discrimination Act and
hate crimes protections legislation.
Much like Obamas evolution before
he announced in 2012 he supportssamesex marriage, observers might assume a
similar evolutionin support of trans rights.
Jillian Weiss, a transgender advocate
and law professor at Ramapo College,
said of the Obama administration there
has been a change in emphasis on trans
rights that has become manifest in the
new initiatives.
While there have been some
milestones on federal trans rights the
past seven years, trans rights have
generally taken a backseat to other LGB
issues and marriage equality. Weiss said.
The current initiative regarding HB2and
the Title IX guidance represent a sea
change in the level of endorsement of
transgender rights. Certainly the extensive
statement given by Attorney General
Lynch regarding the administrations
level of commitment to trans people is
unprecedented. Trans rights are now
front and center in a national way that
has never before occurred.
Mara Keisling, executive director ofthe
National Center for Transgender Equality,
nonetheless said pro-trans initiatives
like the ones seen last week have
been happening all along and counted
100 victories since the start of the Obama
administration.
I guess its a little bit of evolving in
one sense, Keisling said. At rst, early
in the administration, we were nervous
about being too public about stu, and
the Obama administration was certainly
nervous about being too public about
stu, and nobody is all uptight about that
anymore. So they were doing the really
good work, but none of us were willing to
have a public ght about it on Fox News.
As evidence of earlier initiatives on
trans rights, Keisling pointed to the
State Department decision allowing
transgender people to change the
gender marker on their passports and
the Department of Housing & Urban
Developments rule prohibiting anti-LGBT
discrimination in government-sponsored

Trans advocates have diering views on


whether PRESIDENT OBAMA has evolved on
trans rights.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

housing. In 2011, the Department of


Education issued a Dear Colleague
warning schools about discriminating
against students that was similar to the
guidance last week.
Keisling recalled in 2009, trans
advocates
were
upset
Obamas
memorandum on LGBT rights called on
federal agencies to implement benets
forsame-sex couples without mentioning
transgender people, but added that
concern ended up being unfounded.
We were all kind of worked up about
it, Keisling said. It turned out to be
one of the most important things that
happened because the agencies did go
back and analyze it and start doing stu.
And just the president saying, I support
doing stu for LGBT people turned out to
be a huge, huge deal. And that was both
sexual orientation and gender identity
early on.
Any sort of change may be the result of
majority support in the American public
for transgender rights.A recentCNN/ORC
poll found 57 percent of Americans oppose
restrictions on transgender bathroom
use, compared to the 38 percent who
support them.A broader 75 percent were
in offavor laws assuringequal protection
for transgender people in employment,
housing and public accommodations.
White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest said Tuesday he wouldnt
describe the new pro-trans eorts
as either reecting society or an
administrative decision, but more of a
response to Republicans enacting state
anti-LGBT laws.
From conservatives, you basically have
seen the suggestion that they havent
really put forward a specic suggestion
for how they believe that the rules should
be applied, Earnest said. The best

MARA KEISLING said pro-trans initiatives like the ones seen last week have beenhappening
since the start of the Obama administration.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

that they seem to have come up with is


suggesting that birth certicates should
be examined before anyone can enter a
public bathroom. So that doesnt make
sense. That certainly is an indication that
they are much more interested in politics
than they are in actually trying to solve
the problem.
Earnest also denied the eorts on
transgender rights are a way for the
administration to make up on the
perceived slow progress on LGBT rights
because of Obamas 2012 endorsement
of same-sex marriage.
I think that at every stage, its this
administration that fought for and
successfully ended Dont Ask, Dont Tell,
Earnest said. Its this administration
that declined to continue defending the
Defense of Marriage Act as litigation
contesting that law wound its way
through the courts. So, again, I think as
it relates to this issue, it is clear that its
Republicans who are seeking a political
advantage and an administration that is
seeking to oer tangible, practical advice
to school administrators who are seeking
to protect the safety and dignity of every
student at their school.
A Wall Street Journal op-ed this week
had another take on the pro-trans
initiatives, saying the joint guidance for
schools amounts to President Obama
seeking to ignite a culture warahead of
the 2016 presidential election.
The
Obama
administrations
preoccupation with sex, whether in the
sophomore year or the fourth grade,
raises questions about whether the
federal bureaucracies know at all what
they are doing on anything resembling
the merits, the Journal writes.
Earnest slammed the Wall Street
Journal for its criticism of the guidance,
saying he doesnt think the piecestands
up to a lot of scrutiny.

I dont make a habit of reading the


editorial page of the Wall Street Journal
I think for obvious reasons, but I did
happen to take a look at it today, and I
noticed that the editorial also noted that
somehow Democrats appeared to be
obsessed with sex, which I thought was
a rather amusing observation on their
part because its Republicans who have,
for example, passed this HB2 law in North
Carolina, Earnest said.
Even with the pro-trans initiatives
unveiled last week, trans advocates
have more on their agenda they want
to see from the Obama administration,
such as the nalization of a proposed
rule from the Department of Housing &
Urban Development making clear antitrans discrimination is prohibited and
ending immigration detention for trans
undocumented immigrants, who face
either solitary connement or harassment
and assault while in detention.
One high-prole item that remains
is lifting the 1980s-era ban prohibiting
transgender people from serving openly
in the armed forces. Defense Secretary
Ashton Carter announced last year the
Pentagon would conduct a review of
the policy, but that eort has seemingly
stalled out, leaving questions about
whether the ban will remain in place at
the end of the Obama administration.
Sue Fulton, president of the LGBT
military group SPARTA, said the time has
come for the Obama administration to
pull the trigger and implement openly
trans service.
I think if transgender service members
in places like North Carolina and Mississippi
and Texas were able to be open, that would
change the dynamic in those states, Fulton
said. I dont know what the hold up is in
getting transgender military service. Weve
answered every question theyve asked,
and were just waiting.

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BA LT I MO RE N E W S

House Father in ballroom community murdered


Antonio Buckson, 38, was found
dead by Baltimore Police early
morning on May 8. He was shot
multiple times and was pronounced
dead at the scene by medics. The
shooting took place at the 600 block
of N. Decker Avenue, according to a
Baltimore Police statement.
Sources told the Blade that
Buckson was also known as Tony
Karan, the one-time father of the
Baltimore chapter of the House of
Karan, a longstanding house in the
ballroom community. Houses, also
called families, are LGBTQ groups
that band together under a house
mother or house father. People
walk or compete for prizes and
trophies at events known as balls.
The entire house and ballroom
community
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ANTONIO BUCKSON, 38, was found
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their kids out because they were
gay, said Mark McLaurin, a long-time
friend of Buckson. They formed families of their own and call them houses and
they named them after fashion designers. They travel all around the country
competing against each other at these events called balls.
McLaurin spoke fondly of Buckson. Tony was a prominent and well-known
and much beloved gure in the house and ballroom and young black LGBT
community.
Community activist Merrick Moses hopes that Bucksons death will shed light
on the fact that black gay people are not immune to street violence in Baltimore.
Sometimes our LGBT communities forget that black queer and trans folk are in
these communities struggling, Moses told the Blade.
Investigators believe Buckson was outside in the block when he was shot by
an unknown suspect. Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information
on this incident to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

Frederick Pride festival set


An expected crowd of 5,000 and more than 100 organizations will be
participating in the fth annual Frederick Pride festival. The event takes place on
Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carroll Creek Linear Park in historic
downtown Frederick.
Bands, drag, DJ, dancing and more live acts will take place at the amphitheater
as well as at the Market Street venue. Organized youth sports and craft activities
compliments of The Frederick Center Youth Group will be available.
We are thrilled to be celebrating our fth anniversary of Frederick Pride,
Kristopher Fair, the recently elected board chair of The Frederick Center, told
the Blade. Planners are hard at work with huge surprises organized this year.
Be sure not to miss this pivotal event for the region and state.
Admission is free,and families and allies are welcome. For more information,
visit thefrederickcenter.org/frederick-pride.

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NEW YORK In several Southern U.S. cities, more than 25 percent of men who
have sex with men have been diagnosed with HIV according to a report from Emory
University researchers presented this week, ABC News reports.
Gay and bi men in Columbia, S.C.; El Paso, Texas; and Jackson, Miss.; have the highest
infection rates and the South is home to 21 of the 25 metro areas with the highest MSM
HIV rates, ABC News reports.
This is really the rst time weve been able to examine the HIV infection burden ...
at such ne levels of geography, Eli Rosenberg, assistant professor of epidemiology at
Emorys Rollins School of Public Health, said during a news conference according to the
ABC article.
The analysis provides new evidence of a growing disparity between the HIV epidemic
in the South relative to the rest of the U.S., but its unclear whether this says more about
rising transmission rates in the South, or public health successes in other regions.
Overall, gay and bisexual men are more than 57 times more likely to be diagnosed
with HIV than other men in the U.S., the study authors said according to the ABC article.
Where HIV is most a problem are places that are failing gay men, said George Ayala,
executive director of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, a leading advocacy group that
was not involved in the report, ABC reports.
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LONDON Womens sexuality is far more uid than that of men, perhaps a result of
evolutionary design, according to a new theory, Londons Daily Mail reports.
Evolutionary psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa proposes that sexual uidity arose
in women as a mechanism for reducing conict and tension among co-wives in
polygamous marriages.
Being sexually uid would have allowed women to have sex with their co-wives while
still successfully reproducing with their husband, the theory suggests, and thus has
reproductive benets, the Daily Mail reports.
In the new proposal, published to Biological Reviews, Kanazawa explains that
sexuality diers between men and women. People of both genders have been known
to be sexually uid, but studies have found that this is more common in women.
The researcher from London School of Economics and Political Science analyzed
the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to determine the
dierences between sexual uidity in men and women. The study measured sexual
orientation of American youths in four waves, following them for more than 10 years.
In the third wave, when respondents were between 18 and 28,they measured selfidentied sexual feelings, among a given set of labels 100 percent straight, mostly
straight, bisexual, mostly gay, 100 percent gay. In Wave IV, when respondents were
between 25 and 34, they were asked to describe sexual identity, the Daily Mail article
said.
With this information, the researcher was able to construct measures of adult sexual
attraction. The analysis revealed that women are more uid in all of the proposed
facets.
The study also conrmed his predictions, including one which proposed that women
who experience increased levels of sexual uidity have a larger number of children and
that women who experience marriage or parenthood early in adult life also experience
increased levels of sexual uidity.
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engaging in the practice with anyone under age 18. The chambers passed bills including
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the legislation to Gov. Maggie Hassans desk, NECN reports.
Hassan, a Democrat, praised the Senates passage of the bill, saying it sends an
important message to young people that they can be whom they are.
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An election-year ight from
reason and reality

RICHARD J. ROSENDALL is a writer and activist.


Reach him at rrosendall@starpower.net.

Positions of authority have a way of inating peoples sense of their own power.
For example, Donald Rumsfeld might
have been a great defense secretary if his
refusal to hear bad news were an eective war strategy. Lacking the magic power to alter reality by ignoring it, the best
he could hope for was to be far enough
from his and his cohorts gratuitous carnage and havoc to fondle his Presidential
Medal of Freedom in safety.
Hillary Clinton benets from greater
willingness to acknowledge past mistakes. I got it wrong, as she writes of
her 2002 Senate vote authorizing military action in Iraq, is not something you
hear from Dick Cheney. People like him
consider it unmanly to admit a mistake.
How ironic, then, for the GOP to suer a
hostile takeover by someone consumed
with his manhood. After years of peddling obstructionist nonsense on matters from climate to healthcare to transportation, Republicans are outfoxed by
someone better attuned to the mob
they nurtured.
It is, after all, not just politicians who

have fought reality and, as they imagine,


nally won out over it. A phenomenon
like Donald Trump is impossible without
susceptible voters. Itll be great, believe
me, is not a serious statement of your
intentions except maybe to an ambitious
reality show contestant. The presidency,
as Barack Obama points out, is not a reality show. Trump is unfazed, defending
his foreign aairs cred by citing a beauty
pageant he held in Russia.
Meanwhile, red state governors like
Pat McCrory of North Carolina exploit the
moment with their own demagoguery.
Thus the spate of rash laws that baselessly treat transgender people as predators.
Republicans are as cavalier about other
peoples lives as if they were dropping
an anvil in a cartoon. (Theyre not bad.
Theyre just drawn that way.)
The stakes in this election were powerfully illustrated last week by the federal
Departments of Justice, Education, and
Health and Human Services, which took a
series of landmark actions to defend the
rights of transgender people. DOJ notably
invoked the science of gender identity in
its May 9 civil rights lawsuit against North
Carolinas notorious House Bill #2.
Contempt for science has become a
cornerstone of Republican policy on a
wide array of issues. It is as if ritual incantation will make Americas religious
and ethnic diversity vanish, gay folk stop
doing the thing that makes Jesus puke (in
the words of Sister Mary Ignatius), and
the rules of international banking change
to accommodate Trumps reckless promise of a deal to reduce Americas debt.
But reality does not seek our approval.
Stoking intolerance will not reverse demographic trends. Trampling the Estab-

lishment Clause will not erase religious diversity. Medical quackery will not turn gay
people straight or trans people cisgendered. Toying with the world nancial system will not make us more secure. These
actions can, however, do great harm.
Fittingly enough in this era of contempt for experts, Trump turns out to
have posed as his own publicist in 1991
to boast to reporters of his popularity
with women. This same fraud now poses
as a champion of the disaected working
class despite his voters having a median
household income higher than Clintons
voters.
The opportunist will not be defeated
by an army of snipers hiding behind computer screens. To halt the ight from reason, we must convince people to seize the
opportunities of change instead of clinging to phantoms. We are part of a multigenerational struggle rooted in the belief
that embracing our diversity is ultimately
more powerful than fearing it. If we demand instant perfection, we neglect our
work in favor of fantasies. We need triedand-true habits of perseverance and cooperation, not magical thinking.
Keeping her head while all about her
are losing theirs and blaming it on her,
Secretary Clinton gradually emerges as
the grownup in the room, showing her
grasp of policy and her willingness to listen last week in a meeting with HIV activists. Her toughness is held against her by
sexists like the SiriusXM Progress caller
on May 13 who accused her of 50 felonies
without naming one. Quit the race so we
can win, the losers demand of her. Time
for a reality check.
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comedy along with moving drama, more than
most TV series or movies, shows older people
as they truly are: having sex, falling in love,
hanging with their grandkids, working, looking
for work, getting married, divorced, recovering
from heart surgery, drinking too much, having
dementia, caring for sick spouses. Did I mention talking about lubricants? Yams, lubricants
vibrators! This show has it all up close and
personal by turns, laugh-out-loud funny or
cry-your-eyes-out sad (from paintings of vaginas to scenes of a husband caring for his wife
with Alzheimers disease).
When the series debuted last year, Grace
(Fonda) had been married to Robert (Sheen)
and Frankie (Tomlin) had been Sols (Waterston) wife for 40 years. Until, four decades
later when same-sex marriage became
legal in California, Robert and Sol, lawyers
who were business partners, had some
news: Theyd been lovers for 20 years, they
were leaving their wives and marrying each
other. That was a sucker-punch to Grace

and Frankie. Frenemies, at best, they were


now forced by circumstances to live together (as roommates).
By now, despite their initial antipathy,
Grace and Frankie have become BFFs. Part
of the fun of watching the show is seeing
the two hetero women with vastly dierent
personalities share laughter, sadness, irritation and tips about everything from the
bathroom being lthy to dementia to death
to religion. Like many relationships, maintaining their friendship isnt always easy for
Grace and Frankie.
Grace is a perfectly coied, retired executive who drinks a few too many martinis
and relates in a business-like way to her
male God. If you still love me, despite my
drinking, she prays, I need your help. Im
about to do something really hard. Thank
you for your time.
Frankie is a hippie-type artist, who speaks
of the goddess and wonders why Grace
would believe in a misogynistic, hellre
and brimstone male God. While Grace is
more tied to convention, Frankie has no
problem driving for three years with an expired drivers license.

Ive loved Grace and Frankie since it began. Yet at times in season one, the characters from Grace and Frankie to Robert and
Sol to their families and friends werent entirely believable. Sometimes, they were onedimensional caricatures with rst-world
problems: whether to move to a beach
house or attend a gathering with wealthy,
liberal friends.
Happily, in season two, the show has hit
its stride. Its grown into the actors, my
20-something friend Seth, who enjoys the
show, told me over lunch. You can tell from
the writing and acting how the characters
have developed.
Though Grace and Frankie are the focus
of the show, theres now substance in Robert and Sols relationship. Robert and Sol
deal with indelity, a health scare and nding their way in queer life after coming out
at 70. Along with dating and drinking, Grace
and Frankie help a friend with an end-of-life
decision and ght against being invisible in
a youth-worshipping world.
Grace and Frankie shows that while
hard, being old can be sexy and engaging.
Check it out.

V I E W PO I NT

9 reasons D.C. is best city for gays


From kickball to black-tie
galas, we have it all

BROCK THOMPSON is a D.C.-based freelance


writer. He writes regularly for the Blade.

New York? Yawn. San Francisco? Its been


overrun by tech junkies. Chicago? Might as
well be Shreveport.
The jury is ocially in, via my Facebook
page, and Washington, D.C., has been declared the best city to be gay. But what
makes our nations capital the ideal urban
fruitopia for the LGBT community? Succinctly, todays Washington is the perfect coming
together of vibrant neighborhoods, good
restaurants, nightlife, events and cute guys.
Gay sports leagues, happy hours, a growing theater scene all of this gives D.C. a
certain gay camaraderie that other cities
seem to lack. Plus, this city makes brunching
an Olympic sport.
Here are nine reasons of why you
shouldnt waste your time with any other

city.
#9 There Are More of Us Here. Theres
no denying that. Even though we arent a
state, yet, D.C. has the largest percentage of
gays and lesbians in the United States. Bringing up the rear, so to speak, North Dakota.
#8 Stonewall Sports. Darts, billiards, kickball, dodgeball practically anything you
were never picked for the rst time around
is out there now to be reclaimed and played
along with your gay brethren. And if you are
new to town and are even moderately outgoing you can make friends quite easily. And
though the sight of a roving bunch of sleeveless, tipsy kickball bandits rolling down 17th
Street on any given Sunday might stoke fear
in the hearts of some, hope in the hearts of
others, Stonewall Sports is rightfully credited
with strengthening the bonds of community
in the District. So much so that the model is
being replicated in cities across the country.
#7 City Beautiful. And its not just the
architecture of the federal government,
though if you ever tire of seeing the Washington Monument illuminated at night you
should probably move away. Aside from
the grandeur of the National Mall, the city
is undeniably beautiful. Brookland, Dupont
Circle, Georgetown, Lincoln Park, Bloomingdale the city is home to distinct neighborhoods, and now gays and lesbians can be
seen walking down the streets proudly hold-

ing hands with their partners in practically


every one of them. The city is compact and
walkable. Not as sprawling as our neighboring cities, you can trick anywhere in the city
in 15 minutes or so. Faster if you do Capital
Bikeshare.
#6 Even Your Dimmest Friends Are
Some of the Brightest in the World. So
much so that no one would look down on
you for showing up at a tricks house using
Bikeshare. In fact, youd probably be lauded
for being environmentally conscious. D.C.
boasts the most educated populace anywhere in the United States. There is no real
small talk among gays at the club, bar, or the
kickball elds. Dont get me wrong, this town
delights in gossip, but the art of conversation among gays is highly regarded in D.C.
People do interesting things for a living, have
been to interesting places, and have met interesting people.
#5 Smarty Pants and Fit People.Ive always found it interesting that as gay kids we
did everything we could to get out of gym, but
now as gay adults we seem to ock to them.
Washingtonians love to gym. Discussing the
latest PEN/Faulkner winner goes a long way
at a party, doing so while looking good in a
tank top presents the whole package.
#4 Progressive Dinner, Miss Adams
Morgan Pageant, the Victory Fund
Brunch. A little party never hurt nobody,

right? And this city throws the best parties


for the best reasons, and sometimes that
reason is no reason at all. Charities brunches, galas, balls and drag pageants dot the
Districts social calendar. Yes, we drink like
champions. But its often for a good cause.
Probably.
#3 In the Thick of It. Last June, during Decision Day, I cheered as the decision
was handed down outside the Supreme
Court, then clanked glasses at JR.s with what
seemed like the entire city. We rounded out
the night outside the White House illuminated in the colors of pride. You cant help but
love being in the center of it all.
#2 Capital Pride. Its sort of the Nations
Pride. You really havent lived until youve
seen Wilson Phillips belt out their beloved
ballads with the United States Capitol building as a backdrop.
#1 You get the L the G the B and the T.
You gotta love a giant, liberal urban bubble.
Though there is of course a real danger of
being around only those that agree with
you and hearing no other point of view, the
big gay village weve constructed is actually
quite diverse in terms of age, race, religion,
educational background and life experience
all of this helping to shape a well-rounded
queer world view.
These are just handful of reason as to why
our city is the best.What are yours?

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June 6 & August 29 MISS RICHFIELD 1981

9:30 pm Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible


merchants of her hometown of Richfield, Minnesota, this Midwestern maven
is running for President with her new show Red Lips to the White House.
$30 per person

June 13 ANNE STEELE

SUNDAY-THURSDAY
Pamala Stanley

6-8:30 pm No Cover World renowned,


performing standards, Broadway, disco
and dance hits from yesterday and today.

TUESDAYS

Games with Magnolia

9:30 pm No Cover A weekly game show


hosted by the crazy Magnolia Applebottom.

WEDNESDAYS

Showcase 9:30 pm No Cover

A new show every week with your host Mona Lotts,


showcasing the best talent available in the beach area.

THURSDAYS

Karaoke

9:30 pm No Cover
The best karaoke in town with your
hostess Roxy Overbrook.

FRIDAYS

Spotlight Show
9:45 pm No Cover
The Blue Moon Cast as their
favorite music divas.

SATURDAYS
9:30 pm No Cover All live show by the
Blue Moon cast of celebrity impersonators.

SUNDAYS

Music with Mags

9:00 pm-close No Cover


The always zany Magnolia Applebottom
spins the best music and video.

9:30 pm Anne returns to the Blue Moon with her brand new show The
Mixtape of My Life Experience small town Indiana in the 1980s - imagine
lots of big hair and big dreams. Certainly she wasnt the ONLY person that
wanted to be a cross between Molly Ringwald and Madonna! Anne is joined
by her musical director, Nate Buccieri. $25 per person

June 20 TELLY LEUNG

9:30 pm Telly Leung (TV's Glee; Broadway's Godspell, Rent) returns to the
Blue Moon after his "star turn" (NBC-NY) in Broadway's Allegiance. He takes
a day-off from The Shakespeare Theater's production of The Taming Of The
Shrew in DC, and is back with his "lovely tenor" (Variety) for an eclectic night
of music from the world of Broadway, pop, rock, and jazz. Musical direction
by Gary Adler (Alterboyz). $25 per person

June 27 AN EVENING WITH DIXIE LONGATE

9:30 pm She packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama


trailer park, and took America by storm! Join Dixie for a good, ol fashioned
Tupperware Party, filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free
giveaways, audience participation, and of course Tupperware. $25 per person

July 11 SHERRY VINE & JOEY ARIAS

9:30 pm Joey Arias & Sherry Vine in La Femme Cherchez. Fresh off their
tour, Antique Road Show, Joey & Sherry return to Blue Moon for singing and
comedy featuring new songs, naughty parodies and classics - including a
David Bowie tribute! $25 per person

July 18 MISS CONCEPTION

9:30 pm The world renowned Delusionist Miss Conception brings her New
show The Wonderful World Of Miss Conception to the Blue Moon. An all live
singing show with your favorite story book characters with a twist. $25 per person

July 25 LINDA CLIFFORD

9:30 pm Linda ranks among the best classic soul singers as well as a
legendary Disco Diva. Singer, songwriter and actress, she electrified audiences
with her music and amazing live performances in sold-out shows around the
world in front of millions on TV and film. $25 per person

August 1 JESSICA KIRSON

9:30 pm Jessica was voted, "Best Female Comic" in New York. She appeared
on The Tonight show twice, The View, Last Comic Standing, Celebrity
Apprentice and many more. She will be in the new film, The Comedian," with
Robert Deniro, she is also a writer, consultant, and producer on the movie.
If you want to laugh - belly laugh, that is, get your tickets now. $25 per person

August 8 JIMMY JAMES

9:30 pm The unique talents of this veteran performer-vocalist brings to life


some of the greatest legendary voices of our time. Who on this planet can
impersonate live the voices of Elvis Presley & Barbra Streisand together in a
duet? "Hearing Is Believing" blends comedy, music & astounding vocal
prowess the likes of which you have never heard before. $25 per person

August 15 LADY BUNNY

9:30 pm The Wigstock founder and Dean of Drag, is bringing her blend of
raucous, irreverent comedy to the Blue Moon again for her 9th year. Dusty
Springfield-meets-Don-Rickles potty-mouthed humor brings southern charm,
zany "Laugh-In" skits, X-rated parodies. $25 per person

August 31 SIMPLY BARBRA

9:30 pm Steven Brinberg has been acclaimed for his vocal performance of
Barbra Streisand around the world. In addition to touring all over America
he has also played extensively in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Spain,
Mexico and Canada...more cities then the real Barbra! $25 per person

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RESTAURANTS, PARTIES AND MORE AS SUMMER ARRIVES


By KEVIN NAFF
kna@washblade.com
The Washington Blade hosts its 10th
annual summer kicko party in Rehoboth
Beach, Del., this Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the
Blue Moon, an event the sta looks forward
to all winter. And although the weather is so
far not delivering summer temperatures,
the town is ready for the seasons crowds.
As always, theres plenty to do at
the beach when youre not relaxing on
the sand. Rehoboths restaurant scene
continues to draw crowds and attention.
Among the changes this year, Blackwall
Hitch, which has outposts in Annapolis and
Alexandria, is opening soon at 52 Rehoboth
Ave. and promises live entertainment in
a setting more rened than surrounding
T-shirt shops and pizza joints.
The long-popular Nage (19730 Coastal
Highway) has been reinvented as Fork +
Flask at Nage and features a remodeled
interior with much larger bar area. Theres
a new menu, too, with more aordable
options. Just a few doors down, is the
new Jimmys Grille opening soon next
to Outlet Liquors. Down the highway in
Dewey, the iconic Starboard has spun
o a new joint, Starboard Raw (2000
Coastal Highway) a 48-seat raw bar that is
now open. Chesapeake and Maine (316
Rehoboth Ave.) is a new high-end seafood
restaurant and bar from the team behind
Dogsh Head. The slick new bar is already
drawing crowds as construction begins on
the revamped Dogsh Head next door.
A couple of longtime favorites have closed
in the o-season the Seafood Shack on
Baltimore Avenue is shuttered and was
acquired by the folks who run the Blue Moon
across the street. No word yet on when it
will reopen or what the new concept will be.
And just up the street, Ginger Brenemans
popular Mixx has closed.
Two watering holes frequented by
gay and lesbian visitors are under new
ownership. The Rehoboth Ale House on
Wilmington Avenue is now being operated
by Kyle McLaughlin and Adam Newman of
Dewey Beach, according to the all-knowing
Rehoboth Foodie. Meanwhile, the Double L
Bar reopens May 20 under new ownership
but will retain its appeal to the leather
crowd and the popular Man Dance event
on Saturdays. It will host a Bear Bust

The summer season is about to kick o in Rehoboth Beach.


WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY

party from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21,


followed by Man Dance at 9 p.m.
Coastal Living magazine just ranked
Rehoboth as its No. 2 happiest seaside

town. A good bit of the credit for that


distinction goes to the longtime business
owners many of them gay who have
helped earn Rehoboth such a welcoming

reputation. The Blue Moon (35 Baltimore


Ave.) is open seven days a week, serving
some of the best food in town on one side
of the building, and some of the best live
entertainment on the other. The Queen
of Rehoboth Pamala Stanley continues
her residency, performing SundaysThursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturdays
Legends Show drag performance
continues starting at 9:30 p.m.
Purple Parrots Biergarten is now
open, oering food and drinks in a
beachy setting with plenty of happy hour
specials. Inside, the gay-owned Parrot
(134 Rehoboth Ave.) hosts karaoke
Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and the
Tara Austin & the Birdcage Badgirls show
Sundays at 10 p.m.
The gay-owned Dos Locos (208
Rehoboth Ave.) continues to oer some
of the best fajitas and margaritas in town
in a festive atmosphere. Its happy hour is
among the best in town with $6 martinis
and $5 house margaritas.
CAMP Rehoboth, the local LGBT
community center, has a full season of
events on tap. June 24-26 brings Family
Pride CAMP, featuring kid-friendly
activities all weekend. Visit camprehoboth.
com for more information.
The Rehoboth Beach Bandstands 53rd
annual summer concert series kicks o
May 28 and promises entertainment for
all ages every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
evening starting at 8 p.m. Dont miss the
Neil Diamond tribute band Real Diamond
on Aug. 6. Visit rehobothbandstand.com
for a full schedule.
Looking for a ride to Rehoboth?
BestBus service from D.C. to Rehoboth
begins Memorial Day Weekend with two
pick-up locations in the city Union
Station and Dupont Circle. One-way fare
is $40. Theres a VIP membership program
allowing regular riders to earn reward
points. Visit bestbus.com for details.
And
dont
forget
your
stylish
accessories for the beach. Check out
Beach Essentials (33 Baltimore Ave.) for
its impressive swimwear selection and
dont miss the nearby Shademakers (33c Baltimore Ave.) for the seasons most
stylish sunglasses and eyewear.

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Q U E E RY : 2 0 G A Y Q U E ST I O N S F O R LO RI KLI N E

How long have you been out and who


was the hardest person to tell?
Since about the age of 22. I have been
fortunate. My parents were probably the
most dicult to come out to, but they
supported me 100 percent!
Whos your LGBT hero?
All the people way ahead of me to make
my life easier to be out. Harvey Milk for
sure.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KLINE

The Loris Oy Vey Cafe


owner answers
20 gay questions
By JOEY DiGULIELMO
joeyd@washblade.com
Who doesnt dream of opening a business at the beach and living by the
ocean? Lori Kline made it happen.
As she gears up for another busy summer season, Kline recently celebrated
her 50th birthday and the 20th anniversary of Loris Oy Vey Cafe at 39
Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She serves a variety of fresh, creative
sandwiches, desserts and specialty drinks in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard.
Beach lunches are available to go. Visit her online at lorisoyveycafe.com.
Kline grew up in Rockville, Md., and taught special education before opening
her business. She lives three miles from the cafe and loves being close by.
Im very fortunate, she says. I dont have to hit any trac.
Kline lives with her partner, Ani Moyer. Kline enjoys poker, working out and
reading in her free time.
I relax by playing lots of cards in the o season, she says. As well as
walking or just chilling on the beach.

Whats Washingtons best


nightspot, past or present?
Tracks in Southeast D.C. was THE PLACE
back in the late 80s and early 90s! I
had a blast there dancing, playing
volleyball, hanging out in the outdoor
courtyard. I also hung out a lot at Hill
Haven.

Describe your dream wedding.


Gotta say, never really big on ever
getting married. However, if I did, it
would be extremely small followed by a
huge party.

What non-LGBT issue are


you most passionate about?
Having compassion for people with
disabilities. I have a nephew with autism,
and I used to teach special education. I
enjoy seeing events and things through
the eyes of children. I think there is a
lot to be learned. I also have a couple of
special needs customers who are very
important to me.

What historical outcome


would you change?
That slavery and the Holocaust never
existed.
Whats been the most memorable pop
culture moment of your lifetime?
Love disco music and still do. Loved the
Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Martha
Wash. Its Raining Men was one of my
favorites.

On what do you insist?


Treating everyone with respect no
matter their age, race or religion. People
should treat others as they want to
be treated. I feel no one is better than
anyone else.

What was your last


Facebook post or Tweet?
My last Facebook post was a picture
taken of my whole sta over the past 20
seasons. I just celebrated a 70 years of

fun party, which combined 50 years of


life with 20 seasons in business. It was
a great celebration that included sta,
family, customers and friends.

If your life were a book,


what would the title be?
My Friends Have Made the Story of My
Life
If science discovered a way
to change sexual orientation,
what would you do?
I wouldnt change a thing about myself.

What do you believe in


beyond the physical world?
I believe there is denitely something
else out there when we pass away. I
dont think we are put here for so many
years and thats it. I am a rm believer
that something happens and you meet
back up with friends and family.

Whats your advice for


LGBT movement leaders?
Keep positive and keep rocking it. We
have come a long way. Stay away from
negativity and violence.

What would you walk


across hot coals for?
For any friend or family member who
needed me.
What LGBT stereotype
annoys you most?
That all gay women look alike! Rrrrr!

Whats your favorite LGBT movie?


Bound

Whats the most


overrated social custom?
All the hype around the holidays.

What trophy or prize


do you most covet?
I am very proud of all my awards. Best of
Delaware for our chicken salad, one of
the best places to eat in 2016 and a few
others.

What do you wish youd known at 18?


I wish I had more patience and knew
that nothing is that important to panic
about! Life is short enjoy the ride.

Why Rehoboth?
I love it here! Its friendly, great
community and open minded. One of
the best decisions I have ever made.

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CO MME N T A RY

Rehoboth Beach
prepares for
summer 2016
Younger visitors
must remember to
obey liquor laws
By PETER ROSENSTEIN

SECO
SHOWND
ADDE
9PMD!

Memorial Day is nearly upon us and


that means thoughts go to vacations and
for many that means the beach. For me,
the beach of choice is Rehoboth Beach,
Del. As a homeowner there for many
years it also means trac congestion,
parking woes and dealing with the daytrippers who swarm the place. Depending
on your point of view this summer season
portends to be worse than ever because
of a good economy, new stores and
outlets on Route 1 and parking problems
in town; or better than ever because of
some of the same things.
I look forward to another great
summer. As a gay man who has been
going to Rehoboth for more than 30
years, its wonderful the town has gained
a well-earned reputation for being LGBT
friendly. There are many gay-owned and
operated restaurants and businesses
and every business is gay friendly. You
can walk down the street holding hands
with your partner and generally feel
really comfortable doing it.
There were some reports last year
about young men being harassed and
arrested on the beach because they were
gay. Turns out these young men were
breaking the law. You cant drink alcohol
on the beach and you cant urinate in
the dunes and then claim you were only
called out for it because you are gay. It will
be important for Rehoboth to continue to
attract a younger crowd and it makes the
scene on the beach and in the bars all the
better for old codgers like me. But laws
are laws and they have to be obeyed.
The truth is because of all the work
of CAMP Rehoboth, the gay and lesbian
community center, Rehoboth has come
a long way over the past 30 years. The
center of gay life in Rehoboth is Baltimore
Avenue. The venerable Blue Moon
Restaurant and Bar and Aqua Grill with its
hot bar sta and reasonably priced food
host hundreds of happy beach goers
every night. Eat at Hobos on one end
of Baltimore Avenue or at Eden or Jam
at the other end, with Loris Caf in the
CAMP courtyard in the middle and you
know you are dining at an LGBT-owned

restaurant. Buy some incredible jewelry


or home furnishings at Elegant Slumming
and you shopped at a gay-owned
business. Feel totally comfortable at Caf
Azafran with the wonderful chanteuse
Holly Lane serving you at the bar, or the
much anticipated new restaurant owned
by the Blue Moon that will replace the
Seafood Shack. I dont know what it will
be named but some suggestions have
been The Other Moon, The Half Moon,
or the Lesser Moon. Whatever the name
it cant help but be good with Blue Moon
Chef Lion Gardner overseeing the menu.
Other gay-owned and operated
businesses on Rehoboth Avenue include
the fun Gidgetss Gadgets and the always
busy and fun Purple Parrot with its great
breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and
Biergarten. The food and sta are great
and the prices are even better.
Now if the town Commission could
get its act together all could be ne. First
they tried to ban the use of swimming
pools by summer renters and they are still
banning some pools in new houses. There
are continuous ghts over the size and
scope of a house you can build. The issue
is consistency and that is what has been
lacking in the decision-making process.
In January they dealt with a projected
$2 million budget shortfall for the new
City Hall. A project many considered
unnecessary in the rst place. They worked
this out through creative accounting, not
always the best way to do things.
According to City Manager Sharon Lynn,
The project will not contain a number
of additional items originally planned,
including new ooring for the citys
convention center and equipment for the
citys information technology department,
which totaled $999,000. Mayor Sam
Cooper admitted, Were not saving money,
but were taking it out of the borrowing and
putting into being funded with the citys
operating budget over the next two years.
So the question is whether in the long run
property taxes will go up or every fee under
the sun will be raised.
Despite the Commissions problems, all
governments have them, Rehoboth Beach
is still a best bet for a fantastic summer
vacation or a permanent home. Its an East
Coast destination no one should miss.
PETER ROSENSTEIN is a longtime LGBT rights
and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

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By BRIAN T. CARNEY

The 2016 summer movie season gets


o to an explosive start this weekend
with The Angry Birds Movie. The wildly
popular video game gets turned into a 3-D
animated comedy featuring the voices of
Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader,
Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.
Following in the wake of the furious
fowls are an exciting mix of blockbusters
and independent releases, along with
lms large and small that may have
special appeal to LGBT audiences.
The summer schedule is, of course,
full of franchise movies and actionlled blockbusters. The anticipated
line-up includes X Men: Apocalypse
(May 27); Alice Through The LookingGlass a follow-up to Tim Burtons 2010
spectacular retelling of the beloved Lewis
Carroll tale, now under the direction of
James Bobin, but with returning stars
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia
Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter
and Alan Rickman (in his nal screen
performance); Megan Fox and friends in
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of
The Shadows (June 3); Independence
Day Resurgence (June 24); the allfemale remake of Ghostbusters (July
15); and out actor Zachary Quinto as
Spock in Star Trek Beyond (July 22).
Some summer mainstream releases will

be of special interest to LGBT audiences.


In a surprise move, actor Dave Franco
(brother of polymath artist James) and
director Nicholas Stoller of Neighbors
2: Sorority Rising (opening Friday,
May 20) revealed that the homoerotic
tendencies displayed by the character
Pete in the rst movie will lead to a samesex marriage proposal in the sequel.
Americas
favorite
lesbian
Ellen
DeGeneres returns to the big screen on
June 17 as the voice of the title character,
a blue tang with memory issues, in
Disney-Pixars Finding Dory.
Accompanied by other members of
the cast of the popular BBC sitcom,
aging party girls Edina Monsoon (series
co-creator Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy
Stone (Joanna Lumley) stumble onto the
big screen in Absolutely Fabulous: The
Movie on July 22. And on Aug. 12, Meryl
Streep massacres the world of grand
opera as Florence Foster Jenkins, a
would-be opera diva with lots of money
and enthusiasm, but no talent.
With signicantly less fanfare, some
notable independent features will be
blooming in D.C. cinemas this summer.
Opening on Friday, May 20 is Love &
Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale
with stellar support from Chlo Sevigny,
Jemma Redgrave and Stephen Fry. Best

known for his explorations of American


upper-class ennui, director Whit Stillman
oers a fresh and funny take on an early
and relatively unknown Jane Austen
comic novella.
Also opening this weekend, creating
the opportunity for a wonderful double
feature, are The Lobster, a sci- thriller
starring Colin Farrell about a society that
outlaws single people (both gay and
straight); and Sunset Song a sweeping
saga about Scottish farmers during World
War I by gay lmmaker Terence Davies
(The House of Mirth and The Deep
Blue Sea).
Opening Friday May 27 is Maggies
Plan, a delightful modern-day comedy
of manners starring Greta Gerwig and
featuring a very funny Julianne Moore.
Despite the inevitable giggles about the
title, the independent movie tone turns
more serious in Weiner, a documentary
about disgraced politician Anthony
Weiners ill-advised 2013 campaign to
become mayor of New York City (May
27). On June 3, the Angelika Pop-Up at
Union Market will present Art Bastard,
a documentary about controversial artist
Robert Cenedella who has been described
as the anti-Warhol.
The screen will glitter with star power
(and Oscar buzz will ignite) when the

highly anticipated Genius, which opens


June 10. Written by Academy Awardnominated screenwriter John Logan
(Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo
and Skyfall) and directed by openly
gay Tony Award-winning director Michael
Grandage (from Londons acclaimed
Donmar Warehouse theater), the drama
explores the complex relationship
between editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin
Firth) and writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude
Law). The A-list cast also includes Nicole
Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and
Dominic West.
The Reel Armations monthly XTRA lm
series (reelarmations.org) continues
with Wilheminas War, a moving and
thought-provoking documentary that
proles Wilhemina Dixon, a 62-yearold black woman in South Carolina
who is caring for her daughter and
granddaughter, both of whom are HIVpositive. Filmmaker June Cross captures
both Wilheminas daily struggles against
AIDS stigma and the larger social issues
of poverty, racism and sexism, womens
health care and the ongoing spread of
HIV in the South. Wilheminas War
will be screened on Friday, June 17. The
weekend-long Reel Armations Film
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church these days are demanding, but
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additional factors.
Were human, we have ups and downs
and highs and lows just like everybody
else, says Rev. Cathy Alexander, associate
pastor at the Metropolitan Community
Church of Washington, the citys oldest
and largest mostly LGBT church which is
celebrating its 45th anniversary this year
with a series of events. I try to make sure
I minister from a place of abundance and
overowing rather than need. For me, its
super encouraging when I see spiritual
light in somebodys eyes.
The year-long celebration culminates
this weekend with a dinner and dance
Saturday night at the National Press
Club in which senior pastor Rev. Dwayne
Johnson says members are planning
to eat and dance the night away. On
Sunday, May 22, Rev. Candace Shultis,
who was on sta at MCC-D.C. from 19832007, will return to preach at the 9 and
11 a.m. services. Long-time member
Cecelia Hayden Smith coordinated a
history project in which over the last 45
days, people from the churchs past have
shared their testimonies at mccdc.com
and in daily e-blasts to the congregation.
Known colloquially as MCC-D.C., the
church is part of the Universal Fellowship
of Metropolitan Community Churches, a
large denomination with a special ministry
to LGBT believers. The D.C. churches
roots go back to 1970 when a group
started meeting as Community Church of
Washington. The church was chartered
as an MCC church on May 11, 1971.

Membership peaked around the turn of


the millennium when it wasnt uncommon
for 500 or more people to come through
the doors on an average Sunday.
But with most mainline protestant
denominations in Washington now
welcoming gays, attendance at MCCD.C. has waned with average Sunday
attendance hovering around 210.
Johnson says this is not necessarily a
bad thing.
Part of our early mission was to change
society, to transform the world and
ourselves and MCC accomplished that on
many levels, Johnson says. Yes, more
churches are welcoming now but thats
not a loss for us. That speaks to the power
of our message and the work weve done.
We applaud other churches who make it
possible for more people to nd love and
God, so all of that is good. But yes, it does
make our job a dierent challenge.
Other challenges range from MCCspecic matters such as parking issues,
street closings for major city events
and marathons often held on Sunday
mornings, a maturing membership base
and more to issues common to churches
of all kinds engaging Millennials
and inuencing visitors who approach
church membership with a consumer
mentality. In 2010-2012 as same-sex
marriage became increasingly available,
Johnson says there were more weddings
than he could humanly conduct without
neglecting other aspects of ministry.
There were often 50-60 a year held at
the church then. Its now tapered o to a
more manageable 15-20 annually.
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CYNDI LAUPER goes country on her new album Detours.

Lauper covers vintage


country classics on
new album
By CHRIS GERARD
As a proud child of the MTV generation,
if you had told me back when She Bop
and Girls Just Want to Have Fun were
ruling the airwaves that this lady with the
wild orange hair and chirpy voice would
some day record a country album, Id have
thought youd overdosed on pop rocks.
But over a long and impressive career
that stretches well beyond just those early
pop hits, Cyndi Lauper has explored a
wide musical range and on Detours, she
plants her colorful ag rmly in stylistic
territory that seems a world away from
the songs for which shes best known.
Her rst country album, Detours
is clearly a labor of love for the singer,
who has said in interviews that she
grew up listening to country divas like
Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton
and Loretta Lynn. She also makes the
connection with early country to the blues
and R&B melting pot that ultimately led to
rock and roll. Lauper and producer Tony
Brown (whos worked with a veritable
Hall of Fame roster of country legends)
decide to go for a very crisp and polished
sound throughout the album, hurling
these decades-old songs into the present.
Recorded in Nashville (of course), Lauper
and Brown bring in a mix of younger
players and veterans of the genre and
take on a dozen covers, most of which
will be very familiar (well to those of us
past a certain age).
Laupers voice is as versatile and strong
as always, and suits the mixture of upbeat
barnburners and torch-song ballads that
shes chosen. She opens with a jaunty take
on Wanda Jacksons classic 1961 single
Funnel of Love, which Lauper uses from
the very beginning to illustrate the kinship
between classic country and melodic pop.
Detours keeps the upbeat tone going, a
swing number made popular in 1945 by

Jimmy Walker. Laupers take, with harmony


vocals by Emmylou Harris, is endearing.
There are no shortage of classic
country ballads to choose from, and
Lauper picked some great ones for
Detours. Her expressive voice shines on
Misty Blue, a versatile standard thats
been a hit at various times for artists in
pop, R&B and country. Laupers take on
Skeeter Davis classic country waltz The
End of the World is reverent and heartfelt, showing as she does throughout
the album her respect for this material.
Willie Nelson duets with Lauper on
another country slow-dance, Night
Life, a bluesy gem that he wrote and
originally recorded 56 years ago. Marty
Robbins old-west 1963 ballad Begging
to You sounds like it was written for
Lauper, who steers her voice directly into
the country idiom with genuine feeling
and authenticity. She sounds as much
at home singing alongside sweet ddles
as she did 30 years ago surrounded by
spritely synthesizers.
The two Patsy Cline numbers, Walkin
After Midnight and I Fall to Pieces, seem
almost too-obvious of choices, but Lauper
handles the venerable material with
grace and ease, delivering lovely vocals
over crisp and breezy accompaniments.
Less successful is Laupers collaboration
with Jewel, I Want to Be a Cowboys
Sweetheart. Listening to Jewels yodeling
is like someone jamming a screwdriver in
your ears while chugging curdled milk. Not
pleasant, but the gods invented the Are
you sure you want to delete this? prompt
for occasions just such as this. Press yes.
She makes up for the albums one
blight with the beautifully solemn nal
A Hard Candy Christmas. Lauper
harmonizes with the great Alison Krauss
on the iconic holiday gem from The Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas and creates
a recording destined to make holiday
playlists many years into the future.
Detours is not a novelty album or a
cynical marketing ploy. Its charming and
nostalgic, but with a fresh vibe that will
hopefully bring these decades-old songs
to a new round of listeners.

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Mosaic Theater Company presents the opening night of When January Feels
Like Summer at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) on Sunday,
May 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The romantic comedy, written by Liberian-American playwright Cori Thomas,
tells the story of a man, Indira, who transitions into a woman, Ishan. Shravan
Amin stars as Indira/Ishan. Serge Seiden directs. Production runs through June
12. Tickets range from $40-60.
For more information, visit mosaictheater.org.

Trans Pride Saturday; Black Pride next weekend


Capital Trans Pride and D.C. Black Pride both hold celebrations in the coming
days.
Capital Trans Pride is at the Reeves Municipal building (2000 14th St., N.W.)
on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be panel discussions and
workshops on topics such as Being a Supportive and Successful Trans Ally,
Resume Testing for Employment Discrimination, Name and Gender Change
and more. There will also be live performing arts and visual arts. Lunch is
provided.
There will be a happy hour at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) from 4-7
p.m. Free tickets will be available at the door. Ticket includes food and one
complimentary drink ticket. For more information on Capital Trans Pride, visit
capitalpride.org/events/capital-trans-pride.
D.C. Black Pride will have workshops, gay parties and lesbian parties May 2730 at locations throughout D.C.
Events include a HIV/AIDS Town Hall Luncheon on Friday, May 27 from 11
a.m.-2 p.m., LGBTQ speed-dating from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and a Writers Forum
from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. These events will take place at the Hyatt Regency
Washington (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.).
Wet Dreamz Reloaded and the Dream will host gay dance parties all weekend
long. Dem Boyz from Social Life Entertainment and the A-List Boyz will host the
ocial D.C. Black Pride After Hours party at 12 Stop Lounge (4707 Raleigh Rd.,
Temple Hills, Md.) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 3-7 a.m.
Onyx Entertainment, A 2 Zee Events and MIMSOL Entertainment will host
Unleashed D.C., a lesbian party weekend, throughout the District. Unleashed
D.C. kicks o with its Welcome D.C. rooftop happy hour at Dirty Bar (1223
Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from 7 p.m.-midnight. Adotnet and DJ Stackz will spin.
Admission is free before 8 p.m. and $7 after.
For a complete list of events and parties, visit dcblackpride.org.

Drag art from Tennessee


Drag performer and contemporary
artist Tennessee Loveless will make an
appearance at his portrait collection
display The Art Outsiders at ArtInsights
Gallery (11921 Freedom Dr., Reston, Va.)
on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22
from 2-4 p.m. each day.
Loveless created portraits of people
considered outsiders in their elds
of work spanning science, music, art,
writing, fashion and more. Subjects
include Vincent van Gogh, Divine, Coco
Chanel, Andy Warhol and Judy Garland.
The collection, with pieces available for
purchase, will be on display as more
portraits are added and as sales allow.
For more details, visit artoutsiders.net.

Rubber Meets the Road


D.C. Leather Pride celebrates the
addition of its Mid-Atlantic Rubber
Committee with Rubber Meets the
Road, a party at the D.C Eagle (3701
Benning Rd., N.E.), on Friday, May 20 from
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The party, co-hosted with the Spartan
MC, will be for the leather and rubber
community. Jell-o shooters will be served.
There will be rae drawings throughout
the evening. The Mid-Atlantic Rubber
Committee (formerly the Mid-Atlantic
Rubber Collective) are now under the D.C.
Leather Pride umbrella. Matt Hawk has
been added as a board member to Leather
Pride in April. Several leather and rubber
events are planned for Pride in June.
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Davies describes his latest lm Sunset
Song as, an intimate epic about the
nature of love and forgiveness. It opens
Friday, May 20 at Landmark Bethesda
Row Cinema.
Based on the beloved 1932 novel by the
Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbonand
adapted by Davies himself, the movie
follows the joys and sorrows (mostly
sorrows) of Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn),
the daughter of a Scottish farmer in the
early 1900s who feels an almost mystical
connection to the land.
Davies has been interested in the
material since he saw a television
adaptation of the novel on BBC Scotland.
In 1971, he says, when I was still a
teenager, the BBC did a dramatization
of the novel and I waited for every single
episode to come out. You couldnt record
things in those days. After that I read the
books. Its one of those great stories you
never forget.
At the time, Davies never planned to do
his own adaptation of the book. In fact,
he admits he became a lmmaker by
accident, when after many rejections,
the BFI Production Board oered him a

chance to direct what would become the


rst part of an eponymous trilogy.
His love of movies was developed at a
young age. His sisters hes the youngest
of 10 started taking him to the movies
when he was 7. His rst lm was Singin In
The Rain, which is still his favorite movie.
He was also enraptured by all the lovely
musicals with Doris Day: Young at Heart,
The Pajama Game and Love Me or Leave
Me. I think the American musical was one
of the greatest cultural gifts to the world.
The young Davies was also drawn to the
great melodramas of the 1940s and 1950s
lms like All That Heaven Allows,
Magnicent Obsession and Love is a
Many-Splendored Thing. He credits their
vibrant color schemes as informing his
own instinctive visual style, despite the
harsh circumstances that surround Chris
Guthrie in Sunset Song.
Davies says hes drawn to material
where women are central characters. In
his next lm, A Quiet Passion, Davies
explores the life of Emily Dickinson. The
movie, which will be released in the fall,
stars Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive
American poet.
But what Davies really wants to do is
direct a musical and he has his eyes on
Stephen Sondheims spectacular Follies.
Davies even met with the composer to
discuss the project, but was told the
rights were not available.
I think its a great score, Davies says.
What a genius he is. It was a joy to meet him.

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Use discovery as
springboard to discussion

MICHAEL RADKOWSKY, Psy.D. is a licensed


psychologist who works with gay individuals
and couples in D.C. He can be found online
at personalgrowthzone.com. All identifying
information has been changed for reasons
of condentiality. Have a question? Send it to
Michael@personalgrowthzone.com.

MICHAEL,
I found a box of BDSM toys that my
husband Bob had hidden in the back of
his closet. I havent said anything to him
and dont know what to do.
I wasnt suspicious or snooping.
I was just putting together a Goodwill
donation.
Were a stereotypical picket fence
couple, together for 16 years, two kids.
Were very active in their school and our
neighborhood association. I thought we
had a nice, vanilla sex life.
Suddenly I feel like I dont know who
Bob is. How could he be so dierent from
the guy I thought I knew?
If hes really turned on by BDSM, were
on totally dierent planets. This stu just
seems really weird to me and unsettling.
Im not even sure what you do with some
of the things I found, and others seem
like they must be painful.
What does this say about his interest
in the sex were having? And who is he
using this stu with? I thought we were
monogamous. I dont know how to bring
this up with him. Im afraid of what Ill
hear from him, and Im afraid hell be
angry with me for snooping.
But I cant ignore this. I cant stop
thinking about it.
MICHAEL REPLIES:
If Bob is keeping a box of BDSM toys
hidden in a closet of the house he shares
with his husband and two children, he has
to expect that someone is going to nd
it at some point. And that theyre going
to have questions. Be grateful that you
found it before the kids did (I hope), and
consider that box of toys a huge invitation
to break the ice.
Right now it seems like the two of
you would prefer to see and be seen by

each other just as nice guys. Neither of


you wants to risk going out of the vanilla
zone, with Bob keeping silent about
his preferred style of sexuality and you
being too wimpy to bring up what you
know. This has kept your marriage feeling
safe, because the two of you are holding
each other and important issues at arms
length.
You might think that its only Bob who
is hiding messy things from you, but you
are in a similar position. You dont want to
talk about messy things with him, either.
It makes sense that youre both scared
to acknowledge the non-picket fence
stu. Theres always the risk of being
rejected when we open up to someone
else about things they might not like,
and might rather not know, hear or talk
about. Who is eager to be vulnerable in
that way?
But doing so also allows for the
possibility of a more genuine relationship,
and in your situation, a more genuine sex
life.
If you dont tell Bob what you found,
youre putting more distance between
the two of you, and putting yourself in the
same boat as Bob: Having a secret that
youre unwilling to reveal. If you do decide
to speak with him, rst do some work to
shift your mindset. The more judgmental
you are, the more likely Bob is to feel your
disdain and shut down.
Did you ever have any idea that Bob
wanted more? If so, how did you decide
to put aside that knowledge and shut
down any exploration in that direction?
Have you been satised with your sex
life? If not, whats been stopping you from
talking about this with Bob? Do you want
to expand sex beyond vanilla even if its
not in the direction of BDSM? Do you
know where your own negative views of
BDSM come from?
Sharing your thinking about these
questions with Bob may invite him to
open up to you.
Some questions you could ask Bob:
Has he ever considered telling you about
his interest in BDSM? How did he decide
not to? Does he have any interest in
broadening the parameters of the sex he
has with you? If not, whats making him
say no?
I wonder what other important topics
dont get talked about between you and
Bob and how you each make your choices
about what is o limits. Beyond sex,
theres a great opportunity here for the
two of you to talk about secret keeping,
how much either of you is willing to be
seen and known by your husband and
the price you are paying for your silence.

Wednesday, May 25 & Friday, May 27


Mercuric Tidings / Polaris / Esplanade**

Thursday, May 26 & Saturday, May 28


Arden Court** / Beloved Renegade / Promethean Fire**
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion on Wednesday, May 25
**Live music

May 2528
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Paul Taylor Dance Company


May 25-May 28. The Kennedy Center.
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The world-renowned choreographer returns with his company for two


programs featuring six masterworks from his six-decade career, including
Esplanade, Arden Court, Promethean Fire, and more.

District Merchants
May 31-Jul 3. Folger Theatre.
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A variation on William Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice. Set among the


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a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by
Aaron Posner.

Malpaso Dance Company


May 21-May 22. Dance Place.
202-269-1600. danceplace.org.

Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company brings Cuban contemporary


dance into the 21st Century by collaborating with top international
choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. This concert
features DC premieres by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, as well as Why You
Follow by Ronald K. Brown and Bad Winter by Trey McIntyre.

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World


May 21-Jul 9. Washington Project for the Arts.
202-234-7103. wpadc.org.

The artists in EnterState: Sensing the Natural World explore connectivity, biology,
nature, and ecology.Their varied practices emerge from a place of curiosity,
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Ireland 100: All That Fall (Pan Pan
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Forgot to Sing Badly (Theatre Lovett).
May 20-May 22. Tiny Plays for Ireland
and America (Fishamble: The New
Play Company). May 24-May 25. Olwen
Fours riverrun. May 25-May 26.
Shear Madness. Ongoing.
The Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.
kennedy-center.org.
Bakerseld Mist. Thru Jun 12. Olney
Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org.
The Object Lesson. May 20-Jun 5.
Hedda Gabler. Thru Jun 19.
Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300.
studiotheatre.org.
The Welders: Transmission by
Gwydion Suilebhan. Thru May 28. Atlas.
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The Body Of An American. Thru May
22. Theater J. 202-518-9400. theaterj.org.
Titanic: The Musical. Thru May 21.
Theatre Lab. 202-824-0449.
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The Taming of the Shrew. Thru Jun
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Sidney Harman Hall. 202-547-1122.
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An American Daughter. Thru May
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One Destiny. Thru May 20. Fords
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Happy Hour. Thru Jun 5. Goethe-Institut
at Spooky Action Theater. 202-847-4700.
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Catch Me: A Magic Duel. Thru Dec 17.
Thin Air Productions. Mayower Hotel.
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DANCE
Out of Time by Colin Dunne. May 20May 21. Untitled Duet by Jean Butler &
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Nootana: Looking Glass. May 21. Joes
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Eames Armstrong: Spell. May 20.
Torpedo Factory. 703-838-4565.
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MUSIC
Nate Foley. May 20. Kimberly Kong.
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Platinum Celebration. May 25.
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The Eric Felten Septet. May 20. The
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NSO Pops: Boyz II Men. May 20-May 21.
WNO: Ring Cycle: Siegfried. Thru May
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The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in
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May 23. Kennedy Center. 800-444-1324.


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Jenny Scheinmans Kannapolis: A
Moving Portrait. May 22. National
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Simone Dinnerstein, piano. May 22.
WPA at Strathmore. 202-785-9727.
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Shenson Chamber Music Concert:
Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar.
May 25. National Museum of Women in
the Arts. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.
10,000 Maniacs. May 20. BlackRock.
240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org.
Rhythm Caf: Helen Sung Trio. May 21.
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.
202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu.
American Youth Philharmonic
Orchestras. May 21. Schlesinger Concert
Hall. 703-642-8051.
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Emerson String Quartet. May
22. Smithsonian Associates.
Baird Auditorium. 202-633-3030.
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MUSEUMS
Folger Shakespeare Library. Americas
Shakespeare. Thru Jul 24. folger.edu.
National Archives. Amending
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archivesfoundation.org.
National Gallery of Art. American Prints
from the National Gallery of Art. Thru Jul
24. In Celebration of Paul Mellon. Thru
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National Museum of Women in the
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Washington: 1963-1975. Thru Oct 23.
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GALLERIES
Strathmore. Atmosphere Mixed Media
Work by Shelley Lee Marie. Thru Jun 4.
Kaleidoscopes: 200 Years. Thru Jun 4.
301-581-5100. strathmore.org.
The Art League Gallery. Nancy
McIntyre. Thru Jun 5. 703-683-1780.
theartleague.org.
Foundry Gallery. Kathryn Wiley.
Thru May 29. 202-232-0203.
foundrygallery.org.
Glen Echo Park. Carol Trawicks Private
Collection. Thru Jun 12. 301-634-2222.
glenechopark.org.
Arts Club of Washington. Sandra
Gobar. Thru May 28. 202-331-7282.
artsclubofwashington.org.
District Architecture Center. Hybrid
Realities. Thru Jul 30. 202-347-9403.
aiadac.com.
Target Gallery. Lisa Kellner. Thru May
29. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org.

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Go Beetle basic or
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By JOE PHILLIPS
There are metrosexuals hot! And then
theres the Metro, which is not. At least
not lately, thanks to unreliable service
and crowds of cranky straphangers. Its
no wonder a majority of us still motor to
work. For gay and lesbian commuters,
here are three rides worth the drive.
DUNE BEETLE
$20,000
Mpg: 25 city/34 highway
0-to-60 mph: 7.4 seconds
Its the60s all over again. At least it
feels that way in the Dune Beetle, a
cross between a cool-cat dune buggy
and the iconic Baja Bug. Its wider than
the standard model, with special wheels,
raised suspension, large rear spoiler and
metallic gold paint a far-out color that
carries over into the interior. Ride and
handling also are groovy, with plenty of grit
in the engines performance and plenty of
grip in the tires and brakes. Yet theres no
manual transmission, a real bummer.
Hop into the bolstered drivers seat and
check out the hip, user-friendly dash with
two gloveboxes and a primo telematics
system that enables Android Auto, Apple
CarPlay and MirrorLink. Six trim levels
mean lots of fab features, including
premium Fender stereo, ambient interior
lighting and a tilt and slide sunroof.
Overall, this ower-power fastback
helps VW distance itself from that dieselscandal downer. Another plus: a droptop
arrives later this year.
NISSAN LEAF
$32,000
Range: 126 city/101 highway
0-to-60 mph: 10.2 seconds
While

the

VW

Beetle

was

counterculture symbol of the 60s, the


Nissan Leaf plays a similar role in todays
world of traditional gas engines. Electric
cars, hybrids and the like make up just
three percent of U.S. vehicle sales, but
the Leaf remains a top contender in this
alt-fuel niche. This year it gets a bigger
battery pack and almost 30 percent more
range (except for the base model, which
remains at 84 miles).
That extra distance helps to override
range anxiety, where drivers worry they
will run out of power before the car can
be recharged. And like the Beetle, this
compact is nimble and fairly peppy,
though the only drag racing it will win is
the high-heel race on 17th Street. Inside,
the Leaf feels roomier than it looks, is
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options: heated seats, mirrors and
steering wheel, as well as a 360-degree
parking camera. True greenies can even
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Mpg: 15 city/23 highway
0-to-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
Looking for something twice as nice and
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drivers bucket list. Theres the stately Jag
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massage function (yes, its like having
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Cabin materials are rst-rate, as are
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windshield, four-zone climate control
and 17-speaker surround-sound stereo.
Yet its curious that certain safety gear
isnt here: automatic braking, lanedeparture warning and head-up display.
Still, its hard to resist being swathed in
so much luxury, and harder still with a
supercharged V8 that helps channel your
inner Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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JESSICA WHITTINGTON showing o her yoga prowess.

New LGBT yoga group to


meet on Saturdays
By KEVIN MAJOROS
Are you looking to increase your
exibility? Ever wondered what you
would look like with a yoga booty?
LGBT-based Stonewall Sports is
launching a new oering this month with
a nod to its original concept of something
new, in a comfortable space, with a sense
of community.
Stonewall Yoga will be its rst
attempt at a non-competitive league with
registration for the rst season running
now through Wednesday, May 25.
The yoga league is the brainchild of
Craig Cassey, who found he was leaning
on yoga to heal his body and relieve
stress after sustaining an injury while
training for track & eld.
I have been a practitioner since 2012 in
D.C. and was meeting a lot of LGBTQ yogis,
Cassey says. They were all existing in their
own space and there wasnt a lot of overlap.
The model for the rst season will be
12 sessions from June 3-Aug. 27 with a
new yogi showcasing his or her talents
each week. The yogis will be a diverse
representation of the community and will
range from queer men, people of color,
transgender and women.
The group will meet on Saturdays at
2:30 p.m. at Town Danceboutique and all
skill levels are welcome. The methods will
vary weekly and will include vinyasa ow,
jivamukti, yin and rocket yoga.
The league will follow the Stonewall
model of donating all proceeds to a
local charity selected by members. Yoga
practices will be given to members to use
at home and each session will be followed
by a social on the Town patio.
When someone pitches an idea, we
want to support them, because Stonewall
Sports is about building community,
says Stonewall Board Member Melvin
Thomas. Its time for us to get a little
uncomfortable and try something new.
Both Cassey and Thomas say the

structure is very intentional and thought


out as to what their goals are for the
audience building connections for
people with common interests.
What I have been surprised by so far is
how open the D.C. yoga community has
been to this oering, Thomas says. The
best instructors in the area have already
stepped up to oer their talents.
One of those talents is Eric Schwarz,
who won D.C.s Best Yoga Instructor
2016 in Washington City Paper. Schwarz
was working for the federal government
and experiencing micro aggressions for
being gay, so he left that work behind to
teach yoga full-time.
Being comfortable is a tremendous
condence builder, Schwarz says. The
intersection of the yoga community and
the LGBT community has become a huge
narrative for my life.
In the U.S., most yoga enthusiasts
are white women. This group hopes to
exemplify diversity.
Yoga is a completely subjective
expression in a communal space.
Everyones pose is going to be dierent
and thats the point, Schwarz says. The
dierence in individuals is part of the
process and it lends to the experience.
The diversity of instructors is further
represented by yogi Jessica Whittington, a
trans woman. She points to the venture
as a safe space that speaks to the
community at large.
The trans community is used to a
certain amount of animosity and we can
sense when a situation is not welcoming,
Whittington says. It is important to practice
yoga in a space where you wont be judged.
Yoga is known to stimulate certain
parts of the sensory motor cortex and
scientic research has indicated that the
stimulation leads to increased absorption
of hormones. There are ndings that this
can lead to better results from hormone
replacement therapy medications.
Yoga really helped me keep things
stabilized during the critical time of
my transition, Whittington says. I am
looking forward to the opportunity of
practicing within my own community.

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com two weeks prior to your event. Space is limited so priority is given to LGBT-specic events
or those with LGBT participants. Recurring
events must be re-submitted each time.

TODAY
Gay District meets at the D.C. Center
(2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:309:30 p.m. The facilitated group discussion
covers building understanding of gay
culture and personal identity and
awareness of community events for
LGBT men between the ages of 18 and
35 in the D.C. area. For more details, visit
thedccenter.org or gaydistrict.org.
A LGB support group meets today
from 10-11:30 a.m. at 16220 S. Frederick
Rd., Gaithersburg, Md., for individuals
in Montgomery County. The group
will discuss coming out of marriage,
homophobia, parenting issues, nding
intimate relationships, LGB resources
in the suburbs and more. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Washington Blade hosts its 10th
annual Rehoboth Summer Kicko Party
at the Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave.,
Rehoboth Beach, Del.) tonight from 5-7
p.m. Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, Speaker
of the Delaware House, will appear at
the event and address the crowd. There
is a suggested $10 donation for the
Washington Blade Foundation. Guests
will receive a drink wristband and
entry into a drawing for special prizes.
For more details, visit facebook.com/
WashingtonBlade.
Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a
happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks
are half price. Admission is free. For more
information, visit numberninedc.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 21
Muslims for Progressive Values and
the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
presents Coming Out Muslim: Radical
Acts of Love at Human Rights Campaign
(1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) tonight at
8 p.m. The play explores the experiences
of people juggling their queer identity
and their Islamic faith. Following the
performance, there will be a panel
discussion and Q&A with the audience
moderated by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz.
Panelists include Ani Zonneveld, Wazina
Zondon and Terna Hamida Jahnjeh TilleyGyado. General admission tickets are $25
and student tickets are $10. To purchase
tickets, visit ComingOutDC.EventBrite.com.
RuPauls Drag Race: Battle of the
Seasons 2016 Extravaganza Tour stops
by 9:30 Club (815 V St, N.W.) for a sold-out
performance tonight at 8 p.m. RuPauls
Drag Race fan favorites such as Adore
Delano, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney
Act, Phi Phi OHara and more will perform.
Michelle Visage hosts the night and Pearl
will spin a DJ set. For more information,
visit rupaulbots.com/#tour.

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ERAN BUGGE and MICHAEL TRUSNOVEC of the Paul Taylor Dance Company perform Esplanade.

EyeCandy Promotional Models, a


mens modeling company for young men,
hosts its launch party at Sugar (2121 K
St. N.W.) today at 4 p.m. Come meet the
promotional models and possibly hire
them for an event. DJ MoMoney plays
tracks. There will be hors doeuvres,
dessert and giveaways. For more details,
visit facebook.com/EyeCandyMenDC.
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
(AGLA) hosts a brunch at Freddies Beach
Bar (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) today from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a breakfast
buet with made-to-order omelets and
Belgian waes. Coee, soda and juice
will also be available. Cost is $9.99 for the
buet. Anyone is welcome and guests do
not have to be members of AGLA to attend.
For more details, visit agla.org.
Whitman-Walker Health holds free and
condential HIV testing during Capital
Trans Pride at the Reeves Municipal
Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) today from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information visit
Whitman-walker.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 22
Perrys (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts
its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch today
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95
for an all-you-can-eat buet. For more
details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Nellies Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.)
hosts a drag brunch today with shows at
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Brunch buet
is $26 and the rst mimosa or Bloody
Mary is free. For more information and to
purchase tickets, visit nelliesdragbrunch.
eventbrite.com.

Wherethegirlsgo hosts OverEasy Tea


Dance, a queer daytime dance party,
is at Dodge City (917 U St., N.W.) today
from 3-8 p.m. DJ Vanniety Kills, Deejay
India and Kwasi will spin. For details, visit
facebook.com/wherethegirlsgo.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a


transgender and non-binary support
group today from 5-7 p.m. For more
details, visit smyal.org.

MONDAY, MAY 23

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge


Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the
Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social
bridge. No partner needed. For more
information, call 301-345-1571.
The Kennedy Center (2700 F St N.W)
presents
two
programs
featuring
six works by the Paul Taylor Dance
Company tonight at 7:30 p.m. Works
performed will include Esplanade,
Arden Court, Promethean Fire and
more by choreographer Paul Taylor. The
performance runs through Saturday,
May 28. Tickets range from $39-79. For
more details and to purchase tickets, visit
kennedy-center.org.

The 32nd annual Helen Hayes Awards


is at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.)
tonight at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony honors
professional theater achievements in the
Washington area. Tickets range from
$150-$275. Doors open at 6 p.m. After the
awards ceremony, there will be a dance
party at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.). For
more details, visit theatrewashington.org.
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts
coee drop-in hours this morning from 10
a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community.
Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy
complimentary coee and conversation
with other community members. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.
Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave.,
N.W.) holds a support group for gay black
men to discuss topics that aect them,
share perspectives and have meaningful
conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 24
Genderqueer D.C. holds a discussion
group at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St.
N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is for
anyone who identies outside of the gender
binary as bigender, agender, genderuid or
any label outside of cisgender. For more
information, visit thedccenter.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

THURSDAY, MAY 26
Bachelors Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.)
holds a happy hour today from 5-7:30
p.m. All drinks are half price. There will
be pool, video gaming systems and cards.
Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. DJ Bling, DJ
Freaky and DJ Tim-Nice will play music
for the night. For more information, visit
bachelorsmill.com.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts Fight
4 Yr Rights Activist Night today from 5-7
p.m. The group will discuss historical
activism and help youth organize for an
issue thats important to them. For more
details, visit smyal.org.

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Festival will return in October.


As part of its year-round lm
programming, the Washington Jewish
Film Festival (wj.org) will present Those
People, (June 21) a moving story about
love and art on Manhattans glitzy Upper
East Side.
From June 22-26, AFI Docs (a.com/
adocs), the American Film Institutes
magnicent annual celebration of
the documentary, will bring 94 new
documentaries to the region. Under the
direction of openly gay director Michael
Lumpkin, AFI screeners selected these
lms from hundreds of submissions to
highlight the amazing range of techniques
and topics in contemporary documentary
lmmaking.
The opening night gala will feature
Zero Days by Academy Award-winning
director Alex Gibney. After provocative
documentaries about Enron, WikiLeaks,
Steve Jobs and Scientology, Gibneys
latest lm exposes the dangerous new
world of cyber warfare. The closing
night gala features Norman Lear: Just

Take Metrobus and Metrorail to the...

Another Version of You, a portrait of


the man who changed television history
with shows like All in the Family and
Maude, and who changed the national
political dialogue by founding People for
the American Way. Both galas will be held
at the Newseum.
On Friday, June 24, the AFI
Guggenheim Symposium will honor
legendary lmmaker Werner Herzog.
The symposium will include clips from
Herzogs
documentaries,
a
panel
discussion and the East Coast premiere
of Herzogs latest lm, Lo and Behold:
Reveries of the Connected World.
On Saturday, June 24, AFI Docs oers
a screening of Check It by Toby
Oppenheimer and local lmmaker Dana
Flor. The lm proles a fascinating group
of LGBT D.C. youth who form a gang
to protect themselves against violent
attacks. They then decide to turn their
eorts in a more positive direction, trying
to break the brutal cycles of violence,
poverty and prostitution by forming their
own clothing label.
AFI Docs will screen at the AFI Silver in
downtown Silver Spring, the Landmark

E Street Cinema in downtown D.C. and


other venues throughout the area.
In addition to serving as a venue for
AFI Docs, AFI Silver (a.com/silver) has
a slate of innovative programming this
summer. AFI shows both the latest
independent releases along with lovingly
curated celebrations of Hollywood
and international cinema. Its summer
programming kicks o with the inaugural
Washington, D.C. Fantastic Film Festival,
a showcase of the best (and worst) of genre
cinema. Highlights include Batman: the
Movie, the campy precursor to todays
superhero blockbusters, and Treko:
the Movie, a cinematic version of the
raunchy podcast that bills itself as the
funniest, dirtiest Star Trek podcast
youve ever heard.
Other AFI summer programming
includes The Festival of New Spanish
Cinema (June 16-19), celebrations of
distinguished actor Gregory Peck and
radical screenwriter Dalton Trumbo,
the Best Of showcase from D.C.s
remarkable 48 Hour Film Project (May 26),
and the return of the beloved Internet
Cat Video Festival from June 25-26.

HBO and Logo will also present new


documentaries to mark Gay Pride month.
On Monday, June 13, Logo will air Out
of Iraq, which chronicles the love story
between an Iraqi soldier and an Iraqi
translator, both working with the U.S.
military, that unfolds in a war-torn country
where homosexuality is banned. HBO will
air Suited, a fascinating movie about
a London bespoke tailor who specializes
in creating fashions that t the specic
needs of the gender non-conforming
clients, and Mariela Castros March
about the ght for LGBT rights in Cuba.
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two young Chicago lawyers named Barack
Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle
Robinson (Tika Sumpter). The worldchanging daylong event included a trip to
the Art Institute of Chicago, a screening of
Spike Lees controversial Do The Right
Thing, and their rst kiss outside an
ice cream parlor. Southside with You
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I didnt start out wanting to be
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was unable to sell during the ensuing 20
years because of a depressed market.
Since then, I have owned condominiums,
houses, apartment complexes and land.
I have flipped and flopped, learned and
earned and morphed into a combination
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In the early to mid-2000s, when D.C.
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percent per month, the focus on a home
as personal sanctuary and place of selfexpression changed to a new one: a
home as a way to make a quick buck.
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how quickly they could build equity than
the homes qualities and functionality.
Investors sought out homes to renovate
and flip quickly (and at times not
particularly well, as many people found
out too late).

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for his first home, while the subject of
its value as an investment may come up
and the desire for the ubiquitous English
basement rental unit is still strong, its
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discussion. Still, once youve been bitten
by the homeowner bug, it may be wise to
consider what impact other investments
in real estate may have on your overall
financial plan.
Consider the parents who purchased
a small condo for their son to live in
while attending Georgetown law school.
Several years later their daughter resided
in it while attending medical school
there as well. At the conclusion of their
education, the parents sold the property
and used the equity to pay off years of
student loans, allowing their offspring to
begin prominent careers debt-free.
Another example is the couple that
bought an investment property in their
preferred retirement location. After 15
years of having their mortgage paid by
various tenants, they were able to retire
early and, with a reverse mortgage, live
well without making mortgage payments
while on a fixed income.
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about buying homes with no money down.
Third, consult with a financial planner to
establish your short and long-term goals
and with a mortgage lender to determine
your purchasing power.
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personal residence, whereas an investor
loan could require 25-30 percent down.
Because of the greater risk involved,
you will find that interest rates will likely
be higher for investor loans as well, so
it may be more beneficial to purchase a
new residence first and plan to lease out
the property you currently own, with your
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and have the money to invest elsewhere,
work with your real estate agent to find
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rent will cover or exceed your monthly


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for becoming a landlord in D.C.
If your goals include a rentable vacation
or future retirement home, visit the area
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here to one in the new area who will be
able to advise you on the ease of renting,
local housing regulations and property
management.
Finally, and equally important, discuss
IRS implications of owning investment
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